Episode 85 - Allied & Hacksaw Ridge

Episode 85 – Allied & Hacksaw Ridge

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SPOILER-FREE! In episode 85 we review a pair of films set during the Second World War. Allied certainly has the talent to be a great film. Helmed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forest Gump), and starring a-listers Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, expectations for this romantic thriller were very high. Did the film deliver on its potential? Hacksaw Ridge marks Mel Gibson’s return to the Director’s chair for the first time in close to a decade. Is it time to forgive him? Does this film make it easier to do so? Does Andrew Garfield prove himself a serious force to be reckoned with come Oscar time? We answer all of these questions and more in episode 85 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!

Ep 84 - Doctor Strange & Arrival

Episode 84 – Doctor Strange & Arrival

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Spoiler-free! In episode 84, we review two of the most hotly anticipated films of the year. Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange combines one of the most popular actors in the world (Benedict Cumberbatch), with an intriguing character, surrounded by a solid cast (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton), within the unstoppable juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Can it live up to the very high (in our case, very, very high) expectations? Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is already garnering strong Oscar buzz. Do Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker deliver the anti-Independence Day that hardcore Sci-Fi have been waiting for? We answer all of these questions and more in episode 84 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!

Ep 83 - Hell or High Water & Snowden

Episode 83 – Hell or High Water & Snowden

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Spoiler-free! In episode 83, we take a detour into the dark and disturbing underbelly of the America psyche with two powerful films. David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water (Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham) takes us through the backroads of Texas and the growing divide between corporate interests and the will of the people. Oliver Stone’s Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Nicholas Cage) raises similar questions about the abuses of power and privacy perpetrated by the US government own their people. (A special “Hello” to our good friends at all of the intelligence gathering agencies reading this post! Hope you have a great day!)  So….how fucked are we? Come join the circle and find out in episode 83 of The Smoking Screen Podcast!


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

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Spoiler-free! 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!