TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 95 - The Big Sick (w/ Justin Bell) TC had the chance to interview the movie's lead actor, Kumail Nanjiani, so it seemed like a fine excuse to review the movie. The review runs first, followed by the interview and a post-screening Q-and-A Kumail conducted in Dallas.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 93 - Lion (w/ Bob Sturm) This movie centrally involves international adoption. Bob Sturm has participated in an international adoption. He discusses both the movie and the adoption process.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 89 - The Usual Suspects (w/ Hawkeye) It was recently revealed that KSCS morning show host Hawkeye pulled off a prank where he faked being MTV Sports host Dan Cortese in order to make a guest appearance on the Bob and Dan Show. In the interview, he dropped a multitude of references to The Usual Suspects. That seemed like a good reason t
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 87 - Thirteen Days (w/ Justin Bell) TC and frequent contributor Justin Bell discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis movie Thirteen Days. Naturally, there is a lot of talk about nuclear weapons.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 86 - Boxing Helena (w/ Dan McDowell) Boxing Helena is a movie Dan McDowell will reference from time to time on BaD Radio when trying to shock. TC Fleming is calling his bluff, bringing Dan in to review the movie.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 84 - Miss Sloane (w/ Megan Fleming) Megan and I talk about the Washington thriller Miss Sloane. That includes discussions of guns, the constitution and the crazy conversation 2 girls were having in the line for refreshments.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 83 - Se7en (w/ Trey Mitchell) The Ticket's Trey Mitchell is back as guest host, and he's always got a good sense for picking out movies. Watching Se7en with 2016 eyes, there are a lot of surprises. The last time I watched the whole movie start to finish was more than a decade ago, so it's crazy to see how relationships to the ch
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 82 - Moonlight (w/ Justin Bell) My good buddy Justin and I recently took a trip to Seattle. He lives in Michigan now, so we took this rare opportunity where we were in the same room to get something on wax. Moonlight was what was showing at the Egyptian, so we took a chance on that. It paid off beautifully. It's a very wonderful m
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 81 - Arrival (w/ Josh Ellis) Movies about aliens are the best, and Arrival is a good one. There's a lot to think on. It does a good job of illustrating many of the mind-boggling elements that would feature into any actual contact scenario. We try to walk through some of those angles. It also really gives some room for those ele
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 80 - Doctor Strange (w/ Ken Bethea) A couple months back, I talked with Old 97's guitarist Ken Bethea about coming on the podcast. He gave me a list of movies he was excited about seeing in theaters, and Doctor Strange seemed like a good fit. He has some enthusiasm for the the comics, and it was very nice to have that background. We b
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 79 - American Pastoral (w/ Skyler Thiot) We took a chance this week, rolling the dice on an Ewan McGregor vehicle showing at the Angelika. It kind of paid off in that the movie touches on a lot of deep topics that spark plenty of talk. The look at parenting and how much it can be blamed when a child goes wrong is interesting, and the backd
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 78 - The Prestige (w/ Mike Williams) When I started this podcast, I made a list of my favorite movies that I'd like to get to one day. The Prestige was on the list. It's about as well-crafted a movie as you can see. Mike Williams agrees. He is an actual magician who performs around Dallas. The first half of the conversation centers aro
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 77 - The Accountant (w/ Justin Bell & Megan Fleming) This is a wonderful movie that gives a lot to talk about. I'm glad to have the situation line up where I'm talking about it with such wonderful guests. My wife and I were visiting our friend Justin who moved to Michigan, and it worked out so that the three of us were able to see the movie together t
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 76 - The Girl On The Train (w/ Angela Jones) We are back to new movies this week, and it's a pretty solid one. There were things that made it worth seeing, like a couple deft twists. I talked about those with Central Track's Angela Jones. There were also things that held it back, like some of the casting. Angela also read the book the movie is
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 75 - Safe Men (w/ Mike Sirois) You have probably not seen this movie before. But if you had, we might not be talking about it. It's a movie that sticks out because when you watch it, you can't believe that you never heard a thing about it. Because it's a really good comedy. It has a lot of well-crafted little moments. It's punchy
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 74 - The Informant! (w/ Ryan Maffei) With nothing in theaters right now jumping out, it seemed like there would be no bad time to look back on this odd gem from 2009. I'd been meaning to get Ryan Maffei back on the podcast. I think all of those things came together pretty nicely, as we had a wide-ranging conversation that occurred arou
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 73 - Ocean's 11 (w/ Jake Kemp) The idea for this podcast came up when watching the last season of Silicon Valley. A character refrences making an Ocean's-11-like plot, and there was a lot of discussion that week about what the plot might be. Jake and I talked about it on It's Just Banter, and Jake mentioned off-hand that he loved
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 72 - Sling Blade (w/ Josh Campbell) After several weeks in the new movie bin, we reach again for a classic. This is one I have not seen. It was certainly not age appropriate for me when it came out. Then I just never made the time to go back for it until this week. Co-host Josh is in the same boat. We agree it holds up. We think there are a lot of compelling reasons why. Josh also shocks me by telling me what other movies the little kid was in.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode #71 - Morgan (w/ Hunter Stone) I don't want to over-state this, but Morgan is a movie that has some science involved. Given that, it seemed natural to talk about it with someone with a science background. For that I turned to Dr. Hunter Stone, a Resident Physician at Parkland. The movie is about hubris, and that sort of fear of science message irks me a bit. We go down a couple rabbit holes talking that out. True to his billing, Hunter also has some good points about how science in the real world works differently than science depicted in this movie.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 70 - Hell Or High Water (w/ Russell Kirk) This is a good movie, and a thought-provoking movie. In my opinion, it leads to one of the best kinds of episodes. We spend a good deal of time examining what seems to us like the central question of the movie: is there a situation a man can be in where bank robbery becomes justifiable? The makers of this one certainly concoct a scenario that makes it as plausible as it's going to get. Combine that with some very solid acting, some very superior writing... You get a movie that is quite enjoyable to talk about.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode #69 - War Dogs (w/ Justin Bell) War Dogs is one of my five favorite movies I've seen this year. It has a sizzling energy to it, an A+ performance from Jonah Hill. It keeps you wrapped around its figurative finger for all 2 full hours. Or at least that's what I think. My friend Justin thinks it's a piece of crap. To him, it's working in a disgustingly cavalier way around topic material that should be taken considerably more seriously. It's not especially well written. And it bores for long stretches. How will we resolve the tension between these differing viewpoints????
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 68 - Coherence (w/ Harper Weaver) This movie was on the list of movies I wanted to review when I started the podcast. I saw it in theaters in 2013 and thought of it pretty often since then. It is a movie that certainly makes you think about it. On to think about it with me is Harper Weaver. He is one of the smartest dudes I know and a skilled podcaster who is one half of the Rangers podcast PTBNL. We were hanging out last weekend, and quantum mechanics came up. I recommended this movie to him, and then we were able to coordinate and talk about it. I think the result is something you'll want to hear.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 67 - Suicide Squad (w/ Megan Fleming) Maybe it's just me, but it seems like this movie has gotten more negative press than the average comic book movie. I don't see that. Really, through about 2/3's of it there's a decent movie going on. There's a couple different levels of plot working. The pace is quick enough. Then it does fall apart and dies a slow death for the last 30-45 minutes. But hey, 2/3's is more than most of these movies can manage. There are problems beyond that, and we talk that up some. But the movie's fine.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 66 - Jason Bourne (w/ Tom Fleming) My dad is a guy who likes action movies. Specifically the kind like the Bourne movies. When going to see this, he declined because he had already seen it a day earlier, so it seemed to line up nicely to have him on. We both thought the movie was something definitely less than some of the best work done by the series. We go over those things. We also have a conversation about privacy since that's a big focus of this movie.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 65 - Star Trek Beyond (w/ Nick Brooks) There's good things and bad things to be said about the new Star Trek. My friend Nick and I disagreed a bit about which part won out. I really enjoyed the easy, casual depth of the plot. He does rightly point out that we have heard more or less this same story three times now. We also talk some about how previous knowledge of a director affects the way we watch movies.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 64 - Ghostbusters (w/ Megan Fleming) It's the new Ghostbusters! In the end, it probably didn't deserve near the attention it got. It's neither bad enough not good enough to garner that degree of discussion. I talk with Megan about what deficiencies stood out to me. She has a list of her own. And then we do talk about some of the coverage. It's despicable to see people being so self-centered they want to deny joy to the people who would enjoy this movie. Or at least a better done version of this movie. But it's also unreasonable to expect a big shift like being the first reboot with females in all the lead roles would be met with no resistance at all.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 63 - Michael Collins (w/ Wade Gill) Every couple months I get real obsessed with Irish history. It's got a lot of crazy stories. This Brexit stuff kind of sparked it for me this time. Any time I do get into it, I always tell myself I need to watch Michael Collins again. The movie does a nice job of telling that period of history pretty accurately. With the caveat that their portal of De Valera seems to be quite shaded by the fact they needed the story to have a villain. This time I did get around to a re-watch and had the chance to talk about it with my friend Wade. We talk about the movie some and other Irish history things totally unrelated to the movie.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 62 - The Purge: Election Year (w/ Javier Fuentes) As something to talk about, this movie has a lot of prompts to discuss. As something to watch, it's a little more meh. I break it down with Central Track movie critic Javier Fuentes. We talk about the ways that this is poignant commentary on current elections and the ways it's totally disconnected from them. There's some of both. We talk about the class/race-based points being made by the movie. It's all a good time. Give it a listen.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 61 - Independence Day: Resurgence (w/ Mike Marshall) The original Independence Day was a true game changer for people around the age of Machine and I. There have been movies before that made a big show of blowing up the world, but we didn't see them in theaters. The second one is not as good. We break down why. Questioning some of the casting choice, scratching our heads over a few lines. There's also a debate over if the two scientists are gay. We also object to their predictions with regards to the DC building codes.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 60 - Twelve Monkeys (w/ Trey Mitchell) We've reached a bit of a lull in summer movie season, so it's a fine time to continue examining some of the more memorable movies of the middle 90's. After deciding on my Ticket coworker Trey Mitchell as the guest co-host, I asked him what he wanted to talk about. He gave a list, and this is the one that stood out to me. I just love any chance to talk about time travel, for one. And this movie contains a vision of time travel that is radically different from most time travel movies, and it's one that I find logically compelling. We get into that, the value of fake news coverage, a re-evaluation of Brad Pitt's performance and much more!
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 58 - Hello Gangster (w/ Matt Barron, Simon Cardoza & Richard Krause) This might be the coolest podcast of the 58 done so far. It's certainly different from the other 57. Hello Gangster is a movie made by 3 guys from Dallas. They contacted Central Track looking for a review, and I got introduced to them that way. Since then we've had dinner and Simon was on an earlier episode of the podcast. That and their chemistry with each other laid the way for a nice conversation about how this movie was made, how shitty the film festival process is and many of life's other big questions. This is the rare no-spoiler episode, so you can see the movie before or after. But you should definitely see it. It's available at http://www.hellogangsterfilm.com.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 59 - Fight Club (w/ Brad Folsom) This one is a good example of what I'd ideally like the podcast to sound like. Lots of good talk about ideas and themes. The movie is certainly full of them. Previous guest host Brad Folsom is back to talk about Fight Club. We talk about why this movie has the long-lasting impact it does. We talk about to what degree a Project-Mayhem-like group could have success. And we talk about whether this is movie contains any viable suggestions for how to live your life.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 45 - The Shadow (w/ Mike Marshall) I like most movies made in the 1990's starring Alec Baldwin or Michael Douglas. For the most part, I was too young to see them in theaters so they have a certain amount of the cachet lent to forbidden things. They also have a shared story style that usually has a lot of puzzles and such. This movie is not like that. It sucks. It's terrible. Very cheaply made. Given that, it's confusing Mike Marshall and I spent 40 minutes talking about it. But we did.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 46 - 10 Cloverfield Lane (w/ Austin Guttery) I am talking about it with Austin Guttery, a (kind of former) Ticket coworker and very talented guy. In addition to giving his thoughts on the movie, he lets you know what kind of boss Cash Sirois really is.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 47 - Punch-Drunk Love (w/ Russell Kirk) This is a really well-done movie with a lot of thought behind it. I think most people who've seen it agree on that. That makes it a really good candidate for something to revisit. I really like the movie's world view. I think it's very frank about how inhospitable life can be. But it isn't so wrapped up in that that it blocks out the positive things about our lives. In fact, it searches for them and celebrates them. My friend Russ is back to talk about what he thought of the movie. He had some great things to say. Hope you enjoy.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 48 - Batman v Superman (w/ Angela Jones) This movie has a lot of problems. I talked about them with Angela Jones. The character motivations are overly convoluted and unbelievable. Some of the plot points don't add up. Superman is still super boring. All that said, it's still a better movie than it's getting credit for. Jesse Eisenberg is a live wire. Ben Affleck is decidedly not bad. We weight all these qualities in a nice back-and-forth chat about Batman v Superman.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 49 - Mortal Kombat (w/ Ryan from the Below the Belt Podcast) Ryan Hamzeh is the co-host of the fighting hypotheticals podcast Below The Belt. I think he does great work on there and have been trying to think of a way to work him in. This movie is trash, so this probably isn't the best way. But it's the one we went with. We re-watched 1995's Mortal Kombat. We talked about why it's trash. But in order to best make use of Ryan's fighting knowledge, we broke down the fights a little. He also tried to identify the best fighter in the group. At the beginning, we get in a good 10 minutes of e-sports talk, too. So be ready for all of that.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 50 - Midnight Special (w/ Dan McDowell) I've been looking to get Dan on since starting the podcast. This movie came up when we were talking last week. We agreed we were intrigued by the trailer, and I punched on the opportunity. The result is something I'm really happy with. We talk about the movie, but talk as much about topics adjacent to the movie. Like parallel universes. And I love talking parallel universes.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 51 - The Invitation (w/ Josh Campbell) This week we took a gamble, seeing a movie having only the vaguest idea of its plot. It paid off big-time. The movie is spectacular. It's available on iTunes and other such services, so I very strongly suggest you check it out if you have not yet. Then once you do, I think you're going to dig this podcast. We focused a lot on that plot and the crazy things that happen in that movie. But we also go in some other directions. There are some theological ruminations. And we want to know how many dates you need to go on before you're obligated to save your girlfriend. Josh Campbell is the cohost. He is in the band I'm The One Who's Fighting, but mainly, he is a good dude who I've known awhile.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 52 - Elvis & Nixon (w/ Justin Bell) It took a tremendous amount of serendipity to have this come to pass. My good friend Justin lives in Michigan now, but after a rainout canceled his flight from a weekend wedding, he was able to catch a flight to Dallas for the night. We used it to see Elvis & Nixon and talk about it. It's a humorous movie with a lot of detail. It has some good performances. It's also a nice chance to talk with Justin about his Nixon opinions.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 53 - Heat (w/ Jake Kemp) Heat is a movie Jake brings up from time to time. He likes it a lot. I'd seen it before and thought it was a real piece of crap. Seemed like an interesting experiment for both of us to watch it and see if our opinion changed any. It's also of course notable for having Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro in the same movie. With Val Kilmer in a supporting role, no less. We also somehow end up talking about our struggles with being disoriented when we wake up in the middle of the night. Make sure to stick around for that.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 54 - Captain America: Civil War (w/ Skyler Thiot) This is a big movie for this summer, and I think it's gonna have a big impact on my interactions with Marvel movies going forward. This feels like the tipping point where I realized that no matter how hard they are selling this type of movie, I don't have to buy. Skyler Thiot and I are able to have a nice conversation about the reasons why, and he has plenty to say on the other side. I also feel it's important to note this was recorded pretty late at night. So if we sound tired, it's because we're tired.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 55 - Money Monster (w/ Josh Ellis) Money Monster looked potentially tantalizing in trailers but turns out to be an overwhelmingly average movie. Given that and the numerous times the movie pointedly side-steps engaging in serious conversations, it is a challenge on paper to talk about it for long. I believe we overcame that challenge comfortably and had quite the pleasant chat. We talk some about stocks. We don't know much about stocks. And we do outline some ways the movie avoided greatness.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 56 - The Nice Guys (w/ Jaret Reddick & Rich Coleman) When I go to movies, this is the kind of movie I want to see. Multi-level plot that moves things along briskly enough and loads of sharp dialogue. This may not be what everyone is in for, but it is what I'm in for. As a wonderful treat, I had the chance to talk about the movie with both hosts of Jaret Goes To The Movies, another movie podcast recorded in the DFW area. Jaret also is known for signing in the band Bowling For Soup. We all had a lot of fun.
TC's Movie Podcast: Episode 57 - X-Men Apocalypse (w/ Megan Fleming) I really like the X-Men. I like them for the same reasons most people like comic book characters: I was interested them as a kid. X-Men trading cards were my jam. Those and Goosebumps books are all I talked about from 1st through 4th grades. Since the X-Men people make a considerably more adult-friendly movie than the Jack Black Goosebumps, I'm excited for every new installment, and this one meets that bar. It doesn't clear it like the last 2 installments. But meeting the bar is ok. One thing holding it back: There are a number of logic/continuity issues. Maybe those are dumb and dorky to carry on about, but maybe I'm a dumb dork and this is my podcast so I get to carry on about them. The good is discussed, too.