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2014 Telluride Film Festival reviews

September 5th, 2014

I spent Labor Day weekend in beautiful Telluride, Colo., where the 41st edition of that quaint mountain town’s film festival was taking place, drawing cinephiles and wealthy people from around the world (guess which one I was).

Five of the last six Best Picture Oscar winners were Telluride premieres, but given what I know about Academy tastes and how these things usually go, I don’t see this year’s Best Picture on the list. That being said, nine of the 10 films I reviewed are in the “good” category (to varying degrees), a few of them really outstanding. There will definitely be some interesting conversations this fall and winter.

Here are the reviews. Scheduled U.S. release dates are in parentheses.

Birdman (10/17) B+ [Complex]
Foxcatcher (11/14) A- [Complex]
The Homesman (11/14) C- [GeekNation]
The Imitation Game (11/21) B- [GeekNation]
Madame Bovary (TBA) B [Vanity Fair]
Mommy (TBA) A- [Complex]
99 Homes (TBS) B+ [Vanity Fair]
Rosewater (11/7) B- [Complex]
Two Days, One Night (TBA) B+ [Complex]
Wild (12/5) B+ [Complex]

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #221: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Get on Up’

August 2nd, 2014

[Also on Movie B.S. this week, a round of Jeff & Eric's Excellent Adventure, involving time travel.]

Episode 221: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Get on Up,’ Jeff & Eric’s Excellent Adventure

0:00-6:10 – Introduction, the weather, trivia night at Portland’s Hollywood Theatre
6:10-23:30 – “Guardians of the Galaxy” review
23:30-29:25 – “Get on Up” review (Bayer only)
29:25-38:05 – QOTW (outside-the-box superhero actors)
38:05-40:00 – Box Office Challenge update (Bayer is losing a lot)
40:00-52:25 – Jeff & Eric’s Excellent Adventure: Aug. 2, 1991
52:25-55:20 – Summary, goodbye, etc.

QOTW: If you could preserve one movie (or movie series) from ever being remade, rebooted, or otherwise tampered with, which would it be, and why?

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Garrens Comedy Troupe reunion video!

July 28th, 2014

Remember the Garrens Comedy Troupe? Remember when we did a 20th anniversary show? Remember when we released the video of that show?

No you don’t because we didn’t UNTIL NOW! Now there is video! You can buy it for $10 and watch it forever!

It was a really fun show, and the video (shot with multiple cameras, high-def, good sound) captures it. We did a bunch of classic sketches and songs with as many of the original cast members as we could dig up from various prisons and homeless shelters.

Here are a few clips:

 

 

Get the digital download here, via Gumroad. We’re also selling digital versions of our old CDs, “The Garrens Comedy Troupe Live!” and “Songs of Love and BYU,” which people occasionally ask about.

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #220: ‘Hercules,’ ‘Lucy,’ ‘Boyhood,’ and more

July 27th, 2014

[Also reviews of "And So It Goes," "They Came Together," and "A Most Wanted Man." It's a busy week at Movie B.S.!]

Episode 220: ‘Hercules,’ ‘Lucy,’ ‘And So It Goes,’ ‘They Came Together,’ ‘Boyhood,’ ‘A Most Wanted Man’

0:00-5:15 – Introduction, Mom’s peanut butter balls, Jeff’s beer (he goes on for some time)
5:15-15:00 – “Hercules” review
15:00-23:30 – “Lucy” review
23:30-26:45 – More examples of the MPAA rating system being screwed up. Oh, and there are too many trailers
26:45-35:45 – “And So It Goes” review
35:45-42:20 – “They Came Together” review (B.S.-approved)
42:20-49:25 – “Boyhood” review (B.S.-approved)
49:25-51:55 – “A Most Wanted Man” review
51:55-1:00:10 – QOTW (old wives’ tales as movies)
1:00:10-1:02:35 – Closing remarks and summary

QOTW: In the spirit of Chris Pratt in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” who else would be a good unexpected choice to play a superhero (and which superhero)?

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #219: ‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ ‘Sex Tape,’ more

July 19th, 2014

[There's a new "Planes" movie too, but Movie B.S. refused to dignify it by watching it.]

Episode 219: ‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ ‘Sex Tape,’ ‘Wish I Was Here’

0:00-3:10 – Introduction, what Jeff’s drinking
3:10-4:15 – iTunes review
4:15-5:15 – Neither of us saw “Planes: Fire and Rescue”
5:15-21:15 – “The Purge: Anarchy” review
21:15-33:25 – “Sex Tape” review
33:25-45:10 – “Wish I Was Here” review, plus the Zach Braff Twitter incident
45:10-56:00 – QOTW (your gift ideas for Jeff Bayer)
56:00-57:20 – Wrappin’ things up

QOTW: In the spirit of “Lucy” (“you only use 10% of your brain”), what other old wives’ tale/urban legend/common misconception could be the premise for a movie?

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #218: ‘DOTPOTA,’ ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Land Ho,’ etc.

July 12th, 2014

[We took a week off to accommodate Jeff's move to San Diego (such a diva), but Movie B.S. is back now as if nothing ever happened.]

Episode 218: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Begin Again,’ ‘Land Ho!’

0:00-2:30 – Introduction, our new theme song (thanks, Gregory Whitehead!)
2:30-7:00 – Jeff is in San Diego now and is annoyingly happy about it; watching movies long distance
7:00-8:00 – iTunes review
8:00-21:25 – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” review
21:25-31:05 – “Snowpiercer” review (It’s B.S.-approved™!)
31:05-38:10 – “Begin Again” review
38:10-40:25 – “Land Ho!” review
40:25-43:30 – Eric has quasi-reviews of “Deliver Us from Evil” and “Tammy”
43:30-46:20 – Jeff recommends “Battered Bastards of Baseball” now on Netflix
46:20-49:15 – Summer Box Office Challenge update: it’s not looking good for Jeff
49:15-54:40 – An unrelated weight-loss contest
54:40-1:05:45 – QOTW (favorite summer moviegoing memories)
1:05:45-1:08:20 – Wrap-up and goodbyes

QOTW: What movie-related gift would you love to get for Jeff Bayer on his birthday (July 14)? You can give one realistic answer and one fantasy answer. Jeff will choose the best answers and praise that person.

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #217: Our favorites of 2014 (so far)

June 29th, 2014

[This week's Movie B.S. has a lot of me and Jeff reminiscing on account of he's moving. But the show will go on!]

Episode 217: Our favorites of 2014 (so far)

0:00-6:00 – Introduction, it’s Bayer’s last show before he moves to San Diego, complaining
6:00-7:10 – iTunes review
7:10-12:00 – “Transformers: Age of Extinction” wasn’t screened in Portland but we talk about it anyway
12:00-30:50 – Our top 10 lists for the first half of 2014
30:50-50:40 – Preparatory to Jeff’s departure, we reminisce about all the movies we watched at Jeff’s house over the years, and get nostalgic
50:40-1:00:00 – QOTW (toys and games that could be movies or whatever)
1:00:00- No show next week (July 4), and then something about tasers, and the wrap-up

QOTW: What is your favorite summer movie theater memory?

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #215: ‘How 2 Train Your Dragon,’ ’22 Jump St’

June 15th, 2014

[We've got a couple of sequels on Movie B.S. this week -- and they're good!]

Episode 215: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2,’ ’22 Jump Street,’ Character Casserole

0:00-2:50 – Introduction, beverages, takin’ it one day at a time
2:50-14:20 – “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ review
14:20-29:10 – “22 Jump Street” review
29:10-31:55 – Box Office Challenge update, and also Thai food
31:55-43:10 – QOTW (books you liked that became bad movies)
43:10-52:25 – A game of Pitch Me
52:25-53:25 – Wrap-up and goodbyes

QOTW: What home from a movie do you wish you owned?

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #214: ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ ‘Fault in Our Stars’

June 8th, 2014

[Listen to Movie B.S. and watch your cares and troubles melt away.]

Episode 214: ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

0:00-3:35 – Introduction, something Jeff likes about fatherhood
3:35-16:15 – “Edge of Tomorrow” review
16:15-20:20 – Our rating system, stuff Jeff wants, funny cancer
20:20-32:10 – “The Fault in Our Stars” review
32:10-47:35 – QOTW (your brushes with fame, and ours)
47:35-53:10 – Box Office Challenge updates, including what the stakes of the bet are
53:10-56:10 – Updates on Dr Pepper imitators and Wanker’s Corner
56:10-58:05 – Wrap-up and goodbyes

QOTW: What’s a book you loved that got turned into a movie you didn’t — or a book you didn’t like that became a good movie?

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #213: ‘Maleficent,’ ‘A Million Ways…,” more

June 1st, 2014

[Plus "Cold in July" and a round of Character Casserole, all on this week's Movie B.S..]

Episode 213: ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West,’ ‘Maleficent,’ ‘Cold in July,’ Character Casserole

0:00-2:05 – Introduction, hello, water
2:05-4:15 – iTunes review, repetition of shirts
4:15-17:55 – “A Million Ways to Die in the West” review
17:55-29:05 – “Maleficent” review
29:05-36:20 – “Cold in July” review
36:20-44:30 – QOTW (movies that reflect your beliefs)
44:30-48:25 – Possible replacement for “nerd” as insult, including some labored double entendre
48:25-58:10 – A game of Character Casserole
58:10-59:40 – Wrap-up and goodbyes

QOTW: What is your best brush with fame? True stories only, por favor

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