Tired of American movies & reality, we outsourced our topic to save money and sanity.Our wanderlust took us from 中华 (China) to भारत (India) and finally came to a halt in Norge (Norway). With such an eclectic blend of cinema, we had our work cut out for us. We leave it to you to enjoy one hell of a fun episode. Plus, we made extra effort not to spoil anything this week, so if you haven't - SCREEN these flicks ASAP.
Hardcore note: The 'get outta my car' is from the Hoff. Here is the full glory of that video for those who have missed his renaissance. Also, here is a Henry Rollins clip that we almost used for that moment.. classic Hank. Here is totally classic Winger for those interested.
Okay, maybe that was a little wordy (and creepy)... it's just that we're REALLY excited to finally be doing this episode! We're soundtrack/score fanatics and it's easy to get carried away.
Just listen & you'll see. We're wild for the tunes.
P.S. While there were many to choose from, we ended up going with our good friend Rick James. Don't worry Kiss OR Cee-Lo, we haven't forgotten you both. Also, in our defense: Curtis Mayfield is just so damn awesome, we forgot that Kung-Fu was on Sweet Exorcist, and not Super Fly. Our bad.
Carrie has become virtually synonymous with the experience that is high school and the horrible times that many suffer during it. From getting covered in pig's blood to "They're all gonna laugh at you," most are familiar with Carrie's tale of woe. As a character more than a few of us relate to, it was inevitable it would be made again. Nowadays, many discredit remakes without seeing them, but this time the new blood has some cool surprises under its puffy satin shoulders. Try to calm your murderous rage long enough to see which version comes out on top.
Dreamworks has made strides outside the "kid appropriate" box,as well as keeping in step with social progressive attitudes (from Hiccup being handicapped, to Gobber being gay). Their trust in the modern audience has paid off and they won't be stopping anytime soon..
Dreamworks do in fact live up to their moniker and we couldn't be more pleased with the results.
PS: For those paying attention, here's the episode of Heat Vision & Jack that we named in the episode.
Trying to be brief, we were able to "stay on target" and cover our three choices without falling down the rabbit hole. As in not talking so darned long..
We leave you with a nice MLK zinger, even if you skip this episode (but you know, um, don't...) :
P.S. Here is the Leeroy Jenkins clip. His mistake is at about 0:25 and the specific reference is at about 1:00-1:10.
We have already professed our love for all things Kurosawa, it is High Noon time we highlight what many consider to be his tour de force AND the westernized version that came later. Both are formidable in their own right, but at the end of the day, only one can stand triumphant as the master of all things Seven.
Which one you ask? Who was the victor in our summation? Why, you've got to tune in and find out. We don't even spoil in our episodes - so we're not spoiling the episode in our description. I mean, REALLY!!
If you haven't already, go waaayy back to check out Frtiz Lang's masterpiece Metropolis)
We ended up engulfed in a haze of Leonard Cohen, acid wash jeans & corrupt high school principals with our 3rd selection; it's not everyday we get to chat about one of the greatest unsung & angst-ridden anti-heroes of the late 20th century: Harry Hard-On.
We cannot implore you enough to RUN and watch this movie. Well cast, under appreciated & a very poignant pick of any "Coming-of-Age" film selection. We adore this flick; so much so that we ended up dedicating a whole episode to its glory.
So, get your Chewlies Gum, some Surge, then rise up in the internet cafe and stab them with your compostable forks (or sporks, if that 's your flavor). Also, reduce & reuse as much or more than you recycle.
What about those college kids who turned up the Heat on that Top Secret government project that almost opened The Doors to their own Tombstones?
Or when that Young Gun just needed a Few Good Men to Stand By Him to help Flat-line a couple of Firstborns in that Dark City of Santa Carla? And hoo boy, some Sleepers will Rush in and do anything for love. Oh, what a night that was... You will be Blown Away.
We had WAY too much fun this week, so we had to cut the episode in two. We also kinda went overboard in our appreciation of what will end up being the 3rd film in our next episode.
What's that? What is it? Well, you'll just have to tune in two weeks from now & find out. It is a Gleaming jewel in pile of Non-Very Bad Things during the Legend-ary 80's. Til then, we're confident you'll savor every nostalgia-soaked minute of this week's offering.
As mentioned last week, we're widdlin' down the episodes to ever other week, but that doesn't mean we won't deliver more content on occasion.
So, in that vein, we give you another youtube Mini-Sode comprised of some of the best parts from our second Arnold episode.
Enjoy & watch responsibly:
Holding Hollywood's first ever eight-figure budget, tens of thousands of extras and a climactic chariot scene that puts even modern CG movies to shame, Ben-Hur has established itself as an all-out fundamental pillar in the foundation of 20th century epic films.
You can see why it'd be pretty silly if we skipped this one.
We chose this over The Ten Commandments, so you'll have to sate yourself on only one dose of das Heston. We'll do it again - we're MANIACS!!
So just sit back, relax and come along as weWeave this good ole' fashioned Cruise in your mind. Also, we made wild Rice. There's no clever (& short) link for Anne Rice.. sorry.