Ep. 32 - Creed 2 and Filmmaker Abandonment

December 12, 2018

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Never one to abandon the podcast game (just ignore summer of 2018 for these show notes) MARK AS PLAYED is back with another episode and also back with a previous co-host. Dave Giannini of THE GRAND GESTURE returns to discuss the sequel to one of his favorite films of the last few years as CREED 2 arrives with a new director at the helm. We discuss Steven Caple Jr. entering the ROCKY mythology and if this means anything to a franchise with such a long legacy of different voices. On BATMAN ON FILM the hosts talk about how Ryan Coogler made CREED his own, distinguishing the series from Sylvester Stallone's previous work with the character. And on TWO CHUNKS AND A HUNK the discussion revolves around how an individual filmmaker navigates a cinematic universe as seen in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP... which seems to have followed a lot of things left unresolved in some AVENGERS movie. Don't leave your life unresolved. CLICK ON ALL THESE LINKS:

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Ep. 31 - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Being Thankful For Netflix

November 30, 2018

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Here at MARK AS PLAYED we got together over Thanksgiving and did something we haven't done in ages... say nice things about Netflix. And while the release of a new Coen Bros. joint certainly helps, we also have a couple of great movie podcasts to do the heavy lifting on singing the praises for this streaming titan. The always popular SLASH FILMCAST questions Martin Scorsese biting the hand that feeds him with the upcoming Netflix release of THE IRISHMAN, while over at FOUR SEASONS OF FILM there's a debate over the structure/release pattern for THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS... which just happens to be our film focused on this week. Great minds think alike and with that in mind, click on the links below for more great minds (or at least like-minded fools):

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Ep. 30 - Movie Pass and The Communal Aspect of Cinema

November 22, 2018

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Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks... and on MARK AS PLAYED it's also a time for the usual complaining. But this time it's for a good cause as we wonder if the services aimed at cinephiles are contributing to losing the communal aspect of cinema. To help us make our case we highlight two great movie podcasts on the subject with COMING OFF THE REELS comparing their moviegoing habits before and after Movie Pass subscriptions while over at SCRIPTNOTES the loss of old fashioned video stores has contributed to a disconnect between film seekers and other like-minded souls. You can find those very people (well just the strange folks following us) having those interactions at the links below:

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Ep. 29 - The Death of FilmStruck and Streaming Blame

November 12, 2018

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On this episode which we hope that you are streaming on EVERY POSSIBLE DEVICE, we talk about a failed movie streaming venture (unlike this one) called FilmStruck. Most people (the DOZENS reading these show notes) are probably to blame for not adding one more streaming service to their monthly bills but at least ONE of our hosts thinks that's okay. The other spends the greater portion of this half hour conversation looking for the FALLING SKIES marathon on TNT but also takes the time to point out two great movie podcasts in THE NEWS REEL and CRITERION NOW on the state of streaming media and what that means for preserving classic cinema. You can preserve this classic podcast by clicking on the links below:

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Ep. 28 - Solo and Star Wars Fans Are Miserable

November 8, 2018

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We aren't breaking any news on our latest episode on SOLO. Months later... STAR WARS fans are still miserable and we think we know why! Well actually we don't but we do recommend two other movie podcasts on this phenomena in BLOCKBUSTER MENTALITY and THE PLAYLIST PODCAST. Is this outrage of the current Star Wars Universe film offerings evidence of a still passionate fanbase or one that is very much out of touch with where this space opera franchise is going under Disney rule? Find out all of this and where we stand on pineapple as a pizza topping in our latest episode:

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Ep. 27 - Deadpool 2 and Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

November 4, 2018

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The world can't get enough of comic book movies, even (and perhaps especially) when those movies are kicking them in the nuts. DEADPOOL 2 continued the success of the first film in that everyone had a good old time letting the high school quarterback shove them in the locker... as long as you are in on the joke. We here at MARK AS PLAYED were proudly part of the AV Club in high school, so we think we get it BUT just to make sure we sample two great movie podcasts to help make our case in SHOW ME THE MEANING! and FILM JUNK. And if you aren't sick to your stomach at the end of all this check us out at the links below:

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Ep. 26 - Life of the Party and The Opposite Sex in Sex Comedies

November 3, 2018

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We make all of our listeners (DOZENS) uncomfortable by talking about the seeming discomfort the online film community has with female sexuality as a topic for comedy with the likes of Melissa McCarthy in LIFE OF THE PARTY and Amy Schumer in... well seemingly anything she does these days. Being a delicate subject and the central premise of our show, we outsource this discussion by riffing on previous episodes from two great podcasts in REEL SPOILERS and MOVIE BS. For further discomfort or maybe some comedic lowlights from our own sex lives, click on these links below:

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Ep. 25 - Isle of Dogs and Filmmakers Appropriating Themselves

October 31, 2018

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ISLE OF DOGS opened to some criticism (we don't yet have the technology to measure how much, let's just say that there were tweets) about director Wes Anderson appropriating other cultures for his latest "comedy." We make a different accusation that the man is appropriating his earlier more successful works and we'd like to see him change things up a bit! Taking our own advice we look to two other great movie podcasts in MOUSTERPIECE CINEMA and CINEMAHOLICS who discuss Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson both managing to subvert expectations while retaining their style over films across different genres. We hope to subvert your expectation of another pitiful MARK AS PLAYED episode which you can find by clicking on the links below:

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Ep. 24 - Avengers Infinity War and Contractually Obligated Spoilers

October 29, 2018

AvengersInfinityWarPROMO.jpgWe return from the dead... presumably much like a number of characters will do following the events of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. As a movie podcast on movie podcasts, we can't decide for ourselves how best to enjoy the Marvel Cinematic Universe when we know so much information about the plans for the characters before we even watch the film, so we rely on two other great movie podcasts to help us sort through the white noise of fandom. FILM FALLOUT ponders the outing of the plans of WESTWORLD while over on FRIENDS & FILM they wonder if Disney will steal from one of their crown jewels to aid another in the STAR WARS franchise. Both are great listens but you have to listen to us first at the links below:

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Ep. 23 - A Quiet Place/Unsane and the Hooks of Marketing Horror

April 5, 2018

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In this terrifying episode, Michael Denniston, host of SOBER CINEMA is forced to confront the words coming from inside his own podcast. Thankfully, he also presents a better listening option than co-host Jario's choice, with a clip from THE NEW FLESH discussing the latest Steven Soderbergh marketing/filmmaking gimmick with his iPhone shot UNSANE. This leads us to a broader discussion about how smaller genre films like the new A QUIET PLACE must announce themselves to the marketplace in an industry hellbent on having event movies on every weekend of the year. You know what else you could do every weekend of the year? Listen to our podcast (repeatedly even! but only if you download it over and over) at the links below:

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