March 12th, 2017
- 40-Year-Old Virgin
For once in 5 years, we truly let the hate out the gate. The bile has bubbled over and off-the-cuff remarks will no longer cut it: we must tear into that which hurts our brains & heart (and eyes & ears, of course). The 2nd movie was not the intended target, but it fit with the issues at hand in its own way. There will be a 3rd movie from the hate pil in the next episode that will feature Chris Fred!!! Keep an ear out for that. Until then, courage -
Notes: Perhaps a reason why Matt preferred Trainwreck is that Amy Schumer wrote the screenplay as well.
Links: here is the wheezing the ju uice scene.
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.
August 15th, 2016
The time for mistakes is upon you!! Never heard us screw up, you say? Well then, you have more episodes to seek out on the Podbean.com page!
As the struggle of schedules, guests, and locations continues, it seemed the right moment to hit you with an overdue Flubs episode. The clips here go all the way back to episode 152, so you've got plenty of Chris & David along with some guest host bits from the last year & change.
Just to keep us honest, there were only 88 clips to be wrangled into this tasty mess-up meal. Don't spoil your dinner and tell your friends! But tell them to listen to other episodes before listening to this one... This isn't the place to nurture a new person's love for us.
For those who adore the fails & extras - here are the 1st 3 flubisodes: 48
- One of the longest 'unknown noise' moments is actually stomach grumbling, just in case anyone imagines something more sinister.
Here's a clip for most of us who don't know/remember who the hell Robert Vaughn is: Magnificent Seven
Vaughn speaks at 1:30.
also - here's an interview & some lawyer commercials: Vaughn 2
April 3rd, 2016
ONE MAN... ONE MATCH... ONE CROSSFADE TO ONE SUN...
Peter O'Toole is Hollywood royalty, notorious both on and off screen. Sit down with us as we talk about the movie that started it all. As long movies from earlier eras go, some get too self-indulgent and don't necessarily have the writing to hold up in modern times. If they do, the casts don't always have the performance to make it all work. See our discussion of Ben Hur
as an example. We can still comfortably claim before it comes out that the original will be better than the upcoming remake with 300-style yelling added.
Lawrence of Arabia lives up to its hype. Is it lengthy? Yes, but rings & potters taught us to sit for long periods again.. This is an amazing feat in presenting a world not looked at much in films at the time (how much Africa or African culture was in Casablanca?), yet is somewhat universal and still important in seeing how we argue and fight, sometimes over small differences.
For those who really want to know: Matt didn't watch the Alec Guinness version of Great Expectations in school...
For those who love math: IX is correct, as we accidentally labelled 2 episodes as IV; now it is your fault for not telling us for nearly 2 years!!
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
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 Creed, The Revanent, The 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??
January 10th, 2016
Funny is funny and dark is dark, but can they hang out together? The 80's and 90's brought us a definitive YES a few times. Making death or deviance comical is no small thing, especially considering how few examples there are of this evil recipe being cooked so nicely in the years since these flicks. Shaun of the Dead is dark and funny, but also has legitimate zombie action and drama in it. Plus, we covered it in episode 2!
Beyond succeeding then, these movies are still funny and the production value holds up too. Are they alone? Has anything competed for the title in the last 20 years? So I Married An Axe Murderer has this flavor, but is there a post-2000 equivalent? Tell us all about it. That is, after you listen to us tell you all about these 2 delights!!
December 20th, 2015
BEHOLD! The triumphant return of CHRIS!!
Here is another episode with 3 degrees of that guy/gal. Mads Mikkelsen has built quite an audience - known as Madsturbators - despite a limited number of films in the U.S. since the 1st one we are talking about. Though he is a hero of Danish cinema, it was television that brought him back to many of us in recent years.
Join us as we push our envelope further by devoting some time to talking about TV (as always, no spoilers). Time schedules made it so we were only able to cover 2 films, but we will give you some lowdown on A Royal Affair after we get a chance to glance at it.
For the Fannibals -
Here is the Scott Thompson skit that Matt almost quoted correctly: Dinosaurs
For those Bound to Bond -
Here are links for 2 of the 3 documentaries on the 2-dvd set for Casino Royale: Becoming Bond. Bond for Real. The 3rd is blocked by MGM, so go rent it from your local video store.. the strongest of the docs is about Bond Girls. A fascinating look at the changing nature of the characters by the actors themselves. Worth the time and more directly insightful than we are here in our podcast tower on gender norms.
If you're still reading this: good work, you're a trooper. The music overwhelming the (obviously) American trailer for the Hunt linked up top is a perfect example of what we're talking about compared to the movie itself.
December 6th, 2015
Guest Host: David Biehn!!
- /Space Mutiny
- /Quest of the Delta Knights
The Triforce has always avoided direct discussion of TV shows to date (though tell us if that interests you: firstname.lastname@example.org ), but MST3K as it is known to many is the middle of the road. It was on TV, but they watched movies..
David is a fellow MSTie & devout fan of their offshoots since the show ended in 1999. It seemed the right time & he the right guest to talk of the tube. MST always did Turkey Day marathons, so this year we had our own. This one may feel a bit strange as we are chronicling the history of the series, but hey - less actor/production bio talk!! Enjoy our tribute to a unique show with just the kinda sick (yet safe for cable) & silly humor we love.
By the way, as if we didn't they think were cool enough, Shout Factory has put many full episodes on Youtube with annotations for what the references/jokes are from!! Here are links for full MST3K episodes of Mitchell
: these were 2 of the movies considered for this episode.
Here is the link for Happy Gilmore
where we're pretty certain we spoke of the cool that is Kiel.
For those who haven't heard of Turkish Star Wars (oh yeah, it is real): here is a taste - Trailer. The whole movie can be found on youtube. Also here's the Australian Energizer commercial. Streuth!!
Keeping it 100 - my folder is called "Metal served with Brown Betty & Death (but mostly Death)."
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
- Links for episodes mentioned:.
October 25th, 2015
First off: these trailers don't do the movies or their tone justice - just trust us and watch 'em!
Blow that dust off your earbuds or headphones - the Triforce returns!! Some movies are so full of actors, you know it's gonna take a while to even get through the list. We made it simple by only looking at 2 in a sitting. One blew up & was then forgotten; one didn't even have the exposure to be forgotten. We now cast a light on 2 movies chock full of actors we now know, but were not the same stars when they were made.
Thanks for awaiting our return. We should keep to the schedule of every other Saturday again from now forward. Have a safe Halloween for those who partake -
Links for episodes mentioned:
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..
July 25th, 2015
Do you think you're going to die? Sure, we all do.. but how? HOW?!?!