Cinema Royale: Talking ‘The Northman’ And ‘Ambulance’ (Special Guest: Chris Bumbray of

From a brutal Viking revenge thriller to a Michael Bay car chase through the streets of L.A., this week’s Cinema Royale is all action, all the time! On this week’s show, I’m joined by my homie Christopher Bumbray of to talk about Robert Eggers’ brutal tale of vengeance, The Northman, starring Alexander Skarsgard like you’ve never seen him before!

Plus, we discuss Michael Bay’s high-octane flick Ambulance starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Eiza Gonzalez. As both diehard Bay fans, we talk about whether this is a return to form, and why the film hasn’t connected with audiences. Will the movie’s failure have an impact on future action movies?

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Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.