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We Paid To See This

A light-hearted comedic movie podcast focusing on the week's new cinema releases. Darren Hayes and Anthony Armentano spend their hard earned (or borrowed) cash to see the latest film releases and tell you what they thought. Because they don't get in for free, their opinions are honest. Honestly! May contain funny bits (they're both Groundlings trained improvisers) and strange non sequiturs (Anthony has a degree in film and Darren has an Olympic medal in rambling). Maybe some naughty words too.
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May 22, 2018

This is a movie focused show darn it, and that’s what you get from us this week. Thrice times, in fact. We review the most recent superhero blockbuster ‘Deadpool 2’ (Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beets) as well as two indie flicks; Olivier Assayas’ recently restored French film, ‘Cold Water’ (Virginie Ledoyen, Cyprien Fouquet) and Michael Pearce’s ‘Beast’ (Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James). We gush over Rob Delaney’s online persona, fall in love with the new Backstreet Boys track, and aren’t afraid to get a little pretentious. Westworld chat continues.

May 15, 2018

If you came for movie reviews we technically deliver on that expectation. Films discussed include the documentary ‘Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat’ and Netflix’s ‘The Week Of’ (Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rachel Dratch, Steve Buscemi). We get existential on The Container Store, miss the former versions of some comedic powerhouses, and start a mid-show Twitter poll focused on Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ that pits us against each other. Dogs roam free, stale impressions are beaten to death, and we attempt to contain the uncontainable.

May 8, 2018

We talk the Met Gala, brainstorm religious fashion ideas for Madonna, and expel a fair amount of Catholic Guilt. Plus, Anthony gets sat on, and Darren flips off an entire bar. Movies reviewed include the documentaries ‘RBG’ (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Antonin Scalia) and ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’, as well as the new Jason Reitman/Diablo Cody team-up, ‘Tully’ (Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston). We have an extensive conversation on Showtime’s ‘Gigolos’, and find out where TV’s Richard Grieco has been hiding. One of us is visited by a prodding spirit.

May 1, 2018

It’s happened. We’ve done it. We broke down, and finally welcome our very first guest to the show. Writer/director Andrew Heaberlin joins us to review two films, including Oscar winner Sebastian Lelio’s ‘Disobedience’ (Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola) and the biggest movie in the world right now, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt so on and so forth). We talk saliva, showering with the door open, taking calls on the toilet, and all things sexy. Accents are tough, we don’t go easy on them. Andrew reviews Kennedy biopic,  ‘Chappaquiddick’ (Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Kate Mara). We imbibe. 

Apr 24, 2018

Darren flirts with the dogs, Anthony shuns a desperate stranger, and we flex the parts of us you can’t see; plus one powerful eyebrow. Reviews include Lynne Ramsay’s ‘You Were Never Really Here’ (Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola), the Amy Schumer comedy, ‘I Feel Pretty’ (Rory Scovel, Busy Philipps, Michelle Williams), and Michel Hazanavicius’ kinda-biopic, ‘Godard Mon Amour’ (Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Berenice Bejo). Names are butchered, stereotypical accents are utilized, and we push for the equality of nudity in film. Don’t tell us we don’t give you what you want, because we talk about Kevin, the season 2 premiere of Westworld, and Nymphomaniac volumes 1 AND 2. Keep on flexin’. 

 

Apr 17, 2018

We’re back on schedule, and we go easy on you. All movies this week can be viewed from the comfort of your own home. Reviews include HBO Sport’s Ringer Films documentary, ‘André the Giant’ (Hulk Hogan, Robin Wright, Vince McMahon), Jake Kasdan’s Dwayne Johnson vehicle, ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ (Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black), and 1980’s horror classic, ‘Friday the 13th’. Help yourself to some cold, stranger fries, sing your favorite color-based vagina song, and keep your eyes peeled, our war on the coconut crab begins! And remember, always guard your Achilles tendons.

Apr 11, 2018

We’re late, and sorry, and we hope you like dong, because we go all in this week. In addition to our reviews of ‘Blockers’ (John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz), ‘Gemini’ (Zoe Kravitz, Lola Kirke, John Cho), and the John Krasinski directed thriller, ‘A Quiet Place’ (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe), we  talk Darren’s facial blindness, Anthony’s West Hollywood experience, and receive a visit from an old, ghostly friend. San Diego gets some love, we shame members of the animal kingdom, and get our Halloween plans situated well in advance. 

Apr 3, 2018

Anthony's Dad and Cousin fight over the ass-end of a lamb cake, Darren films the entire show on his iPhone, Ernest Cline becomes a pornographic verb and we review a couple of movies.  First up, the Steven Spielberg adaptation of the novel of the same name, 'Ready Player One' (Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Mark Rylance), then we passive-aggressively shush at teenagers in a sad movie theatre to watch the new Steven Soderbergh directed psychological thriller 'Unsane' (Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharaoh, Juno Temple, Amy Irving).  This show is good, guys. It's almost as good as the Rick and Morty Australia-themed April Fools mini-episode 'Bushland Adventures' (Google it, trust us!). 

 

 

 

 

 

GET IN THE CAR, MORDEEEEEEEEY!!!!!!

Mar 27, 2018

Anthony’s feverish, Darren misfires at the grocery store, and we play a few rousing rounds of everyone’s favorite teenage party game, F. Murray Abraham. Reviews include the Jim Henson friendly ‘Muppet Guys Talking’ (Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz), and Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ (Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray). One of us discovers that John Denver is dead, the other disgraces his memory. We talk about eyes, the lack of having eyes, having too many eyes, and what it means to have negative eyes. Darren takes out a contact lens.

Mar 20, 2018

Previously, on We Paid to See This, we left you with a grocery store cliffhanger, and we reveal the results of the accompanying Twitter survey that you participated in, but not before we accidentally cliffhang the cliffhanger. Movie reviews include ‘Tomb Raider’ (Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins), ‘The Last Jedi’ doc, ‘The Director and the Jedi’, and ‘Flower’ (Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, Joey Morgan). We debate Michael’s Fass-member, pop the soda can of virginity, and experience heartbreak at the Apple Pan.

Mar 13, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: The news sucks, so we open the show discussing how to disconnect from the negativity, while staying informed (i.e Darren's laptop is broken so he can't get sucked in to social media as much).  Movie reviews include ‘Thoroughbreds’ (Olivia Cook, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin), Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’ (Steve Buscemi, Jeffery Tambor, Jason Isaacs), and the Oscar Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject ‘Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405’. Anthony raves about Iannucci’s previous film, ‘In The Loop’, Darren gets traumatized by SNL, and we talk about Sarah Michelle Gellar’s career post-vampire. We rundown South by Southwest, truly show that we care about our listeners, and introduce the delightfully self-pleasuring, Hans Fray. The show ends on a Maddow-like cliffhanger. Who’s to say if it will pay off?

Mar 6, 2018

We come to you in the wake of Oscar weekend, and boy was the Academy predictable. Movie reviews include the documentary ‘All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records’ and Atsuko Hirayanagi’s debut feature ‘Oh Lucy! (Shinobu Terajima, Kaho Minami, Josh Hartnett, Shioli Kutsuna). We praise the multitalented Donald Glover, breakdown the Academy’s Best Original Song performances, and reminisce about the glory days of listening booths. Darren waits and waits for Megan Mullally, but does she ever show up?

Feb 27, 2018

This week, we learn the key to a proper selfie hashtag, let Janelle Monae rocket us into pop music’s future, and literally enter the wrestling ring. We review Alex Garland’s sophomore film, ‘Annihilation’ (Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac), and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s ‘Game Night’ (Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, Kyle Chandler). Anthony laments the Bronze medal loss of Great Britain’s Women’s Curling team, we analyze the career of the delightfully magnificent Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Darren is still wearing the hat.

Feb 20, 2018

Darren’s got a new hat, Anthony’s curling allegiances get tested, and somewhere Fergie is still singing the Star-Spangled Banner. Reviews include, Ryan Coogler’s Marvel superhit, ‘Black Panther’ (Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya), and Sally Potter’s experimental joint, ‘Party’ (Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Cillian Murphy). Letitia Wright has our hearts, one of us abandons a movie, and we watch two people tongue-bang during happy hour.

Feb 13, 2018

We come at you hot this week with two new movies in our pockets; Swedish best foreign picture nominee, ‘The Square’ (Claes Bang, Elizabeth Moss, Dominic West), and the Channel 4 documentary ‘George Michael: Freedom’ which can now be found on Showtime. We crush on the collective lung capacity of Great Britain’s women’s curling team, scold the music industry, and wish to buy CDs again. We love our Spotify overlords. Honestly, we do. They force us to.

Feb 6, 2018

This week, we talk the Super Bowl, the Justin Timberlake/Prince halftime show controversy, and the new Star Wars ‘Solo’ teaser. Movie reviews include ‘Mom and Dad’ (Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Lance Henriksen), Netflix’s surprise film ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ (Gugu Mbtha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Chris O’Dowd, Daniel Bruhl) and Chile’s Oscar nominated ‘A Fantastic Woman’ (Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Sebastian Lelio). We read an email, debate James Bond, but mostly get down to business.

Jan 30, 2018

It’s the inaugural broadcast from our urine-filled, post-nuclear bunker. For those of you that have survived the aftermath, or mutated beyond the Homo sapien species, we update our thoughts on Rian Johnson’s ‘The Last Jedi’. We also review two Netflix films, the sport doping documentary, ‘Icarus’ (Bryan Fogel, Grigory Rodchenkov, Dick Pound), and the National Lampoon semi-biopic, ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’ (Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wain, Emmy Rossum). We question our normality, talk bird, and annoy the living hell out of each other. Please. It’s very important. Dick Pound is a real guy’s name.

Jan 23, 2018

It’s a bit of a dry spell this week, but we still head to the banks of the river of film, and sift for them nuggets of gold. We talk the Hulu doc, ‘Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of the Dana Carvey Show’ (Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel), and the world’s first completely oil painted feature, ‘Loving Vincent’ (Douglas Booth, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan). We shout ‘Deneuve’, get giddy over shark poop, and lose an ear for the second week in a row. Darren gets the tweet of a lifetime, and we add a little more to our review of ‘The Post’. From Vincent van Gogh, to holes that blow, we’re still, strictly, a movie podcast. 

Jan 16, 2018

It’s an entire episode of biopics all set in the 1970's. Three, in fact!  ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ The Paul McGuigan biopic about old Hollywood film star Gloria Grahame and her relationship with a much younger actor (Annette Bening, Jamie Bell ,Julie Walters). Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ (Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks) - about the famous ‘Pentagon Papers’ leak and the Washington Post’s brave decision to print at a time when freedom of speech and the role of the media was under threat by the White House. Sound familiar? Finally we check out ‘All the Money In The World’ (Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer) - the Ridley Scott directed biopic about the kidnapping of 16 year old John Paul Getty III and the attempt to get his billionaire Grandfather to pay a ransom for his life. Plus, an infamous but banished Hollywood outcast tries to get some air time.  

Jan 9, 2018

We’re back from break with two films by a couple of Hollywood’s biggest creators; Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ (Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread (Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville). We talk greatest PTA/Philip Seymour Hoffman breakdowns, the seemingly ruthless determination of winter olympians, and we both get involved in a traumatic movie going experience. Darren forces himself to focus on Anthony’s longwinded musings.

Jan 2, 2018

Did you think we'd ignore you? Who do you think we are? We got you, fam! Here's a little tidbit of extra sauce for your brand-spankin' 2018. Thanks for an amazing year and here's to another year of amazing movies.

Dec 27, 2017

Our end of year special where we discuss our lists of top 10 favorite movies released in 2017, as well as honorable mentions and a few stinkers.  From 'Ingrid Goes West' to 'The Justice League', From 'The Last Jedi' to 'I, Tonya' - we run the gamut of genres to select and discuss the films of 2017 that truly made an impact upon us, positive and negative. You might be surprised to find which movies made which lists!

Dec 19, 2017

CONTAINS SPOILERS! There’s been a disturbance in the force. A new Star Wars movie is always a seismic event but neither Darren or Anthony expected this one to stir up the ground shaking divide of intense reaction Rian Johnson’s ‘The Last Jedi’ has.  Unless you’ve been hiding under a (Dagobah) rock, you’re aware this installment, the 8th in the saga series, has challenged audiences and quite literally divided opinion. We both LOVED really liked and really didn’t like parts of this movie, and that’s OK.  In this episode, we discuss why. Starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega,  Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Domnhall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Ngô Thanh Vân and more.

Dec 12, 2017

This week, we get right down to business and butt heads over Guillermo del Toro's 'The Shape of Water' (Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer), rave about the Tonya Harding biopic, 'I, Tonya' (Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney), then segue into a conversation about being constantly connected to everything in the age of the Internet. Michael Stuhlbarg continues to deliver the goods, and Darren fends off 'The Last Jedi' spoilers. We attend a Q&A from a movie we may have mentioned called, 'Call Me By Your Name'.

Dec 5, 2017

This episode is jam-packed with almost as much movie talk as sexual innuendo. Anthony sees Dee Rees' new Netflix film, 'Mudbound' (Jason Clarke, Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blidge, Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund), and Darren sees another showing of 'Call Me By Your Name'. We also talk James Franco's 'The Disaster Artist' (Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Seth Rogen), and Darren sees 'Call Me By Your Name'. Plus Darren sees 'Call Me By Your Name' and 'Call Me By Your Name'. We love our stuffed animals, get ready for 'The Last Jedi', and drink a whole lot of caffeine. We watch 'Call Me By Your Name'. AGAIN. Teddy Bears are the new peaches. 

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