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Now Playing - The Movie Review Podcast

Become a Paid Subscriber and get bonus podcasts: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/subscribeThree playful movie reviewers break down a wide variety of film franchises by dedicating a podcast to every single sequel, remake, reboot, and spin-off in a series. Conversations are in-depth and cover production history, literary sources, gossip, merchandising, and good old fashioned personal opinion with loads of humor and critical insight. No cinematic universe is too obscure or sacred!

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Become a Paid Subscriber and get bonus podcasts: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/subscribeThree playful movie reviewers break down a wide variety of film franchises by dedicating a podcast to every single sequel, remake, reboot, and spin-off in a series. Conversations are in-depth and cover production history, literary sources, gossip, merchandising, and good old fashioned personal opinion with loads of humor and critical insight. No cinematic universe is too obscure or sacred!

Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City

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Take me down to the Raccoon City where the folks are green and the cops are pretty

The Umbrella Corporation may have left town (and taken original star Milla Jovovich with them), but there’s still a horde of bloodthirsty zombies ready to welcome audiences back to Raccoon City in the seventh Resident Evil installment. Can estranged siblings Chris and Claire Redfield bring the foster father who poisoned their childhood to justice before he escapes with the infamous T-virus?  And can corporate espionage spy Albert Wesker really hack pharmaceutical secrets with only a Palm Pilot at his disposal?  Find out what’s up with a 90s throwback now.

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{Resident Evil Series}

Nov 30 2021

1hr 27mins

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The Martian

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Astronaut Matt Damon proves he has the “right stuff” to survive an extended stay on the Red Planet in Ridley Scott’s acclaimed 2015 blockbuster The Martian.  Justin, Jakob, and Stuart continue their look at outer space exploration with an ultra-realistic trip to the nearest colonizable planet. How many scientists does it take to cypher out a solution to getting a marooned botanist back home safe?  And will audiences find the results easier to follow than Interstellar and Arrival?  Link up with the latest Now Playing transmission and find out.

Nov 24 2021

1hr 26mins

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Paranormal Activity - A Podcast Preview

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A San Diego couple buy a video camera to document the Paranormal Activity visiting their bedroom late at night, and end up making the most  profitable horror movie of all time.  How did raw footage of creaking  floorboards and slight door movements scare the bejesus out of audiences  steeped in the graphic imagery of torture porn?  And can Jakob, Stuart,  and Arnie find any clues revealing the identity of this demon  supposedly hiding in the dark? The lights come up on a highly requested  series when you Donate for Gold Level this Fall.

Nov 19 2021

14mins

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The Right Stuff

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These days they’ll let any 90-year-old who ever pretended to fly a starship go up in a rocket. But you had to have The Right Stuff if you hoped to survive the first messy attempts to put a man in orbit back at the dawn of the Space Race.  Join Jakob, Justin, and Stuart as they witness the amazing early successes and blunders of NASA, as well as the career launch of some major acting talent -  including Ed Harris (The Abyss), Dennis Quaid (Innerspace), Scott Glenn (Backdraft), and playwright Sam Sheppard. Blast off into an 80s classic when you Listen Now!

Nov 16 2021

1hr 43mins

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Eternals

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Eons before the assembly of the Avengers, ten celestial caretakers known as Eternals came together to protect and guide human development on Earth. Did Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) deviate too much from the Marvel formula in telling the secret history of the planet’s first superheroes?  And should Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek get credit for bestowing culture on mankind with Hackers and Grown Ups 2 on their resumes? Find out if Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob share a Uni-Mind about the latest MCU installment. Listen Now.  

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{Marvel Series}

{Comic Book Movie Series}

Nov 09 2021

2hr 37mins

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Loki (Season 1)

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Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob played a nasty trick on listeners when they pulled Loki from the Summer 2021 schedule at the last minute.  Now they make up for lost time by diving into the first six episodes of Tom Hiddleston’s quest to conquer all of existence (or at least Disney Plus). Can the Norse God dethrone the three space lizards who currently police the future and promote the popularity of his nemeses The Avengers? And are the podcasters fated to review a never-ending stream of Marvel now that they’ve said “yes” to a TV series?  Listen and Find Out!

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{Marvel Series}

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Nov 03 2021

2hr 25mins

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Dune (2021)

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Timothee Chalamet may look scrawny to Jason “Aquaman” Mamoa, but prophecy foretells the Call Me By Your Name star to be the savior of Dune in 2021. Can director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) hope to pass the test of coherently adapting Frank Herbert’s complex novel of life on a desert planet, given that David Lynch and SyFy Channel already experienced great pain putting their hands in this box?  Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie as they worm their way through a saga of prophecy, ecology, and intergalactic politics in an epic podcast.  Listen Now!

{Dune Series}

Oct 26 2021

1hr 53mins

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Halloween Kills

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It’s easy to blame Haddonfield’s high body count on local boogeyman Michael Myers, but many of the latest Halloween Kills are being committed by a violent mob of formerly decent citizens. Did babysitter Jamie Lee Curtis, terrified kids Anthony Michael Hall and Kyle Richards, and shaky cop Will Patton grow up to become the real monsters of the community?  And will Michael approve of the changes made to his sister’s bedroom when he catches up with the current owners of his redecorated house?  Listen Now as Arnie, Stuart, and Brock unmask this sequel!

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{John Carpenter Series}

Oct 19 2021

2hr 4mins

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No Time to Die

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Diamonds may be forever, but Daniel Craig only has one more shot at bringing James Bond to life in No Time To Die. Will longtime nemesis Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) ruin the superspy’s chances at Happily Ever After by blowing up his Italian holiday with Lea Seydoux?  Or will Rami Mallick prove to be the bigger threat as he uses nanotechnology and a Zen Garden of Death to poison the world? Find out if Brock, Stuart, and Arnie are shaken or stirred by 007 replacement Lashana Lynch, or any of the other surprises in this epic conclusion, when you Listen Now!

{James Bond Series}

Oct 12 2021

2hr 11mins

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American Psycho II: All American Girl

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That '70s girl takes after that '80s psycho

Folks might think of Mila Kunis as a typical All American Girl, but the 70’s Show actress proves she can be an American Psycho II after homicidal yuppie Patrick Bateman attacks her babysitter. Is this coed so eager to land a job hunting serial killers with the FBI that she’s willing to murder everyone in her criminology class?  And how do the Now Playing hosts grade William Shatner, beaming down into this direct-to-video oddity to play a lecherous professor?  You’d have to be a sociopath not to be curious about this special Friday freebie show. Listen Now!

{American Psycho}

Oct 09 2021

1hr 8mins

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage

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Tom Hardy was struggling to make room for Venom in his life even before natural born killer Woody Harrelson, his screaming mad girlfriend Naomi Harris (Skyfall), and a blood red baby symbiote crashed their picture. Does sequel Let There Be Carnage bring an end to the reporter’s unconventional marriage to the gooey, black alien parasite? And is Michelle Williams proof that things get better once you’re out of the “Eddie closet”?  Discover if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart lose their heads over, or call the whole thing off, when you Listen Now!

{Spider-Man Series} 

{Marvel Series} 

{Comic Book Movie Series}

Oct 05 2021

1hr 34mins

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American Psycho

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Christian Bale might look like just another vapid investment banker, but behind his well-groomed features and aerobicized body lies the mind of an American Psycho. So how did predatory Patrick Bateman go from graphically torturing women in one of the most misogynist books of the 1990s, to having a female director turn him into the punchline of the 1980s in this millennial horror comedy?  And will Arnie really defend the "killer soundtrack" this yuppie cranks as he Wang Chungs on the all-star cast?  Listen Now, and find out what's inside a podcaster's head!

{American Psycho}

Sep 29 2021

1hr 33mins

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The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

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Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House stood as a horror classic for nearly 60 years before director Mike Flanagan (Hush) expanded its walls into a 10 episode miniseries for Netflix.  Nell, Luke, and Theo are now the children of house flippers, spending the summer of 1992 seeing ghosts in renovated basements and hallways. Should the Crain siblings blame spectres like Tall Man and Abigail, or their secretive father and crazy mother, for why their lives are so messed up in 2018?  Now Playing invites you to settle in for a forever podcast. Listen now!

{The Haunting Series}

Sep 21 2021

2hr 55mins

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The Haunting (1999)

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Producer Steven Spielberg and director Jan DeBont (Speed) poured a lot of time and money into remodeling Shirley Jackson's classic ghost story into the much reviled 1999 remake of The Haunting.  Long before she played clapping games with Ed and Lorraine Warren, Lili Taylor was conjuring bad spirits during her stay at a mansion where hundreds of child laborers perished.  Do we need Liam Neeson’s science experiments to know there’s nothing scary going on?  Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart are here to clean house with a brand new podcast.  Listen Now!

{The Haunting Series}

Sep 15 2021

1hr 24mins

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Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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Could the next Legend of the Marvel Cinematic Universe be an unassuming San Francisco parking valet who prefers late night karaoke to taking down his father's infamous Ten Rings terrorist cell?  Martial artist Shang Chi is ready to answer the call for a modern Asian American superhero. But do comedienne Awkwafina, Crouching Tiger star Michelle Yeoh, and the Man Who Would Be The Mandarin (aka Ben Kingsley) offer enough protection for a magical gated community besieged by soul-sucking serpents? Hop aboard the Now Playing bus to find out!

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{Marvel Series} 

{Comic Book Movie Series}

Sep 08 2021

2hr 16mins

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Candyman (2021) - A Podcast Preview

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Who can take a franchise, sprinkle it with dew, and get whole new generations buzzing about a gutted corpse or two?  Executive producer Jordan Peele can, because he mixes love for a 1992 Tony Todd slasher with the inflammatory racial politics of Get Out and Us.  Is it performance art or possession that drives a desperate Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) to strap on the iconic hook and paint the gentrified Cabrini-Green neighborhood red in 2019?  You can summon the thoughts of the Now Playing hosts anytime you want when you Donate for Candyman today!

Hear this preview now then head to NowPlayingPodcast.com/donate to get the full series!

{Candyman Series}

Sep 04 2021

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The Haunting (1963)

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Paranormal investigators engineer a blind date between a homeless wallflower and the noisy poltergeists of Hill House in The Haunting - the original 1963 movie adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic ghost story.  Director Robert Wise took a break between his Oscar-winning musicals West Side Story and The Sound of Music to craft one of the most beloved haunted house movies of all time!  But will modern audiences find the rooms too old-fashioned and musty to spend time in now? Join Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie as they unpack a classic.

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Aug 31 2021

1hr 32mins

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Straw Dogs (2011)

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40 years after nerdy Dustin Hoffman made his stand on foreign soil, preppy screenwriter James Marden borrows those iconic cracked spectacles so he can spar with some backwoods football jocks he calls Straw Dogs. Can new director Rod Lurie replicate the original film’s signature brand of cruelty in small town Mississippi? And will disgruntled wife Kate Bosworth stick with her Superman Returns co-star, or surrender to the redneck charms of Alexander Skarsgaard (True Blood)? Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie are locked, loaded, and ready for the 2011 reboot. Listen Now!

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Aug 25 2021

1hr 29mins

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The Strangers -- A Podcast Preview

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Lock the doors, bar the windows, and strap on a pair of headphones!  Now Playing is prepping a retrospective of recent Home Invasion Classics, starting with the original 2008 shocker The Strangers.  Why do three masked pranksters spend the night terrorizing a couple in a remote woodland cottage? And can Liv Tyler (Armageddon) and Scott Speedman (Underworld) appease their unwanted house guests before they become another crime statistic? Invite Stuart, Arnie, Jakob, and a whole lot of fun into your life when you donate for Fall's Silver Level Series.

{The Strangers Series}

Aug 21 2021

18mins

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Straw Dogs (1971)

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Dustin Hoffman discovers that Jolly Old England is no refuge from the violence and social unrest of 1971 in the original Straw Dogs.  Writer/director Sam Peckinpah pioneered the home invasion horror movie with this story of an American mathematician channeling his inner savage to beat back an angry mob storming his wife’s modest farm.  Does the 50-year-old classic still have the power to shock modern audiences weaned on a steady diet of Purge sequels? Join Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie as they pry open the teeth of this vicious steel trap. Listen Now!

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Aug 18 2021

2hr 3mins

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