A Podcast Called FRED #18

Broadcast live across FRED the ALIEN’s Facebook and YouTube platforms, join Kendall and Phillip as they deliver this week’s round-up of nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—A Podcast Called FRED.

Let us know your response to the next Popcorn Culture question to be featured in next week’s episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

 

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FRED Watch Episode 5: I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

FALLING IN LOVE WITH PHILLIP MORRIS…

LD Entertainment / Roadside Attractions

On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, Phillip introduces Wayne to the comedy I Love You Phillip Morris. More than a simple review, the boys also discuss queer representation in cinema and television.

It’s a thoughtful, entertaining chat that raises questions… and attempts to answer them too!

Listen to their review here:

Check out the trailer:

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Antoni Corone, Brennan Brown, Michael Showers, Marc Macaulay, Annie Golden, Michael Mandel, Phillip Morris [uncredited cameo]

Directors: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra | Producers: Andrew Lazar, Far Shariat | Writers: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra (based on I Love You Phillip Morris: A True Story of Life, Love, and Prison Breaks by Steve McVicker) | Music: Nick Urata | Cinematographer: Xavier Pérez Grobet | Editors: Thomas J. Nordber

Available: DVD

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A Podcast Called FRED #17

Broadcast live across FRED the ALIEN’s Facebook and YouTube platforms, join Kendall and Phillip as they deliver this week’s round-up of nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—A Podcast Called FRED.

Let us know your response to the next Popcorn Culture question to be featured in next week’s episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

Or, if you prefer, listen to the complete episode here:

 

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FRED Watch Quickie TV Review: The Orville—Season 1 (2017)

MacFARLANE TREKS THROUGH SPACE!

I’m an Ashley Hall and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s TV series is The Orville

20th Television

Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane), an officer in the Planetary Union’s line of exploratory space vessels, is given a ship called The Orville as his first command, only to discover that his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki), has been assigned to be his First Officer…

The Orville is a great show. I’ll start off by saying that sure, Star Trek lookalikes are a dime a dozen, but not by Seth MacFarlane.

In his typical fashion, MacFarlane delivers something fresh, hilarious, and very on-point. I have been glued to the screen throughout the first season. There are a few social commentaries as well as uncomfortable situations and plot points; all of these panned out wonderfully and concluded beyond satisfactorily with a lot of intelligence. Much thought has been put into the writing, directing, and acting.

The delivery of MacFarlane and the writers’ material is perfect in The Orville. The casting is exactly as it should be and nobody you feel as though no other group of actors should play these characters. They look, feel, sound, and even smell the part.

All in all MacFarlane has created a truly wonderful and gripping show that I would recommend to anyone of almost any age.

Happy viewing, people, and most of all… have fun! 3½ / 5

 

Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J. Lee, Mark Jackson, Victor Garber, Chad Coleman, Norm Macdonald.

Creator: Seth MacFarlane | Executive Producers: Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga, David A. Goodman, Jason Clark, Jon Favreau (pilot), Liz Heldens, Lili Fuller | Theme Music: Bruce Broughton

Screens on Fox in the United States. A second season has been commissioned.

 

Let us know what you thought of this series in the comments!

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A Podcast Called FRED #16

Join Kendall and Ashley as they deliver this week’s round-up of nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—A Podcast Called FRED.

 

Let us know your response to the next week’s Popcorn Culture question to be featured in the next episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

FRED Watch Quickie Review: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

MARVEL UNITED!

I’m a Kendall Richardson and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is the much-anticipated blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The credits have finished rolling; the stinger scene fresh in my mind like everything else I have just witnessed. Then the lights in the theatre slowly wash over us all, telling us it’s over, we can go home. I sit in stunned silence, holding my friend’s hand, as we comfort each other, my tear-stained face proof of the sobs that caused it…

We had just experienced, not watched, experienced Avengers: Infinity War. You may laugh or judge but I assure you, this is no overreaction. The gamut of emotions we all felt through the film’s two-and-a-half-hour runtime was beyond anything I’ve ever felt from a movie before. This is proof of the power of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the perfection of the writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the mastery of directors the Russo brothers, and the unyielding dedication of producer Mr. Kevin Feige.

I think it is fair to say that no other film studio or movie franchise has ever accomplished a feat of this magnitude. This year marks ten years of the MCU, which started with 2008’s Iron Man; who would have thought that road would have lead us to this? I knew going into the cinema that this film would be a game changer, but I just had no idea how much.

Without getting too spoilery, here are some of my thoughts on what I loved and kinda disliked (?) about Avengers: Infinity War. My absolute favourite thing, and I’m sure most of you would agree, was the meet-ups of all our favourite characters—The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers colliding for the first time. We knew it would be great and, by gosh, it did not disappoint. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.)  and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) butting heads was a joyful explosion of egos; Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) feeling threatened by Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and trying to make himself sound like him was beyond wonderful; and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) bowing to T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) after Rhodey (Don Cheadle) made him do it as a joke was absolutely hysterical. The character moments of this film really make it worth your time, and that really comes down to each individual actor completely bringing it in their performances. (This review is my petition to give Chris Pratt and Tom Holland Oscar nominations FYI.)

Speaking of characters, there was one in particular that I feel didn’t get enough time to shine, and surprisingly, that was Captain America. However, this really is the nittiest of nitpicks, and it is understandable given that they had a gazillion characters to juggle here, which ultimately they really did pull off. But I felt Steve Rogers deserved a little more time than what was given to him. (Maybe we should have figured that out, considering he wasn’t featured too heavily in the trailers.) Still, Chris Evans gives a great performance as he always does, and Cap does get to do a hell of a lot of impressive fighting.

As for Thanos… well… let’s just say he may have dethroned Loki as the MCU’s best villain. Josh Brolin has crafted a career-defining performance as the Mad Titan, and the CGI is just off the charts extraordinary. Thanos turned out to be so much more than we thought. He is a complex character driven by somewhat understandable motivations and filled with a depth that only Loki could come close out of the whole MCU. This film really is his story and it is carried out in such a mind blowing way that you will be in shock. Thor, however, has to be my favourite character here. Aside from Thanos, he has the best arc and Chris Hemsworth has yet again knocked it out of the park with his portrayal; a combination of the humour of Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and the pathos of his earlier outings Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013).

Avengers: Infinity War works best when taken in by the experienced Marvel viewer, but as an overall film, the casual fan will definitely get enjoyment out of it and connect with it on an emotional level. It simply is just a really good movie and probably the best comic book movie ever made. You will laugh, you will certainly cry, and you will feel every moment along with our heroes on the big screen as they make a last stand against their greatest foe yet. Thanos is a being of the likes we have never seen before, wreaking havoc everywhere he goes. Brace yourselves for that opening scene though, it’s a doosy. And the wait for Avengers 4 begins. Only 52 weeks to go…

6 Infinity Stones out of 6

 

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Producer: Kevin Feige | Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (based on The Avengers by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) | Music: Alan Silvestri | Cinematographer: Trent Opaloch | Editors: Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt

Showing in cinemas nation-wide.

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The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s #10

Get ready for another episode of The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s!

With Fulya jet-setting across Europe this month, Kendall and guest co-host Wayne chat about their favourite episodes and moments from The Simpsons. Of course, there’s also room for a bit of Marvel and DC talk too…

Let us know your favourite lines, moments, or episodes from The Simpsons in the comments!

 

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A Podcast Called FRED #15

Broadcast live across FRED the ALIEN’s Facebook and YouTube platforms, join Kendall, Ashley, and Phillip as they deliver this week’s round-up of nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—A Podcast Called FRED.

Let us know your response to the next week’s Popcorn Culture question to be featured in the next episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

After some technical difficulties, the team returned to conclude the episode:

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Collectible Chaos: Top Ten Paramore Songs

Join FRED the ALIEN Productions‘s pop culture queen Kendall Richardson for Collectible Chaos!

Here, Kendall counts down her favourite Paramore songs! Let us know your number one choice in the comments!

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Kendall also co-hosts The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s. Listen to the entire playlist here:

FRED Watch Quickie TV Review: The Good Place—Seasons 1 and 2 (2016-2017)

THE GOOD SHOW.

I’m a Fulya Kantarmaci and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s TV series is the fantasy comedy The Good Place

Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television / NBC

Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up in the afterlife and meets Michael (Ted Danson), who introduces her to the Good Place, a Heaven-like utopia he designed in reward for her righteous life. But Eleanor realises that she was sent there mistakenly and must hide her morally imperfect behaviour and try to become a better person…

‘Welcome to the Good Place. Sponsored by: otters holding hands while they sleep. You know the way you feel when you see a picture of two otters holding hands? That’s how you’re gonna feel every day.’ -Michael (Ted Danson).

I first heard about The Good Place when listening to an episode of the podcast Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Projectwhere Adam Savage talked about the series. After watching the trailer, I thought, ‘This looks fun, I’ll give it a shot.’ And my binge began!

Picture this: You wake up in a waiting room. You have no recollection on how or when you got there. You are then summoned inside an office where you are told that you are dead. You can’t believe what you just heard but then you are told that you are in ‘The Good Place’ which, according to an architect named Michael, is almost like Heaven where you live the rest of your afterlife in pure happiness… and you even get a soulmate!

The show’s premise is clever and storylines full of hilarity! Every episode has a weird and surprising plot. You are always being entertained no matter which character shows up on screen.

From the get-go, you find out that Eleanor was brought to the Good Place by mistake but tries her hardest to make sure she looked like she ‘belonged.’ Kristen Bell’s presence on the small screen is wonderful and I can’t think of anyone else who could play the role of Eleanor Shellstrop better. Also, the fact that she can’t curse in the Good Place makes it even more funny to watch.

Chidi, who is or was an ethics professor, is Eleanor’s ‘soulmate.’ He is the first to find out from Eleanor that she does not belong in the Good Place, so he helps her to be a better person by teaching her moral ethics. William Jackson Harper makes Chidi, Chidi. He speaks so eloquently in this role, but what I loved most about his character is the way he begins to spiral downwards into anxiety when having to make a decision. Hysterical!

The story continues on by introducing a few more characters:

Tahani Al-Jamil (Jameela Jamil)—a wealthy philanthropist, born in Pakistan and raised in England (almost like she was royalty), who has traveled the world extensively and knows a lot of celebrities… she’s even friends with a lot of them! She begins in the Good Place as a highly-positive event planner and likes to suck up to Michael a lot. Eleanor is not a fan of Tahani because she thinks Tahani is an obnoxious ‘bench.’ (You can’t curse in the Good Place.)

Jianyu/Jason (Manny Jacinto) starts off as a Buddhist monk who has taken a vow of silence, but it is then revealed that he in fact is Jason Mandoza, an amateur DJ from Jacksonville, Florida. He is pretty much in the same situation as Eleanor—sent to the Good Place by mistake. This guy is basically the comic relief from all the drama that happens in the show because of his stupidity, though he does have his ‘smart’ moments.

Janet—the friendly mobile database of the neighbourhood who helps you with anything you ask her. This is one quirky ‘intelligent personal assistant.’ Apparently, her words, she’s not a robot nor is she human. What is she? Well… only the writers know. D’Arcy Carden plays Janet so well, I was always giggling when she appeared on screened. She has great comedic timing!

And let’s not forget about Michael—the architect of the Good Place where Eleanor and all her fellow Good citizens live out their afterlife. You find out later on in the series that Michael isn’t exactly who he says he is. Ted Danson is quite amusing in his role of Michael, perfectly cast with a convincing evil laugh!

Season 1 ends with a bombshell of a twist and sets up season 2 quite well. (No spoilers, here.) Season 2 starts off well, but drags on a little for a few episodes. Nevertheless, it is worth sticking it out for the final episode.

Season 3 is currently in the works and I am definitely looking forward to seeing it! 4/5

 

Starring: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto, Ted Danson, Tiya Sircar, Adam Scott, Marc Evan Jackson, Maribeth Monroe, Jason Mantzoukas, Maya Rudolph.

Creator: Michael Schur | Executive Producers: Michael Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett, Drew Goddard | Composer: David Schwartz | Editors: Colin Patton, Matthew Barbato, Eric Kissac

Available: Netflix

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