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 #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 #286: Asian Celebration I

May 14th, 2020
  • Parasite (Korea)
  • Wandering Earth (China)
  • The Good, The Bad, & The Weird (Korea)

Honoring Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, we look at some amazing things offered to us in recent years from filmmakers outside the U.S. Have at it, people!!

Episode #282: Non-Gentlemen

March 9th, 2020
  • The Transporter
  • The Foreigner
  • Layer Cake

Something we haven't done for an episode in quite a while, here's a trio to watch INSTEAD of The Gentlemen, which does not get our stamp of super approval.  Passable, but not quality Guy Ritchie.  Through the details, we found some interesting connections between this seemingly random assortment.

Note:  the meanie face dude in Transporter was in 2 of the Blade flicks (as 2 different characters) & a few of the Fast & Furious movies also, so many may know him though Matt does not.

Episode #277: Astounding Sound

December 23rd, 2019
  • A Quiet Place
  • Mother!
  • Raging Bull

Do you hear what I hear?  What sound are we talkin' aboot?  Listen in, get it sorted!  2 amazing movies, and a 3rd one that is very popular... (grin)

Episode #276: Outside Knives Out

December 9th, 2019
  • The Misguided (Katherine Langford)/
  • The Ice Man (Michael Shannon)/
  • Logan Lucky (Daniel Craig)/

Behold!  Another venture fanning out from a movie in the theaters to see what else the actors have been in.  Plenty o' Bond films, but did you SEE Logan Lucky?!  Maybe you should - see what Matt has to say aboot it.

ALSO - go see Knives Out with the fam:  a hilariously good experience.

Episode #273: King of Flix

October 28th, 2019
  • Gerald's Game/
  • In the Tall Grass/
  • 1922/

Stephen King is so legendary that you'll waste your time seeking a person that doesn't know who he is.  Lately, seeing everything of his produced on screen is becoming very difficult - too many to keep track of for a mere mortal.  Clearly Netflix likes his stuff, and clearly the Sluts like Netflix, so it just made sense to do this episode as we round out October.  A variety of horror style flavors with good performances all around.

Episode #271: Grab Bag

September 30th, 2019
  • Maze Runner
  • Simpsons Movie
  • The 'Burbs

Have no fear of something new - it's just another way to say "Shuffle-sode."  This time the flicks were truly grabbed out of a bag, so it seemed appropriate.  As we hope to start fires in your mind for movies to shove in your eyes, Matt enjoyed a newly kindled flame this episode.  See how these 3 decades brought their entertainment game...

Links:  Gremlins, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Poltergeist, Basic Instinct, Secret of NIMH, Total Recall, Executive Decision, Mulan, Cloud Atlas, *League of Their Own (*has links for Big, Explorers, L.A. Confidential*), Blues Bros, Goonies, Lost Boys, Last Unicorn, Magnolia. 

Episode #264: Summer Shuffle

June 24th, 2019
  • Sorry to Bother You (Tessa Thompson)/
  • The Hate U Give (Regina Hall)/
  • Addicted to Fresno (Aubrey Plaza)/

Once again we tumble scattered cinema into the dryer & see what shrinks.  Focused on some stars you may see on the big screen this month, we pulled from some recent movies that perhaps didn't get ALL the attention they deserved.

Note:  Matt was on the nose for Rotten Tomatoes critic score for Bother, but even the critics hated Fresno.  (shrug)

Episode #261: Price of Admission

May 14th, 2019
  • John Wick Ch 2/
  • Memoirs of an Invisible Man/
  • Swordfish/

Whether or not you believe everyone can enjoy a movie overall, sometimes there are parts of it that they need to witness that are pretty badass.  They can be a reason to deal with the other aspects.  Does that give you a reason to listen to the episode - uhhh, yah!

Links: John Wick, In Defense of Keanu Episode, (more links soon!)

Notes:  Matt completely blanked on Halle Berry being in the new Wick movie!!!  He also neglected to mention Shirley Walker scoring Memoirs:  She did Escape From L.A. with Carpenter, the Final films, & many superhero shows (Flash, Batman & Superman animated shows).  Don Cheadle in fact has 89 roles..

Episode #259: Movie Theatah Roundup I

April 15th, 2019
  • Wandering Earth
  • Green Book
  • Arctic
  • Alita Battle Angel
  • Captive State
  • Gloria Bell
  • Us
  • Hotel Mumbai
  • Shazam
  • Hellboy

Bite-sized glimpses of flicks in theaters at the moment as Matt maximizes his A-List membership.  Trying this on as a once-in-a-while departure, so let us know what you think!!

 

Notes:  Just under $6 million of the total earnings for Wandering Earth was U.S. ticket sales, not $2 million.  It still deserves more of our money...   
As a modern comparison of current film budgets - Creed II, a boxing movie, spent the same amount of money as Hellboy.  

Episode #258: PrEnd Game

April 2nd, 2019
  • Room (Brie Larson)
  • Atomic Blonde (James McAvoy)
  • The Soloist (Robert Downey, Jr.)

The title doesn't work as well as "Prefinity War," but hopefully you get the point...  This time we're giving you other movies some MCU stars have been in.  Xavier isn't likely in Endgame, but the uncertainty of X-men & their current stars is a hot topic with Fox purchased by Disney so a crossover is now possible.

3 very different genres.  3 splendid examples of how these actors are more than merely their Marvel counterparts.  We even included a movie based on real people.  Enjoy the departure as we finally take a break from directly talking about Marvel!!

LINKS:  Short Term 12 (has links for Scott Pilgrim, Don Jon & 21 Jump St), Manhunter, MagnoliaLaw Abiding CitizenIron Man 3 (has Kiss Kiss Bang Bang & RDJ links), Home for the HolidaysGood Night & Good Luck, Spiderman HomecomingBeing John Malkovich, Capote, 40 Year-Old VirginMonster (has all Theron mentioned plus Prometheus & Die in the West links), X-Men Days of Future Past (also link for 1st Class), 10 Cloverfield Lane, Red State, Barton Fink (also Coens I: Raising AZ link), Star Trek Beyond, Halloween.

BTW:  Steve Lopez STILL writes about Nathaniel Ayers!  lookey here - 

https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-lopez-ayers-20171227-story.html

Here's an article featuring an interview vid with Brie about the hubbub.

https://movieweb.com/captain-marvel-brie-larson-inclusion-controversy/

IMDB scores (in order):  67%/82%/67%

Episode #257: 3 Degrees of Chris Cooper

March 18th, 2019
  • Breach
  • Coming Through The Rye
  • Adaptation

So many actors aren't appreciated enough for their contributions to the film world.  Today, we hand out another merit badge for being a cool cat of cinema.

Episode #254: Shuffle Wrap-up

February 3rd, 2019
  • Absolutely Anything
  • Annihilation

The conclusion of the shuffle episode along with the Virgin Suicides (last episode), Matt tackles both ends of the spectrum with awe & disappointment.  Which was which, you ask?  Dunno - just listen.

Links:  Mixed Nuts, Shaun of the Dead, 22 Jump St, House of D, Hook, Good Morning Vietnam.  More links soon!!

Note:  my favorite mistake ever with Gavin Scott, who wrote a 2009 Beauty/Beast movie rated 32% on IMDB!!

Episode #253: Virgin Suicides

January 21st, 2019

Welp - another broken episode with the 1st segment that deserves it's own moment.  The other 2 films will be the next episode.  As it has heavy subject matter, a greater discussion beyond the film seemed necessary for all to ponder.  Feel free to reply on any of our platforms if you feel the need or if something felt remarkably wrong as stated.  Matt certainly doesn't seek to be the beginning & end of any topic..

Here's a 70's performance from Heart to show the haze of earlier film footage (even professional level) that the film recreated in select shots.  Ann gives it some great live flair to prove it isn't a recorded track...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXOO7QVHgXs

Here is the page for the artist featured in the thumb nail.

http://ghoulnextdoor.tumblr.com/post/84066567540/bijou-karman-virgin-suicides