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May 22, 2018

The superhero movies keep on coming. This week it's Deadpool 2. Is this our kind of movie? Do we like the non-Ryan Reynolds-y parts?

Logan mini reviews the second season of Atlanta. Bob mini reviews Book Club.

In weekend picks, Logan mentions The Break With Michelle Wolf and The Bachelorette. Bob picks Solo: A Star Wars Story, and we hit briefly on How To Talk To Girls At Parties.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

May 16, 2018

Here we go again! Chappaquiddick is this week's full review. Is it overly polemic or agenda-driven? Just how much work does Jason Clarke do to elevate this thing?

Bob mini reviews Deadpool (the first one, people!). Logan mini reviews Chef's Table (season 4--the one about the pastry chefs).

In weekend picks, Logan mentions 13 Reasons Why and Fahrenheit 451. Bob talks about Book Club and First Reformed, but pulls the trigger and picks Deadpool 2.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

May 8, 2018

This is the week we review Tully. Does it stack up well against Jason Reitman's other work? How 'bout that twist, yeah?

Bob mini reviews Anon and Far Cry 5.

In weekend picks, Logan talks about Safe and Patrick Melrose. Bob mentions Life of the Party, Breaking In, and The Seagull, but overall he's feeling pretty uninspired.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

May 3, 2018

The movie event of the summer so soon? The year?? Whatever it is, we review Avengers: Infinity War this week. Can we talk about it without spoilers? Will it be good enough to earn Logan's elusive fifth star for comic book movies? 

Logan mini reviews The Good Place. Bob mini reviews Divorce.

In weekend picks, Logan mentions Anon and Naked and Afraid XL. Bob talks about Tully, Overboard, and Bad Samaritan. 

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Apr 26, 2018

Our full review is the Amy Schumer movie I Feel Pretty. Is Schumer better or worse when she's not writing her own material? Is this a feminist movie?

In weekend picks, Logan talks up Archer and A Handmaid's Tale. Bob picks Avengers: Infinity War, but also mentions Disobedience, Backstabbing For Beginners, and Let the Sunshine In.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Apr 18, 2018

Sort of an exciting week for Practically Culture: we get to explore (what we call) the Jon Hamm effect with the movie Beirut. Is it in effect here? Just what IS the Hamm effect?? You better listen and find out!

Bob mini reviews Blockers. Logan mini reviews The End of the F***ing World.

In weekend picks, Logan talks up Westworld. Bob mentions I Feel Pretty, Super Troopers 2, and Ghost Stories. I Feel Pretty might be the pick. You know, maybe.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Apr 13, 2018

It's John Krasinski week--or it may as well be, as we review his directed-by/written-by-and-starring-in A Quiet Place. Can it transcend our reluctance about the horror genre? What does it have to say about dystopic life?

Logan mini reviews Love, Simon. Bob mini reviews Collateral.

In weekend picks, Logan mentions New Girl, Bosch, Chef's Table: Pastry, and The Circus. Bob brings up Rampage, Isle of Dogs, and Beirut.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Apr 6, 2018

Maybe you've heard of the latest Spielberg movie--Ready Player One? Well, Logan and Bob tell you what they think this week. Are its flaws distracting or nostalgically charming? Also, some thoughts on how it compares to the book. (Naturally.)

Logan mini reviews Into the Breach.

In weekend picks, Logan hesitantly mentions Legion. Bob talks about A Quiet Place, Blockers, Chappaquiddick, and You Were Never Really Here. 

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Mar 20, 2018

Tomb Raider is our full review this week. What's the realization like of the video game into a movie? Does the cast live up to its potential?

Bob mini reviews Thoroughbreds and The Death of Stalin. Logan mini reviews Corporate.

In weekend picks, Logan talks about Barry, Billions, Silicon Valley, and Trust. Bob mentions Pacific Rim Uprising, Unsane, Paul, Apostle of Christ, and Isle of Dogs.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Mar 15, 2018

Oscars catchup is over, and we're into the the winter's offerings. This week it's Game Night. Why doesn't Rachel McAdams get more comedy roles? And laughs--they're what you want from a comedy, right? (RIGHT??)

Bob mini reviews Brad's Status and The Little Hours. Logan mini reviews Easy.

In weekend picks, Logan mentions Rise and Instinct. Bob talks about Tomb Raider, Love, Simon, and Journey's End.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Mar 5, 2018

Back with a regular episode this week, and a full review of Annihilation. How does it stack up against Alex Garland's last film, Ex Machina? What thought-provoking sci-fi ideas does it leave us with?

Bob mini reviews The Trip To Spain and Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. Logan mini reviews Queer Eye.

In weekend picks, Logan mentions American Idol and American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World. Bob hits A Wrinkle In Time, Gringo, and The Death of Stalin.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Mar 2, 2018

It's that time! Our Special Episode dedicated to the movies of 2017, just in time for the Oscars. Listen as we give our top-ten lists for the year, some honorable mentions, and even some Oscars predictions.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

Feb 21, 2018

Black Panther is out, and the fellas give their take. Does it live up to the hype? How does it rank with other Marvel movies?

Bob mini reviews Altered Carbon and Assassin's Creed Origins. Logan mini reviews Fifty Shades Freed.

In weekend picks, Logan talks (during the Olympics TV wasteland) about Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil, Mute, and Ugly Delicious. Bob mentions Annihilation and Game Night.

Let's rock!

Follow us on Twitter: @LoganBeaux and @BobCaswell

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

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