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153 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Kingdom of Heaven
In our second audience choice episode, Kingdom of Heaven just barely beat out The Dam Busters! But this may have been to our detriment, as us hosts collectively had to watch...something like fifteen hours' worth of this movie. And then we had the meta-struggle of deciding whether to cut our own short and long versions of this very episode! In the end, we pulled together what we thought was the best of both worlds: a deep dive into Ridley Scott's phenomenal set design, swords and armor and all; and a conversation about the deeper meanings behind this film in a freshly post-9/11 world. Join us in the late 12th century as we parse out the historical from the not-so-much, in our crusade to find out if this 2005 epic still holds up. Next Episode: Beau Travail (1999)
78 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Can we still enjoy early, pre-winning Charlie Sheen? How well does a comedy so firmly rooted in the early 90s hold up? Tune in for our possibly ill-advised break from the serious as we venture into the absurdity of this Gulf War/Top Gun spoof from 1991: HOT SHOTS! Next Episode: Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
121 minutes | May 21, 2021
A story told through the eyes of a British woman as a child, young nurse, and old writer, Atonement is an epic romance spanning from the pre-war years to Britain's strategic retreat at Dunkirk. Joe Wright directs a formidable cast, but with...debatable success. Let's see whether Dan and Katie can defend this war film from the onslaught of Liam's cynicism and David Lean's widow's less than flowery appraisal. And somehow Joel Schumacher makes an appearance too. Go figure. Next Episode: Hot Shots! (1991)
126 minutes | May 7, 2021
Empire of the Sun
The Japanese invasion of China had been ongoing since the early 1930s, but in coordination with the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Japanese forces moved into allied colonies on the mainland. This included the international section of Shanghai, where Jamie, the spoiled son of a British manufacturer, becomes separated from his parents in the chaos of war and has to fend for himself in a Japanese internment camp. With powerful performances from Christian Bale, John Malkovich, and Miranda Richardson, this is Spielberg at his best, portraying a seldom-depicted theater of WWII in one of his most underrated films.
117 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Episode 6: Jojo Rabbit
In this daring comedy, Taika Waititi tries his hand at historical satire. The story follows a young boy named Jojo in a small German town at the end of WWII; through his interactions with his mother, his imaginary friend Adolf, and a mysterious girl hiding in his attic, Jojo has to come to grips with the reality of Nazi propaganda, and deal with his shifting understanding of the world. Next Episode: Empire of the Sun (1987)
117 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Episode 5: Grave of the Fireflies
It's rare to watch such a truly sad film. Even Liam couldn't dick-joke his way out of this one. It's dark, but deep. Within months from the beginning of the film, the U.S. would drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bringing the Japanese Empire to its knees and forcing its unconditional surrender. But before those weapons of mass destruction, there were others. Seita and his little sister Setsuko navigate through the aftermath of the firebombings of Kobe in early 1945, struggling to find food to survive after the loss of their parents and their home.
111 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Episode 4: The Caine Mutiny
A star-studded cast brings the USS Caine to life, a fictional WWII minesweeping-ship commanded by a paranoid and arguably incompetent Captain Queeg (Humphrey Bogart). Training incidents, accusations of icebox theft by the sailors, and finally a dangerous storm that threatens to sink the ship, bring the officers to mutiny, resulting in a third-act court martial for the culprits. Will the Navy side with the Captain, or the crew? Is Queeg a madman? And where the hell are those damn strawberries? Join us and find out!
123 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Episode 3: They Shall Not Grow Old
Made as a heartfelt tribute to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the Armistice, Peter Jackson crafted this incredible documentary from hundreds of hours of interviews and never before seen footage from the archives of the Imperial War Museum and the BBC. But it wouldn't be a Peter Jackson film without pulling out every technical trick in the book, including showing it in 3D. Join us as the gang debates, among other things, whether Jackson's cinematic wizardry deepens or cheapens the subject matter, and if one should be kink shamed for a British pooping stick fetish.
102 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Episode 2: The Outpost
As one of the most realistic and accurate war films ever made, 2020's The Outpost was difficult both to watch and to discuss. Eight U.S. Soldiers lost their lives in the battle depicted, countless others were wounded, and two walked away with The Medal of Honor, something that had not happened in over fifty years. Join us as we talk about how the film was made, how well it serves the memory of those who lost their lives, and of course, how Liam would have done it better.
115 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Episode 1: Full Metal Jacket
We didn't mean to drop our first film dealing with the Tet Offensive on the actual Vietnamese Holiday, but sometimes the planets align without any help from us. Join us as we launch this new project and separate the Cowboys from the Jokers with Stanley Kubrick's iconic depiction of the Marine experience in the Vietnam War.
2 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
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