#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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#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

#39: “Gold”

Matthew McConaughey stars in the sort-of biopic about…you guessed it…GOLD. He goes full method actor and gets fat and goes bald and yet we still would…

From IMDB: “Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia”

Cast:
Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells
Edgar Ramírez as Michael Acosta
Bryce Dallas Howard as Kay
Corey Stoll as Brian Woolf

Director:
Stephen Gaghan

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#37: “Creep”

Time to kick off season 2! The guys tackle this found-footage horror flick about a lonely weirdo and ask the question: How much would you put up with for the sake of politeness?

From IMDB: A young videographer answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. When he notices the man’s odd behavior, he starts to question his intentions.

Cast:
Patrick Brice – Aaron
Mark Duplass – Josef

Director:
Patrick Brice

Also mentioned in this episode:

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil_3:_Nemesis

Paranormal Activity
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranormal_Activity

The Black Witch Project
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blair_Witch_Project

The League
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_League

#35: “Silent Night, Deadly Night”

We celebrate the Christmas season with a fan recommendation: the infamous Santa slasher “Silent Night, Deadly Night”. Pulled from theatres after only a week back in 1984, we’ll find out if this movie really was as shocking at the PTA made it out to be. We also count down our top 3 favourite Christmas movies of all time!

From IMDB: “After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.”

Cast:
Robert Brian Wilson – Billy at 18
Gilmer McCormick – Sister Margaret
Lilyan Chauvin – Mother Superior

Director:
Charles E. Sellier Jr.

#34: “Die Hard” – A Christmas Movie?

“Die Hard” is one of the most famous action movies of all time, known for it’s badass cop John McClane taking down a group of German terrorists while barefoot.  Also, Bruce Willis has hair. So that’s weird to see.

From IMDB: “John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.”

Cast:
Bruce Willis – John McClane
Bonnie Bedelia – Holly Gennaro McClane
Reginald VelJohnson – Sgt. Al Powell
Alan Rickman – Hans Gruber

Director:
John McTiernan

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#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

#32: “Children of Men”

This 2006 sci-fi film went from box office bomb to reclaimed classic. We take a look at the film’s view of the future, how it’s treatment of immigrants parallels today, and pooping. This is a film that people have been telling Brian to watch for years, so let’s see if they were right.

From IMDB: “In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.”

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Cast:
Clive Owen as Theo Faron
Clare-Hope Ashitey as Kee
Michael Caine as Jasper
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Luke
Julianne Moore as Julian

Director
Alfonso Cuarón

#31: “A Cure for Wellness”

This week we watched a recent box office bomb and tried to see if maybe the people were wrong to ignore this movie. Come for the eels, stay for the uncomfortable sex scenes!

From IMDB: “An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa’s treatments are not what they seem”

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Cast:
Dane DeHaan as Lockhart
Jason Isaacs as Volmer
Mia Goth as Hannah

Director
Gore Verbinski

#30: “The Gift”

This surprising thriller had a lot of darkness to mine and mine we did! Jason Bateman leads the cast of the 2015 film about gifts, secrets, and koi fish.

From IMDB: “A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.”

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Cast:
Jason Bateman as Simon Callem
Rebecca Hall as Robyn Callem
Joel Edgerton as Gordon “Gordo” Mosley

Director:
Joel Edgerton

#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

#28: “Halloween” (1978)

Welcome to our Halloween Spook-tacular! To commemorate our favourite holiday, we decided to review the original “Halloween”, the film that spawned countless slasher movies knock-offs. We break down some of the short comings of the genre, and try to watch this 40-year-old movie with fresh eyes.

From IMDB: “Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.”

CAST

Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
P. J. Soles as Lynda Van Der Klok
Nancy Kyes as Annie Brackett

DIRECTOR

John Carpenter