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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 30: “Jingle All The Way 2”

…is it too early to say, “Merry Christmas?” ScreenTeam, we at On This Very Screen want to apologize for the lack of updates, here. Over the holidays, we ran into some crazy server issues, bad timing with each other’s availability, and generally, just not liking Corey enough to want to do any more episodes. Thankfully, all that’s been figured out now, and we are BACK — in the holiday spirit, no less!

On this episode, the boys (joined by previous guest, Aaron Weaver) take on Jingle All The Way 2, the spiritual sequel to Marc’s favorite holiday movie to star Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad. In this flick, Larry the Cable Guy (yes, that one) plays a happy-go-lucky father competing with his daughter’s new stepfather over who’s going to deliver Christmas’s hottest toy, first. Holiday shenanigans are abound as the boys wax poetic about the importance of literacy, class warfare in Christmas form, and how, exactly, a WWE Studios Christmas movie has anything to do with Law & Order: SVU.

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Did You Know? In the very strange (and perhaps unnecessary) mechanical reindeer competition scene, Claude (played by WWE’s Santino) lasts approximately one second — the same amount of time he lasted in a Royal Rumble. It is also the same amount of time Marc needed to realize he made a grave mistake creating this podcast.

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.

PREVIEW: “Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon”

It’s finally here! The long-awaited sequel to “Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Wrestlemania Mystery” is finally out from WWE Studios, and the OTVS crew is raring to go! Check out the trailer, watch it on Blu-Ray, DVD, or Digital HD, and get ready for On This Very Screen’s one-year anniversary next week!

Episode 22: “The Marine 4: Moving Target”

On this week’s episode of On This Very Screen, the boys are joined in the studio by a very special guest, none other than “Broseph” Joe Brody, himself — the face of wrestling cult phenomenon, Hoodslam AJ Kirsch!  In the first part of the show, AJ and the guys talk about Hoodslam’s beginnings and its recent great run of press (this mini-doc from AJ+ is particularly remarkable), the inspirations behind the “Broseph” Joe Brody character, as well as his current run on Dwayne Johnson’s weekly promo-battle competition, Rock The Promo!  A can’t-miss interview from one of our favorite guests, yet!

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But of course, what episode wouldn’t be complete without a review from WWE Studios? This episode, the four of them take on The Marine 4: Moving Target, a feature-length escort mission (yay!) starring Mike “The Miz” Mizanin (reprising his role as Jake Carter from The Marine 3: Homefront), Melissa Roxburgh as the VIP he’s been assigned to protect, and Total Divas’ Summer Rae as… well, a lazily-named sniper who may or may not have been ripped off from Metal Gear Solid V. Are you a fan of never-ending gunfights, whiny female “characters,” and multiple references to the Resident Evil series? This is the show for you!

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Did You Know? We mention it at the end of this episode, but it cannot be ignored that the writer of this movie, Alan B. Mcelroy, has more than a few movies under his belt: the original “Marine,” “The Condemned 2,” “Tekken,” and one of the worst-reviewed movies in cinematic history — “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.” The boys’ reactions to this news, you have to hear.

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 16: “The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown!”

Happy Wrestlemania weekend, ScreenTeam! The OTVS crew is back again at Faultline Studios to go in — caveman-style — on the WWE’s second animated feature film, The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown! In what can only be described as the most cleverly-disguised attack on kayfabe (as well as the most on-point indictment of the business), ever, this movie forces the crew’s hand in questioning the shameless class warfare between cavemen and dinosaurs, the origins of a Vandal Savage-esque immortal in Vince McMagma/McMahon, and what happens when a young Marc Abrigo’s dreams come true, and he’s propositioned by WWE Hall of Famer, Tammy Lynn Sytch, for some good ol’ sexy timez on Twitter.

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Did You Know? According to IMDB, the characters of Fred and Wilma Flintstone were the first married couple, ever, to be actually seen in bed together on U.S. television. Incidentally on American TV, Vince McMagma was the first character to make his wife crawl around on her hands and knees like a dinosaur.

PREVIEW: “The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown!”

Hey, hey, ScreenTeam! With Abrigo done with that play of his, the podcast is right back on schedule, and it’s back with a prehistoric bullet! Now, after recently getting some great feedback from new listeners on the Scooby Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery show, the OTVS team plans on getting right back into the animated game again for episode sixteen with the Flintstones/WWE crossover — Stone Age Smackdown! Vince McMagma?! CM PUNK ROCK?! I can hear Paolo ripping his hair out, already. Be on the lookout next week, kids!

Episode 09: “The Marine 3: Homefront”

You’ve dialed into episode nine of On This Very Screen, where the gang trades in Paolo (on a much deserved vacation) for returning special guest and OTVS ringer, Corey Schroeder, in our own “Tribute to the Troops” — The Marine 3: Homefront! Taking the reins from John Cena and Ted Dibiase Jr., Mike “The Miz” Mizanin is on the hunt for his kidnapped sister against, legitimately, the best villain in a WWE Studios film to date — NEAL MCDONOUGH! You ready for irredeemable millennials, the worst siege ever caught on film, and big bads with a thousand percent more likability and sympathy than their heroic counterparts?  Then,  hoo-goddamn-rah — this is the movie for you!

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Did You Know? In a twist that I can only attribute to internet trolls on Wikipedia, the original lead for the third “Marine” entry was apparently set for — get this — BOB HOLLY.  Okay, that’s it. The only thing worse than a WWE film starring Hardcore Holly, is the fact we didn’t get a WWE film starring Hardcore Holly.