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

Wonder Woman (1974)  

When you think of Wonder Woman on ABC in the ’70s no doubt you think of Lynda Carter in her red, white, and blue outfit, spinning through costume changes. But do you remember ABC’s first Wonder Woman played by Cathy Lee Crosby? Based on DC Comics’ “Diana Prince” era of comics, this made-for-TV movie introduces Wonder Woman the super-spy. Her bracelets may not deflect bullets, but they are gadgets worthy of James Bond. 

The series based on this pilot was not green-lit, and the next year ABC would try again with their iconic Lynda Carter show. But was this original movie still a Wonder? Wonder no longer! Listen to Now Playing to find out!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides  

After four years lost at sea Jack Sparrow returned for 2011’s On Stranger Tides. Gone are many of his compatriots, including  Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner. Also gone is series director Gore Verbinski, replaced by Rob Marshall–a director known for his work on musicals like Chicago. With new baddie Blackbeard and a totally new adventure, is this pirate franchise still ship-shape and Bristol fashion? Support Now Playing to find out, savvy?

 

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Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going. Our Spring 2017 Donation Drive is underway and from now through July 31, 2017, the Pirates of the Caribbean Retrospective Series is available as a “thank you” to those who support Now Playing.

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Inland Empire  

In 2006 David Lynch finally completed and released Inland Empire – an experimental film that took him nearly three years to create. If it isn’t the largest of Lynch’s strange and surreal visions, it is his longest,  coming in at three hours. And recently Lynch announced this is the final movie of his career. With talking bunny sitcoms, a murder mystery, and the Locomotion, did he go out on a high note? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this final David Lynch review 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!
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End - A Podcast Preview  

Gore Verbinski’s Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy ends with 2007’s At World’s End.   With new additions to the cast and an enormous final battle the film did not lack for spectacle.  But does this third Pirates film sink or sail? Listen to Now Playing’s donation episode to find out!

 

This podcast is not available for general download.

Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going. Our Spring 2017 Donation Drive is underway and from now through July 31, 2017, the Pirates of the Caribbean Retrospective Series is available as a “thank you” to those who support Now Playing.

You can listen to this preview of the show for free now using the link above.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  

James Gunn defied all expectations. 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was the first Marvel studios film to go cosmic, and with stars like a raccoon and a talking tree, it could have easily crashed. Instead it has become many fans’ favorite entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now Gunn is back, as are all the Guardians. The stakes are higher. Does this movie rock as much as the first? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest - A Podcast Preview  

With the original Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow sailed into the top echelon of box-office heroes. But now he rides the wave of Hollywood movie trends, making not one but two sequels back-to-back. The first part of this epic was 2006’s Dead Man’s Chest. Does this Pirates‘ course stay straight and true? Listen to this episode of Now Playing to find out!

Mulholland Dr  

After Twin Peaks’ inglorious end it seemed a safe assumption that David Lynch and the ABC network were through with each other. Yet in the late ’90s ABC hired Lynch to make a pilot for a new TV series–Mullholland Dr.  The series wasn’t picked up, but Lynch filmed a new ending and the result was one of his most acclaimed films. So take the key, open the box, and join the Now Playing hosts as they analyze this surreal mystery movie!

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - A Podcast Preview  

Johnny Depp has long been a respected actor, but with 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl he became a box office draw. His performance as Jack Sparrow is one of Hollywood’s most iconic recent performances, alongside Sean Connery’s James Bond, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, and Harrison Ford’s Han Solo.

  Pre-release rumors had the Black Pearl sinking down to Davy Jones’ locker, but instead it was the third biggest movie of 2003 and launched a major movie franchise. But can a movie based on a theme park ride really be, itself, a fun ride? If you donate to support Now Playing you can listen and find out!  

This podcast is not available for general download.

Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going.

The Fate Of The Furious  

For several films where Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto was a car-driving superhero. Now, in The Fate of the Furious he’s back on the wrong side of the law, working for a mysterious hacker named Cypher (Charlize Theron). Does this rift with his “family” supercharge the franchise’s eighth installment, or is it headed for a burnout? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

The Straight Story  

After the violent, explicit Lost Highway it seems whiplash-inducing that David Lynch’s next film would be a G-rated family film for Disney. But that’s what The Straight Story is. There are no dancing little people, no time loops, and no murder mysteries. The Straight Story is a true story of Alvin Straight, a retired farmer who drives his John Deere lawnmower over 300 miles to see his ailing brother. Is this a Story worth watching? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!

Lost Highway  

David Lynch’s theatrical follow-up to the maligned Fire Walk With Me was Lost Highway – a supernatural horror-thriller. The film stars Bill Pullman as Fred Madison, a man who may have killed his wife. On death row Fred is somehow replaced by twenty-something car mechanic Pete. What is going on, and how does it involve Dick Laurent? Hop in the car and join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as they guide you down this Lost Highway.

Hotel Room  

Twin Peaks was far from David Lynch’s only television effort. Not only did Mulholland Dr. start as a television pilot, but Lynch also produced On the Air and, in 1993, Hotel Room. That latter series was not picked up by any network, but HBO aired the three recorded episodes as a mini-series. Later it was released on VHS as a film. Now you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they look at Lynch’s television history and check out Hotel Room!

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
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