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Alien Nation (1988)

Alien Nation (1988)So many movies deal with aliens coming to Earth, but few look at what happens afterwards, especially if we "adopt" them. That's what this pairing is all about, and we're starting with a forgotten gem out of the '80s, 1988's "Alien Nation!" Directed by Graham Baker, the film follows police detective Matthew Sykes (James Caan), a bigot who seems to hate the "newcomers" more than anything. After his partner is killed by newcomers, he swallows his bigotry and volunteers to be paired with the first newcomer detective, Sam Francisco (Mandy Patinkin), to try to find out who killed his partner. During their investigation, they run across one of the most successful newcomers, William Harcourt (Terrance Stamp), who may or may not have had a hand in several suspicious deaths, human and newcomer alike, that have occurred lately. With an amazing subtext that tackles racism at its worst, this film spawned a short-lived TV series and several made-for-TV movies! It's a wonderful movie that, sadly, did not get the attention it should have when it was released. That's why it's getting some now!



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Scarface (1983)

Scarface (1983)Tony Montana (Al Pacino) was a nobody, a Cuban refugee trapped in a refugee camp. But for the price of a politically-motivated killing, he and his friend Manny (Steven Bauer) were given green cards and released into the streets of Miami, Florida. From there, it was only a matter of time before Tony rose through the criminal ranks, starting with working for mob boss Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia). This gave Sonny the ability to start taking care of his mother and his sister Gina (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). But it also introduced him to Frank's girlfriend, Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer). And between his hunger for power, money, and Elvira, Sonny begins to carve out his own path to glory, a story that never ends well. Directed by Brian De Palma, and co-starring F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar, Harris Yulin, and Angel Salazar, this film ends in the only way a real-life criminal fairy tale can end. Plus, the trio reveal which two science fiction classics they'll be turning their attention to for the next pairing!



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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)In 1972, a pair of robbers attempted to make off with an enormous amount of money from a metropolitan bank. But the bank had almost no money at the time of the robbery. The police arrived before the robbers could escape. The hostages became more than just bystanders. And the fact that the stories depicted in the film actually happened makes 1975's "Dog Day Afternoon" just that much more compelling! Masterfully directed by Sidney Lumet, and starring Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, James Broderick, Sully Boyar, Carol Kane, and featuring the first on-screen appearance of Chris Sarandon, this story has so many twists and turns to it, it's a low-key thrill-ride from start to finish! Plus, the trio offer an explanation of the famous "Attica! Attica!" chant, something few in the 21st century will know anything about!



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The Hunt for Red October (1990)

The Hunt for Red October (1990)During the final years of the Cold War, a Russian submarine captain takes his brand new Typhoon-class vessel into international waters, headed for America. Is he intending to fire his missiles at the Eastern coast of the United States or, as one CIA analyst maintains, is he planning to defect and turn the vessel over to the Americans? A tense game of cat and mouse played out underwater may have explosive results in 1990's "The Hunt for Red October!" Episode 237 concludes our tribute to the late Sean Connery with this incredible Tom Clancy book brought to the screen. Directed by John McTiernan (of "Die Hard" fame), Connery plays Captain Marko Ramius of the nuclear submarine "Red October." Alec Baldwin is the first actor to portray CIA analyst Jack Ryan on-screen. With a supporting cast including the masterful job done by Scott Glen, the film also features Sam Neill, James Earl Jones, Joss Ackland, Richard Jorden, Peter Firth, Tim Curry, Courtney B. Vance, Stellan Skarsgard, Jeffrey Jones, Fred Thompson, and Daniel Davis! Plus, the geeks reveal what actor they'll be focusing on for the next pairing!



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Goldfinger (1964)

Goldfinger (1964)The year is 1964. A German businessman is plotting to become owner of the new global gold standard, after he renders untouchable the entirety of the gold in Fort Knox! Only Agent 007, James Bond, can get the girl and save the day! Episode 236 begins our tribute to Sean Connery in 1964's "Goldfinger!" Directed by Guy Hamilton, based on the novel by spymaster Ian Fleming, the film stars Connery as James Bond, Gert Frobe as the titular character Auric Goldfinger, Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, Shirley Eaton and Tania Mallet as the ill-fated Masterson sisters Jill and Tilly (respectively), Harold Sakata as Oddjob, Bernard Lee as 'M', Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny, and Desmond Llewelyn as 'Q'. This is the Bond film that set the standard for every other Bond film that would come after it, and established James as a wise-cracking spy, lethal to his enemies and the embodiment of desire for every woman he crossed paths with! A Connery classic!



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