Geeked Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 152: American Ultra (2015) and Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) and Grandma Shanghai (2015) and the Geek Cast Takeover

Episode 152

After 151 episodes, it has happened… Movie Podcast Weekly has been usurped, and for Episode 152, your favorite movie podcast has been taken over by a DJ, a Holy Man, a Geek and a Guy Named Nic! That’s right! The crew from the Geek Cast Live Podcast is hosting MPW this week — and to return the disservice with a little turnabout and fair play — your usual MPW hosts (minus Ryan) have gone and taken over the Geek Cast Live Podcast! For those children of the ’80s, this is very much a Coy and Vance type of situation…

In this episode of Movie Podcast Weekly, the Geek Cast brings you Feature Reviews of American Ultra and Hitman: Agent 47. They also bring you a CTS-style concept discussion where they consider the conundrum of the box office draw of original content versus already established intellectual properties adapted to film. The Geeks have a fascinating discussion about what this dichotomy is doing to the movie industry. Join us!

If you’re new to our show… Movie Podcast Weekly typically features four hosts — Jason, Andy, Karl and Geek Cast Ry — along with frequent guests. But in this special episode, we have four guest hosts: Geek Cast Ry, Rob Bass, Cartoon Joe and Slick Nic of Thebes. MPW gives you 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 Wednesday, or as soon as we can get the damn thing edited.


I. Introduction
— The Geek Cast Takeover

[ 0:05:21 ] II. Mini Reviews
Rob Bass: Rick and Morty Season 1
Geek Cast Ry: Fear the Walking Dead – Pilot episode
Geek Cast Nic: * * *
Cartoon Joe: Avatar: The Last Airbender (and an M. Night Shyamalan rant), Animaniacs. And something about MisteRogers

III. New in Theaters This Past Weekend:
Sinister 2
American Ultra
Hitman: Agent 47
Grandma [ Limited ]
6 Years [ Limited ]
Digging for Fire [ Limited ]
She’s Funny That Way [ Limited ]
Learning to Drive [ Limited ]
Some Kind of Beautiful [ Limited ]
(Grandma Shanghai)


[ 0:29:10 ] IV. Feature Review: HITMAN: AGENT 47 (2015)
Rob Bass = 4 ( Very low-priority Rental )
Cartoon Joe = 5.5 ( Redbox Rental or Stream on Netflix )

[ 0:44:51 ] V. Feature Review: AMERICAN ULTRA (2015)
Geek Cast Ry = 8 ( Buy it! )
Slick Nic = 7.5 ( Theater / Buy it! )

[ 1:00:07 ] VI. The Conundrum of the Box Office Draw of Original Content versus Already Established Intellectual Properties Adapted to Film
— American Ultra screenwriter Max Landis laments the devaluing of original content

[ 1:23:19 ] VII. Upcoming Movies That the Geeks Are Looking Forward To…

VIII. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending

Episode 153 when your usual hosts will be back to bring you Feature Reviews of “No Escape” and “Sinister 2.” Join us!


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12 thoughts on “Geeked Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 152: American Ultra (2015) and Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) and Grandma Shanghai (2015) and the Geek Cast Takeover

  1. Well, I think it’s safe to say that the Geekcast guys killed your podcast, Jay. Haha just kidding, guys. Geekcast Ry and the rest of the crew did a great job. I have to say that it took me a little while to get used to the dynamic because it’s very different to what I’m already used to, but all in all I thought you guys did a great job. Kudos to Jay for handing over the keys to the kingdom. I know that wasn’t an easy decision for him to take, but I’m glad he’s relying more and more on his comrades to help him leverage his workload. None of us wants you to go insane, Jay. It’s good that you let other help you once in a while.

  2. This was a fun episode, fellas.

    Glad to hear some support for AMERICAN ULTRA. That’s a movie I planned on seeing at some point. And, while I’m not going to argue that Kristen Stewart is the second coming of Meryl Streep, I do think she’s actually a very talented actress who has just been toiling away in some mediocre roles thus far.

    • I wouldn’t go as far as to say that she’s a great actress, but I don’t think she’s as awful as the guys suggested. I do find her paleness and wooden look quite attractive, I must say. She was great in The Runaways.

    • I consider Stewart to be one of the more underrated actresses in the 2000’s. She’s been involved in some good movies before and after TWILIGHT, but she was completely destroyed for a movie series that was destined to be horrifically bad. It does seem as if she’s turned an 180 and not only recovered her reputation, but improved on it with performances in STILL ALICE and CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA.

  3. So I came to MPW because of The Traders Podcast and I wanted my parents to adopt Jason so that he would be my brother, although I’m middle-aged. Now they need to make room for a second adoption. Geek Cast Ry did a bang-up job. The thing that sealed it for me was the Captain Planet reference. Well done, sir….well done. :-)

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