SPOILER-FREE! They don’t get much bigger than this. The long-awaited and much discussed, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, exploded (rather loudly) onto screens this weekend. In the process it scored a huge box office windfall. Why did the majority of critics dislike the film? Was Ben Affleck able to successfully step into one of cinemas biggest roles? Or, did we get Pearl Harbor Affleck? Does the film take itself too seriously? And what about Wonder Woman? No really. What about Wonder Woman? We answer these questions and more in episode 65 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come join the circle!
SPOILER-FREE! There are few things as relaxing as a cute animated film about a group animals that can talk, wear clothes and have zany adventures. Disney’s Zootopia is not that film. What is it then? Perhaps the first entry in the animated zombie/social consciousness allegory genre? Does this unlikely combination of cuteness, comedy, horror and morality somehow manage to work? Are the voice talents of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, and Shakira, put to good use? We answer all of these questions and more in episode 64 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come join the circle.
SPOILER-FREE! End of the world or not, can you ever really trust a guy who builds a bunker under his farmhouse? That is the question that 10 Cloverfield Lane poses as it draws us into its suffocatingly dramatic web. Why is John Goodman getting early Oscar chatter about his performance? Why does producer J.J. Abrams mean when he says that the film is a “blood relative” of the original Cloverfield? We answer all of these questions and more in episode 63 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come join the circle!
Did Olympus Has Fallen really need a sequel? Regardless, the creativity titled London Has Fallen has exploded on to screens. Explosions? Yes. Plot? America!! Could this possibly be the most distasteful film ever made? Did the always enjoyable Morgan Freeman find a place in the mayhem? Why was Jay so excited to this movie? We answers all of these questions (and don the earpiece with Gerard Butler one more time) as we review London Has Fallen in episode 62 of The Smoking Screen. Come join the circle!
SPOILER-FREE! If you go into the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise (hint: it might be a witch). Good thing we like surprises. Cue creepy music. We set aside our fear and travel to 1630’s New England shortly after the arrival of the Mayflower to review The Witch: A New England Folktale! Why did this film win at Sundance, but has only had a lukewarm reception from the general public? Does David Egger’s directorial debut stake a claim for him being considered as part of the next generation of great filmmakers? Are Puritans really this creepy? We answer all of these question and reveal the winners of The Smoking Screen’s 2016 Oscar Pool in episode 61! Come and join the circle!