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59 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
This week's episode is all about love as we discuss the ins and outs of the classic film "When Harry Met Sally...". Written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner, "When Harry Met Sally..." is a film that helps turn the page on realism with the psychology between relationships. Was this film the start of popular romantic comedies to come? Does this film help explain how to properly communicate with people? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: In 1977, college graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) share a contentious car ride from Chicago to New York, during which they argue about whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends. Ten years later, Harry and Sally meet again at a bookstore, and in the company of their respective best friends, Jess (Bruno Kirby) and Marie (Carrie Fisher), attempt to stay friends without sex becoming an issue between them.
60 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
This week's episode features special guest and film critic, Matt Fagerholm, to discuss the ins and outs of the film industry and its correlation with this weeks film "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing". Written and directed by Jill Sprecher, "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing" really showcases elements of realism with lifelike conversational situtations between various people. We're so excited to be talking with Matt Fagerholm this week about the film's different scenes as well as other films that have relatable or inspirational content. Is it just another Hollywood blockbuster of its time or is it a whole new entity? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
58 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)
This weeks episode is our 100th episode! To celebrate we talk about a film that neither of us had heard of until this past week, "Hell Comes to Frogtown"! Written and produced by Donald G. Jackson, "Hell Comes to Frogtown" raises the bar for strange films everywhere with a plot that involves main character Sam Hell (Roddy Piper) needing to take on what is referred to as "a very special assignment." The film has action, drama, and humor in various ways throughout with every chacters performance. But is it reccomandable to watch? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: When a nuclear holocaust renders most of mankind sterile, a drifter is recruited for a very special assignment.
62 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
Lost Highway (1997)
On this weeks episode we're talking all about the classic film directed by David Lynch, 'Lost Highway'! Written by David Lynch and Barry Gifford, Lost Highway is a neo-noir film that follows the life of character Fred Madison (Bill Pullman) who begins receiving mysterious VHS tapes at his home. When suddenly convicted of murder, the story takes a turn and his character dissapears and is replaced by a young mechanic (Getty) leading a different life. 'Lost Highway' raises many questions for a standard viewing and with that in mind is it a film that is just too difficult to wrap your mind around? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: Anonymous videotapes presage a musician's murder conviction, and a gangster's girlfriend leads a mechanic astray.
53 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
The Gray Man (2022)
On our podcast this week we are talking all about the brand new action thriller film 'The Gray Man'. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and based upon the novel The Gray Man by Mark Greaney, 'The Gray Man' is an action packed film that follows the story of a man hoping to unearth the details behind the corruption that is controlling the CIA. With performances from Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Billy Bob Thornton at the forefront of this film does the action truly carry enough weight to keep your mind focused throughout the film? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: When the CIA's most skilled operative-whose true identity is known to none-accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets, a psychopathic former colleague puts a bounty on his head, setting off a global manhunt by international assassins.
60 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
The Black Phone (2022)
On this episode we're talking all about a brand new horror film adventure that you won't want to hang up on, The Black Phone! Directed by Scott Derrickson and based upon a short story that was written by Joe Hill, The Black Phone is truly a psychological horror film that takes it's viewers on a trip and makes them wonder what could truly make someone want to do such bad things in the world to other people. With a performance from Ethan Hawke that will have your eyes wide open, will it still have you asking if there is more to know about his character in the end? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: Finney Shaw is a shy but clever 13-year-old boy who's being held in a soundproof basement by a sadistic, masked killer. When a disconnected phone on the wall starts to ring, he soon discovers that he can hear the voices of the murderer's previous victims -- and they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn't happen to Finney.
48 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
The Sea Beast (2022)
On this episode we're talking all about the brand new animated film designed to take you to the seven seas, The Sea Beast! Written and directed by Chris Williams, The Sea Beast is a family tale of different proportions when pirates of the sea soon need to learn if the beasts they've been battling are truly their enemy. With action and animation that soars through the plot, is it enough to keep a viewer hooked? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: A young girl stows away on the ship of a legendary sea monster hunter, turning his life upside down as they venture into uncharted waters.
48 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Crimes of the Future (2022)
On this weeks episode we're talking all about a contemporary sci-fi thriller that may have your mind asking a million questions about the direction of the human race, Crimes of the Future! Written and directed by David Cronenberg and released this year, Crimes of the Future showcases a way of human evolution in a completely different light than standard Hollywood flair. Is this a benefit for Cronenberg's all new film? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. Accompanied by his partner, celebrity performance artist Saul Tenser showcases the metamorphosis of his organs. Meanwhile, a mysterious group tries to use Saul's notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.
65 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
On this weeks episode we're talking all about a movie that is renown in Bollywood cinema history and what has been referred to as a classic "curry western" film, Sholay! Directed by Ramesh Sippy and released in 1975, Sholay has become a staple in Bollywood cinema that showcases numerous genres of film all in one great story. Crime, drama, action, romance, it has it all and expands on it for more than 3 hours! What is it that keeps the story growing through all that time? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: In the village of Ramgarh, retired police chief Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar) plots to bring down the notorious bandit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) and enlists the help of two lesser criminals, Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra). When Gabbar attacks the village, however, Jai and Veeru wonder why Thakur does nothing to help them. They soon learn that he has no arms, and that Gabbar was the one who cut them off. Enraged by this, they redouble their efforts to help.
59 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)
This episode is all about the threat of robots taking over and one family trying to stop them! That's right, it could be sooner than we think, but before our cell phones plan an apocalypse let's turn to the animated comedy "The Mitchells vs. The Machines"! Directed by Michael Rianda and released in 2021, "The Mitchells vs. The Machines" showcases an incredibly talented cast of voice actors, animation, and story. As the first feature length film that Michael Rianda has directed and released, does it truly live up to the hype? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: Young Katie Mitchell embarks on a road trip with her proud parents, younger brother and beloved dog to start her first year at film school. But their plans to bond as a family soon get interrupted when the world's electronic devices come to life to stage an uprising. With help from two friendly robots, the Mitchells must now come together to save one another -- and the planet -- from the new technological revolution.
56 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
The Northman (2022)
This week we talk all about the recent film release that has stormed (pun intended) over movie theaters everywhere, "The Northman"! Directed by Robert Eggers and released in 2022, "The Northman" tells a story of classic viking legend. Featuring Alexander Skarsgård in the lead role of Amleth, the viewer watches a story unfold through this film of a vikings family falling apart and the myth of whether or not Amleth can truly hold his vows successsfully. Is this film truly worth all of the hype it's receiving through the media? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy's mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking who raids Slavic villages. He soon meets a seeress who reminds him of his vow - save his mother, kill his uncle, avenge his father.
57 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
C'mon C'mon (2021)
On our episode this week we cover all you need to know about the movie "C'mon C'mon"! Directed by Mike Mills and released in 2021, "C'mon C'mon" is an A24 film that has received praise for it's performances, direction, and cinematography. Featuring Joaquin Phoenix in the title roll of Johnny, the film's plot helps to showcase what it takes to understand, build, and sustain a relationship between family and others through the measures of life. Do the script or technical features of this film really make it worth the watch? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: Johnny is an emotionally stunted and softspoken radio journalist who travels the country interviewing a variety of kids about their thoughts concerning their world and their future. Then Johnny's saddled with caring for his young nephew Jesse. Jesse brings a new perspective and, as they travel from state to state, effectively turns the emotional tables on Johnny.
57 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
No Country for Old Men (2007)
This week we had a special request for a Coen Brothers classic - "No Country for Old Men"! Directed by (that's right) The Coen Brothers, "No Country for Old Men" was a staple for its time in 2007 winning the Academy Awards for Best Picture as well as Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem's performance in the film. But what is it about this western film that drew audiences and critics in for numerous views? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: While out hunting, Llewelyn Moss finds the grisly aftermath of a drug deal. Though he knows better, he cannot resist the cash left behind and takes it with him. The hunter becomes the hunted when a merciless killer named Chigurh picks up his trail. Also looking for Moss is Sheriff Bell, an aging lawman who reflects on a changing world and a dark secret of his own, as he tries to find and protect Moss.
47 minutes | May 23, 2022
On our episode this week we're stirring up the largest bowl of Ramen with the Japanese classic "Tampopo"! Directed by Juzo Itami, "Tampopo" is a film that has been publicly called the very first "ramen western", a play on the famous term Spaghetti Western. But it's more than just a term for this film, as there is drama, comedy, and plenty of ramen! We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: Two Japanese milk-truck drivers help a restaurant owner learn how to cook great noodles.
59 minutes | May 18, 2022
Son in Law (1993)
This week we take it back to the college days with the Pauly Shore classic "Son in Law"! If there's something to learn from watching the film "Son in Law", it's that you never need to live on a farm forever when you can be in college with Pauly Shore! "Son in Law" was released in 1993 and directed by Steve Rash. The film displays a character going from life on a farm to life in a city and all walks of confidence in between. Is there relatability for contemporary viewers with this film? We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: Country girl Rebecca (Carla Gugino) has spent most of her life on a farm in South Dakota, and, when she goes away to college in Los Angeles, Rebecca immediately feels out of place in the daunting urban setting. She is befriended by a savvy party animal named Crawl (Pauly Shore), who convinces the ambivalent Rebecca to stay in the city. When Thanksgiving break rolls around, Rebecca, no longer an innocent farm girl, invites Crawl back to South Dakota, where he pretends to be her fiancé.
56 minutes | May 9, 2022
High Sierra (1941)
This week we talk all about the classic film "High Sierra"! Released in 1941, the film "High Sierra" was a breakthrough for Humphrey Bogart's acting career allowing him to step into the spotlight in his first leading role. Between that and the array of characters and scenes brought up throughout the film, there are many things the two of us couldn't wait to talk about! We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: Aging mobster Big Mac (Donald MacBride) is looking to pull off one more heist before he retires. With his sights set on robbing a California casino, Big Mac breaks one of his former associates, Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart), out of prison to mastermind the job. When the robbery goes awry, Earle is forced to go on the lam and settles for the night in the hills of the nearby Sierra Nevadas. But, with the cops on his tail, Earle is soon forced to fend off the law from the mountains.
56 minutes | May 5, 2022
This week we discuss the film "Legend" with special guest Michael Roy a.k.a. SOLENYA! Released in 2015, the film "Legend" tells a story of the Kray brothers and tries to showcase their history of organized crime in London, England. But is it truly worth checking out?! Between Tom Hardy's performance of both Kray brothers among various scenes showcased in the film it is certainly a topic we cover. We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: Suave, charming and volatile, Reggie Kray and his unstable twin brother Ronnie start to leave their mark on the London underworld in the 1960s. Using violence to get what they want, the siblings orchestrate robberies and murders while running nightclubs and protection rackets. With police Detective Leonard "Nipper" Read hot on their heels, the brothers continue their rapid rise to power and achieve tabloid notoriety.
59 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (2021)
This week we're talking all about the brand new Bollywood film "Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui"! Released in 2021 and directed by Abhishek Kapoor, "Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui" has gained excitement throughout the world. With a focus on LGBTQIA topics that are typically softened by most filmmakers and screenwriters, this film opens the door for viewers to see just how real things can get. We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Plot: Manu, a bodybuilder from Chandigarh, India, falls in love with Maanvi, a Zumba teacher. All seems well until a revelation causes turmoil in their love story.
70 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
This week we talk all about the 2018 film "Damsel"! The film "Damsel" is a western/comedy that truly showcases some strange elements throughout its plotline. Starring Robert Pattinson among many others, the film was directed by and also featuring the Zellner brothers as lead actors. As viewers we found ourselves a few times asking "Who is truly the protaganist here?". We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Film summary: Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his group traverses the west, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel
59 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
Drive My Car (2021)
This episode Adam and Laura talk all about the 2021 international drama film "Drive My Car"! A film that was recently nominated for 4 Academy Awards (and walked away with one of them!), "Drive My Car" is based on the short story entitled the same name that was written by Haruki Murakami. The film directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi features numerous languages, ideas, and performances in its writing that will keep your mind open throughout the film. We discuss this and more on our episode this week! Film summary: Drive My Car tells the story of Yûsuke Kafuku, a stage actor and director who travels from Tokyo to Hiroshima to mount a performance of a play by Anton Chekhov while still in a state of mourning over the sudden death of his enigmatic and adulterous wife.
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