- Mon, 5 October 2015
Welcome to our second annual Horror Movie Month! First up on Ye Olde Chopping Blocke: SCREAM!
Wes Craven is the only logical jumping-off point here, considering his 1996 hit horror movie single-handedly revived the horror genre for the new millennium! Who can forget the opening scene with Drew Barrymore, or the unforgettable twist at the end? Simultaneously jump-starting the careers of Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard, Scream is one of the finest achievements of Wes Craven's career. We will miss him dearly...
Tue, 29 September 2015
There was a lot of doubt when the announcement came out about a reboot to the Batman franchise. It only takes the first viewing to know: Christopher Nolan is the fucking man!
Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, and Michael Caine star in this spectacular treatment of the World's Greatest Detective's origin story!
Tue, 22 September 2015
Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe.
Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger.
In this film noir, set in 1953, American audiences are introduced to two amazing Australian actors for the first time. Kim Basinger wins an Academy Award, and Kevin Spacey goes on to bigger and better things (doesn't he always?). LA Confidential is one of the finer movies in 1996 and we dissect it from top to bottom!
Tue, 15 September 2015
Evolution is one of those mis-understood movies, released in a competitive year and mis-handled in their promotions. It is one of the funnier movies David Duchovny has starred in, and the performances by Ted Levine (Mr. Skin Bag himself), Julianne Moore (hey, another Hannibal Lecter connection!), and Orlando Jones seem to elevate this forgotten gem from the turn of the century.
Oh, and Seann William Scott is in it, too. Tookie tookie!
Tue, 8 September 2015
Fight Club is one of those movies that became a cultural phenomenon and fortunately for us, it's not too late for Chuck Palaniuk (pronounced "Paula-Nick") to capitalize on this newfound fame.
David Fincher established himself with Se7en, and a few years later he really brings the house down with this flick. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in one of the most brutal (literally) commentaries on corporate lifestyles ever.
Tue, 1 September 2015
Michael Crichton has simulaneously had the most and least successful movie career of any author who made the transition from paper to film. On the one hand, we got amazing adaptations (Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain) and on the other, terrible drivel!
Where does The 13th Warrior fit? That's a good question! This week, we delve into the amazing mess of a blockbuster that caused legendary actor Omar Sharif to question his involvement in Hollywood. Antonio Banderas joins a bunch of vikings on their quest to exact vengeance (and that's how the plot really goes!)
Tue, 25 August 2015
This week, we revisit one of our favorite trilogies with Hot Fuzz! Find out why Brandon has terrible taste in Pierce Brosnan's James Bond films (it might shock you!).
Hot Fuzz was directed by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, and also stars Nick Frost, Timothy Dalton, and a plethora of aging British actors known for their more iconic roles in the past. This movie is an in-joke, wrapped in a reference, and packed with tropes, and it is DAMNED good!
Tue, 18 August 2015
We can't really say much else about Road House - everything has already been said! This is probably one of the cheesiest, corniest, most outlandish movies the Swayze has ever done, and yet, it is one of those classic nostalgia films that we keep watching... over and over... until Clay says we can stop.
Please. Send for help. I don't know how much longer I can stay sane...
Tue, 11 August 2015
This week, we're releasing an episode on an old favorite which has gone unwatched by too many secrets! I mean people. Too many people.
If you haven't seen this film, it stars Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Sir Ben Kingsley, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, Donald Strathairn, and Mary McDonnell. The cast list itself could have filled any epic movie at the time, but thanks to Phil Alden Robinson (In the Mood, Field of Dreams) we get a solid, well-written caper that is both funny and thought-provoking (especially considering the Wikileaks/NSA spying scandals).
Sun, 2 August 2015
Harrison Ford has been many people, but by far one of his most memorable roles (and most quoted) is his role as Dr Richard Kimble, aka the Man Who Nearly Made Jane Lynch Straight.
The movie itself is a remake of the iconic television show, but suffered none of the setbacks or failures to which many TV show remakes are prone (looking at you, Lone Ranger). Give this episode a listen, and then sound off on twitter or email us, let us know what you think!