Special Episode: Steven Soderbergh

In honor of Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Logan Lucky, the FIRST special monthly episode of The Film Buds Podcast is officially happening! If at all possible, we hope to do this type of show every month from now on. We will record the first episode by the end of August, and it will be available exclusively through Bandcamp. We will only ask for a minimum donation of $1, but you are always welcome to give more if you like!

This first show will cover many of the films by Soderbergh. Our discussion will include Out of Sight, Traffic, The Informant!, Contagion, and Magic Mike. Unlike our regular shows, we will not be doing news, listener questions, or picks of the week — just a bunch of movie fun reviews! So if you’re looking for a discussion about Soderbergh, more streamlined film reviews, or just want to help out the podcast, then this is for you!


We thank you so much for your support, and we will let you know the day the episode is officially online! Let’s talk movies!

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Episode 9: Detroit and Retro Review – Point Break (1991)

Episode 9 of The Film Buds Podcast will record Wedensday morning! We will be reviewing Kathryn Bigelow’s harrowing new thriller, Detroit, then will complement that with a retro review of one her other acclaimed films, Point Break (1991). Later we will be discussing Blade Runner 2049‘s R-rating, the best films about female obsession, how the FIRST special monthly show of The Film Buds is officially happening, and a look back at Sundance 2017. Let’s talk movies!


Detroit tells the true story of the tragedy at the Algiers Motel in Detroit during the 1960s race riots, where three innocent people were murdered. While the film does show other aspects of the riots, the film mostly focuses on that one terrifying night. It stars John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War), and Will Poulter (The Revenant).


Point Break

Starring Keanu Reeves (John Wick) and Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing), the 1991 action thriller follows an FBI agent who goes undercover to investigate a group of surfers who may also be bank robbers. Also directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Point Break remains an action favorite and has – very noticeably – inspired many films since.


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Episode 8: The Dark Tower and Retro Review – High Noon (1952)

Episode 8 of The Film Buds Podcast will record Wednesday morning! We will be reviewing the troubled new Stephen King adaptation, The Dark Tower, then complement that with a “retro review” of the iconic western, High Noon (1952). We will also be discussing which movie genres we would like to see revived and/or die off, as well as a little bit of news, our Picks of the Week, an update on premium Film Buds content, and more! Guest host Jacob Bowers will also be joining us! Let’s talk movies!

The Dark Tower

Based off the acclaimed book series by Stephen King, The Dark Tower follows lone gunslinger Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), who is engaged in a endless conflict with a mysterious figure known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). The film blends elements of the Old West, science-fiction, fantasy, and action. It should make for an interesting discussion considering its very troubled production and divisive reviews.


High Noon

Considered to be one of the best westerns of all time, High Noon follows Marshal William Kane (Gary Cooper) as he prepares to face-off with his longtime enemy, Frank Miller. The marshal soon finds himself in trouble as the local townspeople refuse to help him, and he must resort to more unfavorable options. Grace Kelly (Rear Window) also stars.


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Episode 7: A Ghost Story and Retro Review – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

Episode 7 of The Film Buds Podcast will record Tuesday morning!

We will be reviewing the acclaimed new Sundance drama, A Ghost Story, then will do a “retro review” of director David Lowery’s first feature-film, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013). Later we’ll share our thoughts on the new trailers for Suburbicon and Stephen King’s IT, as well as why more “original” blockbusters are flopping, the recent criticisms against the Fast & Furious franchise, and much more! We hope you can join us!

A Ghost Story

Starring Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the film follows a recently-deceased ghost who haunts his widowed wife. A Ghost Story received widespread acclaim during its festival run, and could very well become an awards contender come Oscar season.


Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

This indie drama is a poignant love story that hearkens back to the days of Bonnie & Clyde (1967), amongst other fabled westerns. Like A Ghost Story, the film also stars Affleck and Mara in the lead roles, but is still a vastly different type of film from its predecessor. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – even being only a few years old – seems to have already been forgotten, so we figured we should give it another look. We hope you will, too.


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Episode 6: Dunkirk and Retro Review – Inception (2010)

Episode 6 of The Film Buds Podcast will record Tuesday afternoon! We will be reviewing Christopher Nolan’s harrowing World War II epic, Dunkirk, then will complement that with his mind-bending blockbuster, Inception (2010).

Later in our Talk of the Town segment, we’ll tackle the new trailers for Pacific Rim: Uprising, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Netflix’s Bright, as well as our thoughts on the new Ghostbusters movie rumored to hit in 2019, what classic movies we would like to see on the big screen, and more!


We’ll end the show by giving our personal Picks of the Week, as well as some updates on our website, and any strange final thoughts we may have. We hope you can join us! It’s going to be an awesome show!

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War for the Planet of the Apes and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Episode 5 of The Film Buds Podcast will record Thursday afternoon! We will be discussing the final installment in the new Planet of the Apes trilogy, War for the Planet of the Apes. Then we will do a “retro review” of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) – the third film in Gore Verbinski’s underrated Pirates trilogy. We’ll also delve into a variety of discussion questions and news pieces, give our personal picks of the week, and much more! It’s going to be a great show!

For readers/listeners new to the podcast: Welcome! We hope you’ll tune in for our latest episode, and maybe even download/subscribe to The Film Buds Podcast on iTunes! Episode 5 will feature Henry Faherty (this writer), Braden Stone, our new co-host Chloe Strauss, and special guest (via Skype) Jacob Bowers.

For anyone who has listened to our previous episodes, thank you so much for your support! We do apologize for any weak audio moments, etc. – it’s a pretty big learning curve. So please bear with us!


One way to keep the podcast up and running is donations. The Film Buds Podcast’s show and website are completely self-funded, so even a donation of $1 can genuinely help us out. Thank you so much! Let’s talk movies!

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Episode 4: Spider-Man: Homecoming and Retro Review – Batman (1989)

Episode 4 of The Film Buds Podcast will record Tuesday morning! We will be covering Spider-Man: Homecoming, and afterwards we’ll tackle a “retro review” of Tim Burton’s Batman (1989). Myself and Braden Stone will be back, and hopefully our cohost Will Davies will be able to make it. However, Episode 4 will also feature comic book aficionado — and my good friend — Paul Davis via Skype. So make sure to tune in to hear his thoughts on Homecoming; the conversation will almost surely be an epic one.

Later on in the show we will be covering a plethora of recent news pieces and some listener questions, including what we think of Michael Mann (Heat) directing a limited-series about the Vietnam War – and the transition of big-time filmmakers transitioning to TV; Daniel Craig’s rumored return to Bond 25; what movie(s) changed your life, talking to non-film nerds about movies; is the abundance of reboots and remakes marking the end of Hollywood? And, unsurprisingly, probably much more!

We hope you can join us! Look for us on iTunes, and make sure to download our three previous episodes at the link below! Thanks so much for your support!


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