Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 053: Rush (2013) and And While We Were Here (2013) and Don Jon (2013)

For Episode 053 of Movie Podcast Weekly, we fully intended to bring you three feature reviews, but you only get about two and a half reviews… That’s right — as a Movie Podcast Weekly first — one of your hosts WALKED OUT on one of these movies, so we couldn’t rightfully give you a few review with ratings… The three films under consideration this week are: Rush, And While We Were Here and Don Jon. We also get into a discussion about the depictions of marriage in movies… Don’t miss it!

Movie Podcast Weekly features four hosts (and frequent guests), who give you their verdict on at least one new movie release that’s currently in theaters; mini reviews of what they’ve been watching lately; and specialty recommendation segments. New episodes release every single Monday.

I. Intro
— Final episode of Breaking Bad
— Tuesday, October 1 will be 1 year for us!
— A big shout-out to Brian Champagne

II. Listener Feedback (and Love)
— Donation and comments from Chad
— Jeff Hammer’s request

III. Mini Reviews
Karl: Love Actually (fully extended version — thanks to Scott Teal), The Kings of Summer
Jason: Quatermass, Star Wars Episode IV fan cut, The Office Season 9, Bloodline
Josh: The Descendants, Take This Waltz
Andy: Home Movie (2008), Drive, Upstream Color

IV. Partial review of DON JON:
Jason: No Rating (Walked Out After 15 Minutes)
Josh: No Rating (Only Caught the Second Half at a Film Festival)

V. Feature review of AND WHILE WE WERE HERE:
Josh: 5 ( Rental )

VI. Feature review of RUSH:
Jason: 6 ( Rental )
Andy: 7.5 ( Theater / Rental )

VI. Genre Recommendation Segments:

TV Show: New Girl

ANDY’S ABSURD ASSOCIATIONS: A Better Movie About Pigs Than Upstream Color:
Delicatessen (1991)

Crime: Casino (1995)

Documentary (Reality TV): Survivor: Blood vs. Water

VII. Wrap-Up

Next Monday on MPW: We’ll be reviewing Gravity, and perhaps Runner Runner. Join us!

Links for this episode:

See frequent MPW guest Willis Wheeler on Toy Hunter

Dead Dog in Freezer Story: All About Autism Podcast, Ep. 059 (starts at about the 26-minute mark…)

Josh says check this out about marriages in movies: I Do and I Don’t

Jason recommends: The Donut Show, Ep. 007: Men, Women and Duck Dynasty

Follow Movie Podcast Weekly on Twitter: @MovieCastWeekly

Follow Joshua Ligairi on Twitter: @IcarusArts
Check it out! Josh stars in a reality TV show for documentarists: Pursuit of the Truth

Especially for HORROR FANS: Horror Movie
Listen to Jason’s Movie Stream Cast here: Movie Stream

Special thanks goes out to singer-songwriter Frederick Ingram and the voice talents of Midnight Corey Graham from The Electric Chair Podcast, Willis Wheeler from the Terror Troop Podcast and Mr. Ron Baird for their help with our recommendation segment intros.

We’d also like to thank The Dave Eaton Element and Dave Eaton himself for the use of his music for our theme song. Today is Dave’s birthday — happy birthday, Dave!

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9 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 053: Rush (2013) and And While We Were Here (2013) and Don Jon (2013)


    My attempt at one movie for every letter of the alphabet, one that begins with a number, and three wildcards.

    This was exceptionally difficult. Mostly, because several of my favorite films begin with letters like B, D, G, I, and M (among others). Three wildcards just weren’t enough.

    I also had a hard time picking a movie I really loved that began with letters like K, O, and Q (among others).

    I added as few honorable mentions as were humanly possible (I had about 5 movies for each letter).

    And these are all strictly desert island picks, meaning, these are movies I’d be happy to watch over and over again as opposed to films I think are objectively great.

    A. Attack the Block
    honorable mentions: Adaptation, A Few Good Men
    B. The Burbs
    honorable mentions: The Big Sleep, The Big Lebowski, Blow Out, Baraka, Broken Embraces, Brick, The Beach
    C. Clue
    honorable mentions: Children of Men, City of God
    D. Dan In Real Life
    honorable mentions: Dog Day Afternoon, Double Indemnity, Descendants, Dead Poets Society, Dear Wendy, Death Proof
    E. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    honorable mentions: The Edge, Election, Elephant, Enter the Dragon
    F. Forget Paris
    honorable mention: Fargo
    G. The Goonies
    honorable mentions: The Graduate, Ghostbusters, Glengarry Glen Ross, Good Will Hunting, The Game, Gone Baby Gone
    H. Halloween
    honorable mentions: Hot Fuzz, High and Low
    I. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    honorable mentions: The Imposter, Insomnia, Inception, Inglouious Bastards, If a Tree Falls, Intolerance
    J. Jaws
    honorable mention: Jackie Brown
    K. Kids
    L. The Lost Boys
    honorable mentions: L.A. Confidential, The Life Aquatic
    M. Manhattan Murder Mystery
    honorable mentions: M, Mulholland Drive, Mystery Train, Mud, The Maltese Falcon
    N. Nosferatu
    honorable mention: North by Northwest
    O. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    P. Psycho
    honorable mentions: The Puffy Chair, Primer
    Q. n/a
    top options: Quarantine, The Quiet American
    R. Rear Window
    honorable mentions: Rio Bravo, Rushmore, Rocky, The Road to Nowhere
    S. Scream
    honorable mentions: Stand by Me, Swingers
    T. The Thing
    honorable mentions: Talk to Her, Two Lane Blacktop, Thumbsucker, Tremors
    U. Upstream Color
    V. Vicky Christina Barcelona
    W. Waiting for Guffman
    honorable mentions: Wild at Heart, The World’s End, Watchmen, Winter’s Bone, Wag the Dog
    X. n/a
    top options: X2: X Men United, X Men: First Class, The X Files: Fight the Future
    Y. Yojimbo
    Z. Zodiac

    #. 127 Hours
    honorable mention: 3 Days of the Condor

    Wild Cards: Chinatown, Misery, Tree of Life

  2. you know why movies about good families don’t get made? because good married couples don’t go to cinemas. not often enough. they are either staying home watching the kids, or watch TV shows.

    that is why so many Romantic comedies or silly action movies are made, because those dating young couples or school kids DO go to cinemas and they pay for tickets.

    just a Que theory.

  3. Thanks Josh, that’s awesome. Your dilemma (many good films from one letter and none from another) is why I think the question is really interesting. I will post mine soon for you to laugh at. I do have to say though, how can you give Watchmen an honorable mention and X2: X-Men United a possible default selection? X2 was great! It’s seriously in my top 2 comic movies ever! Anyway… Still thanks, I can tell it took some time. And O and Q are tough ones, I thought X was a little easier though.

  4. I was waiting on a reason Rush isn’t the same film as Driven. My guess is it’s a smidge more realistic since it’s based on a true story. But in that film, both Kip Pardue and Til Schweiger are unlikeable for reasons but also sort of demand respect for opposite reasons. It might be a terrible film but I enjoyed it for an actioner. I’ll back Josh on the greatness of Senna. And I’m not if he mentioned it (sorry if so) but it is currently streaming on Netflix.

  5. Hi Movie Podcast weekly,

    Thanks to josh and Andy’s repeated discussion over this movie, I went to get Upstream Color and watched yesterday. I do understand why this movie is being praised repeatedly by josh and also, why Andy is feeling frustrated about this movie.

    To me, the movie making is always falling into two categories, the ones that offer entertainment value, and the ones that offers journey of ‘experience’. ‘Pacific Rim’ is the first type and ‘Upstream Color’ obviously is the latter. Of course a movie can very well be in both types, it is when they are overly focusing on single extreme that gets to be argued over. Upstream Color is beautifully shot with smooth, delicate movie language, it has its plot defects and issues due to its imaginative nature of the setup; however it keeps you engaged and brings you together with the flow of the story. At times it feels slow bot overall, it is an ‘every cup is better than the last experience.’

    That being said, my wife didn’t get the movie and not appreciating the genre. She claimed that the movie is ‘too weird’ and also ‘not having an ending’.

    Movie Podcast Weekly brings great talent to the scene; Josh’s recommendations add fantastic depth to the show. These movies are hard to find in cinemas and often get over looked between the options as they are normally under promoted.

    Andy is the unique asset to the show. The ‘Infidelity’ statement before the while we were here’ brought tears to my eyes while i was on a busy morning train.

    Also if I may, I’d like to know how the podcast view/think about a movie ‘Triangle’ from 2009. I think it might take a stand in the middle ground between Josh and Andy’s preference.

    Great Podcast guys. Keep it up!


  6. I wanted to chime in on Upstream Color as well. Josh mentioned how fun it was trying to figure out what was going on in the early going. I totally agree with that. I was all in during that time, I thought it was genius. The problem is I wanted it to stay there and follow the thief and intertwine the stories of he and his victim. Too me that was more interesting. It would have been like a genius new spin on a super villain sort of thing. Instead I do think the sampler stuff and the pigs just makes the film strange, and it was complicated to me as well, I can’t understand calling it simple at all. I’m not knocking the film, I’m just not its audience. I gave it a queue it on Movie Stream Cast I believe for that reason.

    I also wanted to ask if anyone had seen Bad Milo? I would have thought maybe Josh had since it’s a Duplass brothers production. It’s about a person’s stress manifesting itself as an ass demon. I enjoyed it a lot actually. It stars Ken Marino, Peter Stormare and Patrick Warburton and Gillian Jacobs. It’s a fun flick.

    • Thanks for being fair about Upstream Color.

      I haven’t seen (or heard of ) Bad Milo, but it sounds worth checking out for sure. Huge fan of the Duplass bros and Gillian Jacobs. Like Stormare and Warburton too.

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