The MMC reconvenes for the centerpiece of our cultural lives: Game of Thrones! Does the premiere of the final season justify all the thought we put into this show? Aside from justifying our existence, we play a risque game of 'Words Have Multiple Meanings' and make an uncharitable comparison of HBO's centerpiece drama to the Never-Ending Story.
Shane, Jon, Bryan, and Drew spend a long time discussing the perceived faults of Bohemian Rhapsody before they move into the delirious genius of Raw and split evenly over High Flying Bird. In regard to Bohemian Rhapsody, we find room to wonder if Coco the gorilla could've improved the film if she gave the script a once-over.
Jon and Shane discuss our latest trio movies, which include Take Shelter, Solo, and The Beach. Shane's coming in hot on this one, and we also learn which kitchen tool Jon fears/respects the most.
Shane's been laid up, and used his convalescence to watch a whole bunch of Marvel movies. This provides the MMC an opportunity to get together and discuss some highs and lows from a decade of films. We also pitch some tasteful nude paintings for the cast, perhaps as a series-ending gift. Riley's painting as we speak.
Shane and Jon discuss Ralph Breaks the Internet, Logan, and Roma for our latest trio of movies, with some extra talk thrown in about the Oscar nominations. We also discuss the worst possible moments in Roma for a four year old to burst into the room and see what's on screen.
Jon, Blair, Bryan, and Chelsea H get personal as they talk about two of the best movies from 2018, Eighth Grade and Tully. We plumb the depths of our own experiences as middle schoolers and two of us relate how Tully synced up with their own time in the maternity ward. Bryan also takes a hard pass on standing up for his gender.
Jon, Shane, JR, and Drew sit down to discuss several of our favorite movies from 2018. While we push back a bit on Shane's pick of Isle of Dogs, we have nothing but praise for the sushi prep scene, which took 32 days to film, not eight. Sorry, Isle of Dogs animators.
Jon, Shane, and Bryan return to First Reformed, and also talk about The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Buster Scruggs takes them back to elementary school and needlessly blowing away buffalo in Oregon Trail, and we coin the new 'sacramental ranch' craze currently sweeping the Midwest.
First Reformed proved too big to just devote 20-30 minutes to in our monthly movie trio podcast, so we reconvened the Mediocre Methodist Cast, bringing in ministers Lane and Blair to pore over the film's religious aspects and consider how it relates to the modern practice of Christianity. Hardcore atheist Jon is there to be a jerk, like all atheists.
Shane and Jon discuss the season 4 episodes The Lion and the Rose and The Laws of Gods and Men, and find time to also plan Joffrey’s bachelor party. We get really close to booking Charles Dance as a guest on the podcast but then Shane calls him Chaz and ruins everything.