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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #207: ‘Transcendence,’ ‘Bears,’ ‘Joe’

April 20th, 2014

[How do you know you don't like my podcast Movie B.S. if you've never listened to it?]

Episode 207: ‘Transcendence,’ ‘Bears,’ ‘Joe’

0:00-2:45 – Introduction, what Jeff is drinking
2:45-19:05 – “Transcendence” review
19:05-21:35 – “A Haunted House 2″ and “Heaven Is for Real” are movies that they didn’t show to critics
21:35-27:10 – “Bears” review
27:10-29:00 – “The Unknown Known” and “Joe,” very briefly
29:00-45:00 – QOTW (your biggest movie disagreements)
45:00-49:30 – Blather about Jeff moving to San Diego, dreams, more on “Transcendence,” the upcoming Summer Box Office Challenge
49:30-50:50 – Wrap-up and goodbyes
QOTW: What actor’s name or movie’s title have you had the most trouble remembering correctly?

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #206: ‘Draft Day,’ ‘Oculus,’ ‘Rio 2,’ more

April 11th, 2014

[We got a big ol' pile of reviews for you this week on Movie B.S..]

Episode 206: ‘Draft Day,’ ‘Rio 2,’ ‘Oculus,’ ‘Under the Skin,’ ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune,’ ‘The Raid 2′

0:00-1:30 – Introduction, quiet voices
1:30-16:45 – “Draft Day” review
16:45-23:00 – “Rio 2″ review
23:00-27:30 – “Oculus” review
27:30-37:00 – “Under the Skin” review
37:00-40:40 – “Jodorowsky’s Dune” mini-review
40:40-42:50 – “The Raid 2″ mini-review
42:50-54:00 – QOTW (your irrational movie turn-offs)
54:00-56:15 – Wrap-up and goodbyes
QOTW: What was your biggest movie disagreement with a friend?

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #205: ‘Captain America 2,’ ‘Noah,’ Pitch Me

April 4th, 2014

[If you like podcasts, here's good news: Movie B.S. is one!]

Episode 205: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ ‘Noah,’ Pitch Me

0:00-6:30 – Introduction; the croup; it’s the show’s 4th anniversary; there is a gift exchange, kind of; we claim to do other shows besides this one
6:30-18:15 – “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” review
18:15-28:10 – “Noah” review
28:10-36:20 – QOTW (heroes you’d like to see in a “vs” movie)
36:20-43:20 – A friendly round of Pitch Me
43:20-46:30 – More croup talk, wrap-up, and goodbyes

QOTW: What are your irrational movie turn-offs (e.g., an actor whose face or voice you can’t stand, a cliche that drives you crazy, etc.)?

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #202: ‘Need for Speed,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ SXSW

March 16th, 2014

[Note to Movie B.S. subscribers: you might need to resubscribe through iTunes or whatever you use. There was a glitch in the matrix.]

Episode 202: ‘Need for Speed,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ SXSW

0:00-4:40 – Introduction, iTunes review
4:40-19:10 – “Need for Speed” review
19:10-27:50 – “Veronica Mars” review
27:50-1:04:10 – SXSW reviews: “Chef,” “13 Sins,” “Neighbors,” “Joe,” “The Mend,” “Open Windows,” “Stage Fright,” “Premature,” “What We Do in the Shadows”
1:04:10-1:09:20 – Wrap-up and goodbyes

QOTW (held over from last week): What movie do you wish was your life? (For extra credit, you can also tell us which movie is currently your life.)

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #201: ’300: Rise of an Empire,’ ‘Tim’s Vermeer’

March 7th, 2014

[Movie B.S. is now being hosted by GeekNation! There were some bumps in the iTunes transition, but it should be sorted out now.]

Episode 201: ’300: Rise of an Empire,’ ‘Tim’s Vermeer’

0:00-3:50 – Introduction, our lunch sponsor: Crooked Scoreboard, a sports blog!
3:50-17:15 – “300: Rise of an Empire” review
17:15-20:40 – “Tim’s Vermeer” review
20:40-31:15 – QOTW (movies that changed your mind about an issue)
31:15-37:55 – A li’l SXSW preview
37:55-40:15 – Wrap-up and goodbyes

QOTW: What movie do you wish was your life? (For extra credit, you can also tell us which movie is currently your life.)

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #199: ‘Pompeii,’ Interquel

February 21st, 2014

[Only one review on Movie B.S. this week, plus plenty of other mischief.]

Episode 199: ‘Pompeii,’ Interquel

0:00-4:25 – Introduction, we have colds, iTunes review
4:25-19:30 – “Pompeii” review
19:30-33:10 – QOTW (movies you own but never watch)
33:10-41:51 – Interquel
41:51-48:10 – Oscar bowling, movies to watch
48:10-49:35 – Wrap-up and goodbyes
49:35-52:35 – Randy Newman’s Title Song from “12 Years a Slave”

QOTW: If there are aliens, and you can send them one movie to represent humanity, what do you choose and why?

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #198: ‘RoboCop,’ ‘Winter’s Tale,’ Pitch Me

February 14th, 2014

[Movie B.S. is my podcast. There are others like it, but this one is mine.]

Episode 198: ‘RoboCop,’ ‘Winter’s Tale,’ Pitch Me

0:00-3:40 – Introduction, an announcement
3:40-5:40 – Our lunch sponsor: “Try Not to Burn,” a supernatural thriller by Michael Matula, now on Kindle for $3.99
5:40-16:00 – “RoboCop” review
16:00-37:45 – “Winter’s Tale” review, with many spoilers, and then some commentary on the screening rats
37:45-47:40 – QOTW (your “litmus test” movies)
47:40-56:10 – A round of Pitch Me
56:10-58:20 – Portland International Film Festival is still happening; “The Congress” is good; movie talkers
58:20-1:00:55 – Wrap-up and goodbyes

QOTW: What is the least-watched title in your movie library, and if you never watch it, why do you own it?

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #195: The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

January 24th, 2014

[We're both in Park City for this edition of Movie B.S., and we saw a lot of movies!]

Episode 195: The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

0:00-6:10 – Introduction, we’re at Sundance, the weather was great, etc.
6:10-1:19:00 – Sundance mini-reviews (plus signs are the ones we suggest you remember for later):

* “Cold in July”
* “Dear White People”
* “Infinitely Polar Bear”
* “Jamie Marks Is Dead”
* “Life After Beth”
* “The Skeleton Twins” +
* “The Sleepwalker”
* “Whiplash” +
* “No No: A Dockumentary”
* “God Help the Girl”
* “Calvary” +
* “Hits” +
* “Laggies”
* “The Raid 2″ +
* “The Trip to Italy” +
* “The Voices” +
* “Wish I Was Here”
* “Boyhood” +
* “The Double”
* “Locke” +
* “Land Ho!”
* “Listen Up Philip” +
* “Obvious Child” +
* “Ping Pong Summer”
* “The Babadook” +
* “Cooties”
* “The Guest”
* “What We Do in the Shadows” +

1:19:00-1:20:30 – Wrap-up and goodbyes

QOTW: What day-to-day activity could be the plot of an action movie?

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Randy Newman’s ’12 Years a Slave’ song

January 14th, 2014

For the third year in a row, I have for some reason written and recorded a song in the style of Randy Newman and pretended it is the theme song from a current movie. First it was “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” then “Skyfall,” and now “12 Years a Slave.”

The song doesn’t have any real spoilers for “12 Years a Slave” (you already know he’s going to get free eventually), but you’ll appreciate it more if you’ve seen it. Listen with the player below, or over at Soundcloud. If you’d like to download an MP3 of the song for $1, you can do so here.

Everything I wrote in 2013 that wasn’t a movie review

December 31st, 2013

My thanks to the outlets that employed me and the many fine editors who dealt with me this year!

- (David Ehrlich and Brooke Tarnoff)
- (Erik Davis and Peter S. Hall)
- GeekNation (Ben Pearson)
- Twitch (Peter A. Martin and Ryland Aldrich)
- World/Independent Film (Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth)
- City Weekly (Scott Renshaw)


Snide Remarks
(Many more in 2014, I promise!)

“Anti-Anti-Semitism”: Hating Jews seems like a lot of work
“Low-Capacity Magazines”: Another lesson in gossip interpretation
“Jamaican Me Crazy”: Adventures in getting offended by proxy
“Get Out of the Way, Idaho”: Strict regulation of minor infractions
“Empty Pockets”: Air travel means giving up on everything
“What I Think About What You Think”: Well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man
“Spring Breaking Point”: Relax and get aggravated at the movies!
“Correction News Network”: CNN clarifies some of its prior coverage
“Truth Decay”: Why I’m voting against fluoridated water
“Supermania!”: A refresher course on the Man of Steel
“Proud Fathers”: What would the Framers think of us now?
“The Surly Urban Juror”: Doing one’s civic duty, civilly or not
“The End of All Things”: Our society has gotten too permissive
“Requiem for a Geo”: A surprise ending for a beloved old car

Eric’s Bad Movies

“The Curse” (1987)
“The Wraith” (1986)
“The Octagon” (1980)
“Setup” (2011)
“A Talking Cat!?!” (2013)
“Land of Doom” (1986)
“Mr. Hush” (2011)
“Lords of the Street” (2008)
“Casablanca” (1942) (for April Fool’s Day)
“Chain Reaction” (1996)
“Barney’s Great Adventure” (1998)
“C.H.O.M.P.S.” (1979)
“Sudden Death” (1995)
“Misbegotten” (1998)
“Sasquatch” (2002)
“Suburban Commando” (1991)
“Dylan Dog: Dead of Night” (2011)
“The Freedom of Silence” (2011)
“Battlefield Earth” (2000)
“Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn” (1983)
“Silent Hill: Revelation” (2012)
“Shakma” (1990)
“Dracula 3000″ (2004)
“The Devil Within Her” (1975)
“BloodRayne: The Third Reich” (2010)
“Dinosaur Island” (1994)
“Munchie” (1992)
“Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls” (2008)
“Dead in the Water” (2002)
“The Quest” (1996)
“Hammer of the Gods” (2013)
“A Demon in My View” (1991)
“The Skulls III” (2004)
“House at the End of the Street” (2012)
“A Dennis the Menace Christmas” (2007)

Pitch Meetings

The Pitch Meeting for “Peeples”
The Pitch Meeting for “The Lone Ranger”
The Pitch Meeting for “R.I.P.D.”
The Pitch Meeting for “Last Vegas”

You’re Old

(In which films are revisited upon the anniversary of their release, with accompanying historical data from that weekend)

“Army of Darkness” (20th)
“Lethal Weapon” (26th; we went back to round-number milestones after this)
“Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life” (30th)
“Indecent Proposal” and “The Sandlot” (20th; same weekend!)
“Deep Impact” (15th)
“The Matrix Reloaded” (10th)
“Big” (25th)
“Last Action Hero” (20th)
“Jaws 3D” (30th)
“The Fugitive” (20th)
“The Last Temptation of Christ” (25th)
“Mrs. Doubtfire” (20th)
Gus Van Sant’s “Psycho” (15th)

Miscellaneous movie columns

Hollywood’s New Year’s Resolutions
Why Are the “Django Unchained” Action Figures Offensive?
Zombie Boyfriends: “Warm Bodies” vs. “My Boyfriend’s Back”
Top 5/Bottom 5: Steven Soderbergh’s Movies
The Great Debate: “Casablanca” vs. “Gone with the Wind” (featuring Corey Atad)
“Snitch,” Guns in Movies, and Why Hollywood Can’t Shoot Straight
The 8 Most Memorable Premieres in SXSW History
The Great Debate: SXSW vs. Sundance (featuring Rob Hunter)
The 8 Most Annoying Movie Marketing Tactics
Interview: David Zucker on How Spoofs Have Changed from “Airplane!” to “Scary Movie 5″
What Is a “Cinemascore”?
Why Can’t We Let Filmmakers Tell Stories on Their Own Terms?
How “Man of Steel” Is Better Than “Superman Returns” (and Vice Versa)
“The Butler” Lawsuit and 7 Pairs of Movies That Shared a Title Without Anyone Suing About It
The 2013 Summer Movie Quiz
The Steep Decline of Sketch-Comedy from “Kentucky Fried Movie” to “Movie 43″ and “InAPPropriate Comedy”
“The Butler” Box Office and Political Agendas
25 Reasons to See “Ender’s Game”
20 Reasons to See “Escape Plan”
We Asked a Telekinetic Teenage Girl with a Crazy Mother to Fact-Check “Carrie”
The Movies of 2013: The Miscellaneous, Random, and Very Important Data (with assistance from Will Goss)
2013 Film Titles: A Dramatic Reading

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