Gran Torino (2008)

At it’s heart, Gran Torino is about an old, set-in-his-ways (racist) war veteran realizing that he has more in common with the hardworking, honest Asian family next door than he does with his own spoiled American family. The trouble is, the guy is just so damned racist that it’s hard to get comfortable with him. And even when his opinion of the family next door changes, the offensive language he uses to describe them doesn’t. Gran Torino is a tough movie to talk about.

First Blood (1982)

Ask the average person what they think of when they hear the name Rambo and they’ll probably say something about an over-muscled rageaholic murdering dozens of people with weapons meant to be mounted on vehicles. Even if they know better, they’ll probably agree that this first movie in the franchise is called “Rambo”. Neither of those things is entirely accurate, so we’re setting the record straight in a podcast covering one of Sylvester Stallone’s best movies.

Road to Perdition (2002)

Road to Perdition is the only movie we could think of that features Tom Hanks as anything other than a wholesome heroic type. It turns out he’s an honest-to-goodness actor and he can absolutely pull off the Irish gangster dead set on avenging his murdered family, especially when he’s sharing the screen with other talented actors such as Paul Newman and Daniel Craig. Who knew!

Groundhog Day Charity Marathon Wrapup

Another year of charity marathons is in the books and it was certainly worthy. This year we raised $17047.74 for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and had a ton of fun doing it. Join us as we recap the event and for a special wrapup interview with Connor from the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund discussing their work as well as the damage that Alzheimer’s does and preventative measures you can take to reduce your likelihood of developing it.

The Boxer (1997)

I didn’t know much about “The Troubles” in Ireland going into this movie and, to be honest, I don’t feel like I know any more coming out of it. History lessons aside, The Boxer includes some excellent performances from the entire cast in a movie that is more of a meditation on borrowed resentment than a traditional boxing story.

The Sixth Sense (1999)

It has been over 20 years since an unknown filmmaker named M. Night Shyamalan somehow got $40m dollars to write, direct, and produce a movie that would forever change the horror genre. Does it still hold up today? Find out as we discuss our feelings on all things “The Sixth Sense” two decades later.