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

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?

 

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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!

Re-Animator  

In 1985 slasher films were the bread and butter of horror. That all changed with Re-Animator–a crazy, gory, wild zombie film that delivered splatter and humor in equal measure. Loosely based on the H.P. Lovecraft story “Herbert West: Re-Animator”, the film starred the then-unknown Jeffrey Combs as the titular scientist. The unrated film became a midnight movie staple, and an unlikely critical hit! So now if you support Now Playing you can join our hosts as they inject some Re-Agent into this franchise and see how the body holds up over 30 years later!

Chopping Mall — Interviews with director Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell  

 

In this holiday season you can head to your local Chopping Mall to pick up the new Blu-Ray release of this 1986 horror cult classic. A brand new transfer and lots of bonus features accompany this new release. Going even further, on this podcast Arnie Carvalho talks to Chopping Mall director Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell, dispelling internet rumors and finding out about the making of this film.

Dune (2000)  

The Dune novels have built a universe full of history and lore. So many details and characters exit that it seemed even David Lynch had trouble squeezing Frank Herbert’s original novel into two hours, but could it work in six? 

  In 2000 the Sci-Fi Channel released Frank Herbert’s Dune — a three-night mini-series telling of the fall of House Atreides, and the rise of its son Paul.  How does this telling compare to both the ‘84 film and Herbert’s original novel? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!
From Beyond  

After 1985’s Re-Animator was a critical and financial success the cast and crew reunited to adapt another Lovecraft story–From Beyond. But with Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna at the helm this film is a sticky, kinky, perverse horror that Lovecraft could never have imagined. What is this horror film about, and should you watch it? Go BEYOND and help support Now Playing with a donation and you can listen to find out!

Dune (1984)  

Frank Herbert’s novel Dune had a long path from the novel to film. After a series of false starts it finally hit theaters in 1984 directed by Oscar nominated director David Lynch.  The director turned down Return of the Jedi for this other sci-fi epic. Yet while both are space fantasies on desert planets, Jedi was populated with muppets and Dune came with a pamphlet to help moviegoers unfurl the dense narrative. How much of this film is Herbert and how much is Lynch, and is this film the worm or the hook?  Join the Now Playing podcast hosts to find out!

Trick Or Treat  

Believe it or not, there was a time when heavy metal music was frightening! Politicians and religious figures banded together to save the youth from the satanic forces of rock. In the midst of such hysteria comes Trick or Treat in which playing an album backwards summons the demonic soul of a murderous rocker. Do cameos by Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne make this a rockin’ good time? Donors who support our show can listen to find out!

Note: This podcast is not available for general download. The Horror Films of 1986 Movie Review Series was made as a special “Thank you” for those Now Playing Supporters who donate $25 or more to Now Playing between September 1 and December 31, 2016.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  

As the school year ended in 1986 John Hughes gave the world a film honoring playing hooky — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  On the surface this is a fluffy comedy about three teens set loose in Chicago, but its themes and characters clicked with audiences and have endured for thirty years.  Now, as Now Playing continues its look at the films of 1986, Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin skip school to give you this bonus movie review.  Is this the best Day ever? Join them to find out!

The Elephant Man  

I am not an animal! I am a human being!  That quote from David Lynch’s The Elephant Man has become part of the American lexicon, quoted in literally hundreds of movies and television shows.  But what of the film that created the quote? Lynch’s 1980 black and white biopic, his first commercial production, was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won many other statues. How does The Elephant Man hold up over 35 years later? Take the bag off your head, put in your earbuds, and join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

Deadly Friend - Support Now Playing and get this bonus review!  

By 1986 Wes Craven had been making horror films for more than a decade. After the instant success of his signature film A Nightmare on Elm Street he was able to write his own ticket for a follow-up film. Of all the scripts available to him, the movie he chose was Deadly Friend–a box office bomb and critical failure. How did this happen? And is this film’s bad reputation truly deserved? If you donate to help keep Now Playing on the air you can join Arnie, Stuart, Jakob, and BB to find out!

Plus we are giving away a DVD of Deadly Friend signed by star Kristy Swanson! No donation is needed to win. Head to our forums for details how to enter!

Eraserhead  

David Lynch is a popular director of such films as The Elephant Man, Dune, Wild at Heart and Mulholland Drive. And he became a household name with his 1990 TV Series Twin Peaks where “Who killed Laura Palmer?” was the new decade’s “Who shot JR?”.  But before all those films came Eraserhead - Lynch’s surreal feature debut. It has become a midnight-movie cult hit and its meaning has been debated for decades. Now you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they give their analysis and review!

The Fly II  

David Cronenberg is a hard act to follow. He is a cult filmmaker with an undeniably unique visual style. So without the director returning to the franchise, it’s unlikely 1989’s The Fly II will match the vision of the original, so new director Chris Walas doesn’t even try. Instead The Fly II is a more classic horror-revenge film, with Eric Soltz as the son of Seth Brundle, fly DNA in his veins.  Does this film succeed as a splatter flick? If you support the show Now Playing puts out week after week you can now hear this review, and every review in The Fly Retrospective Series!

Doctor Strange  

Fourteen movies into the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes the Strangest movie yet – Doctor Strange. This film eschews all the other movies’ science fiction basis to bring that magic feeling to the franchise.  Can lauded actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Tilda Swinton cast their spell on our reviewers?  Listen now to find out!

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