February 10th, 2017
Moviegoers are drowning in sequels, reboots, origins, and recycled ideas. Sometimes it feels right, sometimes it's too soon (lookin' at you, Spider-Man!!). Sometimes a sequel is a huge gamble after too much time has passed. On the other hand, some franchises won't let a year go by without another installment (Speed & Anger-ous, anyone?). Looking specifically at the Hot Tub Time Machine movies, we also cover a handful of titles that are abound in recent times.
Franchises mentioned: Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Zoolander, Mad Max, Indiana Jones, Planet of the Apes, Terminator, and Pirates of the Carribbean. Alright, 2 handfuls.
January 29th, 2017
- Mr. Pig/
- The Beaver/
Adding an animal to a movie usually pushes a button that puts us at ease, as do cartoons and puppets. This episode looks at all those things!! It is also an adventure through having 3 movies unseen before this week. It's not often a great idea, but it brought together 3 totally different approaches to storytelling. It also led to some examples of how writing can limit or cripple important moments.
Though Matt forgot to say it, Mr. Pig was his favorite, through remarkably cheaper in its budget. Big does not always mean best.
Links: Danny Glover: Lethal Weapons & Predator 2. Maya Rudolph: MacGruber.
J K Simmons: Spider-Man 2, Burn After Reading, The Gift, The Ref.
Jodie Foster: Silence of the Lambs. Anton: Anton Yelchin Episode. also Fright Night.
Mel Gibson: (LW above) Payback, Braveheart, Road Warrior.
Jennifer Lawrence: X-Men 1st Class. Joel Murray: God Bless America, Scrooged.
Michael Giacchino: Super-8, 50/50, Incredibles.
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).
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
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..
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 - Ben Kingsley
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 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..
January 17th, 2016
- No particular movies, but there is a moment or two about Star Wars (no spoilers) -
Along with Star Wars, we spoke of a few things out at the end of the year. Catch some smatterings/recommendations for Creed, The Revanent, The Hateful 8.
A degree or two from a flubisode, we spent some time making sure the new setup worked after a bad audio file made our job super hard in editing. This episode is essentially a spontaneous conversation, but also a peak into how it makes sense that we do this podcast about movies (and maybe not some of the provocative things we discuss here..) . We gave it an introduction so you don't feel like you were dropped in the deep end. The 'outro' risked being as long as the original file once we got going!
The same love went into putting this together, so we hope it feels like it belongs among the rest. Enjoy!
Not quite deleted material, not quite behind the scenes, you may yet come away with some value from listening to our ranting. Heck, you're here and read along this far, right??
September 25th, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron/
Mad Max: Fury Road/
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation/
Straight Outta Compton (now fully discussed in #180!!)/
*also a bit of TV hero talk - not something we do a lot..*
We mention Pitch Perfect 2 & Tomorrowland, though we had not seen them.
Another blockbuster parade has come & gone. Now we deliver to you our list of what made this summer worth watching. While having its fair share of strikes & gutters, this year nevertheless delivered.
Marvel is now in full swing and the other studios are frantically striving to touch that high water mark. One could argue that there’s never been a better time to be a movie goer. Action, sci-fi, adventure, drama, intrigue, heist & heart alike; Heck, even a Jedi will crave these things come the end of the year! We sluts be fans. What are we fans of all we discuss, you ask?
Well, tune in & find out. Come on, dooo ittt!! Listen, we're heeere!!
May 3rd, 2015
Pixar indeed stands tall amongst the world of modern day animation. Heck, we even dedicated a whole episode to their genius. However, one must not overlook the competition that has steadily been catching up creatively over the years. Since 1998, Dreamworks animation has delivered 30+ films that (with the exception of one) have turned quite a profit. So it's obvious that there's an audience for animation beyond the safety of They-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.
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.
September 27th, 2014
Sometimes a good idea can be done too often. We decided to call in the SWAP team for this mission. We know a few of these have been cranked out in recent years, but we opted to savor a slice of the old skool. Especially since the most recent attempts at this have kinda...well...sucked. So we only mention Freaky Friday as something that we can't really watch..
It's not often we get to access the AWESOME that is Dudley Moore OR pre-drama Tom Hanks. While this week may be a bit heavy on 80's cliche, take solace in knowing that we saved you from a lot...LOT worse. After all, 2 films gave us quite a bit to chew on..
August 16th, 2014
The air grows cooler and Autumn is nigh! Luckily, we've got one more sunny season selection for you ladies & gentlemen.
With this last sweet, sweet helping of Summer fun, we found a little something for everyone: raccoons, octopuses, apes. Man, there are a lot more goodies folded into these three flicks, but if we delved further, we'd be spoiling the episode! And you don't want us doing that, do you?
Thanks to all our avid listeners for giving us the excuse to spend these beautiful summer months entombed in the air conditioned confines of the movie church.
BTW: Here's Chris Pratt rattling off Enimem like it ain't no thang
June 28th, 2014
The time has come for each of the Sluts to step forward and submit their candidates for the category of: Flicks from Childhood.
Round 1 - Chris fights to validate his young days with movies that have maybe, just maybe lost some potency. Don't worry, Matt will have his day under the microscope. Then we'll do one defending movies we both adored as kids. Can you guess? Can we? The power is YOURS!!
June 8th, 2014
The sun shines, the days grow longer & the Sluts just keep on talking...
It's our Summer Blockbuster Spectacular sequel: so naturally, there's more violence and nudity and not really.
No monsters kings, this week it's dragon queens. Oh, and mutants with a penchant for groin & toilet humor. Maybe we're mixing our movie metaphors. Just listen, pretty sure we got it all right on the track.
We may come back for a third installment of these.
Either way, grab yer swim trunks & head with us to Waterloo
'Cause we all know, the boys & the girls are doin' It... Goin' to waterslides, Dude!