Episode #235: Pre-Finity War

May 1st, 2018
  • Deadpool
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
  • mystery Marvel-icious treat

Feel the need for more comicbook movie discussion?  Hopefully, cause we sure did!!  Dig in as we load more Marvel onto our fork (with a dash of Fox in there, too!).  Are these 3 necessary before seeing Inifinity War?  No - but they are good examples of continued strength as Marvel keeps pushing heroes our way; also, all but Deadpool are almost surely in I-War.  

Something Matt forgot to mention aboot GotG2: overuse of single songs is a thing & was pushed with 1 especially - even as it applies to your story, don't overdo it!!  BUT here's a link to a fun sdtk video with The Hoff!

Other Links:  Ryan Reynolds: Van Wilder.  TJ Miller: Train ur Dragon.  Rhett Reese/Paul Wernick: Zombieland.  Tom Holkenborg (XL Junkie):  Fury Road.  Tyler Bates is also discussed in Dawn of the Dead & John Wick in the last 2 links here.

Kurt Russell: Bone TomahawkThe ThingStargate (has all other links).  Bradley Cooper: A-Team, Wet Hot American Summer.  Chris Pratt: briefly discussed in Jurassic World.

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Episode # 233: TVsode III

April 1st, 2018

More TV.

How much more?  III !!!

NOTES:
Here is an interesting essay about Taiwan.  

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Episode #232: Somethin’ By the Ladies

March 19th, 2018
  • A League of Their Own/
  • Monster/
  • Hurt Locker/

 This episode puts a spotlight on women who direct.  Some amazing work with varied subject matter & genre, this was an adventure in watching as much as discussing the movies!  May you all enjoy it, and may the future be flooded with options for female directors with big films to discuss...

 LINKS:  Long Kiss Goodnight, Big, Greedy, Kung Fu Panda, Backdraft & Twister, Mad Max Fury Road, Million Ways to Die in the West, Prometheus, Beetlejuice/Addams Family & AF Values, Near Dark, L.A. Confidential.  

Notes:  Obviously Renner was noticed in Avengers by anyone who missed Hurt Locker, if that needs to be said.  One thing Matt didn't talk about was the fact that Bigelow's movie was a dude buffet with 2 (& change) scenes with Evangeline Lily.  A strong point that women do not struggle to make movies about men, with its own counterpoint that maybe a legitimate female presence is a good goal in a no-nonsense story?  As a minimal viewer of war films, he may have overshot on what is typical for them (after all, Maverick screws up & has to learn to win).

Ratings for League/Monster/Hurt Locker   

     imdb:  72/73/76
     Rotton Tomatoes:  League.  critic - 77% positive 68% avg.  audience - 84 positive 68% avg.
                                Monster.  critic - 81% positive 72% avg.  audience - 81 positive 70% avg.                                      Locker.    critic - 97% positive 85% avg.  audience - 84 positive 78% avg.

Here's some info on soldier armor in Iraq, though we couldn't find Petraeus' statements on the situation.  Here's something about ears: a frightening thread of possibility.

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Episode #228: Better Than BvS pt II - Dark Knight Returns

January 26th, 2018

This week we add a cowl to the cape in the 2nd half of our animated DC discussion.  Frank Miller has been a part of the public fabric since Sin City & 300, but the Dark Knight Returns didn't get the big screen treatment in the same way.  Matt discusses the 2-part animated films from 2012/2013 that present a marvelous depiction of Miller's dark take on the caped crusader.  So check it out - Mikey!!  The rest of you too!

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Episode # 227: Better Than BvS pt I - Superman Doomsday

January 15th, 2018

As superheroes are in the driver's seat for modern movie theater goers, so has the cartoon world reached a Renaissance in legitimacy for movie and series format.  Special effects have reached a near zenith where you'd expect a live-action version to be the best experience.  Is it though?  Over the next 2 episodes, Matt is here to tell you the answer is no.

Doomsday appeared in an interesting time slot:  before Iron Man & Dark Knight melted our child brains & created the superhero film series market, the need for capes & fancy suits had slept for almost 2 decades.  Our Sidelined Superheroes episode looked at the lack of lasting hype for Batman Begins in 2005.  Both DC titans had been dormant since the 90's except for tv, and cartoons are for kids, right?  Not anymore...

Next episode we'll do both parts of The Dark Knight Returns from 2012!

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Episode #221: Stupid I’d Rather Watch

October 24th, 2017

The Jerk vs. UHF

Steve Martin & Weird Al:  2 titans of tenacity when it comes to bizarritudeyness.  These were in fact the 1st starring roles for each of these performers in a major motion picture.  It wasn't the original thought to get 2 movies that featured non-actors crossing over, but that's the way it happened!!  Who wore it better?  Adjust those rabbit ears & find out -

Episodes mentioned:  Planes, Trains, & AutmobilesMulanBlade Runner/Blood Simple/Harry & the Hendersons.

Here's the trivia vid on production of The Jerk.  Here's a nice tribute to The Jerk by Jack Black.

 

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Episode #206: Hatorade

March 12th, 2017
  • 40-Year-Old Virgin
  • Equilibrium

For once in 5 years, we truly let the hate out the gate.  The bile has bubbled over and off-the-cuff remarks will no longer cut it:  we must tear into that which hurts our brains & heart (and eyes & ears, of course).  The 2nd movie was not the intended target, but it fit with the issues at hand in its own way.  There will be a 3rd movie from the hate pil in the next episode that will feature Chris Fred!!!  Keep an ear out for that.  Until then, courage - 

Notes:  Perhaps a reason why Matt preferred Trainwreck is that Amy Schumer wrote the screenplay as well.  He also just realized he has misspelled and mispronounced Angus' last name as McFAYDEN instead of McFADYEN for 20 years!!

Links:  Zack & Miri features Elizabeth Banks, Seth Rogan, & Gerry Bednob.  Wet Hot American Summer has Paul Rudd & Banks.  Catherine Keener: Being John Malkovich, Capote.  Emily Watson: Red Dragon, Cold Souls (see the Malkovich link above).  Sean Bean: LOTR.  Angus McFadyen: Titus, Braveheart.  Taye Diggs: Basic, Go.  Christian Bale: Batman Begins, Dark Knight, American Psycho, The Prestige.  Kurt Wimmer: Law Abiding Citizen, Street Kings (somehow we forgot to mention that).

ALSO: here is the wheezing the ju uice scene with a young Gerry Bednob.

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Episode #202: Inheritance I’d Rather Watch

January 15th, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!

 Greedy (1994) vs. Brewster's Millions (1985)

 

 If you don't play the lottery, one of the likeliest windwalls you can receive is money from relatives.  Death is a serious & usually sad thing, yet it has been a device for comic movie plots more than once.  Today we bring you 2 such examples from different decades. Who will come out on top when it comes to bickerin' over bullion?  

Links:  Michael J Fox - Back 2 Futures.   John Candy Episode. Clue (Michael Lynn)
          Kubrick Episode (Spartacus).  Schwarzenegger 1 (K-Cop) & 2 (Twins).  Chris made a vid summary of the 2nd Arnold-isode.  View it here!  Share it - more views!!

Notes:  

So I Married an Axe Murderer actually came out in between the Wayne's World movies (same year as #2), not before.

Siobhan Fallon Hogan has about 60 roles, but Matt stands behind his statement of mostly forgotten characters despite great performances.

Here's a trailer for a newer 'film' that Joyce Hyser was in:  TURN DOWN YOUR VOLUME :)

Art of Revenge.  For all you 3rd Eye Blind fans...

Also, Lin Shaye was the character actor Matt was trying to think of... not to be confused with Linda Hunt.

Johnathan Lynn (Greedy) in fact directed Distinguished Gentleman that had some similarities to a part of Brewster's Millions.

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Episode #197: TVsode II

November 7th, 2016
It's TV Time again!!!  Join Matt as he acts like your personal TV guide.  Television has been a great asset in learning the highs and lows of making serial entertainment.  Modern media (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) has learned from many of those lessons and started with a bang.  Even Youtube is making original content.  What a great time to absorb tons of visual fluff!!  Staycations are now a possibility to catch up on your queue and binge some new shows at home.  The quality of the home entertainment flood has increased drastically in the last decade or so.  TV isn't necessarily in its death throes, but it is closer than some desire we imagine.  Slip your shoes off & enjoy some joy over the babble box.  

 

Our twitter is @CinemaSluts if you wanna find us there!!

 

Just for you peeps - Matt looked up the writers for Supergirl after all:  half of 18 are women.  Shane Black only wrote the 1st 2 LW films (3 & 4 were character writing credits).  We discussed Jeffrey Wright in Casino Royale.  He & Thandie Newton were in W (Powell & Rice), just in case you haven't had enough political input this year (wink wink nudge nudge).

 

Correction:  Death style contractors are not a thing; Death STAR contractors was what he meant to say (as in Clerks - also applies to the thankless jizzmopper job).

 

Links:   Pursuit of Happyness,  TombstoneYoung Guns, Terence Stamp of Approval.
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Episode # 190: 3 Degrees of Anton Yelchin

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!

Notes:
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.

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Episode # 189: TVsode I

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 Rachel Bloom's video:  F*ck Me Ray Bradbury

Here is the filthy Deadwood vid:  CS

Thankfully, someone also put the Robot Chicken clips together: White Wine

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Episode # 188: Hyper-Style I’d Rather Watch

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.

Links

Bruce Willis5th Element, Looper (& Looper Spoiler), Die Hard (also DH 2-4), Sin CityLast Man StandingMoonrise KingdomPlanet Terror, Hudson Hawk12 Monkeys (also Outbreak with Morgan Freeman).  
Morgan FreemanSe7en10 Items or LessBatman BeginsRobin HoodShawshank RedemptionDark KnightUnleashed
John MalkovichIn the Line of FireShadow of the VampireBeing J MalkLibertineDangerous LliasonsBurn After Reading.
Brian Cox
ManhunterBraveheartX2.      Richard Dreyfuss:  What About Bob.
Hellen MirrenExcalibur       Karl Urban: LOTR 2 and 3.   
E Borgnine:  Flight o Phoenix 

Joe Carnahan:  A-Team
Ryan Reynolds: Van Wilder.   Jeremy Piven:  Grosse Pointe Blank.
Ben AffleckSchool TiesClerks IIDogma.   Peter Berg:  The Rundown.
Andy Garcia:  Godfather III.   Taraji P HensonKarate Kid.
Tommy Flanagan:  Sin CityGladiatorBraveheart.
Common: Street KingsSelma. Clint MansellMoonFountainThe Hole.

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Episode #187: Marvel Chapter 3: Iron Man 3

June 26th, 2016
 
Featured Art:  Jeffrey Veregge.  Buy T-shirts with some of his art here!!  https://shop.fingersduke.com/collections/jeffrey-veregge?page=1

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.. :)

Here's a great bit on Fallon:  RDJ Staredown

 

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.
 
Episode Links:  
Shane Black - Kiss Kiss Bang BangLethal Weapons (& Predator)Last Action HeroLong Kiss Goodnight. Brian Tyler - RamboLaw Abiding Citizen.
Gwyneth Paltrow - Se7en.Terence Howard - William Sadler - Ben Kingsley
Guy Pierce - L.A.ConfidentialPrometheusRavenous.
RDJ - Weird Science (& Johnny Be Good)Richard IIINatural Born Killers.
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.
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Episode # 186: Marvel Chapter 2 - X-Men 1st Class

June 10th, 2016

Morevel!!  MorX-Men!!  

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.
LINKS:
Matthew VaughnKick Ass.  Nicholas Hoult:  Mad Max Fury Road.
Kevin BaconTremorsWhite Water SummerMystic RiverFootlooseFlatliners (also Oliver Platt)
Michael Fassbender:  Prometheus12 Years a Slave.

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Episode #173: Mystery Science Theater 3000 x 3

December 6th, 2015
Guest Host:  David Biehn!!
  • /Eegah
  • /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: cinemasluts@gmail.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 and Pumaman: 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)."  
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