Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 213: Doctor Strange (2016) and Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Episode 213

Strange things are happening this week on Movie Podcast Weekly, Episode 213… Andy and Karl are no-shows, but Jason and Ryan welcome special guest William Rowan Jr. (of The Sci-Fi Podcast). We bring you two Feature Reviews of Doctor Strange and Hacksaw Ridge. Weirdly, we lost the first half of the recording of this episode, so Jason had to re-record the Mini Reviews again. But don’t worry, the second half of the show and the Feature Reviews with William Rowan Jr. were preserved, so 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
— Jason had to re-record the first half of this show.

[ 0:05:45 ] II. Mini Reviews
Jason: Westworld Season 1:1-4, The $2 Dollar Bill Documentary, Locke
(William Rowan Jr: Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler, Amanda Knox (2016), The Dwarvenaut
Ryan: Chicago Cubs win the World Series)

III. New in Theaters This Past Weekend (Nov. 4, 2016):
Doctor Strange
Hacksaw Ridge
Army of One
Wednesday’s Song — Ryan’s fake movie
My Dead Boyfriend
Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story
Tribal — Ryan’s fake movie
Dog Eat Dog
The Ivory Game
Take the 5th — Ryan’s fake movie
Peter and the Farm


[ 0:36:39 ] IV. Feature Review: DOCTOR STRANGE (2016)
Jason = 7.5 ( Theater / Rental )
[ Karl = 8 ( Theater / Rental )]
Ryan = 9 ( Theater / Buy it! )
William Rowan Jr = 7.5 ( Theater / Buy it! )

Ryan’s Top 5 Marvel Movies:
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. Ant-Man
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. Doctor Strange
5. Guardians of the Galaxy

[ 1:02:09 ] V. Feature Review: HACKSAW RIDGE (2016)
Jason = 10 ( Theater / Buy it! )

VI. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending
— Is “Breaking Bad” a precursor to “The Walking Dead”?
— E-mail from Andrew
— E-mail from Leigh
— E-mail from Adam from the UK
— Start preparing your Top 10 of 2016 lists
— Ryan’s mini spoilers example

Episode 214 where we’ll be reviewing “Arrival” with special guests Mattroid and STATION from The Sci-Fi Podcast. Join us!


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20 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 213: Doctor Strange (2016) and Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

  1. Hi guys,
    Ryan had me cracking up laughing at the end when he started talking about spoilers for the bible. I haven’t read it so I don’t want it spoiled, is Jesus dead the whole time?

  2. Top Podcast once again, making this horrible weather in England bearable!!
    Also thanks for mentioning west world, got into it last week truly great already and moving up my top 5 list of TV series Knocking out
    1 Game of Thrones
    2 West world
    3 Vikings
    4 The office
    5 Prison Break (season 1)

    Also was the film you were thinking of Fantastic 4 (any of them because they are all bad) but in the most recent one all of the action takes place in the last 5 mins.


    • Interesting. I’ve been meaning to get around to Vikings. Is it similar to Game of Thrones, or does it slant more action/war as opposed to political?

      • In some ways it is and others its not. they are portrayed as the vikings in history are known to be like, very brutal and not very diplomatic, but in the later seasons when England and France are brought into it it becomes more political and extremely tactical. The first two seasons are great but the most recent seasons are something else!

      • Vikings is GREAT!!

        Characters you love. Characters you hate. Characters you move to hate.

        Good looking women , and some damn good action.

        Possibly one of the greatest opening themes ever.

  3. I don’t necessarily buy the Breaking Bad – Walking Dead thing. Ryan is probably right about it being more of an in-joke thing. But the zombie apocalypse of Walking Dead doesn’t start in Atlanta. That’s just where the characters we follow are. It’s a national outbreak/issue. There’s also the show Fear the Walking Dead, which chronicles the early part of the outbreak and takes place in LA (much closer to Albuquerque).

    J, good to hear a plug for Life is Beautiful. That’s one of my top 3 films of all time. To me, the first half, which is more of a whimsical romantic comedy, is a perfect complement for the second half, which has some wonderful callback moments where things from the first half payoff in powerful ways.

    Also, Locke is one I’ve meant to see but missed. Thanks for the reminder.

    • I second the recommendation of Locke. It’s outstanding.

      I haven’t seen Life is Beautiful since the theater; I had a hard time with it but I should give it another shot.

  4. Jason – Thanks for your thoughtful condolences for Cleveland Indians fans. It was definitely a tough pill to swallow, but at least we have the recent Cavs championship to ease the pain.

    I’ll just assume you chucked the early part of this podcast and Ryan’s heartfelt glee over the Cubs win out of consideration to me and the other Cleveland-area listeners of the podcast. Thanks, buddy. :)

    • Also, definitely keep me updated on whether or not you’ll be in town. Obviously, I know you’ll be a little pre-occupied if/when you’re here, but I have a lot of family friends at the Clinic (one of them is actually the former head of cardiology). Maybe I can get them to move you to the VIP floor that’s normally reserved for diplomats, high-ranking state officials and celebrities. Not likely, but never hurts to ask.

      At the very least, I’d like to bring you a little “get well” teddy bear or something.

      • Dino,
        I wouldn’t need any fancy suite, ha ha. But I’d love to see you when I’m in town, if you’re available to stop by. Depending on how much time you have, perhaps we could watch a movie together while I’m all laid up and gimpy. ha ha. No pressure.

        They’re telling me late January, early February. I’ll keep you posted!


    • Dino – As a Chicago-born lifelong Cubs fan, I’ll admit I’m biased, but while I can feel the pain of individual Indians fans like yourself, I can’t muster up much empathy for the fan-base as a whole. The Indians had the 28th (out of 30) lowest attendance figures in MLB; by far the lowest attendance of any Division winner (more than an average 10,000 less people per game than the next closest).

      I mean, what does the team have to do to get people in the park before the Postseason? The Cubs, OTOH, have normally ranked in the top 5 in MLB attendance – even in years they lost 100+ games.

      • Mark – The Indians are the best-kept secret in baseball. 😉

        Joking aside, you have to consider a few things before making such a sweeping judgment. First, Progressive Field is the smallest in the MLB by seating capacity. Second, the Cleveland metro area is the smallest by population of all the 2016 division winners… by a lot. The Cleveland metro area has less than half the population as the next closest division winning metro area. See below:

        Los Angeles – 18.7 million
        Chicago – 9.73 million
        Arlington (Dallas/Fort Worth) – 6.43 million
        Washington, D.C. – 6.1 million
        Boston – 4.63 million
        Cleveland – 2.06 million

        Simply looking at the raw attendance totals is extremely short-sighted; you need to take the whole picture into account before making snap judgments. For example, you could easily make the argument that, when looking at actual attendance vs. potential attendance (i.e. taking stadium max. capacity, potential patrons by population, etc), Cleveland is blowing the other division winners out of the water.

        More to the point, though, equating these raw attendance numbers as a measure of the strength of the fan base is borderline moronic and, frankly, ignorant. I am not a native Clevelander. I grew up in New Jersey (in an area within the Philadelphia metro area), and have spent some time in Atlanta, Boston and Southern California… and, most recently, lived in NYC for more than a decade before moving to Cleveland two years ago. In general, I can honestly say that Cleveland as a whole has the most loyal fan base to its sports teams (even the shitty Browns) that I’ve ever been around. And, for the record, I identify as a New Yorker and a New York sports fan, and am not particularly fond of Cleveland (just ask Juan, David, Josh and others around here; I complain about Cleveland all the time). So there is no Cleveland homer or fanboy bias in this opinion.

        That said, I am not naive enough to assume that my anecdotal evidence and experience is enough to make a sweeping statement about all fan bases as fact – it is just what I know from the information I have. I personally wouldn’t make any judgments of the Chicago or Seattle fan bases, for example; I couldn’t because I have never spent any significant time in those areas. I’m willing to bet you haven’t spent any significant time in the Cleveland area. And that’s really the point: making a sweeping, judgmental statement about an entire fan base based solely on something as short-sighted and incomplete as raw attendance totals is, to put it gently, sort of naive.

        A quick word of advice: don’t be THAT Cubs fan. It’s not a good look.

        • Dino – I’ll refrain from calling you names in my reply even though you didn’t extend the same courtesy to me. Is that a reflection of a Cubs fan versus an Indians fan? I’m afraid I don’t have an answer for that one – I’ll leave it to others.

          Your excuses are just that – excuses; not actual logical reasons. Kansas City has an equivalent metro area population, came in 3rd (13.5 games behind) in their division, and ranked 12th in attendance (almost 1 million more people attending home games than Cleveland; i.e. 62% more). St. Louis has a slightly larger metro area population and was ranked 2nd in attendance (116% more than Cleveland). Or what about Milwaukee (1,572,245 metro area)? Almost 10,000 more people. on average, per home game than Cleveland? The list goes on and on…

          And the seating capacity? Seriously? Progressive Field seats over 35,000 – it sat, on average, 45% empty during home games. Sorry, but that’s pathetic – and I’m hardly the only one to notice it – it was talked about by the announcers during the World Series coverage. You just have to compare Cleveland’s figures to other equivalent markets to see how bad they were for a front-running team.

          “… making a sweeping, judgmental statement …”

          What was my “sweeping” statement again? That I don’t feel much sympathy for the fan base as a whole (for the Indians’ collapse and crushing defeat at home) because, unlike the postseason games, the stadium sat, on average, almost half empty? How can that be “naive” – it’s just my opinion?

          And lastly, you can dispense with the “words of advice” – especially when responding with insults.

          • … Um … I have no idea what you guys are talking about.

            In other news:

            – I’m starting to have an inner crisis regarding “Westworld.” (I’ll discuss more in Ep. 215.) But it’s beginning to worry me, and I fear no one in the world will understand…

            – Also for Ep. 215 (our Thanksgiving edition of MPW, which will feature Andy once again and Brain the Physicist from The Sci-Fi Podcast)… Brain will be settling the “Airport ’77” debate for us. He wrote: “I would love to talk buoyant forces and material density with you … so I can shut your cohosts down like a Denny’s full of rats.” And yes, you’ll finally get to learn what’s happened to Andy, more or less.

            Lastly, trying to publish Ep. 214 this morning, and I’m anticipating that the listenership will back me up on “Arrival,” since I was standing alone against reprobates and degenerates…


  5. How convenient is it that Jason lost the first hour of this episode.
    As a listener, I’m sure his explanation on how and why it happened sounded perfectly reasonable, but having been there and knowing what happened, I’m telling you it was no coincidence.

    Here’s my side of the story as I remember it:

    The first thing that came up as we were recording (that got a little heated), was when we started talking about Andy. I was trying to dig a little deeper to try to figure out what’s going on, but I didn’t realize how sensitive of a subject it was.
    That one was mostly my fault, I shouldn’t have done that.

    But then I shared something pretty personal about my current situation in my life and Jason sort of scoffed at it. Thinking back, I think that he thought I was joking, but it totally triggered me and I became defensive and sarcastic towards him. I guess that one is mostly on me too… sorry.

    Then Jason totally downplayed the argument we got into about documentary filmmaking, and how one can find the truth in them. He put up a pretty good fight before he finally admitted I was right.

    And then he claims not remember my rating on the Netflix documentary Amanda Knox…
    He knows what it was, but he disagreed so strongly he just happened to forget what it was when he did his recap of what was lost.

    I just thought the listeners should know my version of what happened, so they can decide for themselves where the truth lies.

    I made all this up just to give Jason a hard time. He felt so bad about losing part of the recording, and I couldn’t help myself:)

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