Episode 85 – La Dolce Vita

This episode is a return to the world of Federico Fellini with two guests as we all try to determine if Melissa’s hatred of the film is misplaced.  La Dolce Vita is considered one of Fellini’s masterpieces.  But is it? We watch the film and do our best to appreciate it as film geeks.  You can decide for yourself how well we do

Please note: this episode was hacked.  The episode is fine but the post itself was meddled with.  Sorry about that.

Our next episode will be about The Man Who Would be King!

La Dolce Vita (1960)
La Dolce Vita poster Rating: 8.1/10 (50,591 votes)
Director: Federico Fellini
Writer: Federico Fellini (story), Ennio Flaiano (story), Tullio Pinelli (story), Federico Fellini (screenplay), Ennio Flaiano (screenplay), Tullio Pinelli (screenplay), Brunello Rondi (contributing writer)
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux
Runtime: 174 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 19 Apr 1961
Plot: A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

Episode 83 – A Hard Day’s Night

v1.aDsxMTkzNzA7ajsxNzE5MTsxMjAwOzI3NjY7MjE2MQWe have a first this week – it is the first episode of our podcast that doesn’t feature Tim at all!  Instead, Melissa is joined by Lauren Haven and John Youker.  They are present to watch the classic Beatles Film, A Hard Day’s Night!  This rather light and frothy mixture of Beatles music and a rather limited plot proved to be far more popular than the producers had dreamed.  John, Lauren, and Melissa discuss reactions to the film as well as spending some time talking about Christmas movies!

Our next film will be Josie and the Pussycats!

A Hard Day's Night (1964)
A Hard Day's Night poster Rating: 7.7/10 (31,935 votes)
Director: Richard Lester
Writer: Alun Owen (original screenplay)
Stars: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Runtime: 87 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Released: 07 Jul 1964
Plot: A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

Episode 80 – 2001: A Space Odyssey

eph9wqbj52ix1wppcjl16l2iujos76hjoa7l4229cinqsthfyhjw4d0w3c1qsdaiToday, we return to the world of Stanley Kubrick to experience 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm glory.  We are joined by a panel of guests including regular Allee Ellingsburg, Scott Keever, and Richard Brantley.  Almost everyone had seen the film before but this was the first time most had seen it in a theater.  Few other movies are as transformed by sitting in a movie theater as 2001.  We talk about a lot of things but one thing we didn’t record is a pre-movie segment.  We just dive right into the film on this one so if you are used to listening to our opening segment and then watching the movie, look out!  Spoilers are right out of the gate!

Next up, we are going to shift gears and watch Stop Making Sense.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey poster Rating: 8.3/10 (433,823 votes)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Arthur C. Clarke (screenplay)
Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter
Runtime: 149 min
Rated: G
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Released: 12 May 1968
Plot: Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Episode 74 – The Lion in Winter

hqdefault-3This week’s episode features another guest host from our sister podcast: A Reel Education – Noir.  Alee Elingsburg joins us to talk about The Lion in Winter, a classic historical drama about a fictional Christmas Henry II spent with his family.  It is full of political machinations, scenery chewing dialogue, and a very youthful Timothy Dalton & Anthony Hopkins.  Katherine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole are the stars who drive this whole acting train and they do a darn fine job.  We hope you enjoy the movie as much as we did!

Our next move will follow Hopkins to the peak of his career as we watch The Silence of the Lambs!

The Lion in Winter (1968)
The Lion in Winter poster Rating: 8.2/10 (23,046 votes)
Director: Anthony Harvey
Writer: James Goldman (screenplay), James Goldman (play)
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle
Runtime: 134 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released: 30 Oct 1968
Plot: 1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.

Episode 55 – A Fistful of Dollars

clint-eastwoodHaving just watched Yojimbo, it is time for us to watch the same movie made by another director.  The style of Sergio Leone is vastly different from that of Akira Kurosawa but he brings his own flair to the story of one man trying to clean out a crooked town in A Fistful of Dollars!  Instead of Toshiro Mifune, our protagonist is played by Clint Eastwood.  We compare and contrast the directors and actors who brought this story to life twice.

For our next episode, we are going to watch the same story again! This time, the results are not quite so impressive.  We’ll be watching The Warrior and the Sorceress!

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
A Fistful of Dollars poster Rating: 8.1/10 (126,585 votes)
Director: Sergio Leone
Writer: Adriano Bolzoni (story), Víctor Andrés Catena (story), Sergio Leone (story), Víctor Andrés Catena (screenplay), Jaime Comas Gil (screenplay), Sergio Leone (screenplay)
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volonté, Wolfgang Lukschy
Runtime: 99 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Released: 18 Jan 1967
Plot: A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.