Tag Archive: 2010’s

Apr 01 2017

Episode 90 – Moonlight

MoonlightThis episode, we tackle the 2017 Oscar winner for Best Picture: Moonlight!  After the crazy ending to this year’s Oscar ceremony, this film was crowned Best Picture.  We’re guessing you haven’t seen it.  In fact, neither Melissa or Tim had seen it either.  Still, we brought in Pat Wick, who also hadn’t seen it, to be our guest.  The film is notable for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the fact it is the first film featuring an all black cast to win Best Picture.  It gave us a lot to think about and we hope you watch the film and it makes you think as well.

Next up, it is time to start exploring all of the actors who have played James Bond both in the Bond franchise and outside of it!  We’ll be starting with Sean Connery and Goldfinger!

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Apr 01 2016

Episode 67 – Spotlight

SpotlightAs has become an annual tradition, we are watching this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner.  For 2016, most people assumed the award would go to Revenant.  However, Oscar voters surprised everyone by selecting Spotlight instead.  The film is representative of a dying genre as newspaper journalism is a dying medium.  Fine performances anchor this movie that is disturbing not so much because of how the story is told but because so much of the story is true.

Our next film will be All the President’s Men!

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Feb 01 2016

Episode 63 – The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight

Those of you who listened to our last episode may have noticed we said this episode would be about The Phantom of the Opera.  Surprise!  With The Hateful Eight leaving theaters soon, we decided we should shuffle off to the movie theater and check out Quentin Tarantino’s latest offering.  Melissa actually saw the film in 70mm glory while Tim and Jena got to see the digital print from the front row.  We’ll talk about the film and a lot of the social implications contained in the film.  Somehow, we fail to talk about the score.  But it was really good.

Our next movie will, for totally sure, be The Phantom of the Opera!

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Dec 21 2015

Episode 60 – Hugo

HugoNote: We apologize for the late posting of this episode.  This episode, we return to the works of director Martin Scorsese to watch the film Hugo.  Jena was unable to join us so we appointed stunt Jena Sean O’Laughlin to watch the film with us.  Hugo is notable for being a film almost completely unlike any other film by Martin Scorsese.  It starts out as a children’s movie and morphs into a love letter about film preservation.  It is also visually amazing.  We dissect all of this in our conversation after watching the film.

A few things to watch if you have the time:

This video showing a breakdown of the final shot in the film.

A full length, color version of George Melies’ Le Voyage Dans la Lune.

Our next episode will be about Horror of Dracula!

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Nov 01 2015

Episode 57 – Moneyball

MoneyballWith this episode, we embark on a two episode exploration of baseball movies.  Moneyball stars Brad Pitt and it takes a look at the evolution of the way modern baseball teams are assembled.  Like most baseball movies, this movie isn’t about the game so much as it is about the people who make a living within the game.  This the second movie in a row that Melissa hasn’t seen.  If we can find about three more, that will probably encompass cover every movie she’s never seen!

Our next movie is another movie Melissa hasn’t seen!  We’ll be watching Bull Durham!

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Sep 01 2015

Episode 53 – Django Unchained

Django UnchainedSince there was only one other Quentin Tarantino film unseen by Jena, we knew we had to get to it as quickly as possible.  After showing her Jackie Brown a month ago, we took a look at Django Unchained for this episode.  Tarantino does another pastiche of Westerns, Blaxploitation and, because it is Tarantino, a little bit of almost everything else.  We hope you enjoy our conversation!

Our next movie will be a return to the world of Akira Kurosawa – Yojimbo!

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Jun 15 2015

Episode 49 – Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of TomorrowThis week’s episode is all about an under appreciated gem from 2014 – Edge of Tomorrow. The film is an extremely creative action movie that has the added benefit of being the perfect Tom Cruise movie for people who hate Tom Cruise!  Is the film the perfect combination of Groundhog Day and Aliens?  In all fairness, it doesn’t have a lot of competition.  If you really want to blow your mind, try to figure out all the possible things that could happen after the conclusion of the film!

Next up, we shall tackle the original Godzilla!

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Apr 15 2015

Episode 45 – Birdman

BirdmanAs has become an annual tradition, we sat down to watch the Academy Award winner for Best Picture of 2014, Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)!  We marveled at the amazing Cinematography and the unexpected score.  We had a thoughtful conversation about the meaning of the film’s ending.  In other words, we watched the movie and then we talked about it.  Which is sort of our thing!

The next film on our list is The Usual Suspects!

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Apr 15 2014

Episode 21 – 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a SlaveIn what is becoming a tradition, we watched this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave!  In an unusual twist, Tim was the only host who had actually seen the film already.  The movie inspired a lot of discussion about slavery, the Oscars and, oddly, Gravity.  We hope you enjoy our annual trip to the Academy Awards!

Next time, we’ll be discussing one of Martin Scorsese’s greatest works: Goodfellas!

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Jul 15 2013

Episode 3 – Argo

ArgoWe don’t want to be accused of only watching old movies so for this episode, we focused on the 2012 Academy Award winner for Best Picture – Argo!  Not only has Jena never seen the movie, she has no first hand memories of the historical event upon which it was based! Not only does she get to learn about the movie, but she also gets to learn about something that happened.  Well…if you ignore all the stuff that isn’t actually true.

Our next podcast will be on August 1st and we’ll be talking about Lawrence of Arabia!

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