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The Lion King (202)

From Disney “Live Action,” director Jon Favreau's all-new "The Lion King" journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother-and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Director: Jon Favreau

Writers: Jeff Nathanson (screenplay by), Brenda Chapman

Starring:

Donald Glover ... Simba (voice)

Beyoncé ... Nala (voice) (as Beyoncé Knowles-Carter)

Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Scar (voice)

John Oliver ... Zazu (voice)

James Earl Jones ... Mufasa (voice)

John Kani ... Rafiki (voice)

Alfre Woodard ... Sarabi (voice)

JD McCrary ... Young Simba (voice)

Shahadi Wright Joseph ... Young Nala (voice)

Penny Johnson Jerald ... Sarafina (voice)

Keegan-Michael Key ... Kamari (voice)

Eric André ... Azizi (voice)

Florence Kasumba ... Shenzi (voice)

Seth Rogen ... Pumbaa (voice)

Billy Eichner ... Timon (voice)

Chance the Rapper ... Bush Baby (voice) (as Chance Bennett)

We discuss Disney's "live action" The Lion King. How does it compare to the animated movie? Which star steals the show? What do we gain from this?

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Stranger Things: Season 3 (201)

It's 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer's heating up. School's out, there's a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group's dynamic, and they'll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town's threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they'll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.

 

Directors/Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer

 

Starring:

Winona Ryder   ...           Joyce Byers

David Harbour  ...           Jim Hopper

Millie Bobby Brown        ...           Eleven

Finn Wolfhard   ...           Mike Wheeler

Gaten Matarazzo            ...           Dustin Henderson

Caleb McLaughlin           ...           Lucas Sinclair

Noah Schnapp   ...           Will Byers

Sadie Sink           ...           Max Mayfield

Natalia Dyer       ...           Nancy Wheeler

Charlie Heaton  ...           Jonathan Byers

Joe Keery            ...           Steve Harrington

Dacre Montgomery        ...           Billy Hargrove

Maya Hawke     ...           Robin

Priah Ferguson  ...           Erica Sinclair

Cara Buono        ...           Karen Wheeler

 

We discuss season 3 of Stranger Things.

 

Spoiler free for 30:00

 

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200th Episode: Best in Series

We celebrate our 200th podcast by using your Mac & Gu 200 questionnaire answers to determine the best & worst elements of the show. It's the sixth edition of Best in Series!

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Survey Questions:

Best/Worst Guvie Vault Movie Winner

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Best/Worst Hot Dog Score (Most Accurate)

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Best/Worst Movie Review

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Best/Worst Mac Moment

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Best/Worst Gu Moment

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Best/Worst Segment

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Best/Worst Gudio Contribution

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Best/Worst Stinger/Theme Song?

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Spider-Man: Far From Home (199)

Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter's plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

Director: Jon Watts

Writers: Steve Ditko (based on the Marvel comic book by), Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comic book by)

Starring:

Zendaya...MJ

Tom Holland...Peter Parker / Spider-Man

Angourie Rice...Betty Brant

Jake Gyllenhaal...Quentin Beck / Mysterio

Jon Favreau...Happy Hogan

Samuel L. Jackson...Nick Fury

Marisa Tomei...May Parker

Cobie Smulders...Maria Hill

We discuss Spider-Man: Far From Home.

How does it compare to other Spider-Man movies? How does it continue the MCU story? Will you need new pants?

Spoiler free for 19:35

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Spider-Man Movies: Best In Series (198)

With Spider-Man: Far From Home hitting the theaters next week, we’re joined by #DORK Podcast’s Ryan Davey determine the definitive best and worst Spider-Man movies.  It's the fifth edition of Best in Series!

 

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Use our questions and play along at home:

 

Best/Worst Fight Scene

Best/Worst Use of Spidey Powers

Best/Worst Movie Plot

Best/Worst Quote

Best/Worst Love Interest

Best/Worst Dealing with Uncle Ben

Best/Worst Villain

Best/Worst Spidey-Suit

Best/Worst Aunt May

Best/Worst "Spider-Man Moment”

Best/Worst Spider-Man Soundtrack

Best/Worst Screenshot

Too Much Screen Time/Not Enough Screen Time

Toy Story 4 (197)

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie's beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as "trash" and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family's road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo's adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they're worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that's the least of their worries.

Director: Josh Cooley

Writers: John Lasseter (original story by), Andrew Stanton (original story by)

Tom Hanks...Woody

Tim Allen...Buzz Lightyear

Annie Potts...Bo Peep

Tony Hale...Forky

Keegan-Michael Key...Ducky

Madeleine McGraw...Bonnie

Christina Hendricks...Gabby Gabby

Jordan Peele...Bunny

Keanu Reeves...Duke Caboom

We discuss Toy Story 4. Does it live up to expectations? How is the comedy? Is this the end or just the beginning?

Spoiler free for 27:50!

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Batman '89 (196)

Jack Nicholson is the Joker, who emerged from a horrible accident as a maniacal criminal. Michael Keaton is the Caped Crusader, who emerged from a childhood trauma to become a masked crimefighter. Kim Basinger is Vicki Vale, the talented photojournalist desired by both men. And Batman is the movie, the all-out spectacular directed by Tim Burton, set to songs by Prince and a music score by Danny Elfman, and an Academy AwardO winner* for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Anton Furst and Peter Young).

Director: Tim Burton

Writers: Bob Kane (Batman characters), Sam Hamm (story)

Michael Keaton ... Batman / Bruce Wayne

Jack Nicholson ... Joker / Jack Napier

Kim Basinger ... Vicki Vale

Robert Wuhl ... Alexander Knox

Pat Hingle ... Commissioner Gordon

Billy Dee Williams ... Harvey Dent

Michael Gough ... Alfred

In honor of its 30th anniversary, we talk 1989’s Batman.

Does the movie hold up? Where does it rank against modern comic book movies? Is Michael Keaton your Batman?

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Rocketman (195)

ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story -- set to Elton John's most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton -- tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton's longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton's first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Farebrother.

Directed By: Dexter Fletcher

Written By: Lee Hall

Taron Egerton ... Elton John

Jamie Bell ... Bernie Taupin

Richard Madden ... John Reid

Bryce Dallas Howard ... Sheila

Gemma Jones ... Ivy

Steven Mackintosh ... Stanley

Tom Bennett ... Fred

Matthew Illesley ... Young Reggie

We discuss the Elton John “biopic,” Rocketman.

Did it meet expectations? How does it compare to Bohemian Rhapsody? Does the film soar or crash land?

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Dark Phoenix (194)

The X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite -- not only to save Jean's soul - but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

Starring

James McAvoy...Professor Charles Xavier

Michael Fassbender...Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto

Jennifer Lawrence...Raven / Mystique

Nicholas Hoult...Hank McCoy / Beast

Sophie Turner...Jean Grey / Phoenix

Tye Sheridan...Scott Summers / Cyclops

Alexandra Shipp...Ororo Munroe / Storm

Evan Peters...Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver

Kodi Smit-McPhee...Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler

Jessica Chastain...Vuk

We discuss the the final movie in the X-Men franchise, Dark Phoenix.

Is it worth your time? Does it provide enough sweet mutant action? Can it rise from the ashes?

Spoiler free for 24:30

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (192)

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species - thought to be mere myths - rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.

Director: Michael Dougherty

Writers: Michael Dougherty (screenplay by), Zach Shields (screenplay by)

Kyle Chandler...Mark Russell

Vera Farmiga...Dr. Emma Russell

Millie Bobby Brown...Madison Russell

Ken Watanabe...Dr. Ishiro Serizawa

Ziyi Zhang...Dr. Ilene Chen and Dr. Ling

Bradley Whitford...Dr. Rick Stanton

We discuss Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Is this a theater movie? Was there enough monster madness? What is Godzilla's deal?

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Game Of Thrones: The Final Season (191)

We're joined by Scheim to discuss the final season & series finale of Game of Thrones.

The final season depicts the culmination of the series' two primary conflicts: the Great War against the Army of the Dead, and the Last War for control of the Iron Throne. The first half of the season involves many of the main characters converging at Winterfell with their armies in an effort to repel the Night King and his army of White Walkers and wights. The second half of the season resumes the war for the throne as queen Daenerys Targaryen assaults King's Landing in an attempt to unseat queen Cersei Lannister as the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

Peter Dinklage... Tyrion Lannister

Lena Headey... Cersei Lannister

Emilia Clarke... Daenerys Targaryen

Kit Harington... Jon Snow

Sophie Turner... Sansa Stark

Maisie Williams... Arya Stark

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau... Jaime Lannister

Iain Glen... Jorah Mormont

John Bradley... Samwell Tarly

What did we think of the season? Did the battles live up to expectations? Are we going to start a petition?

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Aladdin (190)

A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes hell-bent on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes.

Director: Guy Ritchie

Writers: John August (screenplay by), Guy Ritchie (screenplay by)

Will Smith ... Genie / Mariner

Mena Massoud ... Aladdin

Naomi Scott ... Jasmine

Marwan Kenzari ... Jafar

Navid Negahban ... Sultan

Nasim Pedrad ... Dalia

We discuss the live action adaptation of Disney's Aladdin.

BONUS: Gu is joined by Bex of the Matty in the Morning After show to discuss the movie! (36:26)

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Casting Avengers: Endgame in the 90's (188)

Break out the Capri Suns and Dunkaroos... we're heading back toe 90's! We use some of the finest actors of the decade to cast Avengers: Endgame, if it were made in the 1990's.

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List of characters to cast:

Tony Stark / Iron Man

Steve Rogers / Captain America

Bruce Banner / Hulk

Thor

Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow

Clint Barton / Hawkeye

James Rhodes / War Machine

Scott Lang / Ant-Man

Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange

T'Challa / Black Panther

Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel

Peter Parker / Spider-Man

Nebula

Gamora

Hope van Dyne / The Wasp

Valkyrie

Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch

Sam Wilson / Falcon

Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier

Loki

Okoye

Wong

Mantis

Drax

Shuri

The Ancient One

Peggy Carter

Aunt May

Korg (voice)

M'Baku

Groot (voice)

Rocket (voice)

Pepper Potts

Peter Quill / Star-Lord

Nick Fury

Thanos

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (187)

When ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City - a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world - they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

Ryan Reynolds...Detective Pikachu (voice)

Justice Smith...Tim Goodman

Kathryn Newton...Lucy Stevens

Bill Nighy...Howard Clifford

Ken Watanabe...Lieutenant Hide Yoshida

Chris Geere...Roger Clifford

We're joined by Scheim to discuss Pokémon Detective Pikachu. How does it compare to other video game movies? Did Ryan Reynolds steal the show? Was the movie fun?

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Avengers: Endgame... What Now? (185)

After seeing the movie again and having some time to let our thoughts stew, we're joined by @BaddieDae to discuss Avengers: Endgame.

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios' grand conclusion to twenty-two films, "Avengers: Endgame."

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Robert Downey Jr....Tony Stark / Iron Man

Chris Evans...Steve Rogers / Captain America

Mark Ruffalo...Bruce Banner / Hulk

Chris Hemsworth...Thor

Scarlett Johansson...Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow

Jeremy Renner...Clint Barton / Hawkeye

Don Cheadle...James Rhodes / War Machine

Paul Rudd...Scott Lang / Ant-Man

Brie Larson...Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel

Josh Brolin...Thanos

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Avengers: Endgame (184)

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios' grand conclusion to twenty-two films, "Avengers: Endgame."

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Robert Downey Jr....Tony Stark / Iron Man

Chris Evans...Steve Rogers / Captain America

Mark Ruffalo...Bruce Banner / Hulk

Chris Hemsworth...Thor

Scarlett Johansson...Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow

Jeremy Renner...Clint Barton / Hawkeye

Don Cheadle...James Rhodes / War Machine

Paul Rudd...Scott Lang / Ant-Man

Brie Larson...Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel

Josh Brolin...Thanos

It's finally here! The moment we've been waiting 11 years for... the end of the MCU's Infinity Saga culminates in their 22nd movie, AVENGERS: ENDGAME! Does it live up to expectations? Where does it fall among our MCU rankings?

Spoiler-free for 22 minutes!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Characters POWER RANKINGS (183)

Once again we're thinking outside the bun and have created a unique segment we're calling the "POWER RANKINGS!" We use the science of "Math & Gu" to bring you a definitive list of the best characters from 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron!

When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.

Robert Downey Jr....Tony Stark / Iron Man

Chris Hemsworth...Thor

Mark Ruffalo...Bruce Banner / Hulk

Chris Evans...Steve Rogers / Captain America

Scarlett Johansson...Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow

Jeremy Renner...Clint Barton / Hawkeye

James Spader...Ultron

Samuel L. Jackson...Nick Fury

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