Episode 82 – Train to Busan & Kobo and the Two-Strings

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We saw these two extremely fascinating films recently and decided to pull a double-feature this week. What goes better together than a South Korean zombie film and a stop-action animated “kids” feature? Does Train to Busan (or Zombies on a Train) takes advantage of its unusual setting to great effect? Is Laika’s Kubo a work of breathtaking art? Was that Matthew McConaughey as a bug? We answer all of these questions and more in episode 82 of The Smoking Screen. Come and join the circle!

Sausage Party

Episode 81 – Sausage Party

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Spoiler-Free! We have been looking forward to this one for a while. The concept is utterly ridiculous. The sexual innuendo blatantly in your face. Crude and crass jokes abound. To top it off, its the brainchild of fellow stoner and friend of the show, Seth Rogen. Loaded with a cavalcade of voice talent and Rogen friends (including: Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Nick Kroll, Craig Robinson), does Sausage Party live up to its immense potential? Does it manage to transcend its baser nature and become a new animated gem? What’s the difference between a sausage and a hot dog anyway? We answer all of these question and more in episode 81 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!

Now You See Me 2

Episode 80 – Now You See Me 2

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Spoiler-Free! And for our final trick we will make this joint…..disappear! After a successful first installment, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Wood Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, try to pull another cinematic rabbit from a hat with Now You See Me 2. The budget is bigger, the tricks are more elaborate and the action much more frenetic. But, are those good things? Is there more style than substance? Does it matter that one of “The Horsemen”, Isla Fisher’s Henley Reeves, is noticeably absent? Are we likely to see a third film? Do we want to? We answer all of these questions and more in episode 80 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!

Episode 79 - Pets and Bourne

Episode 79 – The Secret life of Pets & Jason Bourne

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SPOILER-FREE! We hit up the drive-in for the most ill-suited double feature of the summer: The Secret Life of Pets and Jason Bourne. WTF! Pets has been a huge moneymaker for Universal, raking in over $500m worldwide. Is this gang of furry friends the start of a new and beloved franchise, or a summer crush that will soon be forgotten? It has been almost 10 years since we have seen Matt Damon play Jason Bourne. Are we glad to see him back? Does the film bring something new to the franchise? How the hell does Matt Damon look even sexier than last time? We discuss all of these questions and more in episode 79 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!

Star Trek Beyond

Episode 78 – Star Trek Beyond

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Space. The final frontier. These are the rebooted voyages of the super sexy crew of the starship, Enterprise. With J.J. Abrams off busy playing with lightsabers, Justin Lin (of Fast and Furious fame) takes over the director’s chair for the third installment of the new series. Was he able to find the right balance of humor, action and family, that has made Star Trek such a beloved franchise? Do we think of Chris Pine as Captain Kirk now? Did Idris Elba deliver a bad guy that Benedict Cumberbatch and Ricardo Montalban would be proud of (KAHHHHNNNNN!!!)? We answer all of these questions and talk about the DNC in Philly (what a disgusting mess) in episode 78 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!