The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Die Hard 30th Anniversary Special!

Die-Hard-Christmas-Movie-Debate-Writer-Steven-EYippee-ki-yay, MovieFilm-ers! One of the greatest action movies of all time — 1988’s Die Hard — turns 30 years old today, and to mark the occasion, Brian and Zaki set down for another of our MovieFilm commentaries! And for this edition we couldn’t be more excited it be joined by friend of the show and Die Hard mega-fan Paul Shirey, editor-in-chief of our favorite destination for entertainment news Joblo.com, for a fun and informative discussion into the history and making of the Bruce Willis-starring, John McTiernan-directed action opus, why it spawned one of Fox’s most successful franchises, and why it remains the cream of the crop for the genre even three decades out. 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 Track: The Dark Knight 10th Anniversary Special!

Dark KNightThe MovieFilm boys are back again for a special commentary marking the 10th anniversary of one of the most influential superhero movies in history: The Dark Knight! Christopher Nolan‘s 2008 epic starring Christian Bale as Batman and the late, lamented Heath Ledger in his Oscar-winning turn as the Joker reached rarified air upon its release a decade ago, and its estimation has only grown in the ten years since, with an entire genre striving mightily to match its massive cultural and critical footprint. Listen in as Brian and Zaki discuss storytelling techniques and offer anecdotes and trivia. You can hear the track on its own or watch the movie along with us, but either way, check out the track via the embed below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Episode 151: Part 2: Ant-Man and the Wasp

5b3fa062c8d6ed1f008b4568-750-375The MovieFilm boys return for their second go-round this week as we dive in for a spoiler-and-all conversation about the latest blockbuster from Marvel Studios: Ant-Man and the Wasp! After Black Panther and Infinity War, it’s easy to imagine the Disney superhero factory had maxed out, but we both had big fun with Marvel’s littlest hero. Listen in for our takes on why we were so happy to see Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, and Michael Douglas back in franchise form as their superhero alter egos! Hear it through the link below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Episode 151: Part 1 – Letters, Headlines, and More!

landscape-1512491851-lando-calrissianIn the first dose of a MovieFilm doubleheader this week, Brian thanks his lucky stars for the existence of Moviepass as he catches us up on a whole host of new and recent releases. From there, it’s a deep dive into the mailbag as we offer thoughts on the impending (?) Disney/Fox merger and a window into our commentary track decision-making process. After that, it’s on to headlines: The Joker gets an origin!  Doctor Strange gets a sequel! And it’s looking like a renaissance for octagenarian action heroes with the impending returns of Indiana Jones, Lando Calrissian, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard! Plus: George Lucas’ original plans for the Star Wars sequel trilogy, why it’s a good thing that Jurassic World has become the new Transformers, and much more! Hear it at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And like always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Episode 150: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

jurassic_world_fallen_kingdomJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is roaring in theaters now, just in time for our big 150th episode! Join Zaki and Brian as they look at the latest installment in Universal’s “dinosaurs on the loose” mega-franchise and see how it stands up against its four predecessors. Plus our thoughts on word that Lucasfilm Maybe stopping development on their planned “Star Wars Story” movies after the relative failure of Solo. Plus: A spin-off rises from the ashes of Roseanne! Remembering the late Richard Alan Greenberg, master of memorable title sequences! Listener Letters! And more! Hear it at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And like always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Superman III Turns 35!

Superman IIIToday marks 35 years since one of the most baffling entries in Superman’s cinematic canon. Yes, Superman III – teaming up Christopher Reeve’s Man of Steel with comedian Richard Pryor – first hit screens on this day in 1983, and while it hasn’t aged particularly well, we thought it would be fun to take a look back in befuddlement at this bodyblow to the Reeve Superman series (which would be finished off for good four years later) and ask what the heck they were thinking. As it happens, this was Zaki’s very first moviegoing experience, and Brian watched it for the very first time in preparation for this track, making for what we hope will be a fascinating discussion of this fascinating trainwreck. You can hear it through the link below or at iTunes orStitcher or Google Play. As always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Jurassic Park

244e2b0a46048d2c70baac5ae51fa54f-700With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in theaters soon, the movie film boys pause and take a look back at the origins of the Jurassic franchises with a special commentary track celebrating Steven Spielberg’s original classic, 1993’s Jurassic Park, first released 25 years ago last week. Settle in and listen as Brian and Zaki marvel once again at the transcendent special effects, point out interesting behind the scenes factoids and story development, and just generally have a grand old time re-visiting one of their favorite adventure movies of all time. Listen to it the link below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Episode 149: Solo: A Star Wars Story Fallout

soloastarwarsstory-onesheet-860x450-860x450_cThe sad story of the most financially unsuccessful Star Wars of all time continues in this week’s MovieFilm Podcast, as Brian and Zaki attempt to unpack why the franchise’s tenth entry flew So Lo. In addition to tracking the depressing downward trajectory of Solo: A Star Wars Story, hear Zaki’s thoughts on belated sequels Ocean’s 8 and The Incredibles 2, and a look at the trailers for the Transformers prequel/spin-off Bumblebee and Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstong bio First Man. Plus: Remembering Anthony Bourdain! Behind-the-scenes drama on TV’s Lethal Weapon! Word of a Joker solo pic starring Jared Leto! All that, and much more! Hear it through the link below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

AOTCAs has become established MovieFilm tradition, a new Star Wars movie in theaters means a new Star Wars commentary track from us! For this go-round we continue our journey through the polarizing prequel trilogy of films and talk through 2002′s Episode II – Attack of the Clones. This is generally considered one of the weaker entries in George Lucas’ legendary saga, but we make a good faith effort to point out what works and ways in which we might have improved what didn’t. So whether you watch along with us or just listen while you go about your day, hopefully you’ll find enough of interest here to clone (ahem) the excitement you felt before actually watching the movie. Hear it all via the embed below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. If you haven’t already, make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Episode 148: Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story

solo-star-wars-story-movie-deadpool-2-christian-review-featuredIt’s two for the price of one here at MovieFilm as Zaki and Brian eschew all regular segments, and dive directly into their takes on two of the biggest films of the summer: Deadpool 2, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. In addition to their thoughts on both films, the fact that both underperformed at the box office leads to a discussion about franchise expectations, and the complicated, and occasionally scrutinized directions of recent, as well as upcoming, Star Wars films. As always, you can stream the episode below, or listen via iTunes or Stitcher. And please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page and let us know how we’re doing by writing a review!