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This week we double up to discuss Gambi's road back into Jeff's heart, Anissa continuing to be team too much, LaLa being LaLa, Vice Principal Thotty working for an avowed racist and giving up babies, and Henderson continuing to be trash.  We also chat about some of the information that came out of Shanna's trip to Wonder Con and interviews with the Black Lightning crew, as well as certify that we aren't shit as we laugh uncontrollably at Penelope Disick.  If you want to know why-click here.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT

Tis the season! That's right, no more waiting, not much more fantasy booking, the Super Bowl of Wrestling is upon us. PWTorch's Rich Fann joins us to break down the entire weekend -and put himself over as he calls in from WWE Axxess to preview the whole weekend. We talk NXT, we talk Hall of Fame, and because Rich is here, we also talk a good deal of indy wrestling for the weekend. Come for Rich stunting on us, stay to hear two nerds fantasy book the future of WWE.

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Direct download: Ramblemania_Preview_-_Unanimous_Decision_88.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:05am EDT

The trailer for Blockers doesn’t do the film justice. While the promos for this film make it seem like Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz are the focus and stars of the film, it’s really the young actresses (Kathyrn Newton, Gerladine Vsiwanathan and Gideon Adlon)who play their daughters who are the standouts. This film proves you can make a raunchy, edgy coming-of-age comedy without being super problematic or focused on dudebros. If Blockers was made 10 years ago, it would have been super white, super male and aged incredibly poorly like most comedies of this time. Instead, Kay Cannon’s film is pretty diverse, inclusive and turns most of the dudebro comedy tropes we’ve seen before on their head.

Think about it. We’ve seen plenty of films where young male high school students decided that “this is the night” they lose their virginity. But we’ve never seen it from a teen girl perspective. At least not done this well. In this film, the girls are all the aggressive ones with their dates for prom going along with their plan. While yes, the parents are frantically (and hilariously) trying to stop their daughters from going along with this pact, the focus is really about young girls exploring their own sexuality and forming their own decisions about what they want to do with their bodies. Gerladine Vsiwanathan is the standout star here. She's the "Tomboy" of the trio and makes most of the crass jokes but they're hilarious, well timed and she plays off of John Cena extremely well in their scenes together.

Even the parents buck some trends we normally see. Leslie Mann plays the overprotective single mom whose real issue is, she doesn’t want to let go of her daughter. This is typically the father role in most films. John Cena is the straight-laced sports dad, but he’s also a pushover and a stay-at-home dad whose wife is the breadwinner. Barinholtz is the “problematic” dad but even his character has a few progressive traits, like the fact that he’s figured out that his daughter is gay and just wants her to feel free enough live her truth.

Like I said, this is a film that from the trailers a lot of people might avoid but that would be a mistake. This is a smart, funny, progressive film that honestly probably makes a great case for why feminism and allowing women the ability to be free and open about their sexuality is good for everyone.

Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on Prom night.

Direct download: Blockers_Review_-_Movie_Trailer_Reviews.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:09am EDT

A Quiet Place is what It Comes At Night wanted to be. John Krasinski directed a horror film that is so good you’ll be surprised it’s PG-13. The intensity and fear generated by moments in this are damn near unmatched by any other horror film in recent memory. From the opening of the film, the tone is set. The film doesn’t spend time trying to explain where these creatures came from or giving much explanation. It focuses on this family trying to survive the best they can, as silently as they can.

Because of the nature of the story, there’s very little spoken dialogue in this film. For most of the movie, communication with other characters is done through sign language. Despite the lack of spoken dialogue, there is solid character development as well as great acting between characters.

This is a film that deserves all the praise it’s getting and you should definitely check it out. Listen to our full, spoiler-free review to find out why we loved it so much. We also talk about the lack of condom use in apocalyptic movies. Seems like it would be the time you’d be most concerned about not bringing a child into the world.

A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

Direct download: A_Quiet_Place_-_Movie_Trailer_Reviews.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 1:09am EDT

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