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Feb 14, 2018

Checking off that Oscars bingo card some more this week with Phantom Thread. Is the craftsmanship of PTA, DDL, and company at a high level? Of course. But do you agree on how good of a movie this is? No.

Logan mini reviews Winchester. Bob mini reviews Raw.

In weekend picks, Logan talks about the prior week's Homeland and Here and Now. Bob picks Black Panther for next week's full review, and also mentions Early Man, The Party, and Samson.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Feb 8, 2018

It's that time of year again: our annual video games special episode! The fellas share their top video games of 2017, talk about games they disliked(!), and wax wistful about a few they didn't get around to playing. 

And they may or may not go off on a tangent or two.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Jan 31, 2018

January means two things. First, checking off the Oscars noms boxes. This week it's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Just how intense it the trio of performances from McDormand, Harrleson, and Rockwell? Will it make our personal best-of lists?

The second thing January means is that we start our year-end wrapups! It's TV this week. Get Logan's ten best shows, and hear Bob's thoughts on his own favorites.

In weekend picks, Logan says stick to catching up on the year's good stuff in terms of TV. Bob mentions Hostiles, Winchester, and, again, Phantom Thread. Keep it locked to Twitter for the week's final nod.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Jan 24, 2018

Time to get out our Oscars bingo cards, and The Post is this week's full review. Does the movie live up to the cast? Will it be one of OUR favs come Oscars time?

Bob mini reviews Black Mirror and Bright. Logan mini reviews Doki Doki Literature Club.

In weekend picks, Logan talks about The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, The Path, and Portlandia. Bob mentions Phantom Thread (again), 12 Strong, Den of Thieves, and Forever My Girl.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Jan 9, 2018

January's a good movie month, and Molly's Game is a good pick for our full review. Of course we talk about the levels of Aaron Sorkin-ness. What makes this movie a little different from his other work? And, yeah, but does it work?

Bob mini reviews Abzu.

In weekend picks, Logan mentions David Bowie: The Last Five Years, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams, Crashing, and Divorce. Bob picks The Post, and also talks about The Commuter and Proud Mary.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Jan 3, 2018

You wanted Downsizing (right???), and we're reviewing it. Can we survive the whiplash-inducing turning on a dime? What do we think of Payne's take on the details of the movie's premise?

Bob mini reviews Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Happy Christmas. 

For weekend picks, Logan mentions 9-1-1, The Good Place, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Bob talks about Insidious: The Last Key and In Between, but reaches back and chooses Molly's Game for our next review.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Dec 29, 2017

The end of the year is coming, which is always a busy time for us. Our full review is The Shape of Water. Is it too fairy tale-y for its own good, or just fairy tale-y enough to be wonderful? And you know we weigh in on how this compares to del Toro's previous work.

Bob mini review I, Tonya, The Orville, and Call of Duty: WWII. Logan mini reviews The Greatest Showman.

In weekend picks, Logan mentions Black Mirror. Bob talks about In the Fade, Phantom Thread, and Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool. Keep it locked to Twitter for the final pick!

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Dec 19, 2017

It's that time of year again: well, yes, Christmastime, but I mean Star Wars time! We review The Last Jedi this week. How does it rank with the now many other movies in the franchise? How do we net out on Mark Hamill's Skywalker performance? (And much, much more!)

Bob mini reviews Darkest Hour.

In weekend picks, Logan tries not to mention Fuller House. Bob talks about a few of the many movies opening Christmas weekend, including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Greatest Showman, Pitch Perfect 3, Downsizing, All the Money in the World, and Molly's Game. Keep it locked to Twitter for the final pick!

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Dec 13, 2017

This week's full review is The Disaster Artist. Have we ever reviewed a more bizarre movie? Would we recommend it?

Bob mini reviews Battlefront 2 and Easy.

In weekend picks, Logan (indulgently) mentions The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie and The Christmas Story: The Musical. Bob picks Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but also mentions Ferdinand and The Ballad of Lefty Brown.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Dec 6, 2017

We (finally!) get to Lady Bird this week, one we've both been looking forward to. How's Greta Gerwig as a director? Will we be remembering it at Oscars time?

Bob mini reviews The Man Who Invented Christmas.

In weekend picks, Logan gushes about the new seasons of Vikings and Easy. Bob talks about The Shape of Water, The Disaster Artist, Wonder Wheel, and 24 Hours to Live.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Nov 21, 2017

We get down to business with Murder on the Orient Express this week. What kind of enjoyments do we get from this star-studded cast? And does anyone out-act Branagh's moustache?

Bob mini reviews Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and The Good Wife season 7. Logan mini reviews Justice League.

In weekend picks, Logan talks about Godless. Bob mentions Coco, The Man Who Invented Christmas, and The Darkest Hour, but we're still decided what next week's pick will be.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Nov 8, 2017

It's time for Thor: Ragnarok this week. How does this latest installment stack up to the other Thor movies? Is the turned-up humor just what they needed?

Logan mini reviews Room 104. Bob mini reviews Too Funny To Fail.

In weekend picks, there's really nothing coming up on TV, Logan says. Bob mentions Murder On the Orient Express, Daddy's Home 2, and Mayhem.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Nov 1, 2017

Back again this week with a full review of The Foreigner. Is Jackie Chan a good linchpin for this sprawling tale? How's Pierce Brosnan's Irish accent?

Bob mini reviews Casual season 1 and Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. Logan mini reviews Suburbicon.

In weekend picks, Logan talks up the return of Shameless. Bob calls Thor: Ragnarok as our pick, and also mentions A Bad Moms Christmas, Lady Bird, and LBJ.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Oct 24, 2017

Two full reviews for the price of one this week! First, Bob reviews The Florida Project. Does its impact outweigh the discomfort? Enough to recommend it? Then, Logan reviews Only The Brave. Can it transcend the cliched pitfalls of men-being-brave-movies? Will anyone remember it at year-end-lists time?

Bob then gives a little preview of some video games he'll be checking out this fall.

In weekend picks, Logan mentions Stranger Things. Bob talks about Suburbicon and Thank You For Your Service, but holds off on making the final pick. Stay tuned!

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Oct 17, 2017

This time we review Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Who shines in the cast? Is the writing up to expressing the interesting thematic ideas? (I know that seems like a leading question, but we actually disagree on that, so listen!)

Logan and Bob both(!) mini review The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).

In weekend picks, Logan mentions The Walking Dead, and wists whimsical about Beat Bobby Flay and One Of Us. Bob brings up Geostorm, The Snowman, and Only The Brave, but we don't have a final pick yet. Watch out on Twitter!

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Oct 10, 2017

Blade Runner is up for the week's full review. How does it build on the original? Is it a successful sci-fi flick of its own accord?

Oh, and we kinda mini review its predecessor, Blade Runner, too, just for fun.

In weekend picks, Logan mentions Mr. Robot and The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). Bob talks about The Foreigner, Marshall, and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Keep an eye out on Twitter for our final pick!

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Oct 3, 2017

We review American Made this week. Is there too much Tom Cruise, or just the right amount? How do the other characters round this flick out?

Logan mini reviews Battle of the Sexes. Bob mini reviews Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands.

In weekend picks, Logan brings up The Mayor, and briefly touches on Scandal and Madam Secretary. Bob picks Blade Runner 2049, and also mentions The Mountain Between Us and The Florida Project.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Sep 27, 2017

It's time for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Does it light us up like the first one? Is Taron Egerton franchise leading man material?

Logan mini reviews Casual season 3.

In weekend picks, Logan talks about This Is Us, The Goldbergs, and Curb Your Enthusiasm and Will and Grace. Bob mentions American Made (the pick!), Flatliners, Battle of the Sexes, and Lucky. 

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Sep 19, 2017

We give American Assassin our week's full review. Is Dylan O'Brien the guy to carry a potentially ongoing action franchise? How's Taylor Kitsch as the bad guy?

Bob mini reviews Catastrophe season 3. The guys talk about some of their pop culture adventures of the last week: Star Trek II 35th Anniversary event, Jim Gaffigan, and Muse.

In weekend picks Logan brings up The Good Place, Fuller House, Transparent, The Orville, and Star Trek: Discovery. Bob picks Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but also mentions The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Battle of the Sexes, Victoria and Abdul, and Stronger.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Sep 12, 2017

Home Again gets our full review slot this week. Does its light and breezy approach make it charming and recommendable or a little boring? Enjoy a classic disagreement from the guys.

Logan and Bob both mini review Wind River. Logan throws in a mini review of Fargo season 3.

Logan quickly mentions (but doesn't necessarily endorse) The Mindy Project, Broad City, Better Things, and Vice Principals. Bob talks about Mother!, American Assassin, and Brad's Status, but can't quite decide. Look out on Twitter for the final selection!

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Sep 5, 2017

We review Lake Bell's I Do . . . Until I Don't on this episode. Does it deliver on its intriguing premise? How does it stack up to Bell's previous flick: In A World . . . ?

Logan and Bob both give their mini reviews of Game of Thrones season 7. Bob also mini reviews Friend From College.

In weekend picks, Logan recommends You're the Worst, The Deuce, and Top of the Lake: China Girl. Bob talks about It, 9/11, and Anti Matter, but picks Home Again.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Aug 26, 2017

Logan Lucky is the week's full movie review. How does it withstand Ocean's Eleven comparisons? Which of us likes it more than the other?

For our mini reviews section, we talk about video games we chose not to finish. Bob mini reviews Thumbleweek Park, and Logan talks about Endless Space 2.

In weekend picks, Logan brings up The Tick. Bob mentions Birth of the Dragon, Leap!, and Tulip Fever.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Aug 15, 2017

This week we give a full review to Detroit. How well does the movie transport us and show us what it may have been like? What do we learn about the context of events?

Bob mini reviews What Remains of Edith Finch and Catastrophe season 2.

In weekend picks, Logan mentions Get Shorty and Halt and Catch Fire. Bob picks Logan Lucky for next week's movie, but also talks about The Hitman's Bodyguard, Shot Caller, Patty Cake$, and Lemon.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

 

Aug 1, 2017

It's Atomic Blonde day! We give it the ol' Practically Culture full review. It all comes down to Charlize Theron: does she hold the movie together despite its weaknesses? Logan and Bob don't fully agree. Have a listen! Choose a side!

Logan mini reviews Lady Macbeth. Bob mini reviews Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

In weekend picks, Logan brings up Ray Donovan. Not so much as a recommendation, but for Practically Culture old times' sake. Bob talks about The Dark Tower, Detroit, Wind River, and Kidnap, but can't quite decide. Keep it locked on Twitter for the final selection.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Jul 25, 2017

It's war movie time! We review Dunkirk this week. Does it play differently as a war movie and as a movie movie? Does the PG13-level gore make it more accessible?

Logan mini reviews Friends From College. Bob mini reviews Baywatch.

In weekend picks, Logan brings up Room 104. Bob talks about The Emoji Movie and An Inconvenient Sequel, but makes the call for next week with Atomic Blonde.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

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