The French Connection, starring Gene Hackman as a narcotics officer playing a hunch to stop an international drug buy, is a classic for its kinetic chase scenes, not necessarily for its well-realized characters or compelling plot. Join us for the podcast to find out how it holds up over 50 years after its release.
Time for another biopic! This time it’s Taron Egerton doing a nearly-perfect Elton John. We don’t quite agree on how much fun the movie is but it’s certainly not the fault of the excellent cast.
Moonlight is a simple movie about a simple tale of an incredibly complex time in a young boy’s life. It won several Academy awards the year it was released and, we think, for good reason. Join us for a discussion of the merits of this movie, as well as how a tale about a young gay black man can resonate far outside of the shared experience.
It has been 35 years since Hoosiers became the definitive Indiana basketball movie, and possibly one of the all-time great inspirational sports movies. Though we both were born and raised in Indiana, we somehow managed to miss this movie entirely. Join us for the podcast as we talk our way through our feelings about this beloved classic.
Here’s another petrifying prestige film… Jaws. Author Peter Benchley and director Steven Spielberg team up to put you off visiting the beach for a good long time. Does JAWS hold up? Or does the rubber shark effects make it feel safe to get back into the water. Check out the podcast to find out.
There’s almost certainly nothing left to say about a 60+ year old movie from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, but that won’t stop us from saying our piece. If you haven’t seen Psycho, it’s absolutely worthy of a watch. If you have seen it, join us for a podcast that attempts to properly appreciate the cinematic mastery on display.
Oh boy… What can I say about this week’s big anniversary that won’t piss off the general public who apparently respects and admires the works of David Lynch? Well, I can say that we’re re-releasing our podcast on Mulholland Drive for its 20th anniversary. I can also say that the opinions expressed in the podcast are now 5 years old and I’ve seen exactly 1 David Lynch movie that I’ve enjoyed in that time.
But hey, A.Ron’s here too, and he loved it. From the weird dumpster monsters to the strange musical interludes, he’s down to clown on any wavelength Lynch chooses to broadcast. At least half the podcast will be from that perspective.
So enjoy this now-20-year-old movie and what we had to say about it 5 years ago.
It’s the 20th anniversary of Training Day and while we had no fewer than 3 big anniversaries this week, we managed to get to them all in due time. This is the only role that Denzel Washington has won an academy award in a leading role for, which seems crazy, I know! But it’s pretty well-deserved as he and Ethan Hawke carry this movie. Without either of these performances, the movie wouldn’t work. Join us for the podcast to hear our thoughts on this early 2000s dirty cop drama.
The Many Saints of Newark exists as several movies in one, trying to be something more than just a Sopranos prequel, and ultimately doesn’t excel at anything except casting. If you’re a die-hard fan of The Sopranos, you’ll definitely want to check it out, as it sheds new light on the events and relationships of the series. If you’re a fan of gangster movies, you might want to check it out after you’ve watched all of the many other, much better gangster movies. If you’re neither, why are you even here?
It’s the 25th anniversary of That Thing You Do! It’s a whirlwind movie about the rise and fall of a fake 1950s pop band that popped right out of the Beatles mold. A bunch of young 90s names including Liv Tyler, Steve Zahn, Tom Everett Scott, and Charlize Theron are all wrangled by a very serious, but likeable Tom Hanks. We both love this movie and it’s a ton of fun so check out the podcast.