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 #221: Stupid I’d Rather Watch

October 24th, 2017

The Jerk vs. UHF

Steve Martin & Weird Al:  2 titans of tenacity when it comes to bizarritudeyness.  These were in fact the 1st starring roles for each of these performers in a major motion picture.  It wasn't the original thought to get 2 movies that featured non-actors crossing over, but that's the way it happened!!  Who wore it better?  Adjust those rabbit ears & find out -

Episodes mentioned:  Planes, Trains, & AutmobilesMulanBlade Runner/Blood Simple/Harry & the Hendersons.

Here's the trivia vid on production of The Jerk.  Here's a nice tribute to The Jerk by Jack Black.

 

Episode #187: Marvel Chapter 3: Iron Man 3

June 26th, 2016
 
Featured Art:  Jeffrey Veregge.  Buy T-shirts with some of his art here!!  https://shop.fingersduke.com/collections/jeffrey-veregge?page=1

Is it over yet?!  After this, yes - for now...  but go see Civil War (it's still in theaters as of 6/26).  Our last Marvel installment, finally.  Whew!!  We'll get away from costumes & explosions for a while, we swears on the precious.  No fantasy either!!  We will honor the latest of our fallen cinematic comrades next episode.

 

Despite some of the back & forth moments in this episode about tidbits & their implications, this movie remains for the Triforce Folk one of the strongest Marvel movies.  Twice the Iron Man films have devoted attention to powerful enemies:  those on the inside.  PTSD is actually portrayed in this movie!  Even those who like/love this movie admit to it being at odds with the other Marvel films, likely exactly as Shane Black intended.  If anyone ever said it feels like a Lethal Weapon movie with RDJ; um, sure... in the most awesome of ways!!  Listen as we go deep into the grooves of this wonderful bizarro superhero departure.

 

Here's a great promo for IM3 that was almost the episode pic: Paltrow Pic
As to the art used - msg us on FB & we'll tell you where to go.  It's a secret on this particular post for reasons.. :)

Here's a great bit on Fallon:  RDJ Staredown

 

NOTE:  To clarify our collective thoughts on Spiderman: The boast of the best is the Representation of the character - which can't trump the full-length films, but the way that Karl Urban captured Bones that you knew him before he said his name... we thought Tom Holland nailed it with very little time to work with. Perhaps Matt dug it most.
 
Episode Links:  
Shane Black - Kiss Kiss Bang BangLethal Weapons (& Predator)Last Action HeroLong Kiss Goodnight. Brian Tyler - RamboLaw Abiding Citizen.
Gwyneth Paltrow - Se7en.Terence Howard - William Sadler - Ben Kingsley
Guy Pierce - L.A.ConfidentialPrometheusRavenous.
RDJ - Weird Science (& Johnny Be Good)Richard IIINatural Born Killers.
Here is the 1st Marvel compilation we did with the 1st Avengers - Marvel Week
*This episode covered Ultron, Ant-Man, Jurassic World & Rogue Nation - Summer Spectacular.

Episode #159: History on the Screen

April 19th, 2015
It's been little over a year since we last delved into history via cinema.  What was intended to be one episode evolved into a triptych of awesome (#102#103 & #105assisted in no small part by our friend Brandon.  Only one of those was history-based (102 about Malcolm X); all three movies come from U.S. history this time.  Plus, Selma is a nice answer to Malcolm X.

Trying to be brief, we were able to "stay on target" and cover our three choices without falling down the rabbit hole.  As in not talking so darned long..

We leave you with a nice MLK zinger, even if you skip this episode (but you know, um, don't...)  : 

 
 "We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

P.S.  Here is the Leeroy Jenkins clip.  His mistake is at about 0:25 and the specific reference is at about 1:00-1:10.  

 
Here is the Cheerios ad reaction.  If you won't sit through the whole thing - after the 1st part, skip to 4:47 where a black kid talks about how uncomfortable he is 'joking' with his white friends.

Episode #145: Epic-sode V: Gandhi

November 16th, 2014
The horror is finally behind us, blood-drenched listeners.  After enduring six weeks of terror, dread & disgust, how about something to cheer you & raise your spirits?

Sort of...

While it has been said that nothing is perhaps more horrific than actual torrid history, we also find jewels of hope & achievement woven within these same homespun threads.

Mohandas K Gandhi, "Mahatma" or "Bapu" to his friends, was one such jewel.  In 1982, Richard Attenborough delivered his 15 years-in-the-making magnum opus unto the world.  

It inspired, enchanted, & incited.  This feat is indeed worthy of a "Saga" classification.  Epic, we might say.  We did say.  Stop listening to what we're saying..  we mean, listen to all that we say.  We have microphones

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