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Commentary: Evil Dead (2013, with Sofa Dogs!)

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Join me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs once again, this time for a look at Fede Alvarez’s remake of Sam Raimi’s silly-fun 1981 horror flick The Evil Dead. This one is serious, flatter, and way better made (altho I still prefer the original). Thrill to the blood and mud! Squeal at the shout-outs to the original! Listen as I fail to fully interpret the the film makers’ intent! (In my defense, it’s not on screen.)

I’m watching an HD version from DVR. Start the film after the Film District logo and before the Haunted House logo on the countdown.

Commentary: Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (w/ Sofa Dogs!)

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Join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs and me as we delve into the historical drama of the youth, life, and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. We examine the issues of the day and the difficult moral decisions that Lincoln faced, such as the “peculiar institution” of slavery and when to try to kill the vampire who murdered his mother. We compare the film to superhero movies, the mockbuster Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies, and more. John likes the film but my initial enthusiasm has gradually waned, altho I still like the acting and most of the action.

We’re watching the Blu-ray. Start the film on the countdown after the Dune Films logo.

Commentary: Dark City (w/ Sofa Dogs and Dorkman!)

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Join me and my special guest John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs and Michael “Dorkman” Scott of What Are You Doing, Movie? as we take Alex Proyas’ heartwarming tale of space vampires and terrible detectives to pieces retune it. All three of us basically love the film and gush all over the cinematography, writing, structure, and set design and try to figure out which parts are sub-awesome and how things could be slightly better.

We lament the reception the film got initially, disagree over the degree of familiarity of the characters and tropes, and come to blows over Jennifer Connelly’s eyebrows. (NON-PERIOD!)

NOTE: Posted this early because Pavlich posted his version several days ago.

We’re watching the Blu-ray. Start the film on the countdown after the New Line Cinema logo.

Commentary: Prometheus (w Sofa Dogs and Faldor!)

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Join me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs and Faldor of the Extended Edition podcast for a thoro drubbing of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. It’s the heartwarming tale of an old man trying to recapture his youth and getting his head handed to him. But enough about Ridley Scott.

We examine the themes and complications, the plot twists that don’t quite work, and the way the film repeatedly works against itself with their echoes of religion and the other Alien movies, as well as Stargate, Return of the Jedi, and Casablanca.

We’re watching the Blu-ray/HD DVR version and stay in perfect sync. Start the film on the countdown after the Scott Free logo.

Commentary: Looper (w/ Sofa Dogs!)

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Join me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs for a long, hard look at Rian Johnson’s wobbly time travel thriller. We both like it (he more than I) and both have problems with it (I more than he). We look at Confused Matthew’s take on the film, and Rian Johnson’s himself. John had a Twitter conversation with him that I gamely try to retroactively explain Johnson’s side of. Regardless, it’s a fascinating film or two films squooshed together, depending on your point of view and, possibly, your current location in the space-time continuum.

Note: John drops out at a few points due to Internet/Skype issues, but it’s not too frequent or too bad. Unfortunately, he lost his recording of the call. We may provide a fixed version in the future.

We’re watching the Blu-ray. Start the film on the countdown after the End Game logo.

Commentary: Community 1×07 “Intro to Stats”

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Join me as I again join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs to watch the seventh episode of Community.

We discuss Slater’s relationship with Winger, Spanish punctuation, drugging Chevy, Shirley’s Christianity, and the quality of Chang’s advice.

Start the commentary at the very beginning of the episode, on the countdown.

Commentary: Community 1×06 “Football, Feminism and You”

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Join me as I again join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs to watch the sixth episode of Community.

We discuss how this episode feels out of place, girl bonding, Greendale’s weird football field, Jeff and Annie. And say goodbye to Troy’s interest in sports.

Start the commentary at the very beginning of the episode, on the countdown.

Commentary: Inception (with Sofa Dogs!)

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Join John Pavlich and me as we delve into the innermost psyche of Christopher Nolan and pull out dead wives, survivor guilt, selfishness, and a creaky elevator. We analyze how many acts the film really has, the cinematography of the Avengers, and whether or not Hans Zimmer is the right man for to score the film.

We compare the film to other Nolan films, other Di Caprio films, Dreamscape, Ghostbusters, The Matrix, The Dirty Dozen, The Guns of Navarone, heist films, The Spanish Prisoner, Ocean’s 11, Reservoir Dogs, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. We compare Christopher Nolan to Woody Allen, the Coen Brothers, Stanley Kubrick, and Michael Bay. I complain that Ellen Page doesn’t have enough to do. I rewrite the film and give it to M Night Shyamalan to direct. John pitches an Ariadne-Arthur TV show and tries to cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the new Spider-Man.

Bonus: One of us implants an idea in the other one’s mind.

I’m watching the Blu-ray. Start the commentary after the Syncopy logo, on the countdown.

Commentary: Community 1×05 “Adv Criminal Law”

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Join me as I again join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs to watch the fifth episode of Community, one of the best comedy television shows ever.

We discuss Luis Guzman, Mark Hamill, going off campus, the theme of cheating, and Annie stuffing her bra.

Start the commentary at the very beginning of the episode, on the countdown.

Commentary: The Avengers (with Sofa Dogs!)

The AvengersNetflix IMDbJoin John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs and me as we walk thru The Avengers (the loud American one, not the weird British one). We fail to remember what happened in Thor, discuss the structure and character motivations, and general enjoy it. John accuses me of being negative because I think the idea of an Iron Man suit that shoots out of a wall, chases down a falling Tony Stark, opens itself, and somehow puts itself on him while he’s falling is a dumb idea. He also has to explain Loki’s plot to me, but I remain dubious. (What is his plan for Hulk again?)

I’m watching the Blu-ray. Start the film after the logo fades to the tesseract (0:00:28), on the countdown.