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. 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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Solo: A Star Wars Story

May 22, 2018 by  
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Starring: Adlen Eherenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke
Directed by: Ron Howard (“Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind”)
Written by: Lawrence Kasdan (“The Empire Strikes Back,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”) and Jonathan Kasdan (“In the Land of Women”)

As Disney and Lucasfilm turn the Star Wars IP into a “new movie every year” cash cow, the companies seem to be stuck in a regressive loop, constantly revisiting characters and concepts that strike an immediate note of familiarity. Maybe that’s why we keep getting the Death Star or Death Star stand-ins. “The Last Jedi” excluded, Star Wars has played it safe since its resurrection from the much-maligned prequel era, which has weirdly included crafting two more prequels: 2016’s “Rogue One” and now “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The new film is an origin story of sorts for the charming, rascally smuggler made iconic by Harrison Ford, which, despite some fun moments and an interesting dose of fan service, proves to be entirely unnecessary.

Opening in the dingy underground of the planet Corellia, our hero Han (Alden Eherenreich) lives an “Oliver Twist”-ian lifestyle, owned by the Fagin-ish worm Lady Proxima, who Han betrays after he’s sent to steal some valuable hyperfuel known as coaxium. With his love interest Qi’ra (Emila Clarke), Han looks to escape his home planet and buy a ship for the two of them with the stolen coaxium. But when Qi’ra is captured at the spaceport, Han is forced to join the Imperial Army to escape, where he’s given the last name “Solo” in a rather meh-worthy joke. In a war zone three years later, Solo meets Beckett (Woody Harrelson) a smuggler who’s looking to boost some coaxium for gangster Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). With his newly-liberated Wookiee sidekick Chewbacca in tow, Han joins Beckett’s crew and begins his life as an outlaw.

Even as a famously troubled production—original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired and replaced with Ron Howard—“Solo” has a few things going for it, namely a grimy, lived-in palette with some inspired cinematography and Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian. Glover brings his natural charisma and charm to the role made famous by Billy Dee Williams. Eherenreich, though, not so much. While his Han Solo isn’t as bad as you’ve feared, it also isn’t really that good, and it’s definitely missing the spark Ford brought to the character. There are some decent moments, like the first meeting of Chewbacca and Han, butted up against ideas that feel half-formed, like an early movie heist perpetrated with a crew clearly inspired by “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but who get sent off without so much as a moment to mourn when things go south. And you want fan service? You’ve got fan service, mostly in the form of a late movie cameo that might leave you scratching your head if you haven’t watched any of the canonical Star Wars cartoon series. Who, come to think of it, reminds me of this movie: two things, a prequel and an origin story, sewn together to make a whole thing that’s familiar, but not anywhere near new.

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. 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. 105 – It, Landline, Home Again, All Eyez On Me, and Colin Trevorrow is off of Star Wars: Episode IX

September 11, 2017 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, the boyz review “It,” “Landline” and “Home Again.” Cody also takes us through the life of Tupac Shakur in a Blu-ray review of “All Eyez On Me.” Cody and Jerrod also discuss Colin Trevorrow being sacked as the director of “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

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Ep. 92 – Patriots Day, Live By Night, Silence, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, San Antonio Symphony Home Alone recap, Lost in London preview, and introducing Cinema on the Rocks!

January 17, 2017 by  
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The CineSnob Podcast returns from hibernation, and the rust is evident. We can’t recommend you listen to this episode, but if you do, you’ll hear reviews of “Patriots Day,” “Live by Night,” “Silence,” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

Cody and Jerrod also discuss the San Antonio Symphony’s “Home Alone” show, Woody Harrelson’s live movie “Lost in London,” and our new film series Cinema on the Rocks.
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Ep. 79 – Captain America: Civil War, Space Jam 2 is coming whether we like it or not, and the young Han Solo has been found!

May 8, 2016 by  
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The CineSnob Podcast returns to choose sides in “€œCaptain America: Civil War.” The guys also talk about the announced “Space Jam 2″€ set to star LeBron James and how much the original sucks (according to Jerrod and Kiko), and the fellows give their take on Alden Ehrenreich being cast as the lead in Lord and Miller’€™s upcoming Han Solo movie.

[00:00-02:04] Intro/salutations

[2:04-13:45] Space Jam 2

[13:45-22:26] Alden Ehrenreich is the new Han Solo

[22:26-40:27] Review – Captain America: Civil War

[40:27-41:10] Wrap up/tease

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Ep. 67 – Steve Jobs, reaction to the new Star Wars trailer, Chris Rock is hosting the Oscars, and Edgar Wright is teaming up with Johnny Depp, Neil Gaiman, and Bret McKenzie

October 26, 2015 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys talk about “Steve Jobs,” their reactions to the final “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer, Chris Rock returning to host the Oscars, and the perfect storm of Edgar Wright directing Johnny Depp in an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “Fortunately, The Milk” written by Bret McKenzie.

[0:00-12:37] Intro, weather talk, podcasting-over-Skype woes, and Kiko is somewhere noisy.
[12-37-24:33] Reactions to the final “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer
[24:33-33:29] Chris Rock returns to host the Oscars
[33:29-39:13] Edgar Wright and Johnny Depp to team up for “Fortunately, The Milk”
[39:13-56:30] Steve Jobs
[56:30-1:09:37] Wrap up/tease next episode

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Ep. 45 – Avengers: Age of Ultron, Clouds of Sils Maria, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Josh Trank dropped from Star Wars, Robert Downey Jr. disses indie filmmakers, and the guys commiserate over the San Antonio Spurs being eliminated from the NBA playoffs

May 4, 2015 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Clouds of Sils Maria,” and “Tales of the Grim Sleeper.” They also discuss Josh Trank being removed from his Star Wars standalone film, Robert Downey Jr. making negative comments about the indpendent film industry, and the guys talk a little sports.

[0:00-24:37] Intro, Spurs talk, Mayweather vs. Pacquaio fight talk, & Dazed and Confused screening tease
[24:37-36:08] Josh Trank dropped from Star Wars anthology film
[36:08-48:07] Robert Downey Jr. disses indie filmmakers
[48:07-1:17:55] Avengers: Age of Ultron
[1:17:55-1:28:11] Clouds of Sils Maria
[1:28:11-1:43:18] Tales of the Grim Sleeper
[1:43:18-1:53:19] Teases for next week and close

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Ep. 43 – Unfriended, discussing the new Star Wars and Batman v Superman trailers, the Wonder Woman director swap, a wrap-up of our Pee-wee’s Big Adventure screening, and looking ahead to Tommy Wiseau

April 18, 2015 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “Unfriended.” They also discuss the new “Star Wars” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailers, Michelle MacLaren’s exit from “Wonder Woman,” a recap of our “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” screening at Alamo Drafthouse, and Jerrod teases his upcoming interview of the one and only Tommy Wiseau of “The Room.”

[0:00-14:22] Intro and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure screening recap
[14:22-31:32] Star Wars trailer discussion
[31:32-51:13] Batman v Superman trailer discussion
[51:13-1:03:34] Michelle MacLaren out of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins in
[1:03:34-1:15:04] Unfriended
[1:15:04-1:30:42] Teases for next week and close

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Ep. 27 – Horrible Bosses 2, The Homesman, analyzing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World trailers, and our monthly Netflix picks

December 1, 2014 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “Horrible Bosses 2” and “The Homesman.” They also discuss the trailer debuts of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Jurassic World” and give their monthly Netflix recommendations.

[0:00-5:42] Intro and Black Friday talk
[5:42-28:05] Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer discussion
[28:05-44:54] Jurassic World trailer discussion
[44:54-56:53] Horrible Bosses 2
[56:53-1:11:56] The Homesman
[1:11:56-1:30:59] No Ticket Required – Netflix picks
[1:30:59-1:33:53] Teases for next week and close

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