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The Reel Thing: March 16th, 2017

The Reel Thing for March 15, 2017

-You only had to wait ten days for this new show? Lucky you! Chris and Mark get to business by discussing and reviewing two of the top three movies this past weekend: the #1 movie, Kong: Skull Island, and the thriller with legs, Get Out. SPOILER ALERT FOR EVAN: one of these is the best movie released this year so far…

-We also talk about things that make us happy, such as the upcoming collaboration that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are reportedly working on, and things that make us sad, like a theater chain that is building indoor jungle gyms for the kids to help their shit ass parents out while movies play.

-We preview previews because of course we do, as we talk about the Game of Thrones teaser for season 7 (and completely nerd out), Atomic Blonde, Rough Night and Baby Driver.

-Finally, reboots are continuing to be en vogue, but does EVERYTHING need to be resurrected? The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? The Fly?? Gladiator??? The Matrix????


The Reel Thing: March 5, 2017

The Reel Thing for March 5, 2017

-Welcome, damn it, welcome back from our month long hiatus (the doldrums of the movie season in our opinion). We jump back into the fray by talking about the number one movie in America with an adamantium covered bullet, Logan.
-We also discuss the show tied to the X-Men universe, though you wouldn’t know it on the surface, the FX series Legion.
-Chris and Mark also trade off February release reviews for The LEGO Batman movie and John Wick: Chapter 2, and discuss the prowess of action thespian supreme, Keanu Reeves.
-Oscar talk is definitely hit up here, as The Reel Thing goes into the obvious surprise of the night, and any other thoughts on the ceremony that come to mind (Jimmy Kimmel/previous Best Picture winners’ watchability/etc.).
-A truly #SIGNIFICANTDEATH, we pay homage to Bill Paxton, master of any schmuck role he got his hands on and them some. GAME OVER, MAN, GAME OVER.


The Reel Thing: January 29, 2017

The Reel Thing for January 29, 2017

-After a long hiatus, we welcome (god damn it, WELCOME!) our listeners back with a discussion of the box office numbers over the last three weeks, including the current movie at the top, the M Night Shyamalan thriller Split. Chris and Mark go over the filmmaking career of Shyamalan and discuss his recent film (with NO spoilers FYI).

-The Oscar nominations have finally arrived, and The Reel Thing discusses the nominees at length from the major categories, including Best Picture/Actor/Actress, and talk about some of the nominees, including Moonlight, Jackie, Silence, 20th Century Women, and The Lobster. Find out if we think the Academy got their picks correct or way off base (No Deadpool but Suicide Squad got a nomination? Alrighty then).

-Last, #SIGNIFICANTDEATHS returns to discuss the recent passing of Miguel Ferrer and John Hurt.


The Reel Thing: January 9, 2017

The Reel Thing for January 9, 2017

-Greetings from the other side of 2016 and Happy New Year! We welcome back all of our lovely followers by discussing the recent champ at the box office, Rogue One…..wait, Hidden Figures won last week???

-The Golden Globes occurred last night, and we discuss the winners and our takes on the movie awards season moving forward

-Chris and Mark both review the critically acclaimed La La Land, as well as the equally lauded Manchester By The Sea

-Furthermore, The Reel Thing hosts both give their respective Top Ten of 2016

-Finally, Mark and Chris give a quick preview of their most anticipated movies in 2017, as well as a side bet that definitely needs to be mentioned during the 2017 NFL playoffs, AND a reminder to be excellent to each other (shameless plug to Buttercup Sunset, RamCat Jackson and Cupcake Burlesque FTW)…PARTY ON, DUDES!!!!!!


The Reel Thing: December 27, 2016

The Reel Thing for December 27, 2016

-Happy Holidays to one and all, and may the Force be with you as we both review the reigning champ for the last two weeks from a galaxy, far, far away, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It’s made a ton of dough at the box office, but is it worth the hype or are we being pulled into another SW cash grab (FYI, technically they’re all cash grabs, to be honest)?

-RIP Carrie Fisher, who died today. We remember her for being the bad ass woman that she was and is to fans of Star Wars (and film) everywhere #SIGNIFICANTDEATHS

-Chris and Mark review two new trailers that came out, both courtesy of Ripley Scott (Alien: Covenant and Blade Runner 2049), and Mark may have to watch a movie for #FINALLY based on this conversation

-We end this year (and the holiday season) with a run-through of our favorite and recommended Christmas movies you should give a damn about. WELCOME TO THE PARTY, PAL!


The Reel Thing: December 13, 2016

The Reel Thing for December 13, 2016

-Happy Holidays, ya filthy animals! We talk the numbers for the last two weeks (the reigning champ for the last two weeks, Moana…the Hawaiian version, not by Tony Danza), and review some recently released Golden Globe contenders, including Loving and Nocturnal Animals

-Rapid fire time! Some quick takes from Chris and Mark in regards to some new trailers (The Mummy reboot with Tom Cruise, Spiderman: Homecoming, etc.), Jimmy Kimmel hosting the Oscars, Trump versus SNL, and some ground rules needed for movie trailers moving forward into the awards season.

-Speaking of which, we review the nominees for the Golden Globes, and briefly touch back on the season finale of Westworld.


The Reel Thing: November 22nd, 2016

The Reel Thing for November 22, 2016

-Fans of Harry Potter were thankful that the number one movie last weekend was Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them (beating the previous champ, Doctor Strange). Although, based on Chris’ assessment, the movie may not have been as fantastic as you might think….

-We also review other releases we’ve seen recently, including the better-than-expected kids’ movie Trolls and the latest from Denis Villenueve, Arrival.

-Time to head back to HBO’s Westworld to see if we still give a damn about this show (we do) and if there are any issues with the show at this point and moving forward (there are, but nothing that can’t be fixed).

#FINALLY, Mark takes on one of Chris’s staples for a good movie, the Coen Brothers’ gangster classic, Miller’s Crossing

-Let us give thanks for the patrons of The Reel Thing, as we recap a bounty of movies centered around the Thanksgiving holiday for you and yours to enjoy (and Chris may even have his own movie to #FINALLY watch in the future!).


The Reel Thing: November 6, 2016

The Reel Thing for November 6, 2016

-We’re joined by Shaun Warters of Hippojuice to discuss the number one movie at the box office this past weekend, Doctor Strange. Do we think it’s magic or another form of dark arts?

-Conversely, we talk about the trailers featured during our movie viewing experience, including Life, Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 and Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them.

-Daniel Radcliffe branches out (to everyone’s approval, it seems) as we briefly discuss his latest movie Imperium (“YOU’RE A NAZI, HARRY”).

-Movie news, including two directors announcing their retirement, an actor becoming a Russian citizen, and the return of (arguably) one of the funniest comedians around back to primetime.

-We wrap up the show with discussion of The Cubs winning The World Series and how it’s been joke fodder for movie and tv through the years.


The Reel Thing: October 24, 2016


-You had to wait two weeks to hear us…OH THE HORROR! We talk the box office champ for these past weekends, which makes Mark wistful since we don’t have a true horror movie reigning supreme this month (no, you don’t count, Tyler Perry).

-Speaking of scary movies, Chris and Mark ask the question and discuss at length (OVER time, in fact, so we thank you for sticking with us past the hour mark): pick five movies that you would recommend to someone that isn’t a horror movie fan but you want to scare the shit out of them (and…AND….we each had ten different films we discuss!)

#FINALLY, Mark gets in the SPIRIT of the season and watches two appropriately themed movies for the first time: Halloween and A Nightmare On Elm Street

-We wrap up and discuss the latest season of the techno/horror anthology show Black Mirror, for when you stare at the abyss, the abyss stares back at you….Happy Halloween, ghouls and gals.


The Reel Thing: October 11, 2016

The Reel Thing for October 11, 2016

-We talk the numbers for the last two weeks at the box office. Congrats to Miss Peregrine and Girl On A Train (not so much The Birth Of A Nation), but does it really matter when we’ve got better things to watch at home?

-Speaking of which, all of you should take a trip to watch the new HBO series Westworld based on the recommendations of Chris and Mark seeing the first two episodes, but try not to watch Michael Crichton’s Runaway (unless Tom Servo & Crow T. Robot are with you).

-Mark gives his two cents on Luke Cage and is patiently waiting for some shit to go down (probably after episode 3).

-We talk about the Netflix documentary Amanda Knox, OJ: Made In America (since Chris finally saw it) and other docs worth your time to watch.

#FINALLY, Mark watches Jack Reacher in anticipation of the sequel coming out this month (and getting some input from our friend and guest, Josh Baber), as well as Death Becomes Her (Tales From The Crypt eat your still beating heart out).

-Chris gives his take on a couple of new releases on DVD, including The Shallows and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

-RIP “The dollar theater” aka Palm Cinema 3 in Lakeland (SIGNIFICANT DEATHS).


The Reel Thing: September 27, 2016

-Your box office champ this weekend is The Magnificent Seven. Chris reviews the reboot of this reboot. Is it as magnificent as its namesake?
-We don’t just review tv and movies, y’know. Mark reviews the brand new ride at Universal Orlando, Skull Island: Rise Of Kong, and encourages you to consult Royce for all your VIP Revenge Of The Mummy ride needs.
-FINALLY! Mark watches the 1987 romantic comedy Bull Durham and the 1996 black comedy Trainspotting.
-Mark also reviews Batman: Assault On Arkham, proving once more than cartoon drawings are better than DC movies this year.
-And, lastly, SIGNIFICANT DEATHS pays homage to director Curtis Hanson, who dies at 71.


The Reel Thing: September 18, 2016

The Reel Thing for September 18, 2016

-We’re back, people. Did you miss us? GOOD. We talk the numbers of the previous couple of weekends for the box office (TL;DR Sully remains in front), including the new release Blair Witch as reviewed by Chris. Is it scary or scary good? Take a wild guess…
-Chris reviews another recent release Hell Or High Water starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges
-Mark and Chris are both addicted to drug cartel movies and tv shows, so Mark gives his take on the recent season of Narcos
-Chris gets his wish for his favorite director of the moment Jeff Nichols to take on the latest reboot of Alien Nation
-We introduce our newest segment, FINALLY!, where Mark reviews movies that he should have already seen (in this case, Mean Girls and The Untouchables) and adds to the already growing list (see you soon, Miller’s Crossing)
-RIP Alexis Arquette and Jon Polito (also known as SIGNIFICANT DEATHS, another segment on our show FYI)


The Reel Thing: August 21st, 2016

The Reel Thing for August 21, 2016:

-It’s money time! We talk about the latest box office numbers (Suicide Squad wins again), Jared Leto throwing a hissy fit while the world is thrown at his feet, and comparing this crop of summer movies to years past in terms of quality, etc.
-Chris reviews Sausage Party, and we discuss the work of Seth Rogen and the hardest we’ve laughed in movies recently (re: we like movies about farts and poop FYI).
-We hit up the latest movie news, including the return of Bad Boys, Jesus from The Big Lebowski, Lady Gaga and Lethal Weapon.
-Our trailer round-up hits on Arrival, The Good Neighbor and Mr. Church.


The Reel Thing: August 14th, 2016


-Chris and Mark reviews the reigning champ at the box office, Suicide Squad. Will it put a smile on our face?
-Pete’s Dragon comes out this weekend, and Chris gives his take on this revamped Disney movie.
-We talk recently released trailers, including Dog Eat Dog, Dunkirk and Rogue One.
-Chris Whetton is a clairvoyant when it comes to Ghostbusters. SCARY.
-Ocean’s Ocho is the female Ocean’s Eleven. ¬°AY CARUMBA!
-RIP The Big Lebowski
-We talk about Orlando Bloom’s dick. You’re welcome?


The Reel Thing: August 2, 2016

The Reel Thing for August 2, 2016

-Box office numbers are in, and Bourne is back with the top spot, but is the film Jason Bourne worth the damn we were giving about it at the beginning of the summer movie season?
-Mark went to see Guns N’ Roses this past weekend in Orlando and argues that the song You Could Be Mine is the baddest motherfucking song that’s ever been in a movie (not really an argument, more of an observation as Chris agrees)
-Donald Trump continues to be awful to everyone, including stealing music from dead Hollywood composer Jerry Goldsmith
-We talk 90’s movies and reboots coming your way, including how Mark is going to be having an aquatic movie marathon thanks to Waterworld and Splash, and the Rocketeer is now a black chick? Huh??
-Michael Keaton, we salute you for your career choices (aka being against a Beetlejuice sequel) and your long overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
-If hate were people, Mark would be China thanks to the movie Grease, and Chris discusses his distaste of Big Fish and recent Wes Anderson films (CUE THE KINKS!)


The Reel Thing: July 24th, 2016

The Untitled Movie Podcast is dead. Long live The Untitled Movie Podcast…..and make way for The Reel Thing on MLR for 7/24/2016!

-We are joined by our friend Brandon Peterson, who also knows more about movies than you probably do (especially horror)
-Box office numbers are discussed, sequels are already planned for Ghostbusters and Star Trek, and the Internet continues to be terrible towards Leslie Jones
-Divergent gets downgraded to a made-for-tv movie, so maybe Hollywoodis getting smarter?
-Wait, ANOTHER XXX/Xander Cage movie is coming out?? Forget what we just said about Hollywood being smart.
-RIP Garry Shandling, and RIP the VCR
-All three of us reminisce about (allegedly) the good times we had at AMC Merchants Walk 10 (thank God for the statue of limitations)
-We talk tv for a bit, including Stranger Things, The Night Of, and why Chris thinks The Wire is the most overrated show HBO offers
-Comic Con just happened, so we delve into all of the trailers and news that got released (Justice League, Kong, Wonder Woman, Doctor Strange, King Arthur, Blair Witch & Captain Marvel)
-Mark puts Chris and Brandon to sleep over the discussion of Christopher Nolan’s new film Dunkirk with dad movie actor Mark Rylance
-Jason Bourne comes out this week (FUCK YEAH), so we talk about the series and where we rank the previous movies