The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 93)

• April 21st, 2016

This week Brian and Zaki discuss a whole host of new and upcoming release, including Disney's box office behemoth The Jungle Book, the Kevin Costner action thriller Criminal, and Universal's sequel/spin-off The Huntsman: Winter's War. From there, listen to Zaki's roundtable with the hilarious comedy duo Key & Peele about their feature film Keanu. After that, it's on to a discussion of the trailers for The Magnificent Seven and Jason Bourne, and some headlines, including James Cameron's further Avatar plans and the first look at actress Elizabeth Banks as the baddie in the upcoming Mighty Morphin Power Rangers feature, plus more! Listen to it all via the embed below or at iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio, and make sure to write us a review or leave a star rating! As always, send a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 92)

• April 13th, 2016

This week we start things out with Brian offering some of his post-season thoughts on FX's The People vs. O.J. Simpson and Hulu's 11/22/63. From there, listen to Zaki's interview with director Jeremy Saulnier and actor Anton Yelchin about their shocking new thriller Green Room (featuring Patrick Stewart in his creepiest role to date). After that, we discuss the box office collapse of Batman v. Superman, and what effect -- if any -- it will have on Warner Bros.' plans for their big superhero cinematic universe, and then we dive into a whole host of brand new trailers of highly-anticipated upcoming releases, including Suicide Squad and Fantastic Beasts, Marvel's brand new franchise Doctor Strange, and the upcoming Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One. You can catch it via the embed below or at iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review or leave a star rating!). Like always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 91)

• March 29th, 2016

Justice dawned at the box office to the tune of record-breaking $167 million opening weekend, but the questions remains: Is Batman v. Superman a good movie? Is Ben Affleck the best Batman we've ever seen? Will Henry Cavill's Superman ever manage to crack a smile? Brian and Zaki get into it it all with an extended conversation that discusses the pluses and minuses of the Zack Snyder-directed superhero epic's convoluted plot, what we thought of the various performances (Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor), and whether the pieces it sets up for future films in Warner Bros.' DC Comics "shared universe" add up to a satisfactory whole. (Click here to read Zaki's full review.) In addition, we also talk about the sad passing of comedy legend Garry Shandling, share some Listener Letters and offer quick takes on some other new releases. You can catch it via the embed below or at iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review or leave a star rating!). Like always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Superman: The Movie

• March 21st, 2016

With the release of Batman v. Superman mere days away, Brian and I take a stroll down memory lane and look at the very first big budget superhero epic of the modern era, Superman: The Movie. Listen in as we offer up anecdotes about the making of the Richard Donner film starring Christopher Reeve, as well as our thoughts on Superman's pop culture longevity, and how this version stacks up against more modern tellings. Whether you watch alongside us or listen separately, there's lots or trivia and laughs as we go through this undeniable modern classic together for the very first time. Listen below or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review!). Drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 90)

• March 18th, 2016
In this week's MovieFilm Podcast, we discuss a whole host of new and upcoming releases, including Zootopia, London Has Fallen, and the upcoming film from Richard Linklater, Everybody Wants Some!! After that, it's on to headlines, including our thoughts on Spider-Man making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, and the plans for an in-home option for viewing brand-new movies. We also have reactions to the trailers for Ghostbusters, Ben-Hur, and The Legend of Tarzan. From there, it's on to the main event: A spoiler-filled conversation about the new mystery thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. What did we think? You'll have to listen in to find out. You can catch it through the embed below or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review or leave a star rating!). Like always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!
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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 89)

• March 3rd, 2016

Lots to discuss in this week's show! First up, short takes on new and upcoming releases Eddie the Eagle, Triple 9, and Eye in the Sky, including Zaki's fascinating interview with Eye in the Sky director Gavin Hood about what went into the making of the complex drone warfare drama. But that's not all! With the Academy Awards in the rearview, we have our thoughts on the last Oscar show, and whether our picks were their picks. We also discuss the Netflix original series Fuller House, and how its popularity was such that it garnered it a second season renewal almost instantly, as well as planned reboots for the Lethal Weapon and Predator franchises, as well as the announcement of an R-rated cut of the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. You can catch it via the embed below or at iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review or leave a star rating!). Like always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 88)

• February 17th, 2016

With the Ryan Reynolds superhero epic Deadpool (read Zaki's review here) blowing the doors off the box office this past weekend, we take the opportunity to examine the stunning success of the X-Men spin-off and make some predictions about what its R-rated, blood-soaked path means for the future of the genre, and whether we can expect more violent, swear-filled superhero excursions in the near future. But that's not all! We also take the opportunity to discuss the new JJ Abrams-produced Hulu miniseries 11/22/63, offer reactions to the new trailers for Jason Bourne and Batman v. Superman, plus all the usual fun and frivolity you've come to expect. You can catch it through the embed below or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review or leave a star rating!). Like always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 87)

• February 4th, 2016

It might be the dog days of January and February at movie theaters, but that doesn't mean the MovieFilm gang doesn't have plenty to talk about! First up, the '90s are alive and well with FX's The People vs. O.J. Simpson and Fox's The X-Files revival. Then, Zaki offers his thoughts on the new release The Finest Hours, Disney's harrowing true life Coast Guard rescue film. From there, it's on to some Listener Letters and thoughts on the trailers for upcoming sequels Independence Day: Resurgence and Alice Through the Looking Glass


But that's not all, we also have plenty of headlines to discuss: The Fast & Furious saga races towards its planned conclusion, while the Terminator franchise, on the other hand, hits an unplanned conclusion. Meanwhile, '80s favorite Masters of the Universe might finally be getting the big budget blockbuster treatment, and Elizabeth Banks has signed on to play an unlikely role in the big screen version '90s kidvid fave Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. All that, plus Star Wars news, and much more. 
You can catch it through the embed below or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review or leave a star rating!). Like always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!
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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 86)

• January 20th, 2016

For this week's show we're joined once again by our old friend (and Joblo.com editor-in-chief) Paul Shirey, for a fun and free-ranging conversation on all the latest out of Hollywood. First up, we offer some thoughts on new releases Ride Along 2 and 13 Hours, and then we dive right into your questions and comments for us as we answer your Listener Letters. After that, it's on to Headlines, including the diversity problem at the Oscars, remembering the late, great Alan Rickman, and news that Fox TV's 24 is going to continue minus its signature star Kiefer Sutherland. Finally we have our thoughts on the just-released trailer for the upcoming super-villain pic Suicide Squad, and what it could mean for Warner Bros. ambitious superhero universe-building plans. Listen to it below or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review!). Drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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Nostalgia Theater Episode 1: Talking G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero With Buzz Dixon!

• January 12th, 2016

SPECIAL PREVIEW! Welcome to the first episode of the all-new Nostalgia Theater podcast, spinning off the MovieFilm show! As longtime readers may know, Zaki has run a feature by that same name at his blog Zaki's Corner for many years now, and so he decided it was time to branch out and "expand the franchise," so to speak. The purpose of this show is to do exactly what the print feature does: Look back at beloved and not-so-beloved pop culture artifacts from bygone days, talk to the creators who made them matter, and the fans who continue to love them. For the first show, Zaki was honored to spend a few hours talking with animation vet Buzz Dixon about his work on the legendary G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero animated series in the 1980s, as well as the animated movie that came afterwards. Listen to the show via the embed below, and if you have any questions or comments, send them my way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 85)

• January 6th, 2016

Happy new year! It's a super-sized episode of the show as we take a look back at our top ten favorite flicks from the year just passed. With varied lists that include everything from big budget epics like Mad Max and Mission: Impossible to smaller releases like Trumbo and The Big Short, we go through the reasons why these were the movies that rose to the top for us. Where did we end up ranking them? You'll have to listen to find out!

But that's not all: We also answer a few Listener Letters with some very different opinions about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and also analyze the record-breaking release of the Disney blockbuster. 2016 is here, and we couldn't be happier to saddle up for a new year of the show! You can catch it through the embed below or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review or leave a star rating!). Like always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 84)

• December 21st, 2015

The Force has awakened! With this weekend's release of Star Wars: Episode VII already leaving several box office records in its wake, Disney's $4 billion relaunch of the legendary franchise is off to an auspicious start (click here to read Zaki's non-spoiler review). For this final MovieFilm show of 2015, Brian and Zaki mark the return of Star Wars from a galaxy far, far away by dispensing with the traditional format and instead going all-in for an in-depth, spoiler-filled conversation about the J.J. Abrams directed space epic.

What did we think of The Force Awakens, what worked for us, what didn't work for us, what were our reactions to some of the biggest moments, and where would we like to see the Star Wars saga go next now that we can expect new installments semi-regularly. We cover it all in this very special episode, and you can listen through the embed below or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review or leave a star rating!). Like always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 83)

• December 2nd, 2015

Yo! The critically-acclaimed Creed is punching up the nation's box office as we speak, and we go the distance this week talk up director Ryan Coogler's emotional and engaging Rocky spin-off, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. But that's not all, hear Brian's takes some of the movies he missed from last summer, including Pixels and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., as well as Zaki's fascinating interview with director Jay Roach about his brilliant biopic Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston. In addition, we're joined by special guest Sameer Gardezi (Modern Family) to talk up his upcoming comedy writing webinar, and offer thoughts on the trailer for next year's superhero smash-up Captain America: Civil War, and more. Listen below, or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review!). As always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

• November 25th, 2015
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Check out our snazzy Star Wars crawl!

It's episode 4 of the MovieFilm Commentary Track, and with Thanksgiving on the horizon, we're watching a movie we're especially thankful for: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (or, as old fogies like us call it, just Star Wars). Between us, we've probably seen this flick hundreds of times, but believe it or not we'd never watched it together before recording this track.

And with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the way in a few short weeks, there's never been a better time to see where the "Galaxy Far, Far Away" first began. Whether you queue up your blu-ray and watch along with us, or just catch the track separately, there's lots or trivia, factoids, and laughs as we go through one of the greatest movies of all-time.

Listen below or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review!). Drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 82)

• November 11th, 2015

After three long years, Bond, James Bond is back! Last Friday marked the release of Spectre, the twenty-fourth film in the immortal spy movies, and Brian and Zaki couldn't be more excited to be joined by Bruce Scivally, renowned film historian and co-author of James Bond: The Legacy, to talk up the latest 007 film as well as his new tome, Dracula FAQ. In addition, we also cover some of the latest headlines out of Hollywood, including a proposed Die Hard prequel and plans to bring Star Trek back to television. We also have Star Wars news, Listener Letters, plus all the deep thoughts and big laughs you've come to expect. Listen to the show below, or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review!). As always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 81)

• October 29th, 2015

For this week's show, after taking stock of the aftermath of last week's once-in-a-lifetime Back to the Future day (make sure you listen to our special commentary track!) Brian and Zaki offer up quick reactions to whole host of new releases from the past month, including the Robert Zemeckis thriller The Walk, the drug drama Sicario, Steven Spielberg's latest team-up with Tom Hanks Bridge of Spies, and the Michael Fassbender starrer Steve Jobs

From there, catch Zaki's interview with director Danny Boyle about the film, and then dive in to a whole host of headlines, including the futures of the Terminator and Indiana Jones franchises, and the lack of a future for cult TV comedy Community. Finally, get our thoughts on the newest, final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As always, listen below or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review!). Drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!
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The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Back to the Future Part II

• October 21st, 2015

The future is now! Today is October 21, 2015, and as any dyed-in-the-wool film buff knows, that's the very same date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown visit at the start of 1989's Back to the Future Part II. Well, naturally being the lifelong Back to the Future buffs that we are, there was no way the MovieFilm gang was going to let this momentous, once-in-a-lifetime occasion pass without making a contribution to the festivities. And so here we are with our third MovieFilm commentary track (after Planet of the Apes and Terminator 2).

This time out, Brian and Zaki talk you through the time-twisting sequel directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox & Christopher Lloyd. Not only do we offer specific comments on this film, but also the franchise as a whole, sharing anecdotes, gossip, and lots of laughs. Whether you're watching the movie along with us, or listening on the go, there's something for you to dig. So grab a bottle of Pepsi Perfect, kick up your heels on a hoverboard, and prepare to go back to...well, you know. Listen by way of the embed below, or download or stream the show at iTunes or Stitcher. And as always, please do write up a review to let us know how we’re doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 80)

• October 7th, 2015

Matt Damon is currently sitting atop the box office with his starring role in Ridley Scott's The Martian, and we're joined by special guest Zahra Noorbahksh this week as we unpack the stellar sci-fi epic. In addition, we talk up new releases like Davis Guggenheim's latest documentary He Named Me Malala, and the fairy tale reinvention Pan. But that's not all, we also discuss the latest headlines out of Hollywood, including a franchise onslaught that's going to see four more Transformers films, two more Mad Max films, and at least one more Prometheus. All that, plus the usual Listener Letters and back-and-forth banter you've come to expect from the MovieFilm gang! Listen below, or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review!). As always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 79)

• September 22nd, 2015

For this week's show we start by offering quick takes on M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit and the new IMAX-3D spectacle Everest, before diving into the latest headlines out of Hollywood. Arnold Schwarzenegger is hosting Celebrity Apprentice, Liam Neeson is parodying Liam Neeson action movies, and we can look forward (or not?) to another Charlie's Angels reboot. We talk about it all, plus much more! There's also Zaki's fascinating interview with actor-producer Robert Leeshock about his new film Star Leaf, as well as his work on the '90s TV series Earth: Final Conflict. In addition, we also have the usual Listener Letters and Star Wars news that you've come to expect. Listen below, or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review!). As always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 78)

• September 8th, 2015

Continuing a post-Labor Day tradition, the MovieFilm gang is back with a super-sized episode taking stock of the summer movie season that just ended. From Furious 7 to Avengers to Straight Outta Compton, it's been a year of big money and big surprises, and we take stock of the winners and losers, as well as making our predictions for the remainder of the year. We also remember the late, great Wes Craven, discuss what we learned on "Force Friday," and Zaki shares the story of how his heartfelt interview with Andrew Garfield about The Amazing Spider-Man caught fire all over the Internet and went viral! In addition, there's the usual Headlines, Listener Letters, and witty banter you've come to expect. Listen to it all below, or via iTunes or Stitcher (be sure to write us a review!). You an also drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 77)

• August 19th, 2015

It's a packed show this week, as Brian and Zaki are joined by the esteemed Sean Gerber of Modern Myth Media to guide us through all the big Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel announcements unveiled at last weekend's D23 convention. But that's not all: Zaki offers quick reviews of this week's American Ultra, as well as The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the number one movie in the nation, Straight Outta Compton. From there, it's on to the main event as we put our heads together and attempt to unpack the "how" and "why" behind the catastrophic failure of Fox's would-be franchise-starter Fantastic Four (you can read Zaki's review here for more thoughts on that). Listen to the show below, or catch it at iTunes or Stitcher (and make sure to write us a review!). As always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 76)

• August 5th, 2015

The dog days of August may be here, but that doesn't mean the MovieFilm crew has missed a step as we celebrate three years of the show! To start things off, we have Zaki's interview with writer/director/star Joel Edgerton about his creepy new thriller The Gift, in theaters this Friday. After that, we're joined once again by comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh for a fun and free-flowing conversation as we share our collective love for the nation's number one movie, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, also offering quick takes on the entire two-decade old Mission: Impossible catalog. In addition, we also offer our first reactions to the just-released trailer for the Ryan Reynolds superhero pic Deadpool, and quick takes on all the latest news out of Hollywood. Listen below, or at iTunes or Stitcher (and makes sure to write us a review!). As always, you can drop us a line at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 75)

• July 22nd, 2015

It's the big 75th episode of the MovieFilm Podcast! We start off this week's show by discussing new release Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Michelle Monaghan. Before you watch the retro video game comedy in theaters Friday, listen in to get Zaki's take. After that, listen to our interview with screenwriter and playwright Jeffrey Hatcher as he discusses the sublime Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as the nonagenarian Sherlock. 


From there, it's onto the main event as Zaki and Brian breach the Spoiler Wall and have an in-depth discussion about the latest pic from Marvel Studios, Ant-Man. We talk story, acting, effects, and why the Paul Rudd starrer may well be the best superhero movie of the year. Of course, that's not all! There's still all the Listener Letters, Hollywood Headlines, and Star Wars news you've come to expect. Also, be sure to go to iTunes and Stitcher to write us a review, and drop us a line at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!
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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 74)

• July 14th, 2015

The MovieFilm gang starts out this week's show by welcoming celebrated author and pop culture historian Caseen Gaines to help celebrate thirty years of Back to the Future, and talk up his new must-read tome We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy. After that, listen to some hilarious highlights from Zaki's roundtable interviews with director Judd Apatow and stars Amy Schumer, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Mike Birbiglia, and Vanessa Bayer about the new film Trainwreck, hitting theaters this Friday. 

From there, it's on to the latest headlines out of Hollywood, plus our takes on the new trailers for Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad, fresh from Comic-Con. But that's not all! We also have a fresh batch of Star Wars news to unpack, as well as pondering the ignominious fates of Terminator Genisys and Ted 2. You can listen via the embed below, or find us at iTunesStitcher, and more. As always, please write us a review and/or leave a comment at our Facebook page to let us know how we're doing!
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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 73)

• July 2nd, 2015

Prepare to be terminated! For this week's super-sized MovieFilm Podcast, Brian and Zaki are joined by Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh, hosts of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast for a fun and free-flowing conversation that covers Full House, Magic Mike, and Fifty Shades of Grey. In addition, we discuss the tragic passing of film composer James Horner, news about the latest actor to play Spider-Man, word on Hugh Jackman's final X-Men appearances, and the all-new trailer for the Rocky spin-off Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan. From there, it's a wide-ranging conversation about the pluses and (mostly) minuses of Terminator Genisys, the fifth film in the futuristic franchise.  Listen to it all via the embed below, at iTunes, or at Stitcher. As always, please let us know how we're doing at our Facebook page!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 72)

• June 16th, 2015

On the heels of Jurassic World's record-breaking opening weekend, the MovieFilm crew are joined by special guest Sean Coyle, director of Hulu's The Awesomes, for a discussion on the long-in-coming franchise reboot from director Colin Trevorrow and producer Steven Spielberg. Did it measure up to our expectations? After two mega blockbusters in a row, is Chris Pratt a true superstar? What would we like to see them tackle in the inevitable next Jurassic entry? We tackle it all, but in addition, we also talk up the latest Star Wars news and discuss the impressive trailer for Ridley Scott's upcoming Matt Damon space epic The Martian. In addition to that, there's all the fun, frivolity, and witty banter you've come to expect. Listen via the embed below! Also, be sure to go to iTunes and Stitcher to write us a review, and drop us a line at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 71)

• June 3rd, 2015

With summer movie season in full swing, the MovieFilm guys have lots to say about Tomorrowland (read Zaki's review here) and San Andreas (read his review here), two high-expectations releases that garnered very different responses from audiences. In addition, we also tackle some of the big news of the last two weeks, including David Letterman's retirement after thirty-plus years in late night, plans to expand the Transformers franchise into a "shared universe" with spin-offs galore, word of an unwanted remake of The Fugitive, an unnecessary sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, plus Zaki's re-appraisal of Steven Spielberg's Hook after seeing it for the first time in twenty-four years! There's also the usual Listener Letters, Star Wars news, and random digressions you've come to expect. Listen via the embed below, or check us out at iTunes and Stitcher. As always, please do leave us a review or star rating, and drop us a line at our e-mail address or Facebook page to let us know how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 70)

• May 19th, 2015

The MovieFilm gang hits the road! Fury Road, that is. You already know how I felt about it, but for our big 70th show, Brian and I are joined by Paul Shirey, editor-in-chief movie news site Joblo.com for an in-depth conversation about director George Miller's latest, thirty-years-in-the-making Mad Max epic. But that's not all, in addition to unpacking the trailers for this summer's Vacation reboot and Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, we also talk up the news that veteran actor Harry Shearer is leaving the cast of The Simpsons after twenty-six years, some of the latest rumblings about what to expect in next year's Batman v. Superman, and word of how long the next Star Wars film is shaping up to be. In addition to that, there's all the fun, frivolity, and witty banter you've come to expect. Listen via the embed below! Also, be sure to go to iTunes and Stitcher to write us a review, and drop us a line at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 69)

• May 5th, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the number one film in the world, and Zaki & Brian are here to offer their thoughts on the long-awaited, much-anticipated superhero sequel from Marvel Studios (read Zaki's review here). We talk our likes, our dislikes, and where we'd like to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe go next as it heads towards next year's Captain America: Civil War. In addition to that, we also discuss the first images from DC Comics' adaptation Suicide Squad, news that DC/Warner Bros. is having some trouble getting its own superhero universe up and running, the plan to make a feature film about the great "New Coke" disaster of the 1980s, and the latest Star Wars news, including word that director Josh Trank has dropped out of directing a spin-off film centering on fan fave bounty hunter Boba Fett. There's plenty more though, and you can listen to it all through the embed below, or at iTunes and Stitcher. Make sure to write us a review and/or leave a comment at our Facebook page to let us know how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 68)

• April 21st, 2015

The Fandom Awakens! For this week's show, Brian and Zaki are joined by a special guest, award-winning documentary filmmaker Ray Nowosielski, as they go through the big batch of trailers that dropped in the last few days, including Terminator GenisysJurassic WorldBatman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and, of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But that's not all! We also talk up new releases such as horror thriller It Follows and the Netflix original series Daredevil, plus news that Netflix has a Full House sequel series on the way as well. You can listen in via the embed below, or stream at iTunes or Stitcher. And make sure you let us know how we're doing at our Facebook page!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 67)

• April 7th, 2015

For this week's show we unpack the number one movie in the country, Furious 7! In addition listen to Zaki's interview with writer-director Alex Garland about his cerebral sci-fi thriller Ex Machina. But that's not all, we also talk the trailer for this year's big spy thrillers, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and the James Bond epic Spectre. Plus: Word that Hugh Jackman is ready to hand in his Wolverine walking papers and news that the Star Wars saga is coming soon to digital platforms everywhere. Listen through the embed below, or via iTunes and Stitcher (remember to write us a review!). Also, hit us up at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

• April 1st, 2015

It’s time once again for a MovieFilm Commentary Track! For this go-round, Brian and Zaki chat up their thoughts and drop copious amounts of useless trivia while watching one of their favorite films of all time: Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Whether you queue up the film and listen along, or just enjoy the track on your commute to work and back home again -- let's face it, you have the whole movie memorized anyway -- get reacquainted with one of the greatest action movies ever made just in time to watch the latest Terminator entry in a few short months! Listen by way of the embed below, or download or stream the show at iTunes or Stitcher. And as always, please do write up a review to let us know how we’re doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 66)

• March 18th, 2015

It's a catch-all episode of the MovieFilm Podcast as Brian and Zaki await the arrival of the much-anticipated Furious 7, which kicks off the summer movie season in a few short weeks. We've still got lots to discuss in the meantime, however, including our thoughts on Neill Blomkamp's high concept misfire Chappie, as well as Liam Neeson's latest actioner Run All Night. After that, we fondly remember the late Sam Simon, the comedy genius who shaped an entire generation's sense of humor thanks to his work on The Simpsons, Taxi, Cheers, and so much more. We also discuss the latest headlines out of Hollywood, including word of a Secret of NIMH remake, Tim Burton tackling a live action Dumbo, and the Expendables franchise coming to TV. All that, plus the usual listener letters and Star Wars news you've come to expect. Listen via the embed below! Also, be sure to go to iTunes and Stitcher to write us a review, and drop us a line at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 65)

• March 3rd, 2015

We're very excited to be joined by special guest Sabir Pirzada, staff writer on the CBS series Person of Interest, for this episode, and there's a lot to cover! Starting with a quick run-down of the latest releases, we segue into our memories of the late Leonard Nimoy, share our response to last week's underwhelming Oscar-cast, and offer our take on a whole host of headlines flying out of Hollywood, including word of new sequels for Alien and Blade Runner, and possible news on who'll be helming Sony and Marvel's upcoming Spider-Man re-reboot. But that's not all, we also have all the usual listener letters, witty banter, and fanciful digressions you've come to expect after sixty-four episodes. Listen via the embed below, at iTunes, or at Stitcher. Make sure to write us a review and/or leave a comment at our Facebook page to let us know how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 64)

• February 17th, 2015

The MovieFilm gang is back, and just in time to tackle last week's big news that Sony and Disney have come to an agreement to share Spider-Man. It's a deal that few thought would ever actually happen, and we're here to offer our thoughts on the details of the deal, and what should happen next with the web-slinger. In addition, we talk up Saturday Night Live's legacy of comedy after forty seasons, and scratch our heads over the stratospheric box office take of Fifty Shades of Grey. After that, it's on to the main event, as we unpack the eye-popping descent of the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending and the pleasant surprise that is Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service. All that, plus Star Wars news, listener letters and more. You can listen in via the embed below, or stream at iTunes or Stitcher. And make sure you let us know how we're doing at our Facebook page!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 63)

• January 28th, 2015

For this week's show, we start things off by diving into the number one movie in the country, the Clint Eastwood docudrama American Sniper. In addition to marveling at the war pic's record-shattering opening weekend, we also get into Bradley Cooper's performance as well as discussing the role of truth and fiction in historical dramas. From there, you can listen to Zaki's interview with director Kevin Macdonald about his new submarine thriller Black Sea. After that, it's on to a whole host of hot headlines, with conversation about whether Johnny Depp was ever really a movie star, whether Chris Pratt has the bona fides to don Indiana Jones's trademark fedora, whether Ghostbusters should be rebooted, and whether Independence Day should be sequelized. We then cap things off by sharing our mutual impressions of the first trailer for Fox's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Of course, that's not all. We've also got some listener letters and Star Wars talk to close things out. Listen in via the embed below, at iTunes, or at Stitcher. As always, please let us know how we're doing at our Facebook page!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 62)

• January 14th, 2015

The MovieFilm crew welcomes in 2015 by taking a fond look back at our favorites from the year just ended. With eclectic lists that run the gamut of styles and genres from Boyhood to Guardians of the Galaxy, Brian and Zaki discuss some of the whys-and-wherefores of their 2015 faves. But that's not all, they also talk up their varied reactions to the new trailers for Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and 50 Shades of Grey, discuss their antipathy toward the Golden Globes, and unpack the latest Star Wars news. All that, plus the latest new releases, Listener Letters, and more! As always, you can take it all in via the embed below, at iTunes, or at Stitcher. Make sure to write us a review and/or leave a comment at our Facebook page to let us know how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 61)

• December 30th, 2014

Between last episode and this one, The Interview went from a planned wide release to a cancelled release to a limited release to an online release. Phew! We attempt to sort through the whirlpool of goings-on surrounding the controversial Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy, while also figuring out whether the movie itself was worth all the hype. In addition, we tackle big questions like whether James Bond can ever be black, whether director Justin Lin can rescue the Star Trek franchise, and whether the traditional late night talk show is a dead format. Of course, there's plenty more as well as we wrap up 2014 with the usual batch of banter, headlines, and deep thoughts. Listen via iTunes or Stitcher (make sure to write us a review!), and leave a comment at our Facebook page to let us know how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 60)

• December 10th, 2014

It's been a week-and-a-half since the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit the web, racking up a record 100 million global views in the process, and while it's generated plenty of commentary, conversation, and even consternation, the one opinion you've been waiting for is finally here, as Brian and Zaki chime in on the 88 seconds of footage we've seen from the upcoming Disney release, and debate whether we're underwhelmed, overwhelmed, or just plain whelmed. There's still more trailers to discuss though, as we share our thoughts on the first look at Universal's Jurassic World, and pick apart the assembly for Terminator Genesys. In addition, we also talk up some of the latest news out of Hollywood, including the just-announced cast for the DC adaptation Suicide Squad, the search for a new director for Star Trek 3, and much more! As always, go to iTunes and Stitcher to write us a review, and drop us a line at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 59)

• November 25th, 2014

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, Zaki and Brian are thankful to bring you episode 59 of the MovieFilm Podcast! Brian starts things off by discussing a Q&A event he attended featuring Christopher Nolan while Zaki shares his thoughts so far on the The Martian, a novel currently being adapted into a Ridley Scott film starring Matt Damon. After a Star Trek: TNG themed listener letter it's onto Movie News where the gents discuss the sad turn of events surrounding Bill Cosby, the troubled start to Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic, why Wonder Woman still has them concerned in spite of recently attaching a talented director, as well as their two cents on the teaser for Jurassic World and the roll out plan for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. After that, Brian shares his thoughts with Zaki on Dumb and Dumber To and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Be sure to go to iTunes and Stitcher to write us a review, and drop us a line at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 58)

• November 12th, 2014

After a weeklong break, the boys are back, and with plenty to discuss! First up, Brian shares his thoughts on seeing Steven Spielberg's 1941 for the first time, and Zaki weighs in on the 1966 Batman TV series getting a high-definition blu-ray release. From there, listen to a snippet from Zaki's sit-down with Daily Show host Jon Stewart on his new directorial effort, Rosewater, and dive into a conversation on all the latest headlines out of Hollywood, including Marvel's big "Phase 3" plans and the title for the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. Then it's onto the main event for this ep, as Zaki and Brian share their take on the new Michael Keaton starrer Birdman, and then dive deep into Christopher Nolan's epic new film Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, and discuss why it may be a 2014 favorite for both of them. Listen to it all below! Be sure to go to iTunes and Stitcher to write us a review, and drop us a line at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 57)

• October 23rd, 2014

For this week's show, we start things out by discussing HBO new a la carte online plans, as well as the new Simpsons World app that offers every episode from that show's multi-decade history. After that, listen to Zaki's interview with up-and-coming actress Mikaela Hoover, who appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy last summer, and has a new webseries entitled Zombie Basement on the way.

From there, it's on to headlines, with Robert Downey Jr. signing to appear in more Marvel films, DC's overloaded slate of superhero movies, and Johnny Depp's questionable costume choice for the upcoming Into the Woods. After that it's the main event, with the guys explaining why they liked -- but didn't love -- the new Brad Pitt starrer Fury. Of course, there's plenty more than that, and you can listen to it all below! Be sure to go to iTunes and Stitcher to write us a review, and drop us a line at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 56)

• October 9th, 2014

In this week's show, Brian and Zaki make plans to leave Gotham, discuss whether Robert Downey Jr. will/should make another Iron Man movie, and the news that Paul Feig has signed on to direct an all-female Ghostbusters cast. We also unpack the all-new animated series Star Wars Rebels, and Brian explains to Zaki why he should watch David Fincher's latest, Gone Girl. But that's not all! We also have an exclusive conversation with director David Dobkin about his new film The Judge, opening Friday.

As always, hit up iTunes and Stitcher to write us a review, and hit "like" on our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 55)

• September 25th, 2014

For this week's show, we pick apart the premiere episode of Fox's new Batman-minus-Batman TV series Gotham. We look at what worked, what didn't, and where we hope things go in the weeks ahead. In addition, Zaki discusses how Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington have cornered the market on "Old Guys Beating People Up" movies via A Walk Among Tombstones and The Equzalizer. Oh, we also have an exclusive interview with Mike Shoemaker, co-creator of the hilarious Hulu original series The Awesomes. All that, plus listener letters, and the latest headlines out of Hollywood, including word that Matt Damon is set to return as Jason Bourne, and rumors that William Shatner may again don his space suit to play Captain James T. Kirk. As always, please hit up iTunes and Stitcher to write us a review, and drop us a line at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 54)

• September 11th, 2014

For our first episode of the fall season, the MovieFilm Podcast is proud to present the audio from a roundtable interview with actors Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, and director Craig Johnson, about their new film The Skeleton Twins. After that, we dive into the latest headlines out of Hollywood, including our thoughts on the newly-revealed Batmobile from Batman v. Superman, word that Sylvester Stallone may be getting ready to strap on the machete and play Rambo one last time, and some new rumors about what to expect from Star Wars: Episode VII. After that, it's onto the main event, as we continue our annual tradition of looking back at the just-concluded summer season's spate of releases, from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, offering a post-mortem on what worked, what didn't, and why. It's loose, it's fun, it's under two hours, and you can stream it below or download at the link! As always, please hit up iTunes and Stitcher to write us a review, and drop us a line at our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 53)

• August 20th, 2014

It's Turtle time for the MovieFilm duo, as Brian and Zaki discuss the latest big screen iteration of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and wonder whether producer Michael Bay's take on the hoary franchise is a step up from the 1990s version. But that's not all, we also share our fond memories of the late, great Robin Williams, including recommending some of our favorite flicks from his oeuvre, and discuss the latest headlines out of Hollywood. In addition, Zaki shares his exclusive interview with actors Chloë Grace Moretz & Liana Liberato and author Gayle Forman about their new film If I StayYou can listen via the embed below, or download or stream at iTunes or Stitcher. As always, make sure to hit "like" on our Facebook page, and write a review to let us know how we’re doing. Enjoy!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 52)

• August 6th, 2014

In this week's installment of the MovieFilm Podcast (the two year anniversary of the show!) Brian and Zaki talk about the Batman v Superman Comic Con footage, Wonder Woman's new look, the potential for an all-female Ghostbusters movie, and Ridley Scott's forthcoming space film (which isn't the one you may be thinking of.)

Zaki also has a special interview with Matt Akey, executive producer at Legend3D, who talks the nuts and bolts of 3D filmmaking, including their work with director Michael Bay on the number one film of the year, Transformers: Age of Extinction. After that, it's on to the main event, Marvel's latest greatest hit, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Give it a listen via the embed below, or download or stream at iTunes or Stitcher. Like always, make sure you write us a review to let us know how we’re doing, and enjoy!

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 51)

• July 16th, 2014

This week on a very apes-centric episode of The MovieFilm Podcast we have not one, but TWO interviews with the filmmakers of the number one movie in the country, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - first with the film's director, Matt Reeves, then with producer and co-writer, Mark Bomback.

Amidst all of this ape talk Brian and Zaki still manage to discuss their thoughts on the close of Fox Television's special truncated return of 24, the fluctuating future of The Amazing Spider-Man series, as well as the trailer for Disney and Marvel's upcoming animated feature Big Hero 6. Then it's onto the boys' thoughts on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!

Give it a listen via the embed below, or download or stream at iTunes or Stitcher. Like always, make sure you write us a review to let us know how we’re doing, and enjoy!

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The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Planet of the Apes (1968)

• July 7th, 2014

It's an off-week for the MovieFilm Podcast, but Brian and Zaki are here to inaugurate a brand-new feature for the show: the MovieFilm Commentary Track! Yes, due to popular demand, at periodic intervals, we'll be selecting a Movie That Matters from years past and offering up comments and conversation in real time as we watch right alongside you. For our very first yak track, just in time for Friday's highly-anticipated release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we've selected the 1968 original that got the whole franchise started: Planet of the Apes, starring Charlton Heston and directed by Franklin Schaffner. So cue up the film, grab some popcorn, and get ready to join in on the chat! We'll be back next week with our regular MovieFilm installment to talk up Dawn with spoilers galore. Listen by way of the embed below, or download or stream the show at iTunes or Stitcher. As always, please do write up a review to let us know how we're doingI

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The MovieFilm Podcast (Episode 50)

• July 1st, 2014

For the big 50th episode of the MovieFilm show, Zaki and Brian reminisce about the long strange journey the show has taken before diving into some Listener Letters. After that, they're joined by author Andrew Farago, who talks up his new book, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History as well as the new trailer for the upcoming Turtles reboot film. After that, it's onto a spirited discussion of the latest headlines, including a new life for Community, a new direction for Fox's Predator, and a new(-ish) title for The Terminator, as well as the latest worries out of Star Wars land, including the possibility that it gets pushed from its Christmas 2015 slot to a more manageable summer 2015 perch. And from there it's onto the main event, as we launch into a full-steam ahead, spoilers galore conversation about Michael Bay's latest (greatest?) Transformers opus, Age of ExtinctionYou can listen via the embed below, or download or stream the show at iTunes or Stitcher. As always, write us a review to let us know how we're doingI

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