Episode 85 – La Dolce Vita

la-dolce-vitaFor our newest episode, we are joined by two inexperienced viewers.  Tonya Wershow rejoins us and we also welcome Noel Thingvall.  They both watch La Dolce Vita, which Tim has also never seen and Melissa has seen but she didn’t like it at all.  How does it turn out?  Does Melissa change her mind?  Do Noel, Tim, and Tonya engage in an epic debate to convince Melissa the film is brilliant?  Or does everyone hate the movie as much as Melissa?  You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out!

Next up, we’ll be watching The Man Who Would be King!

La Dolce Vita (1960)
La Dolce Vita poster Rating: 8.1/10 (50,591 votes)
Director: Federico Fellini
Writer: Federico Fellini (story), Ennio Flaiano (story), Tullio Pinelli (story), Federico Fellini (screenplay), Ennio Flaiano (screenplay), Tullio Pinelli (screenplay), Brunello Rondi (contributing writer)
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux
Runtime: 174 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 19 Apr 1961
Plot: A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

Episode 84 – Josie and the Pussycats

parker-posey-josie_o5h2wc_o5h5duIt is a new year and we celebrate with a ridiculous movie that may not be great but is way better than it had any right to be.  Kelvin Hatle joins us to watch Josie and the Pussycats, a subversive comedy about product placement and corporate greed. It is also exceptionally silly and features an absolutely amazing performance by Parker Posey.  You have probably never watched this movie and while it is surprisingly dated for a film only fifteen years old, it is still a lot better than anyone could have expected.

Our next film will be an entirely different experience as we watch La Dolce Vita!

Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
Josie and the Pussycats poster Rating: 5.3/10 (19,150 votes)
Director: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan
Writer: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, Richard Goldwater (characters), Dan DeCarlo (characters), John L. Goldwater (characters)
Stars: Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, Tara Reid, Gabriel Mann
Runtime: 98 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Music
Released: 11 Apr 2001
Plot: A girl group find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy to deliver subliminal messages through popular music in this send up of the music industry and pop culture.

Episode 83 – A Hard Day’s Night

v1.aDsxMTkzNzA7ajsxNzE5MTsxMjAwOzI3NjY7MjE2MQWe have a first this week – it is the first episode of our podcast that doesn’t feature Tim at all!  Instead, Melissa is joined by Lauren Haven and John Youker.  They are present to watch the classic Beatles Film, A Hard Day’s Night!  This rather light and frothy mixture of Beatles music and a rather limited plot proved to be far more popular than the producers had dreamed.  John, Lauren, and Melissa discuss reactions to the film as well as spending some time talking about Christmas movies!

Our next film will be Josie and the Pussycats!

A Hard Day's Night (1964)
A Hard Day's Night poster Rating: 7.7/10 (31,935 votes)
Director: Richard Lester
Writer: Alun Owen (original screenplay)
Stars: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Runtime: 87 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Released: 07 Jul 1964
Plot: A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

Episode 82 – Purple Rain

do-not-reuse-bb36only-prince-purple-rain-1984-richard-e-aaron-mptv-billboard-650For our latest episode, we watched Purple Rain with our good friend and podcasting megastar, Matt Allex.  In spite of being from Minneapolis, Matt has somehow never seen the film and we were able to enjoy him trying to unpack everything that is going on.  For such an iconic film, it is surprisingly clunky whenever Prince and the Revolution are not on stage performing.  We talk about the dichotomy between what takes place on stage at First Avenue and what takes place off stage in the steam tunnels of Minneapolis.  We also talk about the differences between the venue of First Avenue as it exists and the venue of First Avenue as it appears in the film.

Our next movie will be A Hard Day’s Night!

Purple Rain (1984)
Purple Rain poster Rating: 6.5/10 (15,055 votes)
Director: Albert Magnoli
Writer: Albert Magnoli, William Blinn
Stars: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos
Runtime: 111 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Released: 27 Jul 1984
Plot: A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.

Episode 81 – Stop Making Sense

stop-making-senseFor this episode, we are joined by Kyle Dekker from Hot Chocolate Media.  He joins us to watch the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense! Directed by Jonathan Demme of Silence of the Lambs fame, this bare bones concert film is considered to be one of the best in the genre.  We talk a bit about the film itself, the band featured, and our personal experiences with the film in the late 80’s and the early 90’s.  Then we all go out and listen to the soundtrack.

Next up, we’ll still with some 80’s music nostalgia as we watch Purple Rain!

Stop Making Sense (1984)
Stop Making Sense poster Rating: 8.5/10 (8,347 votes)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Jonathan Demme, Talking Heads
Stars: Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales, Lynn Mabry
Runtime: 88 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Documentary, Music
Released: 16 Nov 1984
Plot: An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.