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Welcome to ReelBlend! Join Managing Director Sean O'Connell (CinemaBlend) and Entertainment Reporters Kevin McCarthy (Fox 5 Washington DC) and Jake Hamilton (Fox 32 News Chicago) as they discuss the latest news, rumors, and movies to hit the big screen. Every week we'll bring you movie reviews, inside looks at the news of the week, stories from the set, and interviews with your favorite filmmakers. Enjoy!


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'I Love My Dad' Director James Morosini On Patton Oswalt, The True Story & More
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Writer, director, and actor James Morosini joins the show to talk about his breakout feature I Love My Dad, starring himself, Patton Oswalt, and Claudia Sulewski. The film won the audience award at this year's SXSW Film Festival and has won over audiences on its tour through the festival circuit. We discuss the story which inspired the film, his therapist pushing him to make the film, Claudia Sulewski’s daunting role and flawless execution, and so much. 

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Aug 17, 2022
Director Halina Reijn Talks 'Bodies Bodies Bodies'
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Director Halina Reijn joins the show to discuss her new movie Bodies Bodies Bodies, starring Amanda Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott, Pete Davidson. We talk about the film’s incredible ending (no spoilers!), working with her cast to create a specific tone and realism, her use of music and score, as well as the ingenious way they let the actors light each other in the film’s dim night scenes. 

Stick around for our review of Bodies Bodies Bodies, a breakdown of the Batgirl saga at DC, and more. Finally, Phil Contrino from the National Association of Theater Owners stops by for a chat about the positive outlook on the future of the theater-going experience. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:03:58 - Halina Reijn Interview

00:29:39 - Is A24 THE Director’s Studio?

00:40:03 - HBO Max & DC Explained

00:55:26 - Interview: Looking Ahead At The Theatrical Experience

01:11:40 - This Week In Movies

01:12:38 - ‘Mark & Rita’ Review

01:16:06 - ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ Review

01:22:02 - Our Favorite Book Adaptations

01:42:43 - Outro



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Aug 12, 2022
'Bullet Train' Director David Leitch & Producer Kelly McCormick Talk Brad Pitt, Making Of & More
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Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Bryan Tyree Henry are just a few members of the stacked cast in Sony Pictures’ Bullet Train. Director David Leitch and producer Kelly McCormick join us to discuss the making of, casting Brad Pitt, adapting a novel, Atomic Blonde’s anniversary and more.

Stick around for our reviews of the film, as well as our thoughts in Dan Trachtenberg’s Predator prequel Prey which hits Hulu this weekend.

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:07:42 - David Leitch & Kelly McCormick Interview (Bullet Train)

00:50:01 - Star Wars’ Andor Trailer Reactions

01:06:32 - Jo Koy’s Easter Sunday Review

01:16:16 - Prey Review

01:35:10 - Bullet Train Review

01:45:57 - Our Favorite Sandra Bullock Movies

01:55:49 - Outro 



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Aug 05, 2022
Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary: Best Movie Of All Time, Video Archives & More
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Quentin Tarantino and long-time friend, and collaborator Roger Avary join ReelBlend to chat about their days working together at Video Archives, how their styles of film criticism have changed (read: matured) since then, and more. Quentin names the movie he thinks is the greatest MOVIE of all time, his best monologue and we of course discuss their new podcast The Video Archives Podcast.

Check out The Video Archives Podcast wherever you get your podcasts: videoarchivespodcast.com

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Aug 03, 2022
Christopher Nolan’s 'Oppenheimer’ Trailer Reaction
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Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has finally dropped a first-look trailer attached to Nope in IMAX! Check out our reactions and predictions for what Nolan has in store for us next year. Oppenheimer isn’t the only trailer we need to talk about this week. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has finally given us a look at how the Marvel story will continue following the passing of Chadwick Boseman, and it appears they will do so with beauty and respect for the legacy he left behind in the franchise. 

We also chat about Nope’s opening weekend box office results, review BJ Novak’s Vengeance and discuss our favorite Mystery movies. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:03:36 - Nope Box Office Results

00:16:40 - Oppenheimer Trailer Reaction

00:32:33 - Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Trailer Reaction

00:54:20 - She-Hulk: Attorney At Law Trailer Reaction

00:59:44 - This Week In Movies

01:05:02 - DC League of Super-Pets Review

01:07:11 - Vengeance Review

01:16:38 - Our Favorite Mystery Movies

01:29:12 - Outro



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Jul 29, 2022
Jordan Peele Talks 'Nope': Shooting In IMAX, 'Akira' Influences & More
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Jordan Peele joins us to talk about his latest masterstroke, Nope, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun. We chat about his collaboration with cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, their decision behind shooting the film in IMAX, and what advice from Christopher Nolan looks like. The interview and this week’s review are free of spoilers, but we do talk about some of the film’s influences and origins, the topics Peele wanted to explore, and more. 

Stick around through the interview to hear our full review of Nope, as well as our reviews for the Russo brothers new action flick The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas. 

This week’s interview and BlendGame are sponsored by our friends at AMC Theatres: Thrills and Chills. Check out AMC Theatres’ Thrills and Chills program for more on all the great horror and thrillers hitting theaters this year: AMC Thrills and Chills

And be sure to grab some tickets and see Nope in theaters this weekend: Nope

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:05:11 - Jordan Peele Interview

00:35:51 - Star Wars Tier List: Obi-Wan Kenobi

00:43:49 - Marvel Tier List: Thor: Love & Thunder

00:56:07 - Marvel Tier List: Ms. Marvel

1:05:09 - The Gray Man Review

1:15:40 - Nope Review

1:26:13 - #ScaredBlend

1:41:40 - Outro



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Jul 22, 2022
'Where The Crawdads Sing' With Director Olivia Newman
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Where the Crawdads Sing director Olivia Newman joins the show this week to walk us through some of the tough conditions they were working in to bring the acclaimed novel to the big screen. We discuss the importance of the film’s setting, shooting on location which came with intense delays due to weather, casting for the film’s central romantic dynamic, working with David Strathairn, the incredible work on display from cinematographer Polly Morgan, Taylor Swift’s original song and more. 

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Jul 15, 2022
'Thor: Love and Thunder' Review
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Marvel’s Thor: Love & Thunder (starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Tessa Thompson) hits theaters this weekend! Taika Waititi returns to the MCU with the next installment in Thor’s long-running saga, and we give our full spoiler-free and spoiler-filled reviews. 

Netflix’s Stranger Things fourth season finally came to its epic conclusion with the release of Vol. 2. It might be the best season yet, and so we had to take some time to dive into spoilers. Did the villain live up to the hype? Are we excited for a fifth and final season? Did season 4 drag on too long? We get into all of this and more. 

The box office continued its surge over the holiday weekend with Minions: The Rise of Gru winning big. We take a look at the landscape of releases moving forward to predict how this reassuring return to theatrical wins might play out throughout the year. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:04:06 - Box Office Reactions 

00:22:26 - Stranger Things 4 Review (Spoiler Free)

00:26:53 - (Spoilers) Stranger Things 4 Review

00:47:38 - Thor: Love and Thunder Review (Spoiler Free)

01:09:27 - (Spoilers) Thor: Love and Thunder Review

01:40:21 - Outro



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Jul 08, 2022
Quentin Tarantino Tier List
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We’re kicking off our director-themed Tier Lists with the one and only Quentin Tarantino. As usual, we run through his prolific filmography giving each entry a letter grade, but there’s a twist. Rather than an S tier, we’ve challenged ourselves to elect a single film as his Masterpiece. How did we do? Reach out and let us know what your list looks like. 

Also this week, we continue to revel in the recent resurgence at the global box office. Top Gun: Maverick continued Tom Cruise’s historic run, Elvis made a respectable debut, and Jurassic World: Dominion creeps ever closer to a potential billion-dollar run. 

Check out our completed tier list here.

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:06:41 - Box Office Round-Up 

00:23:34 - Quentin Tarantino Tier List

00:55:44 - This Week In Movies

00:57:12 - Our Favorite Summer Blockbuster Movies

01:09:45 - Outro



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Jul 01, 2022
Robert Englund Talks ‘Stranger Things,’ Freddy Krueger & More
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Horror legend and icon Robert Englund joins us to talk about his role in Stranger Things Season 4, Freddy Krueger, his favorite movie villains, and more. He takes us down the path of Freddy Krueger diving into Hannibal Lecter’s dreams, Stranger Things’ brilliance in blending classic ‘80s film, shooting a scene largely covered in narration, and whether or not Victor Creel will return in Stranger Things Season 4 Part II. 

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Jun 29, 2022
Tom Hanks Talks 'Elvis,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Forrest Gump' & More
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Tom Hanks is here. You read that correctly. Tom Hanks himself joins ReelBlend to promote his new film Elvis (also starring Austin Butler). Mr. Tom Hanks was generous enough with his time to share stories from across his career, including breaking down some of the moments and cast reactions to filming Saving Private Ryan’s famous opening. He also gives some fantastic advice for young actors and shares an incredible moment from working with Paul Newman on Road to Perdition which informs how he approaches his fellow actors even to this day. The wonderful stories don’t end there, so strap in and enjoy. 

Following our interview, we give our reviews for Elvis and even discuss our favorite Tom Hanks movies of all time. 

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Timestamps (approx. only

00:08:19 - Tom Hanks Interview

00:55:22 - Box Office Reactions

01:09:57 - This Week In Movies

01:13:59 - Elvis Review

01:28:36 - Our Favorite Tom Hanks Movies

01:48:11 - Outro



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Jun 24, 2022
'Brian and Charles' Filmmakers Talk Their Sundance Experience And Bringing Story From Stage To Screen
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The filmmakers behind Brian and Charles join the show to discuss the making of their charming new comedy; from its inception on the stage, to the short film and now the big screen. Director Jim Archer, writer David Earl (Brian) and writer Chris Hayward (Charles) also share their reactions to the film getting accepted into Sundance, audience reception and more.

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Jun 22, 2022
Pixar’s 'Lightyear' Review
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Pixar is back in theaters with the release of Lightyear, the film Toy Story’s Andy fell in love with before buying a Buzz Lightyear action figure. We review the film (starring Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Take Waititi), as well as Brian and Charles, Netlfix’s Spiderhead, and more. 

This week is packed with new releases, but first, we have to take a moment to recognize the huge opening weekend for Jurassic World: Dominion, another sign that the theatrical business is coming back strong. Also, with another weekend breaking $50 million for Top Gun: Maverick, it takes over the top spot for this year’s domestic box office. 

Sean was able to catch up with the new Jurassic film, so we take a moment to add it to our official tier list. Check out our finalized list here

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:09:05 - Box Office Reactions

00:19:12 - Jurassic World: Dominion Tier List Ranking

00:31:26 - This Week In Movies

00:46:00 - Spiderhead Review

00:51:13 - Lightyear Review

00:58:14 - Our Favorite Gus Van Sant Movies

01:14:20 - Outro



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Jun 17, 2022
Director Colin Trevorrow Talks 'Jurassic World: Dominion' Spoilers
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Writer, director, and executive producer Colin Trevorrow joins us to dig into spoiler territory for his new film Jurassic World: Dominion. He describes the process of setting out a 3-film arc early on with the World half of the franchise, splitting up his films and collaborating with a different director for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, reacting to the legacy characters (Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill) back on screen together and more. 

You won’t want to miss this fascinating chat. Just be warned…spoilers!

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Jun 15, 2022
'Jurassic Park' Tier List & 'Jurassic World: Dominion' Review
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The Jurassic Park franchise returns this week with Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World: Dominion hitting theaters. Stick around for our spoiler-free thoughts on the new film, but first, we break down our thoughts on the entire franchise with our Jurassic Park Tier List. As usual, sound off in the comments or write in to let us know what your list looks like. 

Ms. Marvel made its own debut on Disney+ this week. We were able to screen episodes 1 and 2, and give our spoiler-free thoughts on what is shaping up to be our new favorite Marvel series. We also review Adam Sandler’s new Netflix film Hustle and react to Dan Trachtenberg’s Predator prequel Prey

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:05:47 - Prey Trailer Reaction

00:13:29 - Jurassic Park Tier List

00:56:27 - Jurassic World: Dominion Review

01:03:31 - Hustle Review

01:10:51 - Ms. Marvel Review

01:23:10 - Our Favorite Jennifer Connolly Movies

01:32:17 - Outro



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Jun 10, 2022
Adam Sandler And 'Hustle' With Director Jeremiah Zagar
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Director Jeremiah Zagar joins the show to talk about his new film hitting Netflix this week, Hustle starring Adam Sandler. He walks us through their meticulous testing process for shooting the film's game sequences, being inspired by Raging Bull, professional basketball players turned actors, and more.

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Jun 08, 2022
Star Wars Tier List
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The time has come. We sit down to hammer out our Tier List ranking of Star Wars films and TV. Did we rank A New Hope too low? Who was right about The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker? What does your list look like in comparison? Send in your feedback on Twitter or head over to the YouTube comments section and let us know how we did. 

Stick around through the tier list for Jake’s thoughts on David Cronenberg’s new film, Crimes of the Future, and we celebrate the work of Ray Liotta after the news of his passing. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:05:20 - Top Gun: Maverick Box Office

00:14:45 - Star Wars Tier List

01:28:17 - This Week In Movies

01:29:31 - Crimes of the Future Review

01:34:24 - Our Favorite Ray Liotta Movies

01:46:21 - Outro



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Jun 03, 2022
Talking 'Top Gun: Maverick' With Director Joseph Kosinski
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On this week’s show, director Joseph Kosinski (friend and fan of the show!) joins us to discuss his new film Top Gun: Maverick, starring Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, and Miles Teller. We dive into some behind-the-scenes moments from making the film — everything from convincing Tom Cruise to make the movie to how the actors had to record their own reactions from the cockpit. We also discuss the film's music, some story elements brought over from the original, and the incredible inclusion of Val Kilmer’s Iceman. 

Stick around for our full, spoiler-free reviews of Top Gun Maverick. We also react to new trailers for The Grey Man from The Russo Brothers, and another little Tom Cruise picture called Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:04:25 - Joseph Kosinski Interview

00:33:35 - The Grey Man Trailer Reaction

00:48:42 - Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One

00:59:51 - The Bob’s Burgers Movie

01:04:38 - Stranger Things Season 4 Part 1 

01:12:40 - Top Gun: Maverick

01:28:24 - Our Favorite Tom Cruise Movies

01:46:12 - Outro



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May 27, 2022
Talking 'Emergency' With Director Carey Williams
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Director Carey Williams sat down with Sean O’Connell at this year’s SXSW in Austin to discuss his new film Emergency. The film, which stars RJ Cyler and Donald Elise Watkins, is available in select theaters and will be streaming on Prime Video. In our interview, Sean and Carey discuss casting the film, shooting so much at night, how the film went from a short to a feature, the creative origins of its social commentary, and more. 

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May 25, 2022
'Men' Review & Star Wars News Roundup
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This week we discuss the brand new trailers for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Billy Eichner's Bros, the slew of Star Wars news that was just announced, and we add Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness to our Marvel Tier List. Also, reviews for Emergency and Men as well as #AlexGarlandBlend.

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:06:50 - She-Hulk Trailer Reaction

00:13:20 - Bros Trailer Reaction

00:22:10 - Star Wars News Roundup

00:44:44 - Doctor Strange 2 Tier Ranking

00:52:20 - This Week In Movies

00:56:05 - Emergency Review

01:00:50 - Men Review

01:05:35 - Our Favorite Alex Garland Movies

01:17:20 - Outro.



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May 20, 2022
Batman Movies Tier List
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It’s tier list time! This week, we look at the catalog of Batman films from 1966 to Matt Reeves’ The Batman and rank them from S tier to F. What does your own list look like? Let us know! 

We also react to box office results for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, give our spoiler-filled thoughts on the series finale of Netflix’s Ozark, and discuss our favorite movies from when were 10 years old. 

Check out our Batman tier list here: ReelBlend Batman

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Timestamps (approx. only)

0:00:00 - Intro

00:05:04 - Doctor Strange 2 Box Office

00:13:20 - Batman Movies Tier List

01:02:54 - Ozark Spoiler Chat

01:12:14 - This Week In Movies

01:14:10 - Our Favorite Movies at 10

01:33:23 - Outro



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May 13, 2022
'Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness' Review
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This week’s show is packed with Marvel goodness for fans of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Moon Knight’s finale dropping earlier this week, we give reviews of the entire season and debate where it falls on our MCU Tier List. 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, and Benedict Wong is finally opening in theaters this weekend. We give our spoiler-free thoughts at first for those who haven’t yet made it out to the theater but stick around for our spoiler section to hear all the details of what we liked, loved, and didn’t care for in the sequel. 

Check out our updated tier list here

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00:03:54 - Justin Lin Replaced With Louis Leterrier On Fast X

00:12:15 Avatar 2 Trailer Reactions

00:20:45 - Obi-Wan Kenobi Trailer Reaction

00:33:19 - Moon Knight Review (Spoilers)

00:53:07 - Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Spoiler-Free Review

01:00:35 - Doctor Strange 2 Spoilers! 

01:14:33 - Our Favorite Benedict Cumberbatch Movies

01:23:10 - Outro



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May 06, 2022
'The Batman 2' Announced, 'Avatar 2' Footage & More At CinemaCon
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Sean has been in Las Vegas all week attending this year’s CinemaCon. So why don’t we take the chance to sit down and run through some of the most exciting footage and announcement?

Olivia Wilde gave a first look at her sophomore film, Don’t Worry Darling, and it sounds like it’s exactly as exciting as we had hoped after she crushed it out of the gate with her debut feature. Warner Bros. trotted out many of their DC wares with the likes of Ezra Miller’s The Flash (aka Michael Keaton’s Batman 3), footage from Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, and an announced sequel to Matt Reeves’ The Batman bringing back Robert Pattinson in the role. This is great news, folks. 

Sony Pictures showed up big with footage from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, their casting choice for El Muerto, and more. But perhaps outdoing everyone was Disney with footage from Lightyear, the hotly anticipated film out of Pixar this year, Doctor Strange 2, and finally a glimpse at James Cameron’s work on Avatar: The Way of Water

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00:03:09 - Justin Lin Exits Fast X

00:14:48 - Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling

00:21:38 - Warner Bros. DC Panel

00:32:05 - Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis

00:34:45 - DC Panel Cont. 

00:39:11 - Sony Pictures Spidey-Verse Panel

00:46:10 - Disney Panel: Lightyear, Doctor Strange 2 & Avatar 2

01:01:36 - Universal Panel

01:07:02 - This Week In Movies

01:09:10 - Our Favorite Rosario Dawson Movies



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Apr 29, 2022
Talking Nicolas Cage's Films And Career With The 'Massive Talent' Filmmakers
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Nicholas Cage plays Nick Cage in one of our most anticipated movies of the year, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (also starring Pedro Pascal). Filmmakers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten joined us to discuss the journey of getting Cage on board, working with him to create a fictional version of himself that felt real, the creative ways they solved the production's many hurdles, and more. 

Stick around through the interview as we also give our reactions to Thor: Love and Thunder’s first trailer. We also give our reviews for Robert Eggers’ The Northman and Massive Talent. Be sure to check out our interview with Eggers which dropped wherever you get your podcasts earlier this week. 

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00:04:45 - Tom Gormican & Kevin Etten Interview

00:39:29 - Thor: Love and Thunder Trailer Reaction

00:50:20 - The Bad Guys Review / Darth Vader?

00:59:55 - The Northman Review

01:11:39 - The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Review 

01:19:52 - Our Favorite Ethan Hawke Movie

01:30:00 - Outro



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Apr 22, 2022
Robert Eggers Returns To Talk 'The Northman'
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Writer/Director Robert Eggers joins the show to chat about The Northman starring Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, and Anya Taylor-Joy. He talks about the historical inspirations for the score, getting connected with Skarsgård, putting together one of the film’s most exciting “oners” and more. 

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Apr 20, 2022
Marvel (MCU) Tier List: Phases 3 & 4
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On this week’s show, we are finally completing our Marvel Cinematic Universe tier list with the addition of Phase 3 and Phase 4 so far. To see how we ranked Phases 1 and 2, check out episode 200 on YouTube or wherever you get podcasts.

Also this week, we review Mark Wahlberg’s new film, Father Stu. Stick around for the end of the show when we discuss our favorite performances from the awesome Michael Peña!

Our Tier List: Link

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00:06:00 - MCU Tier List: Phase 3

00:47:52 - MCU Tier List: Phase 4

01:11:47 - This Week In Movies

01:19:08 - Our Favorite Michael Peña Movie

01:28:40 - Outro



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Apr 15, 2022
Mayim Bialik Talks Directing, 'The Big Bang Theory' & More
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Actor, host and director Mayim Bialik joins the show this week to chat about the making of her feature directorial debut As They Made Us starring Dustin Hoffman, Dianna Agron, Candice Bergen, and her Big Bang Theory co-star Simon Helberg. 

We also discuss reactions to Morbius and its opening-weekend box office results. As well as review a ton of films hitting theaters and streaming this week including As They Made Us, Everything Everywhere All at Once (now in wide release), and Michael Bay’s Ambulance starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:03:39 - Mayim Bialik Interview

00:39:53 - Morbius Box Office Reactions

00:50:00 - This Week In Movies

00:50:47 - As The Made Us Review

00:52:53 - Everything Everywhere All At Once Review

01:00:50 - Sonic 2 Review

01:05:35 - Ambulance Review

01:13:03 - Our Favorite Michael Bay Movie

01:25:15 - Outro



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Apr 08, 2022
Director Ti West Talks 'X' & 'Moon Knight' Reactions
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Writer/Director Ti West joins the show to discuss his new film, a fantastic love letter to moviemaking, X (starring Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow). He breaks down some of the motivations and ideas behind many of the film’s incredible shots, Mia Goth playing two roles, some light expectations for the prequel Pearl and more. 

Marvel’s Moon Knight series has finally made its debut on Disney+ and CinemaBlend Senior Content Producer Law Sharma joins us to dive into Episode 1, the connections and deviations from the comic, Oscar Isaac's performance, and more. Be sure to go check out Law’s reaction series on CineBlend’s YouTube channel where he’ll be breaking down every episode each week as the show’s story unfolds. 

The Oscars came and went last weekend, stick around for our reactions to the winners, including our own winner Jake Hamilton who hands out his punishments to the losers of this year’s Oscars wager. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:02:50 - Ti West Interview 

00:30:42 - Oscars Reactions

00:50:02 - Moon Knight Reactions

01:08:57 - This Week In Movies

01:10:03 - Morbius Review

01:16:31 - Morbius Spoilers! 

01:23:56 - Our Favorite Jared Leto Movie

01:34:19 - Outro 



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Apr 01, 2022
Talking 'Master' With Director Mariama Diallo & Oscars Predictions
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Writer/Director Mariama Diallo joins the show to talk about her feature debut Master, starring Regina Hall and Zoe Renee. She walks us through creating the look of the film with her cinematographer, how writing can be therapeutic, her very personal connection to the film’s characters and themes, and more. 

The Oscars are upon us this weekend, and you know that means we have to place our predictions for who will take home those little golden trophies and which of us will delight in winning our annual wager.

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00:04:41 - Mariama Diallo Interview

00:25:39 - 2022 Oscars Predictions

01:12:57 - This Week In Movies

01:13:40 - The Lost City Review

01:17:09 - Everything Everywhere All At Once Review

01:24:54 - Our Favorite Penny Marshall Movie



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Mar 25, 2022
'The Afterparty': Ben Schwartz Crashes Our Interview With Lord & Miller
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Writer/Director duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller join the show to discuss the finale of their new Apple TV+ show The Afterparty. We dive into plenty of spoilers so be warned, and series star Ben Schwartz joins in on the fun! 

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Mar 16, 2022
Ryan Reynolds' 'The Adam Project' With Director Shawn Levy
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Director Shawn Levy joins the show to chat about his new film The Adam Project! The interview is spoiler-free, but if you’d like to check out the film first, it’s on Netflix right now!

In our interview, Shawn Levy discusses working with Ryan Reynolds, their collaborative approach, how they ended up using those classic rock songs, bringing emotional depth to a Sci-Fi world, and much, much more.

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Mar 11, 2022
Director Mimi Cave Talks 'Fresh' Starring Sebastian Stan
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Director Mimi Cave joins the show to chat about her new film Fresh! The interview is spoiler-free, but as we note in the episode we can’t recommend enough that you go right now and check out Fresh knowing as little as possible. 

In our interview, Mimi Cave discusses working with Sebastian Stan and their approach to a serial killer role, her focus on tone, the film’s reflections on modern dating, marketing a film that is best enjoyed the less that you know and more. 

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Mar 09, 2022
Talking 'The Batman' With Director Matt Reeves
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The Batman starring Robert Pattinson is finally hitting theaters! We sat down with director Matt Reeves to discuss the making of the movie, living up to Batman’s iconic name, his choice to skip the Wayne origins story, and much more.

Also this week, we talk about the film’s box office predictions, the SAG Awards and what they mean for the Oscars, and reflect on the career of Ava Duvernay thus far.

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:00:00 - Intro

00:05:40 - Interview with Matt Reeves

00:35:50 - The Batman Box Office Predictions

00:46:05 - Oppenheimer Cast Update

00:49:00 - The SAG Awards 

01:04:20 - This Week In Movies

01:06:50 - The Batman Review

01:25:10 - Ava Duvernay Blend



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Mar 04, 2022
Talking 'Cyrano' Starring Peter Dinklage With Director Joe Wright
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Cyrano starring Peter Dinklage is finally hitting theaters! We sat down with director Joe Wright last fall to discuss the making of the movie, working with actors, our love Atonement, and that iconic one-er at Dunkirk and more. 

Also this week, we dive into the controversy surrounding the Oscars choosing to prerecord and cut down 8 categories for this year's Academy Awards ceremony rather than present them live. The Critics’ Choice Super Awards might be the populist film problem with most awards shows, and we discuss the recent nominations. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:00:00 - Intro

00:03:47 - Interview with Joe Wright

00:32:06 - Academy Awards Controversy

00:53:35 - Critics Choice Super Awards

01:03:25 - Cast List for Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer

01:04:45 - This Week In Movies

01:05:00 - Studio 666 Review

01:13:00 - Cyrano Review

01:20:15 - John Singleton Blend



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Feb 25, 2022
Talking Stephen King's 'The Green Mile' & 'The Rock' With David Morse
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David Morse joins ReelBlend to celebrate the release of The Green Mile on 4K. He walks us through filming some of the Stephen King classic’s iconic scenes, working with Michael Bay on The Rock, and much more from across his prolific career. 

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Feb 23, 2022
Director Ruben Fleischer Talks 'Uncharted' Starring Tom Holland
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Director Ruben Fleischer joins the show to discuss the making of Uncharted starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. He shares details about shooting some of the film’s massive action scenes, working with the legend Chung-hoon Chung, being hugely inspired as a filmmaker by Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more. 

As is tradition, the Super Bowl provided a number of trailers for us film nerds to dig into so we take some time to discuss our reactions to the “Big Game” spots for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Jordan Peele’s Nope, and our first look at Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

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00:04:44 - Interview

00:33:12 - Remembering Ivan Reitman

0:45:00 - LOTR: The Rings of Power Trailer Reaction

00:50:10 - Nope Trailer Reaction

00:59:30 - Doctor Strange 2 Trailer Reaction

01:09:50 - This Week In Movies

01:10:00 - Dog Review

01:15:15 - Uncharted Review

01:23:55 - Our Favorite Danny Glover Movies

01:39:44 - Review/Outro




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Feb 18, 2022
Talking Channing Tatum In 'Dog' With Co-Director Reid Carolin
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Co-director Reid Carolin joins the show to talk about his feature directorial debut Dog starring and co-directed by Channing Tatum. He dives into his collaborations with cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel and composer Thomas Newman, working with dogs and how Steven Soderbergh helped them along the way. 

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Feb 16, 2022
2022 Oscar Nominations Reaction
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The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards are here! As you can imagine, there are some pretty big misses with snubs ranging from Lady Gaga in The House of Gucci to Denis Villeneuve for Dune to Ruth Negga in Passing. Join us as we break down the major categories, walking through the good and bad on this year's Oscar slate. 

Stick around as we honor the incredible work from cinematographer Bradford Young. Next week, we’ll be celebrating Danny Glover so write in with your favorite Danny Glover performance. 

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00:04:30 - Oscar Nominations Reactions

01:16:30 - This Week In Movies

01:18:55 - Our Favorite Bradford Young Movies

01:25:43 - Outro



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Feb 11, 2022
Roland Emmerich Talks 'Moonfall' & 'Independence Day'
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Moonfall (starring Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley) hits theaters this weekend, and iconic director Roland Emmerich joins us to discuss making action blockbusters with original IP. We of course chat about the making of Independence Day, showing President Bill Clinton the scene of the White House exploding while in the White House, taking on Universal Soldier with Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme, and more. 

The nominations for this year's Academy Awards will be announced next week, so we sort through some of our expectations and hopes for who will get recognized this year. Netflix dropped a trailer for their upcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot, and we react. And of course, stick around for our reviews of the movies hitting theaters this week, including Jackass Forever and Moonfall.

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:02:30 - Housekeeping

00:06:25 - Roland Emmerich Interview

00:33:00 - Texas Chainsaw Massacre Trailer Reaction

00:40:32 - Oscar Nominations Predictions

01:01:53 - The Afterparty on Apple TV+

01:08:20 - Jackass Forever Review

01:15:02 - Moonfall Review

01:25:58 - Our Favorite Roland Emmerich Movies

01:38:42 - Outro



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Feb 04, 2022
Steve-O Talks 'Jackass Forever'
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Steve-O joins the show for the release of “Jackass Forever.” He dives into some of his early days of homemade stunt videos, his new comedy tour featuring stunts too crazy for “Jackass,” collaborating with Spike Jonze, and more. 

Later this week, Roland Emmerich will be joining the show to talk “Moonfall” so stay tuned! 

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Feb 02, 2022
Marvel Tier List: Phases 1 & 2
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It's episode 200 of ReelBlend! On this very special milestone, we bring you a very special show. Sean O'Connell, Jake Hamilton, and Kevin McCarthy are forced to work together to rank Phases 1 and 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

List Results: imgur.com/a/ejs10Ku

Stick around as we celebrate Episode 200 with a look back at your favorite moments from the show.

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00:04:26 - Housekeeping

00:06:17 - MCU Tier List

00:49:57 - What We're Watching

01:02:02 - Your Favorite ReelBlend Moments

01:23:11 - Outro



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Jan 28, 2022
Wes Craven Easter Eggs, Major Deaths And More 'Scream' Spoilers With Radio Silence
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Tyler Gillet, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, and Chad Villella, the collective who make up Radio Silence, return to dive right into spoilers for Scream! They share some of the incredible Wes Craven Easter eggs hidden throughout, discuss killing off major characters, and even their hopes to return to the franchise. 

Also this week, we react to the trailer for Marvel’s Moon Knight starring Oscar Isaac, as well as the title reveal for Amazon’s new Prime Video original series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Next week, we are celebrating the release of our 200th episode of ReelBlend with an “After Party” LIVE on CinemaBlend’s Instagram! Join us at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT on January 28th while we answer your questions, look back at the show so far and who knows maybe we’ll play a game or two. 

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00:02:43 - Episode 200 After Party! 

00:04:59 - Weekly Poll

00:09:07 - Moon Knight Trailer Reactions

00:19:13 - The Ring of Power Title Reveal

00:26:27 - Scream Spoilers w. Radio Silence

01:09:43 - Our Favorite Superhero Themes

01:21:37 - Outro



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Jan 21, 2022
Talking 'Scream' With Radio Silence & Our Most Anticipated Movies Of 2022
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Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and their producing partner Chad Villella join the show to discuss taking on the hefty task of reviving the Scream franchise, bringing back the original cast, reading the script for the first time, some of their favorite Scream moments and more. Stick around for our spoiler-free reviews of the film later in the show! 

We also breakdown our Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2022. There’s a lot heading to theaters and streaming this year, and you might be surprised what makes the top of our lists. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:04:28 - Weekly Poll

00:10:18 - Talking ‘Scream’ With Radio Silence Team

00:40:12 - SAG Nominations

00:59:29 - Our Most Anticipated Movies of the Year

01:20:07 - ‘Dune’ Blu-Ray PSA

01:25:41 - This Week In Movies

01:28:20 - ‘Scream’ Review

01:43:09 - Our Favorite Wes Craven Movies

01:54:22 - Outro



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Jan 14, 2022
Simon Kinberg Talks 'The 355' & Our Top 10 Movies of 2021
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Writer/Director Simon Kinberg joins the show to discuss his new film The 355 starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Sebastian Stan, Diane Kruger, and Penélope Cruz. He talks about working with an ensemble cast, camaraderie on set, and making Mr. and Mrs. Smith while still in college.

This week also includes our Top 10 lists for 2021 and will reveal our Top 5 movies of the year as a show. These conversations are always so much fun as we get to look back at the year, and celebrate a few of our favorites. What are your top 10 movies of the year? Let us know! 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:04:45 - Weekly Poll

00:10:16 - Simon Kinberg Interview

00:38:18 - Our Top 10 Movies of 2021

01:51:54 - Outro



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Jan 07, 2022
Oliver Stone Talks 'JFK' 30th Anniversary
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Legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone joins ReelBlend to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the release of JFK, starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon and more. We chat about the process of editing the massive film, the many tribulations that the project was met with during production through its release, and how it was eventually received. The film earned a number of Oscar nominations and took home a few wins, including a stellar box office haul of over $200 million. 

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Dec 29, 2021
'The Matrix Resurrections' & 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Spoilers
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Spider-Man: No Way Home took the box office by storm last weekend, and we are finally here with our spoiler-filled thoughts, reactions, and review. We discuss some of our favorite plot points, the multitude of surprises throughout, the mid and post-credits scenes, and what we think could come next. 

Stick around as we have a ton of films hitting theaters and streaming for the Christmas weekend including the return of Keanu Reeves as Neo in The Matrix Resurrections

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:04:00 - Weekly Poll

00:06:37 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Spoilers

00:34:40 - Hawkeye Finale

00:36:18 - This Week In Movies

00:41:27 - The King’s Man Review

00:46:43 - Licorice Pizza Review

00:53:25 - The Matrix Resurrections Review

01:00:47 - Our Favorite Holiday Movies

01:12:41 - Outro



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Dec 24, 2021
'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Spoiler-Free Review
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Spider-Man: No Way Home (starring Tom Holland, Zendaya and Benedict Cumberbatch) is finally here, and we dive into a spoiler-free discussion on Peter Parker and friends’ latest adventure. Next week, we’ll have a special spoiler-filled segment discussing everything we couldn’t cover in this episode including what might come next in the MCU. Before we get to the superhero goodness this week, check out our review of Guillermo del Toro’s latest, Nightmare Alley, starring Bradley Cooper and Rooney Mara. 

We also take time to react to the new Nic Cage movie, starring Nic Cage as Nic Cage. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent looks like a lot of fun, and right up our alley as 90s action movie fans. The Golden Globes remain shrouded in controversy as they work to improve the diversity of their members after NBC pulled their plans to televise the upcoming ceremony. We chat about whether or not the HFPA can make meaningful changes and rebound the influence of their show during the long awards season.

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:06:11 - Weekly Poll

00:12:07 - The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Trailer Reaction

00:18:13 - Are the Golden Globes relevant?

00:43:13 - Swan Song Review

00:45:38 - Nightmare Alley Review

01:01:26 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

01:22:16 - Our Favorite Guillermo del Toro Movies

01:33:11 - Outro



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Dec 17, 2021
Ethan Hawke Talks 'Moon Knight' & Abel Ferrara Celebrates 'Bad Lieutenant' Anniversary
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Ethan Hawke and Abel Ferrara join the show to chat about making their film Zeros and Ones against all odds during the pandemic. Ethan shares some memories from the set of Training Day with Denzel Washington and talks a bit about his upcoming turn in the MCU with Moon Knight starring Oscar Isaac. Abel shares his process for finding collaborators, and his instinctual approach to filmmaking. He also chats about Bad Lieutenant coming up on its 30th anniversary. 

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Dec 15, 2021
Aaron Sorkin Returns To Talk Nicole Kidman In 'Being The Ricardos'
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Aaron Sorkin returns to ReelBlend to discuss his new movie Being the Ricardos (starring Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem) which is now in theaters, and on Prime Video later this month. He tells great stories about collaborating with Kidman, his machinations on a sequel to The Social Network, and the time he broke his nose while writing a scene. 

We are honored to welcome Aaron Sorkin back on the show. If you missed his first appearance on the show, look for our interview with him on The Trial of the Chicago 7 on our usual feeds. 

Stick around after the interview to hear our reviews of Being the Ricardos, Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of West Side Story and Adam McKay’s star-studded Don’t Look Up. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

 00:03:40 - Weekly Poll

00:09:01 - Aaron Sorkin Interview

00:33:24 - This Week In Movies

00:36:22 - The Unforgivable Review 

00:42:07 - Don’t Look Up Review

00:51:36 - West Side Story Review

01:02:17 - Being the Ricardos Review

01:10:24 - Our Favorite Janusz Kaminski Movies



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Dec 10, 2021
'Silent Night' Starring Keira Knightley With Director Camille Griffin
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Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode star in part Christmas, part apocalyptic film Silent Night. Writer/Director Camille Griffin joins the show to talk about collaborating with her actor sons, including Roman Griffin Davis, how famed cinematographer and her husband, Ben Davis refused to shoot the film, and more. 

Producer Amy Pascal confirmed Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is set to return to the MCU following Spider-Man: No Way Home, however, things got a little more complicated as “Sony insiders” quickly responded saying nothing yet was confirmed. We dissect exactly what happened, and what we think comes next. 

Also on this week’s show, we review The Power Of The Dog starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Camille Griffin’s Silent Night which is now available in theaters and AMC+

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:02:55 - Weekly Poll

00:09:48 - Camille Griffin Interview

00:34:18 - Celebrating James Rocchi

00:46:35 - Spider-Man Staying In The MCU?

00:58:00 - The Power of the Dog Review

01:08:37 - Silent Night Review

01:13:34 - Our Favorite Keira Knightley Movies

01:28:15 - Outro



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Dec 03, 2021
Ridley Scott Talks 'House Of Gucci' And His Career
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Sir Ridley Scott, yes you read that correctly, joins the show to primarily discuss his work on House of Gucci, but we dip into aspects of filmmaking from all over his filmography, including this year’s The Last Duel. 

He talks about embracing stress, how he manages to work on two or more films at once, collaborating with his ensemble casts, camera operating on Alien, extended cuts of House of Gucci, and The Last Duel which we can look forward to, and more. 

Stick around for our reactions to a number of new films hitting theaters and streaming this week, such as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. Of course, we also dive in for a full review for the major release of the week, House of Gucci

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00:04:46 - Weekly Poll

00:12:00 - Ridley Scott Interview

00:45:53 - Hawkeye Premiere 

00:50:28 - This Week In Movies

0059:56 - House of Gucci Review

01:10:19 - Our Favorite Ridley Scott Movies

01:22:57 - Outro



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Nov 26, 2021
Talking 'Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City' With Director Johannes Roberts
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Writer/Director Johannes Roberts stopped by ReelBlend to chat about his new film Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, starring Kaya Scodelario and Robbie Amell. His passion and love for the source material are not only apparent in the film itself but throughout this interview. We discuss the access he had to the actual building and set designs of the original game, pushing to bring as much from the source material into the film, working through tough conditions during production, and more. 

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Nov 24, 2021
'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' With Jason & Ivan Reitman
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Jason and Ivan Reitman join ReelBlend for the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, starring Paul Rudd, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard and Carrie Coon. Ivan shares some wonderful stories from behind the scenes of the original 1985 Ghostbusters, his reaction to Jason’s story for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and how he had to cut a scene from the original featuring his own family. Jason discusses working with his team to create an authentic Ghostbusters feel to the film, how they captured the magic of the original using a mix of modern effects and tricks used even in 1985 and more. 

Stick around to hear our reviews of the film, as well as our reactions to Spider-Man: Far From Home’s latest trailer. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:05:17 - Weekly Poll

00:15:40 - Jason & Ivan Reitman Interview

00:50:15 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer Reaction

00:59:44 - C’mon C’mon Review

01:02:56 - Tick Tick…Boom! Review

01:09:28 - King Richard Review

01:16:41 - Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review

01:27:14 - Ghostbusters: Afterlife Spoilers

01:38:44 - Our Favorite Ivan Reitman Movies

01:57:33 - Outro



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Nov 19, 2021
Director Reinaldo Marcus Green Talks Will Smith In 'King Richard'
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Director Reinaldo Marcus Green joins the show to chat about King Richard, starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, father, and coach to Venus and Serena Williams. He discusses collaborating with the great Robert Elswit, Will Smith’s incredible performance, the technical challenges of shooting tennis, and more.

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Nov 17, 2021
Kenneth Branagh Returns To Talk ‘Belfast' Starring Jamie Dornan And Caitriona Balfe
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Filmmaker Kenneth Branagh joins the show to chat about one of our favorite movies of the year, Belfast, starring Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, and Judi Dench. This film has immediately jumped to the top of our lists for this season’s race to the Academy Awards. Branagh talks with us about his lens choices, a very intimate moment of reading the script to Dame Judi Dench for the first time, and the film’s connection to his childhood and family. 

Stick around for our reviews on Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut Passing, Sean’s thoughts on Red Notice (starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds) now that he’s had the chance to see it, and of course our rave reviews for our movie fo the week Belfast. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:04:35 - Weekly Poll

00:12:11 - Kenneth Branagh Interview

00:33:55 - This Week In Movies

00:35:00 - Passing Review

00:41: 59 - Red Notice Review

00:44:18 - Belfast Review

00:54:10 - Our Favorite Hans Zimmer Scores

01:04:17 - Outro



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Nov 12, 2021
Composer Hans Zimmer Talks 'Dune,' 'Man of Steel' & More
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Composer Hans Zimmer joins ReelBlend to chat Dune! We cover topics from across his career including The Lion King, Man of Steel, Interstellar, and more. He talks about breaking the news to Christopher Nolan that he wouldn’t be joining him on Tenet, what it’s like to show a director his music for the first time, and even a few times that didn’t go so well. 

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Nov 10, 2021
Marvel’s 'Eternals' Review & Director Scott Cooper Talks 'Antlers'
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Director Scott Cooper joins the show to discuss his first horror film, Antlers, starring Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons. We get into the design of his creature and collaborating with a master like Guillermo del Toro, his grounded approach to storytelling, shooting on digital cameras for the first time, and more. 

Marvel’s Eternals is finally hitting theaters this weekend. Stick around through the show to hear our spoiler-free review of the film, as well as a spoiler-filled section on the film’s larger implications for MCU as a whole. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:03:14 - Weekly Poll

00:07:48 - Scott Cooper Interview

00:28:26 - Morbius Trailer

00:40:00 - The Harder They Fall Review

00:45:51 - Finch Review

00:55:29 - Red Notice Review

00:59:16 - Spencer Review

01:06:45 - Marvel’s Eternals Spoiler-Free Review

01:21:03 - Eternals Spoilers

01:31:29 - Our Favorite Idris Elba Movies

01:37:32 - Outro



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Nov 05, 2021
'Last Night In Soho' With Edgar Wright & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
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Director Edgar Wright and Writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns joins the show to discuss designing the narrative of their new film Last Night In Soho. They dive into the process of shooting many of the film’s effects practically, choosing era-specific music for the soundtrack, Krysty’s unmade pitch for a Portal adaptation, Anya Taylor-Joy’s terrific talent and more. 

Stick around for our review of Last Night in Soho later in the show, alongside our reviews for Scott Cooper’s Antlers, and Army of Thieves from producer Zack Snyder. We also discuss Dune getting a sequel, and Disney Pixar’s Lightyear trailer starring Chris Evans. 

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00:07:01 - Weekly Poll

00:12:54 - Edgar Wright & Krysty Wilson-Cairns Interview

00:44:28 - Dune Part 2 Confirmed

00:54:08 - Pixar’s Lightyear Trailer

01:00:04 - Antlers Review

01:07:55 - Army of Thieves Review

01:12:40 - Last Night in Soho Review

01:24:27 - Our Favorite Final Girls

01:42:05 - Outro



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Oct 29, 2021
'Dune' Director Denis Villeneuve Talks Sandworms And IMAX Screens
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Dune (starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya) is finally here. Director Denis Villeneuve joins us to discuss his new, star-studded sci-fi epic, shooting on IMAX, making the film to please his twelve-year-old self, scenes that he’d love to show Frank Herbert, the brilliance of Roger Deakins, and his work on Blade Runner 2049 and so much more. 

On this week’s show, we have both spoiler-free and spoiler-filled reviews of the show. Note the timestamps below to be sure not to spoil yourself. But really just go watch Dune and come hang out with us while we discuss!

We also touch on some of the big news of the past week including Disney delaying much of its release slate spanning the next two years. And, IATSE reached an agreement with the AMPTP effectively avoiding a shutdown of the industry, and making way for better pay and more humane working conditions for production crews, for now. 

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00:04:14 - Weekly Poll

00:08:18 - Denis Villeneuve Interview

00:33:27 - IATSE Avoids Strike

00:34:49 - Disney Delays Their Release Slate

00:44:19 - This Week In Movies

00:45:13 - Dune Spoiler-Free Review

00:58:57 - Dune Spoiler Review

01:19:31 - Our Favorite Denis Villeneuve Movies

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Oct 22, 2021
'Halloween Kills' With Director David Gordon Green
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Halloween Kills, the middle chapter of Michael Myers' new trilogy, hits theaters and streaming this weekend. Director David Gordon Green joins the show to talk about working with such a beloved horror franchise, working closely with John Carpenter himself, and how the third film is set to jump forward in time. 

We also preview some of what is expected to drop at DC’s FanDome event this weekend, and what we hope to see. Stick around for our in-depth reviews of The Last Duel (starring Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon) and Halloween Kills (starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Anthony Michael Hall). 

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00:03:18 - Weekly Poll 

00:12;21 - David Gordon Green Interview

00:32:20 - Scream Trailer Reactions

00:36:08 - No Time To Die Box Office

00:43:53 - DC FanDome Preview

00:51:32 - The Last Duel Review

01:05:49 - Halloween Kills Review

01:18:45 - Our Favorite Supernatural Movies

01:34:03 - Outro



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Oct 15, 2021
Daniel Craig’s 'No Time To Die' With Director Cary Joji Fukunaga
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Daniel Craig says farewell to James Bond this weekend with the release of No Time To Die, his fifth turn in a fifteen-year run. Acclaimed director Cary Joji Fukunaga joins the show to chat about sending off Craig’s iteration, shooting on IMAX cameras, designing the opening credits, practical effects and more. 

It’s an all-out James Bond episode this week as CinemaBlend Sr. Movie Contributor, and 007 expert, Mike Reyes joins in for a review of the epic conclusion. You can find Mike’s work on CinemaBlend, and send him some love from all the Blenders on Twitter.

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00:03:32 - Weekly Poll

00:09:35 - Cary Joji Fukunaga Interview

00:32:15 - This Week In Movies

00:35:38 - Lamb Review

00:41:29 - Mass Review

00:52:51 - No Time To Die Review

01:12:39 - Our Favorite James Bond Films

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Oct 08, 2021
Palme d’Or Winner Julia Ducournau Talks 'Titane'
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Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Julia Ducournau talks about the making of her latest film, Titane. She explains how her films are not hard to watch, but rather hard to feel, the technical challenges of shooting a massive “oner” on the first day of shooting, she goes into tremendous detail on her process and intentions behind the film and more. 

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Oct 06, 2021
Tom Hardy's 'Venom 2' With Director Andy Serkis
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Andy Serkis joins the show to discuss Venom: Let There Be Carnage starring Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson and Michelle Williams. We chat about the film’s lean runtime, stepping into the director chair for the sequel of an established franchise, working with Marvel and some wonderful Lord of the Rings memories.  

Also on this week’s show, Paul Thomas Anderson dropped a trailer for Licorice Pizza, and we review a number of films hitting theaters/streamers this week including The Many Saints of Newark, Titane, The Guilty, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. 

Episode Recorded on September 29, 2021.

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00:05:47 - Weekly Poll

00:09:21 - Andy Serkis Interview

00:46:59 - Licorice Pizza Trailer 

00:57:40 - The Many Saints of Newark Review

01:04:39 - The Guilty Review

01:11:11 - Venom: Let There Be Carnage Review

01:20:59 - Our Favorite Autumn Movies

01:44:52 - Outro



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Oct 01, 2021
Mike Flanagan Returns To Talk Netflix’s 'Midnight Mass'
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Writer/Director/Producer Mike Flanagan returns with his long-time collaborator Trevor Macy to discuss their new series Midnight Mass which finally hit Netflix this weekend. Fear not, we keep things spoiler-free throughout the interview, and in our review later in the show. You will want to see this one as fresh as possible. 

We also chat about the trailer for Finch starring Tom Hanks, as well as Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in stunning black and white. 

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00:03:45 - Weekly Poll

00:08:35 - Mike Flanagan & Trevor Macy Interview

00:45:55 - Finch Trailer

00:56:11 - The Tragedy of Macbeth Trailer

01:02:44 - This Week In Movies

01:04:10 - Dear Evan Hansen Review

01:13:13 - The Starling Review

01:16:35 - Midnight Mass Review

01:27:07 - Our Favorite Mike Flanagan Project

01:44:50 - Outro



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Sep 24, 2021
Director Justin Chon Talks Alicia Vikander In 'Blue Bayou'
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Writer/Director/Actor Justin Chon joins the show to discuss Blue Bayou starring himself and Alicia Vikander. He talks about the day he learned the film was going to screen at the Cannes International Film Festival, getting real tattoos for his character in the film, creating a more documentary feel by shooting on film and more. 

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Sep 22, 2021
Talking Jessica Chastain's 'The Eyes Of Tammy Faye' With Director Michael Showalter
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Director Michael Showalter (The Big Sick, Search Party) joins the show to discuss his latest, The Eyes of Tammey Faye, starring Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield. 

Stick around for the bulk the show where we talk about Christopher Nolan shifting to Universal Studios for his next film following his apparent fallout with his long-time home at Warner Bros. The deal reportedly came with a laundry list of demands which will provide an interesting stress test for the future of the theatrical market. 

When Steven Spielberg drops a trailer, it’s worth talking about. His version of West Side Story is nearly here, and this latest trailer shows off the film’s gorgeous new look. 

This Week In Movies

- Copshop

- Cry Macho

- Blue Bayou

- The Eyes of Tammy Faye

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:02:19 - Weekly Poll

00:12:16 - Michael Showalter Interview

00:35:12 - Christopher Nolan’s New Universal Deal

00:51:54 - New West Side Story Trailer

01:00:55 - Copshop

01:03:30 - Cry Macho

01:10:48 - Blue Bayou

01:15:39 - The Eyes of Tammy Faye

01:24:01 - Our Favorite Alfre Woodard

01:35:41 - Outro



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Sep 17, 2021
'Dune' Reactions & Gavin O'Connor Remembers Tom Hardy's Classic 'Warrior'
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We’ve seen Denis Villeneuve’s Dune! Don’t worry, no details, and certainly no spoilers, will be given in this week’s show; however, we do want to you all our general thoughts on our most anticipated movie of the year. 

Also on this week’s show, the wonderful director Gavin O’Connor joins the show to chat about Warrior (starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton) for its 10th Anniversary. We get some great details on the film’s underlying motivations from his own personal life, a look back at its failed opening weekend at the box office and we get confirmation on a new series based in the spirit of the film which he currently has in development. Finally, we also broke news that Ben Affleck and Jon Bernthal are returning for two more The Accountant sequels. 

This Week In Movies

- Queenpins

- Small Engine Repair

- The Card Counter

- Malignant

- Kate

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00:03:40 - Weekly Poll

00:15:10 - Gavin O’Connor Interview

00:51:43 - Michael K. Williams’ Passing

00:59:41 - Dune Reactions

01:11:08 - Queenpins 

01:12:06 - Small Engine Repair

01:16:15 - The Card Counter

01:17:49 - Malignant

01:18:25 - Kate

01:23:31 - Our Favorite James Wan Movies

01:38:46 - Outro



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Sep 10, 2021
Elijah Wood Talks 'Lord Of The Rings' Anniversary And 'No Man Of God'
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Elijah Wood joins ReelBlend to discuss No Man of God, The Lord of the Rings and even Back to the Future. He was incredibly generous with his time, and allowing us to geek out about making The Lord of the Rings now that we’re upon The Fellowship of the Ring’s 20th anniversary. 

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Sep 03, 2021
'Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings' With Director Destin Daniel Cretton
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starring Simu Liu is finally hitting theaters this weekend. Director Destin Daniel Cretton stopped by the show to discuss his first foray into action filmmaking, directing a scene from the hospital room of his newborn, working with Brie Larson when she was cast as Captain Marvel and more. 

Last week, Sean had front row seats at CinemaCon, where studios and theaters gather to build hype around the many upcoming major releases, so we dive into several of the titles that he was able to see footage of including Ghostbusters: Afterlife, No Time to Die, Black Phone and Matrix 4. 

This Week In Movies

  • Afterlife of the Party
  • Cinderella
  • Worth
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 

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00:05:05 - Weekly Poll

00:07:03 - Destin Daniel Cretton Interview

00:35:43 - CinemaCon Debrief

01:01:59 - Cinderella Review

01:10:04 - Worth Review

01:17:18 - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review

1:29:47 - Our Favorite Michelle Yeoh Movies

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Sep 01, 2021
'No Man of God,' Ted Bundy And More With Director Amber Sealey
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No Man of God starring Elijah Wood hits theaters this weekend, and director Amber Sealey joins us to discuss her approach to this film about notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, and the FBI agent who tried to understand him.

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Aug 27, 2021
‘The Green Knight’ Director David Lowery Talks Dev Patel’s Arthurian Legend
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David Lowery, director of the The Green Knight (starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander), joins the show! We get into the extremely long process of editing the movie together and how the pacing of the film changed over time in post-production, the sound and character design of the Green Knight and more. 

Marvel has dropped two massive trailers for their upcoming 2021 slate with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on the horizon. We breakdown our thoughts on the Eternals first full length trailer, and Spider-Man: No Way Home’s first look which included the appearance of Doc Ock and Green Goblin.

This Week In Movies

- Flag Day

- No Man of God (Limited)

- Candyman

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:11:39 - Weekly Poll

00::13:23 - David Lowery Interview

00:44:20 - Marvel’s Eternals Trailer

00:51:11 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer

01:09:31 - Flag Day Review

01:15:33 - No Man of God Review

01:17:35 - Candyman Review

01:30:15 - BREAKING: Venom 2 Delayed?

01:41:25 - Outro



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Aug 25, 2021
'The Night House' Starring Rebecca Hall With Director David Bruckner
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David Bruckner, director of The Night House starring Rebecca Hall, joins the show to discuss the making of the film, following and subverting Horror tropes, the return of the V.H.S. anthology, and his upcoming reboot of the Hellraiser franchise.

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Aug 23, 2021
Ishana Shyamalan: 'Old' Second Unit Director Talks Collabing With Father M. Night Shyamalan And More
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Director M. Night Shyamalan collaborated with his daughter, filmmaker Ishana Shyamalan, on his latest film, "Old." After M. Night Shyamalan released a video highlighting her work as "Old" second unit director, the ReelBlend guys asked her to sit down and discuss her work on the Apple TV+ series "Servant," working with her famous dad and carving her own path in cinema following her recent graduation from NYU film school.



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Aug 20, 2021
Neill Blomkamp Talks 'Demonic' & We Debate The Quintessential Baseball Movie
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Director Neill Blomkamp joins the show to discuss his latest horror feature, Demonic. He explains the very new technology used to create the digital subconscious captured in the film, how the pandemic actually brought him back to feature filmmaking sooner than he expected, an upcoming sequel to District 9, and his lost Aliens 5 script. 

We also debate the quintessential baseball movie, Free Guy’s surprising Box Office results, and review the many films hitting theaters and streamers this week; including Demonic, The Protégé (starring Michael Keaton), Reminiscence (starring Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson), and The Night House (starring Rebecca Hall). 

This Week In Movies

- The Protégé

- Demonic

- Reminiscence

- The Night House

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Timestamps (approx. only)

00:05:43 - Weekly Poll

00:14:27 - Neill Blomkamp Interview

00:45:36 - Free Guy Box Office

00:53:44 - The Protégé Review

00:58:07 - Demonic Review

01:00:42 - Reminiscence Review

01:06:27 - The Night House Review

01:09:35 - Our Favorite Rebecca Hall Movies

01:16:10 - Outro



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Aug 18, 2021
Ryan Reynolds' 'Free Guy' with Director Shawn Levy
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Director Shawn Levy joins the show to discuss Free Guy  starring Ryan Reynolds. He drops details on how they created the bulky, meathead Ryan Reynolds 2.0 “Dude,” finding a the brilliant Jodie Comer for the film, how they pull off the surprising, star-studded cameos and more. 

The Suicide Squad had a disappointing debut at the box office over the weekend, and we dig into to some of the various reasons that might have factored into the less-than-stellar return. There are quite a few films hitting theaters and streamers this weekend which means we have spoiler-free reviews for Beckett, Free Guy, Don’t Breathe 2 and Respect. Spoilers…Jennifer Hudson deserves an Oscar. 

This Week In Movies

- CODA

- Beckett

- Don’t Breathe 2

- Free Guy

- Respect

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6:40 - Weekly Poll

12:54 - Shawn Levy Interview

43:55 - Who Will Direct Deadpool 3?

49:42 - Warner Bros. 45 Day Release Windows

1:03:21 - The Suicide Squad Box Office

1:21:34 - This Week In Movies

1:22:33 - Beckett Review

1:24:29 - Free Guy Review

1:30:33 - Don’t Breathe 2 Review

1:40:12 - Respect Review

1:49:30 - Favorite Ryan Reynolds Movie

2:02:02 - Outro



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Aug 12, 2021
'Don't Breathe 2' with Rodo Sayagues & Fede Álvarez
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The creative minds behind Don’t Breathe 2, Fede Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues, sat down with us for dive into their process of creating a horror sequel that falls outside of the traditional approach filmgoers may have come to expect. We discuss the now iconic, but ever disturbing “turkey baster” moment from the original, why horror must continue to push its audience further and more. 

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Aug 10, 2021
'Beckett' Director Talks John David Washington, and 'The Suicide Squad' Review
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This week the guys talk with “Beckett” director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino about working with John David Washington. They also discuss Scarlett Johansson’s Disney lawsuit, their reaction to the “Venom 2” trailer, and give a review of "The Suicide Squad."

What’s your favorite movie from James Gunn? That’s the topic of this week’s BlendGame. Next week, we’re taking a look at Ryan Reynolds' career. Play along on Twitter using #RyanReynoldsBlend. 

This Week In Movies

- Vivo

- Nine Days

- The Suicide Squad

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Timestamps (approx. only)


8:51 - Weekly Poll

18:19 - Ferdi Filomarino Interview

48:46 - Scarlett Johansson/Disney Lawsuit

1:00:50 - Venom: Let There Be Carnage Trailer reaction

1:09:20 - Woodstock '99 Documentary Discussion

1:23:50 - This week in movies

1:25:00 - The Suicide Squad Reviews

1:33:55 - James Gunn Blend




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Aug 05, 2021
‘The Green Knight’ and ‘Jungle Cruise’ Reviews
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It’s a big week at the theaters with the highly anticipated A24 release The Green Knight (starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander and Joel Edgerton), Jungle Cruise (starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson), as well as Matt Damon’s latest drama Stillwater.

Before we get to our reviews of those films though, we have to touch on the Director’s Guild recent rule change which will exclude films without a theatrically exclusive release window from competing for their awards show next year. This puts HBO Max’s day-and-date strategy in a difficult spot with awards hopefuls such as Denis Villeneuve’s Dune

What’s your favorite movie from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? That’s the topic of this week’s BlendGame. Next week, we’re taking a look at James Gunn’s unique career. Play along on Twitter using #JamesGunnBlend. 

This Week In Movie

- The Last Mercenary (Netflix)

- Stillwater

- Jungle Cruise

- The Green Knight

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Timestamps (approx. only)

6:11 - Weekly Poll

14:19 - Will HBO Max Backtrack on Streaming Strategy?

30:28 - Stillwater Review

37:14 - Jungle Cruise Review

42:32 - The Green Knight Review

53:59 - Our Favorite Dwayne Johnson Movies

1:05:31 - Outro



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Jul 27, 2021
M. Night Shyamalan Talks 'Old' And Career
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Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan joins the show to talk bout his new film Old hitting theaters this week. We discuss his incredible camera work, how he chooses an aspect ratio for any given film, casting and working with actors, the moment from his childhood which seemingly sent him down the path of making thrillers and so much more. What an honor! 

We also discuss Black Widow dropping a considerable amount in its second week at the box office. The trailer for Ridley Scott’s new film The Last Duel just dropped, as well as the trailer for Jackass Forever. 

This week’s BlendGame has us chatting about our favorite food-centric scenes in movies. Next week, we are looking at our favorite movies/performances from The Rock with #DwayneJohnsonBlend. Send in your pick on Twitter to play along! 

This Week In Movies (err…some TV too)

- Ted Lasso: Season 2 (Apple TV+)

- Joe Bell 

- Snake Eyes

- Old

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Timestamps (approx. only)

4:34 - Weekly Poll

10:34 - M. Night Shyamalan Interview

33:56 - Black Widow Box Office Drop

58:33 - The Last Duel Trailer

1:05:18 - Jackass 4 Trailer 

1:09:41 - Ted Lasso: Season 2

1:12:59 - Joe Bell Review

1:19:08 - Snake Eyes Review

1:22:58 - Old Review

1:30:33 - Our Favorite Food Scenes



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Jul 22, 2021
'Space Jam 2' Review & Director Adam Robitel Talks 'Escape Room' Sequel
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Director Adam Robitel joins the show to discuss his new horror sequel Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. He touches on the resurgence of genre films, his approach to a sequel, his upcoming series with Darren Aronofsky and more. 

We have’t yet had the chance to chat about Marvel’s return to the big screen on the show. So this week we spend some time breaking down Black Widow’s triumphant box office performance, the potential lasting effects of its success on Disney+ and of course review Scarlett Johansson’s final adventure in the MCU. 

The world lost a true icon of filmmaking with the passing of Richard Donner. This week, we pivot our BlendGame to #RichardDonnerBlend in order to reflect on his work and celebrate his astonishing accomplishments in the craft. 

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This Week In Movies

  • Pig
  • Die in a Gunfight
  • Gunpowder Milkshake
  • Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

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Timestamps (approx. only)

5:20 - Weekly Poll

9:22 - Adam Robitel Interview

36:56 - Black Widow Box Office

51:12 - Black Widow Spoiler Free Review

58:49 - Black Widow Spoilers

1:17:21 - This Week In Movies

1:19:05 - Gunpowder Milkshake Review

1:25:14 - Escape Room: Tournament of Champions Review

1:26:57 - Space Jam: A New Legacy Review

1:35:07 - Favorite Richard Donner Movies

1:50:02 - Outro



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Jul 14, 2021
Quentin Tarantino Vol. 3: Live At The New Beverly Cinema
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The legend Quentin Tarantino returns. This time, we sat down with the filmmaker at the launch of his novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in front of a wonderful crowd at The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. 

We discuss moments and scenes in the book which were excluded from the film, why he gives us more details on Cliff Booth’s ambiguous past, some of Uma Thurman’s reservations on her iconic Kill Bill tracksuit, his 10th and final film and more. 

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Jul 06, 2021
Josh Lucas Talks ‘The Forever Purge,' James Mangold & More
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Josh Lucas stars in the new Purge installment, The Forever Purge, from director Everardo Gout, and he joins the show for an incredible discussion on making the film. Not only that, but we cover some moments throughout his decade-spanning career, the directors and cinematographers he’s chased after, the few he has left on his list, and a great story about turning down Martin Scorsese. 

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Jul 02, 2021
'The Tomorrow War' Director Chris McKay Talks Chris Pratt, Nightwing Movie
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Chris McKay, director of The Tomorrow War starring Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski and J.K. Simmons, joins the show. We discuss working with a mega-star like Chris Pratt, working with practical effects on such a massive scale, and if his Nightwing movie will ever see the light of day. 

This week is packed with the releases so get right into our reviews of some of the major films hit theaters and streaming services. This includes Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move, Janicza Bravo’s Zola, The Forever Purge starring Josh Lucas (who will be joining the show later this week) and more. 

In honor of Soderbergh’s latest film, we take a look back at his career to determine which of his works is our absolute favorite in #StevenSoderberghBlend. You can play along with next week’s BlendGame using #FoodSceneBlend to let us know which scene in movie history that is primarily focused on cuisine is you favorite. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

2:54 - Weekly Poll

8:07 - Chris McKay Interview

22:50 - This Week In Movies

24:52 - The Forever Purge Review

30:52 - The Tomorrow War Review

36:02 - No Sudden Move Review

43:45 - Zola Review

48:05 - Favorite Steven Soderbergh Movies

1:03:19 - Outro



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Jul 01, 2021
'Zola' Director Janicza Bravo Talks Adapting A Viral Twitter Story
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Director Janicza Bravo joins us for a great chat about the making of her new film Zola, starring Taylour Paige, Riley Keough and Colman Domingo. The film is based on viral Twitter thread chronicling a stripper named Zola’s truly wild journey on a road trip to Florida. 

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Jun 25, 2021
Steven Soderbergh Talks 'No Sudden Move,' 'Ocean's Eleven' & More
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Steven Soderbergh, the legend himself, joins the show to discuss his new film No Sudden Move, starring Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Hamm. We cover moments from across his filmography, from Sex, Lies and Videotape to Ocean’s Eleven to Contagion. 

F9: The Fast Saga hits theaters in the US this weekend, and our opinions couldn’t be differ any more. Let us know on social what you thought of the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise. In other news for the week, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment signed a deal with Netflix that put folks in a stir. Is this a major shift in the director’s recent comments towards the streamer? Will he direct a film for Netflix in the near future? We discuss. 

This week’s BlendGame looks at the incredible cinematography from Rachel Morrison. Next week, we’re looking at Steven Soderbergh’s filmography to decide which of his films is our absolute favorite. Play along on Twitter using #StevenSoderberghBlend

This Week In Movies

- The Ice Road (Netflix)

- False Positive (Hulu)

- F9: The Fast Saga 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

4:32 - Weekly Poll

6:57 - Steven Soderbergh Interview

59:18 - Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners w. Netflix

1:05:21 - The Suicide Squad Trailer

 1:15:51 - This Week In Movies

1:20:45 - F9: The Fast Saga Review

1:46:05 - Favorite Rachel Morrison Movies

1:51:00 - Outro



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Jun 23, 2021
'F9' Director Justin Lin Dives Deep Into His 'Fast And Furious' History
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Director Justin Lin joins the show to discuss F9: The Fast Saga, the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise, starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and the rest of the fam. He discusses opening the film with a vintage Universal Pictures logo, shooting on film, weighing practical effects with visual effects and more. 

This week, we also review Disney Pixar’s Luca, Netflix’s Fatherhood (starring Kevin Hart), and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek). John M. Chu’s In the Heights failed to meet expectations a the box office its opening weekend. We discuss why that might be, and the future of HBO Max’s release strategy. 

This Week In Movie

- The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

- Luca

- Fatherhood

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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:25 - Weekly Poll

6:48 - Bo Burnham’s Inside

15:58 - Justin Lin Interview

39:11 - In the Heights Box Office

54:43 - Tick, Tick…Boom! Trailer 

1:13:44 - Favorite Ian McKellen Movies

1:31:05 - Outro



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Jun 16, 2021
Marvel's 'Loki' Premiere & 'In the Heights' Review
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We were able to screen the first two episodes of Marvel’s new Disney+ series Loki starring Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson. We give our spoiler-free takes on the series so far, and it’s shaping up to be the best Marvel series to date. 

Jake was able to screen Jon M Chu’s In the Heights before it hits theaters this week, and gives us his thoughts on the hotly anticipated musical from the mind of Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

This Week In Movies

- Loki (Disney+)

- Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

- In the Heights (Theaters, HBO Max)

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Timestamps (approx. only)

2:55 - Weekly Poll

11:20 - Box Office Return Continues

21:58 - Loki Episodes 1 & 2

32:30 - In the Heights Review

39:56 - Our Favorite Elliot Page Movies

50:56 - Outro



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Jun 08, 2021
‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ Director Michael Chaves Guests
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The Conjuring franchise’s 8th installment, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) hits theaters and HBO Max this week, and director Michael Chaves took time to sit down and discuss his process in taking over the core of the franchise from James Wan. 


We also discuss the triumphant return of the movies with A Quiet Place Part II’s massive opening weekend, AMC’s potential acquisition of ArcLight Cinemas and more. 


This week’s BlendGame celebrates the Summer season with our favorite films which evoke Summer. Next week, we’re taking a look at the career of Elliot Page, and debated which of their performances is our absolute favorite. Play along on Twitter by sending in your pick using #ElliotPageBlend. 


This Week In Movies

- Samaritan

- Spirit Untamed

- The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It 


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Timestamps (approx. only)

5:00 - Weekly Poll

6:39 - Michael Chaves Interview

28:54 - Box Office Roundup

42:14 - A Quiet Place Part II Refresh Review

52:14 - CinemaCon Returns 

55:55 - AMC Acquiring ArcLight Cinemas?

1:04: 57 - This Week In Movies

1:17:52 - Our Favorite Summer Movies

1:28:45 - Outro



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Jun 02, 2021
John Krasinski Talks 'A Quiet Place Part II'
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Writer/Director/Actor John Krasinski joins the show to discuss A Quiet Place Part II. Last year, before the theater-going industry shuttered, we were able to sit down in person with the director to chat about his horror follow up starring Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou. 


A plethora of new trailers dropped over the past week, so we also give our initial reactions to The Eternals, Last Night In Soho, Gunpowder Milkshake, and The Tomorrow War. We discuss Amazon’s acquiring MGM. Sean finally made it through The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition as part of his Oscars Wager punishment. 


This week’s BlendGame looks at the tremendous work from Cruella star Emma Stone. Next week, we want to know your favorite movie to watch during or that simply evoke the Summer season. Send in you pick using #SummerMovieBlend on Twitter. 


This Week In Movies

- A Quiet Place Part II

- Cruella 


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Timestamps (approx. only)

5:15 - Weekly Poll

10:01 - John Krasinski Interview

44:59 - Marvel’s The Eternals Trailer

56:17 - Last Night In Soho Trailer

1:04:23 - Gunpowder Milkshake Trailer

1:07:17 - The Tomorrow War Trailer

1:14:33 - Amazon Buys MGM

1:21:06 - Our Oscar Wager Punishments 

1:32:26 - A Quiet Place Part II Review

1:42:52 - Cruella Review

1:48:16 - Our Favorite Emma Stone Movies

2:00:08 - Outro



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May 27, 2021
Zack Snyder's 'Army of the Dead' Review & 'Dear Evan Hansen' Trailer Reaction
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On this week’s show, Kevin returns with his review of Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, and the guys debate why the film only landed a 4/5 stars in each of their reviews. We also react to new trailers for Dear Evan Hansen starring Ben Platt, and Snake Eyes starring Henry Golding.

Sean caught up with Joe Wright’s The Woman in the Window which hit Netflix last week, and things did not go so well. Also, some major industry news dropped late last week that Disney would be shrinking its theatrical release window to 45 days from the traditional 90, and we discuss what that might mean moving forward. 

This week’s BlendGame has us scouring over the filmography of one of our favorites, and former guest Zack Snyder. Next week, we have to decide which of Emma Stone’s performances is our absolute favorite, and you can play along at home by tweeting in your pick using #EmmaStoneBlend.

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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:07 - Weekly Poll

8:33 - Dear Evan Hansen Trailer Reaction

20:47 - Snake Eyes Trailer Reaction

23:33 - John Boyega Returning For Attack The Block 2

26:46 - Disney’s Shrinks Theatrical Window

34:28 - Leslie Odom Jr. Cast In Knives Out 2

38:21 - The Woman in the Window Review

47:47 - Army of the Dead Review

58:00 - Favorite Zack Snyder Movies

1:14:05 - Outro



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May 19, 2021
'Spiral' Director Darren Bousman Talks Chris Rock, Gory 'Saw' Traps And More
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Spiral director Darren Bousman joins the show to discuss working with Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella on this new spin on the Saw franchise. We discuss how they design the various traps from across the series of films, he shares a jaw-dropping story about the work that went into creating Saw II’s infamous syringe set piece and more. Stay tuned to our YouTube channel for some additional spoiler conversation from our interview with Darren which is not included in this episode. This includes Darren showing us is collection of Saw props and prosthetics from over the years of working on the franchise. It’s incredible. 

Also on this week’s show, we review Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, we discuss the controversy surrounding the Golden Globes and whether they will ever recover, the trailers for Venom 2 and The Green Knight. 

This week’s BlendGame focuses on Angelina Jolie’s filmography. Next week, we celebrate the films of one our favorites, Zack Snyder. Tweet at us using #ZackSnyderBlend, and let us know which of his films is your favorite! 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:57 - Weekly Poll: Will past Andrew Garfield be in Spider-Man: No Way Home?

13:02 - Darren Bousman Interview

32:47 - Venom 2 Trailer 

51:58 - The Green Knight Trailer

58:00 - Golden Globes Controversy

1:08:01 - This Week In Movies

1:33:12 - Our Favorite Angelina Jolie

1:38:50 - Outro



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May 13, 2021
David Oyelowo Talks Directing ‘The Water Man’ And Marvel Phase 4 Teaser
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David Oyelowo joins the show to discuss his directorial debut feature The Water Man. The film which critics are describing as “Spielbergian” stars Rosario Dawson, Maria Bello, Alfred Molina and David Oyelowo himself. David shares an incredible behind-the-scenes story about how he was thrust into the director’s chair just before filming, his principles for telling a “live-action Pixar” story and more. 

Marvel dropped dates and footage from across their Phase 4 slate, but we also discuss some notable titles that were left out. Sean and Gabe give their final thoughts on Invincible’s first season following the finale and announcement that Amazon had ordered at least 2 more seasons for their streaming platform. While Jake and Kevin were able to catch up on The Mitchells vs The Machines which dropped last week on Netflix, and give their thoughts on what has become one of their favorites of the year so far. 

This Week In Movies

  • Here Today
  • Mainstream (limited)
  • The Paper Tigers (limited)
  • Monster (Netflix)
  • Wrath of Man
  • The Water Man

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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:42 - Weekly Poll: Which May film are you most excited for?

7:31 - David Oyelowo Interview

24:28 - Marvel’s Phase 4 Teaser

37:57 - Tom Hanks’ Bios To Apple TV+

49:26 - Invincible Finale

56:57 - The Michells vs. The Machines 

1:04:41 - This Week In Movies

1:15:30 - Favorite David Oyelowo 

1:21:05 - Outro 



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May 04, 2021
Marvel Talk With 'Falcon And Winter Soldier' Director Kari Skogland
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Kari Skogland, director of the Disney+ Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, joins the show to discuss the series finale, the brutal bloody shield scene, where Steve Rogers might be and whether or not she’s interested in directing Captain America 4


The awards season came to a close with the Academy Awards broadcast, and so we give our final thoughts on what was a rather lacking show. Also, Jake won the Oscars wager yet again this year, and he reveals what Sean and Kevin will have to watch. 


This week’s BlendGame features the work of writer/director Edgar Wright in celebration of Scott Pilgrim vs The World’s 10th anniversary. Next week, we are looking at the filmography of David Oyelowo who will be joining the show to talk about his new film The Water Man. Send in your picks using #DavidOyelowoBlend. 


This Week In Movies

- Limbo (limited)

- Separation

- Things Heard and Seen (Netflix)

- Without Remorse (Amazon Prime Video)

- Scott Pilgrim vs the World 10th Anniversary


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Timestamps (approx. only)

2:35 - Weekly Poll: How was The Falcon and The Winter Soldier series?

4:28 - Kari Skogland Interview

32:40 - The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Review

43:07 - Academy Awards Wrap-up 

59:11 - Westside Story Teaser Reactions

1:05:43 - This Week In Movies

1:13:50 - Favorite Edgar Wright

1:23:10 - Outro 



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Apr 30, 2021
BAFTA-Nominated 'Limbo' With Director Ben Sharrock
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BAFTA-nominated writer/director Ben Sharrock joins Sean for a discussion on his debut film Limbo about a Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Scotland. They discuss the film’s use of a taller aspect ration to convey a sense of othering, the film’s crazy run through the film festival and awards circuit, and more. 



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Apr 28, 2021
Mortal Kombat Director Simon McQuoid And Our Annual Oscar-Prediction Contest
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Mortal Kombat director Simon McQuoid joins the show! We chat about adapting the iconic video game franchise, and creating edge-of-your-seat fight scenes. He also gets into the details behind deciding which of the fan-favorite characters had to bite the dust, and how they set themselves up for a sequel. We also get into some spoilers about the movie’s new character it’s introducing to the franchise, but don’t worry this episode is spoiler free. Keep an eye on our social channels for that clip to drop after the movie is release this weekend. 


If that wasn’t enough for you, we also have our annual Oscars predictions segment in which the guys lock in their final predictions for who will take home each award at this year’s ceremony. Whoever gets the most correct will get to subject the others to a viewing of a movie of their choosing…however terrible or horrifying it may be. 


This Week In Movies

- Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train

- Together Together (limited) 

- Mortal Kombat


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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:04 - Weekly Poll

6:29 - Simon McQuoid Interview

35:34 - Final Oscars Predictions

1:23:22 - This Week In Movies

1:34:30 - Favorite Michael Giacchino

1:43:43 - Outro



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Apr 22, 2021
Ben Wheatley Talks In The Earth, The Meg 2 & F9 Trailer Reactions
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Writer/director Ben Wheatley joins the show to chat about his new horror film In the Earth which he wrote and shot in the past year while some of his larger projects have been put on hold. He discusses some of the film’s visual tricks, the origins of the story and characters, working under strict safety protocols and how that might change the outlook of The Meg 2. 


In the main show, we react to the new trailer for Zack Snyder’s upcoming zombie action flick Army of the Dead, as well as the trailer for F9. Paramount recently shifted their release calendar seemingly in light of Disney’s recent theatrical shift. And finally, we debate our favorite performances from Oscar Isaac. 


Next week, we’re looking to the incredible work from renowned composer, and friend of the show Michael Giacchino. Send in your favorite score or movie scored by Giacchino using #MichaelGiacchinoBlend on Twitter. 


This Week In Movies 

- SAS: Red Notice

- Monday

- In the Earth


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Timestamps (approx. only)

4:43 - Weekly Poll: How excited are you for Indiana Jones 5?

15:32 - Ben Wheatley Interview

38:43 - Army of the Dead Trailer

49:45 - F9 Trailer

1:00:15 - Top Gun and More Shift

1:09:59 - This Week In Movies

1:16: 25 - Favorite Oscar Isaac

1:29:53 - Outro



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Apr 14, 2021
Voyagers Director Neil Burger Talks Colin Farrell, Christopher Nolan & More
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Writer/director Neil Burger joins the show to discuss his new movie Voyagers (starring Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp) which hits theaters this week. He talks about the film’s resemblance to Lord of the Flies, Colin Farrell’s impact on set and more. We also get into some of his previous works discussing whether we’ll ever get the final Divergent film, and what it was like releasing The Illusionist weeks before Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige. 


Additionally, while Sean is away with family, Jake leads us through the main topics of the show including the SAG Awards, that odd Ghostbusters clip and we talk all things Godzilla vs Kong. 


This week’s BlendGame features the incredible career of Kate Winslet. Next week, we are celebrating the work of Oscar Isaac. Send us your favorite movie or performance from the actor using #OscarIsaacBlend


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Timestamps (approx. only)

2:56 - Weekly Poll: Where are you watching Godzilla vs. Kong

6:34 - Neil Burger Interview

40:13 - SAG Awards Reactions

52:29 - New Ghostbusters Clip

1:01:34 - Godzilla vs. Kong Box Office and Review

1:31:39 - Favorite Kate Winslet Movie

1:48:27 - Outro



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Apr 08, 2021
Godzilla vs. Kong And Face/Off Sequel Updates From Adam Wingard
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Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard joins the show! We discuss how they built scenes surrounding two CGI characters, why Kong is so effective for an audience emotionally and we even touch on some of his previous work in established franchises like Blair Witch and Death Note. You know we couldn’t have the director of the upcoming Face/Off sequel on without asking him about it, and he gave us a massive hint at where they’re headed with it. 

In rare fashion, we had some major news break during the episode rather than after. Black Widow and pretty much the rest of Disney’s remaining 2021 slate has shifted. We discuss Warner Media confirming that Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be his last in what they now consider to be a completed trilogy. 

This week’s BlendGame looks at the work of Antoine Fuqua. Next week, we celebrate the incredible Kate Winslet, and try to narrow down our favorite performances from her staggering career. Send in your pick on Twitter using #KateWinsletBlend. 

This Week In Movies

  • Invincible (Prime Video)
  • Nobody

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Timestamps (approx. only)

2:24 - Weekly Poll: Who will win, Godzilla or Kong?

6:34 - Adam Wingard Interview

36:38 - Face/Off Bringing Cage Back?

42:27 - Warner Bros. New Release Window

53:18 - The SnyderVerse Isn’t Getting Restored

1:06:05 - Black Widow and Disney Slate Shift

1:18:43 - This Week In Movies

1:23:18 - Our Favorite Antoine Fuqua Movies



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Mar 24, 2021
Justice League Spoiler-Filled Deep-Dive With Zack Snyder
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It happened. Zack Snyder joins the show to celebrate and discuss the release of his of Justice League cut 4 years after the original, theatrical cut debuted, stirring up a fanbase like never before. We were able to chat with Zack on the day his Justice League hit HBO Max and streaming services around the world, and so we dive deep into full spoiler territory covering cameos, new footage shot, and even where he wanted to take the next two Justice League films if he had the chance. 

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Mar 22, 2021
Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free with Director Mary Wharton
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Director Mary Wharton joins Sean to discuss her new documentary Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free which is currently headlining the virtual SXSW festival. They touch on the process of working on a documentary during the pandemic, trying to find and tell a story with archival footage and inspiring collaboration between Tom Petty and Rick Rubin which the documentary focuses on. 

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Mar 18, 2021
Zack Snyder's Justice League Review & Oscar Nominations Reaction
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Zack Snyder’s Justice League hits HBO Max this week! The guys dive in to a pretty much spoiler-free review of the new cut of Justice League, although if you want to go in knowing nothing, feel free to jump ahead and come back for our full thoughts. Basically though, we all really love it. 

The Oscars have finally announced their nominations for this year’s ceremony, and as always they’re bonkers on many fronts. We comb through some of the main categories and major stories that came from the announcement, and we give our specific opinions as the race continues to narrow down for next month’s show. Don’t fret, we will have our annual Oscars predictions episode before the ceremony, however we still need a bet for the losing members of the show. Have a reasonable idea for us? Send it in! 

This week’s BlendGame takes a look at the always amazing Stanley Tucci as we decide which of his roles are our favorites. Next week, we’re celebrating Antoine Fuqua’s career with #AntoineFuquaBlend. Send in your picks on Twitter! 

This Week in Movies

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • The Courier
  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League

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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:06 - Weekly Poll

5:33 - Oscar Nominations

32:50 - This Week In Movies

35:48 - Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review

57:29 - Favorite Stanley Tucci Roles

1:07:02 - Outro



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Mar 16, 2021
Coming 2 America Director Craig Brewer & WandaVision Spoiler Review
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Director Craig Brewer joins the show to discuss working with Eddie Murphy on Coming 2 America. He talks about how his perception of the film’s release changed throughout quarantine, shooting the film without a rating in mind, finding a role for Tracey Morgan and more. 

WandaVision finally wrapped up last week so the boys dig in to a full, spoiler-filled chat on the MCU’s first foray into TV storytelling. Marvel alums, The Russo Brothers’ new film Cherry starring Tom Holland is finally hitting Apple TV+. Stay tuned for our reviews. With the Critic’s Choice Awards this past weekend, we give an update on the current awards race, and discuss some of the winners and snubs. 

This week’s BlendGame is fairly broad, and a lot of fun. We choose our favorite films the fall under the Fantasy genre. Next week, we’re celebrating the work of Stanley Tucci Send in you pick on Twitter using #StanleyTucciBlend

This Week in Movies

- Long Weekend

- Yes Day

- Cherry

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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:45 - Weekly Poll

8:32 - Craig Brewer Interview

31:16 - Critics’ Choice Awards

39:21 - WandaVision Review

1:06:15 - This Week In Movies

1:13:13 - Favorite Fantasy Movies

1:26:08 - Outro/Review



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Mar 11, 2021
Robin Wright And Demián Bichir Talk Land & Coming 2 America Reviews
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Robin Wright and Demián Bichir join the show to discuss their new film, and her directorial debut, Land. Land is a gorgeous, subtle film, and an impressive debut feature from Wright. They both have now in fact sat in the director’s chair on occasion, and so we discuss some of the lessons they took from directors while acting, and the major do’s and don’ts of the job. We also dig into the film’s gorgeous cinematography from Bobby Bukowski and why Robin chose to shoot an image much taller than your typical widescreen. 

The Golden Globes happened! The guys give their reactions to this year’s unique telecast, and we discuss how the race to the Oscars is shaping up with this new stable of award winners. Also, Sean’s book “Release the Snyder Cut: The Crazy True Story Behind the Fight That Saved Zack Snyder's Justice League” is finally out. Jake and Kevin take some time to ask Sean about the surreal ride of writing and releasing an actual book, and the response to it so far. 

Wesley Snipes has turned out iconic performance after iconic performance for decades, and in this week’s BlendGame we decide which of his is our favorite. Next week, we’re looking to the Fantasy genre with #FantasyMovieBlend. Send in your favorite Fantasy movie on Twitter using the hashtag, and we might just read it out on the show. 

The Week In Movies

  • Land
  • Moxie (Netflix)
  • Boss Level (Hulu)
  • Boogie
  • Chaos Walking 
  • Raya and the Last Dragon (Theaters & Disney+ Premium)
  • Coming 2 America (Amazon Prime Video)

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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:40 - Weekly Poll

6:03 - Robin Wright & Demián Bichir Interview

28:20 - Sean’s Book Release

43:45 - Golden Globes Reactions

1:03:23 - This Week In Movies

1:20:58 - Wesley Snipes Favorites



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Mar 04, 2021
Tom & Jerry's Tim Story, Spider-Man Film Titles, And More
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Director Tim Story joins the show to discuss his latest, Tom and Jerry. He gets into his love for the source material, how they developed Tom’s “traps” for the movie, building the sound design from the Hanna-Barbera archives and we even get to his take on one of his Fantastic Four characters making the jump to the MCU. 

Also on this week’s show, Spider-Man 3’s title, Spider-Man: No Way Home, has finally been revealed after a shaky social media announcement. Sean was able to see a couple scenes from Disney+’s upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier series, and discuss the future of Marvel television with Kevin Feige. 

We take a look at Halle Berry’s filmography for #HalleBerryBlend. Next week, we’re diving into Wesley Snipes work to figure out our absolute favorites. Send in your pick using #WesleySnipesBlend on Twitter. 

 This Week In Movies

- Bigfoot Family (Netflix)

- Tom and Jerry (Theaters & HBO Max)

- The Father (Limited)

- Cherry (Limited)

- The United States Vs. Billie Holiday

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Timestamps (approx. only)

2:21 - Weekly Poll: Favorite Video Game Movie

7:40 - Tim Story Interview

39:09 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Reveal

49:48 - The Future of Marvel TV

57:54 - David Fincher’s Next Film

1:05:20 - This Week In Movies

1:19:56 - Favorite Halle Berry Movies

1:33:42 - Review/Outro



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Feb 25, 2021
Tenet's Composer Talks Christopher Nolan, Black Panther and The Mandalorian
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Composer Ludwig Göransson has worked on some incredible properties such as Black Panther at Marvel, The Mandalorian for LucasFilm and now Tenet with Christopher Nolan. He joins the show this week to discuss his work with Nolan, the process behind designing the score for the film and even how his music was able to influence how the film was actually shot. He also describes meeting Ryan Cooler in film school, their early student projects together, and their breakout feature Fruitvale Station. 

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Feb 23, 2021
Cathy Yan Talks Dead Pigs, MUBI and More
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Director Cathy Yan joins ReelBlend once again to discuss her debut film Dead Pigs. The film has had an interesting journey as it was originally completed, and ran the festival circuit before Cathy landed Birds of Prey. That said, the film is finally available for audiences to enjoy on the MUBI streaming service. 

You may have heard of the streamer most recently when Martin Scorsese called them out alongside The Criterion Channel as rare examples of platforms which actually curate their film selections versus an algorithmically-generated set of recommendations. Cathy provided her own perspective on the MUBI service and the concept of human curation in film. We also touch on her experience as a journalist before directing, and how that informs her storytelling. We ask about some visual choices in the film, including wider shots and the creative use of subtitles, and how they leant themselves to the story. 

She is a fantastic return guest, and if you missed our first discussion with her on Birds of Prey, you can check that out here: https://youtu.be/npWQeKIH56Q

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Feb 19, 2021
Barb And Star Spoiler Conversation With The Comedy's Director Josh Greenbaum
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Director Josh Greenbaum joins the show to discuss Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (starring Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan). He gets into the pure absurdity that guided the comedy of the film, Kristen Wiig's unbelievable duel performance, Jamie Dornan's amazing comedic turn and more.

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Feb 16, 2021
Golden Globes Analysis And The Mauritanian Director Kevin Macdonald
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Director Kevin Macdonald joins the show to discuss his new film The Mauritanian starring Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tahar Rahim. He shares some incite on the process of adapting Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s harrowing story of his imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay.

The Critcs’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes have released their lists of nominees. We dive into some of the surprises and stubs, and larger picture for where the race to the Oscars stands. Stick around to hear our predictions for Oscar nominations as of February 10th. 

This week’s BlendGame focuses on our favorites from one of the all-time greats, Morgan Freeman. Next week, we’ll be celebrating the work from Academy Award winner Halle Berry. Use #HalleBerryBlend on Twitter to let us know your favorite performance of hers! 

This Week In Movies 

- Fear of Rain

- Music

- To All the Boys: Always and Forever

- French Exit

- Minari

- Judas and the Black Messiah

- Land

- The Mauritanian

- Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

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4:06 - Remembering Christopher Plummer

8:18 - Kevin Macdonald Interview

36:24 - Weekly Poll

37:01 - Golden Globes & Critics’ Choice Awards

54:33 - Oscar Predictions

1:14:53 - This Week In Movies

1:29:51 - Favorite Morgan Freeman

1:39:10 - Outro/Review



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Feb 11, 2021
John David Washington Talks Netflix's Malcolm & Marie, Tenet
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John David Washington is climbing his way to becoming one of Hollywoods best with yet another tremendous performance alongside Zendaya in his latest, Malcolm & Marie, which hits Netflix this week. He was so much fun to chat with, and brought along an infectious energy that proved to be a testament to the level of passion and excitement he brings to his work. He is a true cinema nerd, cluing us into his process with directors like Spike Lee and Christopher Nolan, behind-the-scenes details from Tenet and so much more. Stick around for our full reviews of Malcolm & Marie later in the episode.

Also this week, John M. Chu has been tapped to direct the long-anticipated film adaptation of Wicked. Zack Snyder dropped some Joker teases for Justice League. We chat about WandaVision’s bombshell Episode 4 (check timestamps below to skip spoilers). 

This week’s BlendGame honors the legendary composer Terence Blanchard. Next week, we’re tackling the long and storied career of Morgan freakin’ Freeman. Send in your favorite Morgan Freeman performance on Twitter using #MorganFreemanBlend. 

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Timestamps (approx. only)

2:13 - Weekly Poll

4:41 - John David Washington Interview

29:52 - John M. Chu Directing Wicked

35:28 - Zack Snyder’s Joker Tease

43:50 - WandaVision Ep. 4

54:01 - This Week In Movies

1:08:08 - Terrence Blanchard Favorites

1:15:21 - Outro



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Feb 03, 2021
Delroy Lindo Talks Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods
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The incredible Delroy Lindo joins the show to discuss Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods. The actor gave one of this awards season's best performances, and we could not be more excited to field him some questions ahead of what we assume will be a long, and hopefully successful, run up to The Oscars.

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Jan 28, 2021
Talking The Little Things, Denzel Washington and More with Director John Lee Hancock
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Writer/Director John Lee Hancock joins the show to discuss his new film The Little Things starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto which hits select theaters and HBO Max this weekend. He discusses working with such talented actors, Steven Spielberg nearly signing on to direct and more.

Also on this week's show, we discuss the new Godzilla vs. Kong trailer, AMC raising money to last through the year, and AFI's top 10 movies of "2020." This launches us into a discussion on the Oscar race which is finally starting to heat up with the extended eligibility window nearing a close.

In celebration of his staggering career thus far, we take a look at Denzel Washington for this week's BlendGame. Next week, we're celebrating the tremendous work from composer Terence Blanchard. Let us know your favorite score of his on Twitter using #TerenceBlanchardBlend.

This Week In Movies

  • Supernova (Limited)
  • The Dig (Netflix)
  • Palmer (Apple TV+)
  • The Little Things (Wide + HBO Max)

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Timestamps (approx. only)

2:15 - Weekly Poll

8:03 - John Lee Hancock Interview

36:27 - Godzilla vs Kong Trailer

44:44 - Harry Potter Series at HBO Max

53:00 - AMC Theaters Safe Through July

59:18 - AFI's Top 10

1:12:12 - This Week In Movies

1:28:32 - Denzel Washington BlendGame

1:36:59 - Outro



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Jan 26, 2021
Movie Dogs, A Willy Wonka Prequel And More
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This week’s show dives into news surrounding the supposed confirmation from Zack Snyder that his Justice League Director’s Cut has shifted from a 4-part mini-series to a full, 4-hour feature film on HBO Max. News of Chris Evans in negotiations with Marvel to return as Captain America hit the trades just as we wrapped up the show last week. We debate whether that’s a good idea, and what it would take for us to get on board. There’s word of a Willy Wonka prequel story in the works with Tom Holland and Timothée Chalamet favorites for the role. Why? Well, we don’t know either. 

This week’s BlendGame honors our favorite pups from across cinema history with #MovieDogBlend. Next week, you can play along on social with #DenzelWashingtonBlend, and let us know your favorite performance from the monolithic talent Denzel Washington. 

This Week In Movies

- The Kid Detective (VOD)

- The White Tiger (Netflix)

- Our Friend (Limited/VOD)

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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:30 - Weekly Poll

12:48 - Kevin’s 5 Most Anticipated Movies

17:50 - Is The SnyderCut a 4-hour Movie Now?

23:08 - Chris Evans Back as Cap?

31:16 - Wonka Prequel

36:30 - This Week In Movies

41:41 - Movie Dog BlendGame

57:11 - Review/Outro



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Jan 20, 2021
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Talks Watchmen, Trial of the Chicago 7
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Yahya Adbul-Mateen II has skyrocketed himself as a new, impressive star with a growing resumé that includes Watchmen, The Trial of the Chicago 7 with Aaron Sorkin and DC's Aquaman. He isn't slowing down with roles in the Candyman reboot from breakout director Nia DaCosta, The Matrix 4 and George Miller's Mad Max spinoff Furiosa. We managed to cover much of his work, and he proved to yet another incredible guest, a first of hopefully many appearances on the show for the actor moving forward.

This week's show also includes out top 5 most anticipated movies of 2021, Netflix's movie-a-week release schedule for 2021, we review the first 2 episodes of WandaVision and discuss the ever-shifting return of the theatrical experience.

What's your favorite performance or film from the iconic Christopher Walken? We get into our personal picks this week, and prepare for next week's game in which we'll debate our favorite movie dogs. Let us know on social using #MovieDogBlend.

This Week In Movies

  • The Marksman
  • Promising Young Woman (VOD)
  • Locked Down (HBO Max)
  • One Night in Miami (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Outside the Wire (Netflix)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)

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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:42 - Weekly Poll

13:04 - Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Interview

30:40 - Morbius and More Dates Moving?

42:56 - Netflix 2021 Slate

50:44 - Gotham Awards Winners

58:40 - Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2021

1:12:43 - This Week In Movies

1:24:23 - Our Favorite Christopher Walken Movies

1:36:35 - Outro/Review



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Jan 14, 2021
Our Top 10 Movies of 2020
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Another year in the rearview, and a weird one for movies at that. The guys get together this week for the annual tradition of revealing their 10 favorite movies of the year. Producer Gabe even rounded them all up, crunched the numbers and presents ReelBlend's aggregated "Top 5" list of movies for 2020. It's a good time!

Also this week, we catch up on some of the controversy surrounding Wonder Woman 1984's reception, and celebrate Chris Pine's awesome career with #ChrisPineBlend. Join in on the fun with next week's BlendGame where we'll be discussing the filmography of the original Hollywood Chris by tweeting in your favorite Christopher Walken performance using #ChristopherWalkenBlend.

This Week In Movies

  • Pieces of a Woman (Netflix)
  • Herself (Amazon Prime Video)

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Timestamps (approx. only)

8:32 - Weekly Poll

22:05 - Top 10 Movies of 2020

1:39:05 - This Week In Movies

1:40:28 - #ChrisPineBlend

1:50:06 - Review/Outro



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Jan 07, 2021
Pete Docter Talks Pixar's Soul, Working With Funny People
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Pete Docter, writer/director/producer behind Pixar's Soul joins the show! We discuss his approach to animation and Pixar's incredible run of films. He gets into the work he and team did with composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor on the music for the film. There's plenty of nerdy information on the process that you've come to know in love from our interviews, and we hope you love this film as much as we did.

If you haven't yet seen Soul, now streaming on Disney+, don't worry this is all spoiler free. However, we can't recommend it enough, and this interview is all the better having seen it. So get to it!

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Dec 30, 2020
Emerald Fennell Talks Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
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Writer/director/actor Emerald Fennell joins the show to discuss her directorial debut Promising Young Woman (starring Carey Mulligan, Alison Brie, Adam Brody).

Emerald and Sean talk about the brilliance of Carey Mulligan, and her performance as the lead. Emerald shares a story about a fight breaking out at an early test screening, the impossible task of acting drunk and more.

We'll be back next week with a full episode of the show featuring our top 10 movies of 2020.

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Dec 23, 2020
Paul Greengrass Talks Tom Hanks, Westerns And News Of The World
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Paul Greengrass (you read that right) joins the show! His work spans from the Bourne series to United 93 to Captain Phillips to his latest News of the World, a Western starring Tom Hanks. We discuss the story that drives News of the World, the incredible work from Tom Hanks which he thinks makes for his best performance yet, getting snubbed at the Oscars and more.

In standard ReelBlend luck, Disney announced a massive slate from across their tentpole brands towards the end of last week. We get into some of our most notable announcements, and how Disney's strategy fares compared to Warner Bros full streaming commitment.

This week's BlendGame proved to be a fun one. We asked you which film do wish you could go back in time and experience with a crowd during its opening weekend, and you didn't disappoint. Next week, we are celebrating Chris Pine's work with #ChrisPineBlend. Send in your favorite Chris Pine performance or film on Twitter using the hashtag, and we might read it out on the show.

This Week In Movies

  • Monster Hunter
  • Fatale
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom


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Timestamps (approx. only)

4:25 - Weekly Poll

12:39 - Paul Greengrass Interview

35:38 - Disney's Slate Announcement

52:09 - R-Rated Justice League

1:00:59 - This Week In Movies

1:12:07 - #OriginalReleaseBlend

1:26:53 - Outro



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Dec 17, 2020
Patty Jenkins Talks Wonder Woman 1984, Gal Gadot, DC Films & More
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We have another all-time interview this week with director Patty Jenkins joining the show to talk about Wonder Woman 1984. She gets into her feelings on the theatrical cut of Justice League, the influence Indiana Jones has on Steve Trevor's character, working on the score with Hans Zimmer and so much more. It's a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes tidbits, and one of our favorite interviews yet.

In the main section of the show, we dig into the earth-shattering announcement that Warner Bros. plans to release its entire slate on their HBO Max streaming platform day-and-date with theaters. Alfred Molina has apparently been confirmed for Spider-Man 3, and we get into our theories for what this next Spider-Man film might be turning into.

Our weekly BlendGame picks back up with a fun topic about who our favorite directors which started in the industry as actors are. Next week, you can play along with #OriginalReleaseBlend to let us know what culturally impactful film would you most want to go back and experience during its original release, and the effect it had on audiences.

This Week In Movies

  • Wild Mountain Thyme
  • The Prom
  • Let Them All Talk
  • I'm Your Woman

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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:10 - Patty Jenkins Interview

32:48 - Weekly Poll: Was WB's decision a good one?

34:33 - In depth on WB's 2021 Streaming Strategy

1:07:44 - Alfred Molina Cast in Spider-Man 3

1:17:37 - This Week In Movies

1:26:02 - #ActorTurnedDirectorBlend




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Dec 10, 2020
Sean Astin Talks The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson & More
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Samwise himself Sean Astin joins us this week for a wonderful interview all about The Lord of the Rings. It's rare that you get to interview a cast member of a beloved franchise, and even more rare to get to interview about said franchise. We had a blast chatting with Sean Astin about his last scene on set, gallivanting about New Zealand with a cool guy like Ian McKellen, the time Peter Jackson crushed him with a single note, and so much more. It really turned out to be a highlight reel of awesome Lord of the Rings stories.

In the bulk of the show, we discuss Wonder Woman 1984's move to HBO Max. (Note: this was recorded before the bombshell news of Warner Bros. 2021 slate. More on that next week.) Sean and Jake wee able to interview George Clooney recently, and so they gush about the process and his unbelievable levels of charm before getting into the movies dropping this week.

Finally, we celebrate Angela Bassett's staggering talent and career with our BlendGame. Next week, we're looking at our favorite directors who started as actors with #ActorTurnedDirectorBlend

This Week In Movies

  • All My Life
  • Half Brothers
  • Nomadland (limited)
  • Sound of Metal (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Mank (Netflix)
  • The Prom (Netflix)

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Dec 03, 2020
Paul Bettany Talks WandaVision, Uncle Frank with Director Alan Ball
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Paul Bettany and writer/director Alan Ball join the show to discuss their new film Uncle Frank streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Paul Bettany talks about actors not needing chemistry, shooting WandaVision in front of a live studio audience and more. Alan Ball also recalls the night he was an Oscar.

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Nov 25, 2020
Alex Winter Talks Bill & Ted 3 & Wonder Woman 1984's Release Plans
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Alex Winter joins the show this week for the home video release of Bill & Ted Face the Music. He gets into Van Halen, shooting Bill & Ted movie on digital for the first time, his work as a director, and more.

Steven Soderbergh is back with a trailer for his new film Let Them All Talk starring Meryl Streep, and Lucas Hedges. After our quick reactions, we discuss the nominees for this year's Gotham Awards. The independent film awards show is the first of the season, and may help us shape our expectations for the Oscars.

With a relatively young career, Diablo Cody has proved herself to be an absolute master of the page. Check out some of our favorites from across her filmography in this week's BlendGame, and be sure to play along next week with #AngelaBassettBlend on Twitter.


This Week In Movies

Sound of Metal (Limited)

The Nest (VOD)

Small Axe (Amazon Prime)

Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (Disney+)


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Timestamps (approx. only)

2:40 - Weekly Poll: Should WB release Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max?

13:08 - Alex Winter Interview

35:28 - Let Them All Talk Trailer Reaction

44:16 - Gotham Awards Nominations

57:45 - This Week In Movies

1:12:38 - #DiabloCodyBlend

1:21:00 - Outro



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Nov 17, 2020
A Quiet Place Spinoff, Mank Reviews & The Nelms Brothers Guest
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Writer/directors Eshom and Ian Nelms join the show to discuss their new dark comedy, holiday flick Fatman (starring Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Mel Gibson). The movie follows Santa Claus who's had a hit placed on him by a disappointed child.

We also got word that Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special) has been tapped to write and direct a spinoff in the Quiet Place universe, and that Netflix is testing a more tradition, linear programming channel in France.

It's a big week for film releases. We give our impressions of Hillbilly Elegy (starring Amy Adams, Glenn Close), David Fincher's Mank (starring Gary Oldman, Lily Collins), and Freaky (starring Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton). If you think you'll enjoy Freaky, be sure to check out our interview with Vince in ReelBlend #142. He was another wonderful fit for the show.

And finally, this week we honor the late Sean Connery's work with a discussion on our favorite films and performances from his legendary career. Next week, we celebrate a legend in the making with #DiabloCodyBlend. On Twitter, let us know your favorite film written by Diablo Cody using the hashtag.

This Week In Movies

  • Ammonite (Limited)
  • The Climb (Limited)
  • Dreamland (Limited)
  • Come Away (Limited & VOD)
  • Hillbilly Elegy (Limited)
  • Mank (Limited)
  • Freaky
  • Fatman

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Nov 11, 2020
Vince Vaughn Talks Freaky, A Wedding Crashers Sequel & More
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Vince Vaughn joins the show this week to discuss his new film Freaky. We also get into his work on the Psycho remake, a sequel to the classic Wedding Crashers he's interested in making, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and so much more.

The Mandalorian returned to Disney+ last week, so we had to talk about that amazing season 2 premiere. Songbird, a tone deaf action-thriller set during a pandemic which shut downs the world, released a trailer, and...yeah, listen through for our very obvious thoughts on that mess. We also touch on Scott Derrickson's new horror film, One Night in Miami's Oscar strategy and Let Him Go (starring Diane Lane, Kevin Costner).

For this week's BlendGame, we choose our favorite films or performances from the great Jack Nicholson. Next week, we're celebrating the work of the late Sean Connery. Let us know your favorite Sean Connery film or performance using #SeanConneryBlend on Twitter!

This Week In Movies

  • Let Him Go
  • Possessor (VOD)

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Timestamps (approx. only)

6:56 - Weekly Poll

13:08 - Vince Vaughn Interview

30:28 - Songbird Trailer Reaction

37:14 - Scott Derrickson's New Film

41:51 - One Night In Miami's Oscars Hopes

47:37 - This Week In Movies

1:04:18 - The Mandalorian Season 2 Premiere

1:09:07 - #JackNicholsonBlend



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Nov 05, 2020
Michael Giacchino Talks Star Wars, Spider-Man, Pixar And More
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On this week's show, we are joined by Composer Michael Giacchino discuss his original album Travelogue Volume 1. 


Also this week, we talk Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’s Oscar chances, Anne Hathaway’s The Witches, the latest Tom Holland Spidey News and Oscar Issac in talks to play Moon Knight. 


This Week In movies:

The Craft: Legacy (VOD, Oct 28)

Holidate (Netflix, Oct. 28)

Come Play (Oct. 30)


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Timestamps (approx. only)

4:15 - Weekly Poll: Should MGM sell Daniel Craig's NO TIME TO DIE to a streaming service?

14:45 - Michael Giacchino Interview

51:43 - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

1:00:52 - The Witches

1:11:42 - Spider-Man 3

1:19:01 - Moon Knight

1:27:48 - This Week In Movies

1:30:28 - #HalloweenMovieBlend

1:45:24 - Listener Review/Outro



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Oct 27, 2020
Borat 2 Reviews, Jared Leto’s Joker & Adam Brody Talking The Kid Detective
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On this week's show, we are joined by Adam Brody and writer/director Evan Morgan to discuss their new film The Kid Detective. It's a dark, yet funny and completely charming story about a famous kid detective all grown up, and still dealing with the one case that got away. We can't recommend the film enough, and hope you will check it out as soon as you can. Check out the ReelBlend Clips channel for an exclusive spoiler bit we cut from the main show's interview once you do.

Also this week, we have Jared Leto returning as Joker, a full trailer for David Fincher's Mank, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman in his final role. We also discuss SEVERAL films now available or coming soon; including One Night in Miami from Regina King, Nomadland starring Francis McDormand, Rebecca, The Witches, Borat 2 and more.

This Week In Movies

  • The Empty Man
  • Rebecca (Netflix)
  • The Witches (HBO Max)
  • Over the Moon (Netflix)
  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon Prime) |

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Timestamps (approx. only)

1:45 - Weekly Poll: Who is your favorite Spider-Man?

10:30 - Adam Brody & Evan Morgan Interview

38:24 - The Kid Detective Reviews

46:42 - Mank Trailer Reaction

57:53 - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Trailer Reaction

1:03:12 - Jared Leto Returns as Joker

1:09:55 - Sean at 919 Film Festival

1:13:07 - This Week In Movies

1:30:40 - #SciFiHorrorBlend

1:44:05 - Listener Review/Outro



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Oct 22, 2020
Aaron Sorkin Talks The Trial of the Chicago 7, David Fincher & More
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On this week’s show, we welcome legendary writer Aaron Sorkin to discuss he latest film The Trial of the Chicago 7, his second feature as a director. The film’s cast is absolutely stacked with Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II just a few of the A-listers bringing this true story to life. Stick around after the interview to hear our reviews of the film which you can stream on Netflix this week. 


Also this week, we discuss Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins teaming back up for a Cleopatra remake. There’s a new limited series based on Stephen King’s The Stand coming to CBS All-Access, and the trailer is…underwhelming. We have confirmation of Doctor Strange heading to Spider-Man 3, and so much more. 


Our BlendGame continues the spooky season with #ZombieMovieBlend. Next week, we are debating our favorite Science-Fiction Horror films. Let us know your pick using #SciFiHorrorBlend! 


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Timestamps (approx. only)

2:17 - Weekly Poll: Which 80s Slasher is Scariest?

8:50 - Aaron Sorkin Interview

20:23 - The Stand Limited Series Trailer

27:44 - Cleopatra Remake

38:57 - Doctor Strange Joins Spider-Man 3

46:32 - David O. Russell's Next Film

48:40 - This Week In Movies

58:41 - Trial of the Chicago 7 Review

1:09:31 - #ZombieMovieBlend

1:21:54 - Listener Review/Outro



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Oct 13, 2020
Adam Sandler’s Hubie Halloween, Jamie Foxx’s Electro & Major Release Shifts
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From here on out, everyone needs to write release dates in pencil. Nothing sticks to its intended release dates anymore, as theaters continue to struggle with a lack of product, preventing chains and independent theaters from figuring out how to open and operate safely. On this week’s show, the ReelBlend boys finally reunite to break down all of the latest movement, which starts with Denis Villeneuve’s Dune and sweeps up the bulk of the DC film slate.

We also discuss Adam Sandler's new comedy Hubie Halloween which is surprisingly enjoyable. In a surprising turn, Jamie Foxx is returning to as Electro in Spider-Man 3 starring Tom Holland. Very confusing, but Sean has a theory that honestly sounds spot on.

This week's BlendGame is a festive one with #HauntedHouseBlend where we debate some of our favorite movies featuring spooky haunted houses. Next week, we continue on with #ZombieMovieBlend. Send us your favorite zombie movie on social, and we might read it on the show!

This Week In Movies

  • The War with Grandpa
  • Hubie Halloween (Netflix)
  • Books of Blood (Hulu)
  • Charm City Kings (HBO Max)

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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:38 - Weekly Poll: Who's making the scariest films right now?

10:14 - 2020 Movie Releases Shift Again

22:55 - Jamie Foxx Cast as Electro...Again

35:58 - 355 Trailer

40:30 - News of the World Trailer

46:28 - This Week In Movies

1:07:12 - #HauntedHouseBlend

1:22:44 - Listener Review/Outro



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Oct 08, 2020
Julie Taymor Interview, Lion King Follow Up & Borat 2
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The LEGENDARY, Oscar-nominated, Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor joins the show to discuss her new film The Glorias (starring Alicia Vikander, Janelle Monáe, Julianne Moore), now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. We discuss a sequel to Across the Universe that she wants to get made, the amazing crew and creative heads she worked with on The Glorias, and so much more. A true genius, and an incredible interview for the ReelBlend history books.

Also on this week's show, we talk the new trailer for The Craft reboot coming in October, Barry Jenkins being tapped to direct a follow up to 2019's The Lion King, Marvel's slate being completely wiped from 2020, Borat 2, and more.

We also celebrate the career of the late, great Michael Chapman with #MichaelChapmanBlend. Next week, we kick off the month of October with #HauntedHouseBlend. Send in your favorite film that features, surrounds, includes some sort of haunted property.

This Week In Movies

  • The Boys in the Band (Netflix)
  • Vampires vs The Bronx (Netflix)
  • The Glorias (Amazon Prime, VOD)

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Timestamps (approx. only)

3:10 - Weekly Poll

11:38 - Julie Taymor Interview

46:34 - Marvel Slate Shifts

57:18 - Breaking: Borat 2

59:17 - Barry Jenkins For The Lion King

1:11:57 - The Craft Reboot Trailer

1:18:30 - This Week In Movies

1:22:23 - #MichaelChapmanBlend

1:32:31 - Listener Review/Outro



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Sep 30, 2020
Matthew Modine Talks Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket & Working With Christopher Nolan
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Matthew Modine joins the show to discuss making Full Metal Jacket with the great Stanley Kubrick. He dives into Stanley's process, and personality behind the scenes, breaks down the themes of the film, and even touches on his collaboration with Christopher Nolan.

We also discuss the Emmy's with Schitt's Creek and Watchmen winning big, the new WandaVision trailer (note: before news of Disney/Marvel's big schedule shift), and more.

For this week's BlendGame, we dive into Tom Hardy's amazing filmography to pull out our favorite performances. Next week, we are celebrating the late Michael Chapman, a prolific cinematographer who has certainly made a film you cherish. Let us know your favorite of his works using #MichaelChapmanBlend.

This Week In Movies

  • Kajillionaire
  • Misbehaviour
  • Ava
  • Enola Holmes
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 (limited)

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Timestamps (Approx. Only)

3:59 - Weekly Poll: Would you pay $30 for Black Widow on Disney+?

12:12 - Matthew Modine Interview

46:44 - WandaVision Trailer

1:00:35 - Supernova Trailer

1:06:45 - Emmy's Takeaways

1:15:25 - Hollywood Studios and Unions Reach Production Restart Agreements

1:17:23 - This Week In Movies

1:27:02 - #TomHardyBlend

1:40:03 - Listener Review



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Sep 23, 2020
The Devil All the Time Review & A New Mandalorian Trailer
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This week's show is jam packed with news including the recent announcement that Wonder Woman 1984 (starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine) has been delayed yet again. At the time of this recording, there has also been some reporting that Marvel's long-awaited Black Widow (starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh) is considering moving its release date. With Hollywood shifting schedules yet again, we begin to wonder if any other major film will release in theaters this calendar year.

We have news of Madonna's upcoming biopic co-written by Diablo Cody. We react to The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer, and we have some Marvel casting news! Jonathan Majors who is beginning to break out as a serious star with roles in Da 5 Bloods, and HBO's Lovecraft Country has been cast as a new villain in the MCU, Kang the Conquerer, and is set to make his first appearance in Ant-Man 3.

Beyond that, we also have our reviews for Antebellum (starring Janelle Monáe, Jena Malone) which hits Apple TV+ this week, as well as The Devil All the Time, a new, dark Netflix original featuring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson.

For this week's BlendGame, we look at the career of the great Gary Oldman. Next week, we are looking at Tom Hardy's filmography and trying to decide which of his roles if our favorite. Send in your picks on Twitter using #TomHardyBlend.

This Week In Movies

  • Antebellum
  • The Devil All the Time

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Timestamps (approx. only)

9:33 - Weekly Poll: What's the best football movie?

14:50 - Wonder Woman and More Delayed

33:31 - Jonathan Majors Cast as Kang

40:30 - Madonna Biopic

44:45 - Mandalorian Season 2 Trailer Reaction

49:23 - This Week In Movies

1:07:04 - #GaryOldmanBlend

1:24:49 - Listener Review/Outro



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Sep 16, 2020
Unpregnant Director Rachel Lee Goldenberg & Dune Trailer Reactions
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We finally have a trailer for Dune. We also have a trailer for Rebecca (starring Armie Hammer, Lily James) which his hitting Netflix in October. So much to react to, including the Disney live-action remake of Mulan now that the guys have all had a chance to see it.

Joining us this week is writer/director Rachel Lee Goldenberg to discuss her new film Unpregnant which his HBO Max this week. It's a charming and sweet road comedy, and Rachel was a delight to chat with.

For the BlendGame, we continued to celebrate the career of Chadwick Boseman, and debated our favorite performances and films from the late actors far too brief, but massively inspiring filmography. Next week, we are playing #GaryOldmanBlend. Send in your favorite Gary Oldman performance and we might just read it on the show.

This Week In Movies

  • The Broken Hearts Gallery
  • Unpregnant (HBO Max)

Big Announcement!

We’ve teamed up with Warner Bros. to take you behind-the-scenes with some of Hollywood’s most influential filmmakers. Tune in daily starting 9/15 5pm PT/ 8pm ET to the link below and hop over to Twitter to live tweet with the guys using #WBFilmmakers.

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Timestamps

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6:44 - Weekly Poll: Are you paying for Mulan?

9:20 - Rachel Lee Goldenberg Interview

18:37 - Dune Trailer Reaction

33:28 - Rebecca Trailer Reaction

42:17 - Tenet Box Office Numbers

54:05 - Mulan Reviews

1:09:22 - This Week In Movies

1:12:15 - #ChadwickBosemanBlend

1:26:30 - Listener Review



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Sep 10, 2020
Bonus: Bring It On 20th Anniversary with Peyton Reed & Jessica Bendinger
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Director Peyton Reed and writer Jessica Bendinger join us for a special bonus episode of the show to discuss Bring It On's (starring Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku) 20th anniversary.

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Sep 08, 2020
Christopher Nolan & John David Washington Talk Tenet
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This episode really needs no introduction. Christopher Nolan and Tenet star John David Washington joins us to discuss behind-the-scenes stories from making the film. They get into how they pulled some of the film's mind-bending aspects off, and how they each prepared and changed during the making of the film.

We also take time to honor Chadwick Boseman who tragically passed over the weekend. We discuss the legacy and impact he's left behind, and how important his filmography has become. Join us in continuing to celebrate his life and career by using #ChadwickBosemanBlend to let us know your favorite performance from his filmography.

Also this week, we dive into spoilers for Tenet. Don't worry. We give plenty of warning before we get into it.

This Week In Movies

  • Mulan (Disney+ plus fee)
  • Tenet (limited theatrical)

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Sep 02, 2020
Bill & Ted Talk with The Trilogy's Co-Creator & Spoiler-Free Tenet Reviews
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On this week's show, we sit down with Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Now You See Me) to discuss Bill & Ted Face The Music which is available on VOD today. He talks about bringing back an old franchise and making it feel fresh, bringing back George Carlin, an alternate ending that they scrapped early on and more.

We also cover the many trailers from DC FanDome, but then there's Tenet. Yes, that Tenet. The guys have seen it, some of you will have the ability to see it next week, and we have some spoiler-free reactions to get you hyped.

For this week's BlendGame, we take a look at the endlessly talented Octavia Spencer, and try to decide which of her roles is our favorite. Next week, we are choosing our favorite Christopher Nolan films! Let us know your pick on social using #ChristopherNolanBlend.

This Week In Movies

  • The Personal History of David Copperfield (Limited)
  • Bill & Ted Face the Music (Limited & VOD)
  • The New Mutants (Limited)

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Aug 28, 2020
Unhinged Reviews & Death on the Nile Trailer Reactions
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On this week's show we react to trailers for Kenneth Branagh's upcoming Death on the Nile, starring Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, and Sofia Coppola's On The Rocks, starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. Kevin Hart and Will Smith are set to reboot the John Hughs classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and we aren't sure why, to be honest?

Lovecraft Country premiered it's first, extended episode on HBO this past weekend. Jake and Kevin are already loving where the series is taking them, and so they give their initial thoughts.

Russell Crowe is set to return audiences to theaters this weekend with his latest action flick Unhinged. We give our reviews on that, and let you know what else is available This Week In Movies.

And finally, for this week's BlendGame we are looking at Russell Crowe's amazing career to find out which is our favorite performance. Next week, we diving to the versatile, and wide-ranging work from Octavia Spencer. Let us know your pick using #OctaviaSpencerBlend on Twitter.

This Week In Movies

  • Chemical Hearts (Amazon Prime)
  • The Sleepover (Netflix)
  • The One and Only Ivan (Disney+)
  • Tesla (VOD)
  • Unhinged (In Theaters)
  • Cutthroat City (In Theaters)

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Aug 20, 2020
Judd Apatow Talks The King of Staten Island, Superbad & More
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Joining us this week is comedy legend Judd Apatow. The prolific writer/producer/director takes us behind the scenes of his latest film The King of Staten Island for some amazing stories about how they approached material that was so sensitive and important to Pete Davidson's life. He also takes us way back and reflects on some his classic projects such as Superbad, Freaks and Geeks, The 40 Year Old Virgin and more.

Also on this week's show, Producer Gabe joins in for the full show! Kevin is out on vacation, but never fear, he joins us this week for our interview with Judd, and sent in his pick for #ReginaKingBlend.

We spend a good portion of the show catching up on some major news from last week. Mulan is headed to Disney+ with a huge $30 price tag. Nia DaCosta who's next film Candyman was slated for release this fall has been tapped to direct Captain Marvel 2. Tickets for Tenet have started going on sale in the UK and so much more.

For next week's BlendGame, we are looking at Russell Crowe! Send in your favorite favorite performance of his using #RussellCroweBlend.


This Week In Movies

  • The King of Staten Island (Digital Purchase)
  • The One and Only Ivan (Disney+)
  • Project Power (Netflix)

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6:35 - Weekly Poll: Most Memorable Keanu Reeves Role

10:50 - Judd Apatow Interview

47:07 - Mulan Headed to Disney+

55:06 - Tenet Tickets on Sale in the UK

1:00:24 - Nia DaCosta Tapped For Captain Marvel 2

1:03:00 - Martin Scorsese Signs Deal With Apple TV+

1:07:28 - Blockbuster Airbnb

1:11:06 - This Week In Movies

1:18:50 - #ReginaKingBlend

1:37:02 - Listener Review & Outro


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Aug 13, 2020
Amy Seimetz Talks She Dies Tomorrow & Our Tax Collector Reviews
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We are joined by the talented actor/director Amy Seimetz to discuss her new film She Dies Tomorrow. She dives into her process as a director, what she's learned from other directors throughout her acting career, her technique for crying on queue, and her film's brilliant use of color to simulate the experience of dying.

Also on this week's show, we discuss Joe Wright's film The Woman in the Window which has long been held in limbo, and is now finding a home on Netflix. We then spend the bulk of the show discussing the many films which are releasing this week including The Tax Collector starring Shia LeBeouf and Bobby Soto, An American Pickle starring Seth Rogen (twice), and Host, a new horror film that has taken the internet by storm.

This week's BlendGame features our favorite movie genres as well as our favorite films from each. Next week, we are diving into the work of Regina King, and will try to pick our favorite performance. Send in your picks using #ReginaKingBlend!

This Week In Movies

  • Host (Shudder)
  • An American Pickle (HBO Max)
  • Howard (Disney+)
  • I Used To Go Here (VOD)
  • She Dies Tomorrow (VOD)
  • The Tax Collector (VOD)

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Aug 06, 2020
Watchmen Sweeps Emmy Nominations & Major Changes To Theatrical Releases
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Emmy nominations dropped this week, and our beloved Watchmen walked away with 26 nominations! Nearly all the major players, the cinematography, the music and more were rewarded with nominations this year. We dive into that, as well as a few other nominations that caught our eye as we begin what will prove to be a very unique awards season.


In other major news, AMC Theatres and Universal Pictures cut a landmark deal following AMC's banishing of Universal properties after the VOD release of trolls earlier this summer. Now, AMC will allow films to be released on VOD after a shortened exclusivity window of just 17 days. This is a huge shift away from the 90 day window before it, and so we discuss just how much of an impact this will have on the theater-going industry. Is this simply an inevitable step that we're finally taking, or is there a better deal theaters should be looking for? Let's find out.


This week's BlendGame has us looking at cliffhangers! We decide which film has our favorite cliffhanger ending of all time, and we even debate exactly what classifies as a "cliffhanger." Next week, we are debating our favorite movie genres, and giving our favorite movie from within that genre. Let us know you picks on social using #MovieGenreBlend


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You can sign up for ReelBlend Premium by going to bit.ly/reelblendpremium, and connect the new feed to your favorite podcast listening app. Our first premium episode drops Monday August 3rd, and features the show's origin story!


This Week In Movies

  • Black is King (Disney+)


8:10 - Weekly Poll: What is your go-to movie genre?

20:00 - Emmy Nominations Announced

26:21 - Universal/AMC Theatres Deal

50:03 - Tenet Release (finally?) Confirmed

1:02:02 - This Week In Movies

1:05:50 - #CliffhangerBlend

1:26:40 - Listener Review



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Jul 30, 2020
Space Jam Commentary With Animation Director Tony Cervone
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After we had such a blast speaking with Tony Cervone for his latest film Scoob!, we knew we had to get him back on the show for something fun. Earlier in his career, Tony was the Animation Director on the classic Space Jam movie starring Michael Jordan so he sat down with us to watch through the film, and dropped some amazing behind-the-scenes stories along the way.



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Jul 24, 2020
Dave Franco Talks The Rental, A Possible Sequel, Directing & More
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Dave Franco Talks The Rental, A Possible Sequel, Directing & More


What a special guest we have for you! Dave Franco makes his directorial debut this week with The Rental, starring Dan Stevens, Alison Brie and Sheila Vand. He joins us for a discussion on the shift from acting to directing, and what he's learned from the directors he's worked with. He also dives into some of the behind-the-scenes details of making the film, and the wonderful collaborators he had handy to help pull it all off. Will there be a sequel? He confirms that if audiences take a liking to the film, he does have a "strong" idea for a follow up, and even still, he and Alison Brie are interested in working together again on a romantic comedy they've been cooking up in quarantine.

Also on this week's show, Tenet has been delayed (yet again). We dove into the prospects of nothing coming out this year on last week's show, so check out ReelBlend 126 for a larger discussion on that. However, some major productions have resumed which has given us a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel that, at some point, there will still be major releases to help bring theaters back from the brink.

San Diego Comic-Con is taking to streaming their major events this year, obviously, so we give a quick preview on what's expected. JusticeCon, the fan-led event surrounding Zack Snyder's Justice League and that whole movement, is also streaming on YouTube this weekend, and our very own Sean O'Connell is attending as a panelist. Sean gives us a good preview of what fans can expect from the convention, and even gives a rundown of his panel's special plans.

Finally, it wouldn't be ReelBlend without a BlendGame. Paul Greengrass has had a rather prolific narrative filmmaking career since branching away from his documentary roots, and so we went through our favorites from his filmography. Next week, we're taking a look at our favorite cliffhanger endings in cinema history. What's yours? Let us know on Twitter using #CliffhangerBlend.

This Week In Movies

  • Scoob! (HBO Max)
  • Animal Crackers (Netflix)
  • Radioactive (Amazon Prime)
  • The Rental (VOD)

7:54 - Weekly Poll: What's Chris Evan's Best Film?

12:20 - Dave Franco Interview

35:44 - San Diego Comic-Con@Home Preview

41:58 - JusticeCon Preview & Sean Has a Panel!

48:19 - Tenet/Domestic Theaters Delayed Again

52:01 - Major Releases Return to Production

1:03:01 - This Week in Movies

1:08:24 - #PaulGreengrassBlend

1:30:14 - Listener Review


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Jul 22, 2020
Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill 3 & Jenny Slate’s The Sunlit Night
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Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill 3 & Jenny Slate’s The Sunlit Night


On this week's episode, author and screenwriter Rebecca Dinerstein Knight joins us to discus adapting her own novel for the screen, connecting with her film's star Jenny Slate on Twitter, adapting her next book "Hex" for TV and more.

Rosamund Pike stars as the pioneering scientist Marie Curie in the upcoming biopic Radioactive. The trailer dropped this week so we give our reactions to what looks like yet another Oscar-worthy performance from Pike.

It's looking like international markets might be ready for theaters to open well before the U.S., and that may mean major releases would open before domestic audiences have the chance. Also, interest in Kill Bill Vol. 3 has cropped up yet again, and so we discuss the potential of friend of the show Quentin Tarantino actually making the sequel.

And finally, our BlendGame this week celebrates the incredible career of Nicole Kidman! Next week, we are discussing our favorite films from the kinetic director Paul Greengrass. Send in your picks on social using #PaulGreengrassBlend.


This Week in Movies

  • The Painted Bird (VOD)
  • The Sunlit Night (VOD)


7:19 - Weekly Poll: What did you stream this weekend?

11:24 - Rebecca Dinerstein Night Interview

31:00 - Radioactive Trailer Reaction

35:22 - Should Films Open Without the U.S. Market?

53:31 - Kill Bill Vol. 3

1:16:27 - This Week In Movies

1:22:07 - #NicoleKidmanBlend

1:32:04 - Listener Review


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Jul 15, 2020
Hamilton's Oscar Controversy & Palm Springs Filmmakers Guest
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Hamilton's Oscar Controversy & Palm Springs Filmmakers Guest


Palm Springs director Max Barbakow and writer Andy Siara join the show to discuss the charming romantic comedy starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti and J.K. Simmons.


Following Hamilton's release on Disney+, there's been some buzz around the realization that the broadway musical won't qualify for the Oscars next year. Do you think it should? Let us know on social.


This past week brought us a trailer for David Ayer's new film The Tax Collector, starring Shia LeBeouf. The guys react to that, as well as the new trailer for Seth Rogen's An American Pickle. The film coming to HBO Max later this year stars Rogen as a man brined and preserved in pickle juice for 100 years, waking up in the present day. The trailer proved that the film may not be as completely silly as the premise might suggest, and so we discuss the under appreciated acting chops on display with Rogen's duel roles.


Stick around for our break down of a few new movies hitting streaming this week including The Old Guard on Netflix starring Charlize Theron, the underwhelming Greyhound starring Tom Hanks, and our full review of Palm Springs.


And of course, we celebrate the career of one of the industry's very best, Viola Davis. The inimitable actor has graced us with powerhouse performance after powerhouse performance which meant this was a particularly difficult week for the BlendGame. You can play along with next week's game using #NicoleKidmanBlend when we'll discuss our FAVORITE performances from Nicole Kidman's prolific career.


This Week In Movies

  • First Cow (VOD)
  • Relic (VOD)
  • The Old Guard (Netflix)
  • Greyhound (Apple TV+)
  • Palm Springs (Hulu)


7:13 - Weekly Poll: What's your favorite decade of Tom Cruise?

14:25 - Max Barbakow & Andy Siara Interview

44:23 - The Tax Collector Trailer Reactions

51:27 - An American Pickle Trailer Reactions

56:56 - Should Hamilton qualify for the Oscars?

1:14:00 - This Week In Movies

1:16:40 - Greyhound Review

1:26:55 - Palm Springs Review

1:38:00 - #ViolaDavisBlend

1:49:00 - Listener Review


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Jul 09, 2020
Mike Flanagan Talks Doctor Sleep, Bly Manor & The Shining
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Mike Flanagan Talks Doctor Sleep, Bly Manor & The Shining


What an amazing bonus episode we have for you this week! Mike Flanagan, one of the best horror writer/directors working today, joins us for an extended chat on Doctor Sleep. His Director's Cut is now available on HBO Max, and we dive into many of the details surrounding a director's cut and how they get made. He tells a number of amazing stories from behind the scenes ranging from that horrifying Jacob Tremblay scene to negotiating The Shining's influence on the movie with Stephen King, and much more.


While we had him on the line, we also had to discuss the upcoming "sequel" to The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor. Mike gets into where exactly they're headed for the anthology series, how they are NOT trying to one-up episode 6 (you know the one), and confirms that it will be coming out later this year.


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Jul 07, 2020
Reviewing Disney+'s Hamilton & Discussing The Future Of Movie Theaters
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Reviewing Disney+'s Hamilton & Discussing The Future Of Movie Theaters

In another wonderfully 'host-full' show this week, we have a ton of news to discuss. Tenet is yet again delayed, major theater chains are also pushing back, and so that begs the question, "will we actually see a new theatrical release this year?" 

We react to new trailers for Pixar's Soul, as well as the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect starring the one and only Jennifer Hudson. Margot Robbie is developing a new Pirates of the Caribbean film with Birds of Prey  writer Christina Hodson, and for some reason we are getting a reboot of the film Twister. There's a lot to unpack there. 

Hamilton, the broadway musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda that took the world over, is hitting Disney+ this weekend, and we have some really strong reactions having now seen the film version of the show. You won't want to miss Hamilton, and you won't want to miss our reviews. 

Finally this week, we celebrate the career of the late Joel Schumacher with #JoelSchumacherBlend. Next week, be sure to play along on social, and send us your pick for your FAVORITE performance from the inimitable Viola Davis using #ViolaDavisBlend

This Week In Movies

  • Desperados (Netflix)
  • Hamilton (Disney+)

6:54 - Weekly Poll: Will Tenet get released in theaters this year?
8:00 - More Movies and Theaters Delay Opening
18:50 - Margot Robbie and Christina Hodson Developing Pirates of the Caribbean Film
25:24 - Twister Reboot
29:40 - Respect Trailer Reactions
41:40 - Pixar's Soul Trailer Reactions
44:04 - This Week In Movies
46:44 - Hamilton Reviews
1:15:05 - #JoelSchumacherBlend
1:26:50 - Listener Review

 

 

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Jul 01, 2020
Our Favorite Movies of 2020 (So Far) & Michael Keaton Returning To Batman
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Our Favorite Movies of 2020 (So Far) & Michael Keaton Returning To Batman

We are at the midpoint of yet another wonderful year of the ReelBlend podcast, and so we talk a look at what our FAVORITE films of the year are so far. It's an interesting year given the limited number of releases, but we've still managed to see some incredible films that are still taking our breath away. 

News broke this past week that Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to return as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming Flash Point movie directed by Andy Muschietti (the IT franchise). The guys give their general thoughts on this revelation, and look ahead at what a "multi-verse" of sorts might mean for DC's upcoming slate of films and characters. 

We are all incredibly excited to see Hamilton when it hits Disney+ next month, but the concern over how Disney might censor the musical has been looming over the project for some time. Lin-Manuel Miranda has set the record straight on what exactly is being cut out so that the film meets the required PG-13 rating on the streaming platform. Is this right? Do we care enough to bother worrying about it or are we all just happy to see it at all? 

Finally this week, we dive into some of our favorite films that we turn to when we just need to sit down, relax, and soak up that warm and cozy feeling some special films are able to impart on us. #WarmBlanketBlend received an awesome response from all of you, so we took some extra time to share the amazing stories a number of you passed along. 

This Week In Movies

  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (Netflix)
  • Irresistible (VOD)

6:00 - Weekly Poll: What's the best movie you've seen this year?
7:05 - Michael Keaton Returning to Batman
22:13 - Hamilton Censorship Revealed
41:23 - Our Favorite Movies of 2020 (So Far)
1:13:30 - This Week in Movies
1:17:55 - #WarmBlanketBlend

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Jun 25, 2020
Major Oscar Changes & The Vast Of Night w. Andrew Patterson
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Major Oscar Changes & The Vast Of Night w. Andrew Patterson

What a show we have this week. Andrew Patterson's feature directorial debut The Vast of Night took the whole ReelBlend crew by storm, and we are delighted to share with you an extended, 45 minute conversation we had with him. He dives into some of the logistical challenges of pulling off a period sci-fi film on an small indie budget, we discuss some of the film's themes on underrepresented voices in the 1950s being heard and how that plays with with films plot, and what might possibly come next. 

The news this week is equally exciting as theatrical releases continue to shift, including Tenet giving way and setting a new July 31st release date. The Academy Awards are also undergoing significant changes with next year's broadcast being pushed back until late April, and eligibility being extended to films released through February. 

This Week In Movies (er...Streaming)

  • 7500 (Amazon Prime)
  • You Should Have Left (VOD)

4:20 - Weekly Poll: Which is Spike Lee's second best film?
10:00 - Andrew Patterson Interview
54:50 - Hollywood Releases Rescheduled Again
1:05:28 - Oscars Delayed and Eligibility Extended
1:17:13 - DC FanDome Event Announced
1:20:56 - This Week in Movies (er...Streaming)
1:27:55 - #JuddApatowBlend

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Jun 17, 2020
Jurassic Park Stories, Working With Spielberg & More w. David Koepp
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Jurassic Park Stories, Working With Spielberg & More w. David Koepp

In another awesome bonus interview for this week, we are joined by David Koepp, the writer behind some of our favorite films like Jurassic Park, Spider-Man (2002), Mission: Impossible. David wrote and directed the upcoming Blumhouse horror film You Should Have Left, starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried. He shares some amazing stories such as the origin of the famous line "hold on to your butts," writing scenes on the fly when nature gets in the way, learning from Steven Spielberg, and so much more. 
 

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Jun 15, 2020
We Love Da 5 Bloods, Kenneth Branagh Talks Nolan, Artemis Fowl & More
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We Love Da 5 Bloods, Kenneth Branagh Talks Nolan, Artemis Fowl & More

We are thrilled to welcome Sir Kenneth Branagh on the show! The prolific actor/director talks about switching between both hats, what working on set with the likes of Christopher Nolan teaches him about directing his own films, developing and shooting Artemis Fowl, and so much more. 

Also on the week's show, we review the 3 big films hitting streaming platforms and VOD this week including Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, Judd Apatow's The King of Staten Island, and of course Artemis Fowl. Da 5 Bloods marks Sean's first 5-star movie review of the year, and the rest of the guys are in total agreement; Spike Lee has done it again with his latest joint. 

The first teaser for Bill & Ted Face the Music hit this week, and they guys give their thoughts. It was also announced that theaters in California could begin reopening in a limited capacity starting this weekend with most theaters across the globe, including AMC Theatres, opening by mid-July. The guys discuss their personal thoughts on if and when we can start going back to theaters, and what this return is looking like for the many major releases to come. 

This Week in Movies (er...Streaming)

  • Knives Out (Amazon Prime)
  • Artemis Fowl (Disney+)
  • The King of Staten Island (VOD)
  • Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)

10:55 - Weekly Poll: Which June release are you most excited for?
14:47 - Kenneth Branagh Interview
33:00 - Bill  & Ted Face The Music Trailer Reaction
43:25 - Theaters Opening Soon
54:17 - What We've Been Watching: Defending Jacob, The Wire
1:02:50 - This Week in Movies (er...Streaming)
1:17:09 - Da 5 Bloods Review
1:26:50 - #TwistBlend

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Jun 11, 2020
New Tenet Trailer, David Ayer's Suicide Squad & Space Force Reviews
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New Tenet Trailer, David Ayer's Suicide Squad & Space Force Reviews

In our first episode with out a guest in....a long time, we are jam packed with news and reviews for you. Christopher Nolan's Tenet dropped a brand new, mind-bending trailer this past week. The guys give their reactions, and break down just what exactly is going on. Needless to say, we are all very excited. 

Following the announcement of Zack Snyder's Justice League cut hitting HBO Max next year, many fans, and David Ayer himself, have taken to social media with pleas for the same chance to be given to Ayer and his original vision for Suicide Squad which was infamously altered in the wake of Zack Snyder's departure from Justice League. We discuss further what this moment in fandom and the Hollywood system means moving forward, and if we think it's a warranted comparison. And as luck would have, a similar, although seemingly futile, effort is also being drummed up with Solo: A Star Wars Story fans as they campaigned for a continuation of that storyline from Disney on the anniversary of its release. Franchise movie fans are having a bit of a moment, and we're here for it. 

We also discuss Scott Derrickson being tapped to direct a Labyrinth sequel, review Steve Carell's new Netflix series Space Force and more. This week's BlendGame takes a look at the staggering career of Natalie Portman, and we each came to the table with a different pick! Next week, we are going to debate our FAVORITE twists of all time with #TwistBlend. 

This Week In Movies (er...Streaming) 

  • The High Note (VOD)
  • Uncut Gems (Netflix)
  • Space Force (series, Netflix)

8:40 - Weekly Poll: Which film should we do a commentary for next?
20:20 - News: Tenet Trailer, David Ayer Cut and more
1:11:06 - This Week In Movies
1:29:20 - #NataliePortmanBlend

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May 27, 2020
Damien Chazelle Talks Filmmaking & We Break Down The Snyder Cut Announcement
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Damien Chazelle Talks Filmmaking & We Break Down The Snyder Cut Announcement

We have a whirlwind of a show for you today including the appearance of a bonafide patron saint of the show, director Damien Chazelle. He joins us to discuss he latest project The Eddy, now streaming on Netflix, and of course we discuss some of our truly favorite films from his filmography including La La Land and First Man. We also unexpectedly get into the Final Destination series, but you'll have to listen through to find out. 

And if that wasn't big enough for once episode of ReelBlend, Zack Snyder, alongside Superman himself Henry Cavill, announced that the "Snyder Cut" is in fact very real, and will be hitting the HBO Max streaming service next year. The Oscars might be happening a little later than expected next year as there are rumors floating that they will delay the awards broadcast. Tom Hank's WWII action flick Greyhound is skipping theaters and headed straight to Apple TV+. And finally, the great Spike Lee has a new joint, Da 5 Bloods, coming to Netflix, and we have a sweet new trailer to discuss. 

For this week's BlendGame, we honor the incredibly dynamic career of Steve Carell. Next week, we're debating our choices from the filmography of the inimitable Natalie Portman. Play along using #NataliePortmanBlend. 

This Week In Movies (er...Streaming)

  • The Lovebirds (Netflix)
  • Rocketman (HULU & Amazon Prime Video)
  • Ready or Not (HBO)

3:01 - Weekly Poll: Who is our mystery guest this week?
6:25 - Damien Chazelle Interview
44:46 - News: Snyder Cut Release, Oscars Delay & More
1:24:59 - This Week In Movies (er...Streaming)
1:29:53 - #SteveCarellBlend

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May 21, 2020
Capone Reviews Plus Scoob! Director On Space Jam, Quentin Tarantino & More
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Capone Reviews Plus Scoob! Director On Space Jam, Quentin Tarantino & More

Director Tony Cervone joins the show to discuss his latest animated feature Scoob!. He shares some incredible stories from the making of Space Jam (starring Michael Jordan), how they had to dig up old artwork and performances from a salt mine in Kansas, casting Quentin Tarantino in Duck Dodgers, the bittersweet nature of skipping theatrical release for VOD and so much more. 

Capone hit VOD this week, and so we give our first full review of a film in what feels like forever. The guys really liked Josh Trank's return to the director's chair, and if you haven't listened to our interview with him from earlier this week, do so now. 

In news this week, we have yet another release date for New Mutants, worries that Disney will censor Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton which is set for release on Disney+ in July, and a new Russell Crowe thriller, Unhinged, which is set to release in theaters on July 1st.  

This Week In Movies

  • Seberg (Amazon Prime, Starring Kristen Stewart)
  • Scoob! (VOD)
  • Capone (VOD, Starring Tom Hardy)

14:24 - Weekly Poll: Keep One, Lose the Rest: Coen Brothers
20:13 - Tony Cervone Interview
54:00 - News: Hamilton hitting Disney+, Scream 5, & More
1:18:00 - This Week In Movies
1:30:10 - Capone Review
1:40:10 - #CoenBrothersBlend
 

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May 14, 2020
Josh Trank Talks Capone, Tom Hardy, Fantastic Four & More
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Josh Trank Talks Capone, Tom Hardy, Fantastic Four & More

Writer/director Josh Trank joins us to discuss his latest film Capone starring Tom Hardy. Following the fallout of his last film, Fantastic Four, Josh discusses how that influenced the writing of this project, how they went about casting Tom Hardy and how close they've become since. He also discusses how working on a Star Wars film meant he knew about that Han Solo spoilers years before the rest of us, he gives some advice to young filmmakers, and so much more. 

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May 12, 2020
The Social Network Commentary
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The Social Network Commentary

Welcome to ReelBlend's first ever commentary track! We put out a poll for you to help us decide where we would we start, and we ended up with a doozy, David Fincher's The Social Network. 

Enjoy our thoughts on the film and filmmaking as it unfolds, hear some great stories from various interviews and experiences we've had with the cast, and more. As this is our first time with a commentary track like this, we especially want to know your thoughts. How did we do? What did you like? What did you want more of? What did you want less of? 

Let us know your thoughts on Twitter or by sending us an email to ReelBlend@cinemablend.com. 

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May 08, 2020
Michael Madsen Shares Incredible Stories From Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs & More
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Michael Madsen Shares Incredible Stories From Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs & More

Mr. Blonde himself, Michael Madsen joins us for an awesome discussion on his career, and mainly his work with Quentin Tarantino. He walks us through shooting some of their iconic scenes together, why Mr. Blonde is drinking a soda in that scene from Reservoir Dogs, working with Robert Redford, and so many more incredible stories. 

We also react to current tensions between theaters and Universal Pictures after the studio made it very clear that it's happy with the results of its experimental VOD releases so far. The likes of Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres did not take the studio's comments so lightly. The future of theatrical releases remains an interesting topic, and so we discuss given this recent development. We continue on in our news segment with Taika Waititi tapped to direct a Star Wars film, John Wick 4 pushed back a whole year and word of Demolition Man 2 being in development. 

This week's BlendGame has us looking back at the previous decade with #Underrated2010sBlend. Play along next week using #CoenBrothersBlend, and let us know your FAVORITE film from the directing duo. 

This Week In Movies

  • EMMA. (VOD)
  • The Eddy (Netflix Series)
  • Jerry Seignfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (Netflix)
  • The Goldfinch (Amazon Prime)
  • The Lodge (Hulu)

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May 06, 2020
The Russo Brothers Talk Extraction, Marvel, Chris Hemsworth & More
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The Russo Brothers Talk Extraction, Marvel, Chris Hemsworth & More

Returning to the ReelBlend podcast for another amazing interview are writer/directors Joe and Anthony Russo! They're here to discuss a film they produced called Extraction (now streaming on Netflix), starring their old pal Chris Hemsworth. We also dive into their work at Marvel, their opinions on the current state of movie theaters and what comes next. 

It's also a big news week with the Texas Governor allowing for theaters to start opening at a limited capacity starting as soon as this week. We discuss they obvious reasons as to why that might not be a good idea, but also that without any films to show, being allowed to open doesn't really change much of the outlook for theater owners. 

There's also news of Judd Apatow's The King of Staten Island, starring Pete Davidson, now heading straight for VOD. It was also announced that Seth Rogan has a new movie headed to HBO Max next month called An American Pickle where an immigrant worker (Rogan) is accidentally brined and preserved, quite like a pickle, for 100 years, and returns in present day New York un-aged. 

This week's BlendGame is in honor of the thing we all miss most, going to an actual movie theater. With #TheaterExperienceBlend, the guys each give their favorite memories and experiences while in a movie theater. Next week, we look back at last decade and try to determine our favorite films that didn't get enough love with #Underrated2010sBlend. 

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7:42 - Weekly Poll: If you could only save one, which John Carpenter classic would it be?
18:20 - Joe & Anthony Russo Interview
44:05 - News: Texas Theaters, New VOD Announcements, YouTube International Film Festival and More
1:08:18 - This Week In Movies (er...Streaming)
1:28:25 - #TheaterExperienceBlend

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Apr 29, 2020
Joe Pantoliano Talks Bad Boys, The Matrix & We Have An Announcement
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Joe Pantoliano Talks Bad Boys, The Matrix & We Have An Announcement

We could not be more excited to welcome Cypher himself onto the show to talk about the VOD release of Bad Boys For Life. We also dive into so some amazing stories from behind the scenes of The Matrix, his hopes for returning in The Matrix 4, and his work as a mental health and wellness advocate. 

Also on this week's show, we discuss the latest round of delays which include DC's upcoming superhero slate of The Flash, The Batman and Shazam. Venom 2 has a release date, and a title, Venom: Let There Be Carnage (of course). There's a new Hunger Games prequel in the works, and Scoob is headed straight to VOD.

For the BlendGame this week we look at our FAVORITE films that have won Best Picture at the Oscars. Next week, you can play along using #TheaterExperienceBlend to let us know your favorite theater-going experience. 

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12:50 - Weekly Poll: If you could have lived during a different decade, JUST to watch films on the big screen, which decade would you choose?
22:30 - Joe Pantoliano Interview
48:04 - News: More Delays, Venom 2 Announcement & More
1:15:39 - This Week in Movies (er...Streaming)
1:26:35 - #BestPictureBlend

 

 



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Apr 22, 2020
Alicia Silverstone Talks Clueless Anniversary, Batman & Bad Therapy
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Alicia Silverstone Talks Clueless Anniversary, Batman & Bad Therapy

The wonderful Alicia Silverstone joins us to talk about her new film Bad Therapy, starring Rob Corddry and Michaela Watkins. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Clueless so we of course had to dive into some stories from her experience with the hit film, and interacting with the long-lasting fans now. We also discuss her time filming Batman and Robin, what how it pushed her to activism, and if she'd be interested in joining her Clueless co-star Paul Rudd in the MCU these days. 

You can check out Bad Therapy on VOD right now!
 

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Apr 20, 2020
Michael Shannon Guests, New Dune Images & Possible Movie Theater Openings
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Michael Shannon Guests, New Dune Images & Possible Movie Theater Openings

One of our favorite contemporary actors, Michael Shannon, joins us to talk about his new film The Quarry which his headed to VOD. He also gets into the ending of Man of Steel, the prolific directors he's been able to work with, why he skipped the Oscars when The Shape of Water won Best Picture and more. 

Also on this week's show, we discuss those new, gorgeous photos from Dune, Cinemark's plans to start opening in July, what might happen to the Cannes film festival and other major film events throughout the rest of the year, and we take a look at what's hitting VOD. 

For this week's BlendGame, we take a look at the filmography of Tony Scott! You can play along next wee by sending in your FAVORITE best picture winner of all time with #BestPictureBlend on Twitter. 

This Week In Movies (er...Streaming)

  • Underwater (VOD 4/14)
  • Fantasy Island (VOD 4/14)
  • The Rhythm Section (VOD 4/14)
  • Wendy (VOD 4/17)
  • Endings, Beginnings (VOD 4/17)
  • The Lighthouse (Amazon Prime 4/17)

9:05 - Weekly Poll: Which PTA movie is better?
21:14 - Michael Shannon Interview
40:35 - Dune Images, Cinemark Announcement, Cannes
1:08:04 - This Week In Movies (er...Streaming)
1:14:41 - #TonyScottBlend

 

 

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Apr 16, 2020
Mark Wahlberg Nearly Cast In Men In Black & More with Director Barry Sonnenfeld
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Mark Wahlberg Nearly Cast In Men In Black & More with Director Barry Sonnenfeld

In a very special bonus episode, we are joined by Barry Sonnenfeld, the director behind the Men in Black series, Get Shorty and The Series of Unfortunate Events. We discuss his early career starting out in the adult film industry, his work as the cinematographer for the Coens for many years and more. He so many great stories to tell from nearly casting Mark Wahlberg as young Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black 3 to working with Tom Hanks on Big and Forest Gump to nearly dying in a plane crash. 

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Apr 15, 2020
More Films Skip Theatrical Release, Quibi & Our Interview with Kris Rey
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More Films Skip Theatrical Release, Quibi & Our Interview with Kris Rey

Kris Rey is a writer, director and actor who joined us to discuss her next directorial venture, I Used to Go Here (starring Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micuuci, Jemaine Clement), which  was set to debut at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX earlier this year. Following the festival's cancellation, Kris talks about what a major festival like SXSW means for an independent feature's success, what her release and promotion of the film looks like now, and the incredible cast she worked with. 

The news this week includes more delays, most notably a shift in the entire slate for the MCU. The guys discuss the new landscape for Marvel as they try to kickstart a new era in their cinematic storyline. Artemis Fowl is no longer set to be released in theaters and will instead debut on Disney+ in May, and we may see more shift like this for Disney pretty soon. 

Quibi, the "quick bite" streaming service, made it's debut this week. Sean struggles to distinguish a Quibi from a TikTok, Jake and Kevin debate whether or not the new service will last and bring a little more insight from their interviews with Quibi founder and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg. 

This Week In Movies (er...Streaming)

  • Parasite (Hulu)
  • Trolls World Tour (VOD)

5:08 - Weekly Poll: Which movie should we record a commentary track for?
10:18 - Kris Rey Interview
36:50 - More Movie Delays & Artemis Fowl Direct to Streaming
55:33 - Quibi Debuts
1:05:23 - This Week In Movies (er...Streaming)
1:15:12 - #Underrated2000sBlend

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Apr 09, 2020
Ben Schwartz On Sonic's Redesign, Voicing BB-8 & More
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Ben Schwartz On Sonic's Redesign, Voicing BB-8 & More 

The incredibly awesome and hilarious Ben Schwartz joins us for a special extended interview! Things get bonkers, we play movie trivia games, he changes his laundry, and we learn a lot about his work as an improvisor. We cover much of his career from Parks and Rec to his many voice-acting projects like Sonic The Hedgehog to his upcoming Netflix special with Thomas Middleditch, Middleditch & Schwartz. 

We had an absolute blast hanging out with Ben, and we think you'll really enjoy listening along. Be sure to grab a copy of Sonic The Hedgehog available at home this week, and check out his long-form improv special on Netflix April 21st. 

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Apr 03, 2020
Talking Star Wars, John WIlliams And More With The Skywalker Legacy Director Debs Paterson
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Talking Star Wars, John WIlliams And More With The Skywalker Legacy Director Debs Paterson

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is headed home this week on Blu-ray, and with it comes a feature-length documentary on making the film and honoring the legacy of the Skywalker Saga. Debs Paterson, the filmmaker behind the documentary joins us this week to talk about what they set out to capture while shooting behind the scenes of the epic, decades-spanning saga, the 350+ hours of archival footage they had access to from Lucasfilm, and so much more. She was an absolute delight to talk to, and a true Star Wars fan so we think you'll really enjoy this discussion. 

The Golden Globes have announced changes to their eligibility rules in light of current events. We discuss how this will effect the awards landscape moving forward, and, with the continued delay of films reaching into July, what that slate of awards contenders might even look like. 

For this week's BlendGame, we dive into our FAVORITE needle drops in film history with #NeedleDropBlend. On our next episode, we'll be looking at the underrated films from the 2000s. Let us know what film from the 2000s you don't think gets enough love using #Underrated2000sBlend on Twitter. 

This Week in Movies (er...Streaming)

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Hulu)
  • Future Man: Season 3 (Hulu)
  • Coffee & Kareem (Netflix)
  • Tales From the Loop: Season 1 (Amazon Prime Video)

7:31 - Weekly Poll: Which director's cut of a film is the best?
12:00 - Debs Paterson Interview
45:05 - More delays, and Golden Globe Rule Changes
1:06:36 - This Week In Movies (er...Streaming)
1:12:16 - #NeedleDropBlend

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Apr 01, 2020
Theater Owners on The Future of Movie Theaters
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Theater Owners on The Future of Movie Theaters

With the box office hitting zero for the first time, and major releases leaving the schedule as far ahead as June (as of this episode), we're all painfully curious as to what this means for the theatergoing experience of the future. Phil Contrino, the Director of Media and Research at NATO (The National Association of Theater Owners) joins us to discuss what is happening to businesses in the industry, big and small, what these delays and VOD release mean for the future of theaters, and what patrons can do right now to help support their local theaters. 

After this fascinating discussion, we move on to discuss how this could potentially affect the Oscar race, and we look at what's hitting VOD and streaming this week. 

This week's BlendGame is in honor of the great Jessica Chastain! The guys take a look at her awesome filmography, and must choose which of her works is their favorite. Next week, you can play along using #NeedleDropBlend on Twitter to let us know your FAVORITE music drop in a film. 

This Week In Movies (er...streaming)

  • Ozark: Season 3 (Netflix)
  • The Way Back (Early VOD)
  • Bloodshot (Early VOD)
  • Birds of Prey (Early VOD)
  • The Gentlemen (Early VOD)
  • Just Mercy (Early VOD)
  • I Still Believe (Early VOD)

5:28 - Weekly Poll: Which early VOD release will you pay to stream?
11:27 - NATO's Phil Contrino
50:08 - Will this effect the Oscars?
1:03:59 - This Week In Movies
1:25:23 - #JessicaChastainBlend

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Mar 25, 2020
New Releases Hit VOD Early & COVID-19's Effect on The Industry
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New Releases Hit VOD Early & COVID-19's Continued Effect on The Industry

To hopefully restore a little consistency to our crazy world at the moment, we are back this week with our 110th episode! COVID-19 has had many dire effects on our economy as a whole, and so we take a narrowed look at how it is effecting the film industry that we love so much. Theaters are closing to aid in social distancing measures, films are being delayed indefinitely, and many are heading home on VOD much earlier than expected. 

After we get through the news though, we have plenty of fun discussing what we've been streaming. We also take a look at some new films that are hitting streaming services this week with a restructured This Week In Movies segment; including a few recommendations from the guys themselves on what and where to watch some of their favorite films and TV. 

It wouldn't be ReelBlend with a BlendGame, and this week's topic is of course out continued look through ages of underrated movies we adore. #Underrated90sBlend takes a look at some of the guys favorite movies that they don't think get enough love. Next week, we're looking at the rather awesome career of Jessica Chastain! Send us your picks on social using #JessicaChastainBlend and you might just hear it read on the show. 

Stay safe out there, folks. 

This Week In Movies

  • The Platform (Netflix)
  • Blow The Man Down (Amazon Prime)
  • The Banker (Apple TV+)

5:35 - Weekly Poll: Which streaming service is your new best friend while stuck at home?
8:33  - COVID-19 and The Industry
25:22 - What we're watching while social distancing. 
39:21 - This Week In Movies
55:33 #Underrated90sBlend

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Mar 19, 2020
Bloodshot Director Talks Vin Diesel & Competing with Marvel & DC
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Bloodshot Director Talks Vin Diesel & Competing with Marvel & DC

Dave Wilson, the first-time director behind Bloodshot, joins the show to discuss working with Vin Diesel and the big-movie-franchise experience he brought to set, how Valiant Comics and their heroes differ from Marvel and DC and more. Later on in the show, Sean also gives his spoiler-free review of the film hitting theaters this week. 

The effects of COVID-19 have continued worldwide, and the film and entertainment industries are seeing some major changes. Following No Time To Die's push to the fall, we saw SXSW, a major festival for indie filmmakers, get cancelled entirely, and the status of each upcoming release seems to be in question as matters develop. We dive into what we've seen happen so far, and how the industry and consumers may continue to react with the ever-evolving situation. 

In lighter news, we finally have a better understanding of what Disney's latest theme park ride turned movie is all about. In the most recent trailer for Jungle Cruise, we learn more about the story, and tone that Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson will be working with when it hits theaters later this year. We give our thoughts, and expectations with where it stands at the moment. 

As always, we take a look back at some of our favorite films. This time, we dive into our favorite original songs written for a motion picture with #SongBlend. You can play along with next week's BlendGame by using #Underrated90sBlend on Twitter, and letting us know your FAVORITE movie from the 1990s that you think doesn't get enough love. 

This Week In Movies

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always (limited)
  • The Roads Not Taken (limited; Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek)
  • I Still Believe (Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa)
  • The Hunt (Betty Gilpin, Hillary Swank, Ike Barinholtz)
  • Bloodshot  (Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan)

7:24 -> Weekly Poll: Which film would you move up to Bond 25's spot?
11:48 -> Dave Wilson Interview
39:29 -> News: COVID-19, Jungle Cruise Trailer
1:02:45 -> This Week In Movies
1:05:31 -> Bloodshot Review
1:10:45 -> #SongBlend

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Mar 11, 2020
The Way Back Director On Ben Affleck's Return & The Most Emotional Days On Set
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The Way Back Director On Ben Affleck's Return & The Most Emotional Days On Set

Director Gavin O'Connor has a staggering filmography that includes Miracle, Warrior and The Account, and on this week's show he joined us to discuss his latest project The Way Back (starring Ben Affleck). We touch on some awesome behind-the-scenes moments from Miracle during the 40th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, his approach to this project as a drama first and a sports movie second, working with Ben on the film while he was in rehab, their concerns with filming some of the scenes so closely to leaving rehab, and more. 

Also on this week's show, we honor James Lipton's life and career following his recent passing. He remains a major influence on Jake, Sean and Kevin as lovers of film, and film journalists. Given the recent developments regarding COVID-19, we look at how the spread of, and concern regarding the virus may continue to effect the film industry. DISCLAIMER: We recorded this episode before No Time To Die was officially delayed until the fall. 

For the BlendGame this week, in honor of The Way Back's release, we take a look back at Ben Affleck's career with #BenAffleckBlend. His is a unique one as we have to consider his great work as an actor, writer and director. It makes for a very fun conversation. Next week, we're diving into the wonderful world of movie music. What is your favorite original song made for a motion picture? Let us know on social using #SongBlend, and we may just read it out on the show. 

The Week In Movies

  • The Banker (limited; starring Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie)
  • The Burnt Orange Heresy (limited; starring Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland, Mick Jagger)
  • First Cow (limited; starring John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones)
  • EMMA. (expanding wide; starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy)
  • Onward (starring Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
  • The Way Back (starring Ben Affleck, Janina Gavankar, Michaela Watkins)

6:03 - Weekly Poll: Which March release are you most excited for?
11:51 - Gavin O'Connor Interview
47:09 - Remembering James Lipton
1:03:30 - COVID-19 and the Film Industry
1:16:12 - This Week In Movies
1:25:26 - #BenAffleckBlend

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Mar 04, 2020
The Invisible Man Director on Making Great Low-Budget Horror & The Saw Franchise
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The Invisible Man Director on Making Small-Budget Horror & The Saw Franchise

Co-creator of the Saw franchise, and breakout director in his own right, Leigh Whannell joins the show this week to talk about The Invisible Man, his followup to 2018's Upgrade. He talks about stepping away from the Saw franchise because he was just out of ideas to kill people, tells a great story about running into Chris Rock long before he was attached to the upcoming Saw spinoff, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, and he even reacts, in real time, to the Battinson Bat suit. We also get into some behind-the-scenes details on how they pulled off The Invisible Man for just a $7 million, and more. 

Breaking just as we started recording this week, we finally have a title for the next Jurassic World movie, Jurassic World: Dominion. The guys discuss. Continuing the trend of breaking news, Bob Iger stepped down as CEO of Disney during our recording. The guys react, but mostly just go on a tirade of terrible puns. And of course, we review the movie of the week, The Invisible Man. No worries, it's totally spoiler-free. 

This week's BlendGame takes us back to the 1980s with #Underrated80sBlend. The debate their favorite 80s movies that they don't think get enough love, and make their case for why they think it is underrated. Next week, we look back and Ben Affleck's career, and you can play along on social using #BenAffleckBlend. 

This Week In Movies

  • Greed (limited release; starring Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher)
  • Wendy (limited release; starring Yashua Mack, Devin France, Gage Naquin)
  • EMMA. (starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy)
  • The Invisible Man  (starring Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge)

10:00 - Leigh Whannell Interview
55:18 - Jurassic World: Dominion Title Revealed
1:01:20 - This Week In Movies
1:07:43 - The Invisible Man Review
1:23:19 - #Underrated80sBlend

 

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Feb 26, 2020
Wendy Director Benh Zeitlin Talks Adapting The Peter Pan Mythos & More
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Wendy Director Benh Zeitlin Talks Adapting The Peter Pan Mythos & More

Following his Oscar nominated debut, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin has spent the last 8 years crafting a very original adaptation of the Peter Pan story we all know and love. He stopped by the podcast to talk about working with young, non-professional actors, building his Neverland in the real world as opposed to a set, why they shifted the story's focus from Peter Pan to Wendy and so much more. 

Also in this week's show, the guys finally get to discuss the reveal of Robert Pattinson's Batsuit. We touch on where we think the tone of Matt Reeves' new Batman is headed, and the rad idea that his suit's Bat symbol could be made from the proverbial gun that killed his parents. 

Unfortunately, both Kevin and Sean lost the friendly Oscars wager, granting Jake the power to force them to watch any movie he desired. So this week, they return with painful stories of sitting through the infamous Human Centipede III: Final Sequence. Don't worry, we don't get nearly as graphic as the film, and you can laugh along with Jake throughout. 

The major release hitting theaters this weekend is The Call of the Wild starring Harrison Ford. Jake and Kevin were both able to see the film, and interview Indiana Jones himself. Be sure to stick around for Jake's amazing story about asking him a "fan question" from one Mark Hamill. It is pure gold. 

And finally, it wouldn't be an episode of ReelBlend without an awesome BlendGame. We were challenged to chose our favorite movie taglines of all time, and many of you lovely folks played along online using #TaglineBlend. You can play along next week using #Underrated80sBlend, when we'll debate our favorite movies from the 1980s that we think don't get enough appreciation. 
 

This Week In Movies

  • Seberg (limited release; starring Kristen Stewart, Jack O'Connell, Margaret Qualley)
  • The Night Clerk (limited release; starring Ana de Armas, Helen Hunt, Tye Sheridan)
  • Brahms: The Boy II (starring Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery)
  • The Call of the Wild (starring Harrison Ford, Karen Gillan, Dan Stevens)

3:51 - Weekly Poll: Which is Harrison Ford's best role?
12:01 - Benh Zeitlin Interview
41:30 - Robert Pattinson Batsuit Reveal Reactions
49:20 - Human Centipede 3...reactions
1:00:00 - This Week In Movies
1:00:45 - Call of the Wild Review & Interviewing Harrison Ford
1:26:50 - #TaglineBlend

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Feb 20, 2020
Parasite Wins Big, The Broadcast Falls Flat & More 2020 Oscars Reactions
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Parasite Wins Big, The Broadcast Falls Flat & More 2020 Oscars Reactions
 

The awards race has officially come to a close, and in the spirit of our original name, AwardsBlend, we are here with our reactions to the very long telecast. Bong Joon Ho and Parasite won big. While only Producer Gabe was in love with the film, we are all very excited to see it win, and give our reactions to what this could mean for the future of the Academy. 

After last week's show, news broke that Sam Raimi is in talks to take over Doctor Strange 2. Our resident comic book movie expert, Sean O'Connell, has a lot thoughts about what this means for that project, and the MCU/Spider-verse at large. Birds of Prey didn't quite take the box office by storm as many expected in its opening weekend. We give our thoughts on why that might be, and where the marketing for the film maybe went wrong.

This Week In Movies

  • Enter the Fat Dragon (limited release; starring Donnie Yen)
  • Ordinary Love (limited release; starring Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville)
  • Downhill (limited release; starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell)
  • Fantasy Island (limited release; starring Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday)
  • To All the Boys: P.S. I Love You (Netflix; starring  Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Ross Butler)
  • The Photograph (starring Lakeith Stanfield, Issa Rae)
  • Sonic The Hedgehog (starring Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, James Marsden)

Timestamps

3:24 - Weekly Poll: Did the right movie win Best Picture?
4:16 - Oscar Reactions
46:25 - Sam Raimi In Talks For Doctor Strange 2
54:22 - Birds of Prey Box Office 
59:28 - This Week In Movies
1:05:15 - Sonic The Hedgehog Reviews
1:09:33 - #JimCarreyBlend

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Feb 11, 2020
Birds of Prey Director Cathy Yan Talks Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor & Directing Action
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Birds of Prey Director Cathy Yan Talks Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor & Directing Action

On this week's show, we are joined by director Cathy Yan to discuss her latest film, Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. She talks about working with Margot and her input on the Harley Quinn character, what it took to pull of some of the huge action set pieces, why the film doesn't need Jared Leto's Joker and so much more. Stick around for later in the show when Jake and Sean also give their spoiler-free reviews of Birds of Prey. (Spoiler: It's really fun!)

Also this week, we have our final Oscars predictions! The guys have set a friendly wager on who can guess the most Oscar categories correctly, and the losers will have to watch an unbearable movie of the winner's choice. We also want to hear your predictions so write them down, and let us know how you do on Oscar night.

This Week In Movies

  • And Then We Danced (Limited Release)
  • Waiting For Anya (Limited Release; starring Anjelica Huston, Noah Schnapp, Jean Reno)
  • The Lodge (Limited Release; starring Richard Armitage, Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell)
  • Birds of Prey (starring Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead)

Timestamps

1:52 - Weekly Poll: Which is Margot Robbie's Best Role?
4:30 - Cathy Yan Interview
30:18 - Final Oscars Predictions & Wager
1:14:02 - Birds of Prey Review
1:18:18 - #Underrated70sBlend

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Feb 06, 2020
Director Reed Morano Talks Blake Lively & The Rhythm Section
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Director Reed Morano Talks Blake Lively & The Rhythm Section

We were so happy to sit down with Reed Morano to talk about her new film, The Rhythm Section, a spy, action, revenge flick starring Blake Lively and Jude Law. She discusses her career as a long-time cinematographer, and how that influenced her work as a director and with cinematographer Sean Bobbitt. She also dives into some of the creative decisions behind much of the film's action, and Blake's character overall. Be sure to stick around until later in the show for Sean's spoiler-free review!

The Academy Awards are nearly here, and with the DGA Awards in the rearview, we have to touch on where the race stands, and our predictions. We look ahead at Super Bowl weekend, and some trailers we are hoping to drop during the game. Jake and Kevin had the sat down with Jim Carrey, and have some sweet stories to tell. And finally, we debate our favorite last line in movie history with #FinalLineBlend. Play along next week when we'll be discussing our FAVORITE underrated movie from the 70s with #Underrated70sBlend.

This Week In Movies

  • Gretel & Hansel (starring Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige)
  • The Rhythm Section (starring Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown)

Timestamps
2:45 - Weekly Poll: Most Anticipated February Release?
6:25 - Reed Morano Interview
24:37 - DGA Awards Reactions & Oscars Discussion
41:41 - Interviewing Jim Carrey
52:00 - This Week In Movies
52:48 - The Rhythm Section Review
55:40 - #FinalLineBlend

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Jan 29, 2020
Bad Boys For Life Directors Talk Michael Bay & Beverly Hills Cop 4
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Bad Boys For Life Directors Talk Michael Bay & Beverly Hills Cop 4

Following their staggeringly successful opening weekend, directors Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi sat down with ReelBlend to discuss the early box office results, working with Michael Bay for the cameo and the advice he gave about handling his "baby." They also dive into their approach to filming the movie's action, working with Eddie Murphy and Netflix on Beverly Hills Cop 4 and more.

Outside of our awesome conversation with these filmmakers, the guys react to the official announcement of Martin Scorsese's next film to co-star Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. This past weekend, the Screen Actors Guild held their annual awards show, and we dive into what the winners and losers say about the race to the Oscars. Parasite took home the major prize, and with a possible win at the DGA looming, Bong Joon Ho's piercing deconstruction of classism appears to be a new favorite to take home Best Director or even Best Picture.

Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen hits theaters this week. Be sure to stick around for our spoiler-free discussion, and in honor of its release we take a look back at Matthew McConaughey's career with #MatthewMcConaugheyBlend. Play along next week by sending in your FAVORITE last line in a movie using #FinalLineBlend on Twitter.

This Week In Movies

  • The Last Full Measure (starring Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer)
  • The Turning (starring Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard)
  • The Gentlemen *(starring Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell)

TIMESTAMPS
1:40 - Weekly Poll: Which Bad Boys Movie Is Best?
12:00 - Interview with Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi
40:17 - Martin Scorsese's Next Film
50:20 - SAG Awards Reactions
1:03:37 - This Week In Movies
1:12:40 - #MatthewMcConaugheyBlend

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Jan 23, 2020
2020 Oscar Nominations Reaction
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2020 Oscar Nominations Reaction

The nominees for the 2020 Academy Awards are out, and boy do we have some opinions. There are some heroes to root for, and plenty of snubs to detest so strap in for our reactions to the Oscars' ever-contentious list of nominations. Uncut Gems stayed true to the name, and couldn't make the cut for a single category, Lupita Nyong'o's jaw-dropping performance in Jordan Peele's Us appears to have been completely forgotten, and if you're Kevin, 1917 seems to be getting way too much credit.

Also in this week's show, we dig in to our favorite scenes from all of film history, and we loved seeing the great responses from you at home using #SceneBlend. For our next show, you can play along using #MatthewMcConaugheyBlend as we'll be revisiting his filmography to determine our favorite performance from Matthew McConaughey.

2:40 - Weekly Poll: Should We Do More Live Shows?
4:47 - Oscar Nominations Reactions
40:23 - This Week In Movies
42:22 - #SceneBlend

This Week In Movies

  • Dolittle (starring Robert Downey Jr., Michael Sheen, Antonio Banderas)
  • Bad Boys for Life (starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens)

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Jan 15, 2020
Our Most Anticipated Films of 2020 - LIVE!
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Our Most Anticipated Films of 2020 - LIVE!

To celebrate our 100th episode, we invited a bunch of Blenders to meet us at the AMC Georgetown 14 in Washington D.C. for a special LIVE recording of the show! We get into the 5 films that we, as a show, are the most excited for in 2020, we give our FAVORITE films of the decade, and hear from many of the fans that made the trip to see us.

For next week's BlendGame, we're looking out favorite scenes of all time. Play along on social using #SceneBlend, and you might hear your pick read on the show.

This Week In Movies

  • 1917 (starring Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Colin Firth)
  • Just Mercy (starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, Brie Larson)
  • Like a Boss (starring Salma Hayek, Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne)
  • Underwater (starring Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, John Gallagher Jr.)

4:42 - Most Anticipated Films of 2020
5:14 - #5: Top Gun: Maverick
12:14 - #4: Wonder Woman 1984
17:12 - #3: Mank
20:27 - #2: Dune
27:29 - #1: Tenet
36:24 - This Week In Movies
38:31 - #2010sBlend

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Jan 08, 2020
Creating A Quentin Tarantino Documentary with Director Tara Wood
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Creating A Quentin Tarantino Documentary with Director Tara Wood

Welcome to another awesome bonus episode of ReelBlend, this time featuring documentary director Tara Wood. Tara dives deep into the career of Quentin Tarantino with interviews featuring some of his many collaborators from Samuel L. Jackson to Jennifer Jason Leigh to Kurt Russell and more. We discuss some her favorite aspects of Tarantino's work, what she learned and adapted to during the process of making the doc, and reacts to some of the controversies surrounding his work and career.

We could not be more grateful to share some time with Tara Wood, and we hope you take the time to check out her work now on VOD.

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Jan 03, 2020
Our Favorite Movies of 2019
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Our Favorite Movies of 2019

It's the end of another amazing year in movies, and the guys are here to breakdown their 10 favorite films of 2019 for you all. Enjoy!

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Jan 01, 2020
A Very Heated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Review
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A Very Heated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Review

If there's one thing all Star Wars fans have in common, it's passion. That passion often brings us together in ways that only cinema and Star Wars can, but it can also drive us to opposite ends when it comes to debating what makes Star Wars good, and what doesn't. The "sequel trilogy" of Star Wars films that we've all come to enjoy (to varied degrees) over the past few years of been some of the most divisive additions to canon of all time.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as the conclusion to the epic saga spanning 9 films and numerous decades, may prove to be the most divisive yet, and we, as many groups of friends are, find ourselves split right down the middle. However, that makes for a really fun show! Some of you may love it. Some of you may hate it. Either way, in episode 98 of ReelBlend, you'll find something to relate to. Enjoy!

This Week In Movies

  • Spies in Disguise (starring Will Smith, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan)
  • Just Mercy (starring Brie Larson, Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan)
  • 1917 (starring George MacKay, Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch)
  • Little Women (starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh)
  • Cats (starring Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson)
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega)

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Dec 23, 2019
Quentin Tarantino Vol. 2
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Quentin Tarantino Vol. 2

Friend of the show, Quentin Tarantino returns for an extended 2+ hour conversation on his career, getting snub at the oscars, working with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and so much more. You cannot miss this epic episode of the ReelBlend podcast!

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Dec 19, 2019
How To Create An International Hit With Producers Hiram Garcia And Matt Tolmach
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How To Create An International Hit With Producers Hiram Garcia And Matt Tolmach

Joining us for a special bonus episode of ReelBlend are producers of Jumanji: The Next Level, Hiram Garcia and Matt Tolmach. They discuss working with director Jake Kasdan and stars like Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart. With the success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, they dive into what it takes to create a film for a global audience, and so much more. Enjoy!

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Dec 14, 2019
Director Sam Mendes Talks 1917
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Director Sam Mendes Talks 1917

We are so happy to welcome acclaimed director of films like American Beauty, Road to Perdition and Skyfall, Sam Mendes, on the show to discuss the making of his latest, 1917. He dives into the storytelling aspects of the long take, winning an Oscar so early in his career, and what he looks forward to with the new Bond, No Time To Die.

The awards race is in full swing with nominations dropping left and right. The Golden Globe and SAG nominations hit this week, and so the guys dig through to see where the race stands with so many great films and performances in the running.

For this week's BlendGame, we looked at the films of the 2000s, and next week...well next week is our full 2+ hour episode with Quentin Tarantino! But for the week following, you can play along using #JudiDenchBlend to discuss your favorite films/performances from Judi Dench's amazing career.

This Week In Movies

  • A Hidden Life (starring August Diehl, Valerie Pachner)
  • Black Christmas (starring Imogen Poots, Lily Donoghue, Cary Elwes)
  • Jumanji: The Next Level (starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan)
  • Richard Jewell (starring Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde)
  • Bombshell (starring Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie)
  • Uncut Gems (starring Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel, LaKeith Stanfield)

ReelBlend Episode 100 D.C. Live Show & Meet-Up!!

We are getting together in Washington D.C. to celebrate our 100th episode (and sort of the New Year) on January 4, 2020! Head over to our event page at bit.ly/ReelBlendDC to sign up, and let us know you're coming.

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Dec 13, 2019
Jumanji: The Next Level's Jake Kasdan Talks Dwayne Johnson, Competing with Star Wars & More
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Jumanji: The Next Level's Jake Kasdan Talks Dwayne Johnson, Competing with Star Wars & More

On this week's show, we are joined by writer/director Jake Kasdan for his new film, Jumanji: The Next Level. He talks about finding the right story for a sequel, growing up with a filmmaking legend for a father, collaborating with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and the cast, and more. It's a really fun conversation that you don't want to miss!

During the main segment of the show, the guys react to the new Black Widow trailer, and try to gauge whether or not they're ready for more Marvel movies. The Gotham Awards were this week, and the guys take a look at the big winner, Marriage Story, to see what the overall awards race is trending towards. Jake and Kevin both saw Greta Gerwig's Little Women (starring Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson) and give their reactions.

For this week's BlendGame, we look at our favorite Romantic Comedies of all time. Next week you can play along using #2000sBlend to share your FAVORITE movie of that decade.

This Week In Movies

  • "The Aeronauts" (starring Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne)
  • "The Wold Hour" (starring Naomi Watts)
  • "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" (starring Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel)
  • "Playmobil: The Movie" (Anya Taylor-Joy, Gabriel Bateman, Jim Gaffigan)

ReelBlend Episode 100 D.C. Meet-Up!!

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Dec 04, 2019
Rian Johnson Talks Star Wars, Knives Out & More
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Rian Johnson Talks Star Wars, Knives Out & More

Writer/director Rian Johnson, the mind behind Brick, Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, joins the show to talk about his latest, Knives Out, and look back at some incredible moments in his career. He shares stories from the set, his time writing the script and more.

Also this week, the guys react to the latest clip released for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Jake and Sean react to 1917, and share what it's done to their Top 10 lists as well as the awards race. Then the guys give their spoiler-free opinions on some films hitting theaters this week including Knives Out and Queen & Slim.

For this week's BlendGame, we are looking at the Murder Mystery genre with #MurderMysteryBlend! For next week, you can play along on Twitter with #RomComBlend when we'll have to decide our FAVORITE Romantic Comedy.

This Week In Movies

Almost Home (starring David Alan Basche, Kevin Breznahan)
Queen & Slim (starring Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith)
Knives Out (starring Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig)

ReelBlend Episode 100 D.C. Meet-Up!!

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Nov 27, 2019
Jamie Lee Curtis Talks Halloween, Knives Out & More
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Jamie Lee Curtis Talks Halloween, Knives Out & More

It is an absolute honor to welcome Jamie Lee Curtis on to the show. She takes a look back at films throughout her career from where it all started with Halloween to True Lies to Freaky Friday to Knives Out. You do not want to miss this guest!

Also on this week's show, the guys discuss the recent news of a Joker 2 sequel as well as the slightly more recent news of the fact that's not necessarily true. It's a sticky situation for sure, but do we even want a sequel to Joker? Listen through to find out.

Sean and Kevin are in Cabo San Lucas for Jumanji: The Next Level. They get into some of the awesome activities their up to there, and then we get right into the movies hitting theaters this week; including our reviews of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

This Week In Movies

  • Citizen K (Documentary)
  • When Lambs Become Lions (Documentary)
  • Shooting the Mafia (Documentary)
  • Dark Waters (starring Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins)
  • 21 Bridges (starring Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Taylor Kitsch)
  • Frozen II (starring Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad)
  • A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper)

ReelBlend Episode 100 D.C. Meet-Up!!

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Nov 21, 2019
Waves Director Trey Edward Shults - Bonus
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Waves Director Trey Edward Shults - Bonus

Writer/Director of Waves, Trey Edward Shults joins us for a very special bonus episode of the show. In this spoiler-free conversation, he gets into the film's unique story structure, some behind-the-scenes details on making the film, and even dives into some of the carefully created, and immensely effective, foley work.

ReelBlend Episode 100 D.C. Meet-Up!!

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Nov 19, 2019
Director Bill Condon Talks Robert Pattinson, The Oscars & The Good Liar
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Director Bill Condon Talks Robert Pattinson, The Oscars & The Good Liar

This week, we are joined by Bill Condon, writer and director behind films like Dreamgirls, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, to talk about his latest film The Good Liar. He gets into what it feels like the moment you win an Oscar, he reflects on Robert Pattinson's career and recent choice to play Batman, and he comments on the ever-evolving "Scorsese vs Marvel" debate.

With The Irishman's awkward release calendar, we are finally getting to our spoiler-free discussion of the film, and Gabe (yes, that Gabe) makes his first (sort of) appearance on the show to discuss the time he visited the set of Doctor Sleep. We also dive into Doctor Sleep's disappointing box office weekend, and Sean shares a little bit about his take on some recent events surrounding the "Snyder Cut" of Justice League.

This week's BlendGame is a doozy with #90sBlend. Next week, we tackle our favorite movie musicals of all time with #MusicalBlend.

This Week In Movies

  • Charlie's Angels (Starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks)
  • Ford v Ferrari (Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal)
  • Waves (Starring Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr.)
  • The Good Liar (Starring Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren)

ReelBlend Episode 100 D.C. Meet-Up!!

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Nov 13, 2019
Daniel Kaluuya Talks Black Panther 2, The Oscars & Queen & Slim
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Daniel Kaluuya Talks Black Panther 2, The Oscars & Queen & Slim

Daniel Kaluuya, star of Widows, Black Panther and Get Out, joins Sean to discuss his latest film, Queen & Slim (also starring Jodie Turner-Smith). They also dive into his previous work and the other great directors he's collaborated with, he gives a hilarious reaction to being an Oscar-nominated actor and more.

Doctor Sleep is hitting theaters this week, and we have a spoiler-free review to share! We also discuss the recent casting news surrounding Colin Farrell and Andy Serkis possibly joining Matt Reeves' The Batman. And, now that we are barreling towards the Oscar race, we get into our takes on the Best Actress and Best Actor categories as they stand right now. Spoiler: it's going to be quite the year.

This week, we also look at the career of Shia LaBeouf, one of his generations best, to decide our favorite works from him using #ShiaLaBeoufBlend. Next week, you can play along on twitter using #90sBlend to let us know your FAVORITE movie from the 1990s!This Week In Movies

  • Midway (Starring Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Mandy Moore)
  • Last Christmas (Starring Emma Thompson, Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding)
  • Playing with Fire (Starring John Cena, Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key)
  • Honey Boy (Starring Shia LeBeouf, Lucas Hedges)
  • Doctor Sleep (Starring Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson)

ReelBlend Episode 100 D.C. Meet-Up!!

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Nov 06, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate Director Tim Miller Talks Linda Hamilton's Return & More
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Terminator: Dark Fate Director Tim Miller Talks Linda Hamilton's Return & More

Tim Miller, director of Deadpool, joins us on the show to discuss his latest, Terminator: Dark Fate. He shares some blunt thoughts on previous sequels in the franchise, why he and Linda Hamilton don't like that iconic "thumbs up" scene from T2: Judgement Day, and more.

The guys get into the recent news that Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are no longer working on a Star Wars trilogy, share stories from the Terminator: Dark Fate junket, as well as the press event for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman.

In honor of the T-800's return to the big screen, we are playing #ArnoldBlend where we decide our favorite movie from Arnold Schwarzenegger's career, but this time we can't pick T2! Play along next week when we look at the filmography of a generations best, Shia LeBeouf, by using #ShiaLeBeoufBlend on Twitter!

This Week In Movies

  • Arctic Dogs (Starring Anjelica Huston, James Franco, Jeremy Renner)
  • Harriet (Starring Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr.)
  • The Irishman (Limited Release) (Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino)
  • Motherless Brooklyn (Starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton)

ReelBlend Episode 100 D.C. Meet-Up!!

We are getting together in Washington D.C. to celebrate our 100th episode (and sort of the New Year) on January 3, 2020! Head over to our event page at bit.ly/ReelBlendDC to sign up, and let us know you're coming. Exact time and venue TBD.

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Oct 31, 2019
The Lighthouse Director Robert Eggers Talks Making The Film
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The Lighthouse Director Robert Eggers Talks Making The Film

In a special bonus episode of the podcast, we are joined by indie-darling writer/director Robert Eggers to discuss his latest film, The Lighthouse, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. He talks about the films aspect ratio, why it HAD to be done on black and white film, the incredibly old lenses they used for production, and...yes...we discuss the farts. (You're welcome, Kevin)

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Oct 29, 2019
Edward Norton Talks Fight Club, Motherless Brooklyn & More
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Edward Norton Talks Fight Club, Motherless Brooklyn & More

We are incredibly humbled to welcome Edward Norton on the show to discuss his new film Motherless Brooklyn (starring Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin). He also gets into some sweet stories from the set of Fight Club and David Fincher's meticulous process, we learn a bit about that iconic twist at the end of Primal Fear, and he discusses the process of being a writer/director/actor.

This past week, the guys all had some amazing trips, and interviews to share. Jake was able to visit The Stanley Hotel, the inspiration behind Stephen King's The Shining, for the upcoming release of Doctor Sleep (starring Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson). Sean interviewed Bruce Springsteen...at his house, and toured his studio. We missed Kevin last week, but he's back with stories of several movie locations he was able to visit during his trip through China and Japan!

The guys react to the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and give their takes on whether or not they feel the hype for the ending of the Skywalker Saga. The contention between some of cinema's best, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, and tentpole superhero films continues, and we now have a statement from Disney CEO himself, Bob Iger. Things are getting spicy, and we must dive right in.

For this week's BlendGame, we're celebrating the long, storied career of John Carpenter with #JohnCarpenterBlend. Next week, we're rebooting our discussion on Arnold Schwarzenegger, now looking at our FAVORITE films, with #ArnoldBlend.

This Week In Movies
- Countdown (starring Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway)
- The Current War: Director's Cut (starring Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Katherin Waterston)
- Black and Blue (starring Naomie Harris, Mike Colter, Tyrese Gibson)
- Dolemite Is My Name (starring Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes)
 

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Oct 24, 2019
Zombieland 2 Director Ruben Fleischer on Bringing the Cast Back & Venom 2
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Zombieland 2 Director Ruben Fleischer on Bringing the Cast Back & Venom 2

On this week's show we are excited to welcome director Ruben Fleischer to discuss his latest film, Zombieland: Double Tap. He gets into some awesome behind-the-scenes details about the film's epic "one-shot," talks about bringing back cast members like Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin, as well as newcomers Luke Wilson, Zoey Deutch and Thomas Middleditch. Ruben also gets into why he won't be returning for Venom 2.

In the main section of the show, Jake and Sean are with out Kevin McCarthy this week as he and Lauren on out celebrating their anniversary (congrats, guys!). The two of them react to a few trailers that have dropped since our last show including Dolittle (starring Robert Downey Jr.), Onward (starring Chris Pratt, Tom Holland) and Jungle Cruise (starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt). They also El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (starring Aaron Paul) and just about everything hitting theaters this weekend.

This Week In Movies

  • Zombieland: Double Tap (Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson)
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning)
  • Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell)
  • The Lighthouse (starring Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe)
  • Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (starring Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Ben Affleck)

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Oct 17, 2019
Director Todd Phillips Talks Making Joker
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Director Todd Phillips Talks Making Joker

Following up our wonderful interview with Joker himself, Joaquin Phoenix, we were able to sit down with, Writer/Director/Producer, Todd Phillips to talk about creating his own gritty version of Gotham City, creating the look of Joker, what it was like to work with one of his personal heroes, Robert De Niro, and more.

Also this week, we dive into Joker's huge opening-weekend box office, and Robert Downey Jr.'s comments on NOT campaigning the Oscars for his role as Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame. Both of which lead us a down a deep look at the current awards season race. Sean was able to visit the set of Zack Snyder's upcoming return to horror, Army of the Dead (starring Dave Bautista, Chris D'elia, Ana de la Reguera), and has some seriously awesome stories to share.

For this week's BlendGame, we're playing #WillSmithBlend, and discuss our favorite films from his long, notable career. Next week, we are headed back to the 1980s with #80sBlend. Be sure to play along on Twitter, and we might just read your pick out on the show!

Gemini Man Giveaway!
Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a sweet Gemini Man prize pack! Head over to bit.ly/ReelBlendXGeminiMan now! (US Shipping Only)

This Week In Movies
Jexi - (starring Rose Byrne, Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp)
The Addams Family - (Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz)
Parasite - (starring Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo, So-dam Park)
Gemini Man - (starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen)

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Oct 09, 2019
Joaquin Phoenix Talks The Ending of Joker & His Transformation
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Joaquin Phoenix Talks The Ending of Joker & His Transformation

We are so humbled to welcome Joaquin Phoenix, star of the new DC film Joker, on to the show this week! The guys were able to sit down with him at the press junket for Joker, and they spent an awesome 30 minutes chatting about how he prepared for the role, how they decided Joker's makeup look, some hilarious stories from behind the scenes of shooting the film and so much more!

We also discuss the new trailers for (takes a deep breathe*) Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (starring Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor), and Michael Bay's latest, 6 Underground (starring Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco). Spider-Man is back! We did a weekly poll on whether you all thought he was ever really out or it was just a publicity stunt. Tune in for the results! 

For this week's BlendGame, we of course had to discuss our favorite works from Joaquin Phoenix! You all played along on Twitter using #JoaquinPhoenixBlend and we had a blast. Next week's game, however, is extra special. We will be discussing our favorite performances from Will Smith to celebrate his career and new film Gemini Man. BUT, it's extra special because the first time ReelBlend is doing a giveaway. 
 

ReelBlend Giveaway! 
The lovely folks behind Gemini Man love seeing your interaction on Twitter with the BlendGames, and wanted to contribute by giving us 5 prize packs to give away to you. To enter for the chance to win just head over to bit.ly/ReelBlendXGeminiMan and fill out the necessary information. For our listeners outside of the US, we love you, but this giveaway is only eligible to ship within the US. We hope to do more of these, and will work to get you all involved as well! 

This Week in Movies

  • Pain and Glory (Starring Antonio Banderas)
  • Lucy in the Sky (Starring Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm)
  • My Name is Dolemite (Starring Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes)
  • Joker (Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz)

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Oct 04, 2019
Gremlins Director Joe Dante Talks The Film’s 35th Anniversary
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Gremlins Director Joe Dante Talks The Film’s 35th Anniversary

Joe Dante, director behind Gremlins, is here with us to celebrate the film's 35th anniversary, and commemorate the 4K Blu-ray release on October 1st. He gets into some behind-the-scenes moments from making the film, collaborating with Steven Spielberg, and what it was like creating the film with the very first PG-13 rating.

During the main portion of the episode, Kevin was unfortunately unable to join us, but Jake and Sean get into the news of Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill all returning for Jurassic World 3, The Batman is reportedly looking at Jonah Hill for a role as a villain, and they've tapped Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as their Commissioner Gordon. They also discuss Rambo: Last Blood, Jake not meeting George Lucas for the first time, and more.

For this week's game, we played #MoviePosterBlend, and discussed our favorite movie posters of all-time. Be sure to play along next week on Twitter using #JoaquinPhoenixBlend, and let us know your favorite performance from his long, amazing career.

This Week In Movies

  • The Day Shall Come (Starring Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks, Jim Gaffigan)
  • Abominable (Starring Sarah Paulson, Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai)
  • Judy (Starring Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock)

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Sep 26, 2019
Legendary Cinematographer Roger Deakins & Director John Crowley Talk The Goldfinch
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Legendary Cinematographer Roger Deakins & Director John Crowley Talk The Goldfinch

Director John Crowley and Cinematographer Roger Deakins join the show to discuss their work on The Goldfinch. They get into the approach of adapting a highly regarded novel, what it was like on set when Deakins won his first Oscar for Blade Runner 2049, and the process of casting.

Before we get into that though, we talk about the recent report that Robert Downey Jr. will show up as Tony Stark in Black Widow (starring Scarlet Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour). Spoiler: the guys aren't all that happy about it. We also talk about IT Chapter 2's (starring Bill Hader, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain) box office, and the prospect of a third movie in the franchise.

In honor of Deakins' appearance on the show, we played #RogerDeakinsBlend to determine which of his shots are our absolute favorite. Next week, we're going to dive into our favorite movie posters of all time with #MoviePosterBlend. Send us your favorite movie poster on Twitter using that hashtag, and way might just discuss your pick on the show!

This Week In Movies

Where’s My Roy Cohn?
Downton Abbey
Rambo: Last Blood
Ad Astra

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Sep 19, 2019
Bill Skarsgård Talks Playing Pennywise & IT Chapter 2’s Ending
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Bill Skarsgård Talks Playing Pennywise & IT Chapter 2’s Ending

This week, the guys are joined by actor Bill Skarsgård to talk about his new film IT Chapter 2 (also starring Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, and James McAvoy). He gets into the Pennywise makeup, the first and final scenes he shot as The Dancing Clown, and more.

In episode 83’s main portion of the show, we’re all together at TIFF! Sean, Jake, Kevin (and Gabe) gathered around in Kevin’s hotel to discuss the films they saw, and are still expecting to see including Judy, The Lighthouse, Knives Out, Joker and the list goes on.

This Week In Movies

The Goldfinch (starring Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson)

Hustlers (starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu)

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Sep 12, 2019
The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Experience & It Chapter 2 Press Junket
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The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Experience & It Chapter 2 Press Junket

Sean, Kevin and Jake are back this week to unpack the news that Martin Scorsese's latest film, The Irishman (starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci), will reported be 3.5 hours long. They also react to the new trailer for Joker (starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro) which is getting some serious awards buzz heading into the festival circuit.

Sean had the privilege of visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Orlando, FL before it was officially opened to the public. He gets into all the details of what he saw and experienced (spoiler: it's incredible), and you can even see some of his adventures on CinemaBlend's YouTube page including him riding the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run ride, and building his very own lightsaber.

Jake and Kevin were not invited to Batuu, but they did make their way to Derry, Maine (sort of) to interview the cast and filmmakers of IT: Chapter 2 (starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader). They have some amazing stories that you don't want to miss.

Finally this week, we play #BiopicBlend where we decide which films of the genre are our all-time favorites. Play along with us for next week's game when we'll be discussing our favorite films of the 1970s using #70sBlend.

This Week In Movies

  • Bennet's War
  • Don't Let Go (Starring David Oyelowo,

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Aug 30, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon Directors Talk Working With Shia LaBeouf And More
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The Peanut Butter Falcon Directors Talk Working With Shia LaBeouf And More

The boys are back together, and this week was packed with some major film news. We have an official title and release date for Bond 25, No Time To Die, Disney and Sony appear to be breaking up Spider-Man's ties to the MCU (yes, Sean is in shambles, but he's pulling through), and they're making Matrix 4! Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss are returning, we have all the latest details on that and more.

This week, we are graced with directors of phenomenal indie darling, The Peanut Butter Falcon (starring Shia LeBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen). Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz sat down with Sean to discuss working with likes of Shia LeBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern and the rest of the amazing cast, the huge sacrifice it took to get the film made, and so much more.

For the BlendGame this week, we discussed the work of John Travolta. Kevin and Jake shared some amazing stories about their recent interviews with the legendary performer, and you definitely don't want to miss. Next week, we are diving into the Biography Picture genre with #BiopicBlend. Send us your picks using that hashtag and you might just hear it read on the show!

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Aug 22, 2019
Guest: Blinded By The Light Director Gurinder Chadha Talks Bruce Springsteen & Music In Film
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Blinded By The Light Director Gurinder Chadha Talks Bruce Springsteen And Music In Film

The first trailer for Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women (starring Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet) dropped this week, and the guys are really excited for her followup to Lady Bird. Jake talks about his recent interview with Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo during an event for the films release on Blu-ray, and the guys dive into the many movies of the week.

Joining the show is Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging), director of new musical drama inspired by the work of Bruce Springsteen, Blinded by the Light. She tells some amazing stories about working with Bruce on ways to infuse his music into the film, the unique way they auditioned actors, and so much more!

For this week's BlendGame, we dive into the filmography of Richard Linklater! You can play along next week when we discuss the works of John Travolta by using #JohnTravoltaBlend on Twitter to tell us your favorite films from one of cinema's all-timers.

Movies of the Week

  • The Angry Birds Movie 2
  • 47 Meters Down: Uncaged
  • Blinded by the Light
  • Good Boys
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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Aug 15, 2019
Guest: David Leitch Talks Directing Hobbs & Shaw's Practical Stunts & His Time As A Stunt Performer
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David Leitch Talks Directing Hobbs & Shaw's Practical Stunts & His Time As A Stunt Performer

This week, Sean O'Connell, Kevin McCarthy and Jake Hamilton are joined by yet another amazing guest. This time through, David Leitch -- director of Deadpool 2, John Wick and Atomic Blonde -- shares some behind-the-scenes stories from the set of his latest film, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby), who wrote the "I'm Black Superman" line, working with the Wachowskis on The Matix and more.

The guys also dive into the many movies of the week including The Art of Racing in the Rain, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, The Kitchen, Brian Banks, and of course give their full reviews for Hobbs & Shaw itself.

#KevinCostnerBlend is our BlendGame of the week, and the guys debate which is their favorite works from the actor/director. For next week, play along with #RichardLinklaterBlend on social as we'll be getting in Richard Linklater's stunning filmography.



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Aug 07, 2019
Guest: Kevin Smith Talks Getting Ben Affleck and Matt Damon For Jay and Silent Bob Reboot & More
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Guest: Kevin Smith Talks Getting Ben Affleck and Matt Damon For Jay and Silent Bob Reboot & More

Sean O'Connell, Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy are back with an extremely special guest, Kevin Smith. A cinema legend, and movie hero to us all, Kevin stopped by to discuss some behind-the-scenes stories from Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (starring Matt Damon, Chris Hemsworth, Jason Mewews), the amazing story of how our own Kevin lead Smith and Ben Affleck to finally reaconnect after an 8 year fallout, and so much more.

After our 90 minute discussion with Smith, stick around for our reaction to the teaser trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, reviews of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and we pick our favorite films from the 1960s. #60sBlend

Follow the show on Twitter, @ReelBlend, and play along next week when we'll comb through Kevin Costner's filmography using #KevinCostnerBlend.



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Aug 01, 2019
Guest: Quentin Tarantino Talks Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Pulp Fiction Prequel & More
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Guest: Quentin Tarantino Talks Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Pulp Fiction Prequel & More

Quentin Tarantino joins Sean O'Connell, Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy for what is hands down our biggest interview yet. We all met up with the director while he was promoting his new movie, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, and were able to discuss not only his latest film, but dive into some of the other great films of his career. He talks a bit about a Pulp Fiction prequel that was never made, Double V Vega, explains the opening to Pulp Fiction, and we couldn't let him leave without asking him THE Kill Bill debate question.

On this week's show, the guys also dig into some of Sean's experience at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, including Top Gun: Maverick and Terminator: Dark Fate. They react to the trailer for Tom Hank's new movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, where he stars as the inimitable Fred Rogers. The Lion King "live-action" remake made a killing at the box-office so we also spend some time weighing in on the audience reaction.

This week, we determined our favorite works from George Clooney #GeorgeClooneyBlend, and next week you can play along as we decide our favorite films from the 1960s by using #60sBlend on Twitter.



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Jul 24, 2019
Guest: Kevin Feige Talks Spider-Man & The Future of Marvel Studios
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Kevin Feige Talks Spider-Man & The Future of Marvel Studios

The King's Man, the upcoming prequel in the Kingsman franchise from Matthew Vaughn, dropped a trailer this week, Sean O'Connell, Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy give their reactions, and set expectation for what looks to be a bit of a departure from the usually gadget-heavy franchise. News of Damien Chazelle's next project, Babylon, surfaced. No, it's apparently not a musical, but Emma Stone and Brad Pitt are circling to star, according to Deadline.

As they look ahead to what's coming at San Diego Comic-Con this week, it's no better time to introduce our special guest, Kevin Feige onto the show. He sat down with Sean at the Spider-Man: Far From Home junket to discuss Spidey's latest outing, and touch on the MCU at large.

This week, we played #AnneHathawayBlend where we discussed our favortie roles and movies from Anne Hathaway. Play along with next week's game #GeorgeClooneyBlend by letting us know your favorite works from George Clooney on Twitter.



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Jul 17, 2019
Director Ari Aster Talks Midsommar & Hereditary
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Director Ari Aster Talks Midsommar & Hereditary

Jake Hamilton, Kevin McCarthy, and Sean O'Connell are together in LA to discuss the new trailer for Rian Johnson's Knives Out, and give their spoiler-free reactions to Quentin Tarantino's latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Joining us this week is director Ari Aster who discusses his approach to filmmaking, and merits of the horror genre. They dive into some spoilers on his latest, Midsommar, look back Hereditary, and more.

Also joining the show this week is CinemaBlend's own Jeff McCobb to play along in this week's game, #KurtRussellBlend. Jeff hosts a weekly show, "Oh Great, It's Jeff." on YouTube. Tune in for his hot takes on the week's entertainment news, and segments were he fumbles and embarrasses his way through the Hollywood system.



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Jul 12, 2019
Director Jon Watts on Spider-Man's End-Credits Scenes & More Spoilers - BONUS EPISODE
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Director Jon Watts on Spider-Man's End-Credits Scenes & More Spoilers - BONUS EPISODE

Sean, Jake and Kevin are again joined by Jon Watts, director of Spider-Man: Far From Home (starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson and Jake Gyllenhaal), this time with the freedom to dive right into all the spoilers. They talk about the CRAZY reveals in the end credits scenes, how they went about casting and shooting with J.K. Simmons, and more!

Thanks for sticking around for this awesome bonus episode. We'll be back after the 4th of July Holiday with an all-new, full episode featuring our favorite movies from Kurt Russell. #KurtRussellBlend



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Jul 07, 2019
Spider-Man Director Jon Watts Talks Casting Jake Gyllenhaal & More
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Spider-Man: Far From Home Director Jon Watts Talks Casting Jake Gyllenhaal & More

Sean, Kevin and Jake are back from another adventure abroad, and have caught up on a few films the missed while they were gone. Tune in for their reviews of Yesterday (Starring Himesh Patel, Lily James and Ed Sheeran), spoiler takes on Toy Story 4, and more.

Most importantly though, this week we share the spoiler-free section of their interview with Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts. He shares a hilarious story of pitching the role of Mysterio to Jake Gyllenhaal over dinner, what's it was like to know Endgame spoilers before anyone else, Tony Stark and Peter Parker's relationship, and more.

This week we dove into our favorite films from the wonderful Danny Boyle, but you can play along with next week's game where we'll debate our favorite films of Kurt Russell. Head over to Twitter, and let us know using #KurtRussellBlend.



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Jun 25, 2019
Our Favorite Movies of 2019 (So Far) & Spider-Man: Far From Home Reactions
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Our Favorite Movies of 2019 (So Far) & Spider-Man: Far From Home Reactions

Sean O'Connell, Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy are together again, of course where else, but London. They've been interviewing the Spider-Man: Far From Home cast, and have a TON of stories to share from their time with Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Holland, and Kevin Feige.

We're nearing the halfway point of the year, and so it's time to look back to decide what is topping our list for our favorite movies of 2019 so far. Tweet us your top 5 movies on Twitter @ReelBlend. Play along with next week's game when we debate our favorite works from Danny Boyle in honor of his new film Yesterday, and just his general awesome self. #DannyBoyleBlend



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Jun 20, 2019
"Chernobyl" Creator Craig Mazin on Bringing the Story of a Real-Life Disaster to HBO
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"Chernobyl" Creator Craig Mazin on Bringing the Story of a Real-Life Disaster to HBO

Sean, Jake, and (eventually) Kevin are back together, and ready to get into all the latest movies (and some TV) that's made up their week. Dark Phoenix bombed at the box office and Jason Reitman revealed some pretty big details about the direction of his upcoming Ghostbusters movie. We welcome Tye Sheridan back on the show for the rest of our Dark Phoenix discussion not included last week. He dives into some massive spoilers about how the ending of the film was changed, and how the original plot was more closely tied to Captain Marvel (crazy, I know).

Joining us this week for an amazing discussion on his hit limited series, Chernobyl, is creator and writer Craig Mazin. He clues us into some of the amazing work done behind-the-scenes to create a deep and engrossing setting, the small details at play that can have a huge effect on the story's reception, and so much more. Craig was an absolute delight, and clearly put his heart, soul and all his amazing talent into this series. You won't want to miss it, or this interview!



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Jun 13, 2019
Tye Sheridan Talks Dark Phoenix, Ready Player One & Working with Sophie Turner
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Tye Sheridan Talks Dark Phoenix, Ready Player One & Working with Sophie Turner

This week, we are thrilled to welcome the talented, and extremely kind Tye Sheridan onto the show. Sean, Jake and Kevin sat down with Tye while attending the junket for "Dark Phoenix", and he was an absolute delight. He discussed working with fellow cast members like Sophie Turner, what it's like to hang out with Spielberg all day, and bringing the Fox X-Men franchise to an apparent close.

We also get into our usual shenanigans including "Godzilla: King of the Monsters's" less-than-stellar box office, the new trailer for James Mangold's "Ford v Ferrari" starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, and of course run through the movies of the week.

For this week's BlendGame, we dove into the incredibly broad and impossible task of naming our favorite Science-Fiction movies of all-time #SciFiBlend. Next week, join us on Twitter in celebrating to career of Ron Howard by sending in your favorite work from his filmography using #RonHowardBlend.

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Jun 05, 2019
Talking Rocketman, Kingsman & X-Men with Matthew Vaughn
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Talking Rocketman, Kingsman & X-Men with Matthew Vaughn

We are without the amazing Kevin McCarthy this week, but never fear as he recorded a special segment of the show with his wife, @DCfilimgirl herself, Lauren Veneziani as they breakdown their picks for #KathrynBigelowBlend.

Jake and Sean hold down the fort back home with discussions on Ma, Aladdin, and Netflix's The Perfection. And this week marks another amazing guest as we welcome Rocketman producer, and director of the Kingsman franchise, Matthew Vaughn to discuss his latest projects, reflect on his now 24+ year career, and where he and long-time friend and collaborator Guy Ritchie are today.

Follow the show on Twitter @ReelBlend, and play along with next week's game when we debate our favorite Science Fiction films of all-time with #SciFiBlend.



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May 30, 2019
Rocketman Reactions & Game of Thrones Finale Review
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Rocketman Reactions & Game of Thrones Finale Review

Sean, Jake and Kevin are once again together, this time in London. They're attending the press junkets for Dark Phoenix and Rocketman, and have plenty of stories to tell (and an exciting guest for a future episode).

First, we get into Quentin Tarantino's latest trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Then, we dive into a full review of Game of Thrones FINAL episode, and look back at the series as a whole. As always, we look at the movies releasing this week, and discuss. This week includes Aladdin, Brightburn, and a spoiler-free reaction to Olivia Wilde's Booksmart.

We also debate our favorite Guy Ritchie movies of all time. Next week, you can play along with #KathrynBigelowBlend on Twitter when we'll decide our favorite works from the ground-breaking director.



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May 22, 2019
John Wick Director Chad Stahelski Talks Chapter 3 & The Matrix 20 Years Later
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John Wick Director Chad Stahelski Talks Chapter 3 & The Matrix 20 Years Later

This week, Sean O'Connell, Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy bring the usual bag of news, movies of the week, and an awesome BlendGame. However, we also have an amazing, exclusive interview with John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum director Chad Stahelski. He gets into all the intricate details necessary when directing actions scenes with dogs, the commitment of his actors, Keanu Reeves and Halley Barry, and we all take a moment to reflect on The Matrix now 20 years later, the film he began to make a name for himself as stunt coordinator and performer.

Next week, we are looking at the films of Guy Ritchie in honor of his new film, Disney's live-action remake of Aladin. #GuyRitchieBlend



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May 16, 2019
Avengers: Endgame's Joe & Anthony Russo Full Spoiler Interview - Bonus Episode
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Avengers: Endgame's Joe & Anthony Russo Full Spoiler Interview

The directors of Captain America: The Winter, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are on ReelBlend! Joe and Anthony Russo sat down with Sean and Kevin days after Endgame broke every record, and went deep into some awesome behind-the-scenes spoilers.

Stick around, because following the interview, Sean O'Connell, Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy dive into their own spoiler-filled reactions to one of the biggest movies of all-time.

Follow the show on Twitter @ReelBlend. In our next episode, we'll be revealing our favorite works from the great Sofia Coppola. #SofiaCoppolaBlend



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May 06, 2019
The Russo Brothers Talk Directing Avengers & Our Battle of Winterfell Review
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The Russo Brothers Talk Directing Avengers & Our Battle of Winterfell Review

Sean, Jake, and Kevin welcome Joe and Anthony Russo on to the show to discuss directing Avengers: Endgame. Check out their spoiler-free answers to some of our burning questions, and come back on Monday (May 6th) for our full, spoiler-filled discussion.

This week, however, we also discuss Game of Thrones latest, The Long Night which featured the wildly anticipated Battle of Winterfell. And finally, we declare our favorite work from Mark Ruffalo. #RuffaloBlend

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May 01, 2019
Avengers: Endgame Spoiler-Free Review
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Avengers: Endgame Spoiler-Free Review

Sean O'Connell and Kevin McCarthy are without Jake Hamilton this week. No, he hasn't finally quit (I think), he's in Napa soaking up the sun, and probably drinking way too much wine. However, the rest of the guys are here, because it's Avengers: Endgame week, and we have a lot to cover.

We also discuss some news regarding Marvel's Phase 3, the Academy's Board of Governors meeting and voting on rule changes to oust Netflix from the Oscars, and more. This week, we continued our run through some of Marvel's heavy hitters with #ScarJoBlend where we discussed our favorite films and performances from Scarlett Johansson.

You can follow the show on Twitter [@ReelBlend](https://twitter.com/ReelBlend https://twitter.com/ReelBlend). Next week, we're getting into our favorite works from Mark Ruffalo so play along on social with #RuffaloBlend.



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Apr 25, 2019
Catching Up After Chicago & Robert Downey Jr. Blend
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Catching Up After Chicago & Robert Downey Jr. Blend

This week is packed with stories from us all hanging out at Star Wars Celebration, the ReelBlend Meet-up in Chicago over the weekend, and our crazy levels of anticipation for Avengers: Endgame. Sean, Jake and Kevin give their favorite movies/performances from Robert Downey Jr. #RDJBlend Next week, we're continuing our rundown of Marvel all-stars with Scarlett Johansson #ScarJoBlend

Avengers: Endgame Death Pool Contest!!

We're putting together a fun competition for ReelBlend listeners, and you have the chance to win a Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet. Follow this link to complete the survey on who will live and who will die in Avengers: Endgame, and Thanos' gauntlet could be yours. Good luck!



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Apr 19, 2019
Star Wars Celebration & Our Interview w. Pet Sematary's Directors
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