Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 204: Don’t Breathe (2016) and Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

Episode 204

Please join us for Episode 204 of Movie Podcast Weekly. In this episode, we bring you two Feature Reviews of Don’t Breathe and Mechanic: Resurrection. In this show, we also talk about the films we’re looking forward to during the remainder of 2016, and Ryan discusses a predicted collapse of the “blockbuster bubble” in 2018. Join us!

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. New episodes release every single week!


I. Introduction
— The loss of Gene Wilder
— Jason’s notoriety on The /Filmcast
— Cody “Moe Green” Clark’s newspaper bought out by Jason’s newspaper
— “Blood Father” and “The Sea of Trees” streaming on Amazon already!

— Ryan discusses’s Why the Blockbuster Movie Bubble Will Burst in 2018
— The Playlist’s 50 Most Anticipated Films of the Fall Season

[ 0:49:03 ] II. Mini Reviews
Karl: Vizio 70-inch 4K TV, The Nice Guys
Ryan: The Green Inferno, In the Heart of the Sea, Harry Potter and the Sacred Texts podcast
Jason: Breaking Bad Season 1: Episode 1 – Pilot, Dark Haul
Andy: The Final Girls, The Wire Seasons 1-2

Bet Predictions for Andy’s Rating of “The Nice Guys”
– Jason says Andy will rate it a 5.5 or a 6 and say Rental.
– Karl says Andy will rate it a 7.5 and say Buy it!
– Jason’s prize: Coca-Cola at theater
– Karl’s prize: Diet Pepsi at theater

III. New in Theaters This Past Weekend (August 26, 2016):
Don’t Breathe
Mechanic: Resurrection
The Hollars
I Am Not a Serial Killer
Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon
Blood in the Water
Southside With You
The Intervention
The Sea of Trees
Hands of Stone
Remember the Goal
Complete Unknown
Black Songbird


[ 1:13:57 ] IV. Feature Review: MECHANIC: RESURRECTION (2016)
Karl = 4 ( Avoid )

[ 1:19:45 ] V. Feature Review: DON’T BREATHE (2016)
Jason = 9 ( Theater / Buy it! / Must-See )
Andy = 9 ( Theater / Buy it! )

VI. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending

Episode 205 where we’ll be reviewing the following films:
In Order of Disappearance
A Monster With a Thousand Heads

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15 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 204: Don’t Breathe (2016) and Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

  1. Two quick notes from The Producer…

    1. I just recently (hours ago) released Episode 203, so please don’t overlook it:

    2. I intended to finish our conversation in this episode about Denzel Washington’s performance accolades… Indeed, his first Oscar win was for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in “Glory” (1989). And then his second was Best Actor in a Leading Role in “Training Day” (2002). He also received nominations (but did not win) for “Cry Freedom” (1987), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Hurricane” (1999) and “Flight” (2012).

    Thanks for listening!

      • @Sal,
        I don’t know if that’s ironic or not, Alanis Morissette… All I know is this week (thus far), we’ve been Movie Podcast TWICE-Weekly! : )

        And if we’re fast with releasing Ep. 205 (recording tonight), then maybe we can be Movie Podcast THRICE-Weekly! (Ep. 205 should be a really good one.)

        Thanks for your patience, Sal.

  2. Sorry Andy, no, you’re wrong – I’m afraid you can’t keep skating by with your fake German (or fake Spanish) :)

    Nietzsche is *not* pronounced NEE-CHEE – it’s pronounced NEE-CHUH.

    “How to pronounce Nietzsche”

    But I’m on totally onboard with ‘The Wire’ re-watch (I’m also on Season 2). Once you get into it, it’s hard to stop and watch anything worse instead (which is almost anything) :)

    • I’ve been considering a rewatch of The Wire too. It was this very podcast that convinced me to check that show out several years ago and I’ll be forever grateful.

    • Thanks, Mark! (In your face, Andy!) I believe I said “NEE-CHUH.” You know, for a “counsel,” Andy often counsels me poorly… ha ha

      Teaser for Ep. 205 (recorded last night):
      – 5 Feature Reviews
      – 2016 Summer Movie Postmortem
      – Top 5 Movies That Make Us Want to Choke Puppies

      Teaser for this week’s HMP:
      Horror Movies for Little Monsters (Kids’ Horror)


      • J –

        In Andy’s defense, he’s typically the most learned member of your motley crew. On the other hand, he does try to stretch his learnedness into areas it doesn’t quite cover some times 😀

        The next podcast sounds great; I’m looking forward to it.

        Unfortunately, as much as I’d enjoy attending the gathering in Indiana this month, the timing’s off for me. I grew up in Chicago and still go back (from NL) once a year to help my 95 year-old Mom out, but always in the middle of winter (for obvious reasons). So if you guys were meeting in January, I’d be all over that get-together. :)

  3. Saw “Don’t Breath” this weekend as well. I thought it a pretty well made movie, pretty intense. I wanted to go see “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” but my wife stalled on our date night at the restaurant and I missed out on it. Has anyone seen this movie? I’ve heard great things.

    Here in KY, across the river from Cincinnati, at the theater I like to go to they just installed luxury seating (recliners & assigned seating) not sure if people just don’t get the point of picking your seats but since the luxury seating has been installed 2 out of 3 times someone has been in my seat. I said something but my wife cut me off and wanted to just avoid the conflict and chose to sit right next to the couple in our seats, how annoying is that?

    Have been watching “Miracles from Heaven” with my daughter. We have been watching this in pieces, and haven’t finished this yet but most of the way through it, but although I know it is cheesy I am always in search of a movies to watch with my daughter and this is actually not as bad as I thought it would be. If you have a daughter they might enjoy this.

    • I mentioned seeing Hunt for the Wilderpeople a couple months ago. I think I gave it an 8 and said that initially it seemed amazing, but kind of lost some steam for me as it went on. Kind of borrows the premise of Up, with a teenage kid and a cantankerous old guy off on an adventure. But doesn’t quite reach the levels of emotional impact or humor of Up. Still, very enjoyable and a breath of fresh air compared to the slew of mediocrity this year, and after this and What We Do in the Shadows, I’ll be following this writer/director very closely.

      • I’ll have to probably have to catch that on video now but with definitely check it out. I will have to check out also What we do in the Shadows since I’ve heard good things about that as well.

        I’m hoping we have a few more surprises in the next couple months that make everything better. I’m looking forward to the “Magnificent Seven”, since I enjoy Westerns and that cast looks like it could be good, and also Arrival.

        Any other movies people are looking forward to in the next couple months before Star Wars? I hope Star Wars is great but the trailer scares me so much.

        • I liked What We Do in the Shadows quite a bit better, overall, but they are very different films. Shadows is a really funny mockumentary, and Wilderpeople is more of a sweet story that has a fair amount of humor. I like what Wilderpeople aims for, but I think Shadows was more successful in achieving what it aimed for.

          After a pretty meh year so far, with a few gems (Sing Street is my current BMOTY), there are quite a few films coming up that I’m hopeful might turn the year into a good one, overall. The Arrival, Manchester By the Sea, La La Land, Blair Witch, Doctor Strange, Passengers, The Founder, and yes, Rogue One!!

  4. J, I’m with you in general about being wary of Tim Burton movies, except that he has had some real gems, particularly early in his career. Ed Wood is probably in my top 20 films of all time. Poignant, touching and funny, with a pace that builds as it goes on, and a well-deserved Oscar-winning performance by Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi. If you haven’t seen it, don’t miss that one. It’s very different in style and feel to what typical “Tim Burton film” would conjure in your mind, and yet you can see the best of his influence in the movie. And there’s also Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice, which are all classics. I think the problem is that after establishing a successful macabre adventure style with Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice, he kind of sat in that style for a long time, and it started to get samey and stale.

  5. One thing I like about 2018 is the idea of studios spreading out their big tent pole movies into the slower months. We could use some more big title movies (whether they live up to their hype or not) in January and February.

    What I can see happening in 2018 is that box office shouldn’t necessarily suffer… Presumably people should be flocking to various sequels/requels every week or two. But I can see many of those individual films not doing as well as they might have in other years, because of the competition and tight scheduling of blockbuster upon blockbuster.

    So I think theaters will do okay, but individual films will not, which should cause studios to stop making so many big budget sequel films. Which means more original stories, and that’s a very good thing. We probably won’t see that reflected for another few years after that, though. So look forward to the Great Film Renaissance of 2022. :)

  6. I saw In the Heart of the Sea last week on HBO and I’m with you guys. There’s something almost aggressively ho-hum about this movie. I couldn’t even put my finger on what’s wrong with it. Nothing, I suppose. Based on the theme and director (Ron Howard has made some great films), I should have loved this. But it just kind of moved along and I watched it but didn’t care too much. I’m with J at a 5.5.

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