- Sun, 3 May 2015
Thor! I don't think ANYONE thought this film would be one of the better Phase One movies, but we all agree: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, and Stellan Skarsgaard brought one of the most difficult-to-film comic characters to life. Oh, and Natalie Portman was alright too.
Join us for a breakdown of what it took to get this movie released in 2011!
Mon, 27 April 2015
Thus, we begin our Marvel movie release schedule!
Starting today, we kick off 4 weeks of Marvel episodes in order to celebrate the release of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron coming up 5/1/2015!
Iron Man was released May 2, 2008 - exactly 7 years to the DAY of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thanks to many failed rights exchanges, Iron Man kicks off the current hype train that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One.
Robert Downey Jr. is perhaps unanimously agreed upon as owning his role as Tony Stark. Jon Favreau brings us one of the finest examples of what a comic-book movie should be, and thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, and Terrence Howard (yes, even him), we have a fantastic supporting cast to fill the scenes.
Join us at the Walltower for some of the most fun we've had recording in a long time!
Mon, 20 April 2015
Half Baked is the ultimate stoner comedy! It was wildly unsuccessful but did serve as a stepping stone for Dave Chappelle's rise to fame. Regardless of your feelings on his comedy and personal issues, you can see a ton of influences that ultimately made their way into Chappelle's Show.
The cast and crew obviously enjoyed their time in the movie and it has a certain charm that we felt was special enough that it warranted the attention of our show. Plus, it's just plain funny!
Happy 4/20 everybody!
Wed, 15 April 2015
Maverick had all of the underpinnings of a series starter. Big names, quality set decorations, a respected director (Richard Donner) at the helm...
... unfortunately, more than one movie just wasn't in the cards. What we do have, though, is arguable a modern classic. It's Mel Gibson and Jodi Foster at their respective heights (Mel would go on to Braveheart, Jodie Foster to Nell). James Garner and James Coburn each ground the film with their solid performances, and a host of cameos pepper every scene for flavor.
This movie works on so many levels and we're breaking down all the great stuff behind the scenes to help explain why!
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!