Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 162: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) and Bone Tomahawk (2015) and Our Brand Is Crisis (2015) and Truth (2015)

Episode 162

Welcome to Episode 162 of Movie Podcast Weekly, the new-release movie show featuring a film critic, an actor, a geek and a guy named Andy. In this week’s show, we bring you four Feature Reviews of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and Bone Tomahawk and Our Brand Is Crisis and Truth.

This week Karl is broadcasting from Jason’s house. Also in this episode, we bring you a pretty epic rant about Netflix. And starting next week, your MPW crew and Jedi Master Steve Hernandez will be covering one “Star Wars” movie each week — in-depth — leading up to our review of “Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” So, next week, we’ll be reviewing “Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace” (1999), and “Spectre,” of course. Join us!

This episode is dedicated to La’Darious Wylie.

If you’re new to our show… Movie Podcast Weekly typically features four hosts — Jason, Andy, Karl and Geek Cast Ry — 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 Wednesday.


I. Introduction
— Karl broadcasts from Jason’s house.
— Karl’s forever young-looking wife.
— Andy thinks comedian Matt Braunger (“Big, Dumb Animal”) sounds like Ryan
— Next week: Feature review of “Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace” (1999) with Jedi Master Steve Hernandez

[ 0:06:44 ] II. Mini Reviews
Karl: Interview With a Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
Andy: They Live, True Detective Season 1:1-6
This Week’s Netflix Rant: The Problems With Netflix, Andy recommends “Gary Gulman: In This Ecomony?”
Jason: The DUFF, Flash Season 1:13-14, From One Moment to the Next (short film)
Ryan: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Muppets

IV. New in Theaters This Past Weekend:
Our Brand Is Crisis
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
The Wonders
Carter High


[ 0:44:36 ] III. Feature Review: SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (2015)
Karl = 7 ( Rental )

[ 0:49:50 ] IV. Feature Review: BONE TOMAHAWK (2015)
Jason = 10 ( Masterpiece / Must-see / Buy it! )
Andy = 10 ( Can’t, in good conscience, recommend that anyone watch it. )

[ 1:08:43 ] V. Feature Review: TRUTH (2015)
Jason = 6.5 ( Rental )

[ 1:16:28 ] VI. Feature Review: OUR BRAND IS CRISIS (2015)
Jason = 4 ( Avoid )

Episode 162b

[ 1:24:14 ] VII. MPW Miscellany
— MPW listener Jenifer goes “Back to the Future” on Oct. 21, 2015
— An all-female version of Ocean’s 11
— Police boycotting Tarantino films
— A Die Hard 6 prequel?
— A very special thanks to Ian, for his generous donation for MPW and HMP storage space.
— Tell us which movie you’d like an MPW commentary for?

VIII. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending

Episode 163 where we’ll be reviewing the next James Bond movie, “Spectre,” as well as “Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace” with Jedi Master Steve Hernandez. Join us!


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38 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 162: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) and Bone Tomahawk (2015) and Our Brand Is Crisis (2015) and Truth (2015)

  1. My friend, Andy, whom I love, is a jack ass. No edited needed there… Yeah, it’s hilarious, and it will be even more hilarious when MPW is permanently removed and banned from iTunes for being “explicit” when it’s marked “clean”…

    Thanks, Dino and Sal, for letting me know (and the specific time stamp really helped). I have removed the one I missed. Let me know if there are more… My apologies to everyone. There were just so many, and I have so much extra time for all that editing…

    Sorry again, everybody.


  2. I’ve had some interest in seeing Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, but due to it’s quick turnaround from theater to VOD (Along with Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension), it’s not playing at my local theater. A November 16th VOD release date isn’t too bad of a wait though.

  3. Hey Everyone

    Before I get to regular show comments, I would just like to sound off on Rick and Morty. Ry’s probably tired of hearing me agree with Rob Bass and his lauding of the show, but here goes….

    The show is fantastic….smart and hilarious. However, Jason, I’m not sure it’d be up your alley. Definitely don’t go into it thinking, “Oh, a quirky cartoon about a crazy scientist grandfather and his weird grandson. I love father-figure/son themed shows, I’m gonna watch this with my boy.” No. Don’t. Watch it by yourself. In fact, make sure your wife has taken the children with her out of town for a night or two. R&M is definitely a late-night, adult swim show. There are plenty of awesome references to love, but it can get pretty blue. Just a heads-up, it’s super-awesome, but not for the faint of comedic soul. I might be going overboard, but don’t let it’s ‘smartness’ make you think that it’s clean.

    I hope this helps.

  4. Why does it say published 4th when I can only see it on the 9th. For users, it should be more easy to see when the next episode is released.

    • I imagine the published date is the 4th because Jay wants to keep it a weekly podcast even when they get a bit behind. For letting listeners know when the next podast is set to be released, although Jay would love to know exactly what day each new podcast will be released, it seems difficult to guess accurately when it comes to not knowing how long the editing process will take.

      Personally, I just pay attention to the sidebar’s posters. Whenever they get changed, it’s a clue that a new podcast is set to be released any time now.

    • Hi Michael,
      That’s a fair question. This podcast is *supposed* to release every Wednesday, on a specific day and time every week. We record the show every Monday night, without fail. But due to my schedule, I was always late. Was… (More on that below.) As Sal rightly wrote, I wanted to maintain the show’s weekly schedule, so I would back-date my posts to the intended release date to try to preserve some order amid the anarchy.

      But coincidentally, just this week — starting with Episode 163 — our releases are finally going to be consistent and on time again. Perhaps even early, even! In short, I’m just going to do very little (read: hardly any) editing. And though the podcast runs smoother with editing, it’s worse to me — and I suspect, to the listeners — to have inconsistent and late releases. These Star Wars episodes we’re releasing need to be on time, because I’m releasing our review of Episode VII: The Force Awakens as soon as humanly possible. So, we’re going to do better, Michael, starting this week. Thanks.

  5. Also, just as a PSA, TRICK ‘R TREAT actually IS streaming at the moment… but not on Netflix. It’s currently streaming on HBO for subscribers.

  6. Does anyone else think that Karl was given a ‘sexy man’s mike’ in Jay’s podcast booth? I’m a regular dude, and think that Karl is probably a well-liked man, especially hearing from Jay that his wife is beautiful, but man, after hearing Karl this week, I wanna make sure my wife doesn’t listen to this episode. Karl should tape a series of 900 number tapes in Jay’s podcast booth. I was waiting for him to ask what we were wearing.

    Also, I take the Metra train into the city (Chi-town) for work. And to listen to podcasts in peace or read or whatever, I sit in the ‘quiet car’. They’re awesome, and the other riders take it very seiously (probably a little too seriously).

    Well, this fine Monday morning, firing up this week’s MPW, and listening to the opening back and forths by everyone, I actually LOL’d to the point where I got asked to leave the quiet car. I’ve never given so little care to getting reprimanded. Well done fellas.

    Other comments…

    I second Ry’s pick of Dr. Horrible. It’s a dope little former web-series.

    I think one of the problems with Netflix is that they’re getting to the the point where they have such a huge share of this non-traditional-way-to-watch-entertainment industry (althought it’s becoming more traditional every year) that they can do whatever they want. Hulu seems to be trying to up their movie selection game, but currently, IMO, it’s the service to go to for movies. Anyway, Netflix knows this and does whatever they want, because they can

    • I’d argue part of the problem with Netflix is that we’re finally seeing some other major players in this video streaming game (Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, ect). As a result, every studio, TV series, or whatever is worth more since they can have a little bidding contest. That all means Netflix misses out on some big deals particularly when they’re already sinking so much money into their original programming. For example, Netflix’s Marco Polo series costs $9 million per episode to produce.

      Luckily, Netflix’s original programming tends to be really good. I’ve only watched the first episode of Aziz Ansaris’ new show, Master of None, but it looks to be another hit for Netflix.

      • Yeah, I think Sal is starting to hit at the problem we’re facing in the streaming arena right now.

        The guys on the show seemed to reflect the general opinion that Netflix is the problem. That’s not the case. If Netflix had their way, they would end the disc part of their business altogether and just have every movie streaming online. From a business perspective, there’s far less overhead in serving up digital files than having to physically store, manage and mail out discs. The extra couple of bucks a month they get from people still on the disc plan does not justify the extra cost of maintaining that part of their business.

        The problem, though, is with the rights holders of the content – the movie studios and production companies – just as it was with the music industry in the early days of iTunes and into the streaming era with Spotify, etc. The studios are the ones who restrict what Netflix can and can’t include as part of their streaming service. That’s a big reason why Netflix got into original programming. A few years ago, movie studios heavily restricted what they allowed Netflix to stream instantly, even moreso than they do today, and they ended up losing much of their “A-movie” streaming catalog. It got so bad that Netflix began to lose subscribers. They saw the writing on the wall, so started looking at the HBO model. They realized the best way to maintain their subscription base irregardless of what the movie studios do (a factor they, ultimately, cannot control) was to produce their own content. Content that was worth subscribing for.

        If Netflix had their way, they would have every movie ever made available to stream instantly via their service. That would be the best way to build up their subscriber base, and they could even justify charging more than the <$10/month they charge now. I'm sure their content people are just as frustrated about the streaming restrictions as we are.

        So, just remember, Netflix is not the enemy in this fight.

    • I agree with you about Karl’s voice in this podcast…I think it was because he was trying to talk quietly as to not disturb Jason’s wife. It was nice!

  7. I agree with you both. I understand the majority of the problem is with the studios as far as restriction of what content is available. I do however think there is still a possible problem with Netflix getting too big. I hope Hulu and Amazon continue to fight the battles to make Netflix compete for our memberships by making every attempt to provide the best content possible. Are they providing some great original content series? Sure. But are they providing the best movie selection possible (while still being able to turn a profit). I’ll say, maybe, with a lean towards yes, only because I still see Hulu and for the most part Amazon’s offerings to be crap. Granted, I do get the occasional holy-Spicoli-look-what’s-on-Amazon moment, overall I don’t find myself watching movies there.

    What do you all (Sal, Dino, anyone else) think? Of those of you that have the three (Hulu, Amazon, Netflix), is it mostly Hulu for TV, NetFlix for movies and glad to have Amazon for free shipping and the occasional movie?

    Just curious.

    Oh, I’m juiced for the Spectre episode. I’ll say I thought it’d be better, but I still had a good time checkin it out. :-)

    • Hulu Plus never did much for me. The commercials were a total drag and I wasn’t a fan of the interface/menus. I ended up cancelling my account at the start of the year due to how rarely I was using it. The fact that they now offer a deluxe Hulu Plus membership where you can watch programs without commercials has tempted me into possibly getting it again.

      Amazon Prime’s video streaming isn’t something I use much due to so much of the content already being on Netflix. Currently, I have been watching it a lot to watch old seasons of Survivor though. Occasionally, I’ll find an interesting movie that Netflix doesn’t have too. Amazon Prime is an unique service in that their streaming service isn’t the main reason to get Amazon Prime though.

      Netflix has been my favorite streaming service since I got rid of cable in early 2014. I typically have a couple of shows in progress at any point. For example, right now I’m in the middle of That 70’s Show and Bob’s Burgers for my active series. The price for Netflix has been worth it to just go through one series after another like I’ve been doing. Besides obviously the movies, I also love the large selection of stand up comedy specials.

      • Hulu’s nice for when I’m in the mood for classics that I’ve never seen….having a ton of Criterion Collection films is nice, I just hope their regular selection continues to improve.

        Ooooooohhh….the gomez98 family household loves us some B’sBs!! Anything with HJon, really. Nice pick.

  8. To Everyone of our listeners – I’m very sorry for my language on this episode. I think it’s been edited for my content now, but to those who had to endure my poor language, I’m sorry. I know that using foul language is unbecoming, and although I do think it’s funny from time to time, I also know that it’s offensive to many. I don’t swear very much in everyday-life. My antics on the podcast, though certainly based on my actual life and character, are more a caricature of me than anything else. So, I’m sorry. Hopefully we don’t get kicked off of itunes, and hopefully the listeners will forgive me.

  9. We love you, Andy. And while I know I can’t speak for everyone, I would guess that 99.9 percent of the people who endure this weekly podcast are fully aware that your language is solely for comedic effect.

    Yes, Karl and Ryan always talk that way, but we know you’re a true performer.


  10. What I’ve learned from “F” Gate 2015 is that I never want Jay mad at me. He’s got the whole “I’m not mad at you, just disappointed” shtick down cold. I wasn’t even the one to cuss and I felt so guilty after reading his first post. Ha

  11. I can’t wait to see Bone Tomahawk after this review, but now I am a little nervous about the last scene. If you guys think it’s intense, it must be really intense! I can usually handle most gore, and I think the most horrific scene I’ve ever watched wasn’t even in a horror movie. Have you ever seen the movie “The Killer Inside Me”? What Casey Affleck did to Jessica Alba is the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen in a movie…I was physically ill, and that’s never happen before. I can’t imagine anything being worse than that.

  12. Haven’t gotten around to this weeks episode yet, but it sounds like i missed out on some excitement! I was watching “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver and just had to share this with you guys, especially Andy and Jason, who love Peanut Buster Parfaits! Just watch the first minute and you will understand what I’m talking about! Keep up the good work Jason, editing is a time consuming B****

  13. Can’t remember if I’ve said it yet (and I’m too lazy to go back and read the comments), but I really enjoyed this episode. I think it was one of the more fun ones in awhile.

    Regarding an all-female Ocean’s 11, I really don’t want to see this happen (even though it sounds like it will). For me, though, it has nothing to do with the fact that it’ll be a female ensemble. The thing that made the Ocean’s movies work so well was the dynamic between the cast. They had such a great chemistry, and it legitimately felt like they were all buddies in real life. That was a big part of the appeal with those movies for me. I fear that no other ensemble – whether it be another all-male cast, all-female or coed – will be able to capture that magic.

    Regarding Tarantino, at the risk of sounding like a giant douche while dropping some names, I actually had the pleasure(?) of spending some time with him and, from that experience, I can say that he’s a very weird dude. I know, this isn’t a news flash… all you have to do is watch or read an interview of him (or watch one of his movies) to realize that he’s operating a few cards short of a full deck, but believe me when I say that this dude is bizarre. I’m not saying that excuses his anti-police antics, and I certainly don’t agree with that, but… the dude is weird… seriously… weird.

    As for suggesting some movies that deserve the MPW commentary track treatment, I have a few ideas…

    STAR WARS, EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE – I actually like this film, but I imagine it would spur some humorous discussion among the guys.

    ALIEN – Because it’s awesome, and I’m fairly positive they all like it.

    2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY – I think it would be interesting to hear the guys’ thoughts on it since it is what I consider to be one of the more thematically complex films ever made.

    THE MAZE RUNNER – I think having Karl defend the movie while Andy made fun of him for liking teen movies would be good programming.

    There certainly are better options for an MPW commentary track, but these were just the first few that came to mind (and I was hoping to get that conversation started on the boards).

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