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 #183: Star Wars: Hope & Empire

April 30th, 2016

Episodes IV & V  (VI will be the next episode)

Finally what some of you have been waiting for - a look at the sleeper hit series of the 70's & 80's.  Even those who have avoided seeing Star Wars films cannot deny how enTRENCHed they are in the social psyche.  Apparently they mean so much to us that we couldn't wrangle them into a single episode!

This may feel a bit different, as there is a significance beyond just viewing the films.  With this & the upcoming episode, we discuss some of the social phenomena along with personal experiences surrounding the films.  

With few small exceptions, we actually don't spoil it for those who may opt to watch them after hearing us babble on about them..  we won't FORCE anyone to see them, of course.  

Naturally, we used as many opportunities to include songs from the late great Prince - a terrible loss to powerful, lasting music coming from a man unafraid of looking and being exactly what he wanted..

Here is the video for the song we used in the outro - ragtime cantina.

Here is the link for Vader Sessions.
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Episode #172: What if That Happened

November 21st, 2015
Many movies are just flights of fancy, but sometimes they make you wonder about possible events in the world.  Each of the movies this week seem really far-fetched, but they all have a spark of possibility & some real questions to pose for how humanity behaves.  
You can always ask what if this story was real, but the layers within these stories are essay-worthy in the amount of dirt they can dig up (please be sure to credit the Cinema Triforce if you use one of these for your thesis).  
As always, if you feel like there are other films that stir your brain like this, tell us about them:  cinemasluts@gmail.com.  OR  cinema triforce on Facebook.
Kevin Smith probably releases the most bonus material of anyone.  Here is the best deleted scene from Dogma:  Muse song

Links for episodes mentioned:  

Matt Damon:  School TiesTrue Grit
Ben Affleck:  PaycheckDazed & Confused
Chris Rock:  Lethal Weapon 4New Jack CityOsmosis Jones  
Alan Rickman:  Die HardRobin Hood
Jason Lee:  IncrediblesVanilla Sky.   George Carlin:  B & T's Bogus Journey
Howard Shore:  BigSilence of the LambsPhiladelphia, LOTR: 231.
   James Spader:  Secretary.
Kurt Russell:  Big Trouble in lil ChinaDeathproofTombstoneExec. Decision
Djimon Hounsou:  Gladiator
   Neil Blomkamp:  Chappie
Sharlto Copley:  A-TeamOld BoyMaleficent
Neil Marshall - the Descent  (Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt)
P.S. - I meant Jeremy London (see, we all make mistakes).  I also skipped Australia as a continent, but I stuck AC/DC underneath that section as a consolation.  :)

Here are some links randomly found when looking for the Thomas & Friends theme:   Thomas 1.  Thomas 2.



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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 #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 #164: Around the World in 80 Minutes

June 28th, 2015
Hop aboard to hear of international fare as your globe trottin' sluts cruise the world in our official Cinema Triforce "Self-Sustaining Hot-Air" balloon. (Get it?  'Cause we talk a lot and we're full of hot air...right?)

Tired of American movies & reality, we outsourced our topic to save money and sanity.  Our wanderlust took us from 中华 (China) to भारत (India) and finally came to a halt in Norge (Norway).  With such an eclectic blend of cinema, we had our work cut out for us.  We leave it to you to enjoy one hell of a fun episode.  Plus, we made extra effort not to spoil anything this week, so if you haven't - SCREEN these flicks ASAP.  


PS: Trollhunter IS on Netflix.  

PPS:  Happy Pride!!  Have a Coke & sing in perfect harmony, dammit!!  Actually, drink Pepsi - they are ethically a better company to support for sugar-water.
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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 #158: Remakes, East vs. West II

April 7th, 2015
The Seven Samurai -VS- The Magnificent Seven
Alright cinephiles, we come at you this week with one of the most epic comparison episodes we've completed to date.

We have already professed our love for all things Kurosawa, it is High Noon time we highlight what many consider to be his tour de force AND the westernized version that came later.  Both are formidable in their own right, but at the end of the day, only one can stand triumphant as the master of all things Seven.  

Which one you ask?  Who was the victor in our summation?  Why, you've got to tune in and find out.  We don't even spoil in our episodes - so we're not spoiling the episode in our description.  I mean, REALLY!!

Music Corrections:  The Megadeth reference was actually for Holy Wars, not Hangar 18 (both great songs from a great album).  Also, in Top Secret:  the underwater bar fight ends in the Bonanza theme.  
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Episode #155: 80’s Teens Rue the Day

February 8th, 2015
Okay, sure... kids saved the day countless times and we talked about that plenty, but what about when teens DIDN'T?  

What about those college kids who turned up the Heat on that Top Secret government project that almost opened The Doors to their own Tombstones?

Or when that Young Gun just needed a Few Good Men to Stand By Him to help Flat-line a couple of Firstborns in that Dark City of Santa Carla?  And hoo boy, some Sleepers will Rush in and do anything for love.  Oh, what a night that was...  You will be Blown Away.  

We had WAY too much fun this week, so we had to cut the episode in two.  We also kinda went overboard in our appreciation of what will end up being the 3rd film in our next episode.  

What's that?  What is it?  Well, you'll just have to tune in two weeks from now & find out.  It is a Gleaming jewel in pile of Non-Very Bad Things during the Legend-ary 80's.  Til then, we're confident you'll savor every nostalgia-soaked minute of this week's offering.

 

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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 #152: In A Word: Interview

January 11th, 2015
We were tempted to churn this episode out a couple of weeks ago, when a certain hackneyed debacle was the topic of much discussion.  As it turned out, the theater ban lasted less than a week, so it didn't matter (in this country).

We didn't want to spend the entire episode in the Pitts, so what would've been an episode comprised of our sluttish commentary on censorship, cyber-terrorism & entertainment ethics morphed into a much more upbeat chapter for our "In A Word" series.  

So just sit back, relax and come along as we Weave this good ole' fashioned Cruise in your mind.  Also, we made wild Rice.  There's no clever (& short) link for Anne Rice.. sorry.

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Episode #150: TOLKIEN-SODE III: The Fellowship of the Ring

December 21st, 2014
Well folks, here it is - Our last Tolkien-sode.  The road does not go ever on as we say goodbye to Peter Jackson's LOTR movie adaptations.  Fellowship was the first taste of amazing for many of us.  For almost 50 years we were waiting; hoping beyond hope that someone talented enough could come along, rally like-minded enthusiasts and give a silver-screened face to characters that we treasured & loved.

What's our take on it?  Well, that's why ya gotta listen.  Worry not: we won't kill you with spoilers.  Especially in our talk of The Battle of the 5 Armies.  We have your best interests at heart.

And...  we may have lied at the beginning:  If you whip up enough of a frenzy, we may get around to the Rankin-Bass adaptations sometime.  No frenzy, no Sir Theodore as Gollum.  We'll just watch 'em ourselves & NOT tell you why we love them..  so there.  

Who knows.  We don't.  We just do what our Rice Krispies tell us to. 
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Episode #142: Remakes For Ever - Dracula

October 26th, 2014
1931  vs.  1992 *  vs.  2014

It is the ultimate eternal face off!!  Those who thought Dracula was dead were deceiving themselves.  It was just a matter of when.  With many different faces surrounded by black & red capes over the decades, the appeal of the concept crystallized by Bram Stoker will live forever in some form or other.  As the 'other' category of Dracula is punched this year, we felt it was our duty to check out the new blood (insert The Who clip here) to see how it measured up.  Can it cut it??

As the weeks of October blow away, we couldn't go without this comparison.  For those who enjoy the horror, we have 2 more weeks!!  For those who don't, please listen to our earlier episodes in the meanwhile.  

*Notes:  the adult film screening we briefly refer to had friends in it; it isn't like we're gonna start a series about it...

The legitimate trailer is up top for 1992, but we did find one comparable to the antics of the 1931 trailer.  See that here.  Also, here are a few moments from the promised Looney Tunes Dracula sketch.
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Episode #140: You Had To Be There

October 11th, 2014
It is week #2 in our month-long celebration of Horror in film.  This week we're wrought with found footage and Catholic conundrums.  The topic:  Frightening for the Time.

The accolades (and criticisms) of many of a film are tied to the respective time of their release.  The Wizard of Oz bombed when originally released, yet is consider a technicolor marvel in retrospect.  Stay tuned, because we plan on having a whole episode dedicated to the topic of "Bombed on Release" 

Most horror films are without a doubt a reflection of their era, since so much of what society finds frightening is drawn from contemporary events & surroundings.  Many lesser known films ran your expectations off the road (Sleepaway Camp, anyone?), but these drove a stake into the heart of previous films and now live forever in pop culture.  They are not our favorites, but they cannot be ignored, Dan...


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Episode #139: Remakes for Debate: Fright Night

October 5th, 2014
Fright Night
1985 -VS- 2011

All Hallows Eve-tober is upon us and we have Tricks & Treats-a-plenty for the coming weeks.

We kick off week #1 in true Triforce style with a "horrific" chapter for our Remake series.  While neither of us can attest to being dyed-in-the-wool "Horror Flick Fanatics," we nonetheless have a deep-seated appreciation for most things ghastly, gross & ghoulish.

 So enough proselytizing...WELCOME TO FRIGHT NIGHT!  TWICE!!!


Music Plug:  We found 2 remixes for Married with Children used in this episode.  The 1st is by J4yThr3e, who has some cool original tracks (a lot like DJ Krush).
 The 2nd is by Dope The Mean Child, who does some cool mashups & pop-culture instrumentals.  Check out their pages for some nice beats.  Otherwise, sorry about the other soundtrack earworms we put in there (we aren't sorry).  

  

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