When Ari “Horror Elevator” Aster lulls you to sleep with a half-cocked Wicker Man homage, the only way to regain your senses is with a Child’s Play franchise binge, right? Right.Read More
Optimism Vaccine swims in the murky depths of the BLOCKBUSTER SEASON discourse after seeing Us and the Pet Sematary remake. PLUS: the latest from Harmony Korine and S. Craig Zahler slow burn Mel Gibson crime flick, Dragged Across Concrete.
Dumpuary: The season that never changes and the one time of year that might drive the OV crew to the brink of insanity. This year, the boys are tasked with watching Liam Neeson’s latest “Like Taken but…” film, a pair of forgettable horror flicks, another M. Night Shyamalan vanity project, and Serenity AKA the greatest film ever made, ever.Read More
Oscar season is upon us, which means THE OFFICIAL Optimism Vaccine Oscar Omnibus™ has made its triumphant return. This year, a decidedly more sober OV crew dissects the best picture and best director noms. Imagine the sheer joy of sitting through films from a no talent alleged sex criminal AND the guy that gave the world Shallow Hal. Truly blessed.Read More
DEATH TO THE ALGORITHM! LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH! The OV Crew talks about our impending doom and the latest wave of direct-to-streaming cinema including Roma, The Other Side of the Wind, Bird Box, Cam, Illang: The Wolf Brigade and more.
PLUS: The latest installment of the OV 9-1-1 recap featuring a brand new theme songRead More
Optimism Vaccine continues the time-honored October tradition of introducing Shawn to great horror auteurs. This year, for really no good reason at all, we chose Joe D’Amato. Yeah, seriously. Join us as Shawn experiences classic like Beyond the Darkness, Anthropophagous, Absurd and… umm… Porno Holocaust.
A rare ALMOST TIMELY episode from the OV crew. This week, we hit the local multiplex to check out critical darlings Searching and The Little Stranger. Oh and Shane Black’s new dumpster fire, The Predator, too. BONUS: dramatic reading of a classic David Ehrlich review and the return of the official Optimism Vaccine Went to the Movies theme song.
The age of single screen horror is upon us! The OV crew talks Unfriended and its sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web as well as the lesser known Friend Request. BONUS: unfunny sex jokes and mocking alt-right internet figures.Read More
The OV crew shares their experiences from THE BINGE: A one time event where all four Purge films are watched and discussed. Remember, government officials ranking 10 or higher must remain unharmed, the use of weaponry above Class 4 is forbidden and police and emergency services are suspended.Read More
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
In 1999 Sam Mendes earned an astounding 8 Oscar nominations for his debut film, American Beauty. Since then he's gone from the art house to the flop house to the world of big budget Bond films. But did his artistic output jump the shark along the way?Read More
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one podcast to dissolve their brains, they go to the local multiplex and subject themselves to Ernest Cline and Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. What you are about to hear is an unedited document of the OV Crew's cinematic suffering as they wallow in a shallow pool of pop culture refuse. Listen closely. Don't make the same mistakes we've made.
Inhale. Feel the energy of a disgraced film critic returning to the internet. Exhale. Listen to the OV crew try to figure out why he's reviewing films again. Once your mind is in a tranquil state, continue to listen for reviews of Annihilation, Game Night and the latest episodes of 9-1-1.