The first episode of 2019 is a light one. After reviews for Escape Room and a Netflix and Chat about Outlaw King, Jon covers the winners of this year's Golden Globe Awards.
Since this week's episode is being released on Christmas Eve, Jon has a special treat. After reviews for Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman, Bumblebee, Second Act, Welcome to Marwen, and They Shall Not Grow Old, we celebrate the holidays like any entertainment producer: a holiday special. Featuring reviews of It's a Wonderful Life, Scrooged, The Grinch, Love Actually, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Happy Holidays from the Popcorn Junkie to you.
Since the only new release near Jon this weekend was the 25th Anniversary rerelease of Schindler's List, Jon has a Netflix and Chat of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Season 1 of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, then a discussion about the ramifications of having no new releases and the hierarchy of release platforms.
With the release of the latest entry in the Wizarding World franchise, Jon revisits all 8 Harry Potter movies and the previous Fantastic Beasts before reviewing The Crimes of Grindelwald. Then, after reviewing Instant Family, Widows, and A Private War, Jon breaks down his feelings on the Wizarding World as a franchise.
On this week's episode, Jon reviews Illumination's adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2011's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its new rebootquel(?) The Girl in the Spider's Web, the Nazi-sploitation movie Overlord, plus a Netflix and Chat on Latin History for Morons, South Park Season 22, and Hasan Minhaj's Homecoming King and Patriot Act. Then, a brief discussion on the abuse of padding in movies.
After reviewing the three Johnny English movies, Hunter Killer, Indivisible, and Mid90s, Jon gets into the Halloween spirit by bringing back the Halloween Spooptacular. This year: Hellraiser, Halloween (1978), Halloween (2007), Tucker and Dale vs Evil, and then seeing how The Nightmare Before Christmas works as a Halloween movie.
This week, Jon reviews Eli Roth's first kids move The House with a Clock in Its Walls, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman's new movie Life Itself, Michael Moore's latest film Fahrenheit 11/9, the exploitation movie Assassination Nation, and a quick Netflix and Chat on the Walking with series from BBC Earth. Then, a discussion on documentary films and what makes a good documentary.
This week's episode is fully loaded with 5 theatrical releases plus a Netflix and Chat. In theaters, Jon saw The Predator, A Simple Favor, White Boy Rick, Unbroken: Path to Redemption, and the 25th Anniversary Screening of Jurassic Park. Then, he has a Netflix and Chat on Bravest Warriors Season 4, The Future is Wild, Anime Crimes Division, and a bit of Rocko's Modern Life.
This week Jon reviews the second Conjuring spin-off The Nun, Jennifer Garner's return to action in Peppermint, the 100% Certified Fresh drama Leave No Trace, and the frontrunner for Best Documentary this year Won't You Be My Neighbor? Then, a quick discussion on the history and merits of spin-off movies.