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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Feb 8, 2017

We tortured ourselves to see the 'sequel' (re-boot) of the horror franchise 'The Ring' titled, imaginatively, 'Rings'.  We surprisingly enjoyed Ben Affleck's new Boston prohibition era gangster film 'Live by Night' and we finally talk the last best picture nomination, the Mel Gibson war epic 'Hacksaw Ridge'.  Plus there's talk of doodles, how to remember to spell your name and the Lady Ga Ga performance at the Super Bowl! 

Feb 1, 2017

We talk M Night Shyamalan's latest thriller 'Split' starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Haley Lu Richardson, the Studio Ghibli produced animated film 'The Red Turtle' and the Michael Keaton film 'Founder' about the struggle over the ownership of America's favorite fast food chain.  We might also have talked about how to handle long road trips with no toilets to be found, but you'll have to listen to find out! 

Jan 25, 2017

It's the day of the 2017 Oscar nominations and we've got a thing or two to say about it.  Listen to our thoughts on who we THINK will win, who we WANT to win and who was SNUBBED.  Plus, Anthony has a terrific cold and Darren is so paranoid about catching it, he's wearing a surgical mask.  Check it!  Also please make sure you wash your hands after this episode. You never know.  

Jan 18, 2017

Three big films this episode. First up the Felicity Jones fantasy adventure / realist film 'A Monster Calls' based on the children's book of the same name about a boy who uses his art and imagination to avoid the sadness of his Mother's terminal illness (don't worry we manage to make it somewhat funny).  We discuss the Denzel Washington / Viola Davis film 'Fences' and the Annette Bening / Elle Fanning / Greta Gerwig / Billy Crudup coming of age story '20th Century Women'.  That, and we talk road rage.  It's one for the ages!

Jan 10, 2017

We discuss ‘Bright Lights’ - the HBO documentary about the extraordinary relationship between the late Carrie Fisher and her Mother Debbie Reynolds.  It's a fascinating watch and we tell you why. There are two Adam Driver films. The first, a
Martin Scorsese film ’Silence’ - starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano & Ciaran Hinds - about two 17th century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan in order to locate their missing mentor and spread Catholicism.  We also talk indie Jim Jarmusch film ‘Paterson’ starring Driver and  Golshifteh Farahani about a poetic bus driver (you’ll have to listen to get the gist!).  We also digest the 2017 Golden Globe Awards and suggest new ways to send us feedback (that we probably don’t want come to think of it!)

Jan 3, 2017

We talk Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi 'Passengers' - we revisit the classic Carrie Fisher penned 'Postcards from the Edge' and discuss Viggo Mortensen film 'Captain Fantastic' - plus much more (than you probably ever wanted to know!)

Dec 28, 2016

Cheeky little bonus episode so you don't forget about us!

Dec 21, 2016

Entire episode dedicated to the Star Wars film 'Rogue One' - directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelssohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.  This is a must listen if you've seen the film and want to break it down for better or for worse.  Find out what we loved and what we didn't - and get some interesting back story in to the origin of the story and thoughts on the reasons for such extensive re-shooting and the differences between the theatrical trailer and what ended up on the screen. 'The Force is strong and I am one with The Force!'  WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE! DO NOT LISTEN UNTIL YOU'VE SEEN THE FILM.

Dec 14, 2016

This week's show is pretty much the two of us bowing down and kissing the feet of the incredible Ryan Gosling / Emma Stone musical 'La La Land'.  Find out what sets it apart from other musicals and why you need to see it in a theatre.  We talk Casey Affleck / Michelle Williams drama 'Manchester By The Sea', the ensemble comedy holiday movie 'Office X-Mas Party' starring T.J Miller, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Anniston and the hilarious Kate McKinnon.  Plus we mention dark thriller 'The Eyes of my Mother'.  

Dec 6, 2016

Huge episode covering the Natalie Portman vehicle about former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in a chilling biopic 'Jackie' which examines her strength in the aftermath of the tragic assassination of JFK.  We discuss the new Tom Ford psychological thriller 'Nocturnal Animals' staring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal - the emotional teen angst of 'Edge of Seventeen' and the  Harry Potter spin-off 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'. Plus we talk about HBO's 'WestWorld' (includes spoilers but the segment is at the end of the show and there is fair warning to switch off if you haven't seen the show yet!).  



Nov 30, 2016

Help! Darren's in Graceland and Anthony is somewhere in Northern California - but they still found the time to record a little something something. 

Nov 26, 2016

We're in Hawaii and or Sacramento but we still recorded this little episode just to say thanks. There's easter eggs (we think) - enjoy and see you in another week!

Nov 15, 2016

We rave about the new science fiction film 'Arrival' starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker - directed by Denis Villeneuve. We gush over indie horror 60's noir / Hitchcock homage 'The Love Witch' starring Samantha Robinson - written and directed by Anna Biller.  Hear our thoughts on Ang Lee's new 'experimental' 3D film 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' and our experience seeing classic 'The Birds' with Hollywood legend Tippie Hedron in attendance! 


Nov 8, 2016

We talk Marvel blockbuster 'Doctor Strange' - starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen. We discuss 'Loving' - the civil rights biopic directed by Jeff Nichols about the 1958 interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving who were arrested for marrying 'illegally' - which stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. We also touch on 'Moonlight' - the Barry Jenkins film about a young man dealing with his dysfunctional home life in Miami during the "War on Drugs" era. Plus the Jim Jarmusch directed documentary about Iggy Pop called 'Gimme Danger'.  

Nov 1, 2016

We talk about the incredible new film 'Christine' - based on the true story of Christine Chubbuck -  a TV news reporter from Florida who committed suicide live on television in 1974.  It's a a tragic story of a woman who was battling depression and anxiety and working in a field that she felt was demanding her to produce sensationalist shock stories rather than news. Starring Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia and directed by Antonio Campos. 

Oct 26, 2016

Bumper of an episode! We talk new Ben Affleck action flick 'The Accountant' and Tom Cruise vehicle 'Jack Reacher - Never Go Back'.  Anthony saw a pretty cool documentary about a Japanese heavy metal band 'We are X'  and we talk the HBO Sci-Fi series 'Westworld' and some of our favorite horror films EVER!  Plus we were both in foul moods until the show started but just doing the show made us both happy..  so yay!  P.S sorry it's late ;)

Oct 19, 2016

Anthony's had too much caffeine, Darren is too controlling and there's a new Godzilla film.  We talk about the Netflix documentary 'Man Vs Snake', the new Japanese pop trash 'Godzilla: Resurgence', the anime classic 'Castle in the Sky' plus lots of horror movie favorites.  It's the episode where the Wings vs Beatles vs John Lennon argument gets aired in all its filthy glory.  Who shall win this battle?  You'll just have to listen. 

Oct 12, 2016

If you liked 'Gone Girl' you'll be interested to hear our take on the similarities and differences between it and 'The Girl On The Train' starring Emily Blunt. The film is a mystery thriller directed by Tate Taylor ('The Help') co-starring Justin Theroux, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Bennett Luke Evans and Alison Janney - who, let's face it,  makes any film better simply by appearing in it.  We also talk about the documentary 'Amanda Knox' - an American woman who spent almost four years in an Italian prison following her conviction of the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. Amanda was ultimately exonerated - but the journey between the horrible event and her eventual release is still full of controversy.  Finally we discuss the new Shia LaBeouf indie flick 'American Honey' directed by Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank).  

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 Skarsgård) 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!)

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