Saturday, October 29, 2016

Episode 270: Hocus Pocus

We've put a spell on you, listeners, and now, you're ours. That's right, it's time for another scare-ifying episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, and we're closing out Shocktober with a bang and a half. After many long years, Josh and Gabe are finally facing off over a Disney cult favorite, the 1993 film Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as three sisters who are also witches looking to take over the lovely New England hamlet of Salem. But you already know the story, because this is a true classic for many is it actually any good? Josh and Gabe are joined by Louis Peitzman of Buzzfeed to debate the film's quality, the teeth of Bette Midler, and whether the Garry/Penny Marshall cameo is weird or funny. Check out the new show now!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Episode 269: Scream

You didn't read that title wrong, friends. This week, on a brand-new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, Gabe and Josh are going back in time to 1996 to talk about one of the most iconic horror films of modern history, Scream. (In case you're wondering, yes, Scream does count for a Disney movie podcast. It does! Promise.) Your hosts are joined by friend of the show Eric Goldman of IGN, who gets into the spooky mood by having a particularly booming, echo-y voice throughout the episode. (Or, Skype was being ornery. That might be it too.) Josh, Gabe, and Eric debate the major issues: is Scream still a potent horror film? Where does it land in Wes Craven's legacy? And what is the deal with Matthew Lillard's performance in this film? Find out the answers now!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Episode 268: The Color of Money

Do you have what it takes? Can you pick up the cue and knock in the nine-ball at the right time? It's time to head into the pool hall for a new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, as Josh and Gabe are joined by friend of the show Noel Murray to talk about The Color of Money, from some dude named Martin Scorsese. Yes, really, we can talk about a Scorsese movie on the show, and you'll find out why here. As The Color of Money celebrates its 30th anniversary, it's high time to ask if this movie gets an unfair shake from cinephiles and Scorsese fans, or if its status as a good-but-not-great film remains correct. The question is answered on the episode, so listen to find out!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Episode 267: Queen of Katwe

Make sure to keep a weather eye for the next five or ten moves in front of you before you begin listening to this new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema. What are you going to do while listening? Exercise? Eat? Do laundry? What about what comes after that? It's thinking like this that lends itself to the game of chess, which is at the heart of this week's film for discussion, Queen of Katwe, Disney's latest true-story film. This one's directed by Mira Nair, and stars Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo; it's set and shot in Uganda and focuses on a girl living in the slums who can make her way out thanks to her gift of playing chess. Gabe and Josh are joined by friend of the show Jason Bailey of Flavorwire to discuss Queen of Katwe, though maybe it's better to say the trio debate the film, and you might be surprised where the dissent comes from. Is this movie worth your time? Is it time for Disney to focus solely on brand deposits? Check out the show to find out!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Episode 266: The Village

Hey, friends! It's time for another spooktacular episode of Mousterpiece Cinema as we enter the scare-ifying month of Shock-tober! Boooooo! Anyway, we're kicking the month off appropriately, with another film from once-popular and beloved filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. This time, we're talking about his 2004 film The Village, well-known now for being the beginning of Shyamalan's fall from grace after a trio of successes. But is that a fair estimation 12 years after the fact, or did people treat the film too harshly? Gabe and Josh are joined once again by Alexander Huls to debate another Shyamalan film, as well as important things like the J. Geils Band, Jurassic World, and the career of Judy Greer. So make sure to avoid the woods and Those We Don't Speak Of, and listen to the new show!