Episode #218: Get in the Ring

August 27th, 2017
  • Creed/
  • The Hurricane/
  • ???/

 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.

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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.

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Episode #197: TVsode II

November 7th, 2016
It's TV Time again!!!  Join Matt as he acts like your personal TV guide.  Television has been a great asset in learning the highs and lows of making serial entertainment.  Modern media (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) has learned from many of those lessons and started with a bang.  Even Youtube is making original content.  What a great time to absorb tons of visual fluff!!  Staycations are now a possibility to catch up on your queue and binge some new shows at home.  The quality of the home entertainment flood has increased drastically in the last decade or so.  TV isn't necessarily in its death throes, but it is closer than some desire we imagine.  Slip your shoes off & enjoy some joy over the babble box.  

 

Our twitter is @CinemaSluts if you wanna find us there!!

 

Just for you peeps - Matt looked up the writers for Supergirl after all:  half of 18 are women.  Shane Black only wrote the 1st 2 LW films (3 & 4 were character writing credits).  We discussed Jeffrey Wright in Casino Royale.  He & Thandie Newton were in W (Powell & Rice), just in case you haven't had enough political input this year (wink wink nudge nudge).

 

Correction:  Death style contractors are not a thing; Death STAR contractors was what he meant to say (as in Clerks - also applies to the thankless jizzmopper job).

 

Links:   Pursuit of Happyness,  TombstoneYoung Guns.
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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 # 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 #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 #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 #159: History on the Screen

April 19th, 2015
It's been little over a year since we last delved into history via cinema.  What was intended to be one episode evolved into a triptych of awesome (#102#103 & #105assisted in no small part by our friend Brandon.  Only one of those was history-based (102 about Malcolm X); all three movies come from U.S. history this time.  Plus, Selma is a nice answer to Malcolm X.

Trying to be brief, we were able to "stay on target" and cover our three choices without falling down the rabbit hole.  As in not talking so darned long..

We leave you with a nice MLK zinger, even if you skip this episode (but you know, um, don't...)  : 

 
 "We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

P.S.  Here is the Leeroy Jenkins clip.  His mistake is at about 0:25 and the specific reference is at about 1:00-1:10.  

 
Here is the Cheerios ad reaction.  If you won't sit through the whole thing - after the 1st part, skip to 4:47 where a black kid talks about how uncomfortable he is 'joking' with his white friends.

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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 #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 #145: Epic-sode V: Gandhi

November 16th, 2014
The horror is finally behind us, blood-drenched listeners.  After enduring six weeks of terror, dread & disgust, how about something to cheer you & raise your spirits?

Sort of...

While it has been said that nothing is perhaps more horrific than actual torrid history, we also find jewels of hope & achievement woven within these same homespun threads.

Mohandas K Gandhi, "Mahatma" or "Bapu" to his friends, was one such jewel.  In 1982, Richard Attenborough delivered his 15 years-in-the-making magnum opus unto the world.  

It inspired, enchanted, & incited.  This feat is indeed worthy of a "Saga" classification.  Epic, we might say.  We did say.  Stop listening to what we're saying..  we mean, listen to all that we say.  We have microphones
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Episode #137: Date Night II: Bad Date Night

September 20th, 2014
It can be hard to sort out what to watch on a 1st movie date.  This is your short list of what NOT to watch, as the night will end in heated debate.  A followup to our Date Night episode some time back (Episode 70), these movies are awesome, but have veeeerrrryyy touchy subjects.  Spanning 3 decades, this group deals in different age groups & types of issues.  There is also a timely U2 reference for the people with I-Phones.

Note:  we skipped over the actor for young Isaiah - Mark John Jeffries.  He was in Haunted Manson, Get Rich or Die Tryin', and Notorious.  He was excellent in Losing Isaiah playing a child with mental issues being born a 'crack baby.'  Barely uttering more than 1 word at a time, he breaks your heart multiple times. 

 Also, the Lone Wolf McQuade reference was a personal one about Matt mistaking David Carradine for Scott Glenn, but he took for granted that Chris wouldn't see the mistake to tag up on it.  Enjoy!
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Episode #134: Matt, Defend Your Childhood!

August 30th, 2014
Round #2: Hitting the mat swinging for this round, Matt unloads on your ears with a volley of varying styles: Ninjutsu, Sinanju (no relation).  Hell, he may even pull out an ancient medieval sci-fi weapon to finish you off by the end.  Who knows...
Amidst the deluge of 80's nostalgia that hit us during this episode, we actually had an epiphany.  Regarding the "quality" controversy that envelops much of the home entertainment market nowadays, we're of the opinion that a few misaligned pixels ain't nothing on a 3rd generation JVC copy of Super Fuzz.  You don't know a bad picture until you've had auto-tracking recorded on the copy you copied from the friend who copied it off the TV.  Audio:  we're happy we don't have to fight through white noise just to hear the best jokes.  

  

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Episode #132: 2014 SUMMER SLUT PICKS PT. 3

August 16th, 2014
The air grows cooler and Autumn is nigh!  Luckily, we've got one more sunny season selection for you ladies & gentlemen.

With this last sweet, sweet helping of Summer fun, we found a little something for everyone: raccoons, octopuses, apes.  Man, there are a lot more goodies folded into these three flicks, but if we delved further, we'd be spoiling the episode!  And you don't want us doing that, do you?

Thanks to all our avid listeners for giving us the excuse to spend these beautiful summer months entombed in the air conditioned confines of the movie church. 

BTW:  Here's Chris Pratt rattling off Enimem like it ain't no thang

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Episode #105: The Better Angels of Our Nature

February 8th, 2014
Guest Host: Brandon Lee
With the film that swept thru critics & audiences like wildfire, how could we NOT end on such a note?  1 part coming-of-age & 2 parts horror; all topped off with a performance that, to this day, haunts all who've seen it.    

The past few weeks possessed their own unique flavor of modern-day racism: pop-cultured & institutionalized alike.  The culmination lies here.

Thank you all for giving us such great numbers for these rather challenging episodes.  We tend to lean more towards the humorous & eccentric, yet when we decide to tackle such serious topics like this, it's a great feeling to know that you all are along for the ride.

We can't thank Brandon enough for giving us this opportunity.  So without further ado: the third & final installment of our exploration of race in cinema.
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