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Meet Alec and Ben, long-time friends who once worked in Hollywood but don’t anymore. Together they’re discussing movies and streaming series. The goal? Bridge the gap that exists between film industry insiders and movie-goers.

Cinema: A to B Alec Mallmann & Ben Starkey

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Meet Alec and Ben, long-time friends who once worked in Hollywood but don’t anymore. Together they’re discussing movies and streaming series. The goal? Bridge the gap that exists between film industry insiders and movie-goers.

    Ferrari (2023)

    Ferrari (2023)

    Spoiler warning.  A conversation on the latest film from director Michael Mann starring Adam Driver, Shailene Woodley and Penelope Cruz. Alec poses the question whether Mann is still a top flight director. Ben questions some casting decisions in the film. The guys discuss specifically what drew them to the movie and on Mann's decision to not shoot film. Alec explains his full sensory viewing of the movie. Tangents ahead as Cinema: A to B looks at this snapshot of the Italian motorsport giant Enzo Ferrari.
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    • 34 min
    Masters of the Air (2024) limited series

    Masters of the Air (2024) limited series

    Some spoilers ahead during a discussion of the WW2 aerial combat series from the makers of Band of Brothers and The Pacific, now streaming on Apple TV+. Alec draws comparisons to the previous miniseries and where he ranks this latest entry. Ben explains how the source material posed unique narrative challenges. The guys discuss the performances of Callum Turner and Austin Butler. Alec praises the use of a particular piece of cutting edge filmmaking technology that really brought the show to life. The conversation closes with a discussion on the future of the WW2 genre in cinema and why we've yet to see a naval Pacific theater series.
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    • 26 min
    The Big Lebowski (1998) revisited

    The Big Lebowski (1998) revisited

    "The Dude Abides." Join Cinema: A to B for a laughter filled conversation revisiting the Coen Brothers cult comedy from 1998. Alec surprises Ben with his initial impression of the film. Ben praises the movie's absurdist humor and discusses the Hollywood writer-director legend that inspired Walter. Alec explains what sets a Coen Brothers script apart. The guys discuss the film's impressive cast including Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro. Ben contrasts the film with Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. The conversation rounds out discussing why great films demand your full attention.
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    • 41 min
    Sorcerer (1977) revisited

    Sorcerer (1977) revisited

    Cinema: A to B takes a look back at a film that had been on Ben's to-see list for quite some time: the late William Friedkin's 1977 thriller Sorcerer starring Roy Scheider. Alec questions whether some creative decisions work in 2024. Ben lauds the tension built in the film's most memorable scene. The guys discuss some of the nuance Friedkin was attempting to build into the film as well as its ending. The conversation shifts to a discussion on the latter portion of Friedkin's career as well as his volatile personality. The guys discuss the importance of risk taking in cinema.
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    • 31 min
    The Goonies (1985) revisited

    The Goonies (1985) revisited

    A look back at the 1985 adventure film written by Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner. Alec and Ben discuss their very different initial viewing experiences of the film. Ben evaluates how the film has aged and how it serves as a window into mid-80s America. Alec explains why the movie works. The guys discuss the extensive cast including Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, and Ke Huy Quan. The conversation concludes with a desire to see Hollywood get back to the basics of sound filmmaking.
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    • 29 min
    Napoleon (2023)

    Napoleon (2023)

    Spoilers ahead as Alec and Ben discuss Ridley Scott's 2023 historical epic, Napoleon, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby. Alec questions key casting decisions for the film as well as whether Ridley Scott's best days as a director are behind him. Ben discusses modern political undertones present in the movie. The guys contrast where the film worked, where it struggled, and whether or not the story of Napoleon Bonaparte might better be served as a miniseries.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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Master and Commander

I didn’t watch this movie when it was released because friends said it was slow, tiresome and boring. Their comments surprised me because I had read the book series and loved it. I didn’t want to ruin the books by seeing a poorly constructed movie. You gentlemen have encouraged me to give it a go. Jolly good.

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As a fellow film lover and filmmaker, I found this to be a refreshing take on film discussion. They do more than review films or rattle off a series of trivia nuggets. This is two good friends talking through some of their favorite topics. Thoroughly enjoyed and recommend you check Cinema: A to B out!

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