Mar 15 2019
For the second time, we are watching a Max Max movie! This time it’s Mad Max: Fury Road. In what is essentially one super long car chase, we get to watch Charlize Theron be a bad ass and a blind guy play a flame throwing guitar. It’s pretty great. Alee Baker joins us as a first time viewer of this explosive action film that may not have re-defined the action genre but sure as hell pushed the limits of it.
Next up, we said we’d be watching Frankenstein but that’s a lie! Instead, we are going to watch the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Picture: Green Book!
|Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)|
|Rating: 8.1/10 (764,138 votes)
Director: George Miller
Writer: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Runtime: 120 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Released: 15 May 2015
|Plot: In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.|
Mar 04 2019
We followed Peter Paul from The Princess Bride to this farce by Blake Edwards. The Great Race stars Falk, Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Keenan Wynn as they race across the world. Along the way, they get into a bar fight, escape a polar bear, and meet up with another version of Jack Lemmon! Our newbie for this film is…Melissa! Hard to believe there are any films she hasn’t seen but this was one of them. Join us for the silliness!
Up next, we are going to take another road trip with Mad Max: Fury Road!
|The Great Race (1965)|
|Rating: 7.3/10 (14,595 votes)
Director: Blake Edwards
Writer: Arthur A. Ross (screenplay), Blake Edwards (original story), Arthur A. Ross (original story)
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk
Runtime: 160 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sport, Western
Released: 14 Oct 1965
|Plot: In the early 20th century, two rivals, the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate, engage in an epic automobile race from New York to Paris.|
Jan 15 2019
OK, we finally get to watch The Princess Bride! As one might expect, it was a challenge to find someone who hadn’t seen the movie but with a little work, we found Megan Ealain, who agreed to join us and watch the movie for the first time! If you’ve never seen this 1980’s fantasy/comedy gem before, you should definitely do so before you listen to the episode. If you have seen it before (more likely), you can enjoy our stories about the film and even Tim’s story about meeting one of the actors!
Next up, we are going to follow Peter Falk to The Great Race!
|The Princess Bride (1987)|
|Rating: 8.1/10 (352,786 votes)
Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: William Goldman (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest
Runtime: 98 min
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Released: 09 Oct 1987
|Plot: While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.|
Jan 08 2019
Our latest episode was a bit of a last minute audible as we lost a guest due to weather. So Tim became our guinea pig to watch F for Fake, a “documentary” about hoaxes by Orson Welles. This kind of wacky film takes a look at a few different fakers, including the filmmaker himself. It is very new wave and so very Orson Welles in every sense of the word. Probably the best way to enter the world of this film is knowing as little as possible.
Next up, we really do talk about The Princess Bride!
|F for Fake (1973)|
|Rating: 7.8/10 (12,991 votes)
Director: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach
Writer: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory
Runtime: 89 min
Released: 12 Mar 1975
|Plot: A documentary about fraud and fakery.|
Dec 03 2018
We are sticking with comedy for just a bit longer as we watch the classic heavy metal mockumentary, This is Spinal Tap! Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer play the members of a rock band whose popularity is on something of a downward slide. Rob Reiner is the director of a film that is mostly improvised and still manages to have a story arc. It’s a super funny movie and Allison Anderson joins us to see it for the first time!
Next up, we are going to try to find someone who has never seen The Princess Bride!
|This Is Spinal Tap (1984)|
|Rating: 8.0/10 (N/A votes)
Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner
Stars: Rob Reiner, Kimberly Stringer, Chazz Dominguez, Shari Hall
Runtime: 82 min
Genre: Comedy, Music
Released: 02 Mar 1984
|Plot: Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.|
Nov 15 2018
This episode, we take a look at the best film ever based on a board game (and it isn’t close) – Clue! The movie has a stellar comedic cast and while it was something of a box office failure, it has become a huge success on home video. Tom S Tea joins us to watch the film for the first time and they enjoy this delightfully campy romp through a mansion filled with multiple endings and a stellar comedic cast! We hope you enjoy figuring out whodunnit with us!
Next up, we follow Michael McKean to This is Spinal Tap!
|Rating: 7.3/10 (68,040 votes)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Writer: John Landis (story), Jonathan Lynn (story), Jonathan Lynn (screenplay)
Stars: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd
Runtime: 94 min
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 13 Dec 1985
|Plot: Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery.|
Nov 01 2018
Just in time for the day after Halloween! We finish off our trip through the films that are arguably Mel Brooks’ best with Young Frankenstein! This satirical homage to the classic Universal horror movies (but especially Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein) may be one of Brooks’ least madcap films but it is still a comedic masterpiece. Gene Wilder heads up a stellar cast that really chews scenery in black and white!
Next up, we’ll follow Madeline Kahn to Clue!
|Young Frankenstein (1974)|
|Rating: 8.0/10 (131,811 votes)
Director: Mel Brooks
Writer: Gene Wilder (screen story and screenplay), Mel Brooks (screen story and screenplay), Mary Shelley (based on characters in the novel "Frankenstein" by)
Stars: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn
Runtime: 106 min
Released: 15 Dec 1974
|Plot: An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.|
Oct 15 2018
Our Mel Brooks series continues with his parody of the Western Genre – Blazing Saddles! Alison Anderson joins us for her first viewing of a film that took on racism head on in the 1970’s. When it comes to addressing racism, the film still really does a good job. When it comes to…other things, it might not have fared so well. Still, for the most part it holds up fabulously and is still wickedly funny.
From here, we are going to watch one more Mel Brooks film – Young Frankenstein.
|Blazing Saddles (1974)|
|Rating: 7.8/10 (114,220 votes)
Director: Mel Brooks
Writer: Mel Brooks (screenplay), Norman Steinberg (screenplay), Andrew Bergman (screenplay), Richard Pryor (screenplay), Alan Uger (screenplay), Andrew Bergman (story)
Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman
Runtime: 93 min
Genre: Comedy, Western
Released: 07 Feb 1974
|Plot: In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.|
Sep 15 2018
Having just watched The Producers (1967) by Mel Brooks, we follow up by watching The Producers (2005) by Mel Brooks! This musical adaptation of the original film that was not quite a musical once again features “Springtime for Hitler” but it also has a whole lot of other songs along with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who reprise their roles from the Broadway production. For this episode, Melissa is our noob who has never seen the film before and Barb Lind acts as our expert while Tim misses his first Reel Education podcast!
Next up, we will continue to delve into the Mel Brooks Filmography with Blazing Saddles!
|The Producers (2005)|
|Rating: 6.4/10 (38,311 votes)
Director: Susan Stroman
Writer: Mel Brooks (screenplay), Thomas Meehan (screenplay), Mel Brooks, Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, Mel Brooks
Stars: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell
Runtime: 134 min
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Released: 25 Dec 2005
|Plot: After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck Producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.|
Sep 01 2018
This week, we begin working through a series of films by Mel Brooks. We start with our look at his first film, a movie Roger Ebert called “one of the funniest films ever made,” The Producers (1967)! Barb Lind joins us to discuss this film that dares to take on Hitler with comedy. Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder are the stars in what would later become a broadway musical that was adapted into a different film! That we will watch next!
Next up: The Producers (2005)!
|The Producers (1967)|
|Rating: 7.7/10 (45,888 votes)
Director: Mel Brooks
Writer: Mel Brooks
Stars: Estelle Winwood, Renée Taylor, David Patch, William Hickey
Runtime: 88 min
Genre: Comedy, Music
Released: 10 Nov 1968
|Plot: Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.|