Mark, Chad and guest Steve Phelan return after a week off to explore Steve’s pick, “Rumble Fish”, Francis Ford Coppola’s generally forgotten art-house epic(?) from 1983. Photographed on gorgeously lush black and white film, “Rumble Fish” is a film that most likely couldn’t see the light of day in our era or filmmaking – a […]Read more "Ep. 34 – “Rumble Fish” (1983)"
2008 came and went with no really big issues, right? Uhh, wrong. Guest Brian Finifter and co-host Mark Heiliger take a look (minus Chad) at “The Big Short” (Mark’s first time). They ponder exactly what went wrong (with the economy – not the movie), and leave us with a sense of overall dread. Thanks, guys. […]Read more "Ep. 33 – “The Big Short” (2015)"
With whispers that Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated Don Quixote project might finally see the light of day, we thought we’d dive into another Gilliam film that almost didn’t make it to screens: “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”. With the passing of Heath Ledger – half way through production – Gilliam and crew had to shut down […]Read more "Ep. 32 – “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (2009)"
Mark and Chad dive deep into John Carpenter’s “Prince of Darkness” – a film which Chad is seeing for the first time. They talk about their collective love of Carpenter’s collected works and the sentimentality they feel for that “lost” brand of filmmaking. Actually, it’s kind of a depressing episode, so have a beer handy […]Read more "Ep. 31 – “Prince of Darkness” (1987)"
Pretty sure you’ve heard of this one before. “The famous Oscar loser”, as Mark puts it, gently. But Mark’s never seen it, and Chad has (too many times), so here we are. Why tackle a movie that’s hot off the press? Well, maybe it’s a half-hearted attempt to have a conversation about hype and how too much […]Read more "Ep. 30 – “La La Land” (2016)"
Chad and Byron Smith tackle Chad’s favorite movie from 2014, the wonderful (but oddly divisive) “It Follows”. This movie loves suspense, adores suspense and craves suspense – teasing the audience from start to finish. Stylistically, it set the bar for last year’s “Stranger Things”, but it did so in a way that was probably more terrifying […]Read more "Ep. 29 – “It Follows” (2014)"
The era of “films for adults” is dead. Ain’t it? We live in an age where films similar to “Sex, Lies and Videotape” seem to be hitting Netflix on a daily basis. Why not? Small casts, sexy, low budget, “smart” conversations on film between some intellectuals (or nonsensicals) and you’ve got yourself a film […]Read more "Ep. 28 – “Sex, Lies and Videotape” (1989)"