Episode #289: Epic-sode XII - Zodiac

June 22nd, 2020

Another visit to Fincher Corner brings about a movie we've long wanted to cover.  Not necessarily your typical murder mystery, it dramatizes an actual killer & his actual pursuers.  Um, played by actors of course, but a tremendous amount of effort was involved
to include some of the real folks as consultants.  Check it out!

Links:  David Fincher: Fight Club, Se7en, Social Network, James Vanderbilt: Basic, RundownDavid ShireShort Circuit,  Jake Gyllenhaal: Donnie Darko (also spoiler episode),  Soloist (has all RDJ links),  Mark RuffaloSpotlight,  Dermot Mulroney: Young Guns,  Phillip Baker HallMagnolia

YouTube vids - When Truth is Stranger than Fiction, Infographics.

Episode #287: Asian Celebration II, Kurosawa

May 25th, 2020
  • Throne of Blood/
  • Dersu Uzala/
  • Sanjuro/

A tasty batch of film delights from Japan, with one venturing beyond to tell a Russian tale.  

Links:  2019 Kurosawa Episode (has links to his previous films).

Episode #285: Documentary Time

April 21st, 2020
  • Dive, 2010 (Bonus - Just Eat It 2015)/
  • Craigslist Joe/
  • Forks Over Knives/

After putting it off for a long time, we finally talk about documentaries, and they're all old!  Yet still hauntingly relevant.  Did Tiger King incite this episode?  Darn Tootin' it did!  We spend a few minutes waxing about that as well.  Eat the episode up & careful with the salt shaker..

Episode #277: Astounding Sound

December 23rd, 2019
  • A Quiet Place
  • Mother!
  • Raging Bull

Do you hear what I hear?  What sound are we talkin' aboot?  Listen in, get it sorted!  2 amazing movies, and a 3rd one that is very popular... (grin)

Episode #276: Outside Knives Out

December 9th, 2019
  • The Misguided (Katherine Langford)/
  • The Ice Man (Michael Shannon)/
  • Logan Lucky (Daniel Craig)/

Behold!  Another venture fanning out from a movie in the theaters to see what else the actors have been in.  Plenty o' Bond films, but did you SEE Logan Lucky?!  Maybe you should - see what Matt has to say aboot it.

ALSO - go see Knives Out with the fam:  a hilariously good experience.

Episode #263: Franchise-Fest

June 11th, 2019
  • Bride of Chucky/
  • Godzilla (2014)/
  • Terminator/

It is often said that Hollywood has no new ideas (have you used your Movie Pass/A-List to see indie films?!), so we leaned into that for this episode!  Even those who will avoid the new installments or reboots can enjoy a look at the times "when they were good."  This grouping accidentally became a nice mix of a brand new concept that still feeds Hollywood writing rooms, a reboot that spans 60 years back to the original, & a turning point where some fans gave up on a franchise after 10 years and 4 movies.  Hidey ho, let them fight, laundry day - yes.

Links:  Freddy v Jason, The CrowHalloweenDune, LOTR: Fellowship, 2 Towers, Return o' KingRogue One, ExpendablesLast Samurai (also has Shawshank Redemption), InceptionBatman Begins, Dark Knight (also has Dark City)  Kick-AssOldboy, Fright Night, Arnold episodes I & IILast Action HeroTerminator Genisys (has T2 link), TombstoneAliens, Planet Terror, The Rock.

Episode #262: Kurosawa I

May 26th, 2019
  • One Wonderful Sunday/
  • Scandal/
  • I Live in Fear/

Taking a look at some films before his international infamy, we delve into the brilliant brain of one of Japan's most influential and epic directors.  Though 2 of his major hits came to America within 2 years of release, the 3rd movie discussed did not do so for 12!  Was it the subject matter?  Likely so.. 

Tune in while we focus on some genius work.

LINKS:  Yojimbo, Last Man Standing (based off Yojimbo story), 7 Samurai, Rashomon.

Notes:  To the hardcore people - it was in fact Kagemusha that Lucas & Spielberg financed, Scorcese & Coppola helped rally for his later films as well.

Episode #259: Movie Theatah Roundup I

April 15th, 2019
  • Wandering Earth
  • Green Book
  • Arctic
  • Alita Battle Angel
  • Captive State
  • Gloria Bell
  • Us
  • Hotel Mumbai
  • Shazam
  • Hellboy

Bite-sized glimpses of flicks in theaters at the moment as Matt maximizes his A-List membership.  Trying this on as a once-in-a-while departure, so let us know what you think!!

 

Notes:  Just under $6 million of the total earnings for Wandering Earth was U.S. ticket sales, not $2 million.  It still deserves more of our money...   
As a modern comparison of current film budgets - Creed II, a boxing movie, spent the same amount of money as Hellboy.  

Episode #257: 3 Degrees of Chris Cooper

March 18th, 2019
  • Breach
  • Coming Through The Rye
  • Adaptation

So many actors aren't appreciated enough for their contributions to the film world.  Today, we hand out another merit badge for being a cool cat of cinema.

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, Devil's AdvocateMillion 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.

Episode #230: Ready Panther 2

February 17th, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!!

Hotel Rwanda 

Maybe the most serious we've allowed ourselves to get, as this movie is based on actual events.  Though not an easy watch, it is of great importance that people know this story as a part of the larger chapter in our history where so many were murdered & no one came to their aid.  Chock full of strong performers, this is somewhat relevant to Black Panther in ways we did not anticipate.  

We also give a brief response to Black Panther in this episode.  Go See It!!

LINKS      Cheadle as Captain Planet, also pt II, pt III, & pt IV (which we didn't even know about!!!).  The Slap Trailer.  Also, here is a Slap spoof Trailer.   Matt could not find the Hotel Rwanda Featurettes on YouTube.

Episode #218: Get in the Ring

August 27th, 2017
  • Creed/
  • The Hurricane/
  • Ali/

 Finally, the boxing episode you've all been waiting for!  3 variants on the sport of punch.  We even mixed in some stuff about living legends of boxing & how their representation stands up to some scrutiny.  

Links:  Here's the '74 Foreman Fight Highlights.  Here is Top 10 Ali Knockouts.  Here is the Costner Speech.  

 Notes:  Most important:  there are at least 7 statues of Harriet Tubman, some that have only appeared in the last decade.  Funny that Matt is so keen to mention his forgetting character names, as he used the name Carter instead of Porter for Payback.  Whoooopsy!  He also forgot to mention the strength of the Creed soundtrack that features Nas, 2Pac, The Roots, Future.

Episode #205: Epic-sode X - Red Cliff

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?

Episode #198: Last of the _____ pt I - Mohicans

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, Cliffhanger, Excalibur.

Randy Edelman: Kindergarten Cop, Twins, Osmosis Jones.

Episode #194: & Now More News - part II

September 25th, 2016

GUEST HOST:  JOE OLSON

  • Spotlight

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!!  :) 

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