Cinema Royale: Talking ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ And ‘Babylon’

It’s a very merry holiday pair of Cinema Royale episodes since I’ve been away for so damn long! I’m joined by my buddy Chris Bumbray of to talk about the film James Cameron has made us wait thirteen years for, Avatar: The Way of Water! It’s got some big blue shoes to fill, so does the sequel hold up? Will it be a box office juggernaut, or will it sink?

Plus, I’m joined by film critic Don Shanahan to discuss Damien Chazelle’s sprawling Hollywood jazz age epic, Babylon, starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie!

All of this and more, like Chris and I going on a tangent about Canadian TV shows. I don’t know how we got there, but we went there.

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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.