Peak Viewing

Co-hosts Henry and Samuel go through filmographies and franchises in the vain hope of answering one simple question: How can we get the most out of the movies we watch?

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Episodes

Monday Apr 08, 2024

We’re finally closing the book on these Paul Dehn sequels with Battle for the Planet of the Apes, but we’re still asking the hard-hitting questions. Is this the worst of the sequels? When does this movie take place, let alone WHERE does it take place? Would the apes be better if they wrote down “ape should not kill ape self”? All this and more!

Monday Apr 01, 2024

Conquest is crazy! Henry and Samuel are unpacking what is maybe the most overt and unsubtle Apes movie yet, but it’s actually still pretty damn good. We recap the plot and cover Caesar’s rise to power, the brilliant (if melodramatic) script, and all the real-world parallels in this science fiction spectacle.

Monday Mar 25, 2024

By the time you get to Escape from the Planet of the Apes, the third entry in a franchise that you would think stopped after the entire planet blew up, you’re either doubling down on your investment, or you’re getting ready to cash out. Our co-hosts are divided on this point, but even with our different opinions there’s still plenty to talk about, including the chimps in human clothing, the subtext which is now simply text, and the ending of this movie that leaves you shocked and confused. In other words, it’s a Planet of the Apes movie!

Monday Mar 18, 2024

If the first movie was a shocking twist ending, then Beneath the Planet of the Apes truly takes shocking twist endings to the next level! Henry and Samuel discuss everything that makes this second entry unique, including the introduction of a second astronaut, the gorilla brutality, and the telepathic mutants who pray to a nuke (yes, this is a real movie). But first: how incredible is the Simpsons parody of the first movie?

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Monday Mar 11, 2024

Monday Mar 11, 2024

How good is the original 1968 film Planet of the Apes? Henry and Samuel were both shocked to found out: it’s pretty good! Join us as we recap what makes this a special science fiction film, why the themes and subtext are so rich, and how to get the most out of the moviegoing snacking experience.

Dune: Part 2

Monday Mar 04, 2024

Monday Mar 04, 2024

It’s time to ride the sandworms! Dune: Part 2 has graced us with its presence and we’ve got some thoughts. Join us as we drink the water of life and go through everything we liked about the movie, the changes from the book that we have some questions about, and also come up with some fun alternative uses for the infamous popcorn bucket.

Peak Viewing Trailer

Saturday Jan 27, 2024

Saturday Jan 27, 2024

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What is Peak Viewing?

After recording 400 episodes of the award-winning* Grumpy Young Men podcast, co-hosts Henry and Samuel decided to do something different: create a new podcast where they do basically the exact same thing! Join them mini-series by mini-series as they unpack popular franchises, iconic careers, and everything in between.

 

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