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Episode 209: Paddington

9 Nov

In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Paul King’s Paddington and Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal.

Episode 208: Split

26 Oct

In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Michael Mann’s Manhunter.

Episode 192: Brooklyn

18 May

In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss John Crowley’s Brooklyn and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.

00:00:50- Intro, Worth Watching
00:05:45- Film criticism
00:22:46- Brooklyn
01:18:10- Midnight in Paris
02:02:30- Episode wrap-up

Episode 187: Kong: Skull Island

30 Mar

In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island and Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory.

00:00:50- Intro, Trainspotting 2, Kickstarter
00:04:20- Kong: Skull Island
01:16:50- Paths of Glory
01:37:15- Episode wrap-up, Nerd Soup

Episode 182: Florence Foster Jenkins

19 Jan

In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins and Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.

Episode 180: Sully

5 Jan

In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Clint Eastwood’s Sully and Paul Greengrass’ United 93.

Episode 171: Religious Satire

1 Sep


In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss religious satire, both good and bad.

9. Apocalypse Now

7 Jul

Apocalypse Now

dir. Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola’s film is Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” melted into Picasso’s “Guernica”. The ultimate war movie that defined how to do Vietnam for all time. The opening shots of predatory helicopters, coiling napalm clouds, and exploding jungles, framed by Jim Morrison’s guttural need for “a stranger’s hand in a desperate land,” is at once a deeply visceral revelation of the innate, troubling beauty of war violence, a condemnation of the wanton destruction of the primitive, and, by the movie’s end, the seeds of the demise of one nation’s innocence in the dark jungles of another land. This mythology is borne on the back of Martin Sheen’s Captain Willard, who sails up the Nung in a PBR, headed for his Army-sanctioned target, the mad Colonel Kurtz – Marlon Brando as corpulent jungle Buddha, all sweaty philosophy and petty narcissism. The movie remains, nearly 40 years later, the epitome of uber-bravura filmmaking, 16 months of it, with Sheen, Brando, Robert Duvall, and Dennis Hopper (as a kind of drugged-out John the Baptist with a Nikon F) all adding to the pastiche of ambivalent duty, rock and roll, and the darkest corner of the American psyche.

Episode 166: The MTOL Top 50 Movies of All Time

7 Jul


In this episode, the co-hosts assemble to discuss the listener-generated Top 50 Movies of All Time list.

15. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

5 Jul

Dr. Strangelove

dir. Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick siphoned comedy up from the depths of a serious source book (Peter George’s Red Alert), then restrained the comedy by filming, then scrapping, an over-the-top pie fight in the War Room. In between these two major tonal adjustments, resting perfectly on the pinpoint nexus of dark and funny, is where the movie lives. We know it’s serious because of what the characters are saying; we know it’s funny because of how they’re saying it: the most internationally destabilizing act possible, instigated by a gone-mad Air Force general, alongside all of the commentary on that act, by the men whose job it is to keep it from happening at all costs and then clean it up if it does, must be believed because of the dry authority behind it, but cannot be believed because the implications mean the destruction of all life on earth. There isn’t a flawed performance in the movie, and one actor in particular had three chances to fail. While Peter Sellers completely manifests three different energies within the movie, the highest-wire achievements belong to Sterling Hayden, who must somehow believe every word of his own outrageous, fluid-based self-justification, and George C. Scott, who must somehow believe every one of his pouty, hyper, arm-flapping, tumbling physical expressions. Together, the verbal and the physical are absorbed into the dark and the funny, a cook so pure that it distracts us until the very end from the ultimate dark realization: there’s little chance that scrawny humanity, with its twin passions for technology and war, will ever avoid getting its hair permanently mussed.