This week, we talk about awful Christmas movies as well as our favorites and traditional watching habits we have around the holidays. Special guest Josh Green sits in with us.
We move back to the funny this time around and take a look at what very well could be Chaplin's most provocative film, The Great Dictator.
Warner Brothers really stepped up to the plate on all of their Chaplin releases, and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. You can get it at most online retailers. Also, DVD Talk has a great review of the disc.
This was also in the RSS feed, but wasn't put up here either. Sorry about that.
This time, we talk about Fritz Lang's serial killer film, M.
As always, Criterion puts out amazing discs, and this one is no exception. Check out the deatils here.
posted this episode in the RSS feed, but it doesn't exactly help too much if I don't put it up on the main page, now does it? This week, we talk about movie franchises that just won't end and some that should continue
Barry's Score: 2/10
I wasn't the biggest fan of Phillip Pullman's much celebrated “His Dark Materials” trilogy; once the talking warrior bears showed up, I found it became too silly, even for a fantasy. Yet, it had an undeniably engaging story and some rich detail, most of which is lost in the muddled, unappealing film adaptation, which will confuse non-fans and dissapoint the faithful.
Sorry for the extended hiatus, but real life just some times gets in the way. Hopefully, this episode is worth the wait. We talk costume dramas with Dave's wife Stephanie, and The Vicar from GeekLabel was kind enough to join us as well. I know, I really need to find a better way to record than Skype, but the sound quality is a little better this week. Oh, and we mistakenly say it's episode 16. D'OH!
Super-producer Billy Flynn from GeekLabel.com *ding* joins us in our discussion of the theatrical releases of the Fall of 2007.
Oh, and here's the one show note you need to see. Mr. Flynn's special gift to us all, the An American Hippy in Israel trailer. This is the first (and probably only time) where I need to warn you that this is definitely NSFW.
Believe me, I’ve got nothing personally against Michael Bay, Gore Verbinski or Judd Upatow; these are all capable directors whose summer movies I’ve enjoyed and, in some cases (especially concerning Mr. Upatow) have all-out loved. On the other hand, we all know that summer movies are, for the most part, cinematic junk food intended to reach the widest (or dumbest) audience possible, with presentation and quality not nescessarily being even steven or factors of concern. Yes, “Braveheart”, “Do the Right Thing”, and “The Sixth Sense” were summer movies, but then, so were “Smokey and the Bandit”, “Judge Dredd”, “Hudson Hawk”, “Problem Child” parts one AND two, and all three movies with the words “Fast” and “Furious” in the title. Lets face it, with few exceptions, May through August is primetime for big, dumb movies that are better at creating cinematic carnival rides than an actual narrative. This can be fun, but really, how many times do you really want to go back to “Jurassic Park” (or, for that matter, watch Will Smith zap aliens or see Mike Myers say “Yeah, Baby!” for the 47th time)? Hollywood seems to think that the only important, worthwhile, award-winning, thoughtful, long-lasting, potential classics that they make are the ones that open between October 1st and January 1st. They’re usually right, by the way. Not since “Gladiator” has a summer movie won the Best Picture Oscar, and “The Silence of the Lambs” is still one of the few to open on Valentine’s Day, then win the top Academy Award in March…of the following YEAR (those Academy voters don’t seem to remember movies that opened before Halloween, for some reason)!
This year, the fall movie season (even moreso than the year before it) has such a thrilling line-up of directors who are the best in the world and many of them have been out of the spotlight for years, while one (who is rightfully considered one of the greatest American filmmakers of all time) is releasing his first movie in a decade! If you can’t wait for “Fred Claus”, “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem”, then go back to the mall and set your headphones to Radio Disney- this article is not for you. For the rest of us, here’s a few reasons to be excited about the next couple of months at the local cinema.
I know that this news is old as dirt, but this story shockingly really hasn’t hit the web yet. Not only has Darren Aronofsky launched his own site over at darrenaronofsky.com, but he also put up his recorded commentary for The Fountain when he launched the site a couple of weeks ago.
If you love or even admire The Fountain, I’d highly recommend giving it a listen. I’ve only had the chance to listen to it from work without the movie, but it’s a great listen where Aronofsky doesn’t explain the movie, and that’s something I appreciated.
I know that we’ve been quiet as mice over the past couple of weeks. Due to some personal issues all the way around, we’ve had to put SG on the back burner for a bit. Episode 14 will definitely be up tonight. It would have been up last night, but I forgot about some significant edits that needed to be made to the show. It is a good one and we have Super Producer Billy Flynn joining us to talk about the fall preview. Be prepared for a good show and a slew of stories/aritcles hitting today.