Coming Off the Reels

The Long Shot

This week we try to discuss the new comedy, The Long Shot. I say that we tried, because we really live up to our name on this episode, and had a pretty hard time staying on track. So in addition to our take on this charming new comedy, we also discuss the new Sonic the Hedgehog trailer, SNL, and my mom’s love of DC films.




Is there any way that Jordan Peele’s second film could live up to the expectations everyone was placing on it? I think that was probably on the mind of a lot of people as they sat down to watch Us. While I don’t speak for every, FOR ME, he blew it out of the water. There is so much to unpack in a movie like this that we had to bring in help. So for your listening pleasure, we doubled the amount of McClains you normally get on the show. A special thanks to Meredith McClain for being on the show, and truly elevating the level of discourse.


Now, Voyager

It is the week after the Oscars, and while many people will be posting episodes talking about who won and who shouldn’t have won, we are going to rise above all that and just get back to movies that we love. Just so you don’t feel like we are getting too far away from the award season hubbub, Kaitlin and I will be talking about an Oscar nominated film…from 1942. I don’t want to give away too much, but if you haven’t seen Now, Voyager yet, please get out there and do so. Seriously, we this episode will be here when you’re done. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to see this one.



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. 



Valentine's Day Special

In honor of this completely real, and in no way manufactured "holiday", we decided to create our lists of some our favorite romantic films. Like us, some of these are cheesy, some are quite odd, and some may leave you scratching your head, but all will entertain. We hope that you enjoy as we take a break from talking Geostorms and Justice Leagues, and talk about love instead. 




Best of 2017

This has been a tricky show to nail down in the past. A number of technical problems have prevented our year end shows from being posted the last couple of years, but not this time. After much research, and a year where we all went to the theater way too many times, we are prepared to give you our top 10 films of 2017. Now here's the thing, each of us brings a different set of values in regards to what we consider the "best". If you have comments about any of our choices, we will happily listen to them, but sometimes a movie being really fun is more important than a movie that is particularly well made. There is room for all kinds of opinions, and these just happen to be ours. 



Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

There were a lot of people rolling their eyes when a new Jumanji movie was announced. Some people thought it looked stupid, others thought that rebooting the Robin Williams "classic" was sacrilege. So I am sure people were surprised when Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle turned out to be one of the biggest hits of the year. For me, the most gratifying part is knowing that it outgrossed Justice League, and at a 1/3 of the cost to make. Sometimes, it's the little things.




Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Now that we've got the first 100 episodes in the book, it is time to look towards the next 100. What better way to start this new chapter than by tackling the latest film in the biggest franchise of all time, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If you've been on the internet anytime in the last month, you know that people have opinions about this movie. While we are certainly immature, and often vulgar, the one promise I can make regarding our complaints about this movie, they have nothing to do with the race of gender of the characters. 

Please feel free to let us know why all of our opinions are wrong.




100th Episode!

If you can believe it, this is the 100th show that we have posted. It took us awhile to get here, but we really focused in 2017 and managed to create a steady stream of our nonsense. Instead of talking about any one movie for this special occasion, I pulled out everyone's "All Time Top 10" lists which were made several years ago. We discuss and make fun of how fluid a top 10 list can be, and speculate on some possible future shows. Thanks to anyone who may have listened to any of the previous 99 shows that we've done. Luckily, they are always making movies, so we will continue to share our opinions on them. 



At the beginning

At the beginning


Rewind: 2002

2002 was kind of a big deal here at COtR. It was the year that a couple of us met while working at Hollywood Video, thus starting the never-ending conversation about movies. As far as movies go, 2002 seems to have had a lot of terrible movies, but a handful of really great ones. Maybe that applies to almost every year, but it really seemed to stand out as we did our research for this episode. 




Our favorite holiday movies

There are hundreds of holiday films out there, and that's only including this year's lineup of original Hallmark movies. Besides those, there are still a seemingly infinite amount of choices. We are here to help in anyway we can by suggesting some our favorite holiday films to revisit. I thought that this would be a civil conversation, but it turns out that some we don't all see eye to eye when it comes to some holiday "classics". 




The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Avengers: Infinity War is right around the corner. Before the culmination of 10 years of world building comes to fruition, we thought that we would rank the existing MCU. This list is based on  our average ranking of each film. It has nothing to do with what critic's thoughts, or how much money they made, but simply about our own enjoyment of the movies. Except for Thor: Dark World, no one enjoyed that. 





In this episode, we each talk about something that we have watched lately that may not have gotten a full episode. We cover several genres as we discuss Murder On the Orient Express, A Bad Moms ChristmasThe Florida Project and Wind River. For those keeping track at home, this makes the fourth episode where one of us has talked about Wind River. This is what happens when you can't all see the movies together. 

As the holidays comes racing towards us, it is time to start thinking about which movies we should watch to get us in the spirit. What are some of your favorites holiday classics? Hopefully not A Christmas Story.



Justice League

There has definitely been a love/hate relationship with the DCEU here at COtR, and the latest addition to that cinematic world is no exception. What I will say, this episode was a lot less heated than our conversations about Man of Steel or Batman vs. Superman, so maybe we are all growing up a little, and learning how to suppress our adults do. 





That's right, we saw Geostorm. I knew this would be one that split the group, and I was right. So give it a listen, and you can decide if this is the kind of bad movie that you might enjoy. And it is the day before Thanksgiving, so this year you can be thankful that you didn't pay money to see this in the theaters, I've looked at the box office, I know you didn't go. 




Thor: Ragnarok

Six years ago, Ryan and I did an episode of Coming Off the Reels where we discussed Thor and Hobo with a Shotgun. At the end of the show, I think we both agreed that Thor was the lesser of those films. Six years, and many Marvel films later, we are discussing the latest MCU offering, Thor: Ragnarok. Without giving away too much, I will tell you that we enjoyed it more than the first Thor film, but perhaps still shy of Hobo with a Shotgun




Jigsaw and Better Watch Out

October is finished, but we just can't seem to stop talking about horror films. To kick off the season where we give thanks, we delve into the 8th film in the Saw franchise, Jigsaw. When you're sitting around the Thanksgiving table, maybe you will be grateful that we here at COtR talked you out of wasting your time on with this rehash of a rehash. We also watched Better Watch Out, and we give you plenty of warning before we talk about all the twists and turns of this particular horror/thriller. 




Underrated Horror Films

It has been a long month here at COtR. We decided we would give you one last horror show, since it is Halloween and all. The assignment was simple, each of us brought to the table one horror film that we felt had been overlooked. The tone of these horror films were all over the map, which means there should be something for everyone...unless the only movie you like is Gone Fishin', in that case there is no place for you on this podcast, and maybe not anywhere. 


I can't wait until February when we spend a whole month talking about romantic comedies.