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Watch Closely

By Watch Closely
Watch Closely is a relentlessly fun dive into the world of movies, television, and what's streaming! Join hosts Jason and the ‘Great and Talented’ Ernie through the far-reaching galaxy of entertainment. Geek out and discuss the latest news, if you should see it or skip it, and expand your horizons through new recommendations.
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#29 Keanu Reeves R-rated Netflix series | House of the Dragon, Resident Evil, Violet reactions
Marvel India lets slip a new Blade release date, is it real? Keanu Reeves signs an R-Rated Netflix series based on his comic BRZRKR. The first Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon has its first trailer starring Milly Alcock, Eve Best, Emily Carey, Paddy Considine and Olivia Cooke. A WWII epic based on a true story called Operation Mincemeat gets a full trailer starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Jason Isaacs. Justine Batemen's Violet takes a closer look at the inner voice starring Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Erica Ask, Luke Bracey. Also Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City gets its first full trailer with Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Hannah John-Kamen, and we give our thoughts. Also we answer your twitter questions for this week like which movie needs a sequel? Which Disney movie needs to become a Disneyland ride? And which Universal Monster would you pick as your bodyguard? Special thanks to @MovieBen1, @ben_rainer, @TheDisInsider
44:25
October 14, 2021
#28 Disney suing Stan Lee | Daredevil reboot? | Next James Bond ideas
Scarlett Johansson wins her case with Disney! Now Disney is suing the heirs of Steve Ditko (Spider-Man), Stan Lee/Larry Lieber (Iron Man, The Hulk, The X-Men, Thor, Black Panther) , Gene Colan to keep the rights to their Marvel characters due to copyright law. What if they get the rights back? Also there's a rumor that Netflix's Marvel series for Daredevil and Punisher and others might get rebooted into the next Marvel phase but could depart from the original series events. For See It or Skip It, Encanto has a full trailer starring the voice talent of Stephanie Beatrix, Diane Guerrero and John Leguizamo, Netflix has a new mini series 'The Billion Dollar Code' about two German coder who created an original algorithm that Google might have copies for Google Earth. Rocky 4: Rocky vs Drago gets a new director's cut with 40 extra minutes! Plus we answer your twitter questions, like who should be the next JamesBond? Favorite Halloween candy? Favorite Brad Pitt movie? Best theater format, IMAX, Dolby, or 4DX? Special thanks to @MovieMynds, @ElsReviews, @moviere09350416, @ben_rainer, @TheBoomcast_09, @Cinema Connected
01:18:04
October 6, 2021
#27 Mario cast reactions | Penguin spinoff | Hawkeye Christmas spirit, Alter Ego thoughts
This week, the Batman has a second spinoff show announced for the Penguin starring Colin Farrell before even a full trailer! The full cast of Disney's live action remake of the Little Mermaid was announced. Plus Nintendo dropped a star studded the cast of their upcoming Super Mario franchise partnering with Illumination animation featuring Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, and more. For See It or Skip It, Marvel's Hawkeye series has a full trailer featuring Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, and Florence Pugh returns as Yelena. Netflix is kicking off spooky season with 'There's Someone Inside Your House' starring Sarah Dugdale, Sydney Park, Kayla Heller and Theodore Pellerin. A24 has a new drama called the Humans with Steven Yeun, Beanie Feldstein and Amy Schumer. Cmon Cmon with Joaquin Phoenix and Tom Hank's Fitch have new trailers, plus a look at the mo-capture avatar styled singing competition 'Alter Ego' from Fox. 
01:06:18
September 29, 2021
#26 Matrix 4 reactions | Haunted Mansion reboot | Squid Game & Don't Look Up on Netflix
This week Disney reveals their cast for the new Haunted Mansion reboot starring Rosario Dawson, Tiffany Haddish, LaKeith Stanfield, and Owen Wilson. Patty Jenkins is frustrated about the streaming boom is she justified? We break down her comments. For See it or Skip it, Amazon's The Wheel of Time series gets a first trailer with Rosamund Pike, Josha Stradowski, Zoe Robins, Netflix brings an all star cast in Don't Look Up with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothee Chalamet, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Matthew Perry, Ron Perlman, Tyler Perry, freaking Ariana Grande (out of breathe) sheesh! Also Red Notice full trailer starring Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and The Guilty starring Jake Gyllenhaal has very tense trailer about an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. The Korean thriller/horror the Squid Game comes to Netflix starring Park Hae Soo, Wi Ha-joon, HoYeon Jung, Gong Yoo, and Lee Jung-jae. Then finally we break down the Matrix Resurrections trailer coming to theaters and HBO Max starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and many of the returning cast. Our recommendation this week has to be Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. 
01:05:40
September 22, 2021
#25 Cartoon Steve Urkel | Venom PG13 | Billie Eilish happy? | Resident Evil, My Son reactions
In the news the Federal Trade Commission is trying to block the Amazon-MGM purchase. HBO Max is starting an ACME nights family programming on sunday nights which will feature animated holiday shorts of Looney Tunes, Shazam, young Batman and an animated Steve Urkel! In other news, the live action Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City featuring Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Hannah John-Karmen and Neal McDonough has new set photos during filming. Plus Charlie Cox denied that he is the lawyer we see arms of in the Spiderman No Way Home trailer, but do we believe him? Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be PG-13 despite fans wanting a R-rating, we discuss. For, See It or Skip It, Pixar's Dug Days reprises the voice of the great Edward Asner (as Carl Frederickson) who has recently passed. No Time to Die has a final trailer, hype! James McAvoy, Claire Foy and Jamie Michie have a behind the scenes trailer for My Son. We discuss Billie Eilish's Disney Plus special 'Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to LA.' Plus our recommendation of the week for Matt Damon's Stillwater, great film.
01:17:39
September 15, 2021
#24 Cinemacon reveals | Spiderman No Way Home, Matrix 4, Spencer reactions
The future of theatrical releases is bright at Cinema Con 2021.  Day 1, Sony Pictures released the Spiderman: No Way Home trailer and screened Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Day 2, MGM hyped us up with an extended look for No Time To Die (as if we could get hyped any more). Warner Bros brought a Matrix: Resurrections title and trailers, also lots of The Batman footage. Day 3, Neon revealed Kristin Steward's Spencer trailer, Universal showed off Jurassic World: Dominion, Halloween Kills, and Downton Abbey: A New Era. Day 4, Paramount revealed behind the scenes of Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 7 and Top Gun: Maverick. We also gave our reactions to No Way Home, Spencer, The King's Man (red band trailer) plus some recommendations for HBO Max's The Prince and the documentary on Netflix, Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed.
01:22:58
September 8, 2021
#23 Reminiscence spoiler review
[Spoilers Warning] Review of Lisa Joy's Reminiscence featuring Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, Cliff Curtis, Angela Sarafyan, Daniel Wu, Brett Cullen. For those of you playing along at home, its one drink for every time Ernie can slip the word 'Reminiscence' into the conversation. Enjoy!
47:41
September 1, 2021
#22 Peacockin! Eternals reactions | Star Wars Visions | House of Gucci & more
The streaming age is here! Grandma has traded in her cable box for Peacock! AMC wants to crush Jason's soul further by increasing prices and showing fewer movies. Disney Plus reaches 116 million subscribers in a year! The "final" trailer for Marvel's Eternals, will it sway Ernie? Plus will Star Wars Visions be an instant classic or will people be turned off by the anime style? House of Gucci trailer is hitting all the right notes (or handbags?). Clint Eastwood's Cry Macho and Marion Cotillard & Adam Driver's Annette gets some much needed attention. Plus 'Only Murder in the Buildings' sees a new amigos trio with Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short (spoiler alert, it looks delightful!). Then to top it all off we have some solid new recommendations this week with 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' and 'Nine Days'.
55:32
August 30, 2021
#21 LOTR series first look | Gunn vs Scorsese | Venom 2 & Y The Last Man reactions
The Lord of The Rings series first look shows us a world before the ring. Jungle Cruise hasn't made its money back, but will there be a sequel? YouTube revenue expected to surpass Netflix by next year. James Gunn is "gunning" for Martin Scorsese in the ongoing debate over super hero movies. Plus we discuss the latest Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage trailer, Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars with Woody Harrelson in a revenge film with a twist called Kate, plus Y The Last Man featuring Diane Lane, Ashley Romans, Ben Schnetzer, Olivia Thirby, shows a post-apocalyptic world where only women survive based on a comic series. Then finally we have some recommendations for you including Queens Gambit, Doom Patrol, and Mosquito Coast. 
52:26
August 20, 2021
#20 Jungle Cruise spoiler review | Quotables crossover episode
[Spoilers Warning] Review of Disney's Jungle Cruise featuring Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Edgar Ramírez. In this special hybrid episode Jason is a guest on Ernie's 'Quotables' podcast for a deep dive into this action, adventure comedy.
40:26
August 17, 2021
#19 Lamb, King Richard, Ghostbusters: Afterlife reactions | Live Action Pokemon series?
Netflix is creating a live action Pokémon series with Joe Henderson from Lucifer series to write and produce. We react to Will Smith's King Richard based on the history of Venus and Serena Williams. A creepy trailer for Lamb from A24 featuring Noomi Rapace. Also Ghostbusters: Afterlife give us a second trailer hinting at the return of some original cast featuring Finn Woldhard, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd. Steven Spielberg's West Side Story gets a full trailer. Plus some recommendations including Jungle Cruise and Pig.  Join us for a special Friday episode! 
01:01:55
August 13, 2021
#18 Black Widow spoiler review | Scarlett Johansson suing Disney
[Spoiler Warning] Disney breaks contract for releasing Black Widow in theaters with Premiere Access on Disney Plus. We discuss why Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over breach of contract, Disney's response, Scarlett's agent's reply and the bigger implications for streaming overall. Also we review Black Widow and give our takes on theatrical vs Premiere Access on Disney+. 
45:39
August 11, 2021
#17 Batgirl cast | Netflix gaming? | Dune Trailer & Last Duel reactions
This week's news, In the Heights star Leslie Grace has landed the lead role of Barbara Gordon for the Warner Bros. DC film Batgirl on HBO Max. Antonio Banderas is Harrison Ford’s newest co-star in the anticipated next installment in the Indiana Jones franchise. Plus, Netflix revealed that it's entering the gaming world with mobile games. For See It or Skip It, a full Dune trailer for the adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel. The Ridley Scott's the Last Duel featuring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer. Natalie Morales's directing debut for Language Lessons with Mark Duplass. Chip and Dale Park Life is coming to Disney+. Plus this week's movie recommendation a Bangladesh Dollywood classic 'Hero The Superstar'. 
43:03
August 4, 2021
#16.5 BONUS Episode - Indiana Jones Crystal Skull & Force Awakens Discussion
Enjoy this uncut bonus rant of our thoughts on Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as well as thoughts on the latest Star Wars trilogy including The Force Awakens. This is our way of apologizing for running a little late on our regularly episodes.
22:29
July 30, 2021
#16 Rebel Moon official | Encanto & Queenpins reaction | Last of Us filming
In the news, Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon takes on Star Wars in a Netflix space opera. Last of Us begins filming its HBO Max video game adapted series with Bella Ramsey, Pedro Pascal, Gabriel Luna. Kevin Feige talks changes to Marvel contracts going forward. In See it or Skip It, Disney+ series What If shows us multiverse possibilities with many returning voice cast including Jeff Goldblum, Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner. Disney's Encanto teaser gives us a beautiful look at the Lin Manuel Miranda musical tale of a girl without magical abilities featuring Stephanie Beatriz, Diane Guerrero, Wilmer Valderrama, Angie Cepeda. Queenpins also has a star studded cast of couponers (Kristin Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Vince Vaughn). We also talk 'Val' the Val Kilmer life documentary and Ride the Eagle written and starring Jake Johnson with J.K. Simmons. Plus some new personal recommendations.
01:00:22
July 20, 2021
#15 Flash & Spiderman leaks | Clifford reaction | Don't Breathe 2 villain or antihero?
Potential spoilers for DC's The Flash and Marvel's Spiderman: No Way Home in the form of legos and leaked interviews. We discuss. Clifford the Big Red Dog's live action movie adaptation gets a full trailer. Ernie crushes on Kate Beckinsale in Amazon's Jolt. We dive deep into whether or not villains can get redemption in the trailer to the sequel no one was asking for Don't Breathe 2, starring Stephen Lang. A Disney-less Cinderella gets reimagined with Camila Cabello. Plus Halloween Kills trailer could be proof that Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode has the same resurrection abilities as this franchise. 
01:10:37
July 14, 2021
#14 New Supergirl reaction | Little Mermaid multiverse? | Snake Eyes excitement
Filming has started for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Knives Out 2 and John Wick: Chapter 4. We discuss the new female leads for Supergirl, Snow White and the Little Mermaid. Rumors of a Little Mermaid multiverse? New trailer reactions for Snake Eyes, Jurassic World Dominion, Free Guy, Suicide Squad 2, Jordan Peele's Candyman, Apple TV's Invasion, Netflix's Sexy Beasts and the Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain remake of Eyes of Tammy Faye. Questions and movie recommendations, tweet us @watchfultweets
58:14
July 7, 2021
#13 Conjuring & Quiet Place 2 Reviews | He-man returns | Pig & The Shrink Next Door reactions
[Spoilers Warning] Reviews for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (also known as The Conjuring 3) plus John Krasinski's A Quiet Place Part II. Nerding out on the Masters of the Universe: Revelation series being developed by Kevin Smith. More evidence that streaming services are fast replacing cable. Plus trailer reactions for Nicolas Cage's drama Pig and Will Ferrell & Paul Rudd's The Shrink Next Door miniseries. Questions for the show and movie recommendations, tweet us @watchfultweets
01:03:08
June 29, 2021
#12 TikTok could win an Emmy | Indiana Jones 5 flashback? | Free Guy, Infinite reactions
TikTok's Ratatouille could be on it's way to an Emmy?? Plus, new evidence that Indiana Jones 5 might be revisiting an earlier adventure using some digital de-aging. This episode is a smorgasbord of new trailers from Netflix's Fear Street trilogy to No Sudden Moves with Benicio Del Toro and Don Cheadle coming to HBOMax. Ryan Reynolds' upcoming action comedy Free Guy gets more story-driven trailer. A Tribeca Film festival's Agnes gets a spooky trailer. Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor's Sci-Fi Thriller Infinite dropped a trailer for the recently landed movie streaming on Paramount+. Also, new musically inspired trailer from Andrew Garfield and Lin-Manuel Miranda called 'tick, tick...Boom!' Plus a new Space Jam: A New Legacy trailer which finger's crossed they are holding back from all the good stuff. Don't forget to send us your movie recommendations for next week @watchfultweets on Twitter.
49:12
June 22, 2021
#11 Wonka prequel | Avengers Campus opens | Twitter Fans recommendations
Special guest Lex joins to talk Disneyland's Avengers Campus, more evidence to connect Spiderman universes, Willy Wonka prequel casting Timothee Chalamet, our reactions for Jungle Cruise, Hugh Jackman's Reminiscence, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions trailers, plus our first ever Movie Recommendations from our Twitter followers. Send your recommendations to @watchfultweets
46:29
June 15, 2021
#10 Eternals trailer reactions | Snyder Star Wars rumors | New Evil Dead trilogy coming
Amazon buys MGM and what it means for Prime users. New rumors of a Zack Snyder Star Wars movie based on the Seven Samurai. Bruce Campbell is making a new Evil Dead trilogy coming to HBO Max. Plus new movie recommendations, all on this weeks episode. 
01:06:48
June 8, 2021
#9 Snake Eyes reactions | Friends Reunion coming | Dear Evan Hansen the next Greatest Showman?
Part 2 of a special 2 part episode. Snake eyes trailer reactions. More Sweet Tooth footage. Our top 3 most anticipated movies. Is Friends better than How I Met Your Mother? Will Dear Evan Hansen be the next Greatest Showman? Resident Evil gets a new Netflix movie. Also a more reliable way to rate horror movies. Plus, some wise words from Ernie. Don't miss it.
01:02:04
May 29, 2021
#8 Warner Media & Discovery merger | Return of Blockbuster Actors?
Part 1 of a special 2 part episode. Streaming wars in full force! Warner Media to buy Discovery. Big name actors moving to TV? Or are they the key to the next theater blockbuster resurgence? 
48:12
May 24, 2021
#7 Rugrats reboot | Venom 2 trailer | Theaters are back!
So... many... trailers... We dive into Quiet Place 2, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the Green Knight, Paramount's Rugrats reboot, the Protégé and a little Mythic Quest. Also did we survive the first time back into theaters since COVID?
39:04
May 15, 2021
#6 Marvel Phase 4 news | The Tomorrow War teaser | Sweet Tooth coming to Netflix
Marvel Phase 4 is all about 4's (4 movies + more 4 shows in 2021!) Amazon teases a new action sci-fi 'A Tomorrow War' (Chris Pratt). Robert Downey Jr. is producing DC comic 'Sweet Tooth' as a Netflix show. Also who's the best Spiderman?
31:13
May 8, 2021
#5 Flintstones sequel | Mortal Kombat spoilers | Son of Kong coming?
Do we need more Flintstones, baby King Kong, or a drunk Leonardo Dicaprio? These topics are getting out of hand! Also we break down what makes a good trailer and if Mortal Kombat gave away too much.
31:35
May 2, 2021
#4 Shang Chi reactions | Space Jam: A New Legacy strangeness | Indy 5 coming?
Are you more excited for Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings or Space Jam: A New Legacy? I know which one I'm picking. Also is Indiana Jones 5 actually happening?
36:19
April 25, 2021
Bonus Episode - Godzilla vs Kong Review
Our thoughts on HBO Max's Godzilla vs Kong. A little extra CONTENT for your playlist! 
04:01
April 24, 2021
#3 Suicide Squad trailers | Thundercats movie | Game of Thrones heads to broadway
New trailers galore! Suicide Squad... Spiral... Wrath of Man... Godzilla vs Kong is king of the box office. Thundercats movie, a Faceoff sequel, Game of Thrones to become a broadway play?! Plus new recommendations. Let's discuss.
31:18
April 16, 2021
#2 Zack Snyder's Justice League Spoiler Discussion and Review
Hello and welcome to episode 2! We are excited to bring you a new episode based on Zach Snyder's Justice League. Did we like, what did we think, Where do we see this going.  Careful this is a spoiler filled episode, we do not want anyone telling Granny Goodness as she would be furious.
43:59
March 31, 2021
#1 Justice League release | Mr & Mrs Smith reboot | Crunchyroll acquired
Welcome friends! Enjoy our shaky voices and awkward pauses as we kick off the new cast! This episode is special because it's our first! Join us as we dive into Zach Snyder's Justice League, HBO Max release (are you hyped?), Godzilla vs. Kong trailer, a Mr. & Mrs. Smith Reboot, Spiderman cinematic universe, thoughts on Sony's acquisition of Crunchyroll, and rumors of a Hercules cinematic universe by the Joe and Anthony Russo. Please give us feedback we want to keep improving to make the show better! 
01:05:38
March 21, 2021