A Podcast Called FRED #47

Kendall, Phillip, and Wayne deliver the latest in nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—it’s A Podcast Called FRED!

This week, Kendall is in Marvel heaven, Phillip recounts some recent family shenanigans, and Wayne talks about his attempts to reclaim his nerdiness. Oh, and the Kendall Concession of November 2018 finally comes into effect…

 

Nerdy News includes:

  • Fourth Avengers film title revealed and release date moved forward;
  • Plastic Man film in development;
  • Kevin Hart steps down as Oscar host after Twitter controversy;
  • and more!

Trailer Park discussions:

Popcorn Culture:

  • This week, the team discuss their favourite movie trailers—including responses from you!

Check out A Podcast Called FRED #47 ⬇️

Remember to let us know your response to the Popcorn Culture question so you can be featured in next week’s episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

 

PREVIOUS EPISODE: A Podcast Called FRED #46 ⬇️

 

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Non-Scripted Ramblings #29

Marvel Cinematic Universe fanatic Kendall Richardson watches, reacts, and rambles about the first teaser for the next Avengers film!
Watch the pop culture queen get a little overwhelmed with anticipation for the much-anticipated fourth Avengers installment; we suspect a more composedly presented video may be on the horizon. But for now, check out Non-Scripted Ramblings #29: Avengers Endgame Trailer Reaction (click on image) ⬇️

Watch the trailer for yourself here and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

PREVIOUS EPISODE: Non-Scripted Ramblings #28: Captain Marvel Trailer 2 Reaction ⬇️

FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017)

LOST TRIBES.

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 coming-of-age drama The Tribes of Palos Verdes

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Teenager Medina (Maika Monroe) finds refuge in surfing after moving with her family to the picturesque Palos Verdes, where old tensions resurface, including the breakdown of her parents’ marriage and her twin brother turning to drugs.

I tried surfing exactly one time, in high school, and I was useless at it. I’m not sure if I was lacking the right timing or strength, but I only managed to stand up on the board once. And I crashed immediately like the waves I was attempting to ride. Thankfully, I can say this movie is a lot more successful than my feeble surfing attempt. The young characters at the heart of The Tribes of Palos Verdes ride these waves with just as much ease as they pull at your heartstrings.

Based on the 1997 novel of the same name by Joy Nicholson, Tribes follows the life of sixteen-year-old Medina Mason, played exquisitely by Maika Monroe, and her family upon their arrival to the exclusive community of Palos Verdes, California. Monroe narrates as Medina, painting a picture that sounds beautiful, but her tone speaks quite the opposite. Immediately you know you are in for a rough ride with this film. Monroe excels in this coming of age story, feeling like the only sane person in it, despite her outcast status. It is wonderful to see her fall in love with the ocean, finding the only peace she can by surfing the waves, her escapism from the new home she feels trapped in.

Australian actor Cody Fern plays her twin brother, Jim, and he will break your heart. He fits in with the locals better than Medina, quickly making friends, but his bond with his twin never wavers, despite all of the obstacles thrown in their way. Jim’s descent into drug addicted waters is fuelled totally by the circumstances out of his control, and Fern does a beyond outstanding job of portraying his struggle and eventual loss of his own mind. I solely blame his parents, Phil (Justin Kirk) and Sandy (a remarkable Jennifer Garner) for the terrible journey that Jim ends up on. However the performance given by Fern causes you to never stop rooting for him, even as things just get worse and worse. He is wonderful to watch.

I found Jennifer Garner’s Sandy to be remarkable yes, but very conflicting. Garner is phenomenal but the character itself is very frustrating to watch. There are times when you want to sympathise with her, as she discovers her husband’s affair and struggles to handle the subsequent separation. But then we see her struggle as a complete mental breakdown—the woman clearly needs psychiatric care, yet there are no conversations in the film about wanting to get her some help beyond the occasional throw away lines referencing her ‘meds’. Her mind declines further and further, causing Jim’s own suffering, yet Medina stands almost idly by; she is caught between her warring parents and not actually taking any real action until near the end of the film. By then, of course, it is too late for this tribe of Palos Verdes.

Giles Dunning‘s cinematography offers some gorgeous visuals of the ocean and the surfers on the waves, conveying the same peace that Medina feels when she is a part of the sea. It also does a wonderful job of centring in on the sheer tragedy and drama of the Mason family, capturing the tale Medina tells with stunning shots and moving colours. If you can find this film, I highly recommend it. The waves are rough but their serenity will pull you in. 4 / 5

 

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Justin Kirk, Goran Višnjić, Elisabeth Röhm, Joely Fisher, Maika Monroe, Cody Fern , Stevie Lynn Jones, Alicia Silverstone, Noah Silver, Thomas Cocquerel, Milo Gibson, Alex Neustaedter, Alex Knost.

Directors: Emmett Malloy, Brendan Malloy | Writer: Karen Croner (based on the novel The Tribes of Palos Verdes by Joy Nicholson) | Producers: Robbie Brenner, Karen Croner | Music: Gustavo Santaolalla | Cinematographer: Giles Dunning | Editors: Tracy Adams, Luis Carballar

Available: Amazon Prime

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

 

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Incompetent Gamers: Minecraft—Live Stream 4

Incompetent gamers DarthPudden and Sharpy can’t get enough of Minecraft. They’re back at it this week!

Streamed live on YouTube, check out Minecraft Episode 4—Workin’ in a Coal Mine ⬇️

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Non-Scripted Ramblings #28

Watch Marvel Cinematic Universe fanatic Kendall Richardson have an epic nerdgasm as she reacts to the latest Captain Marvel trailer!
Check out Non-Scripted Ramblings #28: Captain Marvel Trailer 2 Reaction ⬇️

Watch the trailer for yourself here and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

RELATED VIDEO: Non-Scripted Ramblings #26: Captain Marvel First Trailer Reaction ⬇️

A Podcast Called FRED #46

Kendall and Fulya deliver the latest in pop culture and entertainment news in the podcast that refuses to behave—it’s A Podcast Called FRED!

 

Nerdy News includes:

  • SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg dies aged 57;
  • Netflix cancels Daredevil and announces animated series based on classic Roald Dahl stories;
  • Adult Swim developing anime version of Blade Runner;
  • and more!

Trailer Park discussions:

Popcorn Culture:

  • This week, the team discuss which movie quotes they could live their life by—including responses from you!

Check out A Podcast Called FRED #46 ⬇️

 

Remember to let us know your response to the Popcorn Culture question so you can be featured in next week’s episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

 

PREVIOUS EPISODE: A Podcast Called FRED #45 ⬇️

 

Incompetent Gamers: Freddi Fish 2 — Fulish Fuji Continues With the Fishiness

FulishFuji continues with the fishiness this week, playing Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse.

Streamed live on YouTube, check out Freddi Fish — Fulish Fuji Continues With the Fishiness ⬇️

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FRED Watch World AIDS Day Special: Philadelphia (1993)

HANKS AND WASHINGTON STILL DELIVER THE RIGHT VERDICT.

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On this World AIDS Day, Wayne introduces Phillip to one of the most significant mainstream Hollywood films in queer cinema history, Philadelphia.

While acknowledging that the film has its flaws, the boys were moved by its message and the film’s effectiveness to capture a period driven by fear.

Listen to their review here:

 

Check out the trailer here:

Starring: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas, Joanne Woodward, Robert W. Castle, Ann Dowd, Charles Napier, Roberta Maxwell, Daniel von Bargen, Karen Finley, Robert Ridgely, Bradley Whitford, Ron Vawter, Anna Deavere Smith.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Producers: Jonathan Demme, Edward Saxon | Writer: Ron Nyswaner | Music: Howard Shore | Cinematographer: Tak Fujimoto | Editor: Craig McKay

Available: Blu-ray and stan.

 

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

 

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RELATED PODCAST: FRED Watch Episode 5: I Love You Phillip Morris ⬇️

FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Baywatch (2017)

IT SINKS!

I’m a Wayne Stellini and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is Baywatch

Paramount Pictures

Devoted lifeguard and local hero Lt. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) butts heads with a cocky new recruit, shamed gold medal Olympic swimmer Matt Brody (Zac Efron).

Brody also struggles to get along with seasoned professionals Stephanie Holden (Ilfenesh Hadera) and C. J. Parker (Kelly Rohrbach), as well as fellow recruits Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario) and Ronnie Greenbaum (Jon Bass).

However, Brody learns the importance of teamwork and humility when he and Mitch uncover a plot that threatens the bay, involving businesswoman Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra)…

One of many comedies based on TV shows that appeal to audiences who watched them as teens or are teens now, Baywatch fails to make a splash. Falling short of the standard set by similar ventures, such 21 Jump Street (2012), this incarnation of the popular beachside drama’s plot has not only been done before, but done better. A paint-by-numbers approach is not such an issue when it comes to light entertainment such as this, but it is simply not all that engrossing.

Most of the gags hit the mark (though the morgue sequence scrapes the bottom of the barrel) and the film is perfectly cast. Johnson and Efron demonstrate incredible rapport, engaging in amusing banter; Rohrbach and Bass also appear to be having plenty of fun—if only the audience could too.

Unsurprisingly, the film is aesthetically beautiful and nicely shot, but lots of wasted potential and a yawn-inducing script makes Baywatch more style than substance. 1½ / 5

 

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Jon Bass, Ilfenesh Hadera, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Rob Huebel, Hannibal Buress, Jack Kesy, Oscar Nunez, Amin Joseph, Belinda, Izabel Goulart, Logan Paul, Charlotte McKinney, Arian Foster, Seth Gordon, David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson.

Director: Seth Gordon | Producers: Ivan Reitman, Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, Gregory J. Bonann, Beau Flynn | Writers: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift (story: Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant; based on Baywatch by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, Gregory J. Bonann| Music: Christopher Lennertz | Cinematographer: Eric Steelberg | Editor: Peter S. Elliot

 

Available: DVD and Blu-ray.

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

 

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The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s #17

Fulya and Kendall discuss animated films and their sequels this month—including responses from you!

Have a listen and let us know what your favourite animated films are, and get ready to respond to the next Monthly question, revealed at the end of the episode ⬇️

 

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