Ep 28 – Hello Folks

12-9-18Lots to talk about this week, so we jump right into it.

First, Dhani talks about the new Halloween movie and her overall disappointment with most horror movies.  This one included.

Next, she talks about Venom.  She felt it waivers from the usual Marvel formula a bit, but then catches on by the end.

Moving on to Smallfoot, Dhani surprisingly enjoyed this one more than she thought.  Lately animated movies haven’t been successful in getting her to stick with the movie, but this one kept her interested!

Finally, we wrap up the movie section with the new Netflix movie, Dumplin’.  This was a typical message movie telling girls to love themselves no matter what, but it was entertaining and the characters were lovable and we care about them from the start.

Moving on to TV, John and Dhani superfan out on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  The second season just came out and they binged it and fell in love all over again.  Sorry for going on about this show, but we love it so much.

Next, we talk about another show that we both love… The Good Place.  We are in the middle of the third season and just want to reiterate that everyone should be watching this show.

Lastly, Dhani talks about the HBO show that just ended called Camping.  She really enjoyed the show with all of the interesting characters and the journeys they took over three days.

Finally, in the Actors’ Corner we decide to discuss the work of Jennifer Aniston.  We list the movies that we love, like, hate, haven’t seen and want to see.

Halloween (1:28) ★★

Venom (11:00) ★★★1/2

Smallfoot (15:49) ★★★

Dumplin’ (20:40) ★★★★

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (25:30)

The Good Place (36:25)

Camping (38:52)

Actors’ Corner: Jennifer Aniston (43:50)

Ep 27 – I’m A Purist Grinch

12-2-18This week was filled with lots of movie-watching!

First, Dhani talks about The Grinch and how she was disappointed with the changes they made to the core story.  Probably entertaining for kids, but not for those that love the original.

Next, Dhani talks about The House With A Clock In Its Walls.  She was pleasantly surprised by this movie and how entertaining and intriguing the story was!  She thinks this is due to Eli Roth’s direction, but also the performances were believable in an unbelievable world!  Enjoyable film for all to see!

Next, Dhani watched The Happytime Murders.  Yes, this has puppets… no, it’s not for kids.  But, Dhani found this movie really, really funny and thought the story was much better than she thought it would be!

Next, John and Dhani finally saw a movie that came out last year, Downsizing.  Both of them discuss the slight disappoint in this movie and the storyline going to a really deep place that they weren’t expecting.

Moving on to TV, Dhani felt it necessary to talk about The Walking Dead’s mid-season finale and how amazing the show has become even without Rick Grimes.  Then, John and Dhani gush about the special from this week, A Legendary Christmas with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.  This was the best special Dhani has seen since she was a kid and it was a throwback to the old variety specials of yore.

Finally, in the Actors’ Corner, we discuss the films of Matt Damon.  John and Dhani talk about the movies that we love, like, hate, secretly love, and are embarrassed we haven’t seen.  It’s very difficult to choose these, so listen as we struggle to narrow down our choices.

The Grinch (3:00) ★★

The House With A Clock In Its Walls (11:10) ★★★★

The Happytime Murders (15:50) ★★★

Downsizing (20:40) ★★

The Walking Dead (32:31)

A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy (39:00)

Actors’ Corner: Matt Damon (44:47)

Ep 26 – Bad Guy with a Heart

11-25-18This week, even though it is after Thanksgiving, we will spend some time on Thanksgiving entertainment.

First, John was able to watch Peppermint, and listen as he explains that he is finally coming around to liking Jennifer Garner.

Next, Dhani talks about the movie The Children Act.  This doesn’t take long because she was quite disappointed in the film.  She still loves Emma Thompson, but the movie did not rise to meet her talent.

Then we move on the Netflix movie The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell as Santa Claus.  Dhani really enjoyed this new take on the story of Santa and teaching kids to believe.

Then John and Dhani finally finished the latest season of the Great British Bake Off and they gush over this amazing season and the bakers on the show.

Last week Dhani forgot to list her favorite Thanksgiving movies, so she lists these even though the holiday is over.  I think they work for the entire holiday season, so perhaps people can still enjoy them for the next few weeks anyway.

And finally, instead of an Actors’ Corner this week, we are ranking our Top 5 Friends Thanksgiving episodes and comparing our choices to the podcast Pop Culture Nickel.  Dhani is a super fan of Friends, so forgive her for perhaps going on a bit about her love of the show… but it is an interesting discussion.

Peppermint (2:06)

The Children Act (8:10)

The Christmas Chronicles (11:12)

The Great British Bake Off (17:21)

Thanksgiving Movies (23:46)

Top 5 Friends Thanksgiving Episodes (29:50)

Ep 25 – Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

11-18-18For a change this week, Dhani doesn’t have any movies to talk about… so we focus on a few TV shows and then the Actors’ Corner.

First, Dhani talks about the Showtime show called Kidding with Jim Carrey.  Then she discusses the latest season of American Horror Story: Apocalypse.  Next, Dhani watched the new Netflix show The Kominsky Method starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin.  Next, it’s tough for Dhani to go without talking about her favorite show Blackish and since they hit their 100th episode, plus it was a tribute to Prince, she had to mention it!

Next, we get to the Actors’ Corner with Jim Carrey.  We discuss the works of Jim Carrey’s that we love, like, hate, secretly love, haven’t seen and want to see.

Finally, we reiterate that we are working next week with the podcast Pop Culture Nickel to rank the Top 5 Friends Thanksgiving episodes.  Listen to their podcast the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to hear their Top 5, and then the Sunday after Thanksgiving, John and Dhani will compare their Top 5 to Marc and Jeannette’s of Pop Culture Nickel.

Kidding (5:35)

AHS: Apocalypse (10:03)

The Kominsky Method (14:10)

Blackish (22:00)

Actors’ Corner: Jim Carrey (24:45)

Pop Culture Nickel (41:10)

Ep 24 – Long Week

11-11-18This week was a very long week in real life… and it appears that this spilled over into the things that Dhani watched as well.  This episode might seem too political for some listeners, but Dhani really feels that people can learn from TV and Movies, so please listen and make your decision about watching these things.  

First, Dhani saw The Hate U Give.  This is a harrowing story about a cop shooting a young, unarmed, black teen.  While we have seen this story in real life way too many times, the movie talks about very important pieces to such a complicated situation.  This is a movie that every person, and especially all young people should watch.  

Next, Dhani watched the Netflix special, John Leguizamo’s Lating History for Morons.  She learned so much about the Latino history that has been wiped from our textbooks or culture.  This is a very informative, but very funny show that everyone can enjoy.  John Leguizamo is a fantastic teacher and storyteller.  

Switching now to TV, Dhani touches on The Purge that just ended.  She enjoyed the 10 episodes enough to recommend to those that enjoy the movies.  Next, she talks about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the overall arch of the 4 seasons and how much she is going to miss this original, funny, musical show.  

Finally, we get to our Actors’ Corner and this week we chose Melissa McCarthy.  She is receiving the ICON award at the Peoples’ Choice Awards this weekend, so we thought we would honor her work as well.  Listen as John and Dhani name Melissa’s projects that they love, like, hate, secretly love, haven’t seen and want to see.  


The Hate U Give (1:00)  ★★★★★

John Leguizamo’s Latin History For Morons (13:30)

The Purge (25:02)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (29:45)

Actors’ Corner: Melissa McCarthy (35:44)

Ep 23 – It Grasped Me

11-4-18This week starts off with allergies and strange words… but I think we get it together long enough to discuss a few things that were watched this week.

First, Dhani talks about watching the movie The Darkest Minds.  She liked the performances, but the story still lacked a bit of explanation.  Next, Dhani talks about the documentary Three Identical Strangers and the horrific twist that these siblings discover about their lives and adoption story.  It’s quite fascinating and everyone should check out this movie.

Next, before moving on to TV, we talk about an exciting cross-promotion we are doing with another podcast called Pop Culture Nickel.  Dhani gave them 5 thanksgiving epsiodes of Friends for them to rank on their podcast before Thanksgiving and then we will compare their rankings to our own.  Listen to their promo and check them out!

Moving on to TV, Dhani first discusses binging the new series Homecoming on Amazon Prime with Julia Roberts.  She loved the direction by Sam Esmail more than the story… but it all truly worked well together and she was intrigued by the series as a whole.

Then we talk about the new late night show called Busy Tonight hosted by Busy Philipps.  Both John and Dhani have really enjoyed the first week’s episodes and find it to be very fresh and new.

Finally, Dhani surmises about the depressing show A Million Little Things.  She doesn’t think she can take one more sad thing happening on this show.  They are trying too hard and she can’t even find the sympathy for the characters anymore!

And then we get into the Actor’s Corner and this week we chose Julia Roberts.   We share the projects of hers that we love, like, hate, haven’t seen and want to see.

The Darkest Minds (1:21) ★★★

Three Identical Strangers (8:15) ★★★★

PROMO: Pop Culture Nickel (18:00)

Homecoming (22:05)

Busy Tonight (32:08)

A Million Little Things (39:13)

Actor’s Corner: Julia Roberts (46:40)

Ep 22 – Gotta Get To Wendy’s

10-28-18We are back this week with just a few things to talk about… but hang on for our picks of scary movies for the upcoming Halloween holiday!

We start off discussing the new standup special from Adam Sandler called 100% Fresh.  We gush a little too much about this special as we both loved it so much.

Next, Dhani talks about a small movie called Juliet, Naked starring Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd, and Rose Byrne.  She enjoyed the story but knows that these types of movies aren’t for most people.  Then we both revisit Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again because John has been able to watch it now.  Since Dhani was so crazy about this movie, she was disappointed that John didn’t fall in love so quickly… though he tries to convince her that he did enjoy it.

Moving on to TV, Dhani only chose to discuss the BBC and Netflix series Bodyguard.  She talks about the twists and turns in unfolding the story.

Finally, we decide not to do our usual Actors’ Corner this week and instead use the same format to discuss our favorite scary movies.  These are the films WE love, like, hate, or haven’t seen and not necessarily the scariest or best movies.  And since John actually doesn’t enjoy horror films, this could get interesting.

Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (1:90)  Dhani  ★★★★★    John ★★★★★

Juliet, Naked  (12:08)  ★★★1/2

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (19:10)  Dhani ★★★★3/4   John ★★★★

Bodyguard (23:40)

Scary Movies (31:19)

Ep 21 – Here Come The Jerks

10-21-18

No new movies this week… but we still have a lot to talk about with pay-per-view movies and TV!  First, I am getting John caught up on some summer movies that I already saw, so we start with The Spy Who Dumped Me and TAG.  John gives his input on these movies.  And no real surprise, he really enjoyed them both!

Next, I saw Searching and RBG and I give my thoughts on both.  Searching is one of the best mystery movies I have seen in a while and I loved the twists and turns.  And then RBG is a documentary that I recommend to every person in this country.

Moving on to TV, I give my opinion on this season of Better Call Saul.  Then I watched the Netflix show The Haunting of Hill House.  Very creepy, but ultimately a good family story.  Next, I urge everyone to watch Arrow.  This season’s opener was so incredibly good and I think if you haven’t watched the previous seasons, you could start watching now.  It really is the best show in the Arrowverse.

Since the fall TV season is in full swing, I talk about my disappointment with the network shows (less all CW shows) and how I haven’t found a new network show this year that I love.  It’s really a bummer because many I have already stopped watching and the others, if they were to be canceled, I wouldn’t care.  But there are many new cable and streaming shows that I am loving:  Kidding, You, The Purge, Doctor Who and AHS:Apocalypse.

Did you know that I can read too???  I don’t very often, but I love biographies and here I talk about a book that just came out this week by Busy Philipps called This Will Only Hurt A Little.  It’s a fantastic read and she tells the truth about her experiences in early life and then in Hollywood.  Definitely recommended.

Finally, we finish with the Actors’ Corner and this week we chose Denzel Washington.  This was the toughest round we have had so far to choose his movies that we love, like, hate, haven’t seen, and want to watch.


The Spy Who Dumped Me (2:00)   Dhani ★★★★1/4   John ★★★★

TAG (9:12)

Searching…  (12:48)  ★★★★1/2

RBG   (18:57) ★★★★★

Better Call Saul (23:23)

The Haunting of Hill House (27:15)

The Romanoffs (33:43)

Arrow (35:12)

New Shows I Am Not Enjoying (36:90)

Returning Shows I Love (39:00)

New Shows I Like (41:15)

This Will Only Hurt A Little (47:14)

Actors’ Corner: Denzel Washington (52:00)

Ep 20 – I Blame That Grammy Scene

10-6-18We took last week off because Dhani simply felt there wasn’t much to say after Fall TV premiere week.  Well, we’re back, so that means she has lots to say!

First, we both saw A Star Is Born and there is so much to unpack to this incredible film, that we speak about it for half of the podcast.  Settle in for quite a discussion.

Next, Dhani discusses the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor and how it should be required viewing for all human beings.

Moving on to TV, Dhani and John discuss their fall favs of The Good Place and Single Parents.  And then Dhani gives her first impressions of the new show A Million Little Things, and what new shows start or come back next week.

Finally, in the Actor’s Corner, we discuss Bradley Cooper’s projects that we love, like, hate, haven’t seen and want to watch.

A Star Is Born (2:02)    Dhani ★★★★3/4     John ★★★★

Won’t You Be My Neighbor (31:32)       Dhani ★★★★

Fear The Walking Dead (36:23)

The Good Place (38:08)

Single Parents (39:20)

A Million Little Things (44:47)

New Shows This Week (50:23)

Actor’s Corner: Bradley Cooper (52:00)

Ep 19 – You’re Making Me Think

9-23-2018Gearing up for the new TV season, this week we managed to pack a lot into this episode.

First, Dhani was finally able to see the end of The Meg and John saw the movie as well, so we discuss our thoughts on the movie overall.

Next we discuss the Emmys from earlier in the week and excuse our minor heated back and forth on this subject.

This week The Sinner, season 2, ended… so Dhani talks about her disappointment in this season as compared to the brilliant first season.  Some new shows have started that Dhani is in the middle of viewing, so she talks about her first impressions on the following shows:  Kidding, You, AHS: Apocalypse, The First, Maniac, and The Good Cop.

Next we get into a subject that we never have discussed on this podcast before, and this is podcasts.  Dhani recommends Dirty John and the new 3rd season of Serial.  Also, her weekly go-to podcasts of Bitch Sesh, Armchair Expert, and My Favorite Murder.

Finally, Dhani lists the new and returning shows that start this week that she will be watching:

Returning Shows:  Big Bang Theory, The Gifted, This is Us, American Housewife, Modern Family, The Good Place, Greys Anatomy, Law & Order:SVU

New Shows: Magnum PI, Manifest, FBI, New Amsterdam, A Million Little Things, Single Parents, Murphy Brown, The Cool Kids

ACTORS CORNER: Jack Black – we name his movies we love, like, hate, secretly love, and haven’t seen

The Meg (2:05) – Dhani ★★1/2   John ★★★1/2

Emmys (11:29)

The Sinner (23:59)

Kidding (26:56)

You (28:30)

AHS:Apocalypse (30:28)

The First (32:19)

The Good Cop (34:22)

Maniac (36:25)

Dirty John podcast (39:00)

Serial podcast (41:35)

New Shows this week (48:20)

Actors Corner (56:00)