Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 065: American Hustle (2013) and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) and Made-for-TV Christmas Movies

Welcome to “A Very Merry Movie Podcast Weekly.” The four horsemen are back in the saddle again for our 65th episode and just in time for the holidays. With special guest JEFF “THE SLEDGE” HAMMER, the boys talk all things Christmas TV Special and review two new films that are currently playing in theaters: Adam MacKay’s much anticipated “Ron Burgundy” follow-up, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, featuring the hilarious clothes and haircuts of Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner as well as David O. Russell’s star-studded American Hustle, featuring the hilarious clothes and haircuts of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner.

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.


( 00:00:00 ) I. Intro:
— Josh is calling in by phone from a snowy Utah interstate
— Welcome Jeff Hammer, who prefers Santa Buddies over Silent Night, Deadly Night

( 00:04:00 ) II. Mini Reviews:
Karl: White Christmas, Nester: The Long-Eared Donkey
Andy: Blackfish, Zero Dark Thirty, Escape From Planet Earth
Hammer: Flirting with Disaster, Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings
Josh: The Frozen Ground, Out of the Furnace, Silent Night,
Jason: Air Force One, The Intouchables

Additional Recommendations: The Court Jester (Hammer), Escape Plan (Jason), The Impossible (Jason), Black Hawk Down (Karl, Andy, Jason)

( 01:26:52 ) III. Feature review of AMERICAN HUSTLE:
Jason: 6.5 ( Rent It )
Karl: 6.5 ( Rent It )
Andy: 6 ( Rent It )
Hammer: 8.5 ( Theater / If I Bought Movies I Would Buy It! )

( 01:49:52 ) IV. Feature review of ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES:
Andy: 6 ( Rent It )
*Dave Becker: 5.5 (Rent It)

( 01:56:36 ) V: The LONE SURVIVOR Marketing Campaign

( 02:07:50 ) VI. Made-for-TV Christmas Movies

The Rankin/Bass Collection, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Seinfeld: “The Race” and “The Red Dot” and “The Strike,” The Office: “Benihana Christmas” and “Classy Christmas” and “Christmas Party” and “Secret Santa,” Monk: “Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa,” The Simpsons Christmas, Holiday in Handcuffs, Dear Santa, The Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Box, Christmas in Conway, Wings: “A Terminal Christmas,” Stalking Santa, Matchmaker Santa, George C. Scott’s A Christmas Carol, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Family Ties: “A Keaton Christmas Carol”

( 02:30:27 ) VII. Wrap-Up

VII. The Tiny King — written and performed by Jason Pyles

Next Monday on MPW: We will cover the Best Films of 2013, so subscribe to Movie Podcast Weekly on iTunes to make sure you don’t miss it! Subscribe FREE here!

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Lily Tomlin and David O. Russell On-Set Fight 1: YouTube

Lily Tomlin and David O. Russell On-Set Fight 2: SpikeTV

Jason and Josh discuss Christmas Horror with Dave Becker on Horror Movie Podcast 005:  Bad Santas, Freaky Phone Calls and Klaus Kinski

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

Join Jason for a discussion of life and love on: The Donut Show

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 Donut Show 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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18 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 065: American Hustle (2013) and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) and Made-for-TV Christmas Movies

  1. Hey guys, just wanted to say sorry for all the interrupting. I realized after I hung up that I was rarely waiting my turn. Too used to Zombie 7 I guess. But that’s not an excuse. Thanks for having me, it was fun.

    • Hi guys! I want to say that my wife and I watched Anchorman 2 and thought it was a lot of fun. At one point I had to stop myself because I felt like I was going to laugh myself sick.

      The last third of the film slowed down on laughs and I wondered why. Then, I realized it wasn’t because what I was watching wasn’t funny, it was that the film changed it’s tone. The parody of late 70’s/early 80’s family melodramas was excellent.

      Then, the cameos begin. That was epic. SPOILER ALERT?

      Harrison Ford becomes a WereHyena.

      That’s only part of the fun. After the credits, there is a brief scene that sealed the deal for me. It made me realize that they had been messing with my head. And I respect that.

      It was solid and highly recommended from me!

  2. Watched Blackfish. I thought it was super boring at the beginning. But eventually I got hooked. Even more disturbing than the treatment of the whales is the treatment of their trainers. You have people who quite literally put their lives on the line everuioy day and then their employer says they are to blame for anything that goes on.

  3. Getting to this podcast a bit late this time, but since you asked for some feedback, I would probably give the fighter a 8. Christian Bale is great in everything he does.

    The Intouchables was great also and definitely worth checking out.

  4. I remembered Josh talking about “Blackfish” a while back. I think he was spot-on on his review. I was fighting a fever when I decided to watch it. My fevers get a tad bit hallucinatory and I was totally having orca nightmares/delusions all night. Man that show scared me.

    “Blackfish” did seem a bit one-sided. I found one article detailing SeaWorld’s response: I am sure there is more out there. Regardless, the documentary won my family over. My wife and I were ready to go join picketers outside SeaWorld. “Free Tilikum!” “Stop Animal Cruelty!”

  5. Just being back from overseas trip and I had limited internet access there. Funny you guys started about fighter and I immediately thought about million dollar baby being a better film. I think I will give fighter something like 7.

    Chris bale is not my favorite actor I have to say. I don’t know why .. he is effective but I can see many actors can do just a good job in fighter if given the role, Ethan hawk being one in my head right now.

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