Alexander Payne’s latest meditation on the absurdity of human weakness features Bruce Dern not paying attention when Will Forte talks to him. At least one of us on the podcast thought that was pretty funny. At the 45-minute mark, we take note of our favorite secretaries for this week’s 3×3.
Next week: All Is Lost
It’s a dark world indeed when this podcast can’t agree whether the second Thor movie is awful or wonderful. So we purge the sickness for this week’s 3×3 by considering our favorite scenes of vomiting in movies. Well, inasmuch as a scene with vomiting can ever be a favorite. It all comes out at the 59-minute mark.
Next week: Nebraska
At last, a movie that elevates After Earth, that makes Pacific Rim look like a timeless classic, that marshals the full range of Harrison Ford’s emotive prowess, and that firmly establishes the reputation of X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood. At the 48-minute mark, this week’s 3×3 considers our favorite siblings in movies.
Next week: Thor: The Dark World
A cast of Hollywood celebrities in a movie written by Cormac “No Country for Old Men” McCarthy and directed by Ridley “Prometheus” Scott? What could go right? At the 46-minute mark, you’ll get yours on this week’s 3×3 when we talk about our favorite moments of movie comeuppance.
Next week: Ender’s Game
The podcast is split two-to-one on this latest remake of Carrie, in which the stunning Chloe Grace Moretz plays an unconvincing wallflower with telekinetic powers that make this a prom to rememeber. At the 51-minute mark, this week’s 3×3 is for our favorite shopping scenes, some of which include people actually buying things.
Next week: The Counselor
This week we’re sufficiently thrilled by Paul Greengrass’ Somali pirate biothriller, starring Tom Hanks, the US Navy, and four dudes woefully unprepared to take on Tom Hanks and the US Navy. At the 43-minute mark, we pitch our combinations of actor, famous character, and director, only to be upstaged by some of the listener picks. Darn listeners.
Next week: Carrie
Why are we watching a Tyler Perry movie from three years ago? Because listener Soren Hoglund won our listener pledge drive/lottery and this was his pick! So we present our first ever Tyler Perry movie, which Tom thought was totally worthwhile thanks to a last-minute cameo. We unveil our 3×3 about favorite character reveals at the 1:03 mark.
Next week: Gravity
A huge thanks to everyone who participated in our listener lottery/pledge drive, and congratulations to Soren Hoglund, whose pick for our next movie is, uh, not the sort of thing we’d normally see. But this week, we see Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini in Enough Said, which seems deceptively like a fluffy romantic comedy. Don’t hold that against it! The 3×3, which starts at the 1:02 mark, is about our favorite mistaken identities in movies.
Next week: Why Did I Get Married, Too
The expanse between summer and the holiday season known as September brings movies like The Family. Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer in the witness protection program in France. What could go wrong? Find out or skip to this week’s 3×3 at the 49-minute mark, where we discuss our favorite military commands.
Next week: Enough Said
We know you didn’t see Closed Circuit, but listen to this week’s podcast for details of how you can support the podcast while simultaneously choosing a movie for our September 30 episode! Plus a little talk about Getaway, in which Ethan Hawke drives Selena Gomez around an Eastern European country with a lot of police cars to spare. Skip to 52-minute mark for this week’s 3×3 of our favorite horror movie kills.
Next week: Riddick
Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett knocked our socks off with this fiendishly clever horror movie! We hope you’ll see it before listening to us yammer on about how good it is. Until then, you can fast forward to the 1:02 mark, which marks the spot where we talk about our favorite maps in movies.
Next week: Closed Circuit