Tag: 1960’s

Episode 54 – Yojimbo

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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: 8.2/10 (108,438 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: Not Rated
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.

Episode 32 – The Dirty Dozen

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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: 7.7/10 (66,116 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, War
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.

Episode 11 – Playtime

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PlaytimeThis week, we tackle Jaques Tati’s comedy Playtime.  In a unique twist, neither Tim nor Jena had seen the film.  It is also our first “foreign language” film although the fact the movie is French is hardly relevant as the dialogue is almost completely unnecessary. If you’ve never seen the movie and you have Hulu Plus, that would be a great way to check it out.  Even if you haven’t seen the film, you should totally listen to the episode as Playtime may be the most spoiler proof movie ever created.

Our next episode will be recorded live at the Parkway Theatre on Sunday, November 17th.  We’ll be watching John Carpenter’s The Thing with special guest host Matt Allex from Horror Show Hotdog!

Playtime (1967)
Playtime poster Rating: 7.9/10 (18,787 votes)
Director: Jacques Tati
Writer: Jacques Tati (original screenplay), Jacques Lagrange (collaboration), Art Buchwald (additional English dialogue)
Stars: Barbara Dennek, Jacques Tati, Rita Maiden, France Rumilly
Runtime: 155 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Comedy
Released: 27 Jun 1973
Plot: Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction.

Episode 7 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Breakfast at Tiffany'sWe actually got to watch this week’s movie in a movie theatre!  Pepitos Parkway Theatre was kind enough to host a live recording of our podcast on Monday, September 9th.  A small but vocal group joined us to enjoy Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard and Cat in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s!”  We also had to ask the logical question: what the heck is with Mickey Rooney in this movie? And by that we mean: seriously – what the heck is with Mickey Rooney in this movie????

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Breakfast at Tiffany's poster Rating: 7.6/10 (163,802 votes)
Director: Blake Edwards
Writer: Truman Capote (based on the novel by), George Axelrod (screenplay)
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen
Runtime: 115 min
Rated: Approved
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released: 06 Oct 1961
Plot: A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

Episode 4 – Lawrence of Arabia

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Lawrence of ArabiaHoly crap!  This movie is so long we had to split this episode into three parts! Lawrence of Arabia is an undisputed classic no matter what the length so Melissa and Tim couldn’t wait to show it to Jena.  There is significant geeking about the score, the flimmaking and Peter O’Toole.  If you have never seen this movie, you have missed one of the great pleasures of film geekdom.  Don’t let yourself miss out for too much longer!

Our next episode will be out on August 15th and we’ll be watching The Road Warrior!

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia poster Rating: 8.3/10 (263,382 votes)
Director: David Lean
Writer: T.E. Lawrence (writings), Robert Bolt (screenplay), Michael Wilson (screenplay)
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins
Runtime: 228 min
Rated: Approved
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Released: 11 Dec 1962
Plot: The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.