Listen in as we review Alien: Covenant, the sixth installment in the series set between Prometheus and the original Alien film. This time, the plot focuses on the crew of a colony ship that lands on an uncharted planet only to make a terrifying discovery. After that, we open up the discussion to tackle the Alien franchise at large. Does the saga transcend science fiction and horror to say something deeper about humanity?
Listen in as we review The Wall, a small-scale war film set in a post-911 world. The movie is about two American soldiers who find themselves trapped behind a wall by in Iraqi sniper. After that, we open up the discussion to talk about other post-911 war films in general. Which themes have modern filmmakers chosen to explore amidst more recent conflict around the globe?
Listen in as we review Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the 15th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In this installment, the Guardians journey throughout space as they help Peter Quill learn more about his mysterious parentage. After that, we open up the discussion to talk about all things related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - a segment that will be reprised for each new movie in this sprawling franchise. What is Marvel's secret to such unprecedented critical and commercial success?
Listen in as we review The Circle, a modern age techno-thriller starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. The movie focuses on a young woman named Mae who gets a customer relations job at a powerful internet corporation - but soon finds herself in a tricky situation concerning privacy, surveillance, and freedom. After that, we open up the discussion to talk about films starring America's dad himself... Tom Hanks. Which Tom Hanks performance stands above the rest?
Listen in as we review Free Fire, a small-scale action-comedy distributed by A24, a relatively new independent company with very creative output. In this film, two parties meet in an empty warehouse for an arms deal, but when shots fire, pandemonium ensues. After that, we open up the discussion to talk about A24 movies at large. What is the secret behind A24's rise from obscurity to Best Picture?
Listen in as we review The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the always evolving Fast & Furious franchise. This time around, Dominic - played by Vin Diesel - is coerced by a cyberterrorist named Cipher - played by Charlize Theron - to work for her and turn against his team. After that, we open up the discussion to talk about the Fast & Furious franchise in its entirety. Where is that sweet spot between soapy melodrama and over-the-top action?
Listen in as we review Ghost in the Shell, the live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese anime film of the same name. Set in a near future where the line between humans and robots is blurring, the movie follows a character named Major - played by Scarlett Johansson - who strives to learn more about her past. After that, we open up the discussion to talk about cyberpunk, a sub-genre of science fiction. Will any of these dark visions of the future come true?
Listen in as we review Power Rangers, a reboot of the massive pop culture phenomenon that many of us grew up with. In this new interpretation of the franchise, five ordinary teens must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove is on the verge of being destroyed by an alien threat. After that, we open up the discussion to talk about movies based on kids' properties. Can movies inspired by kids' tv shows, toys, and games resonate with a broader audience?
Listen in as we review Beauty and the Beast, the live-action remake of Disney's classic animated musical from the 90s. The story is based on a famous fairy tale that focuses on the Beast, a prince who is cursed to live as a monster because of his arrogance, and Belle, a beautiful young woman whom he imprisons in his castle. After that, we open up the discussion to talk about Disney's live action remakes of their own animated films. Does it really make sense to adapt animated classics into live-action films?
Listen in as we review Kong: Skull Island, the latest adaptation of cinema's original movie monster - King Kong. In this reboot, a team of scientists and Vietnam War soldiers encounter the legendary Kong on an expedition to an uncharted island in the Pacific. After that, we open up the discussion to talk about giant monster movies. Can giant monster films offer more than just spectacle?