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

 

Extra! Extra! 

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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Episode 181: The Grand Budapest Hotel

This week’s second film in our 2019 Director Battle Month takes us on a fantastical adventure through the Republic of Zubrowka. We take some time out to marvel at the artistic genius of Wes Anderson before digging into the themes of the film that stem from the wonderful relationship between its two protagonists. Like the film itself, we hope this episode will largely make you smile, as our conversation did for us.

The Grand Budapest Hotel Review – 0:06:39

Connecting Point – 1:07:07

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FF+ Dora, Batman: Hush, The Cold Blue, and Trailer Talk

For this week’s FF+ we review the movie adaptation of a popular Nickelodeon children’s show, a documentary about WW I British bombers, and the newest DC animated universe film. We also discuss four recently released trailers for upcoming films that we’re excited about.

 

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold – 0:01:36

The Cold Blue – 0:10:02

Batman: Hush – 0:19:33

 

Trailer Talk – 0:34:01

(1917, The Irishman, Queen & Slim, and The Lighthouse)

 

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Episode 180: Hobbs & Shaw

This week we are a little faster than usual, and a lot more furious as we discuss the first spin-off in our beloved Fast and Furious franchise. Truth be told this is one of the least positive episodes of our show, as this film we were so very looking forward to just did not work for us, but we keep that positive honesty and talk about the things we did like, as well.

Hobbs & Shaw Review – 0:00:57

 

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