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Suspiria (2018) – For Annual Subscribers

40 years after Dario Argento burned down Tanz Academy, the school for dancing and occult sciences is open again in divided Berlin for an epic 2018 remake of Suspiria! Can 50 Shades star Dakota Johnson keep pace with all the new steps that Oscar nominee Luca Guadagnino has added to this horror exercise? And is witchcraft, delusion, or too much spinning the reason we keep seeing Tilda Swinton in triplicate? Catch your breath when you Donate to hear Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob dig their hooks into this dense and dizzying Silver Level finale.    

 

 

NOTE: This listing is for annual subscribers to our show. You can also get this movie review individually for a small donation.

Every dollar you donate goes to make this show the best it can be. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the podcast!

November 9, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Suspiria (2018) – A Podcast Preview

40 years after Dario Argento burned down Tanz Academy, the school for dancing and occult sciences is open again in divided Berlin for an epic 2018 remake of Suspiria! Can 50 Shades star Dakota Johnson keep pace with all the new steps that Oscar nominee Luca Guadagnino has added to this horror exercise? And is witchcraft, delusion, or too much spinning the reason we keep seeing Tilda Swinton in triplicate? Catch your breath when you Donate to hear Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob dig their hooks into this dense and dizzying Silver Level finale.    

November 9, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Silent Hill

The Now Playing Arcade finally has a reason to put down the flamethrower!  Hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Justin stumble through the falling ash of Uwe Boll films to arrive at Silent Hill – the rare video game movie to earn box office success. Will stranded mother Radha Mitchell find any Green Arrows while searching the West Virginian ghost town for her missing adoptive daughter Sharon?  And is that a pyramid, or a dunce cap, atop the head of the sword-wielding monster that follows close behind her? Quiet your questioning mind with another podcast review!

November 6, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Phenomena (a.k.a. Creepers) – A Podcast Preview

Before she battled David Bowie in the Labyrinth, Jennifer Connelly fought off a deformed serial killer at her Swiss boarding school in Dario Argento’s demented fantasy Phenomena.  Better known as Creepers in the States, the movie finds the teenage beauty using paranormal powers to befriend flies, lightning bugs, and swarms of flesh-eating insects (not to mention crippled entomologist Donald Pleasance and a razor-wielding monkey). Donate for Now Playing’s Fall 2018 Silver Level series and help convince Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart they didn’t just dream the whole thing up while sleepwalking.  

November 2, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Phenomena (a.k.a. Creepers)

Before she battled David Bowie in the Labyrinth, Jennifer Connelly fought off a deformed serial killer at her Swiss boarding school in Dario Argento’s demented fantasy Phenomena. Better known as Creepers in the States, the movie finds the teenage beauty using paranormal powers to befriend flies, lightning bugs, and swarms of flesh-eating insects (not to mention crippled entomologist Donald Pleasance and a razor-wielding monkey). Donate for Silver Level and help convince Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart they didn’t just dream the whole thing up while sleepwalking.

November 2, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Hereditary

Because we consider you family, Now Playing is releasing a bonus podcast review of Hereditary for your Halloween enjoyment.  Will Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob lose their heads over what’s become the most hyped horror flick of 2018?  Or is the sight of Toni Collette’s model household going insane more likely to induce headaches than heart palpitations?  You don’t need to worship King Paimon to acquire these answers. This show is free for everyone, and available now, as our way of saying Happy, Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Children of the Corn: Runaway

Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie tried to Runaway from their Stephen King duties in 2018, but the tenth installment of Children of the Corn has found its way onto the Now Playing calendar in time for Halloween!  Join these podcasters as they catch up with Ruth – a fugitive of the Gatlin corn cult who is forced to fight He Who Walks Behind The Rows for custody of her teenage son. Will Feast director John Gulager find a kernel of a good idea in a franchise that’s yielded a steady crop of Red Arrows?  The only way to know if the hosts survive this harvest is to Listen Now!

 

 
Watch our exclusive interviews with Courtney Gains John Franklin at the Now Playing YouTube Channel

October 30, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Terror Train – A Podcast Preview

All aboard Terror Train – the final stop on Jamie Lee Curtis’ world tour as Scream Queen of 1980.  The horror icon now finds herself stalked on a steam-powered locomotive by a fraternity pledge in a Groucho Marx mask. Donate at the Platinum Level and watch magician David Copperfield’s acting career disappear before you eyes!  Marvel at the Dr. Loomis impersonation given by Oscar-winning train conductor Ben Johnson! And enjoy this VIP ticket with Now Playing podcasters Brock, Arnie, and Stuart on their last ride together for 2018! All aboard Terror Train – the final stop on Jamie Lee Curtis’ world tour as Scream Queen of 1980.  The horror icon now finds herself stalked on a steam-powered locomotive by a fraternity pledge in a Groucho Marx mask. Donate at the Platinum Level and watch magician David Copperfield’s acting career disappear before you eyes!  Marvel at the Dr. Loomis impersonation given by Oscar-winning train conductor Ben Johnson! And enjoy this VIP ticket with Now Playing podcasters Brock, Arnie, and Stuart on their last ride together for 2018!

October 26, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Halloween (2018)

Return to Haddonfield with Brock, Arnie, and Stuart as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of Halloween with a podcast review of the blockbuster 2018 requel (rebooted sequel)! Former babysitter Laurie Strode is the one stalking Michael Myers this time, as the captured killer is transferred to a new sanitarium. Can Jamie Lee Curtis’s pistol-packin’ grandma hit the bull’s eye without original director John Carpenter? And will her therapist daughter Karen (Judy Greer), or rebellious grandkid Allyson (Andi Madichak), inherit her Scream Queen title?  Listen Now and find out!

October 23, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Halloween (2018) – Early Release (Unedited and Extended) for Patrons

The New Halloween film broke records for its box office, and Stuart, Arnie, and Brock broke a record for one of our longest recordings — nearly 2.5 hours discussing this sequel/Reboot.  

 

The edited, much shorter, show will be on our main feed Tuesday for everyone for free! But Now Playing Patrons who are at the level for early show releases can hear the (mostly) unedited, full 2.5 hour show now! 

 

Get the unedited recording now at NowPlayingPATRON.com 

October 21, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Prom Night (1980) – A Podcast Preview

 

Fans crowned Jamie Lee Curtis a Scream Queen on Halloween, but the actress didn’t receive her tiara until she walked the catwalk on Prom Night.  Is the actress playing another innocent  high school student under attack? Or could Curtis be the one under that glittery ski mask, slicing up the bullies responsible for her sister’s fatal hide-and-seek accident?  Most important of all, does this flick deserve to rank with Friday the 13th as one of the biggest holiday-themed slashers of 1980?  Cast your vote with Brock, Arnie, and Stuart when you Donate Today!   

October 19, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Postal

Notorious filmmaker Uwe Boll has gone Postal – firing back at his many critics with a raunchy adaptation of one of the most offensive video games ever made. Can one unlucky Dude with a shotgun (Zack Ward) stop a Taliban plot to spread bird flu, and earn the respect of his trailer park? Or will he simply kill his cheating wife, cult leader uncle (David Foley), a corrupt cop, that rude lady at the welfare office, and Uwe Boll himself playing the owner of a Nazi-themed amusement park? Find out if Now Playing can make peace with it all when you listen now!

October 16, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Fog (1980) – A Podcast Preview

Jamie Lee Curtis kicked off 1980 by re-teaming with Halloween director John Carpenter for a tangle with zombie lepers in The Fog.  Does accepting rides from crusty Tom Atkins successfully change the actress’ image from virginal babysitter to promiscuous hitchhiker?  Or will our Scream Queen be upstaged by Carpenter’s busty wife Adrienne Barbeau, making her big screen debut as a radio DJ giving weather reports atop a lighthouse?  Brock, Stuart, and Arnie will clear the air on this horror classic when you Donate at the Platinum Level.

October 12, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Venom

WE are Now Playing, and this week WE are watching Venom – the gooey space alien who tries to survive a new movie without Spider-Man as his host.  WE will see if reporter Tom Hardy and his black-and-white parasite can bring down unethical tech guru Riz Ahmed, repair a broken relationship with lawyer/fiancee Michelle Williams, and stop a second symbiote named Riot from eating the heads of everyone in San Francisco. (But WE will be the ones spitting venom if this character hasn’t received an upgrade from his Spider-Man 3 debut). WE will Listen Now!

October 9, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Venom – Unedited Recording Early Release for Patrons

Now Playing’s review of Venom will be on our main feed Tuesday, June 19, 2018 — for free, for everyone, forever. But patrons of $25 or more can enjoy this early unedited release.

Being a (mostly) unedited podcast.  It has no opening or closing credits and will contain background noises, misspeaks, and other errors. Also a couple corrections or “inserts” may be in the final version and not in this release.

But we are releasing this for our Patrons of $25 or more who want the fastest access to the show! 

October 7, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Witch – A Patron Podcast Preview

Now Playing Patrons have damned podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to make sense of The Witch, the spooky 2016 indie that divides genre fans over the label “elevated horror”.  Is black magic at work when baby Samuel goes missing, and a 17th Century family of Salem exiles start blaming each other for their sudden streak of misfortune?  Or should Split star Anya Taylor-Joy fear her parents’ extreme religious teachings more than demonic goat Black Phillip?  Thoust will find out – and live deliciously – when you Become a Now Playing Patron this October.  But before you sign that book, here’s a preview of the full show!

October 5, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Witch – For Annual Subscribers

Now Playing Patrons have damned podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to make sense of The Witch, the spooky 2016 indie that divides genre fans over the label “elevated horror”.  Is black magic at work when baby Samuel goes missing, and a 17th Century family of Salem exiles start blaming each other for their sudden streak of misfortune?  Or should Split star Anya Taylor-Joy fear her parents’ extreme religious teachings more than demonic goat Black Phillip?  Thoust will find out – and live deliciously – when you Become a Now Playing Patron this October.

October 5, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Witch – Patron Exclusive Review

Now Playing Patrons have damned podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to make sense of The Witch, the spooky 2016 indie that divides genre fans over the label “elevated horror”.  Is black magic at work when baby Samuel goes missing, and a 17th Century family of Salem exiles start blaming each other for their sudden streak of misfortune?  Or should Split star Anya Taylor-Joy fear her parents’ extreme religious teachings more than demonic goat Black Phillip?  Thoust will find out – and live deliciously – when you Become a Now Playing Patron this October.

October 5, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

House of the Dead II

Uwe Boll’s reviled adaptation of Sega’s House of the Dead video game won’t stay dead, lumbering back to life with a SyFy Channel sequel. AMS agents Nightingale (Saw 2 babe Emmanuelle Vaugier) and Ellis (Ed Quinn) lead a team of soldiers into a college campus overrun with “hyper-sapiens”.  Can they retrieve a blood sample from Patient Zero, and cure the zombie outbreak, before Dick Cheney decides to drop the bomb?  And do Justin, Arnie, and Stuart see the franchise evolving now that it’s in new directorial hands? Listen and find out!

October 2, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Mother of Tears – For Annual Subscribers

30 years after Suspiria put Italian splatter movies on the map, Dario Argento completes the Three Mothers trilogy with an apocalyptic 2007 finale.  Museum curators unseal an ancient urn, and unwittingly unleash a kinky witch named Lachrymarum (Moran Atias) onto the streets of Rome.  But if she’s the Mother of Tears, why can’t podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob stop laughing?  Find out if novice spellcaster Asia Argento stems the wave of crazy violence her father puts up on screen when you Donate for Now Playing’s Fall 2018 Silver Level series!  

 

 

NOTE: This listing is for annual subscribers to our show. You can also get this movie review individually for a small donation.

Every dollar you donate goes to make this show the best it can be. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the podcast!

September 28, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Mother of Tears – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $10 or more.  This podcast will only be available until March 31, 2019, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

30 years after Suspiria put Italian splatter movies on the map, Dario Argento completes the Three Mothers trilogy with an apocalyptic 2007 finale.  Museum curators unseal an ancient urn, and unwittingly unleash a kinky witch named Lachrymarum (Moran Atias) onto the streets of Rome.  But if she’s the Mother of Tears, why can’t podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob stop laughing?  Find out if novice spellcaster Asia Argento stems the wave of crazy violence her father puts up on screen when you Donate for Now Playing’s Fall 2018 Silver Level series!  

September 28, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Mother of Tears – A Podcast Preview

30 years after Suspiria put Italian splatter movies on the map, Dario Argento completes the Three Mothers trilogy with an apocalyptic 2007 finale.  Museum curators unseal an ancient urn, and unwittingly unleash a kinky witch named Lachrymarum (Moran Atias) onto the streets of Rome.  But if she’s the Mother of Tears, why can’t podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob stop laughing?  Find out if novice spellcaster Asia Argento stems the wave of crazy violence her father puts up on screen when you Donate for Now Playing’s Fall 2018 Silver Level series!  

September 28, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Mother of Tears

30 years after Suspiria put Italian splatter movies on the map, Dario Argento completes the Three Mothers trilogy with an apocalyptic 2007 finale.  Museum curators unseal an ancient urn, and unwittingly unleash a kinky witch named Lachrymarum (Moran Atias) onto the streets of Rome.  But if she’s the Mother of Tears, why can’t podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob stop laughing?  Find out if novice spellcaster Asia Argento stems the wave of crazy violence her father puts up on screen when you Donate for Now Playing’s Fall 2018 Silver Level series!  

September 28, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Inferno – A Podcast Preview

The second chapter in Dario Argento’s wicked witch trilogy finds Suspiriorum’s younger sister Mother Tenebrarum (Veronica Lazar) working her black magic in the flooded basement of a New York highrise.  Can music student Mark Elliot (Leigh McCloskey) stop his sibling Rose (Irene Miracle) from falling under the spell of this Mother of Darkness? And is the neighbor attempting to exterminate the building’s feral cats actually creating a bigger flesh-eating rat problem?  Find out if the sequel is a towering Inferno or a reeking dumpster fire. Donate Now!    

September 26, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

House of the Dead

The 1996 shooter House of the Dead invited gamers to pick up light guns and mow down scores of charging zombies.  But the 2003 movie adaptation has podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart taking aim once again at immortal writer/director Uwe Boll.  Should bad movie lovers take that boat ride with Clint Howard, and attend a Sega-sponsored rave on Seattle’s Island of the Dead? Or will the hangover live forever in viewers’ minds?  You’ll find out if the Now Playing Arcade escapes this overturned porta-potty when you listen now!

September 25, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Inferno

The second chapter in Dario Argento’s wicked witch trilogy finds Suspiriorum’s younger sister Mother Tenebrarum (Veronica Lazar) working her black magic in the flooded basement of a New York highrise.  Can music student Mark Elliot (Leigh McCloskey) stop his sibling Rose (Irene Miracle) from falling under the spell of this Mother of Darkness? And is the neighbor attempting to exterminate the building’s feral cats actually creating a bigger flesh-eating rat problem?  Find out if the sequel is a towering Inferno or a reeking dumpster fire. Donate Now!

September 21, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Predator

30 years after his foul-mouthed mercenary Hawkins was slaughtered in a South American jungle, actor Shane Black returns to write and direct the fourth installment in The Predator franchise. Will audiences be missing Arnold when sniper Boyd Holbrook (Narcos), his autistic son Jacob Tremblay (Wonder), and a busload of looney war vets tangle with the space hunter?  And can centerfold-ready scientist Olivia Munn help Sterling K. Brown determine if these new predators got milk, or some other juice, enlarging their bones? “Stick around” and find out!          

September 18, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Suspiria (1976) – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $10 or more.  This podcast will only be available until March 31, 2019, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

Before producing Dawn of the Dead and Demons, Italian horror master Dario Argento shocked the world with Suspiria – the first installment in a feverish trilogy of witch films known as The Three Mothers. Is American ballerina Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) cracking under the high demands of a prestigious German dance academy?  Or are her grueling new instructors really part of a black magic coven? Become a Silver Level Donor this fall and hear the sighs of delight and frustration as hosts Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie review this beguiling, gory fairy tale.

September 14, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Suspiria (1976) – A Podcast Preview

Before producing Dawn of the Dead and Demons, Italian horror master Dario Argento shocked the world with Suspiria – the first installment in a feverish trilogy of witch films known as The Three Mothers. Is American ballerina Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) cracking under the high demands of a prestigious German dance academy?  Or are her grueling new instructors really part of a black magic coven? Become a Silver Level Donor this fall and hear the sighs of delight and frustration as hosts Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie review this beguiling, gory fairy tale.

This podcast is not available for general download.

Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going. Our Fall 2018 Donation Drive is underway and from now through March 31, 2019, the The Three Mothers Retrospective series is available as a “thank you” to those who support Now Playing.

You can listen to this preview of the show for free now using the link above.

The full podcast series is available through a Paypal donation to Now Playing, or individual episodes are available on our Podbean page. Details can be found on our Fall 2018 Donation page.

You can get this review now and help support Now Playing! It is available on our Podbean page.

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You can also get this episode and every donation show we’ve done– plus a 12 month subscription for all new shows! Details can be found on our Podbean Subscription page.

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Every dollar you donate goes to make this show the best it can be. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the podcast!

 

September 14, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Nun

Are podcasters Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart ready to put their faith in The Nun after spitting on most of The Conjuring universe?  The latest installment in the franchise traces the origins of demon-in-a-wimple Valak to a war-torn monastery in Romania.  Can a free-spirited novitiate (Vera’s little sis Taissa Farmiga), and a guilt-ridden exorcist (Oscar nominee Demian Bichir), find the strength… and that misplaced vial of Christ blood… to combat this unholy sister act?  Our vow of silence ends when you click play. Listen Now!

September 11, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Vanilla Sky – Patron Exclusive Review

Open your eyes and take another look at Vanilla Sky, the much-maligned puzzle movie that Tom Cruise and director Cameron Crowe made as an encore to Jerry Maguire.  Audiences in 2001 thought the toothy mega-star would always play handsome, infallible heroes, and recoiled when the fantastical melodrama remade Cruise into a disfigured murderer. Will podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart see new virtues as they pull the intricate story out of deep freeze, or are they just de-thawing a 17-year-old dog?  Find out when you become a Now Playing Patron!

September 7, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

D.O.A. – Dead Or Alive

D.O.A. brought a healthy dose of T&A to fighting games in 1996, and the same holds true for the campy 2006 movie adaptation.  Everything jiggles when a trashy American wrestler (Jamie Presley), shinobi ninja princess (Devon Aoki), and slinky British cat burglar (Holly Valance) compete in the lucrative Dead Or Alive competition. Will the vixens put aside their differences and unite against Eric Roberts as he uses nanotechnology to extract and sell off their combat skills? Hear the Now Playing Arcade hosts receive another ass whuppin’ when you Listen Now!  

September 4, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Righteous Kill – A Podcast Preview

The prospect of seeing Al Pacino and Robert De Niro shoot up the screen together still generated enough box office heat in 2008 to earn them a Righteous Kill. Now the iconic duo  work side-by-side as police detectives on the trail of a demented poet who targets the crooks they weren’t able to put behind bars. Could a movie with this much acting talent be without virtue?  Donate Today to hear Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie perform the autopsy on this final installment of the Platinum Level Pacino Series.

August 31, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Righteous Kill – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

The prospect of seeing Al Pacino and Robert De Niro shoot up the screen together still generated enough box office heat in 2008 to earn them a Righteous Kill. Now the iconic duo  work side-by-side as police detectives on the trail of a demented poet who targets the crooks they weren’t able to put behind bars. Could a movie with this much acting talent be without virtue?  Donate Today to hear Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie perform the autopsy on this final installment of the Platinum Level Pacino Series.

August 31, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Righteous Kill – For Annual Subscribers

The prospect of seeing Al Pacino and Robert De Niro shoot up the screen together still generated enough box office heat in 2008 to earn them a Righteous Kill. Now the iconic duo  work side-by-side as police detectives on the trail of a demented poet who targets the crooks they weren’t able to put behind bars. Could a movie with this much acting talent be without virtue?  Donate Today to hear Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie perform the autopsy on this final installment of the Platinum Level Pacino Series.

 

NOTE: This listing is for annual subscribers to our show. You can also get this movie review individually for a small donation.

Every dollar you donate goes to make this show the best it can be. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the podcast!

August 31, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Righteous Kill

The prospect of seeing Al Pacino and Robert De Niro shoot up the screen together still generated enough box office heat in 2008 to earn them a Righteous Kill. Now the iconic duo  work side-by-side as police detectives on the trail of a demented poet who targets the crooks they weren’t able to put behind bars. Could a movie with this much acting talent be without virtue?  Donate Today to hear Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie perform the autopsy on this final installment of the Platinum Level Pacino Series.

August 31, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Before it became one of the most beloved movies of all time, The Godfather was a blockbuster novel with characters and plot points that never made it to the screen.  Join long lost podcaster Stuart as he comes home to his Books & Nachos family and parses out all the changes made to Mario Puzo’s classic.

August 30, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Tekken 2: Kazuya’s Revenge (Movie Review)

Because the first Tekken movie didn’t prove fatal, podcasters Arnie, Justin, and Stuart must now survive Kazuya’s Revenge!  But could the emotionless amnesiac drifting through this low budget prequel be the same Kazuya who so rashly seized control of the Iron Fist Tournament last time?  And what good could possibly come from partnering with future champ Bryan Fury (Gary Daniels) to take down the assassin school that trained them?  Things are gonna get messy, even with a crazed janitor mopping up the arena. Assume a defensive position and Listen Now! 

August 28, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Donnie Brasco

Johnny Depp stars as a real life FBI agent who spent six years infiltrating the New York mafia as Donnie Brasco.  Will a close friendship with veteran gangster “Lucky” Ruggiero, played by veteran actor Al Pacino, convince the fresh-faced lawman to fuhgetabout his wife, daughters, and Uncle Sam and switch allegiances to The Family?  Or will suspicious new capo Michael Madsen find out Depp is really a fugazi and whack that mole? You’ll find out, and be a “friend of ours,” when you donate for this final installment of Now Playing’s 2018 Gold Level series.  

August 24, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach

Ben’s three-year-old brother Eric disappeared five years ago, but Ben continues to search. When Ben takes a job at the store where Eric vanished things are not all that they seem. Join Brock for his spoiler-free review of Bad Man to see if this is the perfect thriller to cap off your summer reading list!

August 23, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Tekken (2009) Movie Review

Arnie, Justin, and Stuart climb into yet another arcade arena for a round with Tekken – the classic 1996 fighting game that inspired a not-so-classic 2010 science fiction flick. Can lowly thief Jin Kazama (John Foo) hold his own in a “kill or be killed” cage match with eight corporately-sponsored gladiators? Or will he take the fight to the evil organizers of the Iron Fist Tournament, and expose reigning champ Bryan Fury (Gary Daniels) to be a cyborg? Find out if the most damaging blows to the head are delivered to the audience when you Listen Now!

August 21, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Heat – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro both appeared in Godfather Part 2, but they never had a scene together until they faced off in Heat.  Michael Mann’s 1995 heist epic finds the iconic Italian actors giving it all they’ve got – Al is an LAPD detective better at catching bad guys than holding on to good women, while Bobby is a thief who prides himself on being able to walk away from everything he steals.  Find out who scores with podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob when you Donate for Now Playing’s Platinum Pacino Series!

August 17, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Heat – A Podcast Preview

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro both appeared in Godfather Part 2, but they never had a scene together until they faced off in Heat.  Michael Mann’s 1995 heist epic finds the iconic Italian actors giving it all they’ve got – Al is an LAPD detective better at catching bad guys than holding on to good women, while Bobby is a thief who prides himself on being able to walk away from everything he steals.  Find out who scores with podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob when you Donate for Now Playing’s Platinum Pacino Series!

August 17, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Heat – Donation Bonus

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro both appeared in Godfather Part 2, but they never had a scene together until they faced off in Heat.  Michael Mann’s 1995 heist epic finds the iconic Italian actors giving it all they’ve got – Al is an LAPD detective better at catching bad guys than holding on to good women, while Bobby is a thief who prides himself on being able to walk away from everything he steals.  Find out who scores with podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob when you Donate for Now Playing’s Platinum Pacino Series!

August 17, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

Warcraft

The 1994 strategy video game Warcraft expanded into the worlds of novels, trading cards, and online multiplayer spin-offs before finally reaching movie screens in 2016. The long awaited battle between orcs, elves, and humans was a massive hit with international audiences, but bombed big time in the States.  Will Yank podcasters Arnie, Justin, and Stuart have more success than their fellow countrymen making sense of the cross-dimensional storyline? Grow some tusks and join them as they bite into this Tolkien-sized fantasy.

August 14, 2018 Posted by | News | Leave a Comment

New Jack City – Patron Exclusive Review

Now Playing is looking for some New Jack patrons to join them for a New Jack gangster flick.  Let Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart sex you up this August with an exclusive podcast dedicated to the 1991 hood classic New Jack City!  Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) thinks “the world is mine” now that Al Pacino’s Scarface is dead, and he controls New York’s crack cocaine empire. Find out if the bad guy also steals the spotlight away from director/star Mario Van Peebles, rapper Ice-T, Breakfast Club bad boy Judd Nelson, and comedic junkie Chris Rock when you become a patron today.

August 13, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on New Jack City – Patron Exclusive Review

Carlito’s Way – A Podcast Preview

Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma reunited 10 years after Scarface for another movie about a legendary Latino gangster.  But penitent Puerto Rican Carlito Brigante goes a different direction than bloodthirsty Cuban Tony Montana – refusing to deal drugs once he’s sprung from jail on a technicality.  Will corrupt lawyer Sean Penn obstruct Carlito’s Way out of a life of crime by involving him in a risky prison break?  And do podcasters Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob still want to party with Pacino without the cocaine?  Find out when you donate at the Gold Level or higher!

August 11, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Carlito’s Way – A Podcast Preview

Volume 2, Episode 1: Hasbro and San Diego — Video Podcast

Marvelicious Toys is Back–and LIVE!

Welcome to the All-New, not All-Different Marvelicious Toys collecting show! There’s new music, there’s video content, and it is broadcast LIVE.  But it’s still Justin, Arnie, and Marjorie bringing you the news and reviews of Marvel toys, statues, and more. So join them on this first episode as they reflect on Hasbro’s big news from San Diego Comic-Con.

Then join them LIVE August 23, 2018 at 9pm ET/6pm PT for Episode 2 LIVE!

August 11, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Volume 2, Episode 1: Hasbro and San Diego — Video Podcast

Carlito’s Way – For Annual Subscribers

Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma reunited 10 years after Scarface for another movie about a legendary Latino gangster.  But penitent Puerto Rican Carlito Brigante goes a different direction than bloodthirsty Cuban Tony Montana – refusing to deal drugs once he’s sprung from jail on a technicality.  Will corrupt lawyer Sean Penn obstruct Carlito’s Way out of a life of crime by involving him in a risky prison break?  And do podcasters Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob still want to party with Pacino without the cocaine?  Find out when you donate at the Gold Level or higher!

August 10, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Carlito’s Way – For Annual Subscribers

Carlito’s Way – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

 

Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma reunited 10 years after Scarface for another movie about a legendary Latino gangster.  But penitent Puerto Rican Carlito Brigante goes a different direction than bloodthirsty Cuban Tony Montana – refusing to deal drugs once he’s sprung from jail on a technicality.  Will corrupt lawyer Sean Penn obstruct Carlito’s Way out of a life of crime by involving him in a risky prison break?  And do podcasters Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob still want to party with Pacino without the cocaine?  Find out when you donate at the Gold Level or higher!

August 10, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Carlito’s Way – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Carlito’s Way – Donation Bonus

Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma reunited 10 years after Scarface for another movie about a legendary Latino gangster.  But penitent Puerto Rican Carlito Brigante goes a different direction than bloodthirsty Cuban Tony Montana – refusing to deal drugs once he’s sprung from jail on a technicality.  Will corrupt lawyer Sean Penn obstruct Carlito’s Way out of a life of crime by involving him in a risky prison break?  And do podcasters Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob still want to party with Pacino without the cocaine?  Find out when you donate at the Gold Level or higher!

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Teen Titans GO! To the Movies

Robin is tired of being Batman’s sidekick, so he and the other Teen Titans are taking their hit Cartoon Network show To The Movies.  Trouble is, Hollywood still doesn’t consider the Boy Wonder, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, or Beast Boy to be big screen stars.  Does picking a fight with Slade, a “Deadpool rip-off” voiced by Will Arnett, help their box office? And will listeners catch Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart singing along with these goofsters as they crack an egg on the DC Universe?  The answers aren’t on the usual Bat Channel. Go! to Now Playing to find out!

August 7, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Teen Titans GO! To the Movies

Dick Tracy – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

Al Pacino earned his sixth Oscar nomination playing Big Boy Caprice, the manic mobster who comes down hard on comic strip cop Dick Tracy.  Warren Beatty’s big-budget 1990 summer movie was considered a disappointment when its box office didn’t match Tim Burton’s Batman.  But will podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart find it to be the better film?  And does Madonna deserve a spanking for her performance as gangster’s moll Breathless Mahoney?  Extra Extra! Hear all about it when you donate for the Now Playing Gold Level Al Pacino series.

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Dick Tracy

Al Pacino earned his sixth Oscar nomination playing Big Boy Caprice, the manic mobster who comes down hard on comic strip cop Dick Tracy.  Warren Beatty’s big-budget 1990 summer movie was considered a disappointment when its box office didn’t match Tim Burton’s Batman.  But will podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart find it to be the better film?  And does Madonna deserve a spanking for her performance as gangster’s moll Breathless Mahoney?  Extra Extra! Hear all about it when you donate for the Now Playing Gold Level Al Pacino series!

August 3, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Dick Tracy

Mission: Impossible — Fallout (Podcast Review)

Tom Cruise recovers from the Fallout of recent flops, and a shattered ankle, by leaping back to the top of the box office with his tried and true Mission: Impossible franchise.  The daredevil actor saves the world for the sixth time by once again teaming with techie Benji (Simon Pegg), hacker Luther (Ving Rhames), and markswoman Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) to stop plutonium-wielding terrorists. Listen now to find out if a tagalong CIA superman (Henry Cavill) and captive criminal mastermind (Sean Harris) compromise their mission to entertain.

July 31, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Mission: Impossible — Fallout (Podcast Review)

Sea of Love – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Al Pacino took a four year break from movie stardom before diving into Sea of Love in 1989.  The steamy thriller has Detective Frank Keller – Al’s third incarnation as a New York cop – pursuing a female serial killer who stalks men that advertise in singles magazines.  Is it poetic justice that the lonely divorcee falls for mysterious MILF Ellen Barkin, or will partner John Goodman convince Al to stop looking at suspects through beer goggles? Qualify for breakfast with the Yankees when you Donate at the Platinum Level this summer.     

July 27, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Sea of Love – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Sea of Love – A Podcast Preview

Al Pacino took a four year break from movie stardom before diving into Sea of Love in 1989.  The steamy thriller has Detective Frank Keller – Al’s third incarnation as a New York cop – pursuing a female serial killer who stalks men that advertise in singles magazines.  Is it poetic justice that the lonely divorcee falls for mysterious MILF Ellen Barkin, or will partner John Goodman convince Al to stop looking at suspects through beer goggles? Qualify for breakfast with the Yankees when you Donate at the Platinum Level this summer.   

July 27, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Sea of Love – A Podcast Preview

Need For Speed

Electronic Arts was eager to get racing game Need For Speed into multiplexes after watching Vin Diesel’s family of car thieves make bank.  But can Aaron Paul break box office records with rapper Kid Cudi, Mr. Robot, and hottie Imogen Poots in his pit crew?  They’ll all burn rubber crossing the country in a bid to land a spot in Michael Keaton’s exclusive street race, thereby getting the chance to show up rival driver Dominic Cooper.  Find out if this shift in gears in the Now Playing Arcade works for Justin, Stuart, and Arnie when you Listen Now!

July 24, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Need For Speed

The Untouchables – Patron Exclusive Review

Treasury Officer Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) creates an elite task force of axe-wielding Prohibitionists, set on bringing down murderous bootlegger Al Capone (Robert De Niro), in the 1987 blockbuster The Untouchables.  Will Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob find director Brian DePalma’s second movie about a hood nicknamed Scarface – now made “the Chicago way” – to be as violent and entertaining as his 1983 Al Pacino cult classic?  Become a Now Playing Patron this July and enjoy a podcast that’s much more diverting than accounting.

July 23, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The Untouchables – Patron Exclusive Review

Scarface – A Podcast Preview

Al Pacino was back in full gangster mode in 1983, starring as Cuban “political refugee” Tony Montana… better known as Scarface! The Brian De Palma cult classic charts the rise and fall of a cocaine kingpin – from his arrival in America and first job burying a Castro commie, to a final standoff with Bolivian guerrillas raiding his lavish Miami mansion. Are viewers f*cking with the best, or do pussycats Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie need to take a chainsaw to all this excess? The podcast is yours when you donate at the Gold Level!

July 20, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Scarface – A Podcast Preview

Scarface – For Annual Subscribers

Al Pacino was back in full gangster mode in 1983, starring as Cuban “political refugee” Tony Montana… better known as Scarface! The Brian De Palma cult classic charts the rise and fall of a cocaine kingpin – from his arrival in America and first job burying a Castro commie, to a final standoff with Bolivian guerrillas raiding his lavish Miami mansion. Are viewers f*cking with the best, or do pussycats Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie need to take a chainsaw to all this excess? The podcast is yours when you donate at the Gold Level!

NOTE: This listing is for annual subscribers to our show. You can also get this movie review individually for a small donation.

Every dollar you donate goes to make this show the best it can be. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the podcast!

July 20, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Scarface – For Annual Subscribers

Scarface

Al Pacino was back in full gangster mode in 1983, starring as Cuban “political refugee” Tony Montana… better known as Scarface! The Brian De Palma cult classic charts the rise and fall of a cocaine kingpin – from his arrival in America and first job burying a Castro commie, to a final standoff with Bolivian guerrillas raiding his lavish Miami mansion. Are viewers f*cking with the best, or do pussycats Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie need to take a chainsaw to all this excess? The podcast is yours when you donate at the Gold Level!

July 20, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Scarface

It Came From the Desert (Movie Review)

Cinemaware turned to 1950s monster movies for inspiration when developing a 1989 computer game about giant ants attacking small town America. Now It Came From The Desert comes full circle as a 2018 feature film!  An arrogant motocross racer and his shy mechanic must stop genetically modified insects from feasting on friends attending their victory kegger.  But have these fanboys seen too many B-flicks to make an original mark on the genre? Listen now to find out if Arnie, Justin, and Stuart must burn down another freak game-adaptation-gone-wrong.

July 17, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on It Came From the Desert (Movie Review)

Episode 504: SDCC 2018 Pre-Game Show

San Diego Comic-Con starts tomorrow! So be prepared for a deluge of news and reveals from your favorite toy and collectible companies. Arnie, Marjorie, Justin, Daryl, and Berent will be there bringing you all the Star Wars news there is.  

To prepare for the con Marjorie and Arnie bring you this SDCC Pre-Game show. They look at all the Star Wars convention exclusives, discuss the new SDCC lottery system, and provide hands-on reviews of Hasbro’s SDCC exclusives including the Black Series Han Solo and The Vintage Collection Dr. Aphra 3-Pack.

With Brock reviewing the novelization of The Last Jedi and more, it’s all in this brand new episode of the Star Wars Action News podcast!

 

 

SDCC 2018 Exclusives:

 

  • IDW

 

 

 

      • Baby Fuzzball by Flat Bonnie (Chewbacca — 100 made, $20)
      • BunEwok Wall Art by Flat Bonnie (10 made, $100)
      • Weekend Dad Trooper 3.75-in figure (25 made, $55)
      • Jumbo Art Trooper Andy (12-in figure, 15 made, $165)
      • No Toys 4 Us Geoffrey Giraffe Figure (40 made, $65)
      • Worst Gift Ever 2-1B (40 made, $45)
      • Ewokalypse Now figure (30 made, $55)
      • MANY MORE FIGURES

 

  • Toynk Booths 815, 4437, 5245

 

      • Super Blitz Plush Chewbacca (2,000 made, $10)
      • Super Blitz Plush Chewie with Goggles (2,000 made, $10)
      • Super Blitz Lando (2,000 made, $10)
      • Super Blitz Qi’ra (2,000 made $10)
      • Super Blitz Han Solo (2,000 made $10)
      • Star Wars Movie Poster Pins — only $1,000 made. $25

 

  • Super 7:  Booth 4945

 

 

  • Entertainment Earth: (Pre-order now online, ships after con if stock available)

 

 

  • LEGO

 

 

 

      • Solo Print by Russell Walks – $35

 

  • Funko:

 

      • AT-AT Backpack Set $60
      • Han Solo Backpack Set $50
      • Han Solo Handbag Set (Rebel symbol) $50
      • Endor Scout Coach’s Jacket $60
      • Endor Commando Coaches Jacket $60

 

  • Bluefin

 

 

 

      • Jumbo Return of the Jedi Fett on ROTJ card $80
      • McQuarrie Yoda Mini-Bust (750 made, $100)
      • Jedi Luke Mini-Bust with light-up saber ($120)
      • Left Coast Graphics Cantina Adventure Pin Set $24, limited to 1500
      • Left Coast Graphics Collector Enamel Pins, blind box. Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Han Solo (small head), Chewbacca and one MYSTERY CHASE character. PG members can buy whole set, including chase for $100.

 

 

      • Lando & Lobot Keepsake Ornaments (2,975 made, $35)
      • Boba Fett itty bitty on Vintage Card (2,500 made)
      • Golden BB-8 Perpetual Calendar (1,200 made)
      • PXL8 Boushh and Han in Carbonite Pins

 

 

      • Porg mini-backpack (limited to 500, and also shared with Think Geek)

 

 

      • Porg and Falcon Hot Wheels

 

 

    • Egg Attack Boba Fett – 140 sets made. $80

 

 

      • No Character Key
      • Empire Strikes Back Darkness Shines Metallic Variant : $65
      • Other silkscreen pritns

 

  • Hasbro:

 

July 17, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Episode 504: SDCC 2018 Pre-Game Show

Episode 503: The ORIGINAL Star Wars Collecting Podcast is back!

After a short break, Star Wars Action News is back with Arnie and Marjorie looking at the state of collecting. They discuss why Star Wars sales are down, why Barge sales were up, and what’s coming with SDCC and SWCC!  Hear this show to catch up, and then join them TUESDAY July 17th for a SDCC pre-game show!

July 15, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Episode 503: The ORIGINAL Star Wars Collecting Podcast is back!

Issue 189: Is This the Train to San Diego?

Justin, Marjorie, and Arnie are back with a brand new Marvelicious Toys! On this show we recap where we’ve been, and then talk about where we’re going: San Diego! SDCC is next week. What are the must-haves? Listen to find out about all the Marvelicious goodness!

 

SDCC Exclusives:

 

  • Kotobukiya:  Nothing
  • Deadpool 2: Booth 3529

 

      • Exclusive SDCC shirt given to first 1,200 people each day Thurs – Sun
      • Deadpool 2 Super Duper Cut pre-order — get SDCC exclusive Trucker Hat! (While supplies last)
      • 25 people each day win a set of 18 Fox Blu-rays with the Deadpool box art.
      • Deadpool Dream Suite on Saturday evening (modeled after Deadpool’s apartment) — have to enter to win

 

  • Fox TV

 

 

  • Marvel Booth: Only announced more pin sets THERE IS A MODOK PIN
  • Mondo

 

 

  • Toynk: Booths 815, 4437, 5245

 

      • Avengers Thanos Gauntlet Pin with Jewel – 1,000 made, $15
      • Deadpool on Unicorn Pin – 2,000 made. $10
      • Daredevil and Punisher Tiki Cup Set – 400 made, $40

 

  • NECA

 

 

  • Monogram International:

 

 

  • Entertainment Earth: (Pre-order now online, ships after con if stock available)

 

 

  • Ban Dai – booth 3535

 

 

 

      • Scottie Young Deadpool X-Force Finders Keypers – $25

 

  • Jakks Pacific (Booth 3349)

 

 

  • Sheriff Deadpool Minifigure (Saturday. Enter the lotto)

 

      • Ant-Man & Wasp Set (Saturday, $40. Enter lotto)

 

  • Funko

 

      • Also Conan O’Brien Ant-Man POPs

 

  • Quantum Mechanix Inc. Booth 4145

 

 

 

      • Mini Egg Attack Deadpool and Pony (X-Force Version) – 1,000 made, $30
      • Life Size Iron man Mk 43 Pewter Finish. Only 30 made! $20,000
      • Egg Attack Deadpool (Marvel Comic) – 140 made. $80

 

  • IDW (Pre-order now for guaranteed pick-up at the show)

 

      • Jack Kirby’s Marvel Heroes & Monsters Artist’s Edition w/Variant Cover (1,000 copies, $150)
      • Joe Jusko’s Marvel Masterpieces Hardcover — SDCC Variant (150 pieces, $75)
      • Jack Kirby’s Marvel Heroes & Monsters Artist’s Edition, SDCC Monsters Cover Variant (100 copies, $150)
      • Jack Kirby’s Marvel Heroes and Monsters Artist’s Edition Cover Variant (100 made, $150)
      • Jim Starlin’s Marvel Cosmic Artifact Edition–Signed and Numbered SDCC Variant (100 copies, $150)

 

  • Diamond Select Toys

 

 

 

      • Avengers PXL8 Ornaments, Cap Iron Man & Thanos (1500 made)
      • Dr. Strange PXL8 rnament
      • Ant-Man and Wasp PXL8 Pins
      • PXL8 Thanos Pin

 

 

      • Thanos Copter Hot Wheels

 

 

      • Gwenpool Animated Statue $64.99

 

  • Mezco (Booth 3445)

 

 

  • Essential Sequential (booth 4507, 4606, 4505)

 

      • Adi Granov Iron Man Giclee – 16×20. Signed. $100

 

  • Hasbro:

 

July 14, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Issue 189: Is This the Train to San Diego?

Cruising – A Podcast Preview

Exorcist director William Friedkin pushed the boundaries of what an R-rated movie could show when he ordered cop Al Pacino to start Cruising the leather bars of New York City in this notorious slasher. Will the Serpico star have any better luck earning a detective shield, or keeping a girlfriend, now that he’s posing as a gay S&M enthusiast intent on catching the eye of a like-minded serial killer?  Who’s here… Jakob, Stuart and Arnie are here… and you’re here when you donate for the Platinum Level Pacino series!

July 13, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Cruising – A Podcast Preview

Cruising – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $10 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

Exorcist director William Friedkin pushed the boundaries of what an R-rated movie could show when he ordered cop Al Pacino to start Cruising the leather bars of New York City in this notorious slasher. Will the Serpico star have any better luck earning a detective shield, or keeping a girlfriend, now that he’s posing as a gay S&M enthusiast intent on catching the eye of a like-minded serial killer?  Who’s here… Jakob, Stuart and Arnie are here… and you’re here when you donate for the Platinum Level Pacino series!

July 13, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Cruising – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Cruising

Exorcist director William Friedkin pushed the boundaries of what an R-rated movie could show when he ordered cop Al Pacino to start Cruising the leather bars of New York City in this notorious slasher. Will the Serpico star have any better luck earning a detective shield, or keeping a girlfriend, now that he’s posing as a gay S&M enthusiast intent on catching the eye of a like-minded serial killer?  Who’s here… Jakob, Stuart and Arnie are here… and you’re here when you donate for the Platinum Level Pacino series!

July 13, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Cruising

Deep Blue Sea – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until December 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

Originally Released April 22, 2011

Arnie, Stuart, and Brock go back into open water for one last shark tale–Deep Blue Sea, a bonus addendum to our Jaws retrospective series. Ostensibly based on an unused plot for Jaws 5 based on Richard Dreyfuss’ Matt Hooper at the Aurora station, the film as made stars LL Cool J and Thomas Jane squaring off against genetically altered “smart sharks”. With such a B-movie plot and directed by Renny Harlin, has Now Playing’s Jaws series sunk to new depths after Jaws: The Revenge? Donate to Now Playing to find out!

July 11, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Deep Blue Sea – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Ant-Man And The Wasp

The box office for 2015’s Ant-Man might be considered small in comparison to other Avengers films, but Marvel banks that the second Paul Rudd adventure will make a bigger impact on the big screen thanks to The Wasp.  Are the two pint-sized superheroes simply chasing a Ghost when they shrink to a subatomic level and hunt for long lost scientist Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer)?  Podcasters Stuart, Arnie, and Justin don’t need truth serum to tell listeners what they really think of the 20th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Listen now!

July 10, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Ant-Man And The Wasp

The First Purge – A Podcast Preview

How do you convince New Yorkers to vote for a chaotic night of mass death, theft, and vandalism?  Tell ‘em it only hurts Staten Island. The fourth Purge film traces the origins of the 12-hour “murder holiday” back to the neglected borough. Will shrink Marisa Tomei allow the New Founding Fathers to turn her psychological experiment into sanctioned ethnic cleansing?  Can he-man drug dealer Dmitri (Y’lan Noel) protect a public housing highrise from psycho purger Skeletor (Rotimi Paul)? Time is running out to Donate for this Silver Level series!

July 6, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The First Purge – A Podcast Preview

The First Purge – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $10 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

How do you convince New Yorkers to vote for a chaotic night of mass death, theft, and vandalism?  Tell ‘em it only hurts Staten Island. The fourth Purge film traces the origins of the 12-hour “murder holiday” back to the neglected borough. Will shrink Marisa Tomei allow the New Founding Fathers to turn her psychological experiment into sanctioned ethnic cleansing?  Can he-man drug dealer Dmitri (Y’lan Noel) protect a public housing highrise from psycho purger Skeletor (Rotimi Paul)? Time is running out to Donate for this Silver Level series!

July 6, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The First Purge – Limited Time Release for Patrons

The First Purge

How do you convince New Yorkers to vote for a chaotic night of mass death, theft, and vandalism?  Tell ‘em it only hurts Staten Island. The fourth Purge film traces the origins of the 12-hour “murder holiday” to the neglected borough. Will shrink Marisa Tomei allow the New Founding Fathers to turn her psychological experiment into sanctioned ethnic cleansing?  Can he-man drug dealer Dmitri (Y’lan Noel) protect a public housing highrise from psycho purger Skeletor (Rotimi Paul)? Time is running out to Donate for this Silver Level series!

July 6, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The First Purge

Why Now Is the Best (and Worst) Time to Remake ‘Child’s Play’

Child's Play remake Chucky

Our beloved ‘Friend til the end’

Chucky the killer Good Guys doll is having one helluva third act.

On the heels of two well-received VOD sequels, an announced television series, and the best cameo in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, the iconic Child’s Play villain has seen his stock rise among his 80s-era slasher movie counterparts.

Now, Chucky (a.k.a Charles Lee Ray) is getting the remake treatment, according to The Hollywood Reporter, courtesy of Norwegian director Lars Klevberg.

The announcement surprises for a few reasons, not the least of which is the aforementioned television series conceived by series steward Don Mancini, whose name has appeared in the writing credits of every Child’s Play film and who has directed the last three sequels.

After seven films, there’s a case to be made that it’s time to reboot Child’s Play. However, an examination of how far Chucky has come shows an equally strong case for staying the course.

The Case for a Remake

In his first act, an era that spans 1988’s Child’s Play to 1991’s Child’s Play 3, Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) had charisma but never enjoyed the success – in popularity and box office – of A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger and Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees.

The character’s breakout moment finally arrived with 1998’s Bride of Chucky, which debuted a new scarred and stitched facial design for the doll, ditched his pursuit of former owner Andy Barclay, and paired him with Jennifer Tilly’s fan favorite Tiffany.

With its self-referential approach (a must in the era of Scream), Bride at last put Chucky in the conversation with Krueger, Voorhees, Halloween’s Michael Myers, and Texas Chainsaw’s Leatherface – a quintet of modern slashers on par with Universal Studios’ monsters.

While each of those villains saw their respective series’ rebooted in the horror remake craze of the 2000s, Chucky’s comeback came in the form of another sequel, doubling down on meta commentary until the soufflé collapsed with 2005’s Seed of Chucky.

The second act was short-lived. Fans waited nine years for a new film, and while Curse of Chucky and 2017 sequel Cult of Chucky were both well-received, Chucky was now a straight-to-video villain.

Those same fans might be eager to see Chucky back on the big screen, with industry-changing advancements in CGI and motion capture that could bring a more realistic, more agile, and more frightening iteration of the doll to life.

At the same time, Klevberg may be inclined to continue the original film’s commentary on consumer culture.

The Chucky doll that debuted in 1988 was an obvious play on Hasbro’s My Buddy line of dolls, with Mancini and company also satirizing the Cabbage Patch craze years before Jingle All the Way.

A new Child’s Play could see Chucky enter a world in which kid culture has embraced smartphones over dolls, and the Good Guys franchise could be just another failed attempt to compete.

Chucky could find himself fighting not for the thrill of the kill, but for Andy’s love and attention!

Perhaps an introspective Chucky isn’t top of mind for Klevberg and screenwriter Tyler Burton Smith, but Child’s Play works best when the wit and satire is at its sharpest.

What better time for a remake than right now, with Chucky fresh off two acclaimed sequels and enjoying a peak in popularity he hasn’t experienced in 20 years?

The Case Against a Remake

Most arguments against a film’s remake include a reading of the popular “Why can’t Hollywood come up with original ideas?” monologue.

In the case of Chucky and Child’s Play, there’s a much better reason: The last two films are among the best in the series.

Mancini kicked off Chucky’s third act with Curse, which introduced a new protagonist in Fiona Dourif’s Nica and gave the character a personal connection (via retcon) to killer Charles Lee Ray.

Nica went on to appear in Cult, a film that [SPOILER ALERT] sees Chucky posses his new nemesis while being hunted by his old nemesis, Andy (played by original series star Alex Vincent). In the finale, the possessed Nica rides off into the sunset with Tilly’s Tiffany, with the promise that Andy and Child’s Play 2s Kyle (a returning Christine Elise) would be hot on their trail in the next adventure.

Despite being the sixth and seventh films in a franchise that had faded from the big screen to VOD, Curse and Cult are the most critically lauded entries, with Rotten Tomatoes scores of 83 percent and 82 percent, respectively. The next highest rated film in the series is the original Child’s Play, with 69 percent on the review aggregator.

Is it wise to reboot a series just when it’s getting good? Fans hoping to see the next film tie up its various plot threads will now be treated to an entirely new canon, possibly without Tiffany, Nica, Kyle, or even Andy.

And what of the television series? While Child’s Play hasn’t made it to air, genre fans can point to the well-regarded Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as an example of a show that deserved extended life rather than face abrupt cancelation in favor of a subpar theatrical film (in Chronicles case, 2009’s Terminator Salvation).

Fortunately, the fate of Mancini’s Child’s Play show hasn’t been determined, and it’s worth pointing out to worried fans that 2013’s Evil Dead reboot didn’t prevent that series’ original canon from continuing on the small screen with Ash vs. Evil Dead.

While there are arguments for and against a remake, at the end of the day, fans should rejoice that Chucky will live on in some form or another. Perhaps two versions will even grace our theater and television screens simultaneously, and eventually treat us to a “Chucky vs. Chucky” collision of both canons.

That would be a very Child’s Play thing to do.

The Now Playing Podcast Child’s Play Retrospective Series debuted in September 2010, and the reviews can be accessed via the show’s archives.

July 4, 2018 Posted by | News | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Alone in the Dark II (Movie Review)

Podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart are still shooting daggers at notorious filmmaker Uwe Boll, this time for making them watch a sequel to reviled video game movie Alone in the Dark. Christian Slater dodged a bullet when he passed off the role of paranormal investigator Edward Carnby to Die Another Day villain Rick Yune. Can the new star muster the strength to leave his sick bed and track down the witch that had him stabbed in a Central Park urinal?  And what tricks will occultist veterinarian Lance Henriksen pull from his medicine bag? Listen and find out!

July 3, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Alone in the Dark II (Movie Review)

Now Playing needs YOUR help to not become a FALLEN KINGDOM!

Now Playing Podcast is a show without any sponsors or ads. Yet for 10 years we’ve been bringing in-depth movie reviews, and have not missed a free show on Tuesday since 2010! (Yes, that’s 391 weeks of a new show every single Tuesday).

None of this would be possible without our donors and patrons. So listen to this preview of our new bonus review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and then go to http://nowplayingpodcast.com/donate to help keep Now Playing going strong!

June 29, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Now Playing needs YOUR help to not become a FALLEN KINGDOM!

Jurassic World – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

After three failed attempts to open a dinosaur zoo, has Masrani Global Corp finally gotten it right?  We find out in Jurassic World–the first new Jurassic Park film in over a decade!  With Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt in the lead this film took a record-breaking bite out of the box office.  How does it compare to the original trilogy?  Donate to Now Playing to find out!

June 29, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Jurassic World – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Donation Bonus

Three years after the Indominus Rex broke out of its cage and brought down Jurassic World, political activist Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and raptor wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) return to the Fallen Kingdom to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from an erupting volcano.  Can they also protect these dino refugees from a nefarious plot that awaits them?  And are Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie sold on director J.A. Bayona, and the new Indo-Raptor? The park is open when you Donate at the Jurassic Level!

June 29, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Donation Bonus

Alone in the Dark

Uwe Boll is easily the most prolific creator of video game movies, but does he also deserve his reputation as Worst Filmmaker Ever?  The Now Playing Arcade takes up the question with a review of Alone In The Dark, a beloved 1992 supernatural PC game that became a 2005 tax write-off for the hack director. Christian Slater stars as a PI who goes looking for lost 30-year-old orphans, and finds Tara Reid logging Native American artifacts in a museum overrun with monsters. Learn if this box office flop is so bad it’s good, or just bad, when you listen now! 

June 26, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Alone in the Dark

‘Halloween’ 40th Anniversary Convention Announced

Halloween 40th Anniversary Convention

Halloween fans crossing off the days until October 19 need to circle a few more dates on their calendars.

Longtime series producer Trancas International Films announced on Monday that the 40th anniversary Halloween convention, “Forty Years of Terror,” is set for Oct. 12-14 at Pasadena Convention Center, just blocks from where John Carpenter’s original film was filmed in 1978.

The fourth official gathering of fans, cast, and crew since 2003, “Forty Years of Terror” is set to be the biggest convention in series history, coming one week before the eleventh film – a direct sequel to Halloween ‘78, and again starring Jamie Lee Curtis – bows in theaters.

Pasadena has hosted the convention – celebrated every five years – since 2003. For the 2018 show, Trancas and fan favorite con promoters HorrorHound will take over an expanded area of the Convention Center for, “more exciting vendors – including notable Halloween licensees – and a number of not-to-be missed events, such as a special Horror’s Hallowed Grounds filming location tour, special gallery offerings, cast Q&As, exclusive H40 and Halloween merchandise offerings” and professional photo ops.

Guest announcements for the 40th anniversary convention will trickle out in the coming weeks, although fans will focused on two names: Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter. While neither appeared at 2013’s “35 Years of Terror,” it would not surprise anyone to see the pair on stage as part of the promotional blitz for the upcoming sequel.

The nine years between 2018’s Halloween and the last film released in the series – Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 – is the largest gap between entries in the 40-year-old franchise. Historically, fans could always count on a new film within five years of the last.

“Forty Years of Terror” marks the first convention held during the year of a new Halloween release. Previous conventions in 2013, 2008, and 2003 occurred in “off” years, but have been well attended by stars of the series.

Ticket prices (including VIP packages) will be announced “within the month,” according to Trancas, on the Halloween 40 website.

 

June 25, 2018 Posted by | News | , , , , | Comments Off on ‘Halloween’ 40th Anniversary Convention Announced

SDCC 2018 Exclusive Reveal! Entertainment Earth Deadpool with Baby Cable!

 


Entertainment Earth has a huge selection of exclusives at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International.  Now Marvelicious Toys is excited to bring you the exclusive reveal of their next item: The Deadpool with Baby Cable Wooden Push Puppet!

These Push Puppets stand like wooden figures, but when you push the bottom they crumble to the ground. Release the button, they stand back up again.  (Pump the button to make them dance!)

This baby Cable/Deadpool combination is a fan favorite from the “House of M” storyline, plus Deadpool popularity is ever-higher thanks to this summer’s Deadpool 2 co-starring Cable!

The Push Puppet is limited to only 1,500 pieces–each one has an individually number holographic sticker. And it is only $8.99

If you’re going to SDCC you can get this at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343.  If you’re not going to the show, you can place an order now at Entertainment Earth’s site and, if you’re lucky like Domino (meaning if any are left after SDCC), you may be able to get your hands on one!

June 25, 2018 Posted by | Comic Books, Conventions, Movies, News | Comments Off on SDCC 2018 Exclusive Reveal! Entertainment Earth Deadpool with Baby Cable!

The Purge: Election Year — A Podcast Preview

U.S. politicians will worry less about hanging chads in the Election Year 2039, and far more about getting hung from a tree, after Purge Night rules are modified to allow government officials to be hunted. The only way Presidential hopeful Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) will evade assassination, and reach the White House, is to let security guard Frank Grillo, and small business owner Mykelti Williamson, run her campaign for all 12 hours of America’s “murder holiday”. Get full coverage of the race from Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart when you Donate Today!

June 22, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The Purge: Election Year — A Podcast Preview

The Purge: Election Year – Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $10 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

U.S. politicians will worry less about hanging chads in the Election Year 2039, and far more about getting hung from a tree, after Purge Night rules are modified to allow government officials to be hunted. The only way Presidential hopeful Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) will evade assassination, and reach the White House, is to let security guard Frank Grillo, and small business owner Mykelti Williamson, run her campaign for all 12 hours of America’s “murder holiday”. Get full coverage of the race from Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart when you Donate Today!

June 22, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The Purge: Election Year – Limited Time Release for Patrons

The Purge: Election Year

U.S. politicians will worry less about hanging chads in the Election Year 2039, and far more about getting hung from a tree, after Purge Night rules are modified to allow government officials to be hunted. The only way Presidential hopeful Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) will evade assassination, and reach the White House, is to let security guard Frank Grillo, and small business owner Mykelti Williamson, run her campaign for all 12 hours of America’s “murder holiday”. Get full coverage of the race from Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart when you Donate Today!

June 22, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The Purge: Election Year

Incredibles 2

It took 14 years for Pixar and director Brad Bird to create a sequel for popular superhero family The Parrs. Now mother Helen (Holly Hunter) steps back into the role of Elastigirl to lead a global PR campaign championing superpowers. But how easily can she change minds on the supers ban when new villain Screenslaver uses television to hypnotize and control the masses?  And how well does stay-at-home dad Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) do raising Violet, Dash, and baby Jack Jack without her? Listen now as Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart dig into Incredibles 2!

June 19, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2 — UNEDITED PODCAST for Patrons Only

Now Playing’s review of The Incredibles 2 will be on our main feed Tuesday, June 19, 2018 — for free, for everyone, forever. But patrons of $25 or more can enjoy this early unedited release.

Being a (mostly) unedited podcast.  It will contain background noises, misspeaks, and other errors. Also a couple corrections or “inserts” may be in the final version and not in this release.

But we are releasing this for our Patrons of $25 or more who want the fastest access to the show! 

It took 14 years for Pixar and director Brad Bird to create a sequel for popular superhero family The Parrs. Now mother Helen (Holly Hunter) steps back into the role of Elastigirl to lead a global PR campaign championing superpowers. But how easily can she change minds on the supers ban when new villain Screenslaver uses television to hypnotize and control the masses?  And how well does stay-at-home dad Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) do raising Violet, Dash, and baby Jack Jack without her? Listen now as Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart dig into Incredibles 2!

June 16, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The Incredibles 2 — UNEDITED PODCAST for Patrons Only

The Purge: Anarchy — A Podcast Preview

Writer/director James DeMonaco is takin’ it to the streets for the quickie sequel to his surprise hit The Purge. Tough guy Frank Grillo and poor waitress Carmen Ejogo are among the unlucky folk caught up in the Anarchy of downtown Los Angeles on Purge Night 2023.  Do podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart cleanse their souls, or just empty their bowels, engaging in this second course of social Darwinism?  Donate tonight and find out!

June 15, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The Purge: Anarchy — A Podcast Preview

The Purge: Anarchy

Writer/director James DeMonaco is takin’ it to the streets for the quickie sequel to his surprise hit The Purge. Tough guy Frank Grillo and poor waitress Carmen Ejogo are among the unlucky folk caught up in the Anarchy of downtown Los Angeles on Purge Night 2023.  Do podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart cleanse their souls, or just empty their bowels, engaging in this second course of social Darwinism?  Donate tonight and find out!

June 15, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The Purge: Anarchy

Ocean’s 8

George Clooney and his crew are sitting out the latest caper so that little sister Debra (Sandra Bullock) and seven criminally-minded gal pals have a chance to steal the spotlight. Ocean’s 8 finds the girl gang attempting to lift a $150 million diamond necklace, worn to a glitzy red carpet gala by annoying Hollywood starlet Anne Hathaway. But can Debra pull off the sting while also getting revenge on the art dealer ex-boyfriend who put her to jail (Richard Armitage)?  And who in the octet walks away with the hearts of hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob?  Listen and find out. 

June 14, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Ocean’s 8

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

It sure looked like Liu Kang (Robin Shou) won the Mortal Kombat tournament last film, but that’s not stopping his demonic foes from continuing their assault on Earth. Now the only way our heroes can stop mankind’s Annihilation is to challenge Outworld emperor Shao Kahn (Brian Thompson) to a rematch. Is new director John Leonetti up for this fight? And could someone please move the Eiffel Tower and Golden Gate Bridge out of the arena?  Things are bound to get messy as Justin, Stuart, and Arnie play referee for this contentious sequel. Listen now!

June 12, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Enter the Dragon – Patron Exclusive Review

Kung Fu films have a storied history, but Americans would likely be unaware of it were it not for one man–Bruce Lee. The martial arts virtuoso and actor brought this Hong Kong style to the United States with his breakout film Enter the Dragon. Sadly, Lee would not live to see his biggest film released, but his legacy lives on to this day. So enter the ring by becoming a Now Playing Patron and spar with the Now Playing hosts as they reflect on this kung fu classic.

June 11, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Enter the Dragon – Patron Exclusive Review

The Purge — A Podcast Preview

Release The Beast, and let podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart bring The Purge franchise into your home tonight!  Ethan Hawke stars as a security systems specialist who got rich in near-future America when crime became legal for one night a year.  He’ll find out just how safe his family really is when a homeless man takes refuge in their mansion on Purge Night 2022, and masked yuppies assault the place looking to murder them all.  Your soul will be cleansed when you Donate Today for this Silver Level Series!

June 8, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The Purge — A Podcast Preview

The Purge

Release The Beast, and let podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart bring The Purge franchise into your home tonight!  Ethan Hawke stars as a security systems specialist who got rich in near-future America when crime became legal for one night a year.  He’ll find out just how safe his family really is when a homeless man takes refuge in their mansion on Purge Night 2022, and masked yuppies assault the place looking to murder them all.  Your soul will be cleansed when you Donate Today for this Silver Level Series!

June 8, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The Purge

Mortal Kombat

Video games finally broke through at the box office in 1995 with the release of Mortal Kombat – director Paul WS Anderson’s cinematic take on the popular Midway fighting game. Earth will fall under the control of demons unless Thunder god Raiden (Christopher Lambert) can assemble a team of human martial artists that rivals end bosses Goro, Kano, Sub Zero, Scorpion, and Sheng Tsung.  Is this next entry in the Now Playing Arcade a winner, or will Justin, Stuart, and Arnie receive another hard blow to the head? Find out when you listen now!

June 5, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Mortal Kombat

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) – A Podcast Preview

Before creating The Purge franchise, James DeMonaco broke into the home invasion genre by writing a remake of Assault on Precinct 13.  Ethan Hawke is now the cop who must protect a condemned Detroit police station – and prisoners Ja Rule, John Leguizamo, and crime boss Laurence Fishburne – from heavily armed mercenaries swarming the doors and windows one snowy New Year’s Eve. Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob have drawn up a full psych evaluation of the 2005 redo. Get the confidential report when you donate today!

June 1, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) – A Podcast Preview

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

Before creating The Purge franchise, James DeMonaco broke into the home invasion genre by writing a remake of Assault on Precinct 13.  Ethan Hawke is now the cop who must protect a condemned Detroit police station – and prisoners Ja Rule, John Leguizamo, and crime boss Laurence Fishburne – from heavily armed mercenaries swarming the doors and windows one snowy New Year’s Eve. Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob have drawn up a full psych evaluation of the 2005 redo. Get the confidential report when you donate today!

June 1, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

Solo: A Star Wars Story

One of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe has gone Solo.  Harrison Ford earned fame and fortune playing an irascible space bandit in four sci-fi blockbusters. Now rising star Alden Ehrenreich inherits the iconic role in a prequel that dramatizes Han Solo’s first mission in the Millennium Falcon. He joins Chewie, Lando, and a band of criminals for a hyperfuel heist on planet Kessel, but will longtime fans be the ones feeling ripped off?  Assume Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart won’t betray you and you won’t be disappointed in their latest podcast!

May 29, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story — UNEDITED PODCAST for Patrons Only

This is a (mostly) unedited podcast.  It will contain background noises, misspeaks, and other errors. Also a couple corrections or “inserts” may be in the final version and not in this release.

But we are releasing this for our Patrons of $25 or more who want the fastest access to the show! 

One of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe has gone Solo.  Harrison Ford earned fame and fortune playing an irascible space bandit in four sci-fi blockbusters. Now rising star Alden Ehrenreich inherits the iconic role in a prequel that dramatizes Han Solo’s first mission in the Millennium Falcon. He joins Chewie, Lando, and a band of criminals for a hyperfuel heist on planet Kessel, but will longtime fans be the ones feeling ripped off?  Assume Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart won’t betray you and you won’t be disappointed in their latest podcast!

May 27, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Solo: A Star Wars Story — UNEDITED PODCAST for Patrons Only

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) – A Podcast Preview

Before he was a Master of Horror, Halloween director John Carpenter transplanted the Western genre to South Side Los Angeles for the explosive action flick Assault on Precinct 13.  Austin Stoker stars as a newly promoted cop babysitting a condemned police station on its last night of operation. Can he shield the few remaining employees, as well as a Frank Kersey-like vigilante, from the heavily armed street gang besieging their rundown building?  Hear Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob break it all down when you donate today!  

May 25, 2018 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) – A Podcast Preview