Episode 36: Like Father

Hemant only had the time to watch one film this week, mostly because he was gone for a family vacation to the Canadian Badlands in Alberta, Canada.

In this episode he talks about some highlights from his family getaway including a visit to the Great Wall of Saskatchewan, exploring Alsask, the village his family lived in when he was born back in the 70s, the Dinosaur Provincial Park, and their stay at the Red Roof Studio Art & Photography bed and breakfast.

He then shares his thoughts on some recent news including Patrick Stewart returning as Captain Picard in a new Star Trek series, updates on the upcoming Star Wars TV series, and the Academy’s announcement of a new best picture category.

Hemant wraps up the episode with his review of the new Netflix Original film Like Father directed by Laura Miller Rogen and starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammar. This is film #18 in his 52 Films Directed by Women project.

00:42Introduction
1:16Badlands Vacation
3:54The Great Wall of Saskatchewan
7:09Revisiting the Town of Alsask
9:43The Red Roof Studio Art & Photography
12:30Dinosaur Provincial Park
14:37The Return of Captain Picard
19:56Star Wars TV Series Update
21:55Best Popular Film Category at the Oscars
29:07Like Father (2018)
50:25Preview of Episode 37
52:20Wrap-up

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Episode 35: Mission Impossible: Fallout

In Episode 35 Hemant talks about some recent news that a new Sandlot film is in the works, which is apparently going to be a prequel to the 1993 original. He takes a moment to speculate about what the premise of the film may be, and also reveals some troubling news about one of the stars from this children’s classic.

Hemant then moves onto season 2 of Fargo which he just wrapped up, before giving the Netflix original series Altered Carbon a try.

Before getting into his review of Mission Impossible: Fallout, Hemant gives some brief thoughts on the 1996 film Daylight starring Sylvester Stallone which he re-watched with the intention of napping through.

00:41Introduction
1:37The Sandlot Prequel
7:22Fargo Season 2
11:29Altered Carbon
15:01Daylight (1996)
18:01Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)
47:13Preview of Episode 36
49:06Wrap-up

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Episode 34: Rampage & Set It Up

For someone who hasn’t really committed to watching many TV series over the last few years, Hemant has been steadily getting back into enjoying some shows. This past week he wrapped up seasons 1 and 2 of the Amazon Original series Sneaky Pete starring Giovanni Ribisi, and shares his thoughts on it.

Ready Player One also hit homes this week so Hemant and his son re-visited it on Bluray. He doesn’t talk too much about the film (since he covered pretty extensively in a previous episode), but he does go off on a bit of a tangent discussing how UltraViolet digital copies that are included with many Blurays are basically useless in Canada if you want to watch them on a device like an AppleTV or Roku.

It’s then onto the reviews for the week and he starts off with Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson, which was also recently released on Bluray. He wraps up the episode with film #17 on his 52 Films Directed by Women project, Set It Up, a Netflix Original film starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, and directed by Claire Scanlon.

00:41Introduction
1:18Sneaky Pete, Seasons 1 & 2
8:23Fargo Season 2
10:08Ready Player One (2018) & UltraViolet in Canada is Garbage
18:02Rampage (2018)
39:07Set It Up (2018)
53:27Preview of Episode 35
55:34Wrap-up

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Episode 33: You Were Never Really Here & Thoroughbreds

In Episode 33 of the Red 7 Movie Cast podcast Hemant gives the lowdown on his recent family vacation to Jasper National Park in the beautiful Canadian Rockies, and discusses his heartbreak and excitement around the blockbuster trade between the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs. He also gives his opinion about seasons 1 and 2 of the Amazon Prime series Goliath starring Billy Bob Thornton, which he somehow managed to binge.

He then shares his thoughts on 2 films he watched this past week including You Were Never Really Here from director Lynne Ramsay and starring Joaquin Phoenix. This was film #16 on his 52 Films Directed by Women project.

He wraps up the episode with Thoroughbreds from director Cory Finley starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Olivia Cooke, and Anton Yelchin.

00:41Introduction
1:19Family Vacation in the Canadian Rockies
18:38Toronto Raptors/San Antonio Spurs Blockbuster Trade
23:27Goliath, Season 1 and 2 (Amazon Studios Original)
32:24Sneaky Pete (Amazon Studios Original)
33:24You Were Never Really Here (2017)
51:28Thoroughbreds (2017)
1:04:09Preview of Episode 34
1:07:11Wrap-up

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Episode 32: A Quiet Place

Still wanting to publish an episode on schedule, Hemant recorded Episode 32 of the Red 7 Movie Cast podcast right before heading out on a family vacation to Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.

In this episode he talks about a recent Letterboxd announcement that they will be showing targeted ads for users who are on the Free membership. He then shares his thoughts on the news that Billy Dee Williams will by reprising his role as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars Episode 9, as well as Neil Blomkamp directing an upcoming Robocop sequel/reboot.

It’s then time for a spoiler free review of A Quiet Place, John Krasinski’s third film in the director’s chair.

00:41Introduction
1:06Ads on Letterboxd
6:06Billy Dee Williams Returns for Star Wars Episode 9
8:33Robocop Sequel/Reboot from Neil Blomkamp
13:11A Quiet Place (2018)
47:09Preview of Episode 33
48:29Wrap-up

* Letterboxd Introduces Targeted Ads Announcement

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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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