Episode 89 – The Quiet Man

For our newest episode, we take a look at a project that was something of a dream project for John Wayne – The Quiet Man!  Directed by John Ford and featuring Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, this film is surprisingly unlike what most would expect from names like John Wayne and John Ford.  We are re-joined by Noel Thingvall, who has a better experience with us than he did when we watched La Dolce Vita.  We hope you sit back and enjoy this classic love story about a man, a woman, and a whole lot of tradition.

Next up, we’ll be watching the 2017 winner of the Oscar for Best Picture, La La Land Moonlight!

The Quiet Man (1952)
The Quiet Man poster Rating: 7.9/10 (27,736 votes)
Director: John Ford
Writer: Frank S. Nugent (screenplay), Maurice Walsh (from the story by)
Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond
Runtime: 129 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released: 14 Sep 1952
Plot: A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

Episode 61 – Horror of Dracula

Horror of DraculaFor this episode, we take a look at one of the most famous films out of the Hammer Horror studio – Horror of Dracula!  We decided to watch the movie because Sir Christopher Lee was in Hugo and this film is one of his breakout roles.  We explore his career as well as that of Peter Cushing.  For some reason, we spend a long time talking about The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Our next film is, somewhat predictably, Dracula!

Horror of Dracula (1958)
Horror of Dracula poster Rating: 7.5/10 (14,598 votes)
Director: Terence Fisher
Writer: Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Bram Stoker (novel)
Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling
Runtime: 82 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Horror
Released: 08 May 1958
Plot: Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses.

Episode 50 – Godzilla

gsuit54Our latest episode is so big, we couldn’t do it with just three hosts!  For our viewing of Godzilla, we brought in Matt Kessen, who is an expert on all things Godzilla.  We watched a man in a suit rampage through Tokyo and it was awesome!  We talk about the cultural impact of the film, the political undertones of the film, and we even fill Jena in about the super dumb shit they did in the American remakes.

Our next episode will be…something.  We haven’t figured it out yet.  You’ll be surprised!!!!

Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla poster Rating: 7.5/10 (16933 votes)
Director: Ishirô Honda
Writer: Takeo Murata, Ishirô Honda, Shigeru Kayama (story)
Stars: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: UNRATED
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Released: 7 May 2004
Plot: American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Episode 47 – Rashomon

3216486967_cb50281f9dOur exploration of the unreliable narrator brings us to the film that is, quite literally, all about unreliable narration.  Rashomon is the film that introduced the world to Akira Kurosawa and is easily one of the most influential films ever made.  It is also ever so much shorter than The Seven Samurai.  So that’s a bonus.  Enjoy the special musical interlude Tim selected because he couldn’t find an mp3 of the music online.

Our next episode will be recorded live at the Trylon theater.  We’ll be watching The Lady from Shanghai!

Rashomon (1950)
Rashomon poster Rating: 8.4/10 (87434 votes)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writer: Ryûnosuke Akutagawa (stories), Akira Kurosawa (screenplay), Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura
Runtime: 88 min
Rated: UNRATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 26 Dec 1951
Plot: A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

Episode 43 – All About Eve

all-about-eve1Having recently watched The Ten Commandments, we decided that Jena needed more Anne Baxter in her life.  What better way to mainline Anne Baxter than with All About Eve!  A delightfully witty script and fantastic performances by five great actresses are all you need to know.  If you haven’t watched this movie yet, you should rush out and fix that as soon as possible!

Our next episode will be about Persepolis!

All About Eve (1950)
All About Eve poster Rating: 8.4/10 (70,303 votes)
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Writer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written for the screen by)
Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm
Runtime: 138 min
Rated: Approved
Genre: Drama
Released: 1951-01-15
Plot: An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.