Before they say ‘I do,’ our Cinebetrothed say ‘yep’ to ‘NOPE’

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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and a mystery co-host talk about movies and maybe — just maybe — become Cinebuds.

This week on “Cinebuds,” we talk about the new Jordan Peele horror film, “NOPE,” and continue our search for a new bud with the one and only Nicole Peterson. She’s a science teacher and papier-mâché sculptor, and just so happens to be engaged to ME!  

Nepotism? Sure. Of course. But I’ll do whatever I have to do to keep her interested.  

“NOPE” stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun, and takes place on a horse ranch where some extraterrestrial-seeming shizz takes place. Peele’s style shines again in this film and provides more layers than most horror films. But is this film smarter than me? Most are. It’s still worth digging into. And did Nicole’s “issues” with horses affect her viewing? Find out!

We also talk about what else we’ve been watching (spoiler: a lot of “E.R.” reruns).

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Cinebuds: Do you prefer your Thor mighty or original recipe?

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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and a mystery co-host talk about movies and maybe — just maybe — become Cinebuds.

This week on “Cinebuds,” we are once again joined by Sarah Lahr to talk about the newest MCU incarnation of its big and blonde hero — “THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER!”

This is the second Thor film helmed by Taika Waititi, who continues his take on the films as the comic center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The humor and the color palette of the previous film, “Thor: Ragnarok,” is still there. But is the story? We discuss all the Thor-ific details, what else we’ve been watching and what level of MCU-mania each of us contracted.

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I’m not crying about a stop-motion seashell wearing shoes, you are

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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and a mystery co-host talk about movies and maybe — just maybe — become Cinebuds.

This week, I’m joined by Sarah Mac Lahr from 88Nine as we continue our search for the next Cinebud!! And we’re talking about the new adorb-core movie — I just made up that genre — “MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON!” (all-caps and exclamation point courtesy of the host and not A24 Films).

The story started as a series of YouTube videos, with comedian Jenny Slate voicing the title character, who is a shell with … well, shoes. In the feature-film adaptation that has been met with great reviews, Marcel is living an adorable life in an Airbnb when a filmmaker discovers him, and they start a journey to find Marcel’s lost family. It’s a family film, but one that will appeal to all ages (editor’s note: as opposed to, say, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”).

We’ll discuss who did or did not cry, whether said crying was from joy or sorrow, and which parts we WOULD have cried at if we were in a place where crying was socially acceptable. We’ll also talk about what else we’ve been watching and getting to know Sarah a little since this is her first “Cinebuds” episode!!

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Cinebuds: why video-game adaptations give us pause

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On this week’s episode of “Cinebuds,” we talk about films inspired by video games. And films that inspired video games. Or films about video games. With gameplay becoming just as cinematic in its storytelling as the movies, surely it’s an easy transition from console to big screen, right? RIGHT?!

(Photo courtesy: @rampagethemovie Twitter account)

Maybe not every game is begging for a film adaptation, but we go through a few of them to talk about what didn’t work and … what else didn’t work. Maybe gaming documentaries will save the day? Plus, we talk about what else we’ve been watching and playing.

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Cinebuds: The underwhelming ‘Uncharted’ and the search for a new buddy

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Everyone associated with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee — the staff and our wonderful listeners — lost a little something when Justin Barney set out for his next great adventure in Nashville. In the case of Milwaukee Film’s Kristopher Pollard, he lost a Cinebuddy.

But fear not. The hunt is underway for a new pal to parse motion pictures. And while Kristopher’s search isn’t quite as globe-trotting as “Uncharted” — the movie subject of this week’s podcast — it did uncover a gem in Kyle Heller, our facilities and IT manager.

Listen to the latest episode to hear whether Kristopher and Kyle’s chemistry surpass that of Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in the Sony video-game adaptation (spoiler available via Kyle’s review on the poster below).

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(Photo courtesy: @unchartedmovie Twitter account)

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Disney+ movie ‘Rise,’ based on Antetokounmpo family, premieres Friday

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The unlikely journey of the Antetokounmpo brothers from poverty to basketball stardom always seemed like a story straight out of Hollywood. This Friday on Disney+, it will be.

“Rise” documents the family’s struggle to survive after emigrating from Nigeria to Greece, as well as the four brothers finding salvation in the game of basketball.

Brothers Giannis and Thanasis, of course, won the 2021 NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks, Kostas won a ring the year prior with the Los Angeles Lakers, and youngest brother Alex played four years at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay before turning pro.

Real-life brothers Uche and Ral Agada take on the starring roles of Giannis and Thanasis, respectively.

The Bucks will host a closed screening of the film for local community groups at the Marcus Movie Tavern in Brookfield, with team president Peter Feigin in attendance.

“Rise” is the second film to debut this month featuring members of the Milwaukee Bucks; the Netflix sports drama “Hustle” includes a cameo by Khris Middleton.

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Why ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy is our Cinebud’s ultimate comfort watch

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

Y’all, this is my last week on Cinebuds. I have accepted a job at WNXP in Nashville and will be moving there in July, so this is the last Cinebuds featuring me and Kpolly. But FEAR NOT, Kpolly has a plan for Cinebuds to continue with other buds. More of that to follow in the future.

This week on Cinebuds we’re discussing ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy.

But for the last episode Kpolly asked what I wanted to do. I ran through a couple options in my mind, but honestly, I haven’t been able to watch anything and I’ve just been comfort watching “The Hobbit” trilogy, so I said, THAT’S IT! We are doing “The Hobbit” trilogy! 

Everyone has the movie or set of movies that they go to for comfort (Kpolly reveals his in the podcast) and “The Hobbit” is mine. We talk about why. And I give a long emotional goodbye in the podcast because I don’t know how else to say goodbye.

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Sports! Cinebuds share their favorite sports movies of all time

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Writing by Kristopher Pollard

We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

The Cinebuds are split on their passion for sports. One loves sports and the other is triggered by the very word. But, for some reason, we were both very excitable young boys when discussing our favorite sports films! (Pardon me from going from third person to first person plural within the same paragraph…have you guessed which of us didn’t enjoy sports, yet…?).

A still from the film “Cool Runnings”

On this week’s episode we discuss the tropes of sports films and our very favorite. From your standard underdog, ragtag group of misfits to your less-than-standard underdog, ragtag group of misfits! We run the gamut!

Golf, Swimming, Bobsledding, and Cricket!  We covered all of America’s favorites! Don’t forget to Like, Subscribe, and Share our podcast far and wide! And follow us on Instagram at @cinebudspodcast. We’ll be asking you about your favorite sports film and can’t wait to see your picks!

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Is ‘Men’ just the right amount of weird, or too weird?

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

“Men” is a movie about a woman who is trying to be left alone – but men.  

A still from the film, “Men”

It’s written and directed by Alex Garland, who also wrote “Ex Machina,” “Annihilation,” and “28 Days Later.” It stars Jessie Buckley as Harper, who has retreated to an old, and beautiful British country home following the death of her husband, and it also stars Rory Kinnear, who eerily plays every man other than Harper’s husband. 

This movie is weird. Good weird or bad weird? That’s what we discuss in the pod. Which also includes a great “Spoily Edish” after the credits where we dive into the weirdness.

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Does ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ live up to its weighty title?

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

“Everything Everywhere All At Once” is the new A24 movie from directors Dan Kwan and Dan Scheinert who affectionately go by, “Daniels.”

A still from “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”

“Everything Everywhere” is part sci-fi, part martial arts, part intergenerational trauma, part indie, part slapstick, part cult and part heart wrenching drama. Many movies attempt to be so many things at once and it is typically a sure fire way to end up coming up short on everything.  

Does “Everything Everywhere All At Once” live up to it’s weighty title? That’s exactly what we try to figure out.

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