Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ep. 101 - Honeymoon (The Strangers vs. Antichrist)

Having just passed the century mark, on episode 101 we hope we have entered into the honeymoon phase with our listeners, and so being creative geniuses we decided to talk about the recently released to DVD, and one of Chris’ favorite of 2014, HONEYMOON. This film inspires a look at two other entries in the horror genre where couples go to cabins in the woods. The movie that shows that marriage proposals are never a good idea is THE STRANGERS, and then to top that, ANTICHRIST shows us that MARRIAGES are never a good idea.

GUEST: Rilla of Soiled Restroom Cinema joins us to help the chaos reign.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Ep. 100 - The Guest (Shadow of a Doubt vs. Stoker)

On our last episode for Blackhat we talked about uninvited digital guests through cyber intrusion, so for our big episode 100 (and I mean big numerically speaking, we didn’t really go out of our way to do anything special) we chose a theme of guests making themselves at home the old fashioned way. Recent DVD and digital release The Guest allows us to pit a classic Hitchcock film in Shadow Of A Doubt against a film that was inspired by Shadow Of A Doubt, in… Stoker. It’s been a great run up to episode 100 the last nine months, thank you for allowing us to be a guest on your listening device of choice.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ep. 99 - Blackhat (Sneakers vs. Hackers)

On this episode we celebrate the ability of computers to bring people closer together, even when one party was uninvited. Hopefully you don’t see us invading your earbuds in quite the same fashion that we view the hackers in the films SNEAKERS and… well, HACKERS. This battle between the old and young is inspired by an old standby of portraying masculinity on film, director Michael Mann’s latest work BLACKHAT.

GUEST: Patrick McGill of Role Play Craft joins us to judge the roller blading competition that is cyber culture as portrayed in '90s cinema.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ep. 98 - Inherent Vice (The Long Goodbye vs. The Big Lebowski)

On this episode we get high off of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest great film that cinephiles will be revisiting for years to come, and in celebration of that we look at two older films that have been gained that classic status in Robert Altman’s THE LONG GOODBYE and The Coen Brothers THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Both films are about private investigators, one professional and one an amateur, who use their unique viewpoint of being out of step or perfectly in step with their times to figure out what is going on around them… but first… we try to figure out what is going on with Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Ep. 97 - The Boy Next Door (Lolita vs. Harold and Maude)

On this episode we talk about romantic relationships with a big age difference... other than between Mike and Chris. Instead we debate two classic films in Stanley Kubrick’s LOLITA vs. Hal Ashby’s HAROLD AND MAUDE. For the deciding vote, we are very happy to have Anderson Cowan from the awesome and well-respected movie podcast THE FILM VAULT and the comedy podcast THE AFTER DISASTER. But before we decide on Team Humbert or Team Maude, we interview David McFarland, the director of photography for THE BOY NEXT DOOR, the new film that inspired our theme.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ep. 96 - Dark Summer (The King of Comedy vs. One Hour Photo)

On this episode of our podcast we stalk with technology, and though our methods of finding our way into your ear buds may be more advanced than Robert De Niro’s quest to get famous on a late night talk show in THE KING OF COMEDY, or Robin Williams’ photo lab obsession with an All-American family in ONE HOUR PHOTO, we hope our listeners agree that we haven’t quite reached our full stalker potential. 
But before we give you too much time to consider it, we speak with director Paul Solet, who you may know previously from his acclaimed horror film GRACE, as he took the time to talk about his work and inspire our theme with his new film DARK SUMMER.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Ep. 95 - Red Army (Once Brothers vs. The Other Dream Team)

On this episode we look at documentaries about a country’s ties to their respective sports teams with a 30 For 30 film ONCE BROTHERS about an Olympic basketball team that is broken up once the nation breaks out into civil war, which is very similar in premise to the other documentary we will review (except much different in tone) with THE OTHER DREAM TEAM. Hopefully that’s not too much sportsing for our film nerd listeners, because first, we also have an interview with Gabe Polsky, director of the new film RED ARMY.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ep. 94 - American Sniper (Jarhead vs. In The Valley of Elah)

On this episode we look at the war abroad in the Sam Mendes film JARHEAD, and the war at home in Paul Haggis’ IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, but first, a warning to both our liberal and conservative listeners who like to misinterpret art and proudly show their ass all over social media, we talk with our guest Peter from the podcast Hydrate Level Four about Clint Eastwood’s new film: AMERICAN SNIPER. 

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Ep. 93 - Unbroken (The Great Escape vs. Rescue Dawn)

On this episode we are inspired by the new release UNBROKEN to look at military movies that are survival stories, and how war, specifically how war is portrayed on film, has changed with the times. From the somewhat cordial but surprisingly dark gut punch of 1963’s THE GREAT ESCAPE to the very dark but surprisingly optimistic lead played by Christian Bale in 2006’s RESCUE DAWN. All of that, plus our guest Emily Mackay bragging about her upcoming Sundance experience.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Ep. 92 - Top Five (Sullivan's Travels vs. Stardust Memories)

On this episode, we look at TOP FIVE, the recent film from Chris Rock about a comedian who wants to be taken seriously as an artist, which not only inspired the pairing of SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS and STARDUST MEMORIES, but also our own Top Five Film lists of 2014. And after you hear them you may no longer take us seriously (if you ever did).


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ep. 91 - Goodbye To All That (Living Out Loud vs. Crazy Stupid Love)

On this episode we look at life, and in particular a sex life, immediately after divorce. In the 1998 Richard Lagravanese film LIVING OUT LOUD, Holly Hunter drinks one too many martinis and finds herself the target of a crush from the bellhop in her building, and Steve Carell finds himself the target of ladies man Ryan Gosling in CRAZY STUPID LOVE. All of these shenanigans of the newly single inspired by the great new film GOODBYE TO ALL THAT starring Paul Scheider and we get a chance to talk to the writer and director of this new release, Angus MacLachlan.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ep. 90 - Big Eyes (F For Fake vs. My Kid Could Paint That)

On this episode we fake our way through a discussion on fake art, as inspired by the new Tim Burton film BIG EYES, which chronicles the abusive professional and personal relationship between Margaret and Walter Keane. We then move on to a film where Orson Welles hijacked another artist’s work to much greater critical acclaim in what has been called the first film essay in F FOR FAKE. And finally we do our own follow-up to some news organization called 60 MINUTES as we look at the actual documentary MY KID COULD PAINT THAT. To do all this we perhaps need to bring in an actual artist and thankfully Tressa Bowling from Sequential Spirits joins us to give some much needed perspective.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Ep. 89 - The Imitation Game (U-571 vs. Enigma)

On this episode THE IMITATION GAME inspires us to break the code on two older films about enigma machines. One, an Americanized action thriller set on a Nazi submarine U-571, and the other a love triangle with Kate Winslet, but without a ship, in ENIGMA. As dumb Americans, we have no hope of breaking the code, but we think we’ve cracked the McConaissance of Matthew McConaughey’s hairline.
GUEST: Patrick McGill of Role Play Craft abstains in the debate over Jon Bon Jovi deserving onscreen death.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Ep. 88 - Foxcatcher (Game 6 vs. Big Fan)

On this episode we take a look at comedians being creepy at sports, inspired by Steve Carell’s transformation from Michael Scott in The Office to John du Pont in the new release FOXCATCHER. Then we immediately look at one of Carell’s competitors for various Best Actor prizes this year in GAME 6 where Michael Keaton plays an increasingly unhinged Red Sox fan. But not to be outdone in the rivalry between Boston and New York, Patton Oswalt finishes off our triple feature as a rage-filled Giants fan in BIG FAN.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Ep. 87 - The Gambler (Rounders vs. Owning Mahowny)

On this episode we get addicted to gambling with Edward Norton as the degenerate card cheat in ROUNDERS, and Philip Seymour Hoffman who loves him some ribs with no sauce, a Coke, and blowing other people’s money (but NOT Minnie Driver) in OWNING MAHOWNY. All of this inspired by Mark Wahlberg lecturing us as a college professor (yes, you read that right) in the new release THE GAMBLER.

GUEST: Jario from the True Bromance Film Podcast becomes the official costume design critic of our show.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ep. 86 - The Interview (The Manchurian Candidate vs. The Day of The Jackal)

On this episode we play a little bit of the blame game, do some time traveling, and oh yeah, fit in some political assassination. All of this inspired by the guys from PINEAPPLE EXPRESS as we finally get around to releasing our episode for THE INTERVIEW, kind of like the various VOD services late to the party. And with that international crisis settled, Matthew Price of the MAMO! podcast joins us for our discussion of two older films about the methods of political assassination with THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE vs. THE DAY OF THE JACKAL.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ep. 85 - Citizenfour (The Insider vs. The Informant!)

New release CITIZENFOUR inspires us to leak some secrets with Shaun from the No, Totally movie podcast, such as the excellence that Michael Mann and Steven Soderbergh provide with their films on whistleblowers in 1999's THE INSIDER and 2009's THE INFORMANT. If that isn't juicy enough for our listeners we also attempt to remake the story of Jeffrey Wigand as a sequel to a certain John Woo movie.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Ep. 84 - The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (The Mosquito Coast vs. The Beach)

In this episode we lose podcast paradise, but we do get to talk to the directors of THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN, Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine, about editing and casting their great documentary. And because we are relentless in our search for cinematic paradise we take a trip with the likes of Harrison Ford and Leonardo Dicaprio in THE MOSQUITO COAST and THE BEACH. 

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Ep. 83 - Wild (Into The Wild vs. 127 Hours)

We got INTO THE WILD for 127 HOURS with Reese Witherspoon but without the proper footwear for the new release WILD. Along the way we flashback to our own tragedies in life: waiting for the wide release of INHERENT VICE, waiting in line for the iPhone 6 Plus, and also being on fire.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Ep. 82 - Two Days, One Night (Office Space vs. Time Out)

On this episode we face unemployment with the help of friends, family and Marion Cotillard's great performance in TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT. Not content with the support of just one film we also look back to 1999's comedy classic (as certified by the Library of Congress) OFFICE SPACE, and rely on the a scumbag named Vincent who has some decent driving skills in 2001's TIME OUT.

GUEST: Emily Mackay attempts to aid us in our butchering of the French language but to no avail.

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