Episode #310: Tolkiensode IV

May 4th, 2021

Hobbit I

A departure from our default stance of slobbery love, Matt gets into some unflinching critique of a beloved director.  Tune in for tea!!

Here's an eagle link, though not what Matt was looking for.

Episode #309: Franchise Battle

April 19th, 2021

Rambo Last Blood vs. Terminator Dark Fate

Another chapter of what we plan to do a lot this summer:  have movies duke it out for our preference!  It's Sly v Arney...  2019 gave us new installments of franchises from the 80's; were they rockin?  Were they rotten?
Let us tell you!! 

Episode #308: Stupid I’d Rather Watch vol 2

April 5th, 2021

Nacho Libre vs. Blades of Glory

Aiming for some light episodes after a heavy year, we're gonna see how much fluff we can cover over the summer.  This is your first installment.  Although it's technically the second time we've done it.  See link below.  But like - you know - AFTER you listen to this one.  Or before works, we guess.  Who's still reading at this point?!

Episode #307: Smallaxe IV & V

March 15th, 2021
  • Alex Wheatle/
  • Education/

    The 2nd half of this series discussion, we have a foot in historical and the other in fictional - though based on historical policy & patterns.  Then Matt gives his assessment of the entire series, followed by some spouting off about vaccines & masks a bit.  As with the series, the goal is hope.  Hope that the worst is behind us & we'll learn from the hardest times we all faced.  Take care world; meanwhile we'll try to scrounge up some fun flicks to go over next time!  <3 

Episode #306: Small Axe I-III

March 2nd, 2021
  • Mangrove
  • Lovers Rock
  • Red, White, & Blue

Another episode featuring the mighty Steve McQueen, this time doing a chapter-based serial!  In our 1st episode we cover 3 of 5 stories told, 2 of which are based on historical figures in England's recent history of racial conflict.  Have at it!!

Episode #305: Badasses of Humanity

February 15th, 2021
  • Malcolm & Marie/
  • Beauty Shop/
  • Moonlight/

The fight to survive is usually envisioned as physical, but what about the fight in our heads?  The distance, the connections, the gestures; these things get us by as well.  This episode we look at 3 examples of connection & struggles between people.  Have at it, lovelies!!

Episode #304: Punishing Nazis-sode I

February 1st, 2021
  • Green Room/
  • Iron Sky/
  • Inglourious Basterds/

Sometimes the real life drama can boil over & you need to ease the tension in your mind.  Sometimes when we touch, the honesty's too much.  So... watching nazis get shot might turn your day around!!

How 'bout it?!

LINKS:  3 Degrees of Anton Yelchin (has Fright Night link), Star Trek Beyond (has Cloverfield Paradox link), Blade, Shadow of the Vampire, Hateful 8 (has other Tarantino links), Alita: Battle Angel, Ocean's 11 (has Fight Club link where other Pitt movies are linked), Capt America Civil War, X-Men Days of Future Past (has 1st Class link where other Fassbender links are), Mr. Nobody

IMDB ratings:  70/59/83.  Maybe should be 78/64/86.  

Episode #303: Tremors Franchise

January 17th, 2021
  • Tremors 2/
  • Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell/
  • Tremors: Shrieker Island/

In our 1st year we covered the original Tremors.  Is there value in the sequels?  Have a listen!

Art Credit:  Steven Luros Holliday 
- it can be purchased here:  https://slhdesign.bigcartel.com/

Links:  Tremors, X-Men 1st Class (+ all Kevin Bacon links), Napoleon Dynamite.

Episode #302: Flubisode VII

January 5th, 2021

We mess up.  We record everything.  We save our mistakes to reassemble them about once a year, for entertainment (hopefully).

You - you listen... 

happy 2021!!

Episode #301: Single Object Plot

December 21st, 2020
  • 20 Bucks/
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny/
  • Red Violin/

3 flicks with a fancy for focus.  Feast your follicles on this festival of films as we finish with the flames of 2020.  Finally.

Links:   Hateful 8.

 

Episode #300: Haunting of Hill House Spoiler-sode

December 7th, 2020

It is what is says:  listen if you've seen the show.  If not - the previous episode is a non-spoiler discussion of the series.

Episode #299: The Haunting of Hill House

November 16th, 2020

Join Matt this episode for one of his favorite recent horror shows.  A 9-layer bean dip of dread, this series rules all by putting so much into every character you see.  Hear the slobber through your ear pieces!  Do it!

Links:  Doctor Sleep, Gerald's Game, Suicide Kings, E.T., Sin City

Episode #298: Bargain Shuffle

October 26th, 2020
  • The Burning Dead (15)/
  • West of Hell (18)/
  • Crow (16)/

What an adventure we take you on this week, as Matt goes blindly into 3 movies he randomly bought uber-cheap.  Did it go well?

Links:  Machete, Candyman, Poltergeist, The Crow, The Rock, Last Dragon, Lion in Winter

Episode #295: Epic-sode XIII - Black Panther

September 14th, 2020

Photo credit: Chicago Sun Times article.

Matt watched this the day we lost Chadwick Boseman.  There was no way it'd feel good to put it out that weekend, but a postive part of grief paying tribute to those we lose.  Technically part of (& the fulcrum of) the "We Need To Talk" series, it tells a superhero story while scrutinizing the ongoing story of relationships among races and nations.  We think it's actually a good gateway to talking about such things with family & friends, which is why we recommend everyone watch it (again) to maybe gain some empathy toward what others go through.

Note:  The score DID win an Oscar, as did Costume & Design; Kendrick Lamar was nominated.
  Here is the crucial part of Chadwick's Howard speech.  This might be the most inspiring 14 minutes you'll hear this year...

Links:  Boseman: 42 (also has 12 yrs a Slave for Lupita Nyong'o), Message From The King (also Capt Amer Civil War).  Michael B Jordan: Creed.  Angela Bassett:  Boyz in the Hood (Malcolm X link on that post).  Daniel Kaluuya: Widows.  Andy Serkis: LOTR 1/2/3, Planet o' Apes trilogy  Forest Whittaker: Phone Booth, Street Kings, Good Morning Vietnam.  

Episode #293: IT (movies)

August 17th, 2020

We already covered the mini-series, so we are overdue in considering how the films rounded out.  So, uh, here we are.  BTW, the flicks are rated 73% & 65% on IMDB.  Matt says more like 83/75.

 

Links:  IT miniseries,  Stranger Things s1 (also s1 spoiler-sode) & s2, The Help, Atomic Blonde (has 2 X-men links), Adventureland.   

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