1980s

City Zero

January 21, 2021

How does this absurdist tale explore Soviet society during the days of glasnost and the move toward the breakdown of the USSR? Do the Lynchian elements help the film? And what’s up with that cake? For answers to these questions and more, tune in to this week’s show!

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To the Stars by Hard Ways (Per Aspera Ad Astra)

January 14, 2021

What works and what doesn’t work in this film? What makes the interesting and sometimes dated effects work so well for us? And which version should you watch? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Ivanhoe (1982) — Member Episode

January 1, 2021

How does Sam Neill do as the villain in the piece? Or is he the antihero? Why is Anthony Andrews as the titular character in the film so much less than other characters? And why do the Swedes have such a fascination with this one? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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The Little Drummer Girl

April 9, 2020

John le Carré’s book “The Little Drummer Girl” was somewhat controversial as it managed to offend both the Israelis and the Palestinians in its depiction of its terrorism story. Controversy, however, can often be seen as a moneymaker, at least that’s what the team at Warner Bros. must’ve thought when they set to work right away of adapting it and having George Roy Hill direct it.

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Do the Right Thing

March 12, 2020

Is it clear that Spike Lee has something to say with this film? How does the camerawork and production design work to enhance this world? Is this film still relevant in today’s society?

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

January 30, 2020

How does Dolly Parton do in her second film? Are there sparks with her and Burt Reynolds? Does a musical about a whorehouse work? Tune in to this week’s shows to get these answers and more.

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9 to 5

January 23, 2020

Does this film feel dated or does it hold up today as much as it did 40 years ago? How well does Dolly Parton do in her first acting performance? Are Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Parton an example of a perfect on-screen trio? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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All of Me

December 26, 2019

How funny are Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin together? Is this the start of more mature Martin comedy films? How well do they follow the rules they establish regarding body cohabitation… and does it matter? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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The Lonely Guy

December 19, 2019

Does this sad sack turn for Steve Martin work? How depressing can Charles Grodin get before he’s not funny anymore? How much work did Neil Simon have to do to adapt the original book? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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The Man With Two Brains

December 12, 2019

Do Reiner and Martin make another hit or flop? How funny is this parody/homage of mad scientist films? Does Kathleen Turner handle comedy well? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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