OTS - Shawshank Redemption/IMDb 250

According to IMDb, The Shawshank Redemption is the best (or at least most popular) movie ever, and that will probably never change. How did that happen? We have some ideas. But also, we have some very positive thoughts about the movie itself. Because, while it might not be the best movie in whole past and future history of movies, it certainly is a damn good one.

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The Kitchen

If you don't show up for the IP (seriously, who has even heard of this?), come for the cast. Does this movie portend adaptations of other Vertigo titles? If you didn't understand that last sentence at all, well I guess you'll just have to listen to the episode, won't you. 

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

If you haven't seen this movie yet -- and the box office numbers suggest that possibility -- you should. In today's episode, CJ and Jordan both discover that Quentin Tarantino's latest film is also their favorite of his. And, as we all know, the Nerd Critic consensus is the only one that really matters.

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OTS - Quentin Tarantino

Genius or idiot savant? ...Both? In this episode, we dive deep into the films and stylings of this perennially overhyped, frustratingly enigmatic, inarguably legendary filmmaker. Do we answer all the important questions about him? Of course. What kind of show did you think this was?

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Lion King (2019)

Okay, so maybe Disney is just in it for the money. Well of course they are, but... Listen, this is a weirdly complicated thing to unpack, so you're just going to have to hear the whole conversation. (We still really love you, Jon.) ALSO! We have finally, officially rolled out Nerd Critic (to the) Max! Oh, and Marvel announced some interesting things, too. Guys, this is a big episode. Perhaps even fit for a King. (#sorrynotsorry)

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OTS - Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau has worn every hat -- he's an accomplished writer, director, and actor, with enough talent for all three that he could have made a career out of any of them, and that's what makes him an outstanding producer. So far, it's as an ongoing producer in the MCU that he's had perhaps the greatest impact, but even bigger things are in store. It should come as no great surprise that we are huge, HUGE fans of Mr. Favreau. With The Lion King right around the corner, we decided this was the perfect opportunity to dedicate an Off The Shelf episode to him and his work.

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Stuber

Most of the time we cover BIG movies. Sometimes we cover movies that are embiggened by their quality. And then, sometimes, we do a deep dive into movies like Stuber. Here's the thing: it's better than you'd expect. Not great, but not terrible. And for a buddy comedy, you could do a whole lot worse. PLUS: some surprisingly relevant and well-handled thematic aspirations. Come get Stuber with us.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home

You knew we were going to dive deep into the latest Peter Parker adventure. You DIDN'T know we would be featuring our very first Nerd Critic guest! After eight years of writing with the team behind Conan, and now as the associate editor at DC Universe, Dixon Gaines ( @dixontrotter ) might be the funniest nerd and the nerdiest comedian you’ve ever met. If you don't have as much fun listening to him as we did, then you're probably dead inside.

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OTS - Whiplash

The best drumming movie ever (and there are a surprising number of drumming movies), the best JK Simmons performance ever, the most outrageous and challenging depiction of a teacher/student relationship ever. Forgive our hyperbole, but we LOVE THIS MOVIE. It’s hard to stay calm about it.

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Yesterday

All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Maybe you love The Beatles. Maybe you love Danny Boyle. Maybe you love Lily James (seriously though, you have to love Lily James). Wherever your affections lay, listen up, we’ve got lots to say.

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OTS - Toy Story

We’re pulling a classic off the shelf today and our middle school selves couldn’t be more excited about it. What’s better than a talking toys movie?? Listen to us review one of our favorite childhood movies as adults, and see if it still blows our minds. (Hint: it does.)

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Dark Phoenix

It’s time for the talk. About Dark Phoenix. Hey, it’s not that bad! Okay, it’s pretty bad, but here’s a silver lining: you don’t need to worry about seeing it before diving into our episode about it. We promise it’ll be even more fun than actually watching the movie. (Not that the bar was terribly high…)

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