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A New Adventure, by Bob Connally

17 Jun

It seems hard to believe that 14 years have passed since Pixar released Brad Bird’s animated masterpiece The Incredibles. In fact, at least some showings of Incredibles 2 are preceded by a brief message from Bird and the main voice cast thanking the audience for their patience. It’s somewhat jarring then when the film picks up right where the first one left off, with the Parr family donning their costumes and masks to take on the Underminer (Pixar staple John Ratzenberger). Bird uses this immediate continuation of the story to his advantage giving this sequel a sense of instant momentum.

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A Year with Hitchcock: Number Seventeen, by Reed Lackey

15 Jun

Hitchcock tackles another play, but this time, it’s a full-blown noir mystery thriller. Behind the scenes, the financial failure of Rich and Strange (aka East of Shanghai) had caused the production company to remove him from the project he really wanted to do and forced him to take on this one. As a result, his heart wasn’t in its creation and he later heavily derided it as one of his least favorable films (he called it a “disaster”).

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Two Geek Soup: Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2

15 Jun

In this episode, John, Aaron, and Rob continue their discussion of Avengers: Infinity War.

Listen to “Ep. 20 Infinity Waaaaaar!! Pt. 2” on Spreaker.

A Year with Hitchcock: Rich and Strange, by Reed Lackey

12 Jun

Hitchcock lightens things up this time with an entry that drifts away from the smaller, domestic dramas and from his adaptations of plays to present a far more comical story about the allure of wealth and opulence. The result is a rather pleasant farcical adventure that Hitchcock himself liked quite a bit, and which you are likely to enjoy as well.

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The Fear of God: Insidious

12 Jun

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss James Wan’s Insidious.

Two Geek Soup: Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1

11 Jun

In this episode, John, Aaron, and Rob discuss the Russo Brothers’ Avengers: Infinity War.

Listen to “Ep. 19 Infinity Waaaaar!!! Pt. 1” on Spreaker.

Two Geek Soup: Black Panther

8 Jun

In this episode, John and Marilette discuss Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther.

Listen to “Ep. 18 “Klaw is a bad man”” on Spreaker.

Two Geek Soup: Thor: Ragnarok

5 Jun

In this episode, John and Jeff discuss Taika Watiti’s Thor: Ragnarok.

Listen to “Ep. 17 “My explanation was super cool and science-y”” on Spreaker.

The Fear of God: The Purge

5 Jun

In this episode, Nathan and Reed discuss James DeMonaco’s The Purge.

Recognition, by Bob Connally

3 Jun

“The brains of people are more interesting than the looks, I think.” – Hedy Lamarr, 1990

One of the fascinating aspects of loving movies from Hollywood’s “Golden Age” is noticing how certain stars of the past are widely remembered today while others go largely forgotten, even if they were huge in their time. Even people who have never seen a Katherine Hepburn movie could probably tell you she was a popular actress of the 20th century. It’s likely they’ll have at least heard of Bringing Up Baby or Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Throughout the 1940s, Hedy Lamarr was considered by a great many people to be “the most beautiful woman in the world.” However, films such as Algiers, Boom Town, Ziegfeld Girl, and Dishonored Lady are really only known today by the most dedicated classic film aficionados. Lamarr herself is no longer widely known as a classic film star. But based on Alexandra Dean’s new documentary, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, the Austrian woman born Hedwig Kiesler would probably be delighted to know that she is now remembered for something far bigger. Something for which she was denied recognition during her lifetime.

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