Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 133: Danny Collins (2015) and Son of a Gun (2015)

Episode 133

It’s Episode 133 of Movie Podcast Weekly. In this show, your hosts bring you Feature Reviews of Danny Collins and Son of a Gun. Don’t miss it!

If you’re new to our show… Movie Podcast Weekly typically features three hosts — Jason, Andy and Karl — along with frequent guests. We give you our 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 Tuesday.


I. Introduction

[ 0:01:31 ] II. Mini Reviews and Miscellany
Karl: “Handel on the Law” teaser story, Bernie, Warm Bodies, Lone Survivor
Jason: Unbroken, Book: “The Film Club” by David Gilmour, I never got to see Stealth (2005)…
Andy: Crank, 30 for 30: I Hate Christian Laettner

III. What’s New in Theaters This Past Weekend
Danny Collins  [ Limited ]
The Longest Ride
Clouds of Sils Maria  [ Limited ]
Ex Machina  [ Limited ]
Kill Me Three Times  [ Limited ]
Lost River  [ Limited ]


[ 0:45:42 ] IV. Feature Review: DANNY COLLINS (2015)
Jason = 9 ( Strong Rental )

[ 0:57:33 ] V. Feature Review: SON OF A GUN (2015)
Jason = 7.5 ( Rental )

VI. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending
— Thanks to Tammy for her support.

Episode 134 when we’ll be reviewing “Unfriended” and “Monkey Kingdom.”


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16 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 133: Danny Collins (2015) and Son of a Gun (2015)

  1. Listening to MPW can be hazardous to your health. I was at the gym this morning near the end of the new episode and was lifting when Andy started live investigating Jason’s claims about the cast of “Son of a Gun.” Made me laugh out loud, which screwed up my breathing, which almost made me drop the stack (which probably would have been more embarrassing than harmful, but still). Also, Brenton Thwaites is the star of “The Giver,” which you guys reviewed just a handful of months back (though it might have been that William Rowan Jr. is the only one who actually saw the movie). He also had a small but significant role (as Prince Philip) in “Maleficent.”

    In 2012, while still at the Daily Herald, I was all lined up to review “The Dark Knight Rises.” I’ve always been pretty heavily “meh” about “Batman Begins,” but I love “The Dark Knight” (I’d reviewed them both for the Herald, so this would have completed the trifecta). At any rate, “The Dark Knight Rises” was supposed to screen in a special IMAX (probably faux-IMAX) auditorium at Clark Planetarium in SLC. I’d only ever been to one other screening there, but that one had gone off without a hitch. This time, however, there was some digital snafu that had locked up the print. The publicist kept us waiting for about 90 minutes, promising that they’d get assistance from L.A. any second. This would have been a morning screening (10 a.m. or so, if I recall correctly, which is a fairly unusual time, even for a critics-only screening). Eventually, they called it off and said they’d aim to reschedule it later in the week. I drove back to Provo and, going on three years later, still haven’t seen the movie. I’ll probably get to it at some point, but it’s definitely weird how sometimes, once you’ve missed something, the universe seems to align against your ever making it up. I’m not saying that I couldn’t have rented or streamed the movie a hundred times over by now, just that the opportune moment has never shown up again.

    Also, Andy’s confession that he hasn’t seen “Cinderella” yet made me laugh, too. I don’t think Jay was really going for, “Have you ever missed a movie that opened a couple of weeks ago and is still in theaters and you’re not at all past the point where most normal people intending to see the movie have watched it,” with this one. That window is still open until the movie has been to second-run theaters, gone to DVD and filtered through its initial availability on Redbox, Netflix, Amazon, etc. There’s a passage of time element involved. :-)

    • My dear Cody Clark,

      4 things:

      1. Thank you for commenting. This episode was grotesquely late, and I thought the entire MPW community was just punishing me by refusing to comment. And I would deserve it. But yes, that’s exactly what I meant by “A movie that you never got to see but always meant to…” You’re exactly right. I take what I can get with Andy, though. ha ha.

      2. I loved hearing you on The Sci-Fi Podcast! If ever there were a podcast that was perfect to show off your talents — that’s The One (get it?)! You were brilliant over there; everyone should go listen:

      3. I’ve been meaning to re-visit “The Dark Knight Rises,” and I’d like to discuss it more in-depth, along the lines of a Feature Review. (It released the summer before MPW was born.) I’ve only seen it the one time, and I’d like to explore it. We’d love to have you back as a guest in a couple of weeks, and perhaps we could tackle it together.

      4. Would you (and everybody else) please do me a favor and go vote here?: We’re announcing some big stuff on this Wednesday’s new episode (#134).

      Thanks, my friend.

      • 1) I’m always stoked to see a new podcast up, even if it’s late. And since I usually have something to say, I almost always comment, unless I don’t catch the podcast until it’s so late in the week that the next podcast is already up. Then I just do my signature move of going to the new podcast to comment about the previous podcast. :-)

        2) The Sci-Fi Podcast is tons of fun. They have a very good crew over there, and they talk about interesting stuff. I enjoyed that second episode immensely.

        3) Any time, brother. I have been giggling with glee over the trailer for “San Andreas” for months (even though I’m pretty sure it will be awful), so maybe that would be a good week for it.

        4) My (first) vote is in! Everyone else, please vote for one of the final two options. I need at least two hours of MPW in my life each week.

        • “4) My (first) vote is in! Everyone else, please vote for one of the final two options. I need at least two hours of MPW in my life each week.”


      • I’ve been to several press screenings where the print locked up, which is a problem that didn’t used to exist in the pre-digital era. That’s the only one I’ve been to, however, where they didn’t even get the movie started before it happened. Usually it freezes somewhere in the first 15 minutes, although I got through about 35 percent of “Stardust” at one screening before #digitalprojectionfail kicked in.

  2. Also, “Stealth” is terrible. You didn’t really miss anything, Jay. I reviewed it for the Herald back in the day:

    It’s maybe a tiny bit watchable in a “laugh at this awful movie” kind of way, but not worth anyone taking the time to seek it out. “Broken Arrow” and “Executive Decision” are both better. Which isn’t saying much, but still …

  3. “…and then we have EX MACHINA… which, by the way, we had some listener say… I’m sorry, I forget who it was – Juan, or Dino, or David…”

    It’s happened. We’ve melded into one person.


    • For the record, it was Juan who requested a review for EX MACHINA. I did second the request, which may have muddied the water.

      I broke protocol and watched a trailer for EX MACHINA last week, and it looked really interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

    • “It’s happened. We’ve melded into one person.


      I laughed out loud at this! it was bound to happen, what with our mutual love of craft beer, horror movies and obsessively commenting on podcasts.

      I think we need to make a concerted effort to establish ourselves as distinctive individuals. From now on Juan can be the loveable rogue, Dino can be the brooding but good hearted rogue and I’ll act like a rogue. And wear a hat.

  4. @Jay – Thanks for bringing the DANNY COLLINS review. I hadn’t heard of it and, even if I had, I probably wouldn’t have any interest given its uninteresting title. Your review piqued my interest, though, so I’m going to add it to my queue and catch it when it’s on VOD.

    Re: my unseemly homework recommendations, my intention was to suggest good movies that 1) people may not have seen or heard of, and 2) had at least one or two aspects that could be seen as “objectionable.” Hopefully Andy enjoys watching and reviewing them.

  5. Hi guys! First time commenter. I’ve been listening to you guys for a while now and I look forward to listening each week. I eagerly check to see when a new episode arrives. It’s never a bother if it’s on time or not, honestly. But it is a treat when it does show up.

    Anyway, funny thing that the first time I’m finally stepping up to comment is about the movie Crank. I’m not a huge Jason Statham fan or anything. I actually haven’t seen the full movie. But I do remember hearing about this movie from my good friend Juan, who turned me unto this podcast haha. Not to throw him under the bus, but if I remember correctly, he put the Crank movies on the so bad it’s good category. I could be mistaken.

    Anyway, my Crank story: I was at Kuma’s Corner in Chicago. It’s this amazing heavy metal themed burger place that serves pretty incredible burgers. They were playing Crank on their TV. It’s really not something I’d watch but I have to admit, sitting at a bar, drinking beers, eating some crazy burgers, listening to really heavy metal and watching the crazy, visceral action of Crank had everyone at the bar cringing and groaning with delight. It made for a pretty fun package, not gonna lie. So, set and setting.

    Also, so many movies I’ve been meaning to watch and I keep hoping to eventually watch. I can totally relate, Jason. I’m nowhere near cinephile status. In fact, I’m known in my group of friend’s as the one that missed all the classics growing up. Just a few years ago, we had a Movie Redemption Week where I got to watch Robocop, Blade Runner and Ghostbusters for the first time! That was a great week.

    Keep up the great work! I’ll continue to listen and I’ll keep trying to catch up on my movies until the end of times haha \m/

  6. I’m waiting for someone to say they got into an accident on their way to see CRASH (2004) in the theater, and still haven’t had a chance to see it.

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