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Monday, August 28, 2017

Out Now Flashback: The Birds (1963)


Back in 1963, the Master of Suspense delivered a film that terrified audiences for a variety of reasons and further examined the mind of its director. Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds has been celebrated by many over the decades since it was made and it is now the subject of a discussion for Out Now with Aaron and Abe in their inaugural “Flashback” episode. The guys are joined by Professor Mike Dillon, who is happy to have fun exploring what the film has to offer as well as dive deep into the themes, production, and stories about what star Tippi Hedren had to go through. Enjoy, as there is plenty of ground (and air) to cover. So now, if you’ve got an hour to kill…

You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoom.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Friday, August 25, 2017

Out Now Bonus: Millennials vs. Classic Cinema


Are Millennials killing classic cinema? Have modern blockbusters and smart phones stopped today’s generation from looking back? These are just some of the questions we went about discussing in this special bonus episode of Out Now with Aaron and Abe. Aaron is joined by Brandon Peters, Jim Dietz and Maxwell Haddad for a conversation debating the merits of claims that revolving around whether or not millennials are actually ruining things in some way. Lots of thoughts are heard on this matter, in addition to some over topics that end up related. Enjoy and let us know if you want to hear more of these types of conversations. So now, if you’ve got an hour to kill…

You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoom.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Weekly Recap: Good Time, Wind River & More!


It is the end of the summer movie season and new wide release films are in short supply. However, I did get to play some catch-up and see the terrific Good Time as well as ad thoughts on other recent releases such as Wind River, The Trip to Spain and Kidnap. Meanwhile, plenty of other work to check out here, including a couple of great podcasts, reviews for new home releases and my latest review for Preacher. There's also some great video interviews featuring me talking with the cast of The Tick. Enjoy!

In Theaters Now:

(One of the year's best films)

(An okay procedural. Link also features reviews for The Trip to Spain and Kidnap)

Here's The Archive Of Every Review Throughout The Year(s) - http://www.thecodeiszeek.com/p/review-archive.html

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Out Now 296: Logan Lucky


This week’s Out Now with Aaron and Abe plans for a big score. Aaron and Abe are joined by Todd Gilchrist and Scott Menzel to talk Logan Lucky, the film that remarks the return for director Steven Soderbergh. This discussion allows for plenty of thoughts on the heist caper, along with some other cinematic examinations of other recent releases. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (5:53), some Out Now Quickies™ (9:54), Trailer Talk for Molly’s Game (28:55) and The Death of Stalin (37:38), the main review (45:22), Out Now Feedback (1:18:42) and Games (1:33:25). We then wrap things up (1:40:50) and end on some bloopers (1:53:49), following this week’s close out song.  So now, if you’ve got an hour or so to kill…

You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoom.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Monday, August 21, 2017

Brief Thoughts: The Trip To Spain, Wind River & Kidnap


I really enjoy putting my reviews together.  I honestly wish I could delve deeper into certain movies, but alas, I get incredibly busy and can sometimes only deal with movies to a briefer extent than I would prefer.  This is why I write these occasional "Brief Thoughts" posts on movies I have seen, as I want to at least offer some of my own perspective on them.  They may not be as polished, but I can at least get my opinions out there. This edition of "Brief Thoughts" features mini-reviews for The Trip to Spain with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, Wind River with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, and Kidnap with Halle Berry.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Out Now Commentary: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)


Get ready for a real throwback with this month’s commentary. This Out Now with Aaron and Abe episode decided to go back to the 60s and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American classic Bonnie & Clyde, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Listen in, as Aaron is joined by Brandon Peters and Robert James to go over the legacy of the film, various stories about the movie’s production, its ambition and various factoids about the real Bonnie and Clyde. There are plenty of thoughts and interesting information to take in on this one, so enjoy and use this opportunity to revisit this film and some other classics from the great year for film that was 1967.

So now, if you’ve got an hour to kill…

Weekly Recap: Logan Lucky, The Hitman's Bodyguard & More!


Logan Lucky marks the return of Steven Soderbergh to cinematic releases and what a mark it is, as the film is a joy to watch. Less of a joy is the screaming match action-comedy, The Hitman's Bodyguard, which is also out this week. A few new items have come out for home viewing as well, which includes a new Criterion Collection release I had the chance to review. There's, of course, my latest review for Preacher as well. Also be sure to check out this week's fun podcast. Lastly, I managed to get in a book review as well as an essay I'm very happy with. Enjoy!

In Theaters Now:

(Now out and a lot of fun)

(Silly and forgettable)

(Now in more theaters and worth seeing)

Here's The Archive Of Every Review Throughout The Year(s) - http://www.thecodeiszeek.com/p/review-archive.html

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kong Vs. CinemaSins: The Role Of Modern Film Criticism


I found something interesting in a one-sided feud between director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and CinemaSins. The Kong: Skull Island director recently went on a lengthy Twitter rant about his film being the latest subjected to a video series that goes along the lines of “Everything Wrong With [movie] in [#] Minutes or Less.” He describes the function of these videos as lazy attempts to capitalize off of other artists’ efforts, and I agree. Even in acknowledging how the two men behind these CinemaSins videos are more or less trying to provide sarcastic critiques in good faith, I cannot say I find much to value in these lengthy video essays beyond giving the internet a negative base to stand on when discussing films. However, the real interest I found is in determining what makes good criticism in modern times.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Out Now Bonus: August 2017 Hodgepodge


This week’s Out Now with Aaron and Abe is a scaled back episode where Aaron and Abe catch up on some things. First up is a talk of several new trailers (4:00) that have arrived recently enough. Later, there is a discussion of the new releases, including Annabelle: Creation (33:15), The Glass Castle (41:30) and Kidnap (48:52). The guys also go into a few news topics (58:48) that were worth delving into. There’s also still time for Feedback (1:19:25). Then the guys wrap everything up (1:28:18) with some home release news and more. Lastly, there’s always time for a blooper (1:38:57), following this week’s closing song.

You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoom.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Friday, August 11, 2017

Weekly Recap: Annabelle: Creation, The Glass Castle & More!


Annabelle: Creation is the notable release of the week, as it is set to make some money and further expand The Conjuring universe. It helps that the film is quite enjoyable. Also out is The Glass Castle, based on the best-selling memoir. I also have an early review up for Logan Lucky. Enjoy all this, plus my reviews for the new home releases out, along with a really solid podcast about Detroit. Take it all in, I was happy to put the work in.

In Theaters Now:



(Early review - this one's a winner)

Here's The Archive Of Every Review Throughout The Year(s) - http://www.thecodeiszeek.com/p/review-archive.html

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Out Now 295: Detroit


This week’s Out Now with Aaron and Abe gets serious about a city. Aaron and Abe are joined by Markus Robinson and Prof. Mike Dillon to talk the historical thriller Detroit from director Kathryn Bigelow. This extended discussion features a lot of opinions and a little bit of heat, even though everyone still remains friends by the end. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (10:17), some Out Now Quickies™ (14:00), Trailer Talk for Death Wish (28:38), the main review (41:08), Out Now Feedback (1:59:12) and Games (2:07:09). We then wrap things up (2:16:53) and end on some bloopers (2:24:22), following this week’s close out song.  So now, if you’ve got an hour or so to kill…

You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoom.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Friday, August 4, 2017

Weekly Recap: Detroit, The Dark Tower & More!


This week has two major releases. The expansion of Kathryn Bigelow's historical thriller Detroit and the debut of The Dark Tower, the 90-minute adaptation of Stephen King's epic book series. There is a lot to admire about one of these films and the other is merely a subpar attempt at something, instead of a great success or an interesting disaster. Additionally, reviews for new home releases, along with a new Preacher review. And be sure to check out the two great podcasts that came out this week, as one involves a solid debate over last week's release and the other features my mom and I talking Get Out. Enjoy!

In Theaters Now:

(One of the best movies of the year)

(Incredibly mediocre)

Here's The Archive Of Every Review Throughout The Year(s) - http://www.thecodeiszeek.com/p/review-archive.html

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Out Now Bonus: Aaron and His Mom Get Into ‘Get Out’


It’s time to get back to a mother and son talking horror movies. Aaron and his mother, Denise, have babbled about The Babadook and did not avoid the Anaconda. And of course, there’s The Human Centipede. Now it’s time to hear about Get Out. Denise finally watched the acclaimed Jordan Peele social thriller and had some questions. Aaron happily chose to make this an occasion fit for Out Now with Aaron and Abe. So now we have a fun podcast discussion about the film and more. (Be advised, this discussion features full spoilers for the film.)

You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoom.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Out Now 294: Atomic Blonde


This week’s Out Now with Aaron and Abe is throwing you through a brutal loop. Aaron and Abe are joined by David Bax and Terence Johnson to discuss the spy-action-thriller Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron. The group digs into why they did or didn’t have a lot to get excited about with this flick, along with plenty of other movie talk. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (8:32), some Out Now Quickies™ (14:17), Trailer Talk for: Proud Mary (25:36), the main review (30:55), Out Now Feedback (59:40) and Games (1:12:26). We then wrap things up (1:20:54) and end on some bloopers (1:36:00), following this week’s close out song.  So now, if you’ve got an hour or so to kill…

You can also find links to the episode at AudioBoom.  Subscribe via iTunes HERE

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