Category Archive: Podcast

Feb 15 2018

Episode 109 – High Noon

High NoonKyle Dekker joins us to watch a Western that is a not even a little bit subtle allegory for the behavior of Hollywood during the House UnAmerican Activities Committee hearings – High Noon! Gary Cooper won an Oscar for his powerful portrayal of a man who slowly comes to realize that nobody will stand up for him in his time of greatest need. We talk a lot about how much John Wayne hated this film because John Wayne really hated this film. Screenwriter Carl Foreman had to leave the country for England while this movie was filming so he had some knowledge of the damage the HUAC could do. We had a ball watching the movie and we hope you enjoy it as well!

Coming up next: Goonies! This time for sure!

High Noon (1952)
High Noon poster Rating: 8.0/10 (85,675 votes)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Writer: Carl Foreman (screenplay), John W. Cunningham (magazine story "The Tin Star")
Stars: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado
Runtime: 85 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Released: 30 Jul 1952
Plot: A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

Feb 01 2018

Episode 108 – Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift ShopWe promised you Goonies but we had a scheduling mix-up so this episode brings you Exit Through the Gift Shop instead! This documentary produced by acclaimed street artist Banksy starts out as a documentary about finding Banksy but then it turns into something quite different. Tim is our newbie for this one and he spends much of the episode talking about what people are willing to pay for art.  Like so many documentaries, what makes this one memorable is not the movie that they wanted to make but the movie that they stumbled into making.

Next up, we are going to watch High Noon!

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
Exit Through the Gift Shop poster Rating: 8.0/10 (55,722 votes)
Director: Banksy
Writer: N/A
Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Debora Guetta, Space Invader
Runtime: 87 min
Rated: R
Genre: Documentary, Comedy, Crime
Released: 14 May 2010
Plot: The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains...

 

Jan 16 2018

Episode 107 – Die Hard

We conclude our Crime Spree series (for now) with the ultimate Christmas action movie – Die Hard! Elliot James is our unsuspecting novice and he joined us to watch Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman chew scenery and destroy a building. This child of the Rambo genre actually created a genre of it’s own (the “Die Hard in a…” genre) and established the superstar cred of both Rickman and Willis. Elliot was surprised to enjoy the movie and there is a good chance you might be too!

Up next, we are going to stay in the eighties and watch The Goonies!

Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard poster Rating: 8.2/10 (664,586 votes)
Director: John McTiernan
Writer: Roderick Thorp (novel), Jeb Stuart (screenplay), Steven E. de Souza (screenplay)
Stars: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason
Runtime: 132 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Thriller
Released: 20 Jul 1988
Plot: John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Jan 01 2018

Episode 106 – Pulp Fiction

Pulp FictionWe continue our crime spree (or crime wave depending on what Tim decided to call it this episode) with the groundbreaking Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction! This movie was so important that we had to get two guests to watch it with us!  The first is newcomer Patrick Fisher and the second is Tim’s now eighteen-year-old son Alex Wick! We watch the film and then talk about how it transformed filmmaking and production in the two decades that have followed.

Next up, we are going to continue with crime films and also watch some more Bruce Willis as we watch Die Hard!

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction poster Rating: 8.9/10 (1,491,145 votes)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino (stories), Roger Avary (stories), Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Laura Lovelace, John Travolta
Runtime: 154 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama
Released: 14 Oct 1994
Plot: The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Dec 18 2017

Episode 105 – Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day AfternoonWe continue our focus on crime films with a look at Dog Day Afternoon. John Cazale and Al Pacino star in this look at a bank robbery that goes both comically and tragically wrong. Based on a true story but filled with impressive improvised scenes, the movie represents Pacino at the height of his movie star powers. Jason Kruger joins us to watch the film and he knows, basically, nothing about it at all. If you are like Jason, it is time for you to give this movie a look!

Next up, we will finally watch Pulp Fiction!

The Sting (1973)
The Sting poster Rating: 8.3/10 (197,317 votes)
Director: George Roy Hill
Writer: David S. Ward
Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning
Runtime: 129 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Released: 25 Dec 1973
Plot: Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

Nov 15 2017

Episode 104 – The Sting

The StingSemi-regular guest newbie Barb Lind is back and this week, we are watching The Sting with Robert Redford and Paul Newman! The film has lots of twists and turns and if you enjoy that sort of thing, we’d recommend watching the movie before you listen to the second half of the podcast.  We actually always recommend that but in this case, you may well be sorry if you decide to skip into the spoiler filled portion of the episode without taking the time to watch the movie first. This Oscar winner for best picture is a lot of fun and if you’ve never seen it, be like Barb and fix that immediately!

Next up, we continue our movie crime spree with Dog Day Afternoon!

The Sting (1973)
The Sting poster Rating: 8.3/10 (197,317 votes)
Director: George Roy Hill
Writer: David S. Ward
Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning
Runtime: 129 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Released: 25 Dec 1973
Plot: Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

Nov 01 2017

Episode 103 – The Godfather

Our next series of films is going to be the crime series and we start with one of the most classic movies about American gangsters you can find, The Godfather!  Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Talia Shire, James Caan, Robert Duvall and…you get the idea. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, this film is genuinely iconic. Even if you haven’t seen this movie, you’ve probably seen several dozen parodies of the film. Our newbie and sometime regular Barb Lind had somehow never seen the movie so we treat her to a first time with the Corleones.

Next up, we continue with he crime theme as we watch The Sting.

The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather poster Rating: 9.2/10 (1,303,505 votes)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Mario Puzo (screenplay by), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay by), Mario Puzo (based on the novel by)
Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano
Runtime: 175 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama
Released: 24 Mar 1972
Plot: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

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 (144,627 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 (510,720 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 (41,784 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.

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