Chinatown (1974)

It’s a dark look at a 1930s conspiracy concerning water rights in the desert city of Los Angeles. Sounds dry, right? Wrong! Watch Jack Nicholson in his prime play Detective Jake Gittes follow a trail of clues that leads him to the deep pockets of the rich. Faye Dunaway stars opposite as a dynamic and tragic figure. It’s not a cheerful end, but it’s one that will keep you thinking.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)  

Your favorite Kentucky-fried, Foghorn Leghorn drawling detective, Benoit Blanc, swaggers back to the screen to solve another murder. A.Ron rescinds his previously released negative take on Knives Out (2019) because these movies are entertaining! With entertaining twists, genre subversions, and social commentary, you’re sure to have a good time. Think you’ve figured it out? Just you wait!
Stick around for upcoming coverage of Christmas movies and Avatar: The Way of Water!

Backdraft (1991)

Stop, drop, and roll! This movie is coming in hot. Hollywood stalwarts (and Billy Baldwin) battle with an anthropomorphic fire. But wait, there’s more! There’s a crazed arsonist on the loose. Shoulder your ax and tune in for a somewhat hacky movie that also shows the horrors of being burned to death.
Stay tuned for our next prestige episode on Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery next week!

The Perfect Storm (2000)

When help is needed, George Clooney and Marky Mark will answer the call. Watch them battle a storm that threatens to swallow them whole. ILM put together these effects over two decades ago and they still look great. This predecessor to Deadliest Catch isn’t the perfect movie, but it’ll keep you strapped to your seat. Come sail away with us as we discuss The Perfect Storm.
Come back for our episode on Backdraft!

American Gangster (2007) Rerelease

It’s time to revisit a great film. We’re rereleasing American Gangster for all the new listeners who have joined us since we released this episode a whole five years ago. Enjoy!

Special thanks to our commissioner Josh “Anubus21” from Saxapahaw, NC.  This time he has something special to celebrate, his marriage to sweetheart Jessica.  Congratulations, you guys!  Josh selected American Gangster, the 2007 Ridley Scott crime drama starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.  Jim and I have never seen it, but it immediately fit right besides other greats like Godfather, Goodfellas, Casino, and Scarface in the pantheon of films about the criminal underworld.  It’s a great looking, well written, and extraordinarily acted film, that touches on a lot of Bald Move hot buttons of racism, crime, drugs, and $50k mink coats.  Thanks again, Josh and Jessica!  Hope it was a great honeymoon five years ago!

Pale Rider (1985)

The sun is low on the horizon and a dusty stranger saunters into town. Who is it? Why, it’s writer/director/actor Clint Eastwood with his trusty instinct for making Western films. Your favorite nonagenarian filmmaker spun a tale of a gold-mining town held in the iron grip of local criminals. With great one-liners, jingling spurs, and a supernatural element, you’re sure to enjoy this adventure.

Belfast (2021)

This semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Kenneth Branagh is a touching story of a Belfast family and community set against a backdrop of “the troubles”. It features great performances by kids, grown-ups, and bastions like Judi Dench. Even in the dark times, there is humor and heart all backed by the fantastic Belfast native, Van Morrison.

The Game (1997)

Watch Michael Douglas get manipulated, be his classic grouchy self, and get just as confused as you are while watching this movie. Where the soundtrack doesn’t deliver, the visuals sure do. Douglas is joined by Sean Penn and directed by David Fincher, a master of thrillers. A.Ron describes this movie as a “20th century version of ‘A Christmas Carol’”. And Jim describes this movie as…well, I think you better hear it in his own words. Check out The Game!

Up (2009)

I’m not crying, you’re crying. In a whirling kaleidoscope of colors and emotion, Pixar’s Up is just as fun and emotionally packed in a current watch as it was when it came out over 10 years ago. Featuring a curmudgeon and a lively kid, this movie will take you on an adventure that gives hope amongst the grief. Grab a handkerchief and listen in to Jim and A.Ron fight back a few tears to chat about this movie.

Syriana (2005)

This harrowing drama was written and directed by Stephen Gaghan and features a star-studded cast with George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Jeffrey Wright. The threats are real, and America seems to be a lot of them as people put their thumbs on the scales of economy and justice. Let’s ponder the questions, “What level of corruption will create a facade of a functioning society? Is shadowy corruption better than a feudal state putting people to the sword? Are you depressed yet?”

Thank you to Robert for commissioning this episode!