This movie poses the question, “How do we feel about vigilante justice?” Carl Lee Hailey, played by Samuel L. Jackson, faces trial for taking revenge on the men who brutalized his young daughter. The movie treads multiple fine lines about race, justice, and hatred in America. Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, and Donald Sutherland round out the cast in this time capsule of Hollywood’s take on justice in 1996. Does it still work?
Spider-Man is back in all of his web-swinging glory! As a sequel to the animation-pioneering 2018 movie, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse delivers on all the things that made the first movie great and more. There’s heart, creativity, and astounding animation. Maybe all superhero movies should be animated.
Take a step back in time to late 80s cinema where hope abounds, it’s a bit schmaltzy, and the sensibilities don’t always hold up. Peter Weir directs a bombastic Robin Williams as Mr. Keating, an eccentric English teacher at a private school. Keating inspires his students to Carpe Diem, push back against authority, and explore the arts. Listen in to Jim and A.Ron as they examine their own experience with the film. And find out who almost got cast as Mr. Keating!
Fifty years ago, Paul Newman and Robert Redford reunited for The Sting! Redford plays a small-time grifter, but there’s nothing small-time about this movie. Newman and Redford orchestrate a con on cantankerous crime boss, Doyle Lonnegan, played by Robert Shaw. This story will show you a good time and pull the rug out from under your feet. Still not convinced to give it a shot? This movie won 7 Oscars! How about that?
Steve McQueen plays Jake Holman, an engineer on the gunboat USS San Pablo. The year is 1927 and the ship is stationed in China. The geopolitical landscape of the country is nearly unrecognizable compared to today. It’s worth considering what this movie is trying to say about nationalism, colonialism, and racism. All the hot-button “isms”! As you can guess, there are parts of this film that definitely did not age well. Come experience McQueen in yet another rebellious role.
Thank you to Mark for commissioning this podcast!
On the 10th anniversary of his passing, get to know one of the most influential film critics; Roger Ebert. He was a man who lived loudly, critiqued freely, and loved movies unflinchingly. From a young film critic prodigy to an older man in failing health, Jim and A.Ron recount the journey of Ebert’s life and his impact on their own lives.
Martin Scorsese, one of the most influential living directors, guides Robert DeNiro through a creepy performance. Even though these two are reliable artists of the silver screen, this movie is a miss. It’s a vaguely Hitchcockian movie with a whole list of “wtf?” moments. Who is this movie made for? Not sure. Who is A.Ron’s ‘Nick Nolte’ impression for? Everyone.
Robert DeNiro, playing bounty hunter Jack Walsh, chases down a man called “The Duke”. What is supposed to be an easy grab quickly deteriorates into a messy, action-packed cross-country road trip. With both the mob and the FBI on his tail, Jack must get The Duke from New York to Los Angeles in a matter of days.
In honor of its 25th anniversary of being released, we’re rereleasing our episode on The Big Lebowski!
This podcast was commissioned by Michael Johnston for his main main Dave in Philly, and what a podcast it is. Jim and I have the sheer delight of watching the sublime Coen Brothers’ 1998 film, The Big Lebowski. One of the forerunners of the “slacker noir” genre, Lebowski is hugely entertaining and surprisingly deep film. We talk about Jeff Bridges magic, new shit coming to light, try to figure out Maude, gush about the late, great, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the downfall of bowling, and much, much more.
So thanks once again to Michael and Dave, for giving us an excuse to really drink this film in. If you’d like to commission your very own podcast, check out our Commission a Podcast page to find out!
Hollywood heartthrob Michael B. Jordan both stars in and directs the newest Creed movie. It’s the ninth movie in the Rocky series and the opponents just keep getting more ripped. Jonathan Majors, fresh from his Marvel body-building boot camp, steps into the ring to challenge Creed. This movie has heart, camp, and a daring fight. Put on your gloves and check out Creed III with Jim and A.Ron.