Isle of Dogs Review

For episode 7, the podcast (special guest Chris Thomas filling in for Sam and Eric) reviews Wes Anderson’s new stop motion film about a pack of dogs banished to a trash island.

Movie Grades for Isle of Dogs:
Conor – A
Chris – A

Movie Trivia: [35:00] mark

Music By: Andrew David Vilaythong (

Mandatory Reshoots Episode 6: Robocop Review

For episode 6 the podcast reviews what could be Sam’s favorite movie of all time, Robocop. Eric talks about just now seeing it for the first time, Sam tries to make Eric feel bad for not seeing it earlier, and trivia finally goes Sam’s way.

Movie Grades for Robocop:
Sam – A+
Conor – A-
Eric – B

Robocop Review: [13:30] mark

Movie Trivia Round: [51:40] mark

Music By: Andrew David Vilaythong (

Mandatory Reshoots Episode 4: Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

Conor and Eric detail their most anticipated movies of 2018.

Apostle – (Dir. Gareth Evans, Star. Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street) – A man attempts to rescue his sister after she’s been kidnapped by a religious cult.

Release: 2018

Hold the Dark – (Dir. Jeremy Saulnier, Star. Alexander Skarsgård, Jeffrey Wright, Riley Keough) – After three children are killed by wolves, a writer is hired by the parents of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the Alaskan wilderness.

Release: June 1 on Netflix

Parasite – (Dir. Joon-ho Bong, Star. Kang-ho Song) A man is infected with a parasite that changes his world in unforeseen ways.

Pros: Joon-ho Bong and Kang-ho Song reunite for the first time since Snowpiercer

Release: 2018 (If I’m being honest, I highly doubt it will be out this year)

The Predator – (Dir. Shane Black, has one of the strangest casts: Tom Jane, Keegan Michael Key, the little kid from the room (Jacob Tremblay) (Trevante Rhodes (grown up Chiron in Moonlight) Alfie Allen (aka Theon Greyjoy) Yvonne Stahovski, Edward James Olmos and Jake Busey) – A sequel of the 1987 sci-fi film “Predator”
Pros: Tom Jane.
Cons: There might be some non Tom Jane scenes.

Release: September 14

The Meg (Dir. Jon Turtletaub (famed director of National Treasure), Star. Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson, going hard after the Chinese market with BingBing Li, Ruby Rose and Cliff Curtis) – After escaping an attack by what he claims was by a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.

Pros: Everything.

Cons: None. I can’t foresee a single thing that could be wrong with a giant shark movie directed by the director of National Treasure starring Jason Statham and Dwight from the Office.

Release: Aug 10

Farenheit 451 – (Dir. Ramin Baharani, Star. Michael b. Jordan, Michael Shannon) HBO’s adaption of Ray Bradbury’s famous novel about fireman who burn books in the future. My favorite book. The cast is great, but nothing about the

Pros: Great source material

Cons: Hard to translate to screen.

Release: May 2018

Creed II – (Dir. Steven Caple Jr., Star. Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson) – Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned light-heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.

Pros: Great momentum from the first film

Cons: No Ryan Coogler (Caple is supposed to be a Coogler protégé though)

Release: Nov 21

Under the Silver Lake (Dir. David Robert Mitchell (It Follows) Stars Andrew Garfield) – A man becomes obsessed with a kidnapped girl and must rush to save her before it’s too late.

Pros: David Robert Mitchell’s first movie since It Follows

Cons: Looks like one of those movies that could unravel effortlessly

Release: June 22

Solo: A Star Wars Story (5/25) – They haven’t made a bad star wars film, so this could be good, but I don’t have high hopes. Still, it’s a Star Wars movie so I’ll see it.

Avengers: Infinity War (April 27)- Gonna be a huge film with a lot of surprises

Incredibles 2 (June 15) – Sequel to one of Eric’s favorite Pixar films

A Quiet Place (Apr 6) – Well reviewed horror, reminiscent of M. Night’s ‘Signs’.

MI-6 (7/27)- The sixth movie of that Tom Cruise franchise where he runs a lot.

The Death of Stalin (releasing now)- From the creator of Veep.

Mandatory Reshoots Episode 3: ‘Annihilation’ Review

Conor, Sam and Eric review Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’, unsuccessfully attempt to finally name the culture segment, and talk Sean Bean deaths.

Movie Grades for Annihilation:
Sam – A
Eric – A-
Conor – B+

This Week in Culture [1:00] mark

Annihilation Review: [11:30] mark

Lightning Trivia Round: [44:30] mark

Sam’s infamous Black Death answer [59:55]

Trivia Rankings:
1. Sam- 6/10
1. Eric – 8/10

All time rankings:
1. Eric – 22/30
2. Sam – 19/30

Music By: Andrew David Vilaythong (

Mandatory Reshoots Episode 2: ‘Black Panther’ Review

This week we reviewed Black Panther, a small independent film not many people have heard about. Enjoy.

Movie Grades for the Black Panther:
Sam – B+
Eric – A-
Conor – A-

Black Panther Review: [10:00] mark

Lightning Trivia Round: [56:40] mark

Week’s Trivia Rankings:
1. Sam- 6/10
1. Eric – 7/10

All Time Rankings:
1. Eric – 14/20
2. Sam – 13/20

Music By: Andrew David Vilaythong

Mandatory Reshoots Episode 1: ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ Review

Our movie review podcast has finally taken shape as ‘Mandatory Reshoots’. For our first official episode we review the trash fire that is Netflix’s new secret Cloverfield movie, ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’.

Movie Grades for the Cloverfield Paradox:
Sam – D
Eric – D-
Conor – C-

Lightning Trivia Round begins at the [54:09] mark in the podcast.

Music By: Andrew David Vilaythong

The Ultimate 2015 Trailer Mashup

Youtube user Sleepy Skunk has put together a great trailer mashup from all the movie trailers of 2015. This style of montage is something he’s been doing for a few years now, and each one he’s done has been superbly edited and scored. 2015’s mashup is certainly no different, especially in the use of The Heavy’s ‘Aint No Place For a Hero‘ to kick things off. How many movies can you name from the mashup?

In Defense of Neville Longbottom

NevilleOver at Tor, blogger Emily Asher-Perrin has written a nice piece about Neville Longbottom, pegging him not only as an undervalued character, but going as far as saying that he, “determines the course of the Harry Potter series.” While initially sounding like a bit of an outlandish claim, she mounts a pretty convincing defense in her essay. She also draws some very interesting generational parallels that I hadn’t really picked up while reading the books. All and all, it’s a great read for Harry Potter fans. Hop on over to Tor to check out the full essay, but here’s an excerpt:

Rowling largely operates Harry’s generation in a clear system of parallels to the previous generation, Marauders and all. Harry is his father—Quidditch star, a little pig-headed sometimes, an excellent leader. Ron is Sirius Black—snarky and fun, loyal to a fault, mired in self-doubts. Hermione is Remus Lupin—book smart and meticulous, always level-headed, unfailingly perceptive. Ginny is Lily Evans—a firecracker, clever and kind, unwilling to take excuses. Draco Malfoy is Severus Snape—a natural foil to Harry, pretentious, possessed of the frailest ego and also deeper sense of right and wrong when it counts. And guess what?

Neville Longbottom is Peter Pettigrew.