Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the perfect Xmas present - a superhero film that is unashamedly comic book-y.
A coming of age story that nails each and every emotional beat.
Oh and it has Nicholas Cage!
Look you've already read the reviews of Robin Hood (2018) - in fact Folding Ideas anticipated almost Emmet's entire review!
He's not bitter but.
Antifa hoodies, Gulf War film tropes in the time of the Crusades and *that* Batman riff - there's lots to talk about here.
Also we visited Real Groovy in Auckland and give the store a shout-out (then rip-off the excellent 'What's in my bag' show from Amoeba).
Stevie raves about a whole bunch of films, instead of sticking to the 5*5 rule! Grrr. Arrg.
While the reputation of this film has been coloured slightly by the loss of director Michael Reeves at a young age, it remains a cult classic.
First off - happy birthday Stevie!
And here's her review of Shaun of the Dead.
A flop on its release - and apparently used as roadfill! - The Wicker Man is a pagan folk horror curiousity that has endured over the years.
It is easy to understand why the film remained one of Christopher Lee's personal career favourites.
It's the Exorcist - what more do you want!
Stevie revisits Friedkin's classic for her latest Halloween Horror Bite.
Jordan Peele's Get Out feels like a horror chamber piece Shirley Jackson and Ralph Ellison maybe put together during the writing of The Invisible Man. It is timely, brilliantly unnerving and heralds the arrival of a new horror director with a vision.
It's also Emmet's third Halloween horror pick.
Before bringing about the downfall of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi gave us - Wellington. Or Vellington, as this Kiwi horror comedy depicts the town as being overflowing with supernatural creatures. Stevie explains her love of What We Do In The Shadows.
For his second horror flick recommendation, Emmet makes the case for George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Not just a classic of the zombie genre, but a game-changer for independent cinema as well.
For the second Hallowee Horror Bite Stevie chooses Tremors - and gives a sneaky shout-out to Irish horror flick Grabbers.
Hereditary is our first pick for this Halloween season. Not just a good scary flick, but a genuine horror classic.
This year we're trying something different. From now until Halloween, Hopscotch Friday will be posting short reviews of our personal favourite horror films - in case you're looking for something to watch over the season.
This episode we review - Damien Chazelle's biopic of Neil Armstrong First Man, Tom Hardy's cannibal alien flick Venom, and the latest adaptation of Nick Hornby 'Juliet, Naked'.
And we also shout-out Fearscape from Vault Comics, by Ryan O'Sullivan and Ram V.
Last season the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling were trying to get a show together.
This year they are fighting to not get cancelled.
It's a show about gender politics, the vagaries of the entertainment industry, discrimination - and lots of wrestling.
Also this episode -
ACMI's Alice exhibition, Wonderland, which is wrapping up in Melbourne this October.
And Emmet retracts a book recommendation.
Does Insatiable, a vehicle for star Debby Ryan that caused a wee stir with its headline grabbing trailer, challenge fat-shaming in society?
Or is this a show that wallows in discrimination while claiming to be satire?
We talk all things Insatiable this week, as well as give shout-outs to -
Glow season 2 from Netflix
Giant Days volume 8 from John Allison and Max Sarin
Oh and Stevie's side project.
Mission Impossible: Fallout follows on from the events of Rogue Nation, and continues to mark the franchise's upswing in quality.
Partly this is due to the rewarding collaboration between star Tom Cruise and director/writer Christopher McQuarrie.
But this is also a franchise that has found its feet after the initial post-Cold War confusion as to who the enemy is.
Turns out, it's us. Anyway we dive in to what we liked about the most recent entry and trace the series' growth over the years.
This episode we talk A Quiet Place - is it a Christian right parable for family values....or just a silly monster movie?
Then we talk season 3 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which begins at the lowest point of Rebecca Bunch's life (brilliantly played by show co-creator Rachel Bloom) and then ends on a cliffhanger that has us eager to see where the show will finish in season 4.
And while you're there....
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Neve Campbell star in this Hong Kong-set riff on Die Hard. There's a building - but a bigger one. There's terrorists - but they're beefier. And there's an unstoppable family man on the loose to stop them - but instead of Bruce Willis, it's the Rock.
What did Emmet and Stevie make of it all? Listen to find out.
Also discussed -
Ant-Man and The Wasp/Incredibles 2
Top five 'good' comics from the past ten years
Eleanor Davis - How to be Happy
Roger Langridge - Snarked.
The Long Weekend in Alice Springs - Joshua Santospirito.
Gary Spencer Millidge's Strangehaven serialised in the Meanwhile... anthology from Soaring Penguin Press.
Emily Carroll - Through the Woods.
Cinemascore be damned - Hereditary is great!
Gee people whaddya want?
Beyond the conversation about the difficult measures horror cinema is held to by both critics and fans, we also review Ari Aster feature film debut.
J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is discussed, as well as the declining appeal of Chris Pratt.
The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein
*SPOILERS FOR DEADPOOL 2*
Firstly - Stevie is back! And then we open our review episode of Deadpool 2 by discussing Ireland's Repeal the 8th Amendment referendum. Other points raised include
Neevon is back - and he comes with reviews of Amy Schumer's I Feel Pretty and the Martin Freeman zombie flick Cargo.
This episode we:
Till next time, cheers folks.
Peadar talks his sources of inspiration for the series, the changing face of genre writing - and a tease of what's in store with his upcoming stories for George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards series.
(Also we get into a quick study of what the séimhiú is and how to pronounce Saoirse Ronan - so Irish students, take note).
David Chang's series on Netflix sparks an unlikely conversation encompassing politics, culture and identity.
It also has Chang, food critic Peter Meehan, and other chefs in beautiful locations around the world eating fantastic looking meals. So far, so Bourdain.
But this show organically develops into a far more wide-ranging discussion - and Stevie and Emmet are fully on board.
(so on board they took a break on their wedding anniversary to discuss).
Also in this episode:
And the charming film Pork Pie (which we reviewed in episode 13)
Kay Cannon's Blockers really surprised me. While I went in expecting a grossout comedy after catching the trailer (which caused Stevie to bow out), what I discovered instead was a sincere and sharply witty film about our attitudes to sex.
Concerned more with the hang-ups of parents played by Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz than their onscreen children (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon), Blockers does indulge in scenes with bodily fluids flying hither and thither - but it's also an interesting investigation of the pressures we put on young women when it comes to sex.
Next we discuss Alex Garland's long-awaited Annihilation, adapting the first novel of Jeff VanderMeer's The Southern Reach trilogy to the...well our smallscreen as it turns out.