Pax and I watch the first of Enzo Barboni's comedic Trinity movies starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer. I also talk about First Cow and read Jonah Hex: Shadows West by Joe Lansdale and Tim Truman. And Pax reads the Tombstone novelization by Giles Tippett.
Monday, September 14, 2020
Monday, September 07, 2020
Rob Graham and I welcome Michael DiGiovanni and Kay to revisit a classic Nerd Lunch topic. We put together movie triple-features around the themes of witches, soundtracks, walking away from explosions, and movies that make us feel alive.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Thursday, August 27, 2020
In Man in the Wilderness, Richard Harris (A Man Called Horse and the first Dumbledore) plays trapper Zachary Bass who's attacked by a bear and appears to be mortally wounded. There are hostile Indians in the area, so Captain Henry (John Huston), the leader of the trapping expedition, orders the group to keep moving, but leaves a couple of men behind to either bury Bass when he dies or euthanize him if he's still alive after a couple of days.
Monday, August 24, 2020
Mystery Movie Night | The Daughter of Dawn (1920), Stormy Weather (1943), and Flower Drum Song (1961)
Evan picked the movies; Dave, David, Erik, and I tried to guess the secret connection. See if you can too in this episode about tipis, tap dance, and towels.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
The focus on partnership and working together is something I never get tired of, but do I feel like the deeper theme here has to do with property rights and I don't think the film explores that enough. Or maybe it's nuanced in a way I don't like by making the "criminals" really really likable and then punishing them harshly (though off-screen and with just enough uncertainty that you can write your own, different ending if you insist on it). I'm a fan of nuance, but the questions and distinctions raised by First Cow weren't the ones I was interested in.
Monday, August 17, 2020
Before we run out of summer, let's talk about another Disney pirate movie. In this second flashback to the dead 'Casting Off podcast, my son David and Rob Graham join me to blather about Blackbeard's Ghost from 1968 starring Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, and Suzanne Pleshette. But before we get to that, we also have a quick announcement about AfterLUNCH itself.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Before that, Pax talks about vintage Western-themed advertising and I discuss my progress in my Western History film project and review the Batman Western comic, Batman: The Blue, the Grey, and the Bat.
Monday, August 03, 2020
Rob Graham, Jeff Somogyi, Chad Young, and I hit the playground to argue about who would win in four legendary match-ups between various characters. Gandalf vs Sasquatch is just the first competition (and not even the weirdest) in this hilarious discussion.
Friday, July 31, 2020
The 1978 Little Women was a two-part mini-series aired over a couple on nights on NBC. Little Women isn't something I would have showed up for at the time, but I was super excited to watch it now. It has a Who's Who of '70s and '80s TV actors with Susan Dey (Laurie Partridge) as Jo, Meredith Baxter (Elyse Keaton) as Meg, and Eve Plumb (Jan Brady) as Beth.
As entertaining as the cast is, they're also quite good. Meredith Baxter is classically beautiful and refined as Meg, but she's also kind. She's perfect playing the oldest daughter who remembers better times and is trying to stoically endure her family's reduction in finances.
I'm also not crazy about how the script has Jo narrate the whole story first person. Or then again, maybe I am. She's talking the whole way through about her family life and her journey to become a writer in this bygone era, so it reminded me a lot of John Boy's voice-overs on The Waltons.