Steve Sarmento

The Hummingbird Project

May 12, 2021

For some reason this film about building a 1000 mile underground fiber optic connection was also buried underground. In this story about an attempt to set a speed record in round trip communications JJ and Steve find that it’s the back half of the story where this film reveals its true intent.

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IM2043: Enjoy the Potatoes

May 12, 2021

Krazy Kabbies! Bed-adjacent porcelain! Salisbury steak! It’s another minute of long, knowing looks between Pepper and Tony. We visit the Lincoln Heights Jail and walk through the shooting history of the facility. Steve Sarmento is back to overthink the potatoes with us. Finally, welcome prisoner #6219, our favorite photographic callback.

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IM2042: Breakfast for Dinner

May 11, 2021

You’ve never thoughts so much about bunnies. We return to one of our favorite Marvel segments: Awkward Conversations in Planes. There are challenges with time in this minute which can only be rationalized with time zone science. Pepper gets a battery-related mic drop, which gives us reason to argue. What a relief it is, therefore, that we are able to ground ourselves in a Hamilton reference.

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IM2041: Tony’s Functional Voice Control

May 10, 2021

First, and exploration of airline food through history bringing us to the Great Sandwich War of 1954. We try — and fail — to short “intraday” stock. LG gets a full plug. Tony’s voice activated television actually works. Also, omelettes. It’s a Shandlingful minute with Steve Sarmento as we explore all this and awkward silences.

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2021-05-08 • Saturday Matinée

May 10, 2021

Must See TV — The Continental is ready to open. So Many Marvel Dates!Game of Thrones spinoffs galore! Plus three new trailers and a list of films with misguided bookend flashbacks!

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The Mitchells vs the Machines

May 4, 2021

In a film about a family trying to save the world from a robot invasion, why do we connect to it so strongly? What do we pull out of the themes as this family goes on their journey? How do the filmmakers find such a perfect blend of comedy and emotion? And how beautiful is the animation? Check out the film then tune in to find out!

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This Is America: Article 2

May 2, 2021

As he began watching some Oscar nominated short films, their themes grabbed Steve’s attention. These films speak to something that is strongly connected to America. Perhaps the lens we are viewing films through lately is one that comes from our nation’s attempt to define — or some would say redefine — who we are. The art a nation creates reflects the conflicts within it. Welcome to America: Article 2.

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Papillon (2017)

April 28, 2021

When is a movie that features characters trying to break out of prison not a prison break movie? How can you watch a man earn his freedom and not feel elated? These are just a few of the questions that JJ and Steve dig into during their conversation about Papillon (2017).

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2021-04-17 • Saturday Matinée

April 19, 2021

Disney’s Launchpad gearing up for six films from underrepresented voices. Pete’s watching Invincible. The Mandys take on Thunder Force and give us a preview after that underwhelming trailer a few months back. Plus, Misquoted and a list of movies based on controversial books!

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Luce

April 14, 2021

This week JJ and Steve are joined by Ocean, from TNR’s Silver Linings podcast, to discuss Julius Onah’s 2019 film Luce. It’s not easy to delve into this story without setting off some spoilers, so listen to the first few minutes of this episode to find out if this is a film for you.

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