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Underworld

December 3, 2020

Just how long have werewolves and vampires been fighting? How well does Kate Beckinsale work in this step into the lead role in an action franchise? Do the effects feel dated? How does Len Wiseman’s direction work for a first time feature filmmaker? Tune in to this episode to get answers to these questions and more.

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Oldboy

March 29, 2018

After the box office failure of his previous film, Park Chan-Wook worked hard with his next script to make something that would really draw people in. He cast two of South Korea’s biggest stars to play the leads and based it on a successful manga comic, weaving a dark mystery together that was very operatic. And it worked! His 2003 film Oldboy was a huge box office success and garnered incredible praise for everyone involved. It also helped establish Park as a filmmaker of note. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our series on Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance Trilogy with his film Oldboy

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Seabiscuit

October 20, 2016

When Seabiscuit raced in the 30s, he drew more news than Roosevelt or Hitler. His match race against War Admiral was heard by 40 million people, statistically about as many Americans who tune in to watch the Superbowl every year. But he wasn’t just winning races – he was a hero for the little guy who lost everything in the Great Depression and was fighting for a second chance. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our “This Is Real Life, Jack!” series with Gary Ross’ 2003 film Seabiscuit.

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Big Fish

September 21, 2012

The only thing better than a great story is a great storyteller, and Edward Bloom certainly fits the bill. Not a moment goes by in Tim Burton’s 2003 film “Big Fish” when young Edward, played by Ewan McGregor, isn’t living one of his fantastical stories or old Edward, played by Albert Finney, isn’t spinning one of his wild yarns, and that’s the hook that pulls us so readily into the film.

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