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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!

    Repulsion

    Repulsion

    The first entry in our 5th Annual Scary Movie Month has us visiting ’60s London to gaze at the beautiful, but deeply messed-up Catherine Deneuve. This isn’t Roman Polanski’s best-known work, but his strange thriller deserves to be re-discovered. Speaking of the victim who created a victim, we spent a solid 10 minutes (starting at the 6-minute mark) discussing Polanski’s real-life rape case and how we feel about the man. If you don’t want to hear about that story again, you’ll know when to start skipping and when to stop skipping. Anyway, Repulsion was ahead of its time and it remains surprisingly modern. The look, the sound, the simple but eerie story are all world-class. And this has been a theme on this channel lately, but is any of it real or is it all just one big hallucination? So barricade your door (badly), avoid those grabby hands, pick up an interloper’s straight razor and start killing your free time with the 362nd Ellises’ Analysis.
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    They didn’t have Twitter in the Swingin’ ’60s, but we do in the Terrible 2020s. We’re @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis
    Our website is top100project.com

    • 57 min
    Twelve Monkeys

    Twelve Monkeys

    The 361st Ellises' Analysis is dedicated to our late dog Fox for reasons that will quickly (and often) become apparent. That little Pomeranian is all over this podcast! Anyway, we're split on yet another movie, but we don't disagree about the quality of the outstanding look and style of Twelve Monkeys. Terry Gilliam's quirks are perfectly suited to this time-travel movie. Wait, is it a time-travel movie...or maybe just one man's psychosis? Brains are twisted trying to figure that out. The film hasn't changed, but we have, so maybe that's why a lot of the performances don't seem as great as they did 25 years ago. A pox on us for saying it, but that includes Brad Pitt and all his manic tics. Bruce Willis, however, is doing pretty much the best work of his long career. So find out what we thought about a virus movie that unfortunately remains very timely.
    Well, Actually: The scientists in the future COULD know things Cole has said & heard because they are supposedly monitoring him through his teeth. Also, the inventor of the "TV ball" who won a lawsuit against Universal was Lebbeus Woods. Also also, here's a less-savage approach one could take with the first person who had COVID-19: you could just isolate that person and make sure they were never exposed to anyone else, rather than just outright murder them.
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    Our website is top100project.com
    Are we Twitter Monkeys? Oh yes: @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis
    Next week, we begin Scary Movie Month by gazing at Repulsion

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Bend It Like Beckham

    Bend It Like Beckham

    For the first time on this channel, we talk about soccer. Parminder Nagra and a pre-stardom Keira Knightley are best buddies and soccer-lovers in director Gurinder Chadha's feminist flick. Clearly, Bend It Like Beckham wasn't made for a couple of middle-aged Canadian men to discuss, but we were quite entertained all the same. We talked about male/female double standards (especially as it relates to scars), we talked about the strange "girl, you need a boyfriend ASAP" mandate from the parents and we talked about how a couple of those funny parents steal the whole movie. Well, you have never heard us talk about the footie, so it's time to do that right now, innit?!
    Tweet us like Mia Hamm: @moviefiend51 and @scoringatmovies
    Our website is scoringatthemovies.podbean.com
    In 14 days, we'll be kicking snow in a goalie's face as we prattle on about the Russell Crowe hockey flick called Mystery, Alaska

    • 46 min
    Almost Famous

    Almost Famous

    Almost Famous is one of the most charming and enjoyable pictures of the past 20 years, so it provides us with much fat to chew on in the 360th Ellises’ Analysis. Well, okay, only one Ellis loves it. The other Ellis is no fan of Cameron Crowe’s ultra-personal road movie about friendship, love and rock ‘n’ roll. A big part of the disagreement is that we’re split on the effectiveness of Kate Hudson’s work and especially about how she was written by Crowe, but only a paranoid Billy Crudup can deny that Patrick Fugit is lovable & delightful in his very first movie. Throw in some McDormand, some Hoffman, some Deschanel, some incredible music and some big laughs and you’ve got yourself a hit. Well, this movie wasn’t actually a hit (wasn’t even close) and the negative feelings of one of us might explain why. Anyway, it’s all happening, so settle in for a lengthy gab and also…you have a good day!
    Well, Actually: To be clear, Roger Ebert said in his review that he wanted to hug Almost Famous, not the documentary about him (Life Itself). Also, it’s The Wind by Cat Stevens that’s playing when Hudson is dancing alone after one of the concerts. Also also, Fugit (which apparently is pronounced “Few-gut”, not “Few-jit”) WAS indeed in Outcast.
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    Drop some famous tweets on us:  @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis
    Next week we'll have another fiery debate, this time about Twelve Monkeys

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Last Boy Scout

    The Last Boy Scout

    Bruce Willis & Damon Wayans crack a lot of wise and take a lot of beatings from some terrific villains in The Last Boy Scout. This is a strange "sports" movie (hey, it has football in it!) because Shane Black's dialogue is incredibly quotable and the actors are pretty good, but slick Tony Scott sure could slickly direct brutal violence and nihilism when he wanted to. In short, this movie is cool, but ridiculous. We talked about Boy Scout's version of the NFL, Jimmy Dix's justification for taking drugs & gambling and we discussed who the real hero is. With any luck, she just might end up a sociopath when she grows up! So don't scream in pain even when your life is in constant danger. Just dance a jig as you devour our 59th episode.
    You can holler at us on Twitter: @moviefiend51 and @scoringatmovies
    In 2 weeks, we'll header our first soccer movie, Bend It Like Beckham

    • 1 hr
    The Godfather Part III

    The Godfather Part III

    The Death Of Michael Corleone provides us with gallons of juice for the 359th episode of The Ellises’ Analysis. While probably no movie could have lived up to the first 2 mafia classics (both of which are in our archives), does The Godfather Part III hold up after 30 years? Well, some of it is good. Some of it is enormously disappointing…or even downright terrible. Better people than us have fired bullets at Sofia Coppola’s performance (and it certainly isn’t good), but we weren’t exactly in love with the work of several other actors either. Al Pacino does a lot of his typical post-’70s shtick and Andy Garcia’s work isn’t as award-worthy now as it seemed then. Oh, and the script? Mario Puzo and legendary director Francis Coppola put way too many hats on hats in this unnecessary threequel. The ripped-from-the-headlines angle about money woes & corruption in the Catholic Church is the best of the many, many storylines. So try your best to avoid falling in love with your “cuz” as you hear us toss it back and forth about a murderous mob boss' attempts to grease the rails with the man upstairs.
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    Twitter stuff: @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis
    Our website is top100project.com
    We’re off Labour Day. Almost Famous is on tap on September 14th

    • 1 hr 9 min

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