Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The NJNM Podcast: Ep. 79 - The Shadow (Guest: Allison Loring from Film School Rejects)

For episode #79, Tyler temporarily hosts the show and is joined by contributing writer for @rejectnation, @ReelVixen and @Cineboobs Allison Loring (@allisonloring). We talk the Oscars, television, Alec Baldwin and Cinematic Soundscapes: THE GAME!

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OSCARS and Music

Media Consumed

"Saved by the Bell" Summer Vacation?
"Gossip Girl" w/ a piss-poor Chuck Bass impression

Goo Goo Dolls Concert
"Here's the Thing" with Alec Baldwin [Found Here!]
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess [The Legend of Zelda Timeline: An Unnecessary Critique]

Review of the Week: The Shadow

Cinematic Soundscapes: THE GAME!

Conclusion and Where you Can Find Us in Cyberspace

For Next Week: MACHETE!  

Thursday, February 23, 2012


My colleague Vince Mancini wrote an article at Filmdrunk recently wondering if Wanderlust would be "a Paul Rudd/David Wain movie or a Jennifer Aniston movie." All things considered, that's as fair a way as any to judge this film: David Wain is perhaps best known for directing Wet Hot American Summer (which we talked about on The Not Just New Movies Podcast, hint hint), and Jennifer Aniston has spent the past few years in stuff like The Bounty Hunter and Just Go With It. Wain hasn't completely dodged the studio system, but his main entry into it until now has been Role Models, a comedy with a charming premise and a ton of heart. When it comes down to it, I'd say that Wanderlust is a Paul Rudd/David Wain movie, but just barely - it reaches for the absurd moments of Wet Hot and tries to hook us like Role Models did, but this one never quite accomplishes either, leaving a disappointing movie that, save for a precious few scenes, is utterly unmemorable.

Co-writer/Director: David Wain
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman

Monday, February 20, 2012

The NJNM Podcast: Ep. 78 - Beetlejuice (Guest: Dan Mecca from The Film Stage)

In this week's episode, Ben and Tyler are joined by Dan Mecca (from The Film Stage) to discuss Tim Burton's 1988 film, Beetlejuice.

Character Name Game Intro - 1:55

Media Consumed
Southside Johnny concert - 3:25
Boyz II Men concert - 4:45
The Comedians of Comedy: Live at the El Rey - 5:42

Puss in Boots - 8:23
Detour - 9:40
Wonderland - 10:57
The Phantom - 14:42

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade -19:10
Jason Reitman's Live Read of Reservoir Dogs - 27:05
Beetlejuice -32:00

Next Time: The Shadow - 1:08:03
Listener E-mail/Voicemail/Twitter - 1:09:37
Character Name Game - 1:13:11
Where You Can Find Us - 1:17:05

[Articles Mentioned: Ben's review of Reitman's Reservoir Dogs, Tyler's review of Temple of Doom, Ben's review of The Last Crusade]

Act of Valor

Starring active duty U.S. Navy SEALs and inspired by true events, Act of Valor is a unique theatrical experience. It's a fast-paced global thriller with equal parts action and patriotism, bombarding the audience with so much of both that it occasionally feels as if we're watching a documentary and always feels like we're watching a piece of propaganda. The acting and story leave much to be desired, but that doesn't seem to matter as much here as it does in the average movie. I'm not sure if Act of Valor totally succeeds, but I'm all for studios taking a chance on movies like this rather than churning out interchangeable garbage like Just Go With It.

Act of Valor
Directors: Mike "Mouse" McCoy and Scott Waugh
Starring: Active Duty Navy SEALs, Roselyn Sanchez

Friday, February 17, 2012

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

It should have been a match made in heaven. Neveldine/Taylor, the directors of Crank and Gamer, in charge of a comic book movie featuring a guy who rides around on a motorcycle dispensing justice while his skull is on fire. Sounds perfect, right? But even these kinetic directors, known for their outlandish, hands-on style, couldn't overcompensate for a godawful script that features surprisingly little action. This is not the Ghost Rider movie people wanted to see.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Directors: Neveldine/Taylor
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dennis The Phantom Menace

So Ben Pearson (of and I were talking the other day, and we came to the pun-derful conclusion that STAR WARS and beloved comic miscreant Dennis the Menace should have a crossover.  After Googling around, I saw one hint of someone coming up with this before, but that was AFTER our idea came along, so really is it even worth considering?  I mean we have discontinuous Spider-Man films in the works, and no one's complaining about those.

Also, why is Marmaduke the Emperor all of a sudden!?  And what possessed Dagwood (of Blondie comics) to break into Emperor Palpatine's Imperial f*ckin' Palace and tempt the fates by woofin' down one of his trademark sandwiches???!!! All these questions and more answered never!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The NJNM Podcast: Ep. 77 - They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!

In this week's episode, Tyler and Ben discuss Gordon Douglas' 1970 film, They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!

Character Name Game Intro - 1:59

Media Consumed
Discussion about Watchmen prequel comics - 2:48
Kingdom Hearts 2 - 11:05
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D - 14:52


They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! - 35:15

Next Time: Beetlejuice - 1:06:46
Listener E-mail/Voicemail/Twitter - 1:08:40
Character Name Game - 1:10:55
Where You Can Find Us - 1:14:51

Saturday, February 11, 2012

STAR WARS: Episode I: The Phantom Menace

By Guest Reviewer Alan Trehern

2012 Ed. Note:  Went and saw The Phantom Menace 3D last night, and figured I'd reacquaint the blogosphere with the Star Wars reviews I did five years ago.  A lot of my points haven't changed, and neither has the movie.  The 3D was...fairly 3D...and Yoda wasn't a puppet anymore.  He was the CGI version of his Empire Strikes Back self, which I'm sure he appreciates.  If only they had replaced Jake Lloyd...**sad face**  And yes, I "Lucas-ed" my own review, but mostly just grammatical changes.

(Originally published May 26, 2007) For the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars Saga, Alan Trehern, self-proclaimed Star Wars guru, have taken it upon myself to satisfy your hunger for a Star Wars review...for all six movies! For this month, we will dissect and argue the pros and cons of Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Directed by George Lucas
Starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Safe House

There should be more thrillers like Safe House: smart, engaging movies made for adults. With a propulsive score and breakneck pacing to match, the movie tears through a series of double-crosses, shootouts, and narrow escapes usually reserved for summer blockbusters. Lucky for us, it looks like summer's come early this year.

Safe House
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson

Monday, February 6, 2012

Podcast Mayhem

OK people, here's the deal: since the start of our podcast, we've been hosting our content through a website called Mevio. Recently, due to all of the SOPA/PIPA stuff going on, they've instituted a policy in which, starting this week, it looks like they're going to straight up delete any content that they think infringes on copyright in any way. If you listen to our show, you know that we play some music clips from the movie we're talking about that week as intro and outro music. EVEN THOUGH IT IS COMPLETELY LEGAL TO DO THIS THANKS TO FAIR USE LAWS, Mevio has decided that they're going to shut us down anyway. (Cue the boos, hisses, and other noises.)

Heroically, GeekTyrant has stepped up to the plate and offered to host our content for us. So what does this mean for you?

If you stream the show from or, then it doesn't mean much. Life will go on as normal, and you (theoretically) shouldn't know that any of this behind-the-scenes crap is going on at all.

But here's the bad news: if you're currently subscribed to our show in iTunes, it's going to look like we just stopped producing content. (This, of course, is not true; the last episode that appears on our iTunes feed is 74, and Episode 76 just went live yesterday.) The only way to move forward appears to be re-submitting the show for approval in iTunes with our new RSS feed attached to it, and then - and here's the REALLY annoying part - re-upload every episode we've ever done through this new iTunes account so new listeners can get a chance to hear them if they want. So if you come along with us to our new iTunes page (which doesn't exist yet, but I'll post it here as soon as it does), you'll not only have new episodes presented to you, but all of our older episodes will be mixed in completely out of order as we slowly get those uploaded.

I know. It sucks. I'm sorry. There really doesn't look like any other way to handle the situation. If I figure something out, I'll let you guys know. But I hope you'll stick with us as we move past this little bump, and forgive us for messing up your OCD-organized iTunes downloads. I know this would bother me if I was a listener, but I hope it doesn't bother you enough to stop listening to the show.

I'll update you guys with the new iTunes information whenever that comes to pass (hopefully in the next week or two). To stay current, you can update your RSS feeds to the following, where you'll be able to stream and download new episodes directly:

Thanks for all of your e-mails, voicemails, and feedback. And, as always, thanks for listening.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The NJNM Podcast: Ep. 76 - Hook (Guest: Matt Patches from

In this week's episode, Ben and Tyler are joined by Matt Patches (from to discuss Steven Spielberg's 1991 film, Hook.

Character Name Game Intro - 1:55

Media Consumed
The Woman in Black, Insidious, The Innkeepers - 2:42

"Black Books" - 10:22
"Top Gear" - 12:02
The Descendants - 16:07

State of Grace - 19:35
A Conversation with Gary Oldman - 23:20

Hook - 25:45

Next Time: They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! - 1:08:46
Listener E-mail/Voicemail/Twitter - 1:10:08
Character Name Game - 1:16:35
Where You Can Find Us - 1:18:07


Chronicle is the latest movie to use the found footage style, blending it with the superhero subgenre to mixed results. Because we're so familiar with the limitations of the camera in films like this, when the movie breaks that mold - and it does this fairly often - it makes those sequences seem incredibly impressive. But ultimately Chronicle fails to achieve anything more than a few successful tricks here and there; it's passable entertainment, sure, but if you're buying into the hype surrounding the film, I'd encourage you to lower your expectations.

Director: Josh Trank
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Shot between 2004 and 2006, Margaret was acquired by Fox Searchlight and set for a 2007 release. Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan toiled for years in the editing room, causing lawsuits and all kinds of other drama over the missed release date. Eventually, Martin Scorsese and his longtime editor Thelma Shoonmaker were able to trim the movie down to the studio-mandated two and a half hour run time, but Lonergan wanted a three hour cut and still claims this finished version isn't his true vision for the film. Finally dumped unceremoniously for a one-week run in theaters in 2011, Margaret is being revived for a brief run at the Cinefamily Theater in Los Angeles this week, and I couldn't resist seeing what all the fuss was about.

Writer/Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Starring: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick

The NJNM Podcast: Ep. 75 - Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

For episode 75, Tyler and Panther Joe join forces once again to rid the world of this evil muck of a CAPCOM film, Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li. We also phone Ben P. to see how Moondance went... 

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We Give Ben a Call and Chit-Chat

Character Name Game

Media Consumed
"My Cat From Hell" on Animal Planet
"Cajun Pawn Stars"

WWF: Royal Rumble 1992
"Street Fighter II: V"
Street Fighter Alpha: Generations

Review of the Week: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

Conclusion and Where you Can Find Us in Cyberspace

NOTES: Chris Klein Is On The Case, Jackson Galaxy