Previewing the Films of June 2018 | Episode 128.3

Previewing the Films of June 2018 | Episode 128.3

 
 
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The Director & The Jedi | Episode 128.2

The Director & The Jedi | Episode 128.2

 
 
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On today’s episode, we are looking at the fantastic bonus feature on “The Last Jedi,” “The Director and the Jedi,” and we’re asking ourselves if seeing this unique glimpse behind the scenes makes us view things differently with regards to the divisive film that people just can’t stop complaining and defending. Is Rian Johnson as evil as everyone makes him out to be? Or should we all just…breathe and give him some kudos for taking some chances here?

Let’s discuss.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Spoiler-Free Review | Episode 128.1

Solo: A Star Wars Story Spoiler-Free Review | Episode 128.1

 
 
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Happy Memorial Day! We want to take a moment to thank all the men and women who serve our country, who put their lives on the line for our freedom every single day. Thank you to them, thank you to their families, and we wish you a wonderful day today.

On today’s episode, we’re discussing the latest film in the Star Wars universe, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and to be totally honest with you right at the top of this, we have to say we loved it. We’re not going to mince words here; if you are someone who disagrees with the direction Disney is taking with this franchise, it may be time for you to move on. But if you want to hear a fun take on the latest film, give us a listen and let us know what you think!

‘Til we meet again!

Episode 127 | Deadpool 2: Is “Good Enough” Good Enough?

Episode 127 | Deadpool 2: Is “Good Enough” Good Enough?

 
 
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Today we talk about the newest and crudest film from Marvel, Deadpool 2. We give you the rundown and tell you what we liked about the film and offer our own constructive criticism of the movie. Overall it’s just a fun episode about some hot summer movie fun. Enjoy!

Episode 126 | Life of the Party

Episode 126 | Life of the Party

 
 
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Today we have a hearty discussion about Kentucky weather, Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” video, the upcoming Han Solo film, and finally and certainly most least, we talk about Melissa McCarthy’s Life Of The Party. Thanks for taking the journey with us.

Episode 125.3 | Deadpool Retrospective (Plus Terrible Movie-Going Experiences Redux)

Episode 125.3 | Deadpool Retrospective (Plus Terrible Movie-Going Experiences Redux)

 
 
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What’s up, Mr. Pool? Let’s talk.

Episode 125.2 | Previewing the Films for May 2018

Episode 125.2 | Previewing the Films for May 2018

 
 
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A brand new month means a brand new set of films to look forward to, and we’ve got some great ones on deck that we are definitely ready to see! Namely, Solo & Deadpool 2! But there are others that are worth checking out as well, so let’s get to it! Enjoy the episode!

Thanks for listening!

Episode 125.1 | Tully & The Craft of Raising Awareness Through Storytelling

Episode 125.1 | Tully & The Craft of Raising Awareness Through Storytelling

 
 
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Tully stars Charlize Theron as Marlo and Mackenzie Davis as Tully, in a story filled with difficult and rarely talked about issues that many parents, especially mothers, deal with on a regular basis. This film shines a light on these tough topics, but let’s talk about the story and whether or not it serves its purpose.

And Mother’s Day is coming up soon. Are you prepared? You better be!

Lastly, congratulations to Josh’s wife, Crystal, who just completed her Master’s degree! Well done!

You can listen to all of our episodes by going to www.stalepopcornpodcast.com or on iTunes.

Top 5 MCU Films Post-Infinity War

It was inevitable that Infinity War would shake up the rankings. And after such build-up, and for it to actually surpass most expectations, it’s now time to update the ole list. Here are my Top 5 MCU Films, post Infinity War.

5. Thor: Ragnarok

Hard to believe that a Thor movie could be this good, but Director Taiki Waititi deftly handles the tone of this film perfectly. It’s the Thor we didn’t know we wanted until we had it, one that was now “Earth-ized” and thus, a personality was born! While the seriousness of the film takes a major hit, it’s not at the expense of entertainment. Thor 3 is so entertaining and re-watchable, and it sets up Thor for great things in the future.

4. Avengers

The one that really started it all. It certainly has shown its age. Remember when Joss Whedon was prematurely crowned as the King of the MCU? Yeah, we were all on that train for a while. And even though it hasn’t aged well, it’s still a fantastic team-up, and I remember just how amazing the concept was to bring Thor, Hulk, Cap, and Iron Man together. Now, it almost seems commonplace that these characters are going to share the screen together. At the time, though, it was massive.

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Directed by Tony and Joe Russo, Winter Soldier marked a turning point in the Universe, as it created a rift in the philosophy of Captain America’s purpose, and the fabric of all the films are affected because of this. The emergence of Bucky as the Winter Soldier, an out-of-time Steve Rogers, and the team-up between Cap, Black Widow, and Falcon, all lead to a great time, and one that is highly relevant to the events that are currently taking place within the MCU right now.

2. Captain America: Civil War

If bringing the Avengers together the first time around was significant its unique inclusion of iconic characters, Civil War took it one step further by adding even more characters such as Ant-Man, Black Panther, and Spider-Man, and gave us a battle we were all wanting to see: Iron Man vs. Captain America. Also directed by Tony and Joe Russo, they showed here that they were capable of weaving a narrative that played out so seamless on the big screen–and their incorporation of new characters without taking anything away from anyone else spoke volumes to their abilities to truly handle the magnitude of a huge film with a lot of moving parts. It’s exceptional.

1. Avengers: Infinity War

Surprise! Avengers: Infinity War is the best film that the MCU has to offer. This massive film hits all the right notes in all the right ways, and it’s absolutely stunning how well the Russo Brothers were able to direct all of these aspects without ever taking away anything substantial from anything. Not only did they welcome Thanos into the film–a character who had been hyped for years as the true villain in the MCU–but in the end, this was HIS film. He’s the ultimate protagonist here, and he has catapulted himself atop the mountain as one of the best characters in the entire catalog of films. He’s now the best villain that we’ve ever seen in these films.

Being able to give us a grand two and a half hour epic that is both satisfying and somber, while leaving us with so many questions, is simply astonishing, and what was accomplished in Infinity War is something to be commended.

In the end, it’s difficult to give a Top 5 and not include films like Black Panther or Spider-Man: Homecoming or Guardians of the Galaxy, but that really speaks to the nature of this Universe. There are just so many fantastic films, and almost all of them are worthy considerations for anyone’s best-of list.

What are your top 5 MCU films? Let us know on Twitter @StalePopcorn or on our Facebook page!

Avengers Infinity War Breaks Weekend Box Office Record

Avengers: Infinity War is a massive hit. Everyone went to see this film this weekend, and I feel like if you didn’t see it, you were one of the few, and I hope you get to check it out very soon!

Box office numbers are still coming in, but one thing we know for sure is this: the payoff film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe has indeed paid off in dividends, as it has broken the all-time record for biggest opening in film history, upending 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Reports suggest at least a $250 million opening, and when all the dust settles, it could very well make it’s way towards $260 million, which is not only insane, but just flat-out awesome, because the film is incredible in just about every way.

Infinity War is a juggernaut of a film, and handles the breadth and depth of its characters will such intelligence and sophistication that it is hard to deny this is one of the greatest cinematic achievements in the history of film, and fans went on in absolute droves to check it out. We all want to be apart of the discussion, and the numbers don’t lie: MCU is King.

To listen to our review of Avengers: Infinity War, check out the link here: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR REVIEW

Episode 124 | AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Spoiler REVIEW

Episode 124 | AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Spoiler REVIEW

 
 
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We’re back on this week’s episode reviewing one of the most anticipated films of all-time, Avengers: Infinity War. We trust that you’ve seen the film already, but if you haven’t, make sure to skip out on this particular episode until you do see it. Other than that, sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode!

123 The Super Heroes Are Coming

123 The Super Heroes Are Coming

 
 
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Today we talk about the upcoming Marvel film Avengers: Infinity War and what we think it’s legacy will be. We also give predictions on what we think will be included in the movie and discuss the films billion dollar potential.

122.3 Our Love/Hate Movies

122.3 Our Love/Hate Movies

 
 
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Today we discuss movies that grew on us over time. Whether it be just by coming back to them as adults or coming back to them with different expectations, the point is that all these films were ones we once loathed and now do not. We also go over some of our listeners answers to this question that we got from Facebook!

122.2 Isle Of Dogs aka “I Love Dogs”

122.2 Isle Of Dogs aka “I Love Dogs”

 
 
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Today we talk about our first experiences with Wes Anderson’s stop motion filmmaking with Isle Of Dogs, appreciating how hosting the show has exposed us to so many different kinds of directors and styles of films that we never would have watched had we not done the podcast. We hope that you’ll go see films that are out of your wheelhouse as well, and come back to listen to today’s episode of the Stale Popcorn Podcast!

122.1 Rampage Starring The People’s Champ, The Rock

122.1 Rampage Starring The People’s Champ, The Rock

 
 
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⚬ Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? That’s what we’re asking you today on this episode as we discuss the latest film starring the People’s Champ, Rampage. Jordan saw this one, and even though Josh didn’t see it, he feels like he’s probably seen it before with some variation here and there.

⚬ WrestleMania was last week, and Josh was able to convince Jordan to give it a try. Is Jordan now the biggest wrestling fan this side of the Stale Popcorn Podcast? Or was this just a one-off? And if we were wrestlers, what would our catchphrases be? Let’s see if Jordan can create one on the spot. Because Josh has young children, his would likely be some form of, “It’s time to flush the toilet,” and his finisher would most definitely be, “THE TOILET BOMB!” Let’s get that trademarked as soon as possible.

⚬ Speaking more on The Rock, which version do we prefer? Is it early, learning-the-acting-ropes Rock, where we were treated to such gems as The Tooth Fairy, Walking Tall, The Game Plan, and The Rundown? Or would we rather watch this current iteration of the Great One, the one that rips turret guns off of helicopters or flexes enough to break through an arm cast? We have an answer to this question, and it may surprise you.

⚬ As always, thanks for listening! Now go and be the best version of YOU! Or we’ll lay the smack down on you!