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Episode 33: “Interrogation”

Cinephile Aaron Weaver is baaaaaaaaack with the boys on this episode of On This Very Screen as we dive head-first into one of the WWE Studios’ more recent offerings — Interrogation, starring WWE’s Edge and Lana.

In this bungled mess of an 24-style action thriller (that should have been a lot better than it was), Edge plays FBI special agent, Lucas Nolan — an expert interrogator assigned to sussing out a layered terror plot from self-professed terrorist, Patrick Sambongui. Filled with enough secrets and betrayals to make even fans of Basic blush, this movie gets the boys talking about what separates a “mind palace” from a “memory house,” their thoughts on the only neo-Nazi bar in Minnesota, and their take on one of the ballsiest twists  ever seen for a movie on this podcast.

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Did You Know? According to IMDB, this movie took eleven days to shoot. Could have fooled us.

Episode 32: “Legendary”

2017 is shooting by like a rocket, ScreenTeam, and thankfully, the boys (minus Paolo) team up with stand-up comic and podcaster, Tirumari Jothi, to discuss one of the more serious movies in WWE Studios’ catalog — the John Cena-starring, high school wrestling drama, Legendary!

In this flick, Devon Graye (Dexter, The Flash) plays Calvin “Cal” Chetley, a bullied bookworm who looks to turn his life around by joining his high school’s wrestling team. Unbeknownst to him, this puts him on a journey that reunites members of his estranged family and enables him to find closure regarding his father’s death. John Cena, playing his brother, is a 28 year-old hermit who takes Cal under his wrestling wing, being a “legendary” high school wrestler, himself. Throughout the episode, the boys explore more of Marc’s weird SVU spider-sense, look back on their awkward high school attempts at strolling down “Boob Boulevard,” and why it’s really important to watch the whole beginning of the movie so you don’t think you’re some genius when you “figure out” something that was clearly established at the start.

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Did You Know? Our guest for this episode, Tirumari Jothi, ALSO runs Super Trashed Bros., a “crowdsourced videogame drinking game broadcasting live from the San Francisco Bay Area.” Tirumari, however, received those reins from prior OTVS guest, O.J. Patterson, who joined us for episode 10 as we saw “No Holds Barred.”

Episode 29: “Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia”

Every now and then as a podcaster, you sit down and do a show that can be considered “chaos in a bottle.” At On This Very Screen, the temptation to do that is stronger than you think, especially when you’ve got a certified stinker to watch and everyone’s still full off Thanksgiving turkey. Long story short? THIS is that show.

On this episode, the boys take on Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia, and get a lot more than they bargain for. Starring Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Justice League), Keith David (The Thing, They Live) and former WWE Superstar, Mr. Kennedy (Kennedy),  this movie takes us to South America where a group of Navy Seals have to find their way out of enemy territory after an op gone horribly wrong. Throughout the show, the OTVS crew goes off on every tangent imaginable — from the genius of Magic Mike movies, old FMV video games, and of course, Goldberg’s shirtless son.

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Did You Know? Joe “Deathstroke” Manganiello is a lifelong wrestling fan, and has been spotted with wife Sofia Vergara at at least one PWG show in Southern California. His impressions of the Macho Man Randy Savage as well as “Ravishing” Rick Rude are also the stuff of legend.

 

Episode 26: “Leprechaun: Origins”

Here comes Halloween for the OTVS crew, as the boys are back with friend of the show, Aaron Weaver from Two Cats Comic Book Store, for the first of our WWE Studios horror double-shot! In this episode, Paolo gives us a quick report from being at both Smackdown and Raw this week and describes what can only be called the “eye of the wrestling storm.” Afterwards, they jump right into what might just be the worst movie ever reviewed here at On This Very Screen — the prequel to an “iconic” franchise that absolutely nobody asked for in 2014: Leprechaun: Origins! In it, the boys discuss the murky “mythology” of the film, the sheer nonsense of its plot and character motivations (even for horror standards), and the theory that this entire movie may just be an ill-fated homage to Steven Spielberg. Feeling lucky?

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Did You Know? According to IMDB, Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl hadn’t seen any of the previous movies in the Leprechaun franchise, and vowed not to do so, so as to create his own version of the titular character. Thankfully, he wasn’t playing that character, and instead played a dumb monster in a rubber suit. 

Episode 25: “12 Rounds 3: Lockdown”

Happy Saturday, ScreenTeam! The crew is BACK with episode 25, this time with a review of the incredibly fun (though, very flawed) 2015 Dean Ambrose vehicle, 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown! When disgraced police officer, John Shaw (Ambrose), returns to the force and uncovers a conspiracy, it’s up to him and the twelve rounds in his gun to dispense justice when his corrupt brothers in blue lock down the station. Comedian and writer, Stephen Ku, joins the boys as we delve into the film’s myriad of plotholes (including one that would have cut the movie down to about fifteen minutes), the subject of why the Lunatic Fringe isn’t exactly the best fit for a plucky, likable underdog protagonist, and the boys’ predictions for future installments of the 12 Rounds franchise, including — because, of course — 12 Rounds 12.

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Did You Know? During the movie’s oddly progressive sex scene in the beginning, the song heard in the background mentions none than the “Nature Boy,” himself, Ric Flair! Is anyone seriously surprised? Remember, ladies — none of you can be first, but ONE of you, can be next.

Episode 24: “Barricade”

In the Kiefer Sutherland episode of On This Very Screen, the boys celebrate Paolo’s 30th birthday by unpacking WWE Studios’ first non-Superstarred feature film that totally isn’t The Shining — the horror-mystery-thriller, Barricade (2012)! Starring the curiously-cast Eric McCormack of Will and Grace fame, this flicks tells the tale of a widowed single father who’s haunted by the ghosts of his past after taking his kids up to a desolate snowy mountain cabin. In the review, the boys (joined by very funny stand-up comedian, Mean Dave) are divided by the movie’s refreshingly bold (and arguably unfocused) approach to both screenwriting and editing, while still having quite the thoughtful discussion about what makes an effective horror movie. Later on, they recast Eric McCormack in the lead role with WWE Superstars, and read off a hilarious “face turn/heel turn” review from the edgiest youth ministry teacher in America.

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Did You Know? The director of this movie also helmed 2006’s zombie satire, “Fido,” starring Billy Connelly, who — according to Marc — may or may not have been a part of “Montell Python.”

Episode 20: “The Reunion”

“JOHN CENA ON A HORSE” is really all you need to know about the twentieth episode of OTVS, where we review a movie that’s one-part City Slickers one-part Four Brothers, and a little bit of any Mexican drug cartel movie, ever — The Reunion. In this John Cena vehicle (also starring Ethan Embry, Amy Smart, and Boyd Holbrook), four siblings find out their abusive father has died, and — in order to secure $12M from his will, the siblings (okay, really just the brothers, because men and stuff) — have to start a business together and run it for two years. You’d think this movie was a comedy until suddenly it turns into an action flick involving a nebulous kidnapping  plot featuring the most unlikable victim in cinematic history, a Gary Stu character for the ages, and the least likely criminal mastermind this side of Heat. There are twists abound in this glorious trainwreck of a flick, and you won’t believe how we go about it during the recommendations and subsequent face turn/heel turn.

And of course we talk about the Hardy segment from TNA — SUBSCRIBE to the gang on iTunes and Stitcher, LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW the show on Twitter for everything OTVS and WWE Studios.

Did You Know? In this episode, Marc brings up Ethan Embry as T.B. Player from “That Thing You Do,” who — in that movie — talks about shaking Hass’ hand from the TV show, “Bonanza.” In “The Reunion,” Embry goes on to describe John Cena as Hass. Coincidence, or incredibly lame Easter egg? You be the judge.

Episode 19: “Dead Man Down”

The OTVS crew is back again at Faultline Studios to talk big names and squandered scripts in WWE Studios’ most star-studded film to date, Dead Man Down! Starring everyone’s favorite Irish brooder, Colin Farrell, this gritty, revenge-driven crime thriller grabs Terrence Howard (Empire), Dominic Cooper (Captain America, AMC’s Preacher) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) for a ponderous “coulda-been” that Paolo describes as the “Brock Lesnar shooting star press” of WWE Studios. Call it a half-assed attempt at the Punisher origin, or Donnie Brasco without what made Donnie Brasco so great, but whatever you call it — just make sure Terrence Howard isn’t in the room to hear this episode! Also, did I mention that Jeff Hardy shows up in this show? Trust us, you’ll love it.

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Did You Know? Bad News Barrett fans, rejoice! Despite our favorite king leaving the WWE this summer, he’ll still be in WWE Studios’ “Eliminators” playing “Europe’s most dangerous assassin” alongside Hollywood sleeper badass, Scott Adkins! 

Episode 18: “The Condemned 2”

Ahoy, ScreenTeam! Before Marc gets his sailor suit back on for his second Backstreet Boys cruise next week, the OTVS crew (along with special guest, stand-up comic Dash Kwiatkowski, in his second review) returns with a hilarious breakdown of WWE’s latest Randy Orton offering, The Condemned 2! A sequel to the Stone Cole Steve Austin-led murderthon-in-the-jungle, The Condemned 2 sees Will Tanner (Orton) as a reformed bounty hunter bail enforcer pursued by his former team as the country’s bloodthirsty elite gamble on his survival. In this episode, the gang pulls the curtain back on the rough and tumble world of “bail enforcement,” how to properly react when all your friends are trying to kill you, and a wildly funny look into the daily lives of employees at a struggling murder-table factory (it’ll make sense, trust me).

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Did You Know? Long-time Abrigo favorite, Eric Roberts, is no stranger to movies starring professional wrestlers. He was in “The Expendables” with Stone Cold Steve Austin, “The Dark Knight,” with Tiny “Zeus” Lister, and “Dead Or Alive” with Kevin Nash doing his best impression of Hulk “Who?” Hogan.

NEWS: Seth Rollins and Wesley Snipes to Star in WWE Studios’ “Temple!”

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From WWE.com:

“Temple,” written by Matt Savelloni (“Exile to Babylon”), and directed by John Stockwell (“In The Blood”), follows a team of trained operatives consisting of Snipes, Heche, Annable and Rollins, who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down — and then begin to experience strange and horrific phenomena.

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