This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Bullet Train’, ‘Murder at the Vanities’ Reviews; Weekend Box Office Report

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley discuss the review of Bullet Train by John Latchem. The hosts have been ribbing this feature since its trailer released months ago, and now that it’s come to physical media is it really as bad as they think it was?

Following that is a review by Scott Marks for Murder at the Vanities, a whodunit thriller from the 1930s that Charles saw long ago in film class. The hosts comment on the early days of cinema and traditional stage actors having to adapt for the camera, because as is mentioned in the review, the murder mystery in Vanities is incredibly obvious to the viewer.

Over the weekend, the latest film in the “Halloween” franchise’s reboot Halloween Ends took the No. 1 spot, followed by the seasonally appropriate horror movie Smile and family friendly movie Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.

Halloween Ends undershot analyst expectations for revenue (grossing $41 million at the domestic box office over the weekend instead of the projected $49 million) but still performed impressively considering it’s available to stream for free on Peacock. Charlie hasn’t visited theaters in a while, but opened the show talking about his viewing of the seedy Danish crime movie Pusher 2, which he described as “a hardcore version of Trainspotting, already known for being a hardcore movie.”

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