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Episode 62: The Road Warrior (1981)

roadwarriorThe fear of nuclear war gave birth to many genres, but the post-apocalyptic film genre is different. Borrowing from mythology, samuri films, and the western genre, it's built around several central themes, and 1981's "The Road Warrior" is the prototype for all that would come after it. Technically a sequel, the film was written by Terry Hayes, George Miller, and Brian Hannant, and directed by George Miller. Starring Mel Gibson and a cast of largely unknown fellow actors, this movie established these types of stories, all the while telling an incredible film of life after a nuclear war!



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Episode 61: A League of Their Own (1992)

aleagueoftheirownThe year is 1943. World War II is in full swing, and America's baseball stars have enlisted and gone overseas to protect their country. Just like the women who stepped up to work in the factories, this film is a semi-biographical look at the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that provided the country with baseball like no one had ever seen before! Directed by Penny Marshall, and starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Jon Lovitz, Bill Pullman, Gary Marshall, and the incredible David Stathairn, this film tells a story about baseball that so many had no idea even happened prior to the release of this movie! Plus, find out what genre brings Mel Gibson and Kevin Costner together in a film pairing that's not of this world... at least... not yet!



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Episode 60: Bull Durham (1988)

bulldurhamIt's the end of Summer, and we're checking out two great baseball movies! First at bat is 1988's "Bull Durham!" Written and directed by Ron Shelton, and starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson, and Robert Wuhl, this film follows two minor league baseball players, one near the end of his career and the other just starting his, and their path through the season, and around an "Annie" that affects both of their lives! Find out why this film is worth seeing, why it may be Costner's best acting job, and what other film seems to have copied notes from this one!



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Episode 59: Casablanca (1942)

casablancaPart 2 of our look at classic cinema advances one year later than the last episode, but finds the ultimate film! Episode 59 is a look at the 1942 classic, a template of the closest thing to a perfect film in cinema history, "Casablanca." Directed by Michael Curtiz, and written in just a few weeks by Julius and Philip Epstein, along with Howard Koch, from an unproduced screenplay by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison, this has become one of the top-rated films of all times! Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid as the love triangle set against just before America entered World War II, this is a story that stands up against any of today's films! Co-starring Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. Sakall, Madeleine Lebeau, Dooley Wilson as "Sam," Joy Page, John Qualen, Loenid Kinskey, and Curt Bois, this is the perfect storm of filmmaking - writing, acting, music, cinematography, directing, lighting, sets, costumes... you name it, this film did it right! Plus, the guys will explain why Baseball influenced their decisions about what films will be reviewed in episodes 60 and 61!



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Episode 58: Citizen Kane (1941)

citizenkaneOur listeners asked, and we responded! Episode 58 is the first of our two-episode look at film classics, starting with the incredible first film from Orson Welles, 1941's "Citizen Kane!" Directed by Welles, and co-written with Herman J. Mankiewicz, the film stars Welles as the titular character of Charles Foster Kane. In the supporting roles, all fellow radio actors from the Mercury Theatre, are Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead (in her first ever film role), Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Everett Sloane, William Alland, Paul Stewart, and Gource Coulouris. Truly one of the great films of all times, and a proto-noir film that had an incredible (and visual) impact on the film noir genre to come!



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