or: Boy, That Escalated Quickly

Jacob and Chris take a journey into the hidden heart of Africa and climb the vibranium mountain to review Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. Find out if the newest entry in the MCU holds up to the hype and discover what role Chris thinks the superhero film plays in today’s cinematic landscape. *PLUS* we’ve got a delicious beer pairing and some oddly connected Really Rad Recommendations. Wakanda Forever!


00:06:55 – Review – Black Panther
00:21:10 – SPOILERS –Black Panther
00:37:40 – Beer Pairing: Lizard of Koz by Founders Brewing Co.
“Piranha Club” – Man Man
00:40:51 – Really Rad Recommendations

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A great trailer should leave us all longing for more. It can be mysterious or fun, sexy or bad ass – it can be just about anything, as long as it’s engaging.

Earlier this week, I caught the first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story before a screening of Black Panther. I was more than a little underwhelmed. For a teaser trailer, it dishes out a whole lot of exposition without delivering much intrigue. This is a film shot by one of the greatest young DPs working today and starring some of the most charismatic actors of our generation. Just put that up on screen. Cut the backstory. We already know who Han Solo is. We don’t need to hear where he came from, and we certainly don’t need the trailer for his brand new stand-alone movie to introduce him to us.

The trailer hints at young Solo’s character arc in the film, and it feels alarmingly familiar. This whole “I grew up a young ruffian with a chip on my shoulder, and now I’m gonna be the greatest pilot there ever was. I’ll show you! I’ll show all of you!” attitude is painfully reminiscent of young James Tiberius Kirk in J.J. Abrams’s 2009 reboot of Star Trek.

I was complaining to my buddy Jason Yang (who happens to be an incredibly talented toy photographer who you should already be following) about my reservations with the trailer when I had a stupid and obvious idea – re-cut Solo with James T. Kirk’s favorite song.

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Escape From New York / L.A. • TCS-009
The Carpenter Shop

00:00 / 1:37:20

or: Ernest Borgnine Looks Like a Puppet from ‘Lazy Town’

The year is 2018. The once vibrant and promising frontier known as The Information Superhighway is now a cesspool of hate and division. Two disgraced podcasters are must venture into the depths of this World Wide Web and recover a Microsoft Zune containing a long-form discussion of John Carpenter’s seminal dystopian classic from 1981, Escape from New York …and its less-revered sequel from 1996, Escape From L.A.


00:09:52 – Review – Escape From New York
00:42:08 – Review – Escape From L.A.
01:19:35 – Beer Pairing: Dreamcrusher Double IPA by Deep Ellum Brewing Company
“Bad Without You” – Escondido
01:23:14 – Really Rad Recommendations

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Episode 76 – Favorite Films of 2017 (New and Selected) + The Third Annual Blimpy Awards
War Starts at Midnight

00:00 / 1:30:24

or: I Was Not Expecting the Existential Crisis

The Dudes finally close the books on 2017 with their favorite new releases & War Crimes of the year. PLUS! Dust off your top hat, because it’s time for the classiest arbitrary award ceremony you’ll never attend – The Third Annual Blimpy Award!


“Ten Twenty Ten” – Generationals
00:06:54 – Favorite Films of 2017 (New and Selected)
“Kemal” – Generationals
01:04:31 – The Third Annual Blimpy Awards

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The Fog • TCS-008
The Carpenter Shop

00:00 / 1:07:15

or: That Sounds a lot Better than the Nancy Loomis Crossover Graphic Novel I’m Reading Right Now

Ahoy, maties! This week the Dudes batten down the hatches and try to weather the storm while gushing over John Carpenter’s 1980 throwback horror classic, The Fog.


00:13:35 – Review – The Fog
00:53:20 – Beer Pairing: Puff by Sixpoint Brewery
“Crime” – Sports
00:57:33 – Really Rad Recommendations

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Episode 75 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War Starts at Midnight

00:00 / 51:24

or: I Can’t Believe Luke Didn’t Kill All of the Bad Guys With a Light-Sword for Three Hours

Surprise! While conducting some much-needed post-holiday-hibernation housekeeping, we found this entire long-lost review of Space Bear Star Wars: The Last Jedi. By now, you’ve already heard every hot take imaginable for this film – but where are all of the cinephile nerds diving into the relationships between The Last Jedi and the late work of John Ford and Akira Kurosawa? Right here, of course!


00:01:51 – Review – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
00:06:53 – SPOILERS – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
00:43:13 – Beer Pairing: Christmas Bomb! 2017 by Prairie Artisan Ales
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Episode 74 – CIVIL WAR: There Will Be Blood vs. No Country for Old Men
Civil War

00:00 / 2:19:14

or: I Have the Solution to Make Daniel Day-Lewis Happy Again

Peterson Hill returns to The War Bunker to help The Dudes decide a victor in the toughest Civil War Showdown to date! It’s a brutal no-holds-barred brawl that’s been a decade in the making. In one corner, we have There Will Be Blood’s Daniel Plainview armed only with a verbal venom and a barbaric bowling pin. In the other corner, No Country For Old Men’s Anton Chigurh wielding a killer haircut and an oxygen tank… for emphysema or somethin’. Two films enter but only can be named the essentialiest motion picture of 2007 (and perhaps the entire 21st century). Sit back and sip on a stellar stout while Chris, Jacob, and Peterson go to epic lengths to survive this merciless movie matchup.


00:17:37 – Review – There Will Be Blood
00:45:39 – Review – No Country for Old Men
“Wildlife Sculpture” – Generationals
01:25:45 – Civil War Showdown
01:58:59 – Beer Pairing: Yellow Belly by Omnipollo (in collaboration with Buxton Brewery)
“Our Time (2 Shine)” – Generationals
02:05:43 – Really Rad Recommendations

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Assault on Precinct 13 • TCS-007
The Carpenter Shop

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or: Seahorse Ronin

The Dudes discuss John Carpenter’s sophomore effort, Assault on Precinct 13, and one of them seriously considers classifying this cult classic as “Just for Johnny’s Mommy”. Who should you address that hate mail to? LISTEN AND FIND OUT!


00:12:10 – Review – Assault on Precinct 13
01:05:03 – Beer Pairing: Vape Tricks by Prairie Artisan Ales
“The Opolis” – Beau Jennings
01:10:01 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Week 12
“Tulsa Sound” – Beau Jennings
01:23:41 – Really Rad Recommendations

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Each week Jacob mines the Fantasy Movie League chatter for all the data that matters. Listen to the podcast to find out how to join our listener league and compete with other Midnight Warriors for the coveted FML Champion coffee mug.


Are theaters bracing for the worst with Justice League? As of publishing, this film sits at a 37% Rotten Tomato score, down considerably from yesterday when it had a shocking (at the time) 47% fresh rating. This means the DC flagship film is sinking fast. This doesn’t always matter for FML purposes, but this film is priced even higher than Thor: Ragnarok was just two weeks ago.

The really shocking thing to me is the fact that Justice League is landing in fewer theaters than Thor. I’m not talking about on opening night either, I mean this weekend. Yes, two week old Thor is still outpacing Justice League for screens, and on paper that film should be competing with The Avengers, not one of the lesser character flicks.

I don’t even know what to make of it. Either some smaller theaters didn’t want to take the risk, or Warner Brothers just isn’t fighting that hard to get this film out there. Ads have been flooding the internet and television since (from my recollection) the dawn of time at this point. Will that be enough to convince movie-goers to crawl away from their home entertainment systems this week? Let’s find out.

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Each week Jacob mines the Fantasy Movie League chatter for all the data that matters. Listen to the podcast to find out how to join our listener league and compete with other Midnight Warriors for the coveted FML Champion coffee mug.


Thor: Ragnarok has been out for about a week stateside, and it has already crossed over $500 million in total gross. So far, the film is beating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Doctor Strange in offshore markets according to Deadline, and it’s on track to make about another $60 million for FML purposes this weekend. Yet in the strange world of FML, this wasn’t enough last weekend to overcome tiny little Geostorm.

Yes, the god of thunder lost out to a colossal flop about weather control and space and Gerard Butler or something. Many people did get solid performances from going with Thor, but you can never underestimate the lower priced films and what a solid performance can do at those low prices.

Luckily (or unluckily) we have 11 low priced films all under $35 bux. This means you have a ton of options to fill out your cineplex, but you have to start with picking an anchor. Let’s start by looking at the two new anchors this week.


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