Movies, Movies, and More Movies!

Beyond the Berm - Movies, Movies, and More Movies!

Welcome back for Beyond the Berm Episode 87! Or if you are new here, welcome!

We get things started off with some idle chatter about telephones, adding the “and more” part to our self-proclaimed Podcast about Disney and More. But don’t leave yet, because we get on to the good soon after.

For starters (for real), Steve tells about finally seeing Coco, now that it is available on Blu-Ray, and we chat about our opinions of the movie, its strengths, and its weaknesses. How does it compare to some of the other recent Pixar movies? You will just have to listen in to hear what we think about it.

Is it important to see movies in the theater on the big screen, or is it fine just to wait and see them at home? Steve also saw The Greatest Showman in the theater recently, and we talk about the differences in where you watch the movie.

Also, Thor: Ragnarok just came out on Blu-Ray as well. Matt has seen it, Steve hasn’t yet, so no spoilers here. But how does it set things up for Avengers: Infinity War? And how about that big swerve of the release date change for Infinity War?

We also speculate on what changes may happen to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Disney on track to buy Fox, our thoughts on Mary Poppins Returns and Christopher Robin based on their teaser trailers, our thoughts about A Wrinke In Time, and lots more, too.

It seems we have had movies on the mind lately. Nothing wrong with that, right?

Anyway, join us for all the cinematic fun you can stand in Beyond the Berm Episode 87!

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Black Panther, Changes, and More!

Beyond the Berm 86: Black Panther, Changes, and More!

Welcome back to Beyond the Berm and Episode 86! Here’s hoping we don’t get eighty-sixed!

To start with, Matt gives his review of the latest Marvel blockbuster movie, Black Panther. Does it live up to the hype? Is it the best Marvel movie ever made? Listen in to see how Matt feels about it all.

The only constant is change, or so they say, and we discuss some of our changes or potential changes. Whether it is potentially dropping an annual pass or actually dropping DirecTV, we talk about how some of those changes are affecting our lives, if any.

If you haven’t heard Toy Story Land will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30. Will this land be the next great thing, or will it just be average? We offer our best guesses, just in case you are wondering what we think. Which is the whole purpose of this podcast, after all.

And then we finish up by talking about Disney live shows. Matt and his family just saw Aladdin, and we compare it to some of the other shows that we have seen.

All this and more in the latest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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Past, Present, and Future

Beyond the Berm returns in a timely manner with Episode 85!

Beyond the Berm Episode 85: Past, Present, and Future

To begin with, Matt talks about the past year of Disney movies and the seemingly low number of movies that they released in 2017. We talk about which movies that we saw, and look briefly at which movies we might be looking forward to in 2018.

Next, Steve talks about living in the future with all of the technology that we have these days and compares that with past EPCOT Center predictions. And we also look at the present and the future of Epcot, wondering what might come next.

We also talk about the future of Walt Disney World, and how different it will be when all of the current construction projects have ended. Will there be new projects to start once these are finished, or perhaps even before these are finished? Who knows.

Going back to the past once again, we talk about how we watched old Disney movies back in the old days when we were in school, and how watching movies whenever you want is different now in the present. Good memories.

Listen to Beyond the Berm Episode 85 as we jump all over the timeline!

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Movie Reviews, Fox, Television, and More!

Beyond the Berm (finally) returns with Episode 84!

Beyond the Berm - a podcast about Disney and More - episode 84Lots of things have happened since our last episode, so we cover lots of ground this time around! Hopefully, it all makes sense in the end.

We start off with some reviews of some of the big holiday movies from Matt, but with no spoilers since Steve has not seen them yet. In particular, Matt gives his thoughts about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Listen in to see how he felt about it, and how it compares to some of the other recent movies.

Next up, in case you haven’t heard, Disney is buying most of 21st Century Fox. Is this a good move? Why are they doing this in the first place? How will Fox fit in under the Disney umbrella? We give our thoughts to the best of our ability.

The latest season of Agents of SHIELD has been underway for a while, and Steve gives his thoughts on that. How does it compare with Inhumans? How does it compare with past SHIELD seasons?

Plus, we cover all sorts of other small topics here and there. You will just have to listen in to hear all of those.

Be sure to check out all of the latest in Episode 84 of Beyond the Berm!

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RunDisney Changes and Disneyland Construction

Hello again from all of us at Beyond the Berm to all of you! Settle in and listen to Episode 83.



To start us off, Matt talks about the recent announcement of a hiatus for RunDisney events at Disneyland. The official stated reason is due to all of the construction going on at the resort, but is there more to it? We don’t actually know, but that doesn’t keep us from speculating. Regular listeners know of Matt’s involvement in past RunDisney events, and this is a big deal to all of those who have participated in the past.

We then talk about the previously mentioned construction at Disneyland, including a new 4-star hotel and several parking structures. While the end result will no doubt be good, there may be some interesting times ahead while construction is underway.

Next, we follow up a question from the last episode by asking the question, “Which of the now-closed attractions that you never got to see do you wish you had seen?” We have several answers from all of the parks, although our answers vary based on which parks each of us has visited. Listen in and see if you agree with our choices.

All of that and more in the latest from Beyond the Berm!

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Change is Coming

Hello, friends, and welcome to another exciting episode of Beyond the Berm! We are all the way up to our 80th episode now, if you are counting.

Change is Coming

This time around, we talk about changes, because change is coming. And in fact, change is already here.

Steve just returned from a visit to the Walt Disney World area, and although he did not visit any of the theme parks this time around, he did spend some time at Disney Springs, which of course has undergone major changes in the last few years from when it used to be Downtown Disney. Have the changes been good ones? And more importantly, what’s for supper? Here the answers to these questions and more.

Also, many theme park changes were recently announced at the D23 Expo. Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratatouille coming to Epcot, the end of the Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios, a Tron coaster in Magic Kingdom, Paradise Pier becoming Pixar Pier at California Adventure, and more. Are these good? Are we going to miss what they are replacing? Does Epcot even have a theme any more? We don’t know, but we share what we think about all of these changes that are coming.

Listen in to all the fun in the latest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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Disney Cruises and Summer Movies

Beyond the Berm - our podcast about Disney and more

Beyond the Berm is back with Episode 79!

Since last we left our intrepid podcasters, Steve and his extended family (and some friends, too) have been on a cruise on the Disney Dream. How did this compare to the previous cruises? Did they have a good time? Did they survive the rain? And did they enjoy an extra day at Castaway Cay? Listen in to find out!

Disney Cruise LineAlso, the summer movie season is upon us. Listen in as we discuss what we have seen and what we have not yet seen of the current crop of summer movies. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Cars 3, Wonder Woman (in keeping with the “and more” part of our title), Spider-Man: Homecoming, and even the live action Beauty and the Beast, which technically was a spring movie. What have we liked? What have we not liked? What have we not seen yet? Check out our opinions.

All that and more in the latest episode of Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 76: FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

Beyond the Berm presents FOMO (fear of missing out)

Beyond the Berm is back again with Episode 76!

To start with, someone around here just had a birthday (Hint: it wasn’t Matt). Matt asks the question of what Disney-related thing would you want to do on your birthday if you could? So many possibilities, but Steve manages to eventually come up with an answer. What would you choose?

Also, we briefly touch on the hot rumor right now of a gondola-type transportation system possibly coming to Walt Disney World, although we are slightly skeptical of how much truth is there. Here where we stand on this rumor, and see if you agree or disagree.

We then talk about some of the new offerings at the Disney parks, specifically those that now have concrete opening dates, such as Pandora: World of Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout, and Rivers of Light. All of that brings up the question of if the new things excite us or not. And that leads to a discussion of FOMO, the fear of missing out. Does that drive attendance these days? Do you have a fear of missing out on all of the new stuff that all of your friends have done and have posted about over and over on the internet? Hmm.

Matt also asks about Disney games for mobile phones and devices, and apparently Steve does not have FOMO for those, since he doesn’t play any. Matt talks about some of the ones that he enjoys. Are you currently playing any?

All this and more in the latest episode of Beyond the Berm! Don’t let FOMO get to you – listen today!

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Episode 75: Disney Television and Movies

It may come as a surprise to some of you that Beyond the Berm is back only two weeks after our previous episode, but here we are again with Episode 75!

To start off, Matt comes clean with the revelation that he has been watching the Disney Channel at night sometimes. That may come as a surprise to some our regular listeners as well. We are just full of surprises, as it turns out. We talk about some of the shows that are good, some of the shows that are otherwise, and try to make some guesses about what direction the Disney Channel is taking for the future.


Oops, wrong logo. But this one is much better than the newer one, anyway.

After Steve asks the somewhat rhetorical question of whether Disney may be looking at any major acquisitions in the future, we discuss some of the different animation studios out there, wondering what it would have been like if Disney had not bought Pixar, or perhaps if Disney had bought Dreamworks Animation a few years ago.

Awards season is here, and we watch those about as much as we watch the Disney Channel these days. But that does lead to a discussion of Zootopia vs. Moana, since they are going up against each other for different awards. Zootopia already has one under its belt, so who might win the next one? Hmmm.

Also, remake season is here. But instead of just being a short season of the year, this season has been going on for a while, and it looks to continue far into the future. What are our pre-release thoughts about the Beauty and the Beast remake? And what about some of the other, remakes, reboots, and sequels? Listen in to find out.

All of this and more in Episode 75 of Beyond the Berm!

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Episode 74: Walt Disney World for the Holidays

Beyond the Berm has finally returned! Let’s see if we can remember how to do this whole podcast thing!

For Episode 74, we start with a discussion of Matt’s recent RunDisney events at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. He completed the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World, even though they canceled one of the races, and then he also ran three more runs at Disneyland the next weekend. We are trying to figure out how to power our computers from all of the energy of his runs, but we aren’t quite there yet. Listen in as Matt tells about his experiences, mostly at Walt Disney World because we never did come back and pick up the discussion about the Disneyland runs. Oops! At least we have something to talk about for next time.

Matt with his RunDisney medals

Photo swiped from Matt’s Facebook page

After that, we discussed our trips to Walt Disney World for the Christmas holidays. Steve and his family and their friends the Riedels went to Walt Disney World for a vacation the week before Christmas, visiting all four of the parks and the Hoop Dee Doo Revue, too. Matt and his family went to Walt Disney World right after the New Year for the previously mentioned RunDisney events, and they spent a few days in the parks as well. Where did we stay? What did we do? What did we like? What didn’t we like? Did we see any fireworks? How does Art of Animation compare with Animal Kingdom Lodge? All of these questions and more get answered, so listen in if you want to know.

Main Street at Walt Disney World at Chrsitmas

Photo swiped from Steve’s website

By the way, somewhere in there is also a brief review of sorts of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and there may be some slight spoilers if you haven’t yet seen the movie. Just to warn you. But if you are a Star Wars fan, you could probably already figure out what was going to happen, anyway.

So if you are still out there listening even though we have been gone for a while, thanks for sticking with us! And if you are new around here, welcome! We will try not to be so long in between episodes for a while. Maybe. If we can.

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