We're halfway through the 2019 film year and it's time for The Popcorn Diet to take stock of where we've been and what's coming up! Join us for our halfway year in review as we talk about our favorite movies, the biggest surprises, the state of movie going, and what we're excited about for the rest of the year. David gives us his box office history lesson. Rick stays positive about all the different ways to see movies. All that and more!
Phase Three comes to a close for the MCU, and we're celebrating the end of The Infinity Saga with its final entry, Spider-Man: Far From Home. We break down what makes this version of the wall crawler so unique in the MCU, discuss characters, performances, this series' habit for a good twist, and what we think might happen in the future of Spidey and the MCU. Rick blanks on a famous cameo name. David leaves Rick hanging out to dry. All that and more!
The toys are back as David and Rick take a trip down nostalgia lane before discussing Pixar's newest film, Toy Story 4! We look back on what we think is one of the best franchises ever and discuss the evolution of themes, the emotion of Pixar, and life lessons that can be learned. David finally feels represented by Canada's greatest stuntman. Rick wonders how anyone could doubt Toy Story. Together we stand up for Cars 2. All that and more!
Every once in a while, evolution leaps forward. The X-Men franchise as we know it has reached its end, and The Popcorn Diet is here to send it off. Join us as we give our reaction to the last entry from Fox into the X-Men saga, Dark Phoenix. We then spend the rest of the episode in all of our spoiler-filled glory talking about the X-series as a whole, including Dark Phoenix spoilers. Rick remembers Darkholme but forgets Lawrence. David gets another reason to hate Rotten Tomatoes. All that and more!
Long Live the King! David and Rick are back in action as we talk all about the latest film in Legendary's Monsterverse - Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Come with us as we talk about our history with the big green lizard, as well as nitpicking the science of science fiction, humans vs. the monsters, and where we draw the line of believability. David admits that '98 is his entry point to the series. Rick gets wrapped up in symbolism and metaphors. All that and more!
The Popcorn Diet welcomes Special Guest Good Movie Buddy Lindsey Friend to the podcast to talk all about Disney and Aladdin! After apologies for the wonky audio, we talk all about the remake trend, various Disney villains, and being pleasantly surprised by this newest Disney live-action tale. Rick introduces his guest to the Venom thirst. Lindsey has some hot takes about Disney villains. All that and more!
Our latest episode dives headfirst into the world of John Wick, first discussing the franchise as a whole and then focusing our sights on the newest entry. Join us as we break down everything about John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, including our favorite fights, the surprising depth, and the ever-expanding world of assassins and the rules they abide by. David might have Catwoman PTSD. Rick thinks the key is incremental expansion. All that and more!
One of the most popular games in the world finally gets the live-action big screen treatment with the release of Pokémon Detective Pikachu! Join David, Rick, and special guest good movie buddy Jeremy Nakano as we discuss Pokémon origins, ratings limitations, and world building. Rick thinks Danny DeVito would've made a great Pikachu . David questions the existence of Angels with Filthy Souls. Jeremy gives us few 'um, actually's. All that and more!
SPOILER ALERT! After the Endgame come the spoilers, and that's all this episode has! We're talking all about Avengers: Endgame in great, glorious spoiler detail. We discuss how time travel works, the fates of a couple of key characters, and if we cried or not. Rick tries to explain the quantum physics of the Infinity Stones. David discloses if he is still an emotionless alien or not. All that and more!
The end is here as audiences around the world have seen Avengers: Endgame in record numbers, and we’re here to talk about it. Join The Popcorn Diet for the first part of their double-sized week recapping and reacting to Endgame. We avoid spoilers as we talk about our general reaction to the film and the MCU as a whole. Rick calls out Shady McCoy for being terrible. David drops some pretty impressive numbers. All that and more!
The Endgame is upon us. In a matter of days, Avengers: Endgame will hit theaters across the world, signaling the culmination in a story that is ten-plus years in the making. Join The Popcorn Diet as we build our hype for Endgame by making predictions, going over the evidence at hand, and discuss the many different aspects of what could be one of the biggest movies of all time. Rick makes the case for Thanos and the snap. David forgets the name of the guy with the wings! All that and more!
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!