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Bald Movies – Holy Smoke – Commissioned Podcast

Many thanks to Em from the No Ship Network (purveyors of fine podcasts on Vikings, Spartacus, Penny Dreadful, and more) for commissioning this podcast, covering the 1999 psycho-sexual drama, “Holy Smoke”. Directed by Jane Campion (“The Piano”, Top of the Lake”) and starring Kate Winslet and Harvey Kietel, it starts off as an intriguing and campy telling of a young girl being deprogrammed from a cult experience, and then… turns into something else entirely. Lots of at times uncomfortable discussion about power imbalances in relationships, masculinity and femininity, and what we’re supposed to take away from the film, if anything. Thanks again, Em! It was an experience worth experiencing! If you’re curious about the film, it is available on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes for streaming.

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Bald Movies – The Matrix – Commissioned Podcast

Thanks to Jefferson Betmarik for making us pull 1999’s The Matrix off our shelves and talk about it. This movie was directed by the Wachowski siblings, and stars Keanu Reeves, Lawerence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss among others. Jim and I have watched this movie so much, and spent so much time talking about it over the years, so it’s no surprise that we were able to easily fill 1:20 with our personal thoughts and observations. What surprised is was how many new thoughts and ideas we had from our latest watch. We had a lot of fun revisiting the movie, and I hope you get a kick out of listening.

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Bald Movies – “Shaun of the Dead” – Commissioned Podcast

Special thanks to Joel Harris, who ordered us up a classic, the 2004 Zomedy, “Shaun of the Dead”. Directed by Edgar Wright, and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, it offers a lot of gore, laughs, and a surprising amount of heart. The guys discuss their history with the film, it’s motifs and homages, and where it stacks up against the other films in “the Cornetto trilogy”. Thanks again, Joel!

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Bald Movies – “Memento” – Commissioned Podcast

Special thanks once again to Andrew “The Commissioner” Mount, for having us do the 2001 Christopher Nolan movie, “Memento”. Starring Guy Pierce and Carrie-Anne Moss, Memento is an engaging, cerebral, well crafted thriller mystery with an ingenious plot device that plays with our sense of memory and time. We both highly recommend you see this movie before listening to the podcast, as the first time viewing experience of this movie is hard to beat, and it’s an excellent film. If you can find it please give it a shot and then come back and see what we had to say about it.

Thanks, Andrew, that was fun and intellectually stimulating! Do you have something you’d like us to blab about on a special podcast just for you? Find out how you can commission your very own podcast right here.

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Bald Movies – The Station Agent – Commissioned Podcast

Thanks once again to Andrew “The Commissioner” Mount for ponying up for our coverage of the wonderful 2003 film, “The Station Agent”. Staring a murderer’s row of Bald Move stars; Peter Dinklage, John Slattery, and Bobby Canavale among others, and directed by The Wire alumnus Thomas McCarthy, it is many things… A slow burn, life affirming, a study of loneliness and isolation, and the effects on being truly different on your perception and interfacing with everyday life. I highly recommend everyone watching it, and it’s free on Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant!

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Bald Movies – The Godfather Part II

Jim and A.Ron do another deep dive into the world of Coppola’s The Godfather, this time looking at Part II, which celebrates it’s 40th anniversary tomorrow.  A darker, more brooding, more intricate film that it’s predecessor, we struggle to answer the question, which is better?  Along the way we play a lot of what if’s…