#59: Mrs. Doubtfire

Has there ever been a movie better suited to an actor’s strength’s than Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire? We’re not sure, we don’t do much research for this show. Also, this is our second Sally Field movie in a row, so that’s something!

From IMDB: “After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.”

Cast:
Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Doubtfire
Sally Field as Miranda Hillard
Pierce Brosnan as Stu

Director:
Chris Columbus

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#58: Forrest Gump

Take a seat on a bus bench and we’ll tell you the tale of Forrest Gump, a young man who did an insane amount of things to influence American history while having a very low IQ. This movie dominated the Oscars the year it came out and remains one of the most beloved films of all time.

From IMDB: “The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.”

Cast:
Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump
Sally Field as Mrs. Gump
Robin Wright as Jenny Curran
Gary Sinise as Lieutenant Dan Taylor

Director:
Robert Zemeckis

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#45: “High Flying Bird”

Filmed on an iPhone 8, “High Flying Bird” is Steven Soderbergh’s new movie about an NBA lockout and the one sports agent who’s gonna DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. We also go down the rabbit hole on athlete activism, free speech, and sports contracts. There’s a lot to unpack here.

From IMDB: “A sports agent pitches a rookie basketball client on an intriguing and controversial business opportunity during a lockout”

Cast:

André Holland
 as Ray Burke
Melvin Gregg as Erick Scott
Zazie Beetz as Sam
Bill Duke as Spence
Zachary Quinto as David Starr
Sonja Sohn as Myra
Kyle MacLachlan as David Seton

Director:
Steven Soderbergh

Links to things we mentioned in this episode:
A comedian was ordered to pay $42,000 because he insulted a child with a disability

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#41: “Swiss Army Man”

The absolute definition of “WTF Cinema”, Swiss Army Man is one of the weirdest movies we’ve ever reviewed, maybe the weirdest either of us have ever seen. If you like fart jokes, this may be your Citizen Kane.

From IMDB: A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

Cast:
Paul Dano as Hank
Daniel Radcliffe as Manny
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Sarah

Directors:
Dan Kwan
Daniel Scheinert

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#40: “Sicario”

It may seem like we picked “Sicario” to be topical, what with all the talk of American border security lately. But nope! We just wanted to watch Emily Blunt kick ass.

From IMDB: “An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.”

Cast:
Emily Blunt as Kate Macer
Benicio Del Toro as Alejandro
Josh Brolin as Matt Graver
Jon Bernthal as Ted
Daniel Kaluuya as Reggie Wayne

Director:
Denis Villeneuve

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Links to things we mentioned in this episode:
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Ed Gein
John Wayne Gacy
CBC Report: “Twins get some ‘mystifying’ results when they put 5 DNA ancestry kits to the test”
List of Cities by Murder Rate
2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis
Canadians Spent $1.6 Billion on Legal Weed in 2018: Report
When Yasiin Bey was force-fed Guantánamo Bay-style – eyewitness account

#33: “Wind River”

We’re heading back for another winter movie with “Wind River”, a western drama set in rural Wyoming. We also felt like we should mention that this episode talks about sexual assault, so if that is something that you’re not interested in hearing about, maybe skip this episode.

From IMDB: “A veteran hunter helps an FBI agent investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.”

Cast:
Kelsey Asbille as Natalie
Jeremy Renner as Cory Lambert
Graham Greene as Ben
Elizabeth Olsen as Jane Banner

Director:
Taylor Sheridan

Links to things we mentioned in this podcast:
CBC: “Confusion reigns over number of missing, murdered indigenous women”
Robert Pickton
Highway of Tears
Bruce Willis Made Music

#29: “Twilight”

Over a decade after “Twilight” was a big thing, we decide to see what all the hubbub is about. This episode we’ll cover: bad CGI, prom dresses, stupid vampire hair, and more! Let break this masterpiece of disappointment down!

From Wikipedia: “This film focuses on the development of the relationship between Bella Swan (a teenage girl) and Edward Cullen (a vampire), and the subsequent efforts of Edward and his family to keep Bella safe from a coven of evil vampires.”

CAST

Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen

DIRECTOR

Catherine Hardwicke

#16: “I, Tonya”

If you don’t listen to this review of “I, Tonya”, Kevin and Brian will never figure skate again. Do you want that on your conscious? DO YOU?!

From IMDB: “Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.”

Cast:
Margot Robbie … Tonya
Sebastian Stan … Jeff
Allison Janney … LaVona

Director:
Craig Gillespie

#9: “Fifty Shades Freed”

We finish off the Fifty Shades trilogy. A saga that truly tested our patience. Come join us in laughing at all the unsexy sex scenes, the bad acting, silly plot lines, etc. Mostly, help us close this chapter forever because DAMN.

From IMDB: Anastasia and Christian get married, but Jack Hyde continues to threaten their relationship. Huh. I thought IMDB would have more to say, but even they don’t give a s**t.

Cast:
Dakota Johnson … Anastasia Steele
Jamie Dornan … Christian Grey
Marcia Gay Harden … Mrs. Grey
Eric Johnson … Jack Hyde
Director:

#8: “Fifty Shades Darker”

Why not just do the whole f***ing trilogy? Well we are. Peter is back to help us try to make sense of the second movie in the Fifty Shades Trilogy, “Fifty Shades Darker.” We can guarantee listening to us will be more enjoyable than actually watching this thing.

From IMDB: While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.

Cast:
Dakota Johnson … Anastasia Steele
Jamie Dornan … Christian Grey
Marcia Gay Harden … Mrs. Grey
Eric Johnson … Jack Hyde
Kim Basinger … Elena Lincoln
Director:

#7: “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Thanks to a fan suggestion and a lack of self-respect, the guys take you to their playroom to review “Fifty Shades of Grey”. This episode is also special because Peter Jennings, a friend of the podcast, is here to help sort through this “movie”.
From IMDB: “Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.”
Cast:
Dakota Johnson … Anastasia Steele
Jamie Dornan … Christian Grey
Marcia Gay Harden … Mrs. Grey
Director:

#6: “The Lobster”

Ever wondered what would happen if you never found love and were forcibly turned into an animal? Me neither. But apparently, the makers of “The Lobster” did.

From IMDB: “In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.”

Cast:
Colin Farrell … David
John C. Reilly … Lisping Man
Léa Seydoux … Loner Leader
Rachel Weisz … Short Sighted Woman
Ben Whishaw … Limping Man

Director:
Yorgos Lanthimos