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The Joker: Best In Series (211)

With Joker hitting the theaters in a few weeks, we determine the definitive best and worst Jokers from cinema. It's the seventh edition of Best in Series!

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Eligible Jokers

Cesar Romero – Batman (1966)

Jack Nicholson – Batman (1989)

Mark Hamill –Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight (2008)

Jared Leto – Suicide Squad (2016)

Zach Galifanakis – LEGO Batman (2017)

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker (2019) (Mac Counted?)

Use our questions and play along at home:

The Laugh?

The Smile?

Funniest?

Villainous Scheme?

Adversary to Batman? (Could be physically or mentally)

Work with Other Villains?

Quote?

Opening Scene/Reveal?

Movie with the Character?

Backstory?

Accessories/Suit?

Comic Accurate?

Most Unique?

IT Chapter Two (210)

Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club in a return to where it all began with "IT Chapter Two," the conclusion to the highest-grossing horror film of all time. Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, kids are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all...putting them directly in the path of the clown that has become deadlier than ever.

Director: Andy Muschietti

Writers: Gary Dauberman (screenplay by), Stephen King (based on the novel by)

Starring:

Jessica Chastain...Beverly Marsh

James McAvoy...Bill Denbrough

Bill Hader...Richie Tozier

Isaiah Mustafa...Mike Hanlon

Jay Ryan...Ben Hanscom

James Ransone...Eddie Kaspbrak

Andy Bean...Stanley Uris

Bill Skarsgård...Pennywise

Jaeden Martell...Young Bill Denbrough

Wyatt Oleff...Young Stanley Uris

Jack Dylan Grazer...Young Eddie Kaspbrak

Finn Wolfhard...Young Richie Tozier

Sophia Lillis...Young Beverly Marsh

Chosen Jacobs...Young Mike Hanlon

Jeremy Ray Taylor...Young Ben Hanscom

We discuss IT Chapter 2.

Spoiler free for 29:09!

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Summer 2019: Let's All Go to the Movies! (209)

We discuss all the movies & TV shows from the summer that didn’t get standalone episodes!

D23 News:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – 4:22

The Manadalorian – 7:23

Obi-Wan – 10:47

Lizzie McGuire – 12:12

Noelle – 14:08

Other News:

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie – 14:59

Spider-Man News - 16:39

Movies:

Long Shot – 19:29

Brightburn – 21:02

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – 22:14

Men In Black: International – 26:24

The Dead Don’t Die – 28:14

Yesterday – 29:46

Midsommar – 32:12

Good Boys – 36:15

TV Shows:

After Life (Netflix) – 38:30

What We Do in the Shadows (FX) - 39:01

Chernobyl (HBO) – 39:39

Glow (Netflix) – 40:22

Mindhunter (Netflix) – 42:06

Barry (HBO) – 42:42

Dave Chapelle: Sticks & Stones (Netflix) – 45:43

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Avengers: Endgame Character POWER RANKINGS (208)

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 2019's 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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The Boys: Season 1 (206)

A fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It's the powerless against the superpowerful as ''The Boys'' embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about ''The Seven'' and Vought -- the multibillion dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes.

Creators: Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

Karl Urban... Billy Butcher

Jack Quaid... Hughie Campbell

Antony Starr... Homelander

Erin Moriarty... Annie January/Starlight

Dominique McElligott... Queen Maeve

Jessie T. Usher... A-Train

Laz Alonso... Mother's Milk

Chace Crawford... The Deep

Tomer Capon... Frenchie

Karen Fukuhara... The Female

Nathan Mitchell... Black Noir

Elisabeth Shue... Madelyn Stillwell

Simon Pegg... Hughie's Dad

Shaun Benson... Ezekiel

Christian Keyes... Nathan

Jess Salgueiro... Robin

Alex Hassell... Translucent

Brittany Allen... Popclaw

Christian Bako...Alesky Lutz

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (204)

Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor...Sharon Tate.


Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Starring:
Margot Robbie...Sharon Tate
Brad Pitt...Cliff Booth
Leonardo DiCaprio...Rick Dalton


We discuss Quintin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.

Spoiler free for 26:27


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San Diego Comic-Con 2019 (203)

We round up all the highlights from 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. From DC to Marvel and everything in between, we discuss the most popular TV and movie trailers.

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MARVEL PHASE 4!!!

Black Widow

The Eternals

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings

Loki

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

What If?

Hawkeye

Thor: Love and Thunder

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Captain Marvel 2

Fantastic Four

Blade

Watchmen

Harley Quinn cartoon

Jay & Silent Bob: Reboot

Rick & Morty

It: Chapter 2

The King’s Man

Halloween Kills/Halloween Ends

Picard

Terminator: Dark Fate

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Gossip Girl is back baby!

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

Best:

Worst:

Best/Worst Fantasy Draft

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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 TV 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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