Join world travelers Chris and Taylor as they discuss all things pop culture, entertainment and nerdom. Embrace your inner nerd and know your potential. And maybe one day they'll find a proper title.
In 1978 John Carpenter gave birth to a figure that would haunt every dark corner of our neighborhood...the Boogeyman...the Shape....Michael Myers! Chris and Taylor take a look under the mask at the film franchise that has lasted over 40 years and what the future may hold for this icon of Halloween.
Chris and Taylor review the second season of the AppleTV+ sports comedy-drama series "Ted Lasso" developed by Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly and Bill Lawrence. The show follows the continued struggles and triumphs of the English football team AFC Richmond led by the optimistic American coach Ted Lasso. The series stars Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, Juno Temple and Sarah Niles.
Spoiler Warning! Chris and Taylor review the new Disney +/Marvel Studios animated series "What If...?" created by A.C. Bradley and directed by Bryan Andrews. The series follows alternate timelines in the multiverse of the MCU under the eyes of the Watcher. The series features multiple voice actors including Jeffrey Wright, Samuel L. Jackson, Chadwick Boseman, Mick Wingert, Hayley Atwell, Ross Marquand, Chris Hemsworth and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Since the early 1920's Vampires have had quite the journey from the pages of literature to the many adaptations in film and television. Chris and Taylor grab some garlic and holy water to take a journey through the rules and lore that has evolved from the world of bloodsuckers. They will discuss their favorite films and television series and what might the future bring for the popular following of this classic creature of horror.
Chris and Taylor review the new Netflix crime thriller film "The Guilty" written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Antoine Fuqua. Based on the Danish film of the same name, the film follows a demoted LAPD officer working at a call dispatch center who gets wrapped up in an emergency phone call from an abducted woman. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Christina Vidal, Adrian Martinez with the voice talents of Riley Keough, Peter Sarsgaard, Eli Goree, Ethan Hawke, Bill Burr and Paul Dano.
Spoiler Review! Chris and Taylor suit up for a special double review of the Apple TV+ documentary "Being James Bond: The Daniel Craig Story" directed by Bailie Walsh and "No Time To Die" written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Carey Juji Fukunaga with Fukunaga directing. Marking the final film of Daniel Craig's tenure as James Bond, after retiring from MI6, Bond is recruited by the CIA to help track a kidnapped scientist which leads to a showdown with a powerful adversary. The film stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes.
As Daniel Craig takes his final bow as the titular secret agent it was time to enjoy a dry martini (shaken not stirred), get those fancy gadgets and take a look at the world of James Bond. Chris and Taylor discuss the literary origins of Ian Fleming, the incredible film franchise lasting nearly 60 years and what the future may hold for the one and only 007.
Spoiler Warning! Chris and Taylor review the new Marvel superhero film "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" written by Kelly Marcel and directed by Andy Serkis. As Eddie Brock continues to adjust to being the host for the symbiote Venom, serial killer Cletus Kasady escapes prison as the host for a vicious new symbiote Carnage, the spawn of Venom. The film stars Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris, Stephen Graham, Michelle Williams and Reid Scott.
Chris and Taylor review the new crime drama film "The Many Saints of Newark" written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner with direction by Alan Taylor. Serving as a prequel to "The Sopranos," the film revolves around a violent gang war during the 1960's/70's from the perspectives of Dickie Moltisanti and his nephew Tony Soprano. The film stars Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Vera Fermiga, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Ray Liotta and Michael Gandolfini.
For over 20 years, HBO's hit show "The Sopranos" has influenced TV and film with the "villain deep-dive" looking into the charming but deeply flawed character of Tony Soprano. With streaming services and the new prequel film, Chris and Taylor decided to join the family and look back on their violent and intense way of living. They'll discuss favorite characters, David Chase's vision and how the show has still found new audiences to this day.
Chris and Taylor review the new Netflix horror miniseries "Midnight Mass" created and directed by Mike Flanagan. A small, isolated island community starts to experience supernatural events after the arrival of a mysterious priest. The series stars Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, Hamish Linklater, Samantha Sloyan, Rahul Kohli, Michael Trucco, Crystal Balint, Annabeth Gish, Alex Essoe, Kristin Lehman and Henry Thomas.
Chris and Taylor review the 1967 satirical black comedy film "The Producers" written and directed by Mel Brooks. A failing Broadway producer and a nervous accountant realize they can make more money with a flop than with a hit and attempt to put on the worst show ever on Broadway. The film stars Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars, Estelle Winwood, Christopher Hewett, Andreas Voustinas and Lee Meredith.
When it comes to comedy, "it's good to be the King!"...and Mel Brooks is certainly comedy royalty. From his unique brand of humor, parody mastery and musical intuition, Mel Brooks has created a long lasting legacy of comedy gold. Chris and Taylor grab a glass of ovaltine, pull up their tights and use the Schwartz to take a closer look at the films of Mel Brooks.
Spoiler Warning! Chris and Taylor review the final season of "Lucifer" developed by Tom Kapinos. Just as Lucifer prepares to ascend to the Silver City and claim the throne, a new angel appears which will change things for both him and Chloe forever. The series stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Aimee Garcia and Rachael Harris.
Chris and Taylor review the 1964 musical comedy film "A Hard Day's Night" written by Alun Owen and directed by Richard Lester. The film follows a 36 hour period of The Beatles as they prepare for a television performance. The film stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Wilfrid Brambell, Norman Rossington and John Junkin.
Over 60 years ago one of the greatest bands of all time, The Beatles, exploded onto the scene. They created a worldwide sensation, inspired music and musicians alike and are synonymous with the British Invasion. Chris and Taylor are joined by musician, entertainer and "That Beatle Guy" Jesse Kazemek to take a look into the Fab Four, our own experiences with their huge catalogue of music and their long lasting legacy.
Chris and Taylor review the live staged musical film "Come From Away" written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein with direction by Christopher Ashley. The musical showcases the true story of when 7,000 passengers were rerouted to Newfoundland after the 9/11 attacks and how the people of Gander stepped up to try and help and house them. The musical film stars Petrina Bromley, Jenn Colella, De'Lon Grant, Joel Hatch, Tony LePage, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Sharon Wheatley and Paul Whitty.
Chris and Taylor review the new horror film "Malignant" written by Akela Cooper and directed by James Wan. The film follows a woman named Madison who has visions of people being murdered only to realize the events are happening in real life. The film stars Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White, Jean Louisa Kelly, and McKenna Grace.
They are the best kept secret in the galaxy, our only line of defense, they exist in shadow..they are the Men in Black. The sci-fi action comedy franchise has spawned over 30 years from comic books, films, video games, an animated show and more. Chris and Taylor grab their suits, weapons and neuralyzers to take a look back at this blockbuster series that is out of this world.
Chris and Taylor review the new Netflix biographical film "Worth" written by Max Borenstein and directed by Sara Colangelo. Based on the book "What Is Life Worth?" by Kenneth Feinberg, the film follows Kenneth's challenges of running the fund that is meant to compensate the victim's families after the September 11th attacks. The film stars Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan, Stanley Tucci, Tate Donovan, Laura Benanti, Shunori Ramanthan and Chris Tardio.
Spoiler Warning! Chris and Taylor review the 25th film of the MCU "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" written by Dave Callaham, Andrew Lanham and Destin Daniel Cretton with direction by Cretton. The film follows Shang-Chi who must confront his past after he is drawn into his father's Ten Rings organization. The film stars Simu Liu, Tony Leung, Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Florian Munteanu, Fala Chen and Sir Ben Kingsley.
Between original concepts, sequels, prequels, remasters and remounts...there is no shortage of new and exciting video games to look forward to on multiple platforms. Chris and Taylor discuss their Top 10 upcoming video game releases for the remainder of 2021 and beyond.
Chris and Taylor review the new satirical dramedy HBO series "The White Lotus," written and directed by Mike White. The show centers around the lives of a group of tourists who come to visit The White Lotus resort in Hawaii and the staff that run the resort. The series stars Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Steve Zahn, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Lacy, Fred Hechinger, Sydney Sweeney, Brittany O'Grady and Natasha Rothwell.
Chris and Taylor review the neo-noir sci-fi thriller "Reminiscence," written and directed by Lisa Joy with Joy making her feature directorial debut. Set in the near future, a man who uses a machine to let people relive their memories tries to track down his missing love. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Furgeson, Thandiwe Newton, Cliff Curtis, Marina de Tavira and Daniel Wu.
Several comic book characters have been adapted onto the big screen in memorable blockbusters, gritty new takes and epic team ups...but some adaptations are not so fantastic. The Fantastic Four is a Marvel property that just hasn't quite reached its true potential. Chris and Taylor take a deeper look at why this super-team is still waiting to shine, the doomed attempts and how the re-introduction into the MCU could be a game changer.
Chris and Taylor review the new biopic musical film "Respect," written by Tracey Scott Wilson with Liesl Tommy making her feature directorial debut. The film showcases the trails and tribulations of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, from her childhood up through her impressive career as a music icon. The film stars Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh and Hailey Kilgore.
Chris and Taylor review the new sci-fi action comedy "Free Guy," written by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn with direction by Shawn Levy. A bank teller discovers he is a non-playable character in an online open-world video game and becomes the hero of the story. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Judie Comer, Lil Rey Howery, Joe Keery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi.
Wizards, witches and munchkins...oh my! This week marks 82 years since "The Wizard of Oz" hit the silver screen which made a lasting impression in Hollywood, pop culture and the world. Chris and Taylor stroll down memory lane along the yellow brick road with special guest and "Wicked" alum Kate Loprest. We discuss the influence on our childhoods, the continued franchise of Oz, a wickedly good prequel musical and the overall lasting legacy of Frank L. Baum's work.
Chris and Taylor review the new horror thriller film "Don't Breath 2," written by Fede Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues with Sayagues making his directorial debut. The sequel once again follows Norman Nordstrom aka "The Blind Man," who must leave the safety of his home to go rescue his adopted daughter from a group of kidnappers. The film stars Stephen Lang, Madelyn Grace, Brendan Sexton III, Adam Young, Bobby Schofield, Rocci Williams, Christian Zagia, Fiona O'Shaughnessy and Stephanie Arcila.
Chris and Taylor review the new Apple TV+ musical comedy series "Schmigadoon!" with original songs by Cinco Paul and Christopher Willis with direction by Barry Sonnenfeld. Two doctors go on a camping trip to patch up their failing relationship discover the magical town Schmigadoon which is trapped in the Golden Age era of musicals. The show stars Cecily Strong, Keegan Michael-Key, Alan Cumming, Kristen Chenoweth, Fred Armisen, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Aaron Tveit and Ann Harada.
Chris and Taylor take a look at the myths and legends that make us as humans ask the question "Are They Out There?" The mysteries surrounding cryptozoology blend the desire for evidence in what only can be explained through fantasy and science-fiction. Do you believe???
Spoiler Warning! Chris and Taylor review the new DC superhero film "The Suicide Squad" written and directed by James Gunn. A task force of convicts are sent to destroy the evidence of Project Starfish and the giant alien Starro. The film stars Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior and Viola Davis.
Chris and Taylor review the new Disney fantasy adventure film "Jungle Cruise" written by Michael Green, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa with direction by Jaume Collet-Serra. Based on the Disney theme park attraction, the film follows a river boat captain who takes a scientist and her brother deep into the jungle in search of the Tree of Life. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Édgar Ramírez and Paul Giamatti.
It feels amazing to have a summer full of new movies again, and it got us wanting to hop in our DeLorean and take a trip back in time to a decade that was a defining era for the summer film season: the 1980s! The summer movies of the 1980s not only showed a major increase in film releases but a wide variety of genres from blockbusters, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, rom-coms and more. So get your popcorn ready as Chris and Taylor discuss their favorite summer releases from the 1980s!
Chris and Taylor review the new medieval fantasy film "The Green Knight" written and directed by David Lowery. Based on the 14th-Century Poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," the story follows Gawain, a newly-appointed knight of King Arthur's round table, who sets out on a journey to test his courage and face the Green Knight. The film stars Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Ralph Ineson, Sarita Choudhury, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Barry Keoghan and Erin Kellyman.
Spoiler Review! Chris and Taylor review M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller "Old," based on the graphic novel "Sandcastle" by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. A group of tourists find a secluded beach while on vacation and start to realize they are aging at a rapid pace. The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Rufus Sewell, Abbey Lee, Eliza Scanlen, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung and Aaron Pierre.
When it comes to the genre of thrillers/horror with a twist, one noted filmmaker is thought of immediately: M. Night Shyamalan. With a roster of celebrated films to some unfortunate duds, fans have stuck with M. Night for his unique film style and the original stories he comes up with. Chris and Taylor use their sixth sense and take a look at the twisty films of M. Night and what keeps audiences coming back for more.
Chris and Taylor review the Netflix action thriller film "Gunpowder Milkshake," written by Navot Papushado and Ehud Lavski with direction by Papushado. A young assassin must team up with her estranged assassin mother and her former colleagues in order to save a young girl. The film stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Chloe Coleman and Paul Giamatti.
Chris and Taylor review the new live action/animation sports film "Space Jam: A New Legacy," written by Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier, Keenan Coogler, Terence Nance, Jesse Gordon and Celeste Ballard with direction by Malcolm D. Lee. LeBron James and the Looney Tunes unite to play basketball in a virtual space multiverse to save LeBron's son from a rogue artificial intelligence. The film co-stars Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Sonequa Martin-Green, Ernie Johnson Jr. and Lil Rey Howery with the voice talents of Jeff Bergman, Zendaya, Eric Bauza, Candi Milo and Gabriel Inglesias.
Since the dawn of animation and live-action films, both styles have been in a league of their own. But what happens when bold creativity meets endless possibilities and you cross both genres into one medium? You get some of the most unique and iconic movies! Chris and Taylor get animated as they take a look at the "old school" examples of live-action merging with animation, favorite hybrid films and the future of this style of film.
Spoiler Warning! Chris and Taylor review the 24th film in the MCU "Black Widow," written by Eric Pearson and directed by Cate Shortland. Following the events of "Captain America: Civil War," Natasha Romanoff is on the run and forced to confront a conspiracy from her past. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Ray Winstone, O-T Fagbenle and William Hurt.
Spoiler Warning! Chris and Taylor review the latest Disney + Marvel Studios original series "Loki," directed by Kate Herron. Picking up after the events of "Avengers: Endgame," the God of Mischief Loki is captured by the Time Variance Authority after creating a riff in the timeline. The series stars Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu-Mbatha Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Sophia Di Martino, Tara Strong and Richard E. Grant.
Chris and Taylor take a trip through memory lane to look at their favorite PC games of their youth. Ranging from educational, puzzle, action-adventure, creative...and just plain silly, most gamers' earliest memories come from playing on the computer. So boot up your dial-up internet, get your mouse pad set and grab those snacks...it's time to play!
For this Past Pick Taylor challenged Chris to watch the Coen Brothers' crime comedy film "The Big Lebowski" starring Jeff Bridges as The Dude. When The Dude is assaulted under mistaken identity, he learns the intended target was a millionaire named Jeffrey Lebowski and he seeks restitution with the aid of his bowling buddies. The film also stars John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid, John Turturro and Sam Elliott.
Chris and Taylor review the new Amazon Prime science-fiction action film "The Tomorrow War," written by Zach Dean and directed by Chris McKay. A group of soldiers from the future travel back in time for new recruits to help fight a war against a deadly alien race. The film stars Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Jasmine Matthews and Edwin Hodge.
We've got the Golden Ticket...and now we're off to the factory to meet Mr. Willy Wonka! It's been 50 years since the release of the 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" starring the late great Gene Wilder. Chris and Taylor discuss the enduring legacy of the film, sweet treat products, Roald Dahl novels, other adaptations and what's to come for the future where childhood fantasy meets pure imagination.
Chris and Taylor review the sixth installment in the Mario Golf series "Mario Golf: Super Rush," developed by Camelot Software Planning now available on the Nintendo Switch. Featuring new modes such as Speed and Battle, an Adventure Story, motion controls and special power swings, your favorite Super Mario characters are back for a brand new golf game!
Spoiler Warning! Chris and Taylor review the latest installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise "Fast 9: The Fast Saga," written by Daniel Casey and Justin Lin with Justin Lin returning to direct for his 5th time. Following the events of "The Fate of the Furious", Cipher enlists the help of Dom's younger brother Jakob to get revenge on Dom and his team. The film stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Charlize Theron.
Based on one of Disneyland's longest running attractions, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has become a thrilling worldwide phenomenon. Chris and Taylor set sail on a swashbuckling voyage with Captain Jack Sparrow and a whole crew of memorable characters, epic stories and mythic lore. Put on yer headphones and drink up me hearties yo ho! It's a pirate's life for us all!
Chris and Taylor review the new Disney-Pixar animated film "Luca," written by Jesse Andrews and Mike Jones with Enrico Casarosa making his directorial debut. Set on the Italian Riviera the film follows Luca Paguro, a sea monster who can take the form of a human boy out of the water who goes on a life-changing summer exploring the town of Portorosso with his new friend Alberto. The film features the voice talents of Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Maya Rudolph, Jim Gaffigan, Saverio Raimondo, Marco Barricelli and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Chris and Taylor review the new movie musical "In The Heights," written by Quiara Alegria Hudes and directed by Jon M. Chu. Based on the Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the film tells the story of a predominant Dominican Washington Heights neighborhood in New York where every member of the community pursues their dreams of a better life. The film stars Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Olga Merediz, Jimmy Smits, Gregory Diaz IV, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz and Dascha Polanco.