Christmas Water Cooler: Batman, Three Identical Strangers, Hate U Give, Marwen, Skate Kitchen, Die Hard, The Endless, Spider-Verse, First Man, Codenames & More

On the December 26, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson, and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista, to talk about what they've been up at the Water Cooler.

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At The Water Cooler:

What we've been Doing:

  • Brad had his annual Friendsmas party, was forced to open almost all the White Elephant Christmas gifts himself, helped his friend Ben create his own Escape Room
  • Peter brought one of his favorite board game designers Jamey Stegmaier to the Magic Castle.
  • Ben is bouncing back and forth between his parents' and in-laws' houses for Christmas; visited Top Golf for the first time
  • Hoai-Tran went to Georgetown Glow with her sister and mom, had her annual Secret Santa with her high school friends, and ate a lot.

What we've been Reading:

  • Comixology is having their big year end sale, so Peter usually buys a lot of the big critically acclaimed comics and graphic novels. He read Batman: White Knight by Sean Murphy (written and art) and is half way through The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui.
  • Brad isn't reading yet, but is excited to dive into a Young Frankenstein book about the making of the movie and Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down.
  • Chris finished Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz's The Sopranos Sessions.

What we've been Watching:

  • Ben watched Three Identical Strangers.
  • Brad saw Widows, Bumblebee and Welcome to Marwen.
  • Peter saw Aquaman for the second time, but this time in IMAX. He watched the season finale of Survivor: David vs. Goliath. At home he caught up on some screeners and movies on streaming, including The Hate U Give, You Were Never Really Here, Upgrade, Skate Kitchen, The Endless, and The American Meme. He also watched the first couple episodes of the new Guillermo Del Toro-produced Netflix and Dreamworks animated series 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, and the first episode of Syfy's Deadly Class.
  • Hoai-Tran (finally) saw Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Minding the Gap, rewatched Game Night, saw Die Hard for the first time, and binged the latest episodes of Terrace House.
  • Chris (re)watched First Man, Vice and Destroyer.

What we've been Eating:

  • Peter officially lost 30 pounds. Then spent Christmas eating Chinese food. He somehow gained a handful of pounds in the process.
  • Brad found the Hershey's milk chocolate bar with Reese's Pieces

What we've been Playing:

  • Peter played a new board game he got for Christmas called Photosynthesis.
  • Brad has been listening to the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack.
  • Hoai-Tran played Codenames for the first time, got a PS4 for Christmas.

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