February 26th, 2017
GUEST HOST: BOB FOSTER!!
With our 10th installment of Epic-sodes, we bring you something outside of the U.S. Though passed over in America, Red Cliff was huge in China as one of many representations for a significant era in their history. Unless you've seen it, there are only so many 'big names' attached to this. It is John Woo film, however. Beyond our shared admiration, discussing this gave us an outlet to discuss many things about modern movies, markets, and casting. Enjoy!
Note: Guan Yu breaks all the spears surrounding him & has a fight using others' weapons. Even we get mixed up sometimes (plus it's easy to get lost in the plethora of sweet fights).
Links: Hero. Mulan. John Woo - Paycheck. Links for Kurosawa films upon request (grin). Also inquire within about our LOTR reviews!! comment below & we'll lead you there.. do people use these links? Should we stop? Why am I still typing?
November 19th, 2016
Featured Art: Roby Amor - find more of his pop art works here http://robyamor.deviantart.com/art/The-Last-of-the-Mohicans-447170104
Allllrighty Then!! What started as an episode about escape became rather important (and long as this is only 1 of 3!). It can be hard for stories about American history to avoid feeling like a lecture. Few of them clock in at less than 3 hours, either. Last of the Mohicans is significant for so many reasons, the easiest of which is that it is entertaining. It also has many layers woven within it that do not feel as outwardly powerful as they in fact are. Learning a thing or two and walking away without hating an entire group is not always an easy task. This movie can make you think without a need to make you angry.
What else can be said? Tune in to find out. Then come back to us in 2 weeks to find out what else goes alongside this story with our conclusion to "Last of the _____" group.
Here is the article on the Pipeline: Good News.
LINKS: Bishop of Battle, Manhunter, LOTR pt I, pt II, pt III.
Trevor Jones: Richard III, Dark City, Dark Crystal.
Randy Edelman: Kindergarten Cop, Twins, Osmosis Jones.
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!!
September 11th, 2016
GUEST HOST: JOE OLSON!!
- 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 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
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
November 21st, 2015
Many movies are just flights of fancy, but sometimes they make you wonder about possible events in the world. Each of the movies this week seem really far-fetched, but they all have a spark of possibility & some real questions to pose for how humanity behaves.
You can always ask what if this story was real, but the layers within these stories are essay-worthy in the amount of dirt they can dig up (please be sure to credit the Cinema Triforce if you use one of these for your thesis).
As always, if you feel like there are other films that stir your brain like this, tell us about them: firstname.lastname@example.org. OR cinema triforce on Facebook.
Kevin Smith probably releases the most bonus material of anyone. Here is the best deleted scene from Dogma: Muse song
Links for episodes mentioned:
Neil Marshall - the Descent
(Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt)
P.S. - I meant Jeremy London (see, we all make mistakes). I also skipped Australia as a continent, but I stuck AC/DC underneath that section as a consolation. :)
Here are some links randomly found when looking for the Thomas & Friends theme: Thomas 1. Thomas 2.
August 8th, 2015
If we aren't looking at our phones, we're looking at our watches. Need more time? How about another lifetime? These movies provide different looks & styles for doing it all over again. Length, cost, level of excitement or confusion: all of these can make you love or hate stuff like this. Each of the 2 discussed has its own approach to the concept of reincarnation or simultaneous choices. You get to see the path not taken in addition to that other one... What were we sayin'?
Just watch 'em - love 'em, hate 'em; just make sure you see them to find out how they affect you.
Which of these two titans is the darkest timeline (link) ?
Here is a site for our friend Jeffrey Veregge (amazing tribal comic & pop art)
Music Lovers: Here is the whole song for Speed Racer we used
covered by Stan Bush (The Touch, Dare, Bloodsport Theme).
Drinking game fans: Mr Nobody - Every time there is a single
leaf shown. Cloud Atlas - Every scene with Hugo Weaving. If that
seems like too much, go with Keith David..
June 28th, 2015
Hop aboard to hear of international fare as your globe trottin' sluts cruise the world in our official Cinema Triforce "Self-Sustaining Hot-Air" balloon. (Get it? 'Cause we talk a lot and we're full of hot air...right?)
Tired of American movies & reality, we outsourced our topic to save money and sanity. Our wanderlust took us from 中华 (China) to भारत (India) and finally came to a halt in Norge (Norway). With such an eclectic blend of cinema, we had our work cut out for us. We leave it to you to enjoy one hell of a fun episode. Plus, we made extra effort not to spoil anything this week, so if you haven't - SCREEN these flicks ASAP.
PS: Trollhunter IS on Netflix.
PPS: Happy Pride!! Have a Coke & sing in perfect harmony, dammit!! Actually, drink Pepsi - they are ethically a better company to support for sugar-water.
April 19th, 2015
It's been little over a year since we last delved into history via cinema. What was intended to be one episode evolved into a triptych of awesome (#102, #103 & #105) assisted in no small part by our friend Brandon. Only one of those was history-based (102 about Malcolm X); all three movies come from U.S. history this time. Plus, Selma is a nice answer to Malcolm X.
Trying to be brief, we were able to "stay on target" and cover our three choices without falling down the rabbit hole. As in not talking so darned long..
We leave you with a nice MLK zinger, even if you skip this episode (but you know, um, don't...) :
"We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
P.S. Here is the Leeroy Jenkins clip. His mistake is at about 0:25 and the specific reference is at about 1:00-1:10.
Here is the Cheerios ad reaction
. If you won't sit through the whole thing - after the 1st part, skip to 4:47 where a black kid talks about how uncomfortable he is 'joking' with his white friends.
April 7th, 2015
Alright cinephiles, we come at you this week with one of the most epic comparison episodes we've completed to date.
We have already professed our love for all things Kurosawa, it is High Noon time we highlight what many consider to be his tour de force AND the westernized version that came later. Both are formidable in their own right, but at the end of the day, only one can stand triumphant as the master of all things Seven.
Which one you ask? Who was the victor in our summation? Why, you've got to tune in and find out. We don't even spoil in our episodes - so we're not spoiling the episode in our description. I mean, REALLY!!
Music Corrections: The Megadeth reference was actually for Holy Wars, not Hangar 18
(both great songs from a great album). Also, in Top Secret: the underwater bar fight
ends in the Bonanza theme.
March 8th, 2015
hitting theaters this week, it seemed the perfect time to roll out our "Robotics" episode! A topic that's captivated readers & audiences for generations, mechanoids gone monsters often reflect how humanity has or may go wrong. Are these the droid movies you're looking for? The answer is yes: 3 different decade & budget perspectives on the possibilities & the dangers that come with them.
If you haven't already, go waaayy back to check out Frtiz Lang's masterpiece Metropolis
After that, check out Rahzel
(who we referred to randomly) from The Roots. After THAT, look at this alternate Short Circuit series trailer
Correction: we forgot to mention the actual skydiving movie the Short Circuit writing duo did - Drop Zone with Wesley Snipes.
January 25th, 2015
Ever since the inception (cue the noise in your own head) of our "Epic-sodes," this has been on the table for obvious reasons. Sweeping, grandiose & literally biblical in its scope and span, Ben-Hur was one of the first mega-million-epics.
Holding Hollywood's first ever eight-figure budget, tens of thousands of extras and a climactic chariot scene that puts even modern CG movies to shame, Ben-Hur has established itself as an all-out fundamental pillar in the foundation of 20th century epic films.
You can see why it'd be pretty silly if we skipped this one.
We chose this over The Ten Commandments, so you'll have to sate yourself on only one dose of das Heston. We'll do it again - we're MANIACS!!