It’s a busy episode this week on Headcanon. First, of course, we are required to discuss Taylor Swift’s new music video for “Delicate.” (01:39) Then we give our thoughts on Lucy Hale’s new pilot Life Sentence (09:50). Our main focus is the very bad 2013 film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (20:23), but we also give our spoiler-y thoughts on Red Sparrow (01:18:12) and Thoroughbreds (01:27:39) at the end of the podcast. Enjoy!
After some Oscar talk (02:01), the bros take a look at the 2017 film Logan (16:16), which Marco had never seen before. It’s bloody and shocking and surprisingly moving and we really liked it. Patrick Stewart is crushing it, and poor Eriq La Salle’s family just didn’t deserve that.
Marco and Benji are a little all over the place this week. Ostensibly, their focus is on the 2011 film Hanna (07:24), but neither are too fussed with it. Also discussed: The PLLerfectionists, Christopher Nolan’s best movies, Annihilation (52:45), Munich, Padme Amidala’s dumb character, Oscar picks (1:20:47), and more.
Benji and Marco take in the seminal 2017 film The Circle. Is social media a net positive for society? Should Marco go fully transparent? Is Boyhood bro’s death the most satisfying moment in the film? Is John Boyega’s character real? All this and more are discussed on the pod (01:56). Then at the end we talk about Black Panther for about a half hour (01:40:48). Beware of SPOILERS!
Contrary to previous plans, we are not doing The Circle this week. Instead we’re going to finish off the ill-begotten Fifty Shades franchise with Fifty Shades Freed, now in theater. Spoilers abound, as if anyone cares about spoiling this dumb movie.
The Bros return after a month-long hiatus to catch up on some new trailers (02:06), Star Wars news (14:13), and The Cloverfield Paradox (25:27). Then it’s time for our main event, the long-threatened discussion on the 2014 film Divergent (29:33). This society makes no sense and this movie is bad, but somehow very watchable. Axe up!
Marco and Benji ring in the New Year discussing the truly awful, boring and hackneyed movie Bright (07:56). We are both in agreement that it’s time for David Ayer and Max Landis to sit down. Then we turn to more a enjoyable topic and nerd out about The Last Jedi some more (44:02). We discuss whether or not Rey is vulnerable to the Dark Side, and should Kylo Ren be redeemed? *SPOILER* warnings, as always.
Well, you voted for it, listeners. Here’s Love Actually, a movie which is probably a lot worse than you remember. Christmas is all around us, and Marco and Benji are talking about that whole Andrew Lincoln/Kiera Knightly plot line, the general awfulness of the Colin goes to America plot line, Liam Neeson as Dirk Diggler, why Colin Firth would try to write a novel on stacks of paper outdoors in the wind next to a lake, and much more. Happy Christmas!
This is an old school, all-Star Wars episode of Headcanon, as Marco and Benji go deep deep deep into SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Turn back now if you haven’t watched the movie. If you have seen it, join us as we discuss our top moments, our nitpicks, Reylo, #HandStuff, Luke Skywalker’s legacy, Canto Bight, slicers, porgs, Amilyn Holdo, Bendus, Snoke theories, and much more. And at the end, our character and movie power rankings. We really like Star Wars, guys.
This week on Headcanon, Marco and Benji start off by talking about two recent trailers. One good, one bad. They’re for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (01:55) and Ready Player One (05:43). Draw your own conclusions. Then the guys wrestle with their feelings for James Franco’s paean to Tommy Wiseau The Disaster Artist (09:51) before moving on to their spotlight focus of the week, the 2014 film Vampire Academy (28:35), which currently sits at 14% on Rotten Tomatoes. Turns out there might be a reason for that.
Marco and Benji discuss the Marvel show Runaways, from Hulu and ponder if anyone is ever going to actually run away (04:25). Then a few brief conversations about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — with minor “spoilers” for the Season 5 premise, if you care about that sort of thing (07.47), The Avengers: Infinity War trailer (10:26), and new information on The PLLerfectionists PLL Spin-off (16:18). Afterward, we have a nice long chat on the seminal 1991 Sean Astin vehicle Toy Soldiers (26:33). Yes that's right, Benji put chapter markers in! You're welcome.
This week, Marco and Benji talk a little recent TV with a focus on Runaways, Godless, and Mr. Robot. We do our best to avoid spoilers. Then we talk about Lady Bird for a bit, which was weird for us two native Sacramentans to watch. Finally, we close out with a focus on the 1999 James Bond 007 film, The World is Not Enough.
Well, we went and saw Justice League so you won’t have to. Stay tuned for a scene by scene breakdown that is probably more effort than this movie is worth. I guess you could say we… did the movie justice. Also discussed: Marco has now ready the first half of La Belle Sauvage, Benji has lots of complaining to do about the Wizarding World movies, and we saw lots of trailers at the theater.
Benji and Marco are talking Agatha Christie this week. After a brief discussion of Taylor Swift’s new album and the Lord of the Rings TV series on Amazon, the guys get into And Then There Were None adaptations before discussing the new film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. We liked it, mustache and all.
We’re actually talking about a Marvel movie this week! After threatening to do so for years, Marco and Benji talk the MCU with Thor: Ragnarok, which we both enjoyed. Also discussed: TSwift’s new song, a potential Lord of the Rings TV show, some Stranger Things digressions, and lots of other nonsense. Plus, the bros finally do a Five Man Band pitch session for a TV show.
- Taylor Swift's "Call it What You Want"
- A Lord of the Rings TV show is potentially in the works
- Saruman Trololo
- Thor: Ragnarok trailer
- A Theory of Film Music (response to Every Frame a Painting)
- Oscar Isaac Dancing
- TV Tropes: Five Man Band
- Murder on the Orient Express trailer (Katy Perry remix)
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Marco and Benji once again have a new Taylor Swift video to discuss. This time it’s Taylor’s weird Ghost in the Shell pastiche Ready For It…? Then we talk some recent TV shows before getting into our spotlight discussion of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Marco liked this on rewatch, Benji did not. Much conversation over the nebulous powers of vampires and Winona’s attraction to Prince Vlad ensues.
This week on Headcanon, Benji and Marco talk about MoviePass, what it is, and what bad movies they went to see with it. Like The Snowman, which is truly awful. Then we go into a deeper discussion on The Shining, and all the various theories and speculation about it. Creepy movie. Next week: Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Okay, we’re back for real this time. Marco and Benji return to talk movies, TV, and Taylor Swift (of course). Discussions cover the new season of Mr. Robot, Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, an All-Female Avengers, why a PI followed Benji on Twitter, and much more.
Just when we thought we were out, the Pretty Little Liars spin-off “The Perfectionists” pulled us back in. This is still not our official relaunch episode, but we couldn’t resist hopping on Skype to chat about this new development in the Pretty Little Liars Cinematic Universe. We talk about what we see as hurdles to the new show, and how it might work. Plus, how to write off Emily Fields and those babies. Also discussed: fall albums and Star Trek: Discovery.
We’re changing things up a bit as we look to reboot the podcast in October, so please enjoy this sort or rehearsal episode as we try out a new multi-topic format. This week Marco really wants to discuss Taylor Swift’s new(ish) video for “Look What You Made Me Do.” Benji rhapsodizes about his latest video game/fiction obsession The Witcher. And then we do a spotlight discussion on the new Jennifer Lawrence joint “mother!” It’s uh… really something. Spoilers abound, of course, so beware. And finally, we try out a new creative segment called “Fix This Franchise,” and our first candidate is the Freeform show “Famous in Love,” which is somehow getting a season 2. We’ve got some thoughts on where it could go. We’re still working out the kinks in the new format, so any and all feedback is welcome, and we’ll be back in October for the real relaunch. Thanks for listening xoxo