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 #279: Action Shuffle

January 28th, 2020
  • Widows/
  • Alita: Battle Angel/
  • Wonder Woman/

Our 1st shuffle-sode of the decade!!  With varying levels of financial success, all 3 of these movies are tremendous to us.  May they all gain the notoriety they deserve as quality entertainment.

 - The Sia song is actually from Wonder Woman, not Alita, so watch THOSE credits with your kids!

Episode #278: Triplet of the Apes

January 13th, 2020
  • RISE of the ...
  • DAWN of the ...
  • WAR for the ...

We have been saturated with franchises since the 2000's, old and new; vampires, Shire folk, warrior teens, robots in unique outfits, people in capes 'n' tights.  The 2nd attempt to rekindle the Planet of the Apes saga made money, but really is not spoken of enough for the Sluts to feel appeased.  So we devoted a whole episode to paying the new trilogy tribute.

Episode #275: Dark Crystal, Age of Resistance

November 25th, 2019

As the day of gluttony arrives, we bring a binge of the new series based on 1982's The Dark Crystal from Jim Henson.  Plenty of modern attempts have fallen way short of previous incarnations or installments of a franchise/story.  Hoping for the best, this show blew Matt's cursed mind!  After so much time, capturing the majesty & creating a larger plot with a similar blend of awe and fear was not likely, yet it was done with gusto.  Come listen to the gushing, plus the idea for a follow-up episode where we'll dig deeper into what this show represents on various levels.

Episode #263: Franchise-Fest

June 11th, 2019
  • Bride of Chucky/
  • Godzilla (2014)/
  • Terminator/

It is often said that Hollywood has no new ideas (have you used your Movie Pass/A-List to see indie films?!), so we leaned into that for this episode!  Even those who will avoid the new installments or reboots can enjoy a look at the times "when they were good."  This grouping accidentally became a nice mix of a brand new concept that still feeds Hollywood writing rooms, a reboot that spans 60 years back to the original, & a turning point where some fans gave up on a franchise after 10 years and 4 movies.  Hidey ho, let them fight, laundry day - yes.

Links:  Freddy v Jason, The CrowHalloweenDune, LOTR: Fellowship, 2 Towers, Return o' KingRogue One, ExpendablesLast Samurai (also has Shawshank Redemption), InceptionBatman Begins, Dark Knight (also has Dark City)  Kick-AssOldboy, Fright Night, Arnold episodes I & IILast Action HeroTerminator Genisys (has T2 link), TombstoneAliens, Planet Terror, The Rock.

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 #246: Starz Shuffle

October 8th, 2018
  • Death at a Funeral (2010)
  • Proud Mary (2018)
  • Passengers (2016)

A benefit of the streaming services many of us now use is an abundance of options, which allows us to try out movies we haven't heard of or wouldn't pay 10-15 bucks to see in a theater.  Despite a list of stuff to cover, we sometimes enjoy just diving into stuff that catches our eye.  This episode has some shiny objects from Starz streaming.  Chill out & tune in!

LINKS:  Red, Hot Tub Time Machine, Muppets (2011), They Live, The Thing, Dogma (has Lethal Weapon/Predator episode link), Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2, Karate Kid, X-men 1st Class, Prometheus, The Help, Wall-E, Real Genius (also Lost Boys), American Beauty, Meet Joe Black, Great Outdoors. Shawshank RedemptionTo The Bone

*correction:  Matt said Hustle, meant American Hustle with the J-Law & A-ads.

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 #228: Better Than BvS pt II - Dark Knight Returns

January 26th, 2018

This week we add a cowl to the cape in the 2nd half of our animated DC discussion.  Frank Miller has been a part of the public fabric since Sin City & 300, but the Dark Knight Returns didn't get the big screen treatment in the same way.  Matt discusses the 2-part animated films from 2012/2013 that present a marvelous depiction of Miller's dark take on the caped crusader.  So check it out - Mikey!!  The rest of you too!

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).  

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.

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.  

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!!

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 #210: Remakes for Debate III

May 5th, 2017

Death Game (1977) versus Knock Knock (2015)

It should be noted up front that the Sluts LOVE John Wick (& #2!).  Here is that episode as evidence.  Not sure how it wasn't mentioned, to be honest.

Right, right - onto the actual episode description.  Matt compares a remake with a different name.  Were they distancing themselves from the original (like Disney from the original Tron?) despite having many from the old film as producers?  The old title does kinda sound like a slasher title...  
If nothing else, these might sell themselves with women invading homes as the plot.  Some who have seen the older film may want to defend it, but we'd be curious if it feels the same to watch it today after 40 years.  Does the new version offer a different feel, or enough of a similar feel?  Tune in & find out!

Notes:  When he said Medea, he meant the Greek tragedy, not the modern comedy movie tragedies.

Links:  coming soon. (grin)

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