60 - Phenomenon

Is PHENOMENON a brilliantly low-key push-back against standard superhero movies? Or is it a boring John Travolta vehicle featuring the most unremarkable person to ever get superpowers? Is it a mistake or a masterstroke to have Travolta play the nicest guy since George Bailey? That scene where Kyra Sedgwick shaves him: romantic and sexy or awkward and creepy? And is that really Robert Duvall's butt? It's The Contrarians' sixth Grey Area Episode, which means the Tomatometer is split in half and Alex and Julio will argue all throughout this one!

 PHOTO: A phenomenal shave.

PHOTO: A phenomenal shave.

TIMELINE:

00:00:00 - 00:44:42   Contrarians Corner (#CC)

00:44:43 - 00:45:41     We Watched a Thing promo

00:45:42 - 00:46:19     Travolta's PHENOMENON Oscars clip

00:46:20 - 01:08:36     Real Talk

01:08:37 - 01:24:03       Plugs and a story of Alex not hooking up

01:24:35 - 01:25:27       Tiny deleted audio clip and shameless Julio self-promotion

PLUGS!

- Alex thinks CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE is as good as the first one. Also, if you're curious about how he (and Julio) actually feel about THIS MEANS WAR, you can check episode 42 of this very podcast.

- Do anything you can to catch THE GREATEST GEN-KAHN tour as it makes its way through America. Scroll all the way down on this page for a dorky picture of Julio with the hosts of THE GREATEST GENERATION.

- SOLO was fine. Take a deep breath, know it's not going to change filmmaking as we know it, and have a good time.

- There are a gazillion videos on Cory Ahre's NERDSCUM YOUTUBE CHANNEL but he's starting this brand new series within it, so check out NERD NEEDS and let him know what you think!

- Hans Rothgiesser, the man behind our logo, can be reached at @mildemonios on Twitter or you can email him at mildemonios@hotmail.com in case you ever need a logo (or comics) produced. And you can listen to him talk about Peruvian politics on his own podcast, NACION COMBI.

Up next, a movie that might make us miss the time we had on this episode: LOOK WHO'S TALKING TOO. Until then, please rate/review/subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, you know the drill. And let us know what you think about PHENOMENON and Travolta's lame non-superhero by emailing us at wearethecontrarians@gmail.com or by tweeting us or Facebooking us. Eat all the apples!

 PHOTO: Geeking out, Greatest Gen style.

PHOTO: Geeking out, Greatest Gen style.