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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 Ellis & 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!

    Minari

    Minari

    Minari didn’t rake in bucks at the box office earlier in this weird year and having to read pesky subtitles still turns a lot of people off, but this movie is very worth your time. It’s simply a charm offensive. Lee Isaac Chung’s beautiful and relatable family film is even more relatable if you’ve ever struggled to make ends meet while also trying to live your (maybe impossible) dream. Chung’s entire cast is remarkable, but the outstanding work done by Yuh-Jung Youn and Alan Kim as grandma & grandson is the key to the entire project. We just love that kid! So pop the 417th Ellises’ Analysis into your device while you spend at least a little time keeping flammable objects away from your livelihood as we talk about a Korean-turned-American slice of life in the heartland.
    When you’re desperate for water for your crops, coffee probably isn’t a priority. However, YOU aren’t likely in a desperate bid to grow food, so load up on the beans! You can also do yourself a favour by going to our sponsor’s website (Sparkplug Coffee). You’ll get a 20% discount if you enter our promo code (“top100project”) into the right box at check-out.
    We do the tweetin’ thing sometimes: @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis
    Our website is top100project.com
    Ryan also talks about sports pictures on Scoring At The Movies

    • 44 min
    Whale Rider

    Whale Rider

    Niki Caro was making only her 2nd movie when she wrote and directed Whale Rider, so she showed the world her skills really early on. This sweet story aimed directly at kids (despite its absurd PG rating) is all about an ordinary (yet also magical) girl from New Zealand who loves her grandfather to pieces, but the maddening gramps is a slave to the patriarchy and blames his granddaughter for every problem in the village. It takes him so very long to realize that…she’s The One. Keisha Castle-Hughes made her debut here and she is tremendous, as are all the key players in the cast. This remains a delightful and emotional motion picture all these years later, even if Rawiri Paratene’s cruel grandpa is hard to like for almost the entire running time. The word “hate” was thrown around. Anyway, don’t sulk in bed because life threw a few rocks your way. Just curl up with the 416th Ellises’ Analysis and accept (and for the love of Paikea return) the love offered to you by the awesomest people in your life, whether they can ride a whale or not.
    Well, Actually: We changed our schedule between the recording of this episode and the recording of the next one (which will be Minari), so that’s why there’s no Coming Attractions Trivia question. Also, Jackie Cooper was an even-younger Best Actor nominee in 1931 than Keisha Castle-Hughes was a Best Actress nominee in 2003. Also also, Koro has a whale’s tooth necklace, not a a shark’s tooth necklace.
    When you’re up all night trying to un-beach a bunch of whales, you should buy heaps of Sparkplug Coffee. Those good Sparkpluggers will even provide you a 20% discount on your next order. Use our promo code (“top100project”) and a-saving you will do.
    Twitter time: @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis
    Our website remains top100project.com
    If you like sports flicks, Ryan talks about them on Scoring At The Movies

    • 47 min
    The Fisher King

    The Fisher King

    Terry Gilliam’s tragicomic The Fisher King packs in a lot of themes, but a big one is kindness. This is a movie all about empathy and acceptance. Also, how often do Hollywood movies show much of the plight of homeless people? Or deal with depression and suicide? Or show our indifference to the suffering of others AND to blend all that serious material with absurdity and humour? Gilliam likes his weirdos and underdogs too. Oh, and he loves to dirty up his movie stars, all of whom are pretty awesome in this. Mercedes Ruehl won an Oscar while Robin Williams was nominated for one, but Jeff Bridges and Amanda Plummer do strong work of their own. Actually, you could argue that the women have more interesting characters to play than the men do. So acknowledge that you ARE responsible for what you say and how you treat others while you waltz through a train station with the 415th Ellises’ Analysis trilling in your ears.
    Sparkplug Coffee has been our sponsor for a very long time and we love to promote their groovy grounds. They offer you awesome listeners a 20% discount and all you have to do is plug our promo code (“top100project”) into the right spot.
    Oh, we tweet…once in a while: @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis
    Our website is still top100project.com
    Ryan also comments on sports flicks over on Scoring At The Movies

    • 52 min
    Beverly Hills Cop

    Beverly Hills Cop

    He was a big star before it, but Eddie Murphy became galactic after Beverly Hills Cop came out in 1984. His blockbuster hit remains funny all these years later even though it deals with some deadly serious subject matter like death and so much destruction. Martin Brest directed a tremendous action comedy, but his picture is even more impressive when you consider they were apparently winging it a lot of the time. Eddie has always been a brilliant improviser and he & his co-stars did a lot of that here. Eddie’s Axel Foley is also pretty much a genius detective, expertly stirring up the rule-followers John Ashton & Judge Reinhold. So don’t be stupid. Just spend a bit of your day with the fish-in-water 414th Ellises’ Analysis as we do the neutron dance and dig into The Eddie Murphy Show.
    You’ll find it easier to be a supercop if you pump some great caffeine into your system, so load up on Sparkplug Coffee. When you’re ready to pay the tab, apply our promo code (“top100project”) into the right place and save yourself 20%.
    If you like to spend time on Twitter, contact us: @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis
    Our website is top100project.com
    Ryan also back-and-forths about sports pictures on Scoring At The Movies

    • 43 min
    Train To Busan

    Train To Busan

    We put the finishing touches on this year’s “Scary Movie Month” with a gab about a dynamite zombie flick from South Korea. Train To Busan is just as much an action movie as it is a horror movie. Director Yeon Sang-ho keeps up the intense pace by having his frenzied film play out almost in real time. He also hits most of the usual zombie beats by layering in class issues and the fear of your fellow fellows. In fact, the “they might be infected, so stay away from them” plotline hits awfully close to home the past year and a half. So wrap your wrists in tape and punch your way through a zombie horde with the 413th Ellises’ Analysis ringing through your ears. Or through your braaaaaains…braaaaaains…
    Well, Actually: One Cut Of The Dead is Japanese and we highly recommended seeking it out.
    Staying away from the running dead would be a lot easier if you caffeined up, so we strongly suggest that you buy loads of Sparkplug Coffee. They’ll even give you a 20% discount if you drop our promo code (“top100project”) into the appropriate link.
    Twitter, huh? Yes. Find us @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis
    Our website is top100project.com
    Ryan also reviews sporty pics over on Scoring At The Movies

    • 41 min
    The Others

    The Others

    The 412th Ellises’ Analysis has us gabbing about ghosts as we continue with Scary Movie Month. The Others isn’t truly frightening (especially once you’ve seen it a few times), but writer/director Alejandro Amenabar certainly knows how to make a moody chiller with a killer climax. This is a throwback to classic tension-builders from long ago that focuses on what you don’t see. Amenabar lets terrific performances be his special effects. Nicole Kidman is the worrisome mom of the mansion, but the young actors playing her kids (particularly Alakina Mann) give arguably even better performances than the in-her-prime movie star does. So obey God’s will (or something) and don’t let a wartime tragedy throw you into a twist. Just get comfortable and we will begin talking about The Others.
    Our spooky sponsor is Sparkplug Coffee and they would love to provide you a 20% discount on your next order of java juice. You merely have to use our promo code (“top100project”) and you’ll save those bucks.
    Da tweets? Yup: @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis
    Our website is top100project.com
    To hear Ryan talk about sports films, go to Scoring At The Movies

    • 42 min

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