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!

Moonlight (2016)
Moonlight poster Rating: 7.5/10 (141,524 votes)
Director: Barry Jenkins
Writer: Barry Jenkins (screenplay), Tarell Alvin McCraney (story by)
Stars: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Alex R. Hibbert
Runtime: 111 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama
Released: 18 Nov 2016
Plot: A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

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!

Spotlight (2015)
Spotlight poster Rating: 8.1/10 (269,848 votes)
Director: Tom McCarthy
Writer: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber
Runtime: 128 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Released: 20 Nov 2015
Plot: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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!

The Hateful Eight (2015)
The Hateful Eight poster Rating: 7.8/10 (342,575 votes)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins
Runtime: 187 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 30 Dec 2015
Plot: In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

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!

Hugo (2011)
Hugo poster Rating: 7.5/10 (259,314 votes)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: John Logan (screenplay), Brian Selznick (book)
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz
Runtime: 126 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Released: 23 Nov 2011
Plot: In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

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!

Moneyball (2011)
Moneyball poster Rating: 7.6/10 (297,610 votes)
Director: Bennett Miller
Writer: Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Stan Chervin (story), Michael Lewis (book)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright
Runtime: 133 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Released: 23 Sep 2011
Plot: Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

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!

Django Unchained (2012)
Django Unchained poster Rating: 8.4/10 (1,040,424 votes)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington
Runtime: 165 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Western
Released: 25 Dec 2012
Plot: With the help of a German bounty hunter , a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

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!

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Edge of Tomorrow poster Rating: 7.9/10 (471,885 votes)
Director: Doug Liman
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay), John-Henry Butterworth (screenplay), Hiroshi Sakurazaka (based on the novel "All You Need Is Kill" by)
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton
Runtime: 113 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Released: 06 Jun 2014
Plot: A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

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!

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) poster Rating: 7.8/10 (441,797 votes)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Writer: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Raymond Carver (play)
Stars: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Kenny Chin, Jamahl Garrison-Lowe
Runtime: 119 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released: 14 Nov 2014
Plot: Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor's struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown.

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!

12 Years a Slave (2013)
12 Years a Slave poster Rating: 8.1/10 (486,518 votes)
Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: John Ridley (screenplay), Solomon Northup (based on "Twelve Years a Slave" by)
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dwight Henry, Dickie Gravois, Bryan Batt
Runtime: 134 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released: 08 Nov 2013
Plot: In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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!

Argo (2012)
Argo poster Rating: 7.7/10 (482,276 votes)
Director: Ben Affleck
Writer: Chris Terrio (screenplay), Tony Mendez (based on a selection from "The Master of Disguise" by), Joshuah Bearman (based on the Wired Magazine article "The Great Escape" by)
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman
Runtime: 120 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released: 12 Oct 2012
Plot: Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.