Nov 01 2013
This episode will air on the day after Halloween so we decided that it was time to show Jena a bizarre horror film starring Vicent Price. Much like The Matrix, nobody can tell you what The Abominable Dr. Phibes is – you have to see it for yourself. Jena was clearly still unsure what she’d seen when the movie was over and that reaction was just about perfect. If you haven’t seen the movie yet – go ahead and listen to the episode. We promised that there is no way to spoil the cinematic experience that is The Abominable Dr. Phibes!
Our next episode airs on the 15th of November and it will be about Jaques Tati’s Playtime!
|The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)|
|Rating: 7.2/10 (12,071 votes)
Director: Robert Fuest
Writer: James Whiton, William Goldstein
Stars: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas
Runtime: 94 min
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Released: 18 May 1971
|Plot: A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.|
Oct 15 2013
Once again, we were able to record an episode live at Pepito’s Parkway Theatre in Minneapolis. This time, we watched the Alfred Hitchcock classic “Rear Window.” Not only had Jena never seen this film before, it was her first Hitchcock film ever. And she got to see it on the big screen! The print was amazing and you should all feel really bad that you missed it. However, you can console yourself by listening to this episode where we dump love all over the master and one of this best films.
Our next episode will air on November 1st and we’ll talk about “The Abominable Dr. Phibes.”
Our next live recording at Pepito’s will be on Sunday, November 17th. We’ll be watching John Carpenter’s “The Thing!”
|Rear Window (1954)|
|Rating: 8.5/10 (393,940 votes)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich (based on the short story by)
Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter
Runtime: 112 min
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Released: 01 Sep 1954
|Plot: A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.|
Oct 01 2013
For our newest episode, we enjoy the glorious duo of William Powell and Myrna Loy in The Thin Man. If you have never watched this booze soaked noir/comedy, you should definitely check it out and then listen to our podcast. It is hard to deny this is one of the great treats of classic cinema. And William Powell is an actor who definitely needs to be enjoyed as often as humanly possible.
And hey – on the podcast, Tim says that we’ll be doing our next recording live at the Parkway theatre on the 7th of October. Then later, he says the 10th! Which is it?????
It’s the 10th. Thursday the 10th. Mark your calendars! We’ll be watching Rear Window!
|The Thin Man (1934)|
|Rating: 8.1/10 (23,953 votes)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Writer: Albert Hackett (screen play), Frances Goodrich (screen play), Dashiell Hammett (from the novel by)
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton
Runtime: 91 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Released: 25 May 1934
|Plot: Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.|
Sep 15 2013
We actually got to watch this week’s movie in a movie theatre! Pepitos Parkway Theatre was kind enough to host a live recording of our podcast on Monday, September 9th. A small but vocal group joined us to enjoy Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard and Cat in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s!” We also had to ask the logical question: what the heck is with Mickey Rooney in this movie? And by that we mean: seriously – what the heck is with Mickey Rooney in this movie????
|Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)|
|Rating: 7.7/10 (150,072 votes)
Director: Blake Edwards
Writer: Truman Capote (based on the novel by), George Axelrod (screenplay)
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen
Runtime: 115 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released: 04 Nov 1961
|Plot: A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.|
Sep 01 2013
Yes, we know that we really should have waited for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad until episode 7 but it didn’t happen that way. Get over it. We recorded this episode approximately one week after special effects Genius Ray Harryhausen passed away. Jena, as usual, had absolutely no knowledge of the film or of Harryhausen. This was a problem Tim and Melissa gleefully solved. As a bonus, both Tim and Melissa have stories about actually meeting Ray Harryhausen! Envy us!
|The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)|
|Rating: 7.1/10 (10,263 votes)
Director: Nathan Juran
Writer: Ken Kolb
Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher
Runtime: 88 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Released: 23 Dec 1958
|Plot: When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.|
Aug 15 2013
Our last episode was about the soaring greatness of Lawrence of Arabia. A great movie it is but we figured that we needed to have a little more fun. This episode, we watched Mad Max 2, which is better known as The Road Warrior. Many cars were wrecked. Very few lines were delivered. Awesomeness was achieved. We were joined by Melissa’s friend Fes Works to enjoy this fine example of 80’s post apocalyptic action.
Our September 1st episode will be a tribute to the late Ray Harryhausen as we watch The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad!
|The Road Warrior (1981)|
|Rating: 7.6/10 (153,447 votes)
Director: George Miller
Writer: Terry Hayes (screenplay by), George Miller (screenplay by), Brian Hannant (screenplay with)
Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps
Runtime: 94 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Released: 21 May 1982
|Plot: In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.|
Aug 01 2013
Holy crap! This movie is so long we had to split this episode into three parts! Lawrence of Arabia is an undisputed classic no matter what the length so Melissa and Tim couldn’t wait to show it to Jena. There is significant geeking about the score, the flimmaking and Peter O’Toole. If you have never seen this movie, you have missed one of the great pleasures of film geekdom. Don’t let yourself miss out for too much longer!
Our next episode will be out on August 15th and we’ll be watching The Road Warrior!
|Lawrence of Arabia (1962)|
|Rating: 8.3/10 (239,438 votes)
Director: David Lean
Writer: T.E. Lawrence (writings), Robert Bolt (screenplay), Michael Wilson (screenplay)
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins
Runtime: 216 min
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Released: 11 Dec 1962
|Plot: The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.|
Jul 15 2013
We don’t want to be accused of only watching old movies so for this episode, we focused on the 2012 Academy Award winner for Best Picture – Argo! Not only has Jena never seen the movie, she has no first hand memories of the historical event upon which it was based! Not only does she get to learn about the movie, but she also gets to learn about something that happened. Well…if you ignore all the stuff that isn’t actually true.
Our next podcast will be on August 1st and we’ll be talking about Lawrence of Arabia!
|Rating: 7.7/10 (530,974 votes)
Director: Ben Affleck
Writer: Chris Terrio (screenplay by), Tony Mendez (based on a selection from "The Master of Disguise" by), Joshuah Bearman (based on the Wired Magazine article "The Great Escape" by)
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman
Runtime: 120 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Released: 12 Oct 2012
|Plot: Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.|
Jul 01 2013
For our second episode, our permanent co-host Melissa Kaercher joins the party to enjoy one of the greatest movie musicals ever made – Singin’ in the Rain. We don’t know how Jena managed to go this long without experiencing “Make ’em Laugh” but that horrible oversight has now been rectified. Enjoy the episode and remember to jauntily tip your cap to Gene Kelly!
And keep an ear out for our next episode on the 15th of July when we look at 2012 Best Picture, Argo.
|Singin' in the Rain (1952)|
|Rating: 8.3/10 (193,348 votes)
Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Writer: Betty Comden (story by), Adolph Green (story by)
Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen
Runtime: 103 min
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Released: 11 Apr 1952
|Plot: A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.|
Jun 16 2013
Welcome to the inaugural episode of our podcast! This podcast will follow our attempts to educate Jena Young on the great films that she hasn’t seen yet. Or, occasionally, just the ones she doesn’t remember. This week’s episode was recorded before co-host Melissa Kaercher became a co-host so Tim Wick educates Jena all on his own. If you didn’t suss it out from the title, we start with one of Tim’s favorite films – Casablanca. To open the podcast, Jena tells us everything she knows about the movie she is about to see. Then we take a break to watch the movie. If you really feel like playing along, you can watch it too! Then we come back and discuss the movie. We hope you enjoy our first podcast and keep coming back for more!
|Rating: 8.5/10 (471,670 votes)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Writer: Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Philip G. Epstein (screenplay), Howard Koch (screenplay), Murray Burnett (play), Joan Alison (play)
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Runtime: 102 min
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Released: 23 Jan 1943
|Plot: A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.|