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Hosts Scott and Christopher review and discuss the latest releases along with foreign, independent and classic (and not so classic) pictures. Like any good review show, they also hop down many pretty rabbit trails.

The Movie Breakdown Christopher Spicer

    • TV & Film

Hosts Scott and Christopher review and discuss the latest releases along with foreign, independent and classic (and not so classic) pictures. Like any good review show, they also hop down many pretty rabbit trails.

    The Breakdown of The Feel-Good Movies: 'Back to the Future', 'Coming to America'. 'Matilda', 'Spy Kids' and 'The Pursuit of Happyness'

    The Breakdown of The Feel-Good Movies: 'Back to the Future', 'Coming to America'. 'Matilda', 'Spy Kids' and 'The Pursuit of Happyness'

    Right now, everybody needs something to lift our spirits and give us some warm fuzzies. So, this week we've picked five positive and fun movie that will put a smile on your face. It is our first (but maybe not our last) The Breakdown of the Feel-Good Movies. I will tell you right now, one of the movies we review is what I consider the perfect movie and right near the top of my all-time great movies list (when I make it) and is the film that I turn to on a gloomy day that needs some sunshine. We've got two movies that really connected with movie-going audience in the 1980s as they were massive box office hits. The first is the sci-fi adventure mixed with 1950s nostalgia trip blended in with intimate family comedy in the most influential time travel picture, Back to the Future. The king of the 1980s Eddie Murphy stars in the romantic comedy, Coming to America. Speaking of huge stars, we also review the Will Smith starring biopic The Pursuit of Happyness. What is more feel-good than some kid movies and we have two of those. There is the adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel Matilda and as well, the sweeping kids adventure Spy Kids. We had a lot of fun recording this week's episode and we really hope you love it. If love is what you're feeling, then please share it by spreading the word of our show on social media. It will really help us out and allow us to do even more things for you in the future. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review). The Movies' Rating Out of Four Stars Back to the Future **** (CS & SM) Coming to America *** (CS & SM) Matilda ***½ (CS) & *** (SM) Spy Kids *** (CS & SM) The Pursuit of Happyness *** (CS & SM)

    The Midweek Breakdown: Universal vs. The Movie Theatres

    The Midweek Breakdown: Universal vs. The Movie Theatres

    In the ongoing goal to keep you entertained while stuck at home, we have another bonus episode with our second new episode of The Midweek Breakdown. This week we talk about life stuck at home, make it clear Donald Sutherland had quite the career before Animal House, talk about all the cool free stuff big companies are delivering and we discuss the movie theatres recent outrage over Universal daring to put a big new release on VOD instead of waiting out the pandemic. It is our more free-form and conversational show that tackles multiple topics. If you love hearing us debate and discuss but want to hear something different than our movie reviews than this is the show for you. As always, we really hope you love it, and if you do, please help us out by spreading the word on social media. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review).

    The Breakdown of 'Animal House', 'You've Got Mail', 'Lost Girls' and Remembering Stuart Gordon

    The Breakdown of 'Animal House', 'You've Got Mail', 'Lost Girls' and Remembering Stuart Gordon

    Sorry about the delay on this week's show, but we had some technical issues. But it is here now, and we've got three big movie reviews for you. Lately, we've been revisiting some movies held up as classics, and we continue that again with one of the most successful, popular and influential comedies of all time Animal House. We follow the path of beloved comedies with a huge 1990s romantic comedy hit in the Nora Ephron directed and Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks starring You've Got Mail. Then we go a little darker with the Netflix original based on true events thriller, Lost Girls. We also celebrate the career of a horror filmmaking legend in the very influential Stuart Gordon who gave us an all-time cult hit, Re-Animators. We also discuss if the closure of almost every live-action film production will lead to a rise in animated features. As always, we had a great time recording the show and we really hope you love it as well. If you do, then please help us out by sharing the show on social media, so other movie fans can discover us. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review). The Movies' Rating Out of Four Stars Animal House***½ (CS & SM) You've Got Mail *** (CS & SM) Lost Girls **½ (CS) & *** (SM)

    The Midweek Breakdown: The Sequel

    The Midweek Breakdown: The Sequel

    As promised on the most recent The Movie Breakdown episode and on social media, while the coronavirus pandemic forces many of us to stay home, we are going to be doing some bonus Breakdown episodes during the week. Today marks the return of The Midweek Breakdown, a series of shows that we did back in 2013 and for a short time returned in 2014 as well. For those not familiar with those past episodes, they aren't as structured as our main show and is more of a free-form discussion where we bounce around on many topics that aren't always movie related. Since this is a return to an old show that we used to do, we decided most of the discussion will be about sequels. We look at ill-conceived sequels, sequels that disappointed us, the sequels that surprised us and sequels that were awesome. Please check out the glorious return of The Midweek Breakdown with all its banter and rabbit trails, and for a style that we haven't done in a few years, I think it turns out pretty good. We really hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did recording it. If you do love it, please help us out by sharing it on social media, so other movie buffs can find it. We really want to be able to be a source of entertainment while you're stuck at home, and for us to be able to keep on doing that, we need your support more than ever. Please feel free to give suggestion on what you'd like our shows to become, but also, we really need you to spread the word about us, so our audience can grow. Thank you so much for sticking with us since all the way back to 2013 (or whenever your jumped on our little podcast train). Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review).

    The Breakdown of 'American Graffiti', 'All the Bright Places', 'Horse Girl' and 'Anna and the Apocalypse'

    The Breakdown of 'American Graffiti', 'All the Bright Places', 'Horse Girl' and 'Anna and the Apocalypse'

    It is Monday morning and you're stuck at home and maybe you have nothing to do, so The Movie Breakdown has you covered for the next 90 plus minutes. This week we review four movies and all four have the theme of going through major life change. We review what is held up as one of the all-time classic coming of age pictures and the big break-out movie for George Lucas that doesn't involve a galaxy far, far away in the nostalgia trip, American Graffiti. We also have the adaptation of a YA best seller about two teens with tough pasts coming together in All the Bright Places. Then we discuss Alison Brie in the story about a very disturbed young women in Horse Girl. The last review is a blend of two genres in the zombie musical, Anna and the Apocalypse. We wrap the show up by analyzing what will be the long-term effects that the coronavirus will have on the movie industry and movie theatres. We had a blast recording this week's episode and we really hope you love it. If you do love it, then the best way you can show your appreciation is sharing it on social media so other movie fans can discover us. This week we have at least one more bonus episode planned, and if that type of thing appeals to you, then we need your support more than ever. Thank you so much for listening to us. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review). The Movies' Rating Out of Four Stars All the Bright Places**½ (CS & SM) American Graffiti **** (CS) & ***½ (SM) Anna and the Apocalypse **½ (CS) & *** (SM) Horse Girl *** (CS & SM)

    The Breakdown of 'The Hunt, 'The Way Back', 'Do the Right Thing' 'Spenser Confidential' and Remembering Max Von Sydow

    The Breakdown of 'The Hunt, 'The Way Back', 'Do the Right Thing' 'Spenser Confidential' and Remembering Max Von Sydow

    The latest episode if The Movie Breakdown is here, and we've got you covered for all those finding themselves stuck at home for a long time. This week we have four movie reviews for you including a picture many hold up as an all-time classic in Spike Lee's break-out directorial effort, Do the Right Thing. We also discuss two movies that will be the last of the theatrical new releases for awhile in the horror comedy, The Hunt and the Ben Affleck starring drama, The Way Back. We also review a Netflix original that sees director Peter Berg reunite again with star Mark Wahlberg in Spenser Confidential. After all the movie reviews, it is time to pay tribute to a legend in Max Von Sydow. As always, we had a great time recording the show and we hope that not only you love it but that it finds you well. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site) or on iTunes (if you enjoy the show, please help us by giving us a five star review). The Movies' Rating Out of Four Stars Spenser Confidential *½ (CS) & ** (SM) The Hunt ** (CS) Do the Right Thing **** (CS & SM) The Way Back ***½ (CS)

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It changed the way I look at movies

I thought this podcast was entirely devoted to the movie Breakdown (the 1997 thriller starring Kurt Russel). So I was a little disappointed at first by the lack of Kurt Russel or Breakdown related content. However, after listening to a few episodes, I began to learn what movies actually were. I've learned to dissect character arcs with Chris and identify tropes with Scott. It turns out that other movies are a complex and beautiful storytelling medium, not just Kurt Russel's 1997 classic thrill-ride Breakdown.

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