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Prolific film and culture critics Katey Rich, Matt Patches, Da7e Gonzales and David Ehrlich take on pop culture topics, film and TV reviews and interview very special guests in bi-weekly installments.

Katey, Matt, Da7e and David


    • Nov 24, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    374.5 – Tick Tick Boom, King Richard, Netflix's Cowboy Bebop

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 70:37

    This week, only the boys are in the War Room to discuss Tick Tick…Boom! on Netflix and both Da7e and Patches were former theater kids, so you can guess how that might go. Then, David (who was also into Rent, to be fair) downloads with Patches on King Richard (currently in theaters and on HBO […]

    374 – Taylor Swift's All Too Well Video, Disney Plus Day, The Harder They Fall

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 65:39

    This week, Katey, David, Patches, and Da7e all weigh in on the new Taylor's Version of Taylor Swift's Red, which has released a short film and a music video. Then, Da7e wishes that Disney Plus Day's Twitter Thread PR was just an e-mail. Finally, everyone watched Jeymes Samuel's The Harder They Fall on Netflix and weigh […]

    373 – The Beta Test, Spencer, Eternals

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 78:29


    This week, the men have seen Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe's The Beta Test, a satire erotic thriller available on VOD and in theaters, then Katey and David discuss Spencer where Kristen Stewart plays Princess Diana (out in limited release), then Patches, Da7e, David, and Katey all jump back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Chloe […]


    372 – Passing, Succession Season 3, Only Murders in the Building

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 56:35

    This week, the podcast gives you a peek at Passing, which is in select theaters now and will soon be coming to Netflix. Then, Patches asks the group: Is Succession just Entorurage? (Succession season 3 is airing on HBO). Finally, All four hosts are watching Hulu's Only Murders in the Building – Katey, Patches, and […]

    371 – The Baby-Sitters Club, Lightyear Trailer Questions, Dune: Part One Reviewed

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 70:20

    This week, everyone is back in the War Room to discuss and dissect Denis Villeneuve's Dune: Part One which hit theaters and HBO Max last weekend and was a big enough success to get a green light for Dune: Part Two in 2023. Watch it, then join us for a discussion that will talk about sections […]

    370 – DC Fandome 2021, How Old Is FITWR?, Halloween Kills

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 55:22

    Oh no, Katey and David have left Patches and Da7e in charge of the War Room again, and when that happens sometimes they cancel the podcast. This time, they chat about last weekend's DC Fandome event and what non-Marvel superhero movies have in store for us. Then, after briefly correcting the record about the podcast's […]

    369 – Bergman Island, Titane, No Time To Die

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 86:00

    This week, Katey and David talk about the drama Bergman Island, David and Patches talk Palme d'Or winner Titane (now in theaters!), then everyone tries to convince Da7e that he liked No Time To Die, Cary Fukanaga's James Bond movie, more than he did. Finally and hilariously, the hosts spend the entire outro thinking the […]

    368 – Venom: Let There Be Carnage, American Crime Story: Impeachment, The Many Saints of Newark

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 61:48

    This week, Da7e and Patches have a review of box office success Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Katey suggests actually tuning in to a television channel for American Crime Story: Impeachment, and then all your hosts chime in from various perspectives on The Many Saints of Newark (in theaters and on HBO Max) and its […]

    367 – Midnight Mass, Dear Evan Hansen, Foundation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 65:10

    This week, everyone is back in the war room and gave Foundation on Apple TV a try. This science fiction TV show has big Game of Thrones aspirations. But before that: Da7e, Patches and David discuss Midnight Mass on Netflix (Spoilers at the end of the segment) and Katey watched Dear Evan Hansen.  Take a […]

    366 – The Emmys, David Watched The Sopranos Again, Cry Macho

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 62:09

    This week, Katey has job-related places to be that are not the War Room, so the guys are left in charge. First, without their resident awards expert on hand, Da7e, Patches, and David talk through their thoughts about last weekend's Emmys. Then, in anticipation of The Many Saints of Newark next week, David attempts to […]

    365 – Malignant, Festival Movies, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 71:00

    This week – David is back in the War Room and he and Katey Rich have been digesting more film festival movies. Patches and Da7e let them have a mini segment to highlight some good movies that are hopefully made available to the masses soon. Patches and Da7e are already jumping into spooky season, sort […]

    364 – Telluride Film Festival Dispatch, Sneaky Sasquatch, A Pandemic Check-In with Shang-Chi

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 69:01

    This week – David sends a dispatch from the Telluride Film Festival touching on The Duke, The Power of the Dog, Netflix's The Lost Daughter, The Hand of God, Spencer, Belfast, The Rescue, and Cyrano. Back in the War Room, Katey and Da7e discuss the Apple Arcade game Sneaky Sasquatch, then a big ol' Pandemic Check-In that also includes Da7e's review of Shang-Chi and […]

    363 – Would This Character Be Vaccinated? Candyman, For Your Consideration

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 55:44

    This week – David is STILL out and about in the world and unable to join us in the War Room, so Katey has requested we all watch For Your Consideration on HBO Max. We did, and it was subtle but didn't ticklet the funny bones of all your hosts. Before that, it's time for another […]

    362 – Would this character be Vaccinated?, What If…?, Annette

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 58:48

    This week – David is out and about in the world and unable to join us in the War Room, so first off Katey has a game for Patches and Da7e where they have to guess what fictional characters from television would be vaccinated and why (or why not). Then, Da7e and Patches talk about […]

    361 – CODA, Da7e Yells About Theatrical Releases, The White Lotus

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 72:37

    This week – everyone watched all of HBO's limited series from Mark White called The White Lotus. You should really try watching it before listening to the third segment if you can, as we all liked it for various reasons. Before we go to Hawaii, Katey, David, and Patches review last year's Sundance winner CODA […]

    360 – Are Movies Going To Be Delayed? The Olympics Happened, The Suicide Squad

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 57:44

    This week – even though it was Katey's week, we made her watch The Suicide Squad, James Gunn's sequel that didn't do well in theaters but is on HBO Max. Speaking of not doing well in theaters, will the Delta Varaint push back more movies? Most of your hosts say no, Da7e says yes. Also, […]

    359 – Scarlett Vs. Disney, Jungle Cruise, The Green Knight

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 67:03

    This week – everyone's here and has seen The Green Knight, Da7e even went to a movie theater finally. We save reviewing The Green Knight, which is very good, until the end, because first we have to spend some time on various Disney things: Your hosts try to unravel the Scarlett Johansson and Disney battle, and […]

    358 – The Exorcist Sells, Old, Netflix's Fear Street Trilogy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 61:10

    This week – It's horror in July with all four hosts back in the War Room. First, Patches noticed that three Exorcist Movies sold for $400 million dollars to Universal and has questions about why. Then, David has seen M Night Shyamalan's new movie called Old and spills the beans about why the beach makes […]

    357 – AI Voiceover in Documentaries, Loki Season 1, Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 72:57


    This week – Katey is out, but the boys are around to talk about the controversy over the Roadrunner documentary using Artificial Intelligence (not the movie) to re-create Anthony Bourdain's voice, then Patches and Da7e break down Loki (David wouldn't deign). Finally, everyone stooped to the level of Space Jam: A New Legacy and…wow. Take […]


    356 – Black Widow, Cannes 2021 Update, No Sudden Move

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 69:55

    This week – David has a very special update from FRANCE where he is attending the Cannes Film Festival and missing his son. Katey, Patches, and Da7e convene in the War Room to talk about two new movies: Black Widow, which you can watch on Disney+ with Premium Access or in theaters, and No Sudden […]

    355 – Zola, F9, Revisiting A.I.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 54:41

    This week – Da7e takes his turn outside the War Room as Patches, David, and Katey discuss the once Sundance movie Zola (now in theaters!), the good-enough-to-go-back-to-theaters-but-not-actually-good F9 (now in theaters!) and end with a discussion revisiting Stephen Spielberg's A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on […]

    354 – Luca, The Disciple, Sweet Tooth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 67:54

    This week – Katey is on vacation, leaving the boys in the War Room, and they DO NOT cancel the podcast, so things went okay. First, David and Patches saw Luca and want to discuss if it is "lesser Pixar." Then, a segment about stuff we missed in the glut of content becomes mostly about […]

    353 – Books! and In The Heights

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 56:49

    This week – Everyone is back in the War Room (don't get used to it, we have some vacations coming up – and somehow we're…reading? Time to check in with the all your hosts and books. Then, we forgo a mini-segment entirely to fight about the new In The Heights adaptation on HBO Max.  Take […]

    352 – The Conjuring 3, Hacks, Flight of the Navigator

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 58:33

    This week – David's back out of the War Room, so Katey, Patches and Da7e get the privilidge of talking about Hacks, a Jean Smart show on HBO Max and Flight of the Navigator, a 1986 movie on Disney Plus. But before those appreciations, Da7e has to yell at The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me […]

    351 – Are Theaters Back?, Cruella, and Mare of Easttown

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 78:14

    This week – David's back to a War Room that was apparently WRECKED by discussion of C-3PO in Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. All the hosts look at Quiet Place 2 doing pretty well at the box office and try to gauge if the theatrical experience is back, then David and Patches warn us of […]

    350 – The Summer Movies Quarter Quell

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 86:38

    Four Movies From Summer Movie Seasons Past It's another Fighting in The War Room Quarter Quell!  If you're vaccinated and you feel safe, the 2021 summer movie season really wants you back! For this special Quarter Quell episode of the podcast, each of your four hosts has chosen a notable movie from their past summer movie […]

    349 – Spiral, Next Week is a Quarter Quell!, The Woman in the Window

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 46:12

    This week – Fighting In The War Room is fighting outside the War Room on Quiz Quiz Bang Bang! Annie and David host a pub-quiz style trivia show with your four hosts operating as two teams: Operation Kino (featuring Patches and Katey) Vs. We're Thinking of Ending Katey and Patches (featuring David and Da7e).  Follow […]

    348 – Quiz Quiz Bang Bang featuring FITWR

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 88:21

    This week – Fighting In The War Room is fighting outside the War Room on Quiz Quiz Bang Bang! Annie and David host a pub-quiz style trivia show with your four hosts operating as two teams: Operation Kino (featuring Patches and Katey) Vs. We're Thinking of Ending Katey and Patches (featuring David and Da7e).  Follow […]

    347 – Video Games, Studios Want You Back In Theaters, The Mitchells Vs. The Machines

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 69:50

    This week – Katey is off celebrating her anniversary, so THE BOYS ARE BACK. First, a segment about video games, save points, and XP because heck, it's been awhile. Then, with Marvel's big video advertisement for theaters, it's really obvious that studios need you back in there. Finally, giving HBO Max content a break this […]

    346 – Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Mortal Kombat, The 2021 Academy Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 75:30

    This week – Katey, David, Patches, and Da7e are all here to discuss the Academy Awards televised ceremony that happened last Sunday, and if that ending spoiled the whole show (probably not). But before they all pop off, the time has come for Da7e and Patches to pass judgement on The Falcon and the Winter […]

    345 – Wanderlust, Galaxy Brains, The Father

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 53:24

    This week – Katey, David, Patches, and Da7e are here to podcast about a bunch of good stuff. First, they paise David Wain's Wanderlust (which you can find on HBO Max), before Patches is finally ready to share his big podcast project GALAXY BRAINS. Finally, everyone is impressed and depressed by The Father. Take a […]

    344 – The Nevers, Oscar Shorts, Search Party

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 67:36

    This week – Katey, David, Patches, and Da7e convene to talk about stuff on HBO Max again, mostly. First off, everyone but Da7e has taken a gander at The Nevers, the Joss Whedon created Victorian-era powers show. Then, Katey has some reccommendations from the Academy Award nominated shorts, before the whole gang dives into Search […]

    343 – Pandemic Check-In, The Vanishing Half, Godzilla Vs. Kong

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 72:38

    This week – David is back from vacation and Katey, Patches, and Da7e basically broke his soul making him watch Adam Wingard's Godzilla Vs.. Kong. But before that epic hollow Earth throwdown, everyone's nice to David with a Pandemic Check-In and him and Katey discussing a book – The Vanishing Half – they both enjoy. […]

    342 – Bad Trip, Space Jam 2 Posters, Another Round

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 56:36

    This week – David is on a vacation mistakenly thinking he could miss Godzilla Vs. Kong next week. Katey, Patches, and Da7e get together to discuss the Eric André prank movie on Netflix, Bad Trip, the new character posters released for Space Jam 2, and do a deep dive into Thomas Vinterberg's Another Round, which is […]

    341 – Defending Your Life, SXSW 2021, Zack Snyder’s Justice League

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 88:35

    This week – Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David are gathering the motherboxes, but it takes us an awfully long time to get around to Zack Snyder's Justice League. With a little more distance from last week's events in Georgia, we present to you last week's Segment 3, a review of Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life. Then, […]

    340 – Cherry, Oscar Nominations, Charlie on Detective Pikachu

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 40:37

    This week – Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David are talking about the Russo Bros making Tom Holland do Cherry and what-the-eff happened with that. Then, there's a brief segment where we talk about this year's Oscar Nominations even though we have until late April before the actual ceremony. Finally, in place of a Defending Your […]

    339 – WandaVision Post Series Discussion, Oprah and the Royals, The World to Come

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 63:10

    This week – Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David are talking some of David's favorite topics: lyrical romances between two women set in some period. This week, we're talking about The World To Come, which you can VOD right now! Before that, the quad wrap up WandaVision now that its all aired and Katey answers all […]

    338 – One Night In Miami, Billie Vs. Billie, Tom and Jerry

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 66:44

    This week – Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David have all caught up with Regina King's One Night In Miami on Amazon Prime and have lots of praise for it. Then, a mini-segment that features mini-reviews of The United States Vs. Billie Holiday and Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry. If the episode seems like reasonable discussions […]

    337 – Monster Hunters, Video Games, Minari

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 60:08

    This week – Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David all have video games they are playing, so they devote the mini-segment to that. Before talking games, Patches and David have both seen Paul W.S. Anderson's Monster Hunter and have very different takeaways about how fun it was. Then, after video games, it's finally time to talk […]

    336 – WandaVision, Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar, Judas and the Black Messiah

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 80:03

    This week – Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David talk about Wandavision before that Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe show airs its final three episodes. Then, David and Patches weigh in on the silliness that is Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar before all the hosts talk about Shaka King's Judas and the Black Messiah, […]

    335 – Could The Oscars Learn From The Super Bowl?, Earwig and the Witch, Malcolm and Marie

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 65:51

    This week – Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David will answer if the the white guy from Indiewire liked Malcolm and Marie. Before taking on Sam Levinson's Netflix film that very much wants to be talked abut, Patches and Katey wonder if there's anything The Academy Awards could learn from the Super Bowl, and David and […]

    334 – Sundance 2021, A Glitch In The Matrix, The Little Things

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 75:05

    This week – Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David are sticking with movies starring Washingtons and talking about The Little Things, currently in theaters and streamable on HBO Max. But, before we get to The Little Things, Patches, Katey and David have updates about this year's virutal Sundance and they briefly touch on  CODA, On the Count […]

    333 – In and of Itself, Godzilla Vs. Kong trailer, Tenet

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 59:14

    This week – Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David are finally going to talk about Christopher Nolan's Tenet since Katey and Da7e were able to rent it. Also, the gang talks about Hulu's In and of Itself and try to define it without spoiling it. In the middle of those two things, Da7e gets to talk […]

    332 – Promising Young Woman, Remember Vox Lux?, The Wilds

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 70:14

    This week – Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David are gonna talk about Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman (including some spoilers they will warn you about), then Patches reminds us about Vox Lux (including spoilers baked into the segment), before Katey's has convinced us to give Amazon's The Wilds, a TV series (YA twist on Lost?) […]

    Top Tens 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 146:13

    A Long Podcast About The Good Movies of 2019 It's been quite the 2020 for the movies, but we made a Top Tens episode anyway! With fewer blockbusters in theaters because basically nothing was in theaters, movies still shone through. Let's close out this nightmare year with discussion and reccommendation of great films. Take a listen, […]

    331 – Holiday Pandemic Check-In, Wonder Woman 1984, Soul

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 82:24

    This week – Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David give updates on what they watched (and what toys their kids got) during the holiday for a brief Holiday Pandemic Check-In, then all four return to reviewing movies with segments on Wonder Woman 1984 (streaming on HBO Max) and Soul (streaming Disney+). Take a listen, embed and/or […]

    330 – Cyberpunk 2077 Triggers Refunds, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Small Axe

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 64:43

    This week – Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David gather for one last time in the accursed 2020 to discuss how a video game with a lot of bugs got released to the public and it was so bad that people are getting their money back and it's been pulled from the Playstation Store. The, Ma […]

    329 – Meryl Movies, Disney Plus Drop, Things That Were Good About 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2020 72:23

    This week, Meryl Streep is in The Prom and Let Them All Talk, is either one any good? Then, Da7e breaks down the Disney Plus Investor's Day drop as breifly as he can, then all your hosts – Katey, Da7e, Patches and David – talk about some good things that happened in 2020. Apparently those […]

    328 – HBO Max 2021, Sound of Metal, Mank

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 67:19

    This week, Katey, Da7e, and Patches can finally talk about Mank! David Fincher's new Netflix movie is available to stream, and up for discussion on Segment Three. Before that, everyone talks about how HBO Max is going to release Warner Bros movies same day and date in 2021 and Christopher Nolan is mad about it. […]

    327 – How To with John Wilson, The Undoing, Weekly Streaming TV vs. Binge Streaming TV

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2020 70:26

    Four Three Two One – This week, Katey, Da7e, and Patches are back on format, but David forgets that we don't seamlessly transition between the Mini-Segment and Segment 3. Watching How To with John Wilson on HBO was great and we tell you why, then David reports back on what was undone in The Undoing, […]

    326 – Hillbilly Elegy, Movies to catch up on, The Superhero Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 66:31

    This week, Katey, Da7e, David and Patches are all back on format. First, Netflix has Hillbilly Elegy, is it any good? Then, each host gives an earnest attempt to give a reccommendation of something to watch before making those 2020 Top Tens. Finally, what are The Superhero Awards, Patches? Take a listen, embed and/or download […]

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