TCMP #89 – The Usual Suspects (w/ Hawkeye)

It was recently revealed that KSCS morning show host Hawkeye pulled off a prank where he faked being MTV Sports host Dan Cortese in order to make a guest appearance on the Bob and Dan Show. In the interview, he dropped a multitude of references to The Usual Suspects. That seemed like a good reason to get him on to talk about the movie and ask him about the prank.

TCMP #83 – Se7en (w/ Trey Mitchell)

The Ticket’s Trey Mitchell is back as guest host, and he’s always got a good sense for picking out movies. Watching Se7en with 2016 eyes, there are a lot of surprises. The last time I watched the whole movie start to finish was more than a decade ago, so it’s crazy to see how relationships to the characters had changed. But it’s also very interesting to see how differently the culture viewed cities in 1995. It’s hard to imagine a movie coming out today that took such a harsh view of the urban core. It’s equally hard to imagine people being surprised the FBI keeps track of people’s book rentals. Trey and I sort all of that out.

TCMP #82 – Moonlight (w/ Justin Bell)

My good buddy Justin and I recently took a trip to Seattle. He lives in Michigan now, so we took this rare opportunity where we were in the same room to get something on wax. Moonlight was what was showing at the Egyptian, so we took a chance on that. It paid off beautifully. It’s a very wonderful movie. It feels like darn near a documentary, the way it portrayed the life of Chiron. It has a bevy of deep topics, and all are wonderful for conversation. We also talk about the coming-of-age tradition of kids checking out each others’ junk.

TCMP #81 – Arrival (w/ Josh Ellis)

Movies about aliens are the best, and Arrival is a good one. There’s a lot to think on. It does a good job of illustrating many of the mind-boggling elements that would feature into any actual contact scenario. We try to walk through some of those angles. It also really gives some room for those elements to breathe. When I say ‘we,’ I’m talking about myself and Josh Ellis. He is a big fan of alien movies as well. Somehow we ended up talking about child-rearing a lot. Something for everyone.

Episode 80 – Doctor Strange (w/ Ken Bethea)

A couple months back, I talked with Old 97’s guitarist Ken Bethea about coming on the podcast. He gave me a list of movies he was excited about seeing in theaters, and Doctor Strange seemed like a good fit. He has some enthusiasm for the the comics, and it was very nice to have that background. We both liked the movie to varying degrees. It is pretty solid, you should totally see it. But he is Ken Bethea, so I wasn’t going to be deterred from asking some Old 97’s questions. And maybe I missed it elsewhere, but it’s possible we broke the news of a new album?

TCMP #79 – American Pastoral (w/ Skyler Thiot)

We took a chance this week, rolling the dice on an Ewan McGregor vehicle showing at the Angelika. It kind of paid off in that the movie touches on a lot of deep topics that spark plenty of talk. The look at parenting and how much it can be blamed when a child goes wrong is interesting, and the backdrop of the Vietnam War adds depth. The gamble also kind of went bust in that this is a crap movie. The acting is terrible, and the writing doesn’t make the acting any easier. Skyler Thiot is back again to pick out the bad and try to appreciate the good along with me.

TCMP #78 – The Prestige (w/ Mike Williams)

When I started this podcast, I made a list of my favorite movies that I’d like to get to one day. The Prestige was on the list. It’s about as well-crafted a movie as you can see. Mike Williams agrees. He is an actual magician who performs around Dallas. The first half of the conversation centers around that, asking how one becomes a magician and what that looks like in DFW. Then we settle in to agreeing that this is one of the real all-time movies.

TCMP #77 – The Accountant (w/ Justin Bell & Megan Fleming)

This is a wonderful movie that gives a lot to talk about. I’m glad to have the situation line up where I’m talking about it with such wonderful guests. My wife and I were visiting our friend Justin who moved to Michigan, and it worked out so that the three of us were able to see the movie together then sit down in his living room and record a conversation about it afterwards. We talked about what autism is meant to signify in movies, whether or not a push-or-be-pushed mentality really translates and when it’s ok to accept a little bad for a lot of good. We also had a wonderful moment where Megan and I were able to explain a plot twist to Justin that he had missed, so that was really fun.

TCMP #75 – Safe Men (w/ Mike Sirois)

You have probably not seen this movie before. But if you had, we might not be talking about it. It’s a movie that sticks out because when you watch it, you can’t believe that you never heard a thing about it. Because it’s a really good comedy. It has a lot of well-crafted little moments. It’s punchy and easy to watch. It has a very recognizable and deep cast. Mike Sirois is the one who told me about this movie several years ago, and it was fun to see how much he loves this movie.

TCMP #74 – The Informant! (w/ Ryan Maffei)

With nothing in theaters right now jumping out, it seemed like there would be no bad time to look back on this odd gem from 2009. I’d been meaning to get Ryan Maffei back on the podcast. I think all of those things came together pretty nicely, as we had a wide-ranging conversation that occurred around the movie. We touched on what makes the tone and humor in the movie so great but also talked about the office where our dads worked. In addition, Ryan gives his opinion on the best movie store in Austin. So tune in for that.

TCMP #73 – Ocean’s 11 (w/ Jake Kemp)

The idea for this podcast came up when watching the last season of Silicon Valley. A character refrences making an Ocean’s-11-like plot, and there was a lot of discussion that week about what the plot might be. Jake and I talked about it on It’s Just Banter, and Jake mentioned off-hand that he loved the movie and would like to do a podcast on it. Like everyone else who has seen it, I also love it and loved the idea.
This is one of the most nearly perfect movies out there. Jake and I have both seen it a million times. Literally one million. They play it on TNT a lot. There are just so many great, little moments. There is a lot of effortless-looking craftsmanship.

TCMP #72 – Sling Blade (w/ Josh Campbell)

After several weeks in the new movie bin, we reach again for a classic. This is one I have not seen. It was certainly not age appropriate for me when it came out. Then I just never made the time to go back for it until this week. Co-host Josh is in the same boat. We agree it holds up. We think there are a lot of compelling reasons why. Josh also shocks me by telling me what other movies the little kid was in.

TCMP #71 – Morgan (w/ Hunter Stone)

I don’t want to over-state this, but Morgan is a movie that has some science involved. Given that, it seemed natural to talk about it with someone with a science background. For that I turned to Dr. Hunter Stone, a Resident Physician at Parkland. The movie is about hubris, and that sort of fear of science message irks me a bit. We go down a couple rabbit holes talking that out. True to his billing, Hunter also has some good points about how science in the real world works differently than science depicted in this movie.

TCMP #70 – Hell Or High Water (w/ Russell Kirk)

This is a good movie, and a thought-provoking movie. In my opinion, it leads to one of the best kinds of episodes. We spend a good deal of time examining what seems to us like the central question of the movie: is there a situation a man can be in where bank robbery becomes justifiable? The makers of this one certainly concoct a scenario that makes it as plausible as it’s going to get. Combine that with some very solid acting, some very superior writing… You get a movie that is quite enjoyable to talk about.

TCMP #69 – War Dogs (w/ Justin Bell)

War Dogs is one of my five favorite movies I’ve seen this year. It has a sizzling energy to it, an A+ performance from Jonah Hill. It keeps you wrapped around its figurative finger for all 2 full hours. Or at least that’s what I think. My friend Justin thinks it’s a piece of crap. To him, it’s working in a disgustingly cavalier way around topic material that should be taken considerably more seriously. It’s not especially well written. And it bores for long stretches. How will we resolve the tension between these differing viewpoints????

TCMP #68 – Coherence (w/ Harper Weaver)

This movie was on the list of movies I wanted to review when I started the podcast. I saw it in theaters in 2013 and thought of it pretty often since then. It is a movie that certainly makes you think about it. On to think about it with me is Harper Weaver. He is one of the smartest dudes I know and a skilled podcaster who is one half of the Rangers podcast PTBNL. We were hanging out last weekend, and quantum mechanics came up. I recommended this movie to him, and then we were able to coordinate and talk about it. I think the result is something you’ll want to hear.

TCMP #67 – Suicide Squad (w/ Megan Fleming)

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like this movie has gotten more negative press than the average comic book movie. I don’t see that. Really, through about 2/3’s of it there’s a decent movie going on. There’s a couple different levels of plot working. The pace is quick enough. Then it does fall apart and dies a slow death for the last 30-45 minutes. But hey, 2/3’s is more than most of these movies can manage. There are problems beyond that, and we talk that up some. But the movie’s fine.

TCMP #66 – Jason Bourne (w/ Tom Fleming)

My dad is a guy who likes action movies. Specifically the kind like the Bourne movies. When going to see this, he declined because he had already seen it a day earlier, so it seemed to line up nicely to have him on. We both thought the movie was something definitely less than some of the best work done by the series. We go over those things. We also have a conversation about privacy since that’s a big focus of this movie.

TCMP #65 – Star Trek: Beyond (w/ Nick Brooks)

There’s good things and bad things to be said about the new Star Trek. My friend Nick and I disagreed a bit about which part won out. I really enjoyed the easy, casual depth of the plot. He does rightly point out that we have heard more or less this same story three times now. We also talk some about how previous knowledge of a director affects the way we watch movies.

TCMP #64 – Ghostbusters (w/ Megan Fleming)

It’s the new Ghostbusters! In the end, it probably didn’t deserve near the attention it got. It’s neither bad enough not good enough to garner that degree of discussion. I talk with Megan about what deficiencies stood out to me. She has a list of her own. And then we do talk about some of the coverage. It’s despicable to see people being so self-centered they want to deny joy to the people who would enjoy this movie. Or at least a better done version of this movie. But it’s also unreasonable to expect a big shift like being the first reboot with females in all the lead roles would be met with no resistance at all.

TCMP #63 – Michael Collins (w/ Wade Gill)

Every couple months I get real obsessed with Irish history. It’s got a lot of crazy stories. This Brexit stuff kind of sparked it for me this time. Any time I do get into it, I always tell myself I need to watch Michael Collins again. The movie does a nice job of telling that period of history pretty accurately. With the caveat that their portal of De Valera seems to be quite shaded by the fact they needed the story to have a villain. This time I did get around to a re-watch and had the chance to talk about it with my friend Wade. We talk about the movie some and other Irish history things totally unrelated to the movie.

TCMP #62 – The Purge: Election Year (w/ Javier Fuentes)

As something to talk about, this movie has a lot of prompts to discuss. As something to watch, it’s a little more meh. I break it down with Central Track movie critic Javier Fuentes. We talk about the ways that this is poignant commentary on current elections and the ways it’s totally disconnected from them. There’s some of both. We talk about the class/race-based points being made by the movie. It’s all a good time. Give it a listen.

TCMP #61 – Independence Day: Resurgence (w/ Mike Marshall)

The original Independence Day was a true game changer for people around the age of Machine and I. There have been movies before that made a big show of blowing up the world, but we didn’t see them in theaters.  The second one is not as good. We break down why. Questioning some of the casting choice, scratching our heads over a few lines. There’s also a debate over if the two scientists are gay. We also object to their predictions with regards to the DC building codes.

TCMP #60 – Twelve Monkeys (w/ Trey Mitchell)

We’ve reached a bit of a lull in summer movie season, so it’s a fine time to continue examining some of the more memorable movies of the middle 90’s. After deciding on my Ticket coworker Trey Mitchell as the guest co-host, I asked him what he wanted to talk about. He gave a list, and this is the one that stood out to me. I just love any chance to talk about time travel, for one. And this movie contains a vision of time travel that is radically different from most time travel movies, and it’s one that I find logically compelling. We get into that, the value of fake news coverage, a re-evaluation of Brad Pitt’s performance and much more!

TCMP #59 – Fight Club (w/ Brad Folsom)

This one is a good example of what I’d ideally like the podcast to sound like. Lots of good talk about ideas and themes. The movie is certainly full of them. Previous guest host Brad Folsom is back to talk about Fight Club. We talk about why this movie has the long-lasting impact it does. We talk about to what degree a Project-Mayhem-like group could have success. And we talk about whether this is movie contains any viable suggestions for how to live your life.

TCMP #58 – Hello Gangster (w/ Matt Barron, Simon Cardoza and Richard Krause)

This might be the coolest podcast of the 58 done so far. It’s certainly different from the other 57. Hello Gangster is a movie made by 3 guys from Dallas. They contacted Central Track looking for a review, and I got introduced to them that way. Since then we’ve had dinner and Simon was on an earlier episode of the podcast. That and their chemistry with each other laid the way for a nice conversation about how this movie was made, how shitty the film festival process is and many of life’s other big questions. This is the rare no-spoiler episode, so you can see the movie before or after. But you should definitely see it. It’s available at

TCMP #57 – X-Men Apocalypse (w/ Megan Fleming)

I really like the X-Men. I like them for the same reasons most people like comic book characters: I was interested them as a kid. X-Men trading cards were my jam. Those and Goosebumps books are all I talked about from 1st through 4th grades. Since the X-Men people make a considerably more adult-friendly movie than the Jack Black Goosebumps, I’m excited for every new installment, and this one meets that bar. It doesn’t clear it like the last 2 installments. But meeting the bar is ok.

One thing holding it back: There are a number of logic/continuity issues. Maybe those are dumb and dorky to carry on about, but maybe I’m a dumb dork and this is my podcast so I get to carry on about them. The good is discussed, too.

TCMP #56 – The Nice Guys (w/ Jaret Reddick & Rich Coleman)

When I go to movies, this is the kind of movie I want to see. Multi-level plot that moves things along briskly enough and loads of sharp dialogue. This may not be what everyone is in for, but it is what I’m in for. As a wonderful treat, I had the chance to talk about the movie with both hosts of Jaret Goes To The Movies, another movie podcast recorded in the DFW area. Jaret also is known for signing in the band Bowling For Soup. We all had a lot of fun.

TCMP #55 – Money Monster (w/ Josh Ellis)

Money Monster looked potentially tantalizing in trailers but turns out to be an overwhelmingly average movie. Given that and the numerous times the movie pointedly side-steps engaging in serious conversations, it is a challenge on paper to talk about it for long. I believe we overcame that challenge comfortably and had quite the pleasant chat. We talk some about stocks. We don’t know much about stocks. And we do outline some ways the movie avoided greatness.

TCMP #54 – Captain America: Civil War (w/ Skyler Thiot)

This is a big movie for this summer, and I think it’s gonna have a big impact on my interactions with Marvel movies going forward. This feels like the tipping point where I realized that no matter how hard they are selling this type of movie, I don’t have to buy. Skyler Thiot and I are able to have a nice conversation about the reasons why, and he has plenty to say on the other side. I also feel it’s important to note this was recorded pretty late at night. So if we sound tired, it’s because we’re tired.

TCMP #53 – Heat (w/ Jake Kemp)

Heat is a movie Jake brings up from time to time. He likes it a lot. I’d seen it before and thought it was a real piece of crap. Seemed like an interesting experiment for both of us to watch it and see if our opinion changed any. It’s also of course notable for having Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro in the same movie. With Val Kilmer in a supporting role, no less. We also somehow end up talking about our struggles with being disoriented when we wake up in the middle of the night. Make sure to stick around for that.

TCMP #52 – Elvis & Nixon (w/ Justin Bell)

It took a tremendous amount of serendipity to have this come to pass. My good friend Justin lives in Michigan now, but after a rainout canceled his flight from a weekend wedding, he was able to catch a flight to Dallas for the night. We used it to see Elvis & Nixon and talk about it. It’s a humorous movie with a lot of detail. It has some good performances. It’s also a nice chance to talk with Justin about his Nixon opinions.

TCMP #51 – The Invitation (w/ Josh Campbell)

This week we took a gamble, seeing a movie having only the vaguest idea of its plot. It paid off big-time. The movie is spectacular. It’s available on iTunes and other such services, so I very strongly suggest you check it out if you have not yet. Then once you do, I think you’re going to dig this podcast. We focused a lot on that plot and the crazy things that happen in that movie. But we also go in some other directions. There are some theological ruminations. And we want to know how many dates you need to go on before you’re obligated to save your girlfriend.

Josh Campbell is the cohost. He is in the band I’m The One Who’s Fighting, but mainly, he is a good dude who I’ve known awhile.

TCMP #50 – Midnight Special (w/ Dan McDowell)

I’ve been looking to get Dan on since starting the podcast. This movie came up when we were talking last week. We agreed we were intrigued by the trailer, and I punched on the opportunity. The result is something I’m really happy with. We talk about the movie, but talk as much about topics adjacent to the movie. Like parallel universes. And I love talking parallel universes.

TCMP #49 – Mortal Kombat (w/ Ryan Hamzeh)

Ryan Hamzeh is the co-host of the fighting hypotheticals podcast Below The Belt. I think he does great work on there and have been trying to think of a way to work him in. This movie is trash, so this probably isn’t the best way. But it’s the one we went with. We re-watched 1995’s Mortal Kombat. We talked about why it’s trash. But in order to best make use of Ryan’s fighting knowledge, we broke down the fights a little. He also tried to identify the best fighter in the group. At the beginning, we get in a good 10 minutes of e-sports talk, too. So be ready for all of that.

TCMP #48 – Batman v Superman (w/ Angela Jones)

This movie has a lot of problems. I talked about them with Angela Jones. The character motivations are overly convoluted and unbelievable. Some of the plot points don’t add up. Superman is still super boring.

All that said, it’s still a better movie than it’s getting credit for. Jesse Eisenberg is a live wire. Ben Affleck is decidedly not bad. We weight all these qualities in a nice back-and-forth chat about Batman v Superman.

TCMP #47 – Punch-Drunk Love (w/ Russell Kirk)

This is a really well-done movie with a lot of thought behind it. I think most people who’ve seen it agree on that. That makes it a really good candidate for something to revisit. I really like the movie’s world view. I think it’s very frank about how inhospitable life can be. But it isn’t so wrapped up in that that it blocks out the positive things about our lives. In fact, it searches for them and celebrates them. My friend Russ is back to talk about what he thought of the movie. He had some great things to say. Hope you enjoy.

TCMP #46 – 10 Cloverfield Lane (w/ Austin Guttery)

This is a tremendous movie, and I’m excited to tell you why I feel that way. They make a lot of choices different from most movies with this kind of story. And the story isn’t that common, you have to take a wide definition to include other movies in “this kind of story.”

I am talking about it with Austin Guttery, a (kind of former) Ticket coworker and very talented guy. In addition to giving his thoughts on the movie, he lets you know what kind of boss Cash Sirois really is.

TCMP #45 – The Shadow (w/ Mike Marshall)

I like most movies made in the 1990’s starring Alec Baldwin or Michael Douglas. For the most part, I was too young to see them in theaters so they have a certain amount of the cachet lent to forbidden things. They also have a shared story style that usually has a lot of puzzles and such. This movie is not like that. It sucks. It’s terrible. Very cheaply made. Given that, it’s confusing Mike Marshall and I spent 40 minutes talking about it. But we did.

TCMP #44 – The Witch (w/ Simon Cardoza)

The podcasts I get most excited for are the movies that stick in your head. Ones with a lot of good themes, shocking twists and the like. This is such a movie. The religious themes leaves a lot to think about. The trust in the family and how quickly it’s revealed to be threadbare is fun to turn over. Then that ending!

Also a highlight for this one is the co-host. Simon Cardoza is an actor from here who has made one movie (Hello Gangster) and is working on another. He’s also a very nice dude. This is a good one.

TCMP #43 – Deadpool (w/ Javier Fuentes)

Deadpool is a movie that is probably going to have a moderate-to-large effect on movies going forward. Because it carries an R rating, which is different, and made a lot of money, which is attention-grabbing to movie executives. Javier Fuentes sits down with me to discuss all of it. We talk about those implications and whether or not this is a movie with enough substance to merit that kind of impact. The answer is “kind of.” Or “maybe.” We also talk about what lessons can be learned here for people looking to make money off of similar movies in the future.

TCMP #42 – Zoolander 2 (w/ Jake Kemp)

I am around the same age of Jake Kemp, my partner on It’s Just Banter. For people of our age, the first Zoolander holds a special place. Like how people who were in high school when Caddyshack came out are about Caddyshack. You’re familiar with the phenomenon. And I think there was a Caddyshack sequel, but it didn’t come out 15 years after the original. That makes Zoolander 2 an oddity. We went to go see it. We now tell you what we thought.

TCMP #41 – Hail, Caesar! (w/ Tim DeLaughter)

Back when we did the episode about The Big Short, Pete from Central Track asked Tim DeLaughter if he would come on since his band, The Polyphonic Spree, was in the movie. Tim was busy then, but he said he really liked the idea. We asked him if there was any movie coming up he would want to talk about. This was his answer. We give a solid 15-20 minutes of talking about the movie and also fit in some talk about the possible demise of the Lakewood Theater and plenty of other cool stuff.

TCMP #40 – Training Day (w/ Joe King)

This was a new and exciting episode to do. I talked about Training Day with real, live police officer Joe King. He talks about the accuracy of the movie and shares his experiences from somewhat similar situations. I also ask him a lot of the dumb questions I have always wanted to ask a cop. Like how easy it would be to buy heroin. Most of us love Training Day, so having the chance to talk about it with someone who could add a little more background was a real treat.

TCMP #39 – Spotlight (w/ Chris Vognar)

This completes the Oscar coverage planned for the podcast. Because Brooklyn looks terrible. This is a splendid movie that probably deserved to be featured when it came out, but it’s been a real hot time for new releases. This tends to be the case for Oscar season. On as guest co-host is Dallas Morning News movie critic Chris Vognar. He lends a lot of great insight into the movie and also gives perspective on the life of a movie critic at a big time paper.

TCMP #38 – Room (w/ Skyler Thiot)

This is a fine example of the kind of movie this podcast was started to discuss. Now 3-time guest Skyler Thiot is on to do the discussing. Room suggests a lot of thinking on a lot of questions. How would living in one room affect your perception of the world? How much can removing one bad thing in your life actually fix your life? What is the value of a dedicated parent? It’s a great movie to talk about. It also kind of abutted up against something I’d always wanted to ask Skyler about, which is his Mormon mission. So that is a neat talk, too.

TCMP #37 – The Revenant (w/ Brad Folsom)

You may know it as the “bear rape movie.” We didn’t really get a chance to talk about the actual bear encounter. So let me just say. It’s not a rape, but it’s intense and has sure sexual overtones. We talked about a lot of other stuff from the movie. The ‘we’ in this instance is myself and UTA history professor Brad Folsom. He knows a ton about history and the basis for the movie. We also talk about Star Wars.

TCMP #36 – Joy (w/ Ryan Maffei)

Joy is not a masterpiece. The degree to which that is true is something that returning guest co-host Ryan Maffei and I differ on, but it’s definitely not a great movie. But it is a movie about something—ambition–that is always interesting to talk about. I wanted to have this chat with Ryan because he is someone of a similar bent to me. Since we were kids, I think we both thought of ourselves as people who hoped to make an above-average impact on the world. So we talk about that, and we talk about lots of other things.

TCMP #35 – The Hateful Eight (w/ John Lefler)

This summer, my wife’s sister came over to relax with Megan and I. She brought her friend John. Pulp Fiction was on the cable that night, and the four of us ended up having a nice time watching it. When searching for people to talk about the new Quentin Tarantino movie with, John came to mind because of that experience. Also he was in a successful rock band (Dashboard Confessional), so having any excuse to ask about the very interesting life experience that must have been is a plus. We end up talking about things along those lines as much as we talk about the movie but hopefully you find the whole thing compelling.

TCMP #34 – The Big Short (w/ Mark Pirro & Nick Brooks)

In the part of The Big Short where they are explaining the origins of Cornwall Capital, the scene is spliced with a performance from famed Dallas band The Polyphonic Spree. If you are looking closely, you can spot the head of bassist Mark Pirro. He was nice enough to talk with me and my friend Nick Brooks about the movie and a number of other things. It is a good movie, and we take about a half an hour. We spend the rest talking about the price of copper and the time a record label payed for Mark to go to the Super Bowl.

TCMP #33 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (w/ Justin Bell)

It is the movie podcast that causes the rest of the movie podcast to exist. For the first time in my entire span of existence, there is new Star Wars that deserves to be called new Star Wars. Minutes after our 7:00 screening finished, Justin and I sit down to empty out of our minds every thought that came in while watching. It is cool just to be one tiny micro-cog in the machine celebrating this movie.

TCMP #32 – Star Wars (w/ Justin Bell)

The idea here is to establish a baseline for next week. Justin will be back for the Episode VII review and so that we can spend that one talking about the movie itself, we take the time here to lay out our Star Wars connections and credentials. That involves laying out how we came to the series. It also means taking out time to hash out a little bit of the Luke or Han debate. Then there is some time to actually talk about the movies. You may well have heard it all before, but we indulge equally in why the original series is the best and why the prequels are garbage. It’s all just a little appetizer to next week.

TCMP #31 – The Night Before (w/ Clint Werth)

To talk about this comedy, the guest co-host is comedian Clint Werth. We agree it’s a pretty decent little movie. Has some good performances. From Miley Cyrus, for one. And with any quality comedy, there’s plenty else to talk about. There are also nitpicks to be made. For example, no NFL player has had their breakout at age 34. As another matter, let’s not let the PC police take away dick jokes.

TCMP #30 – The Secret In Their Eyes (w/ Megan Fleming)

Why does everything have to be about 9/11? We kind of wait until the end of the podcast, but we get into that a little. This movie is about a lot of things, 9/11 being just one. It’s also about guilt and what things people hold with them. Personally, I kind of doubt too many people process guilt like depicted, but it’s interesting to watch this movie about people who do. We disagree on whether Ray is an SOB or not, so if that’s a debate you’d like to have, give it a listen.

TCMP #29 – Carter High (w/ Donovan Lewis)

The 1988 Carter Cowboys are one of the All-Time sports stories in Dallas history. There is a new movie out that tells their story. Donovan Lewis picked this to make his appearance on the podcast, and we talk about his recollections of the situation. some of the acting may be a little over-the-top, but the movie is worth your time for portraying some very interesting moral conflicts. We talk about those, and we also just talk about what we remember school to be like. A quality episode!

TCMP #28 – Spectre (w/ Mike Sirois)

The focus this week is the new James Bond movie. On to talk about it is Mike Sirois. He is another Ticket coworker. He and I work on the 10 to Noon show, and he has his own program on Saturdays. Like most males living today, we have seen a lot of Bond movies. These last 4 have been a definite break from the rest of the series, and we have a little discussion about why that’s good and why it’s bad. We also both really want to go to Mexico.

TCMP #27 – Truth (w/ Josh Ellis)

This podcast is generally done with an imagined audience of people who have seen the movie, but just to make sure we don’t leave you completely in the dark: Truth is a movie about the 2004 60 Minutes piece that led to Dan Rather stepping down from the CBS Evening News. It focuses more on his producer, Mary Mapes. The movie does a good job of comprehensively showcasing the process for putting together the infamous segment and the fight that followed. Guest co-host Josh Ellis studied journalism at Ole Miss, so he has a nice background in this kind of stuff and made for a great conversation partner. We talked about the many worthy topics in the movie but also about how much the way we take in news has changed and stuff like that.

TCMP #26 – Bridge Of Spies (w/ Russell Kirk)

Back for to talk about the new Steven Spielberg movie is Russell Kirk. You know him from the Rear Window episode. This is a movie right up his ally. It’s about history, which he and I are both into. The first part of the movie deals a lot with lawyers and the law, and Russ graduated from law school. It is just a good fit.

The movie and its themes provided a lot to talk about. And seeing this movie also spurred me on to a lot more reading about Berlin and its Cold War history. That has to be one of the more insane situations of the 20th century, and I share all the details that really blew my mind.

TCMP #25 – Steve Jobs (w/ Daniel Fleming)

The Steve Jobs movie is amazing, and here to talk about it is my brother Daniel. He is my only sibling and a fellow person with a good amount of interest in the history of Apple. He’s also a lot more conversant in the World Of Business. He subscribes to Fast Company. Regularly uses the word “synergy” in conversations. That kind of stuff that is outside my sphere but totally relevant to the movie.

We had a lot of good talks about the very big ideas expressed very well in the movie. It is a movie with a lot to say that it says very well, and it was a delight to continue the conversations the movie starts.

TCMP #24 – Pandorum (w/ Manny Velasquez)

Since starting this podcast, I got several emails from Manny Velasquez talking about how he’d love to share his passion for movies with the podcast. He is an actor living in LA but makes it back to Dallas every once in awhile. In this instance, his visit home matched up with the podcast schedule, so I told him to pick a movie and we could talk about it. With Halloween coming up, we settled on the horror-tinged Sci-Fi adventure Pandorum. It came out in 2009, but I was not very familiar with it. It is a very solid movie, and I had a good time talking about why. The movie Prometheus came up, and I’m always happy to talk about that one.

TCMP #23 – The Martian (w/ Kip Mooney)

Kip Mooney is back to co-host. He did the Central Track review of The Martian, and he talks about it here. We both like the movie a lot. It’s cool to see smart people at the top of their game pushing themselves to solve some of the most complicated problems. And that’s something cool about space movies: that is our most complicated subject matter.

If there’s anything bad to say about the movie, it’s that the structure doesn’t exactly match up with the themes. But that’s probably not judging the movie for what it is. That’s just wishing it was something else. And that’s not especially fair. What it is is wonderful.

TCMP #22 – Sicario (w/ Mike Marshall)

This is a movie that is obviously very much bout he drug war. And one of the best ever done about the drug war. But it’s also about how tough experience teach you things about yourself that are very hard to learn. There also aren’t easy answers about who is right in the disagreement between by-the-book Emily Blunt and by-any-means Benicio Del Toro. It’s a wonderfully complicated movie. It’s beautiful to look at. It’s great to watch and great to talk about.

TCMP #21 – Black Mass (w/ Danny Balis)

On to talk about the story of notorious Massachusetts criminal Whitey Bulger is Massachusetts native Danny Balis. Despite–or perhaps because of–his interest in the real-life story, he found the movie severely lacking. I think he makes a pretty convincing case that will ring true to anyone who has seen it. There were a couple diamonds in the cow poopoo, and I do try to appreciate those. The movie is mostly garbage, but it still generates some good talk.

TCMP #20 – The Visit (w/ Tom Bridwell)

Get ready for some fairly comfortable and especially polite disagreement! I think this movie is something above decent. The way the twist was worked in was smart. A lot of the elements were really well designed. My guest co-host Tom Bridwell disagrees. He was looking for some classic horror elements and was upset to find this movie can be lacking in that department. Will we ever find common ground? Listen and find out.

TCMP #19 – Digging For Fire (w/ Ryan Maffei)

This was kind of a random movie selection. I just picked from the movie Central Track had reviewed recently. It’s a so-so movie, but it does bring up a lot of subject matter that was very easy to talk about. Talking about it with me is my longtime friend Ryan Maffei. You may remember him from the It Follows episode. HE had a deep background with the people involved in the movie, and we both had a lot of thoughts about things they might do to make the movie a little better.

TCMP #18 – Django Unchained (w/ Brad Folsom)

Shortly after the podcast started, I got a message from a man teaching history at UT-Arlington. He explained his understandable interest in historical movies and total willingness to let me pelt him with questions about them. After some back-and-forth, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained emerged as the natural choice. It’s a little bit of a different format. There’s not that much talk about the movie and a lot more of me asking him questions about those times. To me, it was a fun change of pace. Hope you like it, too.

TCMP #17 – American Ultra (w/ Justin Bell)

I was really hyped for American Ultra, so I went back to my pal Justin Bell. Turns out the movie was something short of what it could’ve been, but Justin lived up to expectations. I had such high hopes for the movie because it stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, and they were amazing in Adventureland. That’s one of my top personal favorites. They were about as good here, but several other things let them down. It’s still fun to discuss why it fell short and fun to remember why Adventureland is so great. Give it a chariot progressive listen.

TCMP #16 – Straight Outta Compton (w/ Austin Shockley)

Talking about a music movie with a music person. My childhood buddy Austin Shockley agrees it’s an unexpectedly good movie. Rap biopic’s don’t have a great record and we do have a suggestion or two for this one, but this one certainly overcame those long odds. It did so in part because it used the NWA story to say some larger things, and we talk those over. What they didn’t include in the story also says something, and we give that full treatment as well. This movie also did fall into one of the problems most movies show these days, and I used this as a fine opportunity to rail against that.
It was cool talking about this with Austin. We have known each other for a long time but run in different spheres currently. He’s coming from a different perspective with a different set of information, and that’s always cool.

TCMP #15 – The Gift (w/ Nick Brooks)

This is a movie and podcast where it seems worth reminding you at the outset: we do a lot of spoilers. We hope the episodes can be enjoyed by anyone, but they’re made with the person who has already seen the movie in mind. I say that because the movie does have a pretty sick ending. It’s also got the sort of psychology-based plot material that makes it a perfect place to start a conversation. For that reason, I think this is one of the best one’s we’ve done. I had on my lifelong friend Nick Brooks (it seemed appropriate since the movie is about people who went to school together meeting again in the real world). He’s had brushes with this kind of situation, and he shared that. We both had thoughts on how adults often can be pretty unrecognizable from their high school selves. We had thoughts on how much you can really know a person. We had thoughts on a ton of things. It’s pretty rich subject material.

TCMP #14 – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (w/ Justin Montemayor)

This is probably the best Mission Impossible movie. There was a lot about it that made it more complex, more creative and better than the average action or spy movie. It was so good, I personally didn’t even have much time to get creeped out by Tom Cruise. That didn’t come up specifically on the podcast, but the Ticket’s Justin Montemayor probably felt the same way. He certainly liked the movie.
The structure and topic material made me think of a couple great articles I read this week, and we try to weave those in there. Basically, spy work is there to gather information, but it’s a rare circumstance indeed that you can be sure that information is useful. This is one of the most basic truths of the espionage game, and this movie really gets it.

TCMP #13 – Ant-Man (w/ Javier Fuentes)

Ant-Man is the subject, and Central Track’s own Javier Fuentes is the guest host. We saw a lot of the same things. This movie has some great in it, but never assembles it into a great movie. Still, good movies have their place, and we have no trouble ticking off the things that we enjoyed. Before long, that transitions into a discussion of how Marvel’s current approach to other movies affects this one. We both think they’re making a mistake. Really, there’s a lot of curious decision making afoot in the wider comic book movie world, and we give that its due.

TCMP #12 – Trainwreck (w/ Mike Rhyner)

Big guest this week! Mike Rhyner, Founding Father of the Ticket, stops by the studios to discuss Trainwreck. We both like it a lot. He explains why you should always be wary of people who make their fame on the internet and uses a baseball analogy to describe his love life. We also agree that people are a lot more like dogs than any of us readily admit.
We do work together every day, but he’s still kind of my hero, so there are even more nervous stutters than normal. Be ready for that.

TCMP #11 – Terminator: Genisys (w/ Garrett Jost)

This is a great podcast for people who like exhaustive technical examinations of cinematic time travel mechanics. On to co-host is a listener who has made it a point to establish himself as a Terminator spokesperson. He’s stumped for the movies many a time. The first part of the episode is spent discussing the plot and movie itself. But then we get down to the fun of how this movie changes our understanding of how the movies propose time travel would work. There’s some loose strings in there, and we tug on those. Also I hate to have to be the one to break this to you, but if this ever really happens, the humans are toast.

TCMP #10 – Rear Window (w/ Russell Kirk)

When I set out to do this here movie podcast, I saw us doing a nice mix of new and classic movies. Because we’re in Summer Movie Season at the moment, it makes a lot of sense to lean on new at the moment, but I did want to mix in one classic if possible. I also wanted to make sure I did one with my buddy Russell Kirk. I asked him for a classic movie he’d be passionate talking about, and he threw out Rear Window. Turns out to be a great suggestion. First, it is an amazing time-travel-esque experience to watch a movie made in 1954. What has changed and what has remained the same are interesting in equal measure. Beyond that, the movie is great by itself. It led to a ton of thoughts, and it was a very fun time to record this.


TC’s Movie Podcast is conducted in a discussion format. So yeah, there are a lot of spoilers.

TCMP #9 – Ted 2 (w/ Josh Ellis)

I’ve never gotten around to sitting down and discussing the unavoidable cultural force that is Seth McFarlane. It’s a pretty balanced talk, since I am not especially inclined to give the benefit of the doubt while Josh seems more open to it. Beyond McFarlane’s humor, the movie’s also got some structural stuff that I think is a common shortcoming of his. On the other hand, there was plenty of threads to enjoy. It’s just a fun little talk.


TC’s Movie Podcast is conducted in a discussion format. So yeah, there are a lot of spoilers.

TCMP #8 – Dope (w/ Megan Fleming)

The old lady and I are just back from a week vacation in Los Angeles. The best movie we saw there was Dope. Right from the start, we have pretty different takes on it. I was into the aspirational part of it, she was struck by the lack of outside support for said aspirations. We also debate if it ends too tidily. In the end, I think we mostly agree on that, we just have to explore the specific terms. The movie got me thinking about guns, so that’s in there, too.

TC’s Movie Podcast is conducted in a discussion format. So yeah, there are a lot of spoilers.

TCMP #7 – Jurassic World (w/ Justin Bell)

One of the more personally anticipated/enjoyable episodes we’ll do all year. Of course we liked it, but talking about why was a real treat. For the first time, we have a Jurassic Park sequel made by people who actually understood what made the original as good of a movie as it was. Also, I’m amazed that multiple engine planes can fly straight when one engine goes out. That’s not in the movie but is in the podcast.

TC’s Movie Podcast is conducted in a discussion format. So yeah, there are a lot of spoilers.

TCMP #6 – San Andreas (w/ Bob Sturm)

This is a fun movie, and I hope we made a podcast that matched that vibe. The Ticket’s Bob Sturm is along for this one, and between us, I think we did. We broke down every batty defiance of death. We expressed open astonishment at the Rock’s total disregard for anyone but his daughter. We got as close as we could to the audio equivalent of giving mouth-to-mouth on a  speedboat rushing through a falling skyscraper.


TC’s Movie Podcast is conducted in a discussion format. So yeah, there are a lot of spoilers.


TCMP #4 – Poltergeist (w/ Kip Mooney)

This is the first review of a pretty irredeemably bad movie. I talk with Central Track movie critic Kip Mooney first briefly about how it happens that we end up talking about something neither of us like much and then about the Poltergeist re-make. We dig into our specific problems with the movie, what we felt could have made it into a good movie and why the ending is so logically frustrating.


TC’s Movie Podcast is conducted in a discussion format. So yeah, there are a lot of spoilers.

TCMP #3 – It Follows (w/ Ryan Maffei)


This is a movie I went into without expectations and left feeling like I had to talk about it. It nails a lot of the things I spend most of my time worrying about. Rather than worrying about fears for a scary monster we all know doesn’t really exist, it deals with the dread we know too well from feeling it every day. What’s more scary than the creeping sense that nothing we do will really change anything and that death awaits regardless? I say nothing.

Talking about all that and more is my childhood buddy Ryan Maffei. He is a Robert-Christgau-reviewed musical artist, liner note author and all-around really smart, artful dude who can string a great conversation.


TC’s Movie Podcast is conducted in a discussion format. So yeah, there are a lot of spoilers.


TCMP #2 – Ex Machina (w/ Skyler Thiot)

After the first podcast, a ton of people said that a movie that got into AI a lot is Ex Machina. Little did they know, that was already slotted for the second one. We also talk about the movie Moon, since they deal with some similar things. The co-host this week, Skyler Thiot, is the dude who so graciously designed the logo for TC’s Movie Podcast and is an all-around good dude to talk to.

TC’s Movie Podcast is conducted in a discussion format. So yeah, there are a lot of spoilers.


TCMP #1 – Avengers: Age of Ultron (w/ Jake Kemp)

In the inaugural episode of TC’s Movie Podcast, I’m joined by Jake Kemp. Jake is the regular co-host of my main podcast, It’s Just Banter. He also produces BaD Radio on 1310 The Ticket. We discuss the opening movie of Summer Movie Season, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Find out whether or not we think it is the most nuanced analysis of Artificial Intelligence yet crafted by man.

TC’s Movie Podcast is conducted in a discussion format. So yeah, there are a lot of spoilers.

TCMP Prologue – True Story (w/ Mike Marshall)

Recorded a few weeks back as a tune-up, TC and Mike Marshall discuss True Story, starting with the realization that the movie is based on a true story. Mike is a TV producer and member of the Ticket weekend show Cirque Du Sirois. TC was disappointed the movie did not pay off its satanic suggestions. Mike has some quality suggestions on where to hide a body.

TC’s Movie Podcast is conducted in a discussion format. So yeah, there are a lot of spoilers.