Episode 188: Ad Astra

This week we head into space with Brad Pitt for an introspective, meditative, thoughtful exploration of daddy issues that has moments of action blockbuster mixed in as well. Does this tonal marriage work? Were we able to feel what James Gray was putting down? Tune in to find out.

Ad Astra Review – 0:00:53

Connecting Point – 1:03:47

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FF+ Battle at Big Rock, Barry & What We’ve Been Up To

For this week’s FF+ we discuss Colin Tevorrow’s new short film in his Jurassic World universe, have a spoiler-free discussion about a new favorite TV series, and catch you up on the highlights of what we’ve been watching, playing, and reading lately.

 

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Battle At Big Rock – 0:01:37

Barry – 0:15:16

 

Extra! Extra! 

What We’ve Been Up To – 0:29:54

(Friday Night Lights, Ballers, and Video Games)

 

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Music: City Sunshine – Kevin MacLeod

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Episode 187: Friday Night Lights

This week we head back to West Texas to cover another film adapted Buzz Bissinger’s best-selling book “Friday Night Lights.” Unlike the rock-and-roll MTV version, this picture is more of a direct biopic. With Peter Berg at the helm, we can’t help but be drawn in emotionally to its raw depiction of life chasing High School football glory. Enjoy this conversation about one of our favorite sports movies ever.

Friday Night Lights Review – 0:10:54

Connecting Point – 1:48:33

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Episode 186: My Neighbor Totoro

This week’s episode is all joy and smiles as we discuss a Studio Ghibli animated classic. It’s a film with innocence and purity that rarely exists, and is worth celebrating for the unique emotional response it creates in us.

 

My Neighbor Totoro Review – 0:00:55

Connecting Point – 1:13:41

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Episode 185: The Wizard of Oz

September is officially upon us, but we haven’t forgotten about August just yet and specifically the donor pick selected by our awesome Patrons. The Wizard of Oz is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, just a couple of weeks ago in fact, and we are here to show it the love it deserves. Hop on the Yellow Brick road with us as we unpack this great American classic.

The Wizard of Oz Review – 0:00:56


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Episode 184: Varsity Blues

This week we enlist the help of listener J.B. Huffman to celebrate the start of football season by discussing one of our favorite movies featuring the sport, and our first of two episodes on films that adapted Buzz Bissinger’s best-selling book “Friday Night Lights.” There’s a lot more than just teenage antics going on in this film, and much of what it calls out about Texas HS football culture was ahead of its time. 

Varsity Blues Review – 0:03:14

Connecting Point – 1:24:13

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FF+ Disney’s D23 Expo 2019

For this week’s FF+ we take a look at some of the movie and TV news coming out of Disney’s D23 Expo 2019. We discuss new trailers, casting announcements, and some of the new details around how Disney’s streaming service Disney + will work.

 

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Music: City Sunshine – Kevin MacLeod

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Episode 183: Se7en

For our fourth and final film in this year’s Director Battle Month series, we dig into yet another dark and cynical crime thriller. As with No Country For Old Men last week, this film gives us a lot to chew on as the credits roll, and leaves a certain kind of feeling in the “Pitt” of your stomach.

Se7en Review – 0:06:52 

Connecting Point – 1:15:02

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FF+ Angel Has Fallen, The Peanut Butter Falcon, The Cat Rescuers & Fyre

For this week’s FF+ we have spoiler-free reviews of two newly releasing films and three documentaries, and also some thoughts on a damn good movie history book.

 

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Angel Has Fallen – 0:04:01

Fyre/Fyre Fraud – 0:11:06

The Peanut Butter Falcon – 0:19:53

The Cat Rescuers – 0:30:13

 

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Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen – 0:41:25

 

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Episode 182: No Country For Old Men

For our third film in this year’s Director Battle Month series, our Facebook group chose a Coen Bros. gem that many consider a masterpiece, but leaves others full of anger. We dig in to themes of choice and consequence, as well as chance and fate, for this neo-western conservation.

No Country For Old Men Review – 0:05:39 

Connecting Point – 1:04:17

 

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