The Plotaholics Podcast: Movie Reviews

Shane Wilson and Bryan Tann

We are The Plotaholics! Each week, Shane Wilson and Bryan Tann break down one film from the perspective of two authors. Each episode offers a deep dive into the storytelling elements that make a movie a pleasure to watch...or a chore to get through. The Plotaholics also provide insight into the cast and production history of each film as well as a long-form analysis of story, character, world-building, and theme. Pop open a cold one or pour a stiff drink and let the Plotaholics tell you how many shots it takes us to get through your favorite films.

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We wish all of our American listeners a belated happy Thanksgiving. It is with the joy of that  holiday in mind that the guys discuss the 1982 classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, starring Dee Wallace, a young Drew Barrymore, C. Thomas Howell, and Henry Thomas.In this, film a botanist from a galaxy far far away is left behind on the barbaric planet Earth. He befriends a boy and his siblings who help the visitor in his quest to phone home. Guys, they don’t tell stories like this anymore!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Nov 28

1 hr 10 min

So, we, here at The Plotaholics, would like to apologize for what you're about to listen to today. We won't be disappointed, hurt, upset, or have any ill will against you if you stop listening part-way through, pull out your voodoo dolls of each of us, and bring about pain that we cannot imagine in our worst nightmares. We deserve it. With that being said, we watched Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead this week. It's a Troma film. It has chickens, breasts, chicken breasts, beer, songs, and zombie fingers inserted into butts. Yes. Zombie. Fingers. In. Butts. We're sorry. Next week will be better! We promise!Merch note to self: Shane and Bryan voodoo dolls Happy (United Statesian) Thanksgiving!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Nov 21

1 hr 25 min

Today, we have a buddy joins us at the bar. Al Grego, the host of The Produce Stand Podcast takes a break from peddling fruit to sit down with Bryan and Shane to have a discussion about a satire that is actually kind of frightening when you think about it. In Canadian Bacon, the President of the United States (played by the great Alan Alda) has declining poll numbers. To fix his political career, his advisor wages a propaganda war against the most unlikely of antagonists....This film, written and directed by Michael Moore (yes, that Michael Moore), stars the late great John Candy (in one of his final film roles before his untimely death), Rhea Pearlman, Bill Nunn, Kevin Pollack, and Rip Torn,  followed by cameos from greats such as Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Steven Wright, and many many more. So sit back, relax (How are ya, now?) and listen to The Plotaholics, with their special guest, Al, discuss Canadian Bacon.Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Nov 15

1 hr 35 min

This week’s advertised content is an experiment two months in the making--the realization of a thought experiment from a previous episode. After recording our Raiders of the Lost Ark episode, we decided that revisiting the latest Indiana Jones installment, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was in order, as we had panned it so hard. We both saw the film when it was released in 2008 and neither of us had revisited it until this week.So, this week we went into this episode ready to destroy it. Did we? Did we not? Who’s to say? Click and listen in to our thoughts on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, starring Harrison Ford (duh), Kate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LeBouf, and John Herd. In this installment to the franchise, Indy is recruited by newcomer Mutt Williams to help find his mother and mutual friend Professor Oxley from a KGB scientist seeking a mythical artifact. Welcome to The Plotaholics Podcast, the podcast that dares to ask: "Was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull unfairly maligned and unnecessarily derided? Or was the backlash toward the film ultimately justified?" Find out now!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Nov 7

1 hr 31 min

It's the end of The Plotaholics Podcast's Listeners' Choice Halloween, and we're going out with a BANGER of a film with Richard Kelly's 2001 masterpiece, Donnie Darko.Donnie Darko stars Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle, Mary McDonnell, and so many more!In this film, the titular character, Donnie Darko, is suffering from hallucinations of a rabbit named Frank warning him about the end of the world. With his girlfriend, Gretchen (Jena Malone), in tow, Donnie must figure out how to save all of existence without suffering from the attacks of the bullies and adults that populate his high school life.Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Oct 31

1 hr 36 min

The Plotaholics Listeners' Choice Halloween is going strong with this week’s second-most-requested film for this year, the 1996 Wes Craven-directed slasher, Scream! In this film Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is haunted by the murder of her mother. When her classmates start ending up dead after a round of mysterious phone calls, her life will never be the same. The film that reinvented the genre has found its way to our bar. You picked it; we’ve got it. Without further ado, aside from some Joe Compton ranting, The Plotaholics tackle…Scream.Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Oct 26

1 hr 15 min

In this super-sized episode of The Plotaholics Podcast, Shane and Bryan get together to discuss 2019's Midsommar, starring the tremendous Florence Pugh. In this film, Dani, a victim of more trauma than one individual should have to endure in one film, tags along on a trip to rural Sweden with her boyfriend, Christian (DICK!) and his friends (also dicks). This is where she is pulled into an annual festival that brings about a once-every-90-years bit of bloodshed.It's trippy. It's nuts. It's a different type of horror. AND THE SUN NEVER SETS! It's...MIDSOMMAR!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Oct 18

2 hr 3 min

The Plotaholics’ Listeners' Choice Halloween is in full swing! This week the guys sit down for some double duty as they discuss A Quiet Place parts One and Two. In this film Jim Halpert is battling angry alien Bat-Dogs! Nah nah nah nah nah BAT-DOGS! Also there’s a special announcement about future programming! There’s a lot going on in this episode! And, if you’ve never seen either movie this is your SPOILER ALERT! A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part Two are available on Paramount+ now.Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Oct 12

1 hr 36 min

It's the most wonderful time of the year! It's The Plotaholics' Listener's Choice Halloween! This month's content is decided by YOU, the listener! We put out our list of horror film options, and you have spoken!The first film for this month is Sam Raimi's 1987 film Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, starring Bruce Campbell and...well...these other folks. This soft reboot/sequel to Sam Raimi's first full length film, The Evil Dead, was a success that breathed further life into this franchise as we know it today! But...was it a win with the guys?Listen in and find out!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Oct 3

1 hr 18 min

We conclude Kevin SmithTember with a jolly romp into the land of guilt-induced casting alongside the typical Smith-load of weed, penis, and flatulence jokes. Throw in a hefty debate of remake vs. reboot, and you've got 2019's Jay and Silent Bob Reboot!In this adventure, Jay and Silent Bob must get their names back from the Power Rangers. On the way they meet Le Klansman, Hater Totz, and a long lost child! Won't you join us as we take one last gallop through the View Askewniverse for this Kevin SmithTember?Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Sep 28

1 hr 27 min

This week's episode begins on a somber note as we reflect on the loss of someone very near and dear to the Plotaholics family. This episode is dedicated to the great Erik Kristopher Myers, the writer and director of Butterfly Kisses and unofficial “4th Plotaholic.” Rest in peace, dear friend. In this week's advertised content, the guys continue Kevin Smith-tember as they  discuss the 1999 Comedy/Fantasy film Dogma, starring:Ben Affleck (at his best) and Matt Damon as fallen angels Bartleby and Loki, Salma Hayek as the criminally under-used Serendipity, Chris Rock as the thirteenth apostle, Rufus, Jason Lee as Azrael the demon, and Linda Fiorentino as the formerly devout Catholic enduring a crisis of faith who works at an abortion clinic. The guys break it all down with their typically distracted conversation.Bryan also watched Shang-Chi over the weekend! He has thoughts!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Sep 20

1 hr 39 min

This week, the Plotaholics are joined by the third Plotaholic himself, Joe Compton of GoIndieNow, as they discuss the next edition of their Kevin Smith-tember event--1997's Chasing Amy, starring Ben Affleck and Jason Lee as Holden and Banky, two comic book creators on the cusp of greatness. That is until their friendship is tested when Holden falls in love with fellow book writer Alyssa. But there is more to Alyssa than Holden initially perceives!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Sep 13

1 hr 18 min

Kevin Smith-tember has begun! This week we kick off Smith-centric fall event by delving into Kevin Smith's first (and probably best) film and its sequel! Join Shane and Bryan as they discuss 1994's Clerks and its 2006 sequel, Clerks 2!And even though Bryan didn't bring it up, he's actually IN THE CREDITS of Clerks 2! I guess he will have to talk about that NEXT week! Bad move dude! Bad move!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Sep 7

1 hr 17 min

This week, the Plotaholics revisit one of the most iconic films and characters in all of cinema as they discuss the 1981 classic Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, this film needs no introduction. Of course, we all know what this Spielberg/ Lucas homage to the old Saturday morning serials of the 20s and 30s brings to the table, including the stellar cast led by Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, John Rhys Davies, Denholm Elliot and a young Alfred Molina.Other topics of discussion include:Sleepaway Camp's M-E-G, Katherine KamhiJohn Williams and his illustrious career of composing straight-up bangers for musical scoresCollaboration in creative environmentsThe collective consciousness and iconic characters/ movies/ seriesSupport the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Aug 30

1 hr 18 min

This week, we’re getting a little bit political as we explore the 2004 gem, Team America: World Police from the duo that brought you your four favorite foul-mouthed prepubescents, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In this film, Broadway actor and star of Lease: The Musical, Gary Johnston, is recruited into Team America to foil terrorist plots. Along the way, Michael Moore and others get in the way! This puppeteering classic has amazing music, great voice acting, and witty dialogue. So, listen to our thoughts on this film. We also spend a little time on the latest Netflix Release, Sweet Girl, starring Jason Mamoa.Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Aug 23

1 hr 35 min

This week, the Plotaholics take a trip back to WWII with one of the greatest films of the last decade--2019's Jojo Rabbit, starring Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, and Thomasin McKenzie. In this film, young Jojo (Davis) and his imaginary friend, Adolph Hitler (Waititi), are existing in the dwindling days of World War II when young Jojo discovers an interesting secret about his mother and their family home. This film has it all--laughter, tears, more laughter, and Sam Rockwell, blind in one eye. Check out our thoughts on this masterpiece in today's episode!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Aug 16

1 hr 40 min

WARNING: THIS EPISODE FEATURES MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR THE BRAND-NEW THE SUICIDE SQUAD.This week, Shane and Bryan travel back, again, to the DCEU with the brand new THE Suicide Squad, starring Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, and Milton. In this film, the US sends in their Task Force X to save the country against a secret experiment in Corto Maltese...but when things go awry, a lot of craziness with weasels, rats, and polka-dots ensues. Listen to the guys wonder what's inside the starfish, why the tightie whities are so prominent, and many other interesting questions!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Aug 8

1 hr 9 min

This week ,the Plotaholics are taking it to the streets! We're ready for battle as we take on 1994's Street Fighter, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, and Ming-Na Wen. In this film, Colonel Guile (Van Damme), leads A.N. forces against dictator M. Bison (Julia) as he attempts to take over the country of Shadaloo. Man, oh man, this is an interesting episode today folks!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Aug 1

1 hr 25 min

Showdown Summer is coming to an end! This week we visit the 1970s yet again and dive into The Longest Yard, starring Burt Reynolds, and the 2005 Adam Sandler remake. The Longest Yard features disgraced former star quarterback Paul Crewe (Reynolds/Sandler) who is sent to prison after a drunk driving incident and is soon tasked by the sadistic warden (Eddie Gilbert/James Cromwell) to put together a football team made up of the prisoners to take on the prison guards in a tune-up game before the guards start their semi pro league season. Get our thoughts on both versions; our loves, our laughs, and our dislikes of this sports classic duo. Showdown Summer has been an amazingly good time, and we thank you so much for sticking with us through this! Please like, share, subscribe, and leave a review!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jul 26

1 hr 22 min

The Plotaholics' Summer Showdown is going strong! Wooo! This week we have a special guest as we are joined by the next generation of Plotaholics film reviewers, young Bryan Tann, Jr. Bryan Jr. joins Bryan Sr. and Shane Wilson as they discuss the 1996 film, Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan, and 2021's Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James.In both films, superstar athletes must take to the hardwood to save the Looney Tunes from slavery or outright deletion--first from Danny DeVito and then from Don "War Machine" Cheadle. We laugh, we laugh, and then we laugh as we feed our enemies dog water! Bryan and Shane with special guest Bryan Jr. talk Space Jam and Space Jam: A New Legacy!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jul 20

1 hr 10 min

This week, we tackle a Hollywood classic and its 2005 remake. 1967's comedy-drama, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, stars Hollywood heavyweights Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy, and Katharine Hepburn and explores the story of a young white woman, raised by liberal-minded parents as she brings home her black fiance. This film was Spencer Tracey's last--a fact that brought tears to the eyes of many, including your two hosts. The remake, Guess Who, stars Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, and Zoe Saldana. Saldana plays a young, African American woman who brings her white fiance home to meet her parents. Honestly, there isn't much that can be said in a description when it comes to our thoughts on this. So, come on in and have a listen. We also do some talking about Black Widow and our thoughts on the MCU and how they've handled things to date, and how we believe they will handle things going forward.Also, be on the look-out for the upcoming Tann Talks episode where Bryan Sr. and Bryan Jr. will talk Black Widow!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jul 12

1 hr 26 min

Summer Showdown continues as we go back to the mid 70s only to go back to the mid oughts! That's right! This week we visit Freaky Friday--the 1976 version starring Jodi Foster and Barbara Harris and the 2003 version starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis!These body-swapping classics see a mother and a daughter in crisis as they switch bodies to get to know one another better.One version deals with a crappy father (we're talking about you, Gomez Addams) and the other deals with a creepy love interest (that means you, One Tree Hill guy!), but it's a lot of fun and a damn good time!But this episode is in the Plotaholics universe, so of course we are all over the place as we also ended up discussing the Fast and the Furious franchise, Wonder Woman 1984, post-credits scenes and a bunch of other stuff as well. Go figure! Kick back, relax, and let's ride!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jul 5

1 hr 30 min

The Plotaholics Summer Showdown continues as we look at two films released 30 years apart from one another. These two films are essentially the same, but one is still way better than the other. We’re talking, of course, about 1976's The Bad News Bears, starring Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal, and Jackie Earle Haley and the 2005 remake starring Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinear, and Troy Gentile (Barry Goldberg).This week we pick apart the themes of both films and make those comparisons of a timeless classic vs. its remake. We also bring up G-Baby (RIP), meat and ‘taters, and a whole variety of other topics! It’s another amazing episode!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jun 28

1 hr 24 min

The Summer Showdown continues with reptilian mutagenic combat that you aren’t ready for! Or are you? This week the guys tackle the 1990 and 2014 iterations of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! How does the, at the time, highest-grossing indie film of all time end up being remade by a hack? We’ll discuss it! It’s gonna be Turtle-rific to the point you’ll want to scream "COWABUNGA!"So, go ninja, go ninja, go...on and press !Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jun 21

1 hr 38 min

Programming note: This week's episode sounds a little different because Shane is traveling. The Summer Showdown continues, and this one, you would think, would be controversial. But it’s not! This week the OG Ghostbusters will face off with Ghostbusters: Answer the Call from 2016. What happens when the four funniest women working at the time are put into a film about fighting ghosts? Whining and misogyny that otherwise overshadows a fun film! Listen to the thoughts of Bryan and Shane. There will be rants. There will be laughter. There will be…well what you’ve come to expect!Listen to the original Ghostbusters episode here.Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jun 12

1 hr 8 min

LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the beginning of the Summer of Showdowns here at the Plotaholics, where we pit remakes/ reboots/ long-awaited sequels against their original counterparts.This week, we take on the biggest and mightiest of them all as we compare the theatrical cut of Justice League to the Snyder Cut. And hey, just a spoiler alert; WE ACTUALLY STAY ON TOPIC THIS TIME AROUND! Check us out guys!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jun 6

1 hr 53 min

This week, the Plotaholics explore a different kind of apocalypse. Join us as we discuss the 2021 Netflix animated flick The Mitchells vs. The Machines! In this film, the quirky Mitchells are the last humans around to do battle with an evil Siri knock-off known as Pal, as she attempts to take over the world!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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May 30

1 hr 11 min

This week, the Plotaholics want to apologize to each other and you for this one. Yeah. We’re doing 2011’s Green Lantern. There will never be enough Deadpool post credit jokes to make up for this POS. It stars people. It wastes them all. Not really sure what else to say in this description other than…we have much better films coming up to yak about. So let’s just bite our teeth and get through this one!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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May 23

1 hr 6 min

This week, the Plotaholics Time Machine is going back to 1983 for the watered-down Porkys-In-An-Arcade "classic," Joysticks!In this film, an angry business man wants to shut down the arcade where his super surfer daughter hangs out with...interesting individuals. This film stars Joe Don Baker (Walking Tall), Jon Gries (Napolean Dynamite), and a bunch of people you've never heard of, and Mark Hamill's wife from the OG Flash TV show!This is a film that showcases the Hollywood of the early times of gaming culture, complete with fart jokes and boobs. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the Plotaholics' take on 1983's Joysticks!Random topics of conversation:The Office (as always)The evolution of the sex comedyAmerican PieWe'll see you next week for Green Lantern!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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May 16

1 hr 22 min

This week, the Plotaholics decide to enter the Kombat arena for our 100th episode! That's right! 100 episodes of our flagship show, and we've decided to test our might in MORTAL KOMBAT as we take on all three films in the troubled franchise (1995, Annihilation, and 2021). We break down all three films in the franchise and discuss our thoughts on each one! It's been an amazing 100 episodes, and we look forward to countless more! But once we only have Nicholas Sparks to do...then we may have to call it quits.Random topics of conversation:Nelly's discography and influence on early-2000s hip hop/ popWhat makes video games so hard to adapt?Resident Evil's switch to first-person POV and how it made RE7: Biohazard SO SCARY!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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May 9

1 hr 29 min

This entire episode is inverted! Thankfully, so are all of you as the Plotaholics tackle Christopher Nolan’s 2020 masterpiece Tenet, starring John David Washington as "the Protagonist" tasked with saving the world from a mad man who’s getting his orders from…the future? Who the hell writes this? Oh. Chris Nolan. Okay, then. With Robert Pattinson, Sir Michael Cain, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, and Kenneth Baranagh supporting, this film is non-stop, well-acted action that’s going to require multiple viewings to fully understand!Don't think about it too much. Just feel it.Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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May 3

1 hr 17 min

This week, we had to call an audible! We were planning to do one movie, but there's no point in PAYING for a film when its going to be available on your subscription streaming service in just one week!So this week we're doing Hamlet 2. Yes. Hamlet 2. This Steve Coogan film tells the story of actor (?), Dana Marschz, who has shifted to being a high school drama teacher. When big budget cuts come down from the school board, he must try to save the arts! To do so, he makes the choice to write a musical: Hamlet 2. There's literally nothing else I can say about this film. At all. In this episode, The Plotaholics (sadly) are whisked away to the magical (?) world of....Tucson, Arizona for Hamlet 2!Other topics of discussion:Smiley the bartender contract disputesWrestle Buddies pillowsSifl & OllySome Marvel stuff, probablySome musical stuff, probablySupport the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Apr 25

1 hr 6 min

Join The Plotaholics as they take a look back at the 2003 Jack Black-helmed music comedy, School of Rock. School of Rock tells the story of washed-up loser Dewey, who steals his roommate's identity to make money as a substitute teacher after being kicked out of his band, No Vacancy. At the school, Dewey befriends a bunch of super talented kids. He builds a rock band out of his classroom, and soon, they are ready for the Battle of the Bands.The Plotaholics dig into this rock n' roll education as they discuss how Dewey would probably never be able to actually do what he does and whether that even matters at all. Also, what are all of those talented-ass kids up to now?Other points of discussion:WrestlemaniaNext week's film, Hamlet 2Smiley the Bartender's new role and contract negotiationsBryan's second dose of the COVID-19 vaccineSupport the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Apr 18

1 hr 18 min

This week, things are a little bit different for the Plotaholics...by 24 hours. Bryan spent the weekend driving, so we are here with a special Monday post! But never fear. We are here.With that being said, this week we tackle our second-ever animated film with the 2020 Disney-Pixar film, Soul, starring Willie Beaman, A "Middle-Aged White Lady," Mrs. Huxtable, and T'Challa's Mom. In this film, we meet cool jazz cat Joe (played by Jamie Foxx) who gets the gig of a lifetime until a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's carelessness costs him his life. Not willing to go to the Great Beyond, he ventures to the Great Before where he meets 22 (Tina Fey), a wayward soul that isn't ready for life yet. There's a lot going on in this episode as we talk the film, streaming services, and the wealth of a barber. Today is an interesting ride, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show as we go with Soul!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Apr 12

1 hr 9 min

Two years ago, two friends came together for a podcast after discovering a mutual love of cinema. In this episode, we celebrate two years of The Plotaholics Podcast by reviewing one of the greatest films to ever exist: Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 MASTERPIECE, The Godfather, which stars Marlon Brando, Robert Duval, James Caan, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, and so many others. This film needs no synopsis. If you don't know about The Godfather by now, I don't know what to tell you! We're joined by the official third Plotaholic, and the Godfather of the Indies himself, Mr. Joe Compton. We celebrate two years of laughs and film analysis in this special episode. Thank you all for coming along on this journey with us. We look forward to the road ahead.Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Apr 3

1 hr 52 min

This week we say goodbye to our annual block of sports films. Dry your eyes.To ring in the end, we've decided to jump in our time machine and go back to the magical age of 1998 to visit the David Zucker film BASEketball starring those guys from that show on that network, women from Playboy, Snake Plisken's driver, the villain of Superman III, and a bunch of other people that showed up that day (we guess). In this film, childhood friends Joe Cooper (Trey Parker), and Doug Remer (Matt Stone) are slackers that invent a new game that becomes the hottest game in the country. When Cooper becomes the owner of the team, and essentially the league, rival team owner Baxter Cain (Robert Vaughn) drives a wedge between the friends that threatens the league.So much silliness. So many jokes that have not aged well, but it's still a fun movie. Right? Right?Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Mar 28

1 hr 23 min

The Plotaholics Sports Block continues this week as Bryan and Shane get into the official Plotaholics Time Machine to go back to the magical world of 1989 to visit Major League, starring The Substitute, Tiger Blood, Blade, Thor's Mom, and Michael J. Fox's aunt. In this film the unlikable owner of the Cleveland Baseball Team hatches a nefarious plot to put together the worst team to take the diamond since the Bad News Bears as a ploy to make them bad enough to finish dead last all so she can move the team to Miami. Yeah, kids--there didn't used to be a baseball team in Miami back in 1989. Unfortunately, the team decides they're going to win despite her. There's casual stalking, harassment, and all kinds of shenanigans in this sports comedy classic for you to enjoy! So sit back, relax, and listen to the guys go JUUUUUUUUUST a bit outside with this one!Random topics of conversation:Justice League: The Snyder CutFalcon and the Winter SoldierThat time Peyton Manning hosted SNLLebron James talking about Cleveland in TrainwreckMTV's Rock N' JockThe episode of Always Sunny in Philadelphia when the gang turns blackSupport the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Mar 21

1 hr 33 min

Sports month is going strong here on The Plotaholics Podcast! This week, The Plotaholics tackle Oliver Stone's 1999 sports classic Any Given Sunday, starring a straight-up ALL-STAR cast that includes Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, Jim Brown, Anne Margaret, Matthew Modine, LL Cool J, and just so many  others!In this film, an aging football coach is challenged to get with the times when his aging quarterback has his back damn near obliterated because he plays behind the worst offensive line of all time. That coach (played by Al Pacino) has to depend on an up-and-coming young quarterback with a chip on his shoulder (Jamie Foxx) while also having to deal with a young, new owner (Cameron Diaz).Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Mar 14

1 hr 23 min

It’s that time of year, Plotaholics fans! This year's March Madness sports block begins with the 1992 comedy, White Men Can’t Jump, starring Tallahassee, Blade, and Mookie’s girlfriend! This film sees two street ball hustlers, played by Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes, forced to join forces to earn money and respect on the court. One of these hustlers can’t seem to stop being a self-destructive idiot. It’s a good time to be had by all as Shane and Bryan throw more shade on Billy Hoyle than a threat level at midnight!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Mar 7

1 hr 21 min

This week, Bryan and Shane review the first Spike Lee Joint in the history of The Plotaholics with 2018's BlacKkKlansman, starring That Guy from Tenant, Kylo Ren, Eric Foreman, The Other Buscemi,  RoboCop 3, and New Mike's Girl from Rescue Me. This biopic sees black undercover police officer, Ron Stallworth (portrayed by John David Washington) as the voice behind an undercover operation into the KKK. This film CRIMINALLY did not win Best Picture in 2019. The issues of the 70s plague us today. The discussion here gets deep. Very deep. So sit back, relax, and get ready for some real discussion as The Plotaholics discuss BlacKkKlansman.Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Feb 28

1 hr 15 min

This week, Bryan and Shane go back to the land of yesteryear, 1993, to visit the epic crime drama Blood In, Blood Out'. This film has a literal all-star cast (even if some of the stars aren't all-stars per se), and they deliver all-star performances. This all-star cast includes Benjamin Bratt (Law and Order, Dr. Strange), Danny Trejo (Desperado, Bad Ass), Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa, Sling Blade), Delroy Lindo (X, Crooklyn), Ving Rhames (Undisputed, The Mission Impossible Franchise), Tom F. Wilson (Back to the Future, DC's Legends of Tomorrow), Jesse Borrego (Dexter, Married with Children), Damian Chapa (Street Fighter, Money Talks) and many others. This film explores the lives of step-brothers Paco and Cruz (Benjamin Bratt and  Jesse Borrego) and their bi-racial cousin Miklo (Chapa) who always has to take things to the next level just to be accepted. One event changes the course of their lives forever and each one seeks different destinies to cope. One seeks truth in the law, another looks for salvation with drugs, and the other seeks power in crime.This film isn't for those that can't handle storytelling. It's a LOOOOONG film, but it's worth it if you put the time in. This episode is way shorter than the film, so sit back and enjoy as the guys talk Blood In Blood Out. Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Feb 21

1 hr 39 min

It's Valentine's Day! To celebrate this day, and our 5,000th download, we have a special guest for this episode!This week, the Plotaholics welcome chick lit author, and Ms. Chin-Up-Tits-Out herself, Miranda Oh, of the Quill and Ink podcast. Miranda joins Shane and Bryan to discuss the 1986 John Hughes film Pretty in Pink, starring Molly Ringwald, THE Jon Cryer, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy, Annie Pots, and an appearance by Andrew "Dice" Clay!In this film, Ringwald plays Andie, a girl from the poor side of town. The film focuses on her "romance" with rich kid, Blane, and the unrequited love from her best friend, Duckie--played masterfully by Jon Cryer. This is a film that could be better, but it's way better than a few other Hughes films we've discussed! We also get a WORLD PREMIERE of a new song by THE Shane Wilson. This episode has it all! Kick back, relax, and listen as the Plotaholics and special guest Miranda Oh talk about Pretty in Pink!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Feb 14

1 hr 15 min

Oh, the rails! How we go off of them in this episode! This week Shane and Bryan break down the 2000 romantic comedy Loser, starring The Pie F'er, Jason Biggs, The American Beauty, Mena Suvari, Matt Damon's conjoined twin, Captain Amazing, Monk, Jimmy the Cop, and one of the McPoyles. In this film, Biggs stars as small town kid, Paul, who gets into NYU on a full academic scholarship (and a meal plan!). He learns just how sheltered he is while dealing with roommates, a professor, and a nice girl. Loser is definitely one of Bryan's all time favorites, but even that doesn't keep this episode on track. Random topics of conversation:Cyberpunk 2077 and how it...changes youWandaVision and how Shane is an episode behindShawn Mullins!90s music!Bradley Whitford!Brett Favre!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Feb 7

1 hr 47 min

The Plotaholics are still taking on the 80s! This week we take a dive back to 1984 with the raunchy John Hughes classic Sixteen Candles. This 90-minute romp has a ton of unlikable characters. Samantha Baker’s sweet sixteen is completely forgotten about so her older sister can get married. Poor dear!This episode covers:The problematic aspects of this film, from the casual racism to the casual date rape.How comedy has evolved to the point that shows like The Office were able to find ways to deal with these same topics in a more self-aware way.John Hughes's body of work: Overall good? Overall bad? Somewhere in between?Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jan 31

1 hr 39 min

GREAT SCOTT, PLOTAHOLICS! This week the guys embark on a time travel adventure that takes them back to 1955 with the help of Doc Brown's time machine! That's right! We are discussing the 1985 Robert Zemeckis time-travel comedy Back to the Future starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. This film sees a young man accidentally sent back in time in his friend's time machine where he accidentally interferes with his parents' meeting. This sci-fi/fantasy comedy is among the most beloved films of all time, and we all know why; its awesome as hell! Listen to Shane and Bryan offer their analysis and takes on this 1980s classic!Random topics of discussion:What song would you play from the present if you were sent to the past to blow people's minds?Rick and Morty parallelsPopstar: Never Stop Never StoppingSupport the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jan 24

1 hr 27 min

It’s another week of The Plotaholics Podcast, and today, Shane and Bryan explore Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 military dark comedy, Full Metal Jacket.In this week's episode, we discuss what feels like two separate films edited together to make a two-hour film classic starring Matthew “Just as good as McConaughey and Broderick” Modine, Vincent “Kingpin” D’Onofrio, Adam “Not related to Alec” Baldwin, and the late, great R. Lee Ermey. Discussion of this film definitely means a trigger warning is in effect as the film features casual and active racism as well as intense depictions of violence. That said, the film is an amazing piece of filmmaking. There are also (apparently) tons of parallels to Community, The Office, and Family Guy.  At least, Shane and Bryan keep bringing those shows up in their discussion.So, sit back, relax, leave a review, and enjoy The Plotaholics’ take on Full Metal Jacket. And be sure to like, share, and leave a review!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jan 17

1 hr 11 min

This week the Plotaholics remain in the 1980s as they pick apart a film about when a young Bruce Wayne and a young Rachael Maddow went to college that one time and learned under Walter Peck about how to build a laser beam for Captain Knauer.That's right! We are talking the 1985 film, Real Genius--starring Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Jon Gries, and William Atherton. This film is a pretty straight forward college angst film complete with 4 montages and a partridge AND a pear tree. Have fun because next week is going to be a Hum and/or Dinger!Random topics of conversation:Can you pop popcorn with a laser?Nickelodeon is broadcasting the NFL complete with virtual slime cannons!Steelers/ Browns!Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jan 10

1 hr 14 min

Happy New Year, Plotaholics! Today's episode kickstarts our 2021 programming, and we are starting off with a super doozy! If you've already binged all of Cobra Kai Season 3 (or even if you haven't), why not go back to where it all started? That's right! View the film that started a rivalry that's spanned four decades, which is not as sad as it sounds! 1984's The Karate Kid, starring Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Pat Morita, Elizabeth Shue, and Martin Kove!In this film, we meet Daniel LaRusso--a kid that has a whole summer of YMCA Karate under his belt. That's when he decides to go to a beach party and start a fight over a radio! In all seriousness, this is one the greatest films ever made, and it spawned a franchise that is every bit as beloved now as it was back in the 80s. This classic has even been introduced to a whole new generation with the Netflix series Cobra Kai. Random topics of discussion: Predators, Kevin Bacons, Bradley Whitfords, and Chuck NorrisesMartial arts fighting styles80s animated series with odd origins and even more odd theme songsJames Van Der BeekThe Steelers!The Dolphins :(Please consider leaving a review wherever you consume podcasts! Our favorites will be discussed on-air.Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Jan 3

1 hr 31 min

In the final episode of The Plotaholics Podcast for 2020, Shane and Bryan decided to become the next duo to face off against Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman! That's right! Wonder Woman 1984 released in theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day, and The Plotaholics are here to discuss!Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristin Wiig, and Pedro Pascal (sans mustache). The film fast forwards from 1918 to 1984 where Diana Prince is living in Washington, DC. After foiling a robbery at a mall, some interesting artifacts are found that lead to Pedro Pascal having all the powers of the genie of the lamp. Also Kristin Wiig turns into a cat (sans butthole). It's a convoluted comic book film written and directed by Patty Jenkins.However, there is more than meets the ear to this episode! The last two weeks have been Pascal Place! So, with that in mind, The Plotaholics also offer their opinions and ideas on the season finale of The Mandalorian. Due to both subject contents being in the newer realm, a spoiler alert has now been issued.Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Dec 2020

1 hr 34 min

The Plotaholics holiday magic continues as Shane and Bryan pick apart the 1988 holiday classic, Scrooged starring Bill Murray, Dan A...wait. Wrong movie...Bill Murray, Harold Ram...WHOOPS!Bill Murray, Alfre Woodard, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Karen Allen star in this modern-day retelling of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Murray stars as Frank Kross, the youngest television network president in history, who has stepped on as many people as possible to get to the top and has become a heartless, cynical piece of crap. It is then that Bob Marley and the Christmas Council get together and decide that they're going to scare Frank straight with physical assault and emotional manipulation in this hilariously loud, and charming comedy that reminds us all to put a little love in our hearts. Support the show (https://plotaholics.com)

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Dec 2020

1 hr 18 min