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But What We Really Want to Do… 2015 Oscar Preview!

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We’re back after a noticeable, but never explained, absence to talk about the nominees for the Best Picture Oscar year 2015! That means we’re talking about Birdman, we’re talking about American Sniper, Boyhood, and Grand Budapest Hotel; We’re talking about Selma, The Imitation Game, and Whiplash.  Oh, The Theory of Everything makes a cameo, too! Listen, and enjoy.

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But What We Really Want to Do… More Summer Schlock

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Guess What? More Summer movies have come out! John tries to hold onto his sanity as we look deeper into the abyss that is big budget tentpole film.

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But What We Really Want to Do… Episode 6: Godzilla and the Curious Case of Bryan Cranston’s Hairpiece

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Next up on the Summer blockbuster list is…Godzilla! Spoilers are sort of everywhere, but nothing that will ruin your enjoyment of the movie. We discuss the monster, the people, hairpieces, and more! Tune in for a very special guest ambush by– Ellen McLain Lowrie, voice of Glados and Gypsy Danger! She joins us to talk about how this giant monster compares to Pacific Rim’s giant monsters. And also to give Sagramore a heart attack.

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But What We Really Want to Do… Episode 5: Captain America COLON The Winter Soldier and Amazing Spider-man 2

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We’re back, and this time we’re talkin’ bout blockbusters. Not video store chains that closed down, but the Hollywood movie kind. First up are the early birds: Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There is one big spoiler, but you’ll be warned in podcast, so don’t worry. Enjoy, but if you have any problems with the podcast, please email any questions/complaints to someone who cares.

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But What We Really Want to Do… Episode 4: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Episode 4 has arrived, fresh off the press! Actor, author, voice actor, and Moonrise Kingdom enthusiast John Patrick Lowrie stops by to discuss what’s really holding Obamacare back from reaching its enrollment targets- not really! We’re discussing Wes Anderson’s new movie, The grand Budapest Hotel! And all in just 15 minutes. It turns out when movies are perfectly decent there’s not too much to say… enjoy, spoiler free.

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But What We Really Want to Do… Episode 3: Ender’s Game

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Time for episode 3! As we’ve said before, author and voice actor John Patrick Lowrie is a space buff, so we’re sticking to the final frontier and discussing more sci-fi. Join us to talk Ender’s Game, in both its book and film incarnations. This is a discussion, not a review. There will be spoilers, and you have been warned. Enjoy!

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But What We Really Want to Do… Episode 2: Gravity

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Time for episode 2! Author and voice actor John Patrick Lowrie is a space buff, so it’s only natural the next stop for our podcast is a critique of Gravity, the new Sandra Bullock in space movie. No spoilers, just a fun discussion/review of the movie. Well, maybe a few spoilers…

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The Evil Rich: A Review of Elysium

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The summer of 2013 has been really hit-or-miss for big movies. Star Trek: Into Darkness was pretty great. Furious 6 was crazy fun if you left your brain tied to a parking meter outside the theater. The Wolverine was also a good time, but that might solely attributable to the fact it came on the heels of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is one of history’s worst movies. The critical response to all three of the aforementioned movies was mixed. The rest has been flotsam. Man of Steel failed to live up the expectations I arbitrarily set up for it, and Pacific Rim was meh. Iron Man 3 shall not be mentioned on this website. Opening late in the summer season, the Matt Damon vehicle, Elysium, unfortunately, also comes in at the jetsam end of the spectrum.

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Hollywood Ending: A Review of Argo

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Hollywood loves itself, but don’t we all? (love ourselves, not Hollywood) If a movie about me came out, I’d probably fawn all over it. So it’s no surprise critics and film industry people tend to fall head over heels for movies about making movies. If the director happens to be a former wunderkind A-list actor now turned actor-director…well, the stage is set for overhype.  Argo, based on a real CIA operation to extract US foreign service members from Iran in 1980, is of course, about more than just making films, but then again…it’s not. Though nominally based on real events, Argo is a completely formulaic and cliche spy thriller whose manufactured thrills are buffered only by uninspiring movie industry self-referential comic relief.

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Changing Tastes: A Review of Dredd (the 2012 version that is not 1995’s Judge Dredd)

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I won’t lie, I was excited about Dredd from the get-go. Never a huge fan of the 90’s Stallone version or the comic series, my interest was purely based on the trailer, in which it was clear the plot for the new re-imagining was ripped from the superb The Raid: Redemption. I’m not particularly opposed to unoriginality if the original is awesome, and the copy looks good, too. I was all set to love the movie…and it turns out I did. Dredd is a great action flick.

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