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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Oct 4, 2016

We saw the Jarred Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) directed comedy 'Masterminds' starring Kristin Wiig, Zack Galifianakis, Jason Sedeikis, Owen Wilson and Kate Mckinnon - plus a documentary called 'Chicken People' (yes really).  Perhaps the most entertaining part of the show is when Anthony and Darren read and re-enact the text conversation they had deciding on which movie to see, and where.  It's.. dramatic.  

Sep 27, 2016

We paid to see 'The Magnificent Seven' starring Denzel Washington, Haley Bennet, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and more! Plus Anthony went to see Garbage in San Francisco, Darren got way too invested in the first Presidential debates and wore inappropriate clothing for a grown man.  We also talk indie conspiracy theory film 'Operation Avalanche' and upcoming films we're down to see.  For an episode, it's a blast! (Well, it's perfectly ok)

Sep 20, 2016

Recorded at midnight - with the assistance of coffee and whiskey (not together, separately) we talk about the crazy documentary 'Author: The JT LeRoy Story' directed by Jeff Feuerzeig - the new Taran Killam comedy 'Brother Nature' and the indie weirdo flick 'White Girl' directed by Elizabeth Wood. It's a wild and varied one sponsored by exhaustion.  Enjoy! 

Sep 13, 2016

Darren got terrible service at a fancy restaurant, Anthony does a pitch perfect imitation of Tom Petty, we review stop motion animation film 'Kubo and the Two Strings' and the Clint Eastwood directed 'Sully' starring Tom Hanks.  It's a perfectly acceptable episode.  If you're looking for the show with the least qualified and most unprofessional opinions of films, this is it!

Sep 6, 2016

We finally see the number one horror movie of the moment - 'Don't Breathe'.  Darren is the last person on earth to finally see the Coppola classic 'The Godfather' (spoiler: he liked it!) and Anthony takes himself very seriously by seeing two arty films.  A new tech documentary by Werner Herzod and a Norwegian dark revenge comedy about a  'mild-mannered snowplow driver (Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd) who seeks revenge for the murder of his son.  Plus we discuss Anthony's obsession with the 'sport' of golfing and Darren's refreshing beverage of the day.  It's - a podcast?

Aug 30, 2016

We woke up to the sad news of the passing of comedy legend Gene Wilder so we speak in depth about his impact on cinema and us.  Anthony saw the Chris Pine / Jeff Bridges modern western 'Hell Or High Water', we both saw an outdoor screening of 'The Princess Bride' and we discuss the indie film 'Mia Madre' starring John Turtorro (who Darren knew nothing about until he wrote this update! Now he gets it!).  We also discuss Britney at the VMAs, ancient reality show 'Shear Genius' and DNA testing.  We know, it's obscure. That's why you love us. 

Aug 23, 2016

We talk about the Todd Phillips comedic tinged gun running biopic 'War Dogs' starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller - and the R rated animation flick 'Sausage Party' starring Seth Rogan and a host more.  Plus - we visited the Guillermo del Toro exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (oooh fancy!)

Aug 16, 2016

We saw a LOT of movies! Suicide Squad, Jason Bourne, Cafe Society, Florence Foster Jenkins & the horror movie, Darling.  We say we saw a lot of films - but we did it separately!  Anthony was away at the Outside Lands music festival and Darren was losing his Tom Ford glasses in theaters and in this episode they reunite to discuss the films they saw.  

Aug 9, 2016

An entire episode dedicated to the awesome Netflix Original series 'Stranger Things'.  Contains *mild* spoilers so if you haven't seen the entire series - maybe wait to listen to this podcast about the GREATEST TV SHOW TO HAPPEN SINCE TV WAS INVENTED!! Created and Directed by The Duffer Brothers and starring the incredible David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Charlie Heaton, Millie Brown, Natalia Dyer, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Shannon Purser, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Joe Keery, Rob Morgan, John Reynolds,  and more!

Aug 2, 2016

2 weeks in London and we're 4 movies under our belt and a bunch of Star Wars Celebration stories up our pub drenched sleeves! Hear our belated views on the 'Ghostbusters' reboot, The Simon Pegg penned 'Star Trek Beyond', the unnecessary 'Ab-Fab Movie' and dark art film 'The Childhood of a Leader'. 

Jul 26, 2016

We discuss and debate films on a list of the '20 Best Movies of 2016 So Far' by tasteofcinema dot com and give our own 'expert' (read, 'arrogant') opinions.  Will Anthony ever post an image to social media?  Will Darren ever let go of how much he hated 'Weinerdog'?   Find out! 

Jul 18, 2016

An entire episode discussing the documentary 'Strike A Pose' - by film makers Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan which examines "the lives of the seven young male dancers who joined Madonna on her controversial 1990 "Blonde Ambition" tour. They soon discovered that they were role models in the gay community, though they didn't always feel like it."  The film re-connects with these men 25 years later in the aftermath of an experience which changed their lives for better and for worse.  It's a surprisingly emotional and inspiring movie that Madonna fans will love but even the uninitiated will connect to due to the significance of what their bravery added to the global conversation regarding HIV and sexuality so many years later.  If that's not enough to intrigue you, Darren actually vogued at his senior prom dressed as one of these men in a pin-striped suit - and Anthony was born the day 'Vogue' went to number one! For more info visit 


Jul 12, 2016

You could not get two more polarizing films OR two more polarizing reactions to them! This episode we discuss Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel 'The BFG' and the latest strangefest from director Todd Solondz, 'Wiener-dog'.  

Jul 5, 2016

We paid to see three extraordinary films this week: The New Zealand adventure comedy 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' by director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Boy) starring Sam Neill and newcomer Julian Dennison,  The fashion obsessed art-house thriller 'Neon Demon' by director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives) starring Elle Fanning, and the charming gross-out existential comedy 'Swiss Army Man' directed by The Daniels and starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe.  


Jun 28, 2016

We went to see the documentary 'Tickled', The Blake Lively shark attack thriller 'The Shallows' and the mega-blockbuster sans Will Smith sequel to Independence Day - Independence Day: Resurgence. We got new digs, Anthony got new shoes and a celebrity was rude to Anthony at BevMo!  

Jun 21, 2016

We saw 3 movies since our last podcast - Pixar's 'Finding Dory', unintentionally funny scary movie 'The Conjuring 2' and 'Raiders!' - an incredible documentary about a group of friends who made a shot-for-shot remake of 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' in 1982.   Plus we find out what Anthony did to get in trouble as a kid and why Darren almost got his lights punched out by a group of cinema patrons. 

Jun 14, 2016

We paid to see two comedy movies this week: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron and Chloe Grace Moretz ) and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (starring Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer). It's about to get Schwifty in here! 

Jun 12, 2016

This is the obligatory preview episode where you get a sense of what we're like, what the show is going to be and if you'll be sticking around.  The good news is, we're awesome, the show is about new movies and you're definitely sticking around or we'll never speak to you again.  We Paid To See This - a podcast about cinema!

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