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).

Episode #262: Kurosawa I

May 26th, 2019
  • One Wonderful Sunday/
  • Scandal/
  • I Live in Fear/

Taking a look at some films before his international infamy, we delve into the brilliant brain of one of Japan's most influential and epic directors.  Though 2 of his major hits came to America within 2 years of release, the 3rd movie discussed did not do so for 12!  Was it the subject matter?  Likely so.. 

Tune in while we focus on some genius work.

LINKS:  Yojimbo, Last Man Standing (based off Yojimbo story), 7 Samurai, Rashomon.

Notes:  To the hardcore people - it was in fact Kagemusha that Lucas & Spielberg financed, Scorcese & Coppola helped rally for his later films as well.

Episode #255: Space - The Bechdel Frontier I

February 17th, 2019

 GUEST HOST:  VALKYIRE!!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 So much of science fiction represents society that has grown past our petty distinctions into a better world.  The question is how successful are the stories themselves in getting past some of the same obstacles?  We take a step back from some of our favorite things to see if they hit the mark from a particular perspective.  It shouldn't be hard to meet the expectations, but do all 3 movies do that?  Part one gets the ball rolling...

Notes:

Strange that we'd somehow bypass the Mads of Mikkelsen.  Fear not, here's an entire episode about him.

Here is the Death Star Canteen bit with some lego animation.

Episode #205: Epic-sode X - Red Cliff

February 26th, 2017

GUEST HOST:  BOB FOSTER!!

With our 10th installment of Epic-sodes, we bring you something outside of the U.S.  Though passed over in America, Red Cliff was huge in China as one of many representations for a significant era in their history.  Unless you've seen it, there are only so many 'big names' attached to this.  It is John Woo film, however.  Beyond our shared admiration, discussing this gave us an outlet to discuss many things about modern movies, markets, and casting.  Enjoy!

 Note:  Guan Yu breaks all the spears surrounding him & has a fight using others' weapons.  Even we get mixed up sometimes (plus it's easy to get lost in the plethora of sweet fights).

Links: Hero Mulan.  John Woo - Paycheck.  Links for Kurosawa films upon request (grin).  Also inquire within about our LOTR reviews!!  comment below & we'll lead you there..  do people use these links?  Should we stop?  Why am I still typing?

Episode #158: Remakes, East vs. West II

April 7th, 2015
The Seven Samurai -VS- The Magnificent Seven
Alright cinephiles, we come at you this week with one of the most epic comparison episodes we've completed to date.

We have already professed our love for all things Kurosawa, it is High Noon time we highlight what many consider to be his tour de force AND the westernized version that came later.  Both are formidable in their own right, but at the end of the day, only one can stand triumphant as the master of all things Seven.  

Which one you ask?  Who was the victor in our summation?  Why, you've got to tune in and find out.  We don't even spoil in our episodes - so we're not spoiling the episode in our description.  I mean, REALLY!!

Music Corrections:  The Megadeth reference was actually for Holy Wars, not Hangar 18 (both great songs from a great album).  Also, in Top Secret:  the underwater bar fight ends in the Bonanza theme.  

Episode #94: Remakes, East vs. West

November 23rd, 2013
  • /Yojimbo
  • /Fistful of Dollars

  • Welcome aboard Slut airlines.  Once again we are cruising at a comparison altitude of twenty-thousand-Awesome.  Our destination is set and it's coast to coast Bad-Ass-ery this week as we journey both East AND West to bring you a set of sublime superheroes with a penchant for perplexity, pain & pot stirring.  Do buckle up, we're expecting a Fierce Ty-Fune from the East Woods.

    Vague, you say?  Not at all, we reply!  'Cause once you've cracked the whip on these two flicks, you'll see just what we were talking about.  Our only regret with this episode is that our two stars never had the chance to star opposite each other - oh, the flicks that might have been...

    The captains have switched on the START-LISTENING sign, So, go ahead...make our day.  

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