Can you believe it’s April already? Actually, I can because that’s how months work. Here’s your Staff Picks!
Jason Soto (Host Whatever with Jason Soto, That’s Da Bomb, Yo!, Co-Host Between The Scares, Top 5 A Thru Z, CineGamer, From Inner Time, & Navigating The Multiverse):
The Thin Man Series
OK, I’m gonna get some odd looks for this but hear me out. My Mom LOVED these movies but I never gave them much of a thought. Then sometime last year, Lisa Leaheey (yes THAT Lisa Leaheey) appeared on an episode of The LAMBcast where they covered all these movies and I gave it a listen and I was intrigued. I found the first film and enjoyed it and this lead me down a RABBIT HOLE (everyone scream! AHHHH!!!) and I’ve been watching the entire series. I’m gonna say MAYBE they won’t be for everyone as they tend to be very light on the whole mystery thing at times and sometimes I don’t understand what’s happening and even in one of the films I’m not sure how Nick deduced who the killer was but I enjoyed it mainly for the chemistry between the two leads, who seem to be having a blast. If you like whodunits, can tolerate 1940’s talk, and drinking, give this series a try.
Rob Branch (Co-host CineGamer, Top 5 A Thru Z, Whatever with Jason Soto, Lyrical Innuendo, InfoBlast):
Adult movies, magazines and products are everywhere. Aren’t they? Also who says that’s a bad thing? Why must we, as a species, be burdened by a shame of sexuality? The only problem is most of the stuff on the market is directed towards men. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, an eager young feminist joins forces with a low-rent publisher to create the first erotic magazine for women. The problem is, in this industry, it’s male dominated. Time to challenge the patriarchy. Also if you’re uncomfortable around the area of sexual expression or seeing a lot of dongs, you’re probably going to be uncomfortable with this, but that might be a good thing.
Pete Rangel, Jr (Co-host Top Five A Thru Z):
If you love the “Halo” video game franchise you will definitely love the new “Halo” tv series on Paramount Plus. Action pretty much all the way through the first episode. Stays true a lot to the game. There is one thing definitely different on the game but something fans been wanting for years
Lackey (Co-Host From Inner Time):
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (1984)
The Earth is caught between two factions of warring aliens and the only person who can save the day is Buckaroo Banzai, a dashing young nuclear physicist slash neurosurgeon slash rock star. The sights and sounds are more than a little dated and the plot barely makes sense, but its pleasures — a wry sense of gallows humor and a set of ridiculously entertaining performances from the likes of Peter Weller, Ellen Barkin, John Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum, and Christopher Lloyd — more than make up for its shortcoming. A classic slice of ’80s cult weirdness.
Nick Jobe (Co-host Navigating the Multiverse, InfoBlast):
The Batman (2022)
My wife and I went to go see The Batman–me being a more or less casual fan (having seen almost all the mainstream movies) and my wife finding them from “eh” to “okay” (with the usual exception of Heath Ledger’s Joker). This was already after weeks of issues trying to go see it with no one but two acts of God to attempt to stop the viewing. The first was a snowstorm. The second was a power outage the minute we entered the lobby. We hadn’t eaten yet and were relying on theater snacks to get us through, but their registers all glitched and wouldn’t turn back on. The movie ultimately started 45 minutes late, was 3 hours long, and we had nothing to eat or drink, all of which would typically culminate in a not happy time for either of us.
When the movie ended, she turned to me and declared she loved it and couldn’t wait to see it again. I have similar sentiments. Despite the length, it moved quickly (and I would even say they could have re-inserted that deleted scene making the rounds). From the outstanding cinematography and score to the great performances and overall tone of the film, The Batman is not only a fantastic film but easily one of the best Batman films thus far. And yes, Robert Pattinson might just be my favorite Batman (and for sure, Jeffrey Wright is my favorite Gordon).
Bubbawheat (Co-host Lyrical Innuendo):
Joe vs Carole (2022)
Like many millions of people, I watched Tiger King on Netflix when it came out. When I saw the ads for this series on Peacock I was definitely interested and figured that I had to check it out to see if there was more to the story than what we saw in the documentary. This is a little bit more of a fictionalized and dramatized story than the documentary but there’s still a hefty mix of comical situations alongside quite a few more empathetic moments on both sides of the fence. This doesn’t paint either side of this story as a villain or a saint. Carole is shown to have several traumatic moments in her past that she has to deal with while Joe also has his share of dealing with his open homosexuality in closed-minded Texas/Oklahoma. The cast is great with the MVP being Kyle Maclachlan playing the epitome of white bread Harold Baskin. The one downside is that there are still plenty of avenues left unexplored, but it paints an interesting alternative picture than what most of us saw on Tiger King.