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?
January 15th, 2017
GUEST HOST: GODFREY!
Greedy (1994) vs. Brewster's Millions (1985)
If you don't play the lottery, one of the likeliest windwalls you can receive is money from relatives. Death is a serious & usually sad thing, yet it has been a device for comic movie plots more than once. Today we bring you 2 such examples from different decades. Who will come out on top when it comes to bickerin' over bullion?
Links: Michael J Fox - Back 2 Futures. John Candy Episode. Clue (Michael Lynn)
Kubrick Episode (Spartacus). Schwarzenegger 1 (K-Cop) & 2 (Twins). Chris made a vid summary of the 2nd Arnold-isode. View it here! Share it - more views!!
So I Married an Axe Murderer actually came out in between the Wayne's World movies (same year as #2), not before.
Siobhan Fallon Hogan has about 60 roles, but Matt stands behind his statement of mostly forgotten characters despite great performances.
Here's a trailer for a newer 'film' that Joyce Hyser was in: TURN DOWN YOUR VOLUME
Art of Revenge. For all you 3rd Eye Blind fans...
Also, Lin Shaye was the character actor Matt was trying to think of... not to be confused with Linda Hunt.
Johnathan Lynn (Greedy) in fact directed Distinguished Gentleman that had some similarities to a part of Brewster's Millions.
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 19th, 2016
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.
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 30th, 2016
GUEST HOST: BOB FOSTER
- Odd Thomas/
- House of D/
- Alpha Dog/
Ahoy comrades!! Today we pay tribute to another fallen star. We already wanted to talk about these movies, and this was a great yet tragic way to link them. At 27, Yelchin has contributed a great deal with the few dozen movies he did. We've covered his excellence in the Fright Night remake episode. Only so much to say here - just listen to the episode as we swoon over this young talent makin' da magic!
Upon looking at Zelda Williams again - she is in fact Melissa, the main girl that Tommy is pursuing in the film. She does an awesome job.
We neglected to mention when discussing the modern Universal monster movies: DON'T watch Wolman, either!! Love for Anthony Hopkins or Benicio del Toro will not make this movie enjoyable. Trust us.
Here's the only version of the Key & Peele sketch to be found: 'magical negro'
Hey!! SNL caught up with the internet!! here's DD as Goldblum: celeb jeopardy
We found the cake cartoon (better than the original scene): you want this cake
We never mentioned the Ratings, which we don't really side with (esp. the critics):
Odd Thomas: IMDB - 69%, Rotten Tomatoes - critic 34%, audience 65%
House of D: IMDB - 70%, Rotten Tomatoes - critic 10%, audience 73%
Alpha Dog: IMDB - 67%, Rotten Tomatoes - critic 55%, audience 67%
For the hardcores still reading down here - the girl Matt couldn't remember is Dominique Swain: Travolta's daughter in Face/Off... which is half-blocked outta Matt's mind (can you guess which half?). You'll see her whether we talk about her or not; she has 600 films in post right now.
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