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Episode #41 – The Hateful Eight and Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Episode #41

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In episode #41, your hosts (Erik Marshall, Nick Schlegel and Chris Gullen) discuss Quentin Tarantino’s eighth feature film The Hateful Eight and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We start with a discussion of Tarantino in general before diving into the film. Spoiler: 2/3 of us loved the movie.

In segment 2, we turn into a bunch of salivating fanboys before launching into a slightly more critical stance on the latest in the Star Wars franchise, directed by JJ Abrams.

We also talk about children giving spoilers, people trying to retain ownership of things they’ve sold (*cough* *cough* George Lucas),  and our upcoming mini-episodes on all of the Best Picture Academy Awards nominees.


Nick Schlegel on The Projection Booth. Special Report: Death Game / Knock Knock with Special Guests: Sondra Locke, Larry Spiegel, David Worth.

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The Year in Review – 2015: Special Episode

That’s a Wrap happily presents its 2015 year in review.  Chris may join in later with his picks but for this 365 day roundup Erik and Nick share their favorite films, television and books of 2015.

For Erik, Ex Machina took the top honor for his favorite film of the year (covered in-depth in Episode #39) while Nick chose the lesser-known meta horror-comedy The Final Girls.  All of our noteworthy picks are discussed at some length – tune in!!



The Art of Robert E McGinnis

Sandman Overture

Purity by Jonathan  Franzen’s 

We Stand on Guard by  Brian K. Vaughan and  art by Steve Skroce

Episode #40: Holiday movies and A Very Murray Christmas

Episode #40


This time Nick, Erik and Chris tackle holiday movies, including movies explicitly about Christmas and movies we like to watch during the holiday season. It’s a fun, loose conversation with some cinematic gems. We then decided to watch the Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Paul Schaffer, along with Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus and a bunch more.

Some movies mentioned:

White Christmas, A Christmas CarolA Christmas StoryOdessa FileRudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Rankin/Bass, Cash on DemandChristmas Evil and more.

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Erik’s review of Rare Exports at the Odeon Review.

Facebook page for Nick’s Detroit Xmas movie event 12/15 (check the link out even if it’s after 12/15 for future events).



Episode #39 – Ex Machina and Wes Craven

Episode #39


Please join us for episode #39 where we discuss the science fiction darling of many critics and audiences this year, Alex Garland’s  Ex Machina (2015).  Erik and Nick discuss their reactions to the film and also the topic of gendered/sexualized androids, robots and cyborgs trending now and  in the recent past.

In segment two, we remember and pay homage to the quiet genius of writer, producer and director Wes Craven.  Thank you for the scares Wes.



L. Mulvey’s “Visual Pleausure and Narrative Cinema.”

Freud and “The Uncanny”

Episode #38 – Our Top Movie Openings

Episode # 38


In this episode, we each list and discuss our top (favorite) movie openings of all time. We loosely define openings to include pre-credits, credits, post-credits – shots, scenes, sequences etc. Pretty much anything in the first ten minutes is fair game.

We hope, as always, that you enjoy our list episodes
– and as they say “your mileage may vary!” Our picks are below (as are the links we mention in the show) if you don’t mind knowing them before you listen, including an honorable mentions list for Nick


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Episode #37 – The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Netflix’s Daredevil

Episode # 37

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe & Netflix’s Daredevil

For Episode #37, Erik, Nick and Chris tackle the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as the Netflix streaming series, Daredevil. The guys give a brief history of the superhero genre from the eighties up to the present including commenting on the (somewhat controversial) acquisition of the Marvel brand by The Walt Disney Company in 2009. Netflix’s Daredevil has become a surprise hit (and better received than the 2003 film), and the guys spend some time exploring the details of superheroes served up weekly. This will be a great episode with some (perhaps) very surprising opinions and comments!



Review of Nick’s Book at Turner Classic Movies

Interview with Nick on Erik’s WET Podcast

Wikipedia article on the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring a helpful chart

Article from the Guardian (UK) by Alan Moore on the “cultural catastrophe” of superhero movies

Article from the Guardian (UK) regarding Disney’s Marvel acquisition

How Marvel is killing the popcorn movie


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Episode #36 – Jurassic World & Jaws: 40th Anniversary.

Episode # 36


That’s a Wrap presents its Summer Blockbuster Extravaganza!

For their 36th episode the lads tackle 2015’s runaway summer juggernaut Jurassic World.  An exciting and insightful look at the franchise and its latest (record breaking) entry await you!  In the second segment, we perform our own “half-assed autopsy” on the original summer blockbuster, 1975’s JAWS.  From a historical standpoint, JAWS is likely the most “important” film of the 1970s and at 40 is still terrorizing beach patrons all over the world.

Additional Announcement:
Book Cover hi-resCo-host Nicholas Schlegel’s book: Sex, Sadism, Spain, and Cinema: The Spanish Horror Film has been released.

It’s currently on sale at 35% off at the publisher website,  Just enter 15SUMSALE at checkout to receive the discount. Sale is good through August and is just  too good to pass up!  Congratulations Nick!


SNL Richard Dreyfuss “I was in JAWS!” 


*Jaws tribute poster by Kris Kirven

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Episode #35 – Top Ten Films of the 1980’s

Episode #35

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In this episode, the guys go totally 80’s with their top ten films from the decade that gave us hair bands, Ronny Reagan and zombies that danced to pop music. Join Erik, Nick and Chris as they discuss their favorite picks and spend a lot of time quoting one particular film about golf.

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Roger Ebert’s review of Blue Velvet




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