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 #222: Epic-sode XI: IT (mini-series)

October 28th, 2017

*Some broad comparisons to the 2017 movie as well, but not full-on or any spoilers.

It's amazing how much we can appreciate (& forgive) something we watched growing up until it is done better.  Ooops - episode spoilers!  It's not quite hatorade, but there may be some critiques of this 90's television mini-series when scary on tv was pretty safe.  We hope you'll find the deeper look at it almost as entertaining as the series itself was.  Perhaps more entertaining?  Who knows?  You will; after you listen...

 Links:  Carrie (writer).  Sling Blade (Ritter).  Legend, Clue, Rocky Horror (Curry).  Airborne (Seth Green).  

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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 #218: Get in the Ring

August 27th, 2017
  • Creed/
  • The Hurricane/
  • ???/

 Finally, the boxing episode you've all been waiting for!  3 variants on the sport of punch.  We even mixed in some stuff about living legends of boxing & how their representation stands up to some scrutiny.  

Links:  Here's the '74 Foreman Fight Highlights.  Here is Top 10 Ali Knockouts.  Here is the Costner Speech.  

 Notes:  Most important:  there are at least 7 statues of Harriet Tubman, some that have only appeared in the last decade.  Funny that Matt is so keen to mention his forgetting character names, as he used the name Carter instead of Porter for Payback.  Whoooopsy!  He also forgot to mention the strength of the Creed soundtrack that features Nas, 2Pac, The Roots, Future.

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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 #213: Remakes - Manchurian Candidate

June 19th, 2017

1962 vs. 2004/

So many times a generation hates a remake because they are attached to the original.  Many times we have challenged that attachment.  This movie is a titan of its time; on IMDB it is ranked 80% compared to 66% for the remake - since we didn't mention it.  Rotten Tomatoes: 87 critic/78 audience; remake - 71 critic/64 audience, the original with a larger consensus of critic & audience agreement.  How does Matt's opinion align with the errday public?  Tune in to see!!  

 Links:  Angela Lansbury: Last Unicorn.  Johnathan Demme: Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia (also Denzel).  Denzel Washington: Bone Collector, Much Ado About Nothing, Book of Eli, Malcolm X.  Liev Schreiber: Spotlight.  Meryl Streep: Fantastic Mr Fox.  Jeffrey Wright: Casino Royale.

also mentioned: True Grit & The Quiet American.

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Episode #204: 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?

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Episode #202: Inheritance I’d Rather Watch

January 15th, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!

 Greedy (1994) vs. Brewster's Millions (1985)

 

 If you don't play the lottery, one of the likeliest windwalls you can receive is money from relatives.  Death is a serious & usually sad thing, yet it has been a device for comic movie plots more than once.  Today we bring you 2 such examples from different decades. Who will come out on top when it comes to bickerin' over bullion?  

Links:  Michael J Fox - Back 2 Futures.   John Candy Episode. Clue (Michael Lynn)
          Kubrick Episode (Spartacus).  Schwarzenegger 1 (K-Cop) & 2 (Twins).  Chris made a vid summary of the 2nd Arnold-isode.  View it here!  Share it - more views!!

Notes:  

So I Married an Axe Murderer actually came out in between the Wayne's World movies (same year as #2), not before.

Siobhan Fallon Hogan has about 60 roles, but Matt stands behind his statement of mostly forgotten characters despite great performances.

Here's a trailer for a newer 'film' that Joyce Hyser was in:  TURN DOWN YOUR VOLUME :)

Art of Revenge.  For all you 3rd Eye Blind fans...

Also, Lin Shaye was the character actor Matt was trying to think of... not to be confused with Linda Hunt.

Johnathan Lynn (Greedy) in fact directed Distinguished Gentleman that had some similarities to a part of Brewster's Millions.

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Episode #199: The Last ______

December 5th, 2016
  • The Last Dragon
  • The Last Unicorn

Two Titans hang out at the same bus stop this week as we look into the staying power of the 1980's.  Whether you wanted to kick someone in the face - or just ram a magical horn through their face, there were options to exorcise those demons.  Can they face the modern moviegoer?  Or can modern moviemakers ever hit the same mark?  Listen and find out!!

Note:  DeBarge had been around since 1979.  Oops.

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Episode #198: Last of the _____ pt I - Mohicans

November 19th, 2016

Featured Art:  Roby Amor - find more of his pop art works here              http://robyamor.deviantart.com/art/The-Last-of-the-Mohicans-447170104

Allllrighty Then!!  What started as an episode about escape became rather important (and long as this is only 1 of 3!).  It can be hard for stories about American history to avoid feeling like a lecture.  Few of them clock in at less than 3 hours, either.  Last of the Mohicans is significant for so many reasons, the easiest of which is that it is entertaining.  It also has many layers woven within it that do not feel as outwardly powerful as they in fact are.  Learning a thing or two and walking away without hating an entire group is not always an easy task.  This movie can make you think without a need to make you angry.

What else can be said?  Tune in to find out.   Then come back to us in 2 weeks to find out what else goes alongside this story with our conclusion to  "Last of the _____" group.

Here is the article on the Pipeline: Good News.  

LINKS: Bishop of Battle, Manhunter, LOTR pt I, pt II, pt III.

Trevor Jones:  Richard III, Dark City, Dark Crystal, Cliffhanger, Excalibur.

Randy Edelman: Kindergarten Cop, Twins, Osmosis Jones.

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Episode # 192: Kids Deal with Darkness

August 29th, 2016

Enter a Kids Show of DARKNESS as we cover some ground where kids are not bubbly and safe.  For those who never got around to Stand By Me - remember: that is Stephen f'ing King!!  As adults, it is often harder to enjoy movies about children as there is often little risk to the story other than losing the big game or some boy meets girl that pretty much always works out.  These movies are about going big or going home!!
Here is the trailer for Nixon & Elvis.
LINKS - Chloe Grace Moretz: Kick-Ass, Carrie, 500 Days of Summer.
Juliette Lewis: Xmas Vacation, Natural Born Killers.
River Phoenix: Sneakers, Explorers, Indy & Last Crusade.
Corey Feldman: Gremlins, Goonies, Lost Boys.  Check out Matt talking about the entire TMNT franchise on the Bitter Balcony Podcast in 2014!! :  Turtle Power
Rob Reiner: Misery, Princess Bride.  Raynold Gideon: Cutthroat Island

Matthew MacConaughey: Dazed & Confused.
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Episode # 190: 3 Degrees of Anton Yelchin

July 30th, 2016

GUEST HOST:  BOB FOSTER

  • Odd Thomas/
  • House of D/
  • Alpha Dog/

Ahoy comrades!!  Today we pay tribute to another fallen star.  We already wanted to talk about these movies, and this was a great yet tragic way to link them.  At 27, Yelchin has contributed a great deal with the few dozen movies he did.  We've covered his excellence in the Fright Night remake episode.  Only so much to say here - just listen to the episode as we swoon over this young talent makin' da magic!

Notes:
Upon looking at Zelda Williams again - she is in fact Melissa, the main girl that Tommy is pursuing in the film.  She does an awesome job.

We neglected to mention when discussing the modern Universal monster movies:  DON'T watch Wolman, either!!  Love for Anthony Hopkins or Benicio del Toro will not make this movie enjoyable.  Trust us.

Here's the only version of the Key & Peele sketch to be found:  'magical negro'

Hey!!  SNL caught up with the internet!! here's DD as Goldblum:  celeb jeopardy

We found the cake cartoon (better than the original scene):  you want this cake

We never mentioned the Ratings, which we don't really side with (esp. the critics):  

Odd Thomas:  IMDB - 69%, Rotten Tomatoes - critic 34%, audience 65%

House of D:  IMDB - 70%, Rotten Tomatoes - critic 10%, audience 73%

Alpha Dog:  IMDB - 67%, Rotten Tomatoes - critic 55%, audience 67%

For the hardcores still reading down here - the girl Matt couldn't remember is Dominique Swain:  Travolta's daughter in Face/Off...  which is half-blocked outta Matt's mind (can you guess which half?).  You'll see her whether we talk about her or not; she has 600 films in post right now.

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Episode # 180: More Than Violence

March 13th, 2016
Boyz in the Hood/
Fight Club/


This episode was going to be titled Violent Pornography for the longest time.  We chose better, we like to think.  Some movies are only the appeals they lean on: romance, violence, sex (listened to our Better Than Sex episode?), plenty go deeper in their story.  These 3 are epic in taking a magnifying glass to some harsher aspects of humanity.  Ladies - sorry to say that the screen time is more dude-ish this week, but there is a lot to learn for everyone.


To say it even before you listen, none of these movies are what you think if you have never watched them.  Compton is especially strong as a piece of music history for what N.W.A went through trying to take the gloves off with their songs.  You do not have to be a fan to enjoy the story & respect the fight they endured.  Neither of us box, but we can enjoy Rocky (except # 5)...  oh yeah, go rent Creed too!!


A History of Violence got edged out of this for Compton, as the video release allowed us to consider it against one of the actual members in their own movie.  

Here is a recent Blackish clip with Laurence Fishbourne (for those who missed it).


BTW:  Matt remembered 227 when he watched the intro - do you?


Links    John Singleton:  103  (also Fish & Cube). Ice Cube:  24111.
Laurence Fishburne:  471 (also F Gary Gray - Dir),
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Angela Bassett:  102.  Cuba Gooding, Jr:  137166 (also Brad Pitt).
Nia Long:  101.


Brad Pitt:  3, 931, 152. Ed Norton:  16.564105135  (& Giamatti).
Helena Bonham Carter:  17 (& Giamatti), 116.
Meatloaf:  67148. Jared Leto:  85126 (& Giamatti)167.

Paul Giamatti:  2343159.  

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