Saturday, June 30, 2012

026 Risky Business by Paul Brickman

WTF! This week we review the 1983 classic Risky Business by Paul Brickman, starring pre-Scientology Tom Cruise and the stunning beauty Rebecca De Mornay. With recent news of TomKat's newly announced divorce, we couldn't help but get sidetracked into the Tom Cruise enigma (always entertainment blog-fodder). But despite his couch-jumping strangeness, Cruise is a most excellent actor and delivers up a nuanced and efficient performance as the Princeton-bound Joel Goodson. With near perfect dialogue, Risky Business is an 80's teen movie that sets the bar incredibly high, casting shadows over all future films in the genre. Enjoy!

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

025 Time Bandits by Terry Gilliam

"Evil apparently has something to do with freewill" so goes the Supreme Being's nebulous rational for his creation in the 1981 classic Time Bandits. Matt and Mark explore the richness of Terry Gilliam's cinematic palette as we indulge a kid's movie that transcends the genre, all the while sneering at the absurdity of adulthood and its materialistic trappings. Backed by a few of the Pythons (John Cleese and Michael Palin) and starring the talents of Sean Connery, David Warner, and Ian Holm, Time Bandits lays the groundwork for Gilliam's quirky future filmography. Enjoy!   

Friday, June 15, 2012

024 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Sergio Leone

One bastard goes in, another comes out. Like an exercise in game theory, Matt and Mark delve into Sergio Leone's classic The Good, the Bad and the Ugly released in 1966, starring Clint Eastwood in his defining role as "Blondie" (aka the Man with No Name). Taking typical western tropes and turning them on their head, we're treated to a post-modern recycling of the well-trod American western. TGTBATU legitimized the much denigrated spaghetti western into high art, raising the bar, and in doing so, usurping the genre it pays homage to. Enjoy!

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

023 Sorcerer by William Friedkin

Matt and Mark return from our Scottish sojourn! This week we review the strangely titled Sorcerer by 70's power-director William Friedkin and starring Roy Scheider. A remake of the 1953 classic Wages of Fear (which we both have not seen), we can only speculate as to whether or not it achieves the homage Friedkin was going for. As far as tension goes, the simplicity of the concept is second-to-none in cinema. Themes of fate-versus-freewill are hinted at in a story about deliverance, not necessarily out of Hell, but out of Purgatory. Enjoy!

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