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Out Now Bonus: The Last Oscar Jedi

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This week’s Out Now with Aaron and Abe is a big ramble of Star Wars and Oscars. Aaron is joined by Peter Paras and David Yeh for a bonus episode that discusses the 89th Academy Award nominations and the title of Episode VIII, The Last Jedi. The guys spend a long time going over both topics, along with plenty of tangents. Among topics covered, we have a special edition round of Know Everybody (3:50), some Out Now Quickies™ (10:49), discussion of the Oscar Nominations (24:05), Star Wars talk (1:46:45), and Out Now Feedback (2:16:00). We then wrap things up (2:22:00) and have some bloopers (2:32:12), 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

Out Now Commentary: Event Horizon (1997)

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This month’s Out Now with Aaron and Abe commentary is traveling through a wormhole of doom. Aaron is joined by Scott Mendelson, Brandon Peters and Jordan Grout to talk all about Paul Anderson’s Event Horizon. The spooky sci-fi/horror film has plenty to offer for discussion and the guys dig all the way into it, from Sam Neill’s craziness to Richard T. Jones’ Denzel Washington impression. Tune in to enjoy plenty of neat info about the film, plenty of fun in regards to discussing it and much more. This is a long one, but a really entertaining on, so enjoy.
Important Note:  This commentary may feature both juvenile uses of language and jokes that may be considered un-PC.  We of course are just trying to have a fun time…
So now, if you’ve got an hour to kill…

Weekly Recap: Gold, The Salesman, Oscar Nominations & More!

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This week's recap is a bit light. Goldis the only new release I reviewed this week, as Resident Evil doesn't interest me. That said, I gave plenty of attention to the Oscar nominations, so be sure to check out that post. Some home releases were worth mentioning as well, along with a couple news posts. And be sure to check out this week's podcast. Yes, not too much to say, but I've been busy elsewhere. Still, please enjoy the week's worth of content I have presented here.
In Theaters Now:
Gold - http://whysoblu.com/gold-finder-movie-review/ (McConaughey is good, but the rest of the film...)
The Salesman - http://whysoblu.com/afi-fest-2016-salesman-movie-review/
(Another strong film from an acclaimed Iranian filmmaker)
Lost In London - http://whysoblu.com/lost-london/ (Interesting Experiment)
Oscar Nominations and Thoughts - http://www.thecodeiszeek.com/2017/01/89th-academy-awards-nominations-thoughts.html
Here's The Archive Of Every Review Throughout The Year(s) - http:/…

Out Now 272: The Founder

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This week’s Out Now with Aaron and Abe should have you lovin’ it. Aaron is joined by Mark Hobin and Zaki Hasan to talk The Founder, starring Michael Keaton. The guys discuss the film that chronicles the founding of McDonald’s as well as plenty of other films, including other new releases and a variety of documentaries. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (3:03), some Out Now Quickies™ (4:43), Trailer Talk for Power Rangers (23:45), the main review (31:04), Out Now Feedback (58:10), and Games (1:13:06). We then wrap things up (1:19:26) and have some bloopers (1:29:48), 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

89th Academy Awards Nominations & Thoughts

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The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards have been announced. This list features a lot of favorites, many predictable nominations and a few snubs and surprises. As always, while Oscars are certainly a huge achievement, they do not suddenly take away the thoughts that you or anyone had on certain films. Not seeing a film mentioned does not mean you were wrong or that they were right in the varying amounts or praise, things just happen the way they do. That said, I'm happy to share some thoughts on this list of nominations. There are a variety of ways to look at things, so it stands to reason that just as much fun can be had with going over how things didn't work out, as much as they did. Of course, the ceremony itself won't take place until February 26, where the winners will be determined.

Weekly Recap: The Founder, Split, xXx: Return of Xander Cage & More!

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This week sees the release of M. Night Shyamalan's Split and there is a literal split in terms of potential profits, as it is up against Vin Diesel's xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Also opening wide is The Founder, which finds Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the "founder" of McDonald's. Also worth noting is the limited release of The Red Turtle and wide expansion of 20th Century Women. I've not reviewed them, but both are quite good. A bunch of new home release are out this week as well, along with some new trailers and other news. Lastly, be sure to check out our Silencepodcast, as we cover some great ground on it and more. Enjoy!
In Theaters Now:
The Founder - http://whysoblu.com/founder-movie-review/ (Michael Keaton is terrific and the script is great, but the direction...)
Split - http://whysoblu.com/afi-fest-2016-split-movie-review/ (James McAvoy is terrific, but the rest...)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage - http://whysoblu.com/xxx-xander-cages-movie-review/ (Vin Diesel d…

How About That Trailer? - Power Rangers

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The biggest question I have for those concerned with the quality of a Power Rangersis what did they expect? For the most part, this official trailer delivers on the promise of what a cinematic, big-budget version of  a 24-year old kids show would be. There's also a question of who this movie is supposed to be for, but again I wonder what the balance is between an older fan's nostalgic appreciation is and what this trailer delivers as far as how this would actually play out.

Out Now 271: Silence

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This week’s Out Now with Aaron and Abe finds the group getting into the limits of faith. Aaron and Abe are joined by Maxwell Haddad for a dissection of the Martin Scorsese passion project, Silence. The guys get into some very interesting discussion of the film and its theological elements, along with plenty of other movie-related thoughts. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (5:00), some Out Now Quickies™ (10:55), Trailer Talk for A Cure for Wellness (22:00), the main review (27:16), Out Now Feedback (1:02:35), and Games (1:14:57). We then wrap things up (1:22:50) and have some bloopers (1:33:27), 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

Weekly Recap: Patriots Day, Monster Trucks, Bye Bye Man & More!

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This is an interesting week for January, as we get both the dump month entries and wider expansion of awards contenders. Monster Trucks and The Bye Bye Man (one of these is good, both are fun) both offer something for those looking for forgettable entertainment. Meanwhile, Patriots Dayand Silence are dramas that could work for those seeking something more substantial. I have reviews for all, along with all the new home releases out this week. Also, be sure to check out our epic Top Ten of 2016 podcast, along with some of the other cool little features I wrote up. Lots here, so enjoy!
In Theaters Now:
Patriots Day - http://whysoblu.com/patriots-day-skillfully-portrays-successful-manhunt-movie-review/ (A solid dramatization)
Monster Trucks - http://whysoblu.com/monster-trucks-movie-review/ (It's fine for the kids)
The Bye Bye Man - http://whysoblu.com/bye-bye-man-movie-review/ (January's default horror release)
Silence - http://whysoblu.com/silence-movie-review/ (Scorsese's heaviest …

Out Now 270: The Top 10 Of 2016

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This week’s Out Now with Aaron and Abe is a wrap up for 2016. Aaron and Abe are joined by Mark Hobin and Markus Robinson (and special guests) to go over the Top Ten Films of 2016. This leads to some lengthy discussion about what favorites came out in 2016, along with clips and other fun later on in the show. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (4:50) and then jump into the Top Ten, staring with 10-6 (8:10) and then moving on to 5-1 (33:25). We then get into some Out Now Feedback (2:13:39) and wrap things up (2:48:42). Lastly, we have some bloopers (2:58:51), 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

Weekly Recap: Hidden Figures, Silence, A Monster Calls & More!

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Welcome to 2017 recaps! Hidden Figures opens up into wide release this week and it's the kind of feel-good biopic that would certainly make a lot of people happy right now. Also out, A Monster Calls, which is also rewarding in its own way. Looking for something more challenging, Scorsese has you covered with Silence. In addition to the theatrical releases, there are some new home releases, some news-related posts I put up and a terrific new podcast episode to listen to. Check it all out and enjoy!
In Theaters Now:
Hidden Figures - http://whysoblu.com/hidden-figures-movie-review/ (It's the kind of film people could use right now)
Silence - http://whysoblu.com/silence-movie-review/ (Scorsese's heaviest film in a while)
A Monster Calls - http://whysoblu.com/monster-calls-movie-review/ (Wonderfully done)
Top Ten Films of 2016 - http://whysoblu.com/aarons-terrific-top-ten-films-2016/
Here's The Archive Of Every Review Throughout The Year(s) - http://www.thecodeiszeek.com/p/review-ar…

Out Now 269: Fences

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This week’s Out Now with Aaron and Abe is all about the crooked’s and the straights. Aaron and Abe are joined by the lovely Ana Bosch and Aaron’s Mom, Denise, to talk the film adaptation of Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington. The group goes in depth on the drama, in addition to plenty of other movie thoughts and more. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (7:26), some Out Now Quickies™ (15:54), the main review (25:55), and Out Now Feedback (1:08:42) and Games (1:15:22). We then wrap things up (1:28:30) and dive into some La La Land spoilers (1:35:44). Lastly, we have some bloopers (2:17:49), 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

2016 Year-End Recap: The Top Ten Films Of 2016

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Here is my final list for the Top Ten films for 2016, which can also be found in a slightly altered form at Why So Blu (it features Easter Eggs). It has been a lot of work, but plenty of fun writing up posts that led to this final list of great films from this past year. I hope everyone reads about what I have laid out here and hopefully seeks out a number of these films and more for themselves. Read through this list and of course go back and check out the others. Feel free to comment and most of all - Enjoy! (Review links in each summary)

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