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