Ep. 154 – Onward, The Way Back, and the unprecedented cancellation of SXSW

March 8, 2020 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review Pixar’s latest “Onward,” the Ben Affleck redemption drama “The Way Back,” and discuss the City of Austin cancelling South by Southwest over coronavirus concerns.

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Ep. 148 – Bad Boys for Life, Dolittle, VHYes, and the end of the 20th Century Fox name

January 20, 2020 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review “Bad Boys for Life,” “Dolittle,” and “VHYes.”

They also talk Disney’s removal of the Fox branding from 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight.

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Ep. 144 – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (spoiler-filled), Cats, Bombshell

December 22, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod have a spoiler-filled discussion of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the insanity of “Cats,” and the pulled punches of “Bombshell.”

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Ep. 138 – Gemini Man, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Disney+ catalog, and Jerrod’s getting married!

October 16, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review GEMINI MAN and gush over EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE. They also talk odds and ends, like the massive catalog Disney+ is launching with, the unwanted ZOMBIELAND sequel, and their low expectations for Kevin Smith.

Oh, and Jerrod’s getting married!

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Ep. 132 – Ready or Not, American Factory, and the rise of Disney Plus

August 26, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review “Ready or Not” as well as “American Factory,” the first Netflix film from Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company.

They also talk Disney+ programming reviews, and the likely divorce of Disney and Sony and the fate of “Spider-Man” in the MCU.

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Ep. 128 – Toy Story 4

June 23, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod try to determine the worthiness of “Toy Story 4.”

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Ep. 125 – Aladdin, Booksmart, and a recap of the San Antonio Symphony’s John Williams concert

May 28, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review the live-action “Aladdin,” Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut “Booksmart,” and Cody discusses his experience at the San Antonio Symphony’s performance of John Williams classics.

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Ep. 120 – Captain Marvel, Leaving Neverland

March 9, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review the 21st Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, and first with a female lead, “Captain Marvel.” They also take a deep dive into the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” and what it means for the legacy of a dead entertainer now considered monstrous by part of the populace.

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Ep. 115 – Solo: A Star Wars Story

May 29, 2018 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod travel to a galaxy far, far away to review Lord and Miller’s Ron Howard’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

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Ep. 107 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (spoilers start at 17:04) and The Disaster Artist

December 14, 2017 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review the year’s most anticipated movie, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” BE AWARE: Spoilers run from 17:04 to 40:35!

They also review last week’s wide release “The Disaster Artist,” which is also the subject of Bonus Episode 13, so give that a listen too!

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Ep. 99 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

May 8, 2017 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and talk about lesser-known San Antonio Spurs players of the last three decades.

[00:00 – 25:51] Intro/Remembering random Spurs from the last 25 years, from Jaren Jackson to Cherokee Parks.

[25:51- 44:48] Review – “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

[44:48-49:01] Wrap up/tease

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Big Hero 6

November 6, 2014 by  
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Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
Directed by: Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”)
Written byRobert L. Baird (“Monsters University”), Daniel Gerson (“Monsters University”) and Jordan Roberts (“You’re Not You”)

As part of Disney’s never-ending drive for world domination, the giant company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for an astounding $4 billion. While Disney has since raked in the cash from the unstoppable force that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they have yet to dive into the Marvel catalog to make films geared at younger kids. With “Big Hero 6,” Disney finally takes the leap and adapts a Marvel property under the Disney moniker.

In a hybrid of cities called San Fransokyo, a teenaged robotics fiend named Hiro (Ryan Potter) finds himself hustling people in robot fights for cash. Destined to get him into something greater, his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) convinces him to apply to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When an tragic event happens that changes everything for Hiro, he decides to band together with his school friends and a healthcare assistant robot named Baymax to form a superhero crew to try exact revenge on the supervillain Yokai.

One great quality of “Big Hero 6” is its ability to impressively set the table for the events to come. First and foremost, and in typical Disney fashion, it is able to create palpable emotion with enough respect to be handled by smaller children while being affective to adults. Beyond that, the film’s greatest moments come as we get to know Baymax. As an inflated and clumsy vinyl robot, Baymax comes to life in hilarious sequences of dialogue free physical comedy. He’s extremely ungraceful and maneuvers around objects so slowly and carefully that watching him dawdle around is pure, unadulterated, adorable joy and by far the best element of the film. There’s certain sweetness to Baymax (voiced wonderfully by Scott Adsit) and his unbridled desire to make Hiro feel better that fosters the best relationship of the film, even in its weaker moments.

The film takes a bit of a turn, however, when Hiro decides to seek revenge and turn him and his group of science geek friends into superheroes. It is here where the film becomes a bit generic and less unique. The initial motivation for Hiro manages to become a bit lost and even motivation during the turn involving the villain is a little difficult to wrap one’s head around. There are nuggets of great moments to be found, namely a sequence in which Baymax tries out flying for the first time, but the superhero story in the film feels a little standard, which is surprising given the connection to Marvel.

In fact, the most surprising element of “Big Hero 6” is just how little of Marvel’s fingerprints are present. Sure, some of the action sequences involving the characters in superhero are fun to watch, but most of them are formulaic enough to be thrown together by any studio. The same can also be said for the narrative of the film as the superhero storyline comes front and center and falls into the same beats seen in most origin stories. Despite its shortcomings, “Big Hero 6” is sweet, funny and adventure-packed enough to be an entertaining, albeit underwhelming experience.

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