The Yellow Birds

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This week Jim and Ted meet the challenge, and by meet the challenge we mean they watch some trailers about people who endure extreme pressure from war and natural disaster then return home in turmoil with the pressures of our modern civilization. 

Jim does not like Ted's 3 word reviews for this week... Something about brothers and mothers?  What the...?

The Yellow Birds | Saban Films DirecTV | Trailer drop 05.03.2018 | Release date 06.15.2018

Adrift | STX Entertainment | Trailer drop 05.07.2018 | Release date 06.01.2018

Leave No Trace | Bleecker Street | Trailer drop 04.26.2018 | Release date 06.29.2018

Uncle Drew

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This week to celebrate our silver anniversary (25 weeks of doing this podcast) Jim and Ted are joined by their better halves to record at The Solvang Brewery on Cinco De Mayo. Let's see what happens!

Mary Shelley | IFC Films | Trailer Drop 04.13.2018 | Release Date 05.25.2018

Succession | HBO | Trailer Dropped 04.26.2018 | Release Date 06.03.2018

Uncle Drew | Summit Entertainment | Trailer Dropped 04.26.2018 | Release Date 06.29.2018


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Woman Walks Ahead | A24 DirecTV | Trailer drop 04.24.2018 | Release date 09.10.2018

 Sitting Bull, by Caroline Weldon, 1890, oil on canvas

Sitting Bull, by Caroline Weldon, 1890, oil on canvas

We know we just gave you our A24 Trailerspective, but since this is our 24th episode and Woman Walks Ahead moved us on so many levels we thought, why not another one from A24.  Molly's Game was our first podcast and now we have Jessica Chastain in another powerful female lead role.  Sam Rockwell can add his Academy Award Winning credentials to this one to boost the casting cred!

Here is the portrait of Sitting Bull on which this movie is based. 

Venom | Sony Pictures Ent | Trailer drop 04.23.2018 | Release date 10.05.2018

In one day the Venom trailer amassed 14 million views on the official site and anywhere from 1 million to 10 million across other youtube channels. Jimmy will probably pass on this movie while Ted is giddy with excitement, to say the least, when he learned they cast Tom Hardy.

A Kid Like Jake | IFC Films | Trailer drop 04.13.2018 | Release date 07.08.2018

Our third trailer for this week is a true story about A Kid Like Jake.  After repeated viewing, this trailer, and subsequent movie, felt more like it is telling a story of a modern struggle in parenting (a recurring theme TJP seems to be visiting regularly).  This brings the star talent you've come to expect within much different roles.  Jim Parsons and Claire Danes give a refreshing performance reminding casting directors they both have a range beyond what they are known for. 

Lastly, as Jim and Ted go long on their feelings about formalized schooling. Here is Ted's book recommendation, My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn and here is Jimmy's favorite TED Talk (besides his weekly talk with Ted).

The Equalizer 2

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The Equalizer 2 | Sony Pictures Ent | Trailer drop 04.19.2018 | Release date 07.20.2018

  Judith beheading Holofernes  by  Caravaggio , painted in c.1599-1599

Judith beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio, painted in c.1599-1599

Ted messed up a bit here so we discussed the Fandango version of The Equalizer 2 trailer but we have included both for people to watch. Not even Ted's love of Denzel and Antoine Fuqua can excite them into going and seeing this film. A great trailer but without feeling any peril for the lead Jim and Ted will only happen upon this movie accidentally while streaming.

Westworld Season 2 | HBO | Trailer drop 03.29.2018 | Release date 04.29.2018

From the big screen Jim and Ted move to the small screen with big players and big budgets. As HBO and Netflix show some ambition with their respective series. No matter what Ted talks about when he mentions Lost in Space whether it be at a Bat mitzvah or with Jimmy on the pod everyone loves The Expanse. Ted gets it, he needs to watch The Expanse.

Lost in Space | Netflix | Trailer drop 03.06.2018 | Release date 04.13.2018

5 SEASONS OF LOST IN 8 MINUTES | YouTube posting 01.06.2010

Lastly, Ted mentioned a piece of long-form marketing for the launch of the last season of Lost. It's long at 8 minutes but Ted's a Lost super fan so this was a mere amuse-bouche.