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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 87 - Jupiter Ascending

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This week, Rhea and Ricky try to make sense of the Wachowski's 2015 sci-fi flick, Jupiter Ascending. Plus, we take one final look at The Oscars (we promise!), and we revel in our prophesied Alien announcement.

Next week, we'll be watching Robocop (the 2014 version), which is available now on Netflix Watch Instant.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 86 - Big Hero 6

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This week, we dig into last year's best film about a big, friendly robot: Big Hero 6! Plus, Sig Weav Is On Board with Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie, and we're all feeling a little silly. It's good to be back!

Next week, we'll be watching Jupiter Ascending, which is available now in theaters.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Spike Lee & The Creators of 'High Maintenance'

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Spike Lee
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Katja Blichfeld
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Ben Sinclair

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Spike Lee on 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus', the Knicks, and Gentrification

Jesse sits down with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. Spike tells us about how addiction is made explicit in his new movie, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, how he really feels about Larry Bird and about his own very serious addiction.... to Air Jordans.

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is in theaters now and available on VOD.

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High Maintenance: Co-Creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair Talk About Marijuana, Their Webseries, and Asking for Money

Jesse sits down with Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair. Katja Blichfeld is a casting director who previously won an Emmy for her work on 30 Rock; Ben Sinclair is an actor. The two are a married couple, and created the series High Maintenance, a “not on television” show that follows a New York City marijuana delivery guy as he visits his various clients.

The series has evolved over two seasons and several years of production. Sinclair and Blichfeld released the second half of season 2 on Vimeo earlier this month.

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The Outshot: Wonder Showzen

MTV2's Wonder Showzen looked like a kids' show. But it wasn't. It really, really, wasn't. Jesse tells us why Wonder Showzen is his favorite TV satire of the past decade.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Rene Russo & Dan Gilroy of 'Nightcrawler'

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Rene Russo
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Dan Gilroy
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Alexandre Desplat

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Dan Gilroy and Rene Russo of 'Nightcrawler' on Seediness in TV News, Writing a Desperate But Strong Female Character, and the Constraints of Independent Film

Dan Gilroy is the writer and director of the movie Nightcrawler, which is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a video stringer for a local TV news program, and Dan's wife Rene Russo as an overnight news producer, Nina.

Lou is an anti-hero, bordering on a psychopath. His attempts to build a career and establish relationships with others are charmingly off-kilter. But also more than a little creepy. Russo’s character, Nina, ends up on the receiving end of both the charm and the creepiness.

Jesse spoke with Gilroy and Russo in front of a live audience at a benefit for the film nonprofit Vidiots.

Nightcrawler is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Song Exploder: Alexandre Desplat on Creating The Imitation Game's Theme

Alexandre Desplat is an Academy-Award-nominated French film composer. He's written the score for lots of Hollywood movies: Zero Dark Thirty, Harry Potter, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and several Harry Potter films among others.

Desplat talked to Hrishi Hirway for an episode of his podcast, Song Exploder. On Song Exploder, Hrishi asks musicians to deconstruct their songs, track by track. This year, Alexandre has been nominated again for an Oscar twice in the same category, for his work on both "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Imitation Game".

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the English mathematician Alan Turing. Turing helped crack the Enigma code during World War II, but his achievements didn't keep him from being persecuted for his sexuality.

Desplate broke down the orchestration in the main theme from the film.

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The Outshot: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Jesse talks about beauty, perfectionism and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 85 - American Sniper

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This week, Rhea's adrift in the ocean, so Cameron and Ricky invite comedian Jared Logan to join the panel for an in-depth discussion of American Sniper and the culture surrounding it. Plus, Cameron shares a TV show that made her, and everyone tries to figure out Sienna Miller.

Next week, we'll be watching Big Hero 6, which is available now in theaters.

You can follow Jared Logan on Twitter @JaredLogan, and you can find all of his upcoming tour dates here!

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 84 - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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This week, we check in with everyone's favorite Wall Street guru turned CIA analyst turned POTUS (eventually), in the 2014 action flick Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit! Plus, Rhea divulges a movie mystery that made her, and we wonder about the difficulties of recasting beloved characters.

Next week, we'll be watching American Sniper, which is available now in theaters.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 83 - Automata

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This week, Rhea and Ricky take a look at the 2014 sci-fi/thriller Automata. Plus, we have an in depth discussion of who and what went overlooked by the Oscar nominations and what it means for the industry.

Next week, we'll be watching Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which is available now on Netflix Watch Instant.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 82 - From Russia With Love

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Sarah Morisano
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Kimberly Clark

This week, Ricky welcomes guests Sarah Morisano and Kimberly Clark to chat about Oscar nominations snubs and shockers. Plus, we take a look at the classic Bond film From Russia With Love.

Sarah Morisano's podcast is called CRUSHED, and you can follow her on Twitter @thesarahbellum!

Kimberly Clark co-hosts The Goosedown with Jasper Redd. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @tribecalledkim!

Next week, we'll be watching Automata, which is available now on Netflix Watch Instant.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 81 - 2014 In Review

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This week, we take a look back at the movies of 2014. What genres crushed in theaters? How did the year stack up to years gone by? What were our overall bests and worsts? Where is our Wonder Woman movie? All of these questions and more, answered!

Next week, we'll be watching From Russia with Love, which is available now on Netflix Watch Instant.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 80 - The Grandmaster

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This week, we discuss one of the biggest pieces of movie news in recent months: the Sony hack and the decision to cancel the Christmas release of The Interview. Plus, Cameron and Rhea discuss the 2013 martial arts drama The Grandmaster and wonder if Pirates of the Caribbean 5 could be the breath of fresh air the series needs.

We are off for the next 2 weeks, but we will be back on January 9th with a look back at the movies of 2014 and a look ahead at what 2015 will bring. Happy holidays!

A very special thanks to Colin Anderson for engineering this week's recording.

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