September 25th, 2016
GUEST HOST: JOE OLSEN
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!!
September 11th, 2016
GUEST HOST: Joe Olsen!!
- 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...
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!!
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.
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: 48
- 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
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!
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.
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 the filthy Deadwood vid: CS
Thankfully, someone also put the Robot Chicken clips together: White Wine
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.
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.
Gwyneth Paltrow - Se7en
Terence Howard -
William Sadler -
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.
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!
Have a SW story you'd like to share?: Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post on the Cinema Triforce page on Facebook.
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