Spend too much time on POPULIST CINEMA and the art house crowd starts to cry out for more content. The OV Crew obliges. Join us as we talk about the best films of 2018 so far that might not make it to your local multiplex, including The Rider, Let the Sunshine In, You Were Never Really Here, First Reformed and more!Read More
George Lazenby is OUT and Sean Connery is BACK (for the small price of a record-breaking salary). Jack and Jake settle in for this campy, divisive Bond flick featuring martinis and a moon buggy. What else do you need in film, really?Read More
Jake and Jack return from their Casino Royale hangover to discuss the final film before Sean Connery's first official Bond retirement, You Only Live Twice
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Part three of our MEGA TURBO OSCAR COVERAGE EXTRAVAGANZA wraps up the 2018 award season with a discussion of the nominees for best cinematography, adapted and original screenplay as well as the best documentary, animated and foreign films.Read More
Part two of the OV Oscar extravaganza continues with a discussion of the remaining Best Picture nominations, including Lady Bird, The Post, Get Out and Three BillBoards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.Read More
The Optimism Vaccine annual Oscar spectacular kicks off this year with a discussion of the best picture and best director nominations, plus some in-depth discussion of best actor/actress and best supporting.
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Not a traditional Bond film but not quite a complete spin-off, the original 1967 Casino Royale was a baffling comedic ensemble film that failed to impress critics. How does it stack up today? Jake and Jack investigate with special guest Shawn Glinis.Read More
Sean Connery is back in glorious widescreen Panavision for the most financially successful Bond film to date: 1965's Thunderball. Join Jack and Jake as they marvel at cutting-edge special effects and puzzling long underwater action sequences.
Not to be confused with Austin Powers: Goldmember, Goldfinger is the action film tour-de-force that won the longrunning series its first Oscar and cemented the 007 legacy. Join Jake and Jack as they once again dissect all things James Bond.
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In the latest podcast series to be spun off from the regular OpVac cast, Jack Eason joins OV's resident James Bond expert, Jake Tropila, as they dive into the world of all things 007. Their mission: watch and discuss every James Bond film ever made, once a month, every month, until the release of Bond 25 in 2019. In their inaugural episode, they share their history with the franchise, their overall thoughts on the series, and review Dr. No, the first Bond film ever made. It's For Your Ears Only, baby!Read More
Stephen King, the high lord of heartland genre literature, has had his work fitted to the silver screen consistently over the past four decades. Just this year, we’ve seen the 61st and 62nd Stephen King adaptations with the panned Dark Tower and the much anticipated It. Here at Optimism Vaccine, we think it’s safe to say Hollywood doesn’t exactly have the Midas Touch with King’s work. Here’s our choices for which would’ve been best kept between the dust jacket.Read More
Runaway Train isn't just an awful pop song by 90s butt-rockers, Soul Asylum. It's also a thriller from the 1980s with an original screenplay from Akira Kurosawa. This week, Jake introduces Jack to this underrated classic while finally getting to the bottom of what a young Danny Trejo looks like.Read More
It's a road movie matching a unhappy business professional with a destructive elephant but it doesn't star Bill Murray and is set in Thailand. No, it's not Larger Than Life, it's Pop Aye! Also, it's good.Read More
PIECES: The Movie that boldly proclaims "It's exactly what you think it is!" But what exactly does that mean? This week, Steve introduces Jack to Juan Piquer Simon's infamous 1982 classic, Pieces. It's a trashy, gonzo mix of American and Italian slasher tropes that walks a fine line between gorehound horror and nonsensical absurdism. But does it live up to the hype?Read More
We've reached the halfway point of 2017 and already the silver screen has been graced with a war epic from Hollywood's least empathetic filmmaker and a critically acclaimed movie starring a serial sexual harasser who stalks a woman after he dies. Fun! To commemorate the joyous occasion, the OV crew gathered to discuss the big hits and misses of 2017 so far and stage an intervention for Shawn to address his crippling addiction to Rocket Raccoon slash fiction.Read More
Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than with a thorough examination of disintegrating marriages and the crushing ennui of everyday life. This week, Adam, Shawn and Jack do their best to find a perfect pairing for Mike Nichol's brilliant adaptation of the 1962 play by Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Read More
A Ghost Story was a big critical hit at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and represents director David Lowery's return to independent filmmaking. It's beautiful and mysterious but, has it got any substance?Read More