Oct 15 2017

Episode 102 – Layer Cake

Layer CakeWe have reached the end of our James Bond Odyssey as we take a look at the film that is, effectively, Daniel Craig’s audition for the role. Layer Cake is a movie clearly influenced with the works of Guy Richie and Quentin Tarantino.  It makes sense, of course, because director Matthew Vaughn produced some of Guy Richie’s earlier work. Barb Lind joins us to delve into this film that has a few problems but is a heck of a lot of fun.

Next up, Barb will return to watch The Godfather

Layer Cake (2004)
Layer Cake poster Rating: 7.4/10 (142,374 votes)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: J.J. Connolly (screenplay), J.J. Connolly (novel)
Stars: Daniel Craig, Tom Hardy, Jamie Foreman, Sally Hawkins
Runtime: 105 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 03 Jun 2005
Plot: A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.

Oct 01 2017

Episode 101 – Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Our Bond cycle is now complete as we watch the first outing for Daniel Craig.  Casino Royale was the first re-boot of the Bond franchise although it held over Dame Judi Dench as M. Craig takes over James Bond and pulls the franchise in a direction that helps us understand a little bit about why Bond is the way we all expect him to be.  Chrys VanDerKamp joins us one last time to see if Mr. Craig can rock the suit and the Walther PPK as well as the actors who have come before him.  Spoiler alert: There is no skiing.

Next up, we follow Daniel Craig to Layer Cake!

Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale poster Rating: 8.0/10 (504,713 votes)
Director: Martin Campbell
Writer: Neal Purvis (screenplay), Robert Wade (screenplay), Paul Haggis (screenplay), Ian Fleming (novel)
Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench
Runtime: 144 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Released: 17 Nov 2006
Plot: Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.

Sep 15 2017

Episode 100 – The Matador

The MatadorHey there!  We said our 100th episode was going to be Star Wars but it isn’t.  That’s a long story and we’ll tell it to you someday.  Instead, we are joined by Barb Lind to watch The Matador featuring Pierce Brosnan!  Brosnan took on this role shortly after his final Bond film and it is a nearly perfect deconstruction of the Bond persona.  The film also features Greg Kinnear as a perfect foil for Brosnan’s foul mouthed assassin.  The soundtrack is also pretty fantastic.  So we’re sorry about Star Wars but we hope you watch this film because it is delightful!

Next up, we will be watching Casino Royale!

The Matador (2005)
The Matador poster Rating: 6.8/10 (41,483 votes)
Director: Richard Shepard
Writer: Richard Shepard
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Arlin Miller, Azucena Medina, Jonah Meyerson
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Released: 27 Jan 2006
Plot: A globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City in an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected.

Aug 15 2017

Episode 99 – Goldeneye

GoldeneyeWe are back on the James Bond train as we introduce our guest Chrys VanDerKamp to the Pierce Brosnan film, Goldeneye!  This was Brosnan’s first outing as Bond and may be one of the most enjoyable Bond films of the storied franchise.  There are better Bond films but this one is an awful lot of fun.  It is also the first Bond film to be set after the collapse of the Soviet Union so there are some interesting shifts in tone when it comes to the relationship with Russia.  Bresnan would go on to make three more films as Bond, two of which were not very good.  He always made a great Bond, though, as this film shows.

Up next, we are recording our 100th episode and we’ll be taking a break from our Bond series to show Star Wars to someone who has never seen the film!

GoldenEye (1995)
GoldenEye poster Rating: 7.2/10 (209,675 votes)
Director: Martin Campbell
Writer: Ian Fleming (characters), Michael France (story), Jeffrey Caine (screenplay), Bruce Feirstein (screenplay)
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen
Runtime: 130 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Released: 17 Nov 1995
Plot: James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow Agent formerly believed to be dead.

Aug 01 2017

Episode 98 – Hot Fuzz

Hot FuzzThis episode, we are following Timothy Dalton from James Bond to the Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg comedy Hot Fuzz!  Bob Alberti joins us as our unsuspecting victim.  While he has co-written a play that features a character obsessed with Hot Fuzz, he has, until now, never seen it!  The film is a clever parody and homage to buddy cop movies that is delightfully over the top.  Timothy Dalton seems to be loving his role in this film and the film is packed with many well known British character actors.  You should definitely watch the movie before you listen!

Next up, we will return to James Bond as Pierce Brosnan gets his chance in Goldeneye!

Hot Fuzz (2007)
Hot Fuzz poster Rating: 7.9/10 (386,280 votes)
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Stars: Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Robert Popper
Runtime: 121 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Comedy
Released: 20 Apr 2007
Plot: A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town that's harbouring a dark secret.

Jul 15 2017

Episode 97 – The Living Daylights

The Living DaylightsWe return to our James Bond series with the first of only two Bond outings by Timothy Dalton – The Living Daylights! Chrys VanDerKamp returns as our guest to decide for herself where Dalton falls in the “who is the best Bond” debate.  Tim and Melissa are both Dalton apologists as he is frequently viewed as one of the worst actors to play the role (but he’s no George Lazenby).  We talk about why we think Dalton is underrated in the role and also why everyone disagrees on which Dalton film is the best.  Melissa prefers this one.  Tim prefers License To Kill.  Melissa won…this time!

Next up – we are going to follow Timothy Dalton to Hot Fuzz!

The Living Daylights (1987)
The Living Daylights poster Rating: 6.7/10 (74,276 votes)
Director: John Glen
Writer: Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Michael G. Wilson (screenplay)
Stars: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker
Runtime: 130 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Released: 31 Jul 1987
Plot: James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.

Jul 01 2017

Episode 96 – The Cannonball Run

Cannonball RunThis episode, we follow the late Sir Roger Moore from his first turn as James Bond to a film where he basically plays himself playing James Bond.  Cannonball Run is a film by Hal Needham starring Burt Reynolds and Farrah Fawcett and – honestly – almost every other actor from the seventies you’ve ever heard of.  Also, there are actors from before the seventies.  And there’s also Jackie Chan.  Because why the hell not? The film is a crazy mess of silly fun filled with some embarrassingly dated racial humor.  We are joined by Kelvin Hatle who has, amazingly, never seen the film before.

Next up, we go back to James Bond and watch Timothy Dalton take on The Living Daylights

The Cannonball Run (1981)
The Cannonball Run poster Rating: 6.1/10 (27,777 votes)
Director: Hal Needham
Writer: Brock Yates
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise
Runtime: 95 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sport
Released: 19 Jun 1981
Plot: A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.

Jun 15 2017

Episode 95 – Live and Let Die

Live and Let DieThis week, we return to our James Bond series with the first installment of the Roger Moore era, Live and Let Die!  Moore was the longest tenured actor to play Bond (this is the first of seven films featuring him as the British super spy).  Chrys VanDerKamp joins us once again to unpack a film featuring some really fun action and some really problematic racism and sexism.  We also take a look at some less than spectacular science and explore the strange rules of psychic sexual contact exhibited in the film.  Eventually, we even talk about the late Sir Roger Moore a little bit!

Next up, we follow Sir Roger Moore to The Cannonball Run!

Live and Let Die (1973)
Live and Let Die poster Rating: 6.8/10 (80,622 votes)
Director: Guy Hamilton
Writer: Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)
Stars: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James
Runtime: 121 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Released: 27 Jun 1973
Plot: 007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

Jun 01 2017

Episode 94 – The Haunting

The HauntingOur next episode in the Bond series follows Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny) because George Lazenby really didn’t make any other films of note after his turn as Bond.  Because of that, we used Maxwell’s small role as an excuse to watch The Haunting!  We are joined by returning guest Lana Rosario to watch this extremely creepy ghost story that doesn’t need to resort to anything as cheesy as jump scares to creep you out.  The film is helmed by the great and versatile Robert Wise and stars a group of character actors who you might not immediately recognize but who turn in spectacular performances in this great atmospheric horror film.

Next up, we take a look at the James Bond played by Sir Roger Moore in Live and Let Die!

The Haunting (1963)
The Haunting poster Rating: 7.6/10 (28,356 votes)
Director: Robert Wise
Writer: Nelson Gidding (screenplay), Shirley Jackson (based on the novel: "The Haunting of Hill House")
Stars: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn
Runtime: 112 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Horror
Released: 25 Aug 1963
Plot: A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.

May 15 2017

Episode 93 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

We continue our exploration of James Bond and the actors who played him with On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the first and only film featuring George Lazenby as Bond.  Our guest is once again Chrys VanDerKamp, who will be joining us for every bond film as the only two she has seen is Quantum of Solace (which is unfortunate) and Goldfinger (which we showed her.)  On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a fascinating Bond film as it establishes the premise that Bond can be played by another actor but it begs the question “why this one?”  Also there is a lot of skiing (a lot of skiing), Diana Rigg, and Telly Savalas!

Next up, we will follow Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny, to The Haunting!  Sorry – George Lazenby really didn’t make another decent film and The Haunting is FABULOUS!

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service poster Rating: 6.8/10 (64,990 votes)
Director: Peter R. Hunt
Writer: Simon Raven (additional dialogue), Richard Maibaum (screenplay)
Stars: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti
Runtime: 142 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Released: 19 Dec 1969
Plot: James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world.

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