The Popcorn Diet returns to the DCEU this week as the boys take on Zachary Levi and the boy-turns-into-a-superhero film Shazam! In this latest episode we contemplate where the DCEU goes from here, as well as discuss the wild tonal shifts, performances, and mythology of the film. Rick would still love the monsters if he were a kid. David gets confused between Shazam, Kazaam, and Shazam! All that and more!
You'll believe an elephant can fly as the boys return to break down Disney's newest live-action remake, DUMBO. Join us as we discuss the effects of bringing cartoons to live action, Tim Burton's wheelhouse, and the irony of a film bemoaning gigantic conglomerates being made by a gigantic conglomerate! Rick loses his mind over a cameo. David weighs in on the corporations. All that and more!
Welcome to another nightmare from Get Out writer/director Jordan Peele! Join us as we talk all about horror, Peele's latest film Us, and what it's like to consume movies with and without subtext with special guest movie buddy Miranda Chester! Rick thinks rollercoaster and horror go well together. Miranda enjoys the supernatural scares. All that and more!
Your very best good movie buddy Rick Williamson is back flying solo this week with a recap going over four unique movies that delve into very different subjects. Join him as he recaps some of the films that we haven't had the opportunity to make episodes on or write reviews for! This time, he's talking about Alita, How to Train your Dragon 3, Triple Frontier, and Love, Death, & Robots!
Higher. Further. Faster. We're starting off the 2019 Marvel Cinematic Universe season with the launch of their first female-led superhero entry: CAPTAIN MARVEL! Join our latest episode as we discuss the MCU, Carol Danvers' powers, and the growing animosity amongst the Online Film Community. David deep dives on the de-aging effects. Rick admits when he's wrong. All that and more!
The 91st Annual Academy Awards are in the rearview mirror, so it's naturally time for us to discuss the winners, losers, ceremony, and more. Join us for our passionate, rambling, sometimes incoherent conversation about our overall reaction to the night, our look at the progressive, exciting wins, and wonder what the struggle of New Academy vs. Old Academy has given us. David uses sports as a barometer. Rick wants the Oscar to go to Dafoe in Speed 2. All that and more!
Awards Season is coming to a close and the 91st Annual Academy Awards are just a few days away. Join us on our latest episode as we try to make sense of this years' confusing, unprecedented awards season, use stats and history to try and mold our guesses, and give our final predictions before the night of the Oscars. David connects existing material with Oscar wins. Rick understands why women are so pissed off. All that and more!
Everything is Awesome! Or is it?? We build this weeks episode all around The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part! Is the sequel to the surprising 2014 film a winner, or does it feel like cobbled together spare parts? Join us as we talk about the apparent diminishing returns of the Lego franchise, meta humor, individuality, and growing up. Rick shares his earliest memory. David appreciates the basketball references. All that and more!
The Oscars are less than a month away and with it comes our extra large, supersized episode as we give our reactions and walk through our own Hindsight Awards nominees. The 2nd Annual Hindsight Awards exist to recognize films from 20, 10, and 5 years ago to see what The Academy got right, what they got wrong, and what deserves its spot in history. Rick holds a serious grudge and cannot be trusted. David has some thoughts on the controversies. All that and more!
The culmination of M. Night Shyamalan's Eastrail 177 trilogy has been released and we are here to talk about it. Join us as we discuss Glass including our thoughts on the film, audience expectations, and the universe that Shyamalan has crafted. David might be a superhero. Rick thinks you need to keep your expectations in check. All that and more!
The Oscar Nominations are out tomorrow, and that means our final Oscar Primer episode of the season! This time we talk about the beautiful film Roma and how it's relevance extends beyond the story of the film all the way to its distribution and style. Join Rick and David as we discuss performances, filmmaking, distribution methods, and what nominations we think it could capture!
With just a day or so from the 2019 Oscar Nominations being announced, we're wrapping up our 2019 Oscar Primer miniseries by looking at The Favourite. We take a look at historical accuracy, Taylor Swift's social life, and the tragedy/comedy of everything. Join Good Movie Buddy Rick and Special Guest Good Movie Buddy Leah as we discuss performances, filmmaking, distribution methods, and what nominations we think it could capture!
As we countdown the days to the Oscar Nominations, we begin towrope up our 2019 Oscar Primer miniseries. This time, we talk about Adam McKay's political satire, Vice. Join Good Movie Buddy Rick and Special Guest Good Movie Buddy Matt as we discuss performances, filmmaking, distribution methods, and what nominations we think it could capture!
The 2019 Oscar nominations are just around the corner, so you know it's time for The Popcorn Diet to do one final group of predictions before the announcement! This episode we take a look at the Awards season overall, how films have gained or lost momentum, and make our final picks for the above-the-line categories. David holds out hope for Coogler. Rick breaks down the way Academy voting works. All that and more!
Our 2019 Oscar Primer miniseries continues, going to Netflix this week to take a look at the latest Coen Brothers film: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Does a film from the oddball brothers have a shot at Oscar gold if it premieres on Netflix? Join Good Movie Buddies Rick and David as we discuss performances, filmmaking, distribution methods, and what nominations we think it could capture!
It's time to get hyped, to get excited about the upcoming 2019 year of film! Not only are we going through our most anticipated movies of the year, but we're looking back at movies that have predicted 2019, making our own box office predictions, and discussing some of the goals of the podcast for the next year! David goes with the stats instead of his gut. Rick rants about the greatness that could've been King Arthur. All that and more!
Happy New Year to all our Good Movie Buddies! It's a New Year, and we have some new things in store, like a brand new theme song! As standard practice around here, we ring in the new year by taking a look back at the best parts of 2018. In this 2018 edition of our annual United States of Film, we retire the "Worst of" section, talk surprises and disappointments, and run down our Favorite Film Moments of the year. David apologizes for his list before the list. Rick forgets about the bathroom. All that and more!
Yes, he can talk to fish. The Popcorn Diet goes swimming with Aquaman this week as we talk about the latest DC comics character to get his own big screen adventure. Join us as we talk about the bonkers sequences in the film, the performances, and how the DCEU course correction is going. David invokes National Treasure. Rick builds his own DCEU. All that and more!
Spider-Man! Spider-Man! Does whatever a spider can! Our latest episode prepares to go deep into the Spider-Verse as we discuss the newest Wall Crawler film. Join us as we discuss Spider-Man films of the past, talk about how that history benefits the new film, and how it succeeds as a gorgeous new evolution of animation and superhero storytelling. David gives us a Spider history lesson. Rick makes fun of 1980s Jospeh Zito. All that and more!
Our Oscar Primer miniseries continues, this time returning to the sovereign nation of Wakanda to revisit one of the biggest films of the year: Black Panther! The Marvel blockbuster is gaining more steam with critics nominations and a building Awards Season buzz. Join us, along with special guest movie buddy Jeremy Nakano, as we discuss performances, filmmaking, and what nominations we think it could capture!