Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Mystery Movie Night | Some Like It Hot (1959), Tommy Boy (1995), and Tropic Thunder (2008)



Erik, Dave, David, and I muse about Marilyn, man-children, and method acting.

00:02:05 - Review of Some Like It Hot (1959)
00:19:16 - Review of Tommy Boy (1995)39:08
00:39:18 - Review of Tropic Thunder (2008)
01:04:09 - Guessing the Connection

Friday, April 26, 2019

Filthy Horrors | Purple! Monster! (or, The Titular Goblin)



Darla, Jess, and I completely lose our credibility when we play Trivial Pursuit: Horror Movie Edition. Play along and see if you can answer the questions before we can. (You can.)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Dragonfly Ripple | Captain Marvel (2019)



Finally caught up and ready for Endgame, David and I converse about Carol Danvers and cats as well as the other Captain Marvel.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Hellbent for Letterbox | Dodge City (1939)



Pax and I visit Michael Curtiz' Dodge City with Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Bruce Cabot. But before that we also talk briefly about a couple of '70s Robert Redford movies (The Sting and The Hot Rock) and Vincent D'Onofrio's new Billy the Kid movie, The Kid starring Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke, and Chris Pratt.

 






Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Y Tu Mamá También (2001)



Who's in it?: Diego Luna (Open Range, Rogue One), Gael García Bernal (Coco, Mozart in the Jungle), and Maribel Verdú (Pan's Labyrinth).

What's it about?: Two teenage bros (Luna and García Bernal) take a road trip with a grown-up woman (Verdú) and learn something about themselves.

How is it?: It's fascinating to contrast Y Tu Mamá También with Alfonso Cuarón's previous film, Great Expectations. Expectations is all about sensuality through what you can't see, but only imagine. That's a lot of what the story is actually about and it's certainly the approach that Cuarón takes to presenting it.

Mamá, on the other hand, leaves nothing to the imagination. The story is about sex, specifically as thought about and experienced by its male protagonists. Cuarón appropriately presents it with as much subtlety as teenaged boys approach sex: none at all.

Taking nothing away from Cuarón's thoughtfulness about his material (I like how there's no easy, clean wrap up; this is a messy tale) and his amazing skill in presenting it (the road trip through Mexico is beautiful), Mamá isn't for me. I hated spending time with Luna and García Bernal's characters and though my heart went out to Verdú's, this really isn't her story.

Rating: Two out of five worried women.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Mystery Movie Night | Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939), All the President's Men (1976), and Spotlight (2015)



Evan, Erik, Dave, David, and I gab about girl gumshoes, the government, and the Globe.

00:02:00 - Review of Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939)
00:16:57 - Review of All the President's Men (1976)
00:31:52 - Review of Spotlight (2015)
00:44:48 - Guessing the Connection

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Fourth Chair Army Invasion | Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)



With the new Shazam! movie fresh in theaters, Evan, Pax, and I go back to 1941 to talk about the Big Red Cheese's first movie appearance. It's a deep dive into the classic movie serial as well as discussions of comics, the '70s TV show, and expectations for the new film.



Friday, April 05, 2019

Poplitiko Interview



My buddy Alex Ness runs a thoughtful pop culture blog called Poplitiko. He's currently publishing a series of interviews with various creative people and asked me to participate. We talked about my development as a writer, my habits, and my thoughts about my earliest work. It was fun to reflect on all of those things.

It's also a quick read, so go check it out and take a look at what else Alex has going on over there.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Hellbent for Letterbox | The Train Robbers (1973)



Pax and I talk about John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Ricardo Montalban, and how twist endings can save a movie. On the subject of train robbers, I also briefly review One More Train to Rob (1971) starring George Peppard and Diana Muldaur. And Pax recounts his hunt for the details around a Western-themed childhood mystery.







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