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Episode 21 – 12 Years a Slave

, with special guest:

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 (580,974 votes)
Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: John Ridley (screenplay by), 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.

Episode 18 – The Magnificent Seven

, with special guest:

The Magnificent SevenFollowing up on our last episode about Seven Samurai, this episode looks at the American remake.  Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson and more up the manly quotient to unbearable levels in The Magnificent Seven!  The movie is a remarkably close adaptation of Kurosawa’s classic.  We talk about the similarities as well as some of the very important differences.  Tim even comes up with a convoluted and frighteningly logical explanation of how this movie is actually remake of The Wizard of Oz. We also sing.  That’s a warning.

Stick around after the closing theme to hear the brilliant Magnificent Seven song from Trailer B!

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Magnificent Seven poster Rating: 7.8/10 (81,182 votes)
Director: John Sturges
Writer: William Roberts (screenplay)
Stars: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz
Runtime: 128 min
Rated: Approved
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
Released: 12 Oct 1960
Plot: Seven gunfighters are hired by Mexican peasants to liberate their village from oppressive bandits.

Our next episode will be about The Emperor’s New Groove!