Episode #246: Starz Shuffle

October 8th, 2018
  • Death at a Funeral (2010)
  • Proud Mary (2018)
  • Passengers (2016)

A benefit of the streaming services many of us now use is an abundance of options, which allows us to try out movies we haven't heard of or wouldn't pay 10-15 bucks to see in a theater.  Despite a list of stuff to cover, we sometimes enjoy just diving into stuff that catches our eye.  This episode has some shiny objects from Starz streaming.  Chill out & tune in!

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Episode #245 TV: Why These Shows Work

September 21st, 2018

Shows discussed:  Ozark, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad & Better Call Saul.  As contrasts we speak briefly about Rules of Engagement, Blackish, Disjointed & Big Bang Theory, Friends, Seinfeld.  

Weeds is mentioned a bit, as are 13 Reasons Why & Insatiable.  

Enjoy & we'll get back to regular scheduled programming after Matt returns from his lil' break!

The pic is from here & the comment thread is PRICELESS for Arrested Development fans - do yourself a favor...  Peas??

https://www.reddit.com/r/arresteddevelopment/comments/6umjoc/the_many_faces_of_justin_bateman/

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Episode #244: Remakes for Debate - Ocean’s 11

September 10th, 2018

1960 vs 2001 vs 2018*

In a rare moment, we're able to talk about remakes while considering a new entry still in theaters (though it's a sequel to the 3 newer movies). 
*Obviously the 2018 discussion is brief as it's current - though we say go see it for yourself as it is a good time!

This was fun because it'd been so long since Matt had viewed the remake & had never gotten around to the original.  Why?  Dunno, maybe he answers it during the episode...

LINKS:   Fight Club (has other Pitt links), Feb 18 (both Cheadle), Traffic (also features Matt's favorite), Iron Man 3, Reign Over MeDogma (has other Damon links), Good Night & Good Luck, Burn After Reading, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (Clooney & Roberts), HookManchurian Candidate, Batman, All Quiet on the Western Front.  Also, here's our Cate Blanchett episode in case you doubt our devotion

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Episode #243: TV Families - Roseanne

August 27th, 2018
  • Ladybird (Laurie Metcalf)
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane (John Goodman)
  • Poison Ivy (Sara Gilbert)

A long overdue resurrection for this series, we ended up with a super relevant episode!  3 titles that you're not likely to find near each other on the shelf at the movie store.  Strangely, Poison Ivy was on a Leo DiCaprio shelf & Matt didn't even see him while watching it!  Video store mean nothing to you? - alright:  they won't be in the same genre batch (line?) or page on your streaming service...  This was a fun one & covers some interesting ground between the 3 movies.  Have at it!

BT Dubs - Clov Lane made a bit over 30 million outside the U.S., meaning it made nearly 7 times its budget.

BT also Dubs - Social Media:  The Cinema Triforce on Facebook.  @cinemasluts on Twitter.  cinemasluts@gmail.com for you hardcores.

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Episode #242: Unsung Heroes I

August 13th, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

  • Ghostbusters I & II (Ernie Hudson)
  • Train to Busan (the conductor)
  • Terminator Genisys (multiple actors)

 A new idea that we hope to garner at least a few episodes from, we look at a particular character or group of characters (if necessary) to maybe shine a new light on some characters that may not be the leads but are still significant if not amazing within the flick.

There aren't many links as we skimmed the info for these movies, but we did mention Ghostbusters & T2.   

NOTES:  Funny thing - the actor portraying the T-1000 was a fave of Matt's:  Byung Hun Lee!!  We couldn't get a copy of the movie in time, so we had to shoot from the hip for that one.  He certainly would have noticed given the chance to see it this week.  

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Episode #241: Numbers & Stuff

August 1st, 2018
  • 2 Days in the Valley
  • The Number 23
  • Lucky Number Slevin 

 A series we've wanted to do for years, this unifies varied movies by a linking factor of numbers.  Every one of these has significant spoilers that we avoided in talking about the plots themselves, but we dug deep into some of the concepts presented.  Enjoy!!

 Links:  MonsterLeonRed (has other Bruce Willis & Morgan Freeman links),

Here is the "Who's On 1st" routine from Abbott & Costello (NOT Laurel & Hardy, Matt's never watched movies from EITHER duo!! )

Rotten Tomatoes Scores for those who care but don't care to search:        - Valley: Critic 59% positive at 60% avg, Audience 54% positive at 60% avg.      - #23: Critic 8% positive at 35% avg, Audience 56% positive at 64% avg. 

- Slevin: Critic 51% positive at 59% avg, Audience 87% positive at 76% avg. 

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Episode #240: Flubisode V Sector II

July 15th, 2018

More screwups, need we say anything else?

Matt finally made another flub mix track for the end as well!!

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Episode #239: Epic-sode XI - Magnolia

July 7th, 2018

After years of movie talk, we finally get to one of the artsy directors so many were probably screaming for us to do!!  Thanks for your patience, we hope it paid off for you.  A strong episode talking about a strong movie for you deep diggers of film out there.

ARTWORK by Justin Reed

Notes:  Matt forgot to mention in talking something about the multiple sides nature of this flick.  A sympathetic cop character with his professional & personal struggles is needed now more than when the movie came out; a difficult job to be sure.  Most people are not happy to see you...
Plus the solid COPS show association.  WaHOO!!

LINKS:  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  Julianne Moore: Don Jon (also has Harry & the Hendersons), Evolution, Carrie.  Jason Robards: Philadelphia, Something Wicked This Way Comes.  Phillip Seymour Hoffman: Twister, Red Dragon, 3 Degrees episode.  Melinda Dillon: a Xmas Story, Reign Over Me, Harry & The Hendersons.  William H. Macy: Psycho, Fargo.  Melora Walters:  Butterfly Effect.  Tom Cruise:  Last Samurai, Vanilla Sky, Minority Report, also Interview w/Vampire, Legend, & Risky Business.  

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Episode #238: Flub-isode V - Dead Men Tell No Flubs

June 17th, 2018

- DO NOT listen to this as a 1st episode, pick ANY other post without the word Flub in it!! :)   

Our fifth installment of mistakes that we make while recording.  Also some things that for various reasons were cut out of episodes we've done.

NOTES:  Even in the introduction segments there were errors!!  This is in fact the 5th flubisode (counting the sound checkisode with David) not the 6th.  Matt forgot to mention the times when he is swearing at thumping - that's the ridiculously loud upstairs neighbors that are loud enough to pick up on the mic.  There is also some swearing when trying to get things right; here's a compilation of the Friends cast with similar foul flub struggles.  Those really paying attention, Matt meant to say he has raging boners for soundtracks.  He neglected to finish the thought, so it sounded like he just admitted to hard-ons while recording!  Not MOST days, for the record...

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Episode #237: Stranger Things 2

June 4th, 2018

Stranger Things was a mammoth of a series when it debuted.  It seems most saw the 2nd season when it appeared, the the hubbub quickly died down despite it doing a pretty durned fantastic job in creating another strong arc for the characters we've come to love & some noobs as well.  We wanted to dig deeper than Matt's last TVsode when he almost scratched the surface with a drive-by thumbs up for ST 2.  Really looking at the overall structure, it deserves far more credit than it got for changing it up without becoming something else.

Links:  IT, TVsode III.

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Episode #236: Love Battle

May 19th, 2018
  • Ex Machina
  • True Romance

Movies with unique takes on 2 people who are fascinated with each other while up against the odds.  Pat Benatar was right.  Take it in, folks!!

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Episode #235: Pre-Finity War

May 1st, 2018
  • Deadpool
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
  • mystery Marvel-icious treat

Feel the need for more comicbook movie discussion?  Hopefully, cause we sure did!!  Dig in as we load more Marvel onto our fork (with a dash of Fox in there, too!).  Are these 3 necessary before seeing Inifinity War?  No - but they are good examples of continued strength as Marvel keeps pushing heroes our way; also, all but Deadpool are almost surely in I-War.  

Something Matt forgot to mention aboot GotG2: overuse of single songs is a thing & was pushed with 1 especially - even as it applies to your story, don't overdo it!!  BUT here's a link to a fun sdtk video with The Hoff!

Other Links:  Ryan Reynolds: Van Wilder.  TJ Miller: Train ur Dragon.  Rhett Reese/Paul Wernick: Zombieland.  Tom Holkenborg (XL Junkie):  Fury Road.  Tyler Bates is also discussed in Dawn of the Dead & John Wick in the last 2 links here.

Kurt Russell: Bone TomahawkThe ThingStargate (has all other links).  Bradley Cooper: A-Team, Wet Hot American Summer.  Chris Pratt: briefly discussed in Jurassic World.

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Episode #234: No Ghosts Nor Shells

April 15th, 2018
  • Delirious (2006)/
  • Battle Royale/
  • Under The Skin/

To avoid an episode getting into Ghost in the Shell that many may avoid, we opted instead to look at other movies with some of the leads in them.  As a slapdash assortment, these 3 movies actually bounce off each well during the episode - which was nice!  Enjoy...

Note:  The Silenced was the Korean film Matt was struggling to think of.

 

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Episode # 233: TVsode III

April 1st, 2018

More TV.

How much more?  III !!!

NOTES:
Here is an interesting essay about Taiwan.  

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Episode #232: Somethin’ By the Ladies

March 19th, 2018
  • A League of Their Own/
  • Monster/
  • Hurt Locker/

 This episode puts a spotlight on women who direct.  Some amazing work with varied subject matter & genre, this was an adventure in watching as much as discussing the movies!  May you all enjoy it, and may the future be flooded with options for female directors with big films to discuss...

 LINKS:  Long Kiss Goodnight, Big, Greedy, Kung Fu Panda, Backdraft & Twister, Mad Max Fury Road, Devil's AdvocateMillion Ways to Die in the West, Prometheus, Beetlejuice/Addams Family & AF Values, Near Dark, L.A. Confidential.  

Notes:  Obviously Renner was noticed in Avengers by anyone who missed Hurt Locker, if that needs to be said.  One thing Matt didn't talk about was the fact that Bigelow's movie was a dude buffet with 2 (& change) scenes with Evangeline Lily.  A strong point that women do not struggle to make movies about men, with its own counterpoint that maybe a legitimate female presence is a good goal in a no-nonsense story?  As a minimal viewer of war films, he may have overshot on what is typical for them (after all, Maverick screws up & has to learn to win).

Ratings for League/Monster/Hurt Locker   

     imdb:  72/73/76
     Rotton Tomatoes:  League.  critic - 77% positive 68% avg.  audience - 84 positive 68% avg.
                                Monster.  critic - 81% positive 72% avg.  audience - 81 positive 70% avg.                                      Locker.    critic - 97% positive 85% avg.  audience - 84 positive 78% avg.

Here's some info on soldier armor in Iraq, though we couldn't find Petraeus' statements on the situation.  Here's something about ears: a frightening thread of possibility.

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