Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 019: Warm Bodies (2013)

“Warm Bodies is to zombie movies kind of what Sesame Street’s The Count is to Dracula.” — Dr. Kyle Bishop

In this epic and legendary episode, we finally managed to get the two foremost and imminent zombie experts, MIDNIGHT COREY and KYLE “DR. WALKING DEAD” BISHOP, on the same podcast episode to discuss the zombie flick “Warm Bodies.”

Episode 019 is nearly two hours long! Our first hour is dedicated to giving you 30-some Mini Reviews, and our second hour is our feature review of “Warm Bodies.”

I. Intro
II. Mini Reviews
Karl: Insidious, Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, House of Cards
Midnight Corey: The Sentinel (1977), Creepshow 1 & 2, Trailer Park Boys (TV), Beavis and Butthead (TV)
Jason: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Vanishing of the Bees, The Hole, My Bloody Valentine (1981), ATM, Kill List, The Imposter
Kyle Bishop: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rubber
Andy: Butter, High Lane, Bug, Absentia, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Queen of Versailles, YellowBrickRoad, Rango, Paranormal Entity, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Lawless, Moonrise Kingdom
III. Feature review of “Warm Bodies”
Ratings and Recommendations for WARM BODIES
Jason = 9 ( Theater / Buy It! )
Andy = 7 ( Rental )
Karl = 8 ( Theater )
Kyle Bishop = 7 ( Theater / Buy It! )
Midnight Corey’s predicted, eventual rating = 6.5 ( Rental )
IV. Wrap-Up

NEXT WEEK’S MOVIES: Identity Thief and Side Effects

This episode is dedicated to our new friend, Scott Teal. Thank you for your generous donation and support.

Links for this episode:

Midnight Corey’s The Electric Chair (horror movie audio and video podcast)


Midnight Corey on Twitter: @ElectricChrShow

Kyle Bishop on Twitter: @DrWalkingDead

Kyle’s book: American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture

Kyle’s Romero episode on the CTS Podcast: Ep. 17 – George A. Romero’s “Dead” Franchise

Scott Teal’s Web sites:
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A trailer Karl recommends: Trance

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5 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 019: Warm Bodies (2013)

  1. Great episode guys. My apologies for not being there. There was a bit of a misunderstanding on my part.

    Jason, your VANISHING OF THE BEES review boggled my mind. You say it is a movie for anyone interested in the destruction of our earth and then you give it a 5.5? Shouldn’t EVERYONE be interested in the possible destruction of the earth more than whatever movie you’re going to talk about next?! Especially THE HOLE, which was pretty terrible. Haha. Made me laugh.

    Also, Jason, I have to say that I was a little annoyed with how impressed everyone was with your IMPOSTER description since it was my #1 film of last year, but I am probably easy to tune out after awhile, the way I drone on. I’m really glad you liked it so much. Glad you enjoyed BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD as well. I’m adding KILL LIST to my queue.

    Karl, that’s funny that you watched INSIDIOUS based on our discussion. I actually went out and bought it, myself. Too bad we missed the deadline. Thanks for recommending the TRANCE trailer. I love Danny Boyle and Rosario Dawson.

    Andy, glad to hear you watched CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS and QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, but you didn’t say what you thought of COFD. If you liked it, check out ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, which I couldn’t remember the name of last time. Based on your climbing background, you’d probably enjoy TOUCHING THE VOID a lot more if you haven’t seen it. I’m also glad you liked LAWLESS. I loved it and I think it was one of the more under-rated films of last year. I’m adding HIGH LANE and ABSENTIA to my list.

    Kyle, I love you book. I’m checking out RUBBER. I’ve been considering checking out RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, but I can’t quite make myself do it. Same with WARM BODIES. Have to agree with Corey. I think I would hate it, but I may have to see it now given the high ratings all-around.

  2. Josh,

    First of all, you are my favorite commentator on this site. I genuinely appreciate you taking the time to give your feedback in the comments. I’d pay you money for doing it, if I had any…

    Josh, I’ll answer you question about “Vanishing of the Bees” with a little compare and contrast… Yes, “Bees” is about a potential global threat, so it has macro repercussions; whereas, “The Imposter” is a micro-level story. But there are developments that unfold during “The Imposter” that come out of left field and just about knocked me off my couch! Meanwhile, “Bees” slowly inches toward its big revelation. The difference? The method of storytelling. You know this as well as anybody, Josh. You have to figure out an interesting way to deliver your story. “The Imposter” is told in a fascinating way. “Bees” is just kind of thrown out on the table. It’s all about the narrative structure for me. That’s the difference. “Cleanflix” is very much like “The Imposter” in this way. If you had revealed that huge shock at the intro, it would have taken the air out of your film’s big surprise.

    Regarding “The Imposter”…
    I hope you noted that I mentioned that “The Imposter” was on your Top 10 of 2012. I cited you and gave you some credit for the pick. But I also had to state that I had been wanting to see it since last fall, and I tried to watch it before the end of the year, but it wasn’t available on DVD yet. I think maybe I got more reaction from them during my review because of my emphatic enthusiasm. You’re such a cool, calm and collected guy (perhaps because you’re a filmmaker yourself), that maybe they didn’t realize just how much you loved it. But seriously, 10 out of 10. I back you all the way, Josh.

    Insane story time: Get ready to think I’m insane… I have this weird, ridiculous thing about giving credit where credit is due when it comes to movie recommendations. Even if a person had nothing to do with the creation of a film, if they recommend it to me, and I watch it and love it, then I feel obligated to give them credit for having steered my attention toward the film. That’s why I cited you and your Top 10 list.

    One time I recommended a French horror flick to several of my big-time horror critic friends. The movie is called “Inside” (2007). It is straight nuts (and though that film isn’t based on a true story; the same events have happened in reality)! Perhaps I’ll review it soon for MPW. Anyway, I strongly encouraged these guys to watch “Inside.”

    A few weeks later one of their co-hosts happens upon it. He tells them to watch it. They all finally do. They go nuts over it, and love it to pieces. And to this day, every time they bring it up, they cite this second guy for bringing it to their attention! It kind of drives me crazy.

    Petty? Maybe. Why does it make me crazy? Because as a film critic, that’s all you have. That’s why we do this: We recommend movies for people to watch, so they’ll find films they love and then return to you for more opinions.

    By the way, everybody watch how I do this:
    I first learned about “Inside” from listening to The /Filmcast. Their guest Dan Trachtenberg gave a mini review on it. Thanks, Dan! Also: I first learned about “The Imposter” from David Chen of The /Filmcast. Thanks, Dave and Josh!

  3. Thanks for the response regarding THE IMPOSTER, Jason. I was mostly kidding. My sarcastic tone doesn’t come through in text. I appreciated the shout-out. I just had to laugh that everyone seemed genuinely enthused about your review like it was the 1st time they’d heard of the movie. Probably reading too much into it and definitely doing it in a good-natured, ribbing, ball-busting kind of way.

    Also had to laugh at the BEES comment just because of the funny juxtaposition of the life or death stakes, but only slightly recommending it. It just struck me as funny. but I absolutely take for point. A good topic does not a good documentary make.

    I love your take (and story) about giving credit to those who recommend a film. You can better you’ll be hearing from me about KILL LIST! 😉

  4. Jay, did I remember incorrectly or did you not like Insidious? I thought it was pretty “meh” myself. I have to say as a Colts fan I shut the show off after two hosts professed their love for the Pittsburgh Steelers… sorry dude.

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