GG Goes To The Movies

GG Goes To The Movies #17: “John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum” Watch-Along

It’s the return of the Baba Yaga! David and Ted invite you to a watch-along of one of their favorite movies from 2019, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum.

If you’re new to our watch-along series, here are some helpful tips/disclaimers: First, if you haven’t seen the movie at least once already, we HIGHLY suggest you watch it before you enjoy it with us! Second, although you can listen to the episode as a stand-alone podcast, we definitely suggest you sync it up to the movie. Lastly, the best way to sync the movie up with our podcast is to pause when the “Lionsgate” logo is fully on screen (about 16 seconds in), and then once you hear the record scratch after our intro music you hit play!

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GG Goes To The Movies #16: The Irishman & 1917

We have an extra episode for you wonderful listeners this week! For the latest installment of Geek Garage Goes to the Movies, David and Ted discuss Martin Scorsese’s 2019 film “The Irishman” as well as Sam Mendes’ 2019 film “1917”. We’d like to throw out a spoiler alert, since we forgot to mention it during the episode. Also, make sure you tune in to the podcast next week, because we will finally be releasing part 2 of the Legacy of Super Mario Bros. episode!

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GG Goes To The Movies #15: Our 10 Favorite Movies of 2019

For our first “Goes to the Movies” episode of the new year, David and Ted chat about their 10 favorite movies of 2019, in addition to some honorable mentions. The Geek Garage main show will be back with a new episode next week!

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GG Goes To The Movies #14: “Friday the 13th” (2009) Watch-Along

The podcast welcomes back horror enthusiast Shauna Hoyt for this extra special Friday the 13th edition of Goes to the Movies. Today’s episode is a watch-along of, well, you guessed it: Friday the 13th!

As always, you’re more than welcome to enjoy this episode as stand-alone audio, but we DEFINITELY suggest syncing and watching the film along with us! All you need to do is start the movie, push pause when you get to the New Line Cinema logo, then push play once you hear the record scratch after our intro music.

Finally, we want to thank you all for your amazing support in 2019. This is definitely not our last episode of the year, but we do want to take as many opportunities as we can to show you guys our appreciation!

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GG Goes To The Movies #13: “Mad Max: Fury Road” Watch-Along

We live. We die. We live again!

Join David & Ted on another edition of their new “watch-along” series, where they tackle George Miller’s 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. For those that are new to our podcast, or haven’t listened in a while, these watch-along episodes are quite similar to DVD director commentary: After syncing the movie to the podcast episode, your hosts will deliver scene breakdowns and movie trivia as you watch the film. However, you may also listen to the episode as stand-alone audio, if you prefer.

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GG Goes To The Movies #12: A “Halloween” Watch-Along

In what we hope will be a new, long-running segment for the podcast, Ted and I start our watch-along series with John Carpenter’s 1978 film “Halloween”. This episode works a lot like director commentary for a film. However, you can chose to listen to it either along with the film, or as stand-alone audio. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we loved recording it!

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GG Goes To The Movies #11: Here’s “The Thing” About Kurt Russell

David and Ted FINALLY dive into the 80s horror classic The Thing, directed by the almighty John Carpenter. During the conversation, they get into some of the things this film is most known for, such as its amazing practical effects, the stripped-down and straight-to-the-point storyline, and Mr. Kurt Russell’s magnificent hair and beard.

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GG Goes To The Movies: Misunderstood Masterpiece – Fight Club at 20

I am Jack’s oddly-timed podcast.

It’s been (almost) 20 years since director David Fincher transformed Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club into one of the most cult-classic status films of all time. There is much to be said about this movie, albeit not much that hasn’t been said already. And because of that, Ted and I are choosing to focusing on this topic, of Fight Club being a misunderstood masterpiece.

Since its debut in 1999, Fight Club’s message (or messages) has/have been misconstrued by a LOT of people, as well as bent to fit certain narratives and/or agendas. So we’re here to set the record straight. Well, as straight as we can. So grab a friend, some soap, and take a walk with us down Paper St.

GG Goes To The Movies: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

We teased toward the end of our previous “Goes To The Movies” episode that we would be covering Tarantino’s 9th film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. And we have delivered!

Since the film has been out for several weeks now, the majority of what can be said about it has probably already been said. However, we did our best to come up with some relatively unique talking points, criticisms, etc.

The main takeaway here is that we both really enjoyed this movie, and we hope you do to. If you haven’t seen it yet, and have any interest in seeing it, here are a few disclaimers: 1) The episode is SPOILER HEAVY, so please proceed with caution; 2) If you enjoyed Tarantino’s earlier works such as Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction, you will for sure get a kick out of OUATIH.

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Memento Movies

Movies are art. Even movies that I hate, from genres that I find useless – I can admit it, and include them. Art is subjective, after all, and you should not dismiss things outright.[1]We all have our tastes and preferences when it comes to everything, and art is of course no exception. There are films and genres for everyone.

You like flying people in tights who punch other people in tights? Covered. Maybe you prefer quiet romantic films that express a deeper yearning, and question why humans are weighted down with the ability to feel these things? It’s out there. Maybe you just like to watch Keanu Reeves be the greatest human being alive.[2]I am one of those people. Luckily, we have that, too.

The act of liking a specific genre of films isn’t bad, in and of itself.[3] It only becomes a problem when you limit yourself to watching only that particular sort of film. If box office numbers, streaming algorithms, and the Twitter are to be believed, a lot of people limit themselves. Here’s the thing with that, too much of a good thing is, actually[4], not good.[5]

If you limit yourself to one genre or one type of movie, you also limit yourself to experiencing other things and branching out. You set yourself up to only be able to connect to and participate in that experience to which you have limited yourself.

Art is designed with the purpose to make you feel, to make you think, and to provoke – limiting yourself defeats all that. Be daring with your choices. Watch something out of your comfort zone, within reason. I would advise against seeking out something you think/know will seriously upset you. There is nothing wrong with challenging yourself – it’s encouraged! – but don’t feel like you should harm yourself by watching something traumatizing.[6]

Make no mistake, though – you also don’t have to feel obligated to like everything you watch.[7]I have watched a number of the MCU movies, for example. I could not tell you which ones because they all sort of ran together, but I’ll focus on Avengers: Endgame.[8]This movie was popular, and well liked.[9]Comparatively speaking, I didn’t really have a desire to see it; at least, not in the way I have a desire to watch, say, every movie John Woo has ever or will ever be even tangentially involved in.[10]

But, in some ways, I felt obligated to watch it. I’m a nerd. I’m on a podcast called “Geek Garage… Goes to the Movies.” It’s the largest property ever in geek and/or film media. I need to see it, if only because of those reasons. Parts of it I enjoyed.[11] Parts of it made me want to roll my eyes so hard they fell out of my head.[12] Overall, it was… fine. Not great, not terrible. I could see why it was so popular: it was easily digestible and played the hits. It’s fine to like movies like that, and the MCU films are decidedly not the only examples I could have used. The issue is, again, if that is all you seek out it’s all you engage with.[13] Challenge yourself. Watch something out of your comfort zone. Be daring. Listen to your records backwards and try to summon a lesser demon.[14] In short, live a little.

And of course, as always, watch more movies. Because movies make life better.


[1]There are certain exceptions to this rule that prove worthy of derision. Examples of things you can fairly, safely, and understandably dismiss include, but are not limited to: Suicide Squad (D. Ayer, 2016), a solid 70% of movies starring The Rock, and the oeuvre of Joss Whedon. 

[2]I am talking, of course, about Point Break. However, you really can’t go wrong with his filmography. He is a saint that we do not deserve. He also may be immortal. Jury’s still out.

[3] There are exceptions to this, too. For example, liking the movies I named above is bad and you should feel bad for doing it. But also, if you are watching actual propaganda, you probably suck.

[4]https://i.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/021/665/DpQ9YJl.png

[5]With all respect to Mr. Barry White, who tried to argue against this theory by proposing that he could not get enough of his lover’s, well, love. That may be one of those notable, “proving the rule” exceptions. Hard to say. 

[6]Like Suicide Squad

[7]Although if you watch Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love (2000) or Chung-King Express (1994) and say you don’t like either of them, you are wrong.

[8] Episode #31 of Geek Garage covers this, but we don’t talk about that episode. It’s basically the Titanic disaster of the podcast medium. It is our The Room, but without the charm or accidental comedy.  

[9]Shockingly, almost offensively understated I know. 

[10]Listen to Geek Garage… Goes to the Movies episode “John Woo-mp There It Is” for my takes on The Killer (1989) and Hard-Boiled(1992). Spoiler alert: I like them a whole lot. 

[11] Scarlet Witch finally getting a moment to show that, canonically, she is one of the strongest characters. Like, look, in House of M she literally rewrites the human genome so that mutants don’t exist. That is hard AF.

[12] No Adam Warlock, no care. There are no real stakes. Forcing in dumb, unfunny quips every thirty seconds – I’m looking at you in particular “America’s Ass.” I could go on, but you get it.

[13] It’s also makes you boring and safe, which are both just dreadful things to be.

[14]Don’t actually do this, duh. The real action is with the Great Old Ones; everybody knows that.