Episode #83: Spike Lee

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Special guest Ryen Thomas joins us to discuss firebrand writer/director Spike Lee. We dive deep on five quintessential Spike films, including his most recent controversial release Chi-raq.

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Episode #70: Paul Thomas Anderson, Part 1

pta banner 1Let’s consider modern cinema’s artist-in-residence, director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Part 1 covers his early work, from hotel rooms to falling frogs. Plus, we mini-review “Ex Machina” and have an explosive “One Direction Minute.”

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Episode #52 – Rian Johnson

rian johnson bannerThe joyous, classically-infused cinema of director Rian Johnson, a director that we are expecting big things from. Come explore his nascent filmography with us.

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Episode #49 – Steven Soderbergh, Part 2

soderbergh banner 2Soderbergh the maverick does digital. Part 2 explores the latter work of the iconoclastic icon.

Explorations into deep space, battles with a worldwide epidemic, and the lunacy of the human heart.

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Episode #48 – Steven Soderbergh, Part I

soderbergh banner 1The serene, analytical deconstruction of director Steven Soderbergh.

Join us for a celebration of rise of the 90’s maverick aesthetic in mainstream cinema, the art of the jump cut, and the only time Jennifer Lopez was enjoyable in a movie.

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Episode #42: Clint Eastwood, Part 2

eastwood banner 2Get ready for the wonderfully frustrating late work of hard-bitten auteur Clint Eastwood.

Thomas and Caleb dissect all the boxing, period pieces, casual racism, and one man’s quest to make an un-musical musical.
**BONUS** Our first ever listener participation challenge.

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Episode #38 – Bryan Singer

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On the heels of “Days of Future Past”, we look at director Bryan Singer, the godfather of mutants and nazis at the movies.

A little debate about the X-men, a few allegations, and a lot of yelling.

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Episode #37 – Coen Bros, Part 2

coen banner part 2We round out our Coen Brothers coverage with a look at their most recents works, from “The Man Who Wasn’t There” to 2013’s “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Plus, we fill out our ballots and come up with our collective ranking of all their films.

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Full Coen Rankings

Rank Film Thomas Caleb Dan Total Score
1 O Brother, Where Art Thou? 15 16 14 45
2 No Country for Old Men 13 15 16 44
3 A Serious Man 14 13 8 35
4 Barton Fink 11 12 12 35
5 Inside Llewyn Davis 9 14 11 34
6 Fargo 8 8 15 31
7 Miller’s Crossing 16 6 6 28
8 True Grit 4 10 13 27
9 The Big Lebowski 6 9 9 24
10 The Man Who Wasn’t There 5 11 7 23
11 Raising Arizona 10 5 8 23
12 Hudsucker Proxy 12 4 5 21
13 Intolerable Cruelty 7 7 4 18
14 The Ladykillers 2 3 3 8
15 Blood Simple 3 2 2 7
16 Burn After Reading 1 1 1 3

Episode #28: Wes Anderson

banner_wes andersonHow is The Grand Budapest Hotel? It might be the most Wes-Anderson-y of all Wes Anderson films. Some of us think that’s awesome – some of think that’s annoying – but all of us think it’s worth talking about.

Hang with us for a while as we sift through the maddening, peculiar genius of cinema’s most distinctive, contemporary auteur.

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Episode #24 – Woody Allen

bannerControversy and comedy. We go searching for the distinction between art and artist in the work of legendary New Yorker, writer-director Woody Allen.

Listen to find out our top five/bottom five of his work and how to win a Bluray of Midnight in Paris.

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