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    Easy Rider

    For the 90s, I dunno, maybe something like Reality Bites or Empire Records? But on the other hand, those movies were never super well-received critically. For the 80s it tends to be stuff people saw as kids and loved for that reason, like The Goonies or Hook or The Lost Boys. But again, I think adults during that time never held those movies up as being particularly good. There really does seem to be something very specific to the young-adult era of the Boomer generation that doesn't totally translate elsewhere.
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    Easy Rider

    Honestly, this is probably my least favorite movie on the AFI list so I vote it down. As my snarky Letterboxd post indicates, I basically find it the reason for the "OK Boomer" meme made into a film. Every time I watch it, with the exception of the musical interludes and the Jack Nicholson character, I find so much of it just plainly ridiculous, a movie entirely concerned with two self-involved guys who cruise around without much purpose other than their own hedonism. If this were a movie like The Graduate, where the lead character's self-involvement is often brought up for criticism or mockery (especially in the critical final scene), that would be one thing, but Easy Rider feels to me like it entirely lacks that self-awareness. The ending plays as pure martyrdom to me; it feels "easy" as Amy says. If these two are martyrs, what was their cause? Riding around, selling drugs, and sleeping with prostitutes? Nicholson's character did seem to have more of a purpose than Fonda and Hopper, but as was noted in the podcast episode the movie seems to just kind of ride past his death without really dwelling on what it meant. I acknowledge that there is historical and cultural importance to this film for what it meant at the time, but I don't think it holds up well as a piece of filmmaking or storytelling unto itself.
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    Easy Rider

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    Easy Rider

    Amy & Paul hit the road for 1969’s counter-cultural tone piece Easy Rider! They learn what Spiro Agnew thought of this film, compare its drug trip moments to the films it inspired, and ask what the controversial ending is really trying to say. Plus: listeners dig deeper into Sullivan’s Travels’ take on poverty. For Cabaret week, sing us a bit of “Wilkommen”! Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your contribution. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    Website now says Cabaret is next.
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    Sullivan's Travels

    I watched this once for Amy's old podcast The Canon and found it very enjoyable. Then I watched it again last weekend in advance of this episode and found it even MORE watchable and enjoyable. Between that and Amy/Paul's descriptions of loving every return to this film, I'm taking that as a sign that this movie just keeps getting better upon rewatch, like many Coen Brothers movies do. So I vote yes.
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    Sullivan's Travels

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    Sullivan's Travels

    Paul & Amy travel to 1941’s Preston Sturges Hollywood farce Sullivan’s Travels! They learn why the US government made Veronica Lake’s hairstyle illegal, praise the screenplay’s rapid-fire dialogue, and ask if this is actually Sturges’ best film or just his best known. Plus: More thoughts on the amazing career of Sidney Lumet. For Easy Rider week, who would you want to go on a motorcycle road trip with? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts.
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    236 - THE GREAT WALL (Live)

    I was going to bring up that Zhang Yimou directed this movie! To me it's also a little wild that people now know Zhang as the guy who directs big empty (albeit very colorful) spectacles like this. Hero and House of Flying Daggers are certainly better than this movie but also basically big spectacular action movies with fairly pro-China messages. If you look at his earlier work from the 90s, Zhang once made social dramas that are explicitly critical of China's authoritarianism and restrictions on individual liberty: Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, To Live, etc. These movies are straight up masterpieces, the kind that got him into trouble with the Chinese government but also got worldwide acclaim. To me it's pretty depressing that he's gone from being that guy to the guy who makes junk like The Great Wall. It's like if Martin Scorsese just gave in and started making Transformers movies or something.
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    12 Angry Men

    Yeah, this isn't clearly intended as a fantasy like Star Wars is. There's no "a long time ago in a courtroom far far away" tagline. I think complaints about the realism are fair game (though IMO overrided by lots of other virtues).
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    12 Angry Men

    One fair criticism is that this isn't really a good portrayal of what can actually happen in a jury room. Fonda's character definitely gets away with a lot that wouldn't be allowed (how did he manage to get a switchblade knife into a courtroom?). But I mostly forgive that for the sake of dramatic license. I also find it interesting how this movie seems really ahead of the curve on how aggressive police procedures can result in false convictions -- not necessarily out of any kind of far-reaching conspiracy, but just because the cops tend to be very biased in favor of thinking the guy they arrested is guilty and will pressure witnesses into testifying as much. Basically, to accept the theory proposed in the movie, you have to accept that witnesses like the woman and old man neighbors didn't really see the man they thought they saw, and that it's plausible that the defendant really didn't remember what movie he saw or what happened to his knife. Except, now we know that's totally possible! People make all kinds of false statements under police interrogation. The only fault in the movie's construction I can think of is that it never really offers up a plausible alternate reason the father was killed, other than that they lived in a rough neighborhood where violence was common. Maybe they could have mentioned that he had a lot of gambling debts or something.
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    12 Angry Men

    This seems like a bit of a no-brainer for me. Seems like this is a movie that every American should see. I've argued against movies before that seem like they are just "filmed plays," but for this one I think Lumet displays such creative and interesting strategies for filming a single room without ever letting it feel stagy or uncinematic. It's really quite a feat. I notice a lot of modern masters using similar strategies when filming interior dialogue scenes: Spielberg, Tarantino, Fincher. They probably took a lot from this movie.
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    12 Angry Men

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    Rear Window

    1. Rear Window 2. Psycho 3. Vertigo 4. North by Northwest Wouldn't take any of them off the list.
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    Rear Window

    Definitely one of the best Simpsons parodies.