April 10th, 2017
- Lost in Translation
- Drinking Buddies
As Big action with big heroes in big capes n tights surround us, sometimes we just need a simple movie that won't blow our speakers out or wake up the neighbors. This week we offer you a tiny book of calm for your overstimulated brains. 3 movies that just deal in regular human stuff of daily life. No super powers, no robots, no villains.
What - just plain life?! No, and yes... Obviously movies are art so they have to entertain you while showing you things you may have already lived through (& some you hopefully haven't). Enjoy!!
Notes: It may be Into the Wild that has a decent Kristen Stewart performance in it as well.
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.
January 1st, 2017
GUEST HOST: CHRIS FRED!!!
The whipped cream on top of our last episode, we delve way past Balrog territory on the Stranger Things tip. If the title is not enough - WARNING!! Do NOT listen to this episode unless you have finished the 1st Season of the show currently available.
What else to say? We get to be clear on why we dig this action... Happy 2017, people!
December 18th, 2016
GUEST HOST: CHRIS FRED!!!
As we officially ring in our 2nd 100th episode we chose to talk some TV that blew our friggin' child minds!! Being a child of the 80's is not at all required for the show, but boy howdy does it add a thing or two if you are. As many things from our youth featuring young actors age poorly, this is a great modern capture of that era - so you get to see something 80's with amazing performances, music, fx, etc. Oh, good, freaky times.
Not much else to say. We say enough in the episode. Listen & find out! Also, get Netflix: they are overflowing with original tv/movie goodness.
Coming next: a Spoiler-sode for Stranger Things!!
December 5th, 2016
- The Last Dragon
- The Last Unicorn
Two Titans hang out at the same bus stop this week as we look into the staying power of the 1980's. Whether you wanted to kick someone in the face - or just ram a magical horn through their face, there were options to exorcise those demons. Can they face the modern moviegoer? Or can modern moviemakers ever hit the same mark? Listen and find out!!
Note: DeBarge had been around since 1979. Oops.
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).
September 25th, 2016
GUEST HOST: JOE OLSON
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!!
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.
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 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 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)..
February 14th, 2016
Our last chapter in the bulk Coens podcast saga (links for 1 & 2 below). The 1st decade of the Coens already showed tremendous talent and a diverse storyteller's collection of style. With this trio, they poke fun at Hollywood, industry, and begin with a serious take on film noir. Before Fargo & Lebowski, these directors/writers and their actors were at the top of their game. Behold, as David & Matt carry you over this puddle of joy - we aren't ruining our coats, after all. Our lucky quarters are in there.
There was actually a remake of Blood Simple done by Yimou Zhang (director of Hero
, which we discussed in the Hero title link) we did not mention. That's how good that story is - it has been remade, but not by elves.
Key & Peele: here is Text Confusion
. Could not find the magic negro janitors.
For inquiring minds: Olive Kittredge with Frances McDormand is on HBO GO, not Amazon.
December 20th, 2015
BEHOLD! The triumphant return of CHRIS!!
Here is another episode with 3 degrees of that guy/gal. Mads Mikkelsen has built quite an audience - known as Madsturbators - despite a limited number of films in the U.S. since the 1st one we are talking about. Though he is a hero of Danish cinema, it was television that brought him back to many of us in recent years.
Join us as we push our envelope further by devoting some time to talking about TV (as always, no spoilers). Time schedules made it so we were only able to cover 2 films, but we will give you some lowdown on A Royal Affair after we get a chance to glance at it.
For the Fannibals -
Here is the Scott Thompson skit that Matt almost quoted correctly: Dinosaurs
For those Bound to Bond -
Here are links for 2 of the 3 documentaries on the 2-dvd set for Casino Royale: Becoming Bond. Bond for Real. The 3rd is blocked by MGM, so go rent it from your local video store.. the strongest of the docs is about Bond Girls. A fascinating look at the changing nature of the characters by the actors themselves. Worth the time and more directly insightful than we are here in our podcast tower on gender norms.
If you're still reading this: good work, you're a trooper. The music overwhelming the (obviously) American trailer for the Hunt linked up top is a perfect example of what we're talking about compared to the movie itself.