For our end-of-the-year episode, we are watching the final chapter in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Return of the King! Winner of 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Return of the King finishes the story started by Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn and the others in The Fellowship of the Ring. It’s hard to believe this movie is 19 years old! We welcome back John to the podcast for this episode (and, unfortunately, lose Stew) as we discuss the good, the bad (is there any?) and the ugly of Part Three. What do you think of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King? Let us know!
Is it a Halloween movie? Is it a Christmas movie? Take your pick! This week the guys discuss the 1993 stop-motion masterpiece The Nightmare Before Christmas. If you’ve never seen it, do yourself a favor this holiday season and check it out. Even though Tim Burton’s name is above the title, he didn’t direct it (although everything on screen is very much his style and design). It was directed by Henry Selick, with music and lyrics by Danny Elfman and straight from Tim Burton’s imagination. It has been a holiday favorite for almost 30 years, so what do the guys think of it? Check it out and let us know what you think of The Nightmare Before Christmas!
In 2010, about ten years into the Superhero movie boom, director Matthew Vaughn delivered Kick-Ass: a comedy, action movie that simultaneously spoofs the superhero genre while also belonging to it. It’s an R-rated, violent film but has plenty of laughs. Aaron Johnson is the titular Kick-Ass, a teenager who wonders why no one has ever tried being a superhero. So he decides to do it himself and gets in over his head. Chloe Grace Moretz is Hit-Girl and Nicolas Cage is her father Big Daddy, two vigilantes/superheroes who come out of the woodwork shortly after Kick-Ass does. How does it hold up? Check it out and let us know what you think of Kick-Ass!