Aug 15 2018

Episode 118 – Schindler’s List

Schindler's ListFor a podcast that tries to blend movie education with comedy – this episode creates a bit of a puzzler. We are watching Schindler’s List. Steven Spielberg’s undisputed masterpiece about the holocaust as seen through the eyes of a man who tried to prevent a tiny part of it is a sobering cinematic work. And yet it is certainly one of the best films made by him or any other director. Kelvin Hatle joins us to see the film for the first time and we spend quite a bit of time discussing the impact afterward.

Next up, we are going to see how another famous director takes a look at Nazis when we watch Mel Brooks’ The Producers!

Schindler's List (1993)
Schindler's List poster Rating: 8.9/10 (1,016,413 votes)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Thomas Keneally (book), Steven Zaillian (screenplay)
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall
Runtime: 195 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released: 04 Feb 1994
Plot: In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Aug 01 2018

Episode 117 – Jurassic Park

Jurassic ParkThis week’s theme is DINOSAURS! We bring new viewer Stephan Zvan to watch Jurassic Park with our friend and Dinosaur Expert, Matt Kessen. Spielberg’s most successful movie gets the Reel Education treatment as we consider the parts that have aged extremely well (the special effects) and the parts that haven’t (creeper Jeff Goldblum). All in all, this is a really great suspense film that features goddamn dinosaurs! We hope you enjoy watching the movie and our conversation that centers around the dinosaurs. Because we spend much time discussing dinosaurs.

Next up, we are going to watch the other film Steven Spielberg released in 1993 – Schindler’s List!

Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park poster Rating: 8.1/10 (731,642 votes)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Michael Crichton (novel), Michael Crichton (screenplay), David Koepp (screenplay)
Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Runtime: 127 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Released: 11 Jun 1993
Plot: During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Jul 16 2018

Episode 116 – Ocean’s Eleven

Ocean's ElevenThis week, we are joined by Heather Rand-McKay to watch Ocean’s Eleven (2001)! But she isn’t our only special guest. Patricia Wick joins us in the movie expert chair! We do take some time to talk about the original Ocean’s 11 (1960) and do our best to discourage anyone who wishes to watch the movie because it is super boring. You might like it, though. We know a few people who do. Maybe that’s you. We watched this version because we like movies that are fun to watch. Go Las Vegas!

Next up, we are going to watch Jurassic Park!

Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Ocean's Eleven poster Rating: 7.8/10 (453,106 votes)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell, Harry Brown, Charles Lederer, Ted Griffin (screenplay)
Stars: George Clooney, Cecelia Ann Birt, Paul L. Nolan, Carol Florence
Runtime: 116 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Released: 07 Dec 2001
Plot: Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Jul 01 2018

Episode 115 – Westworld

WestworldOur latest episode takes a look at Michael Crichton’s Westworld. Tim’s son Alex joins us for this movie about a futuristic theme park where nothing could possibly go wrong but, due to exceptionally bad design flaws, things do! Yul Brynner stars as a gunslinger who seems to have tired of constantly being beaten by rich tourists with no shooting skills. We enjoyed the movie but it has a few plot holes and we make sure to discuss the most glaring.

Next up, we are going to watch Ocean’s Eleven (2001)!

Westworld (1973)
Westworld poster Rating: 7.0/10 (43,566 votes)
Director: Michael Crichton
Writer: Michael Crichton
Stars: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Norman Bartold
Runtime: 88 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Released: 08 Dec 1973
Plot: A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.

Jun 15 2018

Episode 114 – The Big Lebowski

The Big LebowskiWe’ve been promising this movie for a while and finally it is time for us to watch The Big Lebowski! Breanna Cecile joins us to watch this film she compares to John Steinbeck’s ‘The Pearl,” which may be about the most intelligent observation made by any guest on our podcast ever. Certainly more intelligent than any observation made by our hosts. While this is not likely the best Coen Brothers film, it is probably their most popular. We take a deep dive into world of The Dude. Abide with us.

Next up is…we haven’t decided yet! Which may be for the best given our recent history.

The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Big Lebowski poster Rating: 8.1/10 (629,051 votes)
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi
Runtime: 117 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Released: 06 Mar 1998
Plot: "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Jun 01 2018

Episode 113 – The Omen

The OmenWe had a bit of an unintentional hiatus there because Melissa and Tim had a heck of a time coordinating schedules. We’re back and we are watching The Omen with guest Kyle Dekker. Tim also hasn’t seen the film so we have two newbies with a film Melissa watched on nearly constant loop when she was a kid. We take a look at this Son of the Devil horror film and spend a lot more time talking about Patrick Troughton than we probably should given the film stars Gregory freaking Peck. Hard to believe this is the first time we’ve watched a film starring Mr. Peck but at least we’ve finally fixed that problem!

Next up. we promise it’ll be The Big Lebowski.

The Omen (1976)
The Omen poster Rating: 7.6/10 (92,362 votes)
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: David Seltzer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw
Runtime: 111 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror
Released: 25 Jun 1976
Plot: Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

 

Apr 04 2018

Episode 112 – Get Out

Get OutBarb Lind returns as we look at yet another film nominated for Best Picture in 2018 – Get Out! Melissa is actually the only member of our podcasting crew who has seen the movie so Tim and Barb both get to experience it for the first time. This is the work of first time writer/director Jordan Peele who is best known for his comedic work. Get Out uses the horror genre to explore race relations and it is pretty damn creepy. If you haven’t watched it yet, you should!

Next up, we are finally going to watch a Coen Brothers film as we have a newbie experience The Big Lebowski!

Get Out (2017)
Get Out poster Rating: 7.7/10 (319,917 votes)
Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford
Runtime: 104 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 24 Feb 2017
Plot: A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

 

Mar 15 2018

Episode 111 – The Shape of Water

The Shape of WaterAs is our annual tradition, we sat down and watched the most recent winner for Best Picture. This year, it is a genre film by Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water! Semi-regular guest newbie Barb Lind re-joins us to watch this fable about a fish man. We talk about Doug Jones because you kind of need to do that if you are going to be talking about a movie by Guillermo Del Toro as well as the rest of the cast. We also bring up being hit in the fact with a 2×4 more than once. Because that’s the kind of podcast we run here.

Up next, we will be watching another film nominated for Best Picture in 2018 – Get Out!

The Shape of Water (2017)
The Shape of Water poster Rating: 7.4/10 (235,055 votes)
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: Guillermo del Toro (screenplay by), Vanessa Taylor (screenplay by), Guillermo del Toro (story by)
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer
Runtime: 123 min
Rated: R
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Released: 22 Dec 2017
Plot: At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

 

Mar 01 2018

Episode 110 – The Goonies

The GooniesThis week is unusual because Melissa couldn’t make it and Tim was forced to be the movie expert. This proved difficult as it was only his second time watching the film! He and guest Kelvin Hatle do their best as they watch a favorite of many people who were children in the 80’s – The Goonies! Produced by Steven Spielberg, this film feels incredibly dated if you weren’t into it in the first place. Still, it holds a place of affection in the hearts of many so we take a look at what makes it tick.

Next up is…we don’t know! Whatever movie wins the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Goonies (1985)
The Goonies poster Rating: 7.8/10 (204,828 votes)
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Steven Spielberg (story), Chris Columbus (screenplay)
Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman
Runtime: 114 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Released: 07 Jun 1985
Plot: In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Feb 15 2018

Episode 109 – High Noon

High NoonKyle Dekker joins us to watch a Western that is a not even a little bit subtle allegory for the behavior of Hollywood during the House UnAmerican Activities Committee hearings – High Noon! Gary Cooper won an Oscar for his powerful portrayal of a man who slowly comes to realize that nobody will stand up for him in his time of greatest need. We talk a lot about how much John Wayne hated this film because John Wayne really hated this film. Screenwriter Carl Foreman had to leave the country for England while this movie was filming so he had some knowledge of the damage the HUAC could do. We had a ball watching the movie and we hope you enjoy it as well!

Coming up next: Goonies! This time for sure!

High Noon (1952)
High Noon poster Rating: 8.0/10 (86,151 votes)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Writer: Carl Foreman (screenplay), John W. Cunningham (magazine story "The Tin Star")
Stars: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado
Runtime: 85 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Released: 30 Jul 1952
Plot: A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

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