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Now Playing Podcast is a weekly film review podcast and the flagship program in the Venganza Media Podcasting Network.

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What We're Watching: April 30, 2021

Brock: "The night before this year's Oscar telecast finally had a chance to see Minari (2020). While I was getting a little impatient with the slower pace as the second act progressed, I then got hit with the realization of just how engrossed in the story, the characters and in their dynamics I had become; so much so when the climax occurred I had my hands over my agape mouth, startled and feeling so bad for the family. Youn Yuh-jung was the highlight,…

Everything Coming to Now Playing Podcast in May 2021

With more movie theaters coming back online and confidence building that 2021’s tentpole release dates will stick, Now Playing Podcast enters May 2021 with a packed schedule that includes a return to a long-dormant theatrical franchise, new streaming sequels and originals, a dangerously thrilling new donation retrospective, and another Disney Plus Marvel series review.

Soundtrack Spotlight: Until the End of the World

Usually, I see a movie, hear the music, and want to listen to the soundtrack. But sometimes it works the other way--as it did in 1992. I was browsing the Soundtrack section of a used music store and saw a soundtrack for Until the End of the World. I’d never heard of that 1991 Sam Neill sci-fi drama, but the roster of bands on the soundtrack floored me. How could a soundtrack have original songs by REM, Depeche Mode, Julee Cruise, Talking Heads,…

What We're Watching: April 23, 2021

Brock: "When I watch a movie called Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), I expect to see just that. However, we don't see her in her large state until the last 10 minutes of the movie, she doesn't really attack as much as walk around, and by comparison to the objects around her she is at most 30-35 feet tall, tops. One of the most famous B movies of all time has one of the most misleading titles of all time. Meanwhile, Raya and…

Soundtrack Spotlight: Mortal Kombat (2021)

I'm the "movie score guy" for Now Playing Podcast (and in life). When I saw the new Mortal Kombat score was out I snatched it up, even though I hadn't seen the movie. Sadly, this score did little for me. They did remix the classic Mortal Kombat theme, but the new version reminds me of the “Alex F” theme from Beverly Hills Cop III, or Fall Out Boy's Ghostbusters 2016 song. They knew they had to have it but they just can't compete with the original. 

Soundtrack Spotlight: Meredith Quill’s Complete Awesome Mix

April 2020 was a dark time. COVID spread across the world, lives and jobs were lost, and people adapted to a “new normal” of mask-wearing and staying home. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn thought people could use something uplifting, so he gave us Meredith Quill’s Complete Awesome Mix.

What We're Watching: April 9, 2021

Brock: "I remember enjoying the FOX television show from the early 90s based on the movie Alien Nation (1988), however the source material is a surprisingly generic action cop flick. They squandered a great premise, with little to no character development or social commentary; This movie really could have used some of both. Strong bet M. Night Shyamalan has seen this movie. Then, Andra Day is as good as you have heard in The United States vs. Billie Holliday (2020), however the scattershot narrative, two-dimensional…

What We're Watching: April 2, 2021

Arnie: "With Black Widow delayed yet again I decided to finally watch Red Sparrow (2018). I always thought the story of a Russian girl brought into a secret spy school and sent on her first mission was very Black Widow-esque. It even follows the naming pattern with <color> <animal>. The problem with the Sparrow school, though, is that it seems to teach spies that their best tools are between their legs. I can't decide if this is an action film or misogyny passing itself off as female empowerment. 'But other than that,…

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Blessed be! Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart are under the spell of The Craft, the first high school movie of the '90s to stick up for the wiccans. Strange things start happening when naturally gifted magick user Robin Tunney blows into an LA Catholic school from the North, and joins a coven of weirdos led by Wicked Witch of the West Fairuza Balk. Is hunky football jock Skeet Ulrich the snake-in-the-grass that will undo all this supernatural Girl Power? Or were the foursome mistaken for ever putting their trust in deity Manon? Join the circle and listen at nowplayingpodcast.com/episode.htm?id=1950

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead flees an angry lover in New Orleans only to crash her car at 10 Cloverfield Lane. Should the battered woman be afraid of bumping into the big monster that toppled New York City in the previous installment? Or is she just being gaslit by her paranoid survivalist savior John Goodman? And how does this claustrophobic game of Chutes and Ladders play to an audience that's already been living in quarantine for months?

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Election got you stressed? Tune out today's political noise and vote to reinstate the 1962 Manchurian Candidate instead. Can troubled soldier Frank Sinatra stop Deep State Communists from using a brainwashed Korean War vet to gain control of the White House? And would the country be any better off run by Angela Lansbury, who uses her windbag husband and the power of television to promote Red Scare fake news and Murder, She Wrote reruns? Find out if Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie endorse this paranoid classic.

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