On this episode we decide to listen to one of the many concerns from Film Twitter that found its way to our official complaint box (@markasplayedpod) and take up the defense of science fiction as a genre. To do so we present Exhibit A: Alex Garland's new box-office bomb ANNIHILATION. And when that doesn't work we turn to two other great movie podcasts to make the case for the health and well-being of this genre, regardless of the reception to this Natalie Portman starring flick. So sit back and listen to us, THE TRUE BROMANCE FILM PODCAST and THE FILM FIND. Everything will be alright cinephiles, just as soon as you hit play and follow at the links below:
We show Netflix how it's done in dropping a surprise new release with a new episode of MARK AS PLAYED! On this one Michael Denniston of PROJECTING FILM and Jason Michael of ATLANTIC SCREEN CONNECTION don't so much talk THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX as we do the effect (if any) Netflix is having with their film acquisitions and their attempts to change the game in releasing movies without the traditional marketing materials. To help us make sense of it all we turn to two favorite movie podcasts in THE CINEMILE and THE MOVIE CHEMISTS. Give those fine folks a listen, follow, and subscribe and then do the same with us at the links below:
On our latest episode, Jairo of THE TRUE BROMANCE FILM PODCAST and Jessi of MARK AS PLAYED struggle to keep count of the number of Oscar nominations that Guillermo del Toro's THE SHAPE OF WATER but they do admire the beautiful imagery seen in this new film. On that topic they also recommend two other movie podcasts on this filmmaker and that subject. In THE RAD CARPET the hosts talk about how both the war and fantasy elements of PAN'S LABYRINTH elevate an otherwise cliche film, and in MAD ABOUT MOVIES the discussion revolves around the excellent visuals adding more to CRIMSON PEAK much in the way of other more traditional live action adaptations.
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On this episode Jairo of THE TRUE BROMANCE FILM PODCAST and Mike of SOBER CINEMA debate the merit of Gary Oldman's performance in DARKEST HOUR as being his finest acting hour. The ultimate character actor is compared to such a distinguished group of peers that includes Nicolas Cage, Daniel Day Lewis, and Tom Brady. You may not have heard of these struggling artists, so we also bring in two great podcasts AB FILM REVIEW and THE FLOP HOUSE to help make our point on the validity of Gary Oldman as a performer as opposed to an actor.
ALSO the hosts take the time out of Gary Oldman's march to an Oscar to settle some scores with James Franco and Eddie the Eagle. We think the Drexl version of Mr. Oldman would approve.
For our holiday special we get the MARK AS PLAYED family together to spend time away from their families. Which is a totally normal thing for movie podcasters, but also makes more sense as our subject for our first Christmas episode on Christmas movies that remove the family from the characters' lives. Our main focus is EYES WIDE SHUT but as usual with a Stanley Kubrick film, HOME ALONE will and Frank Capra's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE will inevitably come up (if I had a nickel for every time that the Sticky Bandits were brought up in a FULL METAL JACKET discussion). More importantly we recommend two more great podcasts in THE FLICKS PODCAST and THE BROKEN BRAIN. Our gift to you, along with this episode. Happy holidays!
On this episode our hosts Jason of ATLANTIC SCREEN CONNECTION and Jairo of THE TRUE BROMANCE FILM PODCAST talk about their hopes, dreams, fears, and axieties for the latest chapter in the STAR WARS saga: THE LAST JEDI. But what they don't talk about are any of the early reviews that have come out about this film. The subject for this episode is Critic Proof Cinema, which ranges from fan favorites such as HARRY POTTER to film snob untouchables like PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON. How do we approach movies that we have already developed such an affinity for? To help answer that question we recommend two more great movie podcasts in LINOLEUM KNIFE and RED LETTER MEDIA's BEST OF THE WORST.
On this episode we ask you to ironically enjoy our latest episode on THE DISASTER ARTIST and ironic enjoyment at the movies. To do so we actually enjoy a couple of other movie podcasts on this outbreak of detachment occuring in modern film fandom. FIRST TIME WATCHERS and THE CANON join James Franco in enlightening the world on all that is good about bad cinema, but we also hold out hope that these great shows can also point out all the good in our bad podcast! If not, we just point you in their direction. Enjoy!
We attempt to laugh through the tragedy that is this podcast and to do so we have just the pick-me-up in Martin McDonagh's new film THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. Hosts Jessi Lauren and Michael Denniston discuss this great Frances McDormand starring film along with recommending some great podcasts on the subject. In AMANDA'S PICTURE SHOW A GO GO the balance between comedy and drama is praised in summer hit THE BIG SICK and on CELLULOID HEROES the hosts bring back MARK AS PLAYED favorite in the hitman romcom GROSSE POINTE BLANK. So don't be afraid of the darkness in this episode as we eventually get around to first date horror stories which is something that everyone can point and laugh at.