Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 033: The Great Gatsby (2013) and Disconnect (2013)

In this epic, 2 and a 1/2-hour episode, you’ll hear Andy snoring through our discussion of “The Great Gatsby,” which is reviewed by Joshua Ligairi and special guest WILLIAM ROWAN JR., cinephile, writer and co-producer of Cleanflix.

In addition to reviewing “The Great Gatsby,” Jason gives some enthusiastic coverage of “Disconnect,” a limited release film by Henry Alex Rubin, starring Jason Bateman. Karl doesn’t appear on this episode, as he is enjoying the Mother’s Day festivities, but before his nap, Andy gives Karl’s Mini Review for him.

I. Intro
II. Mini Reviews
Josh: Upstream Color, Primer
Andy: The Burning, Cropsey (2009), Here Comes the Boom, Otis
Karl (by proxy, via Andy): Mud
Jason: John Dies at the End, Hobo With a Shotgun
William: Superman: The Movie (1978), Doctor Who, Season 3, Episode 10: “Blink”

III. Feature review of “The Great Gatsby”
Ratings and Recommendations for THE GREAT GATSBY
Josh = 6.5 ( Rental )
William = 6 ( Avoid )

IV. Andy snores through the podcast

V. Feature review of “Disconnect”
Ratings and Recommendations for DISCONNECT
Jason = 8 ( Theater / Rental )

VI. Listener Feedback and Misc. tidbits
– Congrats to Dave Becker of DVD on his 1,000th review!
– Downloading The /Filmcast and does anyone have the first 20 episodes of The Watchers podcast?
– Michal on obtaining “Cleanflix”
– Comments from Nisu Shah and when BillChete will return to horror broadcasting
– Comment from Jared M.
– Vance King on “Pain & Gain”

VII. Genre Recommendation Segments

Documentary: Exporting Raymond (2010)

Horror: Splinter (2008)

William Rowan Jr.’s recommendation: Of Mice and Men (1992)

VIII. Wrap-Up

NEXT WEEK’S MOVIE: Star Trek Into Darkness with special guest Willis Wheeler

Links for this episode:

Don’t forget to watch Josh and William’s documentary “Cleanflix,” which is currently streaming on Netflix Watch Instantly.

Book recommendation: The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer by Anthony Bruno

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

Boss Butcher’s Terror Troop Podcast

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Special thanks goes out to our special guest, William Rowan Jr., for joining us again. And we’d also like to thank all those who have written to us! We also want to thank 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.

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12 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 033: The Great Gatsby (2013) and Disconnect (2013)

  1. I agree that the imagery in John Dies at the End was good, but yeah, I didn’t care for it….but I did like Scott Pilgrim! Ugh, Hobo…yikes…it could have been brilliant, but I just found it overwhelming in gore and violence…I’m a horror fan so it doesn’t normally bother me, but in this case, just too much…society is violent…we get it…super exploitation….

  2. Hey, I heard my name lots!!! Thanks for responding to my questions (and I’m a guy – it’s not obvious with the vowel at the end)!

  3. Hey, Nisu. Sorry for the mix up. I had to pause halfway through my comment because I realized that I wasn’t sure.

    Jason, I think when you were talking about THE KINGDOM, you were actually thinking of KINGDOM OF HEAVEN because, as far as I could find, there is no Peter Berg edition of THE KINGDOM. I also remember the /Filmcast guys really being into the Ridley Scott cut of KINGDOM OF HEAVEN when I was listening to their podcast a lot in the early days. So, yeah, that is definitely a good film (although also underrated) but I was referring to the underrated Peter Berg flick that takes place in modern Saudi Arabia.

    The Andy snoring moments are just amazing. This would be my favorite episode, if only Karl had been on, although I really like the touch of Andy giving Karl’s mini-review as well. Hilarious.

  4. No worries, Jason! Yeah the snoring was hilarious! I do have Netflixa and will be watching Cleanflix on there soon! Also, I really like Splinter! it’s a fun, silly horror film that’s really well executed!!!

  5. Hi guys,

    I’m a bit surprised that you’ve connected me with the movie’s piracy. This was absolute not my intention but perhaps it is my fault because English is not my mother lounge. Anyway, it is beyond my understanding how a guy who supports your (free) podcast, offer money for uploaded, password protected movie can be associated with the Pirate Bay — I’ve never visited Pirate Bay in my life! Let’s stop here as I don’t want to damage my name any more.

    By the way, on the the DVD is sold out.

  6. Hi Michal,

    Jason here. Thanks for your honest comments (and for being willing to chat with us, back and forth, about such juicy topics).

    I’ve been worried all along that our exploration of the topic (or the expression of our personal opinions about the issue) might come off seeming abrasive toward you, which was never our intention. We understand that in the Netherlands, the laws are different.

    Josh and my other co-hosts can correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m fairly certain that none of us feels that you’re a reprehensible person (I know I don’t feel that way). Indeed, the very fact that you inquired about how to go about getting a copy of the film is proof that you’re not a pirate.

    So, I personally apologize if our conversation has been offensive to you. That was never our intention, believe me.

    I haven’t gotten my copy from him just yet, but I’m buying a copy of “Cleanflix” (to support Josh and Andrew) when I see Josh next. So, if you have a DVD player that plays Region 1 videos, I’m happy to mail my copy to you as a gift for your support of the show (and by “support,” I’m namely referring to the fact that you listen every week and correspond with us). And I can buy myself another copy from Josh again later. Just e-mail me if you can play Region 1 and let me know your mailing address:

    We’re grateful for your feedback, and thanks for listening, Michal.


  7. Hi, Michal-

    It was also not my intent to call you a pirate. Your question simply opened up the avenue for discussion of a topic I find very interesting to explore. The industry is changing and it is important that filmmakers figure out how to make their products as easily accessible to viewers as possible.

    I also just think that Americans have trouble wrapping their heads around the practice of legal torrenting. It is a completely foreign notion to us. but I absolutely understand the laws in Nederland.

    As I’ve said, I’m personally okay with it in regard to Cleanflix, but I’m not the copyright holder or the sole creator, so I don’t have the power to authorize it or give permission in any way. Jason is buying a DVD, as he said, and I’m okay with him getting you a copy however that is possible.

    Also, thank you for pointing out that the DVD is “sold out” on the website. I did not know that and have been directing people there! It is on Amazon in the U.S. but you probably don’t have access to that. Your messages have pushed me to finally get after our distributor about getting a digital download and streaming version of the film available in Europe. So, thanks so much. Hopefully it will be available soon.

    I hope I didn’t offend you. That wasn’t my intention. We appreciate engaged listeners. En ik hou van Nederland. Oranje boven!

  8. Hi guys,

    I’m not offended, just surprised about the perception differences between US and Europe (especially Netherlands). Perhaps in the future differences will disappear.

    Anyway, I really appreciate Janson’s offer to send me a copy. I’ve watched the movie trailer and I’m wanting to see it even more. My DVD player can indeed play NTSC region 1 discs, no problem here. My snail mail address should be included with my monthly PayPal payments. In case it isn’t just let me know and I’ll e-mail it to Janson separately.

  9. Thank you for talking about Disconnect, I don’t know why it’s not getting more attention. I think too many people roll their eyes at stories about how “the internet is bad.” But it was really amazing and has stuck with me even a month after seeing it. It’s not preachy and all the performances are really fantastic. See it if you can.

  10. Sorry I didn’t post before the new episode came out! Bummed that you didn’t like John Dies At The End! But hey, different strokes. Myself, I rented it before it came out in theaters and watched it three times in my 48 hour rental period, and I’ve purchased the Blu Ray, so yeah, I loved it! LOL Also have to echo what was said about Primer. Great movie. Looking forward to seeing the director’s new one that was mentioned.

    I actually liked The Great Gatsby quite a bit as well, though a few of the musical choices were out of place for me. Nice episode guys!

  11. Thanks, Boss! I’m watching John Dies at the End for an upcoming episode. I’m only a bit in and I already like it more than Jason did. Glad you like Gatsby and Primer–two films it is hard for me to find common ground on with a lot of people.

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