Ocean’s Eleven

Hello Listeners!

We’ve got a special treat of a throwback episode for you this week! We’re talking Ocean’s Eleven AND Ocean’s Eleven.

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The Ocean’s Eleven we know and love came out in 2001, but did you know it’s actually a remake?

We’re gonna talk about both movies this week, comparing, contrasting, and determining which of the two we think is the best movie.

As always, we thank you so much for listening! You can find links to our social media below and you can listen to us on Apple Podcast and Podbean. If you do listen on Apple Podcasts, please give us a 5-star rating and leave us a review!

A quick note, Alex and I are planning a holiday hiatus starting sometime in December, so we’ll be sure to give more information towards that soon.

-Monica

Bad Times at the El Royale

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Hello Listeners!

We are incredibly excited to bring you this episode this week. We’ve been talking about this movie for MONTHS and let me tell you, it does not disappoint! You’ve got action, you’ve got thrills, you’ve got CHRIS HEMSWORTH LOOKING LIKE THE GOD OF THUNDER HE IS. Seriously, no one would blame you if you went just for his abs.

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I mean look at that!

Anyway, this movie is full of twists and turns that leave you guessing and one of the best movie soundtracks this year! We’ll get into all the nitty gritty details in the episode, of course, because me and Alex REALLY WANT PEOPLE TO SEE THIS MOVIE.

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And as always, we want to thank all of you who listened to our last episode, as well as those who left us reviews! THANK YOU!

If you’re dying to interact with us on social media, we are @shotforshotcast on Instagram and Facebook, and our personal accounts are tagged in all of our posts.

We hope you enjoy this episode!

-Monica

Venom

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Hello Listeners!

Alex and I are back this week with a very special treat.

This movie has managed to create an insane divide between audiences and critics, which is exactly the grey area where Alex and I like to operate. This episode was absolutely one of our favorites to record, and we hope you enjoy listening to it.

As always, we would like to thank our listeners for tuning in, and we’d like to encourage you to leave us a five-star rating and review on iTunes.

Enjoy this week’s episode of Shot for Shot!

-Monica

Logan Lucky

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Welcome back listeners!

Since Alex and I are still pretty busy with college and theatre, we decided to review a movie that’s a little older but was widely ignored when it first came out.

We are also so excited to have our first ever episode that features our little theme song! Many, many thanks to Nick Oakley for composing it for us!

As always, we very much appreciate you listening and we ask that you rate and review us on iTunes so we can be found by other movie lovers.

Enjoy the latest episode of Shot for Shot!!!

-Monica

Color-Grading

Hello Listeners!

This week, Alex and I look to teach you about a new technical aspect of movies: color-grading. Whether you’ve noticed it or not, color-grading is part of every movie.

Please continue to tell your friends about us, and if you have the time, please consider leaving us a review on iTunes. It really helps us out.

Here’s a link to the YouTube video Alex references in this episode.

Don’t forget to check us out on Instagram and Facebook @shotforshotcast for more about movies, including news and updates about our podcast.

Until next time!

-Monica

Silence of the Lambs

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Hello again everyone!

Happy Monday from your two favorite movie-loving goofballs. This week we’re bringing you our first retro review! This idea was pulled right from the IMDb modern classic movie list (and this list is a pretty cool guide if you want to get caught up on the must-sees from the past 20 years or so).

Fair warning: Alex and I were feeling downright silly this episode.

As per usual we’d like to thank the people who keep tuning in every week and extend a warm welcome to our new listeners!

Also: there are some pretty exciting plans in the works, so stay tuned for some fun new additions coming very soon.

We’d also like to remind you that Apple has a strange algorithm, so if you really, really like what we do and you’d like to help us out for $0.00, you can do so by leaving us a 5-star review and writing a short comment to go with it! You don’t have to say much, but anything that feeds that algorithm helps us out immensely.

Thank you again for tuning in and we hope you enjoy this episode of Shot for Shot!

-Monica

BlackkKlansman

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Hey there everyone!

So, up to this point we’ve only covered very lighthearted movies. Summer blockbusters. Action flicks. We’ve talked about dinosaurs and space and superheroes.

This episode is going to be very different.

And because of the nature of the film, it’s also very loooooong. Our longest episode yet, actually.

You might also notice that this episode sounds MUCH better than episodes past. That’s because we’ve finally discovered this hot new technology called Google, and it showed us how to improve our sound quality. Yay!

As always, thank you so much for tuning in this week. We really hope you enjoy this episode, and if you do, please share! Leave us those five star reviews (it really helps us in the charts) and tell your friends about our podcast. Your continued support means the world to us!

-Monica

Guilty Pleasure Movies

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Do you know what a guilty pleasure film is?

 
There’s no official definition, but we all have an idea of what I mean. It describes those movies that you wouldn’t quite be willing to put on your favorites list, even though you’ve seen it something like 20 times. It’s that movie that makes you feel good, but it’s certainly not winning any awards.

 
Now, I don’t love this kind of terminology. I’ve admitted openly in our episodes that my taste in movies tend to lean towards fast-paced and boisterous. Not to mention that there’s not really anything wrong with simply watching a movie because it’s fun. After all, isn’t that the point of watching them? Escaping reality?

 
There’s a place for all types of movies, which is why I am wholly unashamed to admit that I saw Mamma Mia 2 over the weekend and I loved every single second of it. Seriously. I cried something like… 3 times over the course of the film.

 
Out of curiosity, I peeked at the critics’ feelings towards the movie. After all, I put myself out there as a movie reviewer. I was expecting something very negative. Commentary on the (at times) shaky plot and admittedly goofy choreographed dance numbers. Imagine my surprise when I found an incredibly positive response to the film!

 
This got me thinking about the whole idea of “guilty pleasure” movies. Movies like this one, where the whole cast and crew seemed to have collectively decided: “You know what? We know our audience. We know what they want. Let’s just do that.”
And it worked.

 
In fact, this was done so well that towards the end of the film, through my blubbering and crying and laughing and singing, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed. I mean, how often is it that a movie just gives fans what they want?
It seems to me that movies lately have been too afraid to do that. Too worried about becoming a “guilty pleasure”. And what does that lead to?

 
Movies that clearly try to have some grand commentary running alongside their gratuitous fan-service, resulting in a film that doesn’t work for critics or longtime fans.

 
I’d site the Jurassic World series here. There are those sequences that are clearly made for the fans: like the pterodactyl attacks in Jurassic World or chilling house chase in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. But there’s also a ridiculously overplayed moral question or twist that was clearly meant to impress reviewers and critics. This often falls flat and does more to confuse and muddle the plot than it does to impress anyone.

 
There wasn’t any of that in Mamma Mia 2. I mean, there were moments that were unrealistic, perhaps. But there were no weird sideline plots thrown in. No commentary on the state of the Greek economy. Just a lot of ABBA and singing and dancing and happy endings. And I left the theater feeling satisfied, joyful, and wishing for more.

 
That’s how you’re supposed to feel when you leave a movie. I wish there were more. That’s supposed to be the whole reason sequels exist. Nowadays, going to movies is practically just half-hoping there’s at least one or two sequences that make it feel worth the ticket.

 
What I’m trying to get at is this: we need to rave about the movies that deliver. Especially in the case of sequels with a lot to live up to. Focus a little less on the “importance” of the film and more on the way it makes us feel.

 
Movies are meant for entertainment. Though they have proved themselves throughout history to be a place where grand ideas can be explored or social commentary can be expressed, every movie doesn’t have to do that.

 
It’s about balance.

 
So next time you have a lot of fun watching a “silly” movie, don’t feel so bad about it. In fact, share your feelings with the world. In doing so, you help to remind all of us that movies don’t have to be “important”. That watching a movie just to have fun is okay.

 
In other words, go ahead and put that movie in your top five. Tell people how much you love it. And be unapologetic about it. Together, we’re going to end the cycle of movie shame.

 
What’s your favorite “guilty pleasure” film? Comment below or hit us up on our social media @shotforshotcast on instagram or Shot for Shot Podcast on Facebook.

Movie Review Glossary

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Hello listeners!

As you may have noticed already, this episode is going to be a little different. First of all, it’s shorter. Some of you may be lamenting that fact (but probably not). No worries, we do still intend to do full-length episodes.

Alex – the lucky son of a bitch – is in Europe, livin’ it up and drinking foreign beers. But we are nothing if not committed, which is why we still have an episode for you today! In this episode, we look to teach you a little about some of the common terminology used in movie reviews.

I know it may sound a little uninteresting, but Alex and I, per usual, find a way to make even learning into a jovial event. We talk a little on the ‘why’ in the episode, so please, join us, learn something, leave a five-star review on your preferred platform, and remember: change in the movie industry starts with us.

Thank you to all of our current listeners, you guys are the best! Please, continue following us, continue telling all of your friends, and get excited, because we have lots of new things planned.

To all of our new listeners: Welcome! We hope you enjoy this episode, and we hope you’ll take a look at some of our other episodes.

Happy listening!

-Monica

 

 

 

Ant-Man and The Wasp

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You can’t review a movie alone

In today’s episode of Shot for Shot, Alex and I try to suss out how we felt about Ant-Man and The Wasp. Join us as we discuss Marvel’s latest blockbuster, the MCU as a whole, and villains with southern accents.

For everyone who listened to our last episode: THANK YOU! Please keep tuning in, please keep telling your friends, and please leave us those five-star reviews on Apple Podcast.

-Monica