Won't You Be My Neighbor & Three Identical Strangers

You know folks, we don't just watch crappy action movies where The Rock faces off against a giant building. Sometimes truth is more compelling and certainly stranger than anything we can make up. This week we discuss two recent documentaries,  Won't You Be My Neighbor, the story of Fred Rogers, and Three Identical Strangers, the tale of triplets who were separated at birth and then found each other later in life. With plenty of laughter, tears and suspense in these two films, there's something for everyone. 



Coming Soon...

We take a look at some of the movies you've been seeing trailers for over and over and over again. Is it naive to be cautiously optimist about all of these movies? Maybe, but I will never apologize for wanting every movie to be good. Maybe not Aquaman. 



Eighth Grade

We are aware that men in their 30s would not relate to the film Eight Grade as much as other people (though everyone should go see this movie), so we brought it one of the smartest people we know, Kaitlin Conner, to give us her opinion of this new film from Bo Burnham. I want to apologize again for speaking over her at the beginning and end, I promise I was just trying to give her a grand introduction. 




Gangster Movies

This is definitely one of the genres where we are at a loss. However, someone requested this episode, so we did our best to try and watch some of the more notable films from this particular category. Was it worth the hours and hours and hours of of voiceovers that we had to endure just to make this episode? That is up to you. I will say, it did give us a chance to introduce Roy to the Michael Bolton/Lonely Islands song, so maybe it was worth it. 




Where are the Romantic Comedies?

We often find ourselves talking about random movie topics before or after our regular recordings. It was during one of these chats that we started talking about romantic comedies, and how there don't seem to be as many of them anymore. We decided to make a bonus episode where a few of us try to unravel the mystery of this missing genre. 




Ant-Man & The Wasp

Another month, another Marvel movie. I know that it feels like we go to the Marvel well too many times, but they keep making movies, so we will keep sharing our opinion. And hey, after 10 years and 20 movies, they finally have a female character in the title! We also take a few minutes to discuss the latest Avengers movie again, since Ryan waited so long to see it. 





Dwayne Johnson used to fight people, but this year we've seen mere people are no longer worthy of his time. A few months ago we watched has he went toe-to-toe-to-claw-to-paw with a bevy of mutated creatures in Rampage, but apparently that was still too little of a challenge. Now Dwayne Johnson is facing off with a 220-story building, that's on fire and full of terrorists. Get your popcorn ready as we discuss the summer action flick, Skyscraper.


Stephen King

This week we finish our Kinner triple header with a deep dive into films from the mind of Stephen King.  Love them or hate them, these movies are worth discussing!  We cover everything from Carrie (the good), to The Dark Tower (the bad) and Sleepwalkers (the hilarious!!).  It's a fun conversation and we hope you enjoy!  


Rewind: 1999

1999...what a great year for movies. We could do another episode right now and still forget to mention so many of the great films from that year. Luckily, in this episode, we did remember to talk about Chill Factor, since that is the only movie that really matters. Please let us know what your favorites from this year were.



Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story has had a difficult time since its release, but is the poor box office showing just bad luck? Did the release being so close to Infinity War and Deadpool 2 hurt the chances for Solo to ever be a true blockbuster? Did all the behind the scenes drama keep people away from a franchise they normally flock to? Or, was the movie just not very good?

We have a lot of opinions on Solo this week, so sit back, hit play, and let's unpack this one together. 




Father's Day

Please enjoy as I try to find some sort of catharsis while talking about different movies and moments that remind me of my dad. I thought that it was going to be a lot more difficult to record this episode, but once we started, it really made me happy just talking about all of these stupid moments.  Who brings ham to a movie theater anyway?





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Kill Command & Cargo

This feels like a classic episode right here. Just Ryan and Drew, talking about low budget science fiction and horror. It kind of takes me back to the days when we would screw up the recording on about every other show, and the ones that did work, usually didn't sound that good. Now we're big time,  and have tens of listeners out there who seem to appreciate what we do. At least a couple of them appreciate us. Maybe only one. Thanks, mom!




A Quiet Place

I know that this isn't exactly timely, but sometime a movie comes along where we are all wanting to make sure that we can be a part of the episode. I don't know why this movie lent itself to being such an entertaining episode, but it had me cracking up. Maybe it was Ryan's focused anger on a dry erase board, or Drew's confusion over the printing presses. Whatever the case may be, a good time was has by all. 





Since it is now available to stream, we thought this would be a great time to post our Annihilation show. It is kind of a tricky one, since it would take much longer than 30 minutes to unpack everything that is going on in this film. Alex Garland's previous film, Ex Machina, was one of our favorite over here at COtR. Could his follow up film live up to those expectations? Guess you'll just have to listen.





It was hard not to laugh excessively when it was first announced that there was going to be a movie made of the arcade classic, Rampage. However, once we found out that Dwayne Johnson would be starring in this movie, well...we were still laughing, but now there was a little bit of excitement starting to build. Could Rampage be the rare video game movie to not be a pile of wet garbage? Can Dwayne Johnson really carry just about any movie (sorry Baywatch)? Would a wolf or a crocodile look better with porcupine powers? These answers and more on COtR. 




There is a debate as to which animal received certain powers, and while in the podcast it may sound like Drew won that debate, it was later discovered that Roy was the real winner. Yay Roy!


Theater Etiquette

What happened to the basic social contract that we all made to not be awful when we are out in public? The times when you could sit through a movie in peace are long gone, so are we now just expected to tolerate all the annoyances that people bring with them to the theater? This is not the first time we've talk about this topic (here), and it probably won't be the last. Hopefully someone hears this, and decides that taking their shoes off while setting up their Tinder account during the movie, is a bad idea. 





Avengers: Infinity War

I am sure there is no shortage of podcast episodes where nerds in basements are talking about this particular movie. Will our episode bring anything different to the table? Maybe not, but after 10 years and 18 movies in the MCU before it, we pretty much had to talk about this epic crossover event. By this point, I am pretty sure that almost everyone in the known universe has made it out to see this movie, but if you haven't, go see it before listening to this very spoiler heavy episode. 



Rewind: 2003

What can be said about 2003? Was it a great year for movies? Maybe not. Was it an okay year for movies? Definitely. Does the movie Underworld fall into the category of "okay"? That depends on who you ask, but as the person writing this post, I think that The Room is infinitely more enjoyable, and slightly better written.  So if you're a person obsessed with 2003, go ahead and stop listening to Evanescence, and give this episode a listen.