Tag Archive: 1960’s

Jun 01 2017

Episode 94 – The Haunting

The HauntingOur next episode in the Bond series follows Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny) because George Lazenby really didn’t make any other films of note after his turn as Bond.  Because of that, we used Maxwell’s small role as an excuse to watch The Haunting!  We are joined by returning guest Lana Rosario to watch this extremely creepy ghost story that doesn’t need to resort to anything as cheesy as jump scares to creep you out.  The film is helmed by the great and versatile Robert Wise and stars a group of character actors who you might not immediately recognize but who turn in spectacular performances in this great atmospheric horror film.

Next up, we take a look at the James Bond played by Sir Roger Moore in Live and Let Die!

The Haunting (1963)
The Haunting poster Rating: 7.6/10 (28,040 votes)
Director: Robert Wise
Writer: Nelson Gidding (screenplay), Shirley Jackson (based on the novel: "The Haunting of Hill House")
Stars: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn
Runtime: 112 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Horror
Released: 25 Aug 1963
Plot: A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.

May 15 2017

Episode 93 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

We continue our exploration of James Bond and the actors who played him with On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the first and only film featuring George Lazenby as Bond.  Our guest is once again Chrys VanDerKamp, who will be joining us for every bond film as the only two she has seen is Quantum of Solace (which is unfortunate) and Goldfinger (which we showed her.)  On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a fascinating Bond film as it establishes the premise that Bond can be played by another actor but it begs the question “why this one?”  Also there is a lot of skiing (a lot of skiing), Diana Rigg, and Telly Savalas!

Next up, we will follow Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny, to The Haunting!  Sorry – George Lazenby really didn’t make another decent film and The Haunting is FABULOUS!

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service poster Rating: 6.8/10 (64,108 votes)
Director: Peter R. Hunt
Writer: Simon Raven (additional dialogue), Richard Maibaum (screenplay)
Stars: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti
Runtime: 142 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Released: 19 Dec 1969
Plot: James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world.

Apr 15 2017

Episode 91 – Goldfinger

Goldfinger

Our Bond project officially begins!  Over the next several episodes, we will be watching Bond movies featuring each of the actors who have played this film icon as well as other movies featuring the same actor!  We begin with what many consider the best of the Bond films, Goldfinger!  Our companion for this film was Chrys VanDerKamp, who has limited Bond knowledge and leaves our Educational podcast anxious to learn more about the film series.  Don’t worry – we gave her a list.

Up next, we will watch another of Sean Connery’s best performances when we see The Untouchables!

Goldfinger (1964)
Goldfinger poster Rating: 7.8/10 (146,111 votes)
Director: Guy Hamilton
Writer: Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Paul Dehn (screenplay)
Stars: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Fröbe, Shirley Eaton
Runtime: 110 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Released: 09 Jan 1965
Plot: Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

Jan 15 2017

Episode 85 – La Dolce Vita

La Dolce VitaThis 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 (52,685 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.

Dec 27 2016

Episode 83 – A Hard Day’s Night

A Hard Day's NightWe 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 (33,494 votes)
Director: Richard Lester
Writer: Alun Owen (original screenplay)
Stars: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Runtime: 87 min
Rated: G
Genre: Comedy, Music, Musical
Released: 07 Jul 1964
Plot: A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

Nov 02 2016

Episode 80 – 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space OdysseyToday, 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 (466,176 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, 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.

Jul 15 2016

Episode 74 – The Lion in Winter

The Lion in WinterThis 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: 8.1/10 (24,446 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.

Oct 01 2015

Episode 55 – A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of DollarsHaving 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: 8.0/10 (159,835 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 Volontè, Wolfgang Lukschy
Runtime: 99 min
Rated: R
Genre: 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.

Sep 15 2015

Episode 54 – Yojimbo

YojimboWe are embarking on a three movie exploration of the same story! First up is a return to the great Akira Kurosawa.  His film, Yojimbo, borrows heavily from American Westerns and American film noir.  But it has a badass samurai twist courtesy of Toshiro Mifune.  We enjoy this relatively light offering from the Japanese master filmmaker as a prelude to exploring the work of another, quite different master.

Next up, we’ll be watching A Fistful of Dollars!

Yojimbo (1961)
Yojimbo poster Rating: 8.3/10 (81,305 votes)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writer: Akira Kurosawa (story), Akira Kurosawa (screenplay), Ryûzô Kikushima (screenplay)
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa, Isuzu Yamada
Runtime: 110 min
Rated: UNRATED
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Released: 13 Sep 1961
Plot: A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Oct 01 2014

Episode 32 – The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty DozenJena had a last minute conflict so we were forced to enlist an emergency stunt Jena.  Fortunately, Tim’s wife Pat was available.  We had to make an alteration in movie (Pat has seen Man on Wire) so we pulled out The Dirty Dozen! This classic example of a mission movie involves a great cast trying to save the world from the Nazis.  Because that’s what heroes do.  They save the world from the Nazis.

Our next movie will, we promise, be Man on Wire!

The Dirty Dozen (1967)
The Dirty Dozen poster Rating: 7.8/10 (56,200 votes)
Director: Robert Aldrich
Writer: Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Lukas Heller (screenplay), E.M. Nathanson (novel)
Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown
Runtime: 150 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Released: 22 Oct 1967
Plot: During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.

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