About Me – Should You Watch It? Podcast

This week’s podcast episode is all about ME!! I talk about why I’m a movie reviewer, of all things, my somewhat odd attachment to movies, what types of movies I love and what types I avoid. You’ll learn what to expect from me as your most reliable movie reviewer. Click here to give it a listen!

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What if The Happening Isn’t What You Think?

No matter how you look at it, M. Night’s The Happening is cheeseball at best. For ten years, there’s been nothing but hatred circulating around the movie. But what if… WHAT IF… the deaths in the movie aren’t as random as it seems.

What if there’s more of a method to this madness than anyone has let on, or figured out?

Check out my theory about The Happening that I have yet to find anyone else figure out:

Click here to listen to the podcast episode, or just type in “Should You Watch It” wherever you listen to your podcasts and check out episode 8: “The Happening is Actually a Love Story.”

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Should You Watch It?: My Movie Review Podcast

There’ve been a steady stream of movies that came out this summer. Several were great, some were good, and others were extremely forgettable. I love movies so much that it’s hard to stop talking about them and dissecting them. So, in an effort to scratch that continual itch to do so, I started a podcast where I talk about nothing but movies!

Whether you’re a movie buff or not, try giving my podcast a listen to see if particular movies I review are something you should watch or not.

Movies I’ve reviewed on my podcast so far:

Deadpool 2, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Avengers: Infinity War, Tag, and Fiddler on the Roof. 

So check out “Should You Watch It?” on your favorite podcast vehicle, or just click the link below to be taken directly to my show in iTunes. Enjoy! And remember, your feedback and suggestions are always welcome!

Click here to be taken to iTunes

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Should You Watch It? A brand new podcast

I recently started a new podcast. It’s where listeners can go to hear my honest breakdown of old and new movies and discover whether or not you should watch it. So far I’ve reviewed The Fiddler on the Roof, Tag, and Avengers: Infinity War. What sets me apart from other reviewers is that just because I like a movie doesn’t mean I’m going to recommend it to everyone. Plus, you might learn a few fun things along the way.

Just type in Should You Watch It in your Apple Podcast app or Stitcher to hear the first three episodes! And if you have any special requests, like movies you’ve been on the fence about seeing, let me know in the comments section below, and happy listening!

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Keith Farthington’s Epic Movie Collection Part 1

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We all take pride in our hobbies and collections. Keith Farthington is no different. Take a look at this guy’s DVD collection. I think it’s an understatement to say that he’s very proud of his his hobby.

Click here for the video and transcript. 

And for a bonus, be sure to check out Rory’s Survival Tips. Y’all never know where there’ll be a zombie apocalypse. These tips just might save your butt!

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Worst Possible Star Wars IX Titles

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So I’m just going to leave this right here for everybody. I promise you’ll get a kick out of this. Also, what #terribletitle would you add? Tweet it to @electricbeacher

Worst Possible Star Wars IX Titles

The Oscars Formula Cracked!

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Want good odds on winning your Oscar bets next year and going forward? Then read on:

Every year it’s the same thing. I tell my wife, “Hey, the Oscars are on.”

“Want to watch?”

“Sure.”

“What time does it start?” she asks.

“Seven.”

I have to pull up the channel guide online to find what channel ABC is on.

At 7:07 I say, “Damn. It doesn’t actually start at 7. They’re showing off their ugly dresses for the next hour.”

So for the next 90 minutes we point and laugh at everyone who looks like they’re dress up to be in Suzanne Collins’ fictitious Capitol.

If we make it through the opening number (Chris Rock sucked, Kimmel was okay; please bring back Billy or Neil!) I then end up just following the show on Twitter and Facebook seeing what everyone else says about it. (If you want to follow a hilarious and agreeable commentator, check out @JonAcuff.)

Then I look through all the past winners and losers. And last night I came to a rather mathematical solution on how the Oscars work. Granted, it’s not foolproof, but I think it’s just enough to help us all predict the winners from here on out.

Fact: No super hero movie is ever to be nominated for Best Picture. And I think most people agree that this unspoken rule cheated The Dark Knight out of a possible win.

Secondly, no matter what other category the films nominated for Best Picture are, there is a hierarchy that can almost always guarantee a correct prediction.

If a war movie is nominated, it can most assuredly take the Oscar home over its contenders. Unless any of its competitors is a movie about the arts or deals with racism. (In 2008 The Hurt Locker won because its competitors did not deal with racism or was not about the arts.)

So: If a war movie is pitted against a movie about art, the art movie will win. If an art movie is pitted against a film about racism, the racism movie will win. Don’t believe me? I’ll show you:

89th: Hacksaw Ridge < La La Land < Moonlight

88th: Bridge of Spies < Spotlight (there were no movies nominated about race this year)

87th: American Sniper < Birdman (again, no movies nominated about race)

86th: 12 Years a Slave (There were no films about art or war nominated this year)

Now this theory is not at all airtight. Argo won over Lincoln and Django Unchained, and the year before that The Artist beat The Help (which also beat War Horse), so there are exceptions. Or it could be argued that this is a relatively new pattern the Academy is setting, though no one can forget (or forgive) Shakespeare in Love robbing Saving Private Ryan in 1998 (again: war > art).

So what do you think of my theory? Have there been other patterns in the past? Perhaps each decade or generation follows a list of new rules? Are all best picture winners just based off of the social temperature of the time? Do movies that really deserve best picture wins get overlooked every year? What constitutes a movie being worthy of the honor? And why can’t they bring back Billy Crystal or Neil Patrick Harris to host the awards indefinitely?

Share your thoughts below!