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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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Oct 16, 2018

Outside the streets have gone mad, and between the two of us we spend the equivalent of a day at the theater this week. Reviews include, Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’ (Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler), Drew Goddard’s ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ (Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson), and the fourth iteration of ‘A Star is Born’ (Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Andrew Dice Clay, Sam Elliott). We talk dong, Hemsworths, and show Buzz Aldrin the door. We close the show with some good, old fashioned email readin’.

Oct 9, 2018

It’s a short, campy, schlocky week this go around. We review Panos Cosmatos’ dystopian, revenge film ‘Mandy’ (Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Bill Duke), and shark-centric, monster movie ‘The Meg’ (Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose). Darren gives ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ a box office boost, just to check out the IMAX 3D release of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, and Anthony skips town again. The world’s greatest Erik Estrada joke gets highlighted.

Oct 2, 2018

Singing genitalia, Anthony’s new catchphrase, and Darren’s post performance celebration. This week’s reviews include Michael Moore’s political followup ‘Fahrenheit is 11/9’ and Sam Levinson’s social critique, ‘Assassination Nation’ (Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Abra). Maude Apatow impresses and Bill Skarsgard is in everything EXCEPT True Blood. We rundown a list of our favorite sports announcers, and shoot hot, Halloween juice all up in your furniture.

 

Sep 25, 2018

We’re short, we’re sweet, we’re taking a week, but that doesn’t mean we’re leaving you completely review-less. We chat about the latest Lizzie Borden film, ‘Lizzie’ (Kristen Stewart, Chloe Sevigny, Fiona Shaw), get our hacking rhymes straight, and never fail to mention the old True Blood. Plus we got offered a pretty bad deal after bars closed the other night, involving an exchange of stolen pizza knots for illicit things. Tune in to find out what, who and wheyey!

Sep 18, 2018

Traffic transgressions, driveway tantrums, and a potential first class ticket to internet infamy. We review two films, the socialite documentary ‘Susanne Bartsch: On Top’, and Paul Feig’s comedic thriller, ‘A Simple Favor’ (Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding). We croon that sweet, sweet Gin Blossom-y sound, drown our sorrows in tequila, and keep the vibe generally loopy. Don't get emotional, baby. 

Sep 11, 2018

Our review of ‘The Nun’ is probbably scarier than the actual movie, but still, we saw it so you don’t have to. Corin Hardy directed this next installment of ‘The Conjuring’ franchise - starring Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Sandra Teles, Charolotte Hope and way too many nuns.  We also caught the biopic based on the catpure and trial of ‘Adolp Eichman’, the monster referred to as the architect of the holocaust.  Directed by Chris Weitz and starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz, Nick Kroll and Haley Lu Richardson, ‘Operation Finale’  takes on an incredibly imporatant moment in history. Plus we’re visited by our old friend Bill Wilkins and we make everything about Madonna.  Anthony also saw another thing but honestly I’ve given up trying to remember what it was. 

Sep 4, 2018

This week, we travel down an absurd vortex of lethargy while we review two new thrillers, the Lenny Abrahamson film, ‘The Little Stranger’ (Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling) and the laptop-centric ‘Searching’ (John Cho, Debra Messing, Michelle La). We pit Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson against each other in a match of beauty, refuse to fall in love, and frequent a seedy theater. We give a bonus review of the body-switching 2016 anime, ‘Your Name’. Hey. Who loves ya? We do. 

Aug 28, 2018

Puppet sex, mood lighting, and one of us might be held hostage. Currently. Please send help. This week, we review three fa-hilms! Including the raunchy puppet noir ‘The Happytime Murders’ (Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale), Bjorn Runge’s, ‘The Wife’ (Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater) and Jon M. Chu’s ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ (Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong). We talk two recently classic hunk filled dance scenes, debate water, and deliver the ASMR tingles that no one asked for.

Aug 21, 2018

We go long and strong this week, with a show filled with tangents, manifestation, and a whole lot of Pepsi-takin’. Movie reviews include Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ (John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace), and the latest Nick Hornby adaptation, ‘Juliet, Naked’ (Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd, Ethan Hawke). We pitch a new subscription based, virtual experience, enlist Carly Rae Jepsen’s help in saving the world, and read some of your lovely emails. Gattaca! Gattaca! Gattaca!

Aug 14, 2018

We take a little brain break this week, and give you a little mini-sode. Fret not! We still bringeth thine movie reviews with HBO’s heartbreakingly masterful ‘The Tale’ (Laura Dern, Jason Ritter, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Debicki). We chat a bit about the late, great John Heard, and speak of a future involving the return of Ms. Jackson, if you’re so inclined to be nasty. Trigger Warning: this episode focuses on a movie that deals with the topic of sexual abuse. 

Aug 7, 2018

Almost a half hour goes by before we get to the movies, but we fill the space with some much needed TV talk, including USA’s ‘The Sinner’, Patrick Stewart returning to ‘Star Trek’, and Hulu’s Stephen King series, Castle Rock’. Movies reviewed include ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ (Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux), and 1980s tennis biopic, ‘Borg vs McEnroe’ (Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard). We belt out Mandy Moore, delve to the depths of our hot genitals to croon some Crash Test Dummies, and get analyzed by John Waters.

Jul 31, 2018

Is eating honey animal abuse? Can a vegan have a leather couch? Do men’s nether regions droop to the floor as they get older?  The answers to these questions and reviews of three great films! First, the smash hit latest installment of the Mission Impossible franchise, ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ (Tom Cruise, Henry Cavil, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby).  Then we all serious (there are still gross jokes) with two fantastic documentaries. First up, photographer, filmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles, Thin) explores the link between money and happiness by connecting a series of personal subject studies and relating the arc of their lives to the happiness quotient.  Then we talk about the sophisticated and visual feast that is ‘McQueen’ ( Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui) - a documentary about the rise and eventual tragic death of iconic British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen.  

Jul 24, 2018

Unfortunate death hashtags, dulcet stylings, and the human condition fuel this episode. We review HBO’s ‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’, gritty sequel, ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ (Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Keener) and tease the documentary ‘Generation Wealth’. Sequel titles are analyzed, Tilikum puns are made, and Joe Dante’s ‘Piranha’ 1978 horror classic is celebrated. We celebrate the gene pool of Kravitz and Kravitz related people. Plus we rave about Sacha Baron Cohen's brilliantly subversive political comedy on Showtime, 'Who Is America?'.

Jul 17, 2018

Anthony has strong feelings about socks, Madonna cat-calls three identical strangers and we review two films; one a contender for best of the year so far!  First up, there’s the new Gus Van Sant ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’ (Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black) then we take a deep dive into the heart of teenage angst with the surprisingly strong debut by writer director Bo Burnham, ‘Eighth Grade’ (Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan). Darren gets uninvited to a water park, Anthony refuses to tuck in his bed sheets and we read your email (intentionally singular).

Jul 10, 2018

A new form of transportation irritates two men from a small, beach community, one of us goes to the theater just to drink, and you hear the most unqualified sports talk in the history of movie podcasting. Reviews include, Boots Riley’s debut feature ‘Sorry to Bother You’ (Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Armie Hammer’, Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ (Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Michael Douglas), and basketball comedy ‘Uncle Drew’ (Lil Rel Howery, Kyrie Irving, Shaquille O’Neal). We recap some of history’s most important beer commercials, and learn the Australian word for raisin.

Jul 3, 2018

Pine nuts, bee terminology, and one of us is betrayed by our own mother. Two movies are reviewed; ‘Leave No Trace’ (Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Dale Dickey) and the Neon produced documentary ‘Three Identical Strangers’ plus a brief mention of 'Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist' - the 4-part true crime documentary streaming on Netflix.  Also, a very special phone call, somebody didn’t see a movie, bad theater experiences, underage concerts, Howard Jones, and someone loses their Italian card. If you like pesto, this is the show for you. We riff on Madonna, and 'GLOW’ is back on Netflix, so we're happy(er).

Jun 26, 2018

We’re good, we’re calm, we deal with people on the road in a civilized manner. Reviews this week include ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ (Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Jeff Goldblum), the heart wrenching documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ (Fred Rogers, Yo-Yo Ma) and indie comedy ‘Izzy Gets the F*** Across Town’ (Mackenzie Davis, Haley Joel Osment, Laakeith Stanfield, Carrie Coon). We meet a Whitesnake fanatic, get hit on by inappropriate people, and lament a world so far removed from Mr. Rogers’. And if you don’t stay for any of that, at least stay for the old rumpy pumpy.

Jun 19, 2018

We come at you on Father’s Day in the United States with a trifecta of fun-type movies. Reviews this week include the long awaited Pixar sequel, ‘Incredibles 2’ (Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk), heist spinoff, ‘Oceans 8’ ( Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna), and the feel good flick, ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ (Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Toni Collette). Cameos happen, we fall in love with an owl man, and get distracted by the pretty records in the wall. Apologies to Natalie Wood and Sharon Tate.

Jun 12, 2018

Darren’s back from New York, and Anthony is ill; neither event is related. We review Leigh Whannell’s gruesome action flick, ‘Upgrade’ (Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson), Ari Aster’s directorial debut ‘Hereditary’ (Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne) and Bart Layton’s ‘American Animals’ (Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan). But we don’t stop there, so get comfortable! Darren speaks on the Andre Leon Talley documentary ‘The Gospel According to Andre’, Anthony gives a very timely rundown of James Cameron’s least successful record breaking film, ‘Titanic’, and Ann Dowd is in everything. A ghoulish friend makes his return.

Jun 5, 2018

Darren’s living it up in the Big Apple, but we still give you the goods. We review Paul Schrader’s latest film ‘First Reformed’ (Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer), rant about young Leonardo DiCaprio, and complain about another theater experience. We challenge each other to review some classic films that we’ve missed (or avoided). We’re back at you fresh, next week!

May 29, 2018

An entire episode dedicated to the latest stand-alone film in the Star Wars universe; the Ron Howard directed Han Solo origin film 'Solo - A Star Wars Story'. Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bethany and Jon Favreau. If you have't seen the film yet, be aware THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS!

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. 

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