Monday, November 26, 2012

046 Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese

"You lookin' at me? ARE you lookin at me?" ... is strangely the most quoted line of the gritty 70's New York City classic Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert Dinero. Armed with a skewed morality concocted from a lonely paranoid mind, Dinero's Travis Bickle embarks on a manic crusade to "clean the scum off of the streets." With an ending, nicely wrapped up with a bow, the director maps a path of violence from which redemption is achievable. Laying the groundwork for the Tarantinos of current cinema, Scorsese shows us the gutter and revels in it.

Download:  046 Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese (Rebroadcast)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

045 Goldfinger by Guy Hamilton

Auric Goldfinger (not to be confused with half-brother Agric Silverfinger or his developmentally challenged cousin Plumbic Leadfinger) conspires to ruin the financial world by once and for all taking the U.S. off the gold standard. Despite the ambiguous motivations of its characters, Goldfinger codifies the formula for all future Bond films. Sean Connery has long been regarded as the "best Bond", with this being the "best Bond film," although it must be said that Matt believes the one-off Lazenby film On Her Majesty's Secret Service is perhaps a little overlooked... just sayin'.

Download: 045 Goldfinger by Guy Hamilton

Monday, November 12, 2012

044 Pee Wee's Big Adventure by Tim Burton

Ha ha! ... he he he he I know you are, but what am I? A more tangential podcast than usual, Matt and Mark push the limit this week to review Tim Burton's directorial debut, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure starring Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) as himself... sort of. Besides the prepubescent smart aleck quirks of its main character, there's not much meat on the bones of this silly Saturday morning styled film. Like most skit comedy spin-offs, Pee-Wee is an extrapolated stage bit that has its moments, but few too many unfortunately.

Download:  044 Pee Wee's Big Adventure by Tim Burton (Rebroadcast)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

043 Evil Dead 2 by Sam Raimi

You're going down. This week we review the horror-comedy classic Evil Dead 2 by Sam Raimi, starring B-movie titan Bruce Campbell. Having seen the first Evil Dead, Mark fills Matt in on the complex back story of the original, without which, the viewer would be much like the protagonist Ash, merely a babe in the wickedly malevolent woods. Like an 80 minute live action Robot-Chicken episode, Evil Dead 2 is a late night stoner's paradise of gore, slapstick, and absurdity, a cult classic if there ever was one.

Download:  043 Evil Dead 2 by Sam Raimi