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Jim & A.Ron watch movies and review them. We like gonzo action flicks, dark comedies and character-based dramas. It’s a lot of that.

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BlacKkKlansman (2018)
42:23
Spike Lee has thrown a very well made, very funny, and very devastating bomb into American movie theaters with his latest joint, BlacKkKlansman. To mark the occasion, we're not keeping our full review and discussion as a Club Member. Anyone who wants to hear this can. Will White America listen to the message we so desperately need to hear, or hit "snooze" and go back to sleep. What are we going to do about the resurfacing of explicit racism in our country, that has until recent years been hiding beneath the still waters of institutional racism? What will you do with friends and family who bemoan Black Lives Matter, or offer the limp rebuttal that "both sides are bad?"  As the movie asks, if not now, when, and if not you, who?
Aug 10, 2018
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
19:51
Jim and A.Ron have seen the latest "how old is Tom Cruise again?!" installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, "Fallout", and it's crazy. The plot around the absolutely bonkers stunt work is a bit thin, but the stunts themselves fully justify the movie. You can see ever dollar spent and bone broken literally up there on the screen, but it also must be said that these stunts are clinging desperately to the line from believable to unbelievable. And half the time they are careening over that line and land into Fast & Furious territory. Unless they can find an emotional core to build future episodes, this might be as good as a retro-futuristic spy thriller can get.
Jul 30, 2018
Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again (2018)
18:19
Cecily and A.Ron have seen the sequel to one of their favorite movies, Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, and we think if you're a fan of the original, there is a lot for you to like here. It's too damn bad the trailers spoiled a reveal that would have otherwise brought the house down, and the first half of the movie might have you worried a little bit. But by the time you hit the half way mark you're going to laugh and cry so much who even cares what happened in the first act! There are tons of surprises and twists and crowd pleasing moment, the cast is having way too much fun, the big musical numbers are bright and colorful and kinetic... I could go on and on, but the bottom line is we left the movie with a big smile on our faces and red rims around our eyes content. Can't wait for the Blu-Ray to come out so I can watch it a dozen more times.
Jul 20, 2018
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
45:16
Thanks to Paul Kilgore, who commissioned this podcast for his wife Alexandra in honor of her favorite movie, the 2005 adaptation of Jane Austin's Pride & Prejudice. I've never seen this particular version but am familiar with the source and other adaptations and like historical fiction in general, while Jim had no idea what to expect. What will we make of some early 19th century high romance? Is it physically possible for Keira Knightley to play a plain Jane, err, Elizabeth? What does culturally enforced manogamy look like in practice? How did English noblemen acquire such impressive art from the antiquities? Were 30 foot high water fountains even possible in the 1800s? All this and more is pondered!
Jul 18, 2018
Skyscraper (2018)
17:50
Jim and A.Ron are back with another first run Bald Move, this time taking in The Rock's latest family friendly action flick, "Skyscraper". Die Hard + Towering Inferno = a pretty damn engaging and entertaining action film, smarter than most, and with plenty of heart courtesy Dwayne Johnson's charisma and chemistry with co-star (and fellow badass) Neve Campbell. You're going to be able to predict most beats of the film from the first 10 minutes, but it's still a pleasure to watch Mr. Johnson do his thing. The flaming 220 story building against the dramatic back drop of Hong Kong serves up several great set pieces and looks great doing it.
Jul 13, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018)
38:26
Cecily and A.Ron are back to discuss Incredibles 2, a sequel that's been a long time in the making. Brad Bird returns to direct the original cast and some fun new cameos. If you liked Incredibles, this is more of it in every way.  More supers, bigger action scenes, more Mr. Incredible angst, super teenage dating, and the best animal control scene in movie history. The script is literally the same script from the first, with the same twist at the mid-way point, but the plot is really secondary to the pleasure of watching the characters metaphorically and literally bounce off each other.
Jun 15, 2018
Ocean’s 8 (2018)
21:10
A.Ron and Cecily are back to take in Ocean's 8, where Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett head up a team of shady ladies as they aim to steal six pounds of diamonds off the neck of Anne Hathaway while she attends the annual Met Gala.  The movie, directed by Gary Ross, looks great, is a lot of fun, but doesn't really cover much new ground or stray outside the Ocean's lane that's been well established. Still, everyone is having a lot of fun, there are a lot of cool cameos, New York looks gorgeous, the series trademark swanky soundtrack is intact, and the third act impresses enough to have us interested in an Ocean's 9.
Jun 08, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
16:08
We've seen Solo: A Star Wars Story and... really liked it! Maybe it was low expectations, maybe it's just impossible to hate on Han, Chewie, and Lando dashing around the galaxy doing derring-do (although...), all we know is that we found ourselves grinning like idiots throughout huge chunks of this movie.  Maybe you will too? It's hard to tell, I feel like I used to know what a Star Wars fan would like, but after the prequels and The Last Jedi, I just don't know. The big takeaway is that we're both back to being pretty excited to see what kind of storytelling can take place in this universe, which is something we were afraid wasn't possible anymore.
May 30, 2018
Deadpool 2 (2018)
19:13
We have seen Deadpool 2!  If you saw Deadpool, and liked it, well, here is more of it.  It is arguably even better, or at any rate, just as good.  We loved Deadpool, and had an even better time with 2.  There are more jokes, more over the top action, better cameos, and truly shocking and original things put on screen that you're just not going to see in other franchises, all done in a very brisk, slick, and above all else, entertaining fashion. The trailer does not ruin this film, there are plenty of fresh jokes and action you've never seen.  If you didn't like Deadpool, nothing here is going to change your mind.
May 18, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
15:54
It took ten years of careful buildup to make the massive undertaking that is Avengers: Infinity War possible, but was all the effort worth it?  Hell, yes.  This is hands down the most epic comic book film ever made, and it is full to bursting with Marvel Studios hallmarks; funny interactions within the heroes, inventive and imaginative fight scenes, jaw-dropping, awesome world and universe building, and genuine character beats.  The final act contains some effective gut punches that Jim and I are both more than a little skeptical of, but in the moment really work well, and can only really be judged after we see what comes next.  At this point, I'm not willing to bet against Marvel.
Apr 27, 2018
A Quiet Place (2018)
15:04
Jim and I went to see the new horror/suspense film, A Quiet Place, directed by and starring John Krasinski, who is joined by his co-star Emily Blunt.  Both are extremely effective at wringing genuine fear and emotion from the audience as they interact with a cast of really talented young actors.  There are problems we have with the film, some of them big ones, but the bottom line is the movie offers a very unique theater experience, it's extremely tense and scary, and the parts that have to work really work well.
Apr 06, 2018
Hackers (1995)
57:45
Max commissioned one of his beloved films from high school (shout out to the Class of '95!), Hackers.  Directed by Iain Softley and starring Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie, Hackers is a mostly ridiculous look into mid-90s hacker culture that's core plot is a rehash of Office Space, which is to say it's a rehash of Superman III.  We discuss the film as contemporary computer nerds and as grown men looking back at the naivety of early hacker culture and the weird prescience the move shows.
Apr 02, 2018
Ready Player One (2018)
23:15
We saw Steven Spielberg's 80's nostalgic fun fest, Ready Player One, and we were surprised that it managed to be a good film.  We'd heard nothing but shaky things leading up to it, but with our appropriately set expectations, we had a lot of fun with it.  It's not perfect, the ending in particular is a bit of a mess, but it works if you want it to work, and if you're in this movie's target demo, you're going to want it to work.  Since we're both pretty much at ground zero of that target, we can't say how well it would hold up if you're safely outside the film's nostalgia blast wave.
Mar 29, 2018
It Follows (2014)
54:01
Today's commission is courtesy the kind support of Sean Ray, a five time commissioner!  He selected It Follows, an extremely clever and inventive horror flick written and directed by David Robert Mitchell.  It has big ideas, and while it struggles to live up to them in places, the concept and performance of the plucky cast of likable yet relatively obscure young actors really makes the film shine.  It's fun to watch, it's fun to think about, and it's fun to talk about.  How would you survive being hunted by "It"?  That and a few beers is a topic that can easily kill a whole evening of hanging with your friends.
Mar 26, 2018
Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
14:18
Jim and I saw a movie about giant robots punching even bigger monsters, and it was even dumber than we thought it would be.  Jim and I have no small amount of affection for the first Pacific Rim.  But hoo-boy, Pacific Rim: Uprising might up the robot on monster punching action slightly, but removes all of the spunk and charm of the original to give us a loud, boring, and thoroughly by the numbers action movie.  My 11 year old loved it, though, so if you have one of those around, or are one of those in heart and mind, by all means, don't let us stop you from seeing Pacific Rim 2. Everybody else should steer well clear.
Mar 23, 2018
Highlander (1986)
1:19:36
Special thanks to our buddy Jason Shankel hailing from the Nattercast for commissioning this podcast for the 1986 sci-fi action fantasy film Highlander, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert. Jason and his friends also did a deep dive on Highlander, so please check that out if you're looking for a very affectionate and informed take from life-long fans of the franchise.  As for us, we thought Highlander was cheesy fun.  The film boasts an excellent soundtrack, exciting and varied sets for the extended sword fights, and some of the sturdiest and most interesting fantasy bones to hang a franchise on.  We walk away wondering why hasn't anyone rebooted this?
Mar 12, 2018
Red Sparrow (2018)
17:39
Tonight we were supposed to see A Wrinkle in Time, but we were upstaged by A Wrinkle in Ticket Pre-sales, so we called an audible and saw the movie we were supposed to see last week, Red Sparrow.  Starring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina turned deadly secret agent, and Joel Edgerton as just a dumb*ss American spy it manages to be lurid without being interesting.  We'll tell you what we thought about the movie up front, then talk about upcoming movies and trailers for a bit, but if you want our full spoiler-filled take you'll have to be a Club Member!
Mar 09, 2018
Groundhog Day Marathon Aftermath!
1:14:15
So Jim and I did this 24 hour Groundhog Day marathon on Groundhog Day, and ended up raising $10,205 for the homeless!  You can watch the entire thing on YouTube if you're so inclined, but if you want to know the highlights, listen to this podcast. We couldn't be prouder of the Bald Move family. We truly felt like we really came together and did something special.
Mar 08, 2018
The Exorcist (1973)
1:00:34
Special thanks to Stephen Moore, whose original commission of Home Alone we thoughtlessly trampled upon during our holiday revelries.  For his make-good podcast, he has selected the classic 1973 horror film, The Exorcist.  Directed by William Friedkin and starring  Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, and Jason Miller, it tells the harrowing tale of a mother who turns to Catholic priests as her last hope when her daughter gets possessed by an ancient evil spirit.  I've got to be honest, I was skeptical that the film would hold up, but does it ever.  Not only does it still manage to be genuinely disturbing, but it elevates the form of the horror flick into a generally excellent film in terms of art.
Mar 05, 2018
Annihilation (2018)
16:36
We've just seen Annihilation, and boy are our minds blown.  Written and directed by Alex Garland and starring Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaacs, Tessa Thompson, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, it features a plot that it is alien, wondrous, unfathomable, and terrifying, with visuals to match.  It compares favorably to The Arrival, and is the kind of movie we wanted Alien: Covenant to be.  It's just too bad that Paramount had so little faith in the film, in our eyes they had something special on their hands, and we feel sorry for the international audience that is going to see this for the first time on the small screen.  For everybody in the US, Canada, and China, go see this film!
Feb 23, 2018
Heat (1995)
1:10:21
Special thanks to Freddy C, friend of the pod and one of the heroes from our recent Groundhog Day charity drive, who commissioned the epic 1995 crime thriller, Heat. Directed by Michael Mann and starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, among many, many other notable stars, it features some of the best looking and sounding action ever committed to film, not to mention an inspired mano a mano acting showdown between some of the greatest actors of their generation.
Feb 22, 2018
Black Panther (2018)
32:20
Ryan Coogler's Black Panther is a great super hero film, and an even better launching point into interesting discussions about the politics of colonialism and liberation.  Starring Chadwick Boseman as the Panther himself, and Michael B. Jordan as the best Marvel villain since Magneto, the movie is a constant challenge to one's complacency and sense of justice.  Wakanda looks amazing, the cast is fantastic, the world they are building is both visually and philosophically amazing, to the point that one of the films weaknesses is that we were desperate to learn and know more.
Feb 20, 2018
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
55:34
Thanks to Melonusk for commissioning the 2005 french crime drama, De Battre Mon Cœur S'est Arrêté, or The Beat That My Heart Skipped. It tells the tale of a criminal operating in the lowest levels of French crime that has an unexpected opportunity to follow his dreams of being a concert pianist.  Pulled in two directions by the expectations of his father and his equally demanding, far less criminal piano tutor, director Jacques Audiard (director of Bald Move fave Un Prophète) finds clever ways of increasing the tension between the two paths that lie open to him.  We enjoyed the cyclical themes of father/son, teacher/student, infatuation/love and are once again impressed with Audiard's storytelling ability, even if Jim questions how much story we're actually being told.
Feb 13, 2018
Looper (2012)
1:13:37
Today's commissioned podcast is Looper, the 2012 sci-fi action thriller directed by Rian Johnson and starring, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt.  We have David Babulak to thank for this, as he's the one who pulled the trigger and made the commission.  This movie is really, really great, thought provoking, well made, and entertaining.  It's one of those podcasts where we sit back and think about time and space and what it's like to meet yourself from the future, which is always fun.  It's not perfect, but it may not be possible to make a better time travel movie that's this much fun to watch.
Feb 08, 2018
Prisoners (2013)
56:50
Special thanks to Hatorian, the commissioner of the various Bald Move FFL divisions, and two time BMFFL champ, once again shows up to claim his prize in the form of a movie commission.  His choice is the 2013 crime thriller, Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve, whom we admire a lot in these parts.  Starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, it's as much a meditation on ethics and morality as it is a tightly plotted thriller with several twists and turns.  It features confident direction and great performances by all of the leads, and leads to a lot of discussion on vigilantism, the importance of good process, self-reliance, and notions of good and evil.
Feb 06, 2018
The Lost Boys (1987)
54:31
Special thanks to Saylor from Santa Cruz, the latest Bald Move Fantasy Football champ to claim their prize for winning the league.  Emerging from the pile victorious, he has selected the 1997 vampire flick, The Lost Boys.  Helmed by Joel Schumacher and chocked equally full of cool and hilarious moments and extremely questionable decisions, the film manages to confound and delight.  Why is 16 year old Corey Haim taking baths and being tucked into bed by his mother?  Why is there a shirtless oiled up, muscle bound sax player?  Why is Rob Lowe gazing seductively from Haim's bedroom closet, and more importantly, why is Jim completely oblivious to his siren's call?  Is the grandpa a vampire or what?  All these questions and more are explored in the depth to which they deserve.
Jan 25, 2018
American Psycho (2000)
1:22:10
Today's podcast was commissioned by Rylan, by virtue of his victory in the famed Bald Move Fantasy Football league.  To the victor go the spoils, and Rylan has claimed the 2000 slasher/satire/thriller, American Psycho.  Directed by Mary Harron and starring Christian Bale, the movie is dark, disturbing, hilarious in places, and provoked a lot of thoughts and opinions from Jim and I.  What does it mean to be a sociopath, how much of this film is reality and how much is fantasy, what does it say about society and the conflict between our stated and actual values?
Jan 23, 2018
Black Rain (1989)
1:01:14
Special thanks to Sean Ray (previous commissioner of the Insidious series, and Blood Simple) for commissioning this late 80's Ridley Scott crime thriller, Black Rain.  Michael Douglas plays a cop alongside Andy Garcia that gets mixed up in a gang war between the Yakuza and a rival upstart over counterfeit US currency.  The film explores the intercultural exchange as Douglas's corrupt and brash NYC cop runs into the brick wall of Japanese police decorum and honor, but how successful it is in that exploration is an open question.  The film is great looking, has some solid action sequences, and hilarious Michael Douglas hair, and it's concepts don't quite stand the test of time.  But Andy Garcia's chest hair is magnificent.
Jan 16, 2018
The Post (2017)
22:36
We saw The Post tonight, the star-studded retelling of The Washington Post's decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, the internal history commissioned by the Dept. of Defense that detailed the long list of failures in America's involvement politically and militarily in Vietnam, risking financial ruin and jail time.  Told from the perspective of the owner of the Post, Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), and her editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), as they wrestle with their own cozy relationships with previous and current presidential administrations and the legal, financial, and ethical risks of defying the government.  I don't think I've ever seen a more impressive cast,  the film is gorgeous and extremely well written and tells a powerful and important story of how vital a free press is to the health of our nation.
Jan 12, 2018
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
1:38:06
Today's commissioned podcast is one for the pantheon, Stanley Kubrick's 1964 masterpiece of satire, Dr. Strangelove.  Kubrick set out to make a nuclear thriller, but instead decided to lean heavily into the existential absurdism that was and still is the world's nuclear weapon deterrent, mutual assured destruction.  Hey, it's worked for sixty years, let's keep the streak going!  Special thanks to our committee of commissioners, "Breaking Bad Fest" Jennie, Gulleen, Manoj, Flash Gordon, Anthony, leaplizard, hiroprotagonist2002, tingudu, Don M, Zack Z, Sean R, and Alex K for making this happen.  We loved revisiting this film and it's as funny and relevant today as it was back in '64.  Enjoy!
Jan 09, 2018
The Last Jedi Rewatch
1:03:56
A.Ron went back and saw the newest Star Wars on his holiday break, and has a lot more to say.  He turns to life long friend and fellow fan Jim Jones to help him talk through is feelings about the film, and his fears for the future of the franchise.  Maybe you feel me, maybe you don't, but I hope you all accept it as my honest analysis of the film.  If you want to hear our first impressions, you can get them here.
Jan 05, 2018
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
13:23
Jim and I have seen Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi: No More Subtitles, We Promise, and surprise, surprise!  One of us like it and one of us wanted to like it more than they actually felt the love.  On the other hand, the film is receiving almost universal praise so don't let that dissuade you from seeing and enjoying The Last Jedi.  Haha, as if wild falthiers could drag anyone away from seeing a new Star Wars.
Dec 15, 2017
The Disaster Artist (2017)
21:18
We have seen The Disaster Artist, the behind the scenes look at the creation of The Room, which is quite possibly the worst film ever made.  Based on the book of the same name, the brothers Franco play Tommy and Greg in a way that manages to feel honest, sympathetic, and most of all very funny.  It is frustrating that there is so little there, there.  There is no big revealing answers that make any sense about the deeply weird and enigmatic Tommy, and the friendship between him and Greg also feels like the barest sketch possible to make the film work.  But it does work, and like Ed Wood before it, manages to make an amazing movie out of a dog turd.  It's an amazing alchemic work, spinning gold from lead.  Go see it, regardless of how familiar you are with the source material.  You're going to be in for a good time.
Dec 08, 2017
Justice League (2017)
14:58
Cecily and A.Ron discuss the latest DC comic book movie attempt, and one with a lot of hopes riding on it, Justice League. It's a real who's who of comic book movies, does it manage to build on the momentum of the very good Wonder Woman, or is this another Superman vs Batman level disappointment?  Well, we'd have to say it falls right in between those two extremes.  It's not great, but it's also not terrible, and does just enough to hopefully give DC some room to breathe and establish these other presumably great characters in their own films and organically setup their universe for the next time the League has to assemble.
Nov 17, 2017
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
19:53
A.Ron and Jim saw the most recent film adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery classic, Murder on the Orient Express.  Directed and starring Kenneth Branagh, as well as a baker's dozen other stars, is lush and lavish and maybe missing a few pieces it needs to be assembled into a fully functional whole?  It's like an Ikea bookshelf with a few screws and dowel rods missing, is what we're saying.  We discuss our general, non-spoiler thoughts before talking about upcoming films, before getting to our Club Member only spoiler section.  If you want to hear our full thoughts on this and many other first run Bald Movies, consider joining the Club today!
Nov 10, 2017
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
1:25:35
Once again commissioner Fernando Rodriguez (you may better know him as FernNYC17 on our forums) steps up with a choice selection, this time the oft maligned Return of the Jedi.  Often dismissed as derivative or childish when compared to A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back respectively, we have nothing but love for the climax of the story of Skywalker.  It's got the best space battle, the best lightsabre battle, and the best puppets in all of Star Wars.  The Special Edition changes?  Not so much love.
Nov 08, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
20:28
Jim and A.Ron have seen Thor: Ragnarok and let us be the millionth person to tell you that it is fun and colorful.  There isn't much else there, but, you know,  but director Taika Waititi ensured that it's really fun and really colorful.  It asks some big questions about Thor, and Odin, and even the Hulk, but isn't really interested in the answers.  It's not a bad thing, because it is really, really fun.  Cate Blanchett is clearly enjoying being a vampy big bad with a flair for irony and the dramatic, Jeff Goldblum is a delight as an eccentric gladiatorial slave owner. The premise and resolution are quite clever.  We just are a little puzzled at some of the over the top early buzz hailing it as the new benchmark for comic book movies.
Nov 03, 2017
Suburbicon (2017)
12:17
A.Ron and Cecily went to do a make up review of the Coen Brothers written, George Clooney directed film Suburbicon, and it's not great, Bob.  Cecily saw some interesting things with the social commentary and A.Ron is in agreement that the movie was good looking and well acted, but ultimately the movie is pointless, depressing, and disappointing.  We also discuss trailers like we do, but if you want to hear the full spoilers review of the film, you'll have to be a Club Member.  Why not join today?
Oct 31, 2017
Suburbipology – Suburbicon Podcast Delayed Until Monday
3:40
A funny thing happened on the way to the movies tonight.  My trusty yet elderly steed, my Pontiac Vibe, suffered a brake failure, scared the crap out of me, and long story short, caused me to miss tonight's scheduled movie, Suburbicon.  I'm really sorry, towards the top of my chart of things I hate is missing a content deadline, but it couldn't be helped.  BUT!!!  Cecily and I pledge to do a raincheck podcast Monday evening for Suburbicon, and I'll see if I can rope Jim into it too.
Oct 27, 2017
Cinema Spooktacular 2017!
41:25
A.Ron and Cecily begin a tradition of discussing the scary movies they've been watching throughout the Halloween season!  No spoilers to scare any body off, we just talk about just how and what type of scary they are. This year's crop of fresh indie horrors is courtesy Kimberly Dadds Buzzfeed article on 31 scary movies to watch during the month of October.   The list is below, and I've linked to Jim and A.Ron's in depth review of Pontypool.
Oct 24, 2017
The Foreigner (2017)
15:45
A.Ron and Jim saw Jackie Chan's return to action form in The Foreigner, a Taken-esque revenge film where a grieving father takes it upon himself to avenge the death of his beloved daughter at the hands of IRA bombers.  It's great looking, featuring great performances from both Chan and Brosnan, and Jackie hasn't lost more than a step or two when it comes to the action, fearlessly throwing his 63 year old body all over the screen.  What he might have lost in athleticism he makes up for in a ruthless intensity that I don't think I've seen from him.  Enjoy our spoiler free review on the house, but if you want to hear us delve into spoiler territory, you'll have to join the Club!
Oct 13, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
11:57
Jim and A.Ron went to see Bladerunner 2049 tonight, what did they think?  A.Ron thinks it's amazing, absorbing, and needs multiple viewings to unravel all of it's mysteries, while Jim thinks the same but wishes they'd cut about 20 minutes of Gosling walking down sidewalks and starring off into the distance.  And that's probably fair, but then again a somewhat stately, almost glacial pace is kind of a Bladerunner hallmark, no?  Enjoy our spoiler free review, and discussion of upcoming movies for free, but if you want to hear our in depth thoughts on the movie, you'll have to be a Club Member!
Oct 06, 2017
Batman Begins (2005)
1:20:39
Special thanks to Ethan and Allison for commissioning Batman Begins, the first in the Nolanverse Batman trilogy (you can see our podcast on Batman: The Dark Knight here).  This is a fantastic comic book movie that also happens to be a fantastic film in it's own right.  We love the fusion of gritty realism with the strong emotional core and exploration of Bruce Wayne and his struggle to walk the narrow path between justice and vengeance.  Excellent casting, excellent performances, and while the third act perhaps leaves something to be desired in light of a decade of super hero movies continually trying to outdo themselves in terms of spectacle, the movie holds up like a champ and is an undeniable part of what makes the sequel work so superbly.
Oct 02, 2017
American Made (2017)
16:13
Jim and A.Ron have seen the latest Tom Cruise vehicle, American Made, and it's pretty good!  If you haven't seen the past three seasons of Narcos or a "hey, it's fun to watch charming people do really bad things until the third act when it all falls apart" kind of movie you might call it a great film.  But we're about weary of the concept and wary of the "based on a true story" nature of the film.  But it's pretty good.  And Jesse Plemmons reprises his role as "Fat Damon" from Fargo Season 2 out of nowhere.  We talk about our general opinions and upcoming movie trailers for free, but if you want to hear us ramble about the movie in a spoiler kind of way, and talk about American's involvement in Central and South American "nation building", you're going to have to be a Club Member.  See you next week for Bladerunner 2049!
Sep 29, 2017
IT (2017)
8:28
A.Ron and Cecily file a belated report on the smash hit horror movie based on the best selling Stephen King novel of the same name, "IT".  Please enjoy our spoiler free review, but if you want our spoiler filled complete analysis of the film, you'll have to be a Club Bald Move member!
Sep 28, 2017
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
1:03:03
Special thanks to Steven Sprague, celts77, Laura Hamilton, ztziemke, and Don C for commissioning this podcast, on the 1992 Quintin Tarantino crime drama, Reservoir Dogs.  We discuss the writing, the performances, our opinions on the true meaning of Madonna's "Like a Virgin", the insights QT has on crime and society, and debate it's place in the Tarantino pantheon.  Thanks again to all of our commissioners, we couldn't do it without you!
Sep 25, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
16:19
Jim and A.Ron saw Kingsman: The Golden Circle tonight, and pronounce it stupid, but fun.  Maybe ever so slightly less stupid than the first one, but also maybe not reaching quite the dizzying heights of crazy either.  But everyone in the movie looked like they were in on the joke and having the time of their lives, which helps tremendously. Everyone looks like a million bucks, the stunts are awesome and entertaining, and there are great cameos and dare we say smart payoffs to stupid jokes from the previous film.  You probably already know if you're going to see this movie or not, and if so, relax, you're going to have a good time.  We also discuss upcoming movies and trailers, but if you want to hear our spoiler portion of the review, you'll have to be a Club Member.  Country road, take me home!
Sep 22, 2017
Mother! (2017)
17:26
Jim and A.Ron have seen Darren Aronofsky's newest film, Mother!, and A.Ron hates it while Jim isn't sure.  But it's rated 78% on Rotten Tomatoes, so don't let us put you off it.  It's a piece of art, and it makes you feel things, that's for sure.  Oh, by the way, if it hasn't been clear, me -- that is to say, A.Ron -- is the guy who writes all of these little stub articles that no one reads and I'm still kind of angry and raw that I sat through this film, so I'm going to see myself out.  Enjoy the free part of the movie review and trailer talk, and if you want to hear us try to decompress the film, there's that too but only if you're a Club Member.  See you next week for Kingsmen 2: The Golden Circle.
Sep 15, 2017
The Dark Tower (2017)
19:13
We have seen The Dark Tower, being the latest attempt to adapt the works of Stephen King to the big screen. How did it fair? Well... Neither of us have read the novel series that the movie is based on, which seemed to be a plus, because I think we liked it more than most, certainly more than die hard Tower fans. Idris Elba is very, very good, and looks the business as the Gunslinger, and has excellent chemistry with the young boy who holds the fate of multiple worlds in his hands, while Matthew McConnoghey is... fine. Turns out that it's super hard to adapt 7 books worth of lore and world-building into 90 (!!!) minutes of film. Who knew?
Aug 04, 2017
Atomic Blonde (2017)
19:11
We saw the new action spy thriller Atomic Blonde tonight, starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy. We give universal praise to the action and the stars for delivering great performances and believable stunt work. The visual flair of the movie is incredible too. But, we're just not sure about the plot. We might be having a slow night, but we're not sure everyone's motivations and spy stuff work out. And, I'm at least a little bummed that this movie was more gritty and introspective and less the fun romp I was expecting. Still, with stunt work nestled comfortably between the grounded pummeling of The Bourne Identity and the over the top wet work of John Wick, you owe it to yourself to see it and form your own opinion.
Jul 28, 2017
Dunkirk (2017)
15:56
We've seen Christopher Nolan's new film, the war epic Dunkirk, and found it hard to immediately react to. It's a very visceral, claustrophobic, unflinching, and moving film, epic in scale, but equally effective in zooming in to focus on a small number of actual human beings to focus on and care about. It offers views of the best and worst of humanity, and constantly dares you to both judge and empathize with the men dealing death and narrowly avoiding it. Another fantastic film from Nolan.
Jul 21, 2017
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
1:34:12
Special thanks to our twin commissioners, Steven S. and Mozbeet for commissioning one of my very favorite films, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, directed by Peter Weir and based on the Patrick O'Brian series that is my very favorite books of all time. Thank god Jim thinks it's awesome too, or there might have been bloodshed. We discuss the film's historicity and verisimilitude, the unique relationship between Captain Jack and Doctor Maturin, life aboard an 19th century Man o' War, and I make a pitch for reading the original novels towards the end. Thanks again Steven and Mozbeet, this was a real treat!
Jul 13, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
24:16
Hello, true believers! We have seen Spider-Man: Homecoming, and we pronounce it good. Really, really good. It's kind of amazing how Marvel seems incapable of making anything less than a top level comic book film, and do enough with casting, set piece design, and slight tweaks to their formula to have even cynics like Jim wanting more. Like I said, it's amazing. Spectacular, even. We talk briefly about the greatness of the film in a non-spoiler way, talk a bit about upcoming films, and then get down and dirty with Mr. Parker in the spoiler section. But! You'll have to be a Club Member to get all that goodness. 'Nuff said. Excelsior!
Jul 07, 2017
Baby Driver (2017)
18:27
Jim and I got to see Edgar Wright's newest action/comedy/musical, Baby Driver. And it's glorious. Jim calls it the most entertaining movie of the year. High praise. I was blown away by the nerdy charm and magnetism of Ansel Elgort as the titular Baby. Seriously, he's the perfect young Harrison Ford. I can't believe they apparently cast someone who can't act in the upcoming Han Solo movie, but what are you going to do? See this movie, and imagine if Ansel were cast instead of some forgettable male lead in YOUR favorite movie, that's what I'd do. We also talk trailers and upcoming films, like we do, and then we get spoilery, but for Club Members only!
Jun 28, 2017
Shutter Island (2010)
46:25
For this week's commissioned podcast, we got to watch one of the many great collaborations between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, the 2010 psychological thriller, Shutter Island. While neither of us think this movie cracks the top 5 of either gentlemen's work, it is an effective film with a pretty good twist, and features a solid Leo performance that drifts into "great" territory later in the film, and has great supporting performances in Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Max von Sydow, among many others.
Jun 15, 2017
The Mummy (2017)
13:56
Jim and A.Ron checked out the summer action/horror/Tom Cruise vehicle, The Mummy. A.Ron thinks it's dumb, but fun, and draws comparisons to Stargate, American Werewolf in London, Hellboy, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Jim thinks it has the kind of fun, swashbuckling, scoundrel flavor found in the Uncharted video game series. So is it a successful start to Universal's ambitious interconnected monster saga, Dark Universe? We'll have to see how much money it makes. Please enjoy our spoiler free review of the film, as well as discussion of upcoming summer movies such as Atomic Blonde, Baby Driver, and American Assassin. But if you want to hear our spoiler filled review, you'll have to be a Club Bald Move member!
Jun 09, 2017
The Fugitive (1993)
57:10
Special thanks to DrKen (previous commissioner of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) for commissioning this great thriller from the 90's, The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford as brilliant doctor wrongfully accused of the murder of his wife evading the dogged pursuit of Tommy Lee Jones as U.S. Marshal. This is one of the tightest films you'll ever see, effortlessly moving from one set piece to another, drawing strength and vitality from the charisma and presence of it's two brightest stars, achieving the rare balance where you want the protagonist and antagonist to find a way to both win. We have fond memories of this film from our youth, and we found it held up like Ford's Finger 'O Doom. Thanks again, DrKen! If you ever have to evade justice, we got a couple of bucks and a bed in the basement for you!
Jun 05, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017)
12:19
Hey everybody! DC has made a good post-Nolan superhero movie! Wonder Woman isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but Patty Jenkins directs Gal Gadot as a powerful avenging war goddess striding across the battlefield, but instills the heroine with enough human-scaled heart to keep us emotionally engaged. The film looks and sounds great, and Chris Pine is very good as a gender-bent damsel in various distress. Please enjoy our spoiler-free review and discussion of upcoming movies, but if you want to hear our spoiler filled deep dive, you're going to have to be a Club Member!
Jun 02, 2017
American Gangster (2007)
1:00:26
Special thanks to our commissioner Josh "Anubus21" from Saxapahaw, NC. This time he has something special to celebrate, his marriage to sweetheart Jessica. Congratulations, you guys! Josh selected American Gangster, the 2007 Ridley Scott crime drama starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Jim and I have never seen it, but it immediately fit right besides other greats like Godfather, Goodfella, Casino, and Scarface in the pantheon of films about the criminal underworld. It's a great looking, well written, and extraordinarily acted film, that touches on a lot of Bald Move hot buttons of racism, crime, drugs, and $50k mink coats. Thanks again, Josh and Jessica! Enjoy your honeymoon!
May 28, 2017
Alien: Covenant (2017)
9:26
Jim and A.Ron have seen Alien: Covenant, and declare it to be gorgeous, ambitious, and filled to the brim lofty ideas, but that it's also really, really stupid. Which is a shame, since that's a flaw that mired it's predecessor, Prometheus. Ridley Scott still knows how to shoot a film, no doubt, but has he forgotten how to put smart, sharply defined characters in peril without them being the dumbest, pettiest humans alive?
May 19, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
19:23
We've seen Marvel's latest installment in the never ending onslaught of comic book movies, Gaurdians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and we think it's pretty great. Some debate can be had about whether it's as "good" as the first one, how much of the first's success was due to the surprise delight factor, etc. But at the end of the day it's a really, really good comic book movie, it's fun, it's colorful, it's imaginative, it has the necessary emotional weight to make you connect to the characters and plot, it's impeccably cast with tons of surprise guest spots, and, perhaps most importantly, it's funny as hell. Please enjoy our spoiler-free review of the movie, and discussion of the latest trailers and upcoming movies for free! But if you want to know our full spoiler filled take on the movie, you'll have to be a Club Member. Why not join today? The first 30 days are on us!
May 05, 2017
Jackie Brown (1997)
1:03:44
Special thanks to all our community commissioners for this podcast; Steven Sprague, Spencer H., Libby Ross, dreduble, Cellmouse, Brooks Rittel, betmarik, cocoa2mc, nobrainsallsadness, Martin Karlsson, Eric Brown, rjjone2, and Keith A. This podcast is for the 1997 Quentin Tarantino movie Jackie Brown, which is based on the classic Elmore Leonard novel, Rum Punch. Awfully good bones to build a movie on, then you add an amazing cast featuring Pam Grier, Robert DeNiro, Sam Jackson, Bridget Fonda, Robert Forster, Michael Keaton, among many others, and filter it through a restrained, grounded Tarantino lens, and you get something pretty magical, that was beyond what Jim and I were expecting. Thanks again for treating us to this movie! We hope you enjoy your podcast!
May 01, 2017
The Circle (2017)
13:36
Jim and A.Ron have seen the future, and it is The Circle, and we're not sure if it's good. This movie, or the future. They're both kind of a mess. While extremely well cast and for the most part acted, the basic plot is caught between a cautionary tale, a psychological thriller, and a Young Adult novel, and doesn't manage to pull any facet off well. But it is legitimately thought provoking. You'll find the spoiler section for this movie to be positively chocked full of provoked thoughts, but you'll have to be a Club Member to hear us talk about the tensions between liberty and privacy and our fears for the inevitability of radical transparency.
Apr 28, 2017
The Wicker Man (2006)
1:05:26
Special thanks to David Pavlicko and the ProjectorPeople.com for commissioning this very "special" movie, the Nicolas Cage remake of The Wicker Man. This movie is perhaps the epitome of the genre of "crazy ass Nick Cage movies". It makes no sense, it gives Mr. Cage an excuse to act progressively more and more insane, leading up to the incredible third act which sees him reduced to screaming at Maximum Cage levels, while, for example, having thousands of bees poured down his throat. It's breathtaking, really.
Apr 24, 2017
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
23:57
Jim and A.Ron loved the hell out of The Fate of the Furious, the eight installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. Great characters, great dialog, great action set pieces, fairly plausible and coherent plot (as far as these things go), and some just hilarious, Three Stooges type slapstick action comedy courtesy The Rock and Jason Statham. You either love these movies or have long since outgrown them, but for the people who can tune in to these kinds of demented frequencies, it's top notch entertainment. The best F&F in years, maybe ever. Feel free to listen to our non spoiler take as well as a robust discussion of upcoming films and trailers, but if you want to hear our full spoiler filled break down of the movie, you're going to have to be a Club Member.
Apr 18, 2017
Aliens (1986)
1:25:49
Multiple-commissioner Josh from Saxapahaw, NC is back with another goodie, James Cameron's take on the Aliens franchise. One of the all time great sci-fi action movies, it supplies nearly non stop action with a sturdy heroine to build around, lots of colorful characters to die, implacable, terrifying antagonists, and impressive effect and design work. Plus, we eulogize the late, great, Bill "Tons of Peace" Paxton. Thanks again, Josh, this was a lot of fun!
Apr 13, 2017
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
20:18
Jim and A.Ron are surprisingly underwhelmed by the live action version of the classic sci-fi anime, Ghost in the Shell. Unimpressive from a philosophic and even action standpoint, both it's ideas and stunts seemed largely tired and less alive than the half human half robot protagonist of the movie. The cast and crew give it a valiant try, but ultimately the slavish devotion to the source material is a millstone around the film's neck that it can never quite shrug off. Enjoy the spoiler free movie and preview discussion, but if you want to hear our full spoiler filled thoughts you're going to have to be a Club Member!
Apr 04, 2017
There Will Be Blood (2007)
1:31:48
This Bald Movie Commissioned Podcast is for Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. It was made possible by the following people, who pooled their funds together to make this community commission possible. Special thanks to Elina V., Ryan Q., Mike M., BritBandicoot, Dcaine68, Latent K, TheWilliam85, Jaimie T., Alex M, Geraud DeL, Dmkolls, and Dplowery. With that said, this movie is incredible. The acting is on another level, the visuals are gorgeous, the story imminently watchable. If you've seen the movie, you know how incredibly intimidating drinking milkshakes can be, and if you haven't, you'll soon find out.
Mar 28, 2017
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
11:25
Jim and A.Ron have seen the majestic Kong: Skull Island, and are... not underwhelmed. Not overwhelmed, certainly. I'd say we were properly whelmed. This is an expensive, state of the art monster movie, and delivers the goods that you were expecting. Unfortunately, 90% of its best moments are captured perfectly by the movie's trailer, which is a shame, and maybe we shouldn't judge it for that, but there it is. We also break down a few trailers for upcoming movies as is our wont, but if you want to hear Kong-sized spoilers about Skull Crawlers and giant Stick Bugs, you're going to have to be a Club Bald Move member.
Mar 10, 2017
Logan (2017)
16:44
Jim and A.Ron are very impressed with the swan song for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in Logan.  It’s a great film, nevermind a great comic book movie, drawing on our long history with the tortured Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s equally iconic Charles Xavier to generate real emotion as these men struggle at the end of their days.…
Mar 03, 2017
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
47:40
Josh Wilson from North Carolina has commissioned yet another movie! This time he selected the psychedelic and family friendly (?!) 1971 Gene Wilder classic, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." What's going on with Charlie's grandparents? Is his grandpa a coke fiend? Do the Umpa Lumpa have free will? Why is chewing gum considered a personal flaw? Why does Charlie get a free pass for stealing fizzy lifting drinks? And what business does Quaker Oats have making movies, anyway? All this and much more are considered.
Feb 28, 2017
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
58:32
Sean Ray is back with the second half of his two part Insidious series, this time for Insidious: Chapter 2. Once again James Wan helms another scary story starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, with a bigger budget, a clever plot that builds on everything from the first installment, to deliver arguably a more frightening experience with even more emotional heart.
Feb 22, 2017
Insidious (2010)
50:57
Special thanks once again to Sean Ray (veteran commissioner of Blood Simple) for having us check out an early effort by horror master James Wan (The Conjuring), 2010's Insidious. Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, Insidious delivers some solid scares on a serious budget, reportedly just $1.5 million. This is the first of a two part commissioned podcast series. Next, we will consider the sequel, Insidious 2, and compare and contrast the two.
Feb 21, 2017
A Cure for Wellness (2017)
15:53
A.Ron and Jim saw A Cure for Wellness, the ambitious but ultimately flawed psychological horror film by Gore Verbinski. It's got a lot of things going for it; a spectacular and committed cast (Mia Goth, Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs), great visuals, disturbing imagery galore, yet manages to build very little suspense and ultimately leads up to exactly what you think it will 30 minutes into the film. Ultimately, we can't recommend this film, although we think it was a worthy film making attempt. After discussing our brief non-spoiler thoughts on the movie, we discuss the trailers we saw before the feature, and then break down the twists of the film, such as they are, in the Club Bald Move exclusive spoiler section.
Feb 17, 2017
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
17:20
Jim and A.Ron have seen John Wick: Chapter Two, and proclaim it "more of the same", and we mean that as a compliment. There's still some shaky plotting when the action dies down, but thankfully that only happens for five, maybe ten minutes tops and then it's back to headshots and stabbing galore. This film's body count is astronomical, and if you can't find some sort of grim humor in Keanu butchering men and women like so much cattle, then this isn't the film for you. But you probably already knew that. Also! We discuss trailers for upcoming films, then get super spoilery about Mr. Wick, but that's an exclusive feature for Club Members Only!
Feb 10, 2017
Hell or High Water (2016)
58:29
Special thanks to Lindsey Blodgett, who commissioned this podcast by virtue of captaining her Bald Move Fantasy Football League team, “Vamonos Pests” to ultimate victory.  She claims a podcast for 2016’s Hell or High Water, as her prize. A modern western about bankers robbing the poor of their land and property rights, Hell stars Chris Pine and Ben…
Feb 06, 2017
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
1:34:36
Congratulations to Nick Wilson, winner of one of two official "Bald Move Fantasy Football Leagues" that our forums play host to. His grand prize was a commissioned podcast, which we are pleased to present during Superbowl week. Nick picked a real crowd pleaser, Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Featuring ground breaking special effects, a sci-fi plot that doesn't give two craps about causality, and Arnold Schwarzenegger at the height of his powers, the movie delivers the action goods, and then some. We discuss time travel, great movie villains, where this movie stacks up in the pantheon of sequels, and much more.
Feb 01, 2017
Gold (2017)
17:16
Jim and A.Ron give their thoughts on a terrible, no good, boring film starring Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard, Édgar Ramírez and directed by Stephen Gaghan; Gold. It's the definition of a mediocre film that half-asses themes that much better films have done very recently, including The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, and The Big Short. We also discuss the upcoming lineup of first run Bald Movies, before getting to the Club only spoiler section. See you in a few weeks for John Wick 2!
Jan 27, 2017
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
1:14:30
Special thanks to Josh "Anubus21" Wilson for the conclusion of his three podcast trilogy (previously Screamers and PCU), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  Arguably the greatest Trek film of all time, and featuring the unquestionably greatest Trek movie villain, Wrath holds up like a champ.  Featuring terrifying ear worms, a broad range of quality Shatnerian acting, Chekov screaming, and Ricardo Montalbán's impressive old man chest, we try to look at the film through both critical and nostalgic lenses.
Jan 24, 2017
The Dark Knight (2008)
1:28:41
Special thanks to a bunch of Aron's gaming buddies, namely Hobbsam, CLUSTER_F, SheIsGeeky, TONYDETH, Jormagund, and Meatplow77 for coming together to commission perhaps the greatest superhero movie of all time, Batman: The Dark Knight. Featuring a Heath Ledger performance that one him a posthumous Oscar, this film has a unique blend of superb writing and direction, dazzling action, well grounded performance, and just enough heart to make it a modern classic. Jim and A.Ron talk about the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy in general, and the Batman himself before lavishing praise upon the film, and of course, poking around for the few problems the film has.
Jan 18, 2017
PCU (1994)
1:01:34
Special thanks to Josh "anubus21" Wilson again for yet another commission (he also is responsible for the recent Screamers), this time he decided to troll us by making us watch the terrible "Jeremy Piven goes to college" movie, PCU. We figured it was only fair to troll him back by tearing the movie a new one. We don't think the movie is particularly funny, it's message is bad, and it's full of unlikable characters with murky motivations and goals beyond throwing the ultimate rager and wishing minorities and vegetarians would just, you know, chill already. Its lone bright spot is that mid-movie, George Clinton personally pilots the Mothership as he drops a righteous funk bomb on the film, but even ordinance that powerful couldn't stop the monstrous Piven. All in all, a fairly successful troll all around. Thanks for your support, Josh, and... enjoy?
Jan 13, 2017
Natural Born Killers (1994)
1:23:59
Jason decided to tag his wife Aime back for the the movies (Transformers, Toxic Avenger) she'd commissioned for him over Christmas, by having us chat about her personal favorite movie, Oliver Stone's 1994 film, Natural Born Killers. We found this movie to be wonderfully cast (Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Sizemore, among others) and fully insane in it's direction, visuals, editing, and message, and thus spent about half our time talking about the film itself, and the other half pondering the human condition. Jason, Aime, hope you two crazy love birds enjoy this commission, and if either of you start talking about being the god of your world, back out of the room slowly. Make no sudden movements.
Jan 06, 2017
Father/son Rogue One, SW: Holiday Special, Moana!
35:06
A.Ron's son Mine Dragon swung by the studio over the holiday break to record his thoughts on Star Wars: Rogue One, the infamous "Holiday Special", and Disney's latest CGI masterpiece, Moana. Enjoy!
Jan 03, 2017
The Toxic Avenger (1984)
50:33
Merry Christmas, Jason Miller! Your wife, Aime thought it would be a nice present to commission you a pair of podcasts to open beneath the tree. This is one of them, 1984's cult horror classic, "The Toxic Avenger". Directed by Michael Herz and "starring" Mitch Cohen, Mark Torgl, Andree Maranda, it's a work of pure cinematic insanity of over the top and cheaply filmed gore, sex, violence, and sexual violence. We discuss Troma films in general, pollution, dick punching, and much more as we attempt to review a movie that defies criticism.
Dec 24, 2016
Transformers: The Movie (1986)
1:05:54
Amee Miller commissioned Transformers the Movie as a Christmas present for her beloved husband Jason. Featuring the voice talents of Leonard Nimoy, Orsen Wells, Petter Cullen, and Scatman Crothers, the movie certainly lives up to it's billing as "beyond your wildest imagination." For example, I'd never imagine an underwater chase scene involving muscle cars, mentally challenged dinosaur robots leading a populist revolt against injustice, a microscope being used as a telescope, or Weird Al Yankovic's "Dare to Be Stupid" being used in an all-robot dance number. Maybe my imagination is broken or something.
Dec 24, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
18:10
Jim and A.Ron just got back from seeing a little film called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and are actually kind of divided in their opinion of the film. A.Ron hails it as the best Star Wars this side of Empire, while Jim maintains that it just didn't feel like Star Wars enough for him. Both agree that it is a darker, more mature look into the universe that's more known for it's light-hearted swashbuckling space stories than grittier, grimmer looks at the horrors of war. Please enjoy our spoiler-free review and preview of upcoming movies, but if you want to hear us talk at length about our praise and problems for the film, you'll have to be a Club Bald Move member.
Dec 16, 2016
Screamers (1995)
1:07:21
Special thanks to Josh Wilson who commissioned the 1995 cult sci-fi movie, "Screamers". Starring Peter "Robocop" Weller, it works as both a goofy b-grade science fiction flick and a semi-serious work based on a short story by no less than Phillip K. Dick. It punches well above it's weight in terms of concept, set, and costume design, but then surrounds Weller with below replacement value actors such as "Poor Man's Bill Paxton" and "Homeless Man's Val Kilmer" with mixed results. Still, it managed to provide both laughs and scares, and we feel we enjoyed it in the spirit it was intended.
Nov 30, 2016
The Voices (2014)
54:24
Julie Webster of "Teeth" commissioning fame/infamy is back again with another movie to bend our noodles. This one a criminally overlooked Ryan Reynolds movie, "The Voices". Under the direction of Academy Award winner Marjane Satrapi, and joined by co-star Anna Kendrick, Reynolds really comes out swinging as a poorly understood young man with non-existant social skills just trying to find happiness in life. Unfortunately, for reasons both nature and nurture, his search is in vain, and the movie spirals down an ever increasing dark path. An impressive movie, and one worth watching if you don't think Ryan Reynolds is capable of any kind of nuanced, interesting work. Just be warned, this movie is pitch black, and very uncomfortable in places.
Nov 23, 2016
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
20:42
A.Ron, Cecily, and Mine Dragon checked out the latest installment in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Reactions were a bit mixed, with A.Ron appreciating the humor and whimsy, but ultimately left cold and confused, while the other two HP fans were of the opinion that it felt like a genuine and fitting piece of Potter-style lore. Please enjoy our spoiler free review of the movie and discussion of upcoming trailers, but if you want the fully leaded Spoiler edition, you'll have to be a Club Member!
Nov 18, 2016
Point Break (1991)
50:01
Our buddies over at the Nattercast, lead by fearless hosts Jason and Sion decided to commission an action movie classic, 1991's Point Break. Starring Keanu Reaves, Gary Busey, and Patrick Swayzy, and directed by Katheryn Bigelow, Point Break offers up an uncompromising look into the savage beating heart that is the suburban surfer gangster, brought into sharp relief against the rural football FBI agent, its natural foe. We thrill to the spectacular work capturing the thrilling surf and sky stunts, laugh at the acting and dialog, and are stunned at the effectiveness of a rubber Ronald Reagan mask when deployed for mayhem.
Nov 16, 2016
Arrival (2016)
22:00
Jim and A.Ron went to see Arrival, starring Amy Addams, Jeremy Renner, and directed by Denis Villeneuve tonight. This is a very hard science fiction story that is told in a very slow, deliberate, and quiet way that might be off putting or tiresome to some. However it contains surprising depth, fascinating ideas, and a powerful emotional payload to those with sufficient patience and interest. Enjoy the spoiler free review and discussion of upcoming movies, but if you want to hear the full cosmic spoiler-filled thoughts you'll have to be a Club Bald Move Member.
Nov 11, 2016
Blood Simple (1984)
50:24
Sean Ray commissioned one of his favorite movies, the Coen Brothers' 1984 directorial debut, Blood Simple. Starring Coen favorite Frances McDormand, it's an interesting look into the prehistorical fossil Coen record. So many shots and themes established in this first film go on to make up the DNA of their later works. You'll see Fargo, Miller's Crossing, No Country for Old Men, and even a few dashs of Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski in this film. Having said that, there is a whole helluva lot of 1980's film making and first time directing on display as well.
Nov 09, 2016
Doctor Strange (2016)
20:21
Who can stop Marvel Studios' continued run of Box Office Domination? Apparently not even the forces of the negaverse or whatever the hell Doctor Strange was fighting in this movie, because A.Ron and Jim (yes, even Jim!) ate it up and saw it in two packed houses this evening. Full to bursting with imaginative ideas and visuals that must be seen to be believed, and even then just barely, Doctor Strange is just relentlessly cool and fun. Benedict Cumberbatch leads a team of A-list Hollywood talent using all of their considerable powers to make you believe this world that is full of crazy baloney ideas and imagery is rock solid and every bit as realized as the real world. If you have even a passing interest in comic book movies or just want to see what the new state of the art in terms of effects work is, go see it on the biggest screen you can find.
Nov 04, 2016
What Dreams May Come (1998)
1:08:03
Fernando Rodriguez is back for another commission! This time he selected 1998's What Dreams May Come, starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Annabella Sciorra. Directed by Vincent Ward, and based on a story by Richard Matheson, the movie features an incredible vision of what the afterlife may be like, as it follows a family struck again and again by sudden tragedy. Oh, and we debate spirituality and our thoughts on death. One of us cried during our watch. You'll never guess which!
Nov 02, 2016
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
1:20:08
Eric Cunanan commissioned us to watch the classic 1992 drama, Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by James Foley and based on the stage play by David Mamet. If megawatt star power (Al Pacino, Jack Lemon, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin among others), crisp, lyrical, profane dialog, and meditations on the death of the American Dream sound like something you're into, you should give this movie a shot if you haven't already.
Oct 05, 2016
Primer (2004)
1:00:55
The string of solid commissioned hits is in full string with one of Jim's favorite movies and A.Ron's soon-to-be favorite, Primer. If you're into noodly time travel plots and engineers talking in fits and starts about really technical stuff like we are, you'll probably love this one. Thanks to Mike Jacyna for his excellent taste in commissions.
Sep 28, 2016
Magnificent Seven (2016)
14:44
What do you get when you take the classic Western remake of an original piece of Japanese film-making art, and add Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Ethan Hawke to the mix? A sum that is less than it's parts, that's what. Enjoy our spoiler-free review of the movie and a discussion of upcoming movies and trailers on the house, but if you want to listen to us crack wise on D'Onofrio and Hawke's accents, you'll have to be a Club Member to gain access to our full spoiler podcast. Why not join today? It's quick, easy, and helps support our independent podcasts!
Sep 23, 2016
Pontypool (2008)
1:36:24
Josh Black stepped forth to commission the mind blowing 2008 film, Pontypool. Starring the very underrated Stephen McHattie, and directed by veteran cult filmmaker Bruce McDonald, Pontypool is set in a small Canadian town where a humbled former shock jock takes on the job of talking about the sleepy local news in the wee hours of the morning. And then something big happens. I really can't tell you more without spoiling a great film that should be seen by a lot of people, and right now you can see it streaming from among other places, Netflix, so I encourage you to give it a whirl before listening to this podcast. Things get crazy and "deep" in the way things sometimes do on these podcasts. Do not translate this message.
Sep 21, 2016
Snowden (2016)
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This week's First Run Bald Movie is Snowden, an Oliver Stone movie about famous/infamous NSA whistleblower/traitor/hero Edward Snowden. We don't think this is the movie that will change anyone's minds about the matter, but we do think the topic of privacy, if not Snowden himself, is vital for discussion, and the film is a food springboard for just that. But, does any of this even matter, will any of it make a difference? Enjoy our spoiler free review on us, or join Club Bald Move for a more in depth, wide ranging, and somber discussion of freedom, liberty, and privacy.
Sep 16, 2016
Mulholland Drive (2001)
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Jim and A.Ron tackle yet another community podcast commission, this time for the David Lynch movie, "Mulholland Drive". Things get weird as we experience every human emotion possible and struggle to figure out what the hell just happened. Just know that this podcast is not meant to be interpreted literally, but to be emotionally intuited experientially. Special thanks to the crew who combined their wallets, Captain Planet style, and summoned this podcast; Anthony B, Mike T, Davey Mac, Ryan Q, Rachael H, galicia73, Fidoz, Jefferson B, hellogoodbye9, cocoa2mc, Martin K , Michael T, Joby M, and Walker W. Thanks guys and gals, we couldn't do it without you!
Sep 15, 2016