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Episode 70 – Rad Dads

We made it to episode 70! Though we had a different agenda announced last week we decided (in classic 17 Waverly fashion) to take a sharp left with a different idea. Therefore, this week we hope you join us as we talk about DAD movies. No, not the deadbeat kind, but rather films depicting the best of the best. For this episode’s discussion, we have ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ (1993) starring Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, and Sally Fields @ (0:03:45) and ‘John Q’ (2002) starring Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Anne Heche, and Kimberly Elise @ (0:28:45). The classic movie for the week is the 1962 adaptation of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ starring Gregory Peck, Mary Bedham, Brock Peters, and, once again, Robert Duvall @ (0:51:30). Lastly, while on the subject of fathers, we just couldn’t leave without reviewing season 2 of the best super-powered daddy issues on Netflix, ‘The Umbrella Academy’ @ (1:09:45). COUCH POTATO SCORES (Out of 10): Mrs. Doutbfire: Rom – 8, Angelo – 7, Gab – 6 John Q: Rom – 9, Angelo – 8, Gab – 8 To …

Top Eight Songs From ‘Hamilton’

Yup. We drank the Kool-Aid. Hamilton delivers on the hype. I’m a big musical fan, but most of them have two to three songs max I really appreciate. Hamilton on the other hand… is Non-Stop (sorry, couldn’t help it). Of course everyone who has seen it has their own list of favorite songs and I’m certain the omission of some from this list can and will offend, but these are my personal favorites from the musical- in order (not an easy task). 8. “Helpless”: This is a solo song for Eliza Hamilton in the first act of the musical (performed by Phillipa Soo in the film). I am corny AF so any love songs in theater are what I’m looking for. I appreciated that this was not only an adorable love song but had a feel of the early 2000’s Pop/R&B. It feels like a perfect blend of show-tune and the songs we used to love back when we were kids from artists like Alicia Keys, Ashanti, and dare I say even a drop of …

Three Takeaways from ‘Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez’

I’m not a football guy, nor did I follow the Aaron Hernandez drama when it was happening live. However, I DO enjoy myself some murder trial documentaries on Netflix as much as the next basic b****. Therefore, when the former Patriots player  (only know that because of this series) was getting a three-part series I could NOT press play fast enough. Yet again, this isn’t a review of what was good or bad about the series, but rather a desire to go over some of the biggest takeaways from the project. 1: Fine, Sexuality, Let’s Get That Out of the Way:  One of the biggest things that this series wanted to touch on was the conversation of Aaron’s sexuality. Within the documentary we have a childhood friend (Dennis SanSoucie) talk about the off and on relationship they had from seventh grade to their junior year in high school. After this experience it would appear that there was no one else to claim they had a romantic or sexual relationship with him? I appreciate what the …

‘Little Women’ REVIEW

Friday night so, a club? A bar? Party? Nah. My sweat pants, fried chicken, and the comfort of a theater to see this generations rendition of Little Women. Let’s talk about the good and the bad! The GOOD Florence. Pugh.: I have not yet seen a performance by this actress, but holy cow where did she come from? I thought it was an odd choice to have the same actress play Amy, the youngest of the four sisters, throughout considering that who she is as an adult is very distinct from who she is as a much younger child- understandably;  how was this going to work? Well, Florence doesn’t just pull it off she makes it my favorite performance in the film. The way she plays young Amy has all the beats from the novel and even from the 90’s version played by Kirsten Dunst, but it’s in her tone of sarcasm and cheekiness that makes it something totally unique and believable. Her younger self holds so many of the comedic cards in this film; …

Five Lessons Taken From ‘Marriage Story’

Don’t ever get married. That’s the article. I kid! For a film focused around divorce it’s ironic that I have found a new favorite movie about love. I will not be doing a usual review for Marriage Story, as once again I have found a film that I have ZERO complaints about. Instead I want to talk about the lessons I have taken away from it, and ones I hope others got too! Difference Between Quality of a Partner and a Parent I think one of the timeless mistakes people make in the heat of their dissolving love is mixing ones opinion of their partner, regarding how they were in the relationship, with who they were/are as a parent to their children. It takes many forms! Picking a fight because they were thirty minutes late to pick them up, making negative comments about the other TO the child when the other isn’t around, disappearing with the kid(s) when the other wants to make a visit, and on it goes. Nicole(Scarlett Johansson) is FURIOUS with this …

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ SPOILER Review

Well, as Lloyd Christmas once said, “I HATE GOODBYES!” Yet, it’s time to do so with this trilogy. The guys and I had our chance to see the film so here is the review of the FINAL (unless it makes over a billion dollars; it’s Disney, who are we F******* kidding) Skywalker Saga film. THE GOOD There’s More of Us: I’m not a big fan of this film, but this is a moment that will go down in Star Wars history for me. In the face of hopelessness, as Poe is ready to give up because there are just “too many of them,” to have Lando come on and remind him that “there are more of us,” just broke my f**** heart. It’s magic moments like that that we go to the movies.  Third Act: Ben coming to help Rey, fighting the Knights of Ren, the fleet attack, Rey using Leia’s lightsaber, and fearing for everyone’s f****** life was great. If you’re movie isn’t good, but you can still pull off a decent third act, you …

Episode 45 – The Lie Algorithm

Ah yes, just when you think we are gone for good, we come right back. Welcome back everyone, we are back on the couch after our millionth hiatus. We have a lot to discuss today starting with the finale of HBO’s Silicon Valley (0:05:30) and then we dive into our review of the ‘The Irishman’ on Netflix (0:17:30). We round out the episode discussing the latest episodes of ‘Watchmen’, ‘SEE’, ‘Servant’ and ‘The Mandalorian’. Come join us on for all that and much more sprinkled in.

Episode 40 – Snakes On A Podcast

Welcome back for the season 5 premier of the 17 Waverly Pod! We are here, we are ready to rock, and we are watching ‘Snakes On A Plane‘. Today we discuss the final ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ trailer @ 0:07:40, the finale of HBO’s ‘Righteous Gemstones‘ @ 0:26:45, and then we discuss the first episode of HBO’s ‘WATCHMEN‘ @ 0:40:45. Come joins us on the couch for that and much more!

Does Todd Phillips’ ‘JOKER’ Owe Audiences a Sequel?

Though Todd Phillips has gone on record to say that his JOKER is a complete stand-alone/one-and-done film, fans might find it difficult to accept considering the insane success the movie has had at the weekend box office. The film has officially broken October box office records (dethroning last years Venom) with $93.5 million domestically and $234 million worldwide. WOW. Who said a comic book movie has to be colorful to be successful…? Now, is there enough there to build on? Oh YES. Perfect Foundation for Gotham: I understand the end of the movie is meant to create uncertainty over what in the movie was real and what was lies created by the demented mind of Arthur Fleck. We get confirmation that he made up his relationship with Sophie (that was obvious from the beginning), but his session at the end of the film makes one wonder if he was trying to insert himself into the birth of Batman (yet that would insinuate that he knows who Batman is, and we know he doesn’t nor cares to know) …

“Joker” SPOILER Review

Just got out of Todd Phillips’ Joker…Guys, honestly, this is a tough review. I can’t recall the last time I’ve had to review something that was so parallel to real issues. As I write this I know I’m going to be marinating the idea of “art vs. zeitgeist”; does the former influence the latter or vice versa.  THAT being said…Let’s get this over with. THE GOOD  Phoenix: Does Phoenix deliver as the Joker? Yes. For what little time we got to see him. I might have mentioned that something I detest about some comic book films, especially origins, is the tactic of reserving the reveal of the character (or final transformation) for the third act; sometimes even the very end of the third act. This movie seems to do that with Joker. What Phoenix portrays for the majority of the movie is a mentally ill man who never really had a chance to make anything of his life. From the very opening of the movie we get a man being beat down (literally and figuratively), and …