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A review of seminal cult film favorites and tangential musings by two average movie goers.

The Cult of Matt and Mark Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 17 Ratings

A review of seminal cult film favorites and tangential musings by two average movie goers.

    333 TENET

    333 TENET

     Never fear, we are here!! ... with another podcast! I don't remember when we reviewed a movie last, but here you go. Beware, this podcast is mostly Mark and Matt catching up, but we throw a little commentary about Nolan's TENET your way. A puzzle of a film that separates the nerds from the boys. You aren't paying attention unless you've made your own scratch paper version of the timeline by the tenth viewing. Not sure what it's saying, or what the moral of the story is, but who cares.... it's late-stage Nolan and it's a hoot. Downlaod: 333 TENET

    332 The 9 Year Show

    332 The 9 Year Show

     Matt and Mark arise from our collective Winter of Discontent and throw a little convo your way. No review this go 'round, just a little movie/film this-and-that sprinkled with our usual nonsense. We've been at it (kind of, sort of...) for 9 years, so if there's any reason to push out another podcast... Not dead yet, I'm sure we have a few more reviews in us. We're still holding out for our Spotify pay day, but oddly no offers! And we're too lazy to put up a Patreon. I think moving nickes and dimes around into our banking account would be too humiliating at this point. Enjoy! Download: The 9 Year show

    331

    331

     We intended to review Color Out of Space, but to actually label this podcast a review of such would be deceptive. Our podcast went off the rails with our current zeitgeist discussion of the run-up to the U.S's precarious Presidential Election and Mark and Matt's contentious opinions on all things 'Rona. So, if you want to actually hear our opinion on the movie, might want to fast-forward to 2:00:00 and listen to the 10 minutes of film discussion. I wouldn't really call this a Bonus Episode, because it wasn't planned... so here it sits. Enjoy?... .maybe?... It is, what it is... Download: 331 

    330 Minority Report

    330 Minority Report

     This go 'round we review the Spielberg Sci-Fi adaptation of the Phil Dick short story of the same name, Minority Report. Not a bad adaptation and it has the can't lose dynamic of the great Tom Cruise combined with the solid film making of Spielberg, however Matt and Mark still remain troubled by the titular focus of this film. While Minority Report is defined and described in the movie, it's the Pre-Cog "Echo" which becomes the fulcrum around which the plot twists. Was this intentional? Who knows. There's a striking amount of causal motivation problems that we somehow forgive... Why is John A. being chased? I dunno, but I hope he gets away! Because the film making is so solid, we tend to forgive its motivational transgressions. However, none of this would ever be admitted to by Ebert, who thought this film was as water-tight plot-wise as a frog's a'hole in a Pre-Cog tank. Download: 330 Minority Report

    329 Bill and Ted Face the Music

    329 Bill and Ted Face the Music

     It's been along while since Mark and Matt rapped at ya', but are we still doing this goddamn pandemic thing? Geezus. Anyway, we head to the virtual movie theater and catch a showing of the new Bill and Ted movie. Is it good? It's a decent Bill and Ted movie, and taps the same vein of the original. Despite its 30+ year heritage, it becomes painfully aware that Bill and Ted are inter-changeable, and always have been. While Wayne and Garth and Beavis and Butthead mimic some of the same Bill and Ted vibe, the latter characters are distinctly their own. Could you reduce B&T to a single characeter? Yes, would he be called Bed or Till? perhaps.. and it wouldn't really matter. Excellent! Download: 329 Bill and Ted Face the Music

    328 Animal House

    328 Animal House

    This week we complete the Twilight Zone director ensemble review them with Animal House by John Landis. For 1978 it pioneered the modern SNL-style comedies that we've all grown accustomed to (and perhaps tired of), but for its time it was somewhat ground-breaking. Standing out among all the fun performances was perhaps John Belushi's "Bluto", highlighting Belushi's incredible knack for physical comedy that has not yet really been repeated. Oddly, the film takes place in 1962, but was filmed in 1978.. not sure why, other than it excuses the film somewhat from the timely anchors of a modern status quo.  Download: 328 Animal House

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

JeeJan ,

Legitimately Nerdy

Matt and Mark are not some hipster techies pretending to be geeks, they are the REAL DEAL. Every episode is full of clever and occasionally cynical observations of two guys who may have experienced parts of life from the sidelines. Beware, these movie reviews often drift off onto tangents, but those are often my favorite parts of the show. Also, Matt and Mark don’t always agree on things, in which case you are in for a hilarious showdown. I wish I could give this show 6 stars because I find myself going into the back catalog to listen to old episodes on movies I haven’t even watched, its that entertaining.

Steve Money Key ,

Changed of heart - these guys are ok

Have listened to this for a while. The guys grew on me. The movie discussion is solid and the banter reminds of growing up in the NW.

Ryanedward ,

Great film review series

If you feel like you watch a lot of film but haven't taken a bunch of film school courses then this might be a good fit for your podcast rotation. Their film analysis is insightful and accessible without overly relying on film history/industry lingo. Matt and Mark have great chemistry and they're great at commenting from multiple viewpoints on the broader social themes and implications of films without getting preachy or overbearing. For two white guys from the northwest they are pretty relatable and their show intro, called Show News, is usually an entertaining personal story that brings a lot of character to the hosts. I always look forward to new episodes and if you listen to podcasts as part of your workday and unwind afterwards with films then I'd highly recommend this series.

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