In Episode 53 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. collapses into a pile of piping-hot movie news, including the latest on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie, Jurassic World 2, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe. It’s hard to believe so much news has come out in just the past few days, but fear not, the Crooked Table Podcast is here to break it down for you. Nostalgia continues to rear its profitable head on the big screen, as once-dormant franchises like Saw and Jumanji are resurging in record speed to compete with burgeoning shared universes like Universal’s Dark Universe and Paramount’s Transformers series. Let’s crack open this week’s movie newspaper and see what’s abuzz in Hollywood, shall we?
In Episode 52 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. uncovers director Alex Kurtzman’s new take on The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella. The film is, of course, intended to kick off Universal’s monster-centric Dark Universe. We’ll investigate whether The Mummy provides a solid foundation for what’s to come as well as how it stacks up against the 1999 edition, which saw Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz bring the classic tale to the modern age. Also: Rob reviews A24’s latest, director Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes At Night starring Joel Edgerton, and discusses his thoughts on the latest news surrounding X-Men: Dark Phoenix. It’s a jam-packed episode of the Crooked Table Podcast. So let’s get to it before a certain Egyptian princess catches up with us.
In Episode 51 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. finally reunites on the show with Kai (along with their infant daughter) to discuss director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman film starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. Will the film finally mark a decisive win for the DC Extended Universe after films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, or will it prove to be an underwhelming attempt to deliver a successful female-led comic book film? After all, between Supergirl, Catwoman and Elektra, the ladies have had a rough time of it on the big screen. Fingers crossed that Diana Prince’s first solo adventure is worth the wait.
In Episode 50 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. leaves the movie reviews aside for a reflective look back at the show’s history. Don’t worry, Wonder Woman will take center stage next week, but for now, let’s mark the Crooked Table Podcast’s 50th episode with a look back on its tumultuous history, some of Rob’s favorite episodes and the lessons he’s learned along the way. All that, plus a glimpse into what might be next for CTP in the coming months. Pull up a chair for Crooked Table’s 50th podcast.
In Episode 49 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. takes to the high seas for his review of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. But first he looks back at star Johnny Depp’s most surprising roles with another round of Let’s Talk About SIX. So, is Jack Sparrow better the fifth time around? Listen for yourself. Yo ho, yo ho and all that…