Nov 01 2014
In our last episode, we watched a documentary. This episode, we watched a mockumentary! We showed Jena a film by a group of gifted comedians who have sort of mastered the genre. A Mighty Wind is a fabulously funny film about folk music. Created by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, it has a smart approach to the topic and even manages to be poignant every now and again. It’s one of Tim’s favorite movies. We hope it will be one of yours as well!
Our next episode will be about The Maltese Falcon!
|A Mighty Wind (2003)|
|Rating: 7.3/10 (24,366 votes)
Director: Christopher Guest
Writer: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
Stars: Jim Moret, Stuart Luce, Mary Gross, Marty Belafsky
Runtime: 91 min
Genre: Comedy, Music
Released: 09 May 2003
|Plot: Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.|
Oct 15 2014
For this episode, we took a look at a genre that has, as yet been untouched by our podcast – the documentary! We chose the 2009 Oscar winner, Man on Wire. The movie tells the story of one amazing stunt and at the same time, it tells the story of two buildings. We talk about this film as well as the genre of documentaries in general. The film is streaming on Netflix so we highly recommend checking it out.
Our next episode will be about A Mighty Wind!
|Man on Wire (2008)|
|Rating: 7.8/10 (49,499 votes)
Director: James Marsh
Writer: Philippe Petit (based on the book "To Reach the Clouds" by)
Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix
Runtime: 94 min
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Released: 29 Aug 2008
|Plot: A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".|
Oct 01 2014
Jena had a last minute conflict so we were forced to enlist an emergency stunt Jena. Fortunately, Tim’s wife Pat was available. We had to make an alteration in movie (Pat has seen Man on Wire) so we pulled out The Dirty Dozen! This classic example of a mission movie involves a great cast trying to save the world from the Nazis. Because that’s what heroes do. They save the world from the Nazis.
Our next movie will, we promise, be Man on Wire!
|The Dirty Dozen (1967)|
|Rating: 7.8/10 (61,889 votes)
Director: Robert Aldrich
Writer: Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Lukas Heller (screenplay), E.M. Nathanson (novel)
Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown
Runtime: 150 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Action, Adventure, War
Released: 22 Oct 1967
|Plot: During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.|
Sep 15 2014
We’ve finally arrived at “the greatest movie ever made” – Citizen Kane! We tackle Orson Welles’ groundbreaking film as well as it’s reputation. We encounter a stable of great actors and talk about Welles’ career. Is this film the greatest move ever? That is certainly a matter of taste. We spend a lot of time talking about the film’s legacy and that may be more important than the film itself.
|Citizen Kane (1941)|
|Rating: 8.3/10 (365,131 votes)
Director: Orson Welles
Writer: Herman J. Mankiewicz (original screen play), Orson Welles (original screen play)
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick
Runtime: 119 min
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Released: 05 Sep 1941
|Plot: Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.|
Sep 02 2014
Having tackled Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, we used our latest episode to look at Ed Wood’s magnum opus, Plan 9 From Outer Space! The film, rightly or wrongly, is hailed as the worst movie of all time. Our friend and bad movie aficionado Kelvin Hatle joins us once again to explore what will forever be known as Bela Lugosi’s last film. Listen as we talk about how this film got made and how it went from obscurity to cult classic.
Our next episode will be all about one of the best movies ever made: Citizen Kane!
|Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)|
|Rating: 4.0/10 (33,731 votes)
Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Writer: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, Tom Keene
Runtime: 79 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Released: 22 Jul 1959
|Plot: Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.|
Aug 15 2014
This episode, we enter the world of Tim Burton and his homage to the king of bad movies, Ed Wood! What is true and what is not true about this story is nowhere near as important as the personal touch Burton brings to this story. You can tell that this is a movie dedicated to everyone who wanted to be an artist so badly, the fact they had no talent was of little consequence.
Our next episode is inspired by this one. We’ll be watching Plan 9 From Outer Space!
|Ed Wood (1994)|
|Rating: 7.9/10 (157,605 votes)
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Rudolph Grey (book), Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette
Runtime: 127 min
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Released: 07 Oct 1994
|Plot: Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.|
Aug 01 2014
Our newest installment was once again recorded live at the Trylon microcinema in Minneapolis! We watched Metropolis with live accompaniment from Fugitive. Jena was treated to what many would consider the first true Science Fiction film with original music composed specially for the showing! A sold out house joined us for a great experience and many of them stayed behind to discuss the film. It was a great discussion cut short only because we wanted to make sure the folks at the Trylon could go home.
Please note that part one of the episode was recorded outside and part two was recorded inside the theater with audience interaction. We apologize if anything is difficult to hear.
The break music is “Desruction” by Loverboy. It comes from the Moroder soundtrack.
Our August 15th episode will be a discussion of Tim Burton’s Ed Wood!
|Rating: 8.3/10 (144,947 votes)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Thea von Harbou (screenplay), Thea von Harbou (novel)
Stars: Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp
Runtime: 153 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Released: 13 Mar 1927
|Plot: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.|
Jul 15 2014
July is silent film month at A Reel Education! For our newest episode, we had Jena watch Buster Keaton’s best known work – The General! Not only was this our first Buster Keaton film, it was our first trip into the world of silent film. We talk a lot about how the musical accompaniment changes the experience of watching one of these films.
Speaking of silent films and musical accompaniment, our next episode will be recorded live at the Trylon theater on July 20th! We’ll be watching Metropolis with a live band!
|The General (1926)|
|Rating: 8.2/10 (72,049 votes)
Director: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
Writer: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, Al Boasberg (adapted by), Charles Henry Smith (adapted by)
Stars: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley
Runtime: 67 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, War, Western
Released: 24 Feb 1927
|Plot: When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.|
Jul 01 2014
This week’s episode was recorded live at the Trylon theater in Minneapolis. We watched Francis Ford Coppola’s classic thriller The Conversation featuring Gene Hackman. Afterward, we had a spirited conversation with several members of the audience. Because we were live in the theater, some of the conversation might be a little bit quiet for some listeners. Sorry about that!
Our next episode will be all about Buster Keaton’s The General!
|The Conversation (1974)|
|Rating: 7.9/10 (87,735 votes)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest
Runtime: 113 min
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 01 Jun 1974
|Plot: A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple, on whom he is spying, will be murdered.|
Jun 15 2014
Jena wasn’t able to make it to the recording of this episode but that’s OK, we bought in a stunt Jena! This week’s stunt Jena was…Melissa! Turns out Cabaret was one of the few films that she had never seen. With Melissa our acting Jena, we were down one expert. Enter our friend Windy Bowlsby! Windy is a huge fan of the film and of Bob Fosse so she provided a great expert perspective. Enjoy our conversation about the only Oscar winning musical set in pre-Nazi Germany that we know about!
Our next episode is going to be recorded live at the Trylon Theatre on June 29th. We’ll be watching The Conversation!
And don’t forget to check out Windy and Melissa’s podcast – Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome!
|Rating: 7.8/10 (43,792 votes)
Director: Bob Fosse
Writer: Joe Masteroff (based on the musical play "Cabaret" book by), John Van Druten (based on the play by), Christopher Isherwood (stories), Jay Presson Allen (screenplay)
Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey
Runtime: 124 min
Genre: Drama, Musical
Released: 13 Feb 1972
|Plot: A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.|