Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 061: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and Delivery Man (2013)

In Episode 061, the Thanksgiving special of Movie Podcast Weekly, your hosts fail to give you any Thanksgiving recommendations at all, but instead, opt for reviewing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire—the  Empire Strikes Back of teenage girl fantasy melodramas—as well as Delivery Man—which turns out to be less a comedy and more a “very special” Vince Vaughn movie. And a warning to our more sensitive listeners, the boys get a little rowdy and the show gets a little PG-13 during Karl and Josh’s mini-reviews, but not enough to mark the episode explicit.

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.

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SHOW NOTES — with Time Stamps!

( 00:00:00 ) I. Intro:
—Sadly, Hammer could not join us
—Karl and Andy are guests on The Donut Show
—Listener feedback re: Rotten Tomatoes reviews and Matthew McConaughey movies

( 00:08:19 ) II. Mini-Reviews:
 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Daybreakers, Lonesome Dove
 Almost Human, Trading Places (plus a little tech talk about Chromecast)
Josh: Hunger Games, Big Sur (teased, but reviewed in full at
Jason: I Think We’re Alone Now, It’s a Wonderful Life, Citizen Kane

In this segment we also discuss: Jennifer Garner has very few physical imperfections, but Andy would like to point them out. We are going to save Interview with a Hitman for next week so that Jason and Josh can catch up with it. Josh’s wife looks like Diane Lane. Karl watched Planes Trains & Automobiles with his elderly friends, and you should buy our PT&A premium commentary this Thanksgiving. Jason makes it clear that he has never listened to Josh’s Movie Stream Cast episodes. Josh and his Movie Stream Cast co-host discuss Alpha House on MSC028: find it here! Andy hates Jimmy Stewart.

( 01:04:46 ) III. Feature review of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE:
Karl: 7.5 ( Rent It )
Andy: 7.5 ( You’re Already Going to See It In the Theater / Wouldn’t Buy This Unless the 3rd Installment Is Good )
Jason: 6 ( Rent It )

( 01:30:07 ) IV. Feature review of DELIVERY MAN:
 8.5 ( Buy It )
 8 ( Buy It )

VI. Segments:

Romantic Comedy: It Could Happen to You

Crime: Mean Creek

Documentary (Reality TV): Survivor: Fiji

Another great film series’ that isn’t The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek,The Godfather, or The Hunger Games:
*The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

( 01:59:20 ) VI. Wrap-Up

—Jason loves Frozen (2010) and Josh knows a guy in it
—Listener Poll
—Listen to Josh on Movie Stream Cast: here!
—Listen to Andy & Karl join Jason on The Donut Show later this week: find it here!
—Episode 003 of Horror Movie Podcast includes a review of the documentary The Birth of the Living Dead and has a little Thanksgiving flair:” Turkeys, Zombies and Danielle Harris

Next Monday on MPW: We will try to figure something out from the meager offerings. Join us!

Links for this episode:

Article about Kate Bosworth marrying director Michael Polish and doing her first nude scene in his film, Big Sur: ABC News

Article about Idaho Senator who is lampooned on Alpha House by Matt Maloy: Larry Craig

Article about Survivor: Borneo winner Richard Hatch and his Delivery Man-esque story about fathering 200 kids: The Hollywood Reporter

Remember to check out our Thanksgiving premium commentary here: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Jason and Josh celebrate Thanksgiving on: Horror Movie Podcast Episode 003: Turkeys, Zombies and Danielle Harris

Karl and Andy guest with Jason, Willis and Keith on: The Donut Show

Get help managing you Netflix queue from Josh on: Movie Stream Cast

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.

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11 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 061: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and Delivery Man (2013)

  1. Karl – The Roku3 that I used in the theater was $89. Prior to that I used the Roku XS which I bought for $50 (as a refurb). The Roku 3 is a bit faster than the XS (which I use upstairs but both are really fast compared to the Oppo blu ray player. The Roku comes with a remote for navigation and you can also control via a ios or andriod app. The Roku has hundreds of various channels that can be installed and I can access anything that is available on the web.

    The one thing I don’t understand with the Chromecast – how do you control it without a remote?

    • I may have to upgrade to the Roku3. Just bought Chromecast on Karl’s recommendation this weekend on a Black Friday deal, but that’s not too much more for what seems like some superior features.

      • I played around with a chromcast over the weekend and its a cool little device for the price. Being tied to another device is a deal killer for me though. . The roku operates as a standalone player – no need for an phone, ipad etc. I do not want to have to turn on a bright phone or ipad in a dark theater. If you want to use an ipad though, the roku app works well.

        I think the chromecast will get better over time as more apps become available.

  2. I watched the Tiffany documentary after you guys talked about it on the Donut Show. My wife sat down to watch with me also and she left at the exact scene you mentioned when he put his face against the poster. I agree it was really creepy but fascinating at the same time.

  3. Great show guys – really enjoyed it and I love getting your show on my Ipod on a Monday (or Tuesday) morning. I have a 90 minute drive to my work and your show usually takes me all the way and about halfway home. I have a recommendation for all of you guys but mainly Jay and Karl. Jay because its crime and Karl because its set in the homeland. I am from Belfast which I believe is where Karl is from. I still work and live in Northern Ireland.

    The name of the show is Love/Hate and its a crime drama about the Dublin crime gangs. I think you would love it if you could get past the accents. Its compulsive viewing with great acting and script. Its easily the most popular TV show in Ireland at the minute. They are also in talks about remaking it for USA television.

    Also Jay I think you should give Survivor another chance as it took me a while to get into but now I love it. Once you get into the strategy and game playing in it its a very interesting look at human nature and how far people will go to win a million dollars.

    Anyway would love to hear your thoughts on Love / Hate. All the best

    • Thank you for your support re: Survivor. Always appreciated around here. And glad we can be of some help for your commute … that’s exactly how I use podcasts as well and its cool to hear that someone else has our show as part of their routine.

  4. I don’t understand how to donate to the website while shopping on Amazon. From what I understood from the recent podcast the link should be where are pictures of hosts. I clicked on everything on the right site and couldn’t find any link to Amazon. Where is it?

    • Thanks for giving it a try, Sky. I’m not sure what browser you are using, but on mine there are 3-4 Amazon links on the side-bar. There is one right above the “Our Next Movie Reviews” posters, one right below the “Cujo Commentary” image. And one right below the Donut Show image. And, I think, another one further down the page. I’m using Chrome right now, but I think I tested it on Safari as well and they were working. Depending on when you tried, it may have been because there was a transition time between the “Black Friday Week” links and the regular ones, which I am updating right now. Sorry and thanks again for giving it a shot.

      • I use Google Chrome, as well. I know now what was the problem. I use Ghostery and it blocks adverts. I just didn’t think that the link would be an advert, as well. I guess I was just expecting a normal link. I’m sorry.

        One more question. If I watch something on Amazon Prime for Free, will it donate to the website, as well?

        By the way, thank you for the podcast. It’s awesome. =)

  5. Of all the nice things said about me on your podcast, Andy’s random comment about my missing the show because no NFC North teams won might be my favorite. Have to love it when a facebook post so pointless makes it on the podcast. But no, that had nothing to do with it, I’m not a fan of any of those teams, but I still loved it.

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