Episode #216: Epic Epic-sode III Girl Kicked Hornet

July 29th, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

This week we finish our Dragon Tattoo Trilogy of the extended Swedish films.  

Not much to say here - 

Some episodes mentioned: Kill Bill, Let the Right One In (Swedish version)

Here's the Blind Melon video that shows why we used it for the intro.

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Episode #215: Epic Epic-sode II - Girl Who Played w/Fire

July 15th, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!!

Round 2 of our Swede-a-Thon in honor of Michael Nyqvist.  We reckon a nice asset to this sequel is a continuation of the tone without 'more of the same.'  Different police involved, different dynamic with our 2 leads, and a slightly different approach to our episode as we go into spoiler territory.  Those who listen to this episode should have already seen the 1st & 2nd film, so we take liberties that we normally avoid in discussing the finer details of the stories.

As there are no other movies we've covered related to the director, writer, or additional actors in the 2nd film, there are no links for this episode.  Links for Nyqvist & Noomi Rapace are in the previous episode description.  

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Episode #212: Shuffle of Death pt II - Labyrinth

June 3rd, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

Join us for the exciting conclusion of our death discussion.  Excitement for the movies, not for death & dead people.  You know what we mean, consarn it.  Labyrinth is a cornerstone of many a childhood.  As Matt was limited in his praise for The Last Unicorn (here's a link), you will find him unlimited in his love for this one.  

As we sadly witness the Muppet Show disappear as fast as it returned recently, we still have a strong catalog of Jim Henson creations to adore.  As a fantasy film, there is only a small amount of overt time references that help it retain potency.  We aren't saying it isn't drenched in 80's but hey, so is Blade Runner & that's timeless, right?  If you ever liked it, you will probably still dig it as an adult.  We would venture that kids growing up now will like it & each generation will come to gain respect for the fireball of beautiful ambiguity that is David Bowie.  We forgot to mention that his songs have been used almost 600 times in movies/television (probably a lot more in the next few years.)

We didn't speak of it, but the writing actually doesn't slant Sarah as a 'girl' character.  It is a teenager hanging onto youth.  The character could have been a boy with almost no alteration in the script, which is significant in making it a rather universal character because that aspect doesn't really affect their story.  Yet another subtlety in this movie that seems simple on the surface.   

LINKS:    Bowie: Prestige.  Jennifer Connelly: Stuck in Love (all links on that post). Muppet episode, Dark Crystal.  Trevor Jones: Last of the Mohicans (all links on that post).     Also, here's the Yankee Rose video!

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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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Episode # 189: TVsode I

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 Rachel Bloom's video:  F*ck Me Ray Bradbury

Here is the filthy Deadwood vid:  CS

Thankfully, someone also put the Robot Chicken clips together: White Wine

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Episode # 186: Marvel Chapter 2 - X-Men 1st Class

June 10th, 2016

Morevel!!  MorX-Men!!  

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.
LINKS:
Matthew VaughnKick Ass.  Nicholas Hoult:  Mad Max Fury Road.
Kevin BaconTremorsWhite Water SummerMystic RiverFootlooseFlatliners (also Oliver Platt)
Michael Fassbender:  Prometheus12 Years a Slave.

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Episode #176: Sound Check-isode

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 CreedThe RevanentThe 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??
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Episode #167: Multi-verse I’d Rather Watch

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..

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Episode #157: That Song & That Movie

March 21st, 2015
Some movies are married to certain songs.  Like marriage, even when it ends, the songs still call up very specific memories.  The movies themselves are not necessarily game-changers (though we dig 'em), but the song connection is groot-like; as in strong.  Guardians soundtrack, anyone?  That movie actually shares a song from one of these soundtracks.  

Though each of these movies were a big wave in their time, not everyone has seen them.  The crazy thing is they may still get the reference from hearing about it or seeing the scenes referred to in a TV show.  The 1st 2 tracks are not done all the time, but when you see the crowd banging their heads during the 3rd track at karaoke, the 3rd film will unlock the mystery of the strangers who each seem to know All the Right Moves.  

Alright gang, take off your pants (but leave the shirt & socks on), grab a razor & a gas can, and try not to honk in the car.  
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Episode #155.2: Talking Long & Hard

February 23rd, 2015
As promised, here's the "Cherry-On-Top", of what was our 80's Teens Rue the Day episode last week.  

We ended up engulfed in a haze of Leonard Cohen, acid wash jeans & corrupt high school principals with our 3rd selection; it's not everyday we get to chat about one of the greatest unsung & angst-ridden anti-heroes of the late 20th century:  Harry Hard-On.  

We cannot implore you enough to RUN and watch this movie.  Well cast, under appreciated & a very poignant pick of any "Coming-of-Age" film selection.  We adore this flick; so much so that we ended up dedicating a whole episode to its glory.

So, get your Chewlies Gum, some Surge, then rise up in the internet cafe and stab them with your compostable forks (or sporks, if that 's your flavor).  Also, reduce & reuse as much or more than you recycle. :)

Correction:  ROMAN Centurions, as opposed to the non-existent Russian Centurions.  It wasn't worth setting up again to re-record when we can rewrite our personal history here..
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Episode #154: Epic-sode VI: Ben-Hur

January 25th, 2015
Ben-Hur
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!! 

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Episode #149: Bad-Ass Women:Part II

December 14th, 2014
In the vault of Female Film Bad-Assery, there are those who reign supreme as queens amongst the gentry.  Ellen Ripley & The Bride... we have mentioned, but there are more.  The mountain is lofty, but its population is far from limited.

Two more women join the ranks of this already formidable matriarchal monarchy.  Resolute, deadly & realistic in their portrayal, both have shaped the criteria by which so many contemporary female protagonists are judged.  Keep to the right & aim for the knees as we bring you more Bad-Assdom.  

We referred to a site that broke down a scene in Silence of the Lambs.  Also, we called it by the wrong name.  Here is the link:  Every Frame a Painting
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Episode #148: Movies You Love to Hate

December 7th, 2014
You know them, but do you love 'em?

This week it's a stroll down that alley painted in stark black & white.  No ambiguity for these. oh no.  

More often than not reserved for conversations revolving around Pink Floyd albums (here's a clip about the new Floyd album) or political leanings, the adulation & venom are flung freely in discussions like this week.  One can be either for or against these flicks, there are no Swiss in this mix.   No doubt many of you have bore witness to just such "discussions."  

So, put some milk on to boil, then stir in a couple'a spoonfuls of this episode to warm you on this chilly December night (or whenever/wherever you may listen).

PS: We snaffu'd a bit during recording:  It's Mike White from Gentlemen Broncos and Jerusha Hess is MARRIED to Jared Hess.  She's NOT his sister.
  
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Episode #29: Sidelined Superheroes

August 5th, 2012


Featured Guest Host:  Miss Amy

There has been no better time in movie history to be a comic nerd.  There are however times when a movie flares up, then is neglected or even forgotten.  Batman is a strange place to...  Begin(s); it was starved for credit once the 2nd movie came out.  V for Vendetta was for a limited audience in the know, and some were simply done with the Wachowskis (though they only produced - like Burton with Lincoln, Vampire Hunter) by that point.  The Punisher, well, it's a good base to see where (possibly why) the last generation of superhero movie makers dropped off.

  • no list - see bold selections above :)

These movies are all very close together in time - of course there are examples of this happening before (send us suggestions) but we were too lazy to go further.  These are also really tight movies (2 of them) and should not have already been lost to the public.  If you don't know these, this might inspire; if you do, you'll share our thoughts as we preach to you, choir.  Hey, at least we made an excuse to talk about these awesome movies, right?

& the Punisher.

In honor of those lost in Aurora - hopefully justice will heal where words cannot...

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