The DMC Movie Podcast
By The DMC Movie Podcast
The DMC Movie PodcastAug 30, 2023
The Gray Man (2022): Are Netflix Original Films Actually Worth Watching?
The guys discuss the film, the state of modern action and Netflix original films. Everybody loves the action but finds the rest of the story threadbare. They discuss the effectiveness of both “moist” and “wet” teams, compare the film to a Chili’s chicken sandwich, marvel at the range and speed of mini-taxis, and debate the best 80’s bubblegum brands/flavors. Lots of praise for Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, but they can’t agree on which fictional super-assassin would win in a fight between Jason Bourne, Sierra Six or McCall from The Equlizer, but they agree recording the pod was probably more fun than the movie itself.
The Thing (1982) - John Carpenter's 80's horror masterpiece
The guys discuss the classic sci-fi horror film - arguably John Carpenter’s greatest film. Everybody marvels at Rob Bottin’s amazing practical effects, but Marcus doesn’t love all the gore. High praise for Kurt Russell, questions about flamethrower management, and Wilford Brimley gets REALLY excited dissecting Alien dogs. Grab a bottle of J&B scotch, and enjoy the ride!
Prey (2022) and the Predator Franchise
After watching and enjoying Prey (2022) Dave, Marcus, and Colin dive deep into the Predator franchise discussing each of the movies. Spoiler alert: the first and last are the two best of the 6 movies.
The original Predator starts at 13:21, Predator 2 starts at 41:02, Predator v. Alien at 51:19, Predator v. Alien: Requiem at 59:36, The Predator at 1:06:13 and rounding out the discussion the new movie Prey at 1:12:06.
Close Encounters (1977) - Is it Really a Sci-Fi Masterpiece?
Dave, Colin and Marcus are back to tackle Steven Spielberg's follow-up to Jaws, the 1977 smash hit Close Encounters. Colin loves the film due to seeing it as a kid and listening to the John Williams soundtrack. Marcus is also a fan due to his own obsessive need to sculp things out of mashed potatoes. Dave has only ever seen the film twice and while he enjoys it, after watching it recently with his kids, he questions if it's truly a masterpiece (as in the "top 10 sci-fi films of all time").
Everybody agrees, Roy is no longer worth of his "world's greatest Dad" mug, on account of his decision to make out with strange women and abandon his family.
Halloween Ends (2022) - Thoughts on the New Trilogy + "Michael Myers Sausage"
The guys discuss the final film in David Gordon Green’s new Halloween Trilogy, and the brief career of unsuccessful serial killer “Corey Myers.” Marcus struggles to pronounce “Haddonfield,” and Dave has a creative suggestion for how to best punish Michael Myers.
Well, at lest they cleared up that Halloween Kills window bullshit…..
Halloween Franchise, Michael Myers, and Halloween Ends Predictions (ft. guest Bill Tiller)
Dave and special guest Bill Tiller dive down the rabbit hole to discuss all things Michael Myers, the Halloween franchise, and predict how Halloween Ends will wrap up the David Gordon Green trilogy. Along the way, we discuss how each of us became interested in the franchise, the greatness of John Carpenter, why we believe the film series is so enduring, and why we obsess over it.
Bill’s specific predictions for Halloween Ends start around the 1:26 mark.
For those of you interested in additional Halloween content, we have three previous episodes for Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake, the 2018 Halloween, and the most recent film in the series, Halloween Kills:
Rush (2013), plus F1 racing history
This week we cover the F1 racing movie Rush (2013) directed by Ron Howard featuring the great world championship battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl.
Colin and Marcus get the chance to talk Formula One and boy do they ever, they even occasionally discuss the movie. Buckle up and enjoy the pod!
Donnie Darko (2001) - Mythology or Madness?
The guys discuss Richard Kelly’s first film – the cult classic Donnie Darko, staring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, and the late Patrick Swayze. Along the way, they debate the merits of ambiguity vs. a full explanation, Dave almost learns to pronounce “Cannes,” and everybody marvels at the fantastic hallway shot set to “Head Over Heels.” Everybody loves the soundtrack and thinks the Frank the Bunny costume is downright creepy. By the end of the episode it's clear that everybody remains strongly committed to Sparkle Motion.
#donniedarko #cultmovie #frankthebunny #sparklemotion
Dave, Marcus, and Colin grapple with the mechanics of time travel--and what their younger selves might think of their now selves--in Looper, Rian Johnson's mind bending sci-fi/film noir/western from 2012. Dave takes a Joseph Gordon-Levitt journey, and we debate if this is the last great performance by Bruce Willis. But one thing is certain: Jeff Daniels's Abe is a tired man who seems fed up with living in the past.
From the director of the new Batman, we revisit Matt Reeve's found footage monster movie Cloverfield (2008), produced by JJ Abrahms. We had't seen it in many years and enjoyed the rewatch. Poor Marlena.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Dave, Marcus, and Colin discuss how Tropic Thunder walks the razor's edge of appropriateness to hilarious results. Everybody agrees Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Stiller are great, with Downey giving the performance of a lifetime. Marcus is less excited about the overall film, but as we all know by now, he hates comedies unless they were made before 1990....
Editor's Note: This new version of the episode fixes a 4 minute gap starting at 1:07:33. Please download this fixed version if you experienced any issues. Apologies to all--in case you hadn't figured it out, we're not professionals. (Published 3:14 pm PT, May 18, 2022.)
This week, Colin wants to discuss the BIG QUESTIONS around the origins of human life on Earth, while Dave and Marcus bemoan the stupid scientists and shoddy writing, in Ridley Scott's visually stunning sci-fi "prequel" to Alien. Welcome to the crew of Prometheus (2012). Be careful of the android--he's a psychopath.
Leon: The Professional (1994)
We revisit the highly rated Luc Besson film, Leon: The Professional. Natalie Portman is amazing in her film debut, Jean Reno is bad ass, and Gary Oldman brings the heat like only he can. Does it deserve the #33 spot in IMDb's Top 250...
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Dave declares Grosse Pointe Blank to be the greatest John Cusack film ever made, Colin and Marcus don’t agree. Everybody loves the chemistry between Cusack and Minnie Driver, and appreciate the energy Jeremy Piven brings to the film. Mixed reactions on Dan Aykroyd's turn as “Grocer,” but everybody is aligned the music and soundtrack are fantastic. Guns, bullets, and murder – this is not your typical romantic comedy, but somehow it works!
Fight Club (1999)
Dave wants you to hit him as hard as you can... as he, Marcus and Colin break the first rule of Fight Club to discuss David Fincher's 1999 "cult classic" and visual masterpiece about what it means to be male in the 21st century. Do its themes hold up today? And how about that incredible twist? Come join our version of Project Mayhem and find out! "We have just...lost...cabin pressure."
8 Mile (2002)
We go back to Detroit and discuss Eminem's feature film debut in 8 Mile (2002), directed by Curtis Hanson. We talk about Eminem's impressive performance for a first time actor, the Academy Award winning song Lose Yourself, and is 8 Mile a sports movie?
The Crow (1994)
The guys discuss the Alex Proyas film. Dave takes an unexpectedly emotional journey, Marcus thinks it belongs in the 80’s, and Colin is unimpressed. Everybody loves the over the top Michael Wincott performance, appreciates the overall style, and agrees Eric “DA’RAVEN” has mad killing skills. FIRE IT UP!
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Dave has a "Kubrick Awakening" as he joins Marcus and Colin on a night-long adventure through Stanley Kubrick's final film, which features real-life married couple (at the time) Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman and is highlighted by a fascinating Cruise performance--and a visit to the world's dullest orgy.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
We discuss Tim Burton's cult classic film Edward Scissorhands, the first in what turned to a great partnership with Johnny Depp. The film is highly regarded but will it hold up 20 years later, let's just say it hit enough touch points for Dave that he made a list.
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
Dave, Marcus and Colin discuss the hugely disappointing Matrix Resurrections – even Keanu Reeves seems bored. The hyper-meta commentary falls flat, the techno-babble is ludicrous, and the action choreography is a mess. We should have taken the blue pill and watched John Wick instead.
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The Matrix (1999)
Dave, Marcus, and Colin discuss the revolutionary sci-fi action adventure film, discuss the mythology of the Matrix, debate whether the red pill or blue pill would be the better option, and discuss how the film has influenced modern culture.
Everybody agrees that Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne kick ass (and each other) Carrie-Ann Moss looks great in latex, and bullet time is still cool!
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The guys discuss Denis Villeneuve’s visual masterpiece, Dave is quite taken with the film, while Colin remains obsessed with the 1984 David Lynch version. Everybody loves Timothée Chalamet, Jason Momoa, and the giant sandworms. Dave also conducts a quick interview with his Mom, turns out, she was not a fan.
Starship Troopers (1997)
The guys discuss Paul Verhoeven misunderstood attack on fascism staring Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, and Dina Meyer. They discuss the film, the original Robert Heinlein book, and how Neil Patrick Harris rocks his gestapo uniform. Nazis in space, fighting and killing bugs with oversized guns.....what could go wrong?
Halloween Kills (2021)
The guys discuss this incredibly bizarre sequel - Jamie Lee Curtis takes her Laurie Strode character to a drug induced heights and Marcus struggles to pronounce Haddonfield. This movie is more insane then the psychopath those true-crime podcasters were following in the first film....I believe his name was Michael Myers.
Part one of a two-part podcast on the new Halloween trilogy. True crime podcasters investigate the babysitter murders from 40 years ago and accidentally unleash Michael Myers on Haddonfield. We discuss Jamie Lee Curtis kicking ass, go deep on the Halloween franchise, and wonder is Michael Myers a cool guy? Long live John Carpenter!
A Knight’s Tale (2001)
For its twenty year anniversary, Dave, Marcus and Colin indulge in the unexpectedly great anachronisms of the Heath Ledger medieval “sports movie,” A Knight’s Tale. Meanwhile, Marcus is convinced he’s watching a high school rom-com. Hilarity ensues.
Casino Royale (2006)
Dave, Marcus and Colin discuss Daniel Craig’s first time playing 007, leading to fun discussion on all things Bond (you never forget your first Bond). Also discussed, poker odds, cocktail recipes, and the effectiveness of testicular torture.
Colin and Dave continue their Zack Snyder movie journey and discuss his first feature film. Colin attempts to help Dave with his pronunciations (and fails) and also expresses admiration for mutant executioners and Xerxes’s orgy game.
Dave, Marcus, and Colin mosey on over to the Mojave desert with Gore Verbinski’s animated western Rango. Colin is not really a fan of animated movies, will this zany lizard tale win him over?
Friday Night Frights #8: The Ring (2002)
Dave, Marcus, and Colin discuss watching random video tapes and Japanese horror films as we dive into the 2002 cult classic movie The Ring – directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Naomi Watts and our favorite horror child actor David Dorfman.
Crimson Tide (1995)
Dave, Marcus, and Colin dive deep into Crimson Tide. Amazing performances by Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, and plenty of blue lights, rain, and sweat you know it’s a Tony Scott movie. Set conditions 1SQ and take us to launch depth!
Dave takes an insane angle on the Rawson Marshall Thurber directed action spectacle, and Colin and Marcus totally disagree. The Rock is literally cooking in this Die Hard / Towering Inferno mashup.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Dave, Marcus, and Colin marvel at the amazing cast–and try to unpack the smart, complex plot–of director Curtis Hanson’s and co-screenwriter Brian Helgeland’s 1997 modern film noir classic, L.A. Confidential. Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush!
Independence Day (1996)
Independence Day (1996) Dave, Marcus, and Colin discuss the @rolandemmerich directed, B movie classic and watch stuff get blow'd up real good. All three marvel at the realistic approach to science, but Colin hates Russell's kids.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Dave and Colin continue their quest to discuss every Zack Snyder film, (apparently) while offering thoughts on proper tram operation, nuclear propane bombs and the fun of post-apocalyptic shopping sprees.
Friday Night Frights #7: Don’t Breathe (2016)
Dave, Marcus, and Colin take a tour of a spacious Detroit home in a neighborhood with plenty of growth potential. This week we watch the Fede Alvarez home invasion thriller Don’t Breathe (2016) starring Jane Levy and Stephen Lang. Don’t go in the basement.
28 Days Later (2002)
Dave, Marcus, and Colin discuss the chilling post-apocalyptic film 28 Days Later, written by Alex Garland and directed by Danny Boyle. A gripping story and artistically shot movie, thankfully our real global pandemic is nothing like this terrifying scenario: fast infected zombies!
Army of the Dead (2021)
Dave and Colin discuss the various film inspirations Zack Snyder called upon for Army of the Dead Some of you might remember a film called ALIENS..... James Cameron is gonna' sue!!
Friday Night Frights #6: REC (2007)
Dave, Marcus, and Colin continue to look for a scary movie, this week we watch the 2007 Spanish horror movie REC. Whatever you do, don't watch the English dubbed version, don't make the same mistake Marcus made.
Dave, Colin, and Marcus discuss the Ridley Scott directed spectacle - incredibly entertaining yet historically inaccurate. If you listen, we hope YOU ARE ENTERTAINED!!!! But, we'd settle for mild amusement
Friday Night Frights #5: The Descent (2005)
Dave, Marcus, and Colin go spelunking in the claustrophobic nightmare The Descent (2005). Our advice, if your friend finds a random cave to explore, maybe you should proceed with a bit of caution, or find new friends.
Friday Night Frights #4: The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Dave, Marcus, and Colin discuss why it's NEVER a good idea to go to The Cabin in the Woods. Colin and Dave align on when it's ok to kill friends, and Marcus contemplates death by unicorn
Friday Night Frights #3: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Dave, Marcus, and Colin review the 2003 remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Jessica Biel and R. Lee Ermey are great in this well-crafted horror movie, but Colin has some gripes when compared to the original. Also, is a chainsaw really a practical weapon?
Dave, Marcus, and Colin travel to Mega City One to hit the Slo-Mo and heap praise on the Karl Urban-led, ultraviolent, and very fun re-imagining of the comic “Judge Dredd.” And when he says he is the law… he really means it.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Dave, Marcus, and Colin disagree if Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers is a masterpiece or a piece of sh**! Listen to our lively discussion trying to figure out just what is going on in the movie. The one thing we all love is Robert Downey Jr’s performance as Wayne Gale!
Friday Night Frights #2: Drag Me to Hell (2009)
We’re back with another Friday Night Frights episode, and Sam Raimi returns to his roots with his fun gore-filled horror style, Drag Me to Hell (2009) does not disappoint. Christine, just give the old lady a loan extension!
Falling Down (1993)
Dave, Marcus and Colin contemplate the confusion which results from watching this 1993 film in 2021. Can it be reinterpreted today? When being stalked by a crazy person, should you stop for a hot dog?
Friday Night Frights #1: Evil Dead (2013)
It's spooky time! Our inaugural Friday Night Frights episode, a new series on the Reel DMC podcast. We dive back into our favorite franchise the Evil Dead with the 2013 remake
Justice League: The Snyder Cut (2021)
Dave and Colin provide some partially informed thoughts on Zack Snyder's Justice League - go easy on us comic nerds, we did our best.
In The Line of Fire (1993)
Dave, Marcus and Colin marvel at how a 63 year old Eastwood is able to scale the rooftops, flirt with a much younger Rene Russo, and discuss how assassins take inspiration from mood boards….poor Dylan McDermott never had a chance…