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This week we discuss The Gift, a psychological thriller starring Michael from Arrested Development. We also discuss trailers and more trailers (with such legendary names as Martin Scorsese, Guy Ritchie, M Night Shyamalan, Brad and Angelina, and of course Rob Schneider).
Plus we take a moment to recognize the badassness and audacity of Ronda Rousey (who is not a D.N.B.)
Here is a link in which some women’s boxing champions make some very legitimate criticisms of Rousey’s flawed stand up game. Let’s see them try to knock her out, though.
Goodnight Mommy is an unsettling looking horror (?) movie with a lot of hype behind it. This is the kind of movie that will have you Googling show times and cursing your local theaters for for not showing it.
Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut is By the Sea, and the trailer tells us little. There is a married couple and something happens. It will probably be well shot. Time will tell.
Deadpool will probably appeal to people who play video games with those weird headsets on for talking to people. This does not mean that it will be bad, it actually reminded us both of Kick Ass (which Alex enjoyed). It seems to stick pretty close to the source material.
Stonewall is the passion project of Roland Emmerich (who is known for doing movies that are nothing like this). It looks like a well made depiction of the early LGBT movement in the late 1960s.
Sneaky Pete seems like a perfectly well made show produced for that weird Amazon Prime exclusive video service. In other words, it won’t be on Netflix. Too bad, it looks like Bryan Cranston is executive producing as well as playing a role in it.
Fargo was a mini series tied loosely to the classic Coen Brothers film of the same name. It was really well executed, so we have high hopes for the new season. This looks like be loosely kind of connected to the first season and movie, but as long as it’s good we don’t really care.
Hurricane of Fun looks to be an under the radar gem, a collection of footage from the filming of the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer. It is currently available for streaming on Netflix.
The Visit is the latest offering from overrated hack M Night Shyamalan. The twist here is that this actually looks like a halfway decent horror movie.
Man from U.N.C.L.E. is what Guy Ritchie has apparently become. It looks pretty bad, but who knows?
Spectre is another Bond flick, this time with Christoph Waltz playing the villain. As we discussed on the podcast, how has Waltz as a Bond villain not happened already?
Vinyl is an HBO project headed by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger (because Scorsese loves him some Rolling Stones). It looks promising.
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is a documentary made by Alex Gibney, arguably the best documentary film maker today (unless you have 17 hours to spend on a Ken Burns snoozer). It looks like a balanced examination of Jobs, which is a refreshing alternative to the Sainthood appointing hero worship that we have all been subjected to since he died. (and yes, we record the show on an iPhone)
Norm of the North takes the honors this week. This is essentially the definition of “out of touch.” How about the snappy ringtone joke (we all stopped using ringtones a decade ago)? How about the witty Dancing With the Stars gag? To everyone involved in the making of this film, apart from Rob, we only have one thing to say: we get it, everyone has to eat.
Rob, you go straight to hell.