Wayhomer Review #181: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Jennifer Lawrence from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Note: This episode is taken from the archives and was recorded before A) Widge’s computer blew up and 2) Widge’s car’s transmission died. It’s been fun.

It’s Episode #181 for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, in which our protagonist discusses franchise creep, a cast that’s doing the best they can with the material they’ve been given and a film that feels like its two and a half pod races too long.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:33+00:00 April 10th, 2015|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #210: Can You Hear the Snowman?

Faith No More with Chuck Moseley: We Care a Lot

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck–the podcast that is stuck outside of our reality trying to talk over another completely different podcast.

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Agenda:

  • Testing for Jon’s personality
  • Revisiting Frozen
  • Marry, Fuck, Kill
  • Liming David Cronenberg
  • Kids and Avenue Q
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:26:36+00:00 February 15th, 2014|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Pirate Radio (2009) – Movie Review

    Pirate Radio movie poster

    Written & Directed by: Richard Curtis
    Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, Rhys Ifans, Chris O’Dowd, Nick Frost, Katherine Parkinson, Jack Davenport

    My Advice: Matinee.

    It’s 1966. And apparently you can’t get rock on British radio. Well, not the normal radio stations. While the government has an apparent stranglehold on the “legit” airwaves, there’s at least one station that’s decided to take to the open seas. Radio Rock, headed up by Quentin (Nighy), sits off UK’s shores on a large boat and broadcasts. They not only have an array of colorful and personable DJs, but they even imported one, The Count (Hoffman), from America. Trouble is, everybody seems to enjoy Radio Rock except for certain members of the government: Minister Dormandy (Branagh), for example, and his assistant Twatt (Davenport). They plan to shut down offshore radio by hook or by crook or both, if necessary.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:57:05+00:00 November 22nd, 2009|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know, Friday, January 16, 2009

    Keanu Reeves

    We are gathered here because lots of pop culture crap goes on in the world. You don’t have time to keep up with it. Neither do we, but we drew the short straw. So here you go. Served staccato style.

  • Amazon has a bunch of discounts on bundled DVDs and exclusives. Go to the bottom of this post if you want to see the best deals I found on there. And remember: Valentine’s Day is coming. I’ve done my shopping. I’m just saying.
  • Cowboy Bebop is hitting the big screen thanks to Fox starring…Keanu Reeves. Surprisingly, I sprung this on Doc earlier and he allowed that Keanu might actually be perfect for the part of Spike. Wild. Source.
  • Exit the King, the play that’s already got Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon on board, now has Lauren Ambrose and Andrea Martin as well. Now I want to see it even more. Geez.
  • In a move that makes us all misty-eyed (no, honest), Kevin Martin, current head of the FCC has resigned, rather than get fired by the impending administration change, I’m sure.
  • Google has signed an amicus brief in support of a case challenging California’s Proposition 8 in that state’s supreme court. Excellent.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:07:08+00:00 January 16th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    Leap of Faith (1992) – DVD Review

    Leap of Faith DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by Janus Cercone
    Directed by Richard Pearce
    Starring Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich, Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas, Meat Loaf, and Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released by: Paramount
    Rating: PG-13
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Eh, rent it if there’s nothing else.

    Jonas Nightingale (Martin) is a faith healer and he’s a good one. There’s only little problem. He’s only in it for the money. The only faith he has is for the suckers who fill his tent every night to receive salvation. He travels across the county with his tour bus and tractor trailer rigs full of equipment looking for places to set up his tent and separate people from their money. His team has got this down to a science. The ushers who are seating people are writing down little bits of information that they overhear and pass them along back to Jane (Winger) who is connected to Jonas via a wireless speaker that he wears in his ear during the show. She passes along the information to make it look like Jonas is actually communicating with the Holy Spirit. The local sheriff (Neeson), who also has a thing for Jane, is on to Jonas and vows to shut him down one way or another. All of their lives are changed when a little boy with bad legs (Haas) sets foot on the stage and is really healed.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:35:32+00:00 March 2nd, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

    Odds and Ends for 12-14-2005

    Rob Schneider

    An appetizer platter of time-wasting morsels. All for you. No, really. We monogrammed them and everything.

    This sums up our take on Xmas this year.

    Mission: Impossible 3, in utter desperation to make us want to show the slightest bit of interest in this piece of shit franchise, cast Philip Seymour Hoffman as the baddie. Shrewd. But it ain’t going to work, you bastards. We’ll wait for somebody to edit out all the bits without Hoffman and post the results online. Found via Defamer.

    Fifteen kinds of wrong right here.

    You have a Rob Schneider neuron. Makes you want to pull that stunt from the final reel of Pi, doesn’t it?

    By | 2017-09-24T23:51:08+00:00 December 14th, 2005|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Happiness (1998) – DVD Review

    Happiness DVD

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written & Directed by: Todd Solondz
    Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jane Adams, Dylan Baker, Lara Flynn Boyle, Louise Lasser, Cynthia Stevenson, Jon Lovitz

    Features:

    • Cast and crew info

    Released by: Lions Gate
    Region: 1
    Rating: NR, but no kiddies, please
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Rent it.

    This is the story of three sisters. The first up is Joy (Adams) and she doesn’t have much luck with men. In fact she has so little luck she is suffering a luck deficit when it comes to men. I’m surprised she doesn’t suck away the luck from others. Well, maybe she does. Sister Trish (Stevenson) supposedly has got it made in the shade, but she has no idea that her husband (Baker), is really a closet pedophile and is pretty much a certified psychopath. And lastly, sister Helen (Boyle) is a poet who’s managed to become famous, but secretly harbors the notion that she’s a total fake and really just wants to have some wild, out of control sex. These three and the lives that surround them form the basis for Solondz’ wild Altman-on-crystal-meth epic.

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    By | 2010-03-27T18:55:13+00:00 August 17th, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

    Almost Famous (2000) – Movie Review

    Almost Famous movie poster

    Written and Directed by: Cameron Crowe
    Starring: Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    My Advice: Don’t Miss It.

    William Miller (Fugit) is a young aspiring writer who is given music by his sister (Zooey Deschanel) as a parting gift when she runs off with her boyfriend to escape their mother (McDormand), who isn’t exactly domineering–let’s just say she cares a lot. He takes the music and makes it his life, and at the age of fifteen, William meets Lester Bangs (Hoffman). Bangs, an editor for Creem magazine gives William his first assignment–to write an article on Black Sabbath. While trying to get into the concert, he meets not only the band Stillwater but also their lead “band-aid”, Penny Lane (Hudson). His relationships with Lane, the band, and music journalism all come to a head as this young man comes of age on Stillwater’s tour.

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    By | 2011-11-16T13:14:48+00:00 September 14th, 2000|Reviews|0 Comments

    Magnolia (1999) – Movie Review

    Magnolia movie poster

    Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
    Starring John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Robards

    My Advice: Wait for Cable.

    Paul Thomas Anderson begins his opus with an interesting postulation. All of those urban legends (or are they? Hmmm…) that you’ve no doubt gotten in your in-basket more than once–the unlucky scuba diver and the unlucky victim of a murder turned suicide–they may be strange and weird, but they happen all the time. So how weird can they be? This is what the narrator presents us with before Anderson introduces us to a veritable slew of different characters. What they all have in common is that they are miserable and their parents more than likely screwed up their lives. We deal with their crap for two and a half hours. And they all sing a song together…don’t ask. And then the really weird thing happens, which I won’t spoil for you, because it and Tom Cruise the two interesting things in this art-wank festival.

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    By | 2011-05-23T14:30:24+00:00 December 17th, 1999|Reviews|0 Comments