Speed Racer/Ain't Them Bodies Saints

This is what happens when you pick two random films that maybe people didn't watch the first time around. It was kind of refreshing, after devoting much of the summer to covering the latest films to hit the theaters, to go back and just choose movies that we want to talk about. We are always open to suggestions, so if there is something that you want to hear us discuss, please feel free to leave us a message on Facebook,  Twitter @offthereels,  or you can always email us at comingoffthereels@gmail.com




Atomic Blonde and Sharknado 5

Look, not all of our choices follow a theme, sometimes it just works out that we watch an action/thriller set during the days before the fall of the Berlin Wall and movie about weather systems full of sharks in the same week. Is it possible that some of us here at COTR thought that Sharknado was the better movie? That would be crazy, right? But just like every cop, in every 80's action film, we are a little crazy, and we play by our own rules...and maybe we're too old for this shit. Maybe. 



The Big Sick

Once again, we are not quite a full crew, but Sean and Drew try their best to carry on without the sage wisdom and witty puns of Roy and Ryan. This week we take a look at the indie comedy, The Big Sick. Even though this movies is based on a true story, I will tell you that we talk about most of the major plot points, so if you haven't seen it yet, and don't know how it ends, you may want to wait. You can just go back and listen to one of our other hilarious episodes until you get caught up. We also briefly revisit a couple of films we've already done so that Sean can get his opinion on the record. 


War for the Planet of the Apes

When I first heard about Rise of the Planet of the Apes years ago, I never would have imagined that it would be the beginning of one of the strongest franchises around. Can the latest film from Matt Reeves follow in the footsteps of Rise and Dawn? Is this the performance that finally gets Andy Serkis an oscar nomination? Why does a movie like 12 Feet Deep exist, and why did Drew watch it? So many burning questions. I guess you just need to listen to find out the answers. 


We thought we would try something a little different this week and record out in the world. For we basement dwellers, this is kind of a big deal. Luckily, The Casual Pint allowed us to record on their patio, so if the show sounds a little noisier than normal, that is why.  You know those annoying guys at the bar who are speaking too loudly about nerdy things? That was us, and we had microphones. We drank good beers and discussed good movies (and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). Don't worry, we did spend some time geeking out over the new Ready Player One trailer.



Spider-Man: Homecoming

People may complain about how many comic book movies are out there these days, but in a summer that has given us Transformers, Pirates and more of those $&!*$@ Minions, I think the reliability of the comic book movies is welcomed. How does the 3rd version, 6th film,  of Spider-Man compare to the rest? Can it possibly be better than Spider-Man 3? I'm just going to go ahead and tell you, it is better than Spider-Man 3. If Tom Holland were sitting in front of a camera just playing with Spider-Man toys, it would still be better than Spider-Man 3. We also discuss a few other things we've seen lately, and spend too much time talking about cats.



I'm just saying, why did they need to have that many villains? Why just tack on Venom at the very end of the movie? And what the hell was up with that weird EMO Peter Parker? AND THERE WAS SO MUCH CRYING!!!!

The Blackcoat's Daughter & It Comes at Night

In this throwback to the movies we used to talk about on this show, we discuss a couple of low budget "horror" films, The Blackcoat's Daughter and It Comes at Night. Both movies have good and bad qualities which we use as a way to discuss the condition of modern horror movies, and how we feel about the paradigm shift that is occurring within the genre. Don't worry though, we also make immature jokes like we are a couple of 13 year olds. Just didn't want you to think that we were taking this too seriously. 



Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales & Alien: Covenant

In space, no one can hear you yawn


On this episode, we talk about pirates and aliens. Actually, a movie where pirates have to fight aliens sounds a lot more entertaining than either of these films. Hopefully these mark the end of the bad summer movies, and we can actually return to being happy about going to the theater. 



Movies to pass on to our kids

We wanted to talk about which movies from our childhood should be passed onto the kids today. Some titles will survive with little effort from us, Disney and Pixar are pretty safe bets to still be fan favorites for years to come. The titles we chose all come from different places. Some are bonafide classics, some take complex emotional themes and present them in a way that a child can understand, while others are just so steeped in nostalgia that they had to make the list. This episode was an hour long, but we probably could have spent another four just breaking down this topic. This show is dedicated to our newest listener, who is only 2 hours old at the time of this post!




The Mummy & Transformers: The Last Knight

What happens when you decided to tackle not one, but two of the most poorly reviewed movies of the summer blockbuster season? The same thing that always happens; we drink, we review the movies, and we actually like some of what they have to offer. We're here to take the bullet, and let you know which one of these horribly reviewed films is worth watching. 




Wonder Woman

As a group, we here at COtR have been fairly split on the post Dark Knight films that make up the DC Extended Universe. On the high end of the spectrum we have moderate acceptance of a movie, while the low end as been a visceral hatred that rivals the feelings towards The Phantom Menace. Could Wonder Woman be the beacon of light the DCEU needs to find its way back to a place of respectability? Can Wonder Woman step out of the grim shadows cast by Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad? If you have seen anything about this movie, you probably already know the answers to these questions, but here are our opinions on the subject anyway. 



Baby Driver

We were able to attend an advance screening of the new Edgar Wright film, Baby Driver. Normally we don't like to give away too much about what we thought of a movie in the blurb, in case someone accidentally listens to the show, but for this movie, we are making an exception. There are a lot of movies out in the theaters this summer, and this one could easily be missed amidst the never-ending parade of billion dollar franchises and ill-advised reboots. Baby Driver manages to be effortlessly cool and fun in a time when movies seem to be in short supply of both. If you've ever complained about the lack of options at the movies, it is your responsibility to see Baby Driver, so that movies like it can continue to be made. 



Rewind: 1987

The gang gets together to reminisce over our favorite movies of 1987. There will always be something magical about this particular era of films. A time when we didn't care what critics thought about anything, and still many years away from a time when our own cynical outlook may have prevented us from enjoying some of these classics. Special thanks to Zachary Huffman for joining us for this show. He is now all too aware of just how exhaustingly nerdy it is to sit around a table and talk about movies for 90 minutes.



Free Fire / Fate of the Furious

This week, we took a look at the kind of action movie you can make for $10 million and the kind that you can make for $250 million. There may have been a couple of issues that forced us to record half of this show a 2nd time, but dare I say the show is better for this mistake? Probably not, but I still think we recovered nicely. This is also the show where we reveal that we are masters...MASTERS of the art of impersonations. 



Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Three years ago, Ryan and I were both a little underwhelmed by the first entry into the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Three years later, and one of Marvel's most successful properties couldn't care less what a few middle aged men in middle America think about the juggernaut they've created. Still, we have plenty to say, good and bad, and since we have all this recording equipment, we might as well make a show. 



Power Rangers

The Power Rangers really seemed to mean a lot to plenty of people out there. Was this movie for them, or was it for a new generation of kids? Did the Power Rangers movie fulfill the promise of having an openly gay superhero? Did it spend more time talking about Krispy Kreme then it does actually showing us the Power Rangers? The answers to these questions and more in this week's episode of Coming Off the Reels.



John Wick 2/Logan

John Wick 2 and Logan go together like peanut butter and jelly...like biscuits and gravy...like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong. These two blood-soaked films show that style, substance, and a hard R rating, can still find an audience in a world where too many films are watered down to try and appeal to the largest audience possible. Then again, someone brought a baby to our screening of Logan, so maybe it is a movie for everyone. Spoiler alert, the baby seemed to hate Logan, and we seemed to hate the parents who brought a baby to a late show of an R rated film. Also, Drew sings poorly, and everyone gangs up on Sean for his thoughts on Ruby Rose's character in JW2. So pretty much what always happens. 




Rewind: 1986

We aren't just about new movies here at COTR, sometimes we like to look back to a simpler time, when movies and our palates were far less sophisticated. Ryan, Roy, Sean and myself all made a list of out 5 favorite movies from 1986, along with our least favorite movie from that year. We also each watched something for the first time, something that maybe we should have watched in the last 30 years, but just couldn't get around to it. We will of course be reviewing new movies in the future, but occasionally it is just as much fun to look back. 



Welcome Back!

We are back baby, and this time we really want to make it work. I know we’ve said that before, but this time we really mean it. We’ve grown up a lot since the last time, and now we feel like we’ve really got our shit together. I know last time we really let you down. Sure, at first we tried to be a part of your life, but eventually we would just show up on special occasions, maybe a podcast around the Oscars or something and then we left completely for awhile, but this time we really want to be there for you. I know that a lot of people go through these kinds of problems, but maybe I have a solution. How would you feel if we brought it a couple of new people, to maybe spice things up a little? That way if one of us has a headache, or just isn't in the mood, someone else can tag in, and we can all walk away happy. 


So welcome to Coming Off the Reels…let’s say 12.0. This ever changing podcast will hopefully show up a bit more regularly than it did in the past. Sometimes we will talk about new movies, other times we may be revisiting a random year from the past or a specific theme. We will just kind of make this up as we go. And if no one ever listens to a single podcast, then we will just be a group of people who sit around, have a few drinks, and talk about the movies that make them happy, and that is not a wasted endeavor. 


Wish us luck.


Love Always,


Coming Off the Reels

Sound of My Voice

I remember the first time I saw the trailer for Melancholia, I thought, “Looks like an interesting concept for a low-key sci-fi film.  And then, I remember seeing a trailer for Another Earth and thinking, “Damn, seems a lot like the concept for Melancholia.”  I was so wrong on so many levels.

But that’s another conversation for another time.  What’s important is that my initial curiosity for Melancholia piqued my curiosity for Another Earth.  I ended up seeing Another Earth way before Melancholia and loved it.  A scant year after Another Earth was released, Sound of My Voice came out.  And while the film certainly didn’t share the same plot threads as the other two films, it still gave off an eerily similar vibe; science fiction-y, low-key, ambient, atmospheric, and, once again, starring Brit Marling.

The story revolves around journalist Peter Aitken (Christopher Denham), a fledgling journalist trying to get a big break by infiltrating an underground cult with the help of his girlfriend Lorna Michaelson (Nicole Vicius).

Getting to the cult meetings involves thorough showering, dressing in white gowns, strange meeting places, blindfolded van rides, and some of the most intricate secret handshakes known to man.  The cult leader, Maggie (Brit Marling) claims she woke up one day in a tub in an abandoned apartment where she had been magically transported from the future.  The year 2054, to be exact.

She promises that she will take them back with her if they all jump through the many hoops she puts in front of them, including blind faith in her extraordinary claims, eating and regurgitating fruit, days of starvation, and eating worms.  Just to name a few.

As the time to make the journey to 2054 comes nearer and nearer Peter and Lorna start to wonder about each other, adding an interesting layer to the film.  Each of them, at one point or another, believes the other may actually be falling under Maggie’s spell.  And all of this, of course, is shrouded in mystery.  IS she telling the truth?  IS she making it all up for some more sinister reason?

I enjoyed this film on a number of levels.  First off, I like Brit Marling, although I could see how some might not.  She is an interesting actress.  In both films she plays a similar character; a somewhat lethargic, doe-eyed lead who, despite her languor, still manages to be enigmatically charismatic.  In that way, in particular, she is the perfect lead for the film.

In addition to excellent casting, the film works well on a number of other levels.  The way Peter sometimes seems to lead Lorna parallels the way Maggie leads the cult.  Peter, who starts out the most incredulous of the group, is often times seen wearing a gown that is a slightly different shade than the rest of the group.  A nice color scheme to reflect his skepticism.

The dialogue.  While some of it does seem ridiculous, one must suspend their disbelief to some degree.  For example, the idea behind eating and then regurgitating the fruit — that they were purging themselves of previous wrongs done by them and to them in order to purify themselves – seems a little silly, especially since it just HAPPENS to coincide with the day that Peter ingests a tiny microphone so he can get audio of the cult.  Mmmmm….contrived.

But, then again, it is a cult, and I would rather the filmmakers take a stab at creating a personality rather than what I saw in the woefully overrated Martha Marcy May Marlene where the main reason we seemed to be given as to why the members were wooed to joining was because the leader (John Hawkes) knew how to play guitar.

By and large, though, the script is well written, dialogue and all.  There are a lot of loose ends at the end of the film, A LOT, but the film is short, under 90 minutes, and I enjoyed it enough I would consider watching it again to see if I could piece the puzzle together.

Written by Ryan Venson