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#90: The Conversation (1974)

#90: The Conversation (1974)

September 7, 2022

Can we ever be sure of the motives of others? Can we even be sure of our own? Coppola’s THE CONVERSATION explores how emotions like greed, pride and fear shape our actions through the eyes of Harry Caul (Gene Hackman), a professional wiretapper who wrestles with the implications of the information he is supplying. Lives are at stake, nothing is as it seems, and it may be Harry who loses his soul.

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#89: That Thing  You Do! (1996)

#89: That Thing You Do! (1996)

August 24, 2022

While we certainly can’t claim to be in the know about all things mainstream, THAT THING YOU DO! (1995) seems to have been one of those flash in the pan films that came and went from the popular consciousness. Which is fitting since the film follows The Wonders, a fictional band that writes one catchy song and then fades away like so many Surfaris, Lemon Pipers, or Mysterians. Tom Hanks does an admirable job in his directorial debut. With its contagious soundtrack, and extremely likable cast, this movie is still a lot of fun, 25 years later.

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#88: Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)

#88: Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)

August 10, 2022

We open on a snowy plain, a tiny figure approaching from the horizon. What follows is a 32 part quasi-biography of the eccentric 20th century pianist told in the style of a multi-part TikTok video. Made in the early 90’s, THIRTY TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD is clearly ahead of its time with its fractal storytelling. We get bits of music, interviews, sketches, animations and audioscapes that each give us a glimpse into the man and the artist that was Glenn Gould. Don’t be intimidated by the large number of films. There is a little something for everyone, and if you hate one, you can just scroll up (or wait–they are short).

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#87: Now and Then (1995)

#87: Now and Then (1995)

July 27, 2022

Before the surge of coming of age films in the late 90s/early 00s, there weren’t many films that addressed adolescence from girl’s perspectives the way that films like STAND BY ME did for boys. So it is perhaps no surprise that the 1995 film NOW AND THEN captured the imaginations of a generation of girls. It has everything: relatable stories of growing up, a killer soundtrack, a passable mystery, the stars of Casper to crush on, and of course a trip to the library archives. Though the “now” story feels tacked on, the “then” storyline totally makes it  worth a watch.

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#86: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)

#86: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)

July 13, 2022

Where does Alice live? Not Socorro, NM anymore. Ellen Burstyn plays a recently widowed housewife looking for a new start for herself and her son in ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE. Martin Scorsese, master of urban violence, brings a sense of danger and isolation to this otherwise heartfelt story. Highlights include the very authentic relationship between mother and son. It's not easy to be a single mom looking for work in 1970s America, but Alice meets the challenges with hope, a touch of exasperation and some deep cuts from the Great American Songbook.

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#85: Fire Island (2022)

#85: Fire Island (2022)

June 29, 2022

Times are dark, but while we can still choose our podcast topics, Ashley chose 2022 gay Pride and Prejudice adaptation, FIRE ISLAND, written by and starring Joel Kim Booster. This film is clever and snarky, expertly updating P&P’s major plot points while incorporating lots of in-jokes and pop culture references. Even if you aren’t an Austen fan there is a lot of humor and heart that make this film worth a watch.

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#84: The Piano (1993)

#84: The Piano (1993)

March 31, 2022

There’s no question that THE PIANO is a very good film–everything from photography, to music, to performances, and story casts a spell. Writer/Director Jane Campion is at the full height of her formidable powers as a storyteller. She expertly revives and inhabits the emotional landscape of novels like Jane Eyre, offering us glimpses into the mind and will of our heroine. But this is a modern story, so maybe the themes of Man vs. Self and Society vs. Freedom are more interesting than the love story. And what is our responsibility when responding to this work? Can we allow ourselves to be swept away, or do we have to ask the hard questions? Why not both?

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#83: My Fair Lady (1964)

#83: My Fair Lady (1964)

February 16, 2022

Dave has missed out on a good number of the musical spectacular films from the mid-twentieth century. And maybe it’s not such a loss to miss out on OKLAHOMA or HELLO, DOLLY and the like, but there is something interesting about MY FAIR LADY. Maybe it is the classical subject matter by way of a George Bernard Shaw play, Audrey Hepburn’s charming performance as Eliza or Rex Harrison’s odd talk-singing. And sure, the gender politics are a little dated, but there is something delightful about a man, once again, learning that when he tries to make someone in his image, that someone is going to have a mind of their own.

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#82: Kieslowski’s Three Colors Trilogy (1993-1994)

#82: Kieslowski’s Three Colors Trilogy (1993-1994)

January 21, 2022

If you’re like Ashley, you have probably seen the posters for the THREE COLORS TRILOGY floating around video stores, movie theaters or dorm rooms most of your life. But maybe, also like Ashley, you have never quite gotten around to seeing what BLUE, WHITE and RED are all about. And maybe the words “Polish,” “Independent,” “Film” don’t have you rushing out to plug the holes in your film knowledge. But Ashley (and maybe you also) has been remiss in seeing these very watchable and moving films. Go watch them and then unpack them here with us.

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#81: Enter the Dragon (1973)

#81: Enter the Dragon (1973)

January 6, 2022

Here it is: the ultimate podcast about the greatest martial arts film of all time. Wilson, Carr and Lee (Bruce Lee) give it to you straight. In this episode, we discuss ENTER THE DRAGON, Bruce Lee’s entrance into the American film industry and the last film completed before his untimely death. We can’t get enough of Bruce Lee as star, co-writer and fight choreographer. But this film has more to offer, most notably an intense fight scene featuring the talented Angela Mao. Along the way, we also share our love for Lee's exuberant, offbeat directorial debut, THE WAY OF THE DRAGON (1972).

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