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.

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!!  :) 

Episode #193: And Now The News

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... :)

Episode #191: Flubisode IV - Live Free or Flub Hard

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: 4898151.

- 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

Episode #181: Epic-sode IX Lawrence of Arabia

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. 
Maurice Jarre: School Ties, Ghost, Fatal Attraction
Peter O'Toole:  Lion in Winter
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!!