In this episode, the guys are still saving you 115 hours of wasted time searching for movies but instead of 1 "movie night" pick of the week, Chet and Rodney have THREE great "summer" movies!
These are not your typical summer blockbusters. These are movies that the guys think encapsulate all the great things that summer is all about!
(2014) - Biography, Drama, Thriller - PG-13
1 Hr 54Min
Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley
Today Chet & Rodney discuss The Imitation Game, our favorite Keira Knightley movies, and movies so bad they're good.
(2016) - Biography, Drama - PG-13
Where to Watch: Red Box, Amazon Rental
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
Directed by: Garth Davis
Today Chet and Rodney discuss Lion, our favorite examples of movies featuring different actors/actresses to portray one character, and whether Baywatch can legitimately be considered a "movie to avoid" or not.
(2016) - Drama, Fantasy - PG-13
1 Hr 48 Min
Where to Watch: Red Box, Amazon
Starring: Liam Neeson, Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver
Director: J.A. Bayona
Topic: "Voice Actors in Live-Action Films
Chet and Rodney are joined by friend of the show, Lyndon Wells from Top10Films.co.uk to discuss A Monster Calls, our favorite examples of voice acting in live-acting films, and even whether staying in the theater for 2 movies is stealing!
Lewis MacDougall plays a character who is dealing with the fact that his mother is terminally ill which is contributing to his troubles at school as well as a reoccurring nightmare. The Monster, voiced by Liam Neeson, arrives to teach a few lessons and alter the boy's future while dealing with his present.
Despite the plot description, this is far from a kids movie. An absolutely amazing story coupled with a visually stunning collection of scenes makes A Monster Calls worth YOUR Movie Night!
JOIN THE CONVERSATION!
What is your favorite example of a voice acting performance in a live-action film?
Ever walked out of a theater during a movie because it was so bad?
(2016) - Comedy/Drama - R - 1hr 32min
Where to Watch: Netflix, Redbox
Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia
Director: Mike Birbiglia
Topic Discussion: “Would you rather…”
Mike Birbiglia takes his experience as a stand-up comedian and applies it to this amazing portrayal of what it is like to try and “make it” in the world of comedy.
A group of friends (who perform in an improv comedy group) is faced with the challenge and strain of what happens when one of them finds success and the rest of them do not.
Also, in this episode we are joined by Matt Josephs, host of Checked Out in Jersey, to discuss the collaboration with Down the Hall, and the contest the two shows are doing together.
Would you rather…
In a battle to the death…
Rap battle Eminiem?
Wrap battle Buddy the Elf?
(2013) - Adventure, Comedy, Drama - R - 1hr 35min.
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime
Starring: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Topic: “Best Friends” in Movies
In this coming of age comedy, 2 best friends plan to run away into the woods and build their own house. What follows is a summertime adventure in one of the funniest movies Down the Hall has recommended so far.
Looking for a feel good, fun, adventure of film for a movie night this week? The Kings of Summer is the perfect choice.
(2013) Biography, Drama - 1hr. 25 min. - R
Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melanie Diaz, Octavia Spencer
Director: Ryan Coogler
Topic: "Day in the Life Movies"
Intro | 0:00
Fruitvale Station | 5:05
Ratings/Reviews | 11:36
"Day in the Life Movies" | 16:58
Movie to Avoid | 21:56
There is something great about a "day in the life movie" done well. Fruitvale Station is Exhibit A.
Based on a true story leading up to the events involving Oscar Grant, Fruitvale Station is by no means a feel-good story. However, it accomplishes the very difficult task of creatively telling a story of one day in a man's life who is trying to make constructive decisions to rebuild himself. Fruitvale does this in an interesting and heartfelt way.
We aim to help you "Take Back Movie Night" and we think this one will help you do exactly that this week!
Also, what is your favorite example of a "day in the life" movie?
(2014) Comedy/Drama - 1hr. 54 min. - R
Where to Watch: Netflix
Starring: Jon Favreau, Emjay Anthony, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman
Director: Jon Favreau
Intro | 0:00
Spoiler Free Take | 5:36
"Movies About Food" | 22:23
Movie to Avoid | 25:48
Jon Favreau plays a celebrity chef who is in a creative rut that quickly turns into a downward spiral. After seemingly losing everything, he looks to renew his perspective, his creative inspiration, and his relationship with his son by starting his own food truck.
Heartwarming yet gritty. Chef will not disappoint. It is fun, touching, and most importantly, WORTH YOUR TIME THIS WEEK!
What is your favorite movie about food?
In this episode we are joined by Kacey Spivey, Writer/Creator/Producer for Screen Rant. Kacey also play Daenerys Targaryen (The Mother of Dragons) in Game of Thrones the Musical.
Kacey joined the show to ask the question, “Will Dude’s Watch Female-Led Comedies?”
We took a look at some of the classic female comedians who set the foundation for modern comedy (Mary Tyler Moore, and Lucille Ball), and then talked through some of our favorite modern examples of female-led comedies.
We also heard from our listeners as they shared their favorite female comedies and paritcipated in a poll:
“For the dudes out there, are you LESS likely to watch a female-led comedy? (This is a safe place)”
71% said, “I see them the same as any comedy.”
20% said, “I don’t prefer them.”
9% said, “I’m afraid to answer.”
Join the conversation! Let us know what your favorite female-led comedies are!
Be sure to follow Kacey on Twitter for info on everything she is involved in! @hey_kace
(2014) Comedy/Drama - 1 hr. 42 min. - PG-13
Where to Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime
Starring: Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Jaeden Lieberher
Director: Theodore Melfi
St. Vincent is the story of a boy (Jaeden Lieberher) moving to a new house next door to a disgruntled, bitter, alcoholic, gambling-addict, broke, veteran named Vincent (Bill Murray). The only thing less likely than the pairing of these two, is the bond that they form.
This one is charming, fun and most importantly, worth your time!
Let St. Vincent help you take back movie night!
KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING: What is your favorite example of an “unlikely mentor”? Rodney said Billy-Bob Thornton in Bad Santa (2003), and Chet added Sam Rockwell in The Way, Way Back (2013).