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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

Minisode 78: Patton

28 Jan

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In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss Franklin J. Schaffner’s Patton, winner of Best Picture for 1970.

Just In Time, by Tyler Smith

28 Jan

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For several years, I’ve been making a joke about God’s will for my life. Having felt the call to become a film critic in 2008, I have often been frustrated by the lack of paid opportunities there have been for me. As a way of coping with this, I adopted a very caustic attitude and would frequently say, “God called me into film criticism just in time for it start dying.”

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Episode 151: Spotlight

21 Jan

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In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight and John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:45- Intro, MTOL Survey, update on Josh
00:08:15- Oscar talk, Tom McCarthy episode
00:13:00- Spotlight
01:10:45- Doubt
01:41:33- 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

Minisode 77: The French Connection

7 Jan

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Tyler and Josh discuss William Friedkin’s The French Connection, winner of Best Picture for 1971.

Happy 2016!

1 Jan

As has become a yearly custom, I like to ring in the New Year by looking back on the films released a decade earlier. I don’t do this solely to make myself “feel old”, but rather to allow a moment of reflection. How has Hollywood changed in the last ten years? Which artists have come to prominence and respectability? Which ones have fallen away?

And, of course, an even more personal question. How has my own life changed since I first saw these movies? Has my outlook on film evolved in the last ten years? Has it devolved?

That’s why I enjoy doing this yearly post; it forces me to look back and reflect.

That said, the following movies are now ten years old:

CASINO ROYALE
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
CARS
SUPERMAN RETURNS
THE DA VINCI CODE
THANK YOU FOR SMOKING
V FOR VENDETTA
LITTLE CHILDREN
INSIDE MAN
UNITED 93
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
THE DESCENT
TALLADEGA NIGHTS
IDIOCRACY
THE QUEEN
THE DEPARTED
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
MARIE ANTOINETTE
THE PRESTIGE
BABEL
BORAT
STRANGER THAN FICTION
THE FOUNTAIN
APOCALYPTO
BLOOD DIAMOND
DREAMGIRLS
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
ROCKY BALBOA
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
CHILDREN OF MEN
NOTES ON A SCANDAL
PAN’S LABYRINTH
THE PROPOSITION

Minisode 76: The Godfather

31 Dec

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In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, winner of Best Picture of 1972.

Episode 149: Krampus

23 Dec

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In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss Michael Dougherty’s Krampus and Clive Donner’s A Christmas Carol.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, Reed’s website
00:05:40- Krampus
00:53:17- A Christmas Carol (1984)
01:32:08- 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