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 (133,318 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 (115,840 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 (38,598 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 (46,199 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.|
Aug 15 2018
For 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)|
|Rating: 8.9/10 (1,085,326 votes)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Thomas Keneally (book), Steven Zaillian (screenplay)
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall
Runtime: 195 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released: 04 Feb 1994
|Plot: In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.|
Aug 01 2018
This 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)|
|Rating: 8.1/10 (779,707 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
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
This 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)|
|Rating: 7.8/10 (472,677 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
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
Our 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)!
|Rating: 7.0/10 (46,736 votes)
Director: Michael Crichton
Writer: Michael Crichton
Stars: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Norman Bartold
Runtime: 88 min
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Western
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
We’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)|
|Rating: 8.1/10 (664,316 votes)
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi
Runtime: 117 min
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Released: 06 Mar 1998
|Plot: Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.|
Jun 01 2018
We 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)|
|Rating: 7.6/10 (96,716 votes)
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: David Seltzer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw
Runtime: 111 min
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?|