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    Episode 223.5 - Minisode 223.5

    Even though none of my comments have been plagiarised (I know I haven't been posting much in the show threads), I do take that sort of thing pretty seriously. Last year, some of my comments (of a more weighty topic) were read uncredited on a podcast that I greatly admired, so I had the unenviable task of contacting the show and saying "hey... the show is great... but those are my words." The host immediately apologized profusely, other people from the show reached out to me, and I ended up guesting on the show. So they took it very seriously and demonstrated that what I had to say mattered, and that meant a lot. So for HDTGM or random callers in their cars to use someone's words as their own really irks me. The people who post here have both brilliant and hilarious insights. They deserve to be recognized. With all that said, I am really looking forward to hearing The Gang discuss Starcrash and The Visitor. Those movies are fonts of bonkers cinema!
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    Shameless Promotion of Self

    Hey all! I recently made my third appearance on the Film 89 podcast, and I am pretty proud of the result (mostly because I got to talk with two rather accomplished gentlemen about a topic I like very much). We discuss the 1959 Howard Hawks classic Rio Bravo, then pivot in to discussing horror films. My first two appearances on Film 89 were on Apocalypse Now and Star Trek the Motion Picture, so with this episode, I'm channeling some hefty Dad Energy, even if I'm a single dude. Anyway, podcasting with these guys was super fun and I love movies so I wanted to share it with you all. Thanks! https://www.film89.co.uk/the-film-89-podcast-episode-34-rio-bravo-1959-horror-film-special/
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    Shameless Promotion of Self

    Why, thank you Cameron!
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    Shameless Promotion of Self

    More stuff: So Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has been my favorite entry in the Indiana Jones franchise since I was a kid, as well as being one of my all-time favorite movies. Ever since Raiders of the Lost Ark was covered on Unspooled, as well as listening to the Matts Gorley and Mira debate the series on James Bonding, I've been putting some serious thought into why I hold it in such high regard. This essay is the ultimate result of all that pondering. Enjoy if you so choose! https://www.film89.co.uk/indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade-1989/
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    Musical Mondays Week 75 Fear of a Black Hat

    @Cinco DeNio I echo the "get well soon" sentiments. I'm sorry you've had to go through these ongoing medical issues, but I sincerely hope you get back to fighting shape soon!
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    Ad Astra

    I wouldn't describe it as bonkers, but it IS a gorgeous film with a great performance by Pitt. I think it does have some problems with character motivation and some of the voiceover is unnecessary and too on-the-nose for my taste, but it was just so wonderful seeing a heartfelt, adult science fiction film being made in 2019.
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    Musical Mondays Week 75 Fear of a Black Hat

    There were so many sections and bits from this movie that were so dead-on, and the music was so good, my jaw was on the floor. Other times, like I mentioned in my Letterboxd review, there is only so much parody of the misogyny and homophobia in hip hop culture of the time you can do before it becomes just that. Show nearly naked butts as you sing about wanting to put your penis inside it isn't making fun of it, it just is that thing. We are what we pretend to be. Ultimately though, the movie is just too entertaining to be denied, and really feels like a proper skewering of rap and hip hop tropes. This is the era of hip hop that I have listened to the most, so maybe those tropes are just imbedded in my brain, with easy access for these jokes. The cast is wonderful, the performances are note-perfect, and there are one-liners galore (even if some are big ol' duds). I had never heard of this movie before watching it for Musical Mondays, but I am very glad I did. Thanks for introducing me to it!
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    Episode 221.5 - Minisode 221.5

    I... I love the new Dark Crystal. Loooove it. Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of the original movie. I feel it's a compromised film, one in which the technical and narrative challenges of doing a full-length feature in the Henson puppetry style were worked out, which resulted in the far superior and magnificent Labyrinth. The Netflix show, however, feels like all the potential of the original is finally realized. As a huge Henson fan, it's a beautiful thing to see
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    Musical Mondays Week 73 (Maximilliano’s Pick)

    We've been pretty fast and loose with the definition of "musical" in the past, even doing films that aren't musicals at all. At this point, we're open to any movie in which music plays a prominent role, whether they are musicals or not. So if you want to do The Music Man or This Is Spinal Tap, I think you are safe! Hell, if there's a great movie you want to share with us, even if it's not music-related at all, feel free to pick it (especially if it is streaming for "free" on Amazon, Netflix, Kanopy, etc.).
  10. Awesome! Good luck!
  11. I think anyone who read my Letterboxd review can probably guessed I enjoyed this movie more than most, at least it seems that way. I guess since so much of my life is comics (selling them, reading them in my own free time, writing about them) that I sort of have a instantaneous connection to any narrative that approaches superheroes with affection. Even though there is a lot of parody and satire of the superhero genre and comics, this was 1983, decades before the current glut of superhero films, years before the 1989 Batman, and just a few years after the Richard Donner Superman (though it was released in the same year as the rather stale Superman III, so I guess it COULD be skewering the first two Superman films). So I guess, in 1983, this movie would only be speaking to people who grew up with the Gold and Silver Age of comics and watched the Batman '66 TV show. Hell, it's even three years before Alan Moore's 'Watchmen' and Frank Miller's 'Dark Knight Returns' blew the doors open on commentary on superheroes and comic-book-stories about stories. To be so familiar with the Golden Age of superheroes, and how they were treated in the post-war era of Communist paranoia, to create this character in 1983, I just instantly felt reciprocal affection for Captain Invincible and for the filmmakers themselves. I guess that shifted my viewpoint for the rest of the film, especially since I enjoy watching Alan Arkin and Christopher Lee do anything.
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    Musical Mondays Week 70 Eddie and the Cruisers

    This movie is a strange collision of, as you smart people have said, the meaning of baby boomers nostalgia for the fifties and sixties and the immense popularity of Bruce Springsteen's music. Sure Springsteen and his image were backwards looking to the time of his childhood, and his songs had a ring of nostalgia to them, but they were also riddled with stories of people destroyed by their hometowns, by the morality of the 50s and 60s, and why people's inability to move on. Songs like "Born to Run" were fantasies of people who could get out, for people who could NEVER get out of that town this era was romanticizing. Hell, Glory Days hits the glorified cover band sequences of the film pretty on-the-nose, even if the literal characters of that song had their glory days in baseball. The nostalgia was really for a time when his characters had a future, not for the era itself.
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    Episode 218.5 - Minisode 218.5

    I never saw Drop Dead Fred growing up, and I'm about two thirds of the way through it now... and I have not enjoyed a single second of it outside of seeing Carrie Fisher being annoyed at everything going on. I wish the movie was about her instead. This is... rough. I'd rather rewatch Deadfall.
  14. I also REALLY enjoyed Juliet, Naked, but it bears little resemblance to Eddie and the Cruisers. They are very different films, not just in their plots, but also in their aesthetics and in how they treat the in-universe music.
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    Musical Mondays Week 68 Dance With Me

    Something tells me this movie didn't consider rehearsal logistics half the time it took you to write this post. It DID bother me that so little explanation was given for why Vanessa Williams was even at that studio, what benefit she got from it,. and why she was saddles with such a terrible partner. Seriously, all he did during the competition was tell her how awful she was doing when, in the movie's eye, she was outperforming everybody. He had no gauge of performance ability. Where was HE rehearsing?
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    Musical Mondays Updated Rotation

    Awesome! I went to Norway about 5 years ago and it was absolutely amazing. I hope you have a wonderful time!
  17. Awesome news! Wales is a beautiful place. I hope you have a wonderful time.
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    Shameless Self-Promotion

    Congratulations! You are fantastic!
  19. OoOo, I HAVE heard of this. Looking forward to it!
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    Musical Mondays Week 66 The Fighting Temptations

    Before I say anything else, let me just take this opportunity that I hope Cameron H. had a wonderful birthday. You are adorable!
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    Musical Mondays Week 66 The Fighting Temptations

    Yeah, I feel like this should have been with central thematic base for the whole film, but it's hardly ever brought up, if at all. This damn thing was over two hours long, but something that could have provided some actual emotional resonance was totally excised, or never even addressed. And the whole monologue that Cuba give about malt liquor in the board meeting has been a criticism of that industry for decades, and is a valid one, but seems really out of place in the middle of this one. This should have been its own the movie, not shoe-horned into a musical about small town church choirs.
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    Musical Mondays Week 65 Cold War

    Oh, make no mistake, I am THERE for shirtless volleyball. All day every day. It's the blatant, yet somehow unspoken, homoeroticism that makes the mortal terror so potent!
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    Musical Mondays Week 65 Cold War

    Sorry for the late reply here, but this is in response to the comments about not being able to relate to Zula and Wiktor and individuals; more like they were ciphers or ideas of people. I dunno, I found them instantly compelling and I connected with them very deeply. Maybe I'm just sort of attracted to that archetype of a Doomed Romance, one you recognize straight from the beginning. They burn so bright and so hot, they are destined to run out of fire. But the fact they keep orbiting each other, keep coming back to each other, is something I find fascinating as well. Also, I tend to take certain historical periods pretty personally, I guess. For me, the Cold War itself is one of those (not the only one, but it's the one we are talking about here). Obviously, I did not participate in anything resembling the events of the film, but my predilections for taking history personally might be why I am so easily absorbed into, say, Bond films or stories of being trapped behind the Iron Curtain. Anyway, my dad was a P-3 Orion pilot for much of the 80s and 90s, so it was the later stages of the Cold War, but the operational mission of the Orion was to find Russian subs. Sure, the plane did other reconnaissance and whatnot, but it was designed to hunt (and maybe blow up) submarines. Soooo... when I would watch Top Gun, for example, those faceless Russian pilots were the dudes who might literally KILL MY DAD, so I found myself rather invested in Cold War narratives from the age of, you know, 5. I realize this movie has NOTHING to do with any of that, but the inclusion of other things I am fascinated by, like the bridging of musical cultures, folk music (the centuries-old kind), Eastern European art, political propaganda, etc. create a heat seeking missile straight to my soul. This movie gets at me.
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    Episode 213 - Shanghai Surprise (w/ Jordan Rubin)

    If anyone is interested, Jason appeared on the latest episode/podcast of Off Camera with Sam Jones. It's a really great interview, as both men speak openly and intelligently about art and performing. https://offcamera.com/
  25. I'm still into it! Let us watch movies. TOGETHER. Maybe even ones with an "I Want" song in the first 10-20 minutes!
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