Saturday, April 26, 2014

Episode 141: Bears

It's been one week since the last episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, but just barely. On this week's show, Josh and Gabe had to grin and bear it while discussing the new Disneynature documentary Bears. They're joined by Sound on Sight contributor Zach Lewis to debate some of the big questions: how much do documentarians owe to telling the truth in their films? Is it OK to tell a story of the real world, with animals, and have it not be a documentary? Should Werner Herzog direct the next Disneynature film? (The answer, at least to the last one, is a clear yes.) Bears may not have made a great showing at the box office, but your hosts spent a fair bit of time this week parsing through the John C. Reilly narration, twinkly score, and an interview that shattered some of our illusions of what in the film really happened. But all you need are the bare necessities: headphones, iTunes, and this episode. So get to it!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Episode 140: Son of Flubber

It's time for a first on Mousterpiece Cinema, as Josh and Gabe discuss the first-ever live-action sequel in the Disney canon of films, Son of Flubber, the presumably anticipated sequel to The Absent-Minded Professor. Josh wasn't keen on the first film, but Gabe was, so the question is: did this sequel satisfy or was it a letdown like most sequels are? We won't answer the question here, but consider this much (and consider it a warning for families): it took Gabe only a few minutes to start using profanity in discussing Son of Flubber. Yes, that's right, it's an Earmuffs Special this week! (All thanks to Gabe. Send him your hate mail.) Also, stick around to the end to hear Gabe commit to appearing on another sequel-centric episode later this year. You may be shocked by which movie he's willing to pay to see!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Episode 139: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

News team...assemble! ...What's that? Oh, right, we're not talking about Ron Burgundy and his anchormen friend this week, we're talking about The Avengers! OK, just one of the Avengers in his latest solo picture: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Of course, as Josh found out, Captain America isn't actually the Winter Soldier. Oh well.) This week, Josh and Gabe are joined by Marvel aficionado and contributor Andy Daglas to talk about this new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and Robert Redford. So yes, it's a big episode full of discussions of dudebros, high-fiving at action movies, and co-star reunions. Oh, and there's talk of post-credits scenes, because Josh couldn't resist. And you shouldn't resist download this episode. (Obviously.)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Episode 138: Mulan

It's Mousterpiece Cinema's 138th episode spectacular! Get ready for guest stars galore, clips, and surprises! ...OK, fine, we're not going to ape the style of that great clip show from The Simpsons, but it is our 138th episode anyway. This week, Josh and Gabe take a trip back in time to dynastic China to discuss one of the entries in the Disney Renaissance, Mulan. They brought back past guest Dan Schindel of Film School Rejects, Nonfics, and Movie Mezzanine to debate the important issues such as: what the hell is Harvey Fierstein doing in this movie about Asian culture? (Quick note: there are a couple of earmuff-worthy moments here, if the little ones are listening.) Will this movie make men out of the trio of hosts? Do they see their reflection staring back at them? Listen to the show to find out!