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Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Brad Pitt
In honor of the release of Ad Astra (2019), Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) decided to do their Top Five Brad Pitt movies. They all have their favorites. This episode gets sped up in the middle because life gets in the way sometimes. Still, their top five lists are out. Corey's list: 5. Twelve Years a Slave (2013) 4. Fight Club (1999) 3. Se7en (1995) 2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) 1. Inglorious Basterds (2009) Mike's list: 5. Cutting Class (1989) 4. 12 Monkeys (1995) 3. True Romance (1993) 2. Legends of the Fall (1994) 1. Moneyball (2011) Jonathan's list:  5.  Burn After Reading (2008) 4. Snatch (2000) 3. Ocean's Eleven (2001) 2. Inglorious Basterds (2009) 1. Fight Club (1999)
31:58
September 20, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - The Fly (1986)
We live in an era of remakes and sequels. Sound familiar? That is because August we did Originals, movies where Corey  (@coreyrstarr) or Jonathan (@berkreviews) had seen a remake but never the original film that inspired it. This month, they are flipping the script and watching a remake of an original they either loved or, at the very least, saw in the aptly named theme of REMAKES!!! As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all. Week 2 - The Fly (1986) Not too long ago, Corey and Jonathan watched the 1958 Sci-fi classic The Fly. Fortunately, Corey hasn't seen the amazing David Cronenberg's remake of the film starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. Jonathan has seen this remake and is extremely excited to revisit Seth Brundle as he begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
51:39
September 15, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Dawn of the Dead (2004)
We live in an era of remakes and sequels. Sound familiar? That is because August we did Originals, movies where Corey  (@coreyrstarr) or Jonathan (@berkreviews) had seen a remake but never the original film that inspired it. This month, they are flipping the script and watching a remake of an original they either loved or, at the very least, saw in the aptly named theme of REMAKES!!! As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all. Week 1 - Dawn of the Dead (2004) Jonathan and Corey are both fans of George Romero's classic Dawn of the Dead (1978), but Jonathan had never sat through director Zach Snyder and writer James Gunn 2004 remake. The film stars Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber, and others as they face a zombie apocalypse. They look for refuge in the only sensible place; a mall. That beacon of consumerism is a center piece of commentary in Romero's film so the big question is will Gunn and Snyder have similar things to say?
1:11:55
September 7, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - True Grit (1969)
We live in an era of remakes and sequels. With that mind, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) realized there were several films they've seen and loved that were, in fact, remakes of older movies. Thus, the theme for August became Originals! That is to say movies that have been remade that either Jonathan or Corey hasn't seen the source material but has seen the remake. This required a bit of research to pick the movies for this month, but the two did a great job of finding some real classics they have never seen. August will have five episodes so Corey got to pick three movies to Jonathan's two. As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all. Week 5 - True Grit (1969) Corey and Jonathan really love the Jeff Bridges led, Coen Brothers directed, 2010 film True Grit. Neither are that familiar with John Wayne and despite neither loving The Searchers (1959), they decided it made sense to watch the original True Grit (1969). The movie is directed by Henry Hathaway and it stars Wayne, Kim Darby, and Glen Campbell where Rooster Cogburn is hired to "help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory."
59:03
September 1, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
We live in an era of remakes and sequels. With that mind, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) realized there were several films they've seen and loved that were, in fact, remakes of older movies. Thus, the theme for August became Originals! That is to say movies that have been remade that either Jonathan or Corey hasn't seen the source material but has seen the remake. This required a bit of research to pick the movies for this month, but the two did a great job of finding some real classics they have never seen. August will have five episodes so Corey got to pick three movies to Jonathan's two. As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all. Week 4 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) Jonathan really enjoyed David Fincher's 2011 remake The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and has been determined to watch the original films. It only makes sense to start with Swedish film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) directed by Niels Arden Oplev and it stars Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, and Ewa Fröling.  If you aren't familiar with the story it features "A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years."
1:05:33
August 25, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Forever Young
In honor of Good Boys, Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) look at their favorite child actor performances. Meaning not the actor but a specific role the actor was in. These are the best child actor performances in a movie according to the trio. Mike's list: 5. Angourie Rice - The Nice Guys (2016) 4. Mackenzie Foy - Interstellar (2014) 3. Chloë Grace Moretz - The Poker House (2008) 2. Tom Holland - The Impossible (2012) 1. Keisha Castle-Hughes - Whale Rider (2002) Jonathan's list: 5. Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth Sense (1999) 4. Dafne Keen - Logan (2017) 3. MacCaulay Culkin - Home Alone (1990) 2. Chloë Grace Moretz - Kick-Ass (2010) 1. Brooklynn Prince - The Florida Project (2017) Corey's list: 5. Kirsten Dunst - Interview with a Vampire (1994) 4. Dafne Keen - Logan (2017) 3. Dakota Fanning - I Am Sam (2001) 2. Kodi Smit-McPhee -  The Road (2009) 1. Julien Dennison - Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
1:38:09
August 22, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - The Vanishing (1988)
We live in an era of remakes and sequels. With that mind, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) realized there were several films they've seen and loved that were, in fact, remakes of older movies. Thus, the theme for August became Originals! That is to say movies that have been remade that either Jonathan or Corey hasn't seen the source material but has seen the remake. This required a bit of research to pick the movies for this month, but the two did a great job of finding some real classics they have never seen. August will have five episodes so Corey got to pick three movies to Jonathan's two.  As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 3 - The Vanishing (1988) Corey picked The Vanishing (1988) because she was a fan of The Vanishing (1993) remake by the same director, George Sluizer. The '93 remake stars Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, and Nancy Travis while the original Dutch film stars Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, and Gene Bervoets. According to IMDb.com, "Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor." Next week: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
1:11:27
August 17, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Infernal Affairs (2002)
We live in an era of remakes and sequels. With that mind, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) realized there were several films they've seen and loved that were, in fact, remakes of older movies. Thus, the theme for August became Originals! That is to say movies that have been remade that either Jonathan or Corey hasn't seen the source material but has seen the remake. This required a bit of research to pick the movies for this month, but the two did a great job of finding some real classics they have never seen. August will have five episodes so Corey got to pick three movies to Jonathan's two.  As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 2 - Infernal Affairs (2002) Jonathan watched The Departed (2006) just a few years ago when he started Berkreviews.com. At that time, it was brought to his attention that Infernal Affairs (2002) was the inspiration for the Martin Scorsese film. Directed by Andrew Lau Wai-Keung and Alan Mak and starring Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, and Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, the movie features "A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop."
1:17:58
August 11, 2019
Berkreviews.com Mini-sode Top Five Movies - Spin-offs
With the release of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, Jonathan picked his top five movie spin-offs. That is a film that takes a side character from a movie and gives them their own feature. Corey and Michael weren't able to join this week so it's short and sweet.  Jonathan's list:  5. Get Him to the Greek 4. The Wolverine 3. Bumblebee 2. Creed 1. The Lego Batman Movie
12:14
August 8, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - The Thing from Another World (1951)
We live in an era of remakes and sequels. With that mind, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) realized there were several films they've seen and loved that were, in fact, remakes of older movies. Thus, the theme for August became Originals! That is to say movies that have been remade that either Jonathan or Corey hasn't seen the source material but has seen the remake. This required a bit of research to pick the movies for this month, but the two did a great job of finding some real classics they have never seen. August will have five episodes so Corey got to pick three movies to Jonathan's two.  As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 1 - The Thing From Another World (1951) Both Corey and Jonathan are big fans of John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), but neither has ever seen the original film that inspired it. The Thing From Another World (1951) is directed by Christian Nyby and, as the legend goes, Howard Hawks. If you've seen Carpenter's film you'll recognize aspects of the plot, but it is slightly different. Here Scientists and American Air Force, led by Capt. Patrick Hendry (Kenneth Tobey), officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. 
1:02:59
August 3, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - The Searchers
July 2019 saddles up a new theme of films that can't help but make you feel that oppressive heat of summer. HOWDY PARTNER ushers in the Western a formerly beloved genre that eventually was taken out back and shot by Hollywood. Simply put, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) have picked the movies for this month that meet the genre criteria of Westerns though their picks couldn't be more different in many ways. There are tons of movies to choose from, but the four listed below are what they landed on. As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 4 - The Searchers (1956) Jonathan had to pick another classic that he'd missed, which for this genre is far too many and hard to narrow down, and selected The Searchers (1956). This film clearly inspired many to follow, include Bone Tomahawk, as the plot for this John Ford film states "An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches." Considering it stars John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, and Vera Miles it was clearly one that needs to be seen and a perfect conclusion for the month. 
1:13:39
July 28, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Mysteries
What was originally supposed to be a tribute to Richard Linklater's new film Where'd you go Bernadette (2019) instead turned into just a one-off episode still inspired by the now August released film. Based on that initial idea, Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) looked through their movie viewing history to pick out the Top Five Movie Mysteries. No real limitations were set as to what movies were eligible and, as a result, quite a diverse list appeared.  Jonathan's list: 5. A Simple Favor (2018) 4. Memento (2000) 3. Rashomon (1950) 2. Brick (2005) 1. Rear Window (1954) Corey's list:  5. Clue (1985) 4. Scream (1996) 3. Shutter Island (2010) 2. The Others (2001) 1. The Prestige (2006) Michael's list:  5. The General's Daughter (1999) 4. Identity (2003) 3. Malice (1993) 2. The Crimson Rivers (2000) 1. Lost Highway (1997)
1:24:57
July 25, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
July 2019 saddles up a new theme of films that can't help but make you feel that oppressive heat of summer. HOWDY PARTNER ushers in the Western a formerly beloved genre that eventually was taken out back and shot by Hollywood. Simply put, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) have picked the movies for this month that meet the genre criteria of Westerns though their picks couldn't be more different in many ways. There are tons of movies to choose from, but the four listed below are what they landed on. As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 3 - McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) Corey was picked at over her initial selections on the 12 Angry Men (1957) episode and went back to the drawing board. She did some research and settled on McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) for week 3. The film stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie in the titular roles as a gambler and prostitute, respectively, in an Old West mining town. They have gone into business together and are thriving in this Robert Altman film until a large corporation moves into their territory. 
1:10:56
July 21, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Shane (1953)
July 2019 saddles up a new theme of films that can't help but make you feel that oppressive heat of summer. HOWDY PARTNER ushers in the Western a formerly beloved genre that eventually was taken out back and shot by Hollywood. Simply put, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) have picked the movies for this month that meet the genre criteria of Westerns though their picks couldn't be more different in many ways. There are tons of movies to choose from, but the four listed below are what they landed on. As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 2 - Shane (1953) Jonathan was a big fan of James Mangold's Logan (2017) and when it became obvious that the film was heavily influenced by Shane (1953) it was immediately added to the watchlist. Thus, week 2 features the George Stevens film about "a weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act." The movie stars Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, and Van Heflin and is currently on Starz or to rent/own on various streaming platforms. 
1:08:15
July 14, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Hollywood Outsiders
Stuber (2019) hits theaters this weekend and stars Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista. Bautista got his start as a professional wrestler in the WWE and has since made a career for himself acting in some major movies. This got Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) thinking about other actors who were famous somewhere else first.  Thus, this week's Top Five Movies focuses on what they're calling Hollywood Outsiders.  Mike's list:  5. Sasha Grey - Would You Rather (2012) 4. Ice-T - Tank Girl (1995) 3. Mandy Moore - Saved! (2004) 2.  Flea (a.k.a. Michael Balzary) - Suburbia (1983) 1. Donald Glover - Mystery Team (2009) Jonathan's list:  5. Common - John Wick Chapter 2 (2017) 4. Yasiin Bay (formerly known as Most Def) - Be Kind Rewind (2008) 3. Mark Wahlberg - The Big Hit (1998) 2. Madonna - A League of their Own (1992) 1. Andre the Giant - The Princess Bride (1987) Corey's list:  5. Meat Loaf - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 4. Tom Waits - The Dead Don't Die (2019) 3. David Bowie - Labyrinth (1986) 2.Dolly Parton - The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) 1. Steve Martin - Parenthood (1989)
1:46:32
July 11, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Bone Tomahawk (2015)
July 2019 saddles up a new theme of films that can't help but make you feel that oppressive heat of summer. HOWDY PARTNER ushers in the Western a formerly beloved genre that eventually was taken out back and shot by Hollywood. Simply put, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) have picked the movies for this month that meet the genre criteria of Westerns though their picks couldn't be more different in many ways. There are tons of movies to choose from, but the four listed below are what they landed on. As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 1 - Bone Tomahawk (2015) After a bit of deliberation and prodding from Jonathan, Corey selected Bone Tomahawk (2015) to start off Howdy Partner month. The film is directed by S. Craig Zahler and is his feature debut, which he follows up with Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) and Dragged Across Concrete (2019). This modern western adds horror to the genre and follows Sheriff Hunt (Kurt Russell), his back up deputy Chicory (Richard Jenkins), Brooder (Matthew Fox), and Arthur (Patrick Wilson) to rescue Dept. Nick (Evan Jonigkeit) and Samantha (Lili Simmons) from a tribe of cannibalistic troglodytes. Jonathan was a fan of the film the first time he saw and had been anticipating a rewatch. 
1:15:46
July 7, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - 12 Angry Men (1957)
June 2019 introduces a new theme geared to take advantage of all those streaming subscriptions that so many people pay for, but maybe don't utilize quite enough. Simply put, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) picked the movies for this month from one of the streaming services (although it seems we just used Amazon Prime) to watch movies that at least one of them had never seen before. There are tons of movies to choose from, but the four listed below are what they landed on. As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  This Episode - 12 Angry Men Jonathan decided to use his last pick for the streaming services to watch a classic that he has been meaning to watch; 12 Angry Men (1957). Directed by the great Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin, and Balsam this film is a part of the AFI top 100, a list Jonathan has been slowly working to complete the viewing of. The IMDb.com summary states "A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence." You can watch this...on Amazon Prime...yeah, maybe this should have been called Primed and ready instead of a River Runs Through Us...oh well!
1:24:12
June 30, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Toys
Toy Story 4 (2019), Child's Play (2019), and Annabelle Comes Home (2019) all came out within one week of each other.  This got Jonathan Berk (@berkreviews),  Michael Sanchez (@servermonkey), and Corey Starr (@coreyrstarr) thinking about their favorite movie toys. These could be toys that existed in real life first and were then brought into a film, created for a film that ended up on the shelves, or completely fictional and, possibly, even sentient.  Corey's list: 5. Bianca - Lars and the Real Girl (2007) 4. Tiffany - Bride of Chucky (1998) 3. Fats - Magic (1978) 2. Der Klown - Krampus (2015) 1. Penny's Teddy Bear - The Rescuers (1977) Mike's list:  5. Fats - Magic (1978) 4. Marbles - Hook (1991) 3. Video Game - eXistenZ (1999) 2. The Lament Configuration (Cube) - Hellraiser franchise 1. Chess Wizard - The Thing (1982) Jonathan's list:  5. Talkboy - Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) 4. Water guns - Airheads (1994) 3. Video Game - Brainscan (1994) 2. Poke the Stuffed Elephant - Hudson Hawk (1991) 1. Woody - Toy Story franchise
1:29:08
June 27, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Road House (1989)
June 2019 introduces a new theme geared to take advantage of all those streaming subscriptions that so many people pay for, but maybe don't utilize quite enough. Simply put, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) picked the movies for this month from one of the streaming services (although it seems we just used Amazon Prime) to watch movies that at least one of them had never seen before. There are tons of movies to choose from, but the four listed below are what they landed on. As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 3 - Road House (1989) Could a movie be summed up any simpler than "A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar." On a recent episode of Top Five Movies, it was revealed that neither Jonathan nor Corey had ever seen this 1989 Patrick Swayze vehicle Road House. Thus, Corey decided it was high time they watched director Rowdy Herrington's opus of bar violence starring Swayze, Kelly Lynch, and Sam Elliott. You may have caught a pattern, but this one is also available on Prime. We also had a special guest on this episode, Top Five Movie regular Michael Sanchez (@servermonkey)
1:06:03
June 23, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - What They Had (2018)
June 2019 introduces a new theme geared to take advantage of all those streaming subscriptions that so many people pay for, but maybe don't utilize quite enough. Simply put, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) picked the movies for this month from one of the streaming services (although it seems we just used Amazon Prime) to watch movies that at least one of them had never seen before. There are tons of movies to choose from, but the four listed below are what they landed on. As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 2 - What They Had (2018) Jonathan picked a more recent movie that he missed last year and is also currently streaming on Prime; What They Had (2018). Written and directed by Elizabeth Chomko, the movie follows Bridget (Hilary Swank) who returns home at the request of her brother, Nick (Michael Shannon), to help with their mother (Blythe Danner) and father (Robert Forster). The cast alone was enough to make this choice, but the trailer for the film didn't hurt either. 
1:13:14
June 16, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Iconic Pairings
Out this weekend: Men in Black International, where Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson pair up for the third time but this in a new film franchise after previously working together in Thor: Ragnarok/Endgame.  Jonathan Berk (@berkreviews),  Michael Sanchez (@servermonkey), and Corey Starr (@coreyrstarr) their top five film pairings. That is to say, actors who've worked together on multiple projects. Genders don't matter here either meaning it could be guy/guy, guy/girl, or girl/girl nor the type of relationship they play from movie to movie.  Jonathan's list: 5. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence 4. Jason Mews and Kevin Smith 3. Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara 2. Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston 1. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Three Flavors and Paul Corey's list: 5. Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne 4. Ethan Embry and Peter Facinelli 3. Chris Farley and David Spade 2. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey 1. Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters Mike's list: 5. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover 4. Harrison Ford and his whip 3. Abbott and Costello 2. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson 1. Hannibal Lecture and Clarice Starling
1:16:12
June 13, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Charlie Bartlett (2007)
June 2019 introduces a new theme geared to take advantage of all those streaming subscriptions that so many people pay for, but maybe don't utilize quite enough. Simply put, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) picked the movies for this month from one of the streaming services (although it seems we just used Amazon Prime) to watch movies that at least one of them had never seen before. There are tons of movies to choose from, but the four listed below are what they landed on. As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 1 - Charlie Bartlett (2007) For the first film of the month, Corey chose Charlie Bartlett (2007) which is on Amazon Prime. The film is directed by Jon Poll but stars Anton Yelchin, who is a favorite of both Jonathan and Corey, Robert Downey, Jr., Hope Davis, and Kat Dennings. Charlie (Yelchin) takes it upon himself to become a therapist to his peers while utilizing his wealth to also become a pharmacist putting him at odds with the school's principal (Downey). 
1:18:49
June 9, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Sunset Boulevard
May 2019 brings in a long-needed theme; Mint in Box. In other words, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to watch movies that they owned but had never seen before. In fact, it's this very issue that started the two to begin this podcast all those years ago. They own a bunch of movies, and while they've seen many of them. There are plenty of movies that were purchased with the intent to watch that still sit unopened.  As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 5 - Sunset Boulevard The theme ends with Jonathan's third choice of Sunset Boulevard (1950). He's been a fan of Billy Wilder and this is a big film of his that is still sitting on the gap list. The movie stars William Holden, Gloria Swanson, and Erich von Stroheim. The movie is about "A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return."
1:35:31
June 2, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Disney Songs
Aladdin (2019) just came out and has been killer at the box office. In July, we get the "live action" remake of the Lion King (2019). With these films in mind, Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) decided to look through all of Disney's films (and maybe some of Pixar as well) and pick out their Top Five Disney Songs.  Mike's list: 5. A Whole New World - Aladdin (1992) 4. Baby mine - Dumbo (1941) 3. Colors of the wind - Pocahontas (1995) 2. I wanna be like you - Jungle Book (1967) 1. Be Our Guest - Beauty and the Beast (1991) Jon's list:  5. The Bare Necessitates- Jungle Book (1967) 4. Gaston - Beauty and the Beast (1991) 3. Under the Sea - Little Mermaid (1989) 2. Friend like me  - Aladdin (1992) 1. You're Welcome - Moana (2016) Corey's list: 5. Be our guest - Beauty and the Beast (1991) 4. You've got a friend in me - Toy Story (1995) 3. Under the Sea - Little Mermaid (1989) 2. Remember Me - Coco (2017) 1. The Work Song - Cinderella (1950)
1:24:38
May 30, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Dead Man (1995)
May 2019 brings in a long-needed theme; Mint in Box. In other words, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to watch movies that they owned but had never seen before. In fact, it's this very issue that started the two to begin this podcast all those years ago. They own a bunch of movies, and while they've seen many of them. There are plenty of movies that were purchased with the intent to watch that still sit unopened.  As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 4 - Dead Man (1995) Corey and Jonathan picked up Dead Man (1995) during the various Criterion Collection sales. For Jonathan, this continues his exploration of director Jim Jarmusch. The movie stars Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, and the ever interesting Crispin Glover. IMDb.com reads "On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world."
1:30:50
May 26, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - The French Connection (1971)
May 2019 brings in a long-needed theme; Mint in Box. In other words, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to watch movies that they owned but had never seen before. In fact, it's this very issue that started the two to begin this podcast all those years ago. They own a bunch of movies, and while they've seen many of them. There are plenty of movies that were purchased with the intent to watch that still sit unopened.  As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 3 - The French Connection (1971) Jonathan has been working through some of his major gaps, and The French Connection (1971) was purchased a while ago with that intention. This iconic film directed by William Friedkin stars Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, and Fernando Rey. The movie features some iconic chases and is about "A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection."
1:04:54
May 19, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Action Heroes
This weekend, May 17, 2019, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum comes to theaters everywhere and Jonathan (@berkreveiws), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) couldn't be more pumped. In fact, Corey and Jon did John Wick chapter 1 & 2 Movie Club episodes a while back, and are very excited for what should be an action-packed conclusion. Though, for this episode of Top Five Movies, the trio decided to look through cinema's greatest Action Heroes and choose their favorites. They like to speak freely about the films so be warned that spoilers can happen. Check their lists below to see if you're comfortable with spoilers! Corey's List:  5. Ash Williams - Evil Dead Trilogy 4. Rocky Balboa - Rocky films 3. Furiosa - Mad Max FURY Road (2015) 2. Selene - Underworld (2003) 1. John Wick - John Wick films Michael's List:  5. Mark Gor - A Better Tomorrow (1986) 4. Jed - Red Dawn (1984) 3. Keung - Rumble in the Bronx (1995) 2. Leon - Leon the Professional (1994) 1. Ripley- Aliens  Jonathan's list:  5. El Mariachi - Desperado (1995) 4. Mad Max - Mad Max Fury Road (2015) 3. Ripley - Alien Franchise 2. Ethan Hunt MI:3-6 1. Neo - The Matrix (1999)
1:13:36
May 16, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Repo Man (1984)
May 2019 brings in a long-needed theme; Mint in Box. In other words, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to watch movies that they owned but had never seen before. In fact, it's this very issue that started the two to begin this podcast all those years ago. They own a bunch of movies, and while they've seen many of them. There are plenty of movies that were purchased with the intent to watch that still sit unopened.  As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 2 - Repo Man (1984) Week 2 Corey selected the 1984 Sci-fi, Crime, Comedy Repo Man. Jonathan added it to his collection recently after finding it at a flea market. The film stars Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, and Tracey Walter and was written and directed by Alex Cox. The plot summary is "Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result."
45:44
May 12, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Network (1976)
May 2019 brings in a long-needed theme; Mint in Box. In other words, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to watch movies that they owned but had never seen before. In fact, it's this very issue that started the two to begin this podcast all those years ago. They own a bunch of movies, and while they've seen many of them. There are plenty of movies that were purchased with the intent to watch that still sit unopened.  As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 1 - Network (1976) Jonathan got to pick the first movie and he'd been eyeballing Network (1976) for a long time. Directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall, neither Jonathan nor Corey knew what they were getting into. While the IMDb.com plot summary reads, "A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit," the satire in the film is far more impactful.
34:19
May 5, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Marvel Moments
Love them or hate them, you can't deny that Marvel Studios has done something monumental that no other studio has come close to matching. A true cinematic universe that is so vast and deep that it took 22 movies to tell a complete narrative. In honor of the release of Endgame, Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) decided to look through the 21 other movies (or at least the ones they watched) and pick their top five favorite Marvel moments. Jonathan's list: 5. Mary Poppin's Y'all - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. 4. Spider-Man entrance - Captain America: Civil War 3. Luis's storytelling - Ant-Man and Ant-man and the Wasp 2. Only the worthy scene - Avengers: Age of Ultron 1. I am Iron-Man - Iron-Man Corey's list: 5. Pepper and Tony, CEO "its you" - Iron Man 4. Hulk vs Thor - Thor Ragnarok 3. Loki meets Dr. Strange - Thor Ragnarok 2. Dance Off - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1. 1. Luis's the Truth Serum - Ant-man and the Wasp Michael's list: 5. Howard the Duck - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1. 4. Hulk punches Thor - Marvel's The Avengers 3. Wanda's Power - Avengers: Age of Ultron 2. Mach 1 - Iron-Man 1. Not feeling so good - Avengers: Infinity War
1:22:52
May 2, 2019
Berkreviews.com Moviecast - Tribeca 2019
David and Jonathan are heading to New York for the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. This special episode of Berkreviews.com Moviecast features the guys looking at their film viewing plan and discussing the movies they are going to see. See the list below, but listen for the details. These are likely movies you’ll be hearing about in the near future so get ready to read the reviews and see what you should be adding to your watch list. Jonathan and David's movie plans for Tribeca 2019: Swallow Buffaloed Sword of Trust Lost Bayou Goldie Roads Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile I want my MTV  The Weekend Stray Dolls  American Woman Georgetown Clementine Lost Transmissions Star Wars A New Hope After Parkland Crown Vic Dreamland Good Posture
59:37
April 30, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Murphy's Romance
Last month, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to watch movies featuring Jeff Bridges, an actor who they love but had major gaps in their viewing history. To follow that up, April's theme is Best Actress goes to Sally Field! She is a tremendous actress, but both Corey and Jonathan are missing some of her most iconic films. Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 4 - Murphy's Romance The final episode of the month features Murphy's Romance (1985). The film is directed by Martin Ritt and stars Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin, and Corey Haim. The film is a rom-com and IMDb.com states that "Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the widowed town druggist who steers business her way. "
36:49
April 28, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Place in the Heart (1984)
Last month, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to watch movies featuring Jeff Bridges, an actor who they love but had major gaps in their viewing history. To follow that up, April's theme is Best Actress goes to Sally Field! She is a tremendous actress, but both Corey and Jonathan are missing some of her most iconic films. Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 3 - Place in the Heart (1984) Five years after winning her first Oscar, Sally Field would win her second with Places in the Heart (1984). Alongside Sally Field stars Lindsay Crouse and Ed Harris in this film directed by Robert Benton. The synopsis of the film reads "In central Texas in the 1930s, a widow, with two small children, tries to run her small 40-acre farm with the help of two disparate people."
1:16:09
April 21, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - 2019 Summer Movie Fantasy Draft
This episode features Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) getting together to do the third annual Summer Movie Fantasy draft and previewing the 2019 summer movie line-up.  This works a lot like a fantasy football draft where each person picks one movie for five rounds that will represent their team. Each player earns points for their movies based on the Domestic Summer Box Office from Boxofficemojo.com and the movie's Metascore from Metacritic.com used as a percent. The equation we use looks like this:  [DOMESTICBOXOFFICE * .METASCORE(%)] / 1,000,000 = PointValue To try and level the playing field, instead of allowing Avengers: Endgame to be chosen, each player submitted their guess at what the domestic box-office will be for its entire run. The closest without going over will win 100 bonus points.  The episode has the draft happening life and pre-viewing the details of the film including the release date. At the end of the draft, the three discuss other films that they are looking forward to this summer. It's a great way to hear about what's coming as well as rooting for one to win all the points.  Following Along with the spreadsheet here and visit Berkreviews.com to see the teams
1:35:40
April 18, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Eye for an Eye
Last month, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to watch movies featuring Jeff Bridges, an actor who they love but had major gaps in their viewing history. To follow that up, April's theme is Best Actress goes to Sally Field! She is a tremendous actress, but both Corey and Jonathan are missing some of her most iconic films. Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 2 - Eye for an Eye Week 2 has Corey selected and she went with the 1996 film, Eye for an Eye. Directed by John Schlesinger, it stars Sally Field, Kiefer Sutherland, and Ed Harris. This film sounds like it is going to be a bit heavy and likely melodramatic. IMDb.com has the plot summary as "When the courts fail to keep behind bars the man who raped and murdered her daughter, a woman seeks her own form of justice."
1:13:17
April 14, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Norma Rae (1979)
Last month, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to watch movies featuring Jeff Bridges, an actor who they love but had major gaps in their viewing history. To follow that up, April's theme is Best Actress goes to Sally Field! She is a tremendous actress, but both Corey and Jonathan are missing some of her most iconic films. Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 1 - Norma Rae (1979) Sally Field won her first Oscar in 1980 after her performance in Norma Rae (1979). The film was directed by Martin Ritt and stars Sally Field, Beau Bridges, and Ron Leibman. Like all the movies in this months theme, neither Corey nor Jonathan saw this film prior to the episode. The film focuses on Norma Rae, who is a single mother, as she fights for a union to be established for the textile factory in which her family all works. 
1:05:31
April 7, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Cult Films
This episode of Top Five Movies features Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) discussing their favorite Cult Movies. Not movies about cults mind you, but Cult films defined as movies that are known for their dedicated, passionate fanbase, an elaborate subculture that engages in repeated viewings, quoting dialogue, and audience participation. Well, each kind of used some variation of this definition in their list building.  Corey’s list:  5. Die Hard (1988) 4. Mean girls (2004) 3. Harold and Maude (1971) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) 1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Michael’s List:  5. Altered States (1980) 4. Gummo (1997) 3. From Beyond (1986) 2. Pink Floyd - The Wall (1982) 1. Ricky-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991) Jon’s List: 5. Grandma’s Boy (2006) 4. Super Troopers (2001) 3. Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny (2006) 2. Fifth Element (1997) 1. Office Space (1999)
1:53:44
April 4, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - True Grit (2010)
Following the Oscars, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to pick an actor who they love but had major gaps in their viewing history. Thus, March's theme is Best Actor goes to Jeff Bridges! That's right, The Dude himself is our focus for Movie Club this month and March gives them five weekends which means five different Jeff Bridges movies. Corey gets to pick first and then they alternate every week as per usual.  Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 5 - True Grit (2010) The last Jeff Bridges film for this months theme is one that Jonathan loves and Corey has never seen. Ethan Coen and Joel Coen direct this remake that introduces Hailee Steinfeld and co-stars Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Jeff Bridges. In it, "A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer."  
1:19:05
March 31, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - The Last Picture Show
Following the Oscars, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to pick an actor who they love but had major gaps in their viewing history. Thus, March's theme is Best Actor goes to Jeff Bridges! That's right, The Dude himself is our focus for Movie Club this month and March gives them five weekends which means five different Jeff Bridges movies. Corey gets to pick first and then they alternate every week as per usual.  Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 4 - The Last Picture Show (1971) One of the big reasons Jonathan chose the Last Picture Show is its inclusion on the AFI top 100 movies list. He's seen 56 of the 100 and is trying to include as many of the movies from the list into Movie Club this year. The movie is directed by Peter Bogdanovich and stars Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, and Cybill Shepherd. The film has a 93 Metascore to boast and is described by IMDb.com as "In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically."
1:31:17
March 24, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Tim Burton
 There was a meme circulating recently that posed the idea of what if directors were culinary artists. Tim Burton’s panel simply had him covering all different types of food with his own Tim Burton Sauce. If you’ve seen a Burton film you know how accurate that cartoon is. Burton style is clear in most of his filmography and with his sauce getting tossed into Disney’s new obsession with remaking their beloved cartoons with Dumbo coming out in just a week. Jonathan, Mike, and Corey decided to look at Burton’s filmography and each pick their Top Five Movies from it. There are only 18 to choose from since they haven’t seen Dumbo yet, so there was a big chance for overlap. At the end of the episode, instead of honorable mentions, they are going with dishonorable mention because not all of Burton’s films are gold.  Jon’s list: 5. Mars Attacks! (1996) 4. Ed Wood (1994) 3. Sleepy Hollow (1999) 2. Edward Scissorhands (1990) 1. Batman (1989) Corey’s list:  5. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) 4. Edward Scissorhands (1990) 3. Beetlejuice (1988) 2. Sleepy Hollow (1999) 1. Big Fish (2003) Mike’s list:  5. Mars Attacks! (1996) 4. Batman (1989) 3. Edward Scissorhands (1990) 2. Beetlejuice (1988) 1. Ed Wood (1994)
1:52:20
March 21, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
Following the Oscars, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to pick an actor who they love but had major gaps in their viewing history. Thus, March's theme is Best Actor goes to Jeff Bridges! That's right, The Dude himself is our focus for Movie Club this month and March gives them five weekends which means five different Jeff Bridges movies. Corey gets to pick first and then they alternate every week as per usual.  Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Best Actor goes to Jeff Bridges Week 3 - Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Corey missed Bridges most recent film while it was in the theater so it makes perfect sense to revisit it. Jonathan enjoyed the film, but fell short of truly loving it, but he's been looking for a reason to watch it again. This film is written and directed by Drew Goddard and stars Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, and Cailee Spaeny. In case you missed it, IMDb.com reads, "Circa 1969, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colors - before everything goes to hell."
1:18:39
March 17, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - TRON (1982)
Following the Oscars, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to pick an actor who they love but had major gaps in their viewing history. Thus, March's theme is Best Actor goes to Jeff Bridges! That's right, The Dude himself is our focus for Movie Club this month and March gives them five weekends which means five different Jeff Bridges movies. Corey gets to pick first and then they alternate every week as per usual.  Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 2 - TRON (1982) Jonathan picked a movie that's been on his gap list for far too long. TRON (1982) has always been on his radar, but the overall '80s aesthetic has kept him from diving in; until now. Written and directed by Steven Lisberger, TRON stars Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner,  and David Warner. TRON is "A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program," according to IMDb.com.
1:03:03
March 10, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Nostalgia
This week's Top Five Movies focuses on Nostalgia. These are movies that make you miss the good old days. Blockbuster's appearance in the Captain Marvel trailer and the setting of the upcoming MCU film taking place in the past inspired Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) to look at movies that remind them of times gone by.  Michael's list: 5. The Gate (1987) 4. Short Circuit (1986) 3. Swingers (1996) 2. Return of the Jedi Episode VI (1983) 1. The Dark Crystal (1982) Jonathan's list: 5. Last Action Hero (1993) 4. Batman (1989) 3. Encino Man (1992) 2. Clueless (1995) 1. Mallrats (1995) Corey's list: 5. Starman (1984) 4. Steel Magnolias (1989) 3. Phone Booth (2002) 2. Edward Scissorhands (1990) 1. The Sandlot (1993)
1:25:18
March 7, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Crazy Heart (2009)
Following the Oscars, Corey  (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan  (@berkreviews) decided to pick an actor who we love but had major gaps in their viewing history. Thus, March's theme is Best Actor goes to Jeff Bridges! That's right, The Dude himself is our focus for Movie Club this month and March gives them five weekends which means five different Jeff Bridges movies. Corey gets to pick first and then they alternate every week as per usual.  Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  Week 1 - Crazy Heart (2009) The first episode for our study of Jeff Bridges films is the only time he has won an Oscar; Crazy Heart (2009). The film is directed and adapted by Scott Cooper and stars Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Colin Farrell. Corey started the month of strong with this pick as it showcases Bridges in what at least the academy deemed his best work. The plot summary according to IMDb.com reads, "A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him."
55:31
March 3, 2019
Berkreviews.com Moviecast - February Take 6 Challenge Week 3
For the last episode of the February 2019 Take 6 Challenge features Sean and Jonathan reviewing the last two movies they assigned each other for the series. There were no rules for these films meaning they could have been mean and made them watch two bad movies or even the same bad movie twice. Though, this time they showed mercy and assigned two films they both thought the other should see.  Sean challenged Jonathan to watch: Disobedience (2017) My Cousin Vinnie (1992) Jonathan challenged Sean to watch: Pushing Dead (2016) In a World... (2013) After they review the final two films, they rank the 6 movies they watched for the series from worst to best.  Music from Bensound.com
47:57
February 28, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Run Lola Run (1998)
2019 continues on as we roll into the shortest month of every year; February! Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) started Movie Club Podcast when they both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen but had no real good reason that they hadn't yet. In an effort to work through their respective gap lists by using this show to ensure they at least check one new film off one of their lists almost every week.  February's theme: 90 minutes or less In honor of this short month, Jonathan and Corey decided their film selections should be shorter than 90 minutes. So, the only criteria governing the movies for February are the runtime plus the fact that the person picking the film is supposed to have never seen it before or at least not recently. Though, more often than not, the movies on this months list were not seen by either before the viewing for the episode.  Week 4 - Run Lola Run (1998) For the last movie of 90 minutes or Less, Jonathan picked Run Lola Run, which clocks in at just 1hr and 20 minutes. The film is directed by Tom Tykwer and stars Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup. It has been on Jonathan's gap list for a while with a high prority. IMDb.com's plot synopsis reads, "After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks."  Apparently, this film is available to watch for free on IMDb.com Freedive. 
1:13:24
February 24, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Romantic Comedies
Isn't it Romantic? (2019) is playing in theaters everywhere and that got Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) thinking about the Romantic Comedy genre. Thus, this episode of Top Five Movies is focused on the trios favorite Romantic Comedies.  Corey’s list: 5. The Wedding Singer (1998) 4. Amelie (2001) 3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) 2. Benny & Joon (1993) 1. Harold and Maude (1971) Mike’s list: 5. While You Were Sleeping (1995) 4. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) 3. Notting Hill (1999) 2. As Good as It Gets (1997) 1. Say Anything (1989) Jonathan’s list: 5. The Wedding Singer (1998) 4. Pitch Perfect (2012) 3. The Apartment (1960) 2. Groundhog Day (1993) 1. The Big Sick (2017)
1:40:43
February 21, 2019
Berkreviews.com Moviecast Take 6 Challenge Week 2
Last year, Sean Boelman (@bigtunaonfilm) and Jonathan Berk (@berkreviews) challenged each other to watch 5 movies during the month of February. This year, we decided to do it as a podcast and added a little more structure to the challenge plus another movie. Thus this year will be.. Episode 3 - Movies Week 2 Sean has challenged Jonathan to watch: GOOD: We the Animals (2018) BAD: Norm of the North - Keys to the Kingdom Jonathan has challenged Sean to watch:  GOOD: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) BAD:  Dog Eat Dog (2016) Sean is paying Jonathan back for last years challenge with his second bad pick. On this episode, the guys will also reveal their plans for the final episode and reveal their two wild card picks. It is up to them if they want to be kind or cruel for the last episode. 
53:24
February 20, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Bicycle Thieves (1948)
2019 continues on as we roll into the shortest month of every year; February! Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) started Movie Club Podcast when they both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen but had no real good reason that they hadn't yet. In an effort to work through their respective gap lists by using this show to ensure they at least check one new film off one of their lists almost every week.  February 2019 - 90 Minutes or less In honor of this short month, Jonathan and Corey decided their film selections should be shorter than 90 minutes. So, the only criteria governing the movies for February are the runtime plus the fact that the person picking the film is supposed to have never seen it before or at least not recently. Though, more often than not, the movies on this months list were not seen by either before the viewing for the episode.  Week 3 - Bicycle Thieves (1948) Corey picked a film classic that was a clear standout on her gap list. Jonathan has seen Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves, which is 1hr and 29minutes long, just a few years ago, but he's up for a second viewing. The film stars Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, and Lianella Carell. The film is about "...post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it," according to IMDb.com
37:56
February 17, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Phone Booth (2002)
2019 continues on as we roll into the shortest month of every year; February! Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) started Movie Club Podcast when they both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen but had no real good reason that they hadn't yet. In an effort to work through their respective gap lists by using this show to ensure they at least check one new film off one of their lists almost every week.  February 2019 - 90 Minutes or less In honor of this short month, Jonathan and Corey decided their film selections should be shorter than 90 minutes. So, the only criteria governing the movies for February are the runtime plus the fact that the person picking the film is supposed to have never seen it before or at least not recently. Though, more often than not, the movies on this months list were not seen by either before the viewing for the episode.  Week 2 - Phone Booth (2002) For week 2, Jonathan selected Phone Booth primarily because of the cast and that it is a mere 1hr 21 minutes. Though the films director, Joel Schumacher, has had many ups and downs with both Jonathan and Corey with a couple examples on this podcast (Flatliners and Phantom of the Opera). The cast includes Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, and Forest Whitaker though Jonathan was hooked with Farrell's involvement. IMDb.com says the plot is "Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or get help from the surrounding bystanders, Stuart negotiates with the caller that leads to a jaw-dropping climax."
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February 10, 2019
Berkreviews.com Take 6 Challenge Week 1
On the second episode of the Take 6 Challenge, Jonathan (@berkreviews)  and Sean (@bigtunaonfilm) discuss the rules of the challenge and their first four movies they had to watch. They give brief reviews about the films completely SPOILER FREE!!! Sean has challenged Jonathan to watch: GOOD: All These Small Moments (2018) BAD: Suspiria (2018) Jonathan has challenged Sean to watch: GOOD: The Apartment (1960) BAD: Teen Wolf Too (1987) The episode will have the two getting together to discuss their opinions of the movies they were challenged to watch. 
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February 8, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Gender Swaps
We don't always get to be hypothetical on this show, but the new film What Men Want (2019) inspired this topic. This is a remake/reimagining of the Mel Gibson vehicle appropriately called What Women Want (2000) and got Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) thinking what movies should be remade with a Gender Swap. There were no specific requirements or guidelines outside of that idea. Of course, proposing a remake of any film will likely upset fans of the original, but they risk that possibility with their lists.  Jonathan's List: 5. My Super Ex-girlfriend (2006) 4. Halloween (1978) 3. Half Baked (1998) 2. James Bond 007 1. A Star is Born (2018) Corey's list: 5. Dumb and Dumber (1994) 4. Single White Female (1992) 3. Blue Ruin (2013) 2. Boyhood (2014) 1. The Thing (1982) Michael's list:  5. The Goonies  (1985) 4. Stripes (1981) 3. The Warriors (1979) 2. Revenge of the Nerds (1984) 1. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
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February 7, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
2019 continues on as we roll into the shortest month of every year; February! Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) started Movie Club Podcast when they both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen but had no real good reason that they hadn't yet. In an effort to work through their respective gap lists by using this show to ensure they at least check one new film off one of their lists almost every week.  Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.  February 2019 - 90 minutes or Less In honor of this short month, Jonathan and Corey decided their film selections should be shorter than 90 minutes. So, the only criteria governing the movies for February are the runtime plus the fact that the person picking the film is supposed to have never seen it before or at least not recently. Though, more often than not, the movies on this months list were not seen by either before the viewing for the episode.  Grave of the Fireflies (1988) Corey had the first pick for the month and opted to go with an animated classic, which happens to run at 1hr and 29 minutes, that both she and Jonathan had been told is one of the saddest movies ever made. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) is directed by Isao Takahata and features a variety of actors depending on which dub version or original version you select. The movie is currently available on Hulu as of the recording in both the subtitled and dubbed versions, and they watched the dubbed version this go around. The plot synopsis according to IMDb.com is "A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II."
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February 3, 2019
Berkreviews.com Moviecast - February Take 6 Challenge
Last year, Sean Boelman (@bigtunaonfilm) and Jonathan Berk (@berkreviews) challenged each other to watch 5 movies during the month of February. This year, we decided to do it as a podcast and added a little more structure to the challenge plus another movie. Thus this year will be... THE TAKE 6 CHALLENGE There will be four episodes of the Take 6 Challenge. On the first episode, Jonathan and Sean discuss the challenge and their first four picks for the other person to watch. They will be broken up into pairs of good and bad. The labeling of good and bad is up to the challenger (using critic scores, their own personal experience with a film, general audience consensus, etc) Music from Juke Deck or Bensounds.com
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February 1, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Sunshine (2007)
 If you're new to the podcast, Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen, but really wanted to knock off their gap list. In an effort to work through their respective lists, they started this podcast to ensure they at least check one new film off the list almost every week.  January Theme: Out of this World For a movie to qualify for this months theme it must feature some element of alien life coming to Earth or people leaving on a trip in space. While Corey and Jonathan have seen many movies that could qualify, there are still some big ones they have missed.  Sunshine (2007) - Last episode for January Danny Boyle is a director that both Jonathan and Corey tend to connect with. Sunshine (2007) is a film that Jonathan hadn't even heard of until they started doing this podcast a few years back. Considering the incredible casts that include Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, and Chris Evans it a shock that he hasn't seen it. This is one he can't wait to remove from the gap list and hopes it finds a place on another list. SUPPORT INDIE FILM As discussed on the episode, friend of the podcast Alejandro Montoya Marin, who made the film Monday as part of Robert Rodriguez’s show Rebel without a Crew: The Series on the El Rey network, is looking to crowd fund his new project. Support MILLENNIUM BUGS by clicking on this link!
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January 27, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Best of 2018
It's that time everyone. The Oscar Nominations are out and everyone has been discussing their favorite films of the previous year. Thus, Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Mike (@servermonkey) got together for this episode of Top Five Movies to discuss the best of 2018. Their top five are listed below and they mostly refrained from spoilers on this episode since there is a great chance you may not have seen this films yet. Their honorable mentions are basically numbers 6-10 of the year and are discussed at the end of the episode.  Mike's list: 5. Spider-Man into the Spider-verse 4. Eight Grade 3. Hereditary 2. Won't You Be My Neighbor 1. Hearts Beat Loud Jonathan's list: 5. The Favourite 4. Hearts Beat Loud 3. Annihilation 2. Spider-Man into the Spider-verse 1. Blindspotting Corey's list: 5. Eight Grade 4. Annihilation 3. A Quiet Place 2. Hearts Beat Loud 1. Juliet Naked
1:43:09
January 24, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Starman (1984)
If you're new to the podcast, Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen, but really wanted to knock off their gap list. In an effort to work through their respective lists, they started this podcast to ensure they at least check one new film off the list almost every week.  Thus, for a film to qualify for Movie Club one or both of them have to have never seen it or at least not seen it for a long time. They also thought it would be more fun to create themes from which they can choose their movies for each episode.  Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing.  January 2019's theme is "Out of this World" For a movie to qualify for this months theme it must feature some element of alien life coming to Earth or people leaving on a trip in space. While Corey and Jonathan have seen many movies that could qualify, there are still some big ones they have missed.  Week 3: Starman (1984) Jonathan was just two years old when Starman (1984) hit theaters and neither he nor Corey has seen it. The film is directed by John Carpenter and has a cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, and Charles Martin Smith. Since both Corey and Jonathan enjoy the films by John Carpenter is makes perfect sense to add this to Out of this World Month. 
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January 20, 2019
Berkreviews.com Moviecast - Oscar Draft 2018-2019
Jonathan Berk from Berkreviews.com (@berkreviews) invited Matt Hudson (@wiwt_uk) from What I Watch Tonight and Sean Boelman (@bigtunaonfilm) from Popaxiom to come on the podcast for this year's Oscar Draft. Sean made the rules last year (listen to that episode here) and with a little revision and a bit of a twist, they decided to do it again. It's Site vs Site vs Site with this years draft and all the bragging rights! This episode breaks down the rules of the game and each of their picks.  The Draft Each participant will draft 1 movie per round. Round Order is randomized and the rotation of the draft switches each round.  There are five rounds. STEAL: The person who picks last in the first round gets to steal a movie from any other participant. However, the participant being stolen from gets to choose which movie will be exchanged from the other player’s team AND gets to add a sixth movie to their team. (e.g. Jonathan picks last in the first round. Sean has Vice and Jonathan has If Beale Street Could Talk. Jonathan wants Vice, so Jonathan steals Vice and Sean gets If Beale Street Could Talk from him AND gets to add a sixth, unselected movie to his team.) Scoring Points 1 point awarded for each Oscar nomination a movie receives (e.g. if an actor from a film is nominated, the movie is awarded one point) 2 points for each Oscar win (with the exception of Best Picture) 5 points for the Best Picture winner PERFECT ATTENDANCE: If a film wins all the awards for which it is nominated, that movie gets 2 extra points. If you want to keep up with the scores here is a link to view the Google Sheet The Stakes The winner gets to force the losers to watch any movie of their choice within reason - simply meaning it has to be reasonably accessible. There will be a special episode of Movie Club to discuss their thoughts on the film. Sean won last year and made the players watch Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (listen to that episode here)
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January 13, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Solaris (2002)
If you're new to the podcast, Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen, but really wanted to knock off their gap list. In an effort to work through their respective lists, they started this podcast to ensure they at least check one new film off the list almost every week.  Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing.  For a movie to qualify for this months theme it must feature some element of alien life coming to Earth or people leaving on a trip in space. While Corey and Jonathan have seen many movies that could qualify, there are still some big ones they have missed.  Week 2 of Out of This World: Solaris (2002) Jonathan picked Steven Soderbergh's film Solaris (2002) starring George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Ulrich Tukur, Viola Davis, and Jeremy Davies. He purchased it a while back and just hasn't managed to get to it. Clooney is an actor he often enjoys so it made sense to give this film a watch. Corey also hadn't seen it so that's two weeks in a row they both get to knock one off their gap lists.  Visit Berkreviews.com for more information 
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January 13, 2019
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Returns of 2018
For this episode of Top Five Movies, Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) look back at all the films they watched during the calendar year of 2018 (mostly at least) and discuss the ones they wish they could return. In other words, these are the movies that they regret watching out of all the ones they saw. There could be a multitude of reasons and Corey got a little hurtful with her dishonorable mentions at the end! Corey's list: 5. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017) 4. Phantom of the Opera (2004) 3. The Happytime Murders (2018) 2. Slender Man (2018) 1. Bad Samaritan (2018) Michael's list:  5. Peppermint (2018) 4. Cloverfield Paradox (2018) 3. Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) 2. Red Sparrow (2018) 1. Gotti (2018) Jonathan's list: 5. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017) 4. Truth or Dare (2018) 3. The Open House (2018) 2. Winchester (2018) 1. Slender Man (2018)
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January 10, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - The Man Who Fell to Earth
If you're new to the podcast, Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen, but really wanted to knock off their gap list. In an effort to work through their respective lists, they started this podcast to ensure they at least check one new film off the list almost every week.  Thus, for a film to qualify for Movie Club one or both of them have to have never seen it or at least not seen it for a long time. They also thought it would be more fun to create themes from which they can choose their movies for each episode.  Each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week initially spoiler free and then diving in completely after a spoiler warning. Before getting into the review Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they've seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing.  Theme for January 2019: Out of this World For a movie to qualify for this months theme it must feature some element of alien life coming to Earth or people leaving on a trip in space. While Corey and Jonathan have seen many movies that could qualify, there are still some big ones they have missed.  Week 1: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) Corey selected the first movie on 2019 and it features the Star Child himself, David Bowie. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) is directed by Nicolas Roeg and stars David Bowie, Rip Torn, and Candy Clark. Neither Jonathan nor Corey had seen this film, but both were excited to see what it was. Listen to the episode to see how they ended up feeling about the movie.
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January 6, 2019
BerkPreviews Moviecast - January 4, 2019
BerkPreviews Moviecast is a Berkreviews.com show that features Jonathan Berk (@berkreviews) discussing the upcoming releases. This episode looks at the theatrical releases on January 4, 2019 and the DVD/Blu Ray releases for January 8, 2019.  This episode also features Jonathan's list of movies from 2018 you probably didn't hear about, but should give a chance.  CREDITS: Music: Punky -  https://www.bensound.com Release dates: Boxofficemojo.com and Metacritic.com Release for Jan. 4, 2019 Escape Room  DVD release Jan 8, 2019 Mid90s - Review  Hell Fest - Review The Oath - Review Best of 2018 you’ve probably not heard of or seen that is now on digital streaming platforms Sadie - Review Jellyfish - Review  Science Fair - Review  The Night Eats the World - Review  Never Goin’ Back - Review All Square - Review The New Romantic - Review  Unlovable - Review
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January 4, 2019
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Leave No Trace (2018)
Movie Club Podcast is a Berkreviews.com Moviecast. A while back,  Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen, but really wanted to knock off their respective gap list. In an effort to work through their respective lists, they started this podcast to ensure they at least check one new film off the list almost every week. Thus, for a film to qualify for Movie Club one or both of them have to have never seen it or at least not seen it for a long time. They also thought it would be more fun to create themes from which they can choose their movies for each episode. Theme for December 2018: Through the cracks With the year coming to a close, it made sense for Jonathan and Corey to try and catch up on any movies released in 2018 that they missed but wanted to see. As per usual, they take turns choosing the movies each week. Week 4: Leave No Trace (2018) For the last film of the theme, Jonathan selected Leave No Trace. It is directed by Debra Granik and stars Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, and Jeffery Rifflard. This is one that both Jonathan and Corey are looking forward to watching after hearing nothing but good things about it. This was a blind buy for both and they look forward to ending the years episodes with it. 
51:56
December 30, 2018
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Sad Clowns
Steve Carell had two big dramatic releases this fall and winter with Beautiful Boy and now Welcome to Marwen. It got Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) thinking about their favorite comedic actor's more dramatic roles. Thus the topic for the episode is Sad Clowns - that moment when the funny guy or gal suddenly shows a softer side. It was a challenging list to narrow down, but the three thought long and hard and came up with their lists.  Jonathan's list: 5. Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back (2015) 4. Jim Carrey in The Truman Show (1998) 3. Steve Carell in The Big Short (2015) 2. Bill Murray in Broken Flowers (2005) 1. Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)  Michael's list: 5. Roberto Benigni in Life is Beautiful (1997) 4. Tom Hanks in Philadelphia (1993) 3. Steve Martin in Grand Canyon (1991) 2. Michael J. Fox in Bright Lights, Big City (1988) 1. Seth Rogen in Steve Jobs (2015) Corey's list:  5. Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 4. Seth Rogan in Steve Jobs (2015) 3. Ben Stiller in Secret Life of Walter Mitty  (2013) 2. Steve Carrell in Dan in Real Life (2007) 1. Kristen Wiig in Skeleton Twins (2014)
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December 27, 2018
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - American Animals
If you're new to the podcast, Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen, but really wanted to knock off their gap list. In an effort to work through their respective lists, they started this podcast to ensure they at least check one new film off the list almost every week.  American Animals is a film that Corey has been wanting to watch for a while. Jonathan was actually able to see it with the cast in the audience at SXSW this year. It was one of his favorites of the festival so he's all in on watching it again. It is directed by Bart Layton and stars Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, and Jared Abrahamson in a true story that you probably know nothing about. This film features the actual people involved in that story through interviews and embedded reenactments. 
38:54
December 23, 2018
BerkPreviews Moviecast - December 21, 2018
Another minisode as Jonathan Berk looks at the theatrical releases for December 21, 2018, and what's coming out on Blu-ray/DVD/Streaming next week. Keeping it quick and to the point. Theatrical Release - Mary Poppins Returns - Aquaman - Bumblebee - Second Act - Mary Queen of Scots - Welcome to Marwen Home Video Releases - White Boy Rick
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December 20, 2018
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Three Identical Strangers (2018)
With the year coming to a close, it made sense for Jonathan and Corey to try and catch up on any movies released in 2018 that they missed but wanted to see. As per usual, they take turns choosing the movies each week. Jonathan missed Three Identical Strangers (2018) at this years Florida Film Festival and has been trying to not have the film spoiled ever since. For the most part, that goal has been unsuccessful, but he figures it is better late than never. Corey also hadn't seen this film so it'll be a check on both of their lists. The documentary is directed by Tim Wardle and the plot summary from IMDb.com reads, "In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. Then they discover why." If you're new to the podcast, Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen, but really wanted to knock off their gap list. In an effort to work through their respective lists, they started this podcast to ensure they at least check one new film off the list almost every week. Next week we'll be reviewing American Animals. Use the Anchor.fm app to leave a message for us with your thoughts on that film or our past episodes for a chance to be heard on a future episode.
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December 16, 2018
BerkPreviews Moviecast - December 14, 2018
The first minisode of BerkPreviews from Berkreviews.com Moviecasts features Jonathan discussing upcoming releases in theaters and on home video. Theatrical Releases 12/14/2018 - Once Upon a Deadpool - Mortal Engines - The Mule - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse Home Video releases 12/18/2018 - The House With a Clock in Its Walls - The Predator - Venom - Assassination Nation - A Simple Favor
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December 14, 2018
Berkreviews.com Moviecasts Top Five Movies About Drugs
Clint Eastwood's new film The Mule (2018) hits theaters this weekend so Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Mike (@servermonkey) were inspired to look back at movies that feature drugs in them. That could mean dealing, using, trafficking, making, etc. The crazy thing about drug movies is they tend to tap into any genre. We like to be able to speak freely about the films on our lists so be warned SPOILERS MAY HAPPEN so check out their lists in advance to make sure you've seen the films. Jonathan's list: 5. Half Nelson (2006) 4. Half-baked (1998) 3. City of God (2002) 2. Requiem for a Dream (2000) 1. Friday (1995) Mike's list: 5. Enter the Void (2009) 4. Maria Full of Grace (2004) 3. Party Monster (2003) 2. Cocaine Cowboys (2006) 1. Spun (2002) Corey's list: 5. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 4. Requiem for a Dream (2000) 3. No Country for Old Men (2007) - Listen to our Movie Club Episode 2. Boogie Nights (1997) - Listen to our Movie Club Episode 1. Trainspotting (1996)
1:25:26
December 13, 2018
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - You Were Never Really Here (2017)
If you're new to the podcast, Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen, but really wanted to knock off their gap list. In an effort to work through their respective lists, they started this podcast to ensure they at least check one new film off the list almost every week. Thus, for a film to qualify for Movie Club one or both of them have to have never seen it or at least not seen it for a long time. They also thought it would be more fun to create themes from which they can choose their movies for each episode. Even though Jonathan had recently watched and disliked Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, Corey picked it anyways. They are both fans of Joaquin Phoenix so it makes sense that she wouldn't want to end the year without seeing it. The film follows Joe (Phoenix) as he uses his special set of skills to rescue kidnapped girls and punish those who took them. The movie is included with an Amazon Prime Instant subscription to stream.
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December 9, 2018
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Selma (2014)
The last film for the political theme was Selma (2014) directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, and many more. It's actually an amazing cast, many who have become leads since this film. Jonathan (@berkreviews) selected this film and neither he nor Corey (@coreyrstarr) had seen it previously. They both knew this film would wreck them emotionally and were proven correct.  Next Episode: You Were Never Really Here (2017) The last month of 2018 will have Jonathan and Corey looking back at the year and trying to catch a few films that they missed. Corey selected Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, which stars Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, and Ekaterina Samsonov. Jonathan just recently watched this film and isn't thrilled about returning to it. 
1:15:14
December 2, 2018
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - About Sports
With the release of Creed II (2018), Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) decided to look through their respective viewing history and list their Top Five Movies About Sports. Sure, they could have done boxing movies or fighting movies, but it was more fun to broaden the topic a bit. The lists ended up being quite diverse.  Jonathan's List: 5. Whip It (2009) 4. Happy Gilmore (1996) 3. The Replacements (2000) 2. The Sandlot (1993) 1. White men can't jump (1992) Michael's list: 5. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) 4. Field of Dreams (1989) 3. Moneyball (2011) 2. The Running Man (1987) 1. Shaolin Soccer (2001) Corey's list: 5. Cinderella Man (2005) 4. Whip It (2009) 3. Bring It On (2000) 2. I, Tonya (2017) 1. Rocky (1976)
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November 29, 2018
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - The Ides of March (2011)
The political theme of November continues this week with The Ides of March (2011). It is directed by George Clooney and stars him along with Ryan Gossling, Paul Giamatti, Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Marissa Tomei, and Even Rachel Wood. Neither Jonathan (@berkreviews) nor Corey (@coreyrstarr) had seen this film before and they had very different reactions to it. Before they get started, they discuss what other films they've been watching since the last episode.  Next Week: Selma (2014) For the last film for November, Jonathan selected Selma. The movie is directed by Ava DuVernay and stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, and Tim Roth. It's a film that Jonathan has been wanting to get to for some time and fits perfectly at the end of this month of politics.  Berk Reviews Movie Club - General Info Corey and Jonathan both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen. In an effort to work through their gap list, they started this podcast to ensure they at least check one new film off the list almost every week. Thus, for a film to qualify for Movie Club one or both have to have never seen it or at least not seen it for a long time. Support Berkreviews.com There are many ways to support the site and the podcast. The easiest is simply rating us on whatever platform you use to listen. Next would be financial as seeing movies isn't free and any help you can offer only helps the site continue to grow. 
51:36
November 25, 2018
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
This Moviecast episode of Movie Club features a review of the 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate directed by John Frankenheimer and stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, and Janet Leigh. Jonathan (@berkreviews) and Corey (@coreyrstarr) had not seen either version of this film, but they decided to start with the original. The month of November has them using the theme of political films and this one definitely fits the mold. It was crazy to see how well it holds up.  Next weeks episode: The Ides of March (2011) While technically it's Corey's turn to choose the movie, Jonathan did persuade her to pic The Ides of March (2011). Though it does star Ryan Gosling so it wasn't too hard of a sell. It is directed by George Clooney, who also co-stars, along with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti. It's now a film that both are looking forward to checking out. 
56:39
November 18, 2018
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Fictional Destinations
In honor of the release of the Crimes of Grindlewald (2018), Corey (@coreyrstarr), Jonathan (@berkreviews), and Michael (@servermonkey) decided to discuss their top five fictional destinations from movies that they wish they could visit. Hogwarts and the other areas of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are so awesome it truly inspired this list. Of course, Universal Studios is in their backyard and they've got the closest thing to Hogwarts. Still, it got them wondering what other places they wish they could visit.  Jonathan's list: 5. Whoville - The Grinch (2018) 4. Hill Valley, CA - Back to the Future 2 (1989) 3. North Pole - The Santa Clause (1994) 2. Jurassic World (before things go bad) - Jurassic World (2015) 1. Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory (1971) Mike's list: 5. New York from Marvel Cinematic Universe (various times) 4. Earth from Interstellar (2014) 3. Midian from Nightbreed (1990) 2. The Dune Universe - specifically Arakkis and the House Atreides homeworld Caladan  1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy universe (time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so) Corey's list: 5. Hogwarts (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005) 4. Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 1971) 3. Allerdale Hall (Crimson Peak 2015) 2. Red Hook Records (Heart Beats Loud 2018) 1. Spectre, AL (Big Fish 2003)
59:56
November 15, 2018
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Continuing our Movie Club theme of Politics for the month of November, Corey (@coreyrstarr) selected Dr. Strangelove. The film was directed by Stanley Kubrick and stars Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, and Sterling Hayden. Jonathan (@berkreviews) watched it at the beginning of his 366 challenge but was excited to watch it again. 
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November 11, 2018
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
November ushered in a new theme here on Movie Club; Political Movies. Jonathan (@berkreviews) chose Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) for the first film that he and Corey (@coreyrstarr) would watch. The movie is directed by Frank Capra and stars James Stewart, Jean Arthur, and Claude Rains. It is also in the AFI top 100 films list, which was a big reason Jonathan wanted to get this one off his personal gap list and that AFI goal he has.  Next episode: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Corey selected this Stanley Kubrick comedy for the next film during the Political Movie theme. Jonathan watched it one (review here) and is looking forward to seeing it again. The film stars Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, and Sterling Hayden among many other talented, young actors.  Berk Reviews Movie Club - General Info Corey and Jonathan both realized they had a ton of movies they'd never seen. In an effort to work through their gap list, they started this podcast to ensure they at least check one new film off the list almost every week. Thus, for a film to qualify for Movie Club one or both have to have never seen it or at least not seen it for a long time.
52:55
November 4, 2018
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Scary Children
For this episode of Top Five Movies, Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) take a look at the scary children who've appeared in films. Scary or creepy, this younglings chilled them to the bone and left a lasting impression on them. What better time to discuss these chilling children than around Halloween!  Jonathan's list: 5. Baby - Trainspotting (1996) 4. Samara - The Ring (2002) 3. Eli - Let the right one in (2008) 2. Charlie - Hereditary (2018) 1. Regan - The Exorcist (1973) Mike's list: 5. It's Alive (1974) 4. Village of the Damned (1995) 3. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) 2. The Children (2008) 1. Eden Lake (2008) Corey's list: 5. Mikey (1992) 4. The Shining/Grady daughters (1980) 3. The Grudge/Toshio (2004) 2. Hereditary/Charlie (2018) 1. Pet Semetary/Gage (1989)
1:27:07
November 1, 2018
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Starry Eyes (2014)
The last episode for October features Corey's (@coreyrstarr) pick Starry Eyes (2014). The film is directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and stars Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, and Noah Segan. Jonathan (@berkreviews) hadn't seen this one either and both found some positive elements about it. However, the body horror was a bit much for both making it hard to really watch at times. Still, they didn't regret this pick so listen to the episode to hear their detailed reviews.
51:09
October 28, 2018
Berkreviews.com Moviecasts Top Five Movies - Adam DeCollibus
This is a special episode of Top Five Movies. Jonathan (@berkreviews) has a young author, Adam DeCollibus (@adam_decollibus), on the show to discuss his new book Caravan. The novel is about a man from the UK who goes to Morocco on a work assignment and he takes a caravan across the Sahara. During his time in the caravan, he realizes that they are being followed by an army of mysterious warriors. The two discuss books, book adaptations, and end with Adam's all-time top five movies.  Adam's list: 5. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) 4. Casino Royale (2006) 3. A Beautiful Mind (2001) 2. Red Sparrow (2018) 1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
39:38
October 25, 2018
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - The Exorcist (1973)
Jonathan (@berkreviews) picked The Exorcist (1973) for this episode of Movie Club. October has traditionally been for horror movies and this year is no different. Corey (@coreyrstarr) had seen it before, but it had been a while for either of them so it was time for a rewatch. The film is directed by William Friedkin and starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, and Jason Miller. A big reason we picked this film because of friend-of-the-show, Matt Hudson from What I Watched Tonight, loves it.
55:43
October 21, 2018
Berkreviews.com Moviecasts Top Five Movies - Space
Damien Chazelle's new film, First Man (2018), is out in theaters everywhere focusing on Neil Armstrong and his legendary trip to the moon. Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) decided to look at their Top Five Movies set in or about Space. There was a big surprise on this episode that hasn't happened frequently in the past. Listen to hear the three discuss what they've watched recently as well as their Top Five lists. Jonathan's list: 5. Galaxy Quest (1999) 4. Gravity (2013) 3. Close Encounters of the third kind (1977) 2. Interstellar (2014) 1. Arrival (2016) Michael's list: 5. The Ice Pirates (1984) 4. Dark Star (1974) 3. Forbidden Planet (1956) 2. Outland (1981) 1. Interstellar (2014) Corey's list: 5. Apollo 13 (1995) 4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 3. Sunshine (2007) 2. Prometheus (2012) 1. Interstellar (2014)
1:48:31
October 18, 2018
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Lake Mungo (2008)
The second episode for our horror theme was selected by Corey (@coreyrstarr). Lake Mungo (2008) was directed by Joel Anderson and stars Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, and Martin Sharpe. Neither Corey nor Jonathan (@berkreviews) had seen it prior, but both were slightly impressed. The film takes on the look of a documentary and is not what one might expect from a horror film. This movie leans heavy on the drama but lingers with the viewer after it ends. Next Episode: The Exorcist (1973) Jonathan decided it was time to revisit a movie that traumatized him as a child. After seeing the film he would lay in bed terrified that it would begin shaking at some point. Both of them have technically seen it, but not for a long time. It's, friend of the podcast, Matt Hudson's favorite film so that helped push Jonathan passed his childhood fears and add it to the month.
47:14
October 13, 2018
Berkreviews.com Movie Club - Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017)
Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) were forced to start the new theme of October with a horrible movie by Big Tuna. After the Oscars, Big Tuna stood as the winner of the Oscar draft and got to choose a movie for everyone else to watch. He selected Boo 2! A Madea Halloween directed by Tyler Perry and starring Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, and Patrice Lovely. This episode has all four discussing the film and why they didn't enjoy a single minute of it.
1:04:10
October 7, 2018
Berkreviews.com Top Five Movies - Soundtracks
With the release of Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born (2018), Jonathan (@berkreviews), Corey (@coreyrstarr), and Michael (@servermonkey) though choosing their Top Five Movie Soundtracks made perfect sense. Jonathan is extremely hyped about the new movie and after he and Corey watched the 1956 version for Movie Club (listen here) he was even more intrigued by this new version. Though, choosing their favorite soundtracks from all of film history was no easy task the trio did their best. Jonathan's list: 5. Baby Driver (2017) 4. Once (2007) 3. Pitch Perfect (2012) 2. Moana (2016) 1. Rudderless (2014) Michael's list: 5. Repo Man (1984) 4. William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996) 3. SLC Punk! (1998) 2. 24 Hour Party People (2002) 1. Dazed and Confused (1993) Corey's list: 5. Trainspotting (1996) 4. Can't Hardly Wait (1998) 3. Pretty in Pink (1986) 2. Frank (2014) 1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
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October 4, 2018