This week on The Collider Podcast, Adam and Matt look back at the year in film. We look at the highs and lows of 2015, from the blockbusters to the indies, and it's a fun, free-flowing conversation that still somehow, inevitably, takes Matt back to trashing on Schindler's List. We have no idea how that's become a running thing in the podcast, so we'll have to address that in 2016, but for now, we cover a lot of ground when it comes to films released in the past year, so be sure to give this episode a listen.
This week on The Collider Podcast, we're joined by Haleigh and Perri for an extended episode talking all about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We talk about what we liked about the film, what we disliked, how it calls back to the original trilogy, what Abrams brought to the table, playing the expectations game, favorite characters, and much more. We also look ahead to Star Wars: Episode VIII and even squeeze in a little Star Wars: Rogue One talk.
This week on The Collider Podcast, Matt and Adam break down the 2015 Oscar race. We look at the films whose Oscar campaigns have flopped (hello, 'Black Mass'), examine whose doing well in the major and minor categories, do an impression of Canadian Harvey Weinstein, and much more.
This week on The Collider Podcast, we're making up for a our two-week hiatus by talking about 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' and 'Creed'. When it comes to 'The Hunger Games', we look over what made this a unique series, a game-changer in franchise films when it comes to female leads, why 'Part 2' is a fascinating film despite its flaws, and more. When it comes to 'Creed', we talk about the Rocky franchise, the many strengths of Ryan Coogler's spinoff/sequel, and then go on a bit of a tangent where we lament WB's awards strategy for the film (or lack thereof).
This week on The Collider Podcast, we're talking about film criticism. Looking over the comments in our iTunes reviews, we noticed the recurring theme of "too harsh", which leads Adam and Matt into a discussion about what it means to review a film, how to review a film honestly, the position of film criticism in the modern media landscape, how to be a better critic, how opinions change over time, and much more.
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This week on The Collider Podcast, we look at the newest James Bond film, Spectre. We talk about the film's flaws, why it doesn't hold up next to Skyfall, the problem with Bond, the franchise's strengths and weaknesses, what they'll need to do going forward, and more. Also, recommendations are back!
This week, we look at Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs'. Much like the film, we've decided to break it down into three parts--we discuss the film itself, we discuss why it flopped at the box office, and we consider its Oscar prospects, which ends up leading to a discussion about which studios have the strongest films remaining for the rest of 2015.
This week on The Collider Podcast, Matt and Adam look at the past films of Guillermo del Toro and his latest picture, Crimson Peak. During their conversation, they talk about what makes del Toro's films unique, his strongest and weakest movies, his unmade pictures, and much more.
Matt and Adam talk about some of the biggest stories of the past week. Specifically, they discuss Warner Bros. hiring Seth Grahame-Smith to direct the film adaptation of The Flash, what that means for how the studio approaches their superhero properties, director J.J. Abrams’ getting “final cut” on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney perhaps doing minimal amount of press for the movie and what that could mean, Ant-Man and the Wasp, the shuffled schedule for Marvel’s Phase Three, and more.
This week on The Collider Podcast, Adam and Matt talk about The Martian and Sicario. We talk about about how The Martian is a rebound for director Ridley Scott, how it compares to the book, the film's Oscar chances, and more. When it comes to Sicario, we discuss why Matt appreciated the film but didn't love it, why Adam thinks it's one of the year's best movies, and more.
Adam, Perri, and Matt discuss the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. They talk about our favorite films, the ones they hated, how the awards race now stands, thoughts about the Midnight Madness lineup, and more.
Adam and I look ahead to the films of fall 2015, and go through what's remaining for this year in film. We take a look at both the blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Spectre as well as the smaller films like Suffragette, Brooklyn, and Macbeth. If it's coming out between now and the end of the year, chances are we at least touch on it in this episode.
Matt and Adam look back at the summer 2015 movie season. They look at the hits, the misses, why some films have remained memorable while others were quickly forgotten, how this summer compares to summer 2014, and a brief look at the summer 2016 films.
Matt and Adamtalk about the news that came out of Disney's annual expo, D23, this weekend. Specifically, we talk about Colin Trevorrow being confirmed to direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’, the cast for ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’, the Star Wars’ theme parks, and Orlando Bloom returning to the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise.
Matt and Adam talk about Josh Trank's Fantastic Four, give their thoughts on the film's myriad of problems, the behind-the-scenes fallout, why the filmmakers went with a more "realistic" approach, the diminishing value of superhero franchises, if Fox should move forward with Fantastic Four 2, and much more. As usual, we finish up with our recommendations.
Matt and Adam talk about the 'Mission: Impossible' film franchise, go through every entry, talk about the strengths and weaknesses of each one, why the latest, 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation', might be the best yet, Rebecca Ferguson's breakthrough performance, the ending, and much more.
Matt and Adam talk about Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, the film’s strengths and weaknesses, the interplay between Apatow and writer/star Amy Schumer, what this means for their careers, and much more. As usual, we finish up with our recommendations.
Matt and Adam discuss their frustrations with Marvel's 'Ant-Man', how the movie may have been irreparably damaged the moment Marvel decided to continue without Edgar Wright, the problem with Wasp, what 'Ant-Man' means for the MCU going forward, and much more.
Matt and Adam look back at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con. During our conversation, we discuss the conflation of movies and marketing, leaked footage, fandom, the stress of Hall H, what makes a good panel, and much more.
This week on The Collider Podcast, Matt and Adam discuss 'Inside Out' and delve into Pixar. We discuss why 'Inside Out' is such a marvelous film, how the movie developed, the chances it takes, and where it fits into Pixar’s oeuvre. We also talk about Pixar, where the studio has been, where it’s headed, if the original braintrust will return the studio to greatness, and much more.
Matt, Adam, and Perri talk about Jurassic World. During our conversation, we discuss why the film was such a success, it's myriad of shortcomings, if Jurassic Park even works as a franchise, how the movie could have been better, it's treatment of women, and much more. If you liked the movie, this episode will likely make you angry. If you didn't like the movie or had strong reservations about it, commiserate with us!
Matt, Adam, Dave, and Allison break down Game of Thrones: Season 5. We go through every plotline this season, talk about the strengths and weaknesses, look at the overall tone, the controversies, speculate on characters’ futures, and why Season 6 will be a make-or-break year for the show’s quality going forward.
Matt and Adam talk about Paul Feig’s Spy. We talk about why Feig and star Melissa McCarthy are such an outstanding team, how the movie compares to McCarthy’s previous movies, her talent, why we’re excited for Feig’s Ghostbusters, and more. We also talk about Entourage, and why it’s awful.
This week on The Collider Podcast, Matt and Adam talk about the films of writer-director Cameron Crowe. We go through and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of all of Crowe's features--'Say Anything', 'Singles', 'Jerry Maguire', 'Almost Famous', 'Vanilla Sky', 'Elizabethtown', 'We Bought a Zoo', and 'Aloha'--as well as his breakthrough screenwriting work for 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'. Over the course of our talk, we try to figure out what defines a Cameron Crowe film and why the quality of his work has declined over his past several films.
This week on The Collider Podcast, Matt and Adam talk about Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland. While Matt didn’t much care for the movie, Adam enjoyed parts of it, and they discuss the film’s goals, its themes, how Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof tried to handle the movie in post-production, and much more. They also discuss how this movie relates to filmmakers' past work and their careers going forward.