Episode 86 – The Man Who Would be King

Our latest episode features the guest stylings of Bob Alberti!  Bob joins us to talk about The Man Who Would be King.  The film features a post Bond Sean Connery and a pre Jaws 4 Michael Caine as two ex soldiers looking to make a fortune by making themselves kings.  We don’t want to spoil the movie so we won’t tell you how it works out for them.  If you watch the first ten minutes of the movie, however, you’ll probably be able to guess.  As if the two big name actors weren’t enough, this film was directed by the legendary John Houston and the costume designs were by Edith Head!

Join us next time when we’ll be watching The Adventures of Prince Achmed!

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
The Man Who Would Be King poster Rating: 7.9/10 (36,888 votes)
Director: John Huston
Writer: John Huston (screenplay), Gladys Hill (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling (based on the story by)
Stars: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey
Runtime: 129 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Adventure
Released: 18 Dec 1975
Plot: Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander.

Episode 78 – Halloween

Michaelmyers-1024finalThis week, Susanne Becker joins us to watch the horror classic Halloween!  Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence star in a movie that pretty much served as the source for every masked killer horror trope from the 1980’s.  Make no mistake, though, this film did them all first and, in many ways, it is still the best.  While the film may not have aged as well as some of the other classic titles we’ve watched, it is still some very impressive work by Horror virtuoso John Carpenter.

Next up, we will be watching The Shining!

Note: You may be wondering where our episode of Bringing up Baby has gone.  Sadly, we had severe technical difficulties with the recording and we were unable to salvage anything.  Sorry.

Halloween (1978)
Halloween poster Rating: 7.9/10 (158,969 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: John Carpenter (screenplay), Debra Hill (screenplay)
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles
Runtime: 91 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Released: 25 Oct 1978
Plot: On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill.

Episode 76 – Taxi Driver

MV5BMTY2OTY2NjI0Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjMzNTY1NA@@._V1_CR0,25,266,150_AL_UX477_CR0,0,477,268_AL_This week, we take a look at one of the most iconic films of the 70’s, Taxi DriverWe are joined by movie know nothing Salsa Sterling as we explore Martin Scorsese’s dark masterpiece.  We follow Jody Foster from The Silence of the Lambs to her breakout role more than decade prior. This film also established Robert DeNiro on the A list where he has remained there ever since.  And, of course, it features one of the most iconic scenes in film.  It is so well known, the odds are you have seen dozens of parodies even if you have never watched the original.  Join us to explore this dark vision of psychosis.

Our next movie will be, surprisingly, more upbeat as we watch The Shawshank Redemption.

Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver poster Rating: 8.3/10 (505,654 votes)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Paul Schrader
Stars: Diahnne Abbott, Frank Adu, Victor Argo, Gino Ardito
Runtime: 113 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama
Released: 08 Feb 1976
Plot: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

Episode 68 – All the President’s Men

All the President's MenAfter watching Spotlight on our last episode, we decided to take a look at another “Newspaper Journalist Thriller” so we watched All the President’s Men!  The film stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as the reporters who broke the Watergate story.  If you aren’t familiar with Watergate, it is the scandal that ensured every succeeding scandal ended in the word “gate.”  This film is a true classic about two guys digging until they finally found the truth.  Definitely worth the watch!

Our next film will be Grizzly Man!

All the President's Men (1976)
All the President's Men poster Rating: 8.0/10 (70,476 votes)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Writer: Carl Bernstein (book), Bob Woodward (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam
Runtime: 138 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released: 09 Apr 1976
Plot: "The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Episode 52 – Foxy Brown

pamgrier15Having just watched Jackie Brown, we decided it was time to introduce Jena to the Blaxploitation sub-genre with another Pam Greer classic – Foxy Brown!  Greer rocks a 70’s wardrobe in this film about revenge, revenge, and more revenge.  If anyone can get revenge, it would be Pam Greer.  We share some information about Blaxploitation films and spend a lot of time appreciating Pam Greer.  Because you really need to appreciate Pam Greer.

Our next movie will be the only other Tarantino film Jena hasn’t seen – Django Unchained!

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