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spinaltapEpisode 126: This is Spinal Tap (1984)
It's improvised mockumentaries about music for this week's pairing, starting with the directorial debut of Rob Reiner, the film co-written by Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer, the ultimate send-up of rock mockumentaries, 1984's "This is Spinal Tap!" Starring Guest, McKean, and Shearer as the three members of "the loudest band in rock," this film follows the intrepid-yet-inept heavy metal trio through their comeback tour, touting the release of their new album "Smell the Glove." Featuring the additional talents of Bruno Kirby, Ed Gegley Jr., Fran Drescher, Patrick Macnee, Dana Carvy, Billy Crystal, Howard Hessman, Paul Shaffer, Fred Willard, and Angelica Huston, this film was the prototype for mockumentaries-to-come, establishing a genre that Guest and company have been successfully mining ever since!

 

 

bedknobsEpisode 125: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Our second film in our pairing of live-action Disney musical fantasy films is the 1971 sleeper-hit Bedknobs and Broomsticks! The film shares several people, including director Robert Stevenson, star David Tomlinson, and musical scribes Richard and Robert Sherman! With the help of star Angela Lansbury, and co-stars Roddy McDowell, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson, and Reginald Owen, this film tells the story of Eglantine Price, an apprentice witch with a plan to help the war effort during World War II. When she gets three London orphans foisted off on her, things go from chaotic to truly magical! Nominated for five academy awards, and winner of the award for Best Special Effects, this movie answers the question "What happens when magically-animated armor goes up against a squad of Nazi soldiers! Plus, the trio discuss what documentary sub-genre they'll be tackling in the next pairing!

 

 

marypoppinsEpisode 124: Mary Poppins (1964)
A magical nanny literally floats down from the sky to turn around the lives of a London banker, his suffragette wife, and their two precocious children. Directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews (who won an Oscar for the role), Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Arthur Treacher, Reginald Owen, and Ed Wynn, this became one of the jewels in the crown of Walt Disney's kingdom. With such memorable songs like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cheree, and Step in Time, written by Oscar award-winning brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, this is the film that has entertained children and adults for over 50 years!

 

 

thethingEpisode 123: The Thing (1982)
Part two of our Halloween horror pairing is the 1982 remake of "The Thing" by horror master John Carpenter! Based on the 1951 "The Thing From Another World," Carpenter took the sci-horror genre and turned it up higher than ever before! Directed by Carpenter from a screenplay written by Bill Lancaster, this version sees Kurt Russell, A moustache-less Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, and Thomas G. Waites as the crew of Antarctic Base US #31, an isolated research facility. A chance encounter with a Norweigen helicopter and its inhabitants spins their "normal" lives off into an otherwordly carnival of subterfuge, suspicion, accusation, blood, and terror. Plus, learn what cinematic balm the trio has prescribed for the post-Halloween weeks as they discuss their next pairing!

 

 

alienEpisode 122: Alien (1979)
The film that came to define the "Sci-Horror" genre, 1979's "Alien" starts off our Halloween horror pairing! Directed by Ridley Scott, from a screenplay written by Dan O'Bannon (one of the authors of the original story), this film made Sigourney Weaver a household name in the sci-fi world! Also starring Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and Yaphet Kotto, this film introduced audiences to how something as wide open as space could, in fact, feel claustrophobic, and how a cat's hiss could turn your insides to water! With Alien designs inspired by the twisted H. R. Giger, this film would go on to spawn a sci-horror franchise that's still turning out new films!

 

 

ransom 1956Episode 121: Ransom! (1956)
The second film in our pairing of "film noir" stories is directed by Alex Segal and co-written by Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum. Starring Glenn Ford, Donna Reed, and introducing Leslie Nielsen, "Ransom!" tells the story of a rich vacuum cleaner magnate David Stannard (Ford) and his wife Edith (Reed) whose eight year-old son, Andy, is kidnapped. When given with the realities of kidnapping by the Chief of Police and concerned newspaper reporter Charlie Telfer (Nielsen), David decides to go a different route than just paying the ransom demanded by the kidnappers. Although this film comes near the end of the first film noir cycle, it still does a terrific job of using the tropes and features some amazing supporting actors and actresses as well! Plus, learn all about what evil the geeks have planned for their Halloween pairing this year!

 

 

thirdmanEpisode 120: The Third Man (1949)
"The Third Man," directed by Carol Reed, begins our "film noir" pairing! The movie premiered in 1949, written by Graham Greene and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles! Filmed on-site in Vienna, Austria (and in their amazingly beautiful and spacious sewer system... we kid you not) in the years after World War II, this is a prime example of everything "film noir" is supposed to be. The story is beautifully shot, expertly lit in a way that emphasizes the use of shadow, and contains a plot that twists and turns with such style that you're never quite sure who to trust or what's going to happen next! In 1999, This film this film topped the "BFI 100", a list of 100 of "the best British films ever!"

 

 

terminator2Episode 119: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The second of our sequels that surpassed their originals, this time it's the Terminator franchise, and what should have been the final film, 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day!" Directed by James Cameron, who directed the original, and written by Cameron and William Wisher, this film pic ks back up 10 years later, and follows John Connor, now living with foster parents after mother Sarah is committed to a maximum security mental facility. After not one, but two Terminators show up, the story kicks into high gear! Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton from the first movie, with Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen, and Joe Morton, this may very well be the best action movie ever made! Finally, hear what genre, that owes much of its feel to German Expressionism, the trio will be tackling with their next pairing!

 

 

empirestrikesbackEpisode 118: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
We're looking at sequels that were better than their originals in this pairing, starting with the Star Wars sequel from 1980, "The Empire Strikes Back!" Directed by Irvin Kershner, and written by Leigh Brackett and Lawrene Kasdan, this is the film that almost all fans of the Star Wars universe agree is the best film to date! Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Billy Dee Williams, and the voice and puppeting skills of Frank Oz, this film hits all the right notes: story, cast, adventure, tension, and the best plot-twist perhaps of all time! Plus the near-perfect scoring by the master himself, John Williams, and you have what all sequels are supposed to be!

 

 

edwoodEpisode 117: Ed Wood (1994)
The second of our Tim Burton pairing is the somewhat Hollywood-ized biography picture about legendary (and legendarily bad) writer, director, producer, and actor Ed Wood, in a film that bears his name. Although not originally a Tim Burton project, he chose to take this film on, casting Johnny Depp in the title role. Burton provided Depp with an absolutely amazing cast of supporting actors, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Murray, Lisa Marie, George "The Animal" Steele, Juliette Landau, and her father, Martin Landau who would go on to win a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this role! Although the subject matter is unusual, and Depp's performance may or may not be edging into charicature, the performances are extremely solid, and the story is very interesting, enough so that the faults the movie does have don't get in the way of enjoying this odd tale about a very unusual man! Plus, the trio reveal which "sequels better than the originals" they're going to be reviewing for the next pairing, coming up in late September!

 

 

beetlejuiceEpisode 116: Beetlejuice (1988)
It's the first of our Tim Burton pairing! Episode 116 is perhaps the most quintessentially-Burtonesque movie in his canon, 1988's "Beetlejuice!" Directed by Burton, and starring Michael Keaton in the titular role, along with Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Winona Ryder, Glen Shadix, and Sylvia Sidney, this is a supernatural romp like nothing else that's been put on film! With an outstanding score by long-time Burton collaborator Danny Elfman (that is also so very indicative of his scoring work), this is a film that all three geeks agree should be seen, and perhaps seen again! Plus, a few interesting tidbits about some of the alternate castings we could have had, and some of the other goings-on behind the scenes, makes this an episode well worth your time... just like the film itself!

 

 

stardustEpisode 115: Stardust (2007)
In the second half of our look at storybook movies, episode 115 moves ahead 20 years from the last film to tackle the intricate tale of truly "star-crossed" lovers in the cinematic adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust! Directed by Matthew Vaughn, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jane Goldman, narrated by none other than Sir Ian McKellen, and starring Charlie Cox (Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix), Clair Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Henry Cavill, Kate Magowan, Peter O'Toole, Rupert Everett, Mark Williams, Ricky Gervais, and Robert De Niro in the most un-De Niro-like role ever, this film delivers a solid, if a bit overly complicated, entertaining romp from one world to another and back again! Interestingly enough, this film was also given a GLAAD award (for reasons you'll have to listen to find out)! And finally, the trio reveal which director, a favorite of Jeff and Chad's, but not necessarily of Buddy's, they'll be focusing on for the next pairing!

 

 

princessbrideEpisode 114: The Princess Bride (1987)
Episode 114 begins the first of our pair of storybook movies with the film that became a cult classic, and a true classic, and Rob Reiner's masterpiece, 1987's The Princess Bride! Starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, the amazing Wallace Shawn, wrestling legend Andre the Giant, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Mel Smith, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Robin Wright in her first big-screen role, this epic breaks several cinematic conventions (including how the story is "told" to the audience). In spite of this, however, or perhaps because of it, this film delivers a tale that has... well... everything: Romance, swordplay, political intrigue, friendship, adventure, betrayal, and ultimately the power of true love! Plus, every single member of the cast delivers absolutely stellar performances, and everyone involved remembers the production fondly, despite the many injuries that were suffered on-set! Truly a top-movie-list film, and suitable for just about any type of audience!

 

 

fearandloathingEpisode 113: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
There's no question that Hunter S. Thompson was a unique individual, with a decidedly odd view of the world. But to see that vision translated onto to film by none other than Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam, is a "trip" in the truest sense of the word! With a screenplay re-written from previous versions by Gilliam himself, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro, and featuring appearances by (deep breath) Tobey Maguire, Katherine Helmond, Mark Harmon, Tim Thomerson, Laraine Newman, Debbie Reynolds, Verne Troyer, Penn Jillette, Cameron Diaz, Lyle Lovett, Flea (from the Red Hot Chili Peppers), Gary Busey, Christina Ricci, Michael Jeter, Harry Dean Stanton, and Ellen Barkin, this film does for the drug culture what Richard Nixon did for presidential ethics! Plus, the trio reveal which two adult- and child-friendly live-action fantasy films make up their next pairing!

 

 

leavinglasvegasEpisode 112: Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
"Two stellar performances, one Oscar, and one amazing film!"
This episode begins our pairing of Las Vegas films with a story that is in no way, shape, or form, what one would call "happy," but is still one of the finest performances ever captured on film, so much so that it netted Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress, and got Nicolas Cage an Oscar win for Best Actor. The movie is the broken love story that is "Leaving Las Vegas." Directed by Mike Figgis, he also wrote the screenplay based on the novel by John O'Brien. Starring Cage, Elizabeth Shue, and Julian Sands, with cameo-level appearances by Richard Lewis, Steven Weber, Emily Procter, French Stewart, R. Lee Ermey, Mariska Hargitay, Danny Huston, Laurie Metcalf, Shawnee Smith, and Lou Rawls, this is a showpiece where both the director and the two leads are absolutely at the top of their game. An absolute must-see, although queue up some cartoons or your favorite comedy afterwards.

 

 

cannonballrunEpisode 111: Cannonball Run (1981)
"Star-studded and action-packed, based on a real race!"
Based on director Hall Needham and writer Brock Yates' experience racing in the final run of the actual "Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash," this film featured a cast of who's who for the time, including stars Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, and Farrah Fawcett, plus supporting help from the likes of Roger Moore (as himself, sort of), Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Elam, Adrianne Barbeau, Terry Bradshaw, Mel Tillis, Jackie Chan (in his first American movie appearance), Burt Convy, Jamie Farr, George Furth, and Peter Fonda! And while the cast is amazing, two of the trio almost came to blows when discussing the film's raw entertainment value! This film review features the widest spread in ratings of any film this crew have reviewed thus far! And finally, the trio reveal what U.S. city is the focus of their next pairing!

 

 

smokeyandthebanditEpisode 110: Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
"The surprise hit of 1977 that gave us such a great song!"
The movie that legitimized CB (and trucker) culture, wrecked Trans Ams but promoted their sales through the roof, and made Burt Reynolds a star! This episode begins the pairing that could be car race films, Burt Reynolds movies, or Hal Needham-directed films, with the #2 grossing movie of 1977, "Smokey and the Bandit!" Based on an idea director Hal Needham got while working as a stuntman on the film "Gator," this cross-country beer run stars Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, Mike Henry, and the imcomperable Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford T. Justice of Portague County! Plus, one of the catchiest songs ever written, that became a huge hit for Jerry Reed, "East Bound and Down" is the film's anthem! A triple "10-4" from the geeks for this film, but storm clouds are on the horizon... tune in next episode to find out more!

 

 

punisherEpisode 109: The Punisher (2004)
"A film so good that its fans crowd-sourced the sequel they wanted!"
Our second entry into our look at pre-MCU films from Marvel is the incredible production that took the comic's lead vigilante and turned him into a dynamic, on-screen presence in 2004's "The Punisher." Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh and written by Hensleigh and Michael France, this is the film that really brought the name of Thomas Jane into the public consciousness through his portrayal of Frank Castle, an ex-solder and ex-cop whose life was ended, in more ways than one, when a sting operation accidentally kills the son of a local crime boss. Co-starring John Travolta (as the villain), Rebecca Romijn, Ben Foster, John Pinnette, Eddie Jemison, Laura Harring, Will Patton, country singer Mark Collie, and former professional wrestler Kevin Nash, this film was a gamble for Marvel, given its violence and rated-R status, but it created a legion of fans who started clamoring for more from Marvel itself, which was a factor in the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Plus, find out why a certain moustache is integral to the next film pairing the trio are going to review!

 

 

bladeEpisode 108: Blade (1998)
"The first time a Marvel film was worth the viewing!"
This episode begins our look at pre-MCU films from Marvel, with 1998's dark and gritty hero "Blade!" Directed by Stephen Norrington, and written by scribe David Goyer, the film stars Wesley Snipes in the titular role (and at his most Wesley-Snipes-ish), Stephen Dorph as the villainous "Deacon Frost," Kris Kristofferson as Blade's right-hand "Whistler," and supported by N'Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, and Udo Kier, this was the first time a Marvel property (albeit a C-List character) had been treated as valuable and taken seriously! While the film doesn't hold up technically when compared to the modern MCU movies, it was groundbreaking for its time, and you can definitely see hints of what would come with the premiere of Iron Man and the official launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe a decade later!

 

 

ragingbullEpisode 107: Raging Bull (1980)
"The life and chaotic times of middleweight champion Jake LaMotta!"
For the second film in our look at boxing films, we're moving ahead four years to likely the best performance of his career, Robert De Niro's starring turn in 1980's "Raging Bull!" Directed by Martin Scorsese, and starring De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, and Nicholas Colasanto, this film tells the story of middleweight bruiser Jake LaMotta, and his life of triumph in the ring, alongside his battles with insecurity and its effect on his relationships, both romantic and familial, throughout his life. Co-written by LaMotta himself, this is a semi-tragic tale of a guy who never knew just how good he really had it. It is, however, one of the greatest films of Scorsese's career, and one of the best films period! Plus, the trio reveal which pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe Marvel films made the cut for this podcast!

 

 

RockyEpisode 106: Rocky (1976)
"His entire life was a million-to-one shot!"
Boxing, in all its despair and glory, is the topic of this pairing, beginning with argually the best of the genre, 1976's "Rocky!" Directed by John G. Avildsen, and written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, this was the film that launched a franchise that is still spawning movies today! Co-starring Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, and the incredible Burgess Meredith, this is the story of a young Italian boxer named Rocky Balboa, who fights part-time whenever he can get a fight, who is, by a million-to-one chance, given an opportunity to step into the ring with the world heavyweight champion! He doesn't have a chance in hell of surviving the fight, let alone winning. The only problem is... no one told him that.

 

 

runningscaredEpisode 105: Lethal Weapon (1987)
"What other "Buddy Cop" film features a car chase on the El!"
For the second film in our tribute to the "Buddy Cop" genre, it's 1987's smash hit and franchise-maker, "Lethal Weapon." Directed by the genius that is Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson (before he went crazy in real life), Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins, Darlene Love, and Traci Wolfe, it's the story of one cop who's ready to retire being forced to partner with another cop who should have been placed on leave a long time ago! Combine that with a dead prostitute and a drug-ring, and you have an action-packed film that is much darker then the last one reviewed, but not as dark as it could have been! Plus, the trio reveals what their "one-two punch" will be for the next pairing!

 

 

runningscaredEpisode 104: Running Scared (1986)
"What other "Buddy Cop" film features a car chase on the El!"
It's off to the chilly Lake Michigan shore community of Chicago for this episode as the trio review one of their favorite buddy cop films of all times, 1986's "Running Scared!" Directed by Peter Hyams, and starring Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, Jimmy Smits, Darlanne Fluegel, Joe Pantoliano, Dan Heydaya, Jon Gries and Tracy Reed, this is a mostly-forgotten gem in the "buddy cop" genre! While a bit more light-hearted than a lot of others of this type, the movie does an excellent job of following most of the rules of the genre without succumbing to tripping over the tropes and showing a lot of over-used elements. Although it's clearly an 80s film (watch for the "carphone"), otherwise, it's still representative of the best this type of story can become!

 

 

vanishingpointEpisode 103: Vanishing Point (1971)
"An action-adventure film with a philosophical undercurrent!"
For the second film in our homage to the car chase, we turn to 1971's "Vanishing Point," which answers the question "Does speed kill?" in more ways than one. Directed by Richard C. Sarafian, written by Cuban screenwriter Guillermo Cabrera Infante, and starring Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger, and Victoria Medlin, the film represents a significant entry in the counter-culture movie genre especially popular in the early 1970s, when disillusionment with the government, the police, the war in Vietnam, and organized religion was starting to really simmer. It also has a rather deep philosophical message (although whether existential or nihilistic, we'll let you be the judge) that doesn't exactly endear the film to one of our reviewers once he understand it, but it's interesting nonetheless! Plus, Buddy, Chad, and Jeff reveal what two non-traditional buddy cop films they'll be talking about for the next two episodes!

 

 

bullittEpisode 102: Bullitt (1968)
"The movie that sets the gold standard for car chases still!"
We're celebrating the car chase in films in this episode of the podcast, with the movie that defined what a film car chase should be, and is still influencing moviemakers today, 1968's "Bullitt!" Directed by Peter Yates, and starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Duvall, Simon Oakland, Norman Fell, and George Stanford Brown, it's a trip back to the end of the 60s in San Francisco! Plus minor supporting roles by Vic Tayback, stuntman Bill Hickman, a cameo appearances by Julie Christy, and a first-ever cinematic appearance from Joanna Cassidy! And accompanied by a Lalo Schifrin score, this movie is an ode to police work at the turn of the decade, even if one of our geeks feels the romantic storyline was shoehorned in. :)

 

 

groundhogEpisode 101: Groundhog Day (1993)
"If you have to live a day over-and-over, let it be this one!"
It's the second of our looks at the comedy work of the one, the only, Bill Murray, in 1993's "Groundhog Day!" Directed and co-written by long-time friend Harold Ramis, Murray plays weatherman Phil Connors who gets stuck in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, reliving the same day, and having to cover the groundhog, over and over and over and over and over... but ultimately for good reason. Co-written by Danny Rubin, and co-starring Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Rick Ducommun, and Rick Overton, this film has such an ultimately funny AND profound message that some major world religions think it represents tenets of their individual philosophies! Plus, it has some of the most quotable lines ever to come from a Bill Murray movie! And finally, the trio disclose the first full pairing of their second hundred episodes, coming up next!!

 

 

stripesEpisode 100: Stripes (1981)
"It's our 100th episode, and it's Bill Murray at his finest!"
Happy 100th episode! To celebrate, we're focusing on the genius work from actor and comedian Bill Murray, starting with his 1981 blockbuster hit "Stripes!" When a disaffected slacker decides to join the army, and drags his best friend with him, it could be a train-wreck, but with Ivan Reitman at the helm, and Bill Murray and Harold Ramis as the stars, it becomes one of the best comedies in American cinema! Co-starring John Candy, John Larroquette, P.J. Soles, Sean Young, John Diehl, Judge Reinhold, and the amazing Warren Oates, this was an anthem for the beginning of the Reagan era by poking holes in the idea that the military was the solution for everything, for everyone! And with Elmer Bernstein providing the orchestral musical score, this movie provides an fantastic viewing experience even now!

 

 

ladyhawkeEpisode 99: Ladyhawke (1985)
"It's like they drew the names of the stars out of a hat!"
The second in our look back at fantasy films of the 80s feels very different from our first! This time, it's Christianity as the background for a tale of corruption in the church and a pair of cursed lovers in 1985's "Ladyhawke!" Directed by Richard Donner, written by Edward Khmara, Michael Thomas, and Tom Mankiewicz, this film seems almost haphazardly cast, and yet it works! In the lead roles are a young Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Supporting them are Leo McKern, John Wood, Ken Hutchison, and a very young Alfred Molina! Again, the background aspects of the film (costumes, art direction, and sets) bring this story to life in the imaginary land of Aquila. And, like our previous episode, the score brings a unique feel to the movie, with its sometimes-medieval and sometimes-modern sound and rhythm, but when you have the legendary Alan Parsons as the producer, you're bound to get something that's a bit different! And, finally, the trio announce the results of their search for an appropriate pairing for the 100th episode, coming up next!

 

 

conanEpisode 98: Conan the Barbarian (1982)
"Does Arnold even know what "lamentation" really means?"
It's back to the 80s we go, for two of the "best" fantasy films of that decade! Starting off, it's the 1982 cinematic epic that truly put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the public's radar, "Conan the Barbarian!" Directed by John Milius and written by Milius and Oliver Stone (yes, THAT Oliver Stone), this film also stars James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman, Ben Davidson, Cassandra Gava, Gerry Lopex, Mako, Valérie Quennessen, and William Smith. This is truly a fantasy spectacle, featuring amazing costumes, art direction, sets, and one of the finest scores ever written for any film, so much so that it tells the story when there are no words to do so! While clearly an artifact from the 80s, the movie holds up as a great fantasy-adventure film even today!

 

 

upEpisode 97: Up (2009)
"Hands-down, the sweetest Pixar film yet!"
Part 2 of part 2 of Pixar films looks at the only Pixar film to cover the first 70+ years of the story in the first eleven minutes of the movie! If this film doesn't bring a tear to your eye at some point, you're either dead inside or not paying attention! This is a central metaphor-lover's dream-come-true, with its story about love lost and how one learns to live life again! Directed by Pete Doctor, Co-Directed by Bob Peterson, and written by Doctor, Peterson, and Tim McCarthy, this film features a relatively small cast of voice actors, including Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo, and John Ratzenberger, but still manages to pack a gigantic whallop! Plus, Buddy, Chad, and Jeff reveal the fantasy trip they're going on in the next set of episodes!

 

 

incrediblesEpisode 96: The Incredibles (2004)
"This is, and always will be, a "superhero" movie!"
By popular demand, we're back with another look at Pixar films! But this time around, we're delving into a film, a favorite of one of our hosts, that combines 19th century philosophy, 20th century hero fatigues, and 21st century family life, into one of the most fantastic superhero stories ever! Written and directed by Brad Bird (who also does a voice in the film), and the voice-acting talents of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Wallace Shawn, Spencer Fox, Sarah Vowell, Elizabeth Peña, and (of course), John Ratzenberger, this film shares a basic storyline with the much-darker "Watchmen" and tells the story of a society that's outlawed being super, and how one family is coping with being forced to hide in plain site! And, accompanied by the top-notch Michael Giacchino score, this is a film that is truly fun for all ages!

 

 

pulpfictionEpisode 95: Pulp Fiction (1994)
"The movie that turned non-linear filmmaking on its head!"
For the second look at Quentin Tarantino films, we move ahead two years to 1994's "Pulp Fiction!" Directed by Tarantino, and written with Rover 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!

 

 

reservoirdogsEpisode 94: Reservoir Dogs (1992)
"Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut is so very... him!"
We'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!

 

 

phantomoftheoperaEpisode 93: The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
"One of the best performances ever from "The Man with 1,000 Faces!""
Part 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 "Corlotta," 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!

 

 

nosferatuEpisode 92: Nosferatu (1922)
"The defining film that established vampire cinema as we know it!"
It'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!

 

 

goodwillhuntingEpisode 91: Good Will Hunting (1997)
"A filmic message, written expertly, and delivered by a master!"
In 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, Scott William Winters, and Robin Williams in the role that would finally net him an Academy Award, this is the story of 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!

 

 

deadpoetsEpisode 90: Dead Poets Society (1989)
"The story of John Keating is one that bears retelling even today!"
The 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!

 

 

fifthelementEpisode 89: The Fifth Element (1997)
"Three words: Leeloo Dallas Multipass!"
It'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! And finally, Buddy, Chad, and Jeff talk about their first two Robin Williams film picks, and why they aren't any of his comedies!

 

 

leonprofessionalEpisode 88: Leon: The Professional (1994)
"This reclusive hitman knows more about life than he thinks he does!"
He'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!

 

 

doctordetroitEpisode 87: Doctor Detroit (1983)
"Clifford Skridlow doesn't sound like the name of a hero, and yet..."
Our 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 Hessman) 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!

 

 

nightshiftEpisode 86: Night Shift (1982)
"Sure, everyone thinks of a morgue for a place to find an escort..."
We'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!

 

 

greatballsEpisode 85: Great Balls of Fire (1971)
"The man they call "Crazy Arms," his story and his music!"
The second rock 'n roll biopic for this pairing looks at, arguably, one of the wildest musicians of rock's first age, Jerry Lee Lewis, in the 1989 film "Great Balls of Fire!" Jeff, Buddy, and Chad take a look at one of those performance where you can swear the lead actor is being possessed by the spirit of the rocker he's portraying... except that Jerry Lee isn't dead! Directed by Jim McBride, the film features an incredible performance by Dennis Quaid, perhaps the best of his career, in the lead role as the often out-of-control Lewis! He's accompanied by Winona Ryder, John Doe, the always-entertaining Stephen Tobolowsky, Trey Wilson and Alec Baldwin, with cameos from Steve Allen himself and musician Jimmy Vaughan! And the trio looks ahead at two fun-but-largely-forgotten comedies from the 1980s that revolve around the world's oldest profession for their next pairing!

 

 

labambaEpisode 84: La Bamba (1987)
"The story of a rising star that fell to earth all too soon!"
It's rock 'n roll biopics for this pairing of films, and Jeff, Buddy, and Chad are taking you back to the late 1950s with a film that follows the rise of 17-year-old Richard Valenzuela, who would later be known as Ritchie Valens, the outstanding rock singer and guitarist. 1987's "La Bamba," written and directed by Luis Valdez, with the support of, and input from, the Valenzuela family, is a (mostly) historically accurate retelling of how a migrant farmworker from southern California went on to become one of the fastest rising stars of the early rock era! Starring Lou Diamond Phillips in his first leading role, with co-stars Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Pena, Joe Pantoliano, Rick Dees, and cameo musical performances from Marshall Crenshaw, Howard Huntsberry, and Brian Setzer, this film tackles every part of life in SoCal in the late 50s, including the struggle between Ritchie and his brother Bob, and the racial tensions of the era. But it does it all with some absolutely amazing music, much of it courtesy of Los Lobos!

 

 

clockworkEpisode 83: A Clockwork Orange (1971)
"Kubrick's gloriously beautiful dystopian nightmare!"
For the second episode looking at the work of acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick, we turn to his 1971 epic "A Clockwork Orange." This was the first time Kubrick had written a screenplay, based on a novel, by himself, as well as directing the film. Jeff and Chad talk through this film (while Buddy is out sick) including a synopsis for those who haven't seen it, a sample of the film's music as part of the trailer, and try to figure out such a truly terrifying film is, at the same time, so incredibly beautiful and moving! While it's not a casual viewing experience for Geek or GIT, this is absolutely one of Kubrick's finest films. It tackles subject matter that only Kubrick could make so compelling and so uncomfortable at the same time! This film truly unique across the history of cinema! Plus, Chad and Jeff discuss lightening the mood for the next pairing by moving into cinematic depictions of rock and roll!

 

 

2001Episode 82: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
"Stanley Kubrick's space epic still stands monolithic, even today!"
We're paying tribute to another director for this pairing. It's Stanley Kubrick films, and we're starting with the classic "2001: A Spacy Odyssey," directed by Kubrick and based on a short story by science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke! Starring Keir Dullea as Dave Bowman, Gary Lockwood as Frank Poole, and featuring the voice of Douglas Rain as the HAL 9000 computer, this story did more to fuel worries about artificial intelligence than any film short of Ex Machina. If you've not seen the film, Jeff, Buddy, and Chad will explain why it's a classic you must experience first-hand! And if you have seen the film, the trio will explain the parts of it that no one understands after their first (or second, or third, or fourth) viewing!

 

 

theholidayEpisode 81: The Holiday (2006)
"It may be a mess, but it's a glorious, fun mess!"
For the second episode pairing romantic comedies, we turn to the work of writer/director Nancy Meyers and her 2006 film "The Holiday." Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, and Eli Wallach, this film follows Amanda (Dias) and Iris (Winslet) as they both flee from their homes for the holiday and exchange houses, one traveling to Surrey, England, the other to Los Angeles, California. Amanda meets Iris's brother Graham (Law) and the sparks fly immediately, while Iris meets film score composer Miles (Black) as well as retired Hollywood screenwriting legend Arthur (Wallach), who helps her find her way back to strength and sanity, and encourages the burgeoning romance with Miles! While not a universal top pick by our geeks and git, it's a fun watch, and with a film score by Hans Zimmer, along with a couple neat cameos, it's a fun movie to get swept away by. And it also ends at New Year's Eve, just like our previous film! Plus, the Geeks and Git reveal which top Hollywood director will provide their next pairing!

 

 

whenharrymetsallyEpisode 80: When Harry Met Sally (1989)
"It's a Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron team-up!"
For the first of two romantic comedies, both of which culminate on New Year's Eve, it's two greats behind the camera and four greats in front of the camera working together to create one of the best in the genre, in 1989's "When Harry Met Sally!" Directed by Rob Reiner, written by Nora Ephron, and starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, and Bruno Kirby, this story follows a man and a woman whose lives cross, and then cross again, and again, and again, until they become friends, and then possibly even more! As a romantic comedy, this film hits all the right notes without falling into the traps of the genre. It's a road-map of how such films should be made!

 

 

its a wonderful lifeEpisode 79: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
"While it was released in June, this is a pure Christmas movie!"
A film about Santa Clause, released in June of 1947, with a marketing campaign that never once mentioned Santa (or Christmas). Just how much of a hit could such a movie be? Well, history has rendered its verdict, and found this a holiday classic for film viewers young and old! In this episode (released on Christmas, 2017), Jeff, Buddy, and Chad look back at the 1947 hit "Miracle on 34th Street!" Written and directed by George Seaton, based on a story by Valentine Davies, and starring Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall, Charlie Halloran, a very young Natalie Wood, and the fantastic Edmund Gwenn (who won an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role as Kris Kringle), this film has been remade several times for TV and film, the best of those being the 1994 version. But no remake can touch the heartwarming tale that's told in the original, something to gather up your loved ones and watch on Christmas Day!

 

 

miracle on 34th streetEpisode 78: It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
"From box office flop to holiday classic!"
For a movie that was investigated by the FBI, and was a box-office flop when it first premiered, this film has aged exceptionally well! It's December, and that means holiday films, and the first one is a Frank Capra classic, 1946's "It's a Wonderful Life!" Directed and co-written by Capra, this film stars Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore in a rare villainous role! The film also stars Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, and Gloria Grahame! This unlikely hit sat in obscurity until a clerical error helped it show up on just about every television station around the holidays, and helped it become one of the most iconic holiday films of all time!

 

 

romancingthestoneEpisode 77: Romancing the Stone (1984)
"Romance novelists shouldn't travel to Columbia alone!"
Our second look at rollicking adventure films is a movie from the 80s that borrows from both the adventure and romance genres: Romancing the Stone! Directed by Robert Zemeckis, and written by Diane Thomas, this film chronicles the life of romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner), who must leave the comforts of modern living and travel to Columbia to save her sister! She meets, and is saved by, dashing Jack Colton (Michael Douglas), who grudgingly agrees to help her. Also starring Danny DeVito, Zack Norman, the hilarious Alfonso Arau, Manuel Ojeda, Holland Taylor, and Mary Ellen Trainor, this is a story of treasure, greed, adventure, and love, that's purely 80s! Plus, find out what two classic films the geeks and git are reviewing for their Christmas pairing this year!

 

 

raidersEpisode 76: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
"You may know his name... Indiana Jones!"
The result of a Hawaiian vacation meeting between Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas resulted in one of the greatest adventure films of all times: Raiders of the Lost Ark! Directed by Speilberg, with a story created by Lucas and expertly crafted into a screenplay by the amazing Lawrence Kasdan, and scored by the musical genius John Williams, this movie began a second franchise for Lucas, also with Harrison Ford! Although not the first person courted, Ford is now the only one anyone can see embodying the title role! Also starring Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacy, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, George Harris, and a very young Alfred Molina, this film also features the amazing cinematography of Douglas Slocombe, and some of the best-choreographed action scenes in movie history!

 

 

closeencountersEpisode 75: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
"Just because something's different doesn't mean you should be afraid of it!"
Part two of our look at paradigm-shifting films of 1977 comes from Steven Spielberg! Fresh off his success with Jaws, Spielberg took on a completely different topic, and delivered a technological and storytelling masterpiece, with the help of music from acclaimed master composer John Williams! Written and directed by Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, the amazing director Francios Truffaut in a rare American acting role, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, and Bob Balaban, this film details the first real contact between the earth and a species from outer space. Parallel stories lead to a fusion ending full of strength, grit, determination, music, science, and above all, hope! Throw in love, seeming-insanity, dedication, and an ability to not blink in the face of seemingly impossible things, and you have a story that'll just make you feel good about our chances as a species! And Jeff, Buddy, and Chad reveal how a combination of talents from Lucas and Spielberg informed their choice of the next two films on their list!

 

 

starwarsEpisode 74: Star Wars (1977)
"One of the greatest stories ever told on film!"
"A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away..." These words have been emblazoned on film history since May 25th, 1977, when George Lucas's epic space opera, "Star Wars," was first relased! A relatively new director, a band of actors both seasoned and new, a dream of special effects that hadn't been invented yet, and a studio unsure of its commitment to the genre, Star Wars took the world by storm. Written and directed by George Lucas, and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, along with veteran actors Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, and backed up by two very famous actors - Peter Cushing and Sir Alec Guinness, this film rose to heights few films ever achieve, and started a cinematic dynasty that's still being produced today! It wasn't completely smooth sailing through the production, and it was difficult to chew on the often clunky dialogue, but Star Wars found its place in film and the audience's hearts, and is one of the most beloved storied every told. Plus, it acknowledges, follows, and pays homage to the work of two revered teachers, one in mythology and one in psychology, Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung, to forge a story as old as time, yet still something no one had ever seen before!

 

 

thestingEpisode 73: The Sting (1973)
"There are grifts and cons, but nothing beats the long con!"
Part two of our "Classic Bromance" episodes finds Robert Redford and Paul Newman together again, but this time in a completely different environment! It's the 1930s in Chicago, and con artists and grifters are all part of the day-to-day game. When young Johnny Hooker's (Redford) partner gets killed, he sets off to find Henry Gondorff (Newman), a veteran con man who can teach him what he needs to know to get his revenge by pulling off the greatest long con in history! Directed (again) by George Hill, written by David S. Ward, and featuring a truly epic supporting cast, including Robers Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould, and Dana Elcar, this film won 7 of the 10 Academy Awards it was nominated for in 1974, and deservedly so! Plus, hear why 1977 is such a special year, and what films the trio have chosen to celebrate it with!

 

 

butchcassidyEpisode 72: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
"A classic western tale that begins a Hollywood bromance!"
Redford and Newman. Two names that are amazing separately, but together they spell true Hollywood magic! This episode is all about the 1969 classic "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which first paired Redford and Newman, and started an actor's bromance that turned out to be gold at the box office, as the number of Academy Awards this duo racked up shows! Written by the incredible William Goldman, and directed by George Hill, the film also stars the incredible Katherine Ross along with some great character actors like Henrey Jones, Jeff Corey, George Furth, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, and Kenneth Mars, this is a fusion of history and modernity, most clearly with the pop-jazz Burt Bacharach soundtrack, featuring a song everyone in the world probably knows!

 

 

themummyEpisode 71: The Mummy (1932)
"Love across the ages is no match for Egyptian gods!"
3700 years ago, a forbidden love resulted in the death of an Egyptian priest. Now his mummy has been unearthed and accidentally re-animated! But does he go on a traditional horror rampage? No, instead he stumbles across a woman who appears to be the reincarnation of his lost love, and sets about doing whatever it takes to reuinite them, no matter how terrifying and horrific that might be! From 1932, it's Universal's "The Mummy," starring Boris Karloff in the titular role, alongside the stunningly gorgeous Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron, Bramwell Fletcher, and the versatile Edward Van Sloan. Directed by Karl Freund and also co-produced by Carl Laemmle Jr., this film represents the maturing of the studio, both in terms of horror and in terms of the industry moving from silent to sound! Plus, the trio reveal what listener-suggested pairing they're doing for the next two episodes!

 

 

frankensteinEpisode 70: Frankenstein (1931)
"Universal's modern-day Promethus story!"
The first of two Halloween 2017 episodes goes back 86 years, to the early days of the Universal horror franchise, before horror was even thought of as a film genre, with 1931's "Frankenstein!" Directed by James Whale, produced by E.M. Asher and Carl Laemmle Jr., the film stars Colin Clive as Dr. Henry Frankenstein, Dwight Frye as Fritz, and in the role that made him a star, Boris Karloff as the Monster! This is the film where we get our image of what Frankenstein's monster looks like, and that's because of the genius of Make-Up Artist Jack P. Pierce, and the method of Karloff's take on the role of a lifetime! A true horror classic that everyone should see at least once!

 

 

kungfuhustleEpisode 69: Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
"What happens when a Warner Bros cartoon lover makes a martial arts film!"
This episode is all about Stephen Chow's epic tale of love, fate, and heroes, 2004's "Kung Fu Hustle!" Directed, co-written, and starring Chow, the film also features Tze Chung Lam, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, and dozens of others! Follow fellow miscreants Sing and Bone as they try to join the infamous Axe Gang, going to far as to try to intimidate the denizens of Pig Sty Alley. Unbeknownst to them, or the rest of the Axe Gang, heroes and masters are hidden within day-to-day inhabitants of the tenement, and they almost literally explode into action when their home is threatened! An homage to American cinema, Warner Brothers cartoons, and Chinese musicals of the 60s (which were all set in the 30s and 40s), this is a stylistic experience like no other. And that's probably why, apart from Buddy, one of the reviewers loved it, and one of them didn't much like it at all! Tune in to find out who, and why. And, with Halloween coming up, find out what two classic horror films the guys will be reviewing for episodes 70 and 71!

 

 

supercopEpisode 68: SuperCop - Police Story 3 (1996)
"There's simply nothing like an authentic Jackie Chan film!"
Released in 1992 in China, then in the United States in 1996, "SuperCop" is the third installment in Jackie Chan's incredibly successful Chinese film franchise "Police Story!" At Buddy's direction, Jeff and Chad head to the east to take in the first of two Chinese action comedies. Directed by Stanley Tong, and co-starring Michelle Yeoh, SuperCop finds Inspector Chan Ka Kui once again being called upon to stop crime, this time in the form of a drug lord about to escape from prison. Featuring the stunt work of Chan and Yeoh (all of the stunts, mind you), this film will make you gasp as you realize that all of the stunts were actually performed by Chan and Yeoh themselves (no CGI, no stunt people for them)! And while there was some dissatisfaction with the story elements, no one could fault the incredible agility and skill of the stuntwork in the film!

 

 

misspettigrewEpisode 67: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2009)
"A sweet 1930s screwball comedy for the 21st century!"
In the late 1930s, times were changing, and for Miss Pettigrew (Frances McDormand), that includes losing her position as governess. With no money, no clothes but what's on her back, what's a moral, upstanding woman to do? Seize the opportunties that come her way, and end up living a day quite unlike any she's ever experienced before! Throw in an American actress (Amy Adams) and her three suitors Phil (Tom Payne), Nick (Mark Strong), and Michael (Lee Pace), a fashion shop owner on the prowl (Shirley Henderson), and her target, a lingerie designer (Ciaran Hinds), you have the makings of a story unlike any seen since the time period the movie is set in! Directed by Bharat Nalluri, based on a novel by Winifred Watson, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a treat, although Buddy, Chad, and Jeff disagree on how delicious a treat it is. Plus, Buddy reveals the films he's going to be asking Chad and Jeff to watch from the world of Hong Kong cinema for the next two episodes!

 

 

mrshendersonEpisode 66: Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)
"Keeping morale high with nudity in WWII London!"
Socialite Mrs. Henderson is recently widowed and trying to figure out what to do with herself. After trying several things appropriate to her status, she ultimately decides to open a theatre in London in the late 1930s, and bring Moulin Rouge-style to London. Soon, the city is under seige from Nazi bombers, but the show must go on! Directed by Stephen Frears and based on a novel by Sheila van Damm, this film tells the story of an out-of-place society woman and her attempt to bring to the theatre something that the country sorely needs, especially after entering World War II! Starring Dame Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Will Young, and Christopher Guest, this semi-biographical film shines a light on this odd philanthropic outing which was the first of its kind in London.

 

 

pirateradioEpisode 65: Pirate Radio (2009)
"The golden age of pirate radio in the UK!"
Great Britain, 1966 - The BBC was Mom-and-Pop-ing radio to death with its Leave it to Beaver-esque programming, which completely ignored the very height of the British rock scene (of which the United States was benefiting from in a major way)! But never fear, where there is rock and roll, there will be rebels, or in this case, literal pirates! Pirate Radio tells the story of Radio Rock (based on the real-life pirate radio vessel Radio Caroline), and the merry band of lunatics and rock loyalists who live in the Atlantic, just inside international waters, and brought the best rock and roll of the day to, at its peak, half of the population of Great Britain! Written and directed by Richard Curtis, and starring an amazing cast of lead and character actors, including Tom Sturridge, Bill Nighy, Tom Brooke, Rhys Darby, Nick Frost, Chris O'Dowd, Kenneth Branagh, Ralph Brown, Rhys Ifans, andPhilip Seymore Hoffman, this is a movie that'll have you rooting for the pirates in their fight against the forces of a corrupt, anal-retentive, overly-conservative government, all while rocking out to one of the best movie soundtracks of all time! Plus, find out why the hosts are returning to war-time England for their next two reviews, and what those movies might be!

 

 

pumpupthevolumeEpisode 64: Pump Up the Volume (1990)
"A teen rebel film for then and now!"
It was the end of the Reagan era, and those in high school were turning on "yuppie" parents and trying to figure out how to walk their own paths, and talk their own talk, in a decade they felt was devoid of meaning. Enter Happy Harry Hard-On, the pirate radio DJ, giving the disillusioned youth a voice, and a hero to rally around! Written and directed by Allan Moyle, and starring Christian Slater, Ellen Green, a very early (and brief) appearance by young Seth Green, and introducing Semantha Mathis, this film is the ultimate youth reaction to the Reagan era, and the censorship of our voice on the public airwaves, threaded through with teen angst, romance, and death! A positive, albeit somewhat mixed review, with an unlikely champion among the reviewers!

 

 

waterworldEpisode 63: Waterworld (1994)
"A split-ticket on the most expensive film of the genre yet!"
Post-apocalpytic is generally thought of as post-nuclear, but what if was post-global warming instead? Enter 1995's hellaciously expensive "Waterworld," written by Peter Rader and David Twohy, and directed by Kevin Reynolds... mostly. Starring Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tina Majorino, Michael Jeter, and Dennis Hopper, this is the story of decades after the polar icecaps have melted and what's left of humanity lives on the water. The trio have a lively discussion about whether or not Costner's acting was appropriate for the film, and whether or not this movie is good enough to recommend! Find out what decisions they each come to, and what bad broadcasters they're going to be focusing on for the next two episodes!

 

 

roadwarriorEpisode 62: The Road Warrior (1981)
"The start of the post-apocalyptic genre!"
The 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!

 

 

aleagueoftheirownEpisode 61: A League of Their Own (1992)
"The Boys of Summer give way to some kick-ass women!"
The 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!

 

 

bulldurhamEpisode 60: Bull Durham (1988)
"Arguably Kevin Costner's best acting gig!"
It'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!

 

 

casablancaEpisode 59: Casablanca (1942)
"Simply the best film ever made!"
Part 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!

 

 

citizenkaneEpisode 58: Citizen Kane (1941)
"The greatest freshman effort in all film!"
Our 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!

 

 

deadaliveEpisode 57: Dead Alive (1992)
"Can there ever be too much blood in a film?"
Part 2 of our look at the "splatstick" genre is a film that is notable both for its record-setting excessive use of fake blood, and for its director, none other than Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson! Directed by Jackson, written by Jackson, Stephen Sinclair, and Fran Walsh, and starring Timothy Balme (of "Almight Johnsons" fame), Diana Penalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin, Brenda Kendall, and Stuart Devenie, this is a zombie movie with heavy Oedipal overtones, hinges on a lawnmower, and set the record for blood in a single film! Plus, Jeff, Buddy, and Chad reveal what "classic films" are, and which ones they're going to be talking about in episodes 58 and 59!

 

 

evildeadEpisode 56: The Evil Dead (1981)
"The birth of the Splatstick genre!"
The genre is called "splatstick" - a combination of gory horror and comedy. And the film that started it all is 1981's Evil Dead! Jeff, Buddy, and a reluctant Chad (who doesn't do gore) review the cult classic that's still being talked about, and produced on pay-cable, today! Written and directed by Sam Raimi, and starring Bruce Campbell, this film started it all, and was the first major work for both Raimi and Campbell! Co-starring Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, and Theresa Tilly, and made on a shoestring budget, this film nevertheless gained a following worldwide and made Bruce Campbell a household name!

 

 

fightclubEpisode 55: Fight Club (1999)
"Identity found only in pain and violence?"
In the second half of our look at millennium anxiety films, we examine the incredible mind-bender that is 1999's "Fight Club." Directed by David Fincher, written by Jim Uhls (based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk), the film stars Edward Nortan as simply "The Narrator," who takes us on a journey of discovery, rediscovery, and the perils of getting back in touch with our primal nature. Co-starring Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, and Jach Grenier, this is a movie that examines the concept of reinventing oneself in a different way than people usually think of it. Plus, learn what two films in a composite-genre the trio will be reviewing in episodes 56 and 57!

 

 

americanbeautyEpisode 54: American Beauty (1999)
"Turn-of-the-century angst for the family!"
The year was 1999, and the coming turn of the century had created all sorts of uncertainty. The film "American Beauty" captures that angst, that disillusionment, that search for meaning in an increasingly meainingless world, with an honest, brutal integrity and ecstatic beauty! Directed by Sam Mendes, written by Alan Ball, and shot by the amazing cinemotrapher Conrad L. Hall, this film captures life at the turn of the 20th century and all the uncertainty that the new millenium brought with it. Starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Benning, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallaghar, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards, and the incredible Chris Cooper, this movie has a lesson to teach, both in how it looks and in what it says!

 

 

comingtoamericaEpisode 53: Coming to America (1988)
"A cavalcade of stars and Eddie Murphy's romantic comedy debut!"
The second part of our look at John Landis-directed Eddie Murphy starring vehicles focuses on a film whose orignal story was also written by Eddie! Join Chad, Buddy, and Jeff, as they look back at 1988's "Coming to America," the first romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy, and the first film to feature Murphy (and co-star Arsenio Hall) in multiple roles within the same film. Backed up by greats James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair, and John Amos, and co-starring Shari Headley, Eriq La Salle, Louis Anderson, Allison Dean, and featuring a very early appearance by none other than Samual L. Jackson, this was the movie that proved that Eddie Murphy could handle more than broad comedy. Indeed, he's practically regal as an African prince, in New York, looking for love! Plus, find out what "millennial anxiety" produced at the end of the 90s, and which examples the guys will be reviewing in episodes 54 and 55!

 

 

tradingplacesEpisode 52: Trading Places(1983)
"Eddie Murphy in his second film role ever!"
This week, Jeff, Buddy, and Chad look at the first of two Eddie Murphy/John Landis films, 1983's "Trading Places!" This was the second movie that featured young comedian Eddie Murphy in a leading role, after his first film "48 Hours." Teaming him with SNL alumnus Dan Aykroyd, and putting him alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliott, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, and Paul Gleason, created one of the best comedies to come out that decade, and demonstrated why Eddie Murphy would go on to become one of the top stars of the 80s. Also featuring cameos by Bill Cobbs, Bo Diddley, Jim Belushi, Tom Davis, and Al Franken (yes, Senator Al Franken), this modern twist on the Prince and Pauper stands still as one of the top comedies of all times!

 

 

twisterEpisode 51: Twister (1996)
"A storm of a review, for a supercell of a movie!"
Episode 51 is the second in the sequence of disaster films, this time from the 1990s. Directed by Jan de Bont, and written by Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin, 1996's "Twister" is a disaster film set in the heartland of America, in what is commonly called "Tornado Alley!" Starrring Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, Cary Elwes, Jamie Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lois Smith, and Alan Ruck, the story centers on Jo (Hunt) and Bill (Paxton), a former couple and storm-chasers both, coming back together so that Bill can get Jo to sign his divorce papers. She, and her crew, are still traveling the roads of America, trying desperately to learn more about these disasters and how to predict them. And while the trio have radically different attitudes on the quality of the film, the majority agree that it's a fun popcorn-movie of the disaster genre! Plus, at the end Buddy, Chad, and Jeff discuss which two films made the cut for episodes 52 and 53 from the catalog of Eddie Murphy!

 

 

towering infernoEpisode 50: The Towering Inferno (1974)
"One of the reasons Irwin Allen is a master!"
Episode 50! This episode begins our look at disaster movies with one of the few (perhaps the only) to ever be nominated for best picture, 1974's "The Towering Inferno!" Written by Stirling Silliphant, based on two different novels, and film also featured two directors: John Guillermin and Irwin Allen himself (who directed all of the action sequences in the film)! Starring Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Susan Blakely, Richard Chamberlain, Jennifer Jones, O.J. Simpson, Robert Vaughn, and Robert Wagner, this story explores what happens to a 130+ story building when fire breaks out and the sprinkler systems don't work! At over two-and-a-half hours, this is truly one of the most epic disaster films made to date, and with this cast, you know there are great stories from the production as well!

 

 

lilostitchEpisode 49: Lilo and Stitch (1986)
"An alien learns the meaning of family in a non-traditional way!"
Episode 49 is the second half of our look at later Disney films, this time with the truly ground-breaking animated film "Lilo and Stitch" from 2002! Although it was almost entirely traditional cell animation, the storyline and depictions in this film took Disney places none of their films had explored before. From having a broken, dysfunctional family at the center of the story, to its theme of "ohana," to its more realistic (and completely non-traditional for Disney) depictions of its characters, this is a moving story with unusual depth. Directed and written by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, and starring the voices of Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carerre, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Zoe Caldwell, Jason Scott Lee, and Kevin Michael Richardson, this film delivers all the fun and sentiment we've come to expect from "the mouse!" And at the end, Buddy, Chad, and Jeff reveal which films in the "Disaster" genre they'll be tackling for episodes 50 and 51!

 

 

aladdinEpisode 48: Aladdin (1992)
"The best film from the Disney "renaissance!""
Episode 48 is the first of our two-episode look at Disney's "renaissance," the second wave of truly popular and successful animated films started just three years earlier. But 1992's "Aladdin" was truly special, both for the amazing performance of the late Robin Williams as the Genie, and for the fact that this film took home an award not at all related to visual media! Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, with screenplay by Clements, Musker, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, starring the voices of Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, and Douglas Seale, and featuring music from the award-winning duo of Alan Menkin and the late Howard Ashman, this film delights fans of all ages, but nevertheless stirred up some controversy as well. Regardless, it's one of Disney's strongest outings and performers in its 2nd wave!

 

 

labyrinthEpisode 47: Labyrinth (1986)
"Mythology combined with the music of David Bowie!"
In episode 47, the second episode of our look at movies from Jim Henson, we talk about one of the most difficult kinds of puppet-based movies: Integrating puppetry with live action and actors! In 1986's "Labyrinth," the true genius of Jim Henson is put on display for all to see! Directed by Jim Henson, and written by Dennis Lee, Jim Henson, and Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame), this story follow Sarah, a young girl stuck in the throes of her early teen years, and that hesitation to put aside childhood in favor of adulthood. She is forced by her parents to babysit her infant half-brother Toby, and calls upon the mythical Goblin King to take him away. After accidentally saying the right words to summon the Goblin King, her brother vanishes, and she must negotiated the trap- and monster-filled labyrinth to rescue him from the King's castle at its center! Starring a young Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, and David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King, this film also features the voices of Brian Henson, Ron Mueck, Dave Goelz, Michael Hordern, and Denise Bryer! Truly one of the best Henson films of all times, even if it didn't do well when it was initially released! Finally, the trio reveal the genre and films they'll be reviewing in Episodes 48 and 49!

 

 

darkcrystalEpisode 46: The Dark Crystal (1982)
"The first non-muppet adventure from Jim Henson!"
This is the first of two episodes focusing on the non-Muppet work of puppet-master Jim Henson, starting in 1982 with his first attempt at broadening the scope of his work, "The Dark Crystal." Directed by Henson and Frank Oz, the film is set in a unique fantasy world which is the site of the struggle between the kind and wise Mystics, and the evil and selfish Skeksis. In to this world comes Jen, the last of the Gelflings, who is sent on an epic quest by his Master, one of the Mystics. Along the way, he finds out he is actually not the last of his race, meets interesting characters, and ultimately is tasked with righting an ancient wrong (and saving the world)! Written by Jim Henson and David Odell, and voiced by Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards, Barry Denning, Jerry Nelson, Thick Wilson, John Baddeley, and Sean Barrett, this film is unique in film history! Of course, it's not for everyone, as you'll hear, but you should see it (and show it to your children) and, as always, make your own judgement!

 

 

tuckeranddaleEpisode 45: Tucker and Dale Versus Evil (2010)
"A "hillbilly horror" told from the view of the hillbillies!"
The second part of our look at post-modern horror comedy brings us to 2010, and the sleeper hit-turned-cult classic, Tucker and Dale Versus Evil! This movie flips the typical "hillbilly horror" story on its head, with friendly, misunderstood hillbillies, stupid college kids, and "evil" in the guise of arrogance! Directed by relative newcomer Eli Craig, and written by Craig and Morgan Jurgenson, also a freshman to film-writing, this movie stars Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk, two stars whose names are well-known in certain circles, but relatively unheard of in others. The film also stars Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Philip Granger, Brandon Jay McLaren, Christie Laing, Chelan Simmons, Travis Nelson, Alex Arsenault, and Adam Beauchesne. It's a great film, it's funny, and it's horrifying in just the right way for a horror-comedy! Plus, hear what epic fantasy films will be the subject of the next podcasts! (Hint: They both involved Henson studios!)

 

 

shaunofthedeadEpisode 44: Shaun of the Dead (2004)
"Two slackers fighting zombies! What could go wrong?"
Post-modern horror comedies (which are WAY more fun than they sound) are our targets for these episodes of the podcast. Jeff and Chad welcome guest geek Annette (sitting in for Buddy) as they look at 2004's slackers-meet-zombies classic, Shaun of the Dead! This is a bit like a combination of Clerks with George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead," if it were set in England. It's also something of a romantic comedy wrapped in horror paper. Written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, and directed by Wright, the film stars Pegg, alongside his partner-in-crime, Nick Frost. They're joined by Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, and Penelope Wilton, along with a brief cameo by none other than Martin Freeman!

 

 

americanpresidentEpisode 43: The American President (1995)
"What would happen if a widower President wanted to date someone?"
The last episode warmed you up for presidential romantic comedy, but in this episode, Buddy, Jeff, and Chad bring you the best of the genre yet put on film, as they discuss 1995's "The American President!" Directed by the amazing Rob Reiner, and written by the person Jeff refers to as "The Master," the unparalleled Aaron Sorkin, this film stars Michael Douglas, Annette Benning, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Anna Deavere Smith, Samantha Mathis, David Paymer, Richard Dreyfuss, Wendie Malick, Joshua Malina, and John Mahoney in a tour de force of exactly what a presidential romantic comedy, really ANY romantic comedy in fact, can be when it's done by people who fully understand the structure and possibilities of the genre! It's a rare three-way top-score rating from the trio for this film, so listen in and find out why! And at the end, find out what chillingly funny films are coming up in episodes 44 and 45!

 

 

DaveEpisode 42: Dave (1993)
"A romantic comedy set in the White House!"
It's a presidential romance, with just the right amount of laughs thrown in, Jeff, Buddy, and Chad discuss all of the elements that make up the wonderful film "Dave" from 1993! From director Ivan Reitman, written by the amazing Gary Ross, and starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley, and Charles Grodin, this is a movie that will simply make you feel good, as it's one of those rare RomComs that actually delivers the romance and the comedy both! And it features an oval office set that was so good it's been used in movies and TV shows ever since! Plus, Ving Rhames with hair is a sight you won't see in many other movies, so sit down with someone you love, get some popcorn, and learn about the next movie you should be watching!

 

 

lastdragonEpisode 41: The Last Dragon (1985)
"Can Bruce Leroy overcome the menace that is Sho'Nuff?"
In our second homage, as well as our second gloriously awful 80s movie, it's a martial arts-meets-motown mash-up with 1985's "The Last Dragon" from Motown producer Barry Gordy! This film pays tribute to Bruce Lee and the martial arts films of the 70s, but with a decidedly 80s Motown twist! Directed by Michael Schultz, written by Louis Venosta, and starring Taimak, Vanity, Julius Carry, Christopher Murney, Faith Prince, Mkie Star, Glean Eaton, and Ernie Reyes Jr., this film answers the question "What if a Bruce Lee movie were set in a 1980s dance club and cast with primarily African-American actors in the title roles?" It's truly a fun romp, but not exactly Oscar-worthy (although there was a song from this film nominated for a Golden Globe)! Finally, the trio discuss the romantic-comedy/romantic-dramady pairing coming up in the next two episodes!

 

 

buckaroobanzaiEpisode 40: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984)
"An homage to the serials of the 1930s and War of the Worlds!"
It's a bit of a split-ticket in this episode as Geeks Jeff and Buddy introduce Geek-in-Training Chad to one of two gloriously awful 80s movies, "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension!" This film, modeled after the Doc Savage serials of the 1930s, is a low-budget cult classic that only truly found its audience on VHS after it failed at the box office. Directed by W.D. Richter, Written by Earl Mac Rauch, and starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Rosalind Cash, Lewis Smith, Pepe Serna, Billy Vera, and Vincent Schiavelli, this is the story of a man who can do anything, including drive a jetcar through solid matter. What happens afterwards, however, matters more!

 

 

SidewaysEpisode 39: Sideways (2004)
"A week-long trip to wine country... what could go wrong?"
Part two of our look at modern road pictures comes 25 years after our first film, and is a completely different type of road picture. 2004's "Sideways" is a "coming-of middle-age" story about Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church) as they take off for a week of bonding and "guy time" the week before Jack's wedding. But Miles didn't plan for Jack seducing Stephanie (Sandra Oh), nor did he plan to fall for waitress and fellow wine-aficianado Maya (Virginia Madsen). This film is a journey on so many levels, even Buddy doesn't have time to discuss them all! DIrected and written by Alexander Payne, and co-written by Jim Taylor, based on the Rex Pickett novel, if you haven't seen this movie, you're missing out on more than just an education on wine and how to behave at a wine-tasting! As always, at the end of the episode, Buddy, Jeff, and Chad talk about the next two films they'll be reviewing, this time out of the "best of the bad of the 80s" category!

 

 

MuppetMovieEpisode 38: The Muppet Movie (1979)
"The most enjoyable modern road picture... with muppets!"
Episode 21 is focusing on modern "road pictures," where the journey (of one type or another) is integral to the story. And we're starting off with a film that is just plain fun no matter how young or old you are - 1979's "The Muppet Movie!" Made shortly after the Muppet Show took off on television, this movie tells the apocryphal story of how the muppets got together in the first place. Oh, and it's a musical to boot, with an Academy Award-nominated song (The Rainbow Connection) and lots of other catchy songs as well! Directed by James Frawley, written by two long-time muppet collaborators Jack Burns and Jarry Juhl, and starring the voices of Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, and Dave Goelz, this is a must-see! The film also features Charles Durning and Austin Pendleton, and has cameos from some of the greats of the time, including Dom DeLuise, James Coburn, Madeline Kahn, Telly Savalas, Paul Williams (who wrote the music as well), Elliott Gould, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Milton Berle, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Cloris Leachman, and Orson Wells himself!

 

 

allthepresidentsmenEpisode 37: All the President's Men (1976)
"THE scandal from the 1970s and strangely appropriate for today as well!"
Wrapping up our episode on political thrillers, we talk about the pinnacle of the genre, 1976's "All The President's Men!" Based on the book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, with a screenplay by William Goldman, and directed by Alan J. Pakula, this movie tells the story of how two junior Washington Post reporters uncovered the greatest government scandal in the history of the United States. The film stars Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Meredith Baxter Birney, Ned Beatty, Stephen Collins, Penny Fuller, and F. Murray Abraham! And, at the end, the Geeks unveil their weird and unique take on the road picture genre for Episodes 38 and 39!

 

 

threedaysofthecondorEpisode 36: Three Days of the Condor (1975)
"Robert Redford and the film that inspired Captain American Winter Soldier!"
Episode 20 is all about the political thriller genre, and we're starting with 1975's "Three Days of the Condor!" Directed by Sydney Pollack, written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel based on the novel by James Grady, the story follows Joseph Turner (Robert Redford), codenamed "Condor" as he is catapulted from being a CIA analyst into a world of danger and intrigue. Co-starring Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max Von Sydow, and John Houseman, this film explores the the country's loss of innocence through the eyes of a man betrayed by his government.

 

 

for the love of spockEpisode 35: For the Love of Spock (2016)
"A tribute to Leonard Nimoy who left his mark on two centuries!"
When Leonard Nimoy passed away in February of 2015, a world mourned his passing. Without him, we would not have had one of the most iconic charactgers in the 20th and (so far) the 21st centuries: Spock. Jeff, Chad, and Buddy will introduce you to a fascinating, heart-warming look at the life of Leonard Nimoy, both professional and personal, in this touching documentary directed by his son, Adam Nimoy. This documentary also features interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy (via archive footage), George Takai, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, director and writer Nicholas Meyer, Catherine Hicks, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, J.J. Abrams, Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik, Jason Alexander, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. It's a tribute to an integral part of the trio's childhood, and likely yours as well! Plus, at the end of the episode, the guys talk about the next pair of films they're going to review, two films a bit too appropriate for today's political climate!

 

 

trekkiesEpisode 34: Trekkies (1997)
"The first fan culture to have its own documentary!"
It was 1966, and this new program called "Star Trek" premiered on TV. Who would have known then that it would have turned out to be one of the biggest franchises in all of entertianment? And one of the first to really influence people's daily lives, giving them a future to look forward to and to try to make happen? Who would also have known that it would begin the phenomenon that is cosplaying? Buddy, Chad, and Jeff take a look at a love-letter to the emphatic, sometimes over-the-top, cult of personality that is Star Trek fandom as celebrated in the 1997 documentary "Trekkies!" Directed by Roger Nygard, and featuring interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson, Tim Russ, Robert Picardo, and NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, it's an honest look at a fandom that has spawned followers, casual, to devoted, to a little scary. Nevertheless, it's a beautiful tribute to a story that continues today!

 

 

timebanditsEpisode 33: Time Bandits (1981)
"Time Travel with Cameos Galore and a Monty Python Twist!"
As if time travel isn't strange enough, unleash Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, from Monty Python, on a time travel script and what do you get? 1981's "Time Bandits!" This is also an interesting episode, as it's the first time one member of the podcast experienced a movie he absolutely just didn't like, so we have a truly split decision on whether the film is worth watching or not! Starring David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Craig Warnock, a cast of little-person actors, Ralph Richardson, and David Warner, you have an interesting film. With cameos from Michael Palin, Shelley Duvall, Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm, Peter Vaughan, Katherine Helmond, and Jim Broadbent, you get a *very* interesting film. Unfortunately, in this case, interesting doesn't mean enjoyable for one of the crew. Listen in to find out which one gave this film a big thumbs down! And, as always, the filmic trio lets you in o, coming up mid-February!

 

 

timeafterEpisode 32: Time After Time (1979)
"H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper? Sign us up!"
A favorite time-travel film for Buddy and Jeff, and a fun introduction to Chad, it's 1979's Nicholas Meyer writen and directed "Time After Time!" This film stars Malcolm McDowel, Mary Steenburgen in her 2nd film outing ever, and the incomperable David Warner. It's a fun romp through time, changes in social conventions, time travel, and, of course, love. It also features an extremely young Corey Feldman in his first-ever movie role... see if you can spot him! While a little dated, this film holds up well enough that, coming in March 2017, ABC television is premiering a series based on this film! Impress your friends with your knowledge of the series when it airs by watching the source material ahead of time!

 

 

psychoEpisode 31: Psycho (1960)
"The most famous shower scene in all of film history!"
The first horror film to completely untether the audience from traditional storytelling is our focus for this episode! Join Jeff, Buddy, and Chad as they take on 1960's Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece of terror, "Psycho!" Directed by Hitchcock, written by Joseph Stefano (based on the novel by Robert Bloch), the film stars a young Anthony Perkins in the role that re-defined his entire career, along with Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Martin Balsam! This film changed the way we watched movies as well as the way stories were told... in short, this is a turning point in horror cinema and, in fact, in film itself! And, as always, hear what's ahead in Epsiodes 32 and 33!

 

 

rearwindowEpisode 30: Rear Window (1954)
"Apartment complexes usually aren't this scary..."
Life, as seen through a window, can be truly fascinating... and horrifying! Join Buddy, Chad, and Jeff for Episode 17A as they focus on the Alfred Hitchcock classic "Rear Window!" Directed by Hitchcock, written by John Michael Hayes (based on a short story by Cornell Woolrich), this tale of suspicion and suspense stars Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr! One of the movies that created a plot type that gets used in films to this day, and one of Hitchcock's finest outings!

 

 

DogmaEpisode 29: Dogma (1999)
"The film Jeff describes as a judeo-christion action film!"
Renegade angels, two prophets, a forgotten apostle, the metatron, a demon, and a Golgothan? That can only mean it's writer/director Kevin Smith's religious action film Dogma from 1999! Join Buddy, Chad, and Jeff for a look at this truly different, thought-provoking, and downright fun examination of Catholicism as only Kevin Smith can create! Starring Linda Fiorentino, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, George Carlin, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Salma Hayek, Jason Mewes, and Kevin Smith, this is a story that asks all the right questions, and leaves you with an idea of your own! Plus, the trio reveal what part of the thriller genre they're going to delve into for the next two episodes!

 

 

ClerksEpisode 28: Clerks (1994)
"The preeminent workplace comedy of workplace comedies!"
Even though they're not even supposed to be here today, join Buddy, Chad and Jeff for a trip to a convenience store that offers as much insight as it does humor! This week, they review writer/director Kevin Smith's maiden foray into filmmaking, 1994's Clerks! Starring Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Jason Mewes, and Kevin Smith himself, this film informed generations of filmmakers that if you want to make a film bad enough, you can (and it can find an audience too)! Plus, it was the film that made black and white cool again, even though that's not what it set out to do!

 

 

diehardEpisode 27: Die Hard (1988)
"It is so a Christmas movie, and we can prove it!"
Another of our favorite christmas films, this time it's an action-adventure story set in a warm Los Angeles evening! Of course, we're talking about 1988's "Die Hard," directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis, Gonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, and Alan Rickman! There are those would would argue that Die Hard isn't a Christmas film, but Jeff, Buddy and Chad disagree, and will persuade you to their view if you let them. :) All this, plus a preview of which great writer, who started as an independent filmmaker and went on to become a Hollywood name, the trio will be examining next!

 

 

scroogeEpisode 26: Scrooge (1970)
"Jeff's pick for the best version of "A Christmas Carol!""
One of the most christmas-y stories of all times is Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," and one of Jeff's favorite stories. In this episode, Buddy and Chad let Jeff pick his favorite version of the story on film, and that turns out to be 1970's "Scrooge!" Directed by Ronald Neame, adapted for the screen by Leslie Bricusse, and starring Albert Finney, Edith Evans, Kenneth More, Michael Medwin, David Collings, and Sir Alec Guiness, this is the story brought to life differently as a musical, adding in tunes happy ("Thank You Very Much"(, sad ("You, You"), and creepy ("See the Phantoms"). All together, this is one of the most affecting versions of the story yet to be put on film!

 

 

unforgivenEpisode 25: Unforgiven (1992)
"Do former gunslingers ever really get too old for the game?"
Episode 25 continues our look at non-traditional films in the Western genra with arguably one of the best revisionist-western films made to date - 1992's "Unforgiven!" Directed by, and starring, Clint Eastwood, and co-starring Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett, Soul Rubinek, Frances Fisher, and Anna Levine, this story takes us long after the "good old days" for gunslinger William Munny, who gets persuaded to return to his desperado lifestyle to avenge the attack on a prostitute by two cowboys. Between the righteousness of the hunt and the reward money for killing the two culprits, this story follows an anti-hero on a quest, demonstrates the simple nature of regret, and shines a light on the difference between the vigorous sureness of youth and the bitter wisdom of age. This is an example of filmmaking at its finest, and comes very close to being the perfect movie! Plus, at the end, Buddy, Chad, and Jeff talk about their picks for episodes 26 and 27, otherwise known as the Christmas pairing!

 

 

good the bad and the uglyEpisode 24: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
"The Sergio Leone masterpiece that's still informing modern filmmakers today!"
Episode 24 is our first return to a genre. We're going back to Westerns, but instead of celebrating the traditions of westerns, we're instead celebrating the films that took the Western genre in new and unexpected directions. This week, it's Sergio Leone's neo-realist masterpiece "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" from 1966. Directed by Leone, co-written with Luciano Vincenzoni, and starring Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, and Clint Eastwood, this is a film that delivers storytelling on several different levels simultaneously! Whether it's the beautiful Ennio Morricone score, the incredible cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli, or the performances turned in by these amazing actors, this is a film that, rightfully so, it held as an example of how to make a nigh-unto perfect movie!

 

 

wall eEpisode 23: WALL-E (2008)
"13 years after their first film, Pixar blows us away!"
Episode 23 is a look at two of Pixar's best films (in our humble opinions), and 2008's "Wall-E" is one of their strongest films in practically every single way. Not only is it a stunning visual experience, not only does it possess a score beautiful enough to make a grown man weep, not only is it a tale of innocence and true love, but it's a legitimate science fiction film as well, worthy to be held up with movies like 2001, Blade Runner, Alien, and other sci-fi classics! Directed by Andrew Stanton, and written by Stanton, Pete Docter, and Jim Reardon, this film has the distinction of having the fewest spoken lines of any Pixar film! The lines it does have are voiced by Ben Burtt, Elissa KNight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard (in the film's only "actual footage" clips), John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver, and an actual Macintosh voice program called "MacInTalk!" Plus, the trio reveal that they're going back to a genre they've covered for the next two episodes, but with a twist!

 

 

toystoryEpisode 22: Toy Story (1995)
"The origin of Pixar as a world-reknown filmmaking company!"
In Episode 22, we're looking at the Pixar catalogue and, believe us, figuring out what films to review was our nost contentious argument to date! But, we settled on two that we think capture Pixar at its best. Part 1 is all about the first film from Pixar, the movie that took the world by storm, the original "Toy Story" from 1995! Directed by John Lasseter, and written by LaSseter and a plethora of other writers (including fan-favorite Joss Whedon), this film features the voice-acting of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey, and Penn Jilette!

 

 

underdercoverbrotherEpisode 21: Undercover Brother Brother (2002)
"Blackness confirmed... you've got soul!"
The second half our our look at parodies comes full circle with Episode 21 and our look at Blaxploitation films in episode 11 with 2002's "Undercover Brother!" Directed by Malcolm D. Lee (cousin to Spike Lee), and written by John Ridley (who wrote the acclaimed "12 Years a Slave"), the film stars Eddie Griffin, Chris Kattan, Denise Richards, Aunjanue Ellis, Dave Chappelle, Chi McBride, Neil Patric Harris, Gary Anthony Williams, and Billy Dee Williams! It's a farce, a romp, that's not afraid to laugh at itself along with the audience, nor poke at some racial stereotypes and beliefs throughout, while, in the end, giving us a really entertaining film! And finally, the trio reveal what two Pixar films they're reviewing for episodes 22 and 23 as "representative" of the company that has brought us so much feeling and laughter over the last two decades and more!

 

 

austinpowersEpisode 20: Austin Powers-International Man of Mystery (1997)
"Sixties suave meets nineties political correctness!"
Episode 20 is all about parody, specifically films that parody an entire genre, and the suave international spy genre is our first target! Buddy, Chad, and Jeff review 1997's "Austin Powers-International Man of Mystery," directed by Jay Roach, written by and starring Mike Mysers! This film also stars Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers, Robert Wagner, Seth Green, Fabiana Udenio, Mindy Sterling, and Will Ferrell in probably the best send-up of the James Bond films to be made yet!

 

 

coffyEpisode 19: Coffy (1974)
"There's nothing that a strong, black woman can't do!"
Part two of our look at Blaxploitation moves toward the end of that period for 1974's "Coffy." A true part of the genre, this independent film from American International Pictures stars Pam Grier in the titular role, with supporting performances from Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, Sid Haig, and Allan Arbus! Combining the best elements from Blaxploitation as well as the feminist movement of the mid-70s, this film is all about revenge and justice. And, of course, at the end of the episode, the Geeks and the GIT talk about genre parodies and which two films they'll be reviewing for their next pairing!

 

 

shaftEpisode 18: Shaft (1971)
"He's a bad mother - shut your mouth!"
In honor of Luke Cage, episode 11 is all about the Blaxploitation films of the 70s. We're starting with one of the best, and a rarity at that - a blaxploitation film produced by a major studio! It's 1971's "Shaft" starring the incredible Richard Roundtree. Directed by the amazing Gordon Parks, with iconic music by Isaac Hayes, this was the beginning of a genre that sought to exploit, but resulted in a lifting up of an entire culture!

 

 

terminatorEpisode 17: The Terminator (1984)
"He cannot be reasoned with, he cannot be stopped..."
In the second part of their "Atomic Future Warning" episode, the filmic trio of Geeks Buddy and Jeff, along with Geek-In-Training Chad, run and hide their way through 1984's nightmarish science-fiction epic "The Terminator." Written (partially) and directed by Hollywood legend James Cameron, and starring Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton, this movie is most remembered as the breakout role for a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, before anyone really knew who he was. It's also a deeply scary film, featuring an adversary that it is next to impossible to stop, and destroying it is the only way to survive! At the end of the episode, the Geeks and GIT discuss how the new "Luke Cage" series on Netflix has influenced their choices for episodes 18 and 19!

 

 

planetoftheapesEpisode 16: Planet of the Apes (1968)
"A planet where primitive men are ruled by apes!"
This episode, Buddy, Chad, and Jeff look at the first of two "Atomic Future Warning" movies, by watching the original 1968 "Planet of the Apes!" Charleton Heston in one of his least-overacted roles, along with Roddy McDowell, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, and Linda Harrison. This film was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, and written by none other than Rod Serling (from "The Twilight Zone" and "Night Gallery"), based on a novel by Pierre Boulle (who also wrote "Bridge On the River Kwai")! It's a great sci-fi story, full of ethical questions that were contemporary in the late 60s and, strangely, are still issues we're grappling with today! Plus, with an amazing score by the one and only Jerry Goldsmith and award-winning make-up effects, this is the very essence of "an oldy but a goody!"

 

 

youngfrankensteinEpisode 15: Young Frankenstein (1974)
"Part 2 of our tribute to Gene Wilder, this time as both actor and writer!"
In the second part of our tribute to actor and writer Gene Wilder, who passed away on August 26th, 2016, at the age of 83, Buddy, Jeff, and Chad look at his first big success as both a comedic actor and a writer with 1974's Young Frankenstein! Starring Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Terry Garr, and Peter Boyle, with a cameo from Gene Hackman, this deliberately black-and white film pays tribute to the original three Frankenstein movies of the 1930s while also adeptly parodying the genre in a way not seen since! It's a masterpiece of imagining the Frankenstein scenario in the modern age, but replete with elements from the original films, including on-set equipment that was used in 1931 when the original Universal film was made! And finally, the filmic trio reveal the theme of the next pairing!

 

 

blazingEpisode 14: Blazing Saddles (1974)
"Part 1 of our tribute to Gene Wilder in the end-all western parody film!"
We recently lost a true genius as both a comic and serious actor, as well as an amazing writer. Gene Wilder passed away on August 26th, 2016, at the age of 83. Fortunately for us all, he left behind an absolutely amazing body of work, including the western parody film that all other western parody films since have been compared to (and found lacking against), 1974's Blazing Saddles, starring Cleavon Little, Harvey Korman, Mel Brooks, Slim Pickens, Madeline Kahn, Alex Karras, David Huddleston, and John Hillerman. Although not the first choice for the role, it became a defining one for him and for audiences everywhere! Jeff, Buddy, and Chad explore his career, his life, and the role that introduced his comic talents to the world!

 

 

ringuEpisode 13: Ringu (1998)
"Jeff's second pick for creepily-scary horror films!"
Our first international film, we head to Japan for the world-wide phenomenon, 1998's Ringu (Ring). This film is an example of what modern horror can (and should) be, with a gripping story, amazing performances, and a twist ending the Shyamalan only wishes he could still pull off! Directed by Hideo Nakata, based on a novel by Koji Suzuki, and starring Nanako Matsushima, Niki Nakatani, Yuko Takeuchi, Hitomi Sato, and Yoichi Numata, this is a different kind of ghost story, one that casts a new light on why ghosts do what they do, and what outcomes the ghost most desires. Sometimes, it isn't what you think. When you watch the film, make sure you watch the subtitled version, so you don't miss out on the actor's vocal performances! This film is currently available on Amazon Prime. And don't miss the preview of episodes 14 and 15, a tribute to a great actor lost too soon!

 

 

ghoststoryEpisode 12: Ghost Story (1981)
"Jeff's first pick for the truly scary horror films!"
Film geeks Jeff and Buddy force geek-in-training Chad to watch horror films, picked by horror afficianado Jeff, and he's going back 35 years for this one: 1981's Ghost Story. Directed by John Irvin, based on a novel by Peter Straub, and starring Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Houseman, Craig Wasson, Patricia Neal, and Alice Krige, this is, as Buddy describes, partially a "dark old house" film, but at the same time it's also a supernatural revenge story. No gore, just suspense and a few truly noteworthy make-up effects, this is a great film to watch on a dark winter's eve, but be sure you're watching it with someone else! This film is currently evailable online at Amazon Prime.

 

 

shawshankEpisode 11: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
"One of the few uplifting prison movies ever made"
Get busy living or get busy dying. Great words from this week's film, 1994's The Shawshank Redemption! Jeff, Buddy, and Chad discuss the origin of the film (spoiler alert: another Stephen King novella) and why this film ranks among Hollywood's best in terms of direction, cinematography, writing, and acting! With Frank Darabont at the helm, lead talent like Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and phenomenal supporting actors like Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, and James Whitmore, it would be really difficult to screw this one up... and they didn't! This film is available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Finally, they head into the realms of horror and let Jeff (the horror film expert) pick the two films to be viewed next for the next pairing!

 

 

standbymeEpisode 10: Stand By Me (1986)
"The perfect example of a coming-of-age film"
Clearly the inspiration for NetFlix's blockbuster hit "Stranger Things," in this episode, Jeff, Buddy, and Chad talk about what has become the seminal coming-of-age film about young men, 1986's Stand By Me, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connel, Kiefer Sutherland, John Cusack, and Richard Dreyfuss as The Writer. Nowhere else can you find this many stand-out performances by actors of this age, and with a script adapted from a Stephen King novella, what you have is a timeless classic! This film is currently evailable online at Amazon Prime.

 

 

highfidelityEpisode 09: High Fidelity (2000)
"The best small ensemble comedy ever to work in a record store"
In this episode, Buddy, Jeff, and Chad review Chad's favorite film of all times, 2000's High Fidelity, starring John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, and Jack Black, with appearances by Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack, Lili Taylor, and Tim Robbins. The trio talk favorite characters, favorite scenes, and how this is an example of how you are supposed to edit a film, as well as how well an adaptation this particular film is. This film is available for streaming on Amazon Prime. And they reveal what two films are up to bat for episodes 10 and 11!

 

 

empireEpisode 08: Empire Records (1995)
"The large ensemble comedy set in a record store"
This week the terrible trio of film reviewers, Jeff, Buddy, and Chad, dive into workplace comedies set in one specific location - a record store! They talk 1995's Empire Records, starring Anthony LaPaglia, Maxwell Caulfield, Debi Mazar, Rory Cochrane, and early performances from Ethan Embry, Robin Tunney, Renee Zellweger, and Live Tyler! Plus the inside scoop on the making of the film and the hard time it had finding its audience! This film is currently evailable online at Amazone Prime.

 

 

silveradoEpisode 07: Silverado (1985)
"The film that heralded the beginning of the second western cycle"
This week, Buddy, Jeff, and Chad review the movie that started the 2nd major western cycle in film, the 1985 homage to all that makes a western a western: Silverado. Directed and co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and a score by Bruce Broughton, this film features a list of stars that no one could afford to put in the same movie nowadays: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, John Cleese, Rosanna Arquette, Brian Dennehy, Linda Hunt, Jeff Goldblum, Lynn Whitfield, Jeff Fahey (in his first film role), and Earl Hindman of "Home Improvement" fame! The film is currently available online on Amazon Prime. And finally, the trio discuss working in a music store, as they unveil their picks for workplace comedies for the next two episodes!

 

 

magnificentsevenEpisode 06: The Magnificent Seven (1960)
"One of the most classic westerns of all times"
Buddy (a Film Geek), Jeff (also a Film Geek), and Chad (a Film Geek-In-Training) decided that it was high time they paid attention to one of the most American film genres of them all: The western. The first film (of two) for Episode 5 is 1960's "The Magnificent Seven," adapted from Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai," and starring some of the best talent from the 1960s, Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, and James Coburn! The film is currently available online on Amazon Prime.

 

 

trumboEpisode 05: Trumbo (2015)
"The life story of Dalton Trumbo, one of the infamous Hollywood 10"
Buddy (a Film Geek), Jeff (also a Film Geek), and Chad (a Film Geek-In-Training) look at the second of two Anti-McCarthyism films, 2015's "Trumbo," directed by Jay Roach and starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alan Tudyk, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Stephen Root, Christian Berkel, and Dean O'Gorman. Also, they reveal what westerns will be the focus of episodes 6 and 7!

 

 

goodnightEpisode 04: Good Night and Good Luck (2005)
"Newsman Edward R. Murrow takes on McCarthyism"
Buddy (a Film Geek), Jeff (also a Film Geek), and Chad (a Film Geek-In-Training) look at the first of two Anti-McCarthyism films, 2005's "Good Night and Good Luck," directed by George Clooney and starring David Straitairn, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, and Frank Langella.

 

 

 

animalhousepcuEpisode 03: The Godfather (1972) and Goodfellas (1990)
"The leading films about organized crime families!"
Buddy and Jeff, film geeks extraordinaire, help open the eyes of geek-in-training Chad, by exploring two of the most gangster-y of gangster films: 1972's The Godfather and 1990's Goodfellas! And even though one of the geeks isn't a gangster-film fan, everyone finds something to like in at least one of the films. Jeff and Chad talk about their plans to attend the upcoming Podcast Movement conference in Chicago, then the trio discuss what's ahead for Episode 4!

 

 

animalhousepcuEpisode 02: Blade Runner (1982) and Dark City (1998)
"Tech-Noir at its finest, from two decades"
Veteran film geeks Buddy and Jeff, and geek-in-training Chad, explore the fascinating Tech-Noir genre with two of the best examples made yet: Blade Runner from 1982 and Dark City from 1998. What follows is a discussion of the two movies and the film noir genre in general, and the trio give a preview of what's to come in Episode 3!

 

 

animalhousepcuEpisode 01: Animal House (1978) and PCU (1994)
"Two of the best original college fraternity comedies"
Buddy and Jeff, decades-old film geeks, help educate Chad, a film geek-in-training by discussing two great college fraternity comedies: Animals House (1978), the beginning of the genre, and PCU (1994), a descendent whose message still holds up in today's university culture! The gents also discuss their favorite other college comedies, and give a preview of what's to come in Episode 2!

 

 

 

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