Tag Archive: 1990’s

Aug 15 2017

Episode 99 – Goldeneye

GoldeneyeWe are back on the James Bond train as we introduce our guest Chrys VanDerKamp to the Pierce Brosnan film, Goldeneye!  This was Brosnan’s first outing as Bond and may be one of the most enjoyable Bond films of the storied franchise.  There are better Bond films but this one is an awful lot of fun.  It is also the first Bond film to be set after the collapse of the Soviet Union so there are some interesting shifts in tone when it comes to the relationship with Russia.  Bresnan would go on to make three more films as Bond, two of which were not very good.  He always made a great Bond, though, as this film shows.

Up next, we are recording our 100th episode and we’ll be taking a break from our Bond series to show Star Wars to someone who has never seen the film!

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Sep 01 2016

Episode 77 – The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank RedemptionThis episode focuses on one of the best films of the 1990’s (or any decade): The Shawshank Redemption!  Alee Ellingsburg returns to watch this prison drama that is structured about as well as a movie can be structured.  Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman star in this movie that was one of the first true home video phenomenons.  Tim pretty much takes over this episode because he really loves the film.  You’ll have to forgive him for that.

Our next film will be Bringing Up Baby.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption poster Rating: 9.3/10 (1,874,788 votes)
Director: Frank Darabont
Writer: Stephen King (short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"), Frank Darabont (screenplay)
Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler
Runtime: 142 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama
Released: 14 Oct 1994
Plot: Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Aug 01 2016

Episode 75 – The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the LambsThis week’s episode explores the only horror film to win an Oscar for best picture, The Silence of the Lambs!  It took some work to find someone who hadn’t seen the film but Chelsea Okey was good enough to join us even though she really doesn’t like horror.  We spend a lot of time talking about the acting work of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, which is superb.  But we also look at how well constructed this film is as a thriller and we observe that perhaps we should not have recorded the podcast in a basement for this particular episode.

For our next podcast, we’ll follow Jodie Foster to Taxi Driver!

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs poster Rating: 8.6/10 (995,434 votes)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Thomas Harris (novel), Ted Tally (screenplay)
Stars: Jodie Foster, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons, Lawrence T. Wrentz
Runtime: 118 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 14 Feb 1991
Plot: A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Nov 16 2015

Episode 58 – Bull Durham

Bull DurhamIn part two of our exploration of movies about Baseball, we watched Bull Durham.  Pat Wick acts as our stunt Jena but it is Melissa who has never seen the film.  The film is one of the more quotable ones we’ve watched and is actually about baseball.  At least it is a little bit like baseball.  Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Costner star in this film that is as good as people have told you.

Our next movie will be Safety Last!

Bull Durham (1988)
Bull Durham poster Rating: 7.1/10 (39,503 votes)
Director: Ron Shelton
Writer: Ron Shelton
Stars: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson
Runtime: 108 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Released: 15 Jun 1988
Plot: A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

Aug 01 2015

Episode 51 – Jackie Brown

Jackie BrownAfter much searching, we managed to find a Quentin Tarantino film that Jena hadn’t see yet!  That’s a lie.  It didn’t take that much searching at all.  We sat Jena down in front of Jackie Brown so she could enjoy a film that is not quite as obviously a Tarantino film than all of his other films.  Following the film, we had an in-depth discussion about Tarantino through the lens of a rather atypical work.  We also talked about some of his favorite actors and some of the actors who have enjoyed career revivals as a result of working with him.

In something of a natural progression, our next podcast will be about Foxy Brown!

Jackie Brown (1997)
Jackie Brown poster Rating: 7.5/10 (258,883 votes)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino (written for the screen by), Elmore Leonard (novel)
Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda
Runtime: 154 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 25 Dec 1997
Plot: A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.

May 01 2015

Episode 46 – The Usual Suspects

The Usual SuspectsFor today’s episode, we explore the concept of the unreliable narrator as we watch The Usual Suspects.  Kevin Spacey won an Oscar for his portrayal of Verbal Kint (or did he???) in this twisty crime drama that managed to keep most audiences guessing even after the credits rolled.  We tried to decide how much of the movie actually happened as we saw but can you ever really know?

For our next episode, we will watch the seminal film about unreliable narrators, Rashomon!

The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects poster Rating: 8.6/10 (816,926 votes)
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie
Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak
Runtime: 106 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 15 Sep 1995
Plot: A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

Feb 15 2015

Episode 41 – L.A. Confidential

L.A. ConfidentialFor our latest episode, we watch a modern take on classic noir as we watch L.A. Confidential. A not yet all star cast including Kevin Spacy, Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce headline this film that is recognized among film buffs but mostly forgotten by others.  We hope you take the time to check out this movie if you aren’t already a fan.

Our next episode will be recorded live at the Trylon theater on Sunday, February 22nd.  We’ll be watching Murder on the Orient Express!

L.A. Confidential (1997)
L.A. Confidential poster Rating: 8.3/10 (451,208 votes)
Director: Curtis Hanson
Writer: James Ellroy (novel), Brian Helgeland (screenplay), Curtis Hanson (screenplay)
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell
Runtime: 138 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 19 Sep 1997
Plot: As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Aug 15 2014

Episode 29 – Ed Wood

Ed WoodThis episode, we enter the world of Tim Burton and his homage to the king of bad movies, Ed Wood!  What is true and what is not true about this story is nowhere near as important as the personal touch Burton brings to this story.  You can tell that this is a movie dedicated to everyone who wanted to be an artist so badly, the fact they had no talent was of little consequence.

Our next episode is inspired by this one.  We’ll be watching Plan 9 From Outer Space!

Ed Wood (1994)
Ed Wood poster Rating: 7.9/10 (149,735 votes)
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Rudolph Grey (book), Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette
Runtime: 127 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Released: 07 Oct 1994
Plot: Ambitious but troubled movie director, Edward D. Wood Jr, tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support.

May 01 2014

Episode 22 – Goodfellas

GoodfellasHard to believe we’ve made it this far in the life of our little podcast without getting down with some Martin Scorsese!  Have no fear, this episode we take a look at one of his masterworks, GoodfellasDeNiro, Pesci and Liotta take us through the world of the gangster in a way that is very nearly Shakespearean.  Larger than life characters play across the screen until we start to understand that they are are all seduced by their own ideas of their lives.  Enjoy our trip through the lives of gangsters, Scorsese style!

Our next episode will be recorded live at the Trylon theater on Sunday the 4th of May!  We’ll be watching “Bridge on the River Kwai!”  Join us!

Goodfellas (1990)
Goodfellas poster Rating: 8.7/10 (807,995 votes)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Nicholas Pileggi (book), Nicholas Pileggi (screenplay), Martin Scorsese (screenplay)
Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco
Runtime: 146 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Released: 21 Sep 1990
Plot: The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.