Now Playing - The Movie Review Podcast

Now Playing - The Movie Review Podcast header image 1

The Dark Half

Novelist Timothy Hutton starts to go a little cuckoo when The Dark Half of his creative mind - the part responsible for writing all of his salacious bestsellers - takes physical form and strikes out at the family and friends that push the author to be more wholesome.  Is this latest Stephen King story just a thinly veiled tell-all of the horror writer's struggles with alcohol and alter ego Richard Bachman? Or should we consider this more like a new chapter in director George Romero's Living Dead saga?  See if Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie are on the same page when you Listen Now!Novelist Timothy Hutton starts to go a little cuckoo when The Dark Half of his creative mind - the part responsible for writing all of his salacious bestsellers - takes physical form and strikes out at the family and friends that push the author to be more wholesome.  Is this latest Stephen King story just a thinly veiled tell-all of the horror writer's struggles with alcohol and alter ego Richard Bachman? Or should we consider this more like a new chapter in director George Romero's Living Dead saga?  See if Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie are on the same page when you Listen Now!

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence - For Annual Subscribers

In 1968, director Stanley Kubrick concluded mankind’s space odyssey would be cut short by an evil computer named HAL. In 2001, sentimental friend Steven Spielberg completed the dead filmmaker’s exploration into Artificial Intelligence with one Siri-ously trippy sci-fi collaboration called A.I. What happens when android Pinocchio Haley Joel Osment takes sexbot Jude Law and a talking teddy bear along on his quest to become a flesh-and-blood boy? The Now Playing hosts promise to keep it real when you upgrade to Patron status this May.

You can get this review now and help support Now Playing! It is available with all other Patron exclusive reviews on our Podbean page to Patrons pledging $10 or more.

Podbean-Episode-Button.jpg

You can also get this episode and every donation show we've done-- plus a 12 month subscription for all new shows! Details can be found on our Podbean Subscription page.

subscribe.png

Every dollar you donate goes to make this show the best it can be. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the podcast!

 

The Tommyknockers

Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart continue to dig into Stephen King’s extensive filmography, this week reaching the much-maligned adaptation of Tommyknockers. Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and Jimmy Smitts (LA Law) cause a meltdown in their little Maine town when they excavate a UFO in their backyard. Were fans too quick to bury this ABC-TV miniseries?  Why would anyone want E.T. to go home when the aliens make such ingenious modifications to lipstick, magic shows, and Coke machines? Answer that knockin’ at the door by downloading and listening now!

Born on the Fourth of July - For Annual Subscribers

Tom Cruise finishes out the 1980s playing real life Marine-turned-war protestor Ron Kovic in the Oscar-winning drama Born On The Fourth Of July. How did Oliver Stone convince Hollywood's Top Gun to dirty his uniform, and join the Platoon director for a second tour of Vietnam? And did the wheelchair-bound actor deserve more respect, and maybe a few medals pinned to his chest, for being brave enough to ditch the sunglasses and change his image? Listeners will take home all the Gold Level glory when they show their support for Now Playing. Donate Today! 

  

NOTE: This listing is for annual subscribers to our show. You can also get this movie review individually for a small donation.

 

Born on the Fourth of July - Donation Bonus Podcast

Tom Cruise finishes out the 1980s playing real life Marine-turned-war protester Ron Kovic in the Oscar-winning drama Born On The Fourth Of July. How did Oliver Stone convince Hollywood's Top Gun to dirty his uniform, and join the Platoon director for a second tour of Vietnam? And did the wheelchair-bound actor deserve more respect, and maybe a few medals pinned to his chest, for being brave enough to ditch the sunglasses and change his image? Listeners will take home all the Gold Level glory when they show their support for Now Playing. Donate Today!

 

Contagion

Businesswoman Gwenyth Paltrow comes into contact with a novel virus. Now can an all-star cast stop her Contagion from spreading worldwide? And why does Matt Damon have a "Borne" immunity? Now Playing’s Viral Outbreak Retrospective reaches its dramatic conclusion with a podcast review of Steven Soderbergh’s sprawling, newly relevant 2011 medical thriller. Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they analyze the ways the fictional MEV-1 outbreak mirrors today’s COVID-19 pandemic. Listen Now!

Rain Man - For Annual Subscribers

Tom Cruise proves to be an excellent driver in Rain Man, navigating a classic tale of estranged brothers on a cross-country road trip that ended with co-star Dustin Hoffman bringing home his second Oscar. Who better to teach an autistic savant how to dress, dance, and turn his toothpick-counting skills into a profitable (though risky) business venture than the flashiest movie icon of the ‘80s?  Find out if revisiting this beloved Best Picture Winner gets Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob into any hot water when you Donate for Now Playing’s Tom Cruise Retrospective.

 

 

NOTE: This listing is for annual subscribers to our show. You can also get this movie review individually for a small donation.

 

Rain Man - Donation Bonus Podcast

Tom Cruise proves to be an excellent driver in Rain Man, navigating a classic tale of estranged brothers on a cross-country road trip that ended with co-star Dustin Hoffman bringing home his second Oscar. Who better to teach an autistic savant how to dress, dance, and turn his toothpick-counting skills into a profitable (though risky) business venture than the flashiest movie icon of the ‘80s?  Find out if revisiting this beloved Best Picture Winner gets Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob into any hot water when you Donate for Now Playing’s Tom Cruise Retrospective.

Top Gun Podcast Video Preview

Tom Cruise’s career finally broke the sound barrier with the release of Top Gun, the biggest movie of 1986!  Ride back into the danger zone with a hot shot pilot so determined to bag an elite flight school trophy (and instructor Kelly McGillis) that he’ll risk the lives of wingman Val Kilmer and RIO Anthony Edwards. Have Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob lost that lovin’ feeling for this very '80s touchstone? Or does Tony Scott’s aerial dogfights still take their breath away?  You’ll be playing with the boys all summer long when you enlist at the Gold Level. Donate now!

Watch Now:

The Andromeda Strain (2008)

The Andromeda Strain has mutated again!  Michael Crichton’s landmark 1969 novel came back in 2008 as a two-night TV mini-series produced by Ridley and Tony Scott!  But is this cast of sitcom stars - including Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Ricky Schroder (Silver Spoons), Christa Miller (Scrubs), and Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - capable of selling the science to a cable television audience? Follow Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart into the wormhole as they continue contact tracing the history of viral outbreaks in movies with this latest podcast.  Listen Now!