A big thank you to Dr. DeVito for commissioning Southpaw, the 2015 boxing movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a Raging Bull-type who just can’t get out of his own way while recovering from a traumatic accident. If you’ve seen any boxing movie ever made, you’ve seen some portion of this movie, as it borrows every trope you can think of. It does manage to deliver the emotional punches though, due mostly to the excellent cast.
A.Ron can’t get enough of The Holiday, so he recruits two all-star Christmas rom-com veterans for this important discourse. Kim Renfro from Insider and Joanna Robinson from Vanity Fair join the podcast to discuss The Holiday’s place in romantic comedy history, gumption, fantasy kitchens, healthy levels of “scroodily-doo”, and dream of a Nancy Meyers theme park.
The first two episodes of Fargo’s newest season have been a long time coming but now they’re here and they feel like home. Join us for a discussion of this season’s new round of characters, the crazy Fargo setup, and a thematic dissection of the show.
Martin Scorsese’s wild Wall St. ride shares a lot of the energy of his classic gangster film, Goodfellas. In our podcast review, we discuss those similarities, as well as the love/hate relationship we have with a film that might be too much fun for its own good.
It’s the 30th Anniversary of the gangster classic, Goodfellas. Martin Scorsese has a long history making gangster movies. We covered his latest one, The Irishman, already but now we’re going back to cover his most famous one. It’s a wild ride, beginning with the Marty insight into the allure of the criminal underworld that you’ve come to expect and culminating in one of the all-time great scenes of chaos and paranoia. Check out the podcast to hear what we thought about it thirty years later.
This week we take a look at Ryan Coogler’s first feature film, Fruitvale Station, about the 2009 murder of Oscar Grant. It is competently directed by Coogler but the impeccable performances by recognizable names such as Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan, as well as its tragically-evergreen relevance, are what really make the film a must-see.
Jim and A.Ron discuss Cameron Crowe’s 2001 movie, Vanilla Sky. It was a shot-for-shot remake of the original Spanish-language movie, that doesn’t deserve it’s low rating. They discuss the many possibilities throughout the cleverly hidden sci-fi aspects and the off-beat soundtrack.