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 48 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. travels to the “galaxy far, far away” for a personal account of his love for the Star Wars saga, as the franchise celebrates its 40th anniversary. From how he got into the franchise to his feelings on Ewoks, listen in as a longtime fan of George Lucas’ creation shares his thoughts on any and everything Star Wars. Cue up that opening crawl, and may the Force be with you!
In Episode 37 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob fanboys out to the reveal that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be titled The Last Jedi. What does it all mean, and how will writer/director Rian Johnson’s film build toward the trilogy’s conclusion? Then, Rob reviews Oscar frontrunner La La Land — starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone — before delving into an in-depth look at this year’s Academy Award nominations. Who will take home the gold, and will the show manage to keep casual viewers awake this year? The answers are coming!
In Episode 35 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob taps into the mystic arts for his review of the Marvel Studios release Doctor Strange before discussing the Disney animated musical Moana. Then, he travels to the “galaxy far, far away” for the second consecutive year for the inaugural Star Wars anthology release, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Let’s fire up that hyperdrive and start the show!
UPDATE 3/1/16: The below listing has been updated with fresh picks and is no longer reflected on the podcast episode itself, which was initially posted on 1/7/16.
Rob reveals his 10 favorite big-screen releases of 2015. Listen in on episode 19 of the Crooked Table Podcast to see which films made the cut!