Despite both agreeing that 2022 wasn't the best year for film, Jon and Pierce go very long on six movies they loved, plus two TV shows. Jon includes not one but two of his trademark body horror recommendations. Stick around til the end to hear about Pierce's tragic breakup with the AMC North Dekalb theater.
Jon and JR talk about a trio of Guillermo del Toro movies in honor of his long-gestating release of Pinocchio. The Shape of Water and Pan's Labyrinth prove to be a good pairing as all three movies put their protagonists against fascist or fascist-adjacent bad guys, and they're all riffs on fairy tales. We're generally up on Del Toro, but agree that he could use some quality control.
Jon, Pierce, and JR break down the long-awaited 2022 update of the Sight and Sound list of greatest movies of all time. They look at the movies the critics included compared to the directors, put new number one Jeanne Dielmann on their watchlists, and wonder what any of this is actually for.
Jon, Pierce, and Shane talk about Whiplash, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A certain British comedy troupe is not for Jon's comedic tastes, and we wonder if Johnny Depp was ever any good.
Jon, Riley, and Pierce resurrect an old podcast format with What Have You Been Watching and we go long on about a dozen movies and tv shows from late summer, which is when we recorded this and it's been on Jon's to-edit list since then. Things discussed include Mike, Sandman, The Bear, Three Minutes: A Lengthening, Barbarian, Rings of Power, Industry, Welcome to Wrexham, Thor: Love and Thunder, A League of Their Own, Moonfall, and The Running Man.
Jon and JR talk about another three movies on our collective Best Of lists: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Stand By Me, and There Will Be Blood. We surprisingly have the least to say about There Will Be Blood, praise Bob Hoskins' back hair, and JR cannot get interested in the lives of white children.
Jon, Riley, and Superfan Megan chop up the finale of House of the Dragon. We mourn a sweet, dumb boy, praise some Dragonstone furniture, and make a rule about the indistinguishable Kingsguard twins going forward.
Jon, Drew, Ashli, and Superfan Megan have two very eventful episodes of House of the Dragon to break down. We ask which of Rhaenyra's children is going to be most like Marty McFly, and one of our castmates says, "I'm pro Larys and his foot stuff."
Jon, Riley, and Superfan Megan have high praise for the one of the last two episodes of House of the Dragon and frustration for the other. We appreciate some recycled window dressing and enthusiastically welcome small children beating the shit out of each other.
Our monthly themes are movies on our collective top ten lists, and this month, Shane, Jon, JR, and Drew talk about three of our favorites with The Big Lebowski, Team America: World Police, and Menace II Society. Jon leaps at the opportunity to provide an irresponsible amount of historical context. Is that an endorsement of this episode? Depends on your tolerance for his rambling.