Episode 11: American Vandal, The Punisher and more!

9781452603278We really liked talking about entertainment news and scandals, so we decided to do it again! We watched several good movies and television shows over the past week. Farzan finished the Netflix original television series American Vandal. Farzan also watched First They Killed My Father  which is directed by Angelina Jolie. The film is based on the story of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung.

220px-baskin_28film29Devon decided to watch some horror movies.  On Netflix you can  find the horror-thriller film  titled “Baskin” (2016). Another one to look for on Netflix is “A Dark Song” (2016).

Let’s listen to this episode before we go further:

Have you seen The Punisher yet? Critics Are Split on whether this is the best or the worst marvel Netflix seriesUPROXX called the series “The Wrong Show At The Wrong Time”. They went on to say “The series will

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 debut this Friday November 17th less than two weeks after another mass shooting, this time at a Texas church where the gunman reportedly wore black tactical gear, like the Punisher, and a mask with a skull on it, like the emblem on the Punisher’s torso. Given the similarities — including the fact that the Punisher, aka Frank Castle, is an unstable man with an arsenal of automatic weapons he uses to vent his rage on the people he blames for his unhappiness”.

Discussing the Punisher we decided the most exciting part about the series is that it is being reported as possibly one of the best Marvel adaptations to release. As Washington Post put it “What makes Netflix’s “The Punisher” series stand out is that lead actor and Washington native Jon Bernthal doesn’t need to wear a white skull or even have a gun in his hand for you to know that he is the Punisher.

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Episode 10: Latest Entertainment News & Scandals

the_punisher_logoUPDATE: Louis C.K. accused of sexual misconduct 11/09/2017. “I Love You Daddy” (2017) premiere and distribution has been canceled following the accusations. In our episode we talked about the upcoming film and director Louis C.K..

For this episode we decided to talk about the latest news and scandals! On top of our blog we have this line saying we are going to talk about movies, video games, politics, culture and more, but we never really talked about culture and politics. So, we wanted to do something different this time-hope you like it.

This episode we talk about what’s available to stream this month. To see the complete list click here.  If you like western and Tommy Lee Jons, The Homesman is on Netflix now. Something that I can’t wait to see and I probably watch it in one day is The Punisher. It start streaming on November 17, 2017.

Before we go further, let’s listen to our new episode:

Upcoming movies to be on the lookout for, Friday November 3rd, Thor Ragnarok is releasing.  Justice League is releasing for the first time in live action on the big screen on November 17, 2017. Also on the 17th, I Love You Daddy directed by and starring the recently accused of sexual misconduct Louis C.K. The premiere for this movie has been canceled, also distribution halted following these accusations (edited 11/09/2017). On December 01, 2017 be on the look out for The Disaster Artist directed by and starring James Franco.stranger_things_2_poster_2 Star Wars The Last Jedi comes out Dec 15th.

We also talked about Stranger Things Season 2. Have you guys watched it yet? Spoilers ahead! Well, do you remember Golden Globes 2017 intro, where they said Barb is still alive-well it was a lie, she is dead.

171030113638-spacey-rapp-split-screen-exlarge-169And finally we talked about A list celebrities who are now on the no pun intended shit list of celebrities. Who are we talking about? Anyone and everyone in Hollywood who has been accused of sexual misconduct and other crimes. The accused celebs we talked about include Harvey WeinsteinKevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, and Dustin Hoffman.

Episode 9: Blade Runner 2049

blade-runner-2049-posterWell, we are back! In this episode we talked about the new Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049 directed by Denis Villeneuve. According to Blade Runner 2049 wikipedia page, Principal photography took place between July and November 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. On August 25, 2016, a construction worker was killed while dismantling one of the film’s sets at Origo Studios. As of October 16, 2017, Blade Runner 2049 had grossed $62.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $95.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $158 million, against a combined production and advertising budget of around $300 million.

So let’s get into it. Was Blade Runner 2049 about the search for Deckard? Is Deckard a replicant? Some great questions we talk about on this episode.

Let’s listen to our podcast before going any further:

The main question since the first Blade Runner is Harrison Ford A Replicant? Some refer to this question as “one of the oldest unanswered questions in Hollywood history.”

You can find The Washington Post “‘Blade Runner 2049’ is about learning that you’re not the main character in your own story.” here.

Here is the article Devon mentioned when we were discussing the antics of Jared Leto during the making of Suicide Squad.

Here are your fun facts:

1-    There are three short films that fill the gap between the original Blade Runner and this sequel. Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (2017) is the first in chronological order, followed by 2036: Nexus Dawn (2017) and 2048: Nowhere to Run (2017). Black Out 2022 has been made by anime director Shinichirô Watanabe , who is famous for his work on Animatrix and Cowboy Bebop. The other two have been directed by Luke Scott, Ridley Scott’s son.

2-    While shooting a fight scene, Harrison Ford accidentally punched Ryan Gosling in the face. As an apology to his costar Ford invited Gosling to share a bottle of scotch whiskey with him.

3-    The role of new Blade Runner Officer K was written specifically with Ryan Gosling in mind. He was the only choice for director Denis Villeneuve.

4-    Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Pictures were not involved with the original Blade Runner (in fact in 1982 Columbia Pictures was owned by the Coca-Cola company).

Also here is a link to Devon’s h48 film festival entry: The Antidote – A Reel Brothers h48 2017 Film

Episode 8: My Scientology Movie

my_scientology_movieWe love documentaries and I’ve been thinking about reviewing some here, but I always thought how can we review a documentary? Most documentaries are documenting an event, a place, or even a life of a person, etc. In my opinion, documentaries are not about filming technique or cinematography, it’s about the story and how they address it. Look at 5 broken cameras or The Square. We have shaky, cell phone unprofessional audio and video, yet they were both great documentaries and won awards too

In My Scientology Movie you will find out right away what Louis Theroux’s overall goal is. As with his other documentary series and specials, Theroux’s goal is always to find the human side of the issue he is reporting on. He is constantly trying to humanize the evils of today’s society while ultimately telling a profound story along the way.

 

my-scientology-movieLike with his documentary special titled “The Most Hated Family In America” Theroux tried to ask the overtly insulting west boro baptist family questions regarding basic human decency, basically searching for any bit of soul he could. Theroux doesn’t want to settle with any person being just plain evil, there has to be something human in each and every individual regardless of their background or history. 

One of fhe major strengths of this documentary was Theroux working with Director John Dower. Theroux is not just a “presenter” or actor, he is also a documentarian and while he is in front of the camera he understands what the director wants. Dower is an award winning director with multiple nominations. Basically these two are the perfect duo for providing a thought provoking and engaging documentary.

Louis and John called the church humorless in an interview published on RollingStone.

 

Theroux like others just wants to understand what the church is up to and question them about all the stories we have heard. It certainly doesn’t come off as honest when the church deliberately dodges any sort of questioning. Why remain so secretive unless you have something to hide maybe?

For this episode we have very little Farzan Fun Facts to share. However we were able to give you two…

1. Louis Theroux is cousin to Justin Theroux, husband of Jennifer Aniston.

2. This was Louis Theroux’s first feature film, hopefully he makes more!

Episode 7: Okja

okjapostertrailerOkja is the story of a little girl named Mija and her best friend Okja who happens to be a genetically superior pig who was made in a lab by an evil corporation called Mirando. This story is set in a not too distant future in South Korea and in New York city.

This is a heartwarming tale of a girl and her giant mutant pig. It is also the tale of animal rights activists doing battle with a Monsanto-like corporation that wants to turn said pig, allegedly the cutest in a batch whipped up by genetic scientists, into a poster animal for a revolutionary line of meat products.

Ok so let’s jump right into this episode:

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Now it’s time for Farzan’s Fun Facts:

1-    There is a post-credit scene.

2-    At one point in the movie, the character played by ‘Giancarlo Esposito (I)’ can briefly be seen checking the bottom of a cup of coffee. This is a nod to the famous “Kobayashi” cup in _The Usual Suspects (1995)_, a film Esposito also starred in.

3-    This will be the second Netflix movie co-produced by Plan B Entertainment. The first movie is War Machine.

4-    Tilda Swinton (Lucy Mirando / Nancy Mirando) also played her own twin in Hail, Caesar! Apparently she likes to be her own twin sister.

Episode 6: Shimmer Lake

large_fwwk8uuhtnhsbev1xcsaqixlwcvShimmer Lake! The film was released on Netflix on June 9, 2017. Principal photography began on October 13, 2015. This movie directed and written by Oren Uziel. Oren Uziel is most known for his writing credits like 22 Jump Street, Freaks of Nature, and the Mortal Kombat legacy mini series that is available for streaming online free via valve’s popular platform Steam and of course Youtube, we will talk more about the Steam streaming platform in a bit (ie Neil Blomkamp’s Oats Studios).

Shimmerlake is Oren’s directorial debut and it’s quite the feat of a movie for being his first. “Uziel was a lawyer who quit his day job in 2008 to write a novel, thinking that would be his way into screenwriting… and “Shimmer Lake” was the first screenplay he ever wrote. “I had no idea what to do with it,” he admits. “So I put it in the mail to the Austin Film Festival screenwriting competition. And I started getting calls: ‘You’re a semifinalist, you’re a finalist!’” Uziel went on to win the fest’s Latitude Productions award.”

Now, let’s listen to this episode and then check out extra links like trailer , and more info on Oats Studios.

 

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In this episode we also talked about Neil Blomkamp’s Oats Studios. Oats Studios is a studio dedicated to creating experimental short films, testing ground breaking ideas and creativity leading to the possibility of full scale feature films based on the ideas developed.

To watch the current 3 available short films go to Oats Studios Steam page, or the Oats Studios YouTube Page. Also check this out, Neil Blomkamp tweeted a poll asking what movie people want made into a feature and the people have spoken.

Episode 5: It Comes at Night

it-comes-at-night-posterIt Comes at Night is an indie production with a low budget of  $5 million, Euronews reported $2.4 million! This movie was filmed in Woodstock, New York, and made $11,124,631 domestically (16 June 2017).

According to IMDb: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

Shults, the director, told Reuters that his father death inspired him and the line in the opening scene is what he said to his dad: “It really comes from losing my dad and my dad’s death. The opening scene of the movie, what Sarah is telling her dad is what I said to my dad on his deathbed and he was full of fear and regret and he didn’t want to let go. It was a traumatic thing that changed my life and two months after that I wrote this script and it like spewed out of me in three days.”

Let’s get into this episode:

 

Here’s all of Devon’s snapchat videos he took while he was at E3

Monday – a Reel Brothers i48 2017 Film

This time we have a short film for you. Devon and his friends participated in i48 Film Festival and Competition here in Boise, ID.

The Idaho Forty Eight Hour Film Competition and Festival hosts teams of filmmakers from around Idaho. Each team has 48 hours to write, pre-produce, cast, shoot, and edit, an original short film three to six minutes long. Each team is given a genre, line of dialogue, character name, and a prop that they are required to use in the short film.

Synopsis: Written, shot, and edited over the span of 48 hours “Monday” tells the story of an average office at a miscellaneous tech company. The people who work there appear somewhat normal, off work is a different story. The new guy shows up for his first day not knowing what he was in for.

Please watch Devon’s short film: Monday – a Reel Brothers i48 2017 Film

i48 2017 Film Festival –
Group: Reel Brothers
Title: “Monday”
Genre: Comedy
Character name: Diana or Dylan Patch
Line of Dialogue: “Is this some kind of game?”
Prop: Sound dampening ear muffs.

Directed by Devon Callaway and Kyel Shippey
Written by Reel Brothers
Edited by Devon Callaway
Camera by Devon Callaway, Lisa Strader, and Kyel Shippey
Audio/Grip by Lisa Strader, Stewart Saeed, and Devon Callaway

Actors:
James Masson
Devon Callaway
Chasen Callaway
Stewart Saeed
Kyel Shippey
Lisa Strader
Pat Callaway

This film made as part of i48/2017.

The film entry titled “Monday” was created by our i48 group Reel Brothers and submitted on June 04, 2017

Episode 4: Master of None

masterofnoneIt’s no secret that Aziz Ansari’s Netflix Original Series Master Of None has become an instant Netflix favorite among viewers. The show has been critically acclaimed for many reasons, including its great soundtrack throughout both the first and second season, and it’s incredibly interesting and diverse use of characters.

The music of season one was called “prolific and distinctive” by critics at Pitchfork. Each song used set the tone of the episode and also helped create an emotionally symbolic backdrop for the main character Dev played by Aziz as he goes through his many misfortunes in New York City among other places. But season two’s narrative launch in Italy takes the soundtrack into equally distinct, if not more diverse musical directions.

without further ado let’s listen to our podcast on Master of None:

I checked Aziz Ansari official website but I couldn’t find his bio there!! So, I checked his Wikipedia page. Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to a Tamil Muslim family from Tamil Nadu, India. He was born in February 23, 1983. He is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director.

ap_688989647357_custom-65f84e2528c61e69ef8b3ac5832d9f9b79ac2a2a-s900-c85“Ansari grew up in Bennettsville, South Carolina, where he attended Marlboro Academy as well as the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. He graduated from the New York University Stern School of Business with a major in marketing. His mother, Fatima, works in a medical office, and his father, Shoukath, is a gastroenterologist. Both Fatima and Shoukath have appeared on Master of None seasons 1 and 2.”

Here’s the music video we talked about:

If you want to read Aziz’s article about modern love, you can find it here. And his article about travel ban is here. Enjoy!

Time for things you didn’t know aka fun facts:

  • Dev’s Parents Are Aziz’s Actual Parents. Despite them not being real actors, the audience just loved them both.

  • Aziz Also Interned for Nickelodeon. The show borrows many elements from Ansari’s personal life. Like his character, the actor also did an internship at Nickelodeon. He confessed this via his Twitter account a few months ago

  • Aziz’s Brother Was One of the Show’s Writers. It’s all about the Ansari family here. Aziz published on Twitter that his brother, Aniz, was a staff writer for the show and actually got some of his favorite jokes

  • Paro the Seal is Real. If you were wondering if it really exists… it does. The robotic seal was created in Japan for therapeutic purposes

Episode 3: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

mv5bmtg2mzi1mtg3of5bml5banbnxkftztgwntu3nda2mti-_v1_sy1000_cr006741000_al_In our third episode we talk about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. Devon and I went to the theater and both liked it-it was fun! In this episode we talk about superhero movies, Marvel characters like Ego, and so forth. Here’s more info about Ego:

“Ego’s official first appearance came in 1966, in Thor #132, “Where Gods May Fear to Tread!”. In this issue, Thor made a deal with a race known as the Rigellians who were threatening Earth. If he could save the Rigellians’ home planet from being devoured by Ego, they would leave Earth alone. Unsurprisingly, Thor managed to win the battle, convincing Ego to remain in the Black Galaxy and saving both Earth and Rigel from destruction. Ego has something of a history with the Hulk, thanks to an appearance on the animated series Hulk and the Agents of SMASH.”

 

Here are some fun facts you probably don’t know about Chris Pratt:

  1. Growing up, Pratt wrestled and even finished fifth in a state wrestling tournament in high school.

  2. Before he got into acting, Pratt was waiting tables at a Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant in Maui, Hawaii.

  3. His first substantial role was on the WB show “Everwood,” which aired for 4 seasons.

  4. Perhaps best known for his role as Andy in “Parks and Recreation,” Pratt was only cast as a guest star in Season 1 with the intention his character would be temporary. Needless to say, his character was a hit, and Pratt was soon written into the show as a regular.

  5. As for his personal life, Pratt is married to actress Anna Faris. The two actors welcomed a son in August 2012