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Short movie reviews from the last 50+ years by Geoff Gershon.

Geoff Gershon

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    DREDD (2012)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 18:07 Transcription Available

    Ten years ago, we saw the second big-screen adaptation of a popular British graphic novel – the previous one (Judge Dredd) which came out in the 1995 starred Sylvester Stallone and was widely disliked by both fans and non-fans of the original comic.  As a result, expectations for this latest version were pretty low in the lead-up to its fall release.  And then people saw it…..and most were pretty blown away!  The story was straightforward, the villain was memorable (Ma-Ma played by Lena Headey), the action was exciting, and even Dredd himself was portrayed by star Karl Urban as the bad-ass anti-hero that hardcore fans had been hoping for!  Unfortunately, it flopped at the box office….though this movie has had a devoted following every since.  Let's revisit this now-cult classic directed by Pete Travis….or was that Alex Garland? :o WARNING: ADULT LANGUAGE AND VIOLENCE FEATURED IN CLIPS FOR MOVIEHost: Geoff Gershon Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon


    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 17:50 Transcription Available

    Back in 2019, actress Olivia Wilde dazzled many folks with Booksmart which was her directorial debut – it remains one of the funniest and most inventive comedies of recent years.  So as her follow-up, she has given us an original thriller which is much more ambitious….but is it just as good?  Well it has a mind-bending premise about a seemingly utopian sequestered village in the desert known as the “Victory Project” and it stars Oscar nominee Florence Pugh as a seemingly happy housewife living there with her adoring husband played by Harry Styles, who's working for a mysterious boss played by Chris Pine.  And of course, there has been significant online chatter lately about the film's production, director, and cast.  Let's find out if all of this results in a good movie….Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon


    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 20:18 Transcription Available

    Twenty-five years ago, audiences saw what would be THE first true movie star performance from eventual three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis headlining a large, mainstream action adventure film….and this would also be the last time they would see this as well.  No matter because as directed by Michael Mann, it was quite memorable to be taken back to 1757 and told the story of Hawkeye, a white man raised and adopted by the Mohican tribe.  Russell Means plays his father, Madeline Stowe plays the British aristocrat whom he falls in love with, and Wes Studi plays a local indigenous guide with a hidden agenda whom he encounters.  Amidst a sprawling story of romance, adventure, political intrigue, and tragedy, let's find out who leaves the greatest impression….     Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon


    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 22:44 Transcription Available

    In a first for this podcast, I review an entire season of a streaming/TV show….But not just ANY show... this one happens to be the surprisingly popular spin-off from The Karate Kid movie trilogy from the 1980's.  It's a serialized continuation of the adventures of Johnny Lawrence (Billy Zabka), Danny LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), and so many other kooky characters inhabiting this crazy martial arts-obsessed universe mainly taking place around “The Valley” just outside of Los Angeles.  Let's jump-kick into a world filled with Coors Banquet, cassette tapes, crane kicks and….of course….karate competitions!Host: Geoff Gershon Editors: Geoff and Marlene GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon


    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 18:37 Transcription Available

    Seeing as it's September, it's that time of year again…..time for the kids to go back to school!  And what better way to commemorate this time period than revisiting what MIGHT be one of the strangest high school comedies from the ‘80's?  It's the simple of story of Jerry Mitchell (Casey Siemaszko) a mild-mannered Senior student who gets challenged to an after-school brawl by the new intimidating kid in school, the much gossiped about Buddy Revell played menacingly by Richard Tyson.  And then we watch over the next six hours as Jerry attempts to exhaust all options to AVOID this fight….including trying to enlist help to take on Revell.  It's quirky, fresh, funny, and definitely underappreciated as this film was a flop when it first hit theaters – since then, it has reached somewhat of a cult status thanks to confident direction from Phil Joanou in what was his directorial debut.Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    CHINATOWN (1974)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 18:44 Transcription Available

    “LA Crime Week” continues with this Neo-Noir thriller directed by Roman Polanski which is considered by many cinephiles to be one of the best films of the 1970's.  It's a complex mystery focusing on water distribution, adultery, and murder among other several other matters – the private detective who has been hired to investigate is played by Jack Nicholson in one of his earlier breakout performances.  As Nicholson's Jake Gittes delves further into his investigation, he starts to uncover unforeseen levels of corruption, mainly from local water baron Noah Cross played by the late great John Huston.  But at the center of this mystery is Evelyn Mulwray who hired Jake and is played by Faye Dunaway – both Dunaway and Nicholson received Oscar nominations for their performances.Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon


    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 19:11 Transcription Available

    Right on the heels of Boogie Nights, yet ANOTHER all-timer is about to turn twenty-five!  And this one is one hell of a sprawling crime drama set in the Los Angeles in the 1950's focusing on three different LAPD cops played by Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kevin Spacey.  It's quite an elaborate tale involving murder, prostitution, racism, corruption, blackmail, abuse, and even glamour at points – this was directed by Curtis Hanson and adapted from an acclaimed novel from James Ellroy.  The stacked cast also includes James Cromwell, David Straitharn, Danny DeVito, and Kim Basinger in the role that won her an Oscar.  This begins our “LA Crime Week” with Chinatown to soon follow….Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    RRR (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 18:29 Transcription Available

    RRR (2022)This is the epic story of Ramu (Allur Sitarama Raju) and Bheem (NT Rama Rao Jr), two fierce soldiers on opposite sides of a long-running conflict in India one hundred years ago between the local residents and their British colonizers.  Ramu reports to the British military and is on a mission to find the lead revolutionary who has been hiding in nearby forests - that revolutionary happens to be Bheem.  Of course, they become friends at one point starting to fight together unaware of the other one's roots…..and what results is a CRAZY 3+ hour extravagance of action, fantasy, dancing, revolution, and tigers defying gravity. :o   Come learn about this deliriously entertaining Tollywood smash which not only took India but the rest of the world by storm this year!  It was directed by S.S. Rajamouli and it's quite the ride….Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 17:52 Transcription Available

    Twenty-five years ago, director Paul Thomas Anderson shook up the cinematic world with this epic tale focusing on the adult film industry in the 1970's and 1980's.  He borrowed techniques from Robert Altman and Martin Scorcese but he made them his own with this sprawling tale of Eddie Adams, a teenager played by Mark Wahlberg with ONE special gift.  This one special gift helps Eddie become an instant star with the name of Dirk Diggler – we witness his rise and fall within the industry along with stories of so many others around him portrayed by an impressively stacked cast including Burt Reynolds, Julianne More, Don Cheadle, the late great Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, and Heather Graham, along with so many others…..  And If you still don't want to hear this review after reading the above, then that's not an MP…..that's a YP, YOUR problem. :O   Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon


    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 16:46 Transcription Available

    Remember when Nicholas Cage was known as Nicolas Coppola?  Remember when the mall was THE place to hang out?  Remember when half the girls in your high school class were trying to look like Pat Benatar?  Remember when Sean Penn was funny?? :o Well if you don't remember any of those things, here is an iconic tie capsule movie to remind of those and many other things from forty years ago.  Yes this high school comedy came out forty years ago and it was not only the directorial debut for Amy Heckerling who would go on to direct Clueless but it was also the screenwriting debut of Cameron Crowe who would go on to write and direct Jerry Maguire.  And it has a STACKED cast of future top talent including Penn, Cage, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Judge Reinhold among several others.  It's time to go back to Ridgemont and find out if playing Led Zeppelin IV on the first date REALLY works….Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    PREY (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 14:36 Transcription Available

    The Predator has returned!  Well an earlier version of the fierce hunter from another planet…..and THIS time, he has visited America's Great Plains more than 300 years ago.  So is this a prequel to the 1987 sci-fi action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger?  Well sort of....This time, the story focuses on Naru (Amber Midthunder), a young member of the Comanche Nation who fancies herself a hunter even though she is expected to work more as a gatherer or healer.  So she's off on the hunt to prove herself….and guess who she runs into??  Eventually, more of her fellow tribesman get involved along with a group of French fur trappers.....and bloodshed ensues.  Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) directed this “Hulu Original” and let's see how it compares to the original. Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    TOP TEN Needledrops (Film Scores)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 30:44

    For the next couple of weeks, we will be taking a break to get our proverbial batteries recharged - we'll be ok and be back to releasing new episodes before the end of the month! ;)  In the meantime, enjoy this special episode going back through our catalog of more than 120 episodes to rank THE Best Needle-Drops so far – for this episode, we are ranking the BEST FILM SCORES so far.....Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon to Episodes Referenced:

    Top Ten Needle-Drops (Songs)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 26:56

    For the next couple of weeks, we will be taking a break to get our proverbial batteries recharged - we'll be back to releasing new episodes before the end of the month!  In the meantime, enjoy this special episode going back through our catalog of more than 120 episodes to rank THE Best Needle-Drops so far – there will be two separate episodes for SONGS and MUSICAL SCORES.  This one is for the songs - enjoy!Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon to Episodes Referenced:

    BULLET TRAIN (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 18:37 Transcription Available

    Brad Pitt stars in this fast-paced (literally) action comedy from director David Leitch who previously helmed Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde.  It almost entirely takes place on a high speed train barreling through Japan which has some antagonistic passengers to say the least.  Among them are a group of assassins who each seem to have different missions but involving the same set of people, mainly a local crime organization lead by the feared gangster White Death.  There's also a valuable suitcase onboard filled with money that every one seems to want and will kill for…..and chaos ensues!  This film also co-stars Bryan Tyee Henry, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Hiroyuki Sanada, and a slew of surprise cameos….if you have haven't already trailers mind you.

    HEAT (1995)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 24:29 Transcription Available

    “Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner….” – Neil McCauley, 1995And that's the apparent thesis for one of the most beloved films of the past thirty years spoken by living legend Robert DeNiro sitting across from fellow living legend Al Pacino.  Or is it really the main theme of the movie?  Maybe it's just something cool-sounding that a tough guy says but doesn't really follow through on….director Michael Mann examines that very question among so many others during this almost three hour crime epic focusing on the brewing conflict between two self-obsessed master tacticians on both sides of the law…and the women who love them….along with every one else whose lives they impact.  This STACKED cast also includes Val Kilmer, Diana Venora, Amy Brenneman, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Wes Studi, Dennis Haysbert, Mykelti Williamson, Danny Trejo, and Ted Levine among SO many others.  Let's find out if the action IS really the juice…..WARNING: ADULT LANGUAGE THROUGHOUT MOVIE CLIPSHost: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon


    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 15:59 Transcription Available

    45 years ago during the summer of Star Wars and Smokey & the Bandit….there was only one action hero who dared to step into the ring and his name was Moore…Sir Roger Moore.

    NOPE (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 17:20 Transcription Available

    Oscar-winning writer/director Jordan Peele returns with this third film after the horror smashes Get Out and Us…..and this time, he's taking things in a slightly different direction.  There's still horror involved but there's also sci-fi and even many western elements.  This story focuses on the Haywoods, a brother (Oscar-winner Daniel Kaluuya) and sister (Keke Palmer) running a horse ranch in southern California that was left them by their father (Keith David) who died under mysterious circumstances emanating from something dangerous….up in the sky. :o And one night as they're trying to figure out what to do with their dying ranch (business has been much slower since Westerns stopped being a regular thing in Hollywood movies), these circumstances return….scary noises and images, it SEEMS that there might be a UFO hovering near them.  So in light of recent economic circumstances, they decide that the most lucrative course of action for them would be to collect ACTUAL footage of the alleged UFO which they can sell for major profit….and that pretty much kicks off the story which has been teased by a very mysterious advertising campaign in the lead-up to this film's release.  Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, and Brandon Perea also co-star in this very unique summer thriller.   Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    ONE HOUR PHOTO (2002)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 17:38 Transcription Available

    Remember when taking pictures required the use of an actual CAMERA and how the best way to see the fruits of your labor was to have them developed as PHOTOS?  Well even if you don't, it wasn't that long ago before the age of smartphones – this film actually came out just twenty years ago and features at its center, one unique individual whose job is to develop these pictures for the general public.  His name is Seymour Parrish (otherwise known to others as “Sy the Photo Guy") and he was played by the late, great Robin Williams in what many consider to be among his best dramatic performances.  Running a photo lab at the local Sav-mart, Sy loves his job and is also obsessed with the photos of one particular local nuclear family…the Yorkins who are played by Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, and Dylan Smith.  And of course, this obsession takes on unhealthy levels as Sy becomes more involved in the lives of this family.  What results is a tense, little thriller/character piece filled with striking visuals thanks very much to the talent of director Mark Romanek who after years of directing memorable music videos made this his feature directorial debut.Host: Geoff Gershon Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    ROBOCOP (1987)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 17:28 Transcription Available

    When this film first came out 35 years ago, one of the taglines was “The Future of Law Enforcement.”  Well it's become abundantly clear that the future has now become the present upon revisiting this sci-fi action classic directed by the legendary Paul Verhoeven who would also go on to direct films such as Total Recall, Starship Troopers, and…..Showgirls?  This remains of his best and most influential as it tells the story of Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) a police officer who is new to the dangerous streets of Detroit and gets brutally gunned down his first day on the job.  But apparently, that's not the last we see or hear of Murphy as he is resurrected into a cybernetic crime fighter for the city of Detroit, thanks to the interventions of the all-powerful OCP organization.  He becomes known as Robocop and he has one ally partner played by Nancy Allen while having to take on several villains, most notably played by Ronny Cox and Kurtwood Smith.  Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene GershonWARNING: PROFANE LANGUANGE AND EXTREME VIOLENCE INCLUDED WITHIN AUDIO CLIPS FROM MOVIE


    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 17:10 Transcription Available

    The son of Odon returns in his fourth movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe once again starring Chris Hemsworth as the titular her and directed for the second time (after the previous one, Thor Ragnarok) by Taika Waititi.  This time, he has a dangerous new enemy who is out to kill ALL gods (himself included) played by Oscar winner Christian Bale.  He is also reuniting with a former love – returning from the first two films is Oscar winner Natalie Portman playing the earth-bound scientist Jane Foster, only this time she seems to be in possession of Thor's favorite hammer.  Also joining us for this new adventure is Oscar winner (!) Russell Crowe as Zeus who….well the less said, the better.  What results is a mad-cap adventure with heart which spans several different planets including ours where New Asgard is located – gratefully New Asgard is overseen by returning character Valkyrie, still played winningly by Tessa Thompson. So the gang's all here (minus Loki) as has the fun returned as well?  Let's find out and at least, we get to hear a lot of Guns & Roses along the way…..Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    THIEF (1981)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 16:58 Transcription Available

    RIP to James Caan, one of the more legendary American actors to emerge from the stellar crop of the 1970's. ☹ He has delivered many a strong performance in many strong movies including The Godfather where he played Sonny Corleone.   Over his impressive 50+ year acting career, his starring role as the eponymous thief in this crime drama is considered by many (himself included) to be his best overall performance.  He plays Frank, a seasoned safe-cracker living in Chicago looking for that one “last big score” and he just have found it…..working with local crime boss Leo (the late great Robert Prosky) which might present more issues than just pulling off a difficult caper.  All the while, Franks is also trying to build a relationship (and family) with Jesse (Tuesday Weld) while also trying to help his mentor Okla (Willie Nelson) who's still in prison – needless to say, Frank has a LOT going on and various complications ensue.  This was also the feature film directorial debut of Michael Mann who would eventually go on to direct several CLASSIC dramas including The Last of the Mohicans, Collateral, and… of my personal favorites, Heat. Host: Geoff Gershon Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    STRIPES (1981) Re-Release

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 10:46

    For the week of July 4, 2022, we will be taking a break due to the holidays and to get our proverbial batteries recharged - we'll be ok and be back to releasing new episodes next week! ;)  In the meantime, enjoy this remastered episode of my review of a comedy classic.....This movie was directed by the late, great comedy legend Ivan Reitman who would give us Ghostbusters a couple of years later.  This movie also stars two comedy legends – Bill Murray and Harold Ramis – as two shlubby dudes who decide to join the army to be all that they can be before they turn 30. How does the humor hold up?  Is it actually as subversive as it seemed at the time?  Let's enlist and find out!  Host: Geoff Gershon  Producer: Marlene Gershon

    ELVIS (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 18:28 Transcription Available

    Elvis Presley remains one the most popular rock and roll performers since the inception of rock and roll – his music dominated the pop music landscape in the 1950's and he remained a rock & roll icon through his unfortunate death in 1977.  His life has been dissected, discussed, and of course has been portrayed in several movies going back decades.  Acclaimed Australian filmmaker Buz Luhrmann (Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge) directs this latest version, an epic biopic about the rise and fall of the man known to many as “The King” who is played by up-and-coming young actor Austin Butler.  Tom Hanks also co-stars as “Colonel” Tom Parker who would become Elvis manager throughout most of his career.  And what results is 160 minutes of high energy insanity featuring tons of memorable music – Elvis has ENTERED the building!


    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 17:44 Transcription Available

    Happy 30th Anniversary to this classic fictionalized sports drama about the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) which was started in 1943 during World War II as a temporary replacement or Major League Baseball as most players were serving overseas at the time – it featured several great female athletes from account the country who had never had the opportunity to play baseball at this level before.  Geena Davis starts as the catcher Dottie Hinson with Lori Petty as her sister Kit who's a pitcher – they play for the Rockford Peaches who are being managed by Jimmy Dugan played by Tom Hanks in a performance which earned him an Oscar nomination.  The stacked cast also includes Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, and it was directed by the late great Penny Marshall.  Just in time for July 4th, let's revisit this tale of America's Pastime….albeit from a somewhat different angle.


    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 19:01 Transcription Available

    Forty years ago, this sci-fi horror thriller was released as director Carpenter's follow-up to Escape From New York and Halloween, both of which were quite popular and pretty groundbreaking for the time.  It was a remake of the horror classic The Thing From Another World directed by the late great Howard Hawks – it has a top-flight cast of veteran actors lead by Kurt Russell including Keith David, Wilford Brimley, Richard Masur, Donald Moffett, and Alan Dysart among others.  It also featured state-of-the-art special effects from modern master Rob Bottin, a hummable score from the legendary Ennio Morricone, and crisp visuals from one of the best cinematographers of this era, Dean Cundey.  Everything about this film was top-of-the-line… WHY was it so disliked when it first came out? :o Reviews were relatively bad as was the box office – however over time, this film has become a genuinely beloved cult classic now considered among John Carpenter's best films.  Let's go back to that isolated scientific facility to find out why....Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon


    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 19:26 Transcription Available

    Luca Guadagnino directs this touching coming of age drama about a 17 year old aspiring musician named Elio (Timothee Chalamet) living with his parents in Italy who falls in love with Oliver (Armie Hammer) the archeological grad student who is staying with them for the summer.  The film is set during the Summer of 1983 and we are treated to sequences of dancing, swimming, bicycling, sumptuous meals, lovely people…'ll almost want to be there vacationing alongside them.

    FACE/OFF (1997)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 18:07 Transcription Available

    What's the BEST way to capture vital information from a renowned terrorist who's currently in a coma with the only potential source being his extremely paranoid brother?  Well if you're living within the heightened world of this crazy action thriller directed by John Woo, the most obvious suggestion would be for you to surgically swap faces with that terrorist who's in the coma. :o As wild as this premise seems, now imagine the two faces involved being those of John Travolta and Nicholas Cage at the height of their powers. :o  What results is likely one of the most deliriously entertaining AND meme-worthy blockbusters of the ‘90's or any decade for that matter!  Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Alessandro Nivola, and Dominique Swain also co-star in this wild action thriller which is about to turn 25. WARNING: PROFANE LANGUAGE THROUGHOUT FILM CLIPSHost: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon


    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 15:51 Transcription Available

    Just when you thought it was safe to try to interact with genetically developed prehistoric creatures….here's another sequel to this long-running franchise to maybe pour some more cold water on that idea.  Yes we are back in the world of raptors, T Rex', and Chris Pratt looking manly which he certainly does.  And every one else is back too from the original 1993 movie including Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum to try to get to the bottom of what seems to be a global ecological disaster that might be emanating from one corporation…..and there MIGHT even be dinosaurs involved too! :o Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong also return from previous Jurassic films and Colin Trevorrow directs this brand new dino-epic.Host: Geoff Gershon Editors: Geoff & Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon


    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 19:45 Transcription Available

    Two trashy urban thrillers from the 1990's are about to turn 30 and gratefully, they feature top-flight talent! In Unlawful Entry, Kurt Russell and Madeline Stowe play a mild-mannered couple who become the focus of an increasingly unhinged police officer played by Ray Liotta – RIP. ☹ And in Single White Female, Bridget Fonda stars as fashionable Manhattanite who just broke up with her cheating boyfriend and is now seeking a new roommate in her swank apartment – enter Jennifer Jason Leigh's Hedra who at first seems nice but proves increasingly……let's say clingy. :o Both films pretty much follow a time-tested formula around this time which we also saw in movies like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Sleeping With the Enemy….and yes ALL of these types of thrillers were trashy but several of them were also fun.

    MILK (2008) w/ The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 22:55 Transcription Available

    We kick off Pride Month 2022 with this Oscar-winning biopic directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) which delves in the life of slain civil rights activist Harvey Milk who took the city of San Francisco AND the country by storm by becoming the first openly gay politician elected to major office in 1978.  His story is both inspiring and touching, with much of the structure of this film and several highlights coming from the 1984 documentary of his life called “The Times of Harvey Milk” which also won the Best Documentary Oscar that year.  Sean Penn stars in the 2008 film as the eponymous activist/politician from Woodmere, NY – he also won the Best Actor Oscar that year and is supported by an impressive cast including James Franco, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, Victor Garber, and Allison Pill.  The documentary was directed by Rob Epstein and was narrated by Harvey Fierstein – both films are very informative along with being quite entertaining, let's delve into both!Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon


    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 15:19 Transcription Available

    Apparently the star of this movie has been in the news a lot lately?  Well let's revisit the film and the role that helped cement him into superstar status nineteen years ago....and that would of course be Johnny Depp playing the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow, resulting in not only a blockbuster franchise featuring him at its center but an Oscar nomination he would receive for this VERY role in 2003.  Gore Verbinski directed this rollicking adventure on the high seas also starring Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley, and Jonathan Pryce....AHOY MATEY!!!Host: Geoff Gershon Editors: Geoff & Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    TOP GUN: MAVERICK (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 18:22 Transcription Available

    He still feels the need, the need for speed!  Maverick (Tom Cruise) is back after more than 36 years – he's still toiling with the Navy as a Captain and still likes flying jets.  He has now been called back to the Top Gun academy at Miramar by his superiors….to train a NEW crop of flyers for a top secret mission.  Those new flyers include various characters with various call-signs including Hangman, Phoenix, Coyote, and…..Rooster (Miles Teller) who is actually the son of Goose, which was his best friend who died during a training exercise in the first movie.  Yes this is indeed a DIRECT sequel to the 1986 smash Top Gun but it's so much more than just a sequel.

    PATHS OF GLORY (1957)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 14:50 Transcription Available

    In honor of Memorial Day, let's revisit one of the earliest films from a true titan of cinema, the late great Stanley Kubrick – this was only the third feature film he directed, and it came three years before what many consider his true breakout film, Spartacus starring Kirk Douglas.  Douglas stars in this as well as a Colonel in the French Army during World War I who is ordered to lead his battalion into an untenable situation right at the edge of the European Front, though No Man's Land.  What results is a tragic incident involving many deaths that only gets more tragic as some surviving soldiers are to be held accountable for what happened – Douglas' Colonel Dax also takes it upon himself to defend these men in court.  This film is part war drama, part courtroom drama, and ALL compelling!  It also stars Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, and George Macready in one of THE greatest anti-war films ever made and from the same filmmaking master who would go on to direct A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, and 2001: A Space Odyssey…among several other classics.Host: Geoff Gershon  Editors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    DESPERADO (1995)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 15:43 Transcription Available

    We kick off our Second Season with this gem from the mid '90's.  Back in the early ‘90's, a young aspiring filmmaker from Austin made his first movie for $7,000 with much of the financing coming from selling his body for science – the filmmaker was Robert Rodriguez and his first feature was the celebrated El Mariachi, an inventive action film about a guitar player-turned-assassin seeking revenge.  A couple of years later, he followed this up with a bigger budget Hollywood version of this story which was originally going to be a remake but ended up being a sequel….this time starring Antonio Banderas as the Mariachi, with a significantly bigger budget, and a pretty stacked cast surrounding him including Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Joaquim de Almeida, and Cheech Marin.  THIS version was called Desperado and it ended up being one of the best action films of the era! Host: Geoff GershonEditors: Geoff and Ella GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    PREDATOR (1987)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 17:34 Transcription Available

    Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Dutch, the head of an elite mercenary extraction squad who are sent deep into the Latin American jungle to “rescue” some high-level US diplomats.  And they are quite the crew also including CIA operative Dillon played by Carl Weathers, Mac played by Bill Duke, Billy played by Sonny Landham, and Blaine played by Jesse “The Mind” Ventura – they have all of the firepower they could possibly need plus a cast including TWO future governors, so what could go wrong?  Well there happens to be a special visitor from WAY out of town who's on the hunt….for human skulls. :o And this visitor has his own firepower, including laser guns which can dismember his victims along with cloaking technology allowing him to sneak up on them among the trees.  What results is ONE hell of a battle between Man AND Alien directed by genre master John McTiernan who would go on to direct Die Hard the following year! Host: Geoff GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    DUNKIRK (2017)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 14:50 Transcription Available

    Five years ago, acclaimed director Christopher Nolan gave us his first film to be based true events after a career mostly devoted to mind-bending fantasy or science fiction.  And the subject matter is undeniably cinematic: the May 1940 evacuation of more than 400,000 Allied troops from the French coastal town of Dunkirk – this was a key turning point of World War II as these troops were generally trapped around a coastal bottleneck surrounded by Nazi/Axis forces closing in from various directions.  This film was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture and ended up winning three – it stars Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, and Kenneth Branagh among many others.Host: Geoff GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon


    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 17:26 Transcription Available

    The second part of CLASSIC SEQUEL WEEK brings us another classic franchise entry from the Summer of 1982 – the crew of the USS Enterprise are back and they're involved in some hairy stuff.  James T. Kirk (William Shatner) is now an Admiral for the Star Fleet and while joining the rest of the crew for what was originally going to be a “routine training mission” he finds out about the return of an old foe who is out for revenge against him.  That foe is Khan played by Ricardo Montalban and not only is he out for vengeance against Kirk but he is now trying to nab a potentially dangerous new piece of technology from Star Fleet….the Genesis Device.  And what follows is an epic space adventure including the rest of the cast from the The Original Series including Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, and George Takei.  This was directed by Nicholas Meyer who modeled the narrative on that of a sea-faring adventure. Host: Geoff GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    ROCKY III (1982)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 16:11 Transcription Available

    It's CLASSIC SEQUEL WEEK and for the first review of two memorable franchise films which are about to turn 40, we start with this third entry in the Rocky saga – our hero Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has just defeated Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) for the championship belt and is on top of the world.  But a new threat has emerged, and his name is Clubber Lang played by Mr. T. :o Throw in Hulk Hogan playing Thunder Lips, training montages, a classic rocker from Survivor, and you have one hell of a time!  Stallone also wrote and directed this film which also co-stars Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith, and Burt Young.Host: Geoff GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    SLAP SHOT (1977)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 18:00 Transcription Available

    It's that time of year when the weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, it's early May so WHAT does that mean?  Of course, it means the NHL Playoffs are just beginning!  And what better way to commemorate the kick-off for professional hockey's playoff season than to revisit one of THE Most Beloved Hockey Movies of All Time….which happens to star one of THE Greatest Movie Stars of All Time, Paul Newman.  He stars as player/coach Reggie Dunlop of the minor league hockey team, the Charleston Chiefs – they're a raucous group filled with goons and/or boozers but they MIGHT have a chance to win this season thanks to their latest addition of the Hanson Brothers.  Jeff Carlson, Steve Carlson, and David Hanson co-star as the Hanson Brothers in this raunchy, raucous sports comedy directed by the legendary George Roy Hill who previously gave us Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid along with The Sting.  Host: Geoff GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    THE AVENGERS (2012)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 18:35 Transcription Available

    Have you heard of Earth's Mightiest Heroes?  Yup the Billionaire Playboy (Robert Downey Jr.), the Big Green Guy (Mark Ruffalo), that frozen dude with the shield (Chris Evans)….oh right The Avengers!  Well ten years ago, we saw the release of their first team-up movie into theaters and in case you didn't hear, it was a HUGE success.  Now seems as good a time as any to revisit this superhero epic directed by Joss Whedon.  It also starts Scarlett Johannsen, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jeremy Renner - together they must all ASSEMBLE to defeat the dastardly Loki played by Tom Hiddleston.

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 17:29 Transcription Available

    Tom Gormican directs and Nicholas Cage stars as….Nicholas Cage, the famous Oscar-winning actor/former movie star who has spent much of the past decade acting prolifically in many smaller movies but still remains a household name.  He's struggling to find exciting new work as an actor and decides to take up on the offer of wealthy olive oil tycoon from Spain who pays him $1 million to attend his birthday party on the coast of Spain as a special guest.  The olive oil tycoon is Javi played by Pedro Pascal – he is literally THE biggest Nic Cage super-fan you are ever likely to meet and needless to say, the two of them become instant friends.  Unfortunately, all might not be as it seems with regards to Javi and his business – the CIA suspects him of foul play and lead by Tiffany Haddish's operative, they need to recruit some one to infiltrate Javi's world to get to the bottom of things…..and yup, guess WHO they recruit to do so?

    ALIEN (1979)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 18:19 Transcription Available

    In honor of Alien Day (4/26…named after the planet where the alien is first discovered by humans, known as LV-426), let's revisit the sci-fi horror classic which started it all.  This was only the second feature to be directed by Sir Ridley Scott near the beginning of what would eventually become an illustrious career including Gladiator, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, and The Martian.  The story follows the crew of the Nostromo, a mining ship in outer space in the future which is called to answer a distress call on a nearby planet (LV-426) and once on that planet, they of course get more than they bargained for….eventually meeting the eponymous Alien. :o It stars Tom Skerritt as the Captain of this crew along with Sigourney Weaver in her first major role and the one which made her a star… Lieutenant Ellen Ripley.  WARNING: FILMS CLIPS CONTAINING VIOLENCEHost: Geoff GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    CITY OF GOD (2002)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 20:11 Transcription Available

    It's our 100th Episode!!!!  This Brazilian crime epic came out just under twenty years ago and has earned its place in the discussion for THE greatest films so far this century.  And for good reason because it is expertly co-directed by Oscar-nominee Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund, along with featuring a plethora of local Brazilian talent in front of and behind the camera.  The story mainly focuses on Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues), an up-and-coming young photographer growing up in the eponymous favela area just outside of Rio de Janeiro known as the “City of God.”  But it is SO much more than that as we meet literally dozens of interesting characters, each trying to maneuver their way through a period in the ‘70's when gangs ruled, the beaches were beautiful, drugs were in high demand, the fashions worn were stylish, and violence was a way of life.     Host: Geoff GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    The Untouchables (1987)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 19:03 Transcription Available

    Brian DePalma directed this Prohibition Era crime epic about the eponymous Untouchables and their mission to take down Al Capone, who is ruling the city of Chicago through extreme violence.  The Untouchables are lead by Elliott Ness played by Kevin Costner and Capone is played by DeNiro.  However the most memorable player is Ness' right-hand and mentor, Malone played by the late great Sean Connery in the role which won him an Oscar.  Andy Garcia, Billy Drago, and Charles Martin Smith fill out the very well-dressed cast.  Is everything portrayed true to what really happened at this time in American history?  Not in the slightest, but it's still damn entertaining!  WARNING: MOVIE CLIPS PORTRAYING VIOLENCEHost: Geoff GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    Deep Cover (1992)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 14:04

    Lawrence Fishburne stars in this urban crime thriller as an undercover cover working his way up the drug trade around Los Angeles before he eventually goes TOO deep….hence the title.  Jeff Goldblum also co-stars as a local drug lawyer who he becomes partnered with – both actors give among the best performances of their respective careers in a film which just turned 30 but still holds up as of the best mob/gangster movies of the 1990's.  It was directed by Bill Duke and also features one of the most popular hip hop soundtracks of its era….including the title track which showcases the studio debut of Snoop Dogg.  

    The Bourne Identity (2002)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 17:26

    When this movie came out almost twenty years ago, the expectations just were NOT very high as Matt Damon wasn't considered an action hero, the director (Doug Liman) wasn't considered an action director, the series of novels it was based upon had waned in popularity, and most big budget Hollywood action movies at the time were much louder and more bombastic….along the lines of recent hits produced by Jerry Bruckheimer including The Rock, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Armageddon.  But this was a DIFFERENT kind of action movie with a more thoughtful tone, more grounded plot, more subtly paranoia about key institutions like the CIA (this was released less than a year after the 9/11 attacks, and most notably action sequences which felt both more fluid and ground-level.  To the surprise of most, it received almost universal acclaim AND blockbuster success launching a very lucrative franchise of Bourne films for years to come – it's time to revisit the movie that started it all….Host: Geoff GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    Sorcerer (1977)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 15:40

    45 years ago when this first came out, you would have through it might be considered a pretty big event as a big budget follow-up from the recent director (William Friedkin) of The Exorcist and The French Connection….and playing its lead, the star (Roy Scheider) of Jaws. :o As it turns out, it was a VERY troubled production being released by a studio which had no idea how to market it so they didn't even try.  It was considered a flop upon release but in the decades since then, there has been a growing appreciation for this high tension adventure thriller focusing on four strangers who are tasked with driving six cases of highly unstable nitroglycerin more than 200 miles through very treacherous conditions – it's a harrowing story expertly told and no, there are NO sorcerers nor any magic involved.

    Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 15:04 Transcription Available

    Together, co-directors/co-writers Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinart have graced us with what is likely the most original and uniquely entertaining film of 2022 so far.  It stars Michelle Yeoh as the beleaguered owner of a laundromat who along with her husband (played by Ke Huy Quan) finds herself sucked into an elaborate adventure through the “multi-verse” where we watch several different incarnations of her try to navigate through a conflict which threatens to undo everything!  As she traverses though these various universes, we see her as a martial artist and movie star, among much MORE unique incarnations….to attempt to describe it any further just doesn't do it justice. Host: Geoff GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    Blue Chips (1994)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 17:51

    March Madness continues with this sports drama starring Nick Nolte as Pete Bell, the coach for a fictional college basketball program at Western University.  Under his leadership, this program has been winning for years but what do you do when the winning stops?  Well if you're Coach Pete, you have some tough decisions to make as to just how far you will go to recruiter the best talent out there for your team, including hot young players portrayed by some of the NBA's best at the time including Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway.  Directed by the legendary William Friedkin who also gave us The Exorcist, this engaging morality tale also stars Mary McDonnell and the late, great JT Walsh.  Host: Geoff GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

    Lethal Weapon (1987)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 15:20

    THE prototypical buddy cop movie has just reached its 35th-anniversary as directed by the late great Richard Donner. It stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as the iconic Riggs & Murtaugh – they're assigned as partners for the first time and needless to say, things are pretty tense off the bat.  But as they get enveloped in a complicated murder case involving the death of the daughter of one of Murtaugh's war buddies, they start to uncover a dangerous conspiracy involving ex-military, drug dealers, and a particularly intimidating mercenary named Mr. Joshua played by Gary Busey.  And then things start to get increasingly LETHAL….WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND MENTIONS OF SUICIDEHost: Geoff Gershon Producer: Marlene Gershon

    The Lost City (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 16:08

    In the long-standing Hollywood tradition of The African Queen and Romancing the Stone, we have a NEW version of one of those types of stories with this action/adventure rom-com featuring two attractive stars (Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum) on a treacherous quest through the South American jungle to find….the titular "Lost City" of D.  Along the way, we also have Danielle Radcliffe as a mad industrialist who has first kidnapped Bullock's novelist to help him find treasure buried within this lost city and….Brad Pitt as a very handsome (!) extraction expert who has been hired to rescue Bullock's character as well.  Upon release, one common question about this new major studio film has been, “Does Hollywood really still make these kinds of movies?”  But the even bigger question remains: “Does Hollywood even know how to still make these kinds of movies WELL?” Host: Geoff GershonProducer: Marlene Gershon

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