Ep 33 – Not Really Thought Through Thoughts

1-20-19This week John and I completely go overboard in our fandom of M. Night Shyamalan!  

First, Dhani saw Glass and talks about her love of Unbreakable and how Split and Glass have worked into the story.  Honestly, she mostly talks about Shyamalan and her love of his filmaking. 

Next, John and Dhani finally saw Bohemian Rhapsody.  They both love Queen, but came out of this biopic with strong differences of opinion regarding the movie.  

Next, Dhani saw The Nutcracker and The Four Realms.  She enjoyed it much more than she thought, so that was a pleasant surprise.  And the final movie Dhani saw is the Christmas movie, Anna and the Apocalypse.  She loves musicals more than anything, so it’s tough for Dhani to not enjoy this movie… even though it’s campy, the music was good enough to carry through.  

Moving on to TV, Dhani wanted to just touch on the new season of True Detective that just started.  She really liked the first two episodes and it seems that this third season is already better than the second one was.  

And finally, instead of an Actors’ Corner this week, we decided to do a Directors’ Corner and discuss the movies of M. Night Shyamalan.  Stick with us in this section.  We are huge fans of his, so we really get into details… but hopefully it’s fun listening!

Glass (1:08) ★★★★1/2

Bohemian Rhapsody (18:28)  Dhani ★★★   John ★★★★

The Nutcracker and The Four Realms (31:41)  ★★★★

Anna and the Apocalypse (37:22) ★★★

True Detective (40:48)

Directors’ Corner: M. Night Shyamalan (46:39)

Ep 32 – Technical Difficulties

1-13-19Unfortunately, when we went to publish this episode, the first 20 minutes had been wiped out… so the entire movie section is gone!  But Dhani quickly gives you a rundown of The Favourite, Colette, and Ralph Breaks The Internet.  

Then we pick up the recording in the middle of Dhani fangirling over Luther.  Then Dhani and John gush about the show I’m Sorry with Andrea Savage.  It is one of the funniest shows on television right now.  Next, Dhani discusses the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and how she is now motivated to clean out the house.  Finally, Dhani discusses another Netflix show called Friends From College and how this has brought so many loved sitcoms up to date and into the next decade of life.  

Finally, we discuss the films of Emma Stone in our Actors’ Corner.  We each name her movies that we love, like, hate, haven’t seen or want to watch.  

Movies (0:30)

The Favourite ★★★

Colette ★★★

Ralph Breaks The Internet ★★★1/5

Luther (4:25)

I’m Sorry (9:30)

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (13:44)

Friends From College (20:00)

Actors’ Corner: Emma Stone (24:37)

Ep 31 – Yup!

1-6-19Happy New Year!

We start the new year with just a few new TV shows and some older movies.

First, Dhani talks about watching The Oath with Ike Barinholtz.  She liked the content, even though it wasn’t as funny as she thought it would be.

Next, she discusses a very heavy movie called Beautiful Boy.  This film deals with drug addiction and the toll it takes on the addict as well as the family.  Very well done and important viewing.

Next, John has caught up on some older movies, so he talks about his thoughts on Life Of The Party, Black Panther, and Game Night.

Moving on to TV, Dhani talks about the final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix.  She loves this entire series and explains why.  The topic of discussion is a surprise joy to both Dhani and John and that is the show The Masked Singer.  They are both shocked at their interest and enjoyment of this show!

Quickly, Dhani discusses the two major categories of the Golden Globes, Best Picture – Drama, and Best Picture – Comedy or Musical.  Fingers crossed for her favorites!

Finally, in the Actors’ Corner we discuss the works of Jason Bateman and the projects of his that we love, like, hate, secretly love, or are embarrassed we haven’t seen.

The Oath (1:30) – ★★1/2

Beautiful Boy (8:50) – ★★★1/2

Life Of The Party (17:12)

Black Panther (20:10)

Game Night (26:55)

A Series of Unfortunate Events (28:41)

The Masked Singer (33:42)

Golden Globe Nominees (41:10)

Actors’ Corner: Jason Bateman (44:21)

Ep 30 – 2018 Review

12-30-18Not a lot to discuss this week as Dhani spent time watching TV series instead of movies… but here we go!

First, Dhani watched Bad Times At The El Royale.  She had high expectations for this movie, and the first half met them, but the second half was a let down.

Next, Dhani talks about season 2 of Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu.  She is surprised how much she enjoys this show, yet after John points out she likes all Marvel entities, it seems to make sense.  Next, Dhani talks about the new adaptation of Vanity Fair on Amazon Prime.  She had different realizations about Rebecca Sharpe while watching this iteration.

Finally, we move on to the 2018 Corner, where both John and Dhani discuss the movies from 2018 that they loved, liked, hated, and still want to see.

A shorter episode this week, but hopefully you are reminded of the good year we had in movies and TV.  Happy New Year and see you all again next year!

Bad Times At The El Royale (1:30) – ★★1/2

Marvel’s Runaways (8:15)

Vanity Fair (17:25)

2018 Year In Review (25:06)

Ep 29 – Roxy’s Corner

12-23-18After taking a week off, we are back and have lots to catch up on.

This week we talk very quickly through the things that Dhani watched this week, so pay attention as we cover lots of things.

The most exciting start is that we both saw Mary Poppins Returns.  And as much as we were anticipating this movie for so long… it lived up to our expectations!

Next, Dhani flies through the other movies she has watched, including Instant Family, Night School, Ready Player One, and Hunter Killer.  Next, John has caught up on seeing a couple movies that Dhani has covered previously, so we get his input on A Simple Favor and Blockers.

Wrapping up the movie portion, Dhani discusses her disappoint in Netflix’s Bird Box.

Next, Dhani and John take a moment to recognize Penny Marshall and her tremendous contributions to TV and film.

Moving on to TV, Dhani quickly talks about the Arrowverse’s crossover event this year called Elseworlds.  Next is a docuseries on Netflix called The Innocent Man.  And finally, the joy that she gets from watching Fuller House.

Finally, instead of an Actors’ Corner, we are changing it this week to the Christmas Corner as we discuss the holiday movies that we love, like, hate, secretly love, and haven’t seen.

Mary Poppins (1:20)  Dhani ★★★★3/4     John ★★★★★

Instant Family (13:27)  ★★★★

Night School (16:12) ★★★

Ready Player One (17:35) ★★★★

Hunter Killer (20:07) N/A – couldn’t finish

A Simple Favor (21:00)

Blockers (21:46)

Bird Box (23:36)

Penny Marshall (29:21)

Elseworlds (31:20)

The Innocent Man (33:22)

Fuller House (35:47)

Christmas Corner (40:18)

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)