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The Hollywood Outsider is a weekly entertainment podcast where we discuss specific topics in film and TV, review current movies, interview independent filmmakers, and put our own spin on movies and television. Winner at the 2017 Podcast Awards for Best TV & Film. Subscribe & listen to a new HO every week!
 
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In recent years, directors Rian Johnson and Kenneth Branagh have revived the murder mystery format in a huge way with their respective franchises beginning with Knives Out and Murder on the Orient Express, respectively. We have discussed how much we all love murder mysteries on the podcast, but WHY do we love them so much? What is it about these pu…
 
Once again it's time to look at a movie that fans or critics deem a "Bad Movie", but we think might just be better than they claimed. This month, it's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Jim Carrey takes on the costume and mannerisms of The Grinch, a cranky fella who decides to ruin Christmas for everyone down in Whoville. Will his heart ultimately be …
 
The world is abuzz with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as director Ryan Coogler was faced with a difficult question after beloved star Chadwick Boseman suddenly passed away: recast or move forward? On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss recasting film and television characters throughout the years, and when is the right or w…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're talking about politics, and if the excessive and combative nature of the political landscape these days is ruining entertainment. Do you feel there is too much political ideology injected in today's entertainment? Do you remember when no one even discussed politics, where it was a taboo subje…
 
It's time to take on Angel Has Fallen, a movie that fans seem to love, but critics have deemed a "Bad Movie". Gerard Butler returns as Mike Banning, and this time he's accused of plotting to assassinate Morgan Freeman's President Trumball. Forced on the run, he goes after the real culprits, with a bit of an assist from his grizzled and estranged fa…
 
What movies are you most excited for this holiday season? It’s time for our Holiday Movie Preview 2022! Every major theatrical and streaming release for the remainder of the year is on tap as we debate the best and worst of the upcoming season. From Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to Avatar: The Way of Water, and…
 
As Game of Thrones show runners breathe fire into their first spin-off in House of the Dragon, we’re here to discuss all of the comings and goings in the realm during this first season. On this special episode, we take the major happenings over the 20 year period from the show, and discuss what we loved or loathed about our favorite heroes and vill…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, it's time to smell what The Rock is cooking up in the DCEU as Black Adam finally hit theaters, and critics and audiences are split down the middle on The Rock's interpretation of the fabled DC Universe villain. We discuss every aspect of the film, including that magnificent cameo. Also, Zack Parkerson of T…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're talking about the perfect antihero, what makes one our favorite, and whether we have too many or too little of these characters in entertainment. Antiheroes seem to be the fan-favorites, so what is it about them that we love or connect to so much? Also this week, we discuss Harrison Ford's en…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, our Movie Battle Royale returns! If you have never listened before, we take eight finalists from any genre - this time it is horror sequels - and whittle them down until we come to one absolute winner, crowning that film as the greatest to ever exist in its respective genre! There are some fantasti…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it is time to prep for All Hallows' Eve as we take to our own respective graveyards and dig up obscure Halloween movies. Trick r Treat has taken off in recent years, and there are many little unspoken gems like this one to get us all hyped up for the best movie season of the year for horror fans! T…
 
Say it with us: Evil dies tonight! For this edition of The Hollywood Outsider Presents: Bad Movie Night, Aaron and Amanda dive into the middle entry in the storied Halloween franchise that is somehow the 12th entry in the franchise overall, Halloween Kills. The Halloween night when Michael Myers returned isn't over yet. Minutes after Laurie Strode …
 
Want to know what new TV shows to watch this Fall? On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it’s time for our Fall TV preview 2022, including our most anticipated new and returning shows on the Fall television schedule. TV has evolved so much, and there are so many options, it becomes overwhelming every year to know what we should be spen…
 
This is Episode 500 of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, where Aaron Peterson, John Davenport, Amanda Sink, and Troy Heinritz are joined by former hosts Scott Clark and Brian Williams to celebrate 500 episodes of our podcast. Strap in, this is a wild one. Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to bonus content, including Patr…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we dive into the reveals of Disney's own Comic-Con with their D23 Expo. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, and - of course - a ton of Marvel has been unveiled for all the world to see, and we debate the biggest news that sprung from a weekend of Disney love. Also this episode, our spoiler-free review…
 
Every month, we look at a movie that critics deemed a "bad movie", that we personally loved. This month, we're taking a look back at the film that started it all, 1995's Bad Boys! Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, and a whole lotta lack for police procedure combine to make one of Michael Bay's most fun flicks. You won't want to miss this episode of Bad …
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we debate psychological horror vs gore, the art of the movie trailer, and then finish it off with our TV doctor Battle Royale! First up, we debate which is scarier: psychological horror or gore? When you think of TV or movie scenes that terrify you, what stands out as the most horrifying? Is it a c…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss a myriad of topics as our 500th episode was delayed due to unexpected events. MoviePass begins a relaunch, with a plan seemingly lacking on details, Regal Cinemas wrestles with the possibility of filing for Chapter 11, and Summer comes to a close. Then we move to streaming's recent conqu…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, The Academy FINALLY apologized for the horrific treatment of Sacheen Littlefeather, Ezra Miller makes his public statement, Walmart and Paramount Global are teaming up to include the Paramount+ streaming service as part of the retailing giant’s Walmart+ membership program starting in September, the…
 
Was 1994 one of the greatest years in movies? On this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we take a look back at the year 1994 in movies and TV. With special Breaking News segments, it’s a pretty crazy fun episode that looks at one of the greatest years in film history. Take a listen and let us know in the comments…is it THE greatest…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, Variety released a study about the effect franchises have on streaming by studying the search history of users on Roku devices. This led us to ask the question about our preparation for watching a franchise whether to revisit them or to prepare for an upcoming new release. We also discuss the late …
 
Hey CHU! Are you ready to head down the Amazon and reflect back on one of the most glorious bad movies in history? Are you a fan of horrendously offensive accents and very suggestive effects? Then get on board for a trip back to when Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, and Owen Wilson had to do movies like this, and Jon Voight just didn't give a f**k. THIS i…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, the San Diego Comic-Con - long a staple of the best in geek news and fandom - has returned to a live event for the first time in years. Because there was so much excitement, each of our hosts broke their favorite news bites into their own panels which we discuss and ponder, including the sweeping a…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, with NOPE hitting theaters, we wanted to discuss why Hollywood has this obsession with making aliens terrifying? What is the reasoning behind it? Are we all truly that terrified of an alien invasion? That we would be body snatched? We debate this as well as share what kind of movie or TV aliens ter…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, with Thor: Love and Thunder blowing up theaters, we decided to take a look at movies or TV that changed their tone. For example, a show like The X-Files regularly altered its tone from comedy to sci-fi to horror with relative ease, while movies rebooted into completely new genres with films like 21…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it is time to dive headfirst into the Upside Down to decipher everything we just witnessed in Stranger Things Season 4 Volumes 1 and 2. Did the kids have a sound plan, or did they wage into battle recklessly? Should they have waited another few days to call on Eleven? Hopper and Joyce are reunited,…
 
On this month's Bad Movie Night, we discuss a series that many love to call ridiculous, and we absolutely love it. So why are there such wildly different opinions about this series? Did Paul Walker's untimely departure hurt the series overall? And what happens in Furious Heaven? Has F9 setup the franchise for the insane conclusion that we all deser…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we debate timeless movies, iconic TV episodes, and debate villain team-ups in a Battle Royale! Our Movie Battle Royale takes on a new form as each host forms a Suicide Squad of their own, 4 villains teaming up to defeat Thanos. Which combination wins the battle? Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Juras…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we decided it was time to get a bit controversial and weigh in on a few of our unpopular opinions or theories in entertainment news. Is Wes Anderson vastly overrated? Should Star Wars have ended with Return of the Jedi? Is E.T. really an allegory for something deeper, perhaps a love story? All of t…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, before we review Jurassic World Dominion, we reflect on a bit of lost history: commercials. Remember those? These little nuggets of cinema used to tell us what to buy and consume, and since streaming has taken over, we barely pay them any attention at all. What were your favorite commercials? Also …
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, with the recent cancellation of over 40 shows, we are discussing the emotional impact of a series not given a proper ending. Is it even fair to expect studios to deliver an ending to a show no one is watching? Are we, as fans, too entitled when it comes to a canceled series? Also on this episode, w…
 
Ever wonder what it was like for Han Solo before he became General Solo, the hero of the Rebellion? Well, wonder no more because in Solo: A Star Wars Story, every minutia of his origins will be explored. We go on an adventure through the Star Wars galaxy’s criminal underworld. Robbing stuff, boosting cars, a flippant lack of concern for the safety …
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, with Top Gun: Maverick taking over movie theaters worldwide, we decided to look back at the original for inspiration and devote our topic for the week to 80s movie soundtracks! Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Purple Rain, The Blues Brothers, the list goes on and on and on. What was your favorite soundtrack…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, with Tom Cruise jetting the skies again in Top Gun: Maverick, we decided it was a grand time to revisit the concept of the movie star: what defines the term, and if the movie star era effectually coming to an end. Stars like Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, The Rock, Denzel Washington, etc. have …
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we decided to dive a little deeper into the history of movie and TV ratings. Where did they come from, who uses them in modern times, why do they use them? We especially take a look at if we should possibly reevaluate how reliable and seemingly flexibly inconsistent ratings tend to be. It's an in-d…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss every single aspect - spoilers and all - of the biggest movie of the year thus far, Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness! Following the events of the Disney+ series WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home where Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) cast a forbidden s…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss annoying TV Tropes. Those little things in modern TV shows that just get under your skin. Maybe it's people never saying goodbye as they hang up, maybe it's something else. Maybe it’s production related, maybe it’s story related. What are your most annoying TV tropes? Also on this episod…
 
Have you ever thought about He-Bitch Man-Whoring as a vocational choice? Then this is the cinematic gem for you! Rob Schneider stars as Deuce Bigalow, an aquarium cleaner given the job of a lifetime as a discount male escort after Antoine the Gigalo leaves town and entrusts Deuce with his home. But is Deuce really the hero of this tale, or is it tr…
 
What summer movies are you most looking forward to? On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, 2022 has finally arrived at the greatest point of every cinephile’s annual indulgence, the Summer movie season! This year we are finally back with blockbusters like Top Gun: Maverick, Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Ma…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we debate a dish best served cold: REVENGE! Why do we love this concept of avenging the wrongs of the world through violence, especially when we claim to be such a civilized society? We discuss the myriad of revenge films, what our personal favorites are, and dive into the specifics of why so many …
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we take a look at the world of movie and TV heroes. But instead of daring acts of valor, we discuss those heroes who truly aren't very heroic. We're not talking anti-heroes either. Maybe these alleged good guys didn't actually save anyone, or maybe they caused more damage than the villain, or maybe…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're taking a journey through the multiverse. Specifically, the concept of multiverses as a storytelling device. While many might think this starts and ends with Marvel's recent slate of films including Spider-Man: No Way Home, in fact, multiverses have been around for decades in various forms. As…
 
Oooooooooooooweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it's time for Bad Movie Night, and this time, is it even really that bad? Well, many people loved Face/Off when it originally released, but since then, many have claimed it is an awful film. For our latest episode of BMN, we explore this theory. Is John Travolta having the time of his life? Is Nicolas Cage…
 
What did you think of the 94th Annual Academy Awards? For this special Oscars 2022 wrap-up, Aaron and Troy discuss the events, speeches, and winners of the 94th Annual Academy Awards, including the slap heard round the world between Will Smith and Chris Rock. The Academy Awards (“Oscars”) are the most prestigious awards in filmmaking and showcase s…
 
The South by Southwest Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world. In a typical year, thousands of fans arrive in downtown Austin, TX to partake in a couple of weeks of great music, technology, and film. For this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we take you along for our annual deep dive into SXSW 2022, the heart of the South…
 
On this compilation episode, we discuss bringing characters back from the dead, cliffhangers in movies, unlikeable yet loveable characters, and weird casting choices. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we’re talking about several topics, the first of which is bringing characters back from the dead. And we mean actually, truly, verif…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it's time to discuss DC's latest reboot, The Batman! With echoes in tone of films like Klute, The French Connection, Seven, and Zodiac, The Batman stars Robert Battinson – sorry, Pattinson – as billionaire Bruce Wayne. You might have heard that his parents died when he was a child, and his whole li…
 
Get ready for the Martha of all Marthas! As always on Bad Movie Night, we take a film that critics or audiences didn't like, but that we enjoyed, and discuss why it is not such a bad movie after all. On this episode, just in time for The Batman, is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! Batfleck, an angry Cavill, a wonderful Gadot, an annoying Eisenbe…
 
On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we change course and dedicate the episode a simple topic: "Hollywood, let's just stop..." Insert your own conclusion to that statement. For instance, "Hollywood, Let’s just stop remaking every property you can think of", etc. It could be cliches, story points, actors, ideas, awards, whatever. What …
 
When two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth, our leaders react about as horribly as you would expect them to. Troy and Aaron break down what works and what doesn't about Adam McKay's blistering satire on our world today, and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo …
 
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