Episode #199: The Last ______

December 5th, 2016
  • The Last Dragon
  • The Last Unicorn

Two Titans hang out at the same bus stop this week as we look into the staying power of the 1980's.  Whether you wanted to kick someone in the face - or just ram a magical horn through their face, there were options to exorcise those demons.  Can they face the modern moviegoer?  Or can modern moviemakers ever hit the same mark?  Listen and find out!!

Note:  DeBarge had been around since 1979.  Oops.

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Episode #198: Last of the _____ pt I - Mohicans

November 19th, 2016

Allllrighty Then!!  What started as an episode about escape became rather important (and long as this is only 1 of 3!).  It can be hard for stories about American history to avoid feeling like a lecture.  Few of them clock in at less than 3 hours, either.  Last of the Mohicans is significant for so many reasons, the easiest of which is that it is entertaining.  It also has many layers woven within it that do not feel as outwardly powerful as they in fact are.  Learning a thing or two and walking away without hating an entire group is not always an easy task.  This movie can make you think without a need to make you angry.

What else can be said?  Tune in to find out.   Then come back to us in 2 weeks to find out what else goes alongside this story with our conclusion to  "Last of the _____" group.

Here is the article on the Pipeline: Good News.  

LINKS: Bishop of Battle, Manhunter, LOTR pt I, pt II, pt III.

Trevor Jones:  Richard III, Dark City, Dark Crystal.

Randy Edelman: Kindergarten Cop, Twins, Osmosis Jones.

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Episode #197: TVsode II

November 7th, 2016
It's TV Time again!!!  Join Matt as he acts like your personal TV guide.  Television has been a great asset in learning the highs and lows of making serial entertainment.  Modern media (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) has learned from many of those lessons and started with a bang.  Even Youtube is making original content.  What a great time to absorb tons of visual fluff!!  Staycations are now a possibility to catch up on your queue and binge some new shows at home.  The quality of the home entertainment flood has increased drastically in the last decade or so.  TV isn't necessarily in its death throes, but it is closer than some desire we imagine.  Slip your shoes off & enjoy some joy over the babble box.  

 

Our twitter is @CinemaSluts if you wanna find us there!!

 

Just for you peeps - Matt looked up the writers for Supergirl after all:  half of 18 are women.  Shane Black only wrote the 1st 2 LW films (3 & 4 were character writing credits).  We discussed Jeffrey Wright in Casino Royale.  He & Thandie Newton were in W (Powell & Rice), just in case you haven't had enough political input this year (wink wink nudge nudge).

 

Correction:  Death style contractors are not a thing; Death STAR contractors was what he meant to say (as in Clerks - also applies to the thankless jizzmopper job).

 

Links:   Pursuit of Happyness,  TombstoneYoung Guns.
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Episode #196: Still Scary part II

October 24th, 2016

GUEST HOST:  BOB FOSTER

  • Candyman
  • The Thing

We made an episode about movies for kids that can give you nightmares - here is the LINK for that...  What about kids seeing movies they are not old enough to handle?  These movies actually caused nightmares for Matt & his co-host.  Carrying over from our last episode, the creepiness of these works of terror persist in making you squirm in your seat a bit (if not a lot).  Cut off your hand and throw on a coat as we take you on another scary ride to round out October!!

Music note:  the Big Trouble in Little China track is from an artist called 331 Erock.  You can buy that album at CDBaby or on I-tunes.  Here one of many Halloween tributes he has done:  Halloween 2015.  All his songs kick ass!!


Note: Matt realized after that he mixed Conan the Destroyer with Red Sonja as he watched all 3 of those movies so much growing up:  Sandahl Bergman is the villain, not Sarah Douglass, and Mako is in the 2 Conan films.  We left that bit in there to show our mortality, that we are not the perfect beings that editing can have you believe.  

Links:  The RockNew Jack CityEvent Horizon.
Kurt Russell: Stargate (that page links to all other Russell episodes)
John Carpenter:  They Live (also Keith David), HalloweenBig Trouble in Lil China.
Ennio Morricone:  In The Line of FireFistful of Dollars.

Here's Baby Time.  You can find Auralnauts Star Wars from there! :)
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Episode #195: Still Scary

October 7th, 2016

GUEST HOST:  BOB FOSTER!!


  • Poltergeist (1982)

We did an episode about movies that were a bit scarier than intended.  As one grows up, some things don't affect us the same way, and we scoff at what bothered our child brains.  There are those few films, however, that continue to probe into our psyche and push our instinctual fear buttons in some form or other.  When a flick can still make you uncomfortable as an adult, that is quite a feat.  

Poltergeist was the 1st title to pop into this on our master list as it still kicks so much hinder!  Since we turned into babble fish over this masterpiece, you'll just have to wait until a few Saturdays for the next installment to round out this discussion on things that remain potent after plenty of other stories have attempted to stack up.  There was even a remake in the last year, and for those who have seen it - don't worry, we don't spend too much time on it...

**Here is the site where you can buy the t-shirt with the design used in the thumbnail:

http://theycutthepower.com/category/t-shirts/poltergeist-1982

After recording, Matt looked at the CinemaSins post for Poltergeist.  We assure you, he had 5-6 of the same thoughts independent of that video.  Great minds, eh?  We also assure you that we are open.  
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Episode #194: & Now More News - part II

September 25th, 2016

GUEST HOST:  JOE OLSON

  • Spotlight

Were you wondering why we did not get into newspapers?  It was a result of the subject matter for this movie.  We already spent many hot minutes talking about Good Night & Good Luck alongside The Social Network.  Then we got super deep for the 3rd one featured here..   As always, we strive to avoid spoilers - so you can listen to this without seeing Spotlight to hear some reasons for finding it.  Anything we talk about is in the basic description for it, and we get into the overall topic of modern media and how we absorb our news.  It's kinda fascinating.  You doubt us?  Well listen: we defy you to not learn a lil' sumthin'.

 

If you haven't listened to the previous episode, some of the references to the other 2 films may feel a bit strange.  This one stands alone, but hey! - you should be listening to ALL our quality programming!!  :)  

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Episode #193: And Now The News

September 11th, 2016
GUEST HOST:  JOE OLSON!!
  • Good Night & Good Luck
  • The Social Network
Knowledge is power, right?  So trying to stay on top of things is important.  You can't know everything though - that would take WEEKS!!  Thankfully, the evening news was there to fill us in.  As tide has turned toward technology beyond television with the internet, many of us stay informed through online sources.
The 2 movies look at the end of a news era and the beginning of a new medium for information.  Are we better informed with the deluge of info at our fingertips??  Listen to find out.
"Hey, what about newspapers, you say?  Stand by for the next episode that also features JOE!!

BTW - Matt was thinking of the Natural Born Killers soundtrack with a lot of NIN tracks, not Lost Highway.  


Links to come when the internet behaves at home... :)
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Episode # 192: Kids Deal with Darkness

August 29th, 2016

Enter a Kids Show of DARKNESS as we cover some ground where kids are not bubbly and safe.  For those who never got around to Stand By Me - remember: that is Stephen f'ing King!!  As adults, it is often harder to enjoy movies about children as there is often little risk to the story other than losing the big game or some boy meets girl that pretty much always works out.  These movies are about going big or going home!!
Here is the trailer for Nixon & Elvis.
LINKS - Chloe Grace Moretz: Kick-Ass, Carrie, 500 Days of Summer.
Juliette Lewis: Xmas Vacation, Natural Born Killers.
River Phoenix: Sneakers, Explorers, Indy & Last Crusade.
Corey Feldman: Gremlins, Goonies, Lost Boys.  Check out Matt talking about the entire TMNT franchise on the Bitter Balcony Podcast in 2014!! :  Turtle Power
Rob Reiner: Misery, Princess Bride.  Raynold Gideon: Cutthroat Island

Matthew MacConaughey: Dazed & Confused.
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Episode #191: Flubisode IV - Live Free or Flub Hard

August 15th, 2016

The time for mistakes is upon you!!  Never heard us screw up, you say?  Well then, you have more episodes to seek out on the Podbean.com page!

As the struggle of schedules, guests, and locations continues, it seemed the right moment to hit you with an overdue Flubs episode.  The clips here go all the way back to episode 152, so you've got plenty of Chris & David along with some guest host bits from the last year & change.  

Just to keep us honest, there were only 88 clips to be wrangled into this tasty mess-up meal.  Don't spoil your dinner and tell your friends!  But tell them to listen to other episodes before listening to this one...  This isn't the place to nurture a new person's love for us.  

For those who adore the fails & extras - here are the 1st 3 flubisodes: 4898151.

- One of the longest 'unknown noise' moments is actually stomach grumbling, just in case anyone imagines something more sinister.

Here's a clip for most of us who don't know/remember who the hell Robert Vaughn is: Magnificent Seven  Vaughn speaks at 1:30.  
also - here's an interview & some lawyer commercials:  Vaughn 2

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Episode # 190: 3 Degrees of Anton Yelchin

July 30th, 2016

GUEST HOST:  BOB FOSTER

  • Odd Thomas/
  • House of D/
  • Alpha Dog/

Ahoy comrades!!  Today we pay tribute to another fallen star.  We already wanted to talk about these movies, and this was a great yet tragic way to link them.  At 27, Yelchin has contributed a great deal with the few dozen movies he did.  We've covered his excellence in the Fright Night remake episode.  Only so much to say here - just listen to the episode as we swoon over this young talent makin' da magic!

Notes:
Upon looking at Zelda Williams again - she is in fact Melissa, the main girl that Tommy is pursuing in the film.  She does an awesome job.

We neglected to mention when discussing the modern Universal monster movies:  DON'T watch Wolman, either!!  Love for Anthony Hopkins or Benicio del Toro will not make this movie enjoyable.  Trust us.

Here's the only version of the Key & Peele sketch to be found:  'magical negro'

Hey!!  SNL caught up with the internet!! here's DD as Goldblum:  celeb jeopardy

We found the cake cartoon (better than the original scene):  you want this cake

We never mentioned the Ratings, which we don't really side with (esp. the critics):  

Odd Thomas:  IMDB - 69%, Rotten Tomatoes - critic 34%, audience 65%

House of D:  IMDB - 70%, Rotten Tomatoes - critic 10%, audience 73%

Alpha Dog:  IMDB - 67%, Rotten Tomatoes - critic 55%, audience 67%

For the hardcores still reading down here - the girl Matt couldn't remember is Dominique Swain:  Travolta's daughter in Face/Off...  which is half-blocked outta Matt's mind (can you guess which half?).  You'll see her whether we talk about her or not; she has 600 films in post right now.

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Episode # 189: TVsode I

July 23rd, 2016

What's this you ask??  It's a bit o' TV Time!!

While setting up for a delayed episode, we opted to give you a slice of what we watch when we aren't doin' flicks for you lovely folks.  The majority of these shows are in fact Netflix original content, as they have been leading the pack in creating original ideas and remaking a thing or two that failed.  There are some cable shows mentioned also that Matt recently finished (Echo Base didn't quite get to finishing SOA together).  This decade is fast becoming a new Golden Age of television-style serial shows.

INTRO/OUTRO:  Death Bed Confession - get their stuff on iTunes, Spirit, Google Play, Pandora.  Awesome band from Denver!! 

BTW, Chris & Matt are working through the 3rd Season of Arrow.  Chris couldn't get through the Flash, but Matt really dug it (it's worth getting through the 1st half for the 2nd half of the 1st season).  Like Netflix, the 2 shows have different tones, so it doesn't feel like the same show with different costumes (except the certain writing moments when it does ;) ).  

EDIT 8/21: Matt finished Arrow S3 - a nice ramp-up over the season; he almost gave up, glad he didn't.  He also finished Stranger Things & it is greeeaaaatt!!!  Stick it through for the 2nd half.

Here is Rachel Bloom's video:  F*ck Me Ray Bradbury

Here is the filthy Deadwood vid:  CS

Thankfully, someone also put the Robot Chicken clips together: White Wine

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Episode # 188: Hyper-Style I’d Rather Watch

July 9th, 2016
Red vs. Smokin' Aces / 

Oh such ultraviolence we have in store for you this week!  Though 80's clothing isn't back in vogue (thankfully), the crazy action flick has reared its mostly awesome head again.  Style and artistry can overlay and even make fun of a genre that has often taken itself so seriously of late (we're looking at you Nolan - lovingly).

Are these movies equals, does one do it better?  They both had sequels after all.  Tune in to find out the verdict.

Links

Bruce Willis5th Element, Looper (& Looper Spoiler), Die Hard (also DH 2-4), Sin CityLast Man StandingMoonrise KingdomPlanet Terror, Hudson Hawk12 Monkeys (also Outbreak with Morgan Freeman).  
Morgan FreemanSe7en10 Items or LessBatman BeginsRobin HoodShawshank RedemptionDark KnightUnleashed
John MalkovichIn the Line of FireShadow of the VampireBeing J MalkLibertineDangerous LliasonsBurn After Reading.
Brian Cox
ManhunterBraveheartX2.      Richard Dreyfuss:  What About Bob.
Hellen MirrenExcalibur       Karl Urban: LOTR 2 and 3.   
E Borgnine:  Flight o Phoenix 

Joe Carnahan:  A-Team
Ryan Reynolds: Van Wilder.   Jeremy Piven:  Grosse Pointe Blank.
Ben AffleckSchool TiesClerks IIDogma.   Peter Berg:  The Rundown.
Andy Garcia:  Godfather III.   Taraji P HensonKarate Kid.
Tommy Flanagan:  Sin CityGladiatorBraveheart.
Common: Street KingsSelma. Clint MansellMoonFountainThe Hole.

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Episode #187: Marvel Chapter 3: Iron Man 3

June 26th, 2016
Is it over yet?!  After this, yes - for now...  but go see Civil War (it's still in theaters as of 6/26).  Our last Marvel installment, finally.  Whew!!  We'll get away from costumes & explosions for a while, we swears on the precious.  No fantasy either!!  We will honor the latest of our fallen cinematic comrades next episode.

Despite some of the back & forth moments in this episode about tidbits & their implications, this movie remains for the Triforce Folk one of the strongest Marvel movies.  Twice the Iron Man films have devoted attention to powerful enemies:  those on the inside.  PTSD is actually portrayed in this movie!  Even those who like/love this movie admit to it being at odds with the other Marvel films, likely exactly as Shane Black intended.  If anyone ever said it feels like a Lethal Weapon movie with RDJ; um, sure... in the most awesome of ways!!  Listen as we go deep into the grooves of this wonderful bizarro superhero departure.

Here's a great promo for IM3 that was almost the episode pic: Paltrow Pic
As to the art used - msg us on FB & we'll tell you where to go.  It's a secret on this particular post for reasons.. :)

Here's a great bit on Fallon:  RDJ Staredown

NOTE:  To clarify our collective thoughts on Spiderman: The boast of the best is the Representation of the character - which can't trump the full-length films, but the way that Karl Urban captured Bones that you knew him before he said his name... we thought Tom Holland nailed it with very little time to work with. Perhaps Matt dug it most.
Episode Links:  
Shane Black - Kiss Kiss Bang BangLethal Weapons (& Predator)Last Action HeroLong Kiss Goodnight. Brian Tyler - RamboLaw Abiding Citizen.
Gwyneth Paltrow - Se7en. Terence Howard -  William Sadler -  Ben Kingsley
Guy Pierce - L.A.ConfidentialPrometheusRavenous.
RDJ - Weird Science (& Johnny Be Good)Richard IIINatural Born Killers.
Here is the 1st Marvel compilation we did with the 1st Avengers - Marvel Week
*This episode covered Ultron, Ant-Man, Jurassic World & Rogue Nation - Summer Spectacular.
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Episode # 186: Marvel Chapter 2 - X-Men 1st Class

June 10th, 2016

Morevel!!  MorX-Men!!  

This week, we take you down the path where the Fox lives.  As it lives, it chokes out so much potential from various franchises & series.  Is it better now than it was when they took hold of Xmen nearly 20 years ago (we know, right?!) ?  Put on some leather & spandex and tune in to find out...  We will say up front that the newer Xmen films have managed to attach new faces to characters that we can love (Lawrence, Fass & Mac).

Apocalypse thoughts.  Matt had fun and liked Oscar Isaac's performance better than the trailers.  Characters were under-used; if we look at ladies, Civil War did it better.  His take was that Marvel lapped itself in the month of May, but really they lapped Fox.  

While spending less than Marvel for CA Civil War (see our thoughts in the write-up for the last episode below), it made about 1/3 in its opening weekend.
LINKS:
Matthew VaughnKick Ass.  Nicholas Hoult:  Mad Max Fury Road.
Kevin BaconTremorsWhite Water SummerMystic RiverFootlooseFlatliners (also Oliver Platt)
Michael Fassbender:  Prometheus12 Years a Slave.

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Episode # 185: Marvel Chapter 1 - Spiderman 2

May 31st, 2016

Whelp - so much for the short discussions for the moment.  We had to break up the Marvel talk into 3 episodes, as looking over the studios took up some time.  Stay tuned for more over the next month.

Spiderman 2 was a powerful followup to a movie that shook the earth with staggering numbers for its theater run.  Was it big, listen bud - it made 114 of 137 million back by the 1st weekend!!  X-men did 54 of 75 million 2 years before on its opening.  Don't let their standing reputations undo the frantic success of their comparative openings. This one made 114 of 200 million its 1st weekend & easily cleared the budget since then.  How well does it hold up?  Listen in & hear how we see it after more than a decade.  

As for Civil War:  David & Matt both felt it was a great movie that managed to balance the characters (even new ones) pretty well.  The new Spiderman was fantastic & definitely Matt's favorite representation thus far.  Black Panther is awesome, Boseman knocked that outta the park (catch that 42 reference, hey - we covered that in episode 159).  Keep it up, Marvel proper.  Apocalypse:  we'll hit that next episode...

Links

Sam Raimi:  The GiftArmy of DarknessEvil Dead 2.
Kirsten Dunst:  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindInterview w/the Vampire
Alfred Molina:  Dead ManCoffee & Cigarettes.
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