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Eternals

Eternals

February 7, 2022

We're diving back into the MCU once again for Marvel's Studios The Eternals, a film rich in characters and short on development. The Note-ernals take passes at spreading the dense plot out over two films as well as dropping an entire sub-plot to make a more breathable single film. We also find an interesting twist on the main villain that would have been far more thematically relevant.

Armageddon

Armageddon

January 24, 2022

One good asteroid movie deserves another, we always say. For the second time in a row, we're tackling a planet-killing plot device, this time of the Michael Bay variety. Truly there was one simple fix to this oil-riggers-in-space fantasy, and we happened upon it quite quickly. However, we do spend a great deal of time taking shots at Michael, even as Liam is trying to get us to talk about what we liked about the movie.

Don’t Look Up

Don’t Look Up

January 9, 2022

Not since our Interstellar episode have we spent more time praising a film than giving it notes. Don't Look Up may have been polarizing with audiences, but for the hosts of this show, it was a unanimous thumbs-up. We may have only found a few things to tweak, but that didn't stop us from having a lively discussion about what the film wanted to accomplish and why.

This was a fun one, enjoy!

Side Notes: Favourites & Disappointments of 2020/21

Side Notes: Favourites & Disappointments of 2020/21

December 21, 2021

We typically use our last show in December to sum up the best and worst movies of the year. However, we skipped the tradition last year and, thanks to a certain mutating virus, haven't been able to see all the films we would have liked in 2021. So instead we decided to talk about our favourites and least favourites of the pandemics era. Also, we spend about 20 minutes complaining about a Spider-man movie we haven't seen yet. That's a thing that happened.

Thanks for sticking with us another year, armchair screenwriters, we'll see you again in January!

Love Actually

Love Actually

December 5, 2021

Love Actually is every kind of romantic comedy you want it to be. It’s got star-crossed lovers, it’s got love triangles and it’s even got your classic 90s style sex romp. Anita Bourgeois of The Read-Along joins us to sift through an actual plethora of love stories in an attempt to fix them all.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

November 21, 2021

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a deeply flawed film, which should make it the perfect fodder for our show, but can it be too flawed? Matthew Vaughn really stretched our capacity and desire to reimagine his movie, to the point that Liam felt the need to apologize to previous films we've given notes to.

Thankfully Evan MacDonald from Kino Lefter stopped by to help. With our combined notes, we explore deleting the resurrection of Colin Firth, eliminating the weird drug plot, and generally giving Pedro Pascal more to do.

Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch

November 7, 2021

However you feel about Zack Snyder, there is no denying he is a rich vein for movie podcasts such as ours. In fact, Man of Steel was the movie that inspired the creation of this show. While we've mined the depths of his DC offerings, listener Andrew Craig asked us to take a swing at Snyder's most polarizing film, Sucker Punch.

Liam, Scott, and Gregg look to add contrast and connective tissue between the dream sequences while failing – as Zack did – to add more meaning to the film's central theme.

CONTENT WARNING: This episode discusses themes of sexual assault.

Side Notes: What Makes Good Creepy Cinema?

Side Notes: What Makes Good Creepy Cinema?

October 24, 2021

Horror aficionado Glenna Schowalter joins us for a deep dive into the genre exploring what makes it tick. Is it the suspense? The scares? The atmosphere? The inventive R-rated kills? It will vary from person to person, to be sure, but this was an extremely fun episode discussing what we look for in a good horror flick. Let us know if you would like to hear more genre deep dives.

Event Horizon

Event Horizon

October 16, 2021

Paul W.S. Anderson had to wait an extra week for our Event Horizon episode, but we promise, Paul, it was worth the wait. Big thanks for Olav Rokne for saving our skin at the 11th hour, subbing in for Scott C. Bourgeois who was not available to record.

Together we make minor tweaks to a flawed, yet charming sci-fi horror. A change in motivation here, a removal of a text crawl there. I'd say Paul got off easy.

Charlie‘s Angels (2019)

Charlie‘s Angels (2019)

September 26, 2021

The all listener curated season continues, and for some reason you picked Charlie's Angels (2019). I love you, listeners, even if I don't understand you.

Thankfully, Glenna Schowalter of Quantum Kickflip fame returns to help the Altoids go down a little smoother (that's a funny reference to the movie, you'll just have to trust me). Together we shuffle around the plot twists, add some character conflict and remove weird and unneeded restraining devices.

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