April 30th, 2016
Episodes IV & V (VI will be the next episode)
Finally what some of you have been waiting for - a look at the sleeper hit series of the 70's & 80's. Even those who have avoided seeing Star Wars films cannot deny how enTRENCHed they are in the social psyche. Apparently they mean so much to us that we couldn't wrangle them into a single episode!
This may feel a bit different, as there is a significance beyond just viewing the films. With this & the upcoming episode, we discuss some of the social phenomena along with personal experiences surrounding the films.
With few small exceptions, we actually don't spoil it for those who may opt to watch them after hearing us babble on about them.. we won't FORCE anyone to see them, of course.
Naturally, we used as many opportunities to include songs from the late great Prince - a terrible loss to powerful, lasting music coming from a man unafraid of looking and being exactly what he wanted..
April 18th, 2016
Here is an episode prominently featuring women. Mostly dramatic material, as we opted away from the fluff often presented with female leads. Things have changed a lot with film-making and the stories written; some things have changed slower and less than others. We present you with some exceptions to often silly rules.
BTW, the trailers are mostly bad - trust our thoughts on these movies not being what is promoted. Girl in the Book is the only one that is even close..
Here is a review of Girl in the Book by the L.A. Times
, proof that even some critics missed the mark.
Note: the last song is Drain S.T.H. An all-female Swedish band that never got much radio play, they feel like a female Alice in Chains (high praise). Matt wasn't sure if they had any videos, as none really played on tv - here's the opening track off 1 of 2 albums: I Don't Mind
. Though all gorgeous, they did not feature any photos in the debut album. EMI - please don't pull this; we are showcasing your products.. go buy their albums if you like what you hear, folks.
PS: Matt has since watched Trainwreck & enjoyed it. Not hilarious for his taste, but easily worth a watch. Kobe is pretty good in it (as is a surprise athlete)..
Jennifer Connelly: Dark City, Day the Earth Stood Still, Higher Learning
Brie Larson: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Don Jon, 21 Jump St
Greg Kinear: Unknown
Michael Nyqvist: John Wick
April 3rd, 2016
ONE MAN... ONE MATCH... ONE CROSSFADE TO ONE SUN...
Peter O'Toole is Hollywood royalty, notorious both on and off screen. Sit down with us as we talk about the movie that started it all. As long movies from earlier eras go, some get too self-indulgent and don't necessarily have the writing to hold up in modern times. If they do, the casts don't always have the performance to make it all work. See our discussion of Ben Hur
as an example. We can still comfortably claim before it comes out that the original will be better than the upcoming remake with 300-style yelling added.
Lawrence of Arabia lives up to its hype. Is it lengthy? Yes, but rings & potters taught us to sit for long periods again.. This is an amazing feat in presenting a world not looked at much in films at the time (how much Africa or African culture was in Casablanca?), yet is somewhat universal and still important in seeing how we argue and fight, sometimes over small differences.
For those who really want to know: Matt didn't watch the Alec Guinness version of Great Expectations in school...
For those who love math: IX is correct, as we accidentally labelled 2 episodes as IV; now it is your fault for not telling us for nearly 2 years!!
March 13th, 2016
This episode was going to be titled Violent Pornography for the longest time. We chose better, we like to think. Some movies are only the appeals they lean on: romance, violence, sex (listened to our Better Than Sex
episode?), plenty go deeper in their story. These 3 are epic in taking a magnifying glass to some harsher aspects of humanity. Ladies - sorry to say that the screen time is more dude-ish this week, but there is a lot to learn for everyone.
To say it even before you listen, none of these movies are what you think if you have never watched them. Compton is especially strong as a piece of music history for what N.W.A went through trying to take the gloves off with their songs. You do not have to be a fan to enjoy the story & respect the fight they endured. Neither of us box, but we can enjoy Rocky (except # 5)... oh yeah, go rent Creed too!!
A History of Violence got edged out of this for Compton, as the video release allowed us to consider it against one of the actual members in their own movie.
Here is a recent Blackish clip
with Laurence Fishbourne (for those who missed it).
BTW: Matt remembered 227 when he watched the intro
- do you?
John Singleton: 103
(also Fish & Cube). Ice Cube: 24, 111.
Laurence Fishburne: 4, 71 (also F Gary Gray - Dir),
Angela Bassett: 102. Cuba Gooding, Jr: 137, 166 (also Brad Pitt).
Helena Bonham Carter: 17
(& Giamatti), 116
February 29th, 2016
Flatliners vs. The Lazarus Effect
Some tales are told constantly in film: the star-crossed lovers, the underdog sports team, the guy who invented Islam (Zuckerberg or Al Gore, can't remember). Why beat a dead horse when you can just Bring it Back to Life
?! 1990 dukes it out with 2015 to see who is better at loving the dead
Kevin Bacon: 11, 71, 162. Kiefer Sutherland: 3, 93, 155. Julia Roberts: 14, 101, 119.
February 14th, 2016
Our last chapter in the bulk Coens podcast saga (links for 1 & 2 below). The 1st decade of the Coens already showed tremendous talent and a diverse storyteller's collection of style. With this trio, they poke fun at Hollywood, industry, and begin with a serious take on film noir. Before Fargo & Lebowski, these directors/writers and their actors were at the top of their game. Behold, as David & Matt carry you over this puddle of joy - we aren't ruining our coats, after all. Our lucky quarters are in there.
There was actually a remake of Blood Simple done by Yimou Zhang (director of Hero
, which we discussed in the Hero title link) we did not mention. That's how good that story is - it has been remade, but not by elves.
Key & Peele: here is Text Confusion
. Could not find the magic negro janitors.
For inquiring minds: Olive Kittredge with Frances McDormand is on HBO GO, not Amazon.
January 30th, 2016
Paul Gleason has had a slew of little character roles, but some movies gave him a bit more time to shine as a character you almost always hate, or are meant to hate. We've already looked at 2 of those in Die Hard
and Johnny Be Good
. This charismatic villain of the 80's gained so much infamy, that one of his last films (our 3rd) capitalizes on showing him to a new generation.
Like Eddie Murphy's stand-up comedy of the 80's, the writing/jokes of Trading Places hasn't all aged well. What is fascinating, though, is a movie from 2002 trying to get just a bit more mileage out of the same dated material - it is almost a movie that would sympathize with the bully Alpha house from Revenge of the Nerds. Maybe they needed more scenes with the Paul of Gleason -
Among the strangest common factors is that suicide comes up in all 3 of these comedies; not a trigger warning or anything, just a bizarre occurence..
There is some obvious tribute to Lemmy from Motorhead & David Bowie. Since this recording, we also lost Alan Rickman, and Glenn Frey from the Eagles. Hit that link above to hear our discussion of Die Hard, and we tossed a Frey song under this episode. Love your idols, give them money at conventions or go see them live: that's where they get more money from us than their studios do. Support what you love!
January 17th, 2016
- No particular movies, but there is a moment or two about Star Wars (no spoilers) -
Along with Star Wars, we spoke of a few things out at the end of the year. Catch some smatterings/recommendations for Creed, The Revanent, The Hateful 8.
A degree or two from a flubisode, we spent some time making sure the new setup worked after a bad audio file made our job super hard in editing. This episode is essentially a spontaneous conversation, but also a peak into how it makes sense that we do this podcast about movies (and maybe not some of the provocative things we discuss here..) . We gave it an introduction so you don't feel like you were dropped in the deep end. The 'outro' risked being as long as the original file once we got going!
The same love went into putting this together, so we hope it feels like it belongs among the rest. Enjoy!
Not quite deleted material, not quite behind the scenes, you may yet come away with some value from listening to our ranting. Heck, you're here and read along this far, right??
January 10th, 2016
Funny is funny and dark is dark, but can they hang out together? The 80's and 90's brought us a definitive YES a few times. Making death or deviance comical is no small thing, especially considering how few examples there are of this evil recipe being cooked so nicely in the years since these flicks. Shaun of the Dead is dark and funny, but also has legitimate zombie action and drama in it. Plus, we covered it in episode 2!
Beyond succeeding then, these movies are still funny and the production value holds up too. Are they alone? Has anything competed for the title in the last 20 years? So I Married An Axe Murderer has this flavor, but is there a post-2000 equivalent? Tell us all about it. That is, after you listen to us tell you all about these 2 delights!!
December 20th, 2015
BEHOLD! The triumphant return of CHRIS!!
Here is another episode with 3 degrees of that guy/gal. Mads Mikkelsen has built quite an audience - known as Madsturbators - despite a limited number of films in the U.S. since the 1st one we are talking about. Though he is a hero of Danish cinema, it was television that brought him back to many of us in recent years.
Join us as we push our envelope further by devoting some time to talking about TV (as always, no spoilers). Time schedules made it so we were only able to cover 2 films, but we will give you some lowdown on A Royal Affair after we get a chance to glance at it.
For the Fannibals -
Here is the Scott Thompson skit that Matt almost quoted correctly: Dinosaurs
For those Bound to Bond -
Here are links for 2 of the 3 documentaries on the 2-dvd set for Casino Royale: Becoming Bond. Bond for Real. The 3rd is blocked by MGM, so go rent it from your local video store.. the strongest of the docs is about Bond Girls. A fascinating look at the changing nature of the characters by the actors themselves. Worth the time and more directly insightful than we are here in our podcast tower on gender norms.
If you're still reading this: good work, you're a trooper. The music overwhelming the (obviously) American trailer for the Hunt linked up top is a perfect example of what we're talking about compared to the movie itself.
December 6th, 2015
Guest Host: David Biehn!!
- /Space Mutiny
- /Quest of the Delta Knights
The Triforce has always avoided direct discussion of TV shows to date (though tell us if that interests you: email@example.com ), but MST3K as it is known to many is the middle of the road. It was on TV, but they watched movies..
David is a fellow MSTie & devout fan of their offshoots since the show ended in 1999. It seemed the right time & he the right guest to talk of the tube. MST always did Turkey Day marathons, so this year we had our own. This one may feel a bit strange as we are chronicling the history of the series, but hey - less actor/production bio talk!! Enjoy our tribute to a unique show with just the kinda sick (yet safe for cable) & silly humor we love.
By the way, as if we didn't they think were cool enough, Shout Factory has put many full episodes on Youtube with annotations for what the references/jokes are from!! Here are links for full MST3K episodes of Mitchell
: these were 2 of the movies considered for this episode.
Here is the link for Happy Gilmore
where we're pretty certain we spoke of the cool that is Kiel.
For those who haven't heard of Turkish Star Wars (oh yeah, it is real): here is a taste - Trailer. The whole movie can be found on youtube. Also here's the Australian Energizer commercial. Streuth!!
Keeping it 100 - my folder is called "Metal served with Brown Betty & Death (but mostly Death)."
November 21st, 2015
Many movies are just flights of fancy, but sometimes they make you wonder about possible events in the world. Each of the movies this week seem really far-fetched, but they all have a spark of possibility & some real questions to pose for how humanity behaves.
You can always ask what if this story was real, but the layers within these stories are essay-worthy in the amount of dirt they can dig up (please be sure to credit the Cinema Triforce if you use one of these for your thesis).
As always, if you feel like there are other films that stir your brain like this, tell us about them: firstname.lastname@example.org. OR cinema triforce on Facebook.
Kevin Smith probably releases the most bonus material of anyone. Here is the best deleted scene from Dogma: Muse song
Links for episodes mentioned:
Kurt Russell: Big Trouble in lil China, Deathproof
, Tombstone, Exec. Decision
Neil Marshall - the Descent
(Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt)
P.S. - I meant Jeremy London (see, we all make mistakes). I also skipped Australia as a continent, but I stuck AC/DC underneath that section as a consolation. :)
Here are some links randomly found when looking for the Thomas & Friends theme: Thomas 1. Thomas 2.
November 7th, 2015
Guest Host: Godfrey
Oh what a treat for you this week! As we hope to shed light on you about movies you may have missed or avoided, some of our friends do that for us also. Godfrey is just such a friend and we are glad to feature him this episode to discuss movies he brought before the mostlymighty Triforce. The variety of style and feel between these 3 movies is also pretty novel, so you don't have to deal with just horror or just drama (for those who watch everything we suggest - and hey: thanks!!)
Enjoy as we add another host to the Triforce family. And fear not, citizens! We're gonna get Chris' smooth buttery voice back online pretty soon. Meantime, you can listen to the rest of our archive while you wait (after listening to this week's show, of course). He's on a lot of those!
Here's a link for the Beyonce mashup to answer why I put that other song under the episode: Beyonce mashup
- Links for episodes mentioned:.
October 25th, 2015
First off: these trailers don't do the movies or their tone justice - just trust us and watch 'em!
Blow that dust off your earbuds or headphones - the Triforce returns!! Some movies are so full of actors, you know it's gonna take a while to even get through the list. We made it simple by only looking at 2 in a sitting. One blew up & was then forgotten; one didn't even have the exposure to be forgotten. We now cast a light on 2 movies chock full of actors we now know, but were not the same stars when they were made.
Thanks for awaiting our return. We should keep to the schedule of every other Saturday again from now forward. Have a safe Halloween for those who partake -
Links for episodes mentioned:
September 25th, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron/
Mad Max: Fury Road/
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation/
Straight Outta Compton (now fully discussed in #180!!)/
*also a bit of TV hero talk - not something we do a lot..*
We mention Pitch Perfect 2 & Tomorrowland, though we had not seen them.
Another blockbuster parade has come & gone. Now we deliver to you our list of what made this summer worth watching. While having its fair share of strikes & gutters, this year nevertheless delivered.
Marvel is now in full swing and the other studios are frantically striving to touch that high water mark. One could argue that there’s never been a better time to be a movie goer. Action, sci-fi, adventure, drama, intrigue, heist & heart alike; Heck, even a Jedi will crave these things come the end of the year! We sluts be fans. What are we fans of all we discuss, you ask?
Well, tune in & find out. Come on, dooo ittt!! Listen, we're heeere!!