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    #880: Stanwyck #1 - Baby Face (1933) / 1930s Starter Pack

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 103:54

    The frank sexuality of 1933's BABY FACE has made it one of the defining films of Hollywood's precode era, with new Filmspotting marathon subject Barbara Stanwyck as Lily Powers, a young woman who escapes the abuse and exploitation facing her at home for the big city, where she acquires money and status by exploiting her own sexual power. Adam and Josh agree that Stanwyck is electrifying and the movie's precode directness is a lot of fun while considering how successfully it pulls off its balance of proto-feminism provocation and sentimentality. The launch of the Stanwyck Marathon also offers a chance to revisit the 1930s Starter Pack, which has Adam and Josh sharing their favorite comedies, musicals, action, and horror films from that rich decade. 0:00 - Billboard 1:01 - Stanwyck #1: “Baby Face” (w/SPOILERS) 36:03 - Polls / Notes 51:07 - Top 5: 1930s Starter Pack 1:36:12 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #879: Top 5 Movie Summers / Elvis / Lightyear

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 78:19

    The summer movie season offers the promise of a special kind of escape. With our brains and bodies fried from the heat, we go to the multiplex less for the subtlety of great cinema and more for big pleasures: belly laughs, impossible action sequences, jump scares, and explosions. Lots and lots of explosions. But which movie years best delivered on that promise? This week, Adam and Josh break out the spreadsheets to determine the Top 5 Movie Summers of all time (or at least since 1975), and Josh weighs in on Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS and Pixar's LIGHTYEAR. 0:00 - Billboard 1:20 - Top 5 Movie Summers 30:28 - Reviews (JL): "Elvis," "Lightyear" 39:10 - Next Week / Notes 44:10 - Massacre Theatre 49:51 - Top 5 Movie Summers, cont. 1:10:50 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #878: Cooper Raiff (Cha Cha Real Smooth) / Hustle / Top 5 Toy Story Moments w/Griffin Newman (2019)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 117:03

    Cooper Raiff's debut film, 2020's "Sh*thouse," put the young writer/director on the map with a tale of collegiate malaise, and was made not long after Raiff himself left college. His follow-up, the new CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH, sees Raiff exploring the existential restlessness that awaits college grads. As with his debut, Raiff is back in a starring role, this time with a legit movie star as his co-star, Dakota Johnson. Adam interviews Raiff, who talks about crying in movies, his mentor Jay Duplass, and why Michael Caine isn't right about everything. And with Buzz currently flying solo in the new "Lightyear," we revisit Adam's TOP 5 STORY STORY MOMENTS (2019) with guest Griffin Newman from the Blank Check podcast. And Adam adds to the praise that has met the latest Netflix Adam Sandler joint, HUSTLE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:24 - Interview: Cooper Raiff ("Cha Cha Real Smooth") 25:01 - Review (AK): "Hustle" 34:37 - Next Week / Notes 44:51 - Polls 54:09 - Top 5: Toy Story Moments w/Griffin Newman 1:50:40 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #877: Top 5 Films of the Year So Far / Keaton Marathon Awards (Live in Chicago)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 119:32

    At the midpoint of the movie year, Adam and Josh come to the show with several titles big and small vying for their Top 5 Films of the Year So Far, along with a shared number one that Josh describes as "the standard that cinema 2022 will have to meet." Plus, highlights from last weekend's live event at Chicago's Music Box Theatre, which featured a screening of Buster Keaton's THE CAMERAMAN, and Slate's Dana Stevens joining Adam and Josh for "The Porkpies," the end-of-Keaton-marathon awards. 0:00 - Billboard 1:30 - Top 5 Films of the Year So Far 41:30 - Next Week / Notes 47:43 - Massacre Theatre 59:42 - Live in Chicago: "The Cameraman" / Keaton Awards 1:53:03 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #876: Top 5 Movies For Graduates

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 98:57

    For their TOP 5 MOVIES FOR GRADUATES, Adam and Josh choose tales of hardship, uncertainty, letting go, and finding fulfillment from Hayao Miyazaki, Cameron Crowe, Agnes Varda, Akira Kurosawa, and others. Plus thoughts on the gone too soon Ray Liotta, listener picks for the best high schoolers in transition movies, and Pixar's best of the last decade. 0:00 - Billboard 1:51 - Top 5 Movies for Graduates 34:51 - Remembering Ray Liotta 39:42 - Next Week / Notes 52:50 - Polls 1:03:08 - Top 5 Movies for Graduates, cont. 1:32:12 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #875: Top Gun: Maverick / Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Keaton #5)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 66:25

    Scrubbed of nostalgia, 1986's "Top Gun" is, let's be honest, a big slab of '80s cheese. But there's that star-making turn by Tom Cruise; some flashy direction from Tony Scott; the rousing, synth-heavy score; and a memorable supporting cast led by the never more intense Val "Iceman" Kilmer. Could TOP GUN: MAVERICK, the long in the works sequel, justify its return? Adam comes to the sequel as a "Top Gun" fanboy, with the '86 original a seminal film of his bike-riding preadolescence. Josh, though, never really took to the film that he's described as a "locker room movie." Which makes their review of the new film something of a surprise, with Josh (mostly) joining the chorus of praise that has so far greeted the film and Adam of all people calling the film "131 minutes of fan service where the fan isn't really served until the last 30.” Take my breath away, indeed. Plus, the Buster Keaton Marathon continues with Josh's favorite film of the series, 1927's STEAMBOAT BILL, JR, and a Golden Brick nomination for HIT THE ROAD, from director Panah Panahi. 0:00 - Billboard 1:47 - Review: "Top Gun: Maverick" 27:54 - Golden Brickspotting: "Hit the Road" 33:12 - Next Week / Notes 40:57 - Massacre Theatre 46:09 - Buster Keaton #5: "Steamboat Bill, Jr." 1:00:41 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #874: Men / The General (Keaton #4)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 81:13

    Do you have to understand a movie to love it? And if so, how much do you have to understand a movie to love it? This, more or less, is what constitutes “The Garland Scale,” which Josh introduces as a means of talking about the work of Alex Garland, the brainy, provocative writer/director behind the new MEN and earlier efforts like “Ex Machina” “Annihilation” and the limited series “Devs.” As it turns out, Adam and Josh position Garland's films at different points on the scale, including his latest, which sees the director setting aside sci-fi in favor of horror with a biblical bent. Also on the show, the "Mad Max: Fury Road of the silent era": Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL, the fourth entry in the Keaton Marathon. Plus, listeners weigh in on the most anticipated films of the summer and a new Deeply Flawed Filmspotting poll about high schoolers in transition. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Review: "Men" w/eventual Spoiler Talk 35:32 - Next Week / Notes 41:44 - Polls 52:27 - Keaton Marathon #4: "The General" 1:11:58 - Outro *Time codes are estimates and do not account for ads live or pre-recorded. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #873: Summer Movie Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 67:01

    With new films from Jordan Peele, Alex Garland, and Claire Denis, not to mention the latest from Marvel, Pixar, and the long-awaited return of Tom Cruise's Maverick, the fifteen or so weekends that make up the summer movie season gives us plenty to look forward to. Adam and Josh's Summer Movie Preview comes in the form of their Top 5 questions about the upcoming movie season. 0:00 - Billboard 1:49 - Summer Movie Preview Igor Dvorkin, "Golden Summer" 24:37 - Next Week / Notes 33:14 - Massacre Theatre 39:41 - Summer Movie Preview, cont 1:00:34 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #872: Spider-Man at 20 / Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 80:32

    Back in 2002, the superhero genre was still finding its feet. Tim Burton's "Batman" had been huge in '89, but the franchise it spawned had fizzled out by the end of the '90s. The first "X-Men" film did decent box office in 2000, but failed to become a culture-defining event like the Burton film had. Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN changed all that. A massive success at the box office when it opened in May 2002, it acted as a bridge between the self-aware, still campy comic book movies of the past two decades and the effects-driven spectacle that has come to define our current "cinematic universe" era. With a masterful control of tone, an eye for staging memorable action, and a focus on character and relationships, the Raimi/Spidey combo was a winning one. For their 20th anniversary revisit, Adam and Josh talk about the pleasure of watching a self-contained superhero movie, and break down some of the film's most iconic scenes. Also on the show, Josh's review of Raimi's new DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS and his thoughts on Golden Brick nominee WE'RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD'S FAIR. And Chicago critic Steven Prokopy drops by to share details about the upcoming Chicago Critics Film Festival. Plus Movie Doctors Not Doctoring poll results and a new poll that asks: "Yep? or Nope." 0:00 - Billboard 1:32 - Sacred Cow: "Spider-Man" (2002) Danny Elfman, "Spider-Man (Main Title)" 39:55 - Review (JL): "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" 44:15 - Buster Keaton Event in Chicago 47:54 - Chicago Critics Film Fest Preview w/Steve Prokopy 1:00:59 - Polls 1:09:12 - Brickspotting: "We're All Going To The World's Fair" 1:14:26 - Outro / Outtake (Goblin Mode) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #871: The Northman / Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton #3)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 93:46

    With obsessive attention to historical detail and a fascination with lore, language, and ritual, there is no mistaking THE NORTHMAN for the work of anyone but Robert Eggers (“The Witch,” “The Lighthouse”). But despite a bigger budget and a much bigger canvas, does the director's new Viking revenge epic add up to anything but a bloody good time? Along with that review, Adam and Josh return to the Buster Keaton Marathon with the actor/director's first masterpiece, 1924's SHERLOCK, JR. 0:00 - Billboard 1:58 - Review: “The Northman” Tim Garland, “Trains A Comin” 37:40 - Next Week / Notes 58:53 - Massacre Theatre 1:03:29 - Buster Keaton #3: “Sherlock, Jr.” 1:26:42 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #870: Top 5 Nicolas Cage Performances / Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 118:56

    For over four decades, Nicolas Cage has remained a distinctive and unpredictable screen presence, navigating a career that has gone from memorable character actor in the 80s, to unlikely movie star and Oscar-winner in the 90s, to VOD mainstay in the 2010s, and then, most recently, to critically (re)acclaimed actor finally playing roles worthy of his talent. Last year's “Pig” earned Cage some of his best reviews in years, and now with the new meta-Cage movie THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT in theaters, the Cage-aissance is in full swing. Joining Adam and Josh for their TOP 5 NICOLAS CAGE PERFORMANCES is “Age of Cage” writer Keith Phipps (The Next Picture Show, The Reveal). 0:00 - Billboard 1:28 - Top 5: Nicolas Cage Performances with Keith Phipps ("Age of Cage") Gareth Johnson, "Power Move" 54:23 - Next Week / Notes 1:04:16 - Poll 1:09:47 - Review: "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent" 1:14:41 - Top 5 Cage Performances, cont. 1:51:31 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #869: Everything Everywhere All At Once / Face/Off at 25

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 89:16

    The directing duo Daniels (“Swiss Army Man”) take a maximalist approach to filmmaking that suits the dizzying plotting of their new multiverse tale EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE. And while Daniels' seemingly endless inventiveness is impressive and often hilarious, what makes the film really tick is the layered acting work of stars Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan. Speaking of acting, 1997's FACE/OFF has its share of it, with Nicolas Cage and John Travolta trading personas - and faces - in John Woo's action spectacle. Adam and Josh give the film a 25th-anniversary revisit in anticipation of their upcoming Top 5 Nicolas Cage Performances. Plus they crown the winner of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '70s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:25 - Review: “Everything Everywhere All At Once” Jair Claudino Rodrigues Junior, “Sorte” 31:25 - Next Week / Notes 36:43 - Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '70s: Champion 52:32 - Review: “Face/Off” at 25 1:21:34 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #868: A Conversation with Kogonada (After Yang) / Madness Finals

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 94:34

    With his first two films, 2017's "Columbus" and the new AFTER YANG, director Kogonada has established a meditative style of filmmaking that rewards close attention. "After Yang" takes place in a near-future that's populated by techno-sapiens, clones, and self-driving cars, but its characters struggle with all too familiar things like death, grief, and the meaning of life. In his conversation with the director, Adam asks about Kogonada's preoccupation with grieving, the quiet, non-confrontational style of his films, and the origins of "After Yang"'s thrilling title sequence. We also share a recent review of "Yang" from our sister podcast, The Next Picture Show, hosted by Tasha Robinson, Scott Tobias, Genevieve Koski, and Keith Phipps. Plus, the championship round of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '70s. 0:00 - Billboard 0:58 - Interview: Kogonada Mitski, "Glide" 47:15 - Next Week / Notes 51:39 - Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '70s 1:00:12 - The Next Picture Show: "After Yang" 1:27:44 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #867: Apollo 10 1/2 / Top 5 Linklater Scenes (2016) / Madness Final 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 91:51

    Among Richard Linklater's gifts is his ability to find the transcendent in the ordinary. A young man and woman meeting on a train. A last day of school. A life captured in snapshots over a decade. In his latest - APOLLO 10 1/2 - Linklater brings the space-mad suburban Houston of his '60s youth to life with vivid use of animation and inspired episodes of fantasy. Adam and Josh also revisit their Top 5 Richard Linklater Scenes (2016) and unveil the Filmspotting Madness Final 4 Matchups. 0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Review: "Apollo 10 1/2" John Williams, "Jaws Theme" 30:25 - Next Week / Notes 35:43 - Filmspotting Madness—Final 4 50:22 - Top 5: Richard Linklater Scenes (2016) 1:25:22 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #866: Top 5 Hitchcockian Movies / Charlie McDowell ("Windfall") / Madness Elite 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 113:52

    Like art itself, "Hitchcockian" can't be easily defined—but you know it when you see it. Sinister plotting, mistaken identity, dangerous obsession; a blonde, some mommy issues, a little gallows humor. That's Hitchcock more or less. This week, Adam and Josh share their TOP 5 HITCHCOCKIAN MOVIES, with picks that range from Hitch contemporaries like Henri-Georges Clouzot to current masters like Bong Joon-ho, Spike Lee, and Pedro Almodovar. Also, Adam's conversation with director Charlie McDowell ("The One I Love"), whose new thriller WINDFALL--starring Jason Segal, Lily Collins, and Jesse Plemons--has a few Hitchcockian tricks up its sleeve. Plus Filmspotting Madness—Best of the 70s Elite 8 matchups. 0:00 - Billboard 1:12 - Top 5: Hitchcockian Movies Bernard Herrmann, "Vertigo Suite: Prelude" 33:21 - Interview: Charlie McDowell ("Windfall") 1:06:42 - Next Week / Notes 1:12:28 - Filmspotting Madness—Best of the 70s, Elite 8 1:26:47 - Top 5: Hitchcockian Movies, cont. 1:46:05 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #865: Oscars Special / Master / Madness Sweet 16

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 95:43

    Adam and Josh consider the big four Oscar categories ahead of the March 27th ceremony. They share their picks for who will win and who should win. They have also been empowered to correct one snub per category—but only by cutting a current nominee. Plus, the first Golden Brick nomination of the year goes to Mariama Diallo's MASTER. Josh has a review. And the Sweet 16 round of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '70s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:28 - Oscars: Supporting Actor/Actress 18:09 - Oscars: Lead Actor/Actress Alberto Iglesias, "Sesión de fotos" ("Parallel Mothers") 36:25 - Brickspotting: "Master" 41:04 - Next Week / Notes 45:52 - R.I.P. William Hurt 49:50 - Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '70s 1:14:04 - Oscars: Director / Picture 1:28:39 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #864: After Yang / Madness Rd. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 86:12

    There have been some great films about the unanticipated complications of artificial intelligence: Spielberg's "A.I.," Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner," Alex Garland's "Ex Machina," Kubrick's "2001." And while AFTER YANG, about a malfunctioning "techno sapien," evokes all of them, it also - unlike those films - avoids exploiting those complications for conflict. Instead, director Kogonada chooses to focus his attention on his film's family of homo sapiens, and how an ailing robot causes all of them to consider what it means to be human. Adam and Josh agree that it's one of the best films of the year so far. Plus, Rd. 2 of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '70s, featuring bewildering, flop-sweat-inducing matchups like "Young Frankenstein" v "Alien" and "Dog Day Afternoon v Monty Python and the Holy Grail." 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "After Yang" Mitski, "Glide" 41:56 - Next Week / Notes 47:51 - Madness Rd. 2 1:20:34 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #863: The Batman / Our Hospitality (Keaton #2) / Madness Rd. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 96:00

    Part detective story, part serial killer movie, Matt Reeves' THE BATMAN evokes Fincher's “Se7en” and “Taxi Driver”-era Scorsese, while star Robert Pattinson - more Bat than Man - brings a despondent rage to his Caped Crusader. Adam and Josh are fans. Stick around for a little Spoiler Talk about the film's ending. Plus, Rd. 1 of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '70s, Adam recommends DEAR MR. BRODY, and the Buster Keaton Marathon continues with 1923's OUR HOSPITALITY, where Buster proves he's as much a master stuntman as he is a comedian. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Review: "The Batman" 33:50 - "The Batman" Spoiler Talk - Be warned: with ads, spoiler talk will start a bit later! Michael Giacchino, "The Batman" 40:55 - Adam Recommends: "Dear Mr. Brody" 45:54 - Next Week / Notes 51:39 - Madness—Best of the '70s: Rd. 1 1:10:41 - Buster Keaton #2: "Our Hospitality" 1:30:03 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #862: Buster Keaton #1–The Shorts / Filmspotting Madness

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 73:41

    Silent film star Buster Keaton has and probably always will exist in the shadow of his contemporary Charlie Chaplin. And because of that underdog status, Keaton has had his share of passionate advocates. The latest is Slate critic and friend of the show Dana Stevens, whose new book "Camera Man" puts Keaton at the center of her study of "The Dawn of Cinema and the Invention of the 20th Century." With four classic Keaton shorts selected by Stevens, Adam and Josh embark on their Buster Keaton Marathon. Plus, Filmspotting Madness—Best of the 1970s kicks off with the Play-In Round. 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Keaton #1: "One Week" / "The Scarecrow" / "The Play House" / "Cops" Mark Allaway, Martin Wheatley, and Jeff Lardner, "Silent Movie Chase" 34:19 - Next Week / Poll 44:25 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 49:39 - Filmspotting Madness: Play-Ins 1:08:16 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #861: Kimi / Encanto

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 80:44

    Another year, another Soderbergh. The prolific director has been averaging a film a year for about a decade now, which has Adam wondering if we're taking him for granted. His latest - KIMI, starring Zoe Kravitz and streaming exclusively on HBO Max - is a tech thriller that lets Soderbergh show off his craft while providing some genre thrills in the vein of “Rear Window” and “The Conversation.” Josh can admire the craft, but wonders if Soderbergh's feverish filmmaking pace has kept him from returning to the highs of his '90s and early 2000s heyday. Adam and Josh also don't quite see eye to eye on Disney's ENCANTO, which last week received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. While one sees a moving and surprisingly sophisticated take on generational trauma, the other sees a film that is ambitious but overstuffed. (They both dug Bruno.) Plus, details about the upcoming Buster Keaton Marathon and Filmspotting Madness—Best of the 1970s. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Review: "Kimi" Sebastián Yatra, "Dos Oruguitas" 28:10 - Nex Week / Notes 43:05 - Polls 57:58 - Review: "Encanto" 1:12:50 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #860: Top 5 Sondheim Screen Moments

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 113:06

    Stephen Sondheim's contributions to musical theater were so immense and influential that when he died last fall at 91, it was not uncommon to see him compared to Shakespeare. Sondheim hasn't always translated so well to the big screen, but from "West Side Story" in '61 to "West Side Story" in '21 - and everything in between - there are still more than enough examples of his genius for Adam and Josh and guest Michael Phillips to compile their Top 5 Sondheim Screen Moments. (With Sondhead Michael using a particularly liberal interpretation of “screen.”) Plus, reactions to the Oscar noms and a very special musical edition of Massacre Theatre.  0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Top 5 Sondheim Screen Moments Madonna, “Sooner or Later” 39:41 - Oscar Nominations 49:59 - Next Week / Notes 1:03:34 - Massacre Theatre 1:11:48 - Top 5 Sondheim, cont 1:45:21 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #859: The Godfather at 50

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 86:30

    As they approached their rewatch of 1972's THE GODFATHER, Adam and Josh questioned whether they - or anybody, really - could bring anything new to a conversation about a film that has been written about, talked about, watched and rewatched, quoted, and memed pretty much without ceasing since its release a half-century ago. But when they sat down for their Sacred Cow review, the answer was pretty simple: it didn't actually matter if there is anything new to say; what mattered was the pleasure of watching - and talking about - something so thematically rich, so brilliantly shot and directed, and so damn well acted. (It's the longest review in the history of the show.) And, as it turns out, maybe there were a couple of new things to say about THE GODFATHER. Adam has some thoughts about the film as a product of the Vietnam era. And Josh makes the bold suggestion that “The Godfather” could have been an even stronger film if it had paid just a little more attention to one of its more tangential characters. Also: has Al Pacino's Michael Corleone ever been compared to “Terminator 2"'s T-1000? Seems unlikely. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - “The Godfather” at 50 Nina Rota, “The Godfather Love Theme” 56:42 - Next Week / Notes 1:03:52 - Poll: Oscar Snubs 1:19:06 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #858: 2022 Movie Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 89:03

    2022 has the directors: Scorsese, Reichardt, Cronenberg, Wilde, Eggers, Aster, Spielberg, Peele. And the talent: Pattinson, Swinton, Cumberbatch, de Armas, Cruise, Pugh, Williams, and DiCaprio. Adam and Josh have the questions. They ring in the new movie year with their Top 5 Questions About 2022. And they announce show plans for the year, including a couple of new marathons, a new Oeuvre-view subject, and more. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - 2022 Movie Preview Nervous Dater, "Tin Foil Hat" 28:45 - 2022 Show Plans 45:49 - Notes / Massacre Theatre 56:08 - 2022 Movie Preview, cont. 1:21:05 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #857: Best Scenes of 2021 / Golden Brick Award

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 116:25

    We don't remember movies. We remember movie moments. This week, Adam and Josh say goodbye for now to 2021 with a celebration of the year's best scenes. The ones that made them laugh, the ones that made them cry, and the ones that sent them soaring. Featuring memorable movie moments from "Licorice Pizza," "Summer of Soul," "The Power of the Dog," "The Killing of Two Lovers," "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar," and more. Plus, the winner of the 13th Annual Golden Brick Award. 0:00 - Billboard 0:58 - Wrap: Opening Scenes / Funniest Scenes / Moving Moments Antonio Pinto, "10327 Days of Life" ("Nine Days") 38:44 - JL: "Scream" (2022) 43:34 - Next Week / Notes 1:00:23 - 2021 Golden Brick Award 1:12:45 - Wrap, cont: Music Moments / Scenes of the Year 1:48:26 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #856: The Matrix Resurrections / The Tragedy of Macbeth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 90:12

    Adam and Josh did not choose the same color pill before recording their review of THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS. Both fans of the '99 original and equally dubious about the merits of the 2003 sequels, they emerged from Lana Wachowski's meta return to the franchise with two very different responses: one grateful to Wachowski for bringing a thoughtful and provocative inventiveness (and enough action movie chops) to the long-delayed fourth entry; the other feeling as if almost nothing about the new Matrix worked, especially not the action nor its attempts at profundity. There is far less to debate about THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, which sees Joel Coen going solo with a sinister and stunning adaptation of Shakespeare. 0:00 - Billboard 1:02 - Review: "The Matrix Resurrections" Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine, "Lady Macbeth in Chains" 29:09 - Next Week / Notes 46:40 - Massacre Theatre 1:00:38 - Review: "The Tragedy of Macbeth" 1:19:52 - Outro / Outtakes (more "Matrix" talk and a Meow-sacre Theatre Audition) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #855: Top 10 Films of 2021 (Pt. 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 132:38

    Sure, a few films have dominated the conversation about the year's best - Jane Campion's unsettling western “The Power of the Dog,” Questlove's ecstatic music doc “Summer of Soul,” and Paul Thomas Anderson's breezily nostalgic “Licorice Pizza”; but with Adam and Josh joined by Slate's Dana Stevens and Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune for Pt. 2 of their Top 10 Films of 2021, there isn't even always agreement about the consensus. Plus, top 10 support for a movie musical revival, a “sui generis” comedy, a medieval epic, and a couple of literary adaptations from first-time filmmakers. 0:00 - Billboard 1:08 - Top 10 of 2021 Jim Williams, "Car F***" ("Titane") 1:16:16 - Notes/Polls 1:22:28 - Top 10 of 2021, cont. 2:04:02 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #854: Top 10 Films of 2021 (Pt. 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 80:06

    A shock comic, a gambler, a couple of exotic dancers, and Nicolas Cage all make appearances in part one of the Top 10 Films of 2021 – not to mention a singing puppet baby. On this week's show, it's "The Outliers," the films that only Adam or Josh deemed Top 10-worthy. Next week, they'll be joined by the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips and Dana Stevens of Slate for part two and the 'consensus' best films of the year. 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - Top 10 of 2021: The Outliers Jimmy Montague, "70th Avenue Hustle" 45:09 - Golden Brick Finalists 48:50 - Top 10 of 2021: The Outliers, cont. 1:13:20 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #853: Best Performances of 2021 / Licorice Pizza / Nightmare Alley

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 96:32

    The end-of-year conversation starts this week as Adam and Josh talk through their Chicago Film Critics Association ballots, naming their favorite twenty or so performances of the 2021 movie year. Plus reviews of LICORICE PIZZA, Paul Thomas Anderson's nostalgia trip to 70s-era San Fernando Valley, and NIGHTMARE ALLEY, a nasty new noir from Guillermo del Toro. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Best Performances of 2021 Taj Mahal, "Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day" 48:16 - Review: "Nightmare Alley" 1:03:20 - Next Week / Polls / Notes 1:13:06 - Review: "Licorice Pizza" 1:30:38 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #852: The Power of the Dog / Campion Oeuvre-view Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 96:37

    Jane Campion's filmography is one of the greatest collections of woman-led features in the history of the medium, which makes her latest - THE POWER OF THE DOG - such a startling exception. Set in 1925 against a forbidding Montana landscape, Campion's film takes place in an utterly masculine domain, with Benedict Cumberbatch's snarling rancher as the film's primary focus. But armed with the just-completed Campion Oeuvre-view, Adam and Josh see what is undoubtedly a Campion movie, with its attention finely tuned to gender power dynamics and competing displays of masculinity. They also agree that Campion's latest is a masterpiece. The Campion love continues in the second half of the show with “We Are The Campions,” the end of Oeuvre-view awards for favorite performances and scenes—and Adam and Josh's ranked lists of the director's eight features. 0:00 - Billboard 1:04 - Review: "The Power of the Dog" Michael Nyman, "The Sacrifice" 36:04 - Next Week / Notes 49:41 - Massacre Theatre 55:58 - Jane Campion Oeuvre-view: Awards 1:29:58 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #851: West Side Story / Red Rocket

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 82:49

    When it was announced that Steven Spielberg was mounting a new film adaptation of the classic Broadway musical WEST SIDE STORY, it was entirely reasonable to ask, "Why?" Why a new film adaptation and why Spielberg. The 1961 "West Side," directed by Robert Wise, was a Best Picture-winner and is regarded as one of the great movie musicals of all time. Also? Spielberg has never directed a musical. And yet, as revered as that 1961 adaptation is, it is not without its faults, notably the casting of white actors as Latinx characters and a pair of romantic leads (Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer) who don't sing and are arguably the weakest members of an otherwise ace cast. Adam and Josh make the case that with his thrilling new adaptation, Spielberg more than answers the why, without necessarily fixing all of the earlier film's weaknesses. Plus, a review of Sean Baker's latest, RED ROCKET, which has Simon Rex's former adult film star making an ignominious return to his Texas hometown. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Review: "West Side Story" "Cool" ("West Side Story," Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 41:44 - Next Week / Notes 47:22 - Polls 57:02 - Review: "Red Rocket" 1:14:36 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #850: House of Gucci / tick, tick... BOOM! / Spencer / Golden Brick Noms

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 80:45

    'Tis the season for awards-bait movies based on real lives, so for this week's holiday review roundup, Adam and Josh discuss Ridley Scott's true-crime drama HOUSE OF GUCCI (aka House Of Accents), the Lin-Manuel Miranda biographical musical drama TICK, TICK...BOOM!, Kristen Stewart's turn as Lady Di in Pablo Larrain's biopic-as-horror-film SPENCER, and the new bio-doc KURT VONNEGUT: STUCK IN TIME. Plus, the final list of nominees for the 2021 Golden Brick Award, including recommendations for THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS, SHIVA BABY, and NINE DAYS. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Reviews: "House of Gucci" "Spencer" "tick, tick... BOOM!" "Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck In Time" Original Broadway Cast, "Rent" 31:36 - Next Week / Notes 44:25 - Massacre Theater 51:39 - Golden Brick Nominees 1:12:29 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #849: Passing / Eternals / Bright Star (Campion #7)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 90:11

    For her debut as a director, actor Rebecca Hall takes Nella Larsen's 1929 novella about race and identity and turns it into a meditation on the many ways that people “pass” as a means of denying or disguising the truth. Adam and Josh praise the film as a showcase for stars Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson, and for Hall's emergence of a gifted new filmmaker. Adam wasn't able to make the weekend's big release, Marvel's ETERNALS, but Josh did and was pleased to find plenty of director Chloé Zhao in the film's bloated running time. Unfortunately, Zhao's Malickian instincts are forced to compete with the leaden necessities of the franchise. Plus the final film in the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 2009's BRIGHT STAR, with Campion bringing an uncharacteristic gentleness to her story of the great love and last years of poet John Keats. 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - Review: "Passing" Leonard Cohen, "Suzanne" 30:23 - Josh: "Eternals" 37:02 - Next Week / Notes 47:51 - Polls 57:36 - Jane Campion #7: "Bright Star" 1:21:38 - Outro / Outtake  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #848: Last Night in Soho / In the Cut (Campion #6)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 77:59

    Edgar Wright's latest, LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, is another opportunity for the director of "Baby Driver" and "Shaun of the Dead" to bring his visual panache, comic verve, and impeccable musical taste to a genre he clearly adores. Like the films that inspired it, Wright's time-hopping giallo picture – set in both contemporary London and the city in its swinging '60s heyday – takes some nasty turns. But Adam and Josh disagree about whether Wright's film is a thrill-ride that continually upends expectations—or an incoherent jumble of influences. And the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view arrives at the director's own divisive genre film, the 2003 erotic thriller IN THE CUT. Largely dismissed at the time, Adam and Josh make the case that the Meg Ryan-starring film deserves another look. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Review: "Last Night in Soho" The Kinks, "Starstruck" 26:29 - Chicago Critics Film Festival Preview 34:06 - Next Week / Notes 41:42 - Massacre Theatre 47:13 - Campion #6: "In The Cut" 1:09:45 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #847: The French Dispatch / Rushmore (Sacred Cow Revisited)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 116:28

    Welcome to the Wes Anderson deep end. Adam and Josh sit down to discuss Anderson's latest, THE FRENCH DISPATCH, the densest, most intricate, and maybe most melancholy of his career. There's also that cast, with standout performances from Jeffrey Wright, Benecio del Toro, and Bill Murray. Adam and Josh also share their Anderson Ranked lists and revisit their 2017 Sacred Cow review of RUSHMORE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Review: "The French Dispatch" Sex Bob-Omb, "We Are Sex Bob-Omb" 35:43 - Polls 50:24 - Next Week / Notes 59:47 - Wes Anderson Ranked 1:15:53 - FS Revisited: "Rushmore" (Sacred Cow, 2017) 1:47:13 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #846: Dune / Holy Smoke (Campion #5)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 76:05

    The worst kept secret about Denis Villeneuve's DUNE is that it's only half a movie. Or half a story, anyway. Villeneuve split Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel in two, with part one offering a stunningly detailed and impressively cast setup to a conclusion we may not see for years. Adam and Josh admire the film's craft, but they were left with more questions than answers about how the new adaptation will reckon with the source material's 20th-century origins. Plus, the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view continues with 1999's HOLY SMOKE, a critical and box office failure on its release that contains a remarkable early Kate Winslet performance and the complicated sex and gender dynamics we've come to expect from Campion. 0:00 - Billboard 1:01 - Review: "Dune" Neil Diamond, "Holly Holy" 33:05 - Next Week / Notes 41:23 - Massacre Theatre 47:07 - Campion #5: "Holy Smoke" 1:09:31 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #845: No Time To Die / Lamb / The Portrait of a Lady (Campion #4)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 101:32

    In five films over 15 years, Daniel Craig has established himself as the pre-eminent Bond. But will he also prove to be the final 007? The 60-year-old franchise has its work cut out for it, finding someone to fill Craig's shoes and bringing the iconic, if archaic, character firmly into the 21st century. Adam and Josh agree that the new NO TIME TO DIE does right by Craig—but does that make it a good Bond film? They take their review into spoiler territory to unravel their feelings about the conclusion of the Craig era. Plus, the fourth film in the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 1996's THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Campion's inventive and emotionally volatile adaptation of the Henry James novel. Plus Josh recommends the new Nordic horror film LAMB. 0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Review: "No Time To Die" 32:56 - "No Time" Spoiler Talk Wojciech Kilar, "Pearl in the Crown" 39:32 - Josh recommends: "Lamb" 43:29 - Next Week / Notes 56:32 - Polls 1:04:40 - Jane Campion #4: "The Portrait of a Lady" 1:35:00 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #844: The Piano (Campion #3) / Chicago Int'l Film Festival Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 96:26

    “I hear what you're saying, but you're completely wrong.” Adam has employed his favorite catchphrase many times over the years, but never on himself. On this week's show, as part of the Jane Campion Oeuvre-View, he revisits the director's Oscar-winning (and beloved by Josh) THE PIANO for the first time since his lukewarm first encounter with the film in 2013—and this time he comes away from the film singing a very different tune. Plus, a preview of the 57th annual Chicago International Film Festival, which features new films from Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”), Joachim Trier (“Oslo, August 31st”), and Andrea Arnold (“American Honey”).  0:00 - Billboard 1:14 - Preview: Chicago Int'l Film Festival Michael Nyman, "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" 31:13 - Next Week/Giveaway/Notes 41:37 - Massacre Theatre 49:33 - Campion #3: "The Piano" 1:28:56 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #843: Titane / An Angel at My Table (Campion #2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 96:42

    Director Julia Ducournau wants to shake her audience to the core. And she more or less accomplished that feat - for Josh, anyway - with her 2016 debut "Raw." Her latest, TITANE, falls into several genre categories—body horror, revenge picture, deeply black comedy—none of which quite prepare you for the experience of watching it. While Ducournau proves herself a filmmaker of great talent, Adam and Josh debate whether the 2021 Palme d'Or winner has much to offer beyond its many unexpected and provocative twists. They take their review into overtime with some Spoiler Talk about some of the movie's more ambiguous moments. Also on the show, the new Deeply Flawed Filmspotting Poll, and the second film in their Jane Campion Oeuvre-view, 1990's AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:25 - Review: "Titane" 32:56 - "Titane" Spoiler Talk Duncan Gray, Opening Credits ("An Angel at My Table") 45:37 - Next Week / Notes 54:24 - Polls 1:04:46 - Jane Campion #2: "An Angel at My Table" 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #842: Casino Royale at 15 / Sweetie (Campion #1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 89:37

    Ahead of Daniel Craig's final outing as 007 in "No Time To Die," Adam and Josh revisit Craig's 2006 debut, CASINO ROYALE, a film both agree remains a high-water mark for the franchise. Plus, the Jane Campion Oeuvre-view kicks off with the New Zealand director's funny, harrowing, and utterly assured first film, 1989's SWEETIE. 0:00 - Billboard 1:06 - Review: "Casino Royale" at 15 Cate Le Bon, "Sisters" 34:31 - Next Week / Notes 47:49 - Massacre Theatre 53:44 - Campion #1: "Sweetie" 1:23:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #841: Top 5 Films of 1971 / The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 100:36

    The 50th anniversary of the '71 movie year provided Adam and Josh an excuse to give Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" the Sacred Cow treatment earlier in the year and, with this week's TOP 5 FILMS OF 1971, to celebrate the movies that introduced iconic movie characters and performances like Richard Roundtree's John Shaft, Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka and Ruth Gordon's Maude. Also on the show, Josh recommends the new THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, featuring a galvanizing performance from star Jessica Chastain. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Top 5 of 1971 Oompa Loompa Cast, "Oompa Loompa" ("Willy Wonka") 36:43 - Josh on "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" 40:50 - Next Week / Poll / Notes 1:04:33 - Top 5 of 1971, cont. 1:30:52 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #840: The Card Counter / Wong Kar Wai Marathon Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 93:04

    A gambling movie that only Paul Schrader could make, THE CARD COUNTER has the "First Reformed" director meditating on weighty subjects like redemption and absolution in his tale of an ex-con (Oscar Isaac) trying to make amends for past deeds. Tiffany Haddish and Tye Sheridan co-star. Along with that review, Adam and Josh wrap up the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon with "The Tonys," their favorite performances and moments from the marathon. 0:00 - Billboard 0:58 - Review: "The Card Counter" Julie London, "I'm In The Mood For Love" 32:14 - Next Week/Notes 41:48 - Massacre Theatre 46:59 - Wong Kar Wai Awards 1:25:25 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #839: Fall Movie Preview / Shang-Chi / Candyman

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 77:47

    The coming fall movie season is less a slate of titles than it is a promise fulfilled, with loads of big films coming to the big screen, some of which have been delayed for a year or more: “No Time To Die,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” Denis Villeneuve's “Dune,” and Wes Anderson's “The French Dispatch” to name just a few. For their FALL MOVIE PREVIEW, Adam and Josh have questions about some of those long-anticipated titles, along with queries about some of the season's more obscure offerings, including films starring Idris Elba and Regina King; Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield; and Tom Hanks and a dog (and a robot). Plus Josh has reviews of the new CANDYMAN and SHANG-CHI AND THE TEN RINGS. 0:00 - Billboard 1:11 - Fall Movie Preview George Lam, "Mr. Strong Man" 25:51 - Josh: "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," "Candyman" 37:32 - Next Week / Notes 47:00 - Polls 54:17 - Fall Movie Preview, cont. 1:10:28 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #838: In the Mood for Love at 20 / Nine Days / Top 5 Romantic Gestures (Revisited)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 98:14

    Wong Kar Wai's IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE had no shortage of acclaim on its 2000 release (2001 in the U.S.), but its stature has only grown in the past two decades and is now considered by many to be one of the great achievements of the 21st century. Adam and Josh offer no arguments to the contrary in their 20th-anniversary revisit of the film, part of their World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon. And not that you asked for it, but the review also prompts them to debate which is sexier: silence or food. Plus, a revisit of the Top 5 Romantic Gestures from 2013, and Josh nominates the new existential drama NINE DAYS for the Filmspotting Golden Brick Award. 0:00 - Billboard 1:05 - Wong Kar Wai #6: “In The Mood For Love” Vitamin String Quartet, “In Your Eyes” 41:43 - Brickspotting: “Nine Days” 46:37 - Next Week / Notes 53:25 - Massacre Theatre 1:01:51 - Revisited: Top 5 Romantic Gestures (2013) 1:12:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #837: Annette / Respect / Happy Together (Wong Kar Wai #5)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 89:09

    French director Leos Carax isn't very well known here in the States, but his films are always something of an arthouse event, coming as they do about once a decade. His 2012 film, "Holy Motors" showed up on several best-of-the-2010s lists, and his latest, ANNETTE, premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival to a 20-minute ovation (along with a smattering of boos). An L.A.-set rock musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, Carax's film is, according to guest critic Michael Phillips, "the world's most toxic remake of 'A Star Is Born'." (That's mostly a compliment.) In the second half of the show, Josh and Adam continue their World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon with the Hong Kong auteur's 1997 Argentina-set film HAPPY TOGETHER, and music biopic skeptic Josh has some nice things to say about the new Aretha Franklin biopic RESPECT. 0:00 - Billboard 1:07 - Review: "Annette" w/Michael Phillips Sparks feat. Adam Driver, "All The Girls" 29:28 - Josh recommends "Respect" 35:43 - Next Week / Notes 44:06 - Polls 56:54 - Wong Kar Wai #5: "Happy Together" 1:21:27 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #836: The Green Knight / The Suicide Squad / Fallen Angels (Wong Kar Wai #4)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 87:59

    Like many an auteur before him, David Lowery ("A Ghost Story", "The Old Man and the Gun") brings his obsessions to whatever material he's working with—even if that material is over 600 years old. Lowery's THE GREEN KNIGHT delivers some of the seduction and swordplay that the 14th-century source material "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" promises, but it also serves as another Lowery riff on mortality, time, and mythmaking. The fourth film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1995's FALLEN ANGELS, sees the Hong Kong auteur introduce a new set of lost urban souls, but Adam and Josh debate whether Wong gets dangerously close to self-parody in his follow-up to "Chungking Express." And Josh has a review of the new THE SUICIDE SQUAD, a successful-ish entry in the killshot-comedy genre. 0:00 - Billboard 1:10 - Review: "The Green Knight" Shirley Kwan, "Forget Him" 31:56 - Josh: "The Suicide Squad" 36:58 - Next Week / Notes 52:20 - Massacre Theatre 57:35 - World of Wong Kar Wai #4: "Fallen Angels" 1:21:10 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #835: Pig / Old / Chungking Express (Wong Kar Wai #3)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 76:40

    Getting Nic Cage for your debut feature is a risky move. On the one hand, Cage is both a big name and a singular talent. On the other hand, Cage's eccentric on-screen persona can send a movie reeling into camp. PIG director Michael Sarnoski rolled the dice and won, bringing real pathos to his missing truffle pig saga, and getting Cage's most subtle and moving work in at least a decade. Adam and Josh also continue the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon with the director's 1994 international breakthrough CHUNGKING EXPRESS. Plus, Josh defends M. Night Shyamalan's OLD–while also advising Adam to avoid it. 0:00 - Billboard 1:10 - Review: "Pig" Chris Egan, "Traveling Troubadours" 22:36 - Josh reviews "Old" 28:37 - Giveaway / Next Week / Notes 37:26 - Polls 47:53 - Wong Kar Wai #3: "Chungking Express" 1:30:18 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #834: Top 5 Beach Scenes / Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar Wai #2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 105:50

    Inspired by M Night Shyamalan's "Old," Adam and Josh take a trip to the shore for their TOP 5 BEACH SCENES. As a place of transition–between land and sea, and as a point of no returnºthe beach has long offered filmmakers an evocative setting for tales both hopeful and despairing. Also: romantic, elegiac, and deranged. Plus the second film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1990's DAYS OF BEING WILD. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Top 5: Beach Scenes Emily Lim & Rob Kelly, "Barefoot in the Sand" 31:34 - Cannes / Next Week / Notes 46:03 - Massacre Theatre 53:26 - Top 5: Beach Scenes, cont 1:13:43 - World of Wong Kar Wai #2: "Days of Being Wild" 1:37:28 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #833: A Clockwork Orange at 50 / Roadrunner / As Tears Go By (Wong Kar Wai #1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 110:38

    With its provocative mix of giddy, nihilistic violence, social satire, and formal audaciousness, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE has been a cinephile rite of passage for decades. For their Sacred Cow revisit, Adam and Josh find a film that is both more philosophical than they remember–and perversely funny. Just how funny, however, is a matter of some debate. Also up for debate: how to read the film's memorable ending. Plus, the first film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1988's AS TEARS GO BY, and Adam's thoughts on the new ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN. 0:00 - Billboard 1:16 - Sacred Cow: “A Clockwork Orange” Marianne Faithful, “As Tears Go By” 45:08 - Adam: “Roadrunner” 58:21 - Next Week / Notes 1:08:21 - Polls 1:20:42 - World of Wong #1: “As Tears Go By” 1:42:57 - Outro / Outtake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #832: Black Widow / Summer of Soul / No Sudden Move / Zola

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 110:48

    Marvel's BLACK WIDOW returns the MCU to theaters for the first time since 2019, but despite the more than capable cast and some provocative ideas, Adam and Josh agree that director Cate Shortland ("Lore") doesn't always find the right balance between the traumatic and the comedic. They have nothing but praise for Questlove's SUMMER OF SOUL, which sees the Roots-founder bringing a keen curatorial eye and potent historical context to his electrifying concert documentary. Plus, a review of Steven Soderbergh's new NO SUDDEN MOVE and Josh's thoughts on the wild road-trip comedy ZOLA. 0:00 - Billboard 1:03 - Review: "Black Widow" The Chambers Brothers, "Uptown" 25:06 - Josh recommends: "Zola" 30:53 - Next Week / Notes 49:04 - Massacre Theatre 54:51 - Review: "Summer of Soul" 1:29:17 - Review: "No Sudden Move" 1:44:24 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    FS Revisited: Raiders of the Lost Ark / Top 5 Films of 1981

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 76:31

    Back in September 2012, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was back in theaters for a limited IMAX run on the heels of its 30th anniversary. Adam and Josh took the opportunity to give the film the Sacred Cow treatment, making the dubious decision to invite noted "Raiders" skeptic Michael Phillips to join them. Luckily, this is a podcast, so there's no risk of getting your face melted off due to Michael's hot take. Plus, Michael sits in for the Top 5 Films of 1981, with a number one pick that marks him as a "psychosexual sicko" (his words, not ours). 0:00 - Billboard 1:00 - Sacred Cow Review: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" John Williams, "Raiders March" 29:48 - Top 5: Films of 1981 1:12:03 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #831: F9 / Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 101:21

    For one of their patented "still processing" reviews, Adam and Josh go from screening to studio to discuss F9. But all Adam has is questions; namely, are the F&F movies not only critic-proof but critique-proof? Also, director Justin Lin stuck Charlize Theron in a glass box and Adam wants to know if she has access to a bathroom. Big questions for a big movie. Plus listeners make their pick for car movie that needs a sequel, and Adam and Josh revisit 2015's Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments–the culmination of their immersion in what Adam has deemed "The F ampersand FU." 0:00 - Billboard 1:15 - Review: "F9" Dave James and Thomm Jutz, "Bite The Dust" 31:33 - Next Week / Notes 41:14 - Polls 57:24 - Top 5: Fast & Furious Moments 1:34:03 - Outro  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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