The Meg (Has Failed Us)| #139

The Meg (Has Failed Us)| #139

 
 
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Today we discuss the new “Popular Movie Category”  that is coming to the next Oscars. We also give our thoughts on final summer blockbuster film that just released, The Meg. Enjoy!

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Christopher Robin & The Red Balloon | #138

Christopher Robin & The Red Balloon | #138

 
 
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Today on the show we talk about Disney’s acquisition of Fox and how we think it will affect the MCU. Josh gives his thought on the film Eighth Grade, and we discuss the latest live action Disney film Christopher Robin. ENJOY

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The Next Few Months

We realize that not everyone gets out to the theater like we do, and we know that our podcast is just not accessible for everyone. To help bridge that gap, over the next few months, we’re going to focus on reviewing and discussing older movies. Our goal has always been to appeal to the widest group we can, and in simply reviewing the latest movies in the film industry, not everyone wants to listen, and I totally get that. If there’s something happening in the world and I don’t know anything about it, I’m less likely to engage in the associated content. It makes sense, and we want to use common sense on the podcast.

August feels like the perfect time to take a break from reviewing the latest film releases; it’s kind of a slow month, and September doesn’t seem to be all that impressive either. And our schedules are getting busier (hello, new school year)! So we’re going old school on the podcast, talking about classic films that we love, and allow ourselves the chance to finally watch ones that we’ve never sat down to enjoy.

Next week we’ll be seeing, “The Meg,” a monster movie that my co-host has little to no interest in watching. So in that same arena, we felt it would be a great time to start our Old School series, and we’ll be watching and discussing the all-time classic, Steven Speilberg’s “JAWS.” YES!

We hope that you enjoy this new chapter on the podcast. Other than a few movies sprinkled here and there, we’ve never really been focused on the older stuff. What my goal for this is two-fold: to allow ourselves to not feel terrible if we can’t get out to the theater that week, and to make our content more friendly–most people will have seen these movies that we’ll be checking out.

Thanks for being a listener/reader to the podcast, and we look forward to the next few months!




Looking Ahead To August Movies | #137.2

Looking Ahead To August Movies | #137.2

 
 
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It’s the start of a new month, so that means we are getting a first glance at the films set to be released in August. Summer movie season looks to be officially over, but we try to predict if there’s a diamond in the rough in this group of films, and talk about which films gives us the best first impressions.

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Misson Impossible: Fallout, RIP Moviepass? | #137

Misson Impossible: Fallout, RIP Moviepass? | #137

 
 
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Today we close the casket on Moviepass and tell you why we decided to cancel the service for A-List. We also talk about the final big movie of the Summer, MI6: Fallout. After twenty years of these films and the return of actor/producer Ton Cruise, does this film stack up to the rest of the franchise? Find out today on the show!

 

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Sorry to Bother You + Comic Con Trailer Roundup | #136

Sorry to Bother You + Comic Con Trailer Roundup | #136

 
 
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On this episode of the podcast, we’re discussing the trippy, demented, and twisted film, “Sorry to Bother You,” and we promise, you’ve never seen a movie like this before.

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Skyscraper & The Dreaded MoviePass Surge | #135

Skyscraper & The Dreaded MoviePass Surge | #135

 
 
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Today we discuss:

  • MoviePass changes
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s newest film, Skyscraper–the pure popcorn action film that clearly splits a crowd (and podcasts).

Enjoy the latest episode of the Stale Popcorn Podcast, and thank you for being a listener!

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Ant-Man And The Wasp Discussion | #134

Ant-Man And The Wasp Discussion | #134

 
 
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We’re here discussing the 20th entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man & the Wasp! Thanks for listening! BEWARE OF SPOILER TALK NEAR THE END OF THE EPISODE!

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Looking Ahead To July Movies | 133.3

Looking Ahead To July Movies | 133.3

 
 
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Today we look ahead to the movies of July and what we think is worth watching. Of course you got the obvious choices like AntMan And Wasp, but is there more to the month of July than the stellar MCU?  We discuss that and more on today’s episode.

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BEST & WORST Films of First 1/2 of 2018 | #133.2

BEST & WORST Films of First 1/2 of 2018 | #133.2

 
 
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How the time flies! It seems just like yesterday that we were preparing for all that 2018 had to offer, and now we’re halfway through the year! It’s been a great year so far, both in terms of the awesome movies we’ve seen, and the bad movies–and we’ve seen a lot of bad ones–Boy, have we seen some bad ones.

Have a listen today as Jordan and Josh review the first half of the year with the best and worst movies that have graced our presence.

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado Discussion | #133.1

Sicario: Day of the Soldado Discussion | #133.1

 
 
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We’re bringing you three episodes this week! Check out our fresh content this Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Another week, another movie to discuss. On this episode–which was recorded very late in the evening, as you might be able to tell from the rambling, we’re talking about Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the sequel to the fantastic Sicario. Starring Benecio del Toro and Josh Brolin (The Summer of Brolin continues), we get an intense look at drug cartel scene, and what some people are willing to do for the people they work for and with. Without Emily Blunt as the moral compass here, how does this film fare?

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Discussion | #132

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Discussion | #132

 
 
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After two and a half years, out podcast comes full circle. Jurassic World was part of our discussion during episode one of our show, and now, 132 episodes later, we revisit the land of dinosaurs in the pure blockbuster film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. We give our thoughts on the film and the overall direction of the Jurassic franchise on today’s episode. Thanks for listening!

5 Ways to Make Your Movie Theater Experience Awesome

I believe that the movie theater is sacred ground. It’s an institution that should be respected and held in high regard for its unbelievable ability to give us a place where we can see the latest in cinema magic. It’s a unique experience unlike anything else in our society, and it should be revered and treated with dignity!

However, respect for the theatrical experience has taken a bit of a nosedive. It’s tough to go watch a movie nowadays and leave without incident. Just recently our viewing of Hereditary was ruined by a few youngsters on their phones, screen-hoppers, etc. Not the best film for that to happen to, trust me.

But there are a few things that you and I can do to improve our overall experience, because we all want our time on this tiny blue planet to be enjoyable, and we all want our movie-watching to be the best it can be.

1 – Arrive early
I know it’s cool and hip to reserve seats now and skip the endless number of previews (seriously, 25 minutes of trailers is a BIT much!), but getting there early allows you to take in the energy and the anticipation of the film you’re about to watch. Try it if you haven’t in a while. It’s worth it. If you’re not reserving your seats, get there 15 minutes early so you can get the seat you want and you won’t have to wade through the crowd.

2 – Dress for the occasion
We like to dress for the event when we go to the movies. And when I say dress, I mean throw on whatever t-shirt goes with the film. I went out and bought a $5 Jurassic Park shirt so I could wear it to Fallen Kingdom, and it was fun, and it was neat, and it made the night all the better. Just recently we took the whole family to see The Incredibles 2, and we dawned our masks and Incredible shirts and we took pictures and just had a great time. Try it!

3 – Put your phones away
I shouldn’t even have to say this, but you know, 2018. When the trailers start, put your phones away! Seriously! Turn them off! Just turn the thing off, put it in your pocket, your bag, your cup holder, and just forget it exists for two hours. Not only will you feel better being off your phone, you’ll be more present in the film, and you’re spending too much money on a ticket to be on a device that you’re always on anyway. Let it go!

4 – Don’t be critical right away
I know the tendency is to find things to pick apart in the film, but if you just resist the urge for a few moments and instead look to what you preferred in the film, I think you’ll find the experience much more rewarding and fulfilling. Movies, like any art, shouldn’t be subjugated to our buzzword criticisms (caveat: if you’re prone to the critical side and you find actual enjoyment from this, criticize away, but just don’t do it at the expense of others’ enjoyment).

5 – Talk about it!
This doesn’t contradict rule 4. I think it’s fun to talk about movies after you’ve seen them, but without the need of trying to break everything down and rip it to shreds. If it’s a movie you genuinely love, it makes it all the easier. Riding in the van with the kids after Incredibles 2 was awesome because we got to talk about all the fun things we saw. It’s also fun to theorize a little bit and create some of your own fan-fiction.

There you go! Five simple rules to make your movie-going experience awesome! Do you have any others to add? Let us know on Twitter at @StalePopcorn or on our Facebook page! Happy movie watching!

The Incredibles 2, TAG, Top 5 Pixar Films, & Bad Interviews Gone Bad | #131

The Incredibles 2, TAG, Top 5 Pixar Films, & Bad Interviews Gone Bad | #131

 
 
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Job Search Difficulties:
• We share some of our awkward job interview stories and try to figure out what steps to take next in our search for careers.

Trailer Talk:
The Nun
Dumbo (Tim Burton)

Top Five Pixar Films Pre-Incredibles 2:
• Josh & Jordan share their favorite films from the legendary film studio.

Josh watches Lord of the Rings:
• Why did it take so long? What did he think? And what film juggernaut is he going to tackle next?

Movie discussion:
• TAG
• Incredibles 2

Previewing Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

Adrift Review

Adrift Review

 
 
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Josh reviews Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin.

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The Incredibles 2 Review

The Incredibles 2 Review

 
 
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Josh is here reviewing The Inredibles 2, in theaters now!