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Episode 90: Dead Poets Society (1989)

deadpoetsThe year is 1959 and, at Welton Academy, a preparatory school for boys, another year is beginning. This year, however, is going to be different than any other, because Professor John Keating has come to Welton to teach English Literature. His passionate, unusual style of teaching poetry seizes the imagination of several of his students, leading them to revive the long-defunct "Dead Poets Society," and attempt to "suck the marrow out of life," just as Keating did when he attended Welton. With Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Norman Lloyd, Kurtwood Smith, and Robin Williams as John Keating (a role that would net him an academy award nomination), under the guidance of director Peter Weir, and with the words of great poets and screenwriter Tom Schulman, this "unmakeable" film has become an unforgetable tribute to poetry, to love, to finding your bliss, and to the incredible acting talent that was Robin Williams!



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Episode 89: The Fifth Element (1997)

fifthelementIt's our second of two Luc Besson films, this time with his cult favorite "The Fifth Element" from 1997! A rollicking action-adventure science fiction tale starring Bruce Willis, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, Tiny Lister, Brion James, and the irrepressible Chris Tucker who steals the show! It's got action! It's got romance! It's got some of the most quotable lines from a movie ever! If you haven't seen this one before, do yourself a favor and lift your mood up with this film!



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Episode 88: Leon: The Professional (1994)

leonprofessionalHe's one of the top "cleaners" in the world, and he's no one to underestimate. But when a twelve-year-old girl needs his help, he reluctantly takes on a junior partner. Written and directed by the incredible Luc Besson, this week's film is 1994's "Leon: The Professional." Starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello, and Natalie Portman in her first-ever cinematic role, this film takes the "hitman" trope and approaches it from a new directly. For a "throwaway" film, this turned out to be one of the brightest spots in Besson's career!



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Episode 87: Doctor Detroit (1983)

doctordetroitOur second "Prostitution Comedy" is similar in concept to our first: It's a fish-out-of-water story and it's a geek-becoming-a-hero story, but it accomplishes these tropes in quite a different way from the first film of the pairing. In 1983's "Doctor Detroit," directed by Michael Pressman, it's mild-mannered Clifford Skridlow (Dan Aykroyd) being used as a patsy by the conniving Smooth Walker (Howard Hesseman) when Cliff is made the protector of four ladies of the evening (Donna Dixon, Lydia Lei, Lynn Whitfield, and Fran Drescher), who must keep them from becoming the property of the evil Mom (Kate Murtagh), while still fulfilling familial and collegiate responsibilities! It's a more light-hearted take on the genre, and a rollicking, fun filmic experience! And Buddy, Chad, and Jeff reveal their second listener-suggested film pairing for the next two episodes!



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Episode 86: Night Shift (1982)

nightshiftWe're headed back to the 80s for two forgotten comedy classics in this pairing, lovingly referred to as "Prostitution Comedies." First up, it was supposed to be Henry Winkler's anti-typecasting break-out performance, but no one told his co-star, Michael Keaton, in 1982's "Night Shift!" Directed by (at that point) first-time director Ron Howard, co-starring Shelley Long and Gina Hecht, and featuring appearances from Basil Hoffman, Jaid Barrymore, Richard Belzer, Charles Fleischer, Kevin Costner, Vincent Schiavelli, and a very young Shannen Doherty, this movie takes a buddy-comedy premise and pairs it with a romantic comedy, while doing justice to both story types! It's a love story, it's a fish-out-of-water story, and in many ways it's a nebbish-becoming-a-hero story as well! Plus, it features some truly wonderful (and very 80s) music to accompany the improbable story!



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