Episode #183: Star Wars: Hope & Empire

April 30th, 2016

Episodes IV & V  (VI will be the next episode)

Finally what some of you have been waiting for - a look at the sleeper hit series of the 70's & 80's.  Even those who have avoided seeing Star Wars films cannot deny how enTRENCHed they are in the social psyche.  Apparently they mean so much to us that we couldn't wrangle them into a single episode!

This may feel a bit different, as there is a significance beyond just viewing the films.  With this & the upcoming episode, we discuss some of the social phenomena along with personal experiences surrounding the films.  

With few small exceptions, we actually don't spoil it for those who may opt to watch them after hearing us babble on about them..  we won't FORCE anyone to see them, of course.  

Naturally, we used as many opportunities to include songs from the late great Prince - a terrible loss to powerful, lasting music coming from a man unafraid of looking and being exactly what he wanted..

Here is the video for the song we used in the outro - ragtime cantina.

Here is the link for Vader Sessions.
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Episode # 182: Somethin’ for the Ladies

April 18th, 2016
Short Term 12/
Stuck in Love/
The Girl in the Book/
 
Here is an episode prominently featuring women.  Mostly dramatic material, as we opted away from the fluff often presented with female leads.  Things have changed a lot with film-making and the stories written; some things have changed slower and less than others.  We present you with some exceptions to often silly rules.
 
BTW, the trailers are mostly bad - trust our thoughts on these movies not being what is promoted.  Girl in the Book is the only one that is even close..
 
Here is a review of Girl in the Book by the L.A. Times, proof that even some critics missed the mark.
 
Note:  the last song is Drain S.T.H.  An all-female Swedish band that never got much radio play, they feel like a female Alice in Chains (high praise).  Matt wasn't sure if they had any videos, as none really played on tv - here's the opening track off 1 of 2 albums:  I Don't Mind.  Though all gorgeous, they did not feature any photos in the debut album.  EMI - please don't pull this; we are showcasing your products..  go buy their albums if you like what you hear, folks.  
 
PS:  Matt has since watched Trainwreck & enjoyed it.  Not hilarious for his taste, but easily worth a watch. Kobe is pretty good in it (as is a surprise athlete)..
 
Links:
 
Jennifer Connelly: Dark City, Day the Earth Stood Still, Higher Learning
Brie Larson: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Don Jon, 21 Jump St
Greg Kinear: Unknown
Michael Nyqvist: John Wick
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Episode #181: Epic-sode IX Lawrence of Arabia

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. 
Maurice Jarre: School Ties, Ghost, Fatal Attraction
Peter O'Toole:  Lion in Winter
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!!
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