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Episode 95: Pulp Fiction (1994)

pulpfictionFor our second look at Quentin Tarantino films, we move ahead two years to 1994's "Pulp Fiction!" Directed by Tarantino, and written with Roger Avary, this film tells four separate stories that all intertwine, with some characters never meeting and others crossing paths more than once. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Uma Thurman, and featuring Rosanna Arquette, Eric Stoltz, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, and Harvey Keitel, this story is so well-written you won't even notice how often the characters are using very... um... "colorful" language! Arguably Tarantino's best film; if you only ever see one of his movies, this is the one you should see! Plus, Buddy, Chad, and Jeff discuss the genre-whiplash maneuver they're executing as the move to the next two films on their list!



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Episode 94: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

reservoirdogsWe're turning to Quentin Tarantino as a director for the next two epsiodes of the podcast, starting with his directorial debut with 1992's "Reservoir Dogs!" Written and directed by Tarantino, and starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, and Quentin Tarantino himself, this is the story of a heist crew made up of strangers, professionals all, a heist that goes horribly wrong, and the fall-out between a group of career criminals afterwards. It's like a bloody gangster film, an action-oriented heist film, and an introspective character drama all rolled up in one! It also established several elements of modern filmmaking, things that seems "normal" now, but weren't included in films prior to this breakout directorial performance!



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Episode 93: The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

phantomoftheoperaPart two of the pairing of silent film-era horror cinema focuses on 1925's "Phantom of the Opera" starring none other than Lon Chaney as "The Phantom!" Based on the Gaston Leroux novel, and directed by a quartet (although three are uncredited), this film also stars Mary Philbin as "Christine Daae," Norman Kerry as "The Vicomte Raoul de Chagny," Arthur Edmund Carewe as "Ledoux," Mary Fabian as "Carlotta," and Virginia Pearson as "Carlotta's Mother," this film is a testament to the power of lighting and make-up! To this day, experts still don't know for certain how Chaney managed the skeletal look for his Phantom, although many have guesses. Again, if you can find the 2011 "Film Preservation Associates, Inc." version, you'll get to see the marvelous tinting and probably one of the best restored versions of the film available! Plus, the trio turn to another director for their next pairing, but you have to listen to find out which one!



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Episode 92: Nosferatu (1922)

nosferatuIt's off to the silent era waaaaaaaaay back near the beginning of cinema itself for this pairing of 1920s horror films! Jeff, Buddy, and Chad review the vampire movie that started it all, 1922's "Nosferatu." Directed by the great F. W. Murnau, based on Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" (which got them into a lot of hot water), and starring the great German character actor Max Schreck as "Count Orlok," (Count Dracula) this movie brought horror and German Expressionism together to create magic and history! Co-starring Gustav von Wangenheim as "Hutter" (Jonathan Harker), Greta Schroeder as "Ellen" (Mina), and Alexander Granach as "Knock" (Renfield), the film still holds thrills and chills even today! View the "Transit Film/Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung" version if at all possible, to see the tinting and hear the original score!



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Episode 91: Good Will Hunting (1997)

goodwillhuntingIn their second look at dramatic roles for Robin Williams, it's 1997's "Good Will Hunting." Directed by Gus Van Sant, written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and starring Damon, Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Casey Affleck, Minnie Driver, Scott William Winters, and Robin Williams in the role that would finally net him an Academy Award, this is the story of a Southie, Will (Damon), an unknown genius and mathematical prodigy, who is discovered by Dr. Gerald Lambeau (Skarsgard). After a run-in with the law that Will cannot talk his way out of, he is remanded into the "custody" of Lambeau on the condition that he work with the professor every week, and that he get therapy. After convincing several other therapists that they cannot help him, Lambeau turns to his old friend Sean (Williams), who decides that Will is a challenge worth accepting. Damon and Affleck would also win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film as well! And finally, let the terrible trio of film tell you about the two "ultimate classic" horror films they're reviewing for episodes 92 and 93!



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