Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 266: Justice League (2017) and Battle of the Sexes (2017) and Mudbound (2017)

Episode 266 - Battle of the Sexes

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time to join your favorite turkeys from Movie Podcast Weekly for Episode 266! In this special Thanksgiving edition, we bring you Feature Reviews of Justice League (2017) and Battle of the Sexes (2017) and Mudbound (2017), which is presently streaming on Netflix! Karl takes the night off to rest his post-op shoulder, but Jason, Andy and Ryan hold down the fort. 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
— Happy Thanksgiving!
— Rats and Rat Tails
— WWE’s Survivor Series 2017 is tonight (as we record this)
— Incredibles 2 – teaser trailer for June 2018
— A Quiet Place – April 2018

[ 0:10:57 ] II. Mini Reviews
Jason: Marvel’s The Punisher (on Netflix) – Season 1, My Little Pony: The Movie, Fred Claus, Four Christmases, Hate-watching
Ryan: The Punisher, David Letterman: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, Gerald’s Game
Andy: Jim Breuer: Comic Frenzy, Harry and the Hendersons

III. New in Theaters This Past Weekend [ Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 ]:
Justice League
The Star
A Different Kind of Love
Sack Race
Mr. Roosevelt
Almost Friends
The Breadwinner
Sweet Virginia
Cook Out!
Holy Air


[ 1:07:57 ] IV. Feature Review: BATTLE OF THE SEXES (2017)
Andy = 8.5 ( Theater / Rental )

[ 1:16:36 ] V. Feature Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)
Jason = 6 ( Theater / Buy it! )
Ryan = 7 ( Theater / Buy it! )

[ 1:52:56 ] VI. Feature Review: MUDBOUND (2017) (streaming on Netflix)
Andy = 8 ( Stream on Netflix! )

VII. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending

Episode 267 where we’ll be reviewing “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Join us!


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16 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 266: Justice League (2017) and Battle of the Sexes (2017) and Mudbound (2017)

  1. Just to add to your list… Bride of Frankenstein (1935) picks up right where Frankenstein left off and Dracula’s Daughter (1936) picks up right where Dracula left off.

  2. Jason – you nailed It with the comment about the look. It’s bleak.
    MCU is colorful and instantly positive. DCU is behind the 8 ball and scrambling for anything/something.
    With that thought, I went in with positive thoughts and the bleakness drains hope immediately. Then, the fx are horrendous and needed more polishing. The writing is all over the place. Patience was needed. Listening to the “real” DC fans, not young milennials but the readers of the 80’s and 90’s comics. Every DC film flows like this. I gave up theatrical viewings since Suicide Squad. Ryan definitely had great insight and the studio execs should listen. But yes, the visual palette is bleak. Nolan nailed it. Post Nolan DC is yuck.

    • Also, Jay didn’t discover me in Fred Claus. Sheesh, Jay! Looks like Andy’s not the only one who needs to step up his game around here. Everyone knows that film critic Cody Clark discovered me as the bartending girlfriend in Invincible. The part where he mentioned my refreshingly real and grounded performance got edited out of his review, however, so he had to slip his first mention of my greatness into a review of Spider-Man 3 the next year. (Which, FYI, was still before Fred Claus.)

  3. Just for the record, I’m pretty sure that I discovered Elizabeth Banks before Jay did. Come on, Jay, keep up. I knew Elizabeth Banks was destined for greatness after spotting her in that one football movie with Mark Wahlberg, which was, like, a whole year before Fred Claus.

    Also, I gotta say I was pretty impressed with Andy’s non-effort in this episode. Dude reviewed two films that he actually saw, and did a fine job of it. He doesn’t always do his homework, though. Waaaay back when Andy’s Unseemly Homework was still part of the show (I think it was a January, maybe of 2015?), I recommended two films for the segment that Andy confirmed he would watch. But did he ever follow up? Noooooooo. Hence, I consider Jay and (B)Ryan to be totally off the hook with Season 2 of Fargo.

    • I can’t stop doing it since the recent episode where Jay called you Bryan, like, six different times. He tried to play it off after the first time it happened by saying something about having a cousin named Bryan. It cracked me up throughout, partly because I could never figure out whether he was doing it intentionally (after the first first time or two) or not. I asked him about it in the comments, but he never responded.

      I’m sure I’ll let it die at some point. :-)

      • UPDATE: It was the Halloween episode, 263. The one that Karl skipped to go to a “Halloween” party on the night before Halloween.

  4. Sigh…

    Man, I was pretty disappointed in Justice League. I am mad at all the Batman v. Superman haters that collectively raised their voices in a shrill Marvel-induced whine that made the WB big-wigs wimp out on Snyder’s vision. BvS had its problems, but I find it (the extended cut specifically) a much better film than Justice League. JL needs a good extended cut with about 30 more minutes of character development, deeper themes, and mature, convoluted plot points. Ya know, the Snyder stuff. Maybe with those additions all the Joss Whedon one-liners will be less jarring and in-my-face, and this whole thing will feel less like a desperate attempt to be like the Marvel kids down the street.

    Go ahead and fault DC for rushing into the team-up movie, but at least had a unique spin on the superhero story with Man of Steel and BvS. Then came the cringe-inducing mess Suicide Squad, and the ”paint-by-numbers,” but well-executed, Wonder Woman. Now we have JL, DC’s mid-production attempt at a Marvel movie. To quote Christian Bale’s character from Little Women of all things: A “mediocre copy of another man’s genius” complete with mid and end-credit stingers. They should have added the Stan Lee cameo, just for a few more Whedonistic kicks and giggles.

    Our only hope now is that somehow the Flash can reset the whole universe in his solo movie through one of those nifty Flashpoint narratives. Maybe he can somehow speed-run into the alternate Earth where Christian Bale is Bruce Wayne and Nolan is directing the action. He can even take Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman with him.

      • Well, I’m not wrong, but I’m intrigued by that ellipse. 😄

        Have you seen Edge of Seventeen? Lady Bird is good. Even really good in some respects. But it’s also kind of ordinary a lot of the time. I’m just a little bit baffled by the exuberance for it. The best parts are in the trailer, and sadly the rest of it is rarely as interesting or amusing as those moments. (There’s one very funny part involving a football teacher, but that feels a bit contrived and out of place.)

        Edge of 17 has much more depth, far more interesting characters and character development, and the mother/daughter relationship is very similar in both films but more meaningful and interesting in Edge17. Lady Bird may be more realistic, being that it’s more of a direct memoir, but that doesn’t make it as compelling or entertaining of a film.

        I don’t mean to bash it, and I’m not. It’s fine, and very watchable and enjoyable. But it’s a 7.5, not a 10.

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