Now Playing - The Movie Review Podcast

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Subscribers: 1029
Reviews: 9

Nick
 Jan 26, 2021
Quite often it's so much more fun to listen to these guys talking then to watch some of the films they talk about!! Recommend!

dan
 Jan 12, 2021
always enjoy their reviews. very in depth, entertaining, polarizing, good research, my go to for movie reviews.

James
 Aug 22, 2020

Paul
 Aug 3, 2020

Paul
 Mar 17, 2020
Love these podcasts

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An *AD FREE* movie review podcast that traverses the stream of Hollywood sequels, reboots, and franchises by reviewing every installment in a series, start to finish. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support

Episode Date
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
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It’s not The Devil, but Now Playing’s loyal listeners, that made Arnie, Majorie, and Stuart do another Conjuring film after so many hellish experiences in the franchise.  This time the Warrens are heading to court in the 1980s to help a man beat a murder rap by insisting he was possessed by a demon escaped from his waterbed.  Does Ed have the heart to keep fabricating these “true stories”, or are all these cons damning the demonologist to an early grave?  And will Lorraine finally summon green arrows by trailing a series of witch totems?  Listen and find out!

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Jun 09, 2021
Dolores Claiborne
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Blood-soaked prom queen... tween pyromaniac... axe wielding book critic… just some of the scary women that have leaped from the pages of Stephen King’s horror fiction onto the big screen. Now hardened New England housekeeper Dolores Claiborne is ready for her day in court. Will Kathy Bates eclipse the Oscar-winning work she did in Misery as she stands accused of pushing her cruel employer down the stairs? And will daughter Jennifer Jason Leigh fight for mama’s freedom knowing she did in dad years before? Find out on the latest King-cast.

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Jun 02, 2021
Army of the Dead
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George Clooney and his Ocean’s co-stars made casino heists look easy, but they never had to crack a safe being guarded by an Army of the Dead. Can Dave Bautista and his colorful crew of mercenaries bypass reanimated Elvis impersonators and a zombie white tiger to lay claim to a Vegas jackpot before nukes are dropped?  And is writer-director Zack Snyder pushing his luck by returning to the horror genre 15 years after his Dawn of the Dead remake?  Your chances for a good time always improve when you join the Now Playing hosts at the tables.  Listen Now!

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May 25, 2021
Spiral: From the Book of Saw
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Ladies and gentlemen, I have one piece of advice for you. No matter what Jigsaw tells you, there's no escape from a Jigsaw trap. None! Oh, there's pain in a Jigsaw trap, but you don't want pain...you want an escape. And Chris Rock's new movie Spiral: From the Book of Saw shows there's no escape from a Jigsaw trap. So play the game, and our podcast review of Spiral, now.

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May 19, 2021
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
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Anthony Mackie shields himself from the pressure of becoming the next Captain America by taking to the sky as The Falcon for Marvel’s second Disney+ miniseries, and it’s made Sebastian Stan angry enough to relapse back into The Winter Soldier.  Can these two set aside their differences long enough to save the world from a group of political extremists enhanced by super-soldier serum?  And do these six episodes go by in a Blip, or is the MCU better suited to the big screen?   Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart smash a lot more than flags when you Listen Now.

{Avengers Series} {Marvel Series} {Comic Book Movie Series} {Captain America Series}

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May 12, 2021
Without Remorse
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Tom Clancy techno-thrillers typically feature desk-bound diplomats on the hunt for missing subs and rogue nukes, but the stakes are much more personal for Michael B Jordan (Creed) as he seeks vengeance against the hitman who murdered his family in Without Remorse.  Could the Navy Seal-turned-CIA operative start WWIII by breaking out of jail and heading to Russia in such a rage? And will Amazon Prime give this character's origin story the same hero's welcome that greeted old friend Jack Ryan? You'll be sad if you miss the latest Clancy-cast.  Listen Now!

{Tom Clancy Series}

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May 05, 2021
Mortal Kombat (2021)
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Test your patience. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 28, 2021
Monster Hunter
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This movie is so chocolate! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 21, 2021
Pixels
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Two-bit comedians meet 8-bit gaming! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 14, 2021
Godzilla vs. Kong
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Whoever wins, movie theaters lose --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 07, 2021
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
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The Tragedy of King Leer --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 31, 2021
Zack Snyder's Justice League
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You’ll believe a turkey can fly! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 24, 2021
WandaVision
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“Here’s the story of a lovely lady, who was grieving ‘bout three very lovely boys…” --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 17, 2021
Coming 2 America
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Zamunda Forever! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 10, 2021
Coming To America
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Trading Places 2: Finding Umfufu --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 03, 2021
The Stand (2020)
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Baby, Can You Dig The Bland? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 23, 2021
Gerald's Game
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50 Shades of Decay --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 17, 2021
Sleepwalkers
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Charles is not in charge of anything if he's afraid of pussy cats. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 10, 2021
Needful Things
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Antiques Horrorshow --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 03, 2021
Far Cry
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Far Cryyyyyying...over Uwe --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 27, 2021
Bloodrayne: The Third Reich
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Schindler’s Lust --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 20, 2021
Bloodrayne: Deliverance
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For A Few Dollars Less --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 13, 2021
Bloodrayne
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Resident Feeble --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 06, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984
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Your wish is granted… 2020 is almost over! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 30, 2020
Tenet {Christopher Nolan Series}
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If we live in a Twilight world, why doesn’t Edward sparkle anymore? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 23, 2020
Golden Years {Stephen King Series}
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A storyline to make Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sophia green with envy --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 16, 2020
Another 48 Hours {48 Hours Series}
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Roooooxanne! You don’t have to give this a red arrow --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 09, 2020
48 Hrs. {48 Hours Series}
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I want y'all to know there's a new sheriff in town… and his name is Eddie Murphy! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 02, 2020
The Craft: Legacy {The Craft Series}
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Prep yourself for the woke wiccans! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 25, 2020
The Craft {The Craft Series}
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By the power of three times three, make them see, make them see --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 18, 2020
The Manchurian Candidate (2004) {Manchurian Candidate Series}
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Make America Enslaved Again --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 11, 2020
Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie at 10 Cloverfield Lane
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Now Playing won't get locked in the bunker if you keep supporting us! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 07, 2020
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) {Manchurian Candidate Series}
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Now Playing is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful podcast we've ever heard. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 04, 2020
Something Big is Coming.... Now Playing's CLOVERFIELD Retrospective!
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Looks like Godzilla is just as pissed about that Lost finale as the rest of us! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 31, 2020
Tremors: Shrieker Island {Tremors Series}
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Aruba... Jamaica... Ooh I want a snake hunt... --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 28, 2020
Tremors Bonus: Michael Gross **SPOILER** Interview {Tremors Series}
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Arnie talks to Burt Gummer himself: Michael Gross! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 22, 2020
Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell {Tremors Series}
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What’s good for the Graboid is good for the Gummer --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 20, 2020
Tremors 5: Bloodlines {Tremors Series}
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How To Eat Fried Worms --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 14, 2020
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins {Tremors Series}
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Once Upon A Time In Perfection --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 07, 2020
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection {Tremors Series}
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I think we’re more than six degrees away from Kevin Bacon’s original Tremors with this Gross family reunion. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 29, 2020
Tremors II: Aftershocks {Tremors Series}
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The worm turns --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 22, 2020
Tremors (1990) {Tremors Series}
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Grabboids like to eat Bacon --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 16, 2020
The Last House on the Left (1972) - Podcast Announcement and Warning {Trailer}
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One, two... Fred and Krug are coming for you! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 11, 2020
The New Mutants {X-Men Series} {Marvel Series} {Comic Book Movies Series}
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The Fault In Our Bears --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 09, 2020
Bill and Ted Face The Music {Bill and Ted Series}
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Yes Way! 2020 has a brand new theatrical movie to review! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 01, 2020
Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey {Bill and Ted Series}
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Station! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 26, 2020
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure {Bill and Ted Series}
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“We will have a most triumphant time!” --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 19, 2020
Secret Window {Stephen King Series}
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How much is that doggie in the window… oh wait! Nevermind. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 12, 2020
The Langoliers {Stephen King Series}
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Fly The Hungry Skies! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 05, 2020
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit {Jack Ryan Series} {Tom Clancy Series}
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The Reborn Identity --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 29, 2020
The Sum of All Fears {Tom Clancy Series} {Jack Ryan Series}
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Good Nuke Hunting --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 21, 2020
Clear & Present Danger {Tom Clancy Series} {Jack Ryan Series}
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Just Say No Recasting --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 15, 2020
Patriot Games {Tom Clancy Series} {Jack Ryan Series}
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Get off my franchise! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 08, 2020
The Hunt for Red October {Tom Clancy} {Jack Ryan}
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Sonofabitch, I found Red Sonja instead! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 01, 2020
The Breakfast Club {John Hughes Movies} -- Our *1,000th* movie review podcast!
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To celebrate Now Playing’s 1000th Show… Detention! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 24, 2020
Escape from L.A. {John Carpenter Reviews} {Escape From Series}
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Nobody walks in LA… --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 17, 2020
Escape from New York {John Carpenter Reviews} {Escape From Series}
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NO! SLEEP!! Til Hartford!!! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 10, 2020
The Dark Half {Stephen King Series}
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Sometimes the greatest remedy for writer’s block is the chopping block --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 03, 2020
The Tommyknockers {Stephen King Series}
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It’s not easy bein’ green --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 27, 2020
Contagion {Viral Outbreak Retrospective}
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Don't socially distance yourself from this topical movie review! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 20, 2020
The Andromeda Strain (2008) {Viral Outbreak Retrospective} {Andromeda Strain Series}
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Cancel the Clorox shots and get me some Bacteria from Hell! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 13, 2020
Outbreak {Viral Outbreak Retrospective}
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Just when you thought it was safe to head back to the movie theater… --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 06, 2020
Warning Sign {Viral Outbreak Retrospective}
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Corn of the Dead --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 29, 2020
The Andromeda Strain (1971) {Viral Outbreak Retrospective} {Andromeda Strain Series}
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🎝 How do you solve a problem like Andromeda 🎜 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 22, 2020
Dr. Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Support Podcasts) {Trailer}
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(or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Support Podcasts --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 17, 2020
The Satan Bug {Viral Outbreak Retrospective}
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The Spy Who Vaccinated Me --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 15, 2020
Panic in the Streets
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Take an old school remedy for what plagues today’s movie goers --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 08, 2020
In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission
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This is hurting my ass. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 31, 2020
In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds
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Our hosts really wig out on this one... --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 25, 2020
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
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What kind of joke do the Gods play on me? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 18, 2020
The King of Fighters
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So why does my magic earpiece only connect me with KFC? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 11, 2020
Kong: Skull Island
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Ape-pocalypse Now --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 04, 2020
King Kong (2005)
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Lord of the Rings mastermind Peter Jackson emerged from Middle Earth with enough box office clout and Oscar statues to get any movie made he wanted. So why reteam with Gollum (aka Andy Serkis), and send huckster Jack Black, loverboy Adrien Brody, and new blonde Naomi Watts on an expedition to resurrect King Kong in 2005? Find out if their trip to Skull Island needs to be the length of a Tolkein epic, or if the podcasters would prefer to tour Jurassic Park instead, when you download the latest installment of this legendary ape franchise. Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 26, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog
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Sega has taken company mascot Sonic The Hedgehog to the next level with a brand new live-action feature. That means Arnie, Justin, and Stuart are racing back to the Now Playing Arcade to cover all the twists and loop-de-loops this video game icon has traveled on the road to this CGI makeover. Will the Blue Devil win over Red State America as he makes rural Montana his home?  And is he running rings around smartypants Dr. Robotnik, or has Jim Carrey simply forfeited the comedy game? Push play on the podcast and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 19, 2020
Birds of Prey
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Time to find out who the real Harley Quinn is! Margot Robbie emancipates herself from that less-than-fantabulous group of metahumans known as Suicide Squad to fly with new crew Birds of Prey. Does a teen pickpocket, salty cop, ass-kicking lounge singer, and crossbow killer offer Harley the same level of protection as Jared Leto’s Joker? Or can Gotham villains like Black Mask (Ewan McGregor) separate this smart-mouthed clown from her face or breakfast sandwich without fear of retaliation? Chillax with some pizza and Cosmos, and take in our tell-all podcast! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 11, 2020
King Kong Lives
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Does the thought of a well-endowed female gorilla make your heart pump a little faster? One supersized simian is certainly warm to Lady Kong’s form - picking himself up from the broken pavement after his 1976 tumble from the World Trade Center, and continuing on in the 1986 sequel King Kong Lives. Is Linda Hamilton proud to oversee the birth of another miracle baby two years after delivering John Connor, or should she terminate her agent for casting her in this monkey business? The podcasters are off the chain and ready to battle, so Listen Now. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 05, 2020
King Kong (1976)
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Long before she became a fixture on American Horror Story, Jessica Lange practiced her screaming skills as the aspiring actress abducted by King Kong in a colorful 1976 remake. Is the big ape willing to play second banana to Jeff Bridges, as a primate paleontologist also falling for the buxom blonde?  And can oil executive Charles Grodon strike it rich by putting Kong on tour, after Skull Island proves not to have the dinosaurs needed to produce a gasoline fortune?  Arnie, Jakob and Stuart answer the distress call of this disaster movie when you Listen Now. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 29, 2020
Bad Boys For Life
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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence declare themselves Bad Boys For Life as they relaunch the irreverent action franchise that made them box office titans a quarter century ago. But did Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett make a bargain with God, or sell their souls, when they retired director Michael Bay, and joined a SWAT team of squeaky clean Millennials who defer all the dangerous work to drones? And how will Mike clean up his brouhaha with a black magic witch running a Mexican cartel?  Lean back in your recliner and Listen Now to find out. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 22, 2020
King Kong Escapes
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America wanted their big gorilla back for a popular Saturday morning cartoon, but King Kong Escapes for one last Japanese adventure. Villainous Dr. Who (no relation to the BBC Timelord) needs the legendary ape’s help in mining the North Pole of a rare mineral. Can a Bond babe and kidnapped nurse seduce Kong into dirtying his paws?  Or will the beast find it impossible to dig alongside a robotical replica of himself dubbed Mechani-Kong? Join all of Tokyo in getting the blow-by-blow of their beatdown when you download Now Playing’s latest podcast. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 15, 2020
King Kong vs. Godzilla
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Don’t panic! King Kong has broken free of his American handlers and heads to Japan for fisticuffs with local lizard Godzilla.  Should Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob drop a nuke on these two iconic monsters to stop them from soiling their cinematic reputations?  Or did the big ape need this childish, man-in-rubber-suit cage match to make him relevant 30 years after his embarrassing tumble from the Empire State Building? Chill out with some cigarettes and soma berries, slip on the headphones, and find out when you Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 07, 2020
Misery
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Now Playing has one last podcast for 2019, dedicated to all those dirty birdies who love the oogy mind of Stephen King. Writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan) finds himself in Misery after he’s pulled from a car crash in snowy Colorado, and tortured by a demented fan who demands a new chapter for the romance novel heroine he retired. Did Kathy Bates deserve the Oscar for her tough love bedside manner?  And how many pages from the book did director Rob Reiner have to eat in order to bring this very literate story to the screen? Listen and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 31, 2019
The Rise of Skywalker
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The Emperor Strikes Back!  Zombie Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) steps from the shadows with secrets that could force last Jedi Rey (Daisy Ridley) to turn to the Dark Side and bad boy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). But General Leia (Carrie Fisher) is committed to using every last ounce of her Old War star power to squash this Final Order, and pave the way for The Rise of Skywalker. Find out how much resistance Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart put up for the ninth and final episode in the Star Wars saga in when you download this massive podcast. Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 25, 2019
Black Christmas (2019)
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‘Twas the night of Black Christmas, and all through Blumhouse, strange creatures in hoodies, sought coeds to roust.  But the remake has armed all the women with care, in the hopes it’s the bros’ turn to finally be scared. Now Arnie!  Now Stuart! Now Brock to their boots, head off to the theater to watch Imogen Poots. Will this boys-vs-girls showdown get social media chatter?  Or will militant feminists not even find that it matters? The hosts will exclaim their thoughts and insights, when you download the podcast and listen tonight! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 17, 2019
Son of Kong
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Life is tough for the Son of Kong. Everyone expects him to follow in his father’s massive footsteps, and scale the box office heights of the first film. But this quickie sequel has different monkey business in mind as it sends scandalized movie director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) back to Skull Island for romantic hijinks with an orphaned circus performer.  Will they - or Now Playing hosts Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart - find any buried treasure while watching little albino Kong take on dinosaurs, cave bears, and a shady Norweigian sailor? Listen and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 11, 2019
King Kong (1933)
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Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart find themselves in an Empire State Of Mind as they begin a four month wrestling match with King Kong - the Eighth Wonder of the World!  This towering franchise has cast an 86-year-long shadow over film history, beginning with the big ape’s 1933 blockbuster debut!  Head back to Skull Island with Now Playing, and discover if this legendary movie star still has the strength to make audiences scream like Fay Wray, or beat down 50 foot tall lizard Godzilla for their 2020 theatrical showdown. Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 04, 2019
Ratchet & Clank
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Playstation heroes Ratchet and Clank starred in 12 video game adventures together before making the quantum leap to movie theaters for a fast-paced (and okay, financially unsuccessful) 2016 animated feature. Did Earthlings miss a memorable screen pairing?  And can this one-of-a-kind alien mechanic and his defective warbot bestie stop villains voiced by Paul Giamatti and Sylvester Stallone from reconfiguring the most beautiful planets in the solar system? No quarters needed to play the latest Now Playing Arcade installment.  Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 27, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019)
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'70s TV execs discounted Aaron Spelling's idea for a Charlie's Angels show because there was no man to come and save them. Well, a lot has changed in the last 40 years and the women are just fine saving themselves...and even some men who get in trouble. Thus we have the Elizabeth Banks produced, directed, co-written, and co-starring 2019 Charlie's Angels. But in a post #TimesUp world is there still place for an Aaron Spelling-like jiggle fest? And if not, what does that leave for the Angels? Join us now to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 20, 2019
Doctor Sleep
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Little Danny barely escaped Jack Nicholson and the ghosts of the Overlook Hotel back in 1980. Now grown-up Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) - nicknamed Doctor Sleep - is fighting the demon of alcoholism, as well as a pack of vampiric gypsies hoping to eat the soul of a powerful child clairvoyant. Will this Shining sequel leave Kubrick fans steaming? Or can new director Mike Flanagan honor the classic movie while bringing the story back to Stephen King’s original intentions? Join the hosts as they pick up bats and axes and come to play forever and ever! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 13, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate
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Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) thought she saved humanity from a SkyNet future of robot domination. So it’s ironic that new cybernetic menace Legion has come online in the year 2020, and it’s now Sarah’s Dark Fate to protect new target Dani (Natalia Reyes) from a new Terminator.  Will the arrival of augmented future soldier Grace (Mackenzie Davis) increase their chances of success? Or is it curtains for James Cameron’s flagship franchise (and if so, are they polka dot or butterfly drapes)? Find out when you listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 06, 2019
3 From Hell
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For nearly a decade Devil's Rejects stars Bill Moseley and Sid Haig, plus series creator Rob Zombie, said the series--like its main characters--was dead.  10 years and several flops later, the Firefly family is back from the dead! How does Zombie explain this away? And are these 3 From Hell as dangerous in 1988 as they were in the '70s?  Join our three podcast hosts from hell, Marjorie, Brock, and Arnie, to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 30, 2019
Trick or Treat! Put a donation in Now Playing's bag and get treated with our ZOMBIELAND 2 review!
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Rule #1 when you’re producing a sequel: Bring back everyone that made the first film successful. It took a decade, and probably more than a few Twinkies, but director Ruben Fleischer has managed to "Double Tap" Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone for a second trip to Zombieland! Can the foursome teach Generation Z how to fight a ferocious new strain of undead? And is the Oval Office or Graceland a better place to wait out the apocalypse? Find out when you become a Now Playing Silver Level Donor! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 26, 2019
Doom: Annihilation
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Now Playing Arcade podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart thought that first-person shooter Doom had already done a bang-up job destroying the video game’s appeal on the big screen with the Dwayne Johnson/Karl Urban 2005 movie. Second chapter Annihilation returns to finish the job with a squad of no-name Marines on a mission to mow down rubber suit demons and zombies in lab coats on a Martian moonbase. Have the hosts opened a portal to hell or the next level in camp comedy?  Strap on some protective armor and head into the fray. Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 23, 2019
Now Playing's ZOMBIELAND Review -- Available now!
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Rule #1: if you want to survive the 2009 horror-comedy Zombieland: Find a Friend in Now Playing!     Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart will be doing lots of cardio to keep pace with the last four humans in America, as they make their way to a California amusement park overrun with undead. Donate for Silver Level this fall and learn to enjoy the little things - Jesse Eisenberg trying to wallpaper the closet with Emma Stone; Woody Harrelson extolling the virtues of fresh Twinkies; and the shocking first impression Bill Murray makes on millennial Abigail Breslin. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 19, 2019
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
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Charlie's Angels returned in 2003...and so did Demi Moore. The superstar actress' Q-Score had fallen in the decade since her big hits Indecent Proposal and Ghost, but she was set to rise again as former Angel Madison Lee in this action sequel. Does she shine against then-box office champ Cameron Diaz? Does Moore even get enough screen time when squeezed into a cast with Bernie Mac, Crispin Glover, Justin Theroux, Robert Patrick, Shia LaBeouf, Luke Wilson, John Cleese, and Matt LeBlanc?  Get your Zass over here and listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 16, 2019
Joker
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It’s Arthur Fleck, better known as Joker!  Before becoming Batman’s #1 nemesis, the Clown Prince of Crime was just a struggling stand-up comic doing his best to make the public smile on the mean streets of Gotham. Can Joaquin Phoenix convince the Now Playing hosts that heartless millionaires like mayoral candidate (and father of Bruce) Thomas Wanye are the true enemies of the people?  And is Hangover director Todd Phillips making a Scorsese inspired tragedy, or Trumpian comedy, out of this atypical DC Comics origin story?  Listen and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 09, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2000)
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"Girl Power!" The sentiment continues, but the look has changed dramatically since the era of Spice Girls and, this week's movie review, 2000's Charlie's Angels. Listen now as our hosts remember what feminism looked like--in an unzipped mechanic's jumpsuit--as Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu update the Angels for a new millennium! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 02, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood
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It's been 11 years. The world has changed. John Rambo, however, has not--he's just tried to keep a lid on it. That lid blows when his "niece" is abducted by a Mexican cartel, and Rambo is out for Last Blood.  Should this be Rambo's final mission? Join Arnie, Brock, and Jakob for this review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 25, 2019
Charlie's Angels (1976)
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Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy...   With those words Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg created a television sensation:  Charlie's Angels. It was an instant television sensation. And in the 43 years since it premiered on TV it had two theatrical films, a 2011 reboot, plus an upcoming new film!  Join Arnie, Marjorie, and Jakob as they go back to where it all began--on the 480i TV screens in 1976. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 18, 2019
It: Chapter 2
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It’s 2016, and The Losers Club is all grown up and ready for a rematch with It. Chapter II finds Pennywise waking from his 27 year nap hangry, homicidal, and hot to dance with old Derry foes Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader. Can arcade tokens, yearbook pages, a bunch of shower caps, and other artifacts from an ‘80s childhood be used to complete a Native American ritual that will ‘eighty-six’ this shape-shifting space clown for good? Listen and Find Out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 11, 2019
It (2017)
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30 years after massacring trees and dominating bookshelf space everywhere, Stephen King’s monster novel It transformed into the biggest horror movie of all-time! Chapter One focuses on The Losers Club - a group of misfit kids investigating the stranger things occurring in their cursed small town. Will stuttering leader Bill (Jaeden Martell) find his missing brother alive in the city’s waterworks? Can new kid on the block Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) woo crush Beverly (Sophia Lillis) while fighting off bullies with switchblades? Get down with the clown when you listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 04, 2019
It (1990)
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Were executives at the ABC network Pennywise or pound foolish for thinking Stephen King’s gory, gigantic novel IT could float on 1990s prime time television alongside family-oriented hits Who’s The Boss and The Wonder Years? Tim Curry’s dancing clown did his best to lure the censors into the sewer as he terrorizes the children of Derry, Maine in a highly rated two-part miniseries. Make a pact to join podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they stare into the deadlights (and take shots at those special effects). Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 28, 2019
The Angry Birds Movie 2
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Mortal enemies come together like bacon and eggs in The Angry Birds Movie 2, as cranky cardinal Red (Jason Sudeikis) and green pig Leonard (Bill Hader) team up to stop mysterious balls of ice from flattening their respective island homes. Is this sequel "poultry in motion" now that new writers, directors, and Saturday Night Live cast members Leslie Jones and Pete Davidson have joined the nest? Or is the cartoon an albatross around the podcasters’ necks as they try to soar through Now Playing’s video game retrospective? Listen and Find Out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 20, 2019
The Kitchen
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DC Comics cooks up a new take on the gangster genre with the release of The Kitchen. Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss star as a trio of marginalized mob wives who must find a way to put food on the table when their Irish hood husbands are busted for armed robbery. Is 1970s midtown Manhattan better off under the protection of wisegals who know how to clean up a blood stain? And should this dish have been seasoned with more of these ladies’ trademark comedy?  Do it for the kids, and download the show now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 14, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
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Someone opened a cold can of whoopass, and now "Mike Oxmall" and "Franz Grubar" - a crime fighting duo better known as Hobbs & Shaw - are storming the multiplex and hijacking the Fast and Furious franchise. Will Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham be at each other’s throats for their entire spin-off movie? Or can they find a way to work together to defeat "Black Superman" Idris Elba, and track down the carrier of a deadly virus (Vanessa Kirby)?  Trust your Now Playing Family to tell you the truth when you Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 07, 2019
The Angry Birds Movie
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The Now Playing Arcade is making Justin, Stuart, and Arnie see Red… and all the other Angry Birds that appear in the blockbuster 2016 animated movie! Can this short-tempered cardinal stop a boatload of green pigs from stealing all the eggs from his island with nothing more than slingshots, trampolines, and friends from anger management class? And does the vocal talent of Saturday Night Live alumni Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudoph, and Bill Hader brighten the mood for the adults watching? Hear the hosts squawk about it all when you Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 31, 2019
Mercy
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Only witches can make a "weeping book", but Hollywood often wrings tears from Stephen King readers with their many poor adaptations. Will Blumhouse - the studio behind Paranormal Activity and Get Out - show Mercy in their telling of Skeleton Crew short story “Gramma”? Chandler Riggs (Walking Dead) stars as a mama’s boy out to determine if his nana (Shirley Knight) is a dying woman with dementia, or a black magic practitioner trying to possess his soul. Find out if this flick makes the podcasters want to put axes in their heads when you Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 23, 2019
The Mist
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Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart get lost in The Mist as they find their way back to the Stephen King retrospective. It took Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont more than a decade to bring this standout entry in King’s Skeleton Crew short story collection to the big screen. Are the beasties that maroon Thomas Jane and his son in a grocery store as scary as the religious zealotry of fellow refugee Marcia Gay Harden? And what will the hosts make of that infamous downbeat ending?  Listen Now and clear the air on this controversial adaptation. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 16, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home Movie Review
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Peter Parker leaves his friendly neighborhood Spider-Man alter ego behind for a journey Far From Home meant to alleviate the loss of mentor Tony Stark. But S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury won’t let the 16-year-old tourist shirk his Avenger duties while on European holiday, rebranding him “Night Monkey” so that Peter can fight elemental monsters alongside new superhero Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). Can the web-slinger still make time to kiss Zendaya on the Eiffel Tower while keeping Venice afloat, or London Bridge from falling down? Listen and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 10, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home
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While Ed and Lorraine Warren are off “conjuring” up their next big screen supernatural adventure, daughter Judy and her groovy babysitters are back Home trying to contend with Annabelle. It’s an apocalypse in the Artifacts Room when the devil doll escapes her glass case, and unleashes everything from a bloody bridal dress to a British werewolf in an effort to claim souls.  What else will Marjorie, Stuart, and Arnie discover when they reach inside this Feeley Meeley box and sort through the odds and ends? Download the podcast and Find Out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 02, 2019
Toy Story 4
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Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) has come to a critical spork in the road.  Can the cowboy doll continue down his path of being Bonnie’s neglected plaything now that fate, and a raucous family road trip, has reunited him with long lost love Bo Peep (Annie Potts)? And how should he deal with broken doll Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks), who holds Bonnie’s homemade creation "Forky" hostage in the hopes of exchanging him for Woody’s pull string?  Listen to your inner voice - and Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart - when you to download the epic Toy Story 4 podcast! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 30, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona
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The Conjuring cinematic universe has certainly given Marjorie, Arnie, and Stuart a lot to cry about over the years. Is it a blessing or a curse that a blubbering Spanish spectre named La Llorona has followed Annabelle priest Father Perez to the big screen for a sixth installment in the franchise?  Find out if the podcasters have a bawl watching this Weeping Woman use her long talons to snatch away two children from Hawkeye’s wife Linda Cardellini.  Listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 25, 2019
Toy Story 3
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Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Pixar’s playthings are ready to toy with your emotions once again as they prepare to spend infinity and beyond in the attic. But will their friendship survive after Andy decides to take only one of his childhood favorites to college, leaving the rest to be donated to a frenetic daycare center where passive-aggressive teddy bear Lots O’Huggin (Ned Beatty) orchestrates their misery?  Find out if Toy Story 3 leaves Now Playing’s trio of podcasters in tears when you Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 18, 2019
Dark Phoenix
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Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe overhauls the X-Men, those first movie mutants rise up from the ashes of the Fox franchise for a last stand with Dark Phoenix. What happens when a space mission leaves Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) surging with energy, and blowing her stack at Professor X (James McAvoy), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and all mankind? Will she be attracted to the newfound zen of Magneto (Michael Fassbender)? And does space alien Jessica Chastain come in peace... or just want a piece of her glow? School’s in session when you Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 12, 2019
Toy Story 2
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Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) might have patched things up with arrogant astronaut Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), but who’s going to fix all the wear and tear that longtime play has had on his increasingly fragile doll body? Is this cowboy ready to be put out to pasture? Or will Hamm, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, and Buzz stop a thieving toy collector (Wayne Knight) from turning their friend into a collectible, and shipping him off to a museum in Japan? Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie reflect on the heartbreaking lessons of maturity offered in Toy Story 2 when you Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 04, 2019
Toy Story
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Every child imagines that their stuffed animals and action figures have a secret life, but the official Toy Story wasn't recorded until Pixar created the first computer animated feature film. Cowboy doll Woody (Tom Hanks) proves playthings can be just as petty as people when his 8-year-old owner Andy receives high-tech space man Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) for a birthday present. Is the fight to be Andy's favorite toy a zero sum game? Are the Now Playing hosts cynical enough to blow up this movie classic when they regress to childhood? Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 29, 2019
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
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Who can defeat The Avengers? Leave it to hitman extraordinaire John Wick! The sleeper hit series has, with its third "chapter", topped Avengers from their spot atop the box office charts. That success led to an instant announcement of Chapter 4 coming in 2021. But for all its success, can 54-year-old Keanu Reeves continue to kick ass on screen? Or does new partner Halle Berry "Jinx" the whole affair?  Arnie, Justin, and Jakob have served, and will serve, so join them with this review of Parabellum. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 22, 2019
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
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Did Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds feel it in his jellies when he signed on to be the voice of electric mouse Detective Pikachu in his first live-action adventure? Or is the sarcastic actor talking to the wrong crowd by partnering with millennial Justice Smith for a PG rated Pokemon movie? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Justin as they wrap up this legendary series, and follow the clues left at a mysterious car crash back to a deadly purple gas and notorious genetic mutation MewTwo.  Catch It Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 15, 2019
Pokemon Heroes (Latios and Latias)
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Team Rocket is at it again! Spies Annie and Oakley have abducted the dragon protectors of a tranquil canal city. Good thing Pokemon Heroes Ash, Brock and Misty are here to ensure that Legendary Latios and Latias are rescued before a massive tidal wave destroys their town. Join hosts Justin, Arnie, and Stuart as they "sight share" their experience watching the last animated Pikachu movie to receive wide theatrical distribution in America, as well as their enjoyment of mobile game phenomenon Pokemon Go. You gotta catch the poke-cast now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 07, 2019
Avengers: Endgame
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It was inevitable that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would reach an Endgame after producing 21 blockbusters over the course of 11 years. Can Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye undo the devastation of Thanos’ Infinity War by implementing Ant-Man’s crazy "time heist" plot?  And are IMAX screens big enough to contain the hordes of superheroes fighting for the spotlight in the sprawling final battle? Hosts Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart aim for the heart and the head as they assemble once more for a gigantic, in-depth review. Hear it now!   {Marvel Series} {Avengers Series} {Comic Book Movies Series} --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 01, 2019
Hellboy (2019)
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The world’s greatest paranormal investigator is back on the big screen! Hellboy heads to England on a quest to wield Excalibur, and stop King Arthur’s witchy nemesis Milla Jovovich from unleashing a plague of monsters. Does Stranger Things’ David Harbour look as good in red as Ron Perlman?  And how much help does he get from a saucy medium (Sasha Lane), a suppressed wildcat Major (Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim), and a hard R rating? Hear if Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart have Giant problems with this reboot when you listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 24, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019)
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The ground has been pretty sour for Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie as they’ve trudged through some pretty rocky Stephen King film adaptations. Have their fortunes improved now that they’ve returned to Pet Sematary? One of the author’s most celebrated novels has found new life in a big budget “elevated horror” remake. Do the hosts hit the breaks on the dramatic plot twist that steers the Creed family down a different road?  And will they dig Jason Clarke and Oscar nominee John Lithgow in the iconic roles? Listen Now, and let Now Playing take you to Church! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 16, 2019
Shazam!
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All hands on deck! Detective Comics has added a new superhero to its cinematic family. SHAZAM! might not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but this week he’s pushed his way past Captain Marvel to top the box office. Can a 14-year-old foster kid use Zachary Levi as his Photo ID, and pass himself off as the next Superman? Or do podcasters Justin, Stuart, and Arnie have BIG problems with a man-child in spandex? Your phone is charged with lots of laughs and great conversation when you download the show, and Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 10, 2019
Pokemon 4Ever (Celebi – Voice of the Forest)
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It may feel like Stuart, Arnie, and Justin have talked about Pokemon 4Ever, but Ash and Pikachu still have a long road to travel before they complete their cinematic journey. Perhaps they can speed up the process when they encounter Celebi - a legendary Pokemon with the power of time-travel.  The hosts rewind the clock too when they pull out some classic Pokemon board games, and return to the era of dice rolls and moving tokens along fold-out maps. Listen Now and find out the true identity of the masked marauder! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 02, 2019
Pokemon 3: The Movie (Entei – Spell of the Unown)
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Ash and Pikachu are off pursuing new Championship dreams in the distant land of Johto when Pokemon 3 brings them face-to-face with the Unown! How will the travelers fare against a lonely orphan girl who’s harnessed the power of psychic Pokemon, and kidnapped Ash’s mother Delia, in an attempt to rebuild her missing family? And will Ash’s retired fire-breather Charizard return to the fold, and save his former Trainer from a Legendary pocket monster named Entei? Catch Stuart’s, Justin’s, and Arnie’s evolving opinions on this franchise when you Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 26, 2019
Pokemon: The Movie 2000 (The Power of One)
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Pikachu, his trainer Ash Ketchum, and all the classic pocket monsters proved they were no fad of the 1990s when they stormed the new millennium with another hit animated film.  Pokemon 2000 sees them facing off with a heartless collector who stokes apocalyptic fears when he captures a flock of doomsday birds - including “Beast of the Sea” Lugia!  Will the Now Playing crew have as much fun with the film as they do trying to learn the Pokemon Trading Card game? Listen and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 19, 2019
Captain Marvel
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Before they reach their End Game, Marvel Studios takes audiences back to where it all began for S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Nick Fury (Samuel “Mother-Flurken” Jackson) - a 1995 close encounter with Captain Marvel. Can Brie Larson’s space invader rectify where her loyalties lie when warring factions of Kree and Skrulls descend upon Earth to claim Annette Bening’s lightspeed technology? And when will the femalien be ready to use her flaming fist power?  Find out if Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob had a Mar-Velous time revisiting the Grunge Era when you Listen Now!    {Marvel Series} {Avengers Series} {Comic Book Movies Series} {Captain Marvel Series} --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 13, 2019
Pokemon: The First Movie (Mewtwo Strikes Back)
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Also includes reviews of "Pikachu's Vacation" and "Origin of Mewtwo"   Arnie, Justin, and Pika-Stu are strapping on the boxing gloves and going head-to-head with Pokemon - the second most popular video game franchise of all time. Can the hosts survive six rounds with these irrepressibly cute “pocket monsters”, starting with their blockbuster animated First Movie?  Legendary baddie MewTwo hopes to wipe them and every other living being off the face of the earth with an epic flood, making way for a new generation of genetically modified critters.  Catch all the laughs and excitement when you listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 05, 2019
Thinner
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Now Playing is adding more Stephen King to their movie diet - starting with an adaptation of the horror scribe’s best-selling weight loss plan Thinner. Magic man Tadzu Lempke can help you melt away excess pounds without exercise or fasting, thanks to one of his custom gypsy curses. Can an obese lawyer eat a slice of humble pie, atone for running over Tadzu’s mother, and get his hex lifted before he wastes away to a skeleton? And is this production plagued by the same bad taste that’s caused so many other King works to belly flop on screen? Listen and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 27, 2019
Happy Death Day 2 U
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Happy Death Day blew out the candles and got its wish--major profit for Blumhouse, but what will happen when the movie itself loops and begins a sequel? And how much did the trailers lie about the movie's plot? These questions and many more are answered in this episode of Now Playing Podcast! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 20, 2019
Happy Death Day
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Happy Death Day is a lighthearted whodunit slasher film, equal parts Groundhog Day, Friday the 13th, and Sixteen Candles. We follow college student Tree (Jessica Rothe) as she relives the same day again and again, always ending the same way--her murder. Is this a movie worth watching over and over again, or should it be tossed off like a bad hangover? Join the Now Playing hosts now to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 12, 2019
Groundhog Day
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Harold Ramis and Bill Murray collaborated often in the ‘80s, producing beloved films like Caddyshack and Ghostbusters. Their final team-up was in 1993’s Groundhog Day. The high concept premise of a man forced to relive the same day again and again surpassed its comedic roots, and the film has become a modern-day classic. Did Ramis and Murray save the best for last? Well, rise-and-shine campers, it’s time to listen to Now Playing’s review of Groundhog Day! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 05, 2019
Leprechaun Returns - Behind the Scenes Interviews
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The Leprechaun is back, and he's on the attack! Leprechaun Returns is a new film rebooting franchise continuity and picking up after the events of the original 1993 Leprechaun. Intrigued? Our review comes out next month, but you can join Arnie now as he goes behind the scenes of Leprechaun Returns. Listen to these exclusive interviews with star Taylor Spreitler, new Leprechaun Linden Porco, and Leprechaun Returns' director Steven Kostanski. Hear this interview, then head to NowPlayingPodcast.com/Donate to get all our Leprechaun movie reviews! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 02, 2019
Locke
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Tom Hardy didn’t have to drive like Mad Max to get moviegoers’ attention in 2014. Watch the method actor slip behind the wheel of indie Locke and get taken on a harrowing ride through one man’s midlife crisis. Why does a successful builder of skyscrapers throw away his career and marriage on an impromptu road trip to London? And will Arnie, Jakob, or Stuart get carsick spending all 84 minutes of the film locked in a BMW? Fasten your seat belts, crack open a cider, and become a backseat driver for this lively discussion of a one man show. Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 29, 2019
Face/Off
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Now Playing is about to unleash a Biblical plague better known as Face/Off - one of the 1990’s wildest action flicks! Hong Kong export John Woo created the ultimate body swap movie when he directed lawman John Travolta to surgically remove his face, and infiltrate a maximum security prison wearing the mug of terrorist Nicolas Cage. Meanwhile the bad guy uses his captor’s discarded flesh to masquerade at work and home as the dedicated cop. Find out if this head trip is a turn/on, or a slap in the face, for Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart when you Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 23, 2019
Hitman: Agent 47
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Agent 47 is back and balder than ever in a 2015 relaunch of the Hitman franchise.  Can Homeland actor Rupert Friend make a stronger impression than Timothy Olyphant as the legendary cloned assassin trades bullets with wannabe Wolverine Zachary Quinto? And can new agent Hannah Ware really be 43 times better than the boys if it takes her 43 years to locate sickly bioengineer Ciaran Hinds? Trust Justin, Stuart, and Arnie to protect listeners from head trauma as they navigate another treacherous video game adaptation. Listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 16, 2019
Hitman
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Justin, Arnie, and Stuart use the 42nd installment of the Now Playing Arcade to celebrate being 47… that is, video game Hitman: Codename 47. Die Hard 4 villain Timothy Olyphant hoped to make a killing at the box office when he suited up to play this mysterious baldie with a barcode back in Thanksgiving 2007.  But can his follically-challenged assassin deliver enough carnage and believable romantic chemistry with beautiful Russian target Olga Kurylenko to satisfy audiences not holding a joystick?  Find out when you slip on some headphones and Listen Now. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 09, 2019
Bumblebee
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The Last Knight left many Transformers fans feeling stung, but Hasbro hopes to reawaken nostalgia for the 1980s toy line with their retro-minded solo film Bumblebee. Can the lovable VW bug connect with a grieving gearhead teenager (Hailee Steinfeld) using only a car radio to speak? And will Sector 7 jarhead John Cena, or Decepticons Shatter (Angela Bassett) and Dropkick (Justin Theroux), undermine the Autobot plot to relocate to Earth? Don’t take this high dive back into dicey waters alone.  Roll out with Jerry, Arnie, and Stuart. Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 02, 2019
Aquaman
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DC Comics invites audiences to dive under the sea and get chummy with Aquaman - a character who got a lot of sand kicked in his face back in the days of Superfriends.  Now tough guy Jason Momoa is on the hook to win the bastard Atlantean some cinematic justice. Will he stop half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) from becoming Oceanmaster, and uniting the seven seas against the surface world?  More importantly, can "Fishboy" talk crabby podcasters Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart out of torpedoing his first stand-alone feature? Listen and find out. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 25, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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Thanos may have turned Tom Holland and half the Marvel Universe into ash last summer, but you can still find a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man on the big screen when you enter Into The Spider-Verse. Sony Pictures Animation brings together no less than nine different incarnations of the comic book webslinger - including Miles Morales, Peni Parker, and porcine punchline Spider-Ham - for an amazing mixed media showdown with Kingpin. Does this inter-dimensional crossover get the Spidey Senses tingling for Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart?  Listen and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 18, 2018
Max Payne
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Mark Wahlberg aimed to please fans of the popular shooter Max Payne, but his 2008 movie adaptation missed its target audience and clipped the wings of a potential franchise. Will this vigilante cop have better luck scoring points with Now Playing Arcade hosts Justin, Arnie, and Stuart?  And can they coherently link the man who murdered Max’s family to a wild conspiracy involving hallucinogenic street drugs and C-list celebrities Mila Kunis, Chris O’Donnell, and singer Nelly Furtado? Your best shot at finding answers is to Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 11, 2018
Creed II
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The Rocky series continues to go the distance with its eighth installment: Creed II. But is this really Adonis Creed’s story, or is it Rocky’s, as old nemesis Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) brings his son Viktor to the US for a fight? Will history repeat itself? And can Creed II still pack a punch when Creed writer/director Ryan Coogler is replaced with his buddy Steven Caple Jr? Go for it! Listen to Now Playing’s new movie review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 05, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Wreck-It Ralph not only Breaks The Internet with his second movie, he shatters Thanksgiving box office records. But never fear… it’s Tech Support Tuesday, and hosts Justin, Arnie, and Stuart have the antivirus to all the holiday weekend hype. Will entering a violent racing game help glitchy Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) connect with her inner Disney Princess, and save her Sugar Rush friends? Or will John C Reilly’s 8-bit oaf bring down the franchise with a series of humiliating viral videos? CLICK HERE to get your next Now Playing Arcade fix! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 28, 2018
Wreck-It Ralph
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Good video games typically "go Turbo" and become crummy movies, but Walt Disney animators try to "Fix-It" with Wreck-It Ralph - a love letter to classic coin-ops. Can an 8-bit villain voiced by John C. Reilly step into a first person shooter and rebrand himself a hero? And do Arnie, Justin, and Stuart get a sugar rush seeing so much pixelated nostalgia from their childhood, like Q*bert and Sonic the Hedgehog? Or will they inevitably find something to glitch about? Save your quarters, because the answers are free when you press play and Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 21, 2018
Silent Hill: Revelation
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It’s homecoming weekend in Silent Hill, as teenage runaway Sharon reunites with her darkside doppelganger Alessa for a 2012 sequel in 3-D!  Will the Revelation that cultists have kidnapped adoptive father Sean Bean provide a good reason for moviegoers to head back into the fog and solve new puzzles? And is Game of Thrones hunk Kit Harington much help in the fight against Pyramid Head, a lunatic Malcolm McDowell, and a staff of faceless demon nurses?  Find out when you take another merry-go-round ride on the Now Playing Arcade! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 13, 2018
Silent Hill
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The Now Playing Arcade finally has a reason to put down the flamethrower!  Hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Justin stumble through the falling ash of Uwe Boll films to arrive at Silent Hill - the rare video game movie to earn box office success. Will stranded mother Radha Mitchell find any Green Arrows while searching the West Virginian ghost town for her missing adoptive daughter Sharon?  And is that a pyramid, or a dunce cap, atop the head of the sword-wielding monster that follows close behind her? Quiet your questioning mind with another podcast review! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 06, 2018
Hereditary
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Because we consider you family, Now Playing is releasing a bonus podcast review of Hereditary for your Halloween enjoyment.  Will Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob lose their heads over what’s become the most hyped horror flick of 2018?  Or is the sight of Toni Collette’s model household going insane more likely to induce headaches than heart palpitations?  You don’t need to worship King Paimon to acquire these answers. This show is free for everyone, and available now, as our way of saying Happy, Happy Halloween! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 01, 2018
Children of the Corn: Runaway
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Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie tried to Runaway from their Stephen King duties in 2018, but the tenth installment of Children of the Corn has found its way onto the Now Playing calendar in time for Halloween!  Join these podcasters as they catch up with Ruth - a fugitive of the Gatlin corn cult who is forced to fight He Who Walks Behind The Rows for custody of her teenage son. Will Feast director John Gulager find a kernel of a good idea in a franchise that’s yielded a steady crop of Red Arrows?  The only way to know if the hosts survive this harvest is to Listen Now!     Watch our exclusive interviews with Courtney Gains John Franklin at the Now Playing YouTube Channel --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 30, 2018
Halloween (2018)
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Return to Haddonfield with Brock, Arnie, and Stuart as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of Halloween with a podcast review of the blockbuster 2018 requel (rebooted sequel)! Former babysitter Laurie Strode is the one stalking Michael Myers this time, as the captured killer is transferred to a new sanitarium. Can Jamie Lee Curtis’s pistol-packin’ grandma hit the bull’s eye without original director John Carpenter? And will her therapist daughter Karen (Judy Greer), or rebellious grandkid Allyson (Andi Madichak), inherit her Scream Queen title?  Listen Now and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 24, 2018
Postal
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Notorious filmmaker Uwe Boll has gone Postal - firing back at his many critics with a raunchy adaptation of one of the most offensive video games ever made. Can one unlucky Dude with a shotgun (Zack Ward) stop a Taliban plot to spread bird flu, and earn the respect of his trailer park? Or will he simply kill his cheating wife, cult leader uncle (David Foley), a corrupt cop, that rude lady at the welfare office, and Uwe Boll himself playing the owner of a Nazi-themed amusement park? Find out if Now Playing can make peace with it all when you listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 17, 2018
Venom
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WE are Now Playing, and this week WE are watching Venom - the gooey space alien who tries to survive a new movie without Spider-Man as his host.  WE will see if reporter Tom Hardy and his black-and-white parasite can bring down unethical tech guru Riz Ahmed, repair a broken relationship with lawyer/fiancee Michelle Williams, and stop a second symbiote named Riot from eating the heads of everyone in San Francisco. (But WE will be the ones spitting venom if this character hasn’t received an upgrade from his Spider-Man 3 debut). WE will Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 10, 2018
House of the Dead II
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Uwe Boll’s reviled adaptation of Sega’s House of the Dead video game won’t stay dead, lumbering back to life with a SyFy Channel sequel. AMS agents Nightingale (Saw 2 babe Emmanuelle Vaugier) and Ellis (Ed Quinn) lead a team of soldiers into a college campus overrun with “hyper-sapiens”.  Can they retrieve a blood sample from Patient Zero, and cure the zombie outbreak, before Dick Cheney decides to drop the bomb?  And do Justin, Arnie, and Stuart see the franchise evolving now that it’s in new directorial hands? Listen and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 02, 2018
House of the Dead
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The 1996 shooter House of the Dead invited gamers to pick up light guns and mow down scores of charging zombies.  But the 2003 movie adaptation has podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart taking aim once again at immortal writer/director Uwe Boll.  Should bad movie lovers take that boat ride with Clint Howard, and attend a Sega-sponsored rave on Seattle’s Island of the Dead? Or will the hangover live forever in viewers’ minds?  You’ll find out if the Now Playing Arcade escapes this overturned porta-potty when you listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 25, 2018
The Predator
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30 years after his foul-mouthed mercenary Hawkins was slaughtered in a South American jungle, actor Shane Black returns to write and direct the fourth installment in The Predator franchise. Will audiences be missing Arnold when sniper Boyd Holbrook (Narcos), his autistic son Jacob Tremblay (Wonder), and a busload of looney war vets tangle with the space hunter?  And can centerfold-ready scientist Olivia Munn help Sterling K. Brown determine if these new predators got milk, or some other juice, enlarging their bones? “Stick around” and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 18, 2018
The Nun
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Are podcasters Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart ready to put their faith in The Nun after spitting on most of The Conjuring universe?  The latest installment in the franchise traces the origins of demon-in-a-wimple Valak to a war-torn monastery in Romania.  Can a free-spirited novitiate (Vera’s little sis Taissa Farmiga), and a guilt-ridden exorcist (Oscar nominee Demian Bichir), find the strength… and that misplaced vial of Christ blood… to combat this unholy sister act?  Our vow of silence ends when you click play. Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 11, 2018
D.O.A. - Dead Or Alive
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D.O.A. brought a healthy dose of T&A to fighting games in 1996, and the same holds true for the campy 2006 movie adaptation.  Everything jiggles when a trashy American wrestler (Jamie Presley), shinobi ninja princess (Devon Aoki), and slinky British cat burglar (Holly Valance) compete in the lucrative Dead Or Alive competition. Will the vixens put aside their differences and unite against Eric Roberts as he uses nanotechnology to extract and sell off their combat skills? Hear the Now Playing Arcade hosts receive another ass whuppin’ when you Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 04, 2018
Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge (Movie Review)
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Because the first Tekken movie didn’t prove fatal, podcasters Arnie, Justin, and Stuart must now survive Kazuya’s Revenge!  But could the emotionless amnesiac drifting through this low budget prequel be the same Kazuya who so rashly seized control of the Iron Fist Tournament last time?  And what good could possibly come from partnering with future champ Bryan Fury (Gary Daniels) to take down the assassin school that trained them?  Things are gonna get messy, even with a crazed janitor mopping up the arena. Assume a defensive position and Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 29, 2018
Tekken (2009) Movie Review
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Arnie, Justin, and Stuart climb into yet another arcade arena for a round with Tekken - the classic 1996 fighting game that inspired a not-so-classic 2010 science fiction flick. Can lowly thief Jin Kazama (John Foo) hold his own in a "kill or be killed" cage match with eight corporately-sponsored gladiators? Or will he take the fight to the evil organizers of the Iron Fist Tournament, and expose reigning champ Bryan Fury (Gary Daniels) to be a cyborg? Find out if the most damaging blows to the head are delivered to the audience when you Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 22, 2018
Warcraft
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The 1994 strategy video game Warcraft expanded into the worlds of novels, trading cards, and online multiplayer spin-offs before finally reaching movie screens in 2016. The long awaited battle between orcs, elves, and humans was a massive hit with international audiences, but bombed big time in the States.  Will Yank podcasters Arnie, Justin, and Stuart have more success than their fellow countrymen making sense of the cross-dimensional storyline? Grow some tusks and join them as they bite into this Tolkien-sized fantasy. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 14, 2018
Teen Titans GO! To the Movies
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Robin is tired of being Batman’s sidekick, so he and the other Teen Titans are taking their hit Cartoon Network show To The Movies.  Trouble is, Hollywood still doesn’t consider the Boy Wonder, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, or Beast Boy to be big screen stars.  Does picking a fight with Slade, a "Deadpool rip-off" voiced by Will Arnett, help their box office? And will listeners catch Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart singing along with these goofsters as they crack an egg on the DC Universe?  The answers aren’t on the usual Bat Channel. Go! to Now Playing to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 07, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (Podcast Review)
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Tom Cruise recovers from the Fallout of recent flops, and a shattered ankle, by leaping back to the top of the box office with his tried and true Mission: Impossible franchise.  The daredevil actor saves the world for the sixth time by once again teaming with techie Benji (Simon Pegg), hacker Luther (Ving Rhames), and markswoman Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) to stop plutonium-wielding terrorists. Listen now to find out if a tagalong CIA superman (Henry Cavill) and captive criminal mastermind (Sean Harris) compromise their mission to entertain. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 01, 2018
Need For Speed
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Electronic Arts was eager to get racing game Need For Speed into multiplexes after watching Vin Diesel's family of car thieves make bank.  But can Aaron Paul break box office records with rapper Kid Cudi, Mr. Robot, and hottie Imogen Poots in his pit crew?  They'll all burn rubber crossing the country in a bid to land a spot in Michael Keaton's exclusive street race, thereby getting the chance to show up rival driver Dominic Cooper.  Find out if this shift in gears in the Now Playing Arcade works for Justin, Stuart, and Arnie when you Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 24, 2018
It Came From the Desert (Movie Review)
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Cinemaware turned to 1950s monster movies for inspiration when developing a 1989 computer game about giant ants attacking small town America. Now It Came From The Desert comes full circle as a 2018 feature film!  An arrogant motocross racer and his shy mechanic must stop genetically modified insects from feasting on friends attending their victory kegger.  But have these fanboys seen too many B-flicks to make an original mark on the genre? Listen now to find out if Arnie, Justin, and Stuart must burn down another freak game-adaptation-gone-wrong. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 17, 2018
Ant-Man And The Wasp
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The box office for 2015’s Ant-Man might be considered small in comparison to other Avengers films, but Marvel banks that the second Paul Rudd adventure will make a bigger impact on the big screen thanks to The Wasp.  Are the two pint-sized superheroes simply chasing a Ghost when they shrink to a subatomic level and hunt for long lost scientist Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer)?  Podcasters Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob don’t need truth serum to tell listeners what they really think of the 20th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Listen now!   {Marvel Series} {Avengers Series} {Comic Book Movies Series} {Ant-Man Series} --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 11, 2018
Alone in the Dark II (Movie Review)
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Podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart are still shooting daggers at notorious filmmaker Uwe Boll, this time for making them watch a sequel to reviled video game movie Alone in the Dark. Christian Slater dodged a bullet when he passed off the role of paranormal investigator Edward Carnby to Die Another Day villain Rick Yune. Can the new star muster the strength to leave his sick bed and track down the witch that had him stabbed in a Central Park urinal?  And what tricks will occultist veterinarian Lance Henriksen pull from his medicine bag? Listen and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 03, 2018
Alone in the Dark
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Uwe Boll is easily the most prolific creator of video game movies, but does he also deserve his reputation as Worst Filmmaker Ever?  The Now Playing Arcade takes up the question with a review of Alone In The Dark, a beloved 1992 supernatural PC game that became a 2005 tax write-off for the hack director. Christian Slater stars as a PI who goes looking for lost 30-year-old orphans, and finds Tara Reid logging Native American artifacts in a museum overrun with monsters. Learn if this box office flop is so bad it's good, or just bad, when you listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 26, 2018
Incredibles 2
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It took 14 years for Pixar and director Brad Bird to create a sequel for popular superhero family The Parrs. Now mother Helen (Holly Hunter) steps back into the role of Elastigirl to lead a global PR campaign championing superpowers. But how easily can she change minds on the supers ban when new villain Screenslaver uses television to hypnotize and control the masses?  And how well does stay-at-home dad Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) do raising Violet, Dash, and baby Jack Jack without her? Listen now as Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart dig into Incredibles 2! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 20, 2018
Ocean's 8
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George Clooney and his crew are sitting out the latest caper so that little sister Debra (Sandra Bullock) and seven criminally-minded gal pals have a chance to steal the spotlight. Ocean’s 8 finds the girl gang attempting to lift a $150 million diamond necklace, worn to a glitzy red carpet gala by annoying Hollywood starlet Anne Hathaway. But can Debra pull off the sting while also getting revenge on the art dealer ex-boyfriend who put her to jail (Richard Armitage)?  And who in the octet walks away with the hearts of hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob?  Listen and find out. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 14, 2018
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
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It sure looked like Liu Kang (Robin Shou) won the Mortal Kombat tournament last film, but that’s not stopping his demonic foes from continuing their assault on Earth. Now the only way our heroes can stop mankind’s Annihilation is to challenge Outworld emperor Shao Kahn (Brian Thompson) to a rematch. Is new director John Leonetti up for this fight? And could someone please move the Eiffel Tower and Golden Gate Bridge out of the arena?  Things are bound to get messy as Justin, Stuart, and Arnie play referee for this contentious sequel. Listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 12, 2018
Mortal Kombat
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Video games finally broke through at the box office in 1995 with the release of Mortal Kombat - director Paul WS Anderson’s cinematic take on the popular Midway fighting game. Earth will fall under the control of demons unless Thunder god Raiden (Christopher Lambert) can assemble a team of human martial artists that rivals end bosses Goro, Kano, Sub Zero, Scorpion, and Sheng Tsung.  Is this next entry in the Now Playing Arcade a winner, or will Justin, Stuart, and Arnie receive another hard blow to the head? Find out when you listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 06, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story
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One of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe has gone Solo.  Harrison Ford earned fame and fortune playing an irascible space bandit in four sci-fi blockbusters. Now rising star Alden Ehrenreich inherits the iconic role in a prequel that dramatizes Han Solo’s first mission in the Millennium Falcon. He joins Chewie, Lando, and a band of criminals for a hyperfuel heist on planet Kessel, but will longtime fans be the ones feeling ripped off?  Assume Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart won’t betray you and you won’t be disappointed in their latest podcast! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 30, 2018
Deadpool 2
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This show description is guest written by Deadpool.   You know who's big? I am! Not in that way, get your mind out of the gutter! (Okay, I'm big in that way too.) But my first movie was more popular than Jesus! So take that John Lennon! But even with my healing factor I'm not immune to...performance anxiety. The dreaded sophomore slump can happen to anyone. I've got a second movie out and I pulled out the big guns. (Literally. Cable has a ginormous rifle. How does he hold that with those tiny hands?) But even with Cable and X-Force I'm worried-- will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart think it's as good as the first one?  I'm scared...why don't you listen now and let me know? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 23, 2018
Wing Commander
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Game developer Chris Roberts was on course to deliver the first major science fiction film of 1999 when he personally piloted his massively popular flight simulator Wing CommanderPhantom Menace and The Matrix. Do fighter pilots Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard offer a new hope for genre fans as they clean the cat box of feline space invaders The Kilrathi?  Or should Arnie, Justin, and Stuart quickly eject from this next entry in the Now Playing Arcade?  Listen and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 15, 2018
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
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20 years after computer programmer Jordan Mechner released Prince of Persia for the Apple IIe, the Disney Company paid the kingly sum of $200 million to launch his video game swashbuckler Dastan on the big screen. A Middle Eastern Jake Gyllenhaal looks for a way to turn back time after he’s framed for the murder of his adoptive royal father. Does the Now Playing Arcade take a gravity-defying leap forward with the acrobatic hero? Or would Stuart, Arnie, and Justin be more entertained by an ostrich race? Place your bets and Listen Now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 08, 2018
Goodfellas - A Patron Podcast Preview
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The Godfather enjoyed the reputation of being the greatest gangster film ever made for nearly 20 years before director Martin Scorsese ordered actors Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci to dig a hole and bury Pacino’s dark tragedy. 1990 mob epic Goodfellas looks at Family life from the purview of low level hoods who will never get to be “made men” like Michael Corleone.Hear this preview, then find out if hosts Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie bust these wiseguys’ balls for their outrageous scams and gratuitous f-bombs when you become a Now Playing Patron. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 06, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War
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Ten years ago Marvel Comics gambled their entire existence, using all their remaining IP as collateral, on the idea that they could make superhero films better than anyone else. 18 movies later, Marvel Studios makes their biggest bet yet - a billion dollars that audiences will love “the most ambitious crossover event in history” and one gaudy gold glove!  Is more the merrier when it comes to superheroes on screen, or are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes set up for an epic fail?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob now as they review Avengers: Infinity War!   {Marvel Series} {Avengers Series} {Comic Book Movies Series} --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 02, 2018
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
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No one was better suited to convert the role playing mechanics of the best-selling Final Fantasy series into stirring cinema than game creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.  But dreams of writing and directing the world’s most photorealistic animated movie crashed to earth like a meteor when The Spirits Within landed in theaters in summer 2001. Gaia only knows what podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart will find inside the wreckage of this poetic tale of parasitic alien invasion!  So let down your defense shields and listen now. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 24, 2018
Rampage
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32 years after making its debut as a city-leveling coin-op video game, Rampage bursts onto the big screen as a brand new movie. So why are Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Joe Manganiello so eager to shut down the Chicago block party being thrown by giant gorilla George, mutant crocodile Lizzie, and massive wolf Ralph?  Join podcasters Arnie, Justin, and Stuart as they try to figure out why New Line Pictures plunked so many quarters into this arcade classic. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 18, 2018
Doom (2005)
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Long before he took on a Rampage of giant gorillas, wolves and lizards, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson led a squadron of Doom-ed Marines to Mars for another blowout with video game baddies. The 1993 first-person shooter Doom changed the way millions looked at their PCs. So why wasn’t the 2005 movie adaptation a similar success? Join Justin, Arnie, and Stuart as they analyze the DNA of this box office bomb to determine if its the handiwork of angels or demons. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 10, 2018
Ready Player One
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Get ready to “clan up” with Arnie, Justin, and Stuart for a podcast review of Ready Player One. Steven Spielberg’s latest sci-fi adventure imagines the future of entertainment to be pop culture icons of the past populating a massive cyber playground.  Should viewers cough up the coins it takes to slip on a pair of 3D glasses and join gamer Wade Watts (Ty Sheridan) - along with Freddy Krueger, Hello Kitty, Iron Giant, and countless other superstars of the 1980s and 90s - for a virtual reality scavenger hunt? Listen and find out. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 04, 2018
Pacific Rim: Uprising
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Mar 27, 2018
Tomb Raider
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It’s been 15 years since Lara Croft last raided movie theaters, but now a new Oscar-winning actress is picking up the controls and racing into action. Tomb Raider 2018 - an origin story for the scrappy video game heroine - finds Danish Girl Alicia Vikander tracking her missing father Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West) to a mythical Japanese island crawling with mercenaries and booby traps.  Listen now to find out if survivors Stuart, Arnie, and Justin have reached higher ground in the Now Playing Arcade. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 20, 2018
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life
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Angelina Jolie reprised her role as England’s most scantily clad excavator for her second and final Tomb Raider adventure. Cradle of Life finds Lady Croft diving into sunken ruins with Greek sailors, motorcycling across the Great Wall of China with Gerard Butler, and ascending African peaks with Djimon Hounsou.  All in the hopes of beating blackhearted bio-engineer Ciaran Hinds to Pandora’s Box. Listen and find out if this 2003 sequel is plagued by the same problems that made Arnie, Justin, and Stuart deathly ill watching previous video game adaptations. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 13, 2018
Death Wish (2018)
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Movies with action heroes from the 1980s die pretty hard at the box office these days, but Bruce Willis aims to change all that with a 2018 reboot of Death Wish. The aging tough guy stars as a Chicago surgeon who goes from saving lives in the ER to taking lives on crime-ridden streets, after burglars violate his home and family.  Can Bruno take out the bad hombres and make America great again one bullet at a time? Or do hosts Arnie, Jakob and Stuart wish this vigilante died with Bronson? Listen and find out... --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 06, 2018
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
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Five years after busty British archaeologist Lara Croft stole the hearts of PlayStation owners, the planets aligned to bring the video game vixen to the big screen in the skin of Oscar-winning bad girl Angelina Jolie. The 2001 Tomb Raider movie finds Lara racing against the clock to reach an ancient time machine before its claimed by future James Bond Daniel Craig and The Illuminati.  But will she avoid the pitfalls of other arcade-to-movie flops and flip the arrows green for fellow treasure hunters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart? Listen and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 28, 2018
Black Panther
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Chadwick Boseman bounds to the screen as Black Panther - the latest Marvel superhero to leap from comic pages into his own blockbuster movie. Will the newly crowned African Avenger continue to hide his technologically-advanced kingdom from the exploitative Western world? Or will Oakland militant Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) usurp the vibranium throne and use Wakandan firepower to finally Kill Whitey?  The revolution will not be televised… but colonizers Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart will certainly podcast about it all on this epic show.  Listen now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 20, 2018
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
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It took 15 years for filmmakers to hit the reset button on Street Fighter, with a second movie ditching JCVD’s paramilitary squad in favor of an origin story for kung fu pianist Chun-Li.  Does Smallville star Kristin Kreuk prove legendary in the title role? Is Oscar-nominated giant Michael Clarke Duncan slumming for work by teaming up with unconscionable real estate developer Bison (Neal McDonough)?  Is embarrassment the reason Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo won’t remove that mask?  I gotta feeling confused video game players will have a good good night when they listen now. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 13, 2018
Street Fighter
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Podcasters Justin, Stuart, and Arnie have been taken hostage by Street Fighter, the infamous 1994 movie adaptation of the popular arcade fighting game. How much Van Damme-age can the boys withstand when the "Muscles From Brussels" goes American in a blue beret to beat down villainous megalomaniac Bison (the last movie role for terminal song-and dance man Raul Julia). And does this Shadaloo showdown improve when con artists Ryu and Ken, yellow-skinned mutant Blanka, fake news crew Chun-Li, Honda, and Balrog, and even Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue join the fray? Listen now and find out. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 07, 2018
Double Dragon
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The fly-kicking Lee Brothers were quick to mimic Mario’s leap from coin-ops and cartoons to a live-action feature film… and just as quick to fail. The 1994 action flick Double Dragon finds video game heroes Billy Lee (Party of Five heartthrob Scott Wolf) and Jimmy Lee (martial artist Mark Dacascos) scouring post-apocalyptic LA for the second half of a magic medallion.  Will Justin, Arnie, and Stuart find their battle with Robert "T-1000" Patrick less tortuous than a repeated knee to the face? Listen now and find out. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 31, 2018
Super Mario Bros.
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Pixelated plumbers Mario and Luigi spent a decade warping through various video games, cartoons, and comic books before finally arriving on the big screen as Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo in the 1993 live action adventure Super Mario Bros. Hosts Justin, Stuart, and Arnie dredge up this moldy oldie to assess whether Hollywood’s first attempt at adapting an arcade hit deserved to Bob-omb so badly. Devolve your lizard brain and listen to this super show now. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 23, 2018
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
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The Now Playing Arcade is now open!  Justin, Stuart, and Arnie are reviewing every movie based on a video game in a new retrospective that kicks off with The King Of Kong. Is this 2006 documentary about the heyday of coin-op machines (and the geeks who never stopped playing them) worth your quarters? Listen now and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 16, 2018
Insidious: The Last Key
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Before elderly psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) faced her mortality battling "Veilhead" in Insidious, she had to confront literal and figurative skeletons in her family closet. New prequel The Last Key shows the Spectral Sightings team going back to Elise’s childhood home and taking on "Keyface", a demon who locks up your vocal cords and preys on your most violent thoughts. But can he silence criticisms that Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart previously voiced about this franchise, and deliver an electrifying fourth chapter? Listen now and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 09, 2018
The Disaster Artist
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Cult audiences love midnight movie The Room for being crazy melodrama, but the story of how it got made might be even more nuts.  Does James Franco show his talent, or just his ass, stepping into the skin of wannabe writer/director/actor Tommy Wiseau?  And will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart find a new appreciation for this Disaster Artist when the truth behind his bad plots is dramatized?  Listen now and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 01, 2018
The Room
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Audiences have been tearing delusional actor/writer/director Tommy Wiseau apart for the last 14 years over his self-funded melodrama The Room. Can you ever really trust anyone who would recommend a movie this preposterous? Oh hi Jakob!  Three’s a crowd when the die hard Room-mate, his best friend Arnie, and manipulative bitch Stuart come together to explore this midnight movie phenomenon. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 26, 2017
The Last Jedi
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Episode VIII finds General Leia (Carrie Fisher), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), and a dwindling number of Resistance fighters beating a hasty retreat from the rising armies of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Their only hope lies with recently located Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) - The Last Jedi in the universe.  But can Master Luke trust feisty apprentice Rey (Daisy Ridley) to learn the ways of The Force without succumbing to the Dark Side like his previous pupil, the murderous tyrant Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)?  Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart for a deep dive into the biggest movie of 2017. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 20, 2017
12 Monkeys
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In 12 Monkeys Bruce Willis plays James Cole - a man from the future who’s come to witness the start of an extinction-level pandemic. Or he’s insane, filled with a Cassandra complex. He encounters Brad Pitt’s Jeffrey Goines, who is insane, but also may know more than he’s letting on. Yet perhaps the real time traveler is nonconformist, eclectic director Terry Gilliam whose underrated 1995 film foreshadows both stars’ roles in more popular films. Now, join Arnie, Stuart, and guest host Matt as they travel back to 1995 and examine this dystopian sci-fi film. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 12, 2017
Death Sentence
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Saw director James Wan wished to leave the horror genre behind when he signed on to adapt Death Sentence - author Brian Garfield's previously unmade sequel novel to Death Wish. A buttoned-down Kevin Bacon cuts loose, kicks off his Sunday shoes, and follows in the footsteps of Charles Bronson's pistol packin' Paul Kersey once a street gang targets his perfect family. Listen now and find out if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart give this failed reboot a stay of execution. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 05, 2017
Death Wish V: The Face of Death
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It was Charles Bronson's wish to never reprise the role of vigilante Paul Kersey after Death Wish IV. So movie producers found $5 million reasons for the 72 year old actor to star as their Face of Death one last time. This fifth chapter sends Kersey into the underbelly of New York City's garment district, where the tough guy hunts the cannoli-loving transvestite mobsters who disfigured his clothing designer fiancee and stole away his surrogate daughter. Do Jakob, Stuart and Arnie find this fashion forward finale a bad turn on the catwalk, or a fitting end to the Bronson era?  Listen and find out. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 28, 2017
Justice League
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How does a DC Comics super-team come together when the Man of Steel is dead, Batman is suicidal, Wonder Woman won't lead, and the most promising recruits are an aloof Merman, a renegade robot, and a neurotic runner who'd rather eat than fight?  It will take the Classic Rock threat of Steppenwolf, reuniting with the Mother Boxes of Invention, to unify this Justice League.  But is there any hope for Recommendations from Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie when the clashing visions of director Zack Snyder and last minute replacement Joss Whedon create such a chaotic production?  Find out who wins and loses when you listen now! Thirsting for even more JUSTICE? Become a Now Playing Patron to hear an extended version of this review--over 30 minutes longer! Details are on the Now Playing Patron site! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 21, 2017
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
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Paul Kersey gets topical with his fourth killing spree in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown! This time he's going to whack the crack dealers in Los Angeles. It's the type of film only Cannon Films could make. But is it any good? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 14, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok
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The God of Thunder was ready to change his image after Now Playing and so many others hammered his solo films as the silliest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Third effort Ragnarok not only puts Thor in the arena with longtime frenemies Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), but pits him against powerful new characters Hela (Cate Blanchett), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).  Should the studly superhero have been so quick to chop off his golden hair, or would those shears have been better served cutting out some jokes in this 130 minute epic? Find out if hosts Arnie, Jakob and Stuart rain on Marvel's latest parade by listening now!   {Marvel Series} {Avengers Series} {Comic Book Movies Series} {Thor Series} --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 08, 2017
Jigsaw
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Seven Year's Later...it's again Halloween; it's again Now Playing reviewing Saw! The "torture porn" genre had fallen out of vogue, and Saw's grosses fell to match. Now, not quite a decade later, is the world ready for more traps and (plot) twists? Does the Saw cut as deep in its eighth iteration? Strap on your bucket and join Arnie, Jakob, and Marjorie to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 31, 2017
Leatherface (2017)
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Texas Chainsaw 3D was a success in 2013, but the fast-tracked sequel got mired in studio bureaucracy and changes in creative teams. Finally, nearly five years later, comes Leatherface--a prequel to Tobe Hooper's original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It has been available to DirecTV customers for the past month, but now it's streaming through all major platforms. Can this new prequel give a better origin story for Leatherface than Platinum Dunes' attempt? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Brock to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 24, 2017
Death Wish 3
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Paul Kersey has returned to New York (or London). He didn't come intending to fight a gang war, but he finds his war buddy gunned down. It's a fight Kersey didn't start, but he intends to finish it in Death Wish 3.  It's the first Death Wish that is officially a Cannon film. Does their Over the Top aesthetic help Charles Bronson's franchise? Join the Now Playing Podcast hosts to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 17, 2017
Blade Runner 2049
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In the early '80s, the dawn of home video, it would be easy to think movies had a lifespan of only four years. But Ridley Scott's creation Blade Runner escaped box-office failure to find its own life. Its imagery still influences artists 35 years after being released, and it's spawned novels, video games, and more. But now this dystopian vision returns to big screens with a sequel: Blade Runner 2049. Harrison Ford returns as Deckard, a man with secrets sought after by a new Blade Runner played by Ryan Gosling.  Can director Denis Villeneuve craft a vision that we'll still be discussing in 2052? Listen to this review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 10, 2017
Death Wish II
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Paul Kersey has lived a peaceful life for years in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, his daughter, and his housekeeper. Yet his tranquil existence will once more be shattered by a group of criminals who will assault his family. Now Paul is back on the streets, stalking the streets of Skid Row, looking for revenge. Does this Death Wish hit as hard as the original? Listen to this episode of Now Playing to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 03, 2017
Bloody Birthday
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Three children were all born during the solar eclipse. Does that mean these little sociopaths have no soul? Their birthday wish...is for you to die! That's the plot of Bloody Birthday, a 1981 film "so shocking" it couldn't see wide release until 1986! How does this Birthday surprise stack up against similar-themed slashers? Wish co-host Stuart a happy birthday as we cut into this Patron-selected film! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 26, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
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Fledgling spy Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) barely had time to assume his place as Galahad before chirpy drug czar Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore) reduced the whole Kingsman Round Table to rubble. Now the English gentleman must dust off his suit and accept assistance from newfound American allies Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, and Pedro Pascal.  How many shots of whiskey will it take to ply recommends from Yank hosts Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob?  Their review of this highly anticipated sequel is finally available to listeners who missed the September live-stream podcast! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 24, 2017
Death Wish (1974)
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In 1974 Charles Bronson made his entry in the self-defense/revenge genre with Death Wish. The film is a gritty look at a New Yorker who is pushed to the breaking point by the city's rampant crime. Based on a novel, is this just another grim exploitation flick, or does it Wish to be something more? Load up with Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob as they begin their series reviewing all the Death Wish films--ending with the Eli Roth/Bruce Willis reboot this November! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 19, 2017
Happy Birthday to Me
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First came Halloween. Then Friday the 13th. Soon after, no holiday was safe! New Year's Evil, Mother's Day, Graduation Day. Prom Night...all became occasions for slasher fests. Then in 1981 it was time to blow out the candles with Happy Birthday to Me, a murder-mystery slasher starring Little House on the Prairie's Melissa Sue Anderson, and Superman's dad Glenn Ford. It's Now Playing co-host Arnie's birthday today, and listener Matt has chosen this to be his gift! Is it all he wished for? Join him, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 12, 2017
Inhumans
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Marvel's Inhumans are the result of combining alien DNA with humans. In that way they're neither human nor alien, they're inhuman. Likewise Marvel's Inhumans is a halfbreed--it's neither television nor film. It is the TV series pilot premiering this weekend on IMAX screens. Is it worth the IMAX ticket price to see a shorter version of network television four weeks early? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this hair-raising review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 02, 2017
Radio Free Albemuth
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Philip K. Dick's novel Radio Free Albemuth was published in 1985, three years after the author's death and nine years after the book was written. Yet with the author's name as propellant, this discarded novel was optioned for a low-budget movie. After lengthy post-production the film Radio Free Albemuth was released direct-to-VOD in 2014.  Can the acting (and singing) of Alanis Morissette help audiences swallow this film's extra-terrestrial premise? Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 29, 2017
Total Recall (2012)
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Do you remember Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 movie Total Recall? If not, Columbia Pictures will remind you with their wholesale retelling of that film. Featuring Colin Farrell in the lead this movie was quickly forgotten in theaters. But now, after much listener demand, the Now Playing hosts give Len Wiseman his props! So join Stuart, Brock, and Jakob for this return to our Philip K Dick Retrospective Series! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 22, 2017
Annabelle: Creation
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Annabelle was a prequel to The Conjuring. Now we go even further back in time with Annabelle: Creation--the story of the doll's manufacture and first possession. These films hit big at the box office, but can this demonic doll break the curse of getting no recommends from the Now Playing hosts? Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 15, 2017
The Dark Tower
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Over the span of 34 years Stephen King wrote his Dark Tower saga of books, amassing more than 4,000 pages of lore. The story features the last legendary Gunslinger on a quest to ward off evil forces and reach The Dark Tower. The story has often been called "unfilmable" but, after nearly two decades of trying, the story has come to the screen. Is it an epic fit for King, or another dark tale that didn't survive the leap from page to screen? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie on their quest to unravel the mystery and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 09, 2017
Dunkirk
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Christopher Nolan's latest film tells of the English army's rescue from German assault at Dunkirk. The director is relying on visual spectacle over star power, choosing mostly unknown actors for many of the lead roles. But what can Nolan's unique film-making and storytelling style add to distinguish Dunkirk from other World War II films? Jump on the boat with Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 01, 2017
T2: Trainspotting
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Trainspotting was a breakthrough film, gaining acclaim for both director Danny Boyle and star Ewan McGregor. Now, twenty years after their original tale of Scottish heroin addicts, the stars and director come together to catch up on the lives of Rent Boy, Spud, Sick Boy, and Franco. Who kicked the habit, and who hasn't? And what consequences are due for Renton stealing the £16,000?  Choose life! Choose to listen to Now Playing and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 25, 2017
Trainspotting
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In 1996 director Danny Boyle exploded on the indie film scene with his octane-fueled heroin comedy-drama Trainspotting. Based on the eponymous novel by Irvine Welsh, the film has a unique vibe, a killer soundtrack, and turned Ewan McGregor into a star. Can the 20-year-old film give the Now Playing hosts the same high it once did? Choose life. Choose Now Playing. Inject this into your ears now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 18, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming
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Spider-Man has finally come home! While Marvel Studios started without its most popular characters, an agreement between studios (aided by some North Korean hackers) has now made it so Marvel's most super of heroes, Spider-Man, can stand alongside the other cinematic Avengers. But this is this third big-screen incarnation of the wall crawler in 10 years. Does this one swing higher than Raimi's and Webb's movies? Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 11, 2017
Baby Driver
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No, Baby Driver is not about an infant taking his parents' car for a spin. Baby Driver is the latest film from Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Shaun of the Dead auteur Edgar Wright. For his fifth studio film Wright brings his unique take to the car chase genre. Or is it the musical? No matter. Load up your iPod Classic, pop in your ear buds, and join the hosts of Now Playing for this revved up movie review! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 04, 2017
Transformers: The Last Knight
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I'm pretty sure Anthony Hopkins said watching this film is what killed Hitler... --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 27, 2017
Bad Boys 2
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Bad Boys exploded in 1995. The career surge it caused for both stars Smith and Lawrence, as well as for director Bay, meant an eight-year wait for the sequel. In 2003 the Boys were back and it was bigger, badder, and much longer. But was it better? Join the bad boys of Now Playing Podcast for their review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 20, 2017
Bad Boys
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In 1995 Will Smith was a sitcom star with a rap career. Martin Lawrence was host of HBO's Def Comedy Jam, and his own show Martin where he would cross-dress to play Sheneneh. And Michael Bay was an unknown, save for a few stylish music videos. Their careers all blew up, as did several cars and an airplane, when they teamed up to make Bad Boys.  Now join the bad boys of Now Playing for their review of this action classic! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 13, 2017
Wonder Woman (1975) Bonus Episode: Soundtrack Interview with Neil S. Bulk
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Fans of the 1975 Wonder Woman series have to be excited for the Wonder-ful release from La La Land records: The Wonder Woman 3-CD set. This release has music cues and score from all three seasons of Wonder Woman's run from composers Charles Fox, Artie Kane, Robert Prince, Johnny Harris, Robert O. Ragland, Angela Morley, and Richard LaSalle.  On this bonus Now Playing, Arnie talks with Wonder Woman album producer Neil S. Bulk. Find out what goes into making a soundtrack for a 40-year-old show, and take a listen to some of the music found in this set.  And on this episode--find out how to win one of six copies Now Playing is giving away! You have until June 13th to enter. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 09, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017)
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Sometimes a movie becomes something more than a film--it becomes a movement. That seems to be the case with Wonder Woman. It has become celebrated as not only a great DC movie but also the first wonder-ful female-led superhero film, and a breakthrough for a female director. Beyond the politics, though, how much does this movie improve the Snyder-verse of DC Comics films? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 06, 2017
The New Original Wonder Woman (1975)
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Cathy Lee Crosby's Wonder Woman series didn't take off. But one year later ABC was ready to try again with The All-New Original Wonder Woman. It was a huge success and this is the series everyone remembers. Starring then-unknown Lynda Carter as the titular superhero, how does Wonder Woman work in a movie made in the 1970s, set in the 1940s? Spin along with Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 30, 2017
Wonder Woman (1974)
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When you think of Wonder Woman on ABC in the '70s no doubt you think of Lynda Carter in her red, white, and blue outfit, spinning through costume changes. But do you remember ABC's first Wonder Woman played by Cathy Lee Crosby? Based on DC Comics' "Diana Prince" era of comics, this made-for-TV movie introduces Wonder Woman the super-spy. Her bracelets may not deflect bullets, but they are gadgets worthy of James Bond. The series based on this pilot was not green-lit, and the next year ABC would try again with their iconic Lynda Carter show. But was this original movie still a Wonder? Wonder no longer! Listen to Now Playing to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 23, 2017
Inland Empire
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In 2006 David Lynch finally completed and released Inland Empire -- an experimental film that took him nearly three years to create. If it isn't the largest of Lynch's strange and surreal visions, it is his longest,  coming in at three hours. And recently Lynch announced this is the final movie of his career. With talking bunny sitcoms, a murder mystery, and the Locomotion, did he go out on a high note? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this final David Lynch review to find out!   Then head to NowPeakingPodcast.com and hear reviews of every episode of Twin Peaks! It's part of Now Playing's Spring '17 Donation Drive.  Every dollar helps keep Now Playing going! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 16, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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James Gunn defied all expectations. 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy was the first Marvel studios film to go cosmic, and with stars like a raccoon and a talking tree, it could have easily crashed. Instead it has become many fans' favorite entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now Gunn is back, as are all the Guardians. The stakes are higher. Does this movie rock as much as the first? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!   {Marvel Series} {Avengers Series} {Comic Book Movies Series} {Guardians Series} --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 10, 2017
Mulholland Dr
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After Twin Peaks' inglorious end it seemed a safe assumption that David Lynch and the ABC network were through with each other. Yet in the late '90s ABC hired Lynch to make a pilot for a new TV series--Mullholland Dr.  The series wasn't picked up, but Lynch filmed a new ending and the result was one of his most acclaimed films. So take the key, open the box, and join the Now Playing hosts as they analyze this surreal mystery movie! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 02, 2017
The Fate Of The Furious
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For several films where Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto was a car-driving superhero. Now, in The Fate of the Furious he's back on the wrong side of the law, working for a mysterious hacker named Cypher (Charlize Theron). Does this rift with his "family" supercharge the franchise's eighth installment, or is it headed for a burnout? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 25, 2017
The Straight Story
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After the violent, explicit Lost Highway it seems whiplash-inducing that David Lynch's next film would be a G-rated family film for Disney. But that's what The Straight Story is. There are no dancing little people, no time loops, and no murder mysteries. The Straight Story is a true story of Alvin Straight, a retired farmer who drives his John Deere lawnmower over 300 miles to see his ailing brother. Is this a Story worth watching? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 18, 2017
Lost Highway
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David Lynch's theatrical follow-up to the maligned Fire Walk With Me was Lost Highway -- a supernatural horror-thriller. The film stars Bill Pullman as Fred Madison, a man who may have killed his wife. On death row Fred is somehow replaced by twenty-something car mechanic Pete. What is going on, and how does it involve Dick Laurent? Hop in the car and join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as they guide you down this Lost Highway. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 11, 2017
Hotel Room
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Twin Peaks was far from David Lynch's only television effort. Not only did Mulholland Dr. start as a television pilot, but Lynch also produced On the Air and, in 1993, Hotel Room. That latter series was not picked up by any network, but HBO aired the three recorded episodes as a mini-series. Later it was released on VHS as a film. Now you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they look at Lynch's television history and check out Hotel Room! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 04, 2017
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
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Twin Peaks television ratings weren't enough for ABC to keep the show on the air. That cancellation left fans biting their nails with a cliffhanger that seemed would never be resolved. One year later Peaks was brought back to life, not on television but in theaters. But would this movie, a prequel chronicling Laura Palmer's last week, give the fans what it wanted? It was derided upon release, but with 25 years of distance is this film an underrated masterpiece?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!  Then head to NowPeakingPodcast.com. It's a donation drive where you can hear reviews of every episode of the Twin Peaks series, including the new episodes coming this summer on Showtime! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 28, 2017
Dance With the Devil (Perdita Durango)
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When credits rolled on David Lynch's Wild at Heart it seemed like no sequel was necessary. But Wild at Heart novelist Barry Gifford continued Sailor and Luna's tales in a series of books. He also wrote a spin-off novel 59° and Raining: The Story of Perdita Durango  featuring the Santeria practicing criminal from Wild at Heart.  The film adaptation was made with no connection to Lynch's earlier film, and was released in the states as Dance With the Devil. Can it be as Wild as Lynch's villain? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 21, 2017
Wild at Heart
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David Lynch was hitting a career peak in 1990. First, his show Twin Peaks became a national obsession.  Then his new film Wild at Heart won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.  But this movie, combining Barry Gifford's eponymous novel with The Wizard of Oz, did not find universal acclaim.  Can Nicolas Cage win over the hearts of our critics? Listen to find out!   Then head to NowPeakingPodcast.com and hear reviews of every episode of Twin Peaks! It's part of Now Playing's Spring '17 Donation Drive.  Every dollar helps keep Now Playing going! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 14, 2017
Logan
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For eighteen years Hugh Jackman has played Logan - the popular X-Men hero also known as Wolverine. His first appearance in 2000's X-Men helped launch the modern age of cinematic superheros. But now, after playing Wolverine nine times Jackman is ready to hang up his claws. His planned final performance is in Logan -- a violent and dour film that reteams Jackman with The Wolverine director James Mangold. Did Jackman save the best Wolverine for last? Join the Now Playing Podcast hosts to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 07, 2017
Silver Bullet
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In the 1970s Stephen King gave his version of a vampire tale with 'Salem's Lot.  In the '80s he wrote another classic horror monster story. The novella was called "The Cycle of the Werewolf", but the film was called Silver Bullet.  Does a pre-Lost Boys Corey Haim stand a chance against a rampaging werewolf? And who's scarier, the wolf or Gary Busey? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 28, 2017
Twin Peaks
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February 24 is Twin Peaks day.    It's designated as such because the first episode of Twin Peaks is set on February 24, 1989--the day Laura Palmer's body washed up on the shore of the small town.   Now join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as they watch and review the pilot episode of Twin Peaks, including the international version which solves the murder!  Then head to NowPeakingPodcast.com. It's a donation drive where you can hear reviews of every episode of the Twin Peaks series, including the new episodes coming this summer on Showtime! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 24, 2017
Blue Velvet
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Before Twin Peaks there was Blue Velvet -- David Lynch's first tale of  Kyle MacLachlan investigating a small town murder. This violent, sexy, surreal film has been ranked one of Lynch's best, and helped put Easy Rider Dennis Hopper back on top. Is this a mystery worth solving?  Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!   Then head to Now Peaking Podcast.com for reviews of every Twin Peaks television episode in anticipation of this summer's new season on Showtime!   Come Discuss Blue Velvet in the Now Playing Forums --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 21, 2017
John Wick: Chapter 2
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John Wick thought he'd left his killer lifestyle behind. After avenging his beloved pet he was ready to literally bury his past...but the underworld is not yet done with him. Keanu Reeves is back in the sequel to the sleeper hit John Wick. Does this one go off as well as the first? And what does it have in common with The Matrix? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 13, 2017
John Wick
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John Wick exploded out of nowhere. This film was announced in September, 2014 for release just a few weeks later. And thanks to the star power of Keanu Reeves, a strong trailer, and a high concept, the lack of promotion didn't matter--it quadrupled its modest budget.  Now, just over two years later, Wick is back in theaters for Chapter 2. Prepare for it by joining the Now Playing hosts as they give the first John Wick a shot! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 07, 2017
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
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Fifteen years ago Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich transformed Resident Evil from a successful video game franchise to a hit movie series. They released a new film every two to three years, and made almost one billion dollars worldwide.  Now, after a five year absence, they are back to conclude the series in The Final Chapter. Can Alice defeat the big boss and give the series a fitting ending--or do our hosts just want to hit the "reset" button and start the game over?  Join Stuart, Justin, and Arnie to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 31, 2017
Resident Evil: Retribution
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Ten years after Resident Evil first hit screens it came back for Retribution!  This fifth movie brings back actors, and plot points, from previous installments. Can the return of Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Colin Salmon, and Oded Fehr breathe new life into this zombie series? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 24, 2017
Resident Evil: Afterlife
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It was no surprise that Resident Evil would return for a fourth film. That original series creator Paul W.S. Anderson returned, however, was surprising. Bringing James Cameron's 3-D cameras he attempted to make the most eye-popping yet. Did this breathe new life into Afterlife or should we call in the executioner? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 17, 2017
Resident Evil: Extinction
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Alice goes Beyond Thunderdome on the Fury Road in Resident Evil: Extinction -- a Mad Max movie for gamers (it even ends with a final fight in a cage!) In this post-apocalyptic wasteland a group of survivors band together to travel to Alaska, where they are promised a civilization free of zombie infection. But who is their biggest obstacle -- the zombified birds and humans, or Umbrella Corporation's middle management?  Grab a game controller and join the Now Playing hosts to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 10, 2017
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
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The first Resident Evil film ended with what seemed like the end of the world -- Alice alone in a desolate, abandoned Raccoon City.  Picking up from that very moment Apocalypse reveals all is not lost as there is plenty of life in the city, but not for very much longer.  With new friends Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, can Alice make a deal to escape before the city is nuked, all while dodging attacks from Project Nemesis?  Do the hosts care, or do they want to see the city burn? Listen to find out?   Discuss this movie with the hosts in the Now Playing Podcast forums --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 04, 2017
Resident Evil
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In 1995 Paul W.S. Anderson scored a major hit with Mortal Kombat, a box office hit grossing more than double any other video game adaptations.  In 2002 Capcom hoped Anderson could beat his own high score with Resident Evil.  Based on the zombie survival-horror game, this movie brought the game's iconography and added some martial arts action. The movie was a success and launched the longest-running video game movie franchise. But is this a movie you want to watch, or just play? Join Justin, Stuart, and Arnie to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 28, 2016
Rogue One - A Star Wars Story
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Fans of Star Wars comics, books, video games, and cartoons have long known the universe is ripe for adventures outside of the Skywalker family tree. But with Rogue One this type of story comes to the big screen for the first time. Detailing the group of rebels who steal the original Death Star plans, this film was seen as a creative risk by Lucasfilm. The result was one of the biggest opening weekends of all time; another super-successful Star Wars movie. But was it a story that needed to be told? Join the Now Playing Podcast hosts to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 20, 2016
Children of Dune
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The original Dune mini-series broke Sci-Fi channel records for viewing. Three years later they attempted to hit that same peak with the sequel Children of Dune.  Combining the stories of two Frank Herbert novels, this three-part series brings back old characters and introduces new ones in the continuing story of House Atreides.  Should you watch these Children?  Listen to this episode of Now Playing to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 13, 2016
Chopping Mall -- Interviews with director Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell
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In this holiday season you can head to your local Chopping Mall to pick up the new Blu-Ray release of this 1986 horror cult classic. A brand new transfer and lots of bonus features accompany this new release. Going even further, on this podcast Arnie Carvalho talks to Chopping Mall director Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell, dispelling internet rumors and finding out about the making of this film. After you hear this interview, get our review of Chopping Mall! You can get this review now and help support Now Playing! It is available on our Podbean page. Every dollar you donate goes to make this show the best it can be. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the podcast! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 08, 2016
Dune (2000)
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The Dune novels have built a universe full of history and lore. So many details and characters exit that it seemed even David Lynch had trouble squeezing Frank Herbert's original novel into two hours, but could it work in six?    In 2000 the Sci-Fi Channel released Frank Herbert's Dune -- a three-night mini-series telling of the fall of House Atreides, and the rise of its son Paul.  How does this telling compare to both the '84 film and Herbert's original novel? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 07, 2016
Dune (1984)
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Frank Herbert's novel Dune had a long path from the novel to film. After a series of false starts it finally hit theaters in 1984 directed by Oscar nominated director David Lynch.  The director turned down Return of the Jedi for this other sci-fi epic. Yet while both are space fantasies on desert planets, Jedi was populated with muppets and Dune came with a pamphlet to help moviegoers unfurl the dense narrative. How much of this film is Herbert and how much is Lynch, and is this film the worm or the hook?  Join the Now Playing podcast hosts to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 29, 2016
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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As the school year ended in 1986 John Hughes gave the world a film honoring playing hooky -- Ferris Bueller's Day Off.  On the surface this is a fluffy comedy about three teens set loose in Chicago, but its themes and characters clicked with audiences and have endured for thirty years.  Now, as Now Playing continues its look at the films of 1986, Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin skip school to give you this bonus movie review.  Is this the best Day ever? Join them to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 24, 2016
The Elephant Man
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I am not an animal! I am a human being!  That quote from David Lynch's The Elephant Man has become part of the American lexicon, quoted in literally hundreds of movies and television shows.  But what of the film that created the quote? Lynch's 1980 black and white biopic, his first commercial production, was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won many other statues. How does The Elephant Man hold up over 35 years later? Take the bag off your head, put in your earbuds, and join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 22, 2016
Eraserhead
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David Lynch is a popular director of such films as The Elephant Man, Dune, Wild at Heart and Mulholland Drive. And he became a household name with his 1990 TV Series Twin Peaks where "Who killed Laura Palmer?" was the new decade's "Who shot JR?".  But before all those films came Eraserhead - Lynch's surreal feature debut. It has become a midnight-movie cult hit and its meaning has been debated for decades. Now you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they give their analysis and review! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 15, 2016
Doctor Strange
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Fourteen movies into the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes the Strangest movie yet -- Doctor Strange. This film eschews all the other movies' science fiction basis to bring that magic feeling to the franchise.  Can lauded actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Tilda Swinton cast their spell on our reviewers?  Listen now to find out!   {Marvel Series} {Avengers Series} {Comic Book Movies Series} {Dr Strange Series} --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 09, 2016
Rob Zombie's 31
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After swearing he was done with horror movies, director Rob Zombie scared up some crowd-funded money to make a tale of Halloween murder-- 31.  Featuring a group of carnies trapped by psychotic clowns, the film is a throwback to Zombie's earliest films. But is retro horror what we need, or is it just too much clowning around? Join the Now Playing hosts as they treat your trick with this special Halloween movie review! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 31, 2016
Sinister 2
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It took three years for Blumhouse to scare up a sequel to Sinister. Original creator Scott Derrickson had moved on to make Dr. Strange, but he returned to co-write and produce this follow-up. But can a story of a demon shaming Deputy So & So live up to the suspense of the original? Justin, Stuart, and Arnie are here to fill your trick or treat bag with this bonus podcast! So listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 30, 2016
Pet Sematary Two
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The Pet Sematary series returned from the grave in 1992. The three years in the ground (or the video stores) did it no favors as the return looked little like the '89 original. Gone was the entire cast, replaced by new star Edward Furlong -- fresh off his success of Terminator 2.  Can returning director Mary Lambert reanimate this franchise, or does this sequel smell of rot and death?  Dig up this show to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 26, 2016
Sinister
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One of the most acclaimed horror films of this decade was Sinister. On the surface this Blumhouse production seems little different than many haunted house films like Paranormal Activity and Insidious. But Sinister hit a note with fans, and its success and style set director Scott Derrickson on the path to direct Marvel's Doctor Strange. Is this another false scare, or is there something truly Sinister here? Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 23, 2016
Pet Sematary
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In 1983 King published Pet Sematary - the book he dubbed to scary to print, with a title too difficult to spell.  The book was a smash success.  Six years later the film adaptation was released. Can it possibly be as frightening as the source novel? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob as they dig up this movie and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 19, 2016
Christine
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By 1983 Stephen King had been christened the "King of Horror", his every book a bestseller, and his three films hits.   John Carpenter was an acclaimed horror director who created the modern slasher with Halloween.  When these two masters of terror joined forces to make 1983's Christine, could the results be anything but frightful fun? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they review the carnage to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 12, 2016
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
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From the minds of Stephen King and George Romero comes Tales from the Darkside: The Movie...a horror anthology like no other.  Well, scratch that, it's like several others--including Romero's own Creepshow! In fact, the King story in this film was written by Romero for Creepshow 2, but now it's joined by two other stories of monsters and murder.  Are these Tales the best Creepshow sequel of all? Join us to find out...but only if you promise to never tell! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 04, 2016
Creepshow 3
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Nearly 20 years after the last Creepshow left theaters a third installment creeped onto video shelves. Five more tales of terror await, but now they are all intertwined with crossover characters and a twisting timeline. Does this add enjoyment to the final Creepshow? Grab a hot dog and join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 27, 2016
Blair Witch
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The studio made it in secret. No one knew that Adam Wingard's new horror film The Woods was actually the third installment of the Blair Witch film series. This one goes back to the original 1999 film in both universe and style. Watch the found footage as James Donahue, brother of the original film's Heather, leads a new crew into Burkittsville to try and uncover the age old mystery.  Is this a great return to form? Head into the woods with Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 20, 2016
Ferris Bueller's Day Off - 30th Anniversary Soundtrack
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When you think of Ferris Bueller what comes to mind? Is it "Oh Yeah"? Or perhaps the Star Wars theme playing while Cameron's Ferrari shot above the city streets. And the iconic parade scene with Ferris lip syncing The Beatles' "Twist and Shout".  But for all the important music moments in the film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off never had a soundtrack...until now.  And to talk about it are Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin along with some guests. Join them for some music, some information, and a review of this new Ferris Bueller's Day Off CD. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 16, 2016
Creepshow 2
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Five years after Stephen King and George Romero revived the horror anthology with Creepshow, New World Pictures released the sequel. The poster looked the same, but there was a new director, Romero was now only writing, and King had a "Story By" credit. With just three tales of terror, versus the original's five, is the humor as sharp and the horror as scary? Get your ticket and join Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 13, 2016
Creepshow
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Stephen King was a master of written horror, and George Romero a master of cinematic scares. And in 1982 those two combined forces to bring you Creepshow -- five tales of terror, written by King and directed by Romero.  Were two kings of horror better than one? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they creep up on you with this review! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 06, 2016
Stand by Me
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They didn't market Stand by Me as a Stephen King film. In 1986 a period piece drama didn't fit with King's history of films, including axe murderers, ghosts, zombies, vampires, and killer semis. Few would have thought this 50's coming-of-age nostalgia piece was from King's short story "The Body." Yet the movie was a smash hit, nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Awards. How does this movie hold up thirty years later, playing to people other than Baby Boomers? Stand by Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 31, 2016
Apt Pupil
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A Nazi in hiding is uncovered by a suburban boy, and the result is blackmail and bloodshed. That is the story of Apt Pupil, Bryan Singer's directorial follow-up to his breakthrough The Usual Suspects. Is Kurt Dussander's secret past a mystery on par with Keyser Söze? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 23, 2016
The Shawshank Redemption
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The Shawshank Redemption has been voted the #1 movie of all time by IMDB.com users. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for star Morgan Freeman. It has played endlessly on TNT. And yet, upon its release, the film flopped in theaters. Is history right? Is this the best movie of all time, underappreciated when it first came out? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 16, 2016
Suicide Squad
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Earlier this year DC brought Batman back to the big screen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Now it's time for his nemesis to get the spotlight. Suicide Squad stars villains like Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Enchantress -- a group of bad people who may be able to do some good.  The characters are the worst of the worst...but is the film also the worst? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 10, 2016
Jason Bourne
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It's been nine years since Matt Damon last played Jason Bourne. But now he is back, ready to uncover new secrets about Treadstone and what turned David Webb into Jason Bourne. Do Greengrass and Damon still have the spark that made those original films so memorable, or should they have not Borne out another sequel? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this podcast movie review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 02, 2016
Star Trek Beyond
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On Thursday, September 8, 1966, Star Trek beamed into people's homes for the first time.  Since then, Star Trek has become a cultural phenomenon spanning 725 television episodes across six series, and 12 movies. But now it is time for Star Trek to go Beyond.  Is there still power in those warp coils on the Enterprise's 13th voyage in theaters? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Brock to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 29, 2016
The Last Starfighter
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A long time ago, in a trailer park far, far away... a teen named Alex beat the high score on the Starfighter arcade. But it wasn't just a game--it was a proving grounds for fighters to join an intergalactic war. Is Alex the Luke Skywalker for the '80s?  And how does this film's once-groundbreaking CGI hold up over 30 years later? Join Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 27, 2016
The Bourne Legacy
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The Bourne Ultimatum proved its box office dominance, and director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon were ready leave Jason Bourne behind. But Universal Pictures wasn't going to let that stop their blockbuster franchise, so enter The Bourne Legacy!  Jeremy Renner stars as Aaron Cross - another covert super soldier from the same CIA operations as Bourne.  Rather than risk exposure, the CIA has chosen to kill all their agents and start over. Can Cross survive this extinction protocol? And can the franchise survive without its signature star and character?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob now to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 19, 2016
The Bourne Ultimatum
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Three years after Bourne was supreme at the box office, star Matt Damon reteamed with director Paul Greengrass for the series' third installment  -- The Bourne Ultimatum.  This film promises to reveal the final secrets about the secret agent's past, and gives co-star Julia Stiles something to do. Did this original Bourne trilogy end on a high note? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 12, 2016
Short Circuit 2
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Just two short years after Short Circuit electrified audiences Johnny 5 returned in Short Circuit 2. This time Johnny is in the big city and realizing what it means to be human...or in his case, not human. The film was supposed to be full of heart, laughs, and special effects. But Johnny's wires got crossed and no connection was made with audiences.  With this film Johnny 5's cinematic life ended, but did he deserve his fate? Join Justin Five, Stuart, and Arnie to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 07, 2016
The Bourne Supremacy
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Universal had little confidence in making The Bourne Identity, but after its huge success they fast-tracked the sequel: The Bourne Supremacy. This follow-up teamed Damon with Paul Greengrass, who would continue to guide the Bourne films through this summer's new Jason Bourne.  Is this film truly supreme, or did the franchise lose its identity? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 06, 2016
Short Circuit
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Robocop. R2-D2. HAL 9000.  The T-1000. Johnny 5.   Yes, in the pantheon of great movie robots, there is no denying S.A.I.N.T. model Number Five deserves prominent mention. He came alive in 1986's Short Circuit and charmed audiences with his naivete, and his DeBarge theme song.  Now, as Now Playing looks back at the great sci-fi films of 1986, Arnie, Stuart, and new Now Playing critic Justin review this film to answer the age old question..."Who's Johnny?" Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 30, 2016
The Bourne Identity (2002)
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In 2002 a new action franchise was Bourne. Starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, The Bourne Identity modernized and heavily revised Robert Ludlum's original novel. Despite a modest budget, the film connected with critics and audience members alike. With the upcoming sequel Jason Bourne in theaters this July, it's time to check Bourne's original Identity.  Does the film hold up 14 years later? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 28, 2016
The Bourne Identity (1988)
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Jason Bourne has existed in Robert Ludlum novels for over 35 years. For mainstream audiences, however, he came to life when Matt Damon starred as the amnesiac secret agent in 2002. That action-packed rendition now defines the character, and has totally overshadowed Bourne's first portrayal -- in a 1988 ABC miniseries. The story was much closer to Ludlum's original novel than the later films, but can Richard Chamberlain match Damon's performance? To find out, join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as this new retrospective series is Bourne! And come back each week until we review the new Jason Bourne film in theaters! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 21, 2016
The Conjuring 2
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After three years and one Fast and Furious film, James Wan is back with a sequel to The Conjuring.  The original horror film scared up lots of dough for Universal, so now the series returns with Ed and Lorraine Warren investigating another real life haunting -- The Enfield Poltergeist. How "true to life" is this story, and does it up the suspense from the original? Join us to find out!t --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 14, 2016
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
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In this sequel to 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo are back again to save New York from Shredder. But while this film has the same look and some returning stars, there's a new vibe throwing back to the original cartoon series -- including fan-loved baddies Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady. With Arrow star Stephen Amell joining the cast as human vigilante Casey Jones, are these turtles worth shelling out for? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for their review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 07, 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse
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Director Bryan Singer is back to take the X-Men to the '80s for a totally tubular fight against Apocalypse! The film debuts the fan-favorite mutant villain on film. It also features the return of classic movie X-Men Cyclops, Jean Gray, and Nightcrawler. Is the result boss or bunk? Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 01, 2016
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
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The original Hellboy film didn't set the box office on fire. But like a necromancer, director and writer Guillermo del Toro brought the demonic comic hero back on screens in 2008. With the original cast back plus new antagonists both in and out of the BPRD, does Hellboy II: The Golden Army turn up the heat? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 24, 2016
Hellboy
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Dark Horse Comics was once best known for its series based on popular movie properties like Star Wars, Predator, and Alien. That reputation slowly changed as the publisher's original characters gained prominence, with the most popular becoming Mike Mignola's demonic creation Hellboy! In 2004 that comic was adapted to film by fantastical visionary Guillermo del Toro. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they go to hell and back, reviewing the original Hellboy! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 17, 2016
Captain America: Civil War
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Is this movie Captain America 3 or Avengers 3? Cap is back and he's brought the whole team. Iron Man, Ant-Man, Black Widow, Vision, Scarlet Witch, and half a dozen other costumed heroes appear--to fight! At issue is the UN wanting to control The Avengers   {Marvel Series} {Avengers Series} {Comic Book Movies Series} {Captain America Series} --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 11, 2016
The Running man
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No one was interested in making movies based on the writings of Richard Bachman. His novels Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and The Running Man were modest sellers that often had only one printing. More, they were dark and rough novels King wrote in his early years. That changed in 1985 when Bachman was exposed as a pen name for Stephen King. Just two years later Arnold Schwarzenegger was The Running Man--a very loose adaptation of the '82 Bachman novel. The film is now a cult hit, fondly remembered by Generation X, but is it any good? Listen now to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 04, 2016
Cujo
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From 1974 to 1982 Stephen King published 12 books, most of them bestsellers. Yet only three movies were based on his writing during that same period: Carrie in 1976, The Shining in 1980, and Creepshow in 1982. That all changed starting in 1983. In the next four years a total of thirteen movies based on King's works hit screens. The first movie in that deluge was Cujo, based on King's 1980 book about a mother and son trapped by a rabid dog. Does Cujo keep to the quality of the Kubrick, De Palma, and Romero films that came before? Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 27, 2016
American Splendor
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Harvey Pekar was an independent comic writer, a notorious talk show guest, and a general grump. And with the film American Splendor he added another title--movie star. Pekar himself and Paul Giamatti both play the author in the film that depicts Crumb's start in comics, and his fight with cancer. It's possibly the most down-to-earth comic book movie Now Playing has ever reviewed...but is it good? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!And after you listen to this review, listen to Jakob's 2008 interview with Harvey Pekar. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 19, 2016
The Spirit (2008)
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Frank Miller was given a director's credit on Robert Rodriguez's Sin City. With that film's success Miller went on to direct his own feature film. The result was The Spirit, based on Will Eisner's iconic comic book crimefighter. The movie's visual style and tone strongly resembled Sin City but the reception didn't match that earlier film. Is this film a Sin worth committing? Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 12, 2016
The Spirit (1987)
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When fans think of The Spirit they probably think of Will Eisner's 1940's comic book crimefighter. Or they may think of Frank Miller's 2008 film adaptation of the same name. Only the hard core Spirit fans and '80s trivia buffs would think of the film we'r --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 05, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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It took fifteen years of development, but now the World's Finest heroes are together on screen with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Can the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel share the screen?  The box office was big but the audience divided. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for this review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 29, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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It took fifteen years of development, but now the World's Finest heroes are together on screen with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Can the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel share the screen?  The box office was big but the audience divided. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for this review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 29, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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It took fifteen years of development, but now the World's Finest heroes are together on screen with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Can the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel share the screen?  The box office was big but the audience divided. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for this review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 29, 2016
Watchmen
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Watchmen was an acclaimed '80s comic series. It helped legitimize comics as a literary medium, and remained a bestseller for over 20 years. Yet with its complex, nonlinear narrative, all attempts to adapt it to film had failed to launch. But in 2009 director Sack Snyder, fresh off his success on 300, used the same visual style to bring Watchmen to theaters. The result was not as highly-praised as the graphic novel, but is it worth a watch? Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as they review the film version of Watchmen, including a comparison of all three different cuts released! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 23, 2016
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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After the success of the X-Men superhero properties were in demand. But before hero teams like Justice League, Watchmen, and Avengers could assemble, there was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Sean Connery's Allan Quatermain leads a cadre of literary figures including Tom Sawyer, Dr. Jeckyll, The Invisible Man, and others. The film's reception, though, was anything but extraordinary with rumors this production ended the careers of both Connery and director Stephen Norrington. Is the film deserved of that reputation? Join our League of Extraordinary Movie Critics to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 15, 2016
Gen 13
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Created by comic book superstars J Scott Campbell, Jim Lee, and Brandon Choi, Gen 13 was Wildstorm Comics' risque Gen-X version of the X-Men. After only a few years in publication the series' success led to Buena Vista creating this animated feature, starring voice actors Mark Hamill, John de Lancie, John de Lancie, and Flea. But before the movie could see release Wildstorm was bought by DC Comics, and Buena Vista parent company Disney forever shelved this action cartoon. Is this a gem that deserves its day, or a mercy killing a'la Corman's Fantasic Four? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for this review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 09, 2016
Justice League of America
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DC has had over 15 years of television dominance. From Smallville to Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, the heroes of DC Comics have come to life on the small screen. But not every attempt to bring the comics to life succeeded. Birds of Prey was cancelled early, and David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman pilot was never aired at all.  Neither was Justice League of America - a 1997 TV movie intended as a pilot for a CBS series. With The Flash, Green Lantern, The Atom, Martian Manhunter, Fire, and Ice sharing the screen, is this a lost gem? Join Now Playing's Super Friends Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Mar 01, 2016
Legends of the Superheroes
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In 1976 Wonder Woman spun into America's homes on CBS. In 1978 Superman took flight in theaters. So to capitalize on this success Hanna-Barbera brought a live-action Superfriends to TV with Legends of the Superheroes!  This TV special was split into two episodes, one an adventure and the other a "roast" of the heroes. But with Adam West and Burt Ward returning to the roles of Batman and Robin, is Legends of the Superheroes a worthy successor to Batman's camp fun? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob with this review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 24, 2016
Deadpool
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This show description is guest written by Deadpool.   Oh, hello there! Deadpool here. It took ten years but I've finally got my own solo film! Now, I know I'm awesome, but even I'm shocked at how many box office records it broke. I have to give a lot of credit to the marketing, but the movie stars me, so it has to be awesome. The real question, though, is what Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob think. So whatever you're doing -- STOP! You need to just put your life on hold for the next 100 minutes and listen to this show to hear the guys review of my first movie! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 17, 2016
Stardust
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Neil Gaiman's Stardust began in 1997 as a DC comic book fairy tale. In 1999 it was then published as an illustrated novel. Finally in 2007 it was adapted to the screen, directed by Matthew Vaughn. This story about a fallen star had its own star power with Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, and Peter O'Toole. Is this yet another Vaughn comic adaptation worth checking out, or should it be burned ashes to ashes, Stardust to Stardust? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out as they return to their DC Comics Retrospective Series! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 10, 2016
Princess Mononoke
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Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki are highly regarded among anime fans. But none of their previous successes compared to 1997's mythological Princess Mononoke. The film became Japan's top-grossing film of all time. Disney's Miramax Films even commissioned an English translation written by Neil Gaiman, voiced by stars including Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, and Billy Bod Thornton. Now join the Now Playing hosts as they travel into the forest for their first anime movie review! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Feb 02, 2016
Masters of the Universe
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Masters of the Universe was a beloved toy line and a hit '80s cartoon. Its 1987 live-action movie, however, is not so fondly remembered. This Dolph Lundgren vehicle broke its movie studio but created new figures for kids to play with. Does this film have the power? Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 27, 2016
Hobo with a Shotgun
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It started with a contest, a fan-submitted new "fake" trailer for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse double feature. It ended up, like Machete, being made into a full movie! The title sums up the film, but with Rutger Hauer cast as the titular Hobo can this be more than midnight-movie fare? Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 20, 2016
Machete Kills
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The original film promised Danny Trejo would return as Machete, and that promise was kept! Machete Kills, released in 2010, boasts an even bigger line-up of stars than the original. Mel Gibson, Cuba Gooding Jr, Lady Gaga, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, and many more notable actors lined up to be featured in Robert Rodriguez's over-the-top film. But did Machete kill our hosts with its jokes? And are they anxious for Machete Kills in Space? Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 13, 2016
Machete
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He knows the score. He gets the babes. He kills the bad guys. He is Machete! The character was originally seen in a joke trailer in the Rodriguez/Tarantino Grindhouse double feature. Then in 2010 that joke became a major motion picture. Did the film live up to the trailer's promise? Listen to this episode of Now Playing to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jan 06, 2016
Star Wars Holiday Special
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"If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it."  So said Star Wars creator George Lucas regarding the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. The two hour CBS special reunited Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, alongside most of the original Star Wars cast.  It also gave fans their first glimpse at the bounty hunter Boba Fett! So how can it be so hated, shunned, and disavowed? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 30, 2015
The Force Awakens
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Lucas promised it would never happen. He repeatedly swore that Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was the last Star Wars film.  Ever!      What a difference $4 billion makes!    Now, a decade since the last live action Star Wars film, Disney brings us The Force Awakens. The baton is being passed from the old trilogy's heroes to a new group, played by Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac. But with the shadow of the prequels hanging over the series, does director J. J. Abrams' new film fall to the dark side, or the light? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this episode of Now Playing to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 23, 2015
The Clone Wars
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In 2005 Revenge of the Sith was touted as the last Star Wars film.  Ever. So fans were surprised and amazed in 2008 when the announcement came that Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be an animated, feature film. Originally developed as four episodes of the Clone Wars series, the footage was spliced together to feature length. With Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee reprising their live-action characters, does this glorified TV pilot deserve its place as the final Lucas-era Star Wars movie?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 15, 2015
Creed
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Apollo Creed was a major part of the Rocky series through the character's death in Rocky IV. Now his son Adonis takes center stage in Creed -- the seventh movie to feature Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa.  Can Michael B. Jordan's Adonis be the new box office boxing champ? Listen to this episode of Now Playing Podcast to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 08, 2015
Revenge of the Sith
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George Lucas wrapped up his six-part Star Wars saga with Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. This film needed to create the links between Lucas' two prequel films and his much-beloved original trilogy. Showing the rise of the Empire, the fall of Anakin Skywalker, and the downfall of the Jedi Order is an ambitious feat for any film. Did Sith rise to the challenge? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for their review to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Dec 02, 2015
Attack of the Clones
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The Phantom Menace opened to a big box office...and a big backlash. But for 2002's follow-up Attack of the Clones director George Lucas pulled out all the stops. Fans finally got to see in live action the origins of the Stormtroopers, Boba Fett, and an army of Jedi going to war. Did this universe-expanding story result in a better movie? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 24, 2015
The Phantom Menace
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Star Wars returned to the big screen in 1999 with Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Sixteen years after Return of the Jedi the hype and anticipation were at manic levels. The result was the highest grossing Star Wars film of all time--and lots of internet hate. Now Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart travel to Naboo, Tattooine, and Coruscant to review The Phantom Menace. Is the hate deserved, or could no film live up to such high fan expectations?  Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 18, 2015
Spectre
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Despite being a box office draw for 50 years, James Bond's last outing Skyfall shattered all expectations, making over $1 billion worldwide. That set expectations exceedingly high for the next Bond adventure -- Spectre. The movie brings back the classic cadre of Bond baddies, as well as the star and director of Skyfall. Did this film hit its target? Join Brock, Arnie, and Stuart to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 11, 2015
It Follows
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It's a long-standing horror movie trope: teens who have sex are murdered. Friday the 13th, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and dozens more films followed this pattern...but no film has made it as literal as It Follows. "It" is a supernatural creature that is passed through sex. When "It" is after you, your only escape is to pass it on by having sex with someone else.      Yet It Follows is not a morality tale; the director takes this concept to new and frightening places.   So should you watch It? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Nov 04, 2015
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
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Artisan Entertainment and Haxan Films wasted no time releasing a sequel to The Blair Witch Project. Intending to capitalize on the first film’s huge success they rushed Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 for release while the original film was still part of the cultural zeitgeist. The sequel goes meta as we watch a group of fans of the original film take a pilgrimage to some of its filming sites when strange things begin to happen and some of the team go missing. Despite being directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger Blair Witch 2 never escaped the original’s shadow and has been mostly forgotten. Does Book of Shadows conjure up scares to match the original? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 27, 2015
The Blair Witch Project
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In 1999 two great fears gripped the American people -- Y2K and The Blair Witch Project. This little movie was made for only $20,000 but it became a Sundance darling. Released by Artisan it went on to become the most profitable movie of all time, shot its stars and makers to superstardom, and opened the door for more "found footage" horror films. But without the hype of the moment does the Blair Witch still have what it takes to scare you? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 20, 2015
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
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1984's television movie The Ewok Adventure was a smash success for ABC, and soon George Lucas was working on a sequel. The result is Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. A darker continuation of the previous movie, Battle for Endor introduces new baddies, and a new heroic character played by Wilford Brimley. Was the Force with the Ewoks this time? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 14, 2015
The Ewok Adventure (Caravan of Courage)
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George Lucas didn't want to do any more Star Wars movies after Return of the Jedi, but he wasn't done in that universe. Inspired by kids' affection for the furry Ewoks Lucas ordered the creation of an Ewok TV Special, which grew into The Ewok Adventure - a two-hour ABC Movie of the Week.  Does Star Wars work on the small budget of the small screen? And when did Wicket learn to talk? Join our hosts for this review and find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Oct 07, 2015
Return of the Jedi
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George Lucas concluded the Star Wars trilogy in 1983 with Return of the Jedi -- a film thought for many years to be the final Star Wars movie ever. Needing to tie up every plot thread in two hours, this conclusion has been polarizing among fans, with some in the pro-Ewok camp, others anti-Ewok. Could this film ever live up to fan expectations? And which is better: Jedi Rocks or Lapti Nek?  Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart for their review of Return of the Jedi to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 30, 2015
The Empire Strikes Back
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When it was released The Empire Strikes Back was the highly anticipated sequel to the biggest movie of all time. And it became widely known as the best Star Wars movie ever made. With creator George Lucas taking more of a back seat, and an even bigger push on special effects, does this film live up to its reputation? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 23, 2015
Star Wars
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Star Wars.  It twice became the biggest movie of all time. It has launched a billion dollar empire of movies, toys, and merchandise. It has even started a religion. But now, under the ownership of Disney, the Star Wars universe is set to expand infinitely with a new movie each year -- starting with Episode VII: The Force Awakens.        Now Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart go back to where it all started -- the 1977 original George Lucas film Star Wars (a.k.a. Episode IV: A New Hope). Is the Force still with Star Wars almost 40 years after its release? And which version is better, the Special Edition or the original?  Listen to Now Playing to find out, then join us weekly for more Star Wars reviews culminating with The Force Awakens! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 16, 2015
The Transporter: Refueled
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It's been seven years since the last Transporter film was released.  In that time the series continued on television, but now is racing back to theaters with The Transporter: Refueled.  This movie is intended to start a new trilogy of films, but without signature star Jason Statham has the series run out of gas?  Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 08, 2015
Transporter 3
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In 2008 Jason Statham came back for one last ride in Transporter 3.  This time Frank has to drive the daughter of a Ukranian politician to Odessa, avoiding danger and romantic entanglements along the way.  The film ended Statham's run as the Transporter, but launched the American career of aptly-named director Olivier Megaton.  Did the trilogy end on a high note?  Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Sep 01, 2015
Transporter 2
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The first Transporter film was a modest theatrical success, but thanks to DVD sales put star Jason Statham back in the driver's seat.  Again directed by Louis Leterrier, the second Transporter film's fast ride cemented Statham's status as an action star.  How does it measure up to the original?  Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 25, 2015
The Transporter
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If you need someone or something moved quickly, Frank Martin is your man.  This former Special Ops soldier has moved to France and now works as a freelance driver for big spending criminals.  His illicit career survives by strict adherence to rules, but when he breaks two of the rules he finds himself the target of a human trafficking ring.  The plot is simple, but this action film from Luc Besson and Louis Leterrier launched Jason Statham's career as an American action star.  Should you go along for the ride?  Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 18, 2015
Fantastic Four (2015)
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It's been 20 years since Roger Corman first made (but never released) the world's first Fantastic Four film, and now we get our fourth.  Gone is the humor of the Tim Story duology; instead, Chronicle director Josh Trank created a grim and gritty version of Marvel's First Family, more based on the Ultimate Comics version than any other. But behind the scenes squabbles and internet gossip led to this movie's record low audience and critic ratings. Can this film be, if not Fantastic, any good at all? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 12, 2015
MIssion: Impossible - Rogue Nation
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In Tom Cruise's fifth Mission: Impossible film he finally goes up against the original television series' legendary foe -- The Syndicate.  This evil group of spies and assassins has infiltrated the globe and is prepared to start a revolution.  With the IMF disbanded for dangerous and risky tactics, can Ethan Hunt and his team possibly uncover and stop this Rogue Nation?  And even more risky, can the fifth installment of a series still retain a high level of quality?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Aug 04, 2015
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
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Tom Cruise's MIF Agent Ethan Hunt is back with a mission to literally stop the end of the world.  Disavowed by his agency, can Ethan stop a madman from launching a nuclear missile?  And do newcomers Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg mix up the Impossible formula?  Join Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 28, 2015
Ant-Man
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The second phase of Marvel Studios' Cinematic Universe is going out small.  Compared to their other Phase 2 films, the hero is smaller, the budget is smaller, the box office is smaller.  But it's a big moment as comics' final founding Avenger arrives on the big screen.  The film was fraught with production delays and creative changes, but can Marvel prove good things come with small packages?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!   {Marvel Series} {Avengers Series} {Comic Book Movies Series} {Ant-Man Series} --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 22, 2015
Mission: Impossible III
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IMF agent Ethan Hunt has had enough combat.  He wants to settle down, get married, and train new agents instead of going in the field himself.  But when his star pupil is captured by a ruthless arms dealer Hunt gathers a new crew for another globetrotting mission.  Should you choose to accept this third impossible mission?  Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 14, 2015
Terminator: Genisys
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It may have taken 13 years, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the T-800 in his movie series that absolutely will not stop ever -- The Terminator.In the new movie Genisys Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) goes back in time to 1984 to save the life of Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), but he fins 1984 very different than he expects. Is Kyle's trip back to the future one worth taking? Join Marjorie, Arnie, and Stuart to find out!PLUS - listen to find out how you can win some Terminator collectibles! Contest ends July 15, 2015! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jul 08, 2015
Mission: Impossible II
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Tom Cruise's character Agent Ethan Hunt has a new mission - stop a rogue IMF agent from releasing a deadly biological weapon -- and protect the woman he loves.  With John Woo in the director's chair, this film is sure to have some slow motion action and doves flying, but should you choose this second impossible mission?  Join Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 30, 2015
Mission: Impossible
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Mission: Impossible was a smash hit TV series in the 1960s and 70s, and it even had a revival in the late 80s.  But in the 90s, producer and star Tom Cruise tried to do the impossible:  create a hit movie franchise based on an old TV show.  Many shows have tried to become films, but few have succeeded.  Yet with noted director Brian De Palma behind the camera, a bevy of stunt work, and Cruise on the poster, this film had a better chance than most.  Should you choose to accept this first impossible mission?  Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 23, 2015
Insidious: Chapter 3
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It's like a riddle:  When does Chapter 3 come before Chapter 1?  When it's an Insidious sequel!  The new film may be titled Insidious: Chapter 3 but the film is actually a prequel to the original film.  Were you interested how Tucker and Specs met Elise?  Or what the Bride in Black did before harassing the Lambert family?  It's all in Chapter 3, with a background story of a new demon trying to kill a high school girl.  Is this an essential chapter in the Insidious story?  Join Marjorie, Stuart, and Arnie to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 17, 2015
Firestarter: Rekindled
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Firestarter: Rekindled has Malcolm McDowell and Dennis Hopper starring in a movie based on the works of Stephen King!  If this movie came out in 1982 it may have had the star power, and budget, to be a true classic.  But Rekindled didn't come out when those actors' star power was at its peak, it was made in 2002 as an original Sci-Fi Channel two part miniseries.  Does this story of Charlie's next battle against The Shop keep with King's original vision?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 10, 2015
Firestarter
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In 1984 Stephen King had been given the moniker "The King of Horror."  Movies on his books had more hits than misses, and his every novel was a bestseller, including the tale of a pyrokinetic girl hunted by government agents -- Firestarter!  The heat from that book drew star Drew Barrymore, fresh off her role in the highest-grossing film of all time, E.T.,  With these two names combined, did the movie spark?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Jun 03, 2015
The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
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Warning: This podcast deals with a movie that has no plot, hammy acting, and a hack script we wouldn't want to wipe our asses with. It's not even funny bad, it's just a boring, miserable watching experience. We want no one to give this film a penny by paying for the rental. We appreciate you listeners enough to tell you this up front - you really don't need to watch this film. And if you want to hear why - join Arnie, Stuart, and Marjorie for this podcast review. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 26, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road
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It's been 30 years since the last Mad Max film, but creator George Miller was compelled to go again into the post-apocalyptic Outback. The film suffered production troubles, extensive reshoots, and eventually had to film with a new star: Tomy Hardy as Max. But now the movie is on screens and bringing both praise and controversy. Did the series run out of gas without Mad Mel? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 19, 2015
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
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Star Mel Gibson and director George Miller returned to the world of Mad Max one final time in 1985. With a budget larger than the previous two films combined, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome established its place in pop culture with both catch phrases and a catchy Tina Turner song. For nearly 30 years this was thought to be the closing chapter in the series, and is Gibson's final time playing the titular character. How does this film hold up today? Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 12, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron
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The 2015 summer movie season kicks off in a big way with the next Marvel Cinematic Universe film Avengers: Age of Ultron. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye are back in front of the camera, all again under the direction of geek god Joss Whedon. But with three super-powered baddies and a new Vision for these heroes there is more Avengers to assemble than ever before. Now join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out how super these heroes were!   {Marvel Series} {Avengers Series} {Comic Book Movies Series} --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
May 05, 2015
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
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With the success of Mad Max director George Miller had his pick of films to direct, but he chose to return to the post-apocalyptic Australian outback for a second Mad Max film -- The Road Warrior! The budget was bigger, and so were the explosions, but does that make this film better than the original? Listen to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 28, 2015
Mad Max
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In 1979 a low budget film exploded from down under to become the most profitable film of all time--Mad Max! Shot for less than half a million Australian dollars the movie launched Mel Gibson to stardom and has been a midnight movie staple. What is it about this gritty exploitation film that garners it such acclaim? Hop in and join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 21, 2015
Steven Spielberg's Duel
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Before making it big with Jaws Steven Spielberg was honing his directing skills on television. Spielberg's first feature-length film was, in fact, Duel a made-for-television ABC Movie of the Week. With little money and even less time the director created a suspense film that broke out of the small screen and was released theatrically in Europe and Australia But how does Spielberg's first film hold up against his later works? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 14, 2015
Furious 7
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Universal thought the Fast and Furious franchise was unstoppable. With each new sequel grossing more than the previous instalment, they fast tracked Furious 7, even if it meant losing long time series director Justin Lin and new star The Rock. But when Paul Walker died before the movie was complete the cast and the creatives making the film had to rework the script to be a fitting goodbye. Can Insidious director James Wan make this film still be fast and furious while paying the fitting respects to a passed co-star? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie to find out! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/support
Apr 07, 2015
Fast & Furious 6
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