Episode #265: Pile-Ups & the Po Po

July 8th, 2019

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!!

  • Smokey & the Bandit/
  • Beverly Hills Cop/
  • Blues Brothers/

We give you a playing in the sandbox smashing stuff together episode.  Steering (mostly) away from real serious things, we just take a dip in the memory hot tub with some fun-lovin' classics with crashes.

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 #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), Good 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 #248: Afro Samurai

November 5th, 2018

This series finds a few ways to be outside of the box.  Some severe imagery, novel fusions of era/genre, topped with unique characters of both original & traditional design.  The combination may not suit all, but those who enjoy it are likely to be in deep.

To show the degree of approval, Matt has argued this series over Cowboy Bebop as he doesn't enjoy Eddie; it was argued in return that attempting to have all characters be the cool characters doesn't always work.  He does need to watch Bebop again, though.  

LINKS:  (coming soon)

This link is a quick read on the predator dynamic with deer populations & wolves.  We could find the local town version of the situation.

https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib/VA01000195/Centricity/Domain/16656/Deer_%20Predation%20or%20Starvation%20Key.pdf

Episode #244: Remakes for Debate - Ocean’s 11

September 10th, 2018

1960 vs 2001 vs 2018*

In a rare moment, we're able to talk about remakes while considering a new entry still in theaters (though it's a sequel to the 3 newer movies). 
*Obviously the 2018 discussion is brief as it's current - though we say go see it for yourself as it is a good time!

This was fun because it'd been so long since Matt had viewed the remake & had never gotten around to the original.  Why?  Dunno, maybe he answers it during the episode...

LINKS:   Fight Club (has other Pitt links), Feb 18 (both Cheadle), Traffic (also features Matt's favorite), Iron Man 3, Reign Over MeDogma (has other Damon links), Good Night & Good Luck, Burn After Reading, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (Clooney & Roberts), HookManchurian Candidate, Batman, All Quiet on the Western Front.  Also, here's our Cate Blanchett episode in case you doubt our devotion

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, Devil's AdvocateMillion 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.

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 #218: Get in the Ring

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

 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.

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.

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!

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.

Episode #193: And Now The News

September 11th, 2016
GUEST HOST:  JOE OLSON!!
  • Good Night & Good Luck
  • The Social Network
Knowledge is power, right?  So trying to stay on top of things is important.  You can't know everything though - that would take WEEKS!!  Thankfully, the evening news was there to fill us in.  As tide has turned toward technology beyond television with the internet, many of us stay informed through online sources.
The 2 movies look at the end of a news era and the beginning of a new medium for information.  Are we better informed with the deluge of info at our fingertips??  Listen to find out.
"Hey, what about newspapers, you say?  Stand by for the next episode that also features JOE!!

BTW - Matt was thinking of the Natural Born Killers soundtrack with a lot of NIN tracks, not Lost Highway.  


Links to come when the internet behaves at home... :)

Episode # 188: Hyper-Style I’d Rather Watch

July 9th, 2016
Red vs. Smokin' Aces / 

Oh such ultraviolence we have in store for you this week!  Though 80's clothing isn't back in vogue (thankfully), the crazy action flick has reared its mostly awesome head again.  Style and artistry can overlay and even make fun of a genre that has often taken itself so seriously of late (we're looking at you Nolan - lovingly).

Are these movies equals, does one do it better?  They both had sequels after all.  Tune in to find out the verdict.

Links

Bruce Willis5th Element, Looper (& Looper Spoiler), Die Hard (also DH 2-4), Sin CityLast Man StandingMoonrise KingdomPlanet Terror, Hudson Hawk12 Monkeys (also Outbreak with Morgan Freeman).  
Morgan FreemanSe7en10 Items or LessBatman BeginsRobin HoodShawshank RedemptionDark KnightUnleashed
John MalkovichIn the Line of FireShadow of the VampireBeing J MalkLibertineDangerous LliasonsBurn After Reading.
Brian Cox
ManhunterBraveheartX2.      Richard Dreyfuss:  What About Bob.
Hellen MirrenExcalibur       Karl Urban: LOTR 2 and 3.   
E Borgnine:  Flight o Phoenix 

Joe Carnahan:  A-Team
Ryan Reynolds: Van Wilder.   Jeremy Piven:  Grosse Pointe Blank.
Ben AffleckSchool TiesClerks IIDogma.   Peter Berg:  The Rundown.
Andy Garcia:  Godfather III.   Taraji P HensonKarate Kid.
Tommy Flanagan:  Sin CityGladiatorBraveheart.
Common: Street KingsSelma. Clint MansellMoonFountainThe Hole.

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.