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Episode 159: The Lord of the Rings

21 Apr

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In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

An Unproductive Meeting, by Robert Hornak

18 Apr

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Elvis & Nixon, a stumbling fantasia based on a real meeting, the proof of which is a hand-shaking photograph that is famously the most-requested item from the National Archives, puts forth apocryphal assumptions of how and why Elvis Presley managed to maneuver past the wall of paranoia that was the Nixon White House, hoping to become a “Federal Agent-at-Large” in order to go undercover amongst his own celebrity circles – to “protect this country from sliding into anarchy.” The movie, as was the actual event, is set in December 1970, before Nixon had fully installed his now-infamous Oval Office recording system, so the reasons for the granting of the meeting and the content of the eventual conversation are left to the imagination of the screenwriters. Unfortunately for anyone who nurtures a real appreciation for the overwhelming richness of these idiosyncratic monoliths, the writers, who have a supreme opportunity to concoct some choice banter, play it instead as a quick, barely-scratched-surface intersection of awkward groping for common ground, neither one coming off as someone with actual secrets or legitimate motives, and the titular photo-op finally flops, neither funny nor especially interesting.

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Episode 156: Hail, Caesar!

17 Mar

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In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, International Christian Film Festival
00:03:00- Hail, Caesar!
01:03:05- Sullivan’s Travels
01:22:40- Episode wrap-up

Episode 152: Room

4 Feb

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In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and Ted Kotcheff’s First Blood.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, International Christian Film Festival, Oscar season
00:07:10- Paddington
00:15:10- Room
01:31:25- First Blood
02:08:00- Episode wrap-up

Episode 150: Steve Jobs

14 Jan

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In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs and Franklin J. Schaffner’s Patton.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, The Hateful Eight, MTOL Survey, Tyler’s Movie Collection
00:09:30- Steve Jobs
01:12:00- Patton
02:01:50- Episode wrap-up

Episode 148: Robert’s Top Ten

17 Dec

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In this episode, Robert shares his ten favorite movies of all time.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:45- Intro, Top Ten lists
00:16:00- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
00:36:30- The Naked Spur
00:45:25- Only Angels Have Wings
00:50:32- King Kong (1933)
01:04:00- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
01:11:17- The 400 Blows
01:23:20- Bottle Rocket
01:44:15- Annie Hall
01:55:50- Playtime
02:06:25- E.T. 
02:27:30- Episode wrap-up

Episode 142: The Babadook

15 Oct

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In this episode, Tyler, Robert, and Reed discuss Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:45- Intro, BP Slasher Commentaries, Reed’s articles
00:07:25- The Babadook
01:41:20- Forbidden Planet
02:11:26- Episode wrap-up

Episode 139: Whiplash

25 Sep

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In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash and James Bridges’ The Paper Chase.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, Alpha Omega Con
00:06:49- Online Film Critics Society, Jimmy Pardo
00:18:45- Whiplash
01:24:30- The Paper Chase
02:06:45- Episode wrap-up

 

Episode 136: with special guest Vance Sanders

14 Aug

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In this episode, Tyler and Robert are joined by comedian Vance Sanders to discuss Los Angeles stand-up, movies, and politics.

Episode 134: The Master

17 Jul

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In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Richard Rush’s The Stunt Man.