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We are a couple of Illinois natives, lifelong friends, and lovers of all movies! We are thoroughly fascinated by the inner workings of movies, and we seem to gain some kind of insight out of every movie we watch(good or bad). We started five years ago in Peoria, Illinois, huddled around one microphone in my dining room, and now we live in Chicago and geek out about movies a few times a month. Check us out or get a hold of us to join us in the studio to talk shop with us on the air!
 
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Let's ring in the summer season with this gross, dark, masterpiece of a film. Co-Owner of P3 Mediaworks production company Corey Gilbert joins me to pick apart this 90's classic from David Fincher! After watching it 8+ times, I still pick up tidbits of foreshadowing and so much layered storytelling that just begs to be picked apart, so let's go do …
 
I'm spotlighting FRESH today as a beacon of hope that original and unique storytelling IS coming out of Hollywood (AKA Toronto and Atlanta). This was the best kind of "that movie" I've seen in years. I absolutely loved this movie and I want to explain exactly what made this movie stand out to me. Got 20 minutes?…
 
We put 3 writers and a professional film composer in the same room in an attempt to pick apart this somewhat polarizing reiteration of Batman. So what happens what you pull story elements from 5 different Batman stories? Well.. we're trying to figure that out. Also please check out the below link and vote for our friend / composer, CJ Johnson for t…
 
Take a dive with us into the world of regency romance as we ask the age old question, Who is YOUR Mr. Darcy. My constant reader/constant writer wife (and resident regency expert) Ana takes point as our tour guide through the early 1800s. We try to discover just what pissed off all the Austenites about this adaptation. Was it the end scene, was it t…
 
It's the 1st episode of our 7th season and we may (or may not) have found our 1st 'PERFECT MOVIE'! So what IS a perfect movie and what makes THIS one a perfect movie? Corey Gilbert is a producer/director/co-owner of P3 Mediaworks, a production company here in Chicago, IL, and he's here to help us understand what flawless storytelling looks like. HE…
 
To capitalize on The Matrix Resurrections coming to theaters and HBO Max on December 22nd, we decided it was time to revisit The Matrix from all the way back to the year 1999. Ben and I were the PERFECT demographic for the release of this landmark film, but how does it hold up in 2021? We were both surprised for very different reasons. You can chec…
 
Filmmaker Dakota Kuhlmann joins us to pick apart one of the titans of science fiction cult classics. Do you remember the 2012 Total Recall? Was it remake? Was it a reboot? Was it a reimagining? What's the difference and how can you even tell? Maybe it holds up better than the original. Maybe you forgot how super decent it actually is. Then again, m…
 
For our 2021 Halloween Special, I decided to coerce my non-horror movie loving wife to watch what some would consider THE horror movie standard. How does HALLOWEEN look in 2021? Was it scarier than she thought it would be? Was it more fun than she thought it would be? What worked and what didn't? Although this movie is timeless in my mind's eye, I …
 
One of our original podcasters (Ben) decided we should watch Nighthawks from 1981.. so we did. Was it good? Is it worth a watch in 2020? Is it just a total cheeseball action flick? These are the hard hitting questions we're hitting today! If you haven't seen Nighthawks, you can find it on Netflix (US) right now! It was Rutger Hauer's US film debut,…
 
Dead or alive, you're coming with me! With us, I mean, on another cinematic journey of pure satirical perfection. While some may remember this (inaccurately) as a crass, shallow, ultra violent look into a nasty future, we dive in to extract the technical achievement and true master class in storytelling we remember from Robocop. Jimmy tries out a n…
 
It's a big day today! The original Blade Runner is my all time favorite movie! The original Blade Runner is Stu's all time favorite movie! Today we're coming together to explain why. Maybe you've seen it enough times that you totally understand our deep love for this classic, or maybe you just saw it once last year to prepare for the sequel. But we…
 
Welcome back to the show! Today, we're going to the Davis Theater (4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago) for the Middle Coast Film Festival! We got a look behind the scenes and got to talk to John Schorg, the chairman of the festival. John discussed the importance of short films, and why they have so much to offer us. We also sat down with Melissa Fitzsimmo…
 
This is the premiere episode of our 5th season, and we're shimmering with excitement! Spending four months away from all of you is just too long, so here we are! We're back with a movie that *ucked us up, and we sure hope it *ucked you up, too! Chicago actor & playwright Christopher M. Walsh stopped by to be our voice of authority. Be amazed as he …
 
Oh dang, I am so in over my head with authority today! We're talking about film music and the powerful impact it has on visual storytelling. I brought Norm Burns (dear friend, guitar builder, musician), Ana Holguin-Malone (student of music, brilliant woman, wife), and C.J. Johnson (musician, sound designer, film composer). We each brought a piece o…
 
I'm joined by directors Jason Snydaker and Dakota Kuhlmann of Exit Reality Entertainment, as well as producer Matt Pleasant to talk about what it means to be a filmmaker and some of the problems that have that will always follow. Dakota talks about his experience making his first feature film, The Pale One. I also found a pretty strange trivia ques…
 
Well it's the last day of a most strange year, and we're here to celebrate our unknown future by looking back at some of the best and some of the worst movies from 2017. Another year full of competing superhero movies, although Wonder Woman stands pretty tall (thanks again, Patty Jenkins). But we thought there might also be some gems you may have m…
 
Have you ever had a long phone conversation with one of your best friends that was so good you just HAD to turn it into a podcast episode? Well that's what you're about to experience, because I called up Ben, our old co-host from Peoria and we covered so much ground, I just had to bring it to you. He is our resident horror buff, I had just watched …
 
This week we celebrate the lost art of the bad movie, because The Disaster Artist was released today, which chronicles the making of the best GOOD bad movie of all time, The Room. So we thought, what makes a GOOD bad movie, and what makes a BAD bad movie, and what's the difference? We each brought to the table an example of a BAD bad movie, includi…
 
This creepy and uncomfortable film is not your typical choice for a halloween episode, but we all thought Black Swan was more unnerving and jarring than most straight slashers and most modern horror films. We start with a heeping scoop of trivia, but our Black Swan discussion starts at 19.00 if that's what you're after. But do stick around, as I am…
 
Hiya Georgie! I know we haven't talked in a while, but it's good to see you again! Stephen King aficionado Norm Burns and Chicago cinematographer Sarah Giroux stopped by to help with our past due It episode. So why are we just now talking about It a month after its release? Well because this episode is so unbelievably full of spoilers, I thought I'…
 
So we know you know this movie, but just how well do remember it? This year marks the 40th anniversary of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, so we decided to take another look at this true masterpiece of film. ? I'm joined by directors Corey Gilbert and Joey Fandel to help find some answers to some questions we still have 40 years later. Why did t…
 
The first Spike Lee joint we've done and probably his most memorable. Producer and director (and Peoria native) Corey Gilbert of P3 Mediaworks, a Chicago based video production company. We're also joined by writer and actor Sam ball. This movie is so many things. Do The Right Thing is fun, bright, poignant, powerful, dark, relevant, dramatic, and p…
 
To celebrate the middle of summer, we landed on a piece of true summer nostalgia (at least it is for me. And it takes 5 of us sitting around with microphones to explain just how bad this movie was. And is. Unless you've seen it, then you already know. Is it so bad it's funny? Is it just bad? Is it even funny? And did sentient cocaine direct this tr…
 
It only took this podcast 3 years to finally arrive in Fargo, North Dakota, but I'm so glad we did. Friend and fellow filmmaker Joey Fandel joined me this week to help pick apart this beloved tale of murder, betrayal, and goofy accents. There's so much going on under the surface of Fargo, we barely touched on the music, the gorgeous visual aestheti…
 
In a world overtaken by superhero movies, help us remember the one that started it all! This movie is something else! I'm telling ya, it holds up (pretty much)! Joining me today are Earth's 2 biggest TMNT fans to help me extrapolate what works (or doesn't work) and what helps this weird classic stand the test of time. We got trivia, we recall refer…
 
What can I say about Twilight Zone: The Movie that hasn't been said throughout its 36 years in existence? There's tragic controversy, hilarious performances, terrifying practical effects, stunning lighting schemes, emotional camera movement, not to mention whatever we didn't catch. But we caught a lot, and we are ready to talk about it. Sam and Joe…
 
Revisiting Alien 3 in preparation for Alien: Covenant, and it's way better than we remember it! In looking at how Sigourney Weaver's character helped to create and fuel this franchise, we are left with the question, Is Ripley the strongest female role in Science Fiction history? We also have a few more questions for an extended trivia segment. Norm…
 
A 'classic' episode and Stu's pick, we decided to pick apart this underrated film from 2010, directed by Tom Hooper. This story is loosely based on the struggles King George VI went through as he took a throne he did not initially want. This is a pretty great showcase of acting ability, and Colin Firth shines! A fine British drama at its best, The …
 
We're back with a brand new episode, and I have Chicago resident and director Joey Fandel and Chicago resident and actor Norm Burns with me tonight to nerd out on It Follows. On the surface it's an effective and stylish horror, but there's a lot more going on with this film. We run through some scenarios on how we would handle "It" as well as look …
 
Here's a slight throwback episode. Now although I'm not a huge war movie fan, this film set the standard for boot camp schanenigans. (spelling?)It started the career of Vince D'Onofrio and Matthew Modine, while also giving us a great soundtrack to one of the confusing wars in human history. We get all the classic Kubrick conventions, but we all fou…
 
Well it's ladies night here at Movie Show Theater because our guest, Sam Ball (actor and writer), chose You've Got Mail from 1998. Join us as we discuss cybersex, America Online, Steve Zahn, and more forgotten relics from the 90's (was that mean?) We also felt to the need for some 90's reminiscing, as well as some 90's trivia. You've Got Mail was a…
 
Oh my God, it's Flight of the Navigator! Sam Ball joined me to revisit this classic hoping it stands the test of time. And... it for sure holds up! The story was, dare I say, ahead of its time, and there is so much content purely designed for adults. Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens credited as Paul Mall) voices MAX, the only slightly creepy robot alie…
 
So this movie is too substantial to watch and walk away from, so here we are. This is my first podcast from Chicago, and my last one before things get really interesting. This movie rings loudly with symbolic forces that can blow a mind. The director of Gravity, Y Tu Mama Tambien, and Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban comes a brutally ultra re…
 
This week I watched Jon Favreau's Jungle Book reboot and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, so here is a mini episode about both. Before the internet craps on the new Star Wars movie, I wanted to speak my peace, in a spoiler free sort of way. Thanks for listening and supporting Movie Show Theater!Jimmy Malone
 
I'm happy to report that The Guest was not universally appreciated among the crew. The Guest is everything and nothing you've ever seen. I was afraid this might be the case, because The Guest does not fit into a traditional genre. This was written and directed by the same two dudes that brought us You're Next (which I also loved). I believe this wa…
 
Can't quite accept that Halloween 2016 is over? We have you covered! That's why we put this episode up today and not yesterday! We did it for you and NOT because there was a sound issue on the track I didn't know about until this afternoon. Anyway, Ben is bringing home the fun along with Dakota Kuhlman of Exit Reality Entertainment & Zack Worrent o…
 
This is most fun I've had in quite some time. I invited some friends over to help me with our Halloween Episode. Zack Worrent hosts the webseries B List Bastards, as well as Geeks & A Phone podcast. Dakota Kuhlman is a fellow filmmaker and horror enthusiast. We looked at so many films tonight, I don't even know where to start. We agree, we disagree…
 
This is one of the most influential films I've ever freaking seen! The whole 'band of normal people teaming up to fight the greater cause' started with Seven Samurai. It is George Lucas' favorite film, and ranks as the 20th greatest film ever made (according to Entertainment Weekly). It is 3.5 hours long, I won't lie, but it is a very worthy endeav…
 
Well... Ben picked Hairspray so we had to watch it. What were we supposed to do? It's not that we (as 3 dudes) don't like or appreciate musicals (I was a theater kid), but this one is just so... John Waters. Before getting into THAT, let's play some trivia!! I chose some, Ben chose some, and I came up with a new game that I don't have a name for ye…
 
Well we had to do it. The news of Gene Wilder's passing was pretty crushing. He survived 'the business' for over 50 years, and he set the bar high for everyone who thinks they are funny. After much discussion, we landed on Blazing Saddles to serve as our vessel for remembering a legend, and honoring a true legend. And.. uh.. it gets lighter from he…
 
Today comes from a slightly different angle as I take a plunge into the unknown depths of solo podcasting. And there's never been a better vessel than one of favorite films of all time, as I've seen it at least twenty times. Is that weird? Is that unnecessary? Probably yes, but there's so much here to appreciate. Especially considering I am NOT a A…
 
So this is the last time we discuss Stranger Things for a while, but we went out on a very geeky bang. It's been out for over a month since its release on Netflix, and we're talking about EVERYTHING today! This includes conspiracies, fan theories, news about season 2, and everything we caught watching the season again. We were geeky, and thorough. …
 
Ever seen this movie?! If not, you really really should. Watch it because it is a movie going experience like no other. If you don't understand how a movie can be so bad that it's good, than this movie is for you. Tommy Wiseau, a true man of mystery, spent six million dollars on this film's production. We discuss some of the lesser known facts and …
 
Another episode from the vault, we took two standards from the gangster film genre and pitted them against each other. We weren't going for a 'which one is better' mindset, because we simply won't choose. But these are incredibly effective films, and both have a tremendous amount of staying power. Mobster films seem to have timeless elements incorp…
 
While this is a really good film, we don't spend an hour worshipping the ground on which it stands. It's a bit long, and nail that gritty look it was trying so desperately to achieve. However, it is about the most alpha male old school cool as it gets. Watching this again makes me realize what an incredible gem Paul Newman was to Hollywood. Also fa…
 
We got a request from Cody Cornwell of Peoria to do Requiem For A Dream this week, so... We did Requiem For A Dream this week. Ben and I both own this movie, but haven't watched it in a long time. It's an incredible film, but not a sunny day kind of movie. It's not supposed to be either, as it is meant to evoke very specific emotions and tell a pre…
 
We got a request to do Dogma!! ! Isn't that great?! The movie is hilarious to me, but some people disagree. This movie sparked a lot of controversy, as do most religious centered films. This is a film you need to approach with a sense of humor, and realize that Kevin Smith was not trying to bring down the Catholic church with his film. On another l…
 
Before The Office and before Borat, we were introduced to Nigel Tufnel, Derek Smalls, and David St. Hubbins. All of Christopher Guest's film are cringe-worthy hilarious, but Spinal Tap is something special. Real life famed director, Rob Reiner, plays (fictional) director Marty DiBergi filming this documentary on the legendarily awkward (and fiction…
 
This was our 4th episode ever, more than two years ago. This was definitely our largest gathering, composed of 5 people (including my best friend and fiance). Specifically, we looked at the Fellowship of the Ring and the Sorcerer's Stone (really the Philosopher's Stone). Both enormous film franchises based on hugely successfully book series', both …
 
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