Season 2, Episode 5: Paper Man


When Davey told us about this movie, we thought he'd dreamed it up. As our guest Rod Bastanmehr of 'Good Friends Podcast' called it, 'The Paper Man' is "Kirkland brand 'Lost in Translation'." This is a story about the struggles of novel writing and an old man hanging with high schoolers...

Episode 11: What Women Want

If you thought Mel Gibson couldn't get any better, you just wait until he develops the super power to hear women's thoughts. He goes from Jesus loving, jew hating GIbson, to womanizing creepy Gibson. Canada and America come together to dissect this one. 

Episode 10: True Story

We got Rod Bastanmehr, journalist and Felicity Jones expert, to talk about the James Franco/Jonah Hill vanity project TRUE STORY. This one is a doozy — when Hill started explaining what a wink was to Franco, we knew we were gonna need Rod in here to explain! True story: this episode is better than the movie....

Episode 9: Divergent

Usually, we hate the movies we watch for the podcast. But for this week, we had on our old podcasting partner, Kevin Obana, to tackle Divergent — which turned out to be She's All That meets Top Gun with a touch of Double Jeopardy. Obviously, we loved it.

Episode 7: Mortdecai

What if I told you that a cash-poor aristocrat grew a mustache and, get this, his wife, another aristocrat, does not like it? Are you following? What if I told you she gags every time he tries to kiss her? And he then also gags!

This week, we watched Mortdecai....

Episode 6: Green Lantern

I feel like we should warn you: this is not that Seth Rogen superhero movie. Instead, Green Lantern is the story of a snarky, brave, handsome, commitment-issue ridden Ryan Reynolds (does this guy have rage or what???).

Though Blake Lively gives a tour-de-force, her performance is wasted by Casino Royale and Mask of Zorro director Martin Campbell. She deserved better, Martin. Shame on you.

Our Favorite Review: Joe Neumaier of New York Daily News

Episode 5: We Are Marshall

Over these last couple years, we heard a lot about the McConaissance. But it's important to remember that great rebirths only come out of true dark ages. For this week's Dumpster Dive, we wallowed far into the pre-sewage, Black Death-ridden, Bring-Out-Your-Dead era McConaughey.

We Are Marshall is a movie about grief, small town values, and football. But really, it's a movie about montages. A movie whose only villain is air travel. A movie that has McConaughey trading heavy-weight blows with Jack from Lost, Zoe Barnes from House of Cards, Betty Draper form Mad Men and Al Swearengen from Deadwood. This isn't a TV movie—it only feels that way.  (Note: near the end, there's a nugget about Bill Murray, head butting and a man named McG).

Our Favorite Review: Jeffrey M. Anderson for Combustible Celluloid  

Episode 4: Pyscho (1998)

What is the true goal of a remake anyway? A reimagination of an old classic? An updated version to make something accessible for the newer generation? A borrowed source to tell your own new story?

For Gus Van Sant, coming off of his Boston smartbro classic Good Will Hunting, a remake meant an exact shot-for-shot redoing of a Hitchcock's famous thriller. Vince Vaughn, our generation's Anthony Perkins, gives a stunning performance that blows Ol' Tony right out of our collective memory, but the real star is Julianne Moore's Walkman and Viggo Mortenson's ass. Don't forget, this is 1998!

Our Favorite Review: eFilmCritic's Rob Gonsalves


Episode 3: Gangster Squad

1940s gangsters! Gosling/Stone Love Story Part Deux! Sean Penn with a prosthetic nose screaming, "Here comes Santy Claus!" A cowboy!

If those are the four things you're looking for in a film: lucky you! This week we dove headfirst into Gangster Squad, trying to understand exactly why a stacked cast and great premise led to this movie. Come listen, won't ya?

Our Favorite Review: Sean Burns for Philadelphia Weekly

Episode 1: The Intern

The Dumpster Divers crawl into the pile of trash that is Nancy Meyers's newest work of cinema, The Intern. Come listen to #hottakes on the sex drive of 70-year-old white men, the cultural awareness of 70-year-old white men, and that specific brand of white 70-year-old male feminism. Did we mention this was a Nancy Meyers Joint?


Our Favorite Review: Guy Lodge for Variety