Ep. 143 – Jumanji: The Next Level, Richard Jewell, 6 Underground, and the HFCS award noiminees

December 16, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review “Jumanji: The Next Level,” “Richard Jewell,” and “6 Underground.”

They also discuss the newly-released Houston Film Critics Society award nominees, and how their picks differed from the final ballot.

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Ep. 142 – Marriage Story, Waves

December 9, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod have slightly different takes on “Marriage Story” and both think “Waves” is two movies mushed into one.

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Ep. 141 – Knives Out, The Irishman, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

November 28, 2019 by  
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On this Thanksgiving episode of The CineSnob Podcast, Cody acknowledges it’s been a pretty good movie year while Jerrod seems to be dying of whooping cough. They also review “Knives Out,” “The Irishman,” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

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Ep. 139 – Jojo Rabbit, Dolemite Is My Name, The King, and an Austin Film Festival recap

November 4, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Jerrod returns from his Japanese honeymoon to hear about Cody’s time at the Austin Film Festival. They also review Jojo Rabbit, Dolemite Is My Name, and The King.

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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. 127 – Dark Phoenix, I Am Mother

June 10, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review Fox’s X-Men swan song DARK PHOENIX and the Netflix sci-fi thriller I AM MOTHER.

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Ep. 118 – The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, High Flying Bird

February 13, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review the highly-anticipated sequel “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” and Steven Soderbergh’s Netflix film “High Flying Bird.”

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Ep. 117 – Glass, Fyre

January 21, 2019 by  
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The CineSnob Podcast returns from another sabbatical to review M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” and the Netflix documentary “Fyre.”

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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

December 17, 2018 by  
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Starring: Rohan Chand, Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto
Directed by: Andy Serkis (“Breathe”)
Written by: Callie Kloves (debut)

Although Warner Bros. waited patiently for two years to release “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle,” so that it wouldn’t have to compete with Walt Disney’s highly enjoyable 2016 live-action take on “The Jungle Book,” the subsequent fantasy adventure based on English author Rudyard Kipling’s collection of stories feels needlessly glum and irrelevant.

The narrative framework is basically the same. “Mancub” Mowgli (Rohan Chand) is raised by wolves and must find his place in the pack before tiger villain Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) makes a meal out of him.

It’s obvious actor-turned-filmmaker Andy Serkis (“Breathe”) is working from a darker script than director Jon Favreau did during production of his 2016 movie. Favreau’s film was closer in tone to the original 1967 Disney animation, but Serkis seems more concerned with providing “Mowgli” an ominous atmosphere than he does with building on the classic tale’s message of friendship and zest for life.

Even when Serkis and first-time screenwriter Callie Kloves try to spin the story in their own direction, the decision to stray away from a kid-friendly movie poses some problems. Primarily, who is Mowgli’s intended audience? Now that Netflix has bought the rights, one might assume the answer is everybody with access to a Netflix account, but Mowgli is too cruel for kindergarteners and, at best, a curiosity for adults who will probably just end up comparing it to superior versions.

If you do decide to plop the little ones in front of the screen, know that “Mowgli” isn’t a musical, so there are no new renditions of “Bare Necessities” or “I Wanna Be Like You.” In fact, King Louie, who Christopher Walken voiced phenomenally in Favreau’s contribution, is completely cut out of this newest adaptation. Baloo is still included, although he’s more of a drill sergeant than a happy-go-lucky, honey-smacking bear. And main antagonist Shere Khan is designed to look like a devil-cat who at one point in the film describes tasting the blood of Mowgli’s mother.

Mowgli also shows its title character living among other humans when he is banished from the jungle. He meets a hunter (Matthew Rhys) contracted to kill Shere Kahn and a young woman (Freida Pinto) who cares for him during his stay. Neither of these storylines offer any emotional impact to the film, and the fact that Mowgli can speak to the animals in the jungle but not to the villagers makes about as much sense as picking a prickly pear by the paw.

Ep. 109 – The Cloverfield Paradox

February 12, 2018 by  
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This week, Jerrod and Cody tackled the surprise Netflix release of “The Cloverfield Paradox,” plus a quick rundown of the trailers that aired during The Big Game.

(There are some audio issues with Cody’s track that we can’t overcome, sorry he sounds like a robot.)

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Ep. 106 – American Made, Battle of the Sexes, Gerald’s Game, Fantastic Fest recap, and home video reviews of Wonder Woman, The Big Sick and A Ghost Story

October 8, 2017 by  
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After some technical difficulties, The CineSnob Podcast is back for the 106th time with reviews of “American Made,” “Battle of the Sexes” and “Gerald’s Game.” Cody also fills us in on his time at Fantastic Fest, and reviews home video releases of “Wonder Woman,” “The Big Sick” and “A Ghost Story.”

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