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Dollar Reviews 036: Sandy Wexler

We’ve been nice overall when it comes to sharing our opinions of Adam Sandler’s recent offerings, not seeing the point in beating a dying horse, but after two hiccups on Netflix, Happy Madison has finally delivered something totally likeable. When that conversation trails off we split hairs over the Thor Ragnarok trailer (27:16) before doing a live reaction to the Star Wars Battlefront 2 reveal (33:51), followed by my showstopping Goodwill movie haul (37:46) and impressions of Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN (44:17). Finally Steve caught Poltergeist in 70mm (48:58) and Gods of Egypt (51:24), while I saw The Accountant (55:29) and a double bill of We Are the Best and Los Punks (59:23).

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Debt to Cinema 071: Nine Lives (2005)

Film is revered as the art form most capable of mimicking the wonder of life, but this anthology of nine interconnected stories told in single takes by Rodrigo Garcia raises the bar. The surreal, and often dark tone these snapshots capture makes for a troubling viewing experience, but what better way to champion strong female leads than with subject matter rarely seen on screen. This might not be a perfect exercise of form over function, but it is; however, an unforgettable journey into the lives of Los Angeleno women #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Two Cents 079: The End of an Era

The week in which Obamacare is dying, LA continues to get sports teams, the circus will never come to town again, Amazon introduces its own Anime Prime Channel, Cannes is admitting TV (just as The Coen Brothers jump in), and Infinity War and DC get more enlisters. Meanwhile, I share my addiction to Games Done Quick, finally beat Resident Evil 6, and caught the first episode of Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events; while Steve saw the remake of The Blob, Scorcese’s Silence, and Patriot’s Day. Plus, TwitchCon, Sony Pictures’s CEO jumping to Snap Inc., Nintendo Switch, Youtube, George Lucas $1 Billion museum, and Starcade getting a “retro-boot.”

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Dollar Reviews 030: La La Land

La La Land – both a nickname for Hollywood and the transcendental place couples live in when everything is perfect. In a world where everyone can be a celebrity, this third pairing of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone reminds us why we go the movies in the first place. These star crossed lovers make Damien Chazelle’s landmark re-imagining of the movie musical sparkle in a time where song and dance are rarely coupled anymore. For so many reasons this has been sweeping the 2016 award season and it deserves all the money #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 059: Love & Basketball

I’ve been telling people recently how strange it is that I don’t care about sports anymore. Football, baseball, and basketball were all such big parts of my identity at different points of my life, and yet I have moved on. I can point at this podcast as a more worthy time suck, but chances are the only game I pursue now is love. This magically, emotional film, despite its title, aligns with my heart, leaning one way more than the other despite its makeup #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 038: The Long Goodbye

Its pretty ironic that this film, given its title, comes at the beginning of Steve’s leave of absence from the show. He picked it (as he states in the intro) to tie in with The Nice Guys, and they are similar in a couple ways, but Elliot Gould brings a level of cool to his version of Philip Marlowe that Gosling and Crowe can’t mimic.

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Dollar Reviews 022: The Nice Guys/Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Shane Black and Nathan Drake are back, and so are we! Tune in for this double feature on 70s era LA mysteries and Naughty Dog’s final Playstation treasure hunting adventure (23:40). If you’re too lazy to listen, I’d buy both of these for a dollar! (which isn’t saying much when I spent $80 on the latter). Plus, Steve talks about the latest 3D IMAX documentary, A Beautiful Planet (38:50).