Captain America Civil War

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, Charles and James discuss the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America Civil War. Will this movie divide our heroes? Maybe, but James has called in a ringer, The Toni Sanchez! How will Charles manage to fight off TWO Iron Man fans? Listen in and find out!

The Jungle Book

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, Charles and James discuss Disney’s latest live action remake, The Jungle Book. Can director Jon Favreau recapture the magic of the 1967 animated classic? Does he do it better like James so often demands? Listen in and find out.

Dawn of Justice

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, James and Charles team up to examine the latest entry into the DC Universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Has Zack Snyder learned how to portray Superman? Are his action sequences still beautiful? Are there any hidden gems? Listen in and find out!

2015 in Review – Top 15 Films

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, Charles and James reflect on the best of 2015 by reviewing their top 15 films of the year. There’s little overlap this time around but listen in to hear about nearly 30 films you should consider watching to see the best.

2015 in Review – The Dark Side

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, James and Charles begin their annual year in review. Spending well over 400 hours watching films released in 2015, they’ve got plenty to talk about. So in this hour they tackle the dregs of 2015. You can skip watching these films, but you shouldn’t skip this episode.

Oscars Biopics

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, Charles and James tackle three films in up for Oscar consideration. All three are Oscar bait biopics with headliners all around. But out of these films, is there one that is worth seeing? Charles and James debate this and more. Listen in to hear them weigh in.

My Week in Movies – December 31st

Joy

Joy winds through the life of the titular character. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance is perfect. The rest of the movie fails to support her and wastes her talents in a boring flick. There are hints of a good film here. A worthy protagonist, a compelling struggle and a winning end. But nothing shines as bright as Lawrence and that leaves this film muddling through the latter half of the run time.

No Escape

I went into No Escape expecting a story of Typhoon Haiyan. Instead I found an action thriller. I’m not a fan of Owen Wilson. But this film convinced me he can perform well outside of a comedic role. Wilson guides his family through danger as the country devolves into revolution. Challenges abound and some timely help from Pierce Brosnan keep the family alive.

Pan

How about you and I pretend I didn’t list Pan as one of my most anticipated films of 2015. Got it? Great. Thanks.

The Gift

Jason Bateman continues to deliver interesting performances in smaller films. In The Gift, Bateman plays a bully who has a chance encounter with one his schoolyard targets. Joel Edgerton, writer, director and Gordo, delivers a creepy performance. Bateman’s life starts a slow spiral as he tries to keep Gordo at bay. But everything crashes down around him as he resorts to his bullying tendencies.

War Room

War Room surprised me but I’m happy I saw it. I’m not a fan of religious films. Often their focus on miracles instead of every day living is disheartening. I’m sure miracle stories are inspiring to many. But the practicality of War Room inspires me. It offers guidance that doesn’t rely on miracles to improve one’s life. That prayer, or meditation, and a willingness to adjust one’s lifestyle and forgiveness can do a lot. War Room isn’t for everyone. But it was for me.
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The Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne is excellent as is Alicia Vikander. There are qualms to be had with the subject source. I hope there was an attempt to cast a transgender actress. But their performances and the film as a whole are award worthy. This year has been the year of Alicia Vikander. Hope we continue to see her career grow.

Minions

Yep. Minions. I am not the targeted audience and it showed.

Concussion

Is Concussion the film that kills American football? Probably not. Will Smith is superb. I’m not sure if the accent matches that of the person. But his performance with it was perfection. I know I wasn’t keen on letting any future children of mine play tackle football. This picture shows the world why.

My Week in Movies – December 24th

Vacation

John Francis Daley’s departure from Bones was a sad moment. He left a great acting role to be a screenwriter and director. It was my hope that Daley would go on to do awesome things behind the camera. Vacation fails to go anywhere. A comedy about the importance of family, the dynamics of the family ring true. The comedy doesn’t rise above elementary school penis and poop jokes. I wasn’t expecting much out of this film and that’s what I got. One can only hope Daley’s next screenwriting credit can graduate to some higher humor.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Normally, I’d spend a paragraph discussing a movie, but Star Wars The Force Awakens deserves so much more. So look forward to a full movie review in the near future.

The Force Awakens Review

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, Charles and James feel the power of The Force Awakens. Which of their predictions were right and which were wrong? Are they excited for the future of the Star Wars universe? Spoilers galore. Listen in and find out!

The Force Awakens Preview

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, James and Charles talk the biggest movie of the year, Star Wars The Force Awakens. They argue over what it means for JJ Abrams to be leading another treasured Sci-Fi franchise back from wandering in the desert. And is George Lucas really that bad? Listen in and find out!