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.
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.
The Departed is one of the Scorsese movies that A.Ron and I most overlooked on first viewing. I had some inkling that it was good, but I couldn’t say why. After watching it 15 years later, we both got it. There’s a complex game of cat and mouse hidden under all those Boston accents and, despite clocking in at over 2.5 hours, it maintains the tension throughout. Join us on the podcast for a discussion of The Departed.
Moneyball is our Prestige movie this week thanks to it being the 10th anniversary of its release as well as a pretty solid movie about a subject that most movies wouldn’t dare approach. Join us for a discussion about Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, and the statistical analysis that changed baseball.
It’s been 10 years since Drive hit theaters and boosted the vaporwave aesthetic into the mainstream with its art and soundtrack. There are several scenes and a definite “feel” to this movie that are unforgettable. You know the ones I’m talking about, but does it hold up in 2021 and is there enough substance to Drive to make it more than just style? Find out with us in this 10th anniversary podcast.
We’re filling a huge gap in our nostalgic movie catalog with our 35th anniversary coverage of Stand By Me, the 1986 coming-of-age story about 4 young friends who hear rumor of the body of a boy in the woods and journey into the wilderness to find it. It stars someone both beloved and reviled by Star Trek fans around the globe, as well as River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and a very young, very chubby Jerry O’Connell. It’s considered a classic by many. Will it hold up 35 years later? Join us on the podcast to find out.
It’s been thirty years since Terminator 2: Judgement Day hit the theaters and instantly became one of the greatest movie sequels of all time, and it’s been four years since we reviewed it. We figure it’s time to dust off that old podcast, shine it up, and re-release it to celebrate the milestone. Join us for our review of this classic.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory turned 50 this week so we’re re-releasing our podcast from 4 years ago as a celebration of this subversive dark comedy, made even darker the more you think about it. Pop a gobstopper, take a trip down the chocolate river, and enjoy the podcast.
Cast Away defined the survival genre when it came out in 2000 and it’s back again on its 20th anniversary to cap off the year of pure survival, 2020. Join us for the podcast as we discuss the themes of hope, scenes we can only watch through our fingers, and, of course, WILLLLSOOOONNN.
Today is the 25th anniversary of an absolute classic crime drama, Heat. If we hadn’t already reviewed it we probably would take the opportunity to do so right now. However, thanks to the generosity of one of our most loyal listeners, Freddy C, you can hear what we thought of it circa Feb. 2018. Thanks again for the commission, Freddy, and everyone else, enjoy the re-release of Heat.