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..
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.
June 10th, 2016
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.
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...
May 15th, 2016
Return of the Jedi
We close the book on the SW saga (the parts that matter most to us, that is). At least until new stuff comes out. We love Mads Mikkelsen you may remember (did you hear that Mads Episode
?), so Rogue One may require a segment in the future not so long ago. We continue to talk about the fandom surrounding this trilogy. One thing we didn't mention was the change of the original ewok song, which we love!
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If the Wars ain't your thing, sweat it not. Next Week - we tread into Marvel territory for a bit. Strange that they're both Disney properties now... so far, that hasn't mattered. Maybe George Lucas provided the perfect lesson for leaving your art alone once it is out in the world.. the story is no longer yours, and the public responds compared to the source material - not the author.
The only episode referenced here is Batman for Billie Dee Williams.
Here is the 7-Up guy that sounds like Vader: the Uncola
We mentioned the vader sessions in this section, but linked it on the Hope/Empire episode (as these were going to be a single episode before we got to a'ramblin').
While we're mad with hyperlink power, here more auralnauts: Kylo Ren Outtakes
A hardcore note for the hardcore listeners: Matt realized while editing that David was doing a yoda impression, not Miss Piggy (also Frank Oz) - though the Pulp Fiction line was still out there! It's Baby Time!! Baby Baby Time!!!
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