Now Playing - The Movie Review Podcast

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A movie review podcast that traverses the stream of Hollywood sequels, reboots, and franchises by reviewing every installment in a series, start to finish.

Episode Date
The Purge: Election Year — A Podcast Preview
00:11:25

U.S. politicians will worry less about hanging chads in the Election Year 2039, and far more about getting hung from a tree, after Purge Night rules are modified to allow government officials to be hunted. The only way Presidential hopeful Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) will evade assassination, and reach the White House, is to let security guard Frank Grillo, and small business owner Mykelti Williamson, run her campaign for all 12 hours of America’s “murder holiday”. Get full coverage of the race from Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart when you Donate Today!

Jun 22, 2018
Incredibles 2
01:29:26

It took 14 years for Pixar and director Brad Bird to create a sequel for popular superhero family The Parrs. Now mother Helen (Holly Hunter) steps back into the role of Elastigirl to lead a global PR campaign championing superpowers. But how easily can she change minds on the supers ban when new villain Screenslaver uses television to hypnotize and control the masses?  And how well does stay-at-home dad Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) do raising Violet, Dash, and baby Jack Jack without her? Listen now as Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart dig into Incredibles 2!

Jun 20, 2018
The Purge: Anarchy — A Podcast Preview
00:12:07

Writer/director James DeMonaco is takin’ it to the streets for the quickie sequel to his surprise hit The Purge. Tough guy Frank Grillo and poor waitress Carmen Ejogo are among the unlucky folk caught up in the Anarchy of downtown Los Angeles on Purge Night 2023.  Do podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart cleanse their souls, or just empty their bowels, engaging in this second course of social Darwinism?  Donate tonight and find out!

Jun 15, 2018
Ocean’s 8
01:27:19

George Clooney and his crew are sitting out the latest caper so that little sister Debra (Sandra Bullock) and seven criminally-minded gal pals have a chance to steal the spotlight. Ocean’s 8 finds the girl gang attempting to lift a $150 million diamond necklace, worn to a glitzy red carpet gala by annoying Hollywood starlet Anne Hathaway. But can Debra pull off the sting while also getting revenge on the art dealer ex-boyfriend who put her to jail (Richard Armitage)?  And who in the octet walks away with the hearts of hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob?  Listen and find out. 

Jun 14, 2018
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
01:19:37

It sure looked like Liu Kang (Robin Shou) won the Mortal Kombat tournament last film, but that’s not stopping his demonic foes from continuing their assault on Earth. Now the only way our heroes can stop mankind’s Annihilation is to challenge Outworld emperor Shao Kahn (Brian Thompson) to a rematch. Is new director John Leonetti up for this fight? And could someone please move the Eiffel Tower and Golden Gate Bridge out of the arena?  Things are bound to get messy as Justin, Stuart, and Arnie play referee for this contentious sequel. Listen now!

Jun 12, 2018
The Purge — A Podcast Preview
00:10:06

Release The Beast, and let podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart bring The Purge franchise into your home tonight!  Ethan Hawke stars as a security systems specialist who got rich in near-future America when crime became legal for one night a year.  He’ll find out just how safe his family really is when a homeless man takes refuge in their mansion on Purge Night 2022, and masked yuppies assault the place looking to murder them all.  Your soul will be cleansed when you Donate Today for this Silver Level Series!

Jun 08, 2018
Mortal Kombat
01:25:30

Video games finally broke through at the box office in 1995 with the release of Mortal Kombat - director Paul WS Anderson’s cinematic take on the popular Midway fighting game. Earth will fall under the control of demons unless Thunder god Raiden (Christopher Lambert) can assemble a team of human martial artists that rivals end bosses Goro, Kano, Sub Zero, Scorpion, and Sheng Tsung.  Is this next entry in the Now Playing Arcade a winner, or will Justin, Stuart, and Arnie receive another hard blow to the head? Find out when you listen now!

Jun 06, 2018
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) - A Podcast Preview
00:09:59

Before creating The Purge franchise, James DeMonaco broke into the home invasion genre by writing a remake of Assault on Precinct 13.  Ethan Hawke is now the cop who must protect a condemned Detroit police station - and prisoners Ja Rule, John Leguizamo, and crime boss Laurence Fishburne - from heavily armed mercenaries swarming the doors and windows one snowy New Year’s Eve. Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob have drawn up a full psych evaluation of the 2005 redo. Get the confidential report when you donate today!

Jun 01, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story
02:25:41

One of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe has gone Solo.  Harrison Ford earned fame and fortune playing an irascible space bandit in four sci-fi blockbusters. Now rising star Alden Ehrenreich inherits the iconic role in a prequel that dramatizes Han Solo’s first mission in the Millennium Falcon. He joins Chewie, Lando, and a band of criminals for a hyperfuel heist on planet Kessel, but will longtime fans be the ones feeling ripped off?  Assume Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart won’t betray you and you won’t be disappointed in their latest podcast!

May 30, 2018
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) - A Podcast Preview
00:09:00

Before he was a Master of Horror, Halloween director John Carpenter transplanted the Western genre to South Side Los Angeles for the explosive action flick Assault on Precinct 13.  Austin Stoker stars as a newly promoted cop babysitting a condemned police station on its last night of operation. Can he shield the few remaining employees, as well as a Frank Kersey-like vigilante, from the heavily armed street gang besieging their rundown building?  Hear Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob break it all down when you donate today!  

May 25, 2018
Deadpool 2
02:09:14
This show description is guest written by Deadpool.
 

You know who’s big? I am! Not in that way, get your mind out of the gutter! (Okay, I’m big in that way too.) But my first movie was more popular than Jesus! So take that John Lennon!

But even with my healing factor I’m not immune to…performance anxiety. The dreaded sophomore slump can happen to anyone. I’ve got a second movie out and I pulled out the big guns. (Literally. Cable has a ginormous rifle. How does he hold that with those tiny hands?) But even with Cable and X-Force I’m worried– will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart think it’s as good as the first one?  I’m scared…why don’t you listen now and let me know?

May 23, 2018
Serpico - A Podcast Preview
00:11:24

Al Pacino is best known for playing gangsters, but this summer Now Playing Platinum Level donors will discover how explosively the actor administers justice in five major cop roles. The fun starts with the 1973 biopic Serpico. Al stars as a real life New York City police officer who got a bullet in the face instead of a promotion when he blew the whistle on widespread department corruption. Will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart condemn the system for passing over Pacino for a Best Actor Oscar yet again?  It all comes out in the wash when you Donate Today.

May 18, 2018
Wing Commander
01:27:00

Game developer Chris Roberts was on course to deliver the first major science fiction film of 1999 when he personally piloted his massively popular flight simulator Wing CommanderPhantom Menace and The Matrix. Do fighter pilots Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard offer a new hope for genre fans as they clean the cat box of feline space invaders The Kilrathi?  Or should Arnie, Justin, and Stuart quickly eject from this next entry in the Now Playing Arcade?  Listen and find out!

May 15, 2018
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
01:18:02

20 years after computer programmer Jordan Mechner released Prince of Persia for the Apple IIe, the Disney Company paid the kingly sum of $200 million to launch his video game swashbuckler Dastan on the big screen. A Middle Eastern Jake Gyllenhaal looks for a way to turn back time after he’s framed for the murder of his adoptive royal father. Does the Now Playing Arcade take a gravity-defying leap forward with the acrobatic hero? Or would Stuart, Arnie, and Justin be more entertained by an ostrich race? Place your bets and Listen Now!  

May 08, 2018
Goodfellas - A Patron Podcast Preview
00:10:03
The Godfather enjoyed the reputation of being the greatest gangster film ever made for nearly 20 years before director Martin Scorsese ordered actors Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci to dig a hole and bury Pacino’s dark tragedy. 1990 mob epic Goodfellas looks at Family life from the purview of low level hoods who will never get to be “made men” like Michael Corleone.Hear this preview, then find out if hosts Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie bust these wiseguys’ balls for their outrageous scams and gratuitous f-bombs when you become a Now Playing Patron.   
 
May 06, 2018
The Godfather Part III - A Podcast Preview
00:15:01

The Now Playing hosts may wish to be out, but Al Pacino pulls them back in for one more Godfather installment.  Part III marks the final screen appearance of aging gangster Michael Corleone, now eager to cut a deal with the Vatican and legitimize his family business.  Was he wise to to hand the puppet strings to bastard nephew Andy Garcia?  And was this the wrong day for director Francis Ford Coppola to take his daughter to work?  Receive your ticket to this Gold Level opera when you Donate Now!  

May 04, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War
02:40:03

Ten years ago Marvel Comics gambled their entire existence, using all their remaining IP as collateral, on the idea that they could make superhero films better than anyone else. 18 movies later, Marvel Studios makes their biggest bet yet - a billion dollars that audiences will love “the most ambitious crossover event in history” and one gaudy gold glove!  Is more the merrier when it comes to superheroes on screen, or are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes set up for an epic fail?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob now as they review Avengers: Infinity War!

May 02, 2018
The Godfather Part II - A Podcast Preview
00:11:42

Two years after The Godfather won Oscars and big box office, director Francis Ford Coppola and his loyal star Al Pacino used all their power to create an even more ambitious sequel. Part II retraces the footsteps of father Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) from Sicily to America, contrasting his rise to power with son Michael Corleone losing Family influence with Cuban investments and U.S. Senate investigations. Will Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart pass over the first  film and declare its younger brother to be the smart one? Donate Today for Gold and find out!

Apr 28, 2018
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
01:30:58

No one was better suited to convert the role playing mechanics of the best-selling Final Fantasy series into stirring cinema than game creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.  But dreams of writing and directing the world’s most photorealistic animated movie crashed to earth like a meteor when The Spirits Within landed in theaters in summer 2001. Gaia only knows what podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart will find inside the wreckage of this poetic tale of parasitic alien invasion!  So let down your defense shields and listen now.

Apr 24, 2018
The Godfather - A Podcast Preview
00:13:24

Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob are making listeners an offer they can’t refuse:  a retrospective of Al Pacino’s greatest gangster performances, kicking off with the Francis Ford Coppola classic The Godfather. Did Al have to cut the head off a horse in order to land the star-making role of Michael Corleone? And does Pacino, then an untested New York stage actor, prove to be a contender sharing the screen with heavyweight thespian Marlon Brando? Join the Now Playing Family for this Gold Level discussion when you Donate Today!

Apr 20, 2018
Rampage
01:29:06

32 years after making its debut as a city-leveling coin-op video game, Rampage bursts onto the big screen as a brand new movie. So why are Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Joe Manganiello so eager to shut down the Chicago block party being thrown by giant gorilla George, mutant crocodile Lizzie, and massive wolf Ralph?  Join podcasters Arnie, Justin, and Stuart as they try to figure out why New Line Pictures plunked so many quarters into this arcade classic. 

Apr 18, 2018
Doom (2005)
01:23:21

Long before he took on a Rampage of giant gorillas, wolves and lizards, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson led a squadron of Doom-ed Marines to Mars for another blowout with video game baddies. The 1993 first-person shooter Doom changed the way millions looked at their PCs. So why wasn’t the 2005 movie adaptation a similar success? Join Justin, Arnie, and Stuart as they analyze the DNA of this box office bomb to determine if its the handiwork of angels or demons.

Apr 10, 2018
Ready Player One
02:18:53

Get ready to “clan up” with Arnie, Justin, and Stuart for a podcast review of Ready Player One. Steven Spielberg’s latest sci-fi adventure imagines the future of entertainment to be pop culture icons of the past populating a massive cyber playground.  Should viewers cough up the coins it takes to slip on a pair of 3D glasses and join gamer Wade Watts (Ty Sheridan) - along with Freddy Krueger, Hello Kitty, Iron Giant, and countless other superstars of the 1980s and 90s - for a virtual reality scavenger hunt? Listen and find out.  

Apr 04, 2018
Pacific Rim: Uprising
01:32:40

These days <i”>Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro focuses more on The Shape of Water than plugging breaches in ocean floors, but that doesn’t mean his Pan-Pacific Defense Corps has disbanded. Our Precursor enemies have now staged an Uprising, and hijacked the giant robots once used to defend our coastal cities. Can John Boyega and Scott Eastwood inspire a team of teenage pilots to take back their tech and make the kaiju bleed blue?  Podcasters Jerry, Arnie, and Stuart meld minds to make sense of this sequel. Catch their drift when you listen now!

Mar 27, 2018
Tomb Raider
01:36:10

It’s been 15 years since Lara Croft last raided movie theaters, but now a new Oscar-winning actress is picking up the controls and racing into action. Tomb Raider 2018 - an origin story for the scrappy video game heroine - finds Danish Girl Alicia Vikander tracking her missing father Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West) to a mythical Japanese island crawling with mercenaries and booby traps.  Listen now to find out if survivors Stuart, Arnie, and Justin have reached higher ground in the Now Playing Arcade.

Mar 20, 2018
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life
01:12:25

Angelina Jolie reprised her role as England’s most scantily clad excavator for her second and final Tomb Raider adventure. Cradle of Life finds Lady Croft diving into sunken ruins with Greek sailors, motorcycling across the Great Wall of China with Gerard Butler, and ascending African peaks with Djimon Hounsou.  All in the hopes of beating blackhearted bio-engineer Ciaran Hinds to Pandora’s Box. Listen and find out if this 2003 sequel is plagued by the same problems that made Arnie, Justin, and Stuart deathly ill watching previous video game adaptations.

Mar 13, 2018
Death Wish (2018)
01:30:36

Movies with action heroes from the 1980s die pretty hard at the box office these days, but Bruce Willis aims to change all that with a 2018 reboot of Death Wish. The aging tough guy stars as a Chicago surgeon who goes from saving lives in the ER to taking lives on crime-ridden streets, after burglars violate his home and family.  Can Bruno take out the bad hombres and make America great again one bullet at a time? Or do hosts Arnie, Jakob and Stuart wish this vigilante died with Bronson? Listen and find out…

Mar 06, 2018
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
01:36:40

Five years after busty British archaeologist Lara Croft stole the hearts of PlayStation owners, the planets aligned to bring the video game vixen to the big screen in the skin of Oscar-winning bad girl Angelina Jolie. The 2001 Tomb Raider movie finds Lara racing against the clock to reach an ancient time machine before its claimed by future James Bond Daniel Craig and The Illuminati.  But will she avoid the pitfalls of other arcade-to-movie flops and flip the arrows green for fellow treasure hunters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart? Listen and find out! 

Feb 28, 2018
Black Panther
02:11:00

Chadwick Boseman bounds to the screen as Black Panther - the latest Marvel superhero to leap from comic pages into his own blockbuster movie. Will the newly crowned African Avenger continue to hide his technologically-advanced kingdom from the exploitative Western world? Or will Oakland militant Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) usurp the vibranium throne and use Wakandan firepower to finally Kill Whitey?  The revolution will not be televised… but colonizers Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart will certainly podcast about it all on this epic show.  Listen now! 

Feb 20, 2018
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
01:35:24

It took 15 years for filmmakers to hit the reset button on Street Fighter, with a second movie ditching JCVD’s paramilitary squad in favor of an origin story for kung fu pianist Chun-Li.  Does Smallville star Kristin Kreuk prove legendary in the title role? Is Oscar-nominated giant Michael Clarke Duncan slumming for work by teaming up with unconscionable real estate developer Bison (Neal McDonough)?  Is embarrassment the reason Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo won’t remove that mask?  I gotta feeling confused video game players will have a good good night when they listen now.        

Feb 13, 2018
Street Fighter
01:43:27

Podcasters Justin, Stuart, and Arnie have been taken hostage by Street Fighter, the infamous 1994 movie adaptation of the popular arcade fighting game. How much Van Damme-age can the boys withstand when the “Muscles From Brussels” goes American in a blue beret to beat down villainous megalomaniac Bison (the last movie role for terminal song-and dance man Raul Julia). And does this Shadaloo showdown improve when con artists Ryu and Ken, yellow-skinned mutant Blanka, fake news crew Chun-Li, Honda, and Balrog, and even Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue join the fray? Listen now and find out.

Feb 07, 2018
Double Dragon
01:33:30

The fly-kicking Lee Brothers were quick to mimic Mario’s leap from coin-ops and cartoons to a live-action feature film… and just as quick to fail. The 1994 action flick Double Dragon finds video game heroes Billy Lee (Party of Five heartthrob Scott Wolf) and Jimmy Lee (martial artist Mark Dacascos) scouring post-apocalyptic LA for the second half of a magic medallion.  Will Justin, Arnie, and Stuart find their battle with Robert “T-1000″ Patrick less tortuous than a repeated knee to the face? Listen now and find out.

Jan 31, 2018
Super Mario Bros.
01:58:47

Pixelated plumbers Mario and Luigi spent a decade warping through various video games, cartoons, and comic books before finally arriving on the big screen as Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo in the 1993 live action adventure Super Mario Bros. Hosts Justin, Stuart, and Arnie dredge up this moldy oldie to assess whether Hollywood’s first attempt at adapting an arcade hit deserved to Bob-omb so badly. Devolve your lizard brain and listen to this super show now. 

Jan 23, 2018
Hellraiser - Pinhead’s JUDGMENT - An Interview With Paul T. Taylor
00:24:50

In the tenth HELLRAISER film a new actor gets nailed with the starring role — Paul T. Taylor.  In this video Taylor discusses his acting past, how he got the role, how the production went, and his hopes on how the new HELLRAISER: JUDGMENT is judged by…

Jan 19, 2018
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
01:37:34

The Now Playing Arcade is now open!  Justin, Stuart, and Arnie are reviewing every movie based on a video game in a new retrospective that kicks off with The King Of Kong. Is this 2006 documentary about the heyday of coin-op machines (and the geeks who never stopped playing them) worth your quarters? Listen now and find out! 

Jan 16, 2018
Insidious: The Last Key
01:36:26

Before elderly psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) faced her mortality battling “Veilhead” in Insidious, she had to confront literal and figurative skeletons in her family closet. New prequel The Last Key shows the Spectral Sightings team going back to Elise’s childhood home and taking on “Keyface”, a demon who locks up your vocal cords and preys on your most violent thoughts. But can he silence criticisms that Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart previously voiced about this franchise, and deliver an electrifying fourth chapter? Listen now and find out!

Jan 09, 2018
The Disaster Artist
01:41:46

Cult audiences love midnight movie The Room for being crazy melodrama, but the story of how it got made might be even more nuts.  Does James Franco show his talent, or just his ass, stepping into the skin of wannabe writer/director/actor Tommy Wiseau?  And will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart find a new appreciation for this Disaster Artist when the truth behind his bad plots is dramatized?  Listen now and find out!  

Jan 01, 2018
The Room
01:30:07

Audiences have been tearing delusional actor/writer/director Tommy Wiseau apart for the last 14 years over his self-funded melodrama The Room. Can you ever really trust anyone who would recommend a movie this preposterous? Oh hi Jakob!  Three’s a crowd when the die hard Room-mate, his best friend Arnie, and manipulative bitch Stuart come together to explore this midnight movie phenomenon.  

Dec 26, 2017
The Last Jedi
02:42:38

Episode VIII finds General Leia (Carrie Fisher), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), and a dwindling number of Resistance fighters beating a hasty retreat from the rising armies of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Their only hope lies with recently located Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) - The Last Jedi in the universe.  But can Master Luke trust feisty apprentice Rey (Daisy Ridley) to learn the ways of The Force without succumbing to the Dark Side like his previous pupil, the murderous tyrant Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)?  Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart for a deep dive into the biggest movie of 2017. 

Dec 20, 2017
12 Monkeys
02:17:09

In 12 Monkeys Bruce Willis plays James Cole - a man from the future who’s come to witness the start of an extinction-level pandemic. Or he’s insane, filled with a Cassandra complex. He encounters Brad Pitt’s Jeffrey Goines, who is insane, but also may know more than he’s letting on. Yet perhaps the real time traveler is nonconformist, eclectic director Terry Gilliam whose underrated 1995 film foreshadows both stars’ roles in more popular films. Now, join Arnie, Stuart, and guest host Matt as they travel back to 1995 and examine this dystopian sci-fi film.

Dec 12, 2017
Now Playing 10th Anniversary DVD ROM set
00:02:24

Because listeners demanded it!  

To celebrate Now Playing’s 10th Anniversary we are releasing our second DVD-ROM set!  This set contains every podcast we’ve done from 2013-2017. This is all regular feed shows, all bonus shows, all donation shows, all Patron shows…and even the 4 Kickstarter exclusive reviews of Shocker, A Clockwork Orange, Super 8, and Xanadu.

Plus there are exclusive bonus features–including:

  • the Unedited review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • The full video review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • The full LIVE audio review of Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • A conversation with all 7 Podcast hosts
  • and more!

Find details now at http://nowplayingpodcast.com/donate 

Dec 11, 2017
Hellraiser: Hellseeker - Donate today and keep Now Playing playing!
00:12:28

The sixth installment of Hellraiser goes searching for the series’ original Last Girl, Ashley Laurence.  But no one has seen Kirsty Cotton-Gooden since her shady husband Trevor (Dean Winters) drove their car off a bridge.  Eels and sex tapes are among the treasures that Hellseekers Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart dredge up as they mine the watery depths of the franchise.  Will they find some Green Arrows inside this DVD box too?  Donate Now and find out!

Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going. Our Fall 2017 Donation Drive is underway and from now through July 31, 2017, the Hellraiser Retr [...]

Dec 08, 2017
Death Sentence
01:14:07

Saw director James Wan wished to leave the horror genre behind when he signed on to adapt Death Sentence - author Brian Garfield’s previously unmade sequel novel to Death Wish. A buttoned-down Kevin Bacon cuts loose, kicks off his Sunday shoes, and follows in the footsteps of Charles Bronson’s pistol packin’ Paul Kersey once a street gang targets his perfect family. Listen now and find out if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart give this failed reboot a stay of execution.

Dec 06, 2017
Hellraiser: Inferno - Plus A Donation Christmas Carol!
00:13:57

Q: What’s a seven letter word for a diminished movie series?

A: INFERNO.  The fifth installment of the Hellraiser franchise returned to Earth, bypassed theaters, and banished Pinhead to a DVD box.  But the Cenobite still hopes to make legendary suffering by collaborating with future Sinister and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, and facing off with a dirty Denver cop (Nightbreed star Craig Sheffer) who fingers Pinhead for a series of occult murders.  Donate Today to learn if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart think this sequel is killing Clive Barker’s spirit.

Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going. Our Fall 2017 Donation Drive is underway and from now through July 31, 2017, the Hellraiser Retrospective Series is available as a “thank you” [...]

Dec 02, 2017
Death Wish V: The Face of Death
01:13:46

It was Charles Bronson’s wish to never reprise the role of vigilante Paul Kersey after Death Wish IV. So movie producers found $5 million reasons for the 72 year old actor to star as their Face of Death one last time. This fifth chapter sends Kersey into the underbelly of New York City’s garment district, where the tough guy hunts the cannoli-loving transvestite mobsters who disfigured his clothing designer fiancee and stole away his surrogate daughter. Do Jakob, Stuart and Arnie find this fashion forward finale a bad turn on the catwalk, or a fitting end to the Bronson era?  Listen and find out.  

Nov 29, 2017
Hellraiser IV: Bloodline
00:15:09

Humble 18th Century toy maker Phillip L’Merchant put a curse on his Bloodline the day he manufactured a puzzle box that opened a portal to Hell.  Now it falls to L’Merchant’s descendants in modern day New York, as well as on a futuristic space station, to build a trap big enough to recapture demon Angelique and her Cenobite co-conspirator Pinhead. Donate now to hear Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart beam aboard this ambitious fourth installment of the Hellraiser franchise and boldly go where astro-slashers Jason Voorhees and the Leprechaun flopped before.  

Jakob, and Stuart can find room in their hellbound hearts for this third installment of the Hellraiser franchise.  

Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going. Our Fall 2017 Donation Drive is underway and from [...]

Nov 25, 2017
Justice League
02:00:20

How does a DC Comics super-team come together when the Man of Steel is dead, Batman is suicidal, Wonder Woman won’t lead, and the most promising recruits are an aloof Merman, a renegade robot, and a neurotic runner who’d rather eat than fight?  It will take the Classic Rock threat of Steppenwolf, reuniting with the Mother Boxes of Invention, to unify this Justice League.  But is there any hope for Recommendations from Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie when the clashing visions of director Zack Snyder and last minute replacement Joss Whedon create such a chaotic production?  Find out who wins and loses when you listen now!

Thirsting for even more JUSTICE? Become a Now Playing Patron to hear an extended version of this review–over 30 minutes longer! Details are on the Now Playing Patron site!

Nov 22, 2017
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
00:15:05

Pinhead is back and ready to turn New York City into a HELL ON EARTH! But first the Cenobite will need to convince a sadistic nightclub owner to free him from the carbonite confines of a modern art sculpture. Meanwhile a leggy TV journalist with daddy issues, partnering with a homeless Goth girl and the ghost of a WWI soldier, search for a way to put Pinhead back inside his box. Donate now to find out if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart can find room in their hellbound hearts for this third installment of the Hellraiser franchise.  

Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going. Our Fall 2017 Donation Drive is underway and from now through July 31, 2017, the Hellraiser Retrospective Series is available as a “thank you” to those who support Now Playing.

You can listen [...]

Nov 18, 2017
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
01:15:14

Paul Kersey gets topical with his fourth killing spree in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown! This time he’s going to whack the crack dealers in Los Angeles. It’s the type of film only Cannon Films could make. But is it any good? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Nov 15, 2017
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
00:13:36

For its second film the Hellraiser series was Hellbound, bringing back Pinhead and the Cenobites from the first film, and adding a few new twists. The mythology deepened, but the central struggle remained between Julia (Clare Higgins) and step-daughter Kirstie (Ashley Lawrence). Is this labyrinthine vision of hell pain or pleasure for horror movie fans? Find out! Open the box–donate to Now Playing and get hooked on this review!

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Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going. Our Fall 2017 Donation Drive is underway and from now through July 31, 2017, the Hellraiser Retrospective Series is available as a “thank you” to those who support Now Playing.

You can listen to this preview [...]

Nov 10, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok
01:52:33

The God of Thunder was ready to change his image after Now Playing and so many others hammered his solo films as the silliest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Third effort Ragnarok not only puts Thor in the arena with longtime frenemies Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), but pits him against powerful new characters Hela (Cate Blanchett), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).  Should the studly superhero have been so quick to chop off his golden hair, or would those shears have been better served cutting out some jokes in this 130 minute epic? Find out if hosts Arnie, Jakob and Stuart rain on Marvel’s latest parade by listening now!

Nov 08, 2017
Hellraiser
00:14:04

Clive Barker exploded onto the horror scene in the mid ’80s, bringing a fleshy physicality to his tales and pushing body horror to new extremes. His landmark creation is Hellraiser – his directorial debut. 30 years later it stands as a seminal horror film and Barker’s greatest achievement. The series’ biggest star is Pinhead who’s pierced visage has graced countless toys, T-Shirts, and tattoos. Ironically, he and his cenobites were but bit players in Barker’s original tale of terror. Now, open the box–DONATE to Now Playing Podcast–and you won’t get chains, you’ll get bonus podcasts: Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob will bring you untold pleasures with this review of Hellraiser!

Nov 04, 2017
Jigsaw
01:13:52

Seven Year’s Later…it’s again Halloween; it’s again Now Playing reviewing Saw! The “torture porn” genre had fallen out of vogue, and Saw’s grosses fell to match. Now, not quite a decade later, is the world ready for more traps and (plot) twists? Does the Saw cut as deep in its eighth iteration? Strap on your bucket and join Arnie, Jakob, and Marjorie to find out!

Nov 01, 2017
Leatherface (2017)
01:34:10

Texas Chainsaw 3D was a success in 2013, but the fast-tracked sequel got mired in studio bureaucracy and changes in creative teams. Finally, nearly five years later, comes Leatherface–a prequel to Tobe Hooper’s original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It has been available to DirecTV customers for the past month, but now it’s streaming through all major platforms. Can this new prequel give a better origin story for Leatherface than Platinum Dunes’ attempt? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Brock to find out!

Oct 25, 2017
Phantasm: RaVager - A Podcast Skit and Preview
00:15:03

The Tall Man has a message for you! Want to hear it? Join him, Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this special preview for their bonus review of Phantasm: RaVager. Then go to Now Playing’s Website to hear the entire retrospective series!

Oct 21, 2017
Death Wish 3
01:32:50

Paul Kersey has returned to New York (or London). He didn’t come intending to fight a gang war, but he finds his war buddy gunned down. It’s a fight Kersey didn’t start, but he intends to finish it in Death Wish 3.  It’s the first Death Wish that is officially a Cannon film. Does their Over the Top aesthetic help Charles Bronson’s franchise? Join the Now Playing Podcast hosts to find out!

Oct 18, 2017
Get Out - A Podcast Preview
00:15:40

Before February, 2017 Jordan Peele was best known as the comedian partner of Keegan-Michael Key. But his unexpected feature directorial debut Get Out–a horror film–was a smash hit that changed how fans thought of Peele.  It was a critical success, and broke several box-office records. Now the Now Playing hosts Get In on the conversation. Now Playing Patrons can hear their review of the year’s most-talked-about horror film.

 

You can get this review now and help support Now Playing! It is available with all other Patron exclusive reviews on our Podbean page to Patrons pledging $10 or more.

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Oct 16, 2017
Phantasm: OblIVion - A Podcast Preview
00:15:02

The fourth Phantasm film was shaping up to be major. Written by Pulp Fiction Academy Award Winning writer Roger Avary, the film would be a post-apocalyptic action film starring Bruce Campbell!  But…that’s not the film that was made. Unable to find the money for that film, Don Coscarelli and company made a film that didn’t go to the future, but instead to the past. Is this The Tall Man’s Oblivion? Donate to Now Playing and hear all about the film that was made, and the film that wasn’t!

Oct 13, 2017
Blade Runner 2049
01:54:47

In the early ’80s, the dawn of home video, it would be easy to think movies had a lifespan of only four years. But Ridley Scott’s creation Blade Runner escaped box-office failure to find its own life. Its imagery still influences artists 35 years after being released, and it’s spawned novels, video games, and more. But now this dystopian vision returns to big screens with a sequel: Blade Runner 2049. Harrison Ford returns as Deckard, a man with secrets sought after by a new Blade Runner played by Ryan Gosling.  Can director Denis Villeneuve craft a vision that we’ll still be discussing in 2052? Listen to this review to find out!

Oct 11, 2017
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead - A Podcast Preview
00:13:24

After Phantasm II the series’ theatrical releases came to an end, but that didn’t stop The Tall Man’s plot. Here in the third Phantasm the cast has grown, the gore is more graphic, and original star A. Michael Baldwin is back. Is the third time the charm for this sci-fi horror series? Donate to Now Playing to find out!

Oct 06, 2017
Death Wish II
01:26:04

Paul Kersey has lived a peaceful life for years in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, his daughter, and his housekeeper. Yet his tranquil existence will once more be shattered by a group of criminals who will assault his family. Now Paul is back on the streets, stalking the streets of Skid Row, looking for revenge. Does this Death Wish hit as hard as the original? Listen to this episode of Now Playing to find out!

Oct 04, 2017
Phantasm II - A Podcast Preview!
00:15:12

Nine years had passed since Mike’s first dream of The Tall Man in 1979’s Phantasm. Now, thanks to the seemingly endless appetite of fans for horror franchises, “the ball is back”–with a 10x bigger budget! Under Universal Pictures there was more money, and a new actor as Mike. Does this ball shine greater than the original? Thanks to your donation to Now Playing Podcast you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Sep 30, 2017
Bloody Birthday
01:14:05

Three children were all born during the solar eclipse. Does that mean these little sociopaths have no soul? Their birthday wish…is for you to die! That’s the plot of Bloody Birthday, a 1981 film “so shocking” it couldn’t see wide release until 1986! How does this Birthday surprise stack up against similar-themed slashers? Wish co-host Stuart a happy birthday as we cut into this Patron-selected film!

Sep 27, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
02:07:12

Fledgling spy Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) barely had time to assume his place as Galahad before chirpy drug czar Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore) reduced the whole Kingsman Round Table to rubble. Now the English gentleman must dust off his suit and accept assistance from newfound American allies Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, and Pedro Pascal.  How many shots of whiskey will it take to ply recommends from Yank hosts Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob?  Their review of this highly anticipated sequel is finally available to listeners who missed the September live-stream podcast!     

Sep 24, 2017
Phantasm - A Podcast Preview!
00:17:36

Phantasm was a horror hit in 1979, standing out among a slew of Halloween horror trend followers. But Phantasm’s success belied its indie production, shot on weekends for a meager $300,000 budget. The film’s legacy endures nearly 40 years later with a fifth film recently released. Does this first movie have the balls to still work decades after its release? Donate to keep indie podcast Now Playing going and find out!

Sep 23, 2017
Death Wish (1974)
01:31:57

In 1974 Charles Bronson made his entry in the self-defense/revenge genre with Death Wish. The film is a gritty look at a New Yorker who is pushed to the breaking point by the city’s rampant crime. Based on a novel, is this just another grim exploitation flick, or does it Wish to be something more? Load up with Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob as they begin their series reviewing all the Death Wish films–ending with the Eli Roth/Bruce Willis reboot this November!

Sep 20, 2017
Happy Birthday to Me
01:31:15

First came Halloween. Then Friday the 13th. Soon after, no holiday was safe! New Year’s Evil, Mother’s Day, Graduation Day. Prom Night…all became occasions for slasher fests. Then in 1981 it was time to blow out the candles with Happy Birthday to Me, a murder-mystery slasher starring Little House on the Prairie’s Melissa Sue Anderson, and Superman’s dad Glenn Ford. 

It’s Now Playing co-host Arnie’s birthday today, and listener Matt has chosen this to be his gift! Is it all he wished for? Join him, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Sep 13, 2017
Inhumans
01:33:43

Marvel’s Inhumans are the result of combining alien DNA with humans. In that way they’re neither human nor alien, they’re inhuman. Likewise Marvel’s Inhumans is a halfbreed–it’s neither television nor film. It is the TV series pilot premiering this weekend on IMAX screens. Is it worth the IMAX ticket price to see a shorter version of network television four weeks early? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this hair-raising review to find out!

Sep 03, 2017
Radio Free Albemuth
01:09:39

Philip K. Dick’s novel Radio Free Albemuth was published in 1985, three years after the author’s death and nine years after the book was written. Yet with the author’s name as propellant, this discarded novel was optioned for a low-budget movie. After lengthy post-production the film Radio Free Albemuth was released direct-to-VOD in 2014.  Can the acting (and singing) of Alanis Morissette help audiences swallow this film’s extra-terrestrial premise? Listen to find out!

Aug 30, 2017
Total Recall (2012)
00:58:49

Do you remember Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 movie Total Recall? If not, Columbia Pictures will remind you with their wholesale retelling of that film. Featuring Colin Farrell in the lead this movie was quickly forgotten in theaters. But now, after much listener demand, the Now Playing hosts give Len Wiseman his props! So join Stuart, Brock, and Jakob for this return to our Philip K Dick Retrospective Series!

Aug 23, 2017
Annabelle: Creation
01:32:00

Annabelle was a prequel to The Conjuring. Now we go even further back in time with Annabelle: Creation–the story of the doll’s manufacture and first possession. These films hit big at the box office, but can this demonic doll break the curse of getting no recommends from the Now Playing hosts? Listen to find out!

Aug 16, 2017
The Dark Tower
01:43:37

Over the span of 34 years Stephen King wrote his Dark Tower saga of books, amassing more than 4,000 pages of lore. The story features the last legendary Gunslinger on a quest to ward off evil forces and reach The Dark Tower. The story has often been called “unfilmable” but, after nearly two decades of trying, the story has come to the screen. Is it an epic fit for King, or another dark tale that didn’t survive the leap from page to screen? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie on their quest to unravel the mystery and find out!

Aug 09, 2017
Dunkirk
01:42:19

Christopher Nolan’s latest film tells of the English army’s rescue from German assault at Dunkirk. The director is relying on visual spectacle over star power, choosing mostly unknown actors for many of the lead roles. But what can Nolan’s unique film-making and storytelling style add to distinguish Dunkirk from other World War II films? Jump on the boat with Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

Aug 02, 2017
T2: Trainspotting
01:25:11

Trainspotting was a breakthrough film, gaining acclaim for both director Danny Boyle and star Ewan McGregor. Now, twenty years after their original tale of Scottish heroin addicts, the stars and director come together to catch up on the lives of Rent Boy, Spud, Sick Boy, and Franco. Who kicked the habit, and who hasn’t? And what consequences are due for Renton stealing the £16,000?  Choose life! Choose to listen to Now Playing and find out!

Jul 26, 2017
Trainspotting
01:18:09

In 1996 director Danny Boyle exploded on the indie film scene with his octane-fueled heroin comedy-drama Trainspotting. Based on the eponymous novel by Irvine Welsh, the film has a unique vibe, a killer soundtrack, and turned Ewan McGregor into a star. Can the 20-year-old film give the Now Playing hosts the same high it once did? Choose life. Choose Now Playing. Inject this into your ears now!

Jul 19, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming
02:26:30

Spider-Man has finally come home! While Marvel Studios started without its most popular characters, an agreement between studios (aided by some North Korean hackers) has now made it so Marvel’s most super of heroes, Spider-Man, can stand alongside the other cinematic Avengers. But this is this third big-screen incarnation of the wall crawler in 10 years. Does this one swing higher than Raimi’s and Webb’s movies? Listen to find out!

Jul 12, 2017
Baby Driver
01:58:28

No, Baby Driver is not about an infant taking his parents’ car for a spin. Baby Driver is the latest film from Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Shaun of the Dead auteur Edgar Wright. For his fifth studio film Wright brings his unique take to the car chase genre. Or is it the musical? No matter. Load up your iPod Classic, pop in your ear buds, and join the hosts of Now Playing for this revved up movie review!

Jul 05, 2017
Transformers: The Last Knight
02:12:18

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise. To commemorate, Paramount and Bay have released the fifth movie in the series: The Last Knight. And this seems to be Bay’s last go-round with these Autobots and Decepticons. The box office is soft, but could Bay have possibly saved the best for last? And where does the franchise go from here? ROLL OUT with the hosts of Now Playing to hear their thoughts!

Jun 28, 2017
Bad Boys 2
01:36:16

Bad Boys exploded in 1995. The career surge it caused for both stars Smith and Lawrence, as well as for director Bay, meant an eight-year wait for the sequel. In 2003 the Boys were back and it was bigger, badder, and much longer. But was it better? Join the bad boys of Now Playing Podcast for their review to find out!

Jun 21, 2017
Bad Boys
01:36:20

In 1995 Will Smith was a sitcom star with a rap career. Martin Lawrence was host of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, and his own show Martin where he would cross-dress to play Sheneneh. And Michael Bay was an unknown, save for a few stylish music videos. Their careers all blew up, as did several cars and an airplane, when they teamed up to make Bad Boys.  Now join the bad boys of Now Playing for their review of this action classic!

Jun 14, 2017
Wonder Woman (1975) Bonus Episode: Soundtrack Interview with Neil S. Bulk
00:29:35

Fans of the 1975 Wonder Woman series have to be excited for the Wonder-ful release from La La Land records: The Wonder Woman 3-CD set. This release has music cues and score from all three seasons of Wonder Woman’s run from composers Charles Fox, Artie Kane, Robert Prince, Johnny Harris, Robert O. Ragland, Angela Morley, and Richard LaSalle.  On this bonus Now Playing, Arnie talks with Wonder Woman album producer Neil S. Bulk. Find out what goes into making a soundtrack for a 40-year-old show, and take a listen to some of the music found in this set.  And on this episode–find out how to win one of six copies Now Playing is giving away! You have until June 13th to enter.

Jun 10, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017)
02:21:04

Sometimes a movie becomes something more than a film–it becomes a movement. That seems to be the case with Wonder Woman. It has become celebrated as not only a great DC movie but also the first wonder-ful female-led superhero film, and a breakthrough for a female director. Beyond the politics, though, how much does this movie improve the Snyder-verse of DC Comics films? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Jun 07, 2017
The New Original Wonder Woman (1975)
01:10:45

Cathy Lee Crosby’s Wonder Woman series didn’t take off. But one year later ABC was ready to try again with The All-New Original Wonder Woman. It was a huge success and this is the series everyone remembers. Starring then-unknown Lynda Carter as the titular superhero, how does Wonder Woman work in a movie made in the 1970s, set in the 1940s? Spin along with Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

May 31, 2017
Wonder Woman (1974)
01:08:10

When you think of Wonder Woman on ABC in the ’70s no doubt you think of Lynda Carter in her red, white, and blue outfit, spinning through costume changes. But do you remember ABC’s first Wonder Woman played by Cathy Lee Crosby? Based on DC Comics’ “Diana Prince” era of comics, this made-for-TV movie introduces Wonder Woman the super-spy. Her bracelets may not deflect bullets, but they are gadgets worthy of James Bond. 

The series based on this pilot was not green-lit, and the next year ABC would try again with their iconic Lynda Carter show. But was this original movie still a Wonder? Wonder no longer! Listen to Now Playing to find out!

May 24, 2017
Inland Empire
01:22:21

In 2006 David Lynch finally completed and released Inland Empire – an experimental film that took him nearly three years to create. If it isn’t the largest of Lynch’s strange and surreal visions, it is his longest,  coming in at three hours. And recently Lynch announced this is the final movie of his career. With talking bunny sitcoms, a murder mystery, and the Locomotion, did he go out on a high note? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this final David Lynch review to find out!

 
Then head to NowPeakingPodcast.com and hear reviews of every episode of Twin Peaks! It’s part of Now Playing’s Spring ‘17 Donation Drive.  Every dollar helps keep Now Playing going!
May 17, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
01:59:18

James Gunn defied all expectations. 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was the first Marvel studios film to go cosmic, and with stars like a raccoon and a talking tree, it could have easily crashed. Instead it has become many fans’ favorite entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now Gunn is back, as are all the Guardians. The stakes are higher. Does this movie rock as much as the first? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

May 10, 2017
Mulholland Dr
02:13:44

After Twin Peaks’ inglorious end it seemed a safe assumption that David Lynch and the ABC network were through with each other. Yet in the late ’90s ABC hired Lynch to make a pilot for a new TV series–Mullholland Dr.  The series wasn’t picked up, but Lynch filmed a new ending and the result was one of his most acclaimed films. So take the key, open the box, and join the Now Playing hosts as they analyze this surreal mystery movie!

May 03, 2017
The Fate Of The Furious
01:53:20

For several films where Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto was a car-driving superhero. Now, in The Fate of the Furious he’s back on the wrong side of the law, working for a mysterious hacker named Cypher (Charlize Theron). Does this rift with his “family” supercharge the franchise’s eighth installment, or is it headed for a burnout? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Apr 25, 2017
The Straight Story
01:11:08

After the violent, explicit Lost Highway it seems whiplash-inducing that David Lynch’s next film would be a G-rated family film for Disney. But that’s what The Straight Story is. There are no dancing little people, no time loops, and no murder mysteries. The Straight Story is a true story of Alvin Straight, a retired farmer who drives his John Deere lawnmower over 300 miles to see his ailing brother. Is this a Story worth watching? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

Apr 19, 2017
Lost Highway
01:38:00

David Lynch’s theatrical follow-up to the maligned Fire Walk With Me was Lost Highway – a supernatural horror-thriller. The film stars Bill Pullman as Fred Madison, a man who may have killed his wife. On death row Fred is somehow replaced by twenty-something car mechanic Pete. What is going on, and how does it involve Dick Laurent? Hop in the car and join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as they guide you down this Lost Highway.

Apr 12, 2017
Hotel Room
01:13:17

Twin Peaks was far from David Lynch’s only television effort. Not only did Mulholland Dr. start as a television pilot, but Lynch also produced On the Air and, in 1993, Hotel Room. That latter series was not picked up by any network, but HBO aired the three recorded episodes as a mini-series. Later it was released on VHS as a film. Now you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they look at Lynch’s television history and check out Hotel Room!

Apr 05, 2017
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
02:17:33

Twin Peaks television ratings weren’t enough for ABC to keep the show on the air. That cancellation left fans biting their nails with a cliffhanger that seemed would never be resolved. One year later Peaks was brought back to life, not on television but in theaters. But would this movie, a prequel chronicling Laura Palmer’s last week, give the fans what it wanted? It was derided upon release, but with 25 years of distance is this film an underrated masterpiece?  

Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!  Then head to NowPeakingPodcast.com. It’s a donation drive where you can hear reviews of every episode of the Twin Peaks series, including the new episodes coming this summer on Showtime!

Mar 29, 2017
Dance With the Devil (Perdita Durango)
01:28:49

When credits rolled on David Lynch’s Wild at Heart it seemed like no sequel was necessary. But Wild at Heart novelist Barry Gifford continued Sailor and Luna’s tales in a series of books. He also wrote a spin-off novel 59° and Raining: The Story of Perdita Durango  featuring the Santeria practicing criminal from Wild at Heart.  The film adaptation was made with no connection to Lynch’s earlier film, and was released in the states as Dance With the Devil. Can it be as Wild as Lynch’s villain? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out! 

Mar 22, 2017
Wild at Heart
01:37:14

David Lynch was hitting a career peak in 1990. First, his show Twin Peaks became a national obsession.  Then his new film Wild at Heart won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.  But this movie, combining Barry Gifford’s eponymous novel with The Wizard of Oz, did not find universal acclaim.  Can Nicolas Cage win over the hearts of our critics? Listen to find out!

 
Then head to NowPeakingPodcast.com and hear reviews of every episode of Twin Peaks! It’s part of Now Playing’s Spring ‘17 Donation Drive.  Every dollar helps keep Now Playing going!
Mar 15, 2017
Logan
02:07:01

For eighteen years Hugh Jackman has played Logan - the popular X-Men hero also known as Wolverine. His first appearance in 2000’s X-Men helped launch the modern age of cinematic superheros. But now, after playing Wolverine nine times Jackman is ready to hang up his claws. His planned final performance is in Logan – a violent and dour film that reteams Jackman with The Wolverine director James Mangold. Did Jackman save the best Wolverine for last? Join the Now Playing Podcast hosts to find out!

Mar 07, 2017
The Warriors - A Podcast Preview
00:10:42

The Warriors was a 1979 gang film that had studio expectations as low as its budget. Yet the film’s unique style, iconography, and treatment of gang life found its audience and is a cult hit to this day. Why is that? Does the film hold up nearly 40 years later? And what are the plans for the remake of this movie? Patrons of Now Playing’s Podbean Campaign pledging $10 or more can listen now and find out!

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Mar 03, 2017
Silver Bullet
01:36:58

In the 1970s Stephen King gave his version of a vampire tale with ‘Salem’s Lot.  In the ’80s he wrote another classic horror monster story. The novella was called “The Cycle of the Werewolf”, but the film was called Silver Bullet.  Does a pre-Lost Boys Corey Haim stand a chance against a rampaging werewolf? And who’s scarier, the wolf or Gary Busey? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

Mar 01, 2017
Twin Peaks
02:25:21

February 24 is Twin Peaks day. 

 
It’s designated as such because the first episode of Twin Peaks is set on February 24, 1989–the day Laura Palmer’s body washed up on the shore of the small town.
 
Now join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as they watch and review the pilot episode of Twin Peaks, including the international version which solves the murder!  Then head to NowPeakingPodcast.com. It’s a donation drive where you can hear reviews of every episode of the Twin Peaks series, including the new episodes coming this summer on Showtime!
 
Feb 24, 2017
Blue Velvet
02:12:46

Before Twin Peaks there was Blue Velvet — David Lynch’s first tale of  Kyle MacLachlan investigating a small town murder. This violent, sexy, surreal film has been ranked one of Lynch’s best, and helped put Easy Rider Dennis Hopper back on top. Is this a mystery worth solving?  Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

 
Then head to Now Peaking Podcast.com for reviews of every Twin Peaks television episode in anticipation of this summer’s new season on Showtime!
 
Feb 22, 2017
John Wick: Chapter 2
01:41:04

John Wick thought he’d left his killer lifestyle behind. After avenging his beloved pet he was ready to literally bury his past…but the underworld is not yet done with him. Keanu Reeves is back in the sequel to the sleeper hit John Wick. Does this one go off as well as the first? And what does it have in common with The Matrix? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

Feb 14, 2017
John Wick
01:33:58

John Wick exploded out of nowhere. This film was announced in September, 2014 for release just a few weeks later. And thanks to the star power of Keanu Reeves, a strong trailer, and a high concept, the lack of promotion didn’t matter–it quadrupled its modest budget.  Now, just over two years later, Wick is back in theaters for Chapter 2. Prepare for it by joining the Now Playing hosts as they give the first John Wick a shot!

Feb 08, 2017
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
01:54:59

Fifteen years ago Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich transformed Resident Evil from a successful video game franchise to a hit movie series. They released a new film every two to three years, and made almost one billion dollars worldwide.  Now, after a five year absence, they are back to conclude the series in The Final Chapter. Can Alice defeat the big boss and give the series a fitting ending–or do our hosts just want to hit the “reset” button and start the game over?  Join Stuart, Justin, and Arnie to find out!

Feb 01, 2017
Resident Evil: Retribution
01:16:29

Ten years after Resident Evil first hit screens it came back for Retribution!  This fifth movie brings back actors, and plot points, from previous installments. Can the return of Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Colin Salmon, and Oded Fehr breathe new life into this zombie series? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

Jan 25, 2017
Resident Evil: Afterlife
01:27:40

It was no surprise that Resident Evil would return for a fourth film. That original series creator Paul W.S. Anderson returned, however, was surprising. Bringing James Cameron’s 3-D cameras he attempted to make the most eye-popping yet. Did this breathe new life into Afterlife or should we call in the executioner? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

Jan 17, 2017
Resident Evil: Extinction
01:34:24

Alice goes Beyond Thunderdome on the Fury Road in Resident Evil: Extinction — a Mad Max movie for gamers (it even ends with a final fight in a cage!) In this post-apocalyptic wasteland a group of survivors band together to travel to Alaska, where they are promised a civilization free of zombie infection. But who is their biggest obstacle — the zombified birds and humans, or Umbrella Corporation’s middle management?  Grab a game controller and join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

Jan 11, 2017
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
01:42:52

The first Resident Evil film ended with what seemed like the end of the world — Alice alone in a desolate, abandoned Raccoon City.  Picking up from that very moment Apocalypse reveals all is not lost as there is plenty of life in the city, but not for very much longer.  With new friends Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, can Alice make a deal to escape before the city is nuked, all while dodging attacks from Project Nemesis?  Do the hosts care, or do they want to see the city burn? Listen to find out?

 

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Jan 04, 2017
Resident Evil
01:55:28

In 1995 Paul W.S. Anderson scored a major hit with Mortal Kombat, a box office hit grossing more than double any other video game adaptations.  In 2002 Capcom hoped Anderson could beat his own high score with Resident Evil.  Based on the zombie survival-horror game, this movie brought the game’s iconography and added some martial arts action. The movie was a success and launched the longest-running video game movie franchise. But is this a movie you want to watch, or just play? Join Justin, Stuart, and Arnie to find out!

Dec 28, 2016
Rogue One - A Star Wars Story
02:20:45

Fans of Star Wars comics, books, video games, and cartoons have long known the universe is ripe for adventures outside of the Skywalker family tree. But with Rogue One this type of story comes to the big screen for the first time. Detailing the group of rebels who steal the original Death Star plans, this film was seen as a creative risk by Lucasfilm. The result was one of the biggest opening weekends of all time; another super-successful Star Wars movie. But was it a story that needed to be told? Join the Now Playing Podcast hosts to find out!

Dec 20, 2016
Children of Dune
01:47:49

The original Dune mini-series broke Sci-Fi channel records for viewing. Three years later they attempted to hit that same peak with the sequel Children of Dune.  Combining the stories of two Frank Herbert novels, this three-part series brings back old characters and introduces new ones in the continuing story of House Atreides.  Should you watch these Children?  Listen to this episode of Now Playing to find out!

Dec 14, 2016
Chopping Mall — Interviews with director Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell
01:19:32

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In this holiday season you can head to your local Chopping Mall to pick up the new Blu-Ray release of this 1986 horror cult classic. A brand new transfer and lots of bonus features accompany this new release. Going even further, on this podcast Arnie Carvalho talks to Chopping Mall director Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell, dispelling internet rumors and finding out about the making of this film.

After you hear this interview, get our review of Chopping Mall!

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Dec 09, 2016
Dune (2000)
01:33:50

The Dune novels have built a universe full of history and lore. So many details and characters exit that it seemed even David Lynch had trouble squeezing Frank Herbert’s original novel into two hours, but could it work in six? 

 
In 2000 the Sci-Fi Channel released Frank Herbert’s Dune — a three-night mini-series telling of the fall of House Atreides, and the rise of its son Paul.  How does this telling compare to both the ‘84 film and Herbert’s original novel? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!
Dec 07, 2016
Dune (1984)
02:15:16

Frank Herbert’s novel Dune had a long path from the novel to film. After a series of false starts it finally hit theaters in 1984 directed by Oscar nominated director David Lynch.  The director turned down Return of the Jedi for this other sci-fi epic. Yet while both are space fantasies on desert planets, Jedi was populated with muppets and Dune came with a pamphlet to help moviegoers unfurl the dense narrative. How much of this film is Herbert and how much is Lynch, and is this film the worm or the hook?  Join the Now Playing podcast hosts to find out!

Nov 30, 2016
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
01:51:40

As the school year ended in 1986 John Hughes gave the world a film honoring playing hooky — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  On the surface this is a fluffy comedy about three teens set loose in Chicago, but its themes and characters clicked with audiences and have endured for thirty years.  Now, as Now Playing continues its look at the films of 1986, Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin skip school to give you this bonus movie review.  Is this the best Day ever? Join them to find out!

Nov 24, 2016
The Elephant Man
01:25:39

I am not an animal! I am a human being!  That quote from David Lynch’s The Elephant Man has become part of the American lexicon, quoted in literally hundreds of movies and television shows.  But what of the film that created the quote? Lynch’s 1980 black and white biopic, his first commercial production, was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won many other statues. How does The Elephant Man hold up over 35 years later? Take the bag off your head, put in your earbuds, and join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

Nov 23, 2016
Eraserhead
01:46:16

David Lynch is a popular director of such films as The Elephant Man, Dune, Wild at Heart and Mulholland Drive. And he became a household name with his 1990 TV Series Twin Peaks where “Who killed Laura Palmer?” was the new decade’s “Who shot JR?”.  But before all those films came Eraserhead - Lynch’s surreal feature debut. It has become a midnight-movie cult hit and its meaning has been debated for decades. Now you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they give their analysis and review!

Nov 16, 2016
Doctor Strange
02:14:15

Fourteen movies into the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes the Strangest movie yet – Doctor Strange. This film eschews all the other movies’ science fiction basis to bring that magic feeling to the franchise.  Can lauded actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Tilda Swinton cast their spell on our reviewers?  Listen now to find out!

Nov 09, 2016
Rob Zombie’s 31
01:55:04

After swearing he was done with horror movies, director Rob Zombie scared up some crowd-funded money to make a tale of Halloween murder– 31.  Featuring a group of carnies trapped by psychotic clowns, the film is a throwback to Zombie’s earliest films. But is retro horror what we need, or is it just too much clowning around? Join the Now Playing hosts as they treat your trick with this special Halloween movie review!

Nov 01, 2016
Sinister 2
01:17:15

It took three years for Blumhouse to scare up a sequel to Sinister. Original creator Scott Derrickson had moved on to make Dr. Strange, but he returned to co-write and produce this follow-up. But can a story of a demon shaming Deputy So & So live up to the suspense of the original? Justin, Stuart, and Arnie are here to fill your trick or treat bag with this bonus podcast! So listen to find out!

Oct 30, 2016
Pet Sematary Two
01:10:55

The Pet Sematary series returned from the grave in 1992. The three years in the ground (or the video stores) did it no favors as the return looked little like the ‘89 original. Gone was the entire cast, replaced by new star Edward Furlong — fresh off his success of Terminator 2.  Can returning director Mary Lambert reanimate this franchise, or does this sequel smell of rot and death?  Dig up this show to find out!

Oct 26, 2016
Sinister
01:27:33

One of the most acclaimed horror films of this decade was Sinister. On the surface this Blumhouse production seems little different than many haunted house films like Paranormal Activity and Insidious. But Sinister hit a note with fans, and its success and style set director Scott Derrickson on the path to direct Marvel’s Doc [...]

Oct 23, 2016
Pet Sematary
01:45:43

In 1983 King published Pet Sematary - the book he dubbed to scary to print, with a title too difficult to spell.  The book was a smash success.  Six years later the film adaptation was released. Can it possibly be as frightening as the source novel? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob as they dig up this movie and find out!

Oct 19, 2016
Christine
01:19:16

By 1983 Stephen King had been christened the “King of Horror”, his every book a bestseller, and his three films hits.   John Carpenter was an acclaimed horror director who created the modern slasher with Halloween.  When these two masters of terror joined forces to make 1983’s Christine, could the results be anything but frightful fun? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they review the carnage to find out!

Oct 12, 2016
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
01:12:56

From the minds of Stephen King and George Romero comes Tales from the Darkside: The Movie…a horror anthology like no other.  Well, scratch that, it’s like several others–including Romero’s own Creepshow! In fact, the King story in this film was written by Romero for Creepshow 2, but now it’s joined by two other stories of monsters and murder.  Are these Tales the best Creepshow sequel of all? Join us to find out…but only if you promise to never tell!

Oct 05, 2016
Creepshow 3
01:27:38

Nearly 20 years after the last Creepshow left theaters a third installment creeped onto video shelves. Five more tales of terror await, but now they are all intertwined with crossover characters and a twisting timeline. Does this add enjoyment to the final Creepshow? Grab a hot dog and join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Sep 27, 2016
Blair Witch
01:35:22

The studio made it in secret. No one knew that Adam Wingard’s new horror film The Woods was actually the third installment of the Blair Witch film series. This one goes back to the original 1999 film in both universe and style. Watch the found footage as James Donahue, brother of the original film’s Heather, leads a new crew into Burkittsville to try and uncover the age old mystery.  Is this a great return to form? Head into the woods with Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart to find out!

Sep 21, 2016
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - 30th Anniversary Soundtrack
00:46:50

When you think of Ferris Bueller what comes to mind? Is it “Oh Yeah”? Or perhaps the Star Wars theme playing while Cameron’s Ferrari shot above the city streets. And the iconic parade scene with Ferris lip syncing The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout”.  But for all the important music moments in the film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off never had a soundtrack…until now.  And to talk about it are Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin along with some guests. Join them for some music, some information, and a review of this new Ferris Bueller’s Day Off CD.

Sep 17, 2016
Creepshow 2
01:25:19

Five years after Stephen King and George Romero revived the horror anthology with Creepshow, New World Pictures released the sequel. The poster looked the same, but there was a new director, Romero was now only writing, and King had a “Story By” credit. With just three tales of terror, versus the original’s five, is the humor as sharp and the horror as scary? Get your ticket and join Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie to find out!

Sep 14, 2016
Creepshow
01:53:43

Stephen King was a master of written horror, and George Romero a master of cinematic scares. And in 1982 those two combined forces to bring you Creepshow – five tales of terror, written by King and directed by Romero.  Were two kings of horror better than one? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they creep up on you with this review!

Sep 07, 2016
Stand by Me
01:48:10

They didn’t market Stand by Me as a Stephen King film. In 1986 a period piece drama didn’t fit with King’s history of films, including axe murderers, ghosts, zombies, vampires, and killer semis. Few would have thought this 50’s coming-of-age nostalgia piece was from King’s short story “The Body.” Yet the movie was a smash hit, nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Awards. How does this movie hold up thirty years later, playing to people other than Baby Boomers? Stand by Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Aug 31, 2016
Apt Pupil
01:28:25

A Nazi in hiding is uncovered by a suburban boy, and the result is blackmail and bloodshed. That is the story of Apt Pupil, Bryan Singer’s directorial follow-up to his breakthrough The Usual Suspects. Is Kurt Dussander’s secret past a mystery on par with Keyser Söze? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Aug 24, 2016
The Shawshank Redemption
01:55:25

The Shawshank Redemption has been voted the #1 movie of all time by IMDB.com users. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for star Morgan Freeman. It has played endlessly on TNT. And yet, upon its release, the film flopped in theaters. Is history right? Is this the best movie of all time, underappreciated when it first came out? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Aug 17, 2016
Suicide Squad
02:28:27

Earlier this year DC brought Batman back to the big screen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Now it’s time for his nemesis to get the spotlight. Suicide Squad stars villains like Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Enchantress — a group of bad people who may be able to do some good.  The characters are the worst of the worst…but is the film also the worst? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Aug 10, 2016
Jason Bourne
01:39:44

It’s been nine years since Matt Damon last played Jason Bourne. But now he is back, ready to uncover new secrets about Treadstone and what turned David Webb into Jason Bourne. Do Greengrass and Damon still have the spark that made those original films so memorable, or should they have not Borne out another sequel? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this podcast movie review to find out!

Aug 03, 2016
Star Trek Beyond
01:56:47

On Thursday, September 8, 1966, Star Trek beamed into people’s homes for the first time.  Since then, Star Trek has become a cultural phenomenon spanning 725 television episodes across six series, and 12 movies. But now it is time for Star Trek to go Beyond.  Is there still power in those warp coils on the Enterprise’s 13th voyage in theaters? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Brock to find out!

Jul 30, 2016
The Last Starfighter
01:50:55

A long time ago, in a trailer park far, far away… a teen named Alex beat the high score on the Starfighter arcade. But it wasn’t just a game–it was a proving grounds for fighters to join an intergalactic war. Is Alex the Luke Skywalker for the ’80s?  And how does this film’s once-groundbreaking CGI hold up over 30 years later? Join Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin to find out!

Jul 27, 2016
The Bourne Legacy
01:26:20

The Bourne Ultimatum proved its box office dominance, and director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon were ready leave Jason Bourne behind. But Universal Pictures wasn’t going to let that stop their blockbuster franchise, so enter The Bourne Legacy!  Jeremy Renner stars as Aaron Cross - another covert super soldier from the same CIA operations as Bourne.  Rather than risk exposure, the CIA has chosen to kill all their agents and start over. Can Cross survive this extinction protocol? And can the franchise survive without its signature star and character?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob now to find out!

Jul 20, 2016
The Bourne Ultimatum
01:13:50

Three years after Bourne was supreme at the box office, star Matt Damon reteamed with director Paul Greengrass for the series’ third installment  – The Bourne Ultimatum.  This film promises to reveal the final secrets about the secret agent’s past, and gives co-star Julia Stiles something to do. Did this original Bourne trilogy end on a high note? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Jul 12, 2016
Short Circuit 2
01:32:13

Just two short years after Short Circuit electrified audiences Johnny 5 returned in Short Circuit 2. This time Johnny is in the big city and realizing what it means to be human…or in his case, not human. The film was supposed to be full of heart, laughs, and special effects. But Johnny’s wires got crossed and no connection was made with audiences.  With this film Johnny 5’s cinematic life ended, but did he deserve his fate? Join Justin Five, Stuart, and Arnie to find out!

Jul 08, 2016
The Bourne Supremacy
01:13:33

Universal had little confidence in making The Bourne Identity, but after its huge success they fast-tracked the sequel: The Bourne Supremacy. This follow-up teamed Damon with Paul Greengrass, who would continue to guide the Bourne films through this summer’s new Jason Bourne.  Is this film truly supreme, or did the franchise lose its identity? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!

Jul 06, 2016
Short Circuit
01:36:36

Robocop. R2-D2. HAL 9000.  The T-1000. Johnny 5.   Yes, in the pantheon of great movie robots, there is no denying S.A.I.N.T. model Number Five deserves prominent mention. He came alive in 1986’s Short Circuit and charmed audiences with his naivete, and his DeBarge theme song.  Now, as Now Playing looks back at the great sci-fi films of 1986, Arnie, Stuart, and new Now Playing critic Justin review this film to answer the age old question…”Who’s Johnny?” Listen to find out!

Jun 30, 2016
The Bourne Identity (2002)
01:29:20

In 2002 a new action franchise was Bourne. Starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, The Bourne Identity modernized and heavily revised Robert Ludlum’s original novel. Despite a modest budget, the film connected with critics and audience members alike. With the upcoming sequel Jason Bourne in theaters this July, it’s time to check Bourne’s original Identity.  Does the film hold up 14 years later? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Jun 29, 2016
The Bourne Identity (1988)
01:33:17

Jason Bourne has existed in Robert Ludlum novels for over 35 years. For mainstream audiences, however, he came to life when Matt Damon starred as the amnesiac secret agent in 2002. That action-packed rendition now defines the character, and has totally overshadowed Bourne’s first portrayal — in a 1988 ABC miniseries. The story was much closer to Ludlum’s original novel than the later films, but can Richard Chamberlain match Damon’s performance? To find out, join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as this new retrospective series is Bourne! And come back each week until we review the new Jason Bourne film in theaters!

Jun 22, 2016
The Conjuring 2
01:29:23

After three years and one Fast and Furious film, James Wan is back with a sequel to The Conjuring.  The original horror film scared up lots of dough for Universal, so now the series returns with Ed and Lorraine Warren investigating another real life haunting — The Enfield Poltergeist. How “true to life” is this story, and does it up the suspense from the original? Join us to find out!t

Jun 15, 2016
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
01:44:29

In this sequel to 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo are back again to save New York from Shredder. But while this film has the same look and some returning stars, there’s a new vibe throwing back to the original cartoon series — including fan-loved baddies Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady. With Arrow star Stephen Amell joining the cast as human vigilante Casey Jones, are these turtles worth shelling out for? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for their review to find out!

Jun 08, 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse
02:32:54

Director Bryan Singer is back to take the X-Men to the ’80s for a totally tubular fight against Apocalypse! The film debuts the fan-favorite mutant villain on film. It also features the return of classic movie X-Men Cyclops, Jean Gray, and Nightcrawler. Is the result boss or bunk? Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

Jun 01, 2016
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
01:28:48

The original Hellboy film didn’t set the box office on fire. But like a necromancer, director and writer Guillermo del Toro brought the demonic comic hero back on screens in 2008. With the original cast back plus new antagonists both in and out of the BPRD, does Hellboy II: The Golden Army turn up the heat? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

May 25, 2016
Hellboy
01:40:26

Dark Horse Comics was once best known for its series based on popular movie properties like Star Wars, Predator, and Alien. That reputation slowly changed as the publisher’s original characters gained prominence, with the most popular becoming Mike Mignola’s demonic creation Hellboy! In 2004 that comic was adapted to film by fantastical visionary Guillermo del Toro. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they go to hell and back, reviewing the original Hellboy!

May 18, 2016
Captain America: Civil War
02:14:34

Is this movie Captain America 3 or Avengers 3? Cap is back and he’s brought the whole team. Iron Man, Ant-Man, Black Widow, Vision, Scarlet Witch, and half a dozen other costumed heroes appear–to fight! At issue is the UN wanting to control The Avengers

May 11, 2016
The Running man
01:40:57

No one was interested in making movies based on the writings of Richard Bachman. His novels Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and The Running Man were modest sellers that often had only one printing. More, they were dark and rough novels King wrote in his early years. That changed in 1985 when Bachman was exposed as a pen name for Stephen King. Just two years later Arnold Schwarzenegger was The Running Man–a very loose adaptation of the ‘82 Bachman novel. The film is now a cult hit, fondly remembered by Generation X, but is it any good? Listen now to find out!

May 04, 2016
Cujo
01:13:39

From 1974 to 1982 Stephen King published 12 books, most of them bestsellers. Yet only three movies were based on his writing during that same period: Carrie in 1976, The Shining in 1980, and Creepshow in 1982. That all changed starting in 1983. In the next four years a total of thirteen movies based on King’s works hit screens. The first movie in that deluge was Cujo, based on King’s 1980 book about a mother and son trapped by a rabid dog. Does Cujo keep to the quality of the Kubrick, De Palma, and Romero films that came before? Listen to find out!

Apr 27, 2016
American Splendor
01:16:25

Harvey Pekar was an independent comic writer, a notorious talk show guest, and a general grump. And with the film American Splendor he added another title–movie star. Pekar himself and Paul Giamatti both play the author in the film that depicts Crumb’s start in comics, and his fight with cancer. It’s possibly the most down-to-earth comic book movie Now Playing has ever reviewed…but is it good? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!And after you listen to this review, listen to Jakob’s 2008 interview with Harvey Pekar.

Apr 20, 2016
The Spirit (2008)
01:23:55

Frank Miller was given a director’s credit on Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City. With that film’s success Miller went on to direct his own feature film. The result was The Spirit, based on Will Eisner’s iconic comic book crimefighter. The movie’s visual style and tone strongly resembled Sin City but the reception didn’t match that earlier film. Is this film a Sin worth committing? Listen to find out!

Apr 13, 2016
The Spirit (1987)
01:24:50

When fans think of The Spirit they probably think of Will Eisner’s 1940’s comic book crimefighter. Or they may think of Frank Miller’s 2008 film adaptation of the same name. Only the hard core Spirit fans and ’80s trivia buffs would think of the film we’r

Apr 06, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
02:26:21

It took fifteen years of development, but now the World’s Finest heroes are together on screen with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Can the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel share the screen?  The box office was big but the audience divided. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for this review to find out!

Mar 30, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
02:26:50

It took fifteen years of development, but now the World’s Finest heroes are together on screen with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Can the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel share the screen?  The box office was big but the audience divided. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for this review to find out!

Mar 29, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
02:26:53

It took fifteen years of development, but now the World’s Finest heroes are together on screen with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Can the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel share the screen?  The box office was big but the audience divided. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for this review to find out!

Mar 29, 2016
Watchmen
02:44:45

Watchmen was an acclaimed ’80s comic series. It helped legitimize comics as a literary medium, and remained a bestseller for over 20 years. Yet with its complex, nonlinear narrative, all attempts to adapt it to film had failed to launch. But in 2009 director Sack Snyder, fresh off his success on 300, used the same visual style to bring Watchmen to theaters. The result was not as highly-praised as the graphic novel, but is it worth a watch? Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as they review the film version of Watchmen, including a comparison of all three different cuts released!

Mar 23, 2016
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
01:35:42

After the success of the X-Men superhero properties were in demand. But before hero teams like Justice League, Watchmen, and Avengers could assemble, there was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Sean Connery’s Allan Quatermain leads a cadre of literary figures including Tom Sawyer, Dr. Jeckyll, The Invisible Man, and others. The film’s reception, though, was anything but extraordinary with rumors this production ended the careers of both Connery and director Stephen Norrington. Is the film deserved of that reputation? Join our League of Extraordinary Movie Critics to find out!

Mar 15, 2016
Gen 13
01:14:14

Created by comic book superstars J Scott Campbell, Jim Lee, and Brandon Choi, Gen 13 was Wildstorm Comics’ risque Gen-X version of the X-Men. After only a few years in publication the series’ success led to Buena Vista creating this animated feature, starring voice actors Mark Hamill, John de Lancie, John de Lancie, and Flea. But before the movie could see release Wildstorm was bought by DC Comics, and Buena Vista parent company Disney forever shelved this action cartoon. Is this a gem that deserves its day, or a mercy killing a’la Corman’s Fantasic Four? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for this review to find out!

Mar 09, 2016
Justice League of America
01:04:15

DC has had over 15 years of television dominance. From Smallville to Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, the heroes of DC Comics have come to life on the small screen. But not every attempt to bring the comics to life succeeded. Birds of Prey was cancelled early, and David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot was never aired at all.  Neither was Justice League of America - a 1997 TV movie intended as a pilot for a CBS series. With The Flash, Green Lantern, The Atom, Martian Manhunter, Fire, and Ice sharing the screen, is this a lost gem? Join Now Playing’s Super Friends Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Mar 02, 2016
Legends of the Superheroes
01:17:21

In 1976 Wonder Woman spun into America’s homes on CBS. In 1978 Superman took flight in theaters. So to capitalize on this success Hanna-Barbera brought a live-action Superfriends to TV with Legends of the Superheroes!  This TV special was split into two episodes, one an adventure and the other a “roast” of the heroes. But with Adam West and Burt Ward returning to the roles of Batman and Robin, is Legends of the Superheroes a worthy successor to Batman’s camp fun? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob with this review to find out!

Feb 24, 2016
Deadpool
01:41:55

This show description is guest written by Deadpool.   Oh, hello there! Deadpool here. It took ten years but I’ve finally got my own solo film! Now, I know I’m awesome, but even I’m shocked at how many box office records it broke. I have to give a lot of credit to the marketing, but the movie stars me, so it has to be awesome. The real question, though, is what Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob think. So whatever you’re doing — STOP! You need to just put your life on hold for the next 100 minutes and listen to this show to hear the guys review of my first movie!

Feb 17, 2016
Stardust
01:33:44

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust began in 1997 as a DC comic book fairy tale. In 1999 it was then published as an illustrated novel. Finally in 2007 it was adapted to the screen, directed by Matthew Vaughn. This story about a fallen star had its own star power with Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, and Peter O’Toole. Is this yet another Vaughn comic adaptation worth checking out, or should it be burned ashes to ashes, Stardust to Stardust? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out as they return to their DC Comics Retrospective Series!

Feb 10, 2016
Princess Mononoke
01:27:21

Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki are highly regarded among anime fans. But none of their previous successes compared to 1997’s mythological Princess Mononoke. The film became Japan’s top-grossing film of all time. Disney’s Miramax Films even commissioned an English translation written by Neil Gaiman, voiced by stars including Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, and Billy Bod Thornton. Now join the Now Playing hosts as they travel into the forest for their first anime movie review!

Feb 03, 2016
Masters of the Universe
01:54:06

Masters of the Universe was a beloved toy line and a hit ’80s cartoon. Its 1987 live-action movie, however, is not so fondly remembered. This Dolph Lundgren vehicle broke its movie studio but created new figures for kids to play with. Does this film have the power? Listen to find out!

Jan 28, 2016
Hobo with a Shotgun
01:02:43

It started with a contest, a fan-submitted new “fake” trailer for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse double feature. It ended up, like Machete, being made into a full movie! The title sums up the film, but with Rutger Hauer cast as the titular Hobo can this be more than midnight-movie fare? Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

Jan 20, 2016
Machete Kills
01:11:30

The original film promised Danny Trejo would return as Machete, and that promise was kept! Machete Kills, released in 2010, boasts an even bigger line-up of stars than the original. Mel Gibson, Cuba Gooding Jr, Lady Gaga, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, and many more notable actors lined up to be featured in Robert Rodriguez’s over-the-top film. But did Machete kill our hosts with its jokes? And are they anxious for Machete Kills in Space? Listen to find out!

Jan 13, 2016
Machete
01:20:54

He knows the score. He gets the babes. He kills the bad guys. He is Machete! The character was originally seen in a joke trailer in the Rodriguez/Tarantino Grindhouse double feature. Then in 2010 that joke became a major motion picture. Did the film live up to the trailer’s promise? Listen to this episode of Now Playing to find out!

Jan 06, 2016
Star Wars Holiday Special
01:35:48

“If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.”  So said Star Wars creator George Lucas regarding the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. The two hour CBS special reunited Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, alongside most of the original Star Wars cast.  It also gave fans their first glimpse at the bounty hunter Boba Fett! So how can it be so hated, shunned, and disavowed? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Dec 30, 2015
The Force Awakens
02:29:55

Lucas promised it would never happen. He repeatedly swore that Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was the last Star Wars film.  Ever!      What a difference $4 billion makes!    Now, a decade since the last live action Star Wars film, Disney brings us The Force Awakens. The baton is being passed from the old trilogy’s heroes to a new group, played by Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac. But with the shadow of the prequels hanging over the series, does director J. J. Abrams’ new film fall to the dark side, or the light? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this episode of Now Playing to find out!

Dec 23, 2015
The Clone Wars
01:37:03

In 2005 Revenge of the Sith was touted as the last Star Wars film.  Ever. So fans were surprised and amazed in 2008 when the announcement came that Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be an animated, feature film. Originally developed as four episodes of the Clone Wars series, the footage was spliced together to feature length. With Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee reprising their live-action characters, does this glorified TV pilot deserve its place as the final Lucas-era Star Wars movie?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Dec 16, 2015
Creed
01:46:44

Apollo Creed was a major part of the Rocky series through the character’s death in Rocky IV. Now his son Adonis takes center stage in Creed – the seventh movie to feature Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa.  Can Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis be the new box office boxing champ? Listen to this episode of Now Playing Podcast to find out!

Dec 09, 2015
Revenge of the Sith
02:23:29

George Lucas wrapped up his six-part Star Wars saga with Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. This film needed to create the links between Lucas’ two prequel films and his much-beloved original trilogy. Showing the rise of the Empire, the fall of Anakin Skywalker, and the downfall of the Jedi Order is an ambitious feat for any film. Did Sith rise to the challenge? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for their review to find out!

Dec 02, 2015
Attack of the Clones
02:16:49

The Phantom Menace opened to a big box office…and a big backlash. But for 2002’s follow-up Attack of the Clones director George Lucas pulled out all the stops. Fans finally got to see in live action the origins of the Stormtroopers, Boba Fett, and an army of Jedi going to war. Did this universe-expanding story result in a better movie? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Nov 24, 2015
The Phantom Menace
02:09:14

Star Wars returned to the big screen in 1999 with Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Sixteen years after Return of the Jedi the hype and anticipation were at manic levels. The result was the highest grossing Star Wars film of all time–and lots of internet hate. Now Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart travel to Naboo, Tattooine, and Coruscant to review The Phantom Menace. Is the hate deserved, or could no film live up to such high fan expectations?  Listen to find out!

Nov 18, 2015
Spectre
01:56:16

Despite being a box office draw for 50 years, James Bond’s last outing Skyfall shattered all expectations, making over $1 billion worldwide. That set expectations exceedingly high for the next Bond adventure — Spectre. The movie brings back the classic cadre of Bond baddies, as well as the star and director of Skyfall. Did this film hit its target? Join Brock, Arnie, and Stuart to find out!

Nov 11, 2015
It Follows
01:28:18

It’s a long-standing horror movie trope: teens who have sex are murdered. Friday the 13th, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and dozens more films followed this pattern…but no film has made it as literal as It Follows. “It” is a supernatural creature that is passed through sex. When “It” is after you, your only escape is to pass it on by having sex with someone else.      Yet It Follows is not a morality tale; the director takes this concept to new and frightening places.   So should you watch It? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out!

Nov 04, 2015
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
01:40:59

Artisan Entertainment and Haxan Films wasted no time releasing a sequel to The Blair Witch Project. Intending to capitalize on the first film’s huge success they rushed Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 for release while the original film was still part of the cultural zeitgeist. The sequel goes meta as we watch a group of fans of the original film take a pilgrimage to some of its filming sites when strange things begin to happen and some of the team go missing. Despite being directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger Blair Witch 2 never escaped the original’s shadow and has been mostly forgotten. Does Book of Shadows conjure up scares to match the original? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Oct 28, 2015
The Blair Witch Project
01:31:42

In 1999 two great fears gripped the American people — Y2K and The Blair Witch Project. This little movie was made for only $20,000 but it became a Sundance darling. Released by Artisan it went on to become the most profitable movie of all time, shot its stars and makers to superstardom, and opened the door for more “found footage” horror films. But without the hype of the moment does the Blair Witch still have what it takes to scare you? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Oct 21, 2015
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
01:08:36

1984’s television movie The Ewok Adventure was a smash success for ABC, and soon George Lucas was working on a sequel. The result is Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. A darker continuation of the previous movie, Battle for Endor introduces new baddies, and a new heroic character played by Wilford Brimley. Was the Force with the Ewoks this time? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Oct 14, 2015
The Ewok Adventure (Caravan of Courage)
01:10:08

George Lucas didn’t want to do any more Star Wars movies after Return of the Jedi, but he wasn’t done in that universe. Inspired by kids’ affection for the furry Ewoks Lucas ordered the creation of an Ewok TV Special, which grew into The Ewok Adventure - a two-hour ABC Movie of the Week.  Does Star Wars work on the small budget of the small screen? And when did Wicket learn to talk? Join our hosts for this review and find out!

Oct 07, 2015
Return of the Jedi
02:30:20

George Lucas concluded the Star Wars trilogy in 1983 with Return of the Jedi – a film thought for many years to be the final Star Wars movie ever. Needing to tie up every plot thread in two hours, this conclusion has been polarizing among fans, with some in the pro-Ewok camp, others anti-Ewok. Could this film ever live up to fan expectations? And which is better: Jedi Rocks or Lapti Nek?  Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart for their review of Return of the Jedi to find out!

Sep 30, 2015
The Empire Strikes Back
02:16:21

When it was released The Empire Strikes Back was the highly anticipated sequel to the biggest movie of all time. And it became widely known as the best Star Wars movie ever made. With creator George Lucas taking more of a back seat, and an even bigger push on special effects, does this film live up to its reputation? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Sep 23, 2015
Star Wars
02:30:40

Star Wars.  It twice became the biggest movie of all time. It has launched a billion dollar empire of movies, toys, and merchandise. It has even started a religion. But now, under the ownership of Disney, the Star Wars universe is set to expand infinitely with a new movie each year — starting with Episode VII: The Force Awakens.        Now Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart go back to where it all started — the 1977 original George Lucas film Star Wars (a.k.a. Episode IV: A New Hope). Is the Force still with Star Wars almost 40 years after its release? And which version is better, the Special Edition or the original?  Listen to Now Playing to find out, then join us weekly for more Star Wars reviews culminating with The Force Awakens!

Sep 16, 2015
The Transporter: Refueled
01:38:51

It’s been seven years since the last Transporter film was released.  In that time the series continued on television, but now is racing back to theaters with The Transporter: Refueled.  This movie is intended to start a new trilogy of films, but without signature star Jason Statham has the series run out of gas?  Listen to find out!

Sep 09, 2015
Transporter 3
01:06:50

In 2008 Jason Statham came back for one last ride in Transporter 3.  This time Frank has to drive the daughter of a Ukranian politician to Odessa, avoiding danger and romantic entanglements along the way.  The film ended Statham’s run as the Transporter, but launched the American career of aptly-named director Olivier Megaton.  Did the trilogy end on a high note?  Listen to find out!

Sep 02, 2015
Transporter 2
01:09:14

The first Transporter film was a modest theatrical success, but thanks to DVD sales put star Jason Statham back in the driver’s seat.  Again directed by Louis Leterrier, the second Transporter film’s fast ride cemented Statham’s status as an action star.  How does it measure up to the original?  Listen to find out!

Aug 26, 2015
The Transporter
01:14:35

If you need someone or something moved quickly, Frank Martin is your man.  This former Special Ops soldier has moved to France and now works as a freelance driver for big spending criminals.  His illicit career survives by strict adherence to rules, but when he breaks two of the rules he finds himself the target of a human trafficking ring.  The plot is simple, but this action film from Luc Besson and Louis Leterrier launched Jason Statham’s career as an American action star.  Should you go along for the ride?  Listen to find out!

Aug 19, 2015
Fantastic Four (2015)
01:28:18

It’s been 20 years since Roger Corman first made (but never released) the world’s first Fantastic Four film, and now we get our fourth.  Gone is the humor of the Tim Story duology; instead, Chronicle director Josh Trank created a grim and gritty version of Marvel’s First Family, more based on the Ultimate Comics version than any other. But behind the scenes squabbles and internet gossip led to this movie’s record low audience and critic ratings. Can this film be, if not Fantastic, any good at all? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Aug 12, 2015
MIssion: Impossible - Rogue Nation
01:43:32

In Tom Cruise’s fifth Mission: Impossible film he finally goes up against the original television series’ legendary foe — The Syndicate.  This evil group of spies and assassins has infiltrated the globe and is prepared to start a revolution.  With the IMF disbanded for dangerous and risky tactics, can Ethan Hunt and his team possibly uncover and stop this Rogue Nation?  And even more risky, can the fifth installment of a series still retain a high level of quality?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Aug 05, 2015
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
01:17:14

Tom Cruise’s MIF Agent Ethan Hunt is back with a mission to literally stop the end of the world.  Disavowed by his agency, can Ethan stop a madman from launching a nuclear missile?  And do newcomers Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg mix up the Impossible formula?  Join Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart to find out!

Jul 29, 2015
Ant-Man
02:08:49

The second phase of Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe is going out small.  Compared to their other Phase 2 films, the hero is smaller, the budget is smaller, the box office is smaller.  But it’s a big moment as comics’ final founding Avenger arrives on the big screen.  The film was fraught with production delays and creative changes, but can Marvel prove good things come with small packages?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Jul 22, 2015
Mission: Impossible III
01:18:06

IMF agent Ethan Hunt has had enough combat.  He wants to settle down, get married, and train new agents instead of going in the field himself.  But when his star pupil is captured by a ruthless arms dealer Hunt gathers a new crew for another globetrotting mission.  Should you choose to accept this third impossible mission?  Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out!

Jul 15, 2015
Terminator: Genisys
02:05:38

It may have taken 13 years, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the T-800 in his movie series that absolutely will not stop ever — The Terminator.In the new movie Genisys Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) goes back in time to 1984 to save the life of Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), but he fins 1984 very different than he expects. Is Kyle’s trip back to the future one worth taking? Join Marjorie, Arnie, and Stuart to find out!PLUS - listen to find out how you can win some Terminator collectibles! Contest ends July 15, 2015!

Jul 08, 2015
Mission: Impossible II
01:19:46

Tom Cruise’s character Agent Ethan Hunt has a new mission - stop a rogue IMF agent from releasing a deadly biological weapon — and protect the woman he loves.  With John Woo in the director’s chair, this film is sure to have some slow motion action and doves flying, but should you choose this second impossible mission?  Join Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart to find out!  

Jul 01, 2015
Mission: Impossible
01:24:38

Mission: Impossible was a smash hit TV series in the 1960s and 70s, and it even had a revival in the late 80s.  But in the 90s, producer and star Tom Cruise tried to do the impossible:  create a hit movie franchise based on an old TV show.  Many shows have tried to become films, but few have succeeded.  Yet with noted director Brian De Palma behind the camera, a bevy of stunt work, and Cruise on the poster, this film had a better chance than most.  Should you choose to accept this first impossible mission?  Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

Jun 24, 2015
Insidious: Chapter 3
01:23:31

It’s like a riddle:  When does Chapter 3 come before Chapter 1?  When it’s an Insidious sequel!  The new film may be titled Insidious: Chapter 3 but the film is actually a prequel to the original film.  Were you interested how Tucker and Specs met Elise?  Or what the Bride in Black did before harassing the Lambert family?  It’s all in Chapter 3, with a background story of a new demon trying to kill a high school girl.  Is this an essential chapter in the Insidious story?  Join Marjorie, Stuart, and Arnie to find out!

Jun 17, 2015
Firestarter: Rekindled
01:11:24

Firestarter: Rekindled has Malcolm McDowell and Dennis Hopper starring in a movie based on the works of Stephen King!  If this movie came out in 1982 it may have had the star power, and budget, to be a true classic.  But Rekindled didn’t come out when those actors’ star power was at its peak, it was made in 2002 as an original Sci-Fi Channel two part miniseries.  Does this story of Charlie’s next battle against The Shop keep with King’s original vision?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Jun 10, 2015
Firestarter
01:16:09

In 1984 Stephen King had been given the moniker “The King of Horror.”  Movies on his books had more hits than misses, and his every novel was a bestseller, including the tale of a pyrokinetic girl hunted by government agents – Firestarter!  The heat from that book drew star Drew Barrymore, fresh off her role in the highest-grossing film of all time, E.T.,  With these two names combined, did the movie spark?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Jun 03, 2015
The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
01:00:19

Warning: This podcast deals with a movie that has no plot, hammy acting, and a hack script we wouldn’t want to wipe our asses with. It’s not even funny bad, it’s just a boring, miserable watching experience. We want no one to give this film a penny by paying for the rental. We appreciate you listeners enough to tell you this up front - you really don’t need to watch this film. And if you want to hear why - join Arnie, Stuart, and Marjorie for this podcast review.

May 26, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road
01:55:53

It’s been 30 years since the last Mad Max film, but creator George Miller was compelled to go again into the post-apocalyptic Outback. The film suffered production troubles, extensive reshoots, and eventually had to film with a new star: Tomy Hardy as Max. But now the movie is on screens and bringing both praise and controversy. Did the series run out of gas without Mad Mel? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!

May 19, 2015
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
01:15:05

Star Mel Gibson and director George Miller returned to the world of Mad Max one final time in 1985. With a budget larger than the previous two films combined, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome established its place in pop culture with both catch phrases and a catchy Tina Turner song. For nearly 30 years this was thought to be the closing chapter in the series, and is Gibson’s final time playing the titular character. How does this film hold up today? Listen to find out!

May 12, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron
02:30:43

The 2015 summer movie season kicks off in a big way with the next Marvel Cinematic Universe film Avengers: Age of Ultron. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye are back in front of the camera, all again under the direction of geek god Joss Whedon. But with three super-powered baddies and a new Vision for these heroes there is more Avengers to assemble than ever before. Now join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out how super these heroes were!

May 05, 2015
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
01:02:22

With the success of Mad Max director George Miller had his pick of films to direct, but he chose to return to the post-apocalyptic Australian outback for a second Mad Max film — The Road Warrior! The budget was bigger, and so were the explosions, but does that make this film better than the original? Listen to find out!

Apr 28, 2015
Mad Max
01:17:40

In 1979 a low budget film exploded from down under to become the most profitable film of all time–Mad Max! Shot for less than half a million Australian dollars the movie launched Mel Gibson to stardom and has been a midnight movie staple. What is it about this gritty exploitation film that garners it such acclaim? Hop in and join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out!

Apr 21, 2015
Steven Spielberg’s Duel
01:21:30

Before making it big with Jaws Steven Spielberg was honing his directing skills on television. Spielberg’s first feature-length film was, in fact, Duel a made-for-television ABC Movie of the Week. With little money and even less time the director created a suspense film that broke out of the small screen and was released theatrically in Europe and Australia But how does Spielberg’s first film hold up against his later works? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out!

Apr 14, 2015
Furious 7
02:02:07

Universal thought the Fast and Furious franchise was unstoppable. With each new sequel grossing more than the previous instalment, they fast tracked Furious 7, even if it meant losing long time series director Justin Lin and new star The Rock. But when Paul Walker died before the movie was complete the cast and the creatives making the film had to rework the script to be a fitting goodbye. Can Insidious director James Wan make this film still be fast and furious while paying the fitting respects to a passed co-star? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out!

Apr 07, 2015
Fast & Furious 6
01:33:37

With Fast Five director Justin Lin opened the car racing franchise up to a wider audience. With in his final film in the series, Fast & Furious 6, Lin tried to continue that trend, setting Vin Diesel’s group of likeable outlaws against a European terrorist. The action set pieces were bigger, as was the box office, but can this film rev higher than the last installment? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out–and then come back next Tuesday as we conclude the serious with a review of Furious 7!

Mar 31, 2015
Fast Five
01:13:07

Director Justin Lin had one thought going into his third Fast and Furious movie–what if they didn’t make it a Fast and Furious film. Rather than focusing on fast cars and racing, Fast Five becomes an action film involving drug dealers and spectacular chases. Culling a cadre of characters from the first four films, and adding The Rock as a new nemesis for Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, Fast Five set a new course for the franchise. How does this film rank for action? Listen and find out!

Mar 24, 2015
Fast and Furious
01:19:57

After the third Fast and Furious movie crashed at the box office the series could have run out of gas for good–until original stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker returned to give it a jump start! With the two headliners returning, as well as supporting cast Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster, plus Justin Lin back behind the camera, audiences hit the NOS to get to theaters! Will this film live up to the hype? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!

Mar 17, 2015
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
01:31:05

The third Fast and Furious film took a sharp turn, leaving the series’ previous actors in the dust to tell a new story about a rebellious teen racing on the streets of Tokyo. The series has a new star, a new style of racing, and a new director in Justin Lin–who would return for three more Fast and Furious installments. Does the third movie in this series have the Now Playing hosts turning Japanese? Listen now to find out!

Mar 10, 2015
They Live
01:34:44

We live in a world where collusion among the rich destroy the middle class and keep the poor as working cattle. Everyone knows that. But in They Live it’s revealed that the elite are actually working with aliens and using the media to hypnotize us and keep us subservient. Can a construction worker named Nada, played by WWF’s Rowdy Roddy Piper, save the world? Listen now to find out in our review of John Carpenter’s 1988 cult classic.

Mar 06, 2015
2 Fast 2 Furious
01:22:53

When The Fast and The Furious raced up the box office Universal Pictures thought they had a franchise on their hands and hit the NOS for a sequel–with or without Vin Diesel. So for 2 Fast 2 Furious Paul Walker returns as Brian O’Connor, once again going undercover to bring down a criminal mastermind. This time, though, Brian’s trash-talking bald-headed partner isn’t Dominic Turetto, but Roman Pierce played by R&B singer Tyrese Gibson. Helmed by Oscar nominated director John Singleton, is this sequel Carz in the Hood, or did this cash-grab get the Shaft? Race to NowPlayingPodcast.com to hear this review and find out!

Mar 03, 2015
The Incredibles
01:32:04

Pixar films including Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo, had been smash hits. But could this success that worked on toys, fish, bugs, and beasts, work for a movie starring a roster of human characters? That was the risk they took with The Incredibles — Pixar’s first superhero film. The gamble worked and Pixar had another hit, but how does this film hold up more than 10 years later? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!

Feb 27, 2015
The Fast and the Furious
01:43:36

An undercover police officer infiltrates a group of thieves, but can he resist the lure of the subculture and do his duty? No, we’re not talking the Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze film Point Break–we’re reviewing the 2001 car racing film The Fast and The Furious. Starring Vin Diesel, fresh off the success of Pitch Black, the film raced to box office success and launched a billion-dollar franchise. But is there more to this film than fast cars and attractive women? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!

Feb 24, 2015
Kingsman: The Secret Service
02:04:06

From the director of X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass comes Kingsman: The Secret Service. Like Kick-Ass, this film is also based on an original comic by Mark Millar, but now the pair are focusing on a young man trying to join an independent group of spies who pose as tailors. With a combination of new faces and established actors like Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson, does this new movie also kick ass? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Feb 20, 2015
Boyhood
01:39:55

The making of this film is unlike any other: director Richard Linklater and his stars convened annually over the span of twelve years to make a movie about a boy growing into a man. The sheer scope and complexity of the project is enormous, but it was completed when Boyhood hit theaters in 2014. But with all the behind-the-scenes complexity, was the final film worth it? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie in this review to find out!

Feb 10, 2015
Before Midnight
01:25:36

It’s been 18 years since Céline and Jesse met on that Vienna-bound train, both in real life and for the two fictional characters played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. But where has time taken these two characters? The Before… films are Richard Linklater’s precursor to boyhood, returning with the same characters and actors in 1995, 2004, and again most recently in 2013, but has the series grown better with age? Join Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart as they review the final film in this series to find out!

Feb 03, 2015
Before Sunset
01:00:59

It was unexpected that Before Sunrise, the 1995 indie romance film, would get a sequel. Long discussed by stars and director alike, the thought of Céline and Jesse reuniting on screen seemed impossible. Yet in in 2004, nine years after the original’s release, audiences were able to reconnect with these two characters. Did the two reunite in Vienna on that train platform, and what are these two like now that they’re older? Can they recapture the magic their relationship once held, and can Linklater recapture audience affection for these two lovers? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Jan 27, 2015
Before Sunrise
01:11:11

It is rare for a romance film to get a sequel, but Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise actually got two! Released in 1995, the movie tells of two strangers, Jesse and Céline, and their one night together in Vienna. But nine years later the couple returned in Before Sunset, and then in 2013 their story continued in Before Midnight. What is it about this saga that keeps the actors, director, and audiences coming back for more? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Jan 20, 2015
The Dead Zone
01:30:54

After the box office success of Carrie and The Shining move movies based on Stephen King’s writings were a guarantee. And following in the footsteps of Brian DePalma and Stanley Kubrick came other stylistic directors, including John Carpenter, Rob Reiner, and David Cronenberg–director of The Dead Zone. Starring Christopher Walken as a psychic trying to stop nuclear war, the film continued King’s success in theaters. Does the film hold up over thirty years later? You don’t have to see the future to know–just listen to this episode of Now Playing to find out!

Jan 14, 2015
Ocean’s Thirteen
01:20:07

“You think we need one more? You think we need one more. All right, we’ll get one more.” That quote, from 2001’s Ocean’s Eleven, seems like it could be the attitude going into Steven Soderberg’s star studded third and final installment in the Ocean’s series. The gang has now teamed up with former enemy Terry Benedict to rob a different Vegas casino. As an attempt to end the series on a high note, did this film hit the jackpot? Listen to find out!

Jan 07, 2015
Ocean’s Twelve
01:09:36

Director Steven Soderbergh won big with his Vegas film Ocean’s 11. So three years later he decided to double down, getting back the whole cast from the first film, including Clooney, Pitt, Damon, and Cheadle, and adding to it Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, and several more for a sequel Ocean’s 12. No longer based in Vegas, the crew globe-hops in an attempt to steal a Fabergé egg. Did Soderbergh’s bet pay off the second time around, or did he push his luck too far? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!

Dec 31, 2014
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
01:22:36

In 2001 it’s doubtful anyone was begging for a remake of the 60’s Rat Pack film Ocean’s 11. It was the cast that grabbed moviegoers’ attention, filled with leading men George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt, plus a strong supporting cast and Julia Roberts as the female lead. But such star-studded films can often be debacles where the fun is had on the set, but not translated on the screen. Can director Steven Soderbergh pull off this intricate heist? Join Now Playing’s Three — Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob — to find out!

Dec 24, 2014
Willow
01:14:31

​A young farmer must learn magic and join with a rouge warrior to travel to far away lands and save the world. No, this isn’t a review of Star Wars, but Willow–the 1988 action-fantasy film based on a story by George Lucas. Though this film closely follows the Star Wars formula can it recreate that saga’s excitement? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out in their review of this tale of Leprechaun meets Lord of the Rings!

Dec 19, 2014
Ocean’s 11 (1960)
01:06:32

Before there was Clooney, Pitt, and Damon there was Sinatra, Martin, and Davis starring in Ocean’s 11. This 1960 crime caper was the first film to feature The Rat Pack, with Ol’ Blue Eyes himself playing Danny Ocean. In this original vision Ocean was a former World War II commander once again gathering his troops for one final mission–to rob five Vegas casinos in one night. The film has an impressive cast, but does it hold up over fifty years later? Go all in with Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

Dec 17, 2014
Maniac (2012)
01:18:33

Horror film remakes have been non-stop for a decade. Of course the big films were redone, including Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Yet even smaller horror films, such as Black Christmas, I Spit on Your Grave, and Willard have seen updates for the 21st century. In 2012 another cult splatter film was added to that roster–Maniac. Closely based on the 1980 original, but with some daring style choices, this new Maniac did not find wide release but is slowly growing its own cult following. Can Hobbit Elijah Wood compete with Joe Spinell’s personification of serial killer Frank? Listen to find out!

Dec 10, 2014
Maniac (1980)
01:17:16

​​1980 saw the release of several memorable slasher films, including Friday the 13th, Silent Scream, New Year’s Evil, and Prom Night. Yet of all the 1980s slashers none may be more controversial than Maniac–a low budget splatter film with its unrated violence and Tom Savini’s gore effects. The film has grown a cult following through home video but maniacal murderer Frank still lacks the name recognition of a Jason or a Michael Myers–yet it did warrant a 2012 remake starring Elijah Wood. Does Joe Spinell’s psycho killer deserve a place in the pantheon of horror icons? Listen to find out!

Dec 03, 2014
The Stand
02:10:21

​​It’s considered by many to be Stephen King’s best novel of all time — The Stand. King’s fourth novel told of a superflu that wipes out humanity and sets the stage for an epic battle of good versus evil. In 1994 ABC aired a mammoth, four night mini-series that took the top three spots in the Nielsen ratings. Now it’s time for Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to take their Stand and review this miniseries. Can the book’s epic quality be captured on a TV budget? Listen and find out!

Nov 26, 2014
Big Hero 6
01:39:59

Ever since Disney purchased Marvel Comics a family-friendly superhero cartoon was all but guaranteed. But it’s not the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, or the X-Men who star in Disney’s first Marvel animated feature, it’s the little-known Asian team Big Hero 6. Many changes have happened adapting the team from the page to the screen, but is the result super? Join the Podcast Hero 3 of Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Nov 18, 2014
Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys
01:14:40

George Lucas’ 1977 space fantasy Star Wars changed the way American audiences consumed films. More, though, it also changed the landscape for movie merchandising, with more money being made on toys, games, and collectibles than on the movies themselves. Now the documentary Plastic Galaxy looks back at the first generation of Star Wars toys, released between 1977 and 1985 from Kenner. Does this film capture the childhood magic of Star Wars figures, and can the documentary appeal to anyone not already obsessed with little plastic Stormtroopers? Find out in this special Now Playing/Star Wars Action News crossover podcast hosted by Marjorie, Arnie, and Jerry!

Nov 14, 2014
Interstellar
02:12:47

​Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar tells of an Earth that is dying; those who don’t starve to death will suffocate in an atmosphere turning toxic. Our only hope comes in the form of Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a farmer who crashes NASA’s secret base thanks to mysterious messages from beyond. It’s an ambitious film filled with hard science and lots of discussions of love. Is it a film that has found its place in the stars, or that has crashed to its place in the dirt? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Nov 10, 2014
The Prestige
01:26:58

​After bringing respectability back to the Dark Knight with the 2005 film Batman Begins Nolan reteamed with two of that film’s leading actors, Christian Bale and Michael Caine, for The Prestige–an 1899 period piece about two competing illusionists. Does Nolan’s non-chronological storytelling and slight of hand produce a prestigious film? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Nov 04, 2014
Insomnia
01:15:44

​After directing the indie hit Memento director Christopher Nolan was chosen by producer Steven Soderbergh to direct Insomnia–a ​crime thriller based on the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name. The result was Nolan’s first mainstream studio film starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams. Does a film about a man who can’t sleep live up to a film about a man with no memory? Don’t lose any sleep thinking about it, just join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!

Oct 29, 2014
Memento - Chronological Review
01:19:57

​In 2001 Christopher Nolan broke into mainstream filmmaking with Memento–a noir murder mystery about a man who had no short-term memory trying to find his wife’s killer. With a quirky concept and an editing style specifically used to play with the audience’s own memories the result was an indie hit that launched the director into the public eye. Is this Tarantino-styled film remembered fondly by Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart? Do they remember it at all? Listen to find out!

Oct 22, 2014
Memento - Reversed Review
01:22:14

​In 2001 Christopher Nolan broke into mainstream filmmaking with Memento–a noir murder mystery about a man who had no short-term memory trying to find his wife’s killer. With a quirky concept and an editing style specifically used to play with the audience’s own memories the result was an indie hit that launched the director into the public eye. Is this Tarantino-styled film remembered fondly by Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart? Do they remember it at all? Listen to find out!

Oct 20, 2014
Following
01:01:21

Christopher Nolan is one of the most acclaimed directors currently working in American cinema. His films bend the mind and break the box office–his Batman film The Dark Knight is the fourth highest grossing film in the US. Now Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart flash back to the director’s first film–the micro-budgeted Following. With almost no money did Nolan’s talent shine through, or is this a glorified home movie? Join us to find out! Playing during their Fall, 2014 donation drive you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob and find out!

Oct 14, 2014
Annabelle
01:12:28

Last summer’s supernatural horror film The Conjuring scared up big profits for Warner Bros. Pictures. While ghostly Bathsheba terrorized the house, it was possessed doll Annabelle that stole the show. Now the porcelain poltergeist is back in her own spin-off film! The film scored much green in its opening weekend, but will it get green arrows from the Now Playing hosts? Listen to find out!

Oct 11, 2014
Children of the Corn: Genesis
01:22:44

When Tim and Allie’s car breaks down on the desert streets of California the only help they can find is from nearby farmer Preacher and his Ukrainian wife Oksana. But one night in that house may lead to Tim and Allie’s doom as strange occurrences terrorize the young couple. What is going on, and how in the world is this a Children of the Corn film? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review of Children of the Corn: Genesis for their the final film in this series (for now), and reflect on all the movies adapted from Stephen King’s Night Shift stories.

Oct 08, 2014
The Conjuring
01:11:21

​​Last summer a low budget horror film surprised box office pundits and horror fans alike. The weekend the big-budget films RED 2 and R.I.P.D. opened, the box office champion was The Conjuring. Directed by Saw co-creator James Wan, Conjuring seemed like a retread of the horror he showcased in 2010’s Insidious, but with a based-on-real-life twist and the film became the top grossing horror film of the year. Now, as the spin-off film Annabelle hits theaters, Marjorie, Stuart, and Arnie go ghost hunting once more. Is this tale of a pesky poltergeist worth watching? Listen and find out!

Oct 04, 2014
Children of the Corn (2009)
01:04:38

Stephen King’s short story “Children of the Corn” ties Carrie for being adapted for screens three times. The first was the “Dollar Baby” Disciples of the Crow, then in 1984 came the well-known film starring Linda Hamilton. Finally in 2009 came a new Children of the Corn, premiering initially on the SciFi channel before getting an unrated home video release. Is the third time the charm for He Who Walks Behind the Rows? Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

Sep 30, 2014
Children of the Corn: Revelation
00:59:19

This week listeners get two servings of Corn as Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart return to review the seventh Children of the Corn film, Revelation. Set not in Gatlin, Nebraska but rather in Omaha, featuring a cult of undead children, and with Michael Ironside getting top billing, can this serving go down easier than some of the earlier direct-to-video installments? Listen to this review to find out!

Sep 26, 2014
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return
01:02:54

The Children of the Corn are all grown up, but original cult leader Isaac is back to lead them! The role of the original corn killer was reprised by John Franklin who not only starred but co-wrote the film with his cousin Tim Sulka. Does this return the franchise to its horror roots? Join Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart to find out!

Sep 23, 2014
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror
01:09:18

Allison knows her brother has joined a cult of young people who worship He Who Walks Behind the Rows, but she doesn’t know that he’s slated to be sacrificed on the eve of his eighteenth birthday. Can she save her sibling from a corny fate? The answer lies in Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror. With stars Eva Mendes, Alexis Arquette, and David Carradine, plus Fred Williamson, Kane hodder, and Ahmet Zappa on screen does this Corn greener than its predecessors? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Sep 16, 2014
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering
00:59:25

The ghost of a child evangelist possesses the youth of Grand Island, Nebraska. Can medical student Grace stop this preaching poltergeist before he possesses the body of her daughter? More importantly, can Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering, starring two time Academy Award nominee (and Chainsaw award winner!) Naomi Watts and scream queen Karen Black, improve this film series’ track record? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!

Sep 09, 2014
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
01:04:37

It’s not unusual for the children of Gatlin to kill their parents. What is unusual is for those children to then move to a foster home in Chicago. But that is what happens in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest. Can this franchise grow roots in the city? Listen to Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart’s review to find out!

Sep 02, 2014
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice
00:54:37

Children of the Corn 2: The Final Sacrifice was released to little fanfare and was barely in theaters. The sequel had no involvement by original author Stephen King, and no returning members of the cast or crew of the 1984 film. Yet, despite being released nine years after the original film, this sequel picks up just days later and reveals what happened to the surviving children of Gatlin. Was this story needed, and is there any enjoyment to harvest from this Corn? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Aug 26, 2014
Children of the Corn (1984)
01:10:00

More than 20 films have been adapted from short stories in Stephen King’s 1978 collection Night Shift, but almost half of those films are based on one tale: “Children of the Corn.” The story tells of a group of crazed religious children who sacrificed all the adults in service of their god–He Who Walks Behind the Rows. Now Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob start to harvest these films with a review of the 1984 original. Was this original film revolutionary, demanding 8 follow-up films? Listen and find out!

Aug 19, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
01:29:37

Platinum Dunes Studios has released more franchise reboots than original films, attempting to update horror classics Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre for a new generation. Their latest reboot is of a totally different sort–Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Can producer Michael Bay bring his Transformers toyetic touch to the Turtles? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob in this final TMNT review to find out!

Aug 12, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy
02:13:06

When teased at the end of Thor: The Dark World, the Guardians of the Galaxy looked like a bunch of a-holes. But this past weekend Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot proved their worth with a heroic opening weekend at the box office. More than just money, the film has been a hit with audiences and critics alike. What is the magic that made this film blow up like a ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb, and were the hosts of Now Playing won over by this charming band of outlaws? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this review to find out!

Aug 05, 2014
TMNT
01:13:15

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to their animated roots for 2007’s computer-rendered TMNT. With a complex plot that spans millennia, involves an immortal Aztec and his stone statue generals, and thirteen random monsters of urban legend, do the turtles stick their heads out long enough to matter? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s review to find out!

Jul 29, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
01:11:30

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Excellent adventure continue with their third live-action film. It’s a New York Ninja in Lord Norinaga’s Court when the teens time travel to feudal Japan. Is this Turtles in Time plot a Quantum Leap forward for this film series? It’s Judgement Day for Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, so listen to this podcast review to find out!

Jul 22, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
01:12:56

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze was a sure thing. The original became the most profitable independent film of all time, the toys were still selling well, and the Turtles were even touring the country with a musical stage show. Add in chart-topping rapper Vanilla Ice with his Ninja Rap, plus new mutants for the Turtles to fight, it couldn’t go wrong. Or could it? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie this week to find out with their Oozing review of the second Turtles film!

Jul 15, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
01:37:13

Leonardo. Donatello. Michelangelo. Raphael. To an art student these names may conjure the image of the Renaissance masters but to generations of children these name mean only one thing–Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! With the new film in theaters soon the Now Playing Podcast hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob don their masks, grab their weapons, and review all the Turtles’ theatrical features! The first film to star these adolescent anthropomorphised amphibians came out in 1990 with Jim Henson’s creature shop giving the Turtles life, but is it full of Turtle Power? Listen to find out!

Jul 08, 2014
Transformers: Age of Extinction
02:01:22

Podcastbots, prepare to roll out! The Transformers are back in Age of Extinction, the fourth live-action robot fight-fest from high-octane director Michael Bay. With the biggest movie opening in 2014 audiences obviously turned out in droves for the carnage, but did Now Playing hosts Jerry, Stuart, and Arnie go along for the ride? Listen to find out!

Jul 01, 2014
Trucks
01:04:33

In the trailer for Maximum Overdrive writer/director ​Stephen King said​ “I just wanted someone to do Stephen King right.” Critics, audiences, and even King himself have since said that King’s directorial debut failed in that mission statement. But if King could not properly adapt his short story “Trucks” to a motion picture, can anyone? Find out this week on Now Playing Podcast as Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie review the 1997 USA Network TV movie Trucks and decide which adaptation fuels their engines!

Jun 24, 2014
Maximum Overdrive
01:13:01

In 1986 Stephen King promised to scare the hell out of us, while Marvel’s Green Goblin glowed behind him. The film was Maximum Overdrive–an adaptation of the author’s short story “Trucks” from the Night Shift collection. It didn’t scare up much money at the box office with the prolific horror author behind the camera and Brat Packer Emilio Estevez starring is this film a lost gem? Truck on to NowPlayingPodcast.com to find out!

Jun 17, 2014
2010: The Year We Make Contact
01:26:15

By 1984 Kubrick’s 2001 was considered a film classic and the forefather of the modern science fiction film. But while Arthur C. Clarke continued the Odyssey on the page it wasn’t until 1984 that moviegoers got to find out what happened to Dave Bowman, the star child, and the mysterious monolith. With Kubrick uninterested in making another space film, could any other director fill those shoes, and were they foolish to try? Make contact with Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie on this podcast to find out!

Jun 10, 2014
2001: A Space Odyssey
01:54:52

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey changed film forever. Its effects created a visual language that would later be built on in George Lucas’ Star Wars, Ridley Scott’s Alien, Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and countless other movies. Yet upon its release it was widely panned, and to this day the film has divided audiences. Some call it a bona fide cinema classic, others call it incomprehensible. Which side is right? Maybe both? Now join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob on this podcast odyssey and find out!

Jun 03, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past
02:18:39

Marvel’s Avengers film upped audience expectations by bringing four solo cinematic superheroes together for one explosive adventure. Now Fox tries to go one better by bringing two entire superteams together! The catch: they’re both the X-Men. In X-Men: Days of Future Past the original X-Men and the First Class cast share the screen with a dozen new mutants to try and save their species from annihilation at the hands of giant robot sentinels. Does this giant cast lead to X-treme confusion or, in the hands of returning director Bryan Singer is this X-ceptional entertainment? Listen to Now Playing’s review to find out!

May 27, 2014
Godzilla (2014)
01:36:06

The King of the Monsters was King of the Box Office last weekend. This hotly anticipated reboot of the sixty-year-old monster movie grossed nearly $200 million worldwide, proving audiences still yearn to see skyscrapers felled by the giant lizard with the atomic breath. Now, because you, the Now Playing listeners, demanded it, Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie review the new 2014 version of Godzilla. Will the green lizard get green arrows from the hosts? Listen to find out!

May 22, 2014
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace
01:10:49

​Stephen King sued to get his name removed from New Line Cinema’s film The Lawnmower Man. Then stars Jeff Fahey and Pierce Brosnan moved on to other projects as well. Even director Brett Leonard had other films to make. So why did New Line insist on making a follow-up to the cyber-sexy horror film? And could there be more on-the-nose casting than Matt Frewer, TV’s Max Headroom, to play virtual reality computer god Jobe Smith? Jack in, and listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s review to find out!

May 20, 2014
The Lawnmower Man
01:25:30

​There have been a lot of bad Stephen King films, and a lot of films based on the author’s works that are virtually unrecognisable from their source material. But of all the films bearing Stephen King’s name on the poster only one drew the horror writer’s ire to the point of filing a lawsuit to expunge any connection between him and the movie, and that film is The Lawnmower Man. A tale of a mentally challenged landscaper who, through use of virtual reality, becomes a digital god, The Lawnmower Man combined live action and computer generated images to give the audience something they couldn’t see on their home PC. Is this a film worth booting up, or should the Now Playing hosts have followed the author’s example and disavowed this film from their Stephen King Retrospective Series? Listen to cyber-gods Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

May 13, 2014
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
02:23:59

Rhino. Electro. Green Goblin. In 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man the web head had a hard time defeating one bad guy, but now he is up against three. With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Mark Webb has an even harder challenge than rebooting the film series–he has to up the stakes while setting the stage for Sony to launch an entire Spider-Man cinematic universe of films. With all the movie moguls planning annual films and three bad guys on screen, can Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker still get a story of his own? And after a polarizing first film, does The Amazing Spider-Man 2 show a hero on an upswing, or a downward fall? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s review to find out!

May 06, 2014
Sometimes They Come Back…for More
01:01:37

​At a secret military base in Antarctica an evil force has arrived. Now the survivors of Ice Station Erebus don’t know who’s human, who’s a demon, and who’s come back for more…from the dead! Is this the best adaptation of King’s original “Sometimes They Come Back” short story or should it be left buried in the ice? Listen to Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie’s review to find out!

Apr 29, 2014
Sometimes They Come Back…Again
00:59:24

​You can’t keep a good greaser down! In the 1950s Tony Reno and his gang died while trying to perform a human sacrifice, but now they’re back from the dead to complete their quest for immortality. But…if they’re back from the grave aren’t they already immortal? And what is two time Oscar winner Hillary Swank doing here? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob, the hosts who ALWAYS come back, to find out!

Apr 22, 2014
Sometimes They Come Back
01:00:25

​Sometimes the dead stay buried. Sometimes they come back. Based on the Stephen King short story from his Night Shift collection, this CBS TV movie introduces us to Jim Norman, a teacher with a troubled history starting a new job at a new school. Jim’s few good students start to die and their seats in class are taken by the greasers who killed Jim’s brother almost 30 years before. Is Jim losing his mind or are these pesky poltergeists back from the grave? And is this a Stephen King adaptation worth watching? Listen to Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie, the hosts who always come back, to find out!

Apr 15, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
02:15:25

The First Avenger is back in the latest film from the unstoppable Marvel Cinematic Universe. With a mysterious new assassin out to kill Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D. turning on him, it’s up to the Star Spangled man along with his friends Black Widow and new hero The Falcon to save the day. Is this a good installment in Marvel’s Avengers series or just a stalling tactic until we get The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to find out!

Apr 08, 2014
The Mangler Reborn
00:57:23

​You can’t keep a good laundry machine down! We may not have Robert Englund or Ted Levine but the titular, demonically possessed, homicidal clothes press is back for blood in The Mangler Reborn. When two thieves break into a house to rob the owner what they find inside is carnage and chaos. Does this film have any resemblance whatsoever to King’s original crisply-folded vision? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s review where it all comes out in the wash!

Apr 01, 2014
Fight Club
01:55:44

The first rule of Fight Club is the one that’s most broken. Especially in 1999 when this film was new, fans had to share their thoughts and feelings about this anti-consumer culture, revolutionary, subversive, and thought-provoking story. Director David Fincher and screenwriter Jim Uhls took the story from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel and, with stars Brad Pitt and Ed Norton, captured the spirit of a decade. Now, as thanks to everyone who supported Marjorie’s participation in the American Lung Association “Fight for Air Climb” the hosts of Now Playing once again break Fight Club’s cardinal, redundant rule and break this film down in depth. Step in the ring with Arnie, Stuart, and Marjorie now to listen!

Mar 28, 2014
The Mangler 2
01:17:18

In the last film The Mangler was a killer laundry press. But that film was made in the 20th Century so now, with The Mangler 2, we get a Mangler for a new generation: a killer computer virus downloaded into the security system at a prestigious prep school. Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to see if this diabolical digital demon is worth watching! And we promise, the Mangler virus is not embedded in the podcast MP3.

Mar 25, 2014
The Mangler
01:07:59

Workers keep dying at the Blue Ribbon Laundry Service, chewed up by The Mangler–a giant industrial laundry press. Is the machine broken, or is it possessed by a demon? Directed by Tobe Hooper and starring Robert Englund and Ted Levine, the film has horror icons on screen and behind the scenes. Can their combined talent make the Mangler loads of fun, or have King’s Night Shift adaptations pressed their luck too far? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to find out!

Mar 18, 2014
Graveyard Shift
01:00:11

It’s hard to decide what’s worst about working at the Bachman Textile Plant. It could be the lack of air conditioning. It could be the boss who coerces female employees for sex. Actually the worst thing about the mill is probably the giant rat-bat creature that lives in the basement and feeds on the workers. Such is the plot of Graveyard Shift, the 1990 film based on Stephen King’s 1970 short story. Can a mischief of rats, a giant puppet beast, and Brad Dourif scare Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to death? Listen to find out!

Mar 11, 2014
Cat’s Eye
01:16:56

What do a man trying to quit smoking, a man running away with his lover, and a troll have in common? They’re all stories told in Cat’s Eye, the 1985 anthology film starring Drew Barrymore. The film has adaptations of two stories from Stephen King’s Night Shift collection, and a third newly written for the screen. Are the original tales scarier than the new one? Are these stories even intended to frighten the audience? Listen to Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie’s review to find out! Arnie is also reviewing all the original King Night Shift short stories at the Books & Nachos podcast! Head there now to hear reviews of the short stories “Quitters Inc.” and “The Ledge” which were adapted in Cat’s Eye!

Mar 04, 2014
The Night Shift Collection: The Woman in the Room, The Boogeyman, and Disciples of the Crow
01:28:10

Stephen King has over 50 feature films based on his writings. But beyond the feature films are hundreds of student-made short films based on King’s short stories, completely authorized by the author. In an attempt to help student filmmakers King sells non-exclusive rights for one dollar; he calls these films his “Dollar Babies.” As part of the contract these films can not be distributed or sold; however, in the 1980s three Dollar Babies were renegotiated and saw professional release. On a direct-to-VHS series called The Night Shift Collection student adaptations of King’s short stories “Children of the Corn” (title changed to Disciples of the Crow for film), “The Boogeyman”, and “The Woman in the Room” were distributed–the last title directed by Frank Darabont, who would go on to direct professional King adaptations The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist! So join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as they g [...]

Feb 25, 2014
Robocop (2014)
01:45:38

Robocop is back! After two theatrical sequels that quickly declined in quality, a syndicated TV series, and a series of TV movies, the cyborg cop is back in theaters with a totally new take on the tale of Alex Murphy. Gone is Verhoeven’s ultra-violence and satrical take on 80’s business, and instead Robocop is now a state of the art tactical killing machine, dressed in black. Does this new angle on the robot cop work, or should Murphy have stayed dead? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s review to find out!

Feb 18, 2014
Robocop: Prime Directives - Crash and Burn
01:02:12

It’s been a long road but we have reached the climax of the Robocop: Prime Directives series. Kaydick and Robocable have infiltrated OCP, planning to use their SAINT computer system to spread the human and machine killing Legion virus throughout Delta City. Only Robocop, his son James, and Kaydick’s former lover Anne can stop him. After three cheaply made films, is there anything in this final movie to redeem the series, or does it Crash and Burn? Listen to find out!

Feb 14, 2014
Robocop: Prime Directives - Resurrection
00:58:13

There is a new threat to Delta City, and his name is Kaydick. Having invented Legion, a virus that will destroy both technology and people, Kaydick is ready to annihilate all of humanity, and with RoboCable as his slave bodyguard it may just happen. Can Robocop avoid OCP’s Systems Support team, and his own son, long enough to save the city? And can this film give Prime Directives a much-needed Resurrection? Listen to our review of the third Robocop: Prime Directives films to find out!

Feb 11, 2014
Robocop: Prime Directives - Meltdown
00:58:58

Robocop has been feeling obsolete after a decade of paroling Delta City, but he’s not ready to be shut down yet! When he is framed for a series of destructive acts, actually done by his former police partner who has also been turned into a cyborg, Robocop must go on the run and hide from OCP and their lethal Systems Support Team. Does the addition of RoboCable double the pleasure of the second Robocop: Prime Directives films, or will the Now playing hosts have a Meltdown? Listen to find out!

Feb 07, 2014
Robocop: Prime Directives - Dark Justice
01:06:14

Robocop, the franchise, was considered obsolete, broken down, and forgotten in the early 21st century. So what better than to make four films in which Robocop, the character, is considered obsolete, broken down, and forgotten? Such is the premise of the Robocop - Prime Directives. Taking place 10 years after the death of Alex Murphy Robocop still patrols the streets of Delta City hunting the mass murderer Bone Machine. Does this R-rated made-for-TV movie bring back the sprit of the original Robocop? Listen to our review of the first Prime Directives film Dark Justice, to find out! Then join us this Friday for the next Prime Directives review, Meltdown!

Feb 04, 2014
Robocop 3
01:19:59

Clarence Boddicker couldn’t kill Officer Alex Murphy–the policeman rose again as the unstoppable Robocop. But what Boddicker started director Fred Dekker finished with Robocop 3. With a new man in the robosuit, a robot ninja, and a jetpack, the third Robocop film was both a critical and box office failure that would end the original franchise, save for some television projects, and doom Murphy to 21 years of obsolescence. But can the film, written by comic cult icon Frank Miller, be as bad as its reputation? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to find out!

Jan 28, 2014
Robocop 2
01:20:48

When Alex Murphy was killed in the line of duty OCP brought in their best scientists to rebuild him as the bigger, stronger Robocop. When Paul Verhoeven chose to make Total Recall instead of Robocop 2 Orion Pictures also turned to icons of the genre–the Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back, and Frank Miller, writer of the hit Batman comic The Dark Knight Returns. With these big names behind the camera, Peter Weller back in the Robosuit, and a much bigger budget, does Robocop 2 make the original obsolete? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Jan 21, 2014
Robocop (1987)
01:40:52

Robocop has been the star of numerous comic books, TV series, cartoons, video games, and more. His legacy is even worthy of a cinematic remake, hitting theaters in February, 2014. It’s quite the achievement for a character that no director wanted to touch until Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven brought his ultra-violent, satirical aesthetic to the character. The film was originally given an X-rating for violence and decried for its gratuitous gore, but it was a box office success and became a cult hit. Now, in preparation for the new Robocop film, Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob look back at the original. Do the film’s sci-fi elements and cynical view of corporate America hold up today? Listen to find out!

Jan 14, 2014
The Wolf of Wall Street
01:47:45

While the frequency of their collaborations has slowed, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are together again in 2013’s Oscar-bating docu-comedy The Wolf of Wall Street. DiCaprio plays real-life Wall Street criminal Jordan Belfort, who lived a sex, drug, and money fueled lifestyle before his short stint in prison. Does Scorsese’s style work when showcasing white-collar crime families? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to find out!

Jan 07, 2014
Gremlins 2
01:32:55

It may only take a drop of water to make a new gremlin, but it took six years and a slew of writers, directors, and concepts to make a new Gremlins film. Finally original director Joe Dante returned in 1990 to give us Gremlins 2: The New Batch. With a gang of genetically modified gremlins taking a bite out of the Big Apple this film opted for more comedy than horror. Did that work for our hosts? Listen to this final Now Playing of 2013 to find out!

Dec 31, 2013
Gremlins
01:36:28

In the mid 1980s there was no bigger name in film than Steven Spielberg. As a director he had a string of major hits, including E.T. which became the top grossing film of all time. Even films he didn’t direct but only produced, such as Poltergeist and The Goonies, benefited from having his name high on the title. Also in this category was Gremlins, the 1984 film about a small town overrun by small, evil creatures. Directed by The Howling’s Joe Dante, this film provided a combination of horror, comedy, and Christmas. Now join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob as they review this film, from the cuddly Mogwai to the creepy Gremlins to that lingering smell that makes Kate hate Christmas.

Dec 24, 2013
The Shining (1997)
02:05:51

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is considered a horror classic, but original Shining author Stephen King never felt it lived up to his original vision. So in 1997, for the novel’s 20th anniversary, King and longtime collaborator Mick Garris reunited to bring The Shining to audiences as an ABC mini-series. While time has not granted this series the iconic status of Kubrick’s film, is King’s vision one worth seeing? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s review to find out!

Dec 17, 2013
The Shining (1980)
02:12:53

​Stephen King is a best selling, award winning horror author. Stanley Kubrick ​is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. When these two came together a horror classic was born — The Shining. It has scared audiences for over thirty years, and now Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob are reviewing it as the next film in the Stephen King Movie Retrospective Series. But King famously dislikes the movie. Will any of our hosts agree? Listen to find out!

Dec 10, 2013
‘Salem’s Lot (2004)
01:35:34

When the first TV miniseries based on ‘Salems Lot came out in 1979 Stephen King was an up-and-coming author. His novels had become bestsellers based of popularity of Brian DePalma’s film Carrie, but he was not the brand name that he would become. As such the TV version of Salem’s Lot ended with middling ratings. But by 2004 the author had not only been crowned the King of horror, he was also the monarch of miniseries, with The Stand, It, and others giving big ratings to networks. As such, as the 30th anniversary of ‘Salem’s Lot’s publication approached, another miniseries was made. Starring The Stand’s Rob Lowe, as well as Donald Sutherland and Rutger Hauer, does this adaptation provide more frights than the original? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to find out!

Dec 03, 2013
A Return to Salem’s Lot
01:11:07

A Return to Salem’s Lot has a town called Salem’s Lot and vampires. Beyond that, this direct-to-video release has no ties to Tobe Hooper’s 1979 TV mini-series or Stephen King’s original novel. But helmed by the director of The Stuff and It’s Alive, is this 80s film a fun time? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s review to find out!

Nov 26, 2013
Salem’s Lot (1979)
01:21:06

When Carrie came out in 1976 Stephen King was an unknown author, but after the success of Brian DePalma’s film the author was put in the spotlight. His older books became paperback bestsellers, and his new books topped the charts in hardcover. So expectations were high in 1979 when ‘Salem’s Lot, the second adaptation of King’s work, hit screens. But rather than being in movie theaters, King’s 1976 vampire novel was produced as a television mini-series. With horror master Tobe Hooper directing could this small-screen film live up to the quality of big-screen King horror? Listen to find out!

Nov 19, 2013
Thor: The Dark World
02:14:37

It will be 2015 before the Avengers assemble on the big screen again, but Disney and Marvel will fill that time with films focusing on individual Avengers and their disassembled heroics. Earlier this year we had Iron Man 3, and now Disney hopes to catch lightning in a bottle again with the help of a thunder god in Thor: The Dark World. The mighty Avenger must once again fighting an ancient enemy of Asgard, continue arguing with Odin over how best to rule the kingdom, and all the while try to romance his human love interest Jane Foster. Are the Now Playing hosts excited for Thor’s return, or just glad to have Loki back on screen? Listen to our review to find out!

Nov 12, 2013
The Return of Swamp Thing
01:04:36

In 1982 DC’s Swamp Thing seemed ready for the big time with a major motion picture. But with that original film failing to grow on audiences, it would actually be in 1983 that Swamp Thing blossomed–as new writer Alan Moore took over and revamped the character. With the newfound popularity for the man-plant hybrid a new, low budget film was commissioned and released in 1989. Does The Return of Swamp Thing bear fruit, or is it another rotten comic adaptation? Listen to the Now Playing review to find out!

Nov 05, 2013
Fright Night 2: New Blood
01:22:30

Charlie Brewster is a teenager with nothing on his mind but his girlfriend Amy. But one night out his bedroom window Charlie sees a woman bitten by a vampire. No one believes Charlie’s story, not even his friend Ed, but perhaps monster expert Peter Vincent can be the one to save the day! Have you seen this plot before? In addition to being the story for the original Fright Night film and the 2011 remake, it’s told yet again now in the Direct-to-Home-Video release Fright Night 2: New Blood. It’s the same basic story…but this time in Romania! Does this third retelling of Tom Holland’s vampire tale have fangs, or does it just bite? Listen to this special bonus Halloween review from Now Playing Podcast to find out!

Oct 31, 2013
Swamp Thing
01:17:11

By 1980 Superman had proven audiences of all ages could watch in wonder as comic books came to life on the big screen. But the next DC hero on the big screen wasn’t Batman, Green Lantern, or even Aquaman, it was Swamp Thing. The film was directed by Wes Craven and starred James Bond baddie Louis Jordan and scream queen Adrienne Barbeau. It did not find box office success but did lead to a sequel, a TV series, and a cult following. Did the film just need time to bloom, or did it wither on the vine? Listen to Now Playing’s latest DC Comic movie review to find out!

Oct 29, 2013
Carrie (2013)
01:50:31

The posters declare “You Will Know Her Name” but for fans of horror, Brian DePalma, or Stephen King you already know her name–Carrie, the outcast girl whose telekinetic powers will be both her salvation and her damnation. When it was announced this film was being adapted to screen for a third time even original author King said “Why, when the original was so good?”. But now the new adaptation is in theaters to tell a younger generation of movie lovers why they should know her name. Was King right and this film unnecessary, or can this film still shine in the shadow of the 1976 original? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s review to find out!​

Oct 21, 2013
Carrie (2002)
01:30:48

​Everyone is anxiously awaiting Carrie, the 2013 adaptation of Stephen King’s story starring Chloë Grace Moretz–in theaters this Friday! But Carrie has already been retold in the 21st century–in 2002’s made-for-television movie Carrie. Starring Agnela Bettis (May), written by Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, and TV’s Hannibal), and directed by David Carsons (Star Trek: Generations) the film has strong genre talent, but has been mostly forgotten. Does this remake deserve a second look? And can any insight into Friday’s release be gleaned by this 11-year-old version? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s third Carrie review to find out!​

Oct 15, 2013
The Rage: Carrie 2
01:25:17

​The Rage: Carrie 2 is not about Carrie White, the star character in Brian DePalma’s 1976 film. Nor is it about another girl named Carrie. No, this movie tells the story of Rachel, Carrie White’s telekinetic half-sister. With more than a few plot beats taken from Stephen King’s original novel, The Rage adds 1990s style, dialect, and production values. There’s little hope that this sequel could match the then 23-year-old original film, but the question is can The Rage: Carrie 2 be any good at all? Listen to Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart’s next review in the Stephen King Movie Retrospective Series to find out!​

Oct 08, 2013
Carrie (1976)
02:04:12

It’s hard to imagine a time when Stephen King wasn’t the king of horror fiction. It’s hard to imagine a world without such influential stories including The Shining, The Stand, Christine, and King’s first novel, Carrie. Yet before November, 1976 King was just another author with two modest-selling novels. But when Brian De Palma decides to adapt Carrie for the big screen he created an iconic horror movie staple, and from that King’s book sold millions of copies and his career was minted. Now, in anticipation of the upcoming third adaptation of Carrie starring Chloë Grace Moretz the Now Playing hosts go back to watch and review De Palma’s original. It’s the start of Now Playing’s massive Stephen King retrospective series, looking at all the movies based on King’s writings, starting with Carrie. Does De Palma’s blood soaked tale of a teen outcast still hold up over 35 years later? Listen to find out! Then join Arnie [...]

Oct 01, 2013
The Lords of Salem
01:25:33

The Lords of Salem — are they an up and coming rock band? Or are they a coven of reincarnated witches who plan to bring the son of Satan to Earth? In Rob Zombie’s latest feature film it’s both. With Zombie’s muse and wife Sheri Moon-Zombie starring as Heidi, a radio DJ who also may be mother to the Antichrist, does this film cement Zombie as the new Lord of horror? Listen to this BONUS REVIEW to find out!

Sep 26, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2
01:26:53

Insidious Chapter 2 scared more than audiences, it scared up a huge box office return showing that audiences are still hungry for spooky scares and ghost movies! Picking up mere seconds after the first film ended, director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell answered all the lingering questions and finally revealed the fate of the Lambert family. Were the reveals satisfying, and what may be in store for Insidious Part 3? Listen to Stuart, Marjorie, and Arnie’s review to find out!

Sep 24, 2013
Insidious
01:19:51

James Wan’s first film, Saw, redefined horror for the 2000s. By 2011 the Saw films had run their course, and audiences turned their attention to more ghostly horror in the form of the Paranormal Activity series. So is it any wonder that when the writer and director behind Saw teamed up with the Paranormal Activity studio a new horror franchise? With Insidious 2 taking top spot at the US box office last weekend, the Now Playing crew go back to watch and review the original. Does this film scare the hosts? Listen to find out!

Sep 17, 2013
Riddick
01:39:30

Riddick is a hard man to kill, but Universal Studios and the poor reception of Chronicles of Riddick almost did the job. Through the tenacity of writer/director David Twohy and star/producer Vin Diesel the antihero was able to again overcome the odds and return to the big screen. With a story that comes off more as Pitch Black: Part 2 than a follow-up to Chronicles of Riddick, does the back-to-basics approach work? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Brock’s review to find out!

Sep 10, 2013
The Chronicles of Riddick
01:39:16

In Pitch Black Riddick was part of a small group of humans who had to survive one long night. Now Riddick is a warrior going to battle against a Necromonger army to save all of civilization! It’s quite a turn for the former convict, and for the film series as it expands in scope with this sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick. Is this change of concept a welcome enlarging of Riddick’s universe? Listen to Jakob, Arnie, and Brock’s review to find out!

Sep 03, 2013
Pitch Black
01:17:53

A group of space travelers crash land on a deserted planet populated with carnivorous alien monsters. But perhaps even more dangerous to the survivors is Richard B. Riddick - an escaped convict with a high body count in his history. Riddick was actor Vin Diesel’s star-making role, but does Pitch Black stand up to the Now Playing reviewers’ spotlight? Listen to find out!

Aug 27, 2013
Kick-Ass 2
01:49:40

At the end of the first Kick-Ass film Red Mist plotted his revenge while Kick-Ass enjoyed high school with girlfriend Katie and Hit Girl, orphaned with the death of Big Daddy, had to adjust to normal high school life under the watch of new guardian Marcus. It was an ending that begged a sequel, and now it has one! With a city full of costumed heroes, including Jim Carey joining the cast as new hero Col. Stars and Stripes, can Kick-Ass still kick ass? Listen to find out!

Aug 20, 2013
The Wolverine
01:53:53

Wolverine cannot be killed, and it seems neither can his film franchise. Despite tepid fan response to X-Men Origins: Wolverine a second solo film featuring Hugh Jackman was quickly put into production. With creative changes behind-the-scenes and a change to make The Wolverine a sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand, it was released with the promise of being “The Wolverine film you’ve been waiting for.” Does it live up to that hype? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s latest X-Men movie review to find out as we bide our time until 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past!

Aug 13, 2013
RED 2
01:24:11

Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, and all their surviving operatives get a sequel in their sixties with RED 2. Do newcomers Anthony Hopkins and Catherine-Zeta Jones inject fresh blood into this franchise, or has the joke gotten too old even for this crew? Listen and find out.

Aug 06, 2013
RED
01:05:28

80s action star Bruce Willis may have gotten older, but he’s still considered RED - retired and extremely dangerous. Do Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie have a laugh watching senior citizens strap on pistols to blow holes in the CIA’s rep, or is this AARP action-comedy D.O.A.? Listen and find out.

Jul 30, 2013
The Losers
01:01:39

Comic book vets Chris Evans and Idris Elba have joined THE LOSERS - a ragtag band of mercenaries out to punish CIA baddie Jason Patric for a failed Bolivian mission. Should Avatar babe Zoe Saldana trust these C-stringers to get the job done, or should she just call the A-Team? Listen and find out.

Jul 23, 2013
Pacific Rim
01:37:39

What is a Pacific Rim? It’s a movie pitting giant robots against giant monsters! Transformers versus Godzilla; the Cloverfield monster versus Robot Jox. The concept is not high art. But behind the lens is visionary director Guillermo del Toro, who has crafted fantastical worlds in many of his films including Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth. So listen to Jerry, Stuart, and Arnie’s review to find out if this film packs a mean punch!

Jul 16, 2013
V For Vendetta
01:33:23

Has sweet little Natalie Portman been palling around with terrorists? A masked swashbuckler known only as V For Vendetta hopes she’ll help him rescue future London from dictators, but has Wachowski script tinkering disfigured this classic Alan Moore comic book as well? Listen and find out.

Jul 09, 2013
A History of Violence
01:17:09

Viggo Mortensen looks like an unassuming small town diner owner, but to a crew of Philly hoods he’s a thug with A History of Violence. Does director David Cronenberg split opinion in his radical reworking of the graphic novel? Listen and find out.

Jul 02, 2013
Road to Perdition
01:12:55

Tom Hanks is a cold blooded killer heading down the Road to Perdition, hoping to deliver his son from Irish mobsters he once considered family. Has director Sam Mendes made a comic book Godfather, or is this an offer that Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie easily refuse. Listen and find out.

Jun 25, 2013
Man of Steel
02:28:42

With Christopher Nolan’s Batman films Warner Bros. set the gold standard for superhero films. The Dark Knight was a box office hit, a fan favorite, and even won an Academy Award for acting. Yet the year after Batman Begins the other World’s Finest superhero, Superman, failed to take flight. So when Dark Knight writer David Goyer pitched a new, bold take on Superman Warner Bros. agreed. Watchmen director Zack Snyder was brought in to direct, and the result was Man of Steel. Its opening weekend broke records, but both critics and fans are sharply divided over the quality of the film. Now Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob bring their Superman retrospective series to a close with their review of Man of Steel. Can Man of Steel leap tall buildings in a single bound, or should it be stopped with a speeding bullet? Listen to find out!

Jun 18, 2013
Man of Steel
02:28:09

With Christopher Nolan’s Batman films Warner Bros. set the gold standard for superhero films.   The Dark Knight was a box office hit, a fan favorite, and even won an Academy Award for acting.  Yet the year after Batman Begins   the other World’s Finest superhero, Superman, failed to take flight.  So when Dark Knight writer David Goyer pitched a new, bold take on Superman Warner Bros. agreed.   Watchmen  director Zack Snyder was brought in to direct, and the result was Man of Steel.  Its opening weekend broke records, but both critics and fans are sharply divided over the quality of the film.  Now Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob bring their Superman retrospective series to a close with their review of Man of Steel.  Can Man of Steel leap tall buildings in a single bound, or should it be stopped with a speeding bullet?  Listen to find out!

Jun 18, 2013
Superman Returns
01:28:28

SFor 20 years it seemed Nuclear Man and Lex Luthor really had killed Superman. Every attempt to bring the man of steel back to theaters had fallen through. While fellow DC superhero Batman had a major franchise launch, fail, and reboot, Superman seemed relegated to the small screen with Lois and Clark and Smallville. But director Bryan Singer was flying high after two successful X-Men films, and rather than return for X-Men he had Superman Returns. A continuation of the original two films, Superman Returns has the Kryptonian hero facing off again with nemesis Lex Luthor. Fans did not embrace Singer’s vision and planned sequels were scrapped in favor of a complete reboot — Man of Steel opening this week in theaters! But does Superman Returns deserve its bad reputation? Listen to Now Playing and find out! Then join us next week as we review the brand new Superman film Man of Steel!

Jun 11, 2013
Steel
01:20:25

Steel may not seem like a Superman movie, but in the 1990s it was as close as Warner Bros could muster. With Batman ushering in a new age of comic book movies there were many attempts to revive the red caped DC hero. Such names as JJ Abrams, Nicholas Cage, Kevin Smith, McG, and Tim Burton all worked on Superman projects, and all failed to come together. As unlikely as it seemed, the only man of steel we would see in theaters between 1987 and 2006 was Shaquille O’Neil in Steel. Based on a character born from the Death of Superman comic story, Steel is a disillusioned weapons maker who dons a high-tech suit to fight crime. The film was no slam dunk but does it deserve a second chance? Listen to Now Playing’s review to find out!

Jun 04, 2013
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
01:25:13

Richard Donner, Christopher Reeve, even Richard Lester and the Salkinds, all had declared they were done with Superman. After a disappointing Superman 3 and a disastrous Supergirl the franchise seemed more toxic than kryptonite and the rights were sold off to cheapo genre film company Cannon Films. But despite star Reeves’ earlier comments distancing himself from the character, Reeve again returned in exchange for both control over the story and a guarantee his pet project Street Smart would be made. The film ended up a notorious Nuclear Man sized bomb, but is it as bad as is thought? Listen to Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie’s review to find out!

May 28, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness
01:41:44

It’s been four years since J.J. Abrams beamed aboard as new commander of Star Trek promising fast-tracked movies and TV series. But none of that came to fruition and even before Star Trek Into Darkness would reach theaters news spread far and wide that Abrams was moving on to another franchise, Star Wars, leaving questions as to what involvement he’ll have with future Star Trek films and stealing some of Trek’s pre-release thunder. Finally Star Trek Into Darkness opened this weekend. Was it worth the wait? Listen to find out!

May 20, 2013
Supergirl
01:34:15

With Christopher Reeve growing tired of wearing tights Warner Bros and the Salkinds attempted to recreate the magic with Supergirl. In her first starring role Helen Slater plays Superman’s cousin who has come to Earth to recover the power supply to her dying city. With a witch as Supergirl’s nemesis, does this film capture the excitement of Richard Donner’s original? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to find out!

May 14, 2013
Iron Man 3
02:06:31

The Avengers broke box office records taking in more at the US box office in the opening weekend than any other film. With such popularity the world was primed for a follow-up. Now, almost one year to the day later, Marvel Studios’ next film Iron Man 3 has been delivered, and came in second only to The Avengers in its opening weekend. The new film features a Tony Stark solo mission against his comic book nemesis The Mandarin in a storyline taken from the Warren Ellis Extremis comic arc. But without Jon Favreau directing and without a Hulk can the armored Avenger still shine? Listen to Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart’s review to find out!

May 07, 2013
Superman III
01:32:25

1983 was a banner year for computing. Microsoft Windows was announced, Lotus spreadsheets were released and the first IBM clone PC was sold by Compaq. And Gus Gorman builds a supercomputer that becomes self-aware, turns humans into cyborg slaves, and tries to kill Superman! This third installment in the Superman film series, this one directed entirely by Richard Lester, relied more on laughs than action, with comedian Richard Pryor taking a co-starring role. How does the mix of comedy, action, and inner conflict work in this Superman film? Listen to find out!

Apr 30, 2013
Drag Me to Hell
01:14:34

After a series of blockbuster, large-scale films director Sam Raimi returned to his horror roots with Drag Me to Hell. While there is no cabin, no necronomicon, and no deadites, this film feels very much like an Evil Dead movie with geysers of blood and a main character put through physical and psychological torment. Now as a bonus review, Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart are dragged to hell to face the Lamia. Does this film have the impact of Raimi’s earlier, more raw horror films? Listen to find out, then DONATE to Now Playing before June 30, 2013 to hear our Spring Donation Drive bonus reviews of all the Evil Dead films as well!

Apr 25, 2013
Superman II
01:57:39

How much would you give up for the woman you love? For Superman the cost of love is his every power as he chooses to relinquish all that makes him super to live a mortal life with Lois Lane. But without Superman what can stop the three Kryptonian criminals Non, Ursa, and their leader General Zod from ruling the Earth? All of this, plus Lex Luthor, is in 1980’s Superman II. But do Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob kneel before Zod? Listen to Now Playing to find out as we review both the Richard Donner and Richard Lester cuts of Superman II!

Apr 23, 2013
Superman
01:55:30

In 1978 director Richard Donner and a team of cutting-edge optical effects artists made audiences believe a man could fly. Perhaps even more impressive, though, is that stars Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, and Marlon Brando were able to bring such performances that adults and children watched a man convincingly and unironically wear a blue spandex unitard. But when Superman took to the screen there was no unintentional laughter, just a generation held in thrall as they watched the first big-budget superhero film–a movie to which all superhero films to this day are still compared. Do Now Playing movie reviews Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart still believe the film flies as high? Listen to this week’s podcast to find out!

Apr 16, 2013
Superman and the Mole Men
01:08:18

Superman. In the 1930s the DC character was a breakout success creating a template for superheroes that would be copied for the next century. In the 1970s he made moviegoers believe a man could fly in the first blockbuster superhero film. But long before Christopher Reeve would embody the iconic Kryptonian there was another Superman movie–Superman and the Mole Men. Created as part of the television series The Adventures of Superman, Superman and the Mole Men starred George Reeves as the man of steel dealing with a race of beings who have escaped their home miles below ground. Reeves would go on to play Superman on television from 1952 to 1958 becoming the face of Superman for the baby boomer generation. Now, as Now Playing hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob begin their Superman retrospective series leading up to this summer’s Man of Steel film they look back at this forgotten 1951 feature. Is this a Superman adventure worth unearthing or should it have stayed buried d [...]

Apr 09, 2013
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
01:40:41

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra left many audience members cold, but the box office proved there was a hunger for G.I. Joe movies. A sequel was started, but to give the series a boost of star power the original cast was almost entirely replaced with The Rock and Bruce Willis featured in the hopes of pleasing a larger audience. After a 9 month delay for a post 3-D conversion, did this sequel fix the flaws of the previous live-action film? Listen to Jerry, Jakob, and Arnie’s review to find out!

Apr 02, 2013
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
01:32:23

With Michael Bay’s film Transformers Hasbro proved that its toy lines could be turned into profitable movie franchises and Hasbro also had another major toy line in reserve–G.I. Joe! Like Transformers, this film could appeal both to young moviegoers as well as their parents who watched the 80’s cartoon. But in 2009 the second Transformers film made over $400 million while G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra floundered at $150 million, failing in US theaters to make back the production costs. G.I. Joe returns in theaters this week in a semi-rebooted form, but is G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra a blight on Joe’s history, or an overlooked gem released in a very busy summer? Listen to Jakob, Jerry, and Arnie’s review to find out!

Mar 26, 2013
G.I. Joe: The Movie
01:22:18

Yo Joe! For almost 50 years G.I. Joe action figures have excited and enthralled children, but it was in the 1980s with the Star Wars inspired comic book, toy line, and cartoon that the G.I. Joe identity would be galvanized. A culturally diverse army of specialists, the G.I. Joes would battle endlessly to keep the evil forces of Cobra at bay. Their skirmishes would be told in a syndicated cartoon series that ran from 1985 to 1986, and as the show prepared for a fourth season Hasbro decided to take the Joes to the big screen with the animated G.I. Joe: The Movie! The failure of Transformers: The Movie would cause G.I. Joe: The Movie to have major plot changes, delays, and an eventual video release long after the series had ended. Was that fate deserved, or does G.I. Joe: The Movie succeed where the Transformer movie failed? Listen to find our review to find out!

Mar 19, 2013
Jonah Hex
00:55:12

When a terrorist plans to destroy Washington D.C. the only hope for the United States is a confederate soldier with a scar on his face and a chip on his shoulder–Jonah Hex. A strange steampunk western based on the DC Comics character, Jonah Hex failed to find an audience despite A-list stars Josh Brolin and John Malkovich. Is this possibly an overlooked gem, or could it really be as bad as world-of-mouth indicates? Listen to Now Playing and find out!

Mar 12, 2013
Constantine
01:25:15

From the pages of DC’s Hellblazer comics, John Constantine was a blonde, British occult detective with a smoking habit and a bad attitude. The comics had a cult following and in 2005 Warner Bros gave the anti-hero the big screen treatment. Moving the action from Liverpool to Los Angeles, the film starred Keanu Reeves as the Americanized occultist. Now, continuing their look at DC comics one-off films, Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob see if Constantine’s theatrical adaptation had spirit, or was dead on arrival.

Mar 05, 2013
Tank Girl
01:21:29

Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, those are the heroes DC Comics are known for. But there are others. As we build up to Man of Steel this summer, Now Playing hosts Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie are looking at some of these lesser known DC Heroes who fight bad guys and obscurity with equal fervor. For our first installment in this series, the hosts review Tank Girl, the 1995 film that pitted Lori Petty and a team of human/kangaroo hybrids against Malcolm McDowell. Does Tank Girl hit the mark, or is it a misfire? Listen to find out!

Feb 26, 2013
A Good Day to Die Hard
01:19:20

25 years ago Bruce Willis delivered his career-making performance as John McClane in the original Die Hard. To celebrate this milestone, John McClane is back, once again showing terrorists that McClanes are hard to kill as he teams with his son to fight Russian terrorists. Is this film a good day for Die Hard? Listen to find out!

Feb 19, 2013
Live Free or Die Hard
01:11:03

It had been over a decade since Bruce Willis last played gruff, resilient New York cop John McClane and most fans thought the series finished. But in 2007 it was time for McClane to return to Live Free or Die Hard. Teamed with a computer hacker played by Justin Long, does McClane still have what it takes to stop a cyber-terrorist attack and save his daughter? And is a much older Willis still able to Die Hard? Listen to find out!

Feb 12, 2013
Die Hard with a Vengeance
01:11:55

John McClane is back, and for his third film he’s going to Die Hard with a Vengeance. He’s been called back into action by a mysterious terrorist with ties to McClane’s past. Partnered with Zeus, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and once again directed by John McTiernan, can this be the best Die Hard yet? Listen to Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob’s review to find out!

Feb 05, 2013
Die Hard 2: Die Harder
01:04:19

When Die Hard blew up both Nakatomi Plaza and the box office a sequel was fast-tracked and released in 1990. Attempting to top the action and excitement of the original, 20th Century Fox chose a script based on the original novel 58 Minutes and put the film in the hands of director Renny Harlin. Set in an airport with John fighting another group of terrorists, does Die Hard 2 fly as high as the original, or did it all come crashing down? Listen to Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie to find out!

Jan 29, 2013
Die Hard
01:20:56

Its title became short-hand for an action movie template that would be followed for a decade. It propelled star Bruce Willis to superstardom, making him never need to work in television again. It brought joy, and Ode to Joy, to millions of fans. It is the original 1988 action film Die Hard. As we ramp up for the fifth installment in Bruce Willis’ most famous franchise, can Die Hard hold up 25 years later? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to find out!

Jan 22, 2013
The Detective
00:57:59

A homosexual socialite is murdered and dismembered, and it’s up to hard-boiled police Detective Joe Leland to figure it out! But there’s more to this case than meets the eye, and events will be set in motion that reveal a conspiracy among New York City’s elite that Leland can only stop at the cost of his own career. With Frank Sinatra in the lead role, The Detective is a racy drama…but what does it have to do with Die Hard? And is the movie worth checking out? Listen to Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob’s review to find out!

Jan 15, 2013
Texas Chainsaw 3D
01:26:18

After Platinum Dunes recovered Leatherface from direct-to-video hell, they relinquished their rights to the franchise, so Twisted Pictures and Lions Gate Entertainment stepped in to take the series back to its grindhouse roots. Ignoring all Texas Chainsaw films except the original, this new 3-D film picks up right where the first ended, and then fast forwards to present day. Is this the sequel Tobe Hooper’s classic has always deserved, or another waste of gas? Listen to Stuart, Arnie, and Brock’s review to find out!

Jan 08, 2013
New Year’s Evil
00:56:55

In Los Angeles, a man calling himself “Evil” has a novel way to celebrate the coming of a new year–killing a woman every hour as a new time zone enters 1981! In New Year’s Evil we follow the man as he rings in the year, and harasses TV host Blaze in between. Should you resolve to see this movie, or is this a slasher best forgot and never brought to mind? Listen to Stuart, Arnie, and Marjorie’s review to find out!

Dec 31, 2012
Silent Night
01:39:05

Just in time for the holiday season, genre film studio Anchor Bay released a remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night! Only loosely based on the original, and titled simply Silent Night, the new version brings star power before unseen in the franchise, with Malcolm McDowell, Donal Logue, and Jamie King starring in the film about a psychotic Santa who kills those who are naughty. Is this modern version of Silent Night a Christmas treat, or another lump of coal left in the Christmas stocking? Listen to find out!

Dec 24, 2012
Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker
01:04:22

The Silent Night, Deadly Night films have always been loose with continuity, but in Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker we see yet another exploration of Christmas evil when an angsty Pinocchio unleashes deadly toys upon an unsuspecting young boy. With outspoken Silent Night, Deadly Night hater Mickey Rooney playing a drunken Gepetto, does this film have more to it than delicious irony? Listen to find out!

Dec 21, 2012
Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation
01:01:58

After three films exploring the homicidal impulses of the Caldwell (or is it Chapman) family, Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 goes a different direction as a wannabe journalist investigates a case of spontaneous combustion in Los Angeles during Christmas season. Is a cult of Lilith worshipers a good replacement for a homicidal maniac, and is the Ricky played in this film by Clint Howard the same Ricky we’ve seen in the previous three films? Listen to find out!

Dec 18, 2012
Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!
00:52:02

Ricky is back! After being shot at the end of Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2, Ricky’s brain-dead body is revived after a connection with a blind psychic. With horror vet Bill Moseley taking over the role of Ricky Robert Culp as the cop chasing the killer, and several connections to the classic TV series Twin Peaks, this sequel has more brains on display than the previous two films, but is it better? Listen to find out!

Dec 11, 2012
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2
00:53:24

The first Silent Night, Deadly Night film was pulled from theaters due to protests, but in the age of home video it found a second life on VHS. Anxious to capitalize on the first film’s notoriety the studio decided to rush through a no-budget sequel, recycling most of the original film into a Part 2. Despite the humble beginnings, the film has gone on to surpass the original in infamy and YouTube fame, spawning a meme and a strange catch-phrase. Is this movie something to add to your Christmas wish list? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Marjorie’s review to find out!

Dec 04, 2012
Silent Night, Deadly Night
01:15:54

In November, 1984 one of the most famous movie slashers hit theaters–Freddy Kruger. But that same day, another serial killer film was released that drew far more attention and ire–Silent Night, Deadly Night. Outside theaters across the country people protested the film featuring a bloodthirsty man in a Santa suit, and the film was quickly pulled from theaters. But over the years it has become a cult favorite horror film, spawning several sequels and, this year, a remake. Join Now Playing hosts Marjorie, Arnie, and Stuart as they watch and review this 1984 classic. Is this movie naughty or nice? Listen to find out!

Nov 27, 2012
Skyfall
01:58:15

After reviewing 25 movies released over the span of 50 years, Now Playing reaches the conclusion of its James Bond retrospective series–Skyfall. Continuing the rebooted spy stories starring Daniel Craig, Skyfall has already become the top-grossing film in the James Bond franchise, and there is even rumblings of Academy Award honors. But can it really best Craig’s Casino Royale, and how does a life long Bond fan warm to this new take? Listen to Now Playing’s ultimate James Bond review to find out! Plus the hosts reflect on all 25 Bond films, picking the best and worst actors, film, and songs from the franchise!

Nov 22, 2012
Quantum of Solace
01:16:48

In 2006 we got a new take on an old hero with James Bond in Casino Royale, but while the film told of the spy’s first adventure questions were left unanswered. Who were the mysterious people to whom Le Chiffre owed money? Who is the mysterious employer behind Mr. White? These answers were to be revealed two years later in the follow-up film Quantum of Solace. With Daniel Craig returning and a title taken from an original Fleming story, can this film live up to the high praise given to Casino Royale? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Brock’s review to find out in Now Playing’s penultimate James Bond review leading directly to this year’s blockbuster Skyfall!

Nov 20, 2012
Casino Royale (2006)
01:22:31

James Bond made his first appearance in Ian Fleming’s novels in 1953 in the novel Casino Royale, and in 2006 a brand new James Bond makes his first appearance in a film based on that novel. Rights issues had prevented Eon from adapting the original James Bond story as part of their film series, but with the rights obtained they used that opportunity to present a new James Bond for a new generation. Not just a new actor in the role, but an entirely new take on the MI6 agent, showing his origin, his obtaining his double-oh status, and going on his first mission to win a high stakes poker game against international terrorist Le Chiffre. But did Bond need a reboot? And how does Craig stack up against the previous Bond? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Brock’s review to find out!

Nov 16, 2012
Die Another Day
01:14:17

It’s James Bond’s first adventure in the 21st century, and Pierce Brosnan’s last time playing the role of the British secret agent. Partnered with Halle Berry’s NSA agent Jinx Johnson, can the two stop a North Korean terrorist’s nefarious plot? It’s a film celebrating the lore of Bond, but not very celebrated by Bond fans. Is the reputation deserved, and what final impression does Brosnan leave as Bond? Listen to Now Playing to find out!

Nov 13, 2012
The World Is Not Enough
01:04:45

In Pierce Brosnan’s third outing as James Bond he must protect an oil heiress against a mercenary out for revenge, and uncovers a plot that involves a nuclear bomb being detonated in Istanbul. Notorious for having Bond girl Denise Richards, is this movie enough to earn a recommend from Arnie, Stuart, and Brock? Listen to Now Playing to find out!

Nov 09, 2012
Tomorrow Never Dies
00:57:08

Bond has taken on evil in many forms, from expansionist communist regimes to maniacal villains who wish to destroy Earth, but can Bond take on the villain of the 90s–the media? In Brosnan’s second film playing 007, he goes against Elliot Carver who hopes to foster a war between England and China to raise the ratings of his cable news network. The film has kung-fu, a helicopter chase, and a remote-controlled BMW, but is it Bond at his best? Listen to find out!

Nov 06, 2012
Goldeneye
01:18:32

After the longest hiatus in the history of the James Bond flm franchise, Bond is back and now portrayed by former Remington Steele actor Pierce Brosnan. In a post-Cold War era, can Bond remain relevant to modern audiences? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Brock’s review to find out!

Nov 02, 2012
License to Kill
01:13:49

Dalton is Bond, but no longer 007 when his License to Kill is revoked! When a drug lord goes after Bond’s friend, the spy will stop at nothing for revenge. It’s a Bond for the 80’s, but does it hold up in the 21st century? Listen to Brock, Arnie, and Stuart’s review to find out!

Oct 30, 2012
The Living Daylights
01:04:30

With Roger Moore retiring as James Bond the mantle was passed to British actor Timothy Dalton. Portraying a more modern version of 007, Dalton’s Bond had a harder edge and a more action movie feel. Is The Living Daylights the living end for Arnie, Stuart, and Brock? Listen to their review to find out!

Oct 23, 2012
Trick ‘R’ Treat
01:29:13

Anthology and horror have a long history together in comics, television, and film, with a heyday in the 80s with such films as The Twilight Zone, Nightmares, Cat’s Eye, and the Creepshow films. But in 2007, Michael Dougherty made the most high profile horror anthology in over a decade with Trick ‘R’ Treat. Starring Sam, a character from Dougherty’s animated short, as the sprit of Halloween, this film has plenty of recognizable stars and a high profile producer, but was unable to secure a wide theatrical release and ended up becoming a cult hit on home video. Now, due to listener demand, Arnie, Stuart, and Brock give their review of this underground favorite. Did they find it a treat? Listen to find out!

Oct 18, 2012
A View to a Kill
01:22:45

In 1985 Roger Moore set two records–at 57 years old he was the oldest actor to portray James Bond, and with A View to a Kill his seventh Bond film he played Bond in the official films more times than any other actor to date. A View to a Kill would be his last film as James Bond, but with Christopher Walken as villian Max Zorin, Grace Jones as Zorin’s goon May Day, and a rocking theme by 80’s rockers Duran Duran, is Moore’s last Bond film worth a view, or a kill? Listen to find out!

Oct 16, 2012
Never Say Never Again
01:08:53

You Only Live Twice declared “Sean Connery IS James Bond”…and then Connery quit and Roger Moore was James Bond. But due to legal wrangling a competing James Bond film was released in 1983 and once more Sean Connery WAS James Bond. Is this the long awaited return of the true James Bond, or a desperate cash grab? Listen to find out!

Oct 09, 2012
The Cabin in the Woods
01:24:07

Joss Whedon may have directed the biggest movie of 2012, but it wasn’t the only film he released this year. Before Avengers, another Whedon co-written and produced film, Cabin in the Woods, was released and polarized both Whedonites and horror fans. This genre-bending tale of five friends who try to go off the grid but find themselves terrorized by inbred hillbilly zombies seems rote, but who are the puppet masters pulling the strings and for what purpose? Well Now Playing puppet masters overwhelmingly voted for a review of Cabin in the Woods in our one-off horror review poll, so listen to find out why!

Oct 05, 2012
Octopussy
01:10:32

After For Your Eyes Only many people thought Roger Moore’s Bond was at an All Time High, and with the impending revival of Sean Connery as a competing James Bond Eon was sure to bring back Moore as their golden gun for another adventure. This time Bond must team up with a group of smugglers to stop a crazed Russian general from taking over the world. Does Bond’s clowning around work for Arnie, Stuart, and Brock? Listen to find out!

Oct 02, 2012
For Your Eyes Only
01:09:09

After an out of this world adventure, Bond faced a more grounded foe in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only. A British spy boat is sunk and Bond must get to its missile control system before the Russians do, but his quest is stymied by crime boss Aris Kristatos. Is the quality of this film as high as Kristatos’ mountaintop fortress? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Brock’s review to find out!

Sep 25, 2012
Moonraker
00:52:16

James Bond has traveled the world in name of Queen and country, but for his eleventh official movie he has to go where no MI6 agent has gone before–outer space! In Moonraker Bond goes up against space shuttle manufacturer Hugo Drax and stop his plan to kill most life on Earth and breed a new master race. With a return of Bond baddie Jaws, a laser gun battle, and CIA agent Holly Goodhead, Moonraker is one of the most polarizing entries in the Bond franchise. Will it achieve liftoff with Arnie, Stuart, and Brock, or does it crash and burn? Listen to find out!

Sep 18, 2012
The Spy Who Loved Me
01:05:53

When both British and Russian nuclear subs disappear, 007 must team up with Soviet Agent Triple X to investigate. But when X discovers Bond killed her lover, things get more complicated. Can they work as partners to stop aquatic anarchist Karl Stromberg? And is this movie, directed by Lewis Gilbert, as good as his previous Bond–You Only Live Twice? Listen to Stuart, Brock, and Arnie’s review to find out!

Sep 11, 2012
The Man With the Golden Gun
01:02:01

For Roger Moore’s second Bond film every attempt was made to recapture the magic of Goldfinger. With the return of Goldfinger’s director Guy Hamilton, another character carrying a golden pistol, and a plot full of twists and turns, it certainly seems like all the right ingredients were brought together. Add in classic Hammer horror icon Christopher Lee as a master assassin aided by diminutive aide Nick Nack, did this film live up to Bond’s gold standard? Listen to Stuart, Arnie, and Brock to find out!

Sep 04, 2012
Live and Let Die
01:15:04

They tried replacing Sean Connery once and failed. But with Connery’s determination to move his career beyond Bond, United Artists had to once again recast the British spy. With the adaptation of Ian Flemming’s second James Bond novel, Live and Let Die, English actor Roger Moore stepped into the tuxedo. Moore was already familiar with playing a spy, having played Simon Templar on television’s The Saint for eight years, and Moore continued that success becoming the longest-serving James Bond actor, holding the role for twelve years. Now Brock, Stuart, and Arnie review Moore’s first Bond film as he travels to America to investigate a drug lord from the Bahamas. Did this voodoo-themed adventure cast a spell on the Now Playing hosts? Listen to find out!

Aug 31, 2012
Diamonds Are Forever
01:00:57

Never Say Never Again isn’t the only time Connery played Bond after leaving the role. After George Lazenby’s one outing, United Artists decided to take Bond back to its original formula, bringing back the director, the writer, and the star of Goldfinger for one last Bond adventure. It’s Connery’s last official appearance as 007, facing off one last time against SMERSH and Blofeld. Which is better, Diamonds or Gold? Listen to Stuart, Brock, and Arnie to find out!

Aug 28, 2012
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
01:02:28

James Bond is back, but Sean Connery isn’t. Instead, wearing the tuxedo and tossing the hat, is George Lazenby, an actor who would play Bond only once. Lazenby was long a punch line for the Bond franchise, but some Bond fans consider this film one of the best. Does Lazenby escape Connery’s shadow, and should he have had a second shot playing the British agent? Listen to this episode of Now Playing and find out!

Aug 24, 2012
You Only Live Twice
01:06:50

The poster boasted “Sean Connery IS James Bond”, and yet You Only Live Twice was released with Eon Productions looking for a replacement actor as Connery had announced he was leaving the role of Bond. But for his supposed final film all stops were pulled out as he finally comes face-to-scarred-face with Blofeld, head of the evil group SPECTRE. Is this a film that you should watch twice? Listen to Brock, Stuart, and Arnie’s review to find out!

Aug 21, 2012
Casino Royale (1967)
00:57:50

In 1967 Bond fans were very anxious for the next installment in the series, with Sean Connery returning in You Only Live Twice. But that’s not the movie we’re reviewing! A few short weeks before You Only Live Twice came out, the first “unofficial” James Bond film came out–Casino Royale! A broad Bond spoof with several big name actors, a licensing deal allowed Columbia Pictures to put out this competing James Bond film, and would be the only theatrical adaptation of Ian Flemming’s first James Bond novel for almost 40 years. How does this movie fit into the rest of the Bond series? Listen to Brock, Stuart, and Arnie’s review to find out!

Aug 17, 2012
Thunderball
00:53:29

James Bond’s fourth theatrical outing has the superspy enjoying the Bahama sun, facing off against SPECTRE to retrieve two stolen nukes! Featuring a bevy of henchmen and extensive underwater sequences, does this Bond film sink or swim? Listen to this week’s Now Playing to find out!

Aug 14, 2012
Goldfinger
01:04:52

Sean Connery’s third time was a charm for his James Bond films. With Goldfinger the Bond formula was solidified. The song, the gadgets, the girls, the plots, it all came together for this film, which many Bond fans cite as their favorite. Does this film have the Midas touch with Arnie, Stuart, and Brock? Listen to find out!

Aug 10, 2012
From Russia With Love
01:02:38

James Bond is back! In the last film Bond killed SMERSH agent Dr. No, and now No’s boss, the mysterious ailurophile Blofeld. His plot–a beautiful Russian double-agent offers to defect in exchange for Bond’s affections. Will Bond take the bait? And is this a review from Now Playing with love? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Brock to find out!

Aug 07, 2012
Dr. No
01:19:14

After years of financial troubles, MGM Studios has finally gotten the next James Bond movie off the ground–this November’s Skyfall. And there is no better time for Bond to be back as 2012 is the 50th Anniversary of James Bond’s first appearance on the big screen in his first outing, Dr. No. With Sean Connery embodying Ian Flemming’s British spy in a star-making role, this is the film that started it all. Now Dr. No also starts the James Bond retrospective series at Now Playing as Arnie, Stuart, and Brock look back at all of the James Bond films. Did Dr. No show signs of a hero that could stay in the public consciousness for half a century, and does it hold up 50 years later? Listen to find out!

Aug 03, 2012
Catwoman
01:31:54

Since Michelle Pfeiffer squeezed into latex in Batman Returns an idea of a Catwoman movie had been teased. Writers, directors, and stars were attached to the project over the years, and it took over a decade for the film to become reality. Now starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry as Patience Phillips, a woman given the mystical powers of a cat, the film hoped to jump on the superhero bandwagon and launch a new franchise. Instead, it won several Raspberry Awards and tanked at the box office. Is this film as bad as its reputation? Listen to Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie as they let the fur fly in our review!

Jul 31, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises
01:56:02

The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated conclusion to his Batman trilogy, opened last Friday under the pall of a senseless tragedy that occurred at a screening in Colorado. Nationwide, people mourn for those lost, and pray for those injured. But the majority refuse to let the acts of one man taint a movie they’ve waited four years to see, and audiences rushed to theaters and IMAX to see if Nolan’s latest effort could measure up to 2008’s record-breaking, Academy Award winning The Dark Knight. Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s final review in their Batman retrospective series to find out if it did!

Jul 23, 2012
The Dark Knight
01:56:22

The Dark Knight opened under the dark cloud of Heath Ledger’s death but went on to break box office records and set a new standard for superhero films and cement Christopher Nolan’s A-List status. But why so serious? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review of this Academy Award winning tale of capes and cowls!

Jul 17, 2012
Batman Begins
01:52:56

It took eight years after Batman & Robin for the caped crusader to return to theaters with Batman Begins. Directed by a cult director with only two studio films to his name, starring an actor best known for extreme roles in small films, and released in a summer dominated by lightsabers, Batman Begins burst onto the scene and changed the public perception of what a superhero film can be. Now listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review of Batman Begins as we lead up to Nolan’s final film in his Batman trilogy–The Dark Knight Rises!

Jul 10, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man
02:09:31

It was to be the biggest Spider-Man movie yet! 3 villains! Green Goblin 2! Sandman! Venom!! If that’s not enough trouble for Peter Parker, Mary Jane is also jealous of the new girl Gwen Stacy. It had fanboys squealing with anticipation, and then crying in anguish, as Arnie did in Now Playing’s first-ever movie review. Now Arnie revisits Raimi’s third Spider-Man film, joined this time by Jakob and Stuart. Has time changed Arnie’s view of this film? Listen to find out!

Jul 06, 2012
Spider-Man 3
02:06:43

It was to be the biggest Spider-Man movie yet! 3 villains! Green Goblin 2! Sandman! Venom!! If that’s not enough trouble for Peter Parker, Mary Jane is also jealous of the new girl Gwen Stacy. It had fanboys squealing with anticipation, and then crying in anguish, as Arnie did in Now Playing’s first-ever movie review. Now Arnie revisits Raimi’s third Spider-Man film, joined this time by Jakob and Stuart. Has time changed Arnie’s view of this film? Listen to find out!

Jul 03, 2012
Spider-Man 2
01:50:42

Raimi’s 2002 film Spider-Man went on to be the highest grossing superhero film of all time, and so a sequel was swinging into theaters just 2 years later. Spider-Man 2 brings back all the primary characters from the original, and introduces a new foe in the form of Doctor Octopus. Did Spider-Man suffer a sophomore slump? Listen to Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!

Jun 29, 2012
Spider-Man (2002)
02:01:27

Spider-Man is one of the best known comic book superheroes in the world, but his road to the silver screen was a bumpy one. Rights issues, bankruptcy, and technological challenges kept Spider-Man webbed up for over a decade despite numerous attempts to launch a theatrical series. But in 2002 cult director Sam Raimi’s vision of Spider-Man lept into theaters and broke box office records, climbing to the top of the charts, becoming the highest grossing superhero movie of all time and even besting Star Wars: Attack of the Clones for opening weekend and total dollars. As we near The Amazing Spider-Man series reboot, Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob look back at Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy starting with the 2002 original. A decade later does the film still hold up? Listen to find out!

Jun 26, 2012
Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge
01:06:57

Despite being green lit for a television series, Spider-Man did not live long on CBS before being squashed under the boot of network executives. But the series was given a final hurrah with a two-hour movie Spider-Man: The Chinese Web, known in its theatrical release as Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge. To help clear J. Jonah Jameson’s college friend from conspiracy charges, Spider-Man must travel to Hong Kong. Did the series end leaving our hosts wanting more? Listen to Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie’s review and find out!

Jun 22, 2012
Spider-Man (1977)
01:26:59

For over a year the hosts of Now Playing have watched and reviewed every movie based off a Marvel Comics series, but now they enter into their last Marvel review series with the most popular Marvel Comic character of all time — Spider-Man! His red and blue spandex suit is iconic, outshining even Mickey Mouse in global brand awareness, and his 2002 movie even bested Star Wars in the box office. But before Tobey Maguire became the face of Spider-Man, there was Nicholas Hammond. Continuing their roster of prime time superhero shows, CBS ordered a two-hour pilot movie featuring Spider-Man, a college student and part-time photographer. Can the production budget of a 70s television show do justice to Spider-Man’s amazing powers? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to find out!

Jun 19, 2012
Batman & Robin
01:43:03

After Batman Forever exceeded expectations, a sequel was rushed into production. Trouble on the set led to Val Kilmer being replaced by TV superstar George Clooney, but the real star power was held by the film’s villain–Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze. And this film brought even more superhero star power, with more super heroes and super villains than any previous Batman movie, including Robin, Poison Ivy, Bane, and even Batgirl! The film was not well received and put Batman on ice for eight years, but Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob have thawed it out for the next installment of their Batman retrospective series. Is this ice nice? Listen to find out!

Jun 12, 2012
Batman Forever
01:46:56

After Tim Burton’s Batman returned to diminishing results, audiences put off by the salacious Penguin and dark tone, Warner Bros. brought in Lost Boys director Joel Schumacher to give Batman a new vision. With Val Kilmer now the man behind the cowl, Gotham City was given a new look, a new hero in the form of Robin the boy wonder, and two new villains. Batman Forever came in only second to Toy Story at the 1995 box office, but was it as big a hit with the Now Playing reviewers? Listen to find out!

Jun 05, 2012
Batman : Mask of the Phantasm
01:03:27

When Batman was a huge success in 1989 a new Batman animated series was immediately approved, but due to the production time of animation it did not premiere until 1992. With a heavy dose of Tim Burton’s gothic style but a mood more loyal to the original comics, allowing for such baddies as Clayface and Harley Quinn to fit alongside Joker and Penguin, Batman : The Animated Series was a huge hit reaching outside the normal after-school cartoon demographic to Batman fans of all ages. With the series’ success, an original animated feature film got promoted to the big time–a theatrical release. So on Christmas day, 1993, Batman : Mask of the Phantasm became The Dark Knight’s fourth appearance on the silver screen. Featuring Mark Hamill as the iconic voice of Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman both fighting against a new, lethal vigilante The Phantasm, does this animated film actually supersede Burton’s live-action films? Listen to Stuart, Jakob, and ArnieR [...]

May 31, 2012
Batman Returns
01:35:36

When Batman defied expectations to become the top grossing film of 1989 interest in all things Batman exploded. Batman T-shirts were everywhere, and even the 60s television series enjoyed a revival on syndication. But while comics, toys, and TV coasted on Batman ’s success, what everyone really wanted was a sequel and so in 1992 director Tim Burton reteamed with star Michael Keaton to bring the next installment in their Bat-franchise–Batman Returns! With Batman facing double the trouble with a duo of evildoers, will Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart enjoy it twice as much? Listen to find out!

May 29, 2012
Batman (1989)
01:43:31

It was a film that couldn’t succeed. It was a superhero film starring a comedic actor. It was directed by the quirky, cult Tim Burton. It was a superhero known more for a campy dance than for kicking ass. And it was the most expensive film ever made. Yet in 1989 Batman dominated not only the box office but the pop culture landscape, bringing a darker, more modern superhero aesthetic to the big screen and becoming the movie that all other superhero films would be compared for over a decade. But does it hold up in this day of the even darker Christopher Nolan Batman adaptations? Listen to Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie’s review to find out!

May 22, 2012
Batman (1966)
01:19:15

When it comes to box office superheroes, none looms larger than Batman . He dominated theaters in 1989 with Tim Burton’s vision of the caped crusader, and in the 21st century Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman made him the box office champion, with The Dark Knight becoming the highest grossing superhero film ever. Now, as we ramp up for Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Now Playing will be looking back at all of the Batman films, starting with the 1966 theatrical release! When Batman knocked out television audiences everywhere the studio decided to cash in on a feature film version of the show, where four of the dynamic duo’s worst villains, Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, and The Riddler, team up to take over the world. Does this classic series hold up in feature length? Listen to Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out!

May 15, 2012
The Avengers
02:47:24

THE AVENGERS! Breaking worldwide box office records this super-hero team-up is a film that seems impossible to make, and yet they did! After a year of reviewing movies based on Marvel Comics characters, listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review of this blockbuster film! Did it make a year’s worth of viewing worth it, or did it fail to come together? Listen to find out!

May 07, 2012
Captain America: The First Avenger
01:53:08

By the summer of 2011 fans were ready for Avengers, but Marvel Studios still had some groundwork to lay before they could assemble. And in July the final character, the First Avenger, was introduced to audiences. But the fifth film in Marvel’s series might be the hardest sell yet, a World War II period piece with a goody-goody hero. With Fantastic Four’s Chris Evans donning the red, white, and blue outfit, did Captain America: The First Avenger stand alone, or was it just biding the time for ten more months until The Avengers was released? Listen to hear Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie’s review of this film as well as the short A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer.

May 01, 2012
Thor
01:47:39

In three films Marvel had created a cinematic universe based on science. Iron Man used advanced technology to power an armored suit; Bruce Banner used genetic manipulation and medicine to create The Incredible Hulk. But in their fourth film leading up to The Avengers they brought in a new element straight out of Norse mythology–Thor, the god of thunder. With a mighty hammer, a winged helmet, and a flowing red cape, Thor and his fellow Asgardians fought off the evil Ice Giants, but for his cocky war-mongering Thor was banished to earth, stripped of his powers. Can a thunder god fit in with an otherwise science based Cinematic Universe, and is his story a compelling one? Listen to Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out as they review Thor, and the Blu Ray bonus short The Consultant!

Apr 24, 2012
Iron Man 2
01:48:09

The first Iron Man film set the gold (and red) standard for Marvel superheroes in movies, but Marvel Studios knew the pressure was high to build up to The Avengers so just two years later Iron Man 2 was released. Jon Favreau was back behind the camera, and Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow were still starring, but now Don Cheadle dons the War Machine suit, Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke team up as villains, and S.H.I.E.L.D. has a much larger presence in the form of Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, and Scarlett Johansson’s Natalie “Black Widow” Rushman. The film is certainly bigger than the first, but is it better? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to find out!

Apr 17, 2012
The Incredible Hulk
02:00:46

Mere months after Iron Man went supersonic at the box office Marvel’s second issue of its Avengers movie series smashed its way into theaters–The Incredible Hulk! But after Ang Lee’s film disappointed just a few years earlier Hulk’s biggest enemy was audience expectations. Behind-the-scenes strife between producer/star Edward Norton and Marvel Studios only helped to add to audience superhero fatigue in a summer that also included The Dark Knight, and Hulk went on to be the lowest grossing Marvel studio film to date. Is Hulk truly Incredible, or is it as toxic as Bruce Banner’s blood? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Apr 10, 2012
Iron Man
01:52:02

Who would win in a fight, Thor or the Hulk? In comic books, team-ups are the stuff of legend, fulfilling geeky desires while also increasing comic sales. But what can easily be done on the page is not so easy to transition to the screen, which may make this summer’s The Avengers the most ambitious movie ever. Bringing together the larger-than-life characters of Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow all led by Nick Fury, the cast is as impressive as the characters. Now, leading up to The Avengers, Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie are reviewing each of Marvel Studios’ films. In our first review we look at 2008’s Iron Man. Starring Robert Downey Jr, who had been more famous for his off-screen performances than his on-screen roles, and featuring a superhero that was not well known outside the comic reading crowds, the film went on to be the second highest grossing film of the year (bested only by another costumed billionaire vigilante–Bat [...]

Apr 03, 2012
Hulk
02:05:08

First Blade, then X-Men, then Spider-Man…Marvel’s summer blockbuster films were just getting bigger and bigger, so expectations were high when Hulk smashed out of the small screen and into a big screen feature film. Directed by Ang Lee, coming right off his acclaim for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, this was a Hulk that stayed more true to the comic book incarnation of the green giant, but also dared to be a psychological drama as well. Is this a strong film worthy of its hero, or a puny attempt to cash in on a Marvel character? Listen to Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie to find out!

Mar 27, 2012
The Death of the Incredible Hulk
01:23:51

A new science experiment holds the key to curing David Banner of the Hulk, but a group of terrorists plan to steal the device and the scientists who created it. In Death of the Incredible Hulk television audiences said goodbye to the Hulk, but is the ultimate performance of Bill Bixby an enjoyable watch, or will it kill the Now Playing hosts? Listen to find out!

Mar 20, 2012
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk
01:15:22

After Thor and Hulk was a smash hit in the ratings another Hulk movie was quickly approved. David Banner is arrested for a murder he didn’t commit, set up by crime Kingpin Wilson Fisk, and the only one who believes David’s story is his attorney–Matt Murdock. By day Matt tries to clear David’s name in the courts, and by night he takes on David’s fight as the vigilante known as Daredevil! Is this a team-up made in comic book heaven? Listen to Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart’s review to find out!

Mar 13, 2012
The Incredible Hulk Returns
01:15:54

In 1987 The Incredible Hulk Returns and he brought a friend with him–Thor! Comic book crossovers are the thing of geek legend. Everyone wants to know who will win in a fight, Batman or Spider-Man. But due to licensing issues, on-screen comic book crossovers are rare, even for superheroes from the same publisher. That is what makes this summer’s Avengers film so special, getting all the superheroes in one place! But long before Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth put Hulk and Thor on the same screen there was Lou Ferrigno and Eric Kramer in a story of murder, mystery, and action! With all three principle actors from The Incredible Hulk TV series reprising their roles, is this a smashing Hulk movie? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Mar 06, 2012
The Return of the Incredible Hulk (Death in the Family)
01:26:46

In November 1977, The Incredible Hulk premiered on CBS. But just a few weeks later, a second pilot movie aired to gauge audience reception to the now-famous Incredible Hulk formula. David Banner, on the run and searching for a cure, stumbles into a murder plot. Julie’s stepmother and doctor are slowly poisoning the girl. Can David and old coot Michael save the girl? With such future TV stars as William Daniels (voice of KITT on Knight Rider) and Gerald McRaney (Major Dad), is this an Incredible series launch? Listen to Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart’s review to find out!

Mar 02, 2012
The Incredible Hulk (1977)
01:22:03

The Incredible Hulk has been a staple in Marvel Comics since his first appearance in 1962, but to many The Hulk is less known for his comic book persona than his portrayal by Lou Ferrigno in CBS’ hit prime time series The Incredible Hulk. Starring Bill Bixby as David Banner, a scientist who overdoses on gamma radiation, the series ran for five years, and it’s impact can still be seen through references in both the Eric Bana and Edward Norton Hulk film adaptations. Now, as Now Playing starts its next leg of it’s Marvel Comic Movie Retrospective, leading up to The Avengers, Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart are reviewing the television movie that started it all–The Incredible Hulk. Does this incarnation of the green giant make our reviewers angry? And would you like them when they’re angry? Listen to find out!

Feb 28, 2012
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
01:42:26

After Ghost Rider set theaters ablaze in 2007 a sequel seemed assured, but it took five years to get here. But now Nicholas Cage returns in the quasi-rebooted Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Johnny Blaze can have his curse lifted but first he must stop the devil from transferring his soul into the body of a young boy. From the directors of the cult hit Crank films, does this Ghost Rider spark with Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart? Listen to find out!

Feb 19, 2012
Ghost Rider
01:56:20

With a flaming skull, a leather jacket, and a bad bike, Ghost Rider embraced the biker comics counterculture in the 70’s and had a resurgance as a dark hero in the 90’s. The first Ghost Rider film broke box office records, and now Nicholas Cage reprises his role as the devil’s bounty hunter. And continuing their look back at all movies based on Marvel Comics heroes, and in anticipation of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie will be watching and reviewing both Ghost Rider films. In the first movie, Johnny Blaze tried to woo childhood sweetheart Roxanne while eating jelly beans and listening to The Carpenters, but Mephisto has other plans for the stunt biker. Do Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart go along for this ride? Listen to find out!

Feb 14, 2012
Dr. Strange
01:01:56

In 1978, before the Captain America films, CBS was still trying to replicate the successes of their Wonder Woman and Incredible Hulk TV series, but their next attempt to launch a superhero show drew inspiration from the Strange-st of places. The Dr. Strange TV film, based on the Marvel Comics magician, introduces prime-time television to Dr. Stephen Strange, a swinging psychiatrist with a destiny. This was not destined to be picked up as a series, but should it have? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to find out, or be left cold and barren!

Feb 07, 2012
Captain America (1990)
01:18:41

In the early 1990s the country was hungry for more superhero films. Batman had come out and shown us that comic book characters could be done without camp, and studios rushed to get more superhero projects in development. Yet despite Batman ’s success, and 1991 being Captain America’s 50th Anniversary, 21st Century Film Corporation’s production of Captain America could not get distributed. Finally scuttled direct-to-VHS in 1992, this film has been a staple of the convention DVD bootleg circuit. Finally receiving not one but two official releases in 2011 to tie into Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger, does this 1990s version deserve another look? Listen to Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie’s review to find out!

Jan 31, 2012
Captain America II: Death Too Soon
01:07:06

In 1979 Captain America had not one but two TV movies! The first was a pilot for a possible series. The second was Captain America 2 - Death Too Soon! Reb Brown returned as Steve Rogers, the ex-Marine who really just wants to paint. But terrorist General Miguel, played by Chrstopher Lee, has poisoned Portland and only Captain America can stop him! With attack dogs, a hang-gliding motorcycle, and old ladies on Venice Beach, does this Captain America film do our country proud? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s review to find out!

Jan 24, 2012
Captain America (1979)
01:11:16

In the 1940’s Captain America was born with a punch to Hitler’s jaw. In the 60’s he was thawed out again to help lead Marvel’s super-team The Avengers. And in the 70’s, when superhero shows Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk ruled the airwaves, Captain America was updated once again for a new generation. Here Steve Rodgers is a former Marine who wants nothing more than to drive up the California coast and draw, but a diabolical plot from evil oil tycoon Lou Brackett puts Steve’s life in danger. With a clear shield, a boss motocross bike, and a groovy outfit Captain America is called to action. Is this a Captain that kids of the 70’s could get behind? Listen to Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out!

Jan 17, 2012
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
01:18:22

During the Cold War, only one man could protect America from the evil terrorist forces of HYDRA - Nick Fury, director of ! But the Berlin Wall fell, HYDRA’S leader Baron Wolfgang von Strucker was captured, and Fury was put out to pasture. Now, however, HYDRA is back and S.H.I.E.L.D. needs Fury, played by Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, to save the day. Made for TV in the 90s, Nick Fury’s first live-action depiction is now forgotten in the wake of Samuel L. Jackson. But can Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob handle The Hoff? Listen to Now Playing’s review to find out!

Jan 10, 2012
Rocky Balboa
01:25:11

In 14 years Sylvester Stallone had made five Rocky films, and for a long time it was easy to assume Rocky V was the last film. A financial failure and derided by critics and fans alike, it seems Rocky had finally retired once and for all. But 30 years after the original Rocky, Stallone put the gloves back on and returned to the role that made him famous. Now Rocky Balboa is a widower, a restaurateur, and has a beast inside him that needs to be released in the ring. Does this latest Rocky film knock out our reviewers Arnie, Jakob, and Brock? Listen to our final Rocky review to find out!

Jan 03, 2012
Rocky V
01:18:32

After Rocky defeated Drago, and Communism, in Rocky 4, The Italian Stallion returned to his roots for Rocky 5. The director of the original Rocky film, John G. Avildsen, is back in the diretor’s chair, and Rocky is back in Philly, broke once more. Due to brain damage Rocky cannot fight his way out of this situation, but with the family’s only remaining possession, Micky’s gym, Rocky finds himself training a new up-and-comer Tommy Gunn. This film takes a beating from fans and critics alike, but which way did the Now Playing judges rule? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Brock to find out!

Dec 27, 2011
Rocky IV
01:03:05

Rocky went the distance with Apollo Creed, found the Eye of the Tiger and beat Clubber Lang, but four his next fight he’s taking on the biggest enemy of all–communism! When Russian Olympic Gold Medalist Drago kills Apollo in an exhibition match, Rocky must fight to avenge his friend and defend his country’s honor. Rocky 4 was the highest grossing of all Rocky films, but is it the best of the best? Listen to Brock, Jakob, and Arnie’s review to find out!

Dec 20, 2011
Rocky III
01:10:52

As heavyweight champion Rocky traded his passion for glory. Now he worries more about his product endorsements and his new, plastic surgery enhanced face than his boxing matches. Fortunately Rocky’s manager Mickey is shielding the champ, only letting Rocky fight punks who don’t stand a chance. But when tough, hungry, up-and-comer Clubber Lang refuses to take “no” for an answer Rocky has to get the eye of the tiger…with the help of an old enemy. In theaters Rocky III was a hit that outgrossed even the original film, but with Mr. T in the spotlight can this film still go the distance or is it past its prime and ready for retirement? Listen as Arnie, Jakob, and Brock once more step into the ring for this Rocky review!

Dec 13, 2011
Rocky II
00:56:15

Despite losing the boxing match by decision, Rocky was the undisputed box office champion of 1976. So three years later, the Italian Stallion was back on the big screen and this time he was there to “Win, Rocky, Win!” With Sylvester Stallone now behind the camera as well as in front, and the entire cast of the original film returning, does Rocky II pack a punch? Listen as Arnie, Jakob, and Brock step back in the ring and find out!

Dec 06, 2011
Rocky
01:24:33

It’s sometimes hard to believe Sylvester Stallone is an Oscar nominated actor and writer. After all, Demolition Man and The Expendables aren’t usually the films that get Academy notice. But in his career-making role as washed-up fighter Rocky Balboa Stallone captured accolades and audience dollars. Now, for Rocky’s 35th anniversary, Now Playing hosts Arnie, Brock, and Jakob are watching and reviewing all six Rocky films, starting with this 1976 original. Can this film still go the distance with modern audience? Listen to find out!

Nov 29, 2011
Punisher: War Zone
01:33:20

The Punisher’s attempts at a franchise continue to be shot down. While 2004’s Punisher film failed to blow up the box office, strong DVD sales convinced Lionsgate to move ahead on a sequel–only to have director Jonathan Hensleigh and star Thomas Jane drop out. But the project moved on, now a second reboot for the Marvel Knight. Ray Stevenson strapped on the skull-logo flack jacket to fight classic comic book villian Jigsaw in this ultra-violent comic adaptation. Does this third Punisher film finally hit the target, or is it yet another misfire? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s final installment in the Punisher Retrospective Series to find out!

Nov 22, 2011
The Punisher (2004)
01:30:30

With Blade a cinematic success Artisan Entertainment brought another R-rated Marvel property to the big screen–The Punisher. Starring Thomas Jane in the title role and John Travolta as bad guy gangster Howard Saint, this adaptation remained closer to the character’s comic book portrayal, putting him in his signature skull outfit and with a story based on Garth Ennis’ acclaimed Welcome Back Frank story. But this film was punished by most critics, only to find its audience on DVD. Is this film justice for our hero, or punishment for the viewer? Listen as Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart are here to live once more, or die once more, or review once more and find out!

Nov 15, 2011
The Punisher (1989)
01:22:03

In 1989 the second Marvel Comics hero got his shot at big screen glory — The Punisher, a murderous vigilante who dispenses the ultimate punishment to criminals. To comic book fans, Dolph Lundgren’s portrayal of the character barely resembled the original material. Gone was the giant skull on the Punisher’s shirt, and instead of a Viet Nam war hero Frank Castle was now a police officer waging a one-man war against the mob. But is the true punishment that inflicted upon viewers of this film? On this week’s Now Playing, Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob continue their Marvel Movie retrospective with this first Punisher film, so listen to find out!

Nov 08, 2011
Hannibal Rising
01:25:07

After Red Dragon’s success more Lecter films were guaranteed, and to keep with author Thomas Harris’ original vision this time the movie was not just based on one of his novels–the Hannibal Rising screenplay was written by Harris in conjunction with the new novel telling of Hannibal the Cannibal’s early years. Can this film provide a future for the series without Anthony Hopkins, and does Gaspard Ulliel’s Hannibal rise to the occasion? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s final review in the Hannibal Lecter series to find out!

Oct 31, 2011
Red Dragon
01:40:52

Quickly after Hannibal hit theaters production began on yet another installment of the Hannibal Lecter franchise, and this time instead of looking forward to Harris writing another Hannibal story they looked backwards to Red Dragon, Harris’ first novel featuring the caged cannibal. Already made into a film in the 80’s, Manhunter, now the story is retold in an adaptation more faithful to the original novel and with Hopkins again reprising the role that he is best known for. With an all-star cast and director Brett Ratner at the helm, was this film a needed update or a desperate cash-grab? Listen to Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart’s review to find out!

Oct 25, 2011
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)
01:27:36

Warning: This podcast deals with subject matter that will be objectionable to the vast majority of listeners. No one under the age of 18 should listen, and those over the age of 18 should listen with caution. Last year the world was fascinated by The Human Centipede. What started as an underground, unknown movie only shown at midnight in select theaters ended up a global phenomenon. Word of the sequel spread fast, and the buzz increased when the film was banned in the UK. Now the sequel is here and the full sequence twelve-person Human Centipede is ready to be revealed. Do four-times the people equate to four-times the entertainment? Listen as Stuart, Marjorie, and Arnie line up to review this sequel and find out!

Oct 20, 2011
Hannibal
01:26:04

When Silence of the Lambs was received with critical acclaim and box office success, audiences waited with baited breath for the reunion of the cannibal and the agent — Hannibal and Clarice. But despite audience anticipation, author Thomas Harris did not complete the sequel novel Hannibal until 1999, and upon its release many of the talent associated with the original film declined to return. But with new director Ridley Scott, fresh off his Oscar for Gladiator, behind the camera and Hopkins returning to chew up the scenery and his victims, could this film live up to the last or is it too much for audiences to swallow? Listen to find out!

Oct 18, 2011
Silence of the Lambs
01:42:02

It’s iconic. Fava Beans and Chianti. Quid Pro Quo. Goodbye Horses. Based on Thomas Harris’ second novel, Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, and director Jonathan Demme came together and made a picture that captured both the pop culture imagination and swept the Academy Awards. Now, continuing their Hannibal Lecter series, Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie watch and review this seminal crime horror film. Does it hold up two decades later? Listen to find out!

Oct 11, 2011
Manhunter
01:44:11

Before Anthony Hopkins was having fava beans and a nice chianti, Hannibal Lector was played by Brian Cox in Manhunter, a 1986 film from Miami Vice’s Michael Mann. A serial killer is on the loose and FBI profiler Will Graham has been called out of retirement to stop him. To do so, Graham turns to his old nemesis, the man he put in prison, Hannibal the Cannibal. With a plot that closely mirrors Lector’s most iconic appearance in Silence of the Lambs, Manhunter was a failure in 1986 but is now a rediscovered favorite for Lector fans. Can this film hold a candle to Lector’s later appearances? Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob review Manhunter as their first film in the Hannibal Lector retrospective series, so listen to find out!

Oct 04, 2011
Elektra
01:32:41

Daredevil made money but when Affleck became toxic at the box office, Fox studios proceeded with a spin-off rather than a sequel, and despite being dead at the end of Daredevil Jennifer Garner was back reprising her role of Elektra. Donning the iconic red silk outfit for this outing, Elektra is an assassin who finds her conscience and must go up against the evil ninjas of The Hand to protect The Treasure. Is Elektra a treasure to movie fans, or should this franchise have not been resurrected? Listen to Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie to find out!

Sep 27, 2011
Daredevil
01:40:36

After the success of X-Men, 20th Century Fox quickly green-lit another Marvel superhero film–Daredevil! With Ben Affleck still riding his career high after The Sum of All Fears cast as the blind lawyer cum vigilante Daredevil seemed poised to swing in right behind the success of 2002’s Spider-Man. Aided by a strong supporting cast including Colin Farrell, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, and a pre-Iron Man Jon Faverau, this film broke box office records its opening weekend, but in the court of public opinion this film has been forgotten. Now, continuing their look back at every movie based on Marvel’s superhero comics, Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart take the stand and bear witness to Daredevil. Was justice served? Listen to this podcast to find out the verdict!

Sep 20, 2011
Blade: Trinity
01:42:40

Blade II made over $150 million worldwide, so it was no surprise that two years later Blade was back in theaters. What was surprising is he brought friends, in the form of Jessica Biel, Parker Posey, Natasha Lyonne, and Ryan Reynolds. Can the daywalker stand up to the star power in this cast? And does the return of Blade’s comic book nemesis Dracula inject new blood into the franchise? Listen and find out!

Sep 13, 2011
Blade II
01:21:36

Blade was an unexpected hit in 1998, and so in 2002 Wesley Snipes returned to the role for the first sequel in his career. This time, with a still mostly unknown Guillermo del Toro at the helm, and writer David S. Goyer penning the script, did the Daywalker really get his chance to shine? Listen to Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob’s review to find out!

Sep 06, 2011
Blade
01:39:37

By 1998, the only Marvel Comics character to get a wide theatrical release was Howard the Duck. But Dark Knight writer David Goyer would change all that with Blade, starring Wesley Snipes as the comic book vampire slayer. With Stephen Dorff as charismatic vampire Deacon Frost, Blade redeemed comic based movies after Batman and Robin and kicked off the Marvel Age of movies. But can this pre-Matrix combination of CGI and black leather stand up today, and how does it fit in with the other Marvel comic book movies? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to find out!

Aug 30, 2011
Fright Night (2011)
01:34:49

Dracula, Lestat, Angel, Nosferatu, Spike…Jerry??? While Hollywood continues to mine all vampire properties to build on the current fang mania, the 1985 cult film Fright Night was not one with the name recognition that made it an obvious choice for a remake, but with Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Marti Noxon writing, and an impressive cast including Colin Farrell and David Tennant, this unlikely remake seemed like it may make vampires scary again. But can it live up to the 1985 original in the eyes of fans, and will it appeal to new audiences? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Brock to find out!

Aug 23, 2011
Final Destination 5
01:17:57

Now Playing finishes its Final Destination Retrospective Series with the newest installment in the series. Sam and his coworkers are on their way to a work retreat when a bridge collapse nearly kills them all, but Death’s design is still coming. Does Tony Todd’s Bludworth have an insight into Death’s plan that can help them save their lives, or are they Dust in the Wind? And do audiences care, or do we just want to see inventive death scenarios? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Brock as they review this installment and find out!

Aug 19, 2011
Fright Night Part II
01:10:05

Despite having dusted Jerry in the first Fright Night film, Charlie Brewster has been convinced by his therapist that there are no such thing as vampires, and yet when Jerry’s sister Regine comes looking for revenge Charlie’s only hope lies with Peter Vincent-Vampire Killer! With a new girlfriend for Charlie, a new crew of baddies, and no Evil Ed in sight, does Fright Night Part 2 live up to the original? And even if it did, could you find a copy to watch? Listen to find out!

Aug 16, 2011
The Final Destination
00:50:20

In 2009 Rob Zombie returned to the twisted mind of Michael Myers in Halloween 2…and no one cared because horror films had entered a new dimension: 3-D! Capitalizing on this new cinema gimmick was The Final Destination, the fourth in the franchise. With Final Destination 2 director David R. Ellis returning to stage another car crash, this time on a speedway, and psychic Nick trying to save the lives of his friends from such threats as a car wash, a swimming pool, and a chain link fence, do inventive deaths inject new life into the Final Destination series? Listen to find out!

Aug 12, 2011
Fright Night
01:23:47

Jerry and Billy would be great neighbors, were it not for all the apple cores they leave in the yard, and the bodies of dead prostitutes they take out in garbage bags. But while the rest of the neighborhood seems not to notice, Charlie Brewster realizes the truth–Jerry is a vampire. In 1985 Fright Night brought back the Vampire genre from the dead with its mix of horror and comedy. With Chris Sarandon as the evil, yet fashionable, Jerry, and Roddy McDowell as Peter Vincent, the fearless vampire killer, is this film’s allure eternal, or should it have been buried in the 80’s? Listen to Stuart, Arnie, and Brock to find out! Then come back to NowPlayingPodcast.com as we review all the Fright Night films, culminating with a review of the remake starring Colin Farrell!

Aug 09, 2011
Final Destination 3
01:16:44

You could describe Wendy’s life as a roller coaster. She is facing high school graduation, her best friend is about to dump her doe-eyed boyfriend, and she’s having psychic visions–of a roller coaster crashing. Armed with her magic camera, Wendy and friends must try to cheat death, but be it a car crash, a nail gun, or a tanning bed, death’s design shall not be thwarted! With original director James Wong returning, is Final Destination 3 a fun roller coaster of carnage? Listen to Jakob, Arnie, and Brock to find out!

Aug 05, 2011
Cowboys & Aliens
01:06:50

With stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, and directed by Jon Faverau, Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart were roped in to seeing Cowboys & Aliens this past weekend. A mash-up of western and sci-fi based on a comic series, this seemed to be one of the few films this summer that was not building on an existing franchise, but starting one new and fresh. But did this film rustle up a good review? Ride ‘em cowboy to nowplayingpodcast.com to find out!

Aug 02, 2011
Final Destination 2
00:53:09

Death’s design was thwarted in the first Final Destination film…or was it? In Final Destination 2, death continues to haunt Ali Larter’s Clear to show, as Bludworth said, “You don’t even want to mess with that mack daddy”. With an astounding opening car crash and a new group of victims, is this a Destination worth visiting? Listen to find out!

Jul 29, 2011
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
01:24:11

The first Fantastic Four film was never released. The second time, the film was released to modest box office and poor reviews. But now Marvel’s first family is back, and they’ve brought friends–fan favorite The Silver Surfer and his master, the world-eater Galactus. With these new characters and a retelling of one of the Fantastic Four’s most beloved storylines, is the third time a charm for the Four, or do we have to wait longer for a Fantastic comic adaptation of Thing, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, and Mr. Fantastic? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as we finish our Fantastic Four retrospective series to find out!

Jul 26, 2011
Final Destination
01:07:33

In 2000 the new wave of teen horror started by Scream ruled the box office. A slew of imitators jumped on the horror bandwagon only to flame out, but one new series found its legs and continues to have new films released today, and that is 2000’s Final Destination. A vision that the plane taking his classmates to Paris will crash causes High School senior Alex to disembark with several of his friends, but they were meant to die on the plane and death’s design will not be thwarted, as told to us by horror icon Tony Todd. Will Alex figure out a loophole and escape death? I have a vision that you will listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Brock’s review to find out!

Jul 22, 2011
Fantastic Four
01:53:02

After over 20 years of trying, the Fantastic Four have finally arrived on the big screen in this big budget blockbuster! Made by 20th Century Fox, they obviously hoped to have a franchise to alternate between X-Men films, and what better than another team of super powered beings from the Marvel universe fighting against their arch-nemesis Dr. Doom. But with $100 million budget, does this film finally reach their target audiences, or does it flame out? Listen to find out!

Jul 19, 2011
The Fantastic Four
01:27:10

In this first installment, the Now Playing hosts watch a film never meant to be seen — 1994’s Fantastic Four. Made on the cheap and possibly never intended for release, this film has become legend to comic book lovers and film lovers alike. Why was this film never released? Did it deserve its fate? Listen to find out!

Jul 12, 2011
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
01:51:48

Transformers: Dark of the Moon made headlines this weekend. Despite Revenge of the Fallen being almost universally hated by critics and Transformers fans alike, the third Bayformers film has kept pace with the predecessors and broken box office records, grossing over $400 million worldwide in less than a week, and breaking the US Fourth of July holiday weekend record. But is the movie any good, or is it yet another example of a lackluster film that sets the box office ablaze due to gorgeous special effects and inflated 3-D and IMAX ticket prices? Listen to our latest podcast as Jerry, Stuart, and Arnie review this latest, and reportedly last, Michael Bay helmed Transformers film. Will a government conspiracy dating back to the Apollo moon mission bring the Transformers’ storyline down to earth, or is all that’s here what meets the eye? Listen to find out!

Jul 05, 2011
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
01:41:55

Tonight Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens in theaters, several days earlier than originally scheduled, but you can prepare for your Transformers experience by joining Arnie, Stuart, and Jerry as they review the second installment in the Bayformers series — Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. There’s more Autobots, more Decepticons, more cute little puppies, and G1 story staples like the Matrix of Leadership and the death of Optimus Prime, but do these callbacks make for a satisfying movie experience? Listen to find out!

Jun 28, 2011
Green Lantern Review
01:51:52

Now Playing has a bonus episode for you: BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT, Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart take a break from their Marvel Comics based movie reviews to look at a DC Comics property–Green Lantern! Starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, and Mark Strong, this is DC’s attempt to emulate Marvel’s Iron Man success with the B-level Emerald Knight. Does it reach Iron Man heights? Is Angela Bassett the new Samuel L Jackson? Listen to find out!

Jun 24, 2011
Transformers
01:55:40

Continuing our Transformers Retrospective Series, Arnie, Jerry, and Stuart look at Michael Bay’s 2007 Transformers, affectionately known among fans as Bayformers! Do director Michael Bay and producer Steven Spielberg transform this series into something accessible to non-fans, or does this film lack the All Spark? Listen to find out!

Jun 21, 2011
Transformers: The Movie
01:32:29

For this first episode we go back to where it all began, with the Transformers 1986 animated theatrical film! The final fight of Optimus Prime vs Megatron, the ascension of Hot Rod, and guest voices including Eric Idle, Leonard Nimoy, Judd Nelson, and Orson Wells, this film was primed to make these robots in disguise bigger than ever…only to flop with only $5 million. Was this box office bomb a gem in disguise, or is this the moment it all went wrong? Dare to be Stupid with our Now Playing hosts and find out!

Jun 14, 2011
X-Men: First Class
02:04:34

The final episode in our X-Men retrospective series is here as the latest X-Men film, X-Men: First Class, is released. With Matthew Vaughn, director of the beloved Kick-Ass comic adaptation, behind the camera and Bryan Singer back on the team as a producer and writer this time, the X-Men boldly go where many franchises have gone before–the origin story reboot. But with a highly publicized rushed production schedule and a group of actors who have received acclaim but never had to carry a franchise film before, can X-Men: First Class continue the origin story reboot success of such films like Star Trek, Casino Royale, and Batman Begins? Listen to our review as Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart review this latest film and find out for yourself!

Jun 04, 2011
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
01:55:36

Hugh Jackman has gone solo in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a prequel showing Wolverine’s life from his boyhood in 19th Century Canada through his memory loss at Three Mile Island. And in place of the X-Men supporting him, Wolverine is now surrounded by such fan favorite mutants as Deadpool, Gambit, and Agent Zero. Do Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob find this trip down Wolverine’s memory lane a exciting adventure, or were these memories best left forgotten? Listen to find out!

May 27, 2011
X-Men: The Last Stand
01:54:45

With Bryan Singer graduating from Mutant High to direct Superman, and taking most of his production crew with him, it fell to Brett Ratner to complete the X-Men trilogy. The war Magneto had foreseen in the first two films erupts when a cure for mutation is introduced. Itis the most bombastic of the X-Men trilogy and very polarizing to X-Fans, but does it Stand up for Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob? Listen to find out!

May 20, 2011
X2: X-Men United
01:27:17

Professor X, Magneto, and most of the mutants from X-MEN return to the big screen three years after their debut - sporting higher production values, sharper social commentary, an enlarged cast, and answers for amnesiac Wolverine’s backstory. Will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart unite behind director Bryan Singer’s grandiose vision, or will the many storylines send them into berserker rage? Listen and find out!

May 13, 2011
X-Men
01:49:40

When you think of comic book superhero movies, do you think of concentration camps, human rights, and deep questions, starring both past and future Oscar winning actors? While certainly not the norm in 2000 when it was released, Bryan Singer’s X-Men ushered in a new type of superhero film for a new century. With this being the first big-screen live action X-Men adaptation, bringing such comic book legends as Wolverine, Cyclops, Professor X, and Rogue to life and it’s success launched not only the X-Men franchise but really set off a renaissance for Marvel Comics superhero films. With 11 years past, does this film hold up? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob’s review to find out!

May 06, 2011
Generation X
01:15:19

Before there was X-Men…there was Generation X! For fans of the X-Men who had grown up watching the cartoon and reading the comics there would be a long wait, until 2000, for the X-Men to grace the silver screen in a big budget epic, but first in 1996 FOX aired the TV movie Generation X, a pilot for a TV series that never happened. Based on X-Men spin-off comic of the same name, Generation X sees a new group of superpowered teen mutants attending Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, here run by Emma Frost and Banshee, both featured characters in this summer’s X-Men First Class! Starring Matt “Max Headroom” Frewer as the evil dream manipulating scientist Russel Tresh, is this inauspicious start for the X-Men something all fans should track down, or is it best forgotten like a bad dream? Listen to find out!

Apr 29, 2011
Scream 4
01:56:58

It has been eleven years since Sydney, Gale, Dewey, and Ghostface took Hollywood, but now they are back home in Woodsboro for Scream 4 where our survivors and a new cast of comely high school students are terrorized by a new Ghostface killer while debating the relative merits of horror reboots. With the Millennials picking up where the now older Gen X cast left off, do threatening prank calls work in an era without home phones, and can writer Kevin Williamson and Director Wes Craven continue to parody slasher films effectively in an age of torture porn? Listen to the latest Now Playing as Marjorie, Arnie, and Stuart review this new release, and sum up their thoughts on the entire Scream series!

Apr 22, 2011
Scream 3
01:16:21

When Scream 3 came out, it was intended to be the last installment in the Scream series. While we know now that would prove to not be the case, in 2000 Scream 3 looked to be the conclusion of what original Scream writer Kevin Williamson said was always envisioned as a trilogy. And with film-geek Randy coming back from the grave (via videotape) to give us the rules of the trilogy, we know Ghostface is back. But this time Ghostface has gone Hollywood as he is stalking actors on the set of Stab 3, hoping to lure reclusive Sydney Prescott out of hiding. Is the meta-humor horror combination a winning one? Listen to Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart to find out, and join us next week as we review the new release Scream 4!

Apr 15, 2011
Scream 2
01:21:40

Ghostface is back stalking Sydney and her friends, this time at Windsor College. In the script, screenwriter Kevin Williamson calls out that “by definition alone, sequels are inferior films”. Does that statement hold true for the second installment of the Scream franchise? Listen to find out!

Apr 08, 2011
Scream
01:46:59

With Scream 4 coming out, it’s time to follow the rules of a Now Playing Retrospective series and rule number 1 is Arnie, Stuart, and Marjorie are looking back at the entire Scream series, arguably the most popular horror franchise of the past 20 years. With Ghostface tormenting teens, including Neve Campbell, Jamie Kennedy, Rose McGowan, and Drew Barrymore, and directed by master of horror Wes Craven, does this film hold up 15 years later? Listen in to find out!

Apr 01, 2011
Kick-Ass
01:51:39

He has no powers, no girlfriend, no cool outfit, but /Dave Lizewski can still Kick-Ass in the film directed by future X-Men First Class director Matthew Vaughn. With it’s balance of humor and violence, and a foul-mouthed, violent 11-year-old Hit Girl courting controversy the film failed to catch on with mainstream audiences. But is this an underrated Kick-Ass film, or are we three for three with our Marvel Misfits retrospective series? Listen to the final episode in this first part of our Marvel Comic Book Movie Retrospective to find out!

Mar 25, 2011
Man-Thing
01:12:34

Rising from the swamps comes a humanoid creature made of pure plant matter - Marvel’s Man-Thing! A cult comic book character, Man-Thing was promoted to Marvel Movie Star in 2005 to capitalize on the popularity of Man-Thing’s superhero peers the X-Men and Spider-Man. Premiering on the Sci-Fi channel, this film remains fairly unknown. Is it a treasure found underneath the murkiness of the swamps, or a fetid swamp plant that should be left to decompose? Listen to Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!

Mar 18, 2011
Howard the Duck
02:05:27

Fresh off the success of Return of the Jedi, blockbuster movie producer George Lucas was thought to have the golden touch and be able to do no wrong, but Lucas has always been one to do the impossible. And in the late summer of 1986, Howard the Duck was laid into by critics and fans alike. Now, for the 25th anniversary of this legendary flop, Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob watch and review the film as the start of their Marvel Comics Movie Retrospective Series! Is the movie as bad as critics said, or like Lucas said, 25 years later is this film looked back upon fondly? Listen to find out!

Mar 09, 2011
The Adjustment Bureau
01:28:57