Episode 31: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom & Blockers

In Episode 31 of the Red 7 Movie Cast podcast Hemant gets things started by clearing things up around why he decided to skip the Netflix Original film Tau, starring Maika Monroe, despite being excited for its release. He then talks about a movie watching milestone his son may have reached this past weekend after watching Transformers: The Last Knight.

Hemant also briefly talks about the 2010 heist film Takers starring Idris Elba, Hayden Christensen, and Paul Walker that he re-watched on a lazy Friday night. It turns out he watched this film after calling it quits on the Amazon Original series The Man in the High Castle, a show that he was looking forward to, but ended up being mostly garbage.

And speaking of garbage, Hemant talks about an amusing debate going on at screencrush.com about whether it is OK to throw your garbage on the theater floor, rather than take it out to a trashcan after the film is over. Hemant weighs in on the debate and picks a side.

He then wraps up the pre-show ramblings with an exciting rumor that an Alien TV show may be in the works.

It’s then onto this weeks film reviews including the teen comedy Blockers from director Kay Cannon, the writer of the Pitch Perfect films. Blockers is film #15 in Hemant’s 52 Films Directed by Women project. The episode wraps up with a review of the latest dinosaur blockbuster, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

00:41Introduction
1:15Why I Didn’t Watch Tau
5:14Son’s Movie Watching Breakthrough
8:12Takers (2010) Mini-Review
11:38The Man in the High Castle
17:05Is an Alien TV Series in the Works?
20:15Where Do You Throw Your Theater Garbage?
23:56Blockers (2018)
39:11Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
1:08:45Preview of Episode 32
1:09:49Wrap-up

* Trash in the Theater? Yay or Nay? Read about it at ScreenCrush
* Is there an Alien TV show in the works? Read about it at ScreenRant

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Episode 30: Sicario: Day of the Soldado & The Endless

It was Canada Day this past weekend and Hemant talks about what he and his family did to celebrate in Episode 30 of the Red 7 Movie Cast. He then shares some interesting news that surfaced this week. He talks about a recent rumour that there may be a LucasFilm shake-up at the top including the replacement of Kathleen Kennedy with the current Marvel Studios boss, Kevin Feige.

And to go along with that Star Wars news Hemant discusses the possibility of the long rumoured Kenobi film not being developed for a theatrical release, but for an exclusive release on the upcoming Disney Streaming Service. How cool would that be – as long as it is available in Canada!

And while he’s on the topic of streaming services, he gets into a bit of a rant about how the sheer number of different services is kind of feeling like the old cable TV model of choosing packages and channels to subscribe to.

It’s then time for this week’s reviews which include Sicario: Day of the Soldado from director Stefano Sollima and writer Taylor Sheridan and an independent film that made a splash at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, The Endless.

00:41Introduction
1:14Canada Day Weekend
9:26LucasFilm Shake-up?
15:09Is Kenobi Film a Disney Streaming Service Exclusive?
19:58Streaming Services Overload!
26:51Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
1:01:07The Endless (2017)
1:11:21Preview of Episode 31
1:14:36Wrap-up

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Episode 29: Pacific Rim: Uprising & Impulse

It wouldn’t be an episode of the Red 7 Movie Cast podcast if Hemant didn’t talk about some big Star Wars news. In Episode 29 he talks about the recent news that LucasFilm and Disney have put a hold on all upcoming anthology films, including the recently announced Boba Fett film and the much rumoured Obi Wan Kenobi film. He talks about the implications of this news, LucasFilm’s response to the story, as well as a possible Darth Vader film being developed.

If you remember from last episode, Hemant mentioned a new YouTube Premium original series called Impulse based on a series of books by Steven Gould that is set in the Jumper universe. Yes, Jumper, that 2008 film starring Hayden Christensen which was directed by Doug Liman. So Hemant watched all ten episodes of Season 1 this week and shares his feeling about the show.

And then it’s onto a review of Pacific Rim: Uprising, the new film by Steven S. DeKnight starring John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, and Cailee Spaeny. Does this one live up to the bar set by Guillermo del Toro and the first film in the series? Take a listen to find out.

00:41Introduction
1:07Are Star Wars Story Films History?
7:01Impulse – Season 1 (YouTube Premium Original Series)
10:01Impulse Spoilers Start
30:33Impulse Spoilers End
32:55Pacific Rim (2018)
58:48Preview of Episode 30
1:00:47Wrap-up

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Episode 28: Tomb Raider and Lots of Star Wars News

This weekend Hemant was off to the resort village of Waskesiu in the Prince Albert National Park for an annual golf trip he partakes in with 15 of his friends. In Episode 28 of the Red 7 Movie Cast he talks a bit about this 17 year old tradition that’s still going strong.

He then briefly talks about taking his 7 year old son to see Avengers: Infinity War, which surprisingly resulted in a bunch of dancing.

It’s then onto various bits of Star Wars news including recent revelations regarding the plans George Lucas had for episodes 7 thru 9 in the event that he didn’t sell LucasFilm to Disney. While many thought his idea was garbage, Hemant actually found himself quite fascinated with it.

He also talks about a crazy piece of Star Wars canon that was just revealed in a new comic book Star Wars Annual #4, before dropping his thoughts on the Force and how he feels people misinterpreted, or saw a message in The Last Jedi that wasn’t really there.

He then wraps up the episode with a review of the new Tomb Raider film starring Alicia Vikander that was just released on Bluray.

00:41Introduction
1:17Golf in Northern Canada
7:32Re-visiting Avengers: Infinity War
12:48George Lucas and the Journal of the Whills
17:53Star Wars Annual #4 and a Podrace
18:28Star Wars Annual #4 – SPOILER Start
21:40Star Wars Annual #4 – SPOILER End
21:52The Last Jedi – Is the Force Actually for Everyone?
25:12Tomb Raider (2018)
47:55Preview of Episode 29
50:05Wrap-up

The Journal of the Whills – George Lucas’ Vision for Episode 7 – 9

New Podracing Canon Explored in Star Wars Annual #4

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Episode 27: 12 Strong

In Episode 27 of the Red 7 Movie Cast Hemant shares his thoughts on the war film, 12 Strong starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon and directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. This film follows the first team of U.S. troops to enter Afghanistan following the events of 9/11.

He didn’t watch much for TV this week, but he has started revisiting the 70’s/80’s classic Three’s Company. He also mentions a few TV series that he came across while channel surfing (on cable), including Last Man Standing and Man with a Plan.

He also gets a bit excited about a series that he hopes to get to soon on YouTube Premium called Impulse. What’s interesting about Impulse is that it is a story set in the universe set up in the 2008 Doug Liman film, Jumper starring Hayden Christensen, from Star Wars Prequel fame.

And speaking of Star Wars, Hemant talks about a book he forgot he was reading, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. It’s a series of short stories set during A New Hope. He’s picked up where he left off and is looking forward to working through the last half of the book.

00:41Introduction
2:24Impulse
7:02Revisiting Three’s Company
9:59Man with a Plan
12:32Last Man Standing
15:48Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View (novel)
19:3912 Strong (2018)
37:10Preview of Episode 28
38:26Wrap-up

Impulse – a YouTube Premium Series

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Episode 26: Red Sparrow and Some Ranting

In Episode 26 of the Red 7 Movie Cast Hemant discusses some interesting articles that he came across over the last week including the importance of seeing a film in a theater, Solo: A Star Wars Story projection issues, toxic fandom, and a new multiplex in his neighborhood.

He also briefly gives his thoughts on Season 1 of the new Netflix series, Lost in Space.

It’s then onto a discussion of the new Francis Lawrence film, Red Sparrow.

00:41Introduction
2:57The Importance of Seeing a Film in a Theater
7:36Solo: A Star Wars Story Cinematography and Projection Problems
10:50New Landmark Theater in the Neighborhood
15:23Toxic Fandom is the Worst
21:22Lost in Space, Season 1
27:34Red Sparrow (2018)
57:56Preview of Episode 27
59:19Wrap-up

Why Movie Theaters are Still Good from ScreenCrush

Solo: A Star Wars Story Projection Issues from SlashFilm

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Episode 25: Solo and Game Night

Hemant underwent some minor surgery this past week and that meant he had a weekend of lying on the couch, as per doctor’s orders. This gave way to being able to work through a few TV series.

In Episode 25 of the Red 7 Movie Cast podcast Hemant gives his final reaction to season 2 of the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why.

And with that lazy weekend on the couch, Hemant was able to also re-watch season 1 of the YouTube Red series, Cobra Kai, re-visit The Karate Kid Part 3, and binge season 5 of Brooklyn 99. He gives some brief thoughts on each of these.

He then gets into this weeks reviews, which include Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the R-Rated comedy Game Night starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.

00:41Introduction
2:14Final Thoughts on 13 Reasons Why, Season 2
7:58Revisiting Cobra Kai, Season 1
9:13Revisiting The Karate Kid Part 3
11:47Brooklyn 99, Season 5
12:58Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
40:59Start of Heavy Spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story
47:57End of Heavy Spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story
50:14Game Night (2018)
1:01:22Preview of Episode 26
1:02:00Wrap-up

Parents Television Council Urges Netflix to Cancel ’13 Reasons Why’ Because It’s A Harmful ‘Ticking Time Bomb’

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Episode 24: The Shape of Water and a 7 Year Old’s Review of Black Panther

In Episode 24 of the Red 7 Movie Cast podcast Hemant gives his initial impression of season 2 of the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why. He’s only 6 episodes in, but that doesn’t stop him from filling you in on what he likes and doesn’t like, so far.

It’s then onto some Star Wars news where he discusses the recent reveal of Land Calrissian being pansexual. Hemant talks about why he thinks this is such a positive move for a franchise that is so beloved to him.

It’s then onto a very special review of Black Panther where Hemant’s seven year old son Brighton joins him to share his thoughts on watching the film for the first time.

Hemant then wraps up the the episode with a look at the latest Guillermo del Toro film which won a Best Picture and a Best Director Oscar this year, The Shape of Water.

00:41Introduction
1:28Thoughts on the first 6 Episodes of 13 Reasons Why, Season 2
7:39Big News about Lando Calrissian
14:03Black Panther (2018) with Special Guest, Brighton Naidu
30:40The Shape of Water (2017)
46:12Preview of Episode 25
47:07Wrap-up

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Screenwriter Says Lando is Pansexual
Brighton’s YouTube Channel – Beejona 306

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Episode 23: The Death Cure & The Commuter

Summer weather is in full swing and Hemant has wasted no time in getting his backyard ready for the season. Summers are hot in Saskatchewan, but they are also short, so it’s very important to enjoy them while they’re around. This however didn’t stop him from recording Episode 23 of The Red 7 Movie Cast.

In this episode Hemant reveals his new strategy to aid in preventing him from inadvertently buying the same new release Blurays more than once – something that he embarrassingly does quite often.

And then before getting into this week’s reviews he talks briefly about Cobra Kai being renewed for a second season, and early reactions to Solo: A Star Wars Story.

First up for reviews is The Death Cure, the final chapter in The Maze Runner trilogy. It’s then onto The Commuter, another Liam Neeson flick where he kicks a bunch of butt.

00:41Introduction
1:55Getting the Backyard Ready for Summer
6:37Bluray Double Dipping Prevention Program (BDDPP)
8:59Cobra Kai Renewed for a Second Season
11:57Solo: A Star Wars Story First Reactions
16:02The Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
35:48The Commuter (2018)
50:55Preview of Episode 24
52:19Wrap-up

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Episode 22: Avengers: Infinity War

Right after watching his Toronto Raptors get swept out of the NBA Playoffs for the 3rd time in a row by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Hemant stays strong and records Episode 22 of The Red 7 Movie Cast.

After venting a bit about the devastating loss, and a brief plug for a bonus episode where he shares his thoughts on the YouTube Red original series, Cobra Kai, Hemant focuses in on this week’s reviews.

First off is the record breaking blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War, followed by a brand new Netflix film from Andrew Niccol, Anon starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried. Hemant wraps up the episode with film number 14 on his 52 Films Directed by Women project, Kathryn Bigelow’s 2002 film, K-19: The Widowmaker.

00:41Introduction
1:22A Brief Pity Party for the Toronto Raptors
4:58A Plug for Cobra Kai Bonus Episode
6:55Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
35:53Anon (2018)
56:22K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
1:06:42Preview of Episode 23
1:07:37Wrap-up

Show Notes
52 Films Directed by Women Project List on Letterboxd

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