Shawn and his good friend Matthew Schott of The Adaptation Game podcast watched Zack Snyder's Justice League and have many, many thoughts to unravel. There are improvements to be sure, and the fact that Snyder got a chance to rework the film into his originally intended vision is undoubtedly an artistic triumph. That said, this is still pretty much the same movie, only with a lot more slow motion and a lot less color. Shawn and Matt discuss the film's gargantuan length, Snyder's self-serious style, the heroes' characterizations (or lack thereof) and that baffling extended epilogue. Heads up, Snyder fans: this episode is not for you. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Three years ago on Easter Sunday, Shawn introduced his wife Sarah to David Lynch's Blue Velvet. Now, Richie Pepio takes his first step into the larger world of David Lynch with Mulholland Drive, one of Shawn's favorite films. The two explore Lynch's mysterious, disturbing and often hilarious look into the darker side of Hollywood. They praise the amazing performances, question the more baffling moments, marvel at the film's beauty and try and make sense of it all while simultaneously deciding it's better NOT to make sense of it all. It is, after all, an illusion.
Alfonso Cuarón came into his own with his stunning third feature Y Tu Mamá También. It’s one of Shawn’s favorite films and his wife Sarah has never seen it. In this episode, they discuss their love for Cuarón, why Shawn’s first viewing of Y Tu Mamá También overwhelmed him to the point where he thought he didn’t like it and how Cuarón, aided by an amazing crew and incredible performances from Maribel Verdú, Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal, managed to craft the perfect ‘road movie.’
Despite their love for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both Shawn Eastridge and Richie Pepio were less than enamored with Marvel's new Disney Plus series WandaVision. And while they originally intended to just let it slide, the insanely positive fan reaction and critical response threw them for such a loop that they just had to record an entire podcast episode devoted to complaining about it.
Join them now as they examine the entire series, what worked (some of it), what didn't work (most of it) and how Marvel managed to distract viewers from their lack of compelling storytelling with a unique sitcom format that ended up being all style and no substance. Come for the great conversation, stay for the hosts' emotional and mental breakdowns.
John Mills returns to Missing Frames to introduce Shawn to Brian De Palma’s cult classic Carlito’s Way. They discuss De Palma’s knack for crafting brilliant suspense sequences and the excellent performances from Al Pacino, Sean Penn and John Leguizamo. There’s also a question of whether De Palma is the epitome of style over substance without the negative connotations that term suggests.