The Popcorn Diet journeys through space with Brad Pitt as we discuss his new film written and direct by James Gray: Ad Astra. The boys dive deep into the thematic storytelling of the new space epic, realistic production design, and what makes Gray and Pitt such dynamic forces in filmmaking. Rick makes comparisons to Odysseus. David wants to know more about moon pirates. All that and more!
The Popcorn Diet presents the first episode of new series dedicated to celebrating the movies that we love, the movies that shaped us, and the movies that will always be Perfect Popcorn. Our inaugural episodes focuses on one of the most influential films of a generation: Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. Join us as we recount history, talk about our favorite moments, and assess if it still holds up to this day. All that and more, on the first episode of Perfect Popcorn!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
War is hell as The Popcorn Diet takes a look at the J.J. Abrams produced genre mash-up Overlord on this weeks episode. Join us as we gush about the lean, mean, bloody great ride that the film gives you along with some of the better aspects of war, character, and gnarly killer zombie gore action. David appreciates the war aspects. Rick reminds everyone of the severed head All that and more!
WE. ARE. VENOM. The Popcorn Diet takes on the symbiotic alien antihero as we discuss Sony's latest superhero attempt: Venom. Join us as we talk about the differences between a good movie and an enjoyable movie, Tom Hardy's commitment to the role, and when a single part of a film elevates it as a whole. David is all in on Woody. Rick wants more prestige actors in goofy movies. All that and more!
Awards season is in full swing, and The Popcorn Diet will be with you every movie along the way with our new 2019 Oscar Primer miniseries. Join your good movie buddies as we break down this years biggest contenders for the Academy Awards. This episode, we take a look at Spike Lee's topical, controversial, and entertaining Blackkklansman. Join us as we discuss performance, filmmaking, and what nominations we think it could capture!
We're mixing things up this week with what might be one of the biggest RomComs of the year in Crazy Rich Asians! Our special guest cohost Jeremy Nakano joins us to talk bout Asian culture, representation, his own crazy rich Asian story, and what makes the film such a damn delight. Rick is here for the comfort food. Jeremy embraces being the token Asian. All that and more!
The boys take on Winnie the Pooh and his friends this week as we talk about Disney's newest live action film, Christopher Robin. To our shock, we didn't care for this one too much, even though it got Rick to cry. Join us as we talk about our surprise at our negative reactions to the film, why the storytelling gets all jumbled up, and why it's a film about joy that doesn't have enough of it. David struggles to keep his eyes open. Rick puts out a parental advisory warning due to language. All that and more!
This week, podcast is on the road again, coming to you from New Orleans! That doesn't stop The Popcorn Diet from talking about movies, and we went and saw the newest Blumhouse production Upgrade! Join us as we discuss successful low budget qualities, the bloody good time the movie is, and if we're afraid of growing technology! David doesn't trust driverless cars. Rick gets creeped out by malfunctions. All that and more!
The Popcorn Diet heads back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away to talk about the latest Star Wars Story: Solo. Alliteration aside, we bring in our guest good movie buddy Dallas Nichols to discuss what we liked about the film, the highly-publicized behind the scenes issues, and where Star Wars can go from here. David brings in the casting trivia. Dallas makes great aesthetic points. Rick is feeling grumpy at the fanboys. All that and more!
Wakanda Forever! The Popcorn Diet bows to the King of Wakanda this week. We've seen Black Panther, and we have thoughts about one of the biggest movies of this young year. Is it the Best MCU film thus far? Listen and find out! Rick is blown away by a final line. David works hard on getting the names right. All that and more!
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As we march towards Infinity War, we take a look back at The First Avenger himself in his origin film: Captain America. Join us as we celebrate Rick's favorite Marvel character, talk about the fun influences the film has, and try not to fight about Cap. David gets his stats wrong, Rick embraces his man crush. All that and more!
The Popcorn Diet rings in 2018 with a two-part special looking at the United States of Film in this previous year. For Part 1, we look at the disappointments, box office successes and failures, as well as our favorite movie moments of the year. Rick is just disappointed. David goes full tilt. All that and more in this weeks episode!
The Popcorn Diet crew saw one of the most anticipated movies of the year with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and we have so many thoughts that we supersized the episode! Come a join us for a galactic-sized discussion on all things The Last Jedi! Rick bags on millennial Star Wars. David bets the field. All that and more!
Rick's sister Leah joins The Popcorn Diet as a guest cohost to talk about great film rivalries, their weird sibling relationship, and the Emma Stone vs. Steve Carrell film Battle of the Sexes. Leah loves high school in the 90s. Rick hates on Marylin. All that and more!