Episode #56: Better Than Sex

February 24th, 2013

We've all heard the phrase 'Sex Sells;' this week it's time to talk about it!  Well, okay... not just sex, but our triad of films this week definitely achieved a status of 'filthy' film infamy due to their frequency of flesh. While sex does indeed permeate the entertainment world, it's odd that movies which choose to tackle the subject are in most cases instantly vilified.  Perhaps SOME have a lesson to teach us, either through their inherent narrative or by the reaction they illicit.  Here are a few:

  • Basic Instinct
  • Color of Night
  • Secretary

There are plenty of movies that involve sexuality and a good story - we want to know what moves you.  We're fairly certain most people like sex AND have an opinion regarding the subject.  As there are classier ways to include women without strictly sexual thrillers or sappy 'rom coms,' we would deeply appreciate any feedback beyond this topic, too.  Ladies, we're asking you, 'what are you thinking about?'  In regards to film, that is.

Episode #55: A Good Week to Die Hard

February 16th, 2013

In an attempt to be current, we dug in at our local regal for over 12 hours for a die hard marathon. We cap the Die Hard series after Episode 44, including a brief aural look at the V-day 5th installment.  As we do not spoil the new film beyond our reaction, we recommend listening before you go if that is your plan.  Just to say it directly, this week we cover:

  • Die Harder (Die Hard 2)
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance
  • Live Free or Die Hard

The original Die Hard set the mold for all action cakes or jellos.  over 25 years, they have managed to continue the character 4 more times without doing the same movie over & over (do you hear us, Vin Diesel?).  Strong non-white characters and strong females populate the series; a brag that doesn't ever feel pushed in the characters.  Despite the draw for destruction, there are some subversive social integration lessons lil' white kids from Idaho can learn about getting on in the world.  Hopefully, it transcended to everyone who struggles with the other - but hopefully not with terrorists.  When it comes to 'suffering' through action flicks, you cannot do much better.  If you can, we've probably already covered it.  We swear we'll branch out...  we swear on the precious.

Episode #54: Remakes for the Better/Worse

February 9th, 2013

The Quiet American - 1958 alongside 2002

Vital both on & off screen, the social atmosphere is one of the most pivotal lynch pins to a film.  From the flow of the production to the tone of the premiere, many films over the decades skyrocketed or plummeted contingent on the world around it.  Salt of the Earth, now considered an exceptional achievement in film-making, was vilified to the point of banishment by (most of) its contemporary audience. This week's installment of "Remakes for the Better/Worse" exhibits a similar quandary.

  • 1958 - Michael Redgrave, Audie Murphy, Giorgia Moll
  • 2002 - Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen

Does the original run the risk of being just another late-fifties melodrama, only to pull a complete 180 to blow you out of your proverbial seat?  And what of the remake?  With the Vietnam War being long over, was the modern production able to craft a more concise & compelling storyline thanks to the benefit of a more informed public & historical hindsight?  To find out... you have to listen.  You cannot be objective; you have to take a side.

Episode #53: Never The Twain Shall Meet

February 3rd, 2013

This week, our theme bears a unique appraisal.  Not a watery litany of conventional "Best _______ Ever" nor an obscure ode to film snobbery; more a clever "Food for Thought" assessment that rather unceremoniously plopped into our collective laps.  This idea spans a select number of films when factors bring about unique (and less than ideal) work conditions for shooting and creativity is a must.

You see...  one fine day, deep within the recesses of Matt's fevered psyche, a bright burning ember sprang forth quite vividly.  Once he made mention of this dazzling gem to Chris, it was decided that the episode MUST happen.

Would you like to know what it is?  Well, give a listen & you'll find out.

Here are 3 hints:

  • Star Trek II:  The Wrath of Khan
  • Sin City
  • No Country for Old Men

We'll give you 1 more  hint:  Tupac at Coachella.  (He's not in the movies, it's the nature of that performance).

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