Episode #306: Small Axe I-III

March 2nd, 2021
  • Mangrove
  • Lovers Rock
  • Red, White, & Blue

Another episode featuring the mighty Steve McQueen, this time doing a chapter-based serial!  In our 1st episode we cover 3 of 5 stories told, 2 of which are based on historical figures in England's recent history of racial conflict.  Have at it!!

Episode #305: Badasses of Humanity

February 15th, 2021
  • Malcolm & Marie/
  • Beauty Shop/
  • Moonlight/

The fight to survive is usually envisioned as physical, but what about the fight in our heads?  The distance, the connections, the gestures; these things get us by as well.  This episode we look at 3 examples of connection & struggles between people.  Have at it, lovelies!!

Episode #304: Punishing Nazis-sode I

February 1st, 2021
  • Green Room/
  • Iron Sky/
  • Inglourious Basterds/

Sometimes the real life drama can boil over & you need to ease the tension in your mind.  Sometimes when we touch, the honesty's too much.  So... watching nazis get shot might turn your day around!!

How 'bout it?!

LINKS:  3 Degrees of Anton Yelchin (has Fright Night link), Star Trek Beyond (has Cloverfield Paradox link), Blade, Shadow of the Vampire, Hateful 8 (has other Tarantino links), Alita: Battle Angel, Ocean's 11 (has Fight Club link where other Pitt movies are linked), Capt America Civil War, X-Men Days of Future Past (has 1st Class link where other Fassbender links are), Mr. Nobody

IMDB ratings:  70/59/83.  Maybe should be 78/64/86.  

Episode #303: Tremors Franchise

January 17th, 2021
  • Tremors 2/
  • Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell/
  • Tremors: Shrieker Island/

In our 1st year we covered the original Tremors.  Is there value in the sequels?  Have a listen!

Art Credit:  Steven Luros Holliday 
- it can be purchased here:  https://slhdesign.bigcartel.com/

Links:  Tremors, X-Men 1st Class (+ all Kevin Bacon links), Napoleon Dynamite.

Episode #302: Flubisode VII

January 5th, 2021

We mess up.  We record everything.  We save our mistakes to reassemble them about once a year, for entertainment (hopefully).

You - you listen... 

happy 2021!!

Episode #301: Single Object Plot

December 21st, 2020
  • 20 Bucks/
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny/
  • Red Violin/

3 flicks with a fancy for focus.  Feast your follicles on this festival of films as we finish with the flames of 2020.  Finally.

Links:   Hateful 8.

 

Episode #300: Haunting of Hill House Spoiler-sode

December 7th, 2020

It is what is says:  listen if you've seen the show.  If not - the previous episode is a non-spoiler discussion of the series.

Episode #299: The Haunting of Hill House

November 16th, 2020

Join Matt this episode for one of his favorite recent horror shows.  A 9-layer bean dip of dread, this series rules all by putting so much into every character you see.  Hear the slobber through your ear pieces!  Do it!

Links:  Doctor Sleep, Gerald's Game, Suicide Kings, E.T., Sin City

Episode #298: Bargain Shuffle

October 26th, 2020
  • The Burning Dead (15)/
  • West of Hell (18)/
  • Crow (16)/

What an adventure we take you on this week, as Matt goes blindly into 3 movies he randomly bought uber-cheap.  Did it go well?

Links:  Machete, Candyman, Poltergeist, The Crow, The Rock, Last Dragon, Lion in Winter

Episode #297: I’m Glad We Talked-isode

October 12th, 2020
  • Hidden Figures/
  • Dolemite is my Name/
  • Barbershop/

Bringing the subject in the air & on the streets for this year to a close, we bring you some more talk of history while easing into comedy & fiction.  We swear we'll aim for lighter stuff for a while.  Are there specific types of movies people watch during October??  Not sure if we've ever heard about anything...

Links:  Proud Mary (links for Hot Tub Time Machine, Red/Smoking Aces, The Thing, Karate Kid, The Help), Robin Hood (prince of thieves), Spider-man 2 (has links for Interview with a Vampire & Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind/Zack & Miri), Virgin Suicides, 10 Items or Less, Alita: Battle Angel, IT, Beverly Hills Cop, Shrek, Mulan, Golden Child, Demolition Man, New Jack City, Boyz in the Hood (has links for Higher Learning, 3 Kings, & Rampart), 21 Jump St & 22 Jump St, They Live.

Episode #296: We Still Need To Talk-isode

September 28th, 2020

Detroit

Though not an isolated incident, it ended up being an isolated episode as our clock ran out this week.  We have some delectable discussion ready for next time, but there is plenty to chew on for this one.  A brutal mark on our country as we betray our own, this recent film can be difficult as it is believable that this could still happen in nearly the same way. 

Strap in for Matt getting perhaps the most upset he's been on digital tape for this show - 

Links:  Maze Runner, Man on a Ledge, Hurt Locker, Capt America Civil War, Manchurian Candidate, The Hate U Give, Short Term 12, Near Dark, Flatliners, Outbreak, Devil's Advocate, Batman Begins, Dark Knight, The Lookout.

Episode #295: Epic-sode XIII - Black Panther

September 14th, 2020

Photo credit: Chicago Sun Times article.

Matt watched this the day we lost Chadwick Boseman.  There was no way it'd feel good to put it out that weekend, but a postive part of grief paying tribute to those we lose.  Technically part of (& the fulcrum of) the "We Need To Talk" series, it tells a superhero story while scrutinizing the ongoing story of relationships among races and nations.  We think it's actually a good gateway to talking about such things with family & friends, which is why we recommend everyone watch it (again) to maybe gain some empathy toward what others go through.

Note:  The score DID win an Oscar, as did Costume & Design; Kendrick Lamar was nominated.
  Here is the crucial part of Chadwick's Howard speech.  This might be the most inspiring 14 minutes you'll hear this year...

Links:  Boseman: 42 (also has 12 yrs a Slave for Lupita Nyong'o), Message From The King (also Capt Amer Civil War).  Michael B Jordan: Creed.  Angela Bassett:  Boyz in the Hood (Malcolm X link on that post).  Daniel Kaluuya: Widows.  Andy Serkis: LOTR 1/2/3, Planet o' Apes trilogy  Forest Whittaker: Phone Booth, Street Kings, Good Morning Vietnam.  

Episode #294: We Need to Talk-isode

August 31st, 2020
  • Get Out/
  • Just Mercy/

Life threw a wrench in completing this episode, so the 3rd movie will have to wait.  Matt put off dealing with the current social conversation long enough.  2 command performances from the leads that each spark a different dialogue.  We all need to be better & do better; maybe getting a little preachy will spur a few along (us, not the movies).  There are also a multitude of places to donate your money & time to in helping out.

Here is a brief Interview with Daniel Kaluuya.  Here is another with John Boyega (yes - they both did were questioned about playing Americans).  Here is Samuel L Jackson directly questioning Kaluuya's casting, along with David Oyelowo for MLK.

Episode #293: IT (movies)

August 17th, 2020

We already covered the mini-series, so we are overdue in considering how the films rounded out.  So, uh, here we are.  BTW, the flicks are rated 73% & 65% on IMDB.  Matt says more like 83/75.

 

Links:  IT miniseries,  Stranger Things s1 (also s1 spoiler-sode) & s2, The Help, Atomic Blonde (has 2 X-men links), Adventureland.   

Episode #292: In Defense of Adam Sandler

August 3rd, 2020
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Spanglish
  • Uncut Gems

It isn't even easy to defend the funny Sandler movies in recent years, but he has broken that loop a few times over his career.  If you know what we've already covered, then the 3 choices are easy; if not...  I mean, listen either way!  3 times where he wowed the crowd.  Have at it.

Their IMDB scores are 73, 64, and 74.  Does that help? 

Links:  Happy Gilmore, Wedding Singer (i guess i love not saying which Sandler flix i discuss!), Reign Over Me, 50 1st Dates, Magnolia (has other Phillip Seymour Hoffman links), Equilibrium (has links for Red Dragon and Cold Souls), Traffic, Bone Collector, Mysterious Skin, Eternal Sunshine..., Lady Bird, Short Term 12, Sorry to Bother You, Selma, Straight Outta Compton

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