Søren and Josh’s Oscarcast 2015


2015 was a year of meager expectations when it came to the Oscars. While controversy surrounded the nomination process, we generally knew who’d take home the major awards. No one gasped in amazement when Birdman took Best Cinematography, or when Patricia Arquette was named Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood. Yet sometimes there is intrigue to be found […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 18


In what may be the last Ember Island Airwaves podcast ever, Josh and I take some time to look back on The Legend of Korra as a series. We discuss Korra’s arc from a more brazen and hot-tempered to a more peaceful and diplomatic Avatar. That journey starts in Book One: Air amidst Korra’s conflict with Amon and […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 17


It seems like just yesterday scenes from the first episode of The Legend of Korra leaked all over Tumblr. Fast forward a couple of years and Korrasami is canon, Hiroshi Sato is a martyr and Zhu Li and Varrick have officially declared their mutual affection. Needless to say, things have changed a bit since we were “Welcome(d) to Republic […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 16


Wow – now that was an episode! Both Josh and I loved “Kuvira’s Gambit,” an easy highlight of both Book 4 and the rest of The Legend of Korra. Kuvira continues to build herself up (literally!) as a truly intimidating opponent for the Avatar and her allies. She arrives on the front steps of Republic City with an army […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 14


“Beyond the Wilds” marks a return to the main plot of Book 4: Balance after last week’s tangential clip show. Korra continues to work through her traumatic past with Zaheer. Meanwhile, the spirit vines in Republic City react violently to Kuvira’s assault on the swamp and the banyan grove tree. Josh and I begin our conversation speculating […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 13


Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino deliver a clip episode this week in the form of “Remembrances.” Next to nothing happens with regard to plot and we’re left reminiscing about the good and bad in The Legend of Korra. Nevertheless, the showrunners and their crew do what they can to make the episode fun and […]

Movie Review

Interstellar with Nate and Søren


Nate’s Review Interstellar surprised me. I walked into the theater expecting to see a bombastic space exploration flick. I did not expect the film to bring me to tears, but it did. The plot is centered on the final frontier, but Christopher Nolan’s latest is more than that. There’s a soul beneath the science-fiction spectacle. […]

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Birdman with Josh and Søren


Josh’s Review Birdman comes close to greatness. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki’s execution of the long take is so successful it almost makes me forget about everything else in the film. I love how it moves from supposed fantasy to supposed reality without cuts, removing the objectivity that comes with a shot change. Watching fantasy elements shift into reality within a […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 12


After a brief hiatus last week, Ember Island Airwaves is back with an all new episode covering the latest in The Legend of Korra. This week, Josh and I discuss both “The Battle of Zaofu” and “Reunion.” These episodes function as filler to some degree with Bolin and Varrick taking center stage. Concurrently, the Avatar […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 11


The Legend of Korra is back with the deeply plot-driven episode, “Enemy at the Gates.” Kuvira has arrived at Zaofu with her army and Korra is back in the picture as Suyin tries to decide how she’s going to deal with the incursion. Meanwhile, Bolin and Varrick discover Kuvira may skew more evil than they’d anticipated […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 10


The Legend of Korra continues to impress with Book 4: Balance. Following last week’s major political bent, “The Calling” took a more personal approach to the story. Jinora, Meelo and Ikki head off in search of Korra and their presence lends a distinctly Avatar: The Last Airbender tone to the show. We also finally see a resolution to the Phantom […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 9


This week’s episode of The Legend of Korra puts the focus on Prince Wu, the heir apparent to the throne of the Earth Kingdom. As leaders of the four nations gather to watch Kuvira relinquish power, Korra trains with Toph in the swamp. Things quickly go awry as Kuvira – perhaps unsurprisingly – doesn’t play by the rules. […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 8


Book 4 of The Legend of Korra continues to impress with its second episode, “Korra Alone.” After missing the Avatar almost entirely last week, this episode catches us up on her goings-on since the showdown with the Red Lotus. Josh and I begin our conversation talking about Avatar: The Last Airbender, and speculate whether Zuko is as […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 7


The Legend of Korra returns for its fourth and final season. The premiere, titled “After All These Years,” takes place long after the finale of Book 3: Change. Republic City is in the midst of a revamp, new power player Kuvira looks to be shaking things up and Team Avatar is scattered around the world. Yet one question […]


Edge of Tomorrow Versus the World


You might remember an op-ed I published a few days ago in defense of Edge of Tomorrow‘s title. As I expected, not everyone agreed with me. In fact, my friend and podcasting veteran Teague Chrystie from Friends in your Head was so emphatic about his disagreement that he suggested we record a short podcast about the issue. You can listen […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 6


Well, here we are. Perhaps the best season of The Legend of Korra to date has come to its inevitable conclusion. Josh and I were spectacularly wrong about most of our predictions, but the finale generated some fascinating speculation about Book 4. Will Korra ever be able to access her past lives again? Has Suyin finally esablished her allegiance to the […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 5


In this week’s installment of Ember Island Airwaves, Josh and I discuss the incredibly draining experience of watching “The Ultimatum.” We explore classism and how the protagonist/antagonist relationships in The Legend of Korra directly contrast with those in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Josh and I then speculate about the fate of Tenzin and the other airbenders as well as […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 4


It’s been awhile since our last episode of Ember Island Airwaves. In the interim, I had the chance to interview the fantastic Stephen Stanton (the voice of Old Wan and the Air Lion Turtle in “Beginnings, Part 2″). In addition, some major news about The Legend of Korra was dropped at San Diego Comic Con. Last week saw the birth […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 3


  Having left Republic City, The Legend of Korra has seized an opportunity to flesh out its characters, its world, and its story. The world of Avatar has always been predicated on its unique bending systems and the cultural evolution thereof. The show has built on this by taking daring and paradigm-shifting new turns in the latest season, […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 2


The world of Avatar is remarkable not only for its entertainment value, but for its remarkable maturity. Avatar: The Last Airbender deals with themes of death, destiny, and classism, all of which have been brought forward into and magnified in The Legend of Korra. These thematic ideas tie into structural similarities to anime and separate this franchise from its Western counterparts. Josh […]


Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 1


With Season 4 of Game of Thrones all wrapped up, Josh and I have turned our attention to an old favorite: The Legend of Korra. Korra is a sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender, a show that deservedly won numerous awards (including a Primetime Emmy) during its 2005-2008 run. As a follow-up to that legacy, The Legend of Korra has likewise met with mostly positive reviews […]


Game of Thrones Season 4: “The Children”


Game of Thrones concludes its fourth season with the jam-packed episode, “The Children.” But although it was filled with shocking parent-offspring confrontation, the finale left audiences divided. Some, myself included, really enjoyed this episode for its plot-driven conflict and paradigm-shifting reveals. For others, like Josh, it lacked the whiz-bang potential of the final moments of A Storm of Swords. […]


Superhero Madness, Part 3: DC


DC has been making waves in the industry these past few weeks. With the revelation that Ben Affleck is playing a Frank Miller-inspired Batman, speculation on the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has run rampant. Will Jason Momoa be playing Aquaman? Is David S. Goyer the absolute worst person to be handling this superhero […]


Superhero Madness, Part 2: The MCU


Marvel has made cinematic history with their foray into the movies. Although the rights to two of their most valuable properties – X-Men and Spider-Man – respectively belong to Fox and Sony, Marvel has nevertheless created the most profitable franchise of all time. And along the way, they’ve made some of the best superhero movies […]


Superhero Madness, Part 1: X-Men


Superhero films have been a point of contention between Josh and me in recent months. For example, although I completely agreed with Okwudili’s review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Josh was less than thrilled with the film. And while I really enjoyed X-Men: Days of Future Past, Josh claims that it represents everything that’s wrong with these franchises. Recently, Josh and […]


Game of Thrones Season 4: “Mockingbird”


Game of Thrones prepares for a two-week hiatus with a milestone episode this week with “Mockingbird.” Josh and I delve into some monumental paradigm shifts for Tyrion and Sansa, as well as a few important relationship-building moments for Arya/The Hound and Podrick/Brienne. Please note that there will be spoilers in this episode up through Season 4, Episode 7. ~ […]

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Godzilla with Josh and Søren


Søren’s Review Most of us went through that phase in our life where we liked to break things. We would build big cities or towers out of Legos or blocks, and then we would walk through them like giants. With this in mind, the old Ishirō Honda and Toho films engaged with the audience on […]


Game of Thrones Season 4: “First of His Name”


The fifth episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones featured a tonally positive but somewhat uneventful. Josh and I delve into Cersei’s humanity, Littlefinger’s secrets, and Tommen Baratheon’s newfound kingship in this week’s podcast. Note that our discussion will contain spoilers through Season 4 Episode 5. ~ Søren You can listen to this podcast either online or by downloading […]


Game of Thrones Season 4: “Oathkeeper”


Following last week’s controversial episode, director Michelle MacLaren steers the show away from its rocky past. “Oathkeeper” was an exciting and important for show watchers and book readers alike. Josh and I discuss the bombshells dropped in this week’s episode and speculate on how they’ll impact the future of Game of Thrones. As always, this podcast will contain […]


Game of Thrones Season 4: “Breaker of Chains”


Game of Thrones stirred up controversy this week with their new episode, “Breaker of Chains.” Josh and I delve into the questionable scene and attempt to parse out where the showrunners went wrong. We then conclude with a recap and discuss the rest of the episode. Remember, we won’t spoil anything that hasn’t already happened in the show. […]


Game of Thrones Season 4: “The Lion and the Rose”


Game of Thrones Season 4 picks up steam with its second episode, “The Lion and the Rose.” As Joffrey Baratheon and Margery Tyrell prepare to marry and unite two incredibly powerful houses, the streets of King’s Landing are abuzz with excited gossip and whispers of treachery. As we reel from the twisted events that occur therein, Josh and I take a look […]


Game of Thrones Season 4: “Two Swords”


In our previous podcast, Josh and I discussed the first three seasons of the massively popular HBO series Game of Thrones. This week, we dive into “Two Swords,” the jam-packed Season 4 premiere. Please be aware that this podcast includes spoilers for the show up through Season 4 Episode 1. Happy listening! ~ Søren You can listen […]


Game of Thrones Seasons 1-3 Recap


In adapting George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series to television, HBO created a cultural phenomenon. Game of Thrones has become a franchise spanning books, video games, television, and more. Featuring unprecedented production value, it has set a new bar for dramatic storytelling.  Josh and I discuss the first three seasons of the show, […]


Søren and Josh Discuss House of Cards


House of Cards has been a runaway success for Netflix, its characters permeating American culture from the Oval Office to the Oscars. Star Kevin Spacey plays Frank Underwood: a heartless, sociopathic politician gunning for power in Washington, D.C. But how long can a character like that be interesting? And how does the “binge-watching” structure of the […]


Josh and Søren Discuss True Detective


True Detective has been something of a phenomenon. Featuring top-notch acting and intense character-driven mysteries, the show quickly gained a following and has seen record high ratings and critical acclaim over the course of its first season. On Sunday March 9, 2014, the tales of Rust Cohle (Matthew Mcconaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) came to an […]


Søren and Josh’s Oscarcast 2014


Last year, Josh and I created the first ever Movie Fail Oscarcast. After live tweeting the 86th Academy Awards, we decided to sit down and record our thoughts once again. In this podcast, Josh and I discuss the winners and losers of the ceremony, as well as our thoughts on the event itself. Enjoy, and let us know what you […]


Søren and Josh’s Oscarcast 2013


If you were following us on Twitter (and you should be), you’ve already seen bits and pieces of thoughts from the Movie Fail staff on this year’s Oscars ceremony this past Sunday. In this podcast, Josh and I cover everything from the Rhythm and Hues protests to Seth MacFarlane as we discuss the event. Give […]

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Skyfall with Tim, Søren, and Todd


Tim’s Review Though it contains many of the high-energy action sequences and traditions that we’ve come to expect from Bond flicks, Sam Mendes’s movie plays more like a thriller/art-film, than an action movie, exploring death, resurrection, and an underlying theme of old versus new. Despite the obviousness of these themes, I never felt like I […]

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The Dark Knight Rises with Søren and Stuart


Here’s how our Dueling Reviews format works: each contributor writes an independent, abbreviated, spoiler-free review of the film. Then, the contributors come together in a podcast and discuss the movie in depth. Søren’s Review At this point, I think that most people are aware that I just plain old didn’t like The Dark Knight. The film won endless […]

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Prometheus with Søren and Ari


Here’s how our Dueling Reviews format works: each contributor writes an independent, abbreviated, spoiler-free review of the film. Then, the contributors come together in a podcast and discuss the movie in depth. Søren’s Review I will perhaps be deemed a heretic for what I am about to say, but here it is: I am not […]

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The Cabin in the Woods with Søren and Ari


Here’s how our Dueling Reviews format works: each contributor writes an independent, abbreviated, spoiler-free review of the film. Then, the contributors come together in a podcast and discuss the movie in depth. Søren’s Review The first 5 minutes of The Cabin in the Woods is a perfectly written hybrid of idle dialogue, sudden shock, and scantily-clad females: […]

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The Guard by Mike and Søren


This is our first official Movie Fail podcast review. In this segment, Søren and guest reviewer Mike look at John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, and Mark Strong. Listen to the podcast below, or download it here.   Mike’s Verdict: Movie Win Søren’s Verdict: Movie Win Score: 95% Update: This post spurred an interesting […]

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Watchmen with Tim and Søren (Archive)


This is from the archives, back when Movie Fail was just two high school kids and a computer. In this segment, we review the movie Watchmen, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode. Tim’s Verdict: Movie Win Søren’s Verdict: Movie Win Score: 80% Note: This review is not indicative of the format of future […]

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Quantum of Solace by Tim and Søren (Archive)


This is from the archives, back when Movie Fail was just a few high school kids and a computer. Tim Nicholson and Søren Hough tackle Quantum of Solace, the sequel to the much-revered reboot of the 007 franchise starring Daniel Craig. At the end, Tim and Søren summarize the movie with an evaluation of the […]