How well does this movie hold up on its 20th anniversary? How is the wuxia wirework captured so beautifully here still rippling through films made today? Should any of the actors here have been nominated for Oscars? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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Can a comedic film set during the Holocaust work? Does Benigni pull off the hat trick everyone thought he did back in 1998? Why is it hard to make a film that’s a fable? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Does a simple yet adorable story full of love and passion like this deserve a Best Picture nomination? Why is the story of getting this film made so heartbreaking? And how does the Miramax marketing machine fit into this film’s success? Get answers to these questions and more by tuning into this week’s show!

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Is this film built for regular filmgoers or specifically Ingmar Bergman fans? Is the color red brilliantly used or overused? How good are the performances in the film? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Does Costa-Gavras’ film feel as relevant today as it did in 1969? How does the structure of the storytelling work in detailing the elements of this political thriller? Should it have won Best Picture in addition to Best Foreign Language Film? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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This past weekend Netflix released “Project Power” for subscribers and aspects of it infer the makings of a major theatrical release. It stars Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon Levitt and is a story about pills being circulated in New Orleans and other cities giving people short periods of great powers. The Film Board gathers to spoil the project for you and give you a full disclosure of the documented effects of these drugs so you can decide for yourself if its something you want to ingest.

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What is the grand illusion in The Grand Illusion? How does Jean Renoir’s realism work for this World War I film? Why is director/actor Erich von Stroheim so memorable as the director of the POW camp? And why is Dita Parlo so high in the credits? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Coming back just a few short years later, Ice Cube sets his third film in the Friday franchise at Christmastime. It’s a fun shift in the franchise, which also shifts locations yet again to a low-end strip mall where Craig and his cousin Day-Day work as security guards. Cube is yet again tackling the script by himself and bringing on a first-time filmmaker to bring the film to life, this time through music video director Marcus Raboy. Join us as we wrap up our Friday franchise series with Raboy’s 2002 film Friday After Next.

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When Ice Cube started up his own production company it made sense to leverage the first film he wrote to make a sequel. After all, most sequels are guaranteed to earn back a part of what their predecessors made. But without Chris Tucker and DJ Pooh, how does Cube handle taking Craig to the suburbs? Join us as we continue our series looking at the Friday franchise with Steve Carr’s 2000 film ‘Next Friday’.

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Ice Cube’s rap career was on fire because of the work he was doing with N.W.A., but after playing Doughboy in John Singleton’s 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, he got the acting bug and wanted to do more films. Join us as we kick off our new series looking at the Friday franchise with F. Gary Gray’s 1995 film Friday.

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