March 23, 2018

Episode 109 - THE MATRIX

The Matrix is a movie all about different kinds of awakenings, destined to trigger imaginations with its effective mix of heady themes, classic drama, and stylized action. Its groundbreaking visuals and mind-bending flourishes set the tone for a decade of blockbuster cinema, and its depiction of a human society tranquilized by technology still resonates today.

Special guest Andrew McNally joins the show to upload some especially fascinating insights on politics, philosophy, and Laurence Fishburne's dusty head. Come along as we finally awaken from our embryonic state of blindness, and find out how deep this rabbit hole goes.

The Matrix (1999)
Written and directed by the Wachowskis
Produced by Joel Silver
Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Gloria Foster, and Hugo Weaving

Follow the white rabbit to our Matrix content:
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded

The Animatrix
The Matrix Revolutions

March 9, 2018

Episode 108 - AIR BUD

For a film about a basketball-playing dog, Air Bud features a shockingly small amount of basketball, instead focusing on disgruntled clowns, mourning families, dissembling janitors, and exasperated judges. It's an exercise in patience as the movie's twin goals of responsible pet ownership and youth sports supremacy inch along in parallel, before finally entangling in a glorious climax that reveals, once and for all, the basketball rulebook's lack of provisions against canine participation.

Kevin Chu, host of the Slurp podcast, makes his WWWW debut to help us identify the maddening yet effective tropes at the heart of this textbook example of family entertainment.

Air Bud (1997)
Directed by Charles Martin Smith
Produced by Robert Vince and William Vince
Written by Paul Tamasay and Aaron Mendelsohn
Starring Kevin Zegers, Wendy Makkena, Michael Jeter, Eric Christmas, Brendan Fletcher, Bill Cobbs, and "Air Buddy"

March 2, 2018

Episode 107 - The 4th Annual Dubbie Awards!

The most exclusive award show in the world returns, ready to dazzle an audience of dozens. (Eat your heart out, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.) We recap the highlights of 2017, including the best and worst uses of nostalgia, and finish with a healthy dose of self-indulgence. Just follow the red carpet to the Fourth Annual Dubbie Awards!

This year's program of awards includes:
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Film
  • Best Comeback
  • Most Unnecessary Throwback
  • Future WWWW Candidate
  • Most Nostalgic Moment
  • Best New Oldie
  • Best Performance by a Guest
  • Best Performance by a Co-Host
  • Best WWWW Episode of 2017