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Hey folks.

Normally this is the point where I would talk about the podcast episode you are (hopefully) about to listen to and why I like or dislike the film in question. But I have other things to talk about today.

Before I get to that let me just say thank you to everybody who has listened, shared, linked, liked, commented, retweeted, etc. any of my stuff since October of last year when I launched this endeavor. It’s surreal to think that there are somewhere near 50 hours of my voice floating around on the internet and I have you guy and gals to thank for that.

Now onto business.

It turns out that scheduling recording sessions for these podcasts has been quite a bit more difficult than I had originally hoped. All of the guests that have appeared on the podcast have been more than gracious in giving up their time to sit down and record. However it’s gotten to the point where I’m having to badger and harangue my friends to schedule a recording or even just pick a movie to watch. I don’t really want to do that. I want people to sit down and talk to me because they want to do so, not because I asked them so many times that they finally just gave in and said yes.

So where does that leave us? Well, I could continue to record when and where I can and push out one or two podcasts every month. Or I could take a brief hiatus from posting podcasts, build up a good bank of them and then have a sizable chunk of weekly content for 2 or 3 months solid.

I’ve decided to go with the second option. I think it’s much better to say “Hey, we’ll have podcasts once a week for the next 8 weeks.” than “There might be a podcast next week, maybe.”

I can’t make any guarantees on a timeline for posting new episodes. It all just depends on when and how often my friends are willing to sit down and record with me.

In the interim I am going to make a concerted effort to write for the website more often. I know it’s been relatively spotty for the most part and I’d like to get something a little more structured in place, though I don’t know what form that will take yet. And of course you can like/slash follow us on Facebook and Twitter where I post and share items regularly.

I’m also toying with a few ideas for other forums and outlets but I’ll keep those to myself for the time being.

So that’s it. I hope you will all continue to peruse the site while the podcast is on hiatus and I will do my best to make sure there’s good content to keep you coming back. Also as usual please feel from to reach out via the aforementioned Twitter or Facebook. As well as e-mail or even leaving comments on individual posts.











Hi folks!

Welcome to March. Spring is almost here and I personally can’t wait for the icy weather to let up. Today’s movie takes place somewhere with much nicer weather. Hollywood, where movies are made. I like The Player a lot and I’m glad Vinny chose this one to talk about. It’s a trippy yet fun pseudo-murder mystery that takes place in around Hollywood film lots, studios, and celebrity cameo filled soirees. Tim Robbins is great and there’s a particularly entertaining turn by Lyle Lovett that we’ll talk about on the track. I hope you all enjoy it.


If you’d like to watch along with us, The Player is available on Amazon.


Hey all. This will be a new semi-regular piece on Moving Pictures where Zach and I have a bit of back and forth about whatever topic has gotten stuck in our heads recently. This is a bit of a longer article than you’re probably used to on this site but I hope you all like it.

P.S. I don’t have a name for these recurring pieces yet so please feel free to give me some suggestions.


Mike: Over complexity is something you and I have talked about a lot. It seems more and more I’m drawn towards movies with a concise, straight forward story but really interesting and well written characters.

Big budget and genre fair especially recently feels like it’s bogged down with over complicated, pace ruining plot points that don’t really add anything to the experience. What’s up with that?
Zach: I completely agree with your sentiment, so many filmmakers seem to not trust us to follow their plots without having a character stop, face the camera, and give us 5 minutes of bland exposition. It’s either they don’t trust us, or they write themselves into a plot that they think demands it. We don’t need it. We can typically follow what’s going on.
I recently saw Horns and almost groaned when I saw a similar scene set up, but then found myself elated when they didn’t do it. There was no exposition, no dumb pseudo-science techno-babble explanations, we didn’t need to know why Harry Potter was turning into a demon, we were along for the ride and we could piece it together from other dialogue and hints in the story.

I wish more writers and directors had the confidence to do that. I hate to blame current movies for everything, but this really does feel like a recent phenomenon. When did you first start noticing this trend?

M: It feels like the trend recently has been complexity = quality. What boggles my mind is that it’s happening in exactly the type of movies that you don’t want to be over-complicated. Big budget, event type fare that used to be a good excuse to turn your brain off for 90 -100 minutes and watch shit blow up has become bloated and almost unwatchable due to screenwriting by committee and just cramming plot into places where it doesn’t belong.

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Hey folks!

The day is finally here. The last entry of our Batman retrospective has arrived. And boy is it bad. This movie is widely reviled and rightfully so. There’s really nothing redeeming about it and it seems to be a series of misfires at every level of production from conception all the way to execution. It’s bad, you know this already. Now you get to listen to Zach and myself suffer through this monstrosity and revel in our pain.

Big thanks to Zach once again for taking this journey with me. I t was pretty excruciating by the end of it but it was a ton of fun and I can’t wait to do another project like this.


If, for some insane reason,  you’d like to watch along with us, Batman and Robin is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.


Hey folks!

I’ve arbitrarily decided that it’s Batman month here at Moving Pictures. Over the next four weeks, we will be taking a look at the Burton/Schumacher era of Batman movies. The first in the series of course is Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. The movie that proved comic book movies were big business. Though it would take another two decades for Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. to really kick things into high gear, Batman was like religion in the early 90’s. It was such a massive part of the cultural zeitgeist on billboards, in Happy Meals, pretty much everywhere you looked there was a bat symbol. It’s difficult to look back on this movie without realizing the pop culture impact it had at the time.

Zach was game enough to sit down and record with me for all four of these movies and I can’t thank him enough. He’s a massive Batman fan but whereas my fandom comes from the comics, he comes to it more from the 90’s animated series which directly spun out of this first movie. It was a ton of fun to record these and I hope that comes across in the recordings.


If you’d like to watch along with us, Batman is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.