Episode 124: Spider-Man: Homecoming

thumbnail_25242Spider-Man: Homecoming is in theaters now, and Brian & Zaki have a spoiler-filled chat to celebrate the wallcrawler’s entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe! How does it stack up to previous Spider-flicks? Does Tom Holland supplant Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in our hearts and minds? Also: director Matt Reeves’ comments on directing The Batman, rumors of a Rocky rematch in Creed 2, and more on the behind-the-scenes turmoil at the Star Wars Han Solo spin-off movie. Plus: more reactions to Transformers: The Last Knight in Listener Letters! Listen through the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And as always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Planet of the Apes (2001)

burton (57)With the impending release of Fox’s much-anticipated three-quel War For the Planet of the Apes, Brian and Zaki decided this was a perfect time to revisit the misbegotten Planet of the Apes “re-imagining” from 2001 directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg. We discuss the project’s long road to the screen, including the many notable filmmakers like Peter Jackson and James Cameron whose abortive attempts at reviving the Apes brand never made it to the screen, and also why the movie we did get is such a fascinating failure. It’s not just two hours of throwing poop at the screen, and you can listen through the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And as always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Episode 123: Transformers: The Last Knight

1494538422-c-data-users-defapps-appdata-internetexplorer-temp-saved-images-tf5-ff-007-cc-embedTransformers: The Last Knight is in theaters now, and hoo-boy, we’ve got lots to say about Michael Bay’s latest rock ‘em, sock ‘em robot romp starring Mark Wahlberg. Listen in as we attempt to make sense of the plot, divine directorial intact, and ultimately figure out what the heck we were doing in the theater! But that’s not all! We also discuss the divergent box office fortunes of Wonder Woman and The Mummy, mention the sudden retirement of Daniel Day-Lewis, and more! Plus: Listener Letters, Star Wars News, and all the other features you’ve come to expect! You can listen through the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And as always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

The MovieFilm Commentary: Batman & Robin

batman-and-robin-1002627Holy trainwreck! This week marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most fascinating misfires in movie history, Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin. The film’s less-than-stellar box office reception in summer of ‘97 marked the end of the Dark Knight’s first movie series, and in the years since has become a fascinating case study for how studios can kill their golden goose franchises. With that in mind, Brian and Zaki have used the occasion to dive in for a feature-length commentary track as they attempt to make sense of George Clooney’s single turn as the Caped Crusader while keeping count of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze ice puns and puzzling over why Bruce Wayne would put moulded rubber nipples on his Batman suits. It’s a fun and freewheeling conversation that we hope you’ll enjoy being a part of. You can listen through the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And as always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Episode 122: The Mummy

mummy-gallery4-58e2d86aa2630-1Is The Mummy magnificent, or merely a mess? The MovieFilm boys tackle the Tom Cruise monster mash — first entry in Universal’s ballyhooed “Dark Universe” — and try to figure out whether it should live forever or go back under wraps. But that’s not all! We also pay respects to the late, great Adam West following his passing, and share our fond memories of the Batman star and his seminal series. In addition, we also talk up the latest developments on Justice League and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, discuss the trailers for Black Panther and Flatliners, and catch up on the latest Star Wars news! You can listen through the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And as always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Episode 121: Wonder Woman

wonderwoman.0Summer movie season continues! This week: An in-depth, spoiler-filled discussion of Warner Bros. freshly-minted megahit Wonder Woman! But that’s not all, you can also hear Zaki’s interview with writer/director/star Zoe Lister-Jones about her fresh new comedy Band Aid. In addition, hear quick takes on the trailers for Murder on the Orient Express, American Made, and Logan Lucky, as well as all the Headlines, Listener Letters, and Star Wars news you’ve come to expect. Listen through the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And as always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Episode 120: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

landscape-1488452253-pirates-of-the-caribbean-posterThe MovieFilm boys kick off June on the high seas with an in-depth discussion of Captain Jack Sparrow’s fifth (and final?) outing in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales! But before that, Zaki gives his thoughts on Captain Underpants – in addition to teasing his take on Wonder Woman – and Brian sees The Dark Knight through a whole new lens after revisiting Michael Mann’s crime epic Heat. Plus, Universal and Warner Bros. battle over the word “dark,” debating the merits of continuing with The Walking Dead, and Zaki interviews chef Jeremiah Tower, subject of the new documentary Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent. Hear all of this and much, much more via the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And as always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

MovieFilm Episode 119

Screen Shot 2017-05-26 at 1.29.10 PMIt’s a packed, extra-size episode of the MovieFilm Podcast this week! Hear Zaki’s interview (beginning at 44:20) with actor Clayne Crawford of TV’s Lethal Weapon to discuss his new film, the compelling war drama A Fighting Season, as well as what it’s like to take on Mel Gibson’s iconic alter ego. After that, it’s on to a spoiler-filled chat about Alien: Covenant, the latest entry in the long-lived Fox sci-fi/horror franchise. Did we like it? Did we loathe it? You’ll have to breach the Spoiler Wall to find out! In addition, hear quick takes on movies we’ve caught recently, brief remembrances to mark the sad passings of former James Bond star Roger Moore and rocker Chris Cornell, and a special round of Star Wars news to mark the franchise’s 40th anniversary! You can hear it all all via the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

MovieFilm Episode 118

Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Vol-2-poster-header-700x300It’s the start of May, and that means summer movie season is upon us! This week the MovieFilm boys dive in for a spoiler-filled conversation on Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! The sci-fi actioner starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana is the number one film in the country, and we’ve got lots to say about it! But that’s not all, you can also get our thoughts on the new trailers for Wonder WomanThe Dark Tower, and Blade Runner 2049, and hear quick takes on the passing of legendary director Jonathan Demme, word that the Hellboy franchise is getting rebooted, and Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow is getting a sequel — whether we want one or not. In addition, listen in for the usual Star Wars news, Listener Letters, and other assored banter! You can hear it all all via the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

return-of-the-jedi-posterMay the 4th be with you! The MovieFilm boys celebrate Star Wars day by debuting a brand new commentary track talking through the final leg of the original trilogy, 1983′s Return of the Jedi. Whether you queue up your DVD, blu-ray, or digital copy to watch in synch with us, or just want listen separately while you’re on the road or exercising, we’re pretty sure you’ll find lots to enjoy with this one. There’s lots of behind-the-scenes stories, some or our own observations on specific plot points, and as always, our own personal histories with the final (or so we thought…) Star Wars flick. Listen below or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review!). Drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page to tell us how we’re doing!