Comedian Rick Ramos sits down and talks current theatrical releases and offers suggestions for additional movie watching choices. A film fans dream come true, WatchThis is about the art, beauty, and possibilities of cinema. Each week Ramos discusses the greatest films ever made (including those that you may have missed) as well as the artists that have created these films. He also goes further in discussing how much these films mean to him and how much they will - hopefully - mean to you. Enjoy!
#322 - Remembering Max Von Sydow - WatchThis W/RickRamos
Knight, Priest, King: Remembering the Many Faces of Max Von Sydow (4/10/29 - 03/08/20)
On this week's episode of WatchThis W/RickRamos, Ibrahim & I sit down to remember the great Swedish actor, Max Von Sydow. A brilliant actor who starred in some of the most iconic films of our time, Von Sydow passed away last March a few short weeks away from his 91st birthday. This week we discuss the great actor's career and the various factors that made him unforgettable over a period of seven decades and over 150 films. From his breakthrough role in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal thru his roles as both Jesus (The Greatest Story Ever Told) and The Devil (Needful Things), Father Merrin (The Exorcist), and numerous supporting roles for directors from Steven Spielberg (MInority Report) and David Lynch (Dune) to Woody Allen (Hannah & Her Sisters) and Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island), Von Sydow proved an actor of incredible range, authority, and sensitivity.
It was a pleasure to remember and discuss this great actor. Take a listen and let us know what you think. Questions, Comments, Complaints, & Suggestions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many Thanks!
#321 - Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo - WatchThis W/RickRamos
"Two Together, Are Always Going Somewhere." Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958)
On this week's episode of WatchThis W/RickRamos, Ibrahim & I sit down to talk Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, Vertigo, a film that has only grown in power and importance since first playing in theaters in 1958. Hitchcock's examination of obsession, fear, and uncertainty continues to be cited on Lists of the Greatest Films Ever Made. It was a hell of a time for Ibrahim & I to sit down and discuss Hitchcock, James Stewart, Kim Novack, and one of the great Bernard Herrmann scores. Take a a listen and let us know what you think. Questions, Comments, Complaints, & Suggestions can be directed to email@example.com. Many Thanks!
#320 - They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - WatchThis W/RickRamos
It's All in the Title - Sydney Pollack's adaptation of Horace McCoy's They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
A solo episode to close out March. Take a listen as I sit down to give my feelings on director Sydney Pollack's exceptional interpretation of Horace McCoy's They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). Featuring Jane Fonda, Michael Sarazin, Bonnie Bedelia, Bruce Dern, Susannah York, Gig Young, and Red Buttons. I've got a whole lot to say about the ugliness of humanity and the never-ending struggle of hope. Take a listen. Questions, Comments, Complaints, & Suggestions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
#319 - The Legacy of Dr. Hannibal Lecter - WatchThis W/RickRamos
Hannibal Lecter: The Devouring Oracle
In 1981 Thomas Harris published Red Dragon and introduced the world to one of the most iconic figures in all of literature, and soon after, cinema - Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In 1986 Director Michael Mann would bring Lecter to the screen through the person of the great Scottish actor, Brian Cox. Cox would deliver a stunning performance as the cannibal doctor in Mann's Mindhunter. Soon afterwards Director Jonathan Demme would direct the definitive Lecter film, The Silence of the Lambs (1991) introducing the movie-going public to Agent (in training) Clarice Starling - Jodie Foster in an Academy-Award winning performance, Ted Levine as the serial killer Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb, and - in the performance that would define the character - Sir Anthony Hopkins as Lecter. On this week's episode of WatchThis W/RickRamos, Ibrahim & I sit down the discuss the brilliance of this performance and the films showcasing this series. We discuss the first two films, Ridley Scott's Hannibal (2001), and - finally - Brett Ratner's re-imagining of the first film 2002's Red Dragon. Take a listen. It's a real good talk. Questions, Comments, Complaints, & Suggestions can be directed to email@example.com. Many Thanks!
#318 - David Fincher's Zodiac - WatchThis W/RickRamos
One Question Answered, Five Questions Raised - David Fincher's Zodiac (2007)
On this week's WatchThis W/RickRamos, Ibrahim & I sit down to look at a David Fincher Masterpiece - 2007's Zodiac, profiling the decades long search for The Zodiac Killer. This is an incredible film with award-caliber performances from Jake Gylenhaal as cartoonist Robert Graysmith (on whom this narrative is based and centered around), Mark Ruffalo as San Francisco inspector David Toschi, Robert Downey Jr. as San Francisco Chronicle reporter Paul Avery, and a host of brilliant supporting performances. This week we look at the obsession and paranoia that builds from a case of this type. This is a fantastic film and a thrill for the two of us to sit down and discuss. Take a listen and let us know what you think. Questions, Comments, Complaints, & Suggestions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many Thanks.
#317 - Spike Lee's Summer of Sam - WatchThis W/RickRamos
Spike Lee Returns to a Sweltering New York Summer - Summer of Sam (1999)
On this week's episode of WatchThis W/RickRamos, Ibrahim & I continue looking at the paranoia of the summer of '77. In that year, David Berkowitz would spread fear and terror throughout the boroughs of New York City. Murdering random couples and women, The Son of Sam (as he was known), would create an environment of paranoia and fear that is expertly recreated by filmmaker Spike Lee in one of his most underrated and underseen pictures. This is an incredible film from an exceptional American filmmaker. Take a listen as Ibrahim & I discuss it's cinematic and power and importance in Lee's filmography.
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