Sunday, August 14, 2016
Mamo has come a long way in 11 years, and it's time to address the inevitable changes in our direction. Plus: Suicide Squad, consumer culture at the movies, and a bit of Stranger Things love.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
We're back! Team Mamo checks in on the summer of 2016 with comments on Pixar, Ghostbusters, Star Trek Beyond, Kong: Skull Island, Wonder Woman, and Justice League. Plus: we bring the gavel down on Barco Escape, and coo about Brie Larson.
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has invited a slew of under-represented demographics to join their voting ranks this year. So is that... good? We discuss, plus all the usual blather about big fuckin' giants and swimming with the fishes.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Did we just drop the mic on the fate of our show...?
Saturday, June 11, 2016
JESUS IS BACK AND HE'S READY TO KICK ROMAN ASS! And other sequels no one asked for. As think piece writers in general catch up to what Mamo was saying eleven years ago, we discuss the latest brace of underperforming (?) number twos, plus Warcraft, Star Trek, and the return of Mel Gibson.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
This Memorial Day, we fondly remember the days when Memorial Day was a good time to open a blockbuster. With X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass in the toilet, we castrate Fox's management of the X-franchise before diving into the wider question of fan entitlement, platonic relationships, and Cap being in love with Bucky (cuz he IS, ok?).
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Do you hear the slurping, mewling sounds of the internet fanboys roiling in disgust (once again) because women exist? It was hard not to get hit by the spray this week as the Cinema Massacre web site (!) achieved the seemingly impossible, and turned GHOSTBUSTERS into the most politicized film release of the year. We tackle the outrage, and then dovetail to this week's other gender war, #toofemale.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Anyone else excited for Black Panther? We sure are. What about Marvel Phase 4? Yup! What about... the digital manipulation of people irrespective of age, race, or gender? ...OK, that one gives us pause. Listen in for more!
Sunday, May 08, 2016
Team Cap? Team Iron Man? Team Marvel!! The Matts sit down for an entirely polite conversation about how great Captain America: Civil War is, and why it's making all the money. You know, like we do.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Mamo returns with Mamo 445! Let's talk about The Jungle Book and Lemonade! But first, let's talk about the mysterious fate of Mamo 444.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
The rapturous arrival of the ROGUE ONE trailer gives us an opportunity to circle back on BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, and tie together all our thoughts on what audiences actually want from these stories, and why we respond to aspirational heroes. Listen in!
Monday, April 04, 2016
The Mamo Summer Box Office Contest is here! Matt & Matt handicap the big releases of the summer of 2016 and invite YOU to do the same. Captain America! Alice! Suicide Squad! Ghostbusters! Independence Day! The Big Fuckin' Giant! Who will win??
Monday, March 28, 2016
Two Matts enter, one Matt leaves! Then another Matt leaves, by a different door. It's the title fight you've all been waiting for: does Batman v. Superman deserve a Dawn of Justice or what even is Justice in this context anyway yadda yadda yadda maybe the movie's not that bad.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Spike Lee's new (to Canada, anyway) film Chi-Raq is absolutely splendid, and we gush about it for a good long while before trying to pick apart the racial politics of the hit animated film, Zootopia (which, hey, kudos for having racial politics, Z!). Plus: Matt B. sick of superheroes? Is this the Bizarro World??
Sunday, March 06, 2016
The last thing the world needs is another couple of straight white guys telling you what they think of the all-female Ghostbusters trailer, but we're gonna tell you anyway - with a meta twist, because we're going to talk about what we think of the opinions of the other straight white guys. Plus: American Hitler! Who ya gonna call?
Monday, February 29, 2016
Mamo's annual Oscar night party is here! As usual, we scatter a series of short minisodes across the evening, collected here in omnibus format - it's like watching the show with us in real time, only without the 4 hour exhaustion factor, or any farting. Joined by a veritable galaxy of guest stars, it's the one night of Mamo you don't want to miss! Except that you did miss it, if you're downloading this and listening to it after the fact. Well done genius.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Deadpool!! The R-rated superhero flick's massive over-performance this past weekend has thrown everyone into a tizzy, including us, if by "tizzy" you mean "questioning some of our previous statements about Ryan Reynolds." We toss the ball around a bit, with respect to the modern movie star and the growth of the comic book movie genre, before taking several more choice swipes at the imminent death rattle of Batman v. Superman.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made some rapid changes to address the age and diversity of their voting body, and Mamo returns to discuss bootstrapping, privilege, and Wonder Woman, all of which are related. Listen in.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Mamo jumps up and down on the 2015 nominations for the Oscar, and you get to hear what happens! Are the Oscars "so white?" Is Leonardo DiCaprio "gonna win?" Does The Revenant "suck?" All this and a whole lot of Mad Max: Fury Road love on tonight's episode. Plus, if it sounds to you like a crazy person is moaning at the top of his lungs throughout 9/10ths of the episode, you're not wrong: a crazy person is moaning at the top of his lungs throughout 9/10ths of the episode. And for once, it's not Price!
Saturday, January 09, 2016
As we emerge from CES with news of the resurrection of film AND the advancement of virtual reality, we take a long rambling detour into the world of online piracy, outrage culture, and the homogenization of the human race. Only on Mamo.
Saturday, January 02, 2016
Happy new year! Mamo closes out 2015 with our annual POWER LIST - an uncategorized ranking of the movers and shakers of the movie universe! Disney! Universal! Star Wars! Ava DuVernay! Listen in!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
The dream has become a reality. We now live in a world in which the sequel to Return of the Jedi is actually in existence. New heroes, old Jedi. Wookies, story board decisions, gender politics. Poor casting, use of CGI vs practical, box offfice numbers. Prognostication, the generational differences, the marketing. And it’s cold outside, so put on your coat! Yes, there’s so much to get into with the latest installment of the Star Wars saga from director J.J. Abrams so we cover as much as we can in 75 minutes. The majority of the Super Ticket cast was completely enamored and in true wonder with the spectacle; but there is a vocal minority in here and he will not be silenced. Come forth young Padawans and receive your lesson for the day from Mamo! and The Cinecast. This is The Super Ticket: Episode VII.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Friday, December 04, 2015
There was a lot of conversation in the comments for our previous episode regarding the genre of Marvel's Jessica Jones - particularly, is it film noir? Is it a superhero show? Is it neither, or both? The Matts have opinions on what makes those genres genres, and what genre means, genre-ally. Listen in!
Monday, November 23, 2015
What's with all these Part Is, Part IIs, 13-part Netflix series, and the rest? Well, we already know the answer: money. But the case of the extended cut of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies provides a study in knowing when your movie is too long, just right, or in some cases, not long enough. Apologies in advance - this episode is noisy, even for us. We'll try to pick a better spot next time (although to be fair, the pizza was terrific).
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Christmas is in the air, but more importantly, so is Star Wars - a lot of it, a truly nauseating amount of it really, but who are we to back away from the roaring fire of Star Wars contemplation that is the internet in the 4th quarter of 2015? So here's yet another look at the much-maligned Prequel Trilogy, and George Lucas, and why things are the way they are.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The year of the Super Ticket sevens continues with double-oh-seven and SPECTRE. Beware SPOILERS ABOUND throughout this podcast – both for this film and the previous Daniel Craig installments. Matt Brown, Matthew Price, Kurt Halfyard and Andrew James serve up this Super Ticket Podcast dissecting the nuance and bombast that is the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise. General consensus is positive but there is some dissension within the group; despite Matt Gamble not being able to be present and shout everyone down. As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hello! Mamo digs into the true meaning of the auteur theory in a consideration of the subjective successes of Guillermo Del Toro, before addressing the Jennifer Lawrence wage gap standoff and its potential ramifications, and the proper pronunciation of the words "dour," "vagina," and "Guillermo."
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Matt has a new iPhone case which may or may not be blocking all sound, so we did this mini-episode as a bench test - covering the week's big news, the mega-presales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Let us know what you think, and whether you could hear a word we were saying.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Quentin Tarantino being an idiot! Hulk turning up in Thor! Pan sucking! (Or did it?) All this and more on the latest episode of Mamo.
Friday, October 09, 2015
Marvel's rescheduling of Black Panther and Captain Marvel has one Matt calling shenanigans and the other Matt preaching patience on the subject of diversity in mass media. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised which. Mamo assemble!
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
A spoiler-filled discussion of the narrative tricks of Denis Villeneuve's Sicario and a brief consideration of the rightness and wrongness of bio-picking Steve Jobs make up this latest episode of Mamo...
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The summer of 2015 is over! We declare a winner in the Row Three summer box office contest, and then have a look back at the season's top ten and what they might mean, or not mean, about the audience's relationship to the movies.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Special guest star Shelagh Rowan-Legg joins us on day 8 of the Toronto International Film Festival 2015 to discuss highlights of the week thus far! Love! Evolution! Into the Forest! Sherpa! Baskin! Men & Chicken! And much much more!
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Surprise! All evidence to the contrary, the Matts are indeed back at it at the Toronto International Film Festival, and sit down on Day 3 to square things up on the films thus far. We talk The Martian, Green Room, Body, Hitchcock/Truffaut, and more!
Friday, August 28, 2015
Our annual TIFF preview episode... with a difference! One Matt is skipping the festival and the other decided to thin-slice his picks instead of diving deep. We'll tell you why.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Straight came Outta Compton like a box office rocket, so Mamo is on the scene to discuss the movie's champions and critics, including (professional contrarian?) Armond White's thoughts on the film and black activism in general. Plus we spend five or ten minutes with Fantastic Four, cuz it's us.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Insert the Lalo Schifrin theme here, as Mamo goes back-to-back and examines all things Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Rebecca Ferguson, and Mr. Tom Cruise!
Monday, August 03, 2015
Building off last week's Destroy All Monsters column, we discuss the idea of cultural erasure when faced with an artist whose personal conduct has been exposed as repellant. What does "voice" have to do with it, whether we're talking about Bill Cosby, rape culture, celebrity culture, Cara Delevigne, or vocal fry?
Friday, July 24, 2015
What's the state of the romantic comedy? Is this genre a trainwreck? Alia Miller from Super Zero and What She's Having joins us to discuss all things Schumer, Apatow, and lady parts.
Monday, July 20, 2015
The Marvel Cinematic Universe offers up its weakest opening weekend since The Incredible Hulk with
Edgar Wright Peyton Reed's Ant-Man, so we assemble the avengers - Norm Wilner from Now Magazine and Someone Else's Movie, and Greg LeGros from See You Next Wednesday and Time Bandits - to geek out over what's gone on in the MCU (and the Distinguished Competition, as well). Plus, smoked meat!
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
With San Diego Comic Con 2015 now safely behind us, we ask our annual question: what was it all for? Batman fought Superman, Suicide Squad came out, The Hunger Games continued to dominate and we sort of just don't care any more. At what point did Comic Con cease to be a launchpad and became a temporary meatspace incarnation of something we more routinely call "the internet?"
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
More Mamo? You got it! We discuss the shuttering of The Dissolve, and what it means for online film criticism in a world of curated content. Plus, TIFF '15 pricing and stupid Han Solo movie!
Monday, July 06, 2015
Did you ever have a summer just go sideways on you? We continue to dig into Jurassic World's mind-boggling success, with side-trips to the bombs that are Terminator 5 and Magic Mike 2.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Ten! Years!! of Mamo!!! Tenth anniversary episode of our little show, much like our first: two guys, sitting in a coffee shop, talking about the movies.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Jurassic World has emerged as a surprise forerunner to take the summer box office crown, and Mamo has no idea why. We call in a consult from the Dew Over himself, Jamie Dew, to try to sort out what happened on the island...
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
From inside the eye of a hurricane of screaming, recalcitrant youths, old and grumpy Mamo gathers to discuss their favourite subject: what's going wrong with the movies these days. Weaponized anticipation! Mega-franchises-as-movies-as-TV! The death of cinema itself! Tune in and try to follow along.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
After a turbulent couple of weeks in the social wars, Mamo convenes to ask: does online culture lead to groupthink? Can connected societies actually make things better? And what public blunder will eventually bring us down? Toronto's crop tops, the #FHRITP response, and Peter Howell vs. Tom Hardy vs. The Internet are contemplated in detail as we get to the middle of it, Mamo-style.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Mamo returns at long last! We've got a lot to catch up on, so we have a look at Pitch Perfect 2, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Tomorrowland. How's the summer going so far?
Sunday, May 03, 2015
MAMO ASSEMBLE! We report from the Tulip in Toronto to take Ultron apart bolt by bolt, in this extended look at the performance of Marvel's Phase 2 capper: Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Is an actor a spokesperson, a regular Joe like you or I, or a human meat puppet? In light of a noisy Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour and the actions/comments of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Jeremy Renner, Team Mamo digs into our relationship with the people who play our heroes.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Ebertfest coverage continues with discussion of Ida, Wild Tales, and Girlhood! And no restaurant recommendations, sorry.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Food-stuffed and lusty, Mamo reports on their second day at the Roger Ebert Film Festival 2015, with discussion of representation and mythology in cinema by way of Thursday's "Challenging Stigma Through the Arts" panel, and Godfrey Cheshire's excellent documentary, Moving Midway. Plus, our recommendation for local Mexican!
Thursday, April 16, 2015
It's a Mamo walk-and-talk, live on the streets of Champaign Illinois! We've returned to the Roger Ebert Film Festival for the third time, and take the opportunity to roundly question the validity of Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye To Language. We'll report in a few more times over the next couple days as we work our way through this year's program. Plus, recommendations for pie!
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Listen up woman! Shit’s about to get real. We’re not letting some snot-nosed Limey who thinks he runs the world get under the skin of this podcast. No sir, we’re calling in the cavalry. Mamo & Cinecast unite to dislodge any notion y’all got about taints or GPS parachutes. Cars do fly in this universe and damned we’ll be if any sum bitch, especially Jason Statham, is gonna take that away from us. We gots NOS in our brain and petrol in the veins; Sit down, have a tuna sandwich and chill with us. You can have any beer you like; as long as it’s a Corona. This is the Super Ticket bra. We’re talking Furious 7. Recognize. As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!
Monday, April 06, 2015
Row Three's own Kurt Halfyard joins the Mamo boys to continue a debate that began long ago about the validity of the superhero genre. Specifically this time: death: what is it good for?
Monday, March 30, 2015
MAMO! The show about movies and popular culture strides confidently into the summer of 2015 at the domestic box office with our picks for the top ten grossing films of the season. We haven't seen any of 'em! We talk about all of 'em! And kick it open to YOU to sound off in the comments below with your entries for the Mamo Summer Box Office Contest!
Sunday, March 22, 2015
OK here's what happened: we'd just finished recording a new episode of Let's Scare Matthew Price to Death with our friend Dan Gorman, when we got to talking about It Follows, horror movies at the box office, and why every big movie in the genre seems to be treated like the biggest thing ever. What... er... followed was a pickup game of Mamo with one of our favourite guest stars!
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Mamo! It's Ladyghostbusters vs. Dudeghostbusters, and Cinematic Universes vs. I dunno, just making a movie one at a time or something. Plus, we get into our relationship.
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Buckle up! Mamo does a crash course in House of Cardsology before pivoting hard into Fifty Shades of Grey, sexual fantasy, and the death of Leonard Nimoy. Only on this show, could those things all happen in 45 minutes. Plus, we welcome Let's Scare Matthew Price to Death to the world of podcasting!
Monday, February 23, 2015
Glom Gazingo, and welcome to Oscar night 2015! Jamie "The Dew Over" Dew joins us on the couch for our annual slate of mini-podcasts recorded throughout the telecast, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out the golden trophy to the favourites among themselves. Plus, special guest stars Sasha and Max! Join us for this omnibus edition of our evening's activities.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Spider-Man joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we look at white privilege in superhero movies, Hollywood, and film history via last year's Jon Hamm baseball picture, Million Dollar Arm. Watch us weave our web!
Saturday, February 07, 2015
We come not to praise the Wachowskis but to bury them, our hearts heavy as we pick apart the first outright misfire in a career of innovation. What's up with Jupiter Ascending?
Friday, January 30, 2015
Mamo takes apart the narrative of the modern celebrity by way of Johnny "Mortdecai" Depp, who probably doesn't give a flying fuck what any of you are thinking, saying, or doing - nor should he.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Mamo #392: Shots Fired
Well that came out of nowhere! Mamo looks at American Sniper's perfectly-fired magic bullet, which hit the Academy, the audience, and about a billion think-piece writers in a single shot. Afterwards, we delve into Supergirl, #XFiles2015, and the equally magic, equally bullet-shaped Joaquin Phoenix.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Mamo #391: Meet Me At The Beaver
Oscar Nomination Day is like Mamo Christmas! We get together at the pub for a quick discussion of the noms for 2014, while nomming the food that continuously arrives throughout the show. Plus, both Price and Brown announce their side projects because clearly this marriage has gotten old. It's Mamo!
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Mamo rings in the New Year with a potpourri discussion of the news of the last few weeks: Ant-Man, Sam Raimi, Steven Soderbergh, awards season, The Interview, The Hobbit, and more. Welcome to 2015!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Happy New Year! Mamo does away with the year-end top ten and in its place, repurposes the Premiere Power List format to count down the top movers, shakers, influencers, and creative superpeople of the film industry for 2014. Who made their mark in the year that was, and will shape the years to come? Join us!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
We tie off the vast, troubling Hobbit trilogy with The Battle of the Five Armies, before doubling down on the Sony Hack, The Interview, and what Sony's moves mean for the death of movies.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Team Mamo assesses the damage wrought by the Sony Hack - personal, professional, and otherwise.
Friday, December 05, 2014
In which our discussion jumps from the James Bond announcement to the question of whether anticipating movies has replaced the movies themselves, with detours through Terminator Gineisysy and Suicide Squad.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Well, like Lando said to the guy with the vagina-face before they flew into the Death Star II, here goes nothin'.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
In which our heroes tease an obligatory half-hour Mockingjay Part One episode out of perhaps 18 minutes of content, feeling not unlike the movie they are describing.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
In which the sound effects of Interstellar are discussed; and the emotional effects of Big Hero 6.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Dust. Wind. Dude. Nolan likes to present his deep thought, high concept material in the simplest way possible. Why? Is he talking down to us or is there some other reason for it? And is that ok? Forget quantum mechanics, string theory, global disaster and baseball in space, we want to know two things: why does Nolan treat us like children at times and will Coop ever get a chance to copulate with his daughter? Also, Maaaatt Dammun. As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
In which Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler connects in weird and unsettling ways to a lot of contemporary questions we have about media figures, power dynamics, and the scary place that exists on the other side of shame.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Just one of those throw-it-at-the-wall episodes of Mamo that expands in concentric circles till we're talking about mental health, games, art forms, and narrative itself, along with the proper pronunciation of "Babadook." See if it sticks!
Saturday, October 11, 2014
With the Ghostbusters III news and the release of Yo, Dracula!, Team Mamo has a look at the major studios' race to construct their own Marvel-style megafranchises - with widely varying odds of success.
Sunday, October 05, 2014
It's finally time to close up the summer box office contest for 2014! Congratulations to our winner, Philip Poirot, for pantsing the rest of us on one of the hardest-to-call summers we've ever seen. We recap what happened from the back of a speeding car.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
As moviegoing continues to die and digital content takes over, we look at how Fox's Gotham is getting it wrong, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (may be) getting it right, and Netflix is getting us all headed towards the future with its Crouching Tiger 2 deal. Plus, the velvet funnel.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
The Horror! The Horror! Our intrepid horrornaut Matt Price returns from his year-long mission into scary movies with news to report about everything from Oculus to Martyrs.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Mamo closes up the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival with talk of our favourite films, the Audience Choice winners, and the noticeable movements of the year - plus, hairy boobs.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Does TIFF have a gala problem? We look at the festival's changing relationship with red carpet premieres and superstar filmmakers as Team Mamo charts a weirder course through international filmmaking waters...
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Join Mamo on Day 3 of the Toronto International Film Festival 2014 as we discuss Big Game, Tokyo Tribe, Tusk, and the status of the cult film in the Midnight Madness world!
Friday, September 05, 2014
Reporting live (actually it's a podcast) from the first night of the Toronto International Film Festival 2014! We pick our top five anticipated films for the week ahead, and since there's nothing better to do we get into the real question: WTF is with that beard.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Mamo returns to the subject of film canon, for an even broader and stranger discussion of aging aesthetics, DVD ownership, death and cinema, and Emmerich/Devlin's overlooked 1996 masterpiece: Independence Day.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
It's film festival time! As Matt & Matt prepare to step into their complex plans for the Toronto International Film Festival 2014, it's time to have a quick look through the book and talk about the programs and films that are getting it done this year. Madness! Vanguard! Docs! Masters! It's all here!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Mamo gathers to discuss the life and death of Robin Williams.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Podcasts bring podcasters together! We welcome Greg LeGros from the Modern Superior oligarchy onto the show to talk about space raccoons and blue fellows named Yondu, and all the other things that Marvel seems to be able to do without breaking a sweat - all while Sony and DC sweat balls over their rest-of-the-decade tentpole plans.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Comic Con 2014! We talk about the Wonder Woman reveal, and what it means to live in a world where "big news" status can be conferred upon "the Wonder Woman reveal."
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Now that Matt Price has caught up with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we're both fairly convinced that the end of the world is nigh. Also, movies aren't fun any more.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
What's up, Mamo listeners? This week we talk Apes, Marvel, Thor, Avengers, home video, money, and Hellboy 3. So, basically, what we always talk about.
Monday, July 07, 2014
Mamo reflects on the worst 4th of July weekend in 30 years of moviegoing, by way of ruminations upon Tammy, Transformers, The Sandman, TIFF, and Roger Ebert's life itself (and its consequences for the documentary Life, Itself).
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Join us in the sultry, semi-sexual heat of a Barrie Ontario long weekend as we discuss Trans4mers, the Chinese, and the nature of "evil"; Rian Johnson, Star Wars, and the new crop of blockbuster directors; and Predator 4, worldbuilding, and why people need to get over it. Happy summer, Mamo listeners!
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
In which the gentlemen of Mamo arrive at the corpse of the straw-broken camel that is TIFF's most recent pricing upgrade, and wonder if enough is finally enough.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
How To Train Your Dragon 2 did NOT set the box office on fire as we all expected, reminding us of another big ticket sequel from a few years back which also underperformed. Does Dreamworks have a sequel problem?
Friday, June 13, 2014
It's the movie many of has pegged as the blockbuster of the summer - Mamo talks How To Train Your Dragon 2! Plus that enormous Nikki Finke Justice League rumour, which may not (strictly speaking) be "true" but certainly is "interesting." Strap on your squirrel suit and let's fly...
Sunday, June 08, 2014
New Row Three; new Mamo! We talk Tom Cruise and Edge of Tomorrow before dovetailing back into Maleficent and forward into The Fault In that thing Slate wrote about Young Adult fiction.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Magnificent Maleficent, the final ultimate absolutely-this-is-the-one death of the Western, Lupita Nyong'o in Star Wars and Jim Cameron on Avatars Two through Four: It's Mamo!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Can you believe we've already used the title "X-Mamo" for a show? Of course you can, there's been like a bazillion of these things. What is the state of the longest-running in-continuity superhero franchise? Mamo travels through time...
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Recorded live on the loud streets of Toronto, Team Mamo discusses Neighbours, which is about neighbours who are loud.
Monday, May 05, 2014
Summer kicks off with a not-so-Amazing Spider-Man (2), and the Matts (without having seen the film, mind you) are here to tell you what's gone wrong. It's Mamo! (SPOILER WARNING FOR ASM2)
Friday, May 02, 2014
End of the road (trip)! Matt and Matt and Ariel reflect back on the 16th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival on the long drive back to Toronto.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
We're nearly there, we swear! Day 4 of the 16th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival sees us responding to two gorgeous late-festival installments, Wadjda and A Simple Life, along with longtime Price favourite Goodbye Solo.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Live from Steak n' Shake! We tie off a monumental day at the movies with our responses to He Who Gets Slapped, Capote, and Brown's Do The Right Thing cherry-pop.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Our second installment from the Roger Ebert Film Festival looks at Short Term 12 and Young Adult!
Monday, April 28, 2014
Live from Champaign, Illinois! We arrive at the 16th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival and discuss Steve James' documentary, Life Itself, along with our thoughts on the future of digital filmmaking in response to the morning's panel. Guest starring Row Three's Ariel Fisher!
Monday, April 21, 2014
Bonus Mamo! Price has finally seen Captain America and reviewed the relevant documentation, and has determined that there's nothing wrong with DC/Warner Brothers' franchise development strategy after all. Brown, as you can imagine, is firmly Team Marvel/Disney. Conversation ensues. Join us!
Friday, April 18, 2014
Mamo returns! We talk Canadian Film Day, The Dew Over, and conduct a general roundtable about everything that isn't Captain America 2.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Summer begins now! Welcome to the annual Mamo Summer Box Office Competition, and this, our kickoff episode - in which the Matts lay out their vague theories on how things will go down in the domestic marketplace for the summer of 2014.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Matt and Matt deconstruct the mid-range success of the high-expectations Divergent, walks away from Muppets Most Wanted, and announces the 2014 Mamo Road Trip.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
10 years after Serenity, what do we make of the latest fanbase-cum-motion-picture boondoggle, Veronica Mars, and its digital-download boondoggle, UltraViolet? Plus conversation about The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ghostbusters III, Star Wars VII, and more vidja game movies. Also, be careful: we speak out about Apple, which apparently carries vast cosmic karmic consequences.
Friday, March 14, 2014
News about TIFF Kids, the Time Bandits Podcast, and Shorts That Are Not Pants; followed by further discussion of narrative and storytelling in the genres we call "video game movies" and "comic book movies." It's a Marvel! Join us.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Oscar fallout! Mamo welcomes special guest star Dan Gorman from See You Next Wednesday to discuss the Kim Novak / plastic surgery issue, as raised in the previous episode. Are women, Hollywood, beauty, youth, and our expectations a circular clustercuss?
Monday, March 03, 2014
Oscars 2014! This omnibus episode stitches together all 9 of the minisodes from last night's Oscar telecast. Ellen, Slave, Gravity, selfies, Blanchett, McConnaughey, Hustle, Menzel, Midler, Minelli, the pizza guy and much, much more!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Mamo tries to get back on belated track as the Oscar ceremony roars toward us... we give you our Oscar picks, in case you still haven't entered your office Oscar pool; talk Guardians of the Galaxy and general awesomeness; and hold a brief memorial for the brave, beautiful Mamo 340. And then Price nearly dies. It's great! It's Mamo.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
The troubling weekend just past is pulled apart by the Matts as they try to make sense of Woody Allen, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and our cultural relationship with celebrity, for good or ill.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Dinner for five! Mamo welcomes THREE special guest stars to a roundtable discussion of Manohla Dargis' recent contention that the American indie market is overstuffed with product. Kurt Halfyard, Dave Voigt and Ryan McNeil tell the Matts what's what.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Remember the days when a movie like Jack Ryan would come out, do whatever business it would do (or not do), and we would get together and analyze the project in depth in terms of why the audiences were (or weren't) responding to it? These aren't those days. A potpourri episode of Mamo ensues! Ryan! Bats/Supes! Marvel! Ebert! Armond! Time Bandits! And more.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
It's Mamo Christmas! The Oscar Nominations for 2013 are announced and as usual, there's a whole lot of people who could've sworn "merit" was going to enter into this somewhere. Mamo discusses.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Never ones to let the grass grow on a new year, Mamo returns for its second 2014 show to talk about the future! Or at least, Netflix. Grab a pint, this one gets boozy.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
After a three-week food-and-blackout-fueled hiatus, Mamo returns! It's the first week of 2014 which means, naturally, it's time to close up shop on 2013 with our picks for the best films of the year. We also get in deep on the relative merits of Twelve Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street, wax philosophical on whether films can ever truly be "numbered," and give some thought to Her and the state of science fiction.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Mamo rounds the corner on the second third of its thousand-show output with a free-roaming discussion of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the state of the modern epic, the mega-franchise model, and... well, you'll see.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Special guest star Ryan McNeil joins the podcast for a three-way conversation about the place of canon in a cinephile's life. Are "blind spot" series blinding? Or does the appreciation of the art form improve when you do your homework?
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
One seems like a situation where there's no way to get it right; and the other a scenario where the studio is determined to get it wrong. Mamo assembles to discuss the future of two Hollywood franchises: The Fast and the Furious in the wake of Paul Walker's death, and the Warner Brothers clusterfuck of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
As Catching Fire catches fire at the box office to the tune of $150 million or more, it's time to call shenanigans on Hollywood's decade-old assertion that women can't open blockbusters - or more to the point, that what a person has between their legs lets you predict what they will and will not do in relation to a good or not-good movie. Correlation and causality get rewired in the latest episode of Mamo!
Monday, November 11, 2013
KRA-KOOOM! Thor returns to wreak Asgardian justice on the mortal world of the box office, and Team Mamo takes a time-out to consider the state of the Marvel empire: Phase 2, Agents of SHIELD, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the NetFlix original series announcement, all suggest a franchise in its prime. So what's going wrong?
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Toronto had a rollicking week in the news, but is this the resurgence of print journalism, or its last gasp? We talk new media vs. old, complex thought vs. simple, and whether a well-informed electorate is beyond the purview of a man like Rob Ford.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Do we have a show? You bet your britches we have a show. We talk Big Kahuna and Movie Club, Carrie and The Descent, Oblivion and Gravity, Agents of SHIELD and TV, rep cinemas and the future of exhibition, and maybe some other things too. Mamo is like Pringles: once you pop, you can't stop.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Gravity continues into its second weekend of box office domination and as the inevitable backlash winds up, Matt and Matt take a few trips around the planet in their space suits to talk about god, the lack of same, and how we ascribe meaning to our big screen counterparts by way of great filmmaking.
Friday, October 04, 2013
In this two-pronged episode, Kaitlyn Regehr, producer of Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen, returns to the show to discuss her experiences pitching the project at WestDoc 2013. After that, we get into the online frenzy that followed the conclusion of Breaking Bad - in particular, the heartfelt confessions of one Mr. Damon Lindelof. Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen's Kickstarter program runs till October 9! Help them get across the finish line - visit tempeststormfilm.com for more information.
Monday, September 30, 2013
What if your own emotional baggage is getting in the way of your ability to enjoy a film? After some quick news updates from the movie world at large and some words about Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Matt Price puts forth a theory about his longstanding dislike of horror films - and resolves to do something about it.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
The summer of 2013 comes to a close! We declare the winner in the summer box office contest and recap what went right, and what went wrong.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Mamo returns, having survived the wilds of TIFF '13 - if "survived" is a word you can apply to a festival where Matt Price announced his retirement from moviegoing and a lunatic film blogger in a press and industry screening called 911 because someone else was using their mobile phone. What kind of a future of movies do you call this?!
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Mamo closes out the Toronto International Film Festival 2013! We talk Midnight Madness' 25th anniversary, REAL, R100, Why Don't You Play In Hell, Unforgiven, The Stag, We Are The Best!, Blue Ruin, Blind Detective, Rigor Mortis, Words and Pictures, When Jews Were Funny, Sex Drugs & Taxation, Metalhead, Joe, and Cold Eyes.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Mamo returns from Day 8 of the Toronto International Film Festival 2013! We follow up with Pitch This winner Daniel Cockburn, and then recap days 5-8, including jabber about OCULUS, Canopy, Tracks, How I Live Now, Man of Tai Chi, Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari, Jodorowsky's Dune, The Unknown Known, Blood Ties, Sunshine on Leith, We Are The Best!, Paradise: Hope, This Is Sanlitun, When Evening Falls on Bucharest, and The Wind Rises. Plus, Dave Voigt pops by for like eight seconds.
Monday, September 09, 2013
Welcome to the Toronto International Film Festival 2013! We begin our coverage by interviewing two teams entered in TIFF's annual Pitch This! competition - Nimisha Mukerji and Kaitlin Reygehr for Tempest Storm, and Daniel Cockburn for The Engineers - about how TIFF helps propel new filmmakers into their projects. Then we recap days 1-4 of the fest, with discussion of Fat, You Are Here, The Green Inferno, All Cheerleaders Die, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Story of Children and Film, The Station, Heart of a Lion, Horns, Atilla Marcel, Love is the Perfect Crime, Young & Beautiful, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Antboy, Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang, and Enough Said. Join us at the Lightbox! More information about Tempest Storm can be found at tempeststormfilm.com. Daniel Cockburn can be found on twitter at @danielcockburn.
Monday, September 02, 2013
On a hot and sunny Labour Day weekend / in the middle of a torrential rainstorm, Mamo wanders away from a lacklustre summer at the movies to talk about standup comedy and its nascent status as a pop art form worthy of thought, reflection, and criticism.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
The 38th Toronto International Film Festival is thundering down upon us, so Mamo sits outside near the streetcar tracks and tells you what's what in the 2013 programme. Vanguard! Docs! Midnight Madness! Discovery! Mavericks! Masters! Your TIFF experience begins here...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Mamo returns from the midsummer dregs to talk about how fans advocate for their favourite properties online; how the format and nature of television is shifting and changing in the Netflix age; and how porn and non-porn bends the rules of reality and fantasy and how that's a good thing. None of which has anything to do with Sharlto Copley.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
In which discussion ranges from the TIFF Midnight Madness and Vanguard announcements, to the super-overloaded Hollywood slate for 2015, to 3-D and the lack of proper conversation about it, to (once again) the end of movies as we know it, to whether or not we should just do this show on Vine. Mamo!
Monday, July 22, 2013
Comic Con is behind us and so are the big guns of the summer of 2013. What does the Batman/Superman announcement say about the health of Warner Brothers and their DC comics franchise? Nothing good, says we...
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Wonder twin powers, ACTIVATE! It’s been demanded for hours and now it’s finally here: a collaboration between the Mamo Matts and The Cinecast featuring Matt “the pot shot” Gamble of Where the Long Tail Ends. Three quarters of the way through summer blockbuster season, culminating in a Guillermo del Toro monster mash ‘em up seemed like an appropriate time to get this party started. Besides Pacific Rim, we naturally evolve into talking about the concept of the Super Ticket, racism at the box office, will Hollywood finally fuck off, Spider-Man 4(!?) and the secession of Texas joining forces with Quebec to start a new world order. This is an historic moment; enjoy it!
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
The summer of 2013 has revealed what will doubtless be recorded as its all-time mega-bomb: Disney's The Lone Ranger, which might be the nail in the coffin of the Western, 2-D, and Johnny Depp himself. Special guest star Ryan McNeil joins us for a gab session about what went wrong and why.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Mamo returns to audio podcasting to look at what James Gandolfini did for the evolution of television - and by extension, perhaps, the evolution of everything we (and Steven Spielberg and George Lucas) have been talking about.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Sometimes, you just gotta call for a do-over. Unsatisfied with our first Man of Steel show, we return 2 days later to discuss 'roid rage cinema, Christ allegories, and the future of the DCU. You know, like we do. We believe in Superman.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
The Men of Mamo bring their steel to the party and tackle the Zack Snyder / Christopher Nolan / DC Comics / Warner Brothers megalith, Man of Steel, upon which all hopes for the future of everything have, perhaps capriciously, been pinned. You will believe two men can gab.
Monday, June 10, 2013
We start with surprise box-office success The Purge, and then catch a wild ride through the many Mamo mental matchups that lead one from the sublime to the ridiculous when considering the state of literally everything.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Critics reacted to M. Night Shyamalan and Will Smith's After Earth and fans reacted right back, in the only way they know how: erratically. With more layoffs at "real" publications, and Twitter telling us what we already think anyway, is proper film criticism dead?
Monday, May 27, 2013
VROOOOOOOM...!! Mamo takes a quick road trip to the U.S. of A. for barbecued meat and Vin Diesel, which are largely indistinguishable from one another. On the drive home we take a moment to survey the state of the nation of the most unlikely super-franchise in Hollywood. Who's feeling fast? Who's feeling furious?
Monday, May 20, 2013
The first prequel-sequel in the Star Trek reborquel lands with a wet thud and Team Mamo assembles to discuss what went wrong with Star Trek Into Darkness...
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Matthew Price sits down with Justin Szlasa, producer of the new documentary Side By Side, to discuss the generational transition from celluloid to digital cinematography, and all the things it means. Meanwhile, Matt Brown eats popcorn.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it, and it's worked out pretty well so far - but how far can you push the comic book movie in the post-Avengers world? Team Mamo spoils the holy crap out of Iron Man 3 under the scorching heat of Ben Kingsley's sunglassed stare...
Friday, April 26, 2013
Mamo returns! We look at the changing face of China in light of Iron Man 3, the sci-fi might of Tom Cruise and Oblivion, before diving into the whole Zach Braff Kickstarter fracas. There's some larger point to be made here about how and where movies make money, we're sure.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Mamo rounds third base with a potpourri discussion of Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel (and their respective final trailers), Iron Man 3 (and its leading man), 42 (and the current state of sports movies), and the hows and whys of becoming a man. Summer ho! If you haven't entered the box office contest yet, do so at Row Three.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Mamo discusses the life and career of Roger Ebert.
Monday, April 01, 2013
The Mamo Summer Box Office Contest is here! We roll out the wildest, weirdest summer we've ever encountered and break down week by week what we think will make what, and how. Now it's your turn: listen to the episode, and enter your picks for the top ten grossing films to be released between May 1 and August 31. May the craziest bastard win. Entries must be made in the comment section for this episode on RowThree.com to be eligible.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Has movie marketing finally flipped its lid? With spoileriffic trailers for Iron Man 3 and The Wolverine dropping this week, we look at whether the process of hyping a movie retains any interest in preserving audience surprise - or if we're just missing the point anyway.
Monday, March 25, 2013
http://rowthree.com/audio/mamo/mamo296.mp3 One month later to the day, Matt Brown returns from Middle Earth and Matt Price regales him with everything that's happened in Hollywoodland since he's been away. New Zealand travel tips abound! Plus, yet another random stranger asks our opinion about Episode VII! It's like nothing's changed at all.
Monday, February 25, 2013
We cable-knit the nine Oscar night mini-Mamo episodes into a sweater of showness. Jennifer Lawrence! Daniel Day-Lewis! Anne Hathaway's nipples! They're all here, except for the nipples.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Bonus Mamo! We sail into your eardrums three days shy of the 85th annual Academy Awards to give you the lowdown on who's gonna win what, and prep you up for Sunday's Mamo Oscar night.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Don't want to download our two-part Soderbergh discussion in Mamo #291 and #292? We've stitched them both together, with exactly 35 seconds of additional content, for the all-in-one extravaganza. See Soderbergh the way he was meant to be seen! Mamo Roadshow!
Monday, February 11, 2013
Soderbergh continues - in part two of today's multi-part examination of the director's concluding career, we pick up at Out of Sight and watch the director become a filmmaking powerhouse unlike any in Hollywood, before ultimately deciding to abdicate his narrative throne... but not before leaving us with one last slice of pie: Side Effects.
To discuss a career too enormous for just one podcast episode, we take a page from Che's book - or the book of Che, as written by Steven Soderbergh. In part one of today's multi-part examination of Soderbergh's concluding career, we look at the spiral into hell that greeted the indie director of Sex, Lies, and Videotape. It was all downhill from there, all right... until a tiny little 1996 masterpiece called Schizopolis.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
All right, you wanna talk about J.J. Abrams and Star Wars? Here we go. Mamo looks at the career of the best middle manager in the business and speculates about what this all means for a galaxy far, far away.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Ouch! The Governator returns to the big screen and literally nobody cares. The Last Stand would be finely titled, were it not for the fact that it's the first in half a dozen return projects that Arnie has in development... is it time for the Running Man to stop running? The Predator to stop preying? The Terminator to... die?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
What is the state of the modern movie musical? With Les Mis as a base, we invite special guest stars Sasha James and Lindsay Ragone onto the program to assess the health of the genre. Unfortunately, no one sang their contribution.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Oscar nominations are out and we nom nom nom our way through lunch while talking about what is and is not headed to the podium on February 24th. Remember: awards don't mean anything. It's Mamo.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
The end of the world came and went, and the makers of films wisely decided to schedule stuff beyond the Mayan apocalypse just in case those crazy pre-civilization watchmakers were wrong. Mamo casts its eyes forward to the big releases of 2013 and does some guessing about where franchise filmmaking will go in the year to come.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Happy new year! Mamo casts its eyes back on the year 2012, the year in which the Avengers assembled, the Dark Knight rose, and the words “Mayan apocalypse” turned out to be referring to Taylor Kitsch’s career. The Matts give a broad survey of what worked, what didn’t work, and what were (in our wide and varied opinions) the best films of the year.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The next generation of immersive cinema has arrived, and so has The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Was bundling them together a good idea? We talk High Frame Rate at 48 frames per second, our Hobbit reactions at 24 frames per second, and eat a great breakfast at regular speed. Plus: science! Join us and enjoy.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey still dangling like a high frame rate sugar plum mere days away, and Skyfall back in first place, we turn our attention to Star Trek: Into Darkness, and the perils of being J.J. Abrams. Plus: between Oblivion and After Earth; is it science fiction time again?
Sunday, December 02, 2012
http://rowthree.com/audio/mamo/mamo282.mp3 We look a three recent releases: Lincoln, which is doing better than expected, and Life of Pi and Rise of the Guardians, which are doing worse. Plus, we inadvertently delve deep into this week's James Gunn fiasco, and do a bit of plugging for our new podcast, Very Important!
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The Lord of the Rings! Peter Jackson's fantasy trilogy changed the face of Hollywood forever, thrusting Gollum, Weta, and New Zealand into the filmmaking forefront. With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey mere weeks away, we take a trip in the time machine back to the project that started it all, and analyze the broad swath of impact that the One Ring has had on moviegoing.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
In which we consider Twilight Breaking Dawn and its fanfic-frenzied fandom; the highways and byways of Leos Carax's festival darling Holy Motors; and whether Star Wars: Episode VII can truly be Star Wars: Episode VII without the death of Han Solo. Grab your opinions and join us!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
SKYFALL! We're joined by special guest star Fingerless Hobie / Demetre Eliopoulos, straight out of an IMAX screening of the fiftieth anniversary Bond spectacular. Grab your martini and have a seat at our table!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
ZOUNDS! A shockwave ripped the internet in half this afternoon as Disney announced its purchase of LucasFilm for north of four billion bucks - putting Darth Vader, Jack Sparrow, Snow White, Boba Fett, Iron Man, Kermit the Frog and Luke Skywalker under one roof for the first time in history. What does it mean? Where will it go? Mamo does the guesswork!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Skyfall countdown continues as the TIFF Bell Lightbox opens Bond up in a big way, and half of Mamo reports on the outcome of the six-film Bond vs. Blofeld overnight marathon - a conversation which transitions surprisingly easy into our thoughts on the release of Cloud Atlas, and the battle lines thereto - currently forming in moviegoing circles around the globe.
Monday, October 22, 2012
http://rowthree.com/audio/mamo/mamo276.mp3 Stick us in your ear! In today’s Very Special Blossom episode of Mamo, we step off our beaten path and tell you what we’ve been listening to, podcast-wise, as the no-longer-nascent art form continues to evolve around us.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Taken a look at the Hollywood moviestar lately? Some might argue that the star system is dead, but don’t tell Liam Neeson – he’ll prove you wrong and kick your ass. Plus, we talk about Matt’s James Bond series, From A to Bond – already in progress on The Substream! – and heap praise on Shorts That Are Not Pants.