Trilogy in Theory: Ep. 53 - John Wick (Hachi vs. Frankenweenie)
In this episode of War Machine vs. War Horse, the dog dies. This also is the premise for Keanu Reeves to go on a rampage of revenge in the new release JOHN WICK, as do we against cinema that portrays this act that is known to produce tears the world over. The two dog hating films we take to task are 2009's HACHI and 2012's FRANKENWEENIE. Thankfully the former has the very handsome Richard Gere, and the latter is a visual feast of a film even without the beauty of Gere.
Trilogy in Theory: Ep. 64 - Harmontown (Conan O'Brien Can't Stop vs. Sleepwalk With Me)
We often self-destruct on the podcast, just not to the comedic success that Dan Harmon has found in a documentary chronicling his podcast tour for HARMONTOWN. This inspires to look at other comedians who have taken to the road and put themselves through hell for their work in CONAN O'BRIEN CAN'T STOP and SLEEPWALK WITH ME. GUEST: Director of HARMONTOWN, Neil Berkeley talks about his new film and his previous documentary, BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING.
Trilogy in Theory: Ep. 68 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (The Running Man vs. Battle Royale)
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 may be done with the games, but we are not. So we look back at 1987's THE RUNNING MAN and 2000's BATTLE ROYALE to satisfy our bloodlust, discuss appropriate workout wear, Arnold's vanilla screen names, the tragedy of the husky boy with the crossbow, and ultimately romance while killing your fellow man for sport.
War Machine vs. War Horse: Ep. 70 - Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (Color Me Obsessed vs. Anvil: The Story of Anvil)
Writer/director of FILMAGE: THE STORY OF DESCENDENTS/ALL, Matt Riggle, joins the podcast to educate us (ok, just Mike) on this great band. We hope to do the same for our listeners by reviewing The Replacements in COLOR ME OBSESSED and Anvil in ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL.
Trilogy in Theory: Ep. 72 - Whiplash (Black Swan vs. Ruby Sparks)
We are the wrong people to talk about perfectionism in artists (assuming you've listened to the prior seventy-one episodes) so we bring in Tressa Bowling and Justin Stewart of the Beaucoup Pop podcast, Sequential Spirits, to debate BLACK SWAN vs. RUBY SPARKS. Before that? It's us giving WHIPLASH the big sloppy kiss it deserves, just as J.K. Simmons taught us.
War Machine vs. War Horse: Ep. 59 - Men, Women & Children (The Social Network vs. Disconnect)
On this episode we regret to inform you that just by listening to this show, you have stepped into the dangerous world of the Internet. A place where young assholes make billions off the muscled backs of handsome rich twins from Harvard in THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and dick pics wreak havoc on teenagers and skeevy business plans in DISCONNECT. But first, thankfully we don't get a dick pic of Adam Sandler in Jason Reitman's new release MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN. GUEST: Philip Gelatt, writer of EUROPA…
Trilogy in Theory: Ep. 60 - Birdman (Heat vs. Out of Sight)
On this episode we talk about an obvious double feature selection of HEAT vs. OUT OF SIGHT to celebrate the release of the very obvious film BIRDMAN. It's also a celebration of the escape that three actors made from the Batman film franchise, with Val Kilmer reaching heights that would become the norm for George Clooney by working with great actors and an acclaimed director; a plan that Michael Keaton hopes to follow with his new film. GUEST: Comedian Jericho Davidson invokes the cursed film…
Trilogy in Theory: Ep. 61 - Nightcrawler (Five Star Final vs. Tabloid)
We dive into the mucky-muck of sensationalistic stories that have made audiences feel guilty since 1931. That year is our starting point because we will be talking about the 1931 film FIVE STAR FINAL vs. 2010's TABLOID which is a documentary that revisits a crime that dominated the headlines in the UK back in the 70s. But first we talk about a film of our time and about current blood and guts local news with the new release NIGHTCRAWLER.
Trilogy in Theory: Ep. 62 - Interstellar (The Happening vs. After Earth)
Humans aren't meant to die on Earth, or die loving previously highly regarded film directors. We address the backlash against INTERSTELLAR from the film nerd community, and hope he doesn't go down the path of previous above-the-title director M. Night Shyamalan who has a double feature of Killer Earth movies on his resume in THE HAPPENING and AFTER EARTH.
War Machine vs. War Horse: Ep. 63 - Big Hero 6 (Terminator 2 Judgement Day vs. The Iron Giant)
Everybody has a favorite childhood memory of their big hero, and a current generation of children are getting that with the new release BIG HERO 6. We look back at previous takes on A Boy And His Robot with 1991's TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY vs. 1999's THE IRON GIANT. Also we debate the appropriate movie time for grown men to see animated features, gun control, and the use of Pumping Iron as a new show theme song.
War Machine vs. War Horse: Ep. 65 - Out of Print (Room 666 vs. Side by Side)
On this episode we predict The Future of Film. To do this, we look back at the 1982 film ROOM 666, and scoff at the failed predictions made by industry titans such as Steven Spielberg. Then we see if Keanu Reeves is the one, with his dangerous investigative journalism in 2012's SIDE BY SIDE where he attempts to find out... just how much of a pompous asshole is Christopher Nolan? But first, Julia Marchese joins us to talk about her new documentary OUT OF PRINT. GUEST: Julia Marchese also…
Trilogy in Theory: Ep. 66 - Laggies (Young Adult vs. Jeff, Who Live at Home)
We talk Arrested Development on film, and unlike the nerds who still want to talk about that cancelled comedy (which sucked when it finally did come back), we instead talk about the stunning movie stars Charlize Theron and Jason Segal. In YOUNG ADULT, Theron does her version of MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING without the best friend, and the fact that the wedding she is going to break up has already happened. Segal plays a much more likable man child, albeit one who needs to do some simple home…
Trilogy in Theory: Ep. 67 - Dumb and Dumber To (The Color of Money vs. Clerks 2)
We look at sequels that took a while to get here. In THE COLOR OF MONEY, Paul Newman's Fast Eddie is older and retired from his pool shark glory days when he casts his eyes on the glory of Tom Cruise's bulletproof hair and decides to get back in the game. In CLERKS 2, we find the formerly black and white Dante and Randall having yet to enter the game as they spend their 30s working fast food, debating geek film trilogies, and whether or not to settle down with Rosario Dawson. But first, we…
War Machine vs. War Horse: Ep. 71 - The Theory of Everything (Sid and Nancy vs. A Beautiful Mind)
We didn't understand Stephen Hawking in A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, and we don't understand love in real life. But we do understand romance in biopics, which is what the new film about Hawking attempts to do in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. This inspires a look back at other great romances of our time (or at least the altered film versions) in SID AND NANCY & A BEAUTIFUL MIND.