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Silver Bullet

In the 1970s Stephen King gave his version of a vampire tale with ‘Salem’s Lot.  In the ’80s he wrote another classic horror monster story. The novella was called “The Cycle of the Werewolf”, but the film was called Silver Bullet.  Does a pre-Lost Boys Corey Haim stand a chance against a rampaging werewolf? And who’s scarier, the wolf or Gary Busey? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

February 28, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Silver Bullet

On Oscar eve, Now Playing Podcast hosts name their Best Picture picks

Let’s face it: Deadpool was never going to get a Best Picture nomination.

Despite the Golden Globes nom and those articles building up its Oscar chances, there was no way an R-rated superhero flick about sex and guns and unicorns was going to end up in the same category as 2016’s prestige films.

Now Playing Podcast host Arnie Carvalho put it best the morning the nominees were announced: #OscarsSoPredictable.

The Oscars are the Oscars. Movies like The Artist win Best Picture. Movies like Deadpool win MTV Movie Awards, which are still a thing all these years later.

So, in honor of the many films that won’t be celebrated at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, the Now Playing hosts made their picks for Best Picture of 2016.

And the awards go to:

         The Nice Guys

“I rarely give any movie a perfect 5-star ranking. It seems every movie has something that could be fixed, tightened, or improved in some way. For this score I demand a movie that feels perfect immediately. This year I only ranked one movie 5-stars. Only one film had the intelligence, the entertainment, and the charm for such a ranking. It’s a film I loved when I first saw it in May, and each home viewing has deepened my appreciation.“ — Arnie 

“Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe are surprisingly good together. Being a period piece, you never know if it’s going to come off schlocky, but this worked. This movie turned me around on Gosling, who I had not been a fan of previously. The action and drama is just the right pace to keep you in the movie. And let’s not forget Angourie Rice, who played Ryan Gosling’s daughter. She was plucky and had an amazing presence for such a young actress.” — Marjorie

           The Lobster

“Easily 2016’s most cracked and surprising discovery for me. I kept thinking as I was watching this crazy sci-fi story about people forced to mate or be changed into animals that it couldn’t possibly sustain its delirious energy for much longer… AND the thing just kept opening itself up to bold, new interpretations! You laugh because the situations are as absurd as our own deeply held conceptions of love and marriage.” — Stuart

         The VVitch

“The VVitch is an almost perfect horror film that held me in suspense as American puritanism faces off against the supernatural. The movie spends great effort on authenticity, from its stylized spelling to sets and costumes to the dialect, making it easy to get lost in its haunting atmosphere. But even better is the depth of the film with its layered subtext commenting on religion, class, and gender.” — Jakob

         Edge of Seventeen

“I think many people dismissed it as a Juno ripoff, but this movie has a big heart and Hailee Steinfeld’s performance as an outcast teen dealing with the death of her father and the inevitability of growing up is impressive and emotional. Woody Harrelson is surprisingly charming and down to earth here as well.” — Justin

February 25, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on On Oscar eve, Now Playing Podcast hosts name their Best Picture picks

Issue 179: Groot Scootin' Boogie

Marvelicious Toys is Dead no More, and back to bring you all the latest Marvel Collecting news from this weekend’s Toy Fair International!To prepare for the event, join Arnie, Marjorie & Justin for a run down of the latest news. Plus you can hear reviews of NECA’s new Quarter-Scale Deadpool figure and Hasbro’s danging, music playing toddler Groot from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.Plus you can win a Sixth-Scale Deadpool figure from Marvelicious Toys and Sideshow Collectibles! Listen to find out how to win!

And don’t forget, Marvelicious Toys needs your help to keep operating. To support our show and get exclusive rewards Check out our crowdfunding campaign, live now on PodBean
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February 14, 2017 Posted by | Podcasts | | Comments Off on Issue 179: Groot Scootin' Boogie

John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick thought he’d left his killer lifestyle behind. After avenging his beloved pet he was ready to literally bury his past…but the underworld is not yet done with him. Keanu Reeves is back in the sequel to the sleeper hit John Wick. Does this one go off as well as the first? And what does it have in common with The Matrix? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

February 13, 2017 Posted by | News | 1 Comment

Blue Velvet – early release for Patrons

Baby wants Blue Velvet…early?  This is an exclusive early release for Now Playing patrons of $25 or more. This show will be released for everyone on Tuesday, Feb 21.  You can support Now Playing and get exclusive bonus and early release movie reviews on our crowdfunding page.

 

Before Twin Peaks there was Blue Velvet — David Lynch’s first tale of  Kyle MacLachlan investigating a small town murder. This violent, sexy, surreal film has been ranked one of Lynch’s best, and helped put Easy Rider Dennis Hopper back on top. Is this a mystery worth solving?  Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

 
Then head to Now Peaking Podcast.com for reviews of every Twin Peaks television episode in anticipation of this summer’s new season on Showtime!
 
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February 10, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Blue Velvet – early release for Patrons

John Wick

John Wick exploded out of nowhere. This film was announced in September, 2014 for release just a few weeks later. And thanks to the star power of Keanu Reeves, a strong trailer, and a high concept, the lack of promotion didn’t matter–it quadrupled its modest budget.  Now, just over two years later, Wick is back in theaters for Chapter 2. Prepare for it by joining the Now Playing hosts as they give the first John Wick a shot!

February 7, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on John Wick

Episode 491: Death Star Light, Death Star Bright

It is the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars. Toy companies are sure to celebrate the occasion with loads of merchandise, much of which will be revealed next week at Toy Fair International.

While we wait for all that news, Marjorie & Arnie are back with a new episode of Star Wars Action News!

On this week’s show hear an in-depth review of Hasbro’s AT-ACT toy. This bluetooth enabled walker came with a high price tag but has been on deep discount since Christmas. Listen to find out how much this toy really should cost you!

Also on this show, Brock reviews the novelization of Star Wars: Rogue One. Listen to see if there are any of those cut plot threads revealed in its prose.

With a look forward to Toy Fair and a review of Uncle Milton’s USB powered Death Star Projector, it’s all in this week’s new Star Wars Action News!

Then follow Star Wars Action News on Facebook and Twitter for all the news live from Toy Fair in New York next weekend!



Also, please check out Star Wars Action News’ crowdfunding campaign on Podbean! We want to make the show better and bring back the full video podcasts, but we need your help to make it happen!
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February 7, 2017 Posted by | Movies & Television | | Comments Off on Episode 491: Death Star Light, Death Star Bright

John Wick – Early Release for Patrons

This podcast will be released for everyone on Tuesday, February 7th. For our Patrons of $25 or more this is being released early.

 

John Wick exploded out of nowhere. This film was announced in September, 2014 for release just a few weeks later. And thanks to the star power of Keanu Reeves, a strong trailer, and a high concept, the lack of promotion didn’t matter–it quadrupled its modest budget.  Now, just over two years later, Wick is back in theaters for Chapter 2. Prepare for it by joining the Now Playing hosts as they give the first John Wick a shot!

February 6, 2017 Posted by | News | Comments Off on John Wick – Early Release for Patrons

Why ‘Jason Takes Manhattan’ was Now Playing Podcast’s toughest show

To mark the 10th anniversary of Now Playing Podcast in 2017, hosts and staff are looking back at defining moments throughout the show’s history.

On February 4, 2009, Now Playing Podcast released one of its most memorable early episodes. On the eighth anniversary of the Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan review, host Arnie Carvalho reflects on the behind-the-scenes craziness that listeners never heard on the air.

Friday the 13th Part VII was our most loved show on that series. It was also our first big failure. It was our third recording on a Sunday night. We suddenly learned recording this many shows is exhausting, even for shorter shows. We made a ton of jokes about Friday the 13th but there was no content. More, it was our shortest recording of the series by far.

I walked away from the conversation with my sides hurting from laughter, but exhausted and frustrated the show wasn’t better. Stuart the e-mailed me and said he didn’t think the show was very good either. We roped Brock into the conversation, he agreed, and we re-recorded that show top to bottom.

BUT… that attempt wasn’t very good either. We were much better about explaining the beats of the movie, but we had told each other all of our jokes, and the fun wasn’t there.

I spent about 60 hours working on that show. I took both versions into the editing software and I took the funny from Recording No. 1 and put it with the thoughtfulness and the structure of Recording No. 2. The result was what some people still call our funniest show.

By the way, while doing the series it was Brock that started pushing for Star Trek. He seemed as excited for the Trek reboot as I was for the Friday the 13th one. I wasn’t feeling it, but then when we saw the download numbers for Friday the 13th, and when we realized how much fun we were having, we were all excited to boldly go into our next retrospective!

Now Playing Podcast’s Friday the 13th Retrospective Series was released from January 9 to Feb. 20, 2009. The 13 episode series can be heard on the Now Playing Podcast website.

February 5, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News | , , , , | Comments Off on Why ‘Jason Takes Manhattan’ was Now Playing Podcast’s toughest show

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Fifteen years ago Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich transformed Resident Evil from a successful video game franchise to a hit movie series. They released a new film every two to three years, and made almost one billion dollars worldwide.  Now, after a five year absence, they are back to conclude the series in The Final Chapter. Can Alice defeat the big boss and give the series a fitting ending–or do our hosts just want to hit the “reset” button and start the game over?  Join Stuart, Justin, and Arnie to find out!

February 2, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | , , , | Comments Off on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

No, Stuart was not eaten by a sand worm, he’s back to discuss Children of Dune — Frank Herbert’s third novel in the Duneverse. Focusing on the children of Paul, this book has incest, political intrigue, and a twist ending. Join Stuart for his thoughts on this novel!
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February 1, 2017 Posted by | Podcasts | | Comments Off on Children of Dune by Frank Herbert