- Mon, 6 April 2015
Today, we present episode 29: This is Spinal Tap is arguably the best rockumentary, mockumentary, shockumentary... You know what, it's a damned good movie! Rob Reiner directs Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer in this masterpiece of comedy and wit.
For 1984, this film was ahead of it's time. Famously, people who saw the movie later told Rob Reiner that he should have picked a more well-known band for his documentary!
Mon, 30 March 2015
Judd Apatow has been attached to some of the greatest comedies of modern cinema. We're going to talk about the man, the myth, the legend, and also Adam Sandler. Funny People is an interesting mix of comedy, heart, and tragedy. These elements are present in all of Apatow's work, and in this film he brings out some very honest emotions from the cast (including Seth Rogen, Jason Schwartzman, and Aubrey Plaza).
If you passed this movie up when it was out in the theater, give our show a chance to tell you what was missed!
Mon, 23 March 2015
Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, James Hong, Victor Wong, we can only be talking about Big Trouble in Little China!
1987 birthed a number of great movies, we've already covered a few on the show (Lethal Weapon, Hellraiser), not to mention cult classics like Princess Bride and Robocop!
What sets Big Trouble in Little China apart is one thing: John Carpenter! The master himself is the only one that could have pulled off a movie that was so obviously so far ahead of it's time!
Mon, 16 March 2015
In the year 2000, one man stands alone... because his battery died. Yes, that's right, Clay was unexpectedly absent for our episode this week, but never fear, we covered everything we wanted to in RECORD TIME! Go figure?
Gladiator premiered in summer of 2000, starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. We can thank Ridley Scott's epic movie for the resurgence of sword and sandals media we soon received, and appropriately, this movie set the bar!
Mon, 9 March 2015
Today, we bring you one of the most quoatable movies ever released! It's hard to explain exactly what makes this movie so great; is it the constant barrage of visual gags, or the "throw everything at the wall and see what sticks" approach to the dialogue? What is Airplane, really? It's a movie, but that's not imporant right now.
What IS important is that we had a great time talking about this movie and hope you'll check out all the great trivia we found out about this movie!
Mon, 2 March 2015
Jake (Dan Aykroyd) and Elwood (John Belushi) are two brothers who are on a mission from God. They are the only hope to save their Catholic home by raising money to pay for the back taxes owed on the property.
This movie is based on a Saturday Night Live skit and is in fact the first feature film to be produced based on such a skit. The film was wildly popular and is one of our personal favorites here at the Walltower.
Now, kick back, relax, and listen to your favorite music, whether that's Country OR Western!
Mon, 23 February 2015
We finish up our 2 part episode of Star Wars with some final notes on Empire Strikes Back, then move on to Return of the Jedi.
"Empire" and "Return" both debuted as number one box office hits when they were released and both grossed more than $200m at the box office. The largest difference between the films is that "Empire" was directed by Irvin Kershner, while "Return" was directed by Richard Marquand. Both films have a remarkable difference in tone and structure, and as such, there is a ton of information on both of these movies!
Mon, 16 February 2015
What can we say about Silence of the Lambs that hasn't already been said? Apparently, quite a lot! This Top 5 Oscar Winner was a Valentine's release, ensuring that the only people who went to bed satisfied that night were the studio executives! Just kidding, Orion Pictures went bankrupt by the end of the year!
Starring Jodie Foster (won for Best Actress) and Anthony Hopkins (won for Best Actor), this movie (won Best Picture) was directed by Jonathan Demme (won for Best Director) and is based on a Thomas Harris book (won for Best Adapted Screenplay).
With that out of the way, let's get to the main course... did anyone remember the Chianti?
Tue, 10 February 2015
It was inevitable. Clay mentions it EVERY TIME. With his return, we decided to go big or go home!
Star Wars premiered May 25, 1977. It was a box office smash in every sense of the term. That's not just us nerds talking: it remains one of the most successful franchises of all time (although Marvel is making a run at it!).
This is Clay's first episode back, so everyone make sure to critique him EXTRA HARD!
Mon, 2 February 2015
Cult movies often gain their reputation for very specific reasons. In this case, you might say this film puts the "Cult" in "Occult."
Clive Barker directs a British cast in 1987's Hellraiser. The film brings to light some of the most disturbing visuals in a million dollar film (that's right, it was made for less than $1m) but despite the low budget, the film has earned a reputation for shock and gore that modern films could be hard pressed to surpass.