Tag Archive: 2000’s

Aug 01 2017

Episode 98 – Hot Fuzz

Hot FuzzThis episode, we are following Timothy Dalton from James Bond to the Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg comedy Hot Fuzz!  Bob Alberti joins us as our unsuspecting victim.  While he has co-written a play that features a character obsessed with Hot Fuzz, he has, until now, never seen it!  The film is a clever parody and homage to buddy cop movies that is delightfully over the top.  Timothy Dalton seems to be loving his role in this film and the film is packed with many well known British character actors.  You should definitely watch the movie before you listen!

Next up, we will return to James Bond as Pierce Brosnan gets his chance in Goldeneye!

Hot Fuzz (2007)
Hot Fuzz poster Rating: 7.9/10 (380,870 votes)
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Stars: Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Robert Popper
Runtime: 121 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery
Released: 20 Apr 2007
Plot: A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town that's harbouring a dark secret.

Jan 02 2017

Episode 84 – Josie and the Pussycats

Josie and the PussycatsIt is a new year and we celebrate with a ridiculous movie that may not be great but is way better than it had any right to be.  Kelvin Hatle joins us to watch Josie and the Pussycats, a subversive comedy about product placement and corporate greed. It is also exceptionally silly and features an absolutely amazing performance by Parker Posey.  You have probably never watched this movie and while it is surprisingly dated for a film only fifteen years old, it is still a lot better than anyone could have expected.

Our next film will be an entirely different experience as we watch La Dolce Vita!

Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
Josie and the Pussycats poster Rating: 5.3/10 (19,541 votes)
Director: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan
Writer: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, Richard Goldwater (characters), Dan DeCarlo (characters), John L. Goldwater (characters)
Stars: Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, Tara Reid, Gabriel Mann
Runtime: 98 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Music
Released: 11 Apr 2001
Plot: A girl group find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy to deliver subliminal messages through popular music in this send up of the music industry and pop culture.

May 01 2016

Episode 69 – Grizzly Man

Grizzly ManIt is time to dive into the works of Werner Herzog with the documentary film Grizzly Man!  Herzog tells the story of naturalist Timothy Treadwell who researched grizzly bears up until one of them decided he looked like a tasty morsel.  Using mostly Treadwell’s old footage, the film is less about his death than it is about the effect his obsession had on himself and those around him.  Pat Wick joins us as stunt Jena even though she has seen the film and Tim has not!

Since we watched one film by Herzog, how about another?  Our next film will be Fitzcarraldo!

Grizzly Man (2005)
Grizzly Man poster Rating: 7.8/10 (44,166 votes)
Director: Werner Herzog
Writer: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter, Val Dexter, Sam Egli
Runtime: 103 min
Rated: R
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Released: 02 Sep 2005
Plot: A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.

Apr 01 2015

Episode 44 – Persepolis

PersepolisThis episode, we managed to find another animated film Jena hasn’t seen, which is quite the challenge!  In addition to being only our second animated film, it is also our second foreign language film.  We watched “Persepolis,” which is a phenomenal film about growing up in post revolutionary Iran.  If you are feeling particularly ambitious, we would suggest that this film pairs quite nicely with Argo.

Our next episode will be about the winner of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Picture: Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)!

Persepolis (2007)
Persepolis poster Rating: 8.1/10 (75,046 votes)
Director: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Writer: Marjane Satrapi (comic), Vincent Paronnaud (scenario)
Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Simon Abkarian
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama
Released: 22 Feb 2008
Plot: A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Nov 01 2014

Episode 34 – A Mighty Wind

A Mighty WindIn our last episode, we watched a documentary.  This episode, we watched a mockumentary!  We showed Jena a film by a group of gifted comedians who have sort of mastered the genre.  A Mighty Wind is a fabulously funny film about folk music. Created by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, it has a smart approach to the topic and even manages to be poignant every now and again.  It’s one of Tim’s favorite movies.  We hope it will be one of yours as well!

Our next episode will be about The Maltese Falcon!

A Mighty Wind (2003)
A Mighty Wind poster Rating: 7.3/10 (23,101 votes)
Director: Christopher Guest
Writer: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
Stars: Jim Moret, Stuart Luce, Mary Gross, Marty Belafsky
Runtime: 91 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Music
Released: 09 May 2003
Plot: Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.

Oct 15 2014

Episode 33 – Man on Wire

Man on WireFor this episode, we took a look at a genre that has, as yet been untouched by our podcast – the documentary!  We chose the 2009 Oscar winner, Man on Wire. The movie tells the story of one amazing stunt and at the same time, it tells the story of two buildings.  We talk about this film as well as the genre of documentaries in general. The film is streaming on Netflix so we highly recommend checking it out.

Our next episode will be about A Mighty Wind!

Man on Wire (2008)
Man on Wire poster Rating: 7.8/10 (44,540 votes)
Director: James Marsh
Writer: Philippe Petit (book)
Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix
Runtime: 94 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Documentary
Released: 29 Aug 2008
Plot: A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".

Mar 15 2014

Episode 19 – The Emperor’s New Groove

The Emperor's New GrooveOne of the challenges we’ve faced is finding an animated film that Jena hasn’t seen.  While we can toss just about anything else in front of her, she’s watched almost everything by Disney.  What a delight it was, then when we discovered that she had never seen one of the most underrated Disney films of all time, The Emperor’s New Groove!  She had seen the straight to video sequel but not the hilarious original.  We have managed to rectify that situation so sit back and enjoy our conversation about a movie that is not nearly as Disney as you might expect.

The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
The Emperor's New Groove poster Rating: 7.3/10 (139,584 votes)
Director: Mark Dindal
Writer: Chris Williams (story by), Mark Dindal (story by), David Reynolds (screenplay), Stephen J. Anderson (additional story material by), Don Hall (additional story material by), John Norton (additional story material by), Roger Allers (based on an original story by), Matthew Jacobs (based on an original story by), Doug Frankel (additional story), Mark Kennedy (additional story), Mark Walton (additional story)
Stars: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton
Runtime: 78 min
Rated: G
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Released: 15 Dec 2000
Plot: Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder.

Our next podcast will be on April 1st and we’ll be discussing Sunset Boulevard!