Now Playing -- The Movie Review Podcast

Now Playing -- The Movie Review Podcast

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Join us for in-depth reviews and commentary on some of your favorite movies, both new films in theaters as well as reviews of every installment of some of Hollywood's longest running franchises!

Episodes

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me  

Twin Peaks television ratings weren’t enough for ABC to keep the show on the air. That cancellation left fans biting their nails with a cliffhanger that seemed would never be resolved. One year later Peaks was brought back to life, not on television but in theaters. But would this movie, a prequel chronicling Laura Palmer’s last week, give the fans what it wanted? It was derided upon release, but with 25 years of distance is this film an underrated masterpiece?  

Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!  Then head to NowPeakingPodcast.com. It’s a donation drive where you can hear reviews of every episode of the Twin Peaks series, including the new episodes coming this summer on Showtime!

Dance With the Devil (Perdita Durango)  

When credits rolled on David Lynch’s Wild at Heart it seemed like no sequel was necessary. But Wild at Heart novelist Barry Gifford continued Sailor and Luna’s tales in a series of books. He also wrote a spin-off novel 59° and Raining: The Story of Perdita Durango  featuring the Santeria practicing criminal from Wild at Heart.  The film adaptation was made with no connection to Lynch’s earlier film, and was released in the states as Dance With the Devil. Can it be as Wild as Lynch’s villain? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out! 

Wild at Heart  

David Lynch was hitting a career peak in 1990. First, his show Twin Peaks became a national obsession.  Then his new film Wild at Heart won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.  But this movie, combining Barry Gifford’s eponymous novel with The Wizard of Oz, did not find universal acclaim.  Can Nicolas Cage win over the hearts of our critics? Listen to find out!

  Then head to NowPeakingPodcast.com and hear reviews of every episode of Twin Peaks! It’s part of Now Playing’s Spring ‘17 Donation Drive.  Every dollar helps keep Now Playing going!
Logan  

For eighteen years Hugh Jackman has played Logan - the popular X-Men hero also known as Wolverine. His first appearance in 2000’s X-Men helped launch the modern age of cinematic superheros. But now, after playing Wolverine nine times Jackman is ready to hang up his claws. His planned final performance is in Logan – a violent and dour film that reteams Jackman with The Wolverine director James Mangold. Did Jackman save the best Wolverine for last? Join the Now Playing Podcast hosts to find out!

The Warriors - A Podcast Preview  

The Warriors was a 1979 gang film that had studio expectations as low as its budget. Yet the film’s unique style, iconography, and treatment of gang life found its audience and is a cult hit to this day. Why is that? Does the film hold up nearly 40 years later? And what are the plans for the remake of this movie? Patrons of Now Playing’s Podbean Campaign pledging $10 or more can listen now and find out!

You can get this review now and help support Now Playing! It is available with all other Patron exclusive reviews on our Podbean page to Patrons pledging $10 or more.

You can also get this episode and every donation show we’ve done– plus a 12 month subscription for all new shows!

Silver Bullet  

In the 1970s Stephen King gave his version of a vampire tale with ‘Salem’s Lot.  In the ’80s he wrote another classic horror monster story. The novella was called “The Cycle of the Werewolf”, but the film was called Silver Bullet.  Does a pre-Lost Boys Corey Haim stand a chance against a rampaging werewolf? And who’s scarier, the wolf or Gary Busey? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

Twin Peaks  

February 24 is Twin Peaks day. 

  It’s designated as such because the first episode of Twin Peaks is set on February 24, 1989–the day Laura Palmer’s body washed up on the shore of the small town.   Now join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as they watch and review the pilot episode of Twin Peaks, including the international version which solves the murder!  Then head to NowPeakingPodcast.com. It’s a donation drive where you can hear reviews of every episode of the Twin Peaks series, including the new episodes coming this summer on Showtime!  
Blue Velvet  

Before Twin Peaks there was Blue Velvet — David Lynch’s first tale of  Kyle MacLachlan investigating a small town murder. This violent, sexy, surreal film has been ranked one of Lynch’s best, and helped put Easy Rider Dennis Hopper back on top. Is this a mystery worth solving?  Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

  Then head to Now Peaking Podcast.com for reviews of every Twin Peaks television episode in anticipation of this summer’s new season on Showtime!   Come Discuss Blue Velvet in the Now Playing Forums
John Wick: Chapter 2  

John Wick thought he’d left his killer lifestyle behind. After avenging his beloved pet he was ready to literally bury his past…but the underworld is not yet done with him. Keanu Reeves is back in the sequel to the sleeper hit John Wick. Does this one go off as well as the first? And what does it have in common with The Matrix? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

John Wick  

John Wick exploded out of nowhere. This film was announced in September, 2014 for release just a few weeks later. And thanks to the star power of Keanu Reeves, a strong trailer, and a high concept, the lack of promotion didn’t matter–it quadrupled its modest budget.  Now, just over two years later, Wick is back in theaters for Chapter 2. Prepare for it by joining the Now Playing hosts as they give the first John Wick a shot!

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter  

Fifteen years ago Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich transformed Resident Evil from a successful video game franchise to a hit movie series. They released a new film every two to three years, and made almost one billion dollars worldwide.  Now, after a five year absence, they are back to conclude the series in The Final Chapter. Can Alice defeat the big boss and give the series a fitting ending–or do our hosts just want to hit the “reset” button and start the game over?  Join Stuart, Justin, and Arnie to find out!

Resident Evil: Retribution  

Ten years after Resident Evil first hit screens it came back for Retribution!  This fifth movie brings back actors, and plot points, from previous installments. Can the return of Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Colin Salmon, and Oded Fehr breathe new life into this zombie series? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

Resident Evil: Afterlife  

It was no surprise that Resident Evil would return for a fourth film. That original series creator Paul W.S. Anderson returned, however, was surprising. Bringing James Cameron’s 3-D cameras he attempted to make the most eye-popping yet. Did this breathe new life into Afterlife or should we call in the executioner? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

Resident Evil: Extinction  

Alice goes Beyond Thunderdome on the Fury Road in Resident Evil: Extinction — a Mad Max movie for gamers (it even ends with a final fight in a cage!) In this post-apocalyptic wasteland a group of survivors band together to travel to Alaska, where they are promised a civilization free of zombie infection. But who is their biggest obstacle — the zombified birds and humans, or Umbrella Corporation’s middle management?  Grab a game controller and join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

Resident Evil: Apocalypse  

The first Resident Evil film ended with what seemed like the end of the world — Alice alone in a desolate, abandoned Raccoon City.  Picking up from that very moment Apocalypse reveals all is not lost as there is plenty of life in the city, but not for very much longer.  With new friends Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, can Alice make a deal to escape before the city is nuked, all while dodging attacks from Project Nemesis?  Do the hosts care, or do they want to see the city burn? Listen to find out?

 

Discuss this movie with the hosts in the Now Playing Podcast forums

Resident Evil  

In 1995 Paul W.S. Anderson scored a major hit with Mortal Kombat, a box office hit grossing more than double any other video game adaptations.  In 2002 Capcom hoped Anderson could beat his own high score with Resident Evil.  Based on the zombie survival-horror game, this movie brought the game’s iconography and added some martial arts action. The movie was a success and launched the longest-running video game movie franchise. But is this a movie you want to watch, or just play? Join Justin, Stuart, and Arnie to find out!

Beyond Re-Animator  

Like one of Herbert West’s patients, the Re-Animator series often seems dead and lifeless, but then it springs back up ready for mayhem. Such is the case with Beyond Re-Animator, the third film in the series that was released 14 years after Bride of Re-Animator. Now only Jeffrey Combs and director Brian Yuzna remain to continue the story of West’s experiments…now in a prison and aided by a new novice assistant.  Can this Sci-Fi Channel premiere capture the soul of the original, or is it just going through the motions?  Thanks to a donation to Now Playing you could listen to find out!

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story  

Fans of Star Wars comics, books, video games, and cartoons have long known the universe is ripe for adventures outside of the Skywalker family tree. But with Rogue One this type of story comes to the big screen for the first time. Detailing the group of rebels who steal the original Death Star plans, this film was seen as a creative risk by Lucasfilm. The result was one of the biggest opening weekends of all time; another super-successful Star Wars movie. But was it a story that needed to be told? Join the Now Playing Podcast hosts to find out!

Bride of Re-Animator  

Jeffrey Combs is back to raise the dead again in Bride of Re-Animator. His character Dr. Herbert West, along with several supporting characters, returned to Arkham for this body-bending sequel. Behind the scenes, however, things were shaken up as Brian Yuzna, who produced the original, replaces Stuart Gordon. Do our hosts say “I Do” to this sequel?  Support our show by donating to find out!

Note: This podcast is not available for general download. The Re-Animator Movie Retrospective Series was made as a special “Thank you” for those Now Playing Supporters who donate between September 1 and December 31, 2016.

You can listen to a preview of this podcast now, and then visit our donation page to find out how to pledge and support Now Playing!

Children of Dune  

The original Dune mini-series broke Sci-Fi channel records for viewing. Three years later they attempted to hit that same peak with the sequel Children of Dune.  Combining the stories of two Frank Herbert novels, this three-part series brings back old characters and introduces new ones in the continuing story of House Atreides.  Should you watch these Children?  Listen to this episode of Now Playing to find out!

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