Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ep. 81 - Still Alice (Safe vs. Blindness)

On this episode, the director of photography for STILL ALICE, Denis Lenoir was kind enough to to talk about his approach to film, love of cinema, and how he has worked with directors on his impressive filmography. After this interview we are inspired by the latest in a long line of great Julianne Moore performances to look at two other films where she handled an affliction of sorts in 1995’s SAFE and 2008’s BLINDNESS.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Ep. 80 - Annie (The Cider House Rules vs. The Orphanage)

On this episode the new version of ANNIE inspires us to visit two OTHER orphanages… and that’s about all it inspires. So it’s back to Maine for us in THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and then Spain in the 2007 horror film THE ORPHANAGE. From there it's a debate on whether Cameron Diaz and Tobey Maguire are actually more horrific.

GUEST: Tangible Teddy remains perplexed about the actual rules of the cider house, and has a better title in mind.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ep. 79 - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Russian Ark vs. Museum Hours)

On this episode we spend a NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, three times! Just not with a comprehensive review of that Ben Stiller trilogy. Instead Patrick McGill of Role Play Craft joins us on a tour with two different films set in museums with RUSSIAN ARK and MUSEUM HOURS. But first a mini-review of the third and presumably final film in the series NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ep. 78 - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King vs. King Kong)

On this episode we are joined by Keith Reed of The Wrong Party podcast, and Patrick McGill of the gaming site Role Play Craft to chastise Peter Jackson for Liking ‘Em Long with THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING and KING KONG. This isn’t just meant to excuse our own shortcomings, but to hopefully get the director who made HEAVENLY CREATURES back on track as his second trilogy set in Middle-Earth is now coming to an end with the release of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES. 

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ep. 77 - The Babadook (Evil Dead 2 vs. The Ninth Gate)

We read a bedtime story called THE BABADOOK which inspires us to go on a book hunting quest with Johnny Depp in THE NINTH GATE for the Necronomican in EVIL DEAD 2. All of this leads to a heated debate and a moral line in the sand that puts Roman Polanski on one side, and at least ONE of us on the other.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Ep. 76 - Exodus: Gods and Kings (The Ten Commandments vs. The Prince of Egypt)

On this episode we go to the movies with Moses, three times! Starting with the new Ridley Scott film, EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, and then parting the podcast Red Sea to get to a battle between THE TEN COMMANDMENTS vs. THE PRINCE OF EGYPT. Along the way, we go against Warmachinehorse tradition and profess a love for the very bald Yul Brynner.

GUEST: Emily Mackay gets to use her skills as an editor and brings out the Scissorhands on Charlton Heston and Ridley Scott.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ep. 75 - This Is Where I Leave You (Ordinary People vs. The Royal Tenenbaums)

We look at death in dysfunctional families, inspired by the new video release THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU. Steph Wanamaker of Soiled Restroom Cinema joins us to debate whether Gene Hackman is an asshole or a sonofabitch in THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, and Jamie Dew of The Dew Over defends the right of ORDINARY PEOPLE to wear a Best Pictrue sash.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ep. 74 - The Homesman (Stagecoach vs. The Hired Hand)

The new Tommy Lee Jones' joint, THE HOMESMAN, inspires a look at women in westerns. Starting all the way back with the the hooker with the heart of gold saved by John Wayne in 1939's STAGECOACH to 1971's THE HIRED HAND where a responsible single mother is abandoned by Peter Fonda.

Notice that we ignored Shane's campaigning for Madeline Stowe's six shooting ways in BAD GIRLS.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ep. 73 - Pioneer (The Conversation vs. The Parallax View)

Erik Skjoldbjærg, director of INSOMNIA, joins us to discuss his new film, PIONEER, which was inspired by his love of 1970s American conspiracy thrillers, and we make sure to follow in his footsteps with our episode debating two films from 1974: THE CONVERSATION vs. THE PARALLAX VIEW.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ep. 72 - Whiplash (Black Swan vs. Ruby Sparks)

We are the wrong people to talk about perfectionism in artists (assuming you've listened to the prior 71 episodes) so we bring in Tressa Bowling and Justin Stewart of the Beaucoup Pop podcast, Sequential Spirits, to debate BLACK SWAN vs. RUBY SPARKS.

Before that? It's us giving WHIPLASH the big sloppy kiss it deserves, just as J.K. Simmons taught us.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ep. 71 - The Theory of Everything (Sid and Nancy vs. A Beautiful Mind)

We didn't understand Stephen Hawking in A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, and we don't understand love in real life. But we do understand romance in biopics, which is what the new film about Hawking attempts to do in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. This inspires a look back at other great romances of our time (or at least the altered film versions) in SID AND NANCY & A BEAUTIFUL MIND.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Ep. 70 - Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (Color Me Obsessed vs. Anvil: The Story of Anvil)

Writer/director of FILMAGE: THE STORY OF DESCENDENTS/ALL, Matt Riggle, joins us to educate us (ok, just Mike) on this great band and we hope to do the same for The Replacements in COLOR ME OBSESSED and Anvil in ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ep. 69 - Horrible Bosses 2 (Glengarry Glen Ross vs. Swimming With Sharks)

We are inspired by HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 to be just as original as we look at two older films where Kevin Spacey is... a horrible boss. Those two films are 1992's GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS v. 1994's SWIMMING WITH SHARKS. But before we clock in for the daily grind of Spacey insults, we talk about Chris Pine's future as a comedic actor, decide to hire Alan Arkin or Al Pacino, and debate the use of Hungry Eyes in torture scenes.

GUEST: Tangible Teddy wants our listeners to chime in on a social media handle change for himself and sizes himself up against Benecio Del Toro.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ep. 68 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (The Running Man vs. Battle Royale)

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 may be done with the games, but we are not. So we look back at 1987's THE RUNNING MAN and 2000's BATTLE ROYALE to satisfy our bloodlust, discuss appropriate workout wear, Arnold's vanilla screen names, the tragedy of the husky boy with the crossbow, and ultimately romance while killing your fellow man for sport.

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