It's the beginning of a horror marathon this week on Media Ghouls as we take a look at the long unexpected film adaptation of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark! While Justin has read and reread these stories in his middle age, Ian knows them mainly by reputation and their iconic illustrations, but nothing could prepare the Ghouls for the unexpected way these stories were framed. Get ready for Goosebumps and Ring references. Ian cites the other kids' horror icons of the 1990s. Justin laments the shame of oversharing movie trailers.
The most underrated Disney film of the 90s gets the spotlight this month on Media Ghouls. That's right folks, it's finally time for A Goofy Movie! It's easy to forget that this one is just as much a musical as the rest of the Disney Renaissance films, but Powerline should never be forgotten! Conceived as a postscript to the awesome Goof Troop animated series, this movie is both hilarious and heartwarming. Themes of fatherhood and the lack of a villain character make this one of the most unique Disney films of all time!
A quick note! The audio quality here was below our standards but we didn't want you guys to miss out on this episode. Back to our usual production quality next week!
The Ghouls pull out the critical lens this episode to explore Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD. Justin has been lukewarm on the second half of the director's filmography, but will this 1969 period piece change his mind? The evolution of editing in Tarantino's films is analyzed...along with his emphasis on actors' feet. Morality, inadequacy, and more are discussed in this rabbit hole of a film.
The third and final Disney "live action" remake of 2019 gets the critical eye this week as Ian and Justin review "The Lion King." But before that spectacle of mediocrity, the Ghouls take a look at Ari Aster's sophomore outing with the daytime horror film Midsommar. Is Scar still the classic Disney villain we've known for 25 years? Were the musical numbers worth keeping this time around? Does Timon dress in drag and do the Hula? Listen and find out what we thought in this week's episode!
The Disney Renaissance continues this week on Media Ghouls with The Lion King retrospective. While you eagerly await your chance to watch the remake of this all-time animated classic, listen in to hear your favorite Ghouls talk about what makes the 1994 original a phenomenal piece of art. With beautiful animation, unforgettable music, and a bevy of influences, can anyone deny The Lion King as one of Disney's greatest achievements? Ian and Justin talk about some Lion King family memories, Jinora sings, and Emelynn chastises the thought of skipping songs on the soundtrack.
Note: Sorry for the dip in audio quality. The San Jose squad's microphones were indisposed at the time of recording. Those responsible have been sacked.
Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an end this week as Ian and Justin review Spider-Man: Far From Home! This pair of Ghouls are lifelong Spider-Fans and have been waiting for the film introduction of one of Spidey's greatest antagonists for nearly two decades. Does the film do this enigmatic character justice? Is the focus on Peter's school life starting to become a detriment? Are the guys capable of agreeing on a film for once in their podcasting lives?
It's Disney week on this episode of Media Ghouls, and it's finally time to take a trip to Agrabah! Justin, Ian, Nando, Emelynn, and Heather take a deep dive into the history of Aladdin and the controversy surrounding Robin Williams's legendary performance as the Genie. The tables have turned as Nando has trouble admitting his favorite Disney film has flaws. Emelynn explains a very serious Filipino tradition. Heather recalls the original, more "edgy" lyrics to "Arabian Nights."
After 9 years, the premiere cg-animated film franchise returns to tamper with the trilogy's nearly flawless ending. But first, Ian and Justin tackle the end of Fox's X-Men film franchise. Justin shares his take of the Child's Play reimagining, and finally brings an AMC story to the table. The Ghouls admit Pixar impresses with Toy Story 4, but an upset Ian starts a great debate over the characterization of an imaginary talking cowboy toy.
It's the annual E3 marathon with special guest Phil, the most professional Media Ghoul. We bring you our insights and commentary on all of the major press conferences and video game announcements of the show. Justin tries to figure out Fortnite and the mysterious Reggie. Ian shames Bethesda for the awful treatment of their fans and franchises.The Ghouls geek out over the Final Fantasy VII Remake. Nintendo and Microsoft prove that dreams do come true.
Ian and Justin take a look at May's biggest movies in this week's episode. First up is the remake nobody asked for, Aladdin. While not the disaster some were anticipating, the Ghouls have a lot to say on what didn't work in yet another of Disney's live action remakes. A brief interlude into Olivia Wilde's Booksmart follows before the duo lets their inner child in their review of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Much fanboying ensues.
On this episode, Ian, Justin, Nando, Emelynn, and Jared unite to discuss the final season of Game of Thrones. The gang puts each character under the microscope to analyze how the writers betrayed the fans. The Ghouls compare Dexter to Game of Thrones, two tales of incest and disappointing endings, before Justin reveals himself to be a Sailor Moon fangirl. Does any TV series have a perfect finale?