This week, we chat about Divergent -- is it a clever take on a dystopian future where citizens are punished for being themselves, or is it a Hunger Games cash in? Plus, Rhea and Ricky pitch the next great sci-fi comedy, and one of them gets it SO right, he or she inherits Cameron's movie studio(s).
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We're taking next week off, but NEXT NEXT week (4/17) we'll be watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is in theaters now!
This week, we watch Gattaca, the sci-fi film that imagines a not-too-distant future where everybody's perfect, ESPECIALLY Uma Thurman. Plus, inspired by Gattaca's unease with cloning and genetic manipulation, Rhea and Ricky pitch the next great blockbuster that will feed on our fears.
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Next week, we'll be watching Divergent, which is in theaters now!
This week, we chat about the 2013 Schwarzenegger/Knoxville action picture, The Last Stand. Plus, the action hero/comedy figure combo inspires Rhea and Ricky's pitches for similar pairings.
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And, as promised, here's a picture of Cameron, horizontal on a bull...
...and here's a picture of Ricky, sans fro.
Next week, we'll be watching Gattaca, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.
This week, we chat about the movie Stargate, per Cameron's request. Is it as awesome as her childhood nostalgia would have us believe? Plus, Rhea and Ricky pitch some ideas for getting Kurt Russell and James Spader back together. They're like peanut butter and jelly!
Don't forget to tune in for the 2014 MaxFunDrive, March 17-28!
Next week, we'll be watching The Last Stand, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.
This week, we take a look back at the film that launched a sequal, a television show, and a Hi-C flavor: Ghostbusters. Plus, inspired by Darren Aronofsky's Noah, Rhea and Ricky pitch movies based around unnatural movie/director pairings.
Don't forget to tune in for the 2014 MaxFunDrive, March 17-28!
Next week, we'll be watching Stargate, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.
This week, we remember Harold Ramis and some of his greatest works, recast a few of our favorite films with women, and deconstruct the 2010, low-budget, sci-fi flick Monsters. Plus, catch some spot-on Godzilla impressions!
Next week, we'll be watching Ghostbusters, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.
This week, we take a trip to theaters to see The Lego Movie and (spoiler alert) we really, really like it. Plus, we're joined by Emily V. Gordon of The Indoor Kids to chat about the movie that made her and the movie that borderline traumatized her. Film is a powerful medium!
Catch Emily on her awesome video game podcast, The Indoor Kids!
Next week, we'll be watching Monsters which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.
This week, we reflect on recent happenings in the movie world, Rhea and Ricky pitch the next great 80s toy inspired blockbuster, and we chat about Ninja II, a movie with some good punching and basically nothing else.
We're off next week, but we'll be back February 20th with our review of The Lego Movie, which is in theaters now!
This week, we review Oscar nominations and revel in Gravity's nods. Plus, Rhea and Ricky pitch some new Oscar categories that will allow action and sci-fi movies to really shine, and we chat about Steven Soderbergh's 2013 medicine thriller Side Effects. Bring on the gold guys!
Next week, we will be watching Ninja II, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.
This week, we take on Cherry 2000, a sci-fi movie recommended to us by comedian and former friend Kurt Braunohler. If you like Melanie Griffith and android love, you'll probably still hate this movie. Fortunately, Cameron's around to spark a light in the darkness by pitching the sequel we were all hoping would never happen: Gravity 2. Bring your thinking cap!
Next week, we'll be reviewing Side Effects, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.
This week, we're plagued by a lingering sickness, but we power through to chat about Spike Jonze's sci-fi romance, Her. What does it mean when Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with an operating system?
Next week, we'll be reviewing the Cherry 2000, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.
How did 2013 treat action and sci-fi movie buffs? Join us as we take a look back at the good, the bad, and Kick-Ass 2. Plus, My Brother, My Brother and Me co-brother Travis McElroy joins us to ring in the new year by sharing The Movie That Made Him.
You can follow Travis on Twitter -- he's @travismcelroy.
Next week, we'll be reviewing the movie Her, which is currently in theaters.
Ricky's out this week, so he missed the chance to chat about Upside Down, the movie about gravity that's not Gravity. Plus, Cameron and Rhea pitch new genres to a handful of our myriad celebrity listeners.
No movie review next week -- instead, we'll be looking back at some of our favorite things from 2013. Happy holidays, everybody!
Rhea is out this week, but we deliver a spirited review of Olympus Has Fallen at her suggestion, and Ricky really scrapes the bottom of the barrel for a best part of this White House peril movie. Plus, Cameron and Ricky team up to pitch the next great "One Man Job" flick and make billions of dollars. Why didn't we think of this sooner?
For next week's show, we'll be watching Upside Down, which is available now on Netflix Watch Instant.
We're back this week with a review of Robert Rodriguez's Desperado, which has nothing to do with the song by the Eagles, as far as we can tell. Plus, we're joined by Pop Culture Happy Hour's Glen Weldon to chat about the Movie That Made Him, and we'll help you make the most of this holiday season by suggesting some excellent, sophisticated movie/food pairings.
For next week's show, we'll be watching Olympus Has Fallen, which is available now on Netflix Watch Instant.
We present you with a particularly Swayze-heavy show this week, and we feel GREAT about it. Special guest Jordan Morris joins us to share the Movie That Made Him, we chat about the action brawler Road House, and we try to solve some real puzzlers. Are "coolers" a thing? Is Jean-Claude Van Damme really that good at splits? Why is Swayze on our minds in such a major way?
Here's that JCVD Volvo spot. What do you think -- real or fake?
We're taking next week off in observance of Thanksgiving, but we'll be watching Desperado for our 12/5 show -- it's available now on Netflix Watch Instant!
This week, we celebrate Cameron's return with an extended news segment and some bonus Troll Doll talk. Plus, we chat Movies That Made Us: Tough Ladies Edition, and lend a critical eye to Chris Hemsworth's current vehicle for bein' hunky, Thor: The Dark World.
For next week's show, we're watching Road House, available now on Netflix Watch Instant!
This week, Rhea and Ricky plunge into Kathryn Bigelow's 1995 cyberpunk thriller, Strange Days! Plus, we read and respond to some of your emails in a new segment we like to call "Wham Bam Pow Pod Fanny Pack Bag of Listener Emails" (please help us come up with a new name).
Thanks to Alex and Philip and everyone else who has sent us emails. We love your feedback and movie suggestions, so keep 'em coming! Hit us up at email@example.com.
And thanks again to the cool cats over at Pop Culture Happy Hour for the love!
For next week's show, we'll be going back to the theaters to check out Thor 2!
This week, Rhea and Ricky discuss the Schwarzenegger/Stallone/50 Cent action thriller Escape Plan, which is in theaters now. Plus, in honor of Halloween, they share the spooky, creepy, and horrifying movie moments that made them.
This week, we become the judges, juries, and executioners for the 2012 sci-fi/action flick Dredd. Plus, feeling inspired by Gravity and Dredd, Rhea and Ricky pitch some hot "places to be trapped" movie premises.
This week, Cameron makes her triumphant return, and we celebrate by chatting about the Clooney/Bullock sci-fi thriller, Gravity -- you might want to tie yourself down to something for this one. Plus, let us teach you about what's poppin', sippin', AND munchin'!
This week, Rhea and Ricky are back at the helm, and they deliever the dish on the Formula One biopic Rush, which is currently in theaters. Plus, prop up your feet, lean back in your sweet leather chair, and let their pitches for hot new sports movies wash over you; you're running the movie studio now, listeners.
Cameron's out this week, but Rhea and Ricky are totally in and stoked to dish about their favorite 80s movie moments! Plus, we dust off the James Spader teen action flick Tuff Turf, so heat up your crimping iron and polish your switch blade -- you'll need 'em both.
This week, we take a trip to the past and revisit an early recording -- a recording so old, in fact, it pre-dates the Wham Bam Pow name. Listen to us discuss the 1979 celebration of weird, ten person gangs, The Warriors. Enjoy Rhea's spirited pitch of a Back To The Future sequel. Revel in our youth and inexperience! Can you dig it?
This week, we chat about the Soderbergh action-thriller, Haywire. Plus, inspired by Haywire's kickass lady protagonist, Rhea and Ricky pitch reimaginings of action flicks helmed by women. Hoodies up, people!
This week, we chat about The World's End, and Rhea and Ricky pitch the next great Edgar Wright / Simon Pegg collaboration; hopefully, it's appropriately British!
This week, we give the thumbs-up/thumbs-down treatment to some end-of-year sci-fi flicks that have been flying under our radar. Plus, Rhea and Ricky pitch other escape scenarios for Snake Plissken, and we chat about the film documenting Plissken's most recent escape, Escape from L.A.
This week, we discuss those special moments from superhero movies that really stuck with us, and we chat about a superhero movie we hope time will forget, Kick-Ass 2.
This week, we rave about Elysium's great parts and bemoan its problematic parts. Plus, Ricky is promoted to the role of hot-shot Hollywood executive and pits Rhea and Cameron against each other in a battle for the next great space film.
This week, we chat about the 2012 action/thriller/police procedural End of Watch -- does it get the "buddy cop" trope right? Plus, Rhea and Ricky help Hollywood with its branding problem by brainstorming some alternate tag lines for the movie. YOU'RE WELCOME, HOLLYWOOD.
This week, Rhea and Ricky pitch the next big trend within the purview of Children Fighting Something movies. You'll want to be on the cutting edge of this one! Plus, we take a look at The Hunger Games, the hit movie based on the hit book about Children Fighting Something.
This week, comedian Ryan Budds joins us in the studio to discuss his experience playing the role of Beach Victim #1 in Sharknado. Spoiler: it involved driving around Tara Reid. Get the inside scoop! Plus, we discuss Charlton Heston's sci-fi classic, Planet of the Apes.
This week, we discuss THE summer movie for monster-punching robots, Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim! Plus, we dive into some movie news, including the improbable social media buzz surrounding SyFY's stinker, Sharknado.
Wondering what to watch during your Fourth of July holiday? We've got you covered with plenty of great movie picks. Plus, we roll up our sleeves and brace ourselves for the Sly Stallone arm wrestling picture Over the Top.
This week, we have a discussion about violence in movies -- how do current events affect our consumption and enjoyment of action flicks? Plus, we put on our thinking caps and dive into Shane Carruth's sci-fi stumper Upstream Color. What IS this movie ABOUT?
This week, we take a look at a summer blockbuster we've all been anxiously scanning the sky for: Man of Steel! Plus, Ricky returns and faces off against Rhea in a competitive Pitch It! Conflict!
This week, Rhea drops some little known Superman facts on us to help us prepare for Man of Steel, we take a look at the richly premised, gun kata extravaganza Equilibrium, and we miss Ricky (he'll be back next week!).
Articles discussed this week:
Via io9.com - Stunning Behind-the-Scenes Photos Show Iconic Movies in a New Light
Via io9.com - Super-Weird Facts That You Probably Didn't Know About Superman
We're back this week with a look at one of the most anticipated flicks of the year, Star Trek Into Darkness. Plus, Ricky leads a discussion about spoilers, and we decide how we feel about them.
You wanted to hear our thoughts on Highlander and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, so we dug into some early recordings to deliver. Who wants to live forever?!
This week, Rhea and Ricky face off in a competitive Pitch It, and only one walks away with a wheelbarrow full of imaginary money! Plus, Cameron shares the movie that made her, and we take a look at the 1995 buddy cop flick Bad Boys. Whatcha gonna do?
This week, we examine J.J. Abrams's affinity for lens flares, Rhea dishes about the movie that made her, and we dive into the exploits of the space traveling, sexual dynamo Barbarella. Hey, is it hot in here?
This week, Rhea brings an article showcasing the techniques that make Shane Black's screenplays awesome and Black himself a cut above the rest. Plus, Ricky shares the movie that made him, and we give a review of the action blockbuster Iron Man 3. Maybe you've heard of it?
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What do you mean Marlon Brando wanted to play a green bagel? And hey: why wasn't there a Sixth Element? Ricky, Rhea & Cam answer these questions. Plus! A review of Tom Cruise playing Tom Cruise in Tom Cruise's new film OBLIVION. It's obliviatious!
It's a Rhea/Ricky Pitch It face-off! Plus screenwriter Max Borenstein joins us in studio to talk about getting started in film & reveals his 2014 project & hey! Speaking of that we reviewed the best Taco Bell commercial of all time: GODZILLA.
This week, we caught Jurassic Park 3D in theaters, and reactions were MIXED; Ricky pitches us RoboCop with a barefooted twist; and Rhea brings in an article about supposedly successful recastings in the sci-fi and action realms.
This week, we take a look at one of the greatest action movies of all time: Terminator 2. Plus, we promote you, dear listener, to the role of hot-shot movie executive. But that's not all -- we're joined by comedy legends Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy of RiffTrax and Mystery Science Theater 3000!
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LIGHTNING NOISE! Rhea brings WBP's unofficial official sound effect into existence on today's show. PLUS: a Pitch It! sequel for the best yellow-hatted detective there is, chats on crowd-funding for Veronica Mars & a review of Brian De Palma's THE UNTOUCHABLES.
We have a sweet, sweet guest on our second episode of Wham Bam Pow: Mr. DOUG JONES! Cameron chats with Doug & almost faints from joy, we discuss extreme Oscar baiting, Ricky reveals his vision for a future DIE HARD sequel, and we review Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro's festival of movie monster make-up.
In this, the inaugural episode of Wham Bam Pow, we discuss the great Sci-Fi movies that were NOT recognized by the Academy (hint: nearly all of them), Rhea pitches a HOT sequel, and we review Quentin Tarantino's oft forgotten Jackie Brown.