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Ryan and Bev Ellis are partners in film nerdery who share their often humorous musings on the AFI's 1998 & 2007 lists of the greatest 100 American films ever made. But we finished with that in December 2015, so now we just review anything we feel like!

The Top 100 Project Ryan & Bev Ellis

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Ryan and Bev Ellis are partners in film nerdery who share their often humorous musings on the AFI's 1998 & 2007 lists of the greatest 100 American films ever made. But we finished with that in December 2015, so now we just review anything we feel like!

    Girlfight

    Girlfight

    The 52nd issue of Scoring At The Movies takes us back into the boxing ring in this Rocky-as-a-teenaged-girl fight flick. Just like Rocky, there's more romance and training than actual boxing. That isn't a criticism, mind you. Michelle Rodriguez and director Karyn Kusama each made their debuts with this gritty film and they didn't waste time establishing their trademarks. For M-Rod, it was the snarl & the glower. For Kusama, it was a recurring theme of female empowerment. Chris DID take issue with how the father/daughter relationship plays out and also with some elements of the final fight, but Ryan sees a little more upside in both of those angles. In any case, this low-budget sporty drama from 20 years ago is a keeper.
    Pedantry Alert: We have indeed covered 1 other movie directed by a woman. It was Kathryn Bigelow, who helmed Point Break.
    Our Twitter handles are @moviefiend51 and @scoringatmovies
    On June 11th, we'll keep talking about hitting people in the face as we delve into Warrior.

    • 50 min
    Traffic

    Traffic

    It’s Memorial Day in the United States, but instead of covering a bloody war flick, we decided to talk about the (failed) War On Drugs. Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winner is complicated, complex, even confusing and it’s certainly not afraid to tread a new path with its style and look. The experimental director beautifully balances the 3 main stories in Stephen Gaghan’s script, even if he doesn’t shoot those stories particularly well. Twenty years on, this remains an unappealing-looking picture. Bev took issue with that and also with certain elements of the Catherine Zeta-Jones & Erika Christensen storylines (especially the moralizing). Ryan has to confess to some shoddy memories of Traffic’s great (sometimes deleted) scenes we’ve discussed in prior episodes because they don’t actually exist. (!) The Next 196 Project hacks into all those details in this story of rats & traitors, so settle in for over an hour of our yibber yab about one of the primo drug movies.
    Well, Actually: Stephen Mirrione’s name DOES seem to have an “E” sound at the end (rhymes with “baloney”). Also, Requiem For A Dream got ***1/2 from Roger Ebert (not quite ****). Also also, Brian Eno’s song is called “An Ending (Ascent)“.
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    Our website is top100project.com
    Next week, we exchange thoughts about the crazy Ah-nuld sci-fi action flick Total Recall

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Yet Another 19 Movies To Help You Endure COVID-19

    Yet Another 19 Movies To Help You Endure COVID-19

    Bonus episode! We were off yesterday, but couldn’t resist talking today. For the 3rd occasion during these gloomy housebound times, we try to plant a big fat smile (or maybe even 2 and 1/2 big fat smiles) on your face with a fun chat about motion pictures we think you should seek out. We’re also good enough to let you know where you can find them online. The rules: we each have 4 suggestions and we only get 19 words to sell the movie to you. Okay, that “19 words” guideline is very loose. The person making these rules is the person who keeps breaking them. Oh, there are also 11 trivia questions sprinkled between each recommendation, which are all answered at the end. So get extraordinarily comfy and hear us do some “quaranthreening!”
    If you do some Twittage type stuff, find us @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis
    Our website is top100project.com

    • 20 min
    Remember The Titans

    Remember The Titans

    It was 20 years ago that Disney tackled race relations with their ultra-successful Denzel Washington football movie. This flick is stuffed with cliches, but we were easily won over by director Boaz Yakin's likable cast (many of whom are big players in the biz now) and his pretty faithful adaptation of real-life happenings. The movie does feel rushed. Some scenes should have been given a touch more time to breathe. This, however, is a perfect example of "their hearts are in the right place". Plus, the movie is very satisfying, just as Disney's similarly themed Glory Road was 6 years later. So it's time to start burning through the 51st Scoring At The Movies episode because what's right is right. Wait, maybe that should be what's left is left. After all, LEFT SIDE! STRONG SIDE!
    You want Twitter @ddresses? We can help with that. We're @moviefiend51 and @scoringatmovies
    In 2 weeks, we'll be talking about Girlfight

    • 44 min
    Comedies We Love

    Comedies We Love

    We’ve got a special episode for the Next 195 Project as we rave about—yup, the title isn’t lying—our favourite funny films. It’s the will-never-be-topped, locked-in-stone BEST comedies ever (subject to change at a moment’s notice), but we mentioned probably another 200 or 300 flicks on top of those Top 10 beloveds. First, though, you’ll hear us jam about some awesome comedy actors & directors, then we batted around some honourable mentions of terrific flicks full o’ laughter. The phrase “scene-stealer” was used a lot. Take a drink for each one. We also butchered a few classic quotes. Plus, Ryan re-ranks AFI’s Top 10 of their “100 Years, 100 Laughs” list. So get ready to have pleasantly sore cheek muscles as we spend nearly an hour spreading some comic delight all around.
    Well, Actually: The producer Tom Cruise is parodying in Tropic Thunder (at least with his wacky appearance) is Stuart Cornfeld, who must be tight with Ben Stiller because they’ve worked together several times.
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    Tweet us your thoughts about your favourite filmy chuckles @moviefiend51 and/or @bevellisellis
    Our website is top100project.com
    We’re off May 18th. On May 25th, we’ll talk about Traffic

    • 58 min
    Spaceballs

    Spaceballs

    May the 4th be with you! Since it’s Star Wars Day and we’ve already covered the Original Trilogy (look for those eps way back years ago on this channel), this seemed like a good time to jazz about a spoof of the most famous movie franchise ever. Like all Mel Brooks movies, Spaceballs is 20 light years away from being perfect, but it remains goofily funny and quotable. Rick Moranis is also the greatest thing since sliced schwartz. Bev adored this flick when she was 10 years old. How about now when she's...let's say a few years older? That question and at least 2 others will be answered in detail, so strap in your mawg, fly your Winnebago at fast-but-not-ludicrous speed and guzzle down our chatfest about one of the silliest movies ever made.
    Well, Actually: John Gielgud (co-) directed 1 movie, so he’s not known primarily as film director. Also, Robet Lopez co-wrote “Let It Go” from Frozen, but he didn’t write the screenplay (which is probably how it sounded). Also also, Daphne Zuniga has worked a lot for nearly 40 years, but it’s just that most of the titles on her resume aren’t as memorable as this movie.
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    Who doesn’t love the Twitter? @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis
    Our website is top100project.com
    Next week, we'll list it up and give you a countdown episode about Comedies We Love

    • 37 min

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