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The Cinemaholics are in the building. Metaphorically. We’ve got two big films to cover this week, starting with Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, a super long, super glam biopic covering the life of the king of rock and roll with Austin Butler and Tom Hanks in lead roles. Next, Scott Derrickson’s latest horror in quite a while just came out, and we’re answering the call for The Black Phone, which stars Ethan Hawke and is based on a short story by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King). We also open up the show with some box office catchup and how summer blockbusters from the last month or so are faring as we move into July.

Intro Music: “Coco” by & Willytrumpet

Show Notes:

  • 00:00:00 – Summer box office catchup
  • 00:11:00 – Elvis review
  • 01:00:25 – The Black Phone review

Synopsis for Elvis

THE MAN. THE LEGEND. THE KING OF ROCK & ROLL. The life story of Elvis Presley as seen through the complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker. [Source: Letterboxd]

Synopsis for The Black Phone

NEVER TALK TO STRANGERS. Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney. [Source: Letterboxd]

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