26 episodes

Watching well-known films that everyone should see and discussing their importance and relevance

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Watching well-known films that everyone should see and discussing their importance and relevance

    26 - Bob Roberts (1992)

    26 - Bob Roberts (1992)

    “This is America. Virtue always prevails.”

    — Senator Brickely Paiste, Bob Roberts

    FIRST TIME VIEWERS: ALISA, ANDREW, BETHANY, JOE

    As though struggling through the current election cycle wasn't already difficult enough, Cheryl asked everyone to add another level of upset by watching this 1992 political "documentary" written/directed by and starring Tim Robbins. If you haven't seen it either, that's not a surprise; this movie didn't get a wide release and has been very difficult to find. It's available here (until it's not).

    Can conservative folk songs be enjoyable? Is this perhaps Jack Black's best role? How did Tim Robbins get so many amazing actors to appear in this movie? Is this film still a humorous satire or has it become a terrifying reflection of reality? Is Tim Robbins psychic? And, if not, how did he get every single aspect of our current political climate precisely correct 28 years ago? Join the campaign and we'll tell you if we're voting for this prescient rebel conservative.

    Click here to listen to Episode 26: Bob Roberts.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    25 - Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    25 - Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    “Don’t you know what’s goin’ on out there? This is no Sunday School picnic!”

    — Ben, Night of the Living Dead

    FIRST TIME VIEWERS: BETHANY, CHERYL
    It's October, it's almost Halloween, and that means it's time for something scary. We've reached back to George A. Romero's fabled independent film, which had a massive and unmistakable impact on horror that continues today. Join us, as we hide out in our respective homes and try to board up the windows to keep out the ghouls.
    What's the difference between a zombie and a ghoul? What are the connection points between this movie and The Walking Dead? How do you make a movie like this without any money? Who would you be: the catatonic Barbra, the action-oriented Ben, or the jerkface Harry? Meet us in the cemetery to find out if we think this movie belongs upstairs or in the cellar. Don't worry if we look a little...off. We're just coming to get you, Barbra.
    Click here to listen to Episode 25: Night of the Living Dead.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    24 - The Station Agent (2003)

    24 - The Station Agent (2003)

    “It’s funny how people see me and treat me, since I’m really just a simple, boring person.”

    — Finbar McBride, The Station Agent

    FIRST TIME VIEWERS: ANDREW, BETHANY, JOE

    Special guest Jake Lloyd, director of the feature film Pinch and founder of Dragon Wagon Radio, added The Station Agent to our list, so we asked him to walk the right-of-way with us to talk about this quiet 2003 film starring Peter Dinklage, Bobby Cannavale, and Patricia Clarkson. Join us for a break by the railroad tracks, as Jake shares how this movie influenced his own filmmaking and the many familiar ways it became a favorite.

    Would we want to be friends with a character like Joe, the overenthusiastic food truck fill-in? Does Fin love trains or just hate people? Could Olivia be the worst driver on the planet? Can three lonely people come together to create family?  Check your timetables and don't miss our discussion of this slow freight train of a movie. We'll let you know if it's worth the wait.

    Click here to listen to Episode 24: The Station Agent.

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    • 1 hr 41 min
    23 - 13th (2016)

    23 - 13th (2016)

    “We don’t know what the next iteration of this will be, but it will be. It will be. And we will have to be vigilant.”

    — Van Jones, 13th

    FIRST TIME VIEWERS: ALISA, ANDREW, BETHANY, CHERYL, JOE

    In the current socio-political climate, we all agreed it was imperative that we watch Ava DuVernay's 2016 documentary on the US prison system and racial inequality. We wanted to better understand the history of how and why our legal system has been shaped to criminalize the black population and fill our prisons with free labor sources, heavily utilized by major corporations.

    Did you know that the United States has just 5% of the world population, but 25% of the world prison population? Or that the likelihood of a white man spending time in jail during his life is just 1 in 17, while for black men the likelihood is 1 in 3? Or that black men make up 6.5% of the US population, but 40.2% of the US prison population? Join us, as we grapple with what we've learned from this award-winning documentary.

    Click here to listen to Episode 23: 13th.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    22 - Amadeus (1984)

    22 - Amadeus (1984)

    FIRST TIME VIEWERS: ANDREW, JOE

    Milos Forman's Oscar winning adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Tony winning stage play, Amadeus immerses us in the lush, candlelit world of 18th century Vienna. Genius, jealousy, royalty, and retaliation combine to tell the fictionalized story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's decline through the machinations of his bitter rival, Antonio Salieri.

    Should you invest the time in the extended Director's Cut of this film? What happened when one our co-hosts was dragged to this movie against her will? Did Amadeus deserve the 8 Oscars it won in 1985? And just how badly do we want to try Capezzoli di Venere? Listen to our opera of opinion to find out!

    Click here to listen to Episode 22: Amadeus.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    21 - It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

    21 - It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

    “I’m the only one that knows where it is. And I wasn’t even looking.”

    — Emeline Marcus-Finch, It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    FIRST TIME VIEWERS: ALISA, BETHANY, JOE

    We've watched epic movies before, but never an epic comedy! We'll take on this huge movie that includes just about every city in Southern California, every kind of transportation available, every joke you can possibly imagine, and nearly every working comedic actor of the early 60's. Whether in lead roles or the plentiful cameos, It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is packed fuller than a moving van with stars like Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, Don Knotts, Jerry Lewis, The Three Stooges... you name them, they're probably in this movie!

    Is it worth the 2 hours 40 minutes (or MORE!) to watch this movie? Does Ethel Merman play the most annoying mother-in-law in the history of entertainment? Is Jonathan Winters the funniest man who ever lived? Was this movie really nominated for an Oscar for Best Song? And what's the deal with the "big W"? Give this episode a listen and we'll give you all the epic answers!

    Click here to listen to Episode 21: It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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Love this show. It feels like talking about movies with friends- and that feels pretty good right now ; )

unklecheeky ,

For fans of movies

It is fun to hear the views of someone seeing an plder movie for the first time. You can use this either to relive a favorite through new eyes or as information to skip a movie that may be on your list.

Dybushnell ,

Fake film snobs who haven’t seen any movies pre-1992

Six people get together and watch a movie some of them haven’t seen before. Or maybe it’s five people? Or seven? They’re completely indistinguishable from each other so it may as well be thirty. They’d probably describe themselves as film afficionados because they plug their other film podcasts at the end of each episode, but they don’t plug their current work in film because ... they don’t work in film. No doubt they all took one film course in college, and they certainly have opinions on what they wished they were watching, but that’s a huge problem here: instead of reviewing a movie as its own work, they constantly say “I wish this movie would have done this” or more obnoxiously “This movie *should* have done this.” No child. The reason you plug your Dunston Checks In podcast instead of your film work is because you don’t have film work, because your ideas are terrible. I’ve listened to two episodes and shall not try a third.

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