Episode 99.9: Vital Social Issues N’ STUFF

MUPPETS MOST WANTEDWelcome back! Its been awhile but the whole gang is back on episode 99.9 with our usual potpourri of pop culture news, movie reviews and other tidbits. Our main film review is for Muppets Most Wanted- the new film by James Bobin as well as some TV chat including HBO’s Looking and Broad City. Stay tuned for a lively debate between Corey and Ryan on the ever wavering career trajectory of pop star Lady Gaga. Our Show and Tell segment in the second half of the show covers a wide range of topics including technology journalist Clive Thompson’s 2013 book, “Smarter than you think: How technology is changing our minds for the better”, Nikki’s review of the Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, and Corey sounds off on the Comedy Central show Nathan For You as well as the experience of seeing SHOWGIRLS at the TIFF Bell Lightbox hosted by Globe and Mail critic Adam Nayman, author of the new book, Showgirls: It doesn’t suck.

 

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Opening track: G.U.Y.- Lady Gaga- Art Pop

Closing track: Dark Horse- Katy Perry- Prism

Total fun time: 2:12:42

File Size: 121 MB

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03 2014

Episode 99.75: Taco Tuesday on Thursday!

the_lego_movie_2014-wideAs we inch ever so slightly towards Episode 100, Chris Brazeau- Toronto-based comedian and runner of Simpsons Trivia joins us for Episode 99.75 (yes, you read that right!) for a spirited chat on The LEGO movie which opened earlier this month and has been making a lot of entertainment headway with both kids and adults.

Stay tuned for our regular SHOW AND TELL segment after our film chat and special thanks to Chris Brazeau for joining us on this episode. You can follow her on Facebook or on Twitter at @woohootriviaTO .

 

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Opening track-”Kang” (Simpsons remix)- AskAak

Closing track- “Everything is Awesome”- Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island

Total run time: 2:20:36

File size: 128 MB

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03 2014

Episode 99.5: Act your age boys and girls!!

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So it looks like CriticalMassCast isn’t quite ready to reach the century mark but that doesn’t mean we still don’t have plenty to talk about! This time around its just the gents and its time to talk about mid season TV!! So stay tuned for a chat on season 3 of HBO’s Girls and BBC’s Sherlock as well as the new series Looking from director Andrew Haigh (Weekend) and writer Lannan, we well as our tribute to the late great actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. But since we had podcasting prodigal son Ryan Woolfrey back for this one we thought it would be only fitting to finally do a review of Beyonce’s fifth studio album and all its brilliant visual elements. Enjoy and stay tuned for the special plans we have for Episode 100!!!!!

 

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Opening track- Yonce- from Beyonce

Closing track- Catch- from Allie X

Total run time: 1:06:58

File Size: 30.6 MB

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02 2014

Extrasode: The 2014 Oscar nominations!!

2014oscarnomsThe 2014 Oscar nominations are out!! Corey, Nikki and Greg get together after watching the front-running nominated documentary feature, “The Act of Killing” to give their run down of all the snubs and accolades bestowed on the best of what 2013 had to offer in the world of film. Let us know your thoughts!

 

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Intro Track- “Ordinary Love”- Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom OST- U2

Outro Track- “The Moon Song”- Her OST-Karen O and Spike Jonze

Total run time: 59:49

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01 2014

Episode 99: These are the end times

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTYWe’re almost 100!! Episode 99 brings the reviews of all the big tail end theatrical releases of 2013 including American Hustle, Frozen, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Wolf of Wall Street, but we kick things off first with a review of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty directed by Ben Stiller.

Stay tuned later this month for our extra special episode 100 where we have some fun things planned. Enjoy!

 

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Intro Track- “Dirty Paws”- Of Monsters And Men

Outro Track- “99 Red Balloons”- Goldfinger

Lists of best films of 2013 from: Greg, Nikki, and Corey

Total run time: 2:21:04

File Size: 129 MB

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01 2014

Extrasode: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

smaugCindy, Corry and Nikki talk up the holiday 2013 release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug directed by Peter Jackson. Stay tuned for our upcoming episode 99 where we round up the last big theatrical releases of 2013.

 

 

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Total run time: 53:09

File Size: 48.6 MB

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01 2014

Episode 98: The Hunger For Reindeer Games

imageThe latest CriticalMassCast brings together Corey, Cindy and Greg for a continued dialogue on the exploits of disgraced Toronto mayor, Rob Ford. We continue as usual with our reviews of films currently in theatres including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World and TIFF favourite, Philomena starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

Stay tuned for our regular pop culture show and tell showcase as well as a rundown of what we are most anticipating (and dreading) in holiday movie releases. We close off the show with a discussion of the films and TV specials that most warm our hearts at this time of year. To all our listeners we wish you the best joys of the holiday season and we look forward to having you all back in 2014! Take care!

 

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Opening track- Mirror- Ellie Goulding- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire OST

Closing track- Christmas Time- The Darkness

Total run time: 2:11:49

File Size: 120 MB

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12 2013

Extrasode: Short Term 12

Greg, Corey and Nikki discuss Sundance favourite SHORT TERM 12 starring Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, and John Gallagher Jr. directed by Destin Cretton.

 

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Total run time: 30:29

File Size: 13.9 MB

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11 2013

Episode 97: Time for the heavy

blueisdallasIt’s the middle of the fall 2013 movie season and we are definitely in the thick of the heavy. Corey and Nikki return from NYC to discuss the fun things they tackled on their visit as well as some of the heavy hitters that will surely find a place on Oscar ballots in 2014 including 12 Years A Slave, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Blue is the Warmest Colour. We also cover some of the other releases grabbing attention over the past couple weeks including Captain Phillips, Jackass: Bad Grandpa and Ender’s Game.

Stay tuned after our film review for our regular show and tell segment where we discuss topics like the new Christopher Guest television series, Family Tree as well as two films leading the race to the Academy Award Best Foreign film nomination list: the Bluegrass-tinged phenomena, Broken Circle Circle Breakdown from Belgium, and the Saudi Arabian film Wadjda, directed by Haifa Al-Mansour.

 

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Opening track- If I Needed You- Broken Circle Breakdown OST

Total run time: 2:21:50

File Size: 129 MB

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11 2013

Episode 96: The ‘Gravity’ of the conversation…

GravityIMAXdontletgoBlackfloatpostbigEpisode 96 brings co-host Mark Perez to the show to talk up director Alfonso Cuaron’s first film in seven years, the acclaimed thriller, ‘ Gravity’ starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Stay tuned after our review for our chat on the films and pop culture that we have been enjoying and looking forward to in the coming months. We will have the rest of the crew back for Episode 97 soon.

Opening track: Shenzhou- Gravity OST- Steven Price

Interlude track: Debris- Gravity OST- Steven Price

 

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Total run time: 2:03:48

File size: 114 MB

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10 2013

Extrasode: Return to Hogwarts: The Harry Potter films then and now

hpposterYou always knew we were Harry Potter super-fans right? Well in this special extrasode we definitely prove that fact. This past summer Cindy, Greg, Corey and Nikki had a chance to experience Cineplex Odeon’s “The Summer of Potter” where the Yonge-Dundas theatre here in the heart of downtown Toronto screened all eight of the Harry Potter films theatrically week to week in July and August . It gave us all an opportunity to re-evaluate the Potter films from the Columbus era to the closing chapters with director David Yates. So take a listen as we sound off on our thoughts of all eight films and make sure to hear our rankings of all the films towards the end of the episode as well as favourite/worst moments.

Opening track: “Hedwig’s Theme”- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone OST (John Williams)

Closing track: “Do the Hippogriff”- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire OST (The Weird Sisters)

 

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Total run time: 1:53:46

File size: 104 MB

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10 2013

Episode 95: Fall TV Returns: CoPi got Catfished

breaking_bad_recapAhoy hoy!! We’ve got a full crew on board to discuss this week’s latest mash-up of new Fall TV, film (Enough Said, Prisoners) and of course the big Breaking Bad finale that brings an end to an era of amazing television. Stay tuned till the end for our regular Show and Tell segment of pop culture meatiness!!

 

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Closing track: All Along The Watchtower (Battlestar Galactica theme- season 3)

Total run time: 1:41:20

File size: 92.8 MB

 

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10 2013