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Episode Recap

Episode 9


Films Reviewed: The Incredibles and Saw

Commentary: Movie Presidents

Featurette: Behind the scenes of The Incredibles

Regarding The Incredibles:

Matt: Wow!  Pixar makes a film about humans and it manages to take their company into new heights!  The voice performers (listed below) are all wonderful, and the situations are actually plausible (for a superhero movie).  Probably one of the better films I've seen involving identity crises and world domination maniacs!  Four stars!! 

Aron: Definitely another triumph from Pixar.  This movie has something for everybody and never forgets who its audience is.  The superheroes are not stock characters, but rather real people in real situations that would rather be doing something else.  Never has this been done before, and it was a real treat to see something like this!  Four stars from me as well!!

Average Rating: **** (out of ****)

Regarding Saw:

Aron: Is this a mind trip?  Or is it a horror film?  Or is it a mystery?  Either way, you're going to either be creeped out or taken along for a very wild ride.  Hard to believe this came from first time filmmakers on a shoestring budget, because it looks a lot better than that.  Not for the faint of heart of stomach, though.  Four stars!

Matt: I have to agree with Aron on this one.  My criteria for a successful horror film is one that will keep me awake at night with all the lights on.  This film did that and then some.  Cary Elwes and Leigh Whannell (also one of the screenwriters) shine in this tale of wrong doings and impossible puzzles.  This is the stuff of nightmares.  Four stars!

Average Rating:  **** (out of ****)

Commentary: Since this episode aired on Election Day, Aron and Matt discussed five cinematic presidents and who they would vote for.  The nominees were Andrew Shepherd of The American President, James Marshall of Air Force One, Dave Kovic from Dave, James Whitmore from Independence Day and Tom Beck from Deep Impact.  Andrew Shepherd was the winner.

Featurette: Behind the scenes of The Incredibles, featuring the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee and writer/director Brad Bird.