Episode #213: Remakes - Manchurian Candidate

June 19th, 2017

1962 vs. 2004/

So many times a generation hates a remake because they are attached to the original.  Many times we have challenged that attachment.  This movie is a titan of its time; on IMDB it is ranked 80% compared to 66% for the remake - since we didn't mention it.  Rotten Tomatoes: 87 critic/78 audience; remake - 71 critic/64 audience, the original with a larger consensus of critic & audience agreement.  How does Matt's opinion align with the errday public?  Tune in to see!!  

 Links:  Angela Lansbury: Last Unicorn.  Johnathan Demme: Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia (also Denzel).  Denzel Washington: Bone Collector, Much Ado About Nothing, Book of Eli, Malcolm X.  Liev Schreiber: Spotlight.  Meryl Streep: Fantastic Mr Fox.  Jeffrey Wright: Casino Royale.

also mentioned: True Grit & The Quiet American.

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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 #199: The Last ______

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.

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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... :)
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Episode # 188: Hyper-Style I’d Rather Watch

July 9th, 2016
Red vs. Smokin' Aces / 

Oh such ultraviolence we have in store for you this week!  Though 80's clothing isn't back in vogue (thankfully), the crazy action flick has reared its mostly awesome head again.  Style and artistry can overlay and even make fun of a genre that has often taken itself so seriously of late (we're looking at you Nolan - lovingly).

Are these movies equals, does one do it better?  They both had sequels after all.  Tune in to find out the verdict.

Links

Bruce Willis5th Element, Looper (& Looper Spoiler), Die Hard (also DH 2-4), Sin CityLast Man StandingMoonrise KingdomPlanet Terror, Hudson Hawk12 Monkeys (also Outbreak with Morgan Freeman).  
Morgan FreemanSe7en10 Items or LessBatman BeginsRobin HoodShawshank RedemptionDark KnightUnleashed
John MalkovichIn the Line of FireShadow of the VampireBeing J MalkLibertineDangerous LliasonsBurn After Reading.
Brian Cox
ManhunterBraveheartX2.      Richard Dreyfuss:  What About Bob.
Hellen MirrenExcalibur       Karl Urban: LOTR 2 and 3.   
E Borgnine:  Flight o Phoenix 

Joe Carnahan:  A-Team
Ryan Reynolds: Van Wilder.   Jeremy Piven:  Grosse Pointe Blank.
Ben AffleckSchool TiesClerks IIDogma.   Peter Berg:  The Rundown.
Andy Garcia:  Godfather III.   Taraji P HensonKarate Kid.
Tommy Flanagan:  Sin CityGladiatorBraveheart.
Common: Street KingsSelma. Clint MansellMoonFountainThe Hole.

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Episode # 180: More Than Violence

March 13th, 2016
Boyz in the Hood/
Fight Club/


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?


Links    John Singleton:  103  (also Fish & Cube). Ice Cube:  24111.
Laurence Fishburne:  471 (also F Gary Gray - Dir),
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Angela Bassett:  102.  Cuba Gooding, Jr:  137166 (also Brad Pitt).
Nia Long:  101.


Brad Pitt:  3, 931, 152. Ed Norton:  16.564105135  (& Giamatti).
Helena Bonham Carter:  17 (& Giamatti), 116.
Meatloaf:  67148. Jared Leto:  85126 (& Giamatti)167.

Paul Giamatti:  2343159.  

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Episode #171: The Godfrey Shuffle

November 7th, 2015

Guest Host:  Godfrey 

Oh what a treat for you this week!  As we hope to shed light on you about movies you may have missed or avoided, some of our friends do that for us also.  Godfrey is just such a friend and we are glad to feature him this episode to discuss movies he brought before the mostlymighty Triforce.  The variety of style and feel between these 3 movies is also pretty novel, so you don't have to deal with just horror or just drama (for those who watch everything we suggest - and hey: thanks!!)


Enjoy as we add another host to the Triforce family.  And fear not, citizens!  We're gonna get Chris' smooth buttery voice back online pretty soon.  Meantime, you can listen to the rest of our archive while you wait (after listening to this week's show, of course).  He's on a lot of those!  
Here's a link for the Beyonce mashup to answer why I put that other song under the episode:  Beyonce mashup.  
Link for: Airborne downhill  
  • Links for episodes mentioned:.  
Eddie Murphy:  Mulan.  Jacob Vargas:  Traffic 
Jack Black:  Kung Fu PandaPick of DestinyHigh Fidelity 
Edie McClurg:  Ferris BuellerNatural Born KillersPlanes Trains & Automobiles
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Episode #168: Post Traumatized Sluts

August 29th, 2015


It's one "crazy" episode this week as Chris and guest-star Dani (his wife) jump on their little gas powered scooter and navigate the side streets of the human psyche.  Now, while Sandler has indeed garnered accolades for his stellar performance in PTA's Punch Drunk Love, few know of this week's gem.  


Considering the lackluster trailer that the studio put out for this (making it look like a silver medal'd re-awokened bromance, rather than the real deal it is), we're not surprised that most people didn't get a chance to screen it.  Luckily for you all, we snatched it off the dusty DVD shelf and delved deep to deliver a stark, appreciatory episode. We hope you have as much fun listening as we did recording.
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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 #166: End of the World

July 25th, 2015
Do you think you're going to die?  Sure, we all do..  but how?  HOW?!?!
Whether it's monkeys or comet zombies or even the deadly Motaba virus, all have us in their apocalyptic cross-hairs.  How you cope with this information is entirely up to you.  You could fight back, go back in time or pop on down to the mall and finally nab those amazing shoes you always wanted but couldn't afford.  Ya know...the ones that are $300 FUCKING DOLLARS?!

Oh, and we made multiple references to the Clerks animated cartoon this episode, so here's a treat for you all:  Leonardo is caught in the grip of an Outbreak of Randal's imagination and Patrick Swayze either does or doesn't work in the new pet store

Here is a link for the original french film that inspired 12 Monkeys: La Jetee
  
  


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Episode #165: Epic-Sode VII: Das Boot

July 12th, 2015

In the past, our pursuit of the EPIC-sode has taken us from the foggy moors of Scotland to the history-laden shores of the Ganges.  Terrain that we’ve yet to explore in all its moist epic-ness (or epic moistness?) is on tap this week. 
Okay, it’s not so much terrain as an element (like Earth, Wind & Fire, not like the science-y element as it's a compound).  It can be harsh, intoxicating & cruel.  Is there a better setting to have an EPIC told in?  

The answer is no

Das Boot’s been on our radar ever since our inception, but seeing as neither of us had screened it, we wanted to keep it in our proverbial “Back Catalog” til a time arose when it might rise from the murky abyss and show us all what “Epic” really means.

Suffice to say:  We were not disappointed and neither shall you be.  

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Episode #163: Action I’d Rather Watch

June 14th, 2015
Carnage & chrome abound as we scream from the internet rooftop our love of the ever-evolving modern-day "Action" movie.  As children of the 70's & 80's, sometimes it's difficult for us avoid the obvious comparisons (we're looking at you, Jason Momoa Conan).  However, we can still be surprised, and this week's choices certainly knocked the wind outta all four of our lungs.
As a versus-style episode, this one is more about the strong suits of each to guide you toward what you might prefer (though you should have already watched both, you slackers).  Do Chris & I agree??  Listen & find out!  Then write in and tell what we said; we already forgot..  'cause we're busy watchin' these movies again.

Hardcore note:  The 'get outta my car' is from the Hoff.  Here is the full glory of that video for those who have missed his renaissance.  Also, here is a Henry Rollins clip that we almost used for that moment..  classic Hank.  Here is totally classic Winger for those interested.

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Episode #162: Storytelling Soundtracks

May 31st, 2015
You will need your boombox & a Maxell 3-pack 'cause it's time for the ultimate podcast mix-tape!  So crank your nostalgia meters to Eleven and come with us on a journey of soundtrack glory where love, loss & lust run rampant.  Oh, the things we'll do to your cochlear passages!!!

Okay, maybe that was a little wordy (and creepy)...  it's just that we're REALLY excited to finally be doing this episode!  We're soundtrack/score fanatics and it's easy to get carried away.

Just listen & you'll see.  We're wild for the tunes.

P.S.  While there were many to choose from, we ended up going with our good friend Rick James.  Don't worry Kiss OR Cee-Lo, we haven't forgotten you both.  Also, in our defense: Curtis Mayfield is just so damn awesome, we forgot that Kung-Fu was on Sweet Exorcist, and not Super Fly.  Our bad. 

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Episode #160: Dreamworks

May 3rd, 2015
Pixar indeed stands tall amongst the world of modern day animation.  Heck, we even dedicated a whole episode to their genius.  However, one must not overlook the competition that has steadily been catching up creatively over the years.  Since 1998, Dreamworks animation has delivered 30+ films that (with the exception of one) have turned quite a profit.  So it's obvious that there's an audience for animation beyond the safety of They-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.  

Dreamworks has made strides outside the "kid appropriate" box,as well as keeping in step with social progressive attitudes (from Hiccup being handicapped, to Gobber being gay).  Their trust in the modern audience has paid off and they won't be stopping anytime soon..

Dreamworks do in fact live up to their moniker and we couldn't be more pleased with the results.

PS: For those paying attention, here's the episode of Heat Vision & Jack that we named in the episode. 

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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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