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 #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, Million 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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Episode #225: Hulu Shuffle

December 16th, 2017
  • The Hero/
  • Colossal/
  • Nerve/

You want new stuff?  You want things you can easily find?  You want minimal relation between the movies?  Well - all those things are placed before in this episode!!  3 movies that Matt had not seen prior to recording, an adventure for all.  Were they all good? All bad.  strap in & hear the results.

LINKS:  Hick, Natural Born Killers, Tombstone, 21 Jumpstreet, 500 Days of Summer.  

PS - Trance was the Danny Boyle movie Matt was trying to think of...

art modified for thumbnail:  X Inn Interior by Stoyan Stoyanov

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Episode #224: Turkey vs Reindeer

December 3rd, 2017

It's a Holiday Surprise!!  I mean, 2 of 'em, technically..

Anyhoo, enjoy a comparison episode about the monthly meals that seal up each year.  We would have done this before T-gives but didn't think of it in time.  Whoops!  2 vastly different films go head to head in this episode - 2 movies Matt had never seen, which was exciting.  Burn & log, have some nog, and tune in for this winter wonder-sode.

Links:  Holiday episodes - Pre-Season Warmup, Xmas in July.  Technically Misery has winter so there must be xmas in there somewhere!  The Iron Man 3 episode has all RDJ episodes done prior, including Weird Science in the Anthony Michael Hall episode (that episode has Edward Scissorhands too) !  
Holly Hunter: Copycat, Incredibles, Raising AZ.  Dylan McDermott: In the Line of Fire, Automata.  Charles Durning: Hudsucker Proxy, Muppet Movie.  Also - Short Circuit for the Guttenbergians out there - in Automata link ABOVE.  Also mentioned:  Fright Night, Gremlins, Sequel-sode (Hot Tub Time Machine 2)

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Episode #223: Wunderkind

November 13th, 2017
  • Leon (The Professional) (Natalie Portman)/
  • Firestarter (Drew Barrymore)/
  • I Am Sam (Dakota Fanning)/

Often times people speak up about annoying kids (why do you think we haven't done Six-String Samurai yet?! [Also, is there such a thing as too many parentheses?]), but do we always hear about kids when they do an amazing job?  The Triforce is here to fill that void for you by spanning the decades & genres in this episode.  Who did it best?  Take a listen, find out!!  

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Episode #220: Series v. Movie - To The Bone

September 23rd, 2017

You've heard about it & seen it or avoided it.  Or - you haven't heard about it much at all.  The point is - you should see it if you have not.  The 2nd part in our topic that doesn't get enough discussion, we follow suicide with eating disorders.  We're definitely finding a lighter clump of movies for our next episode...  For everyone's sake.  

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Episode # 219: Series v. Movie - 13 Reasons Why

September 9th, 2017

Does more time = better quality or depth of story?  Can you compare long-hand plotlines to something told over roughly 2 hours?  This week, our answer is yes.  Of course, the series details combined with the topic created a need for a 2-parter.  Next Episode:  To The Bone.

With an already long episode, we don't wanna bog you down here with a description, except to say:  If you're currently feeling on edge, we can't guarantee this discussion will help at the moment or that you should watch the show before maybe finding some help.  

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7 in the U.S.

The site below has a list of international #'s to call.

http://ibpf.org/resource/list-international-suicide-hotlines

Thanks for listening, we hope it does some good.  
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Episode #216: Epic Epic-sode III Girl Kicked Hornet

July 29th, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

This week we finish our Dragon Tattoo Trilogy of the extended Swedish films.  

Not much to say here - 

Some episodes mentioned: Kill Bill, Let the Right One In (Swedish version)

Here's the Blind Melon video that shows why we used it for the intro.

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Episode #215: Epic Epic-sode II - Girl Who Played w/Fire

July 15th, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!!

Round 2 of our Swede-a-Thon in honor of Michael Nyqvist.  We reckon a nice asset to this sequel is a continuation of the tone without 'more of the same.'  Different police involved, different dynamic with our 2 leads, and a slightly different approach to our episode as we go into spoiler territory.  Those who listen to this episode should have already seen the 1st & 2nd film, so we take liberties that we normally avoid in discussing the finer details of the stories.

As there are no other movies we've covered related to the director, writer, or additional actors in the 2nd film, there are no links for this episode.  Links for Nyqvist & Noomi Rapace are in the previous episode description.  

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Episode #214: Epic Epic-sode I - Girl w/the Dragon Tattoo

July 3rd, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!! 

The modern era has made it far easier for movies to be seen worldwide.  Through that, audiences in the U.S. have better access than ever to see movies that have been remade from overseas.  This series of films is pretty darn sweet (so far - as Matt hasn't seen them all yet!).  Join us as we pay tribute to another god of the silver screen stripped away from us too soon... 

Links: Michael Nyqvist: John Wick, Girl in the Book.  Others mentioned - Flatliners, Mads Mikkelsen, Robin Hood, Prometheus, Grosse Pointe Blank.

Notes:  Okay, Matt was wrong about Colin & Mads pronunciation; he was right about William Baldwin (only so much to be proud of there).  We try to get it right, but can't always nail it in the moment.  Also - Ace of Base are Swedes, too!!

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Episode #212: Shuffle of Death pt II - Labyrinth

June 3rd, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

Join us for the exciting conclusion of our death discussion.  Excitement for the movies, not for death & dead people.  You know what we mean, consarn it.  Labyrinth is a cornerstone of many a childhood.  As Matt was limited in his praise for The Last Unicorn (here's a link), you will find him unlimited in his love for this one.  

As we sadly witness the Muppet Show disappear as fast as it returned recently, we still have a strong catalog of Jim Henson creations to adore.  As a fantasy film, there is only a small amount of overt time references that help it retain potency.  We aren't saying it isn't drenched in 80's but hey, so is Blade Runner & that's timeless, right?  If you ever liked it, you will probably still dig it as an adult.  We would venture that kids growing up now will like it & each generation will come to gain respect for the fireball of beautiful ambiguity that is David Bowie.  We forgot to mention that his songs have been used almost 600 times in movies/television (probably a lot more in the next few years.)

We didn't speak of it, but the writing actually doesn't slant Sarah as a 'girl' character.  It is a teenager hanging onto youth.  The character could have been a boy with almost no alteration in the script, which is significant in making it a rather universal character because that aspect doesn't really affect their story.  Yet another subtlety in this movie that seems simple on the surface.   

LINKS:    Bowie: Prestige.  Jennifer Connelly: Stuck in Love (all links on that post). Muppet episode, Dark Crystal.  Trevor Jones: Last of the Mohicans (all links on that post).     Also, here's the Yankee Rose video!

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Episode #210: Remakes for Debate III

May 5th, 2017

Death Game (1977) versus Knock Knock (2015)

It should be noted up front that the Sluts LOVE John Wick (& #2!).  Here is that episode as evidence.  Not sure how it wasn't mentioned, to be honest.

Right, right - onto the actual episode description.  Matt compares a remake with a different name.  Were they distancing themselves from the original (like Disney from the original Tron?) despite having many from the old film as producers?  The old title does kinda sound like a slasher title...  
If nothing else, these might sell themselves with women invading homes as the plot.  Some who have seen the older film may want to defend it, but we'd be curious if it feels the same to watch it today after 40 years.  Does the new version offer a different feel, or enough of a similar feel?  Tune in & find out!

Notes:  When he said Medea, he meant the Greek tragedy, not the modern comedy movie tragedies.

Links:  coming soon. (grin)

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Episode #208: Slice of Life Films

April 10th, 2017
  • Adventureland
  • Lost in Translation
  • Drinking Buddies

 As Big action with big heroes in big capes n tights surround us, sometimes we just need a simple movie that won't blow our speakers out or wake up the neighbors.  This week we offer you a tiny book of calm for your overstimulated brains.  3 movies that just deal in regular human stuff of daily life.  No super powers, no robots, no villains.

What - just plain life?!  No, and yes...  Obviously movies are art so they have to entertain you while showing you things you may have already lived through (& some you hopefully haven't).  Enjoy!!

Notes:  It may be Into the Wild that has a decent Kristen Stewart performance in it as well.

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