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 #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 #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 #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

Episode #290: The Bobfather, pt I

July 6th, 2020

GUEST HOST:  THE BOB!!!

  • The Shining/

The good doctor graces our 2nd mic to wax on & off about some Stephen King, both on screen & on the page.  Possibly breaking a record for the longest recording session to date, this had to be broken up into 2 episodes.  The discussion of Dr. Sleep will follow in 2 weeks.

Guess what? - the lazy scene transition we mentioned, turns out the scene itself took over 100 takes!!!  Guess that's where the focus was.  Here's a vid about it.

Episode #289: Epic-sode XII - Zodiac

June 22nd, 2020

Another visit to Fincher Corner brings about a movie we've long wanted to cover.  Not necessarily your typical murder mystery, it dramatizes an actual killer & his actual pursuers.  Um, played by actors of course, but a tremendous amount of effort was involved
to include some of the real folks as consultants.  Check it out!

Links:  David Fincher: Fight Club, Se7en, Social Network, James Vanderbilt: Basic, RundownDavid ShireShort Circuit,  Jake Gyllenhaal: Donnie Darko (also spoiler episode),  Soloist (has all RDJ links),  Mark RuffaloSpotlight,  Dermot Mulroney: Young Guns,  Phillip Baker HallMagnolia

YouTube vids - When Truth is Stranger than Fiction, Infographics.

Episode #288: The Fall of Michael Keaton

June 9th, 2020
  • Mr. Mom/
  • Multiplicity/
  • Desperate Measures/

This week we peruse the trajectory of ol' MK as his characters alter from a good fellow into a bad dude.  Have your clone make some popcorn & scope it out!

LINKS:  Michael KeatonSpiderman Homecoming (has other MK links), 

Episode #287: Asian Celebration II, Kurosawa

May 25th, 2020
  • Throne of Blood/
  • Dersu Uzala/
  • Sanjuro/

A tasty batch of film delights from Japan, with one venturing beyond to tell a Russian tale.  

Links:  2019 Kurosawa Episode (has links to his previous films).

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