Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 121: Foxcatcher (2015) and Blackhat (2015)

Episode 121

Movie Podcast Weekly Episode 121 brings you two Feature Reviews of Foxcatcher and Blackhat. This week, Jason is broadcasting from West Virginia again, so the audio quality is a little lower than usual; however, to compensate, MPW has brought back special guest William Rowan Jr. for this episode! Your guys also bring you some Oscar talk, where they discuss the nominations (and snubs) of the 87th Academy Awards. Don’t miss it!

If you’re new to our show… Movie Podcast Weekly typically features three hosts — Jason, Andy and Karl — along with frequent guests. We give you our verdicts on at least one new movie release from the current year that’s currently playing in theaters, as well as several mini reviews of whatever we’ve been watching lately. And we usually provide specialized genre recommendations. New episodes release every single Tuesday. Join us!


I. Introduction
— Welcome special guest William Rowan Jr.

[ 0:02:15 ] II. 87th Academy Award Nominations
Jason: The nominees and snubs of this year’s Oscars

[ 0:26:53 ] III. Mini Reviews
Karl: From Paris With Love, The Lincoln Lawyer
William Rowan Jr: Being There
Andy’s Re-runs: The Whole Nine Yards (again), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (again, one year later)…

IV. What’s New in Theaters This Past Weekend
Foxcatcher [ Expansion ]
American Sniper
The Wedding Ringer
Escobar: Paradise Lost
Spare Parts
Son of a Gun [ LA/NY ]
Match [ Limited ]
Little Accidents [ Limited ]
Still Alice [ Limited ]


[ 0:38:35 ] V. Feature Review: FOXCATCHER (2015)
Jason = 7.5 ( Rental )
William Rowan Jr. = 8.5 ( Rental )

[ 0:58:39 ] VI. Feature Review: BLACKHAT (2015)
Karl = 8 ( Theater / Buy it! )

[ 1:10:02 ] VII. Specialty Segments:

ANDY’S UNSEEMLY HOMEWORK: (Here Andy gives another re-run of Karl’s recommendation segment from MPW Ep. 021)
Dark Star (1974) = 7 ( Rental )

Grizzly (1976) = 4 ( Avoid )

Film: Phenomenon (1996)
Great Performance: John Travolta as George Malley

VIII. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending



Hear William Rowan Jr. on Movie Stream Cast!
Movie Stream Cast 41: Snowpiercer
Movie Stream Cast BONUS: Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Jason recommends supporting: Operation Underground Railroad

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40 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 121: Foxcatcher (2015) and Blackhat (2015)

      • Oh no! Now I’m going to have to take back what I said about you over on HMP. You’re wrong, Jay. This movie is pure gold! You’re forcing me to go VERSUS all over your candy ass. I’ll report back after getting a hold of Bear.

        By the way, no disrespect with that candy ass comment. I just know you like wrestling and I thought you’d appreciate it haha. Can you smell what I’m cooking?

        • “— It DOESN’T MATTER what you think …” ; ) (That was the best Rock gimmick ever.)

          “Bear” is great to me because the internal drama within the group becomes more dire than the bear threat. Not executed super well, but I still appreciate what they were going for…


      • It’s a bit like he’s sleeping with my girlfriend, isn’t it? Haha. No, William’s a consenting adult, so that’s wonderful for these two if they want to hookup, no matter how creepy I might find it.

      • David,
        You have no idea how complicated it was for me to keep appearing as a guest host. The amount of red tape could’ve reach to the moon and back. We even had to get Andy’s legal expertise to write up the appropriate paperwork.
        Even Karl got involved. Something to do with a conflict of interest, because he works at the same place that my mother does.
        But when it comes right down to it, I have a sort of life debt to Josh. I am the “Chewbacca “to his “Han Solo”. And that is always taken into consideration.
        But in the end it all worked out. And I have been reassured that I will be on the podcast as usual.

    • Yes, David. Hard core! In fact, I’m sitting up in the wee hours at a hotel in Iowa, preparing a BONUS episode for this Friday on HMP!

  1. NOT A COMMENT ABOUT Ep. 121: I haven’t had a chance to listen to this week’s episode yet, but I have to back Andy’s review of SELMA. Wow is that movie awesome. All of the historical resonance that Andy described is present. It bleeds out of every frame. But the truly amazing thing is how impressive the filmmaking is without even taking the historicity into account. I was blown away. Blown. Away. Beyond being an incredibly stirring (and timely) tribute to a truly magnificent person (people, really; the film is packed to the gills with memorable real-life heroes), it’s a masterful piece of art and storytelling. There’s so much care and consideration given to every beat of every scene. It’s also a deeply, movingly spiritual film. Like all of us, Martin Luther King Jr. was a flawed individual, but he was also a towering spiritual giant, and the film beautifully captures that. 10/10

    Also, because I’m still catching up on all of the old MPW episodes that I missed the first time around (and because I love to make lists), after I caught Ep. 53 the other morning, I had to bang out a quick response to Hammer’s ABC+#+3 challenge. The only letter I had to abstain from is Y, although I think I’d probably be thrilled to roll with Josh’s pick of “Yojimbo.” I just haven’t ever seen it, so I can’t say for sure … yet. (That one’s on my Lifetime To-Do List.) Without further ado:

    Almost Famous
    Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
    Catch Me If You Can
    Dances With Wolves
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    The Great Escape
    The Hudsucker Proxy
    The Incredibles
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    Kung Fu Panda
    The Last of the Mohicans
    The Matrix
    The Natural
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
    Quigley Down Under
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
    True Grit (2010)
    The Winslow Boy
    Y … (Young Frankenstein? Young Einstein? Young Guns? You Only Live Twice?)
    (500) Days of Summer
    A Man for All Seasons
    Wreck-It Ralph

    • Cody — after your comment here and Andy’s review, I’m dying to see “Selma” now. I’m planning to see “American Sniper” today in Des Moines, Iowa, with my Mama, but I’m tempted to take an extra travel day and do a Double Feature!

      Also: Impressive list. Most impressive…


      • I’m anxious to hear what you think of “Selma” on next week’s Mini-Reviews, Jay. I think it’s one of those movies that’s so well made that it transcends individual tastes: If you like movies, then you’ll like “Selma.” But I’ve been wrong before when making that call.

    • I don’t even remember what the challenge was. Favorite movie for each letter of the alphabet? I guess I stand by YOJIMBO. I like you BUTCH & SUNDANCE pick better than whatever I put. Love the mentions of QUIGLY DOWN UNDER and YOUNG EINSTEIN. I second that emotion. Yes to ZODIAC. I am calling your bluff on (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, however. That’s some BS.

      • Hammer’s idea is that you pick the only 30 movies you get to watch for the rest of eternity: one for each letter of the alphabet, one with a title that starts with a number, and three wild cards.

        You said “The Burbs” for B. B&C didn’t even crack your list of 7 honorable mentions for the letter B. If I’m remembering right, S and T had the most painful omissions for me. I tried not to overthink my picks, figuring that my first couple of reactions on each letter are the movies closest to my heart.

        Not bluffing about “(500) Days.” I get why people find it gimmicky, precious, arch, etc., but it just works for me. I yam what I yam.

        • This was really fun. For the most part I went with Cody’s method of assuming the ones at the forefront of my mind probably mean the most to me but some of them did require quite a lot of consideration:

          A – Z:
          Creature from the Black Lagoon
          The Devil and Daniel Johnston
          The Empire Strikes Back
          The Graduate
          Harold and Maude
          Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1979)
          Jason and the Argonauts
          L.A. Confidential
          The Neverending Story
          One Hour Photo
          Quatermass and the Pit
          Return of the Jedi
          Star Wars
          The Thing
          The Usual Suspects
          The Warriors
          Yôkai hyaku monogatari

          12 Monkeys

          3 Wildcards:
          This is England
          Midnight Cowboy
          The Bride of Frankenstein

          • Damn you peer pressure!

            Well, I thought that since I’m going to be stuck with these 30 movies that I should avoid anything too depressing, so I concentrated on movies that bring me the most joy. Ultimately though, I couldn’t stay away from sad and depressing, but overall it’s a pretty happy list I think. I have to say that it was very painful omitting many of my favorite movies and there were a few letters that gave me a really hard time:

            Back to the Future
            Dumb and Dumber
            E.T the Extraterrestrial
            The Fly
            Haute Tension
            Jurassic Park
            The Karate Kid
            The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
            Ninja Scroll
            Oldboy (2003)
            Pulp Fiction
            Q (1982)
            Starship Troopers
            The Terminator
            The Vanishing (1988)
            X-Men: First Class
            Y Tu Mama También

            5 Centimeters Per Second

            3 Wildcards:
            The Raid

          • Thanks William, that means a lot coming from a man of refined tastes such as you!

            And Juan: Yours is one of the most fun movie lists ever! I would enjoy the hell out of watching those movies for the rest of eternity.

          • Thanks David. Your list is pretty awesome too, though there are about five movies that I’ve never seen. They’re going on my list.

  2. I was deeply touched by the dedication and when I played it for my son…Logan…he said that it was very cool…I’ve got a little over 3 weeks of pain to go before my sergury…but its the little things in life like this that lifts a persons spirits…I feel so lucky and blessed to be a part of this family…and today I got a new facebook friend…JUAN!!! David I’d be honored to be your friend too…As for the episode…Jay’s enthusiasm was off the hook and it seemed to spread to everyone…I guess never having to go back to West Virginia again will do that to a guy!!! Just kidding…I just couldn’t help myself…:) Love you all!!!

  3. So the only movie I saw this week was “Blow Out” from 1981. This is a movie that I’d never paid much attention to before because I guess I underestimate John Travolta. But I kept hearing/seeing Josh praise this movie and even though he’s gone-from-this-place-and-never-to-return-or-be-spoken-of-again I still like randomly following up on some of his recommendations.

    I was entirely glad to have followed up on this one because I really, really enjoyed this movie. So good! Please let me know if there are more 70’s/80’s thrillers out there in a similar vein as this because it’s exactly the kind of movie that I just adore!

    • It’s hard to recommend anything as good as BLOW OUT. It really is a very unique film and one of my all-time favorites.

      A couple others you might try, though, are Brian DePalma’s BODY DOUBLE, David Mamet’s HOUSE OF GAMES, and Irvin Kirshner’s EYES OF LAURA MARS (written by John Carpenter). I recommend them in that order. If you like those, try DRESSED TO KILL, SOMEONE’S WATCHING ME, and BODY HEAT.

  4. I am a moviegoer with a 4 year old daughter and a wife that doesn’t enjoy the movies as much as I do. Therefore, most of the movies I see are kids movies in the theaters (Frozen, 3 times). I am a long time listener to the show and try to listen to every show I can. I saw two movie this past week with my daughter since my wife was out of town and wanted to give my quick review of both.

    Paddington, this was a good movie. My daughter is still in the phase where most of the movies she will sit through are only animated. If she is not interested in the movie she will get very fidgety and at that point I have to make the choice to leave, with that was a refundable at the box office. But I enjoyed the movie, and she sat through and enjoyed it as well. I give it an 8.5 for a kids movie.

    Strange Magic is the other movie that I saw this week with my daughter. I was very hesitant to see this movie after reading critic reviews on IMDB,, and Rotten Tomatoes. There seems to be a large variance between critic reviews and user reviews on both sites. It appears this movie is getting slammed by the critics, and seems to be most users enjoy it. The critic reviews seem unfair after seeing this movie with my daughter. Is it a George Lucas hate fest with critics? Or is it critics watch these movies without kids? Although this movie is not on par with Toy Story, Shrek, or Despicable Me, I do think it is more deserving than an IMDB score of 25/100. The Nut Job had a 37/100, and Epic a movie that is very similar a 52/100, and both of those movies were very lacking. Though this movie is not great, and I did seem some things in the movie that should have been rethought I think there was good animation, funny/cute kids humor, the characters were creatively designed, and my daughter sat through the whole thing and she and I both enjoyed. The negatives of the movie: Roland character’s voice Sam Palladio sounds like Elvis which is distracting and the whole character top to bottom lacks creativity, the Elves are seem to be all African American while all the fairies are white are about twice the size of the elves, where better clothes, are better off, and at the end the King dad has a reaction that it points toward this more, this was such a miss here that it is laughable they didn’t catch this in production, even if it is a take on a Shakespeare play that plays on differences often. All in all I think the movie was fairly a 7 out of 10 kids will enjoy and it has enough moments to keep parents from wanting to fall asleep.

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