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Last update: 2013-07-01

077 THX 1138

2013-07-01 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

George Lucus's debut feature THX 1138 was one of the first and last Zoetrope films to be produced by Francis Ford Coppola's nascent production company. Before Star Wars and the ILM empire was founded, Lucas cut his chops on true Sci-Fi themes in this dystopic 1984 story revised for the 60's/70's bomb-shelter generation. Matt and Mark digest the themes of the film, embellished by a haunting sound track and stark sterile visuals. Both agree this is rock-solid sci-fi which mainstream film rarely dabbles in and few get right.

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076 Sholay

2013-06-24 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Attempting to expand our listenership to the sub-continent of India, Matt and Mark review the #1 Indian cult film of all time, Sholay! A movie that leverages familiar tropes of western film to create what is called the "masala" Curry Western, director G.P. Sippy provides a bit of something for everybody. Having little exposure to Bollywood film-making, we both feel that if you're going to start somewhere, Sholay is the place. Now throw your arms in the air, like you just don't care!.... uhm... not you Thakur.... yeah, yeah... we know.

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075 Office Space

2013-06-16 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Damn, it's good to be a gangster! Matt and Mark review the 1999 cult classic Office Space by Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge. An existential film if there ever was one, Office Space mines the heart of darkness lurking in the quiet desperation of our ubiquitous industrial parks. In lamenting the soullessness of modern corporate life, Judge releases subtle comedic gold. We've all met Lawrences and Lumbergs, but Judge is able to introduce you to these archetypes deftly and without the heavy-handedness typical of more mainstream Hollywood comedies.

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074 Jaws

2013-06-10 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Mark's virgin viewing of the high-concept classic Jaws, from sophomore director Steven Spielberg. Mark gets to the heart of his prejudice against Spielberg and tries not to bring his baggage into the review, but we both find it fairly hard to defend the director's later efforts. Despite his reliance on emotional claptrap, Spielberg delivers a terrifying fish story held tight by the superb acting trio of Scheider, Dreyfuss, and Shaw.

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073 The Virgin Suicides

2013-06-03 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

You miss them until they're gone... such is the paradox of the ephemeral and beautiful teenage girl. This week Matt and Mark try to get to the bottom of a film that admits it has no answers, Sophia Coppala's The Virgin Suicides. An extremely evocative film, it deftly plays with the idealism of youth juxtaposed to the tarnished mediocrity of adulthood, allowing you only brief empathetic glimpses into the life of adolescent girls.

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072 Blazing Saddles

2013-05-26 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

The originator of the first cinematic fart joke, Mel Brooks hits his farcical stride in the 1974 film Blazing Saddles. Exploiting exploitation itself, Brooks manages to charm his audiences with the absurdity of our shameful national history. Both making fun of the Old West and the titular film genre of the 50's and 60's, Brooks uses every gag known to man, making its cheap laughs nearly transcendent. So fix yourself a plate of beans and a pot of coffee and join in on the gastrointestinal hilarity.

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071 The Dark Crystal

2013-05-20 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Another world! ... Another time! This week Matt and Mark review the Jim Henson Frank Oz puppet show masterpiece The Dark Crystal. A marvel of classic special effects, TDC proves to be an evocative film minus its human-free celluloid. Marketed as a children's movie, it challenges youthful sensibility with a touch of Grimm's fairy tales, and in so doing, gives its viewer the benefit of the doubt. So forget James Cameron's heavily borrowed Pandora and settle in to the more imaginative world of The Dark Crystal.

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070 Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

2013-05-12 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Matt and Mark delve into the big-boobed world of Russ Meyers this week when we review the 1965 cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! We attempt to explore the feminist angle of FPKK by juxtaposing the Varla character with the typical male-dominated action roles. What we get is an interesting hyperbole of exaggerated misogyny that may speak more truth then most men can admit.

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069 Reservoir Dogs

2013-05-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Well, it's about time we got around to reviewing a Quentin Tarantino film ("Quarantino", if you're not into that whole brevity thing, man). A cult film if there ever was one, Matt and Mark discuss the seminal classic Reservoir Dogs. Along with its violence, R'Dogs capitalizes on the subtle yet intriguing nuance of everyday guy conversations, whether its pop-culture musings or humorous anecdotes. Tarantino's dialogue is where he's always been the strongest, which of course is not to sell the film short for its storytelling chops, which QT deftly wields.

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068 The Third Man

2013-04-29 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

This week Matt stupefies Mark, and possibly raises the ire of all those who consider themselves fans of cinema, by shrugging off the film noir classic The Third Man, starring Orson Welles. Yep, Matt must admit he did not enjoy the film, despite its essential place in cinematic history. Mark makes the case which Matt respects, but in the end, film will always be a subjective media. Anyway, we'll let the listener decide. Hate mail welcome!

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067 Aliens

2013-04-20 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

"We're in some real pretty shit now!" Well, it's good to see that in the far interstellar future of mankind, the institution of the U.S. Marines is spreading its diplomatic subtleties far and wide, perhaps no better embodied by the memorable Pvt. Hudson character played by Bill Paxton in James Cameron's epic sequel Aliens. Matt obsesses over James Cameron's flair for far future gadgetry while Mark muses on the humor of Hudson, literally and figuratively. After 27 years, Aliens is a terrific sci-fi film that's stood the test of time.

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066 Dersu Uzala

2013-04-14 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

The famous Japanese director Akira Kurawasa released his only non-Japanese language film in 1975, Dersu Uzala, the true life tale of Siberia's version of Jedi Master Yoda. Matt and Mark invite Mark's better half Jean to share in our discussion of the quiet classic. Man v. Nature is always a straight forward theme, but here, we're treated to a nuanced interpersonal relationship between two characters that define the eternal struggle. With vistas of Far East Russia, Dersu is a beautiful snapshot of frontier life that's all but disappeared.

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065 American Psycho

2013-04-08 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Is Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman a metaphor for corporate America, male narcissism, or both? Matt and Mark try to sort it out when we review the darkly satiric American Psycho, released in 2000. Matt rants about the Reagan era, embodied by Patrick Batemen's empathy-free consumerist machismo, while Mark brings up the hypothetical and controversial view that the only problem with serial killers is their choice of victim. And last but not least, R.I.P. Roger Ebert, you will be missed.

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064 Wet Hot American Summer

2013-04-01 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Wet Hot American Summer is farcically neither. A film in a long line of farce comedies, Wet Hot has a lot to live up to. While Matt compares it to titans of the comedy sub-genre (Caddyshack, Strange Brew, Ron Burgandy, etc...) and finds much to criticize, including its lack of a comedic anchorman, no pun intended, Mark indulges and champions it's hit-or-miss weirdness. One of the few films where we disagree, it makes for a much lively discussion than your average junior high sycophantic scene rehashing.

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063 River's Edge

2013-03-25 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

What if there was a murder and nobody cared? This week Matt and Mark enter the teenage nightmare of River's Edge, starring the always enigmatic Crispin Glover, along with Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, and an ever-crazy Dennis Hooper. Based after a real life murder, River's Edge dares you to blame the film's psychological phenomena on the usual suspects (drugs, alcohol, societal breakdown, the media, etc...) but in providing no answers, it forces the viewer to ask deeper and more troubling questions about the human animal.

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062 Apocalypse Now

2013-03-17 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Time to make a friend of horror! This week Matt and Mark attempt to get at the heart of Francis Ford Coppola's Heart of Darkness adaptation, the Vietnam masterpiece Apocalypse Now, starring Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall and a rotund Marlon Brando. Probing the dark corners of Kurtz's psyche, Matt and Mark dwell on the fundamental themes of A.Now, for better or worse, depending... A multi-themed film deserves its due, and perhaps long winded,  Matt and Mark attempt to give this monstrously important film its day in court.

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061 Pink Floyd The Wall

2013-03-10 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Forgoing the Pink Floyd fanboy trivia, Matt and Mark explore the quiet desperation of Bob Geldolf's Pink character in the The Wall. What happens when you write off your fellow man, embrace your cynical side, and dismiss one's need for meaningful personal relationships? Roger Waters explores this idea using music and evocative visuals in this cult "rock opera". If you could only take one music video to to the dark side of the moon, we highly recommend The Wall (take that Axl Rose and your November Rain!).

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060 War Games

2013-03-03 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Shall we play a game? Galaga? or Donkey Kong... maybe Pac Man? In War Games, Matthew Broderick's character David (a fellow Snohomish High alum!) was pining for something more in home gaming, which leads him to the Pentagon's NORAD launch computer WOPR/Joshua. More of a tangential podcast than most, Matt and Mark cover many topics including extinction events, AIs, and Ally Sheedy's strange attraction for the John Lennon-esque professor Falken. War Games gave hope to thousands of shut-in hackers that it's theoretically possible to one day make out with a chick.

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059 Aguirre The Wrath of God

2013-02-24 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

In 1972, Werner Herzog released the cult masterpiece Aguirre the Wrath of God starring the mad acting genius of Klaus Kinski. Matt struggles to verbalize the proper analogy for this obsessive story of hubris and doom, while Mark points out religion's seemingly absurd (yet obvious) place in the New World's conquest. Regardless, Aguirre is an amazingly shot experiment in gonzo/guerrilla film making that would go on to be heavily borrowed by other directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Terrance Malick.

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058 Being There

2013-02-16 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Life is just a state of mind! Yes, in a way, and if you have the mind of Chauncey Gardener, played brilliantly by Peter Sellers in the Hal Ashby film Being There, that mind is a little... lacking? Matt and Mark share differing opinions regarding the film, with Matt criticizing the film's dated satire while Mark basks in the 'alien-like' preternatural Chauncey. Regardless, Being There hits the right notes and manages to avoid going the 'full retard', laying the groundwork for cultural feel-good hits Forrest Gump and Rain man.

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057 Ghost in the Shell

2013-02-10 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Conjuring the 'ghost' of the bygone 90's cyberpunk era, Matt and Mark review Mamoru Oshii's anime classic Ghost in the Shell, released in 1996. Pondering such Sci-Fi topics as the Technological Singularity, we discuss the viability of a world dominating artificial intelligence and how the GITS's Puppet Master may fit such a paradigm. But more importantly, we discuss whether or not anime cyborgs are truly anatomically correct.

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056 Re-Animator (1985)

2013-02-03 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

"But you're just a talking head!" And so are Matt and Mark this week when we discuss Stuart Gordon's 1985 Cult Classic Re-Animator, based loosely on H.P. Lovecraft's short story of the same name. Matt and Mark get into the finer physiological details of 're-animation' and come to the conclusion that freezing your head, despite its promise of immortality, will not even get you close to the body-less monstrosity of the film's Dr. Carl Hill. Sorry Mr. Disney.

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055 Conan the Barbarian (1982)

2013-01-27 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Q: What is best in life? A: Watching John Milius's 1982 sword and sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian starring Arnold Schwarzenegger! Matt and Mark attempt to discuss one of the greatest films of its genre. Slightly before J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit there was Robert E. Howard's Conan short stories in Weird Tales, an influential fantasy character that still resonates with audiences today. Managing to get it right, Milius's Conan pays tribute to the venerable character while adding new dimensions to the barbarian king's story. There is only one Conan movie, and this.... is.... it!

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054 Intacto by Juan Fresnadillo

2013-01-20 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Is Luck an ephemeral 'thing' that can be swapped and stolen? Matt and Mark try to sort out the nuance of that question this week when we review Juan Fresnadillo's freshmen effort Intacto. Starring the venerable Max Von Sydow as the Luck Master, this visually stimulating film plays with its magic in such a way that may hide its truer reality. Dismissing its magical gimmick, Matt and Mark discuss the film in a practical context, for better or worse.

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053 Showgirls by Paul Verhoeven

2013-01-13 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

"You're going to have to sell it sometime"... and for Elizabeth Berkeley that time was 1995 when Paul Verhoeven released the over-the-top NC-17 rated Showgirls. An exercise in off-color exploitation, Showgirls is viewed by many as not only a camp classic but also satire. What is it satirizing? Perhaps the feel-good "a star is born" tropes of Americana, hard to say, but one thing you can say is that 17 years on, people are still talking about it, which unlike most of Hollywood's endless parade of vapid offerings makes it worthy of at least a little discussion.

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052 The Crying Game by Neil Jordan

2013-01-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

A very gender neutral podcast this week as Matt and Mark review Neil Jordan's 1992 much talked about The Crying Game. While set in "The Troubles" of IRA political intrigue, its message about love and attraction is much more basic, yet altogether complex. Mark derides Matt for his soon-to-be antiquated old-timey prejudices and dares him to imagine a manly world where macho men still seek the company of their catamites, much to Matt's obvious discomfort. The Crying Game delves into our facades, with the overt not necessarily being the most malign.

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051 Donnie Darko by Richard Kelly

2012-12-30 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

"Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?" Oh Frank, such a quip from a demonic 6' tall rabbit. This week we enter Richard Kelly's tangential universe in the neo cult-classic Donnie Darko, starring the siblings Gyllenhaal. Despite perhaps an overly contrived metaphysical philosophy (which provides the basis for this genre-bender) Donnie Darko succeeds with its atmosphere. We are left to bask in its weirdness, a demonic rabbit, a dues-ex machina jet engine, and the truth that the world will end in 28 days. All of this combined with its nostalgic 80's high school setting somehow works, making it a thoroughly enjoyable film despite its calorie-free ending.

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050 Die Hard by John McTiernan

2012-12-20 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Yippee-ki-yay, Mother F****rs, It's Christmas movie time! In 1988 Bruce Willis starred as the venerable John McClane in Die Hard, paving the way for a decades spanning action enterprise that refuses to *cough* die. A script loaded with one-liners, overly campy character archetypes, and a little touching sappiness to boot, Die Hard achieves what it set out to do: epitomize all that is 80's action. Bruce Willis would never be the same afterward and neither would we. Sparing us the stilted accent of Schwarzenegger and the punchy slur of Stallone, Willis offered us a "thinking man's" action star...or at least a coherent one.

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049 Swingers by Doug Liman

2012-12-20 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

We're all so money, and we don't even know it! This week we review the 90's zeitgeist 20-something indie hit Swingers, starring a young Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Ron Livingston and an ever beautiful Heather Graham. After his first viewing, Mark delves into the existential and the futile of what it is to be truly "money", while Matt embraces his inner Vince (aka Trent). With a heavy dose of 60's lounge nostalgia, Swingers is couched in the heydays of the past. But Mark's not buying any of that hipster crap. Stay dead Sinatra!!

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048 Oldboy by Chanwook Park

2012-12-10 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Revenge is a dish best served as a live octopus in a Seoul sushi restaraunt. Oldboy is a Korean psychological thriller from Chanwwok Park that exploits the idea of revenge to full effect. Where violence always takes the forefront in revenge tales (and there is a decent amount of violence in Oldboy) this film deconstructs the idea into a form of brutal shared empathy that gets to the heart of the vengeance concept. A mix of Hitchcock and Tarantino, smart and poetically objective, Oldboy is cinema that reinvents its genre.

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047 Glengarry Glen Ross by James Foley and David Mamet

2012-12-02 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

It's all about the fucking leads!!! This week Matt and Mark review the boiler room Mamet classic Glengarry Glen Ross directed by James Foley and starring a rock star "super group" of Oscar talent including Al Pacino, the late Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, and Kevin Spacey. Like a meat grinder, this film shows you what happens when you take the weak pulpy bits of human pride and process them through the steel teeth of capitalism. To be a salesman is to be an actor, a character fueled by seduction and confidence, and if your act isn't honed, as Baldwin's character Blake puts it, "You can't close the leads you're given, you can't close shit, *you are* shit, hit the bricks pal, and beat it, 'cause you are going *out*. "

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046 Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese

2012-11-26 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

"You lookin' at me? ARE you lookin at me?" ... is strangely the most quoted line of the gritty 70's New York City classic Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert Dinero. Armed with a skewed morality concocted from a lonely paranoid mind, Dinero's Travis Bickle embarks on a manic crusade to "clean the scum off of the streets." With an ending, nicely wrapped up with a bow, the director maps a path of violence from which redemption is achievable. Laying the groundwork for the Tarantinos of current cinema, Scorsese shows us the gutter and revels in it.

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045 Goldfinger by Guy Hamilton

2012-11-18 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Auric Goldfinger (not to be confused with half-brother Agric Silverfinger or his developmentally challenged cousin Plumbic Leadfinger) conspires to ruin the financial world by once and for all taking the U.S. off the gold standard. Despite the ambiguous motivations of its characters, Goldfinger codifies the formula for all future Bond films. Sean Connery has long been regarded as the "best Bond", with this being the "best Bond film," although it must be said that Matt believes the one-off Lazenby film On Her Majesty's Secret Service is perhaps a little overlooked... just sayin'.

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044 Pee Wee's Big Adventure by Tim Burton

2012-11-12 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Ha ha! ... he he he he I know you are, but what am I? A more tangential podcast than usual, Matt and Mark push the limit this week to review Tim Burton's directorial debut, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure starring Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) as himself... sort of. Besides the prepubescent smart aleck quirks of its main character, there's not much meat on the bones of this silly Saturday morning styled film. Like most skit comedy spin-offs, Pee-Wee is an extrapolated stage bit that has its moments, but few too many unfortunately

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042 Jacob's Ladder by Adrian Lyne

2012-11-12 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Take a ride down the ladder! A drug induced hallucination of a dying mind or a transcendent spiritual epiphany? Matt and Mark have slightly different takes on whether or not it matters in Adrian Lyne's disturbing Jacob's Ladder, released in 1990. Tim Robbins as Jacob Singer gives an evocative and melancholy performance in this unique psychological film about the dying process; like death itself, it is not easy to watch. Worthy of note is Lyne's use of "thalidomide" inspired visuals and body-horror to create the film's demonic imagery.

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043 Evil Dead 2 by Sam Raimi

2012-11-12 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

You're going down. This week we review the horror-comedy classic Evil Dead 2 by Sam Raimi, starring B-movie titan Bruce Campbell. Having seen the first Evil Dead, Mark fills Matt in on the complex back story of the original, without which, the viewer would be much like the protagonist Ash, merely a babe in the wickedly malevolent woods. Like an 80 minute live action Robot-Chicken episode, Evil Dead 2 is a late night stoner's paradise of gore, slapstick, and absurdity, a cult classic if there ever was one .

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044 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure by Tim Burton

2012-11-10 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Ha ha! ... he he he he! I know you are, but what am I? A more tangential podcast than usual, Matt and Mark push the limit this week to review Tim Burton's directorial debut, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure starring Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) as himself... sort of. Besides the prepubescent smart aleck quirks of its main character, there's not much meat on the bones of this silly Saturday morning styled film. Like most skit comedy spin-offs, Pee-Wee is an extrapolated stage bit that has its moments, but few too many unfortunately.

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041 Clerks by Kevin Smith

2012-10-20 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Welcome to Dante's Inferno (actually more like Dante's Purgatory), a state of early twenties Gen-X career/life dislocation summed up by Kevin Smith's lead character in his directorial debut Clerks, released in 1994. Matt pines for a Kevin Smith filmography that was never destined to be, while Mark embraces the Kev Smith career of the here and now. Clerks exemplifies Smith's talent for conversation, and as a result, has pioneered the podcast format of which Matt and Mark are merely standing on the hockey jersey'd shoulders of giants.

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040 Gojira (Godzilla) by Ishiro Honda

2012-10-14 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Reliving the Japanese A-bomb nightmare via cathartic "monster movie" therapy, Japanese director Ishiro Honda made the culturally significant Gojira in 1954, a mere 9 years after the nuclear devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (too soon?). While a silly movie, it's hard to deny its pop significance. Spawning 27 movie sequels, there just seems to be no end to the joy of seeing a guy in a foam rubber suit smashing up miniaturized cities. Gojira set a precedent for all disaster movies that followed, some better than others, some worse (Michael Bay, anyone?)

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039 Straw Dogs by Sam Peckinpah

2012-10-07 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Perhaps our most controversial film review yet! This week we discuss Sam Peckinpah's 1971 masterpiece Straw Dogs starring Dustin Hoffman. Actually Matt and Mark don't see what all the fuss is about, while graphic, the depiction of violence and rape fits a context of the human animal that isn't necessarily distorted or exaggerated.  It's perhaps easy to view the events of the film through the lens of civilized man with all of modernity's prejudices, but once removed, what we're really viewing is a primal (and hated) truth.

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032 Fight Club by David Fincher

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Breaking the first rule of Fight Club, we're talking about Fight Club this week. David Fincher serves up a nihilistic schizophrenic parable about the inherent paradox of masculinity and modern civilization. Viewing the film in middle-age may have tempered Matt and Mark's ideological reaction to the subject matter, but we definitely avoid the old man "grumpitude" of Roger Ebert's less then complimentary review. More of an 'amoral' film, FC paints nihilism in a dysfunctional and harsh light when compared to our current consumerist hypocrisy; neither an attractive option. Fight Club stars Edward Norton, Helen Bonham Carter, and Brat Pitt. Enjoy!

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009 Nosferatu by F.W.Murnau

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

We kick it old school this week with our review of the 1922 silent vampire classic Nosferatu by F.W.Murnau. Finding it hard to discuss the film without indulging its copyright history, we give some back story to its sorted relationship with the source material, Bram Stoker's Dracula. Crude special effects, awkward overacting and pacing, showcase just how far cinema has come in the past century, but one thing that cannot be denied, however, is the menacing performance of Count Orlok by the enigmatic Max Schreck, a film icon if there ever was one. Enjoy!

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008 Rushmore by Wes Anderson

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

We enter the "slightly heightened reality" of Wes Anderson in his breakthrough 1998 film Rushmore. Beyond its illusionary comedic mantle lies a darker film that explores the limitations of youthful hubris and the facade of success. Jason Schwartzman, at the age of 17, offers an outstanding performance as the punkish Max Fischer, while Bill Murray plays his foil as only Bill Murray truly can. Enjoy!  
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007 The Naked Lunch by David Chronenberg

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Interzone awaits in this week's film review, The Naked Lunch by David Chronenberg, released in 1991. A biopic like none-other, we take a glimpse into the drug addled world of the beat generation's number one author, William S Burroughs. Despite its homoerotic phantasmagoria and post-modern cut-up nature, we both come to the conclusion that the film is more or less a straight forward narrative of a tortured soul. The Naked Lunch stars an outstanding Peter Weller as William Lee, Judy Davis as Joan Lee/Frost, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, and the late Roy Scheider. Enjoy! 
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006 Dark City by Alex Proyas

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

We review the certified cult classic Dark City by Alex Proyas (released in 1998) in this week's episode. While both admitting this film is an amazing, groundbreaking, and influential piece of cinema, we spend a great deal of time discussing the film's theme (and our minor confusion thereof...) with a bit of nitpicking... perhaps undeservedly. Avoiding the usual scene-by-scene breakdown (we leave that up to Roger Ebert's excellent DVD commentary), we instead stick to 'big picture' concepts in the film. I tout its Sci-Fi street cred, while Mark begs to differ... Dark City stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, and William Hurt. Enjoy!


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005 Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

In this week's episode, we review the 90's postmodern/psychedelic western Dead Man, by indie film director Jim Jarmusch. Both of us agree this is an exceptional film and ground breaking in its re-interpretation of what could be considered a bygone genre, the western. Packed with notable personalities, Jarmusch offers a beautiful sequence of vignettes, that unto themselves, requires little context. Filmed on location in our native Northwest, we attempt to add a little local flavor to the discussion. Dead Man stars the ever adventurous Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, awesomely weird Crispin Glover, Lance Henricksen, legend Iggy Pop, Michael Wincott, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, John Hurt, and late western icon Robert Mitchum. Enjoy!

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004 Logan's Run by Michael Anderson

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

In this week's episode we review the 70's Sci-Fi cult classic Logan's Run. Unfortunately nostalgia for the post-hippie free love and drugs era wasn't enough to stave off the plot holes and silliness of this far out mind blower. In the end, Matt and Mark both decide Logan and his young attractive city dwellers were better off dying at 30. Logan's Run was directed by Michael Anderson and stars Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, and Peter Ustinov. Enjoy!

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003 Mad Max 2 - The Road Warrior

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

We up the production value with a little bumper music courtesy of Dan-O at www.danosongs.com while adding in a little Ebert-esque intro clip. In this week's episode, we discuss the seminal cult classic Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, a cult movie if there ever was one. Mad Max 2: TRW was a watershed moment for action film and the post apocalyptic fiction in general. It literally defined the look and feel of the genre. The Road Warrior was written and directed by George Miller and stars the volatile and never boring Mel Gibson. Enjoy...

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002 An American Werewolf in London by John Landis

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

This week we review An American Werewolf in London by John Landis released in 1981, an excellent early eighties example of camp/comedy horror that would lead the way for such classics as Evil Dead II. Matt laments the current state of CGI and the blight of Stephen Meyer's Twilight and its dismal degradation of werewolves and the horror genre in general. Enjoy!

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001 Lost Highway by David Lynch

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

In our inaugural episode we attempt to untangle the byzantine plot of David Lynch's Lost Highway and are marginally successful. Lost Highway stars Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robert Blake, Robert Loggia, and Henry Rollins.

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010 The Wicker Man (1973) by Robin Hardy

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

It's time for your appointment with The Wicker Man! This week we review the 1973 cult classic by Robin Hardy. Rated as one of the top ten British films of all time, The Wicker Man defies film making convention, skirting the line between horror and thriller, while making a comment on religion and its relationship to modern society. While paid nothing for his work, Christopher Lee stars as Lord Summerisle in this breakout role that would eventually lead him to later fame in the Lord of the Rings and the Star Wars prequels. Besides a little sacrificial unpleasantness, both Matt and Mark agree, to be a 'born again pagan' may not be all that bad. Enjoy!

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037 Point Break by Kathryn Bigelow

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)


"If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price", which was about $3.00 for a matinee screening of Point Break back in 1991, Kathryn Bigelow's ode to surfer extremophiles. At the heart of the movie is Johnny Utah and Bodhisattva's (short for 'Bodhi') bromance, played by a quintessential Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze. Matt calls bull%$@t on Bodhi's warrior poet nonsense while Mark defends the Swayze character as less hypocrite and more paradox. Regardless, Point Break is a beautifully shot movie and basically a series of one-liners stitched together into script form. It's 100% pure adrenaline! Enjoy!

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011 Heathers by Michael Lehmann

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

%$#@ me gently with a chainsaw! This week we enter the halls of Westerburg High in the 80's cult film Heathers by Michael Lehmann, starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty. Matt searches in futility for a broader psychological, social, and/or historical meaning while Mark cuts to the cynical chase and calls Heathers out for the cathartic misanthropic dirge that it is. Chock full of memorable quotes and sinister flourishes, Heathers does not disappoint. Enjoy!

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031 Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Usurping reigning champion Citizen Kane as the "Best Film of All Time" according to the British Film Institute (and thankfully so), Matt and Mark review Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece Vertigo, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. With such a weighty title, we try to give this film its due. Mark cuts to the l'essence of Stewart's John "Scottie" Ferguson character by calling Scottie out for his nascent pimp-hand as his obsession warps him into a most diabolical Pygmalion. Doing what M.Night Shyamalan attempts but rarely succeeds at, Hitchcock pulls off one of movie history's famous twists. With a beautiful mid-century San Francisco as the backdrop, Vertigo has most definitely earned its BFI accolades. Enjoy!

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030 Hard Boiled by John Woo

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

With a body count of 307, John Woo serves up a bullet-ridden slice of Hong Kong action with his 1992 breakout Hard Boiled. Cast from the Dirty Harry mold, Chow Yun-Fat's Tequila, with his ATF-Waco style of police intervention, is a hardened cop with a vigilante sense of street justice. Matt and Mark find it odd Tequila's ability to escape multiple manslaughter charges despite his sloppy gun play, but to inject reality into HB would only detract from its charm.

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029 Delicatessen by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Unlike the depressing Cormac McCarthy adaption of The Road, 1991's Delicatessen is a a post-apocalyptic cannibal movie that caters to a wider audience. Jean-Pierre Jeunet would go on to direct The City of Lost Children and Amelie, garnering more praise for his Gilliam-esque style, but with Delicatessen he burnished his quirky chops with this off-beat cult classic. Matt and Mark attempt a deeper discussion regarding vegetarianism vs carnivorism, but instead get mired in the bizarre notions of cultural delicacies.

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028 Dead Alive by Peter Jackson

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

We indulge a little of Peter "Action" Jackson's earlier works this week on the podcast when we review his zombie comedy-horror film Dead Alive, released in 1993. Matt and Mark speculate how the Oscar winning director of the Lord of the Rings films got from homicidal rat-monkeys and zombie-babies to Gandalf and Frodo. Strangely, we come to the conclusion that it wasn't too great a leap. Emulating the style of Evil Dead director Sam Ramie, we're treated to splatter-fest of hilarious proportions. Enjoy!

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027 Gattaca by Andrew Niccol

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Another means to keep the haves and the have-nots separate, or a Brave New World? Matt and Mark discuss the near-future world of Andrew Niccol's Gattaca, released in 1997, starring Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, and Jude Law. Mark takes the libertarian transhumanist stand while Matt remains a bleeding heart skeptic. Is it human nature to defy human nature? The answer is probably yes. Enjoy!

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026 Risky Business by Paul Brickman

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

WTF! This week we review the 1983 classic Risky Business by Paul Brickman, starring pre-Scientology Tom Cruise and the stunning beauty Rebecca De Mornay. With recent news of TomKat's newly announced divorce, we couldn't help but get sidetracked into the Tom Cruise enigma (always entertainment blog-fodder). But despite his couch-jumping strangeness, Cruise is a most excellent actor and delivers up a nuanced and efficient performance as the Princeton-bound Joel Goodson. With near perfect dialogue, Risky Business is an 80's teen movie that sets the bar incredibly high, casting shadows over all future films in the genre. Enjoy!

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025 Time Bandits by Terry Gilliam

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

"Evil apparently has something to do with freewill" so goes the Supreme Being's nebulous rational for his creation in the 1981 classic Time Bandits. Matt and Mark explore the richness of Terry Gilliam's cinematic palette as we indulge a kid's movie that transcends the genre, all the while sneering at the absurdity of adulthood and its materialistic trappings. Backed by a few of the Pythons (John Cleese and Michael Palin) and starring the talents of Sean Connery, David Warner, and Ian Holm, Time Bandits lays the groundwork for Gilliam's quirky future filmography. Enjoy!   
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024 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Sergio Leone

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

One bastard goes in, another comes out. Like an exercise in game theory, Matt and Mark delve into Sergio Leone's classic The Good, the Bad and the Ugly released in 1966, starring Clint Eastwood in his defining role as "Blondie" (aka the Man with No Name). Taking typical western tropes and turning them on their head, we're treated to a post-modern recycling of the well-trod American western. TGTBATU legitimized the much denigrated spaghetti western into high art, raising the bar, and in doing so, usurping the genre it pays homage to. Enjoy!

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023 Sorcerer by William Friedkin

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Matt and Mark return from our Scottish sojourn! This week we review the strangely titled Sorcerer by 70's power-director William Friedkin and starring Roy Scheider. A remake of the 1953 classic Wages of Fear (which we both have not seen), we can only speculate as to whether or not it achieves the homage Friedkin was going for. As far as tension goes, the simplicity of the concept is second-to-none in cinema. Themes of fate-versus-freewill are hinted at in a story about deliverance, not necessarily out of Hell, but out of Purgatory. Enjoy!

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022 Local Hero by Bill Forsyth

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

As both Matt and Mark are currently in Scotland, we thought we'd serve you up another helping of Scottish themed cinema with Bill Forsyth's sleeper hit Local Hero, released in 1983. With its quiet plot and measured pacing, Mark goes for a more literary approach and comes up with a dire interpretation of the ending while Matt begs to differ. Filled with small town quirk and handcrafted snapshots of seaside village life, Local Hero makes for an enjoyable dramedy that's worth coming back to. Enjoy!

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021 Highlander by Russell Mulcahy

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Matt and Mark are heading off to the Highlands of Scotland! (Matt's getting hitched!... kilt and all!) So, in the spirit of our travels we thought we'd pick an appropriate cult favorite: Highlander. Matt and Mark discuss the logistics of immortality and come to the realization that only after about 1000 years does an immortal truly gain a sense of humor (Lighten up Macleod!) So, Cheers Lads and Lasses, enjoy!

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020 Blade Runner by Ridley Scott

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

"More Human than Human" that's our motto. This week we review the dystopian near-future masterpiece Blade Runner by Ridley Scott. Released in 1982, starring Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutguer Hauer, Edward J Olmos, and newcomer Darryl Hannah, this proto-cyberpunk neo-noir laid the groundwork for an entire genre. There's so much ground to cover, Matt and Mark try to do this evocative film justice, but no doubt come up short. If you haven't seen this film recently, please do yourself the favor. As I always say, Blade Runner will always be about life thirty years into the future, no matter what future you currently occupy. Enjoy!
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019 Adaptation by Spike Jonze

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Breaking the genre mold, Spike Jonze brings us a "meta-movie" with Adaptation released in 2002, a "sort-of" autobiographic film about screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's struggles with adapting the nearly unadaptable book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean to film. Matt and Mark explore Charlie's inexhaustible supply of self-doubt and social anxiety, and in trying to answer the questions the film offers up, circle the existential dilemma of passion with a bit of clinical dispassion, but not without irony. Adaptation stars a brilliant Nicolas Cage as the Kaufman twins Charlie and Donald, with an Oscar winning performance by Chris Cooper. The film also stars Meryl Streep, Brian Cox, and Tilda Swinton with walk-ons by John Cusack, Katherine Keener, and John Malkovich. Enjoy!

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018 Scarface by Brian De Palma

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

With a 1.23 "F--k" per minute count, Matt and Mark review the gangster (gansta?) classic Scarface by Brian De Palma, starring Al Pacino as the iconic cuban crime boss Tony Montana. Inspiring hip-hop artists and Middle Eastern dictators everywhere with its thuggish 'rags to riches' tale of meteoric excess, Scarface introduces us to the cocaine empire of 80's Miami, Florida. Mark details the nuance of Latino machismo while Matt opines on Tony's gaudy sense of interior decoration. Enjoy mang!

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017 Let the Right One In by Tomas Alfredson

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

With an intro courtesy of the late Jim Henson, we embark to discuss the superb Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In by Tomas Alfredson, released in 2008. Both Matt and Mark agree this is the best vampire film of the past 25 years, and like all great films reviewed on our podcast, we set about nitpicking the details. Throw your Twilight boxed set into the trash, sell your Blade action figures on eBay, take down your Corey Haim/Feldmen Lost Boys pinups, and forget about the sub-par (but worthy remake) Let Me In, because Let the Right One is all you need for blood-sucking goodness. Enjoy!

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016 Caligula by Tinto Brass and Bob Guccione

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

What happens when you merge a sword and sandals epic with 70's era pornography? Matt and Mark find out in this week's review of the "controversial" Caligula by Tinto Brass and famous Penthouse smut peddler Bob Guccione. Starring an A-list cast of notables, including Peter O'Toole, Sir John Gielgud, Malcolm McDowell and Shakespearean actress Helen Mirren, Caligula is a what we would consider, at the least, a watchable film. Minus a few digressions into porn nostalgia, Matt and Mark come to consensus that Caligula, while not exactly worthy of Ebert's famed no-star review, is more style than substance, but not in an "utterly worthless" or "vile" way. Grab yourself a bottle of Chianti and Enjoy!

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015 Battle Royale by Kinji Fukasaku

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Did The Hunger Games rip-off Battle Royale? meh.... Matt and Mark are pretty sure we don't care. This week we attempt to review the 2001 Japanese blockbuster sensation Battle Royale by famed film director Kinji Fukasaku. Sadly this review will no doubt disappoint those seeking more Suzanne Collins versus Koushan Takami fodder, but the web is already clogged enough with that nonsense. Unfamiliar with the novel or subsequent manga, BR proves a challenge to absorb with its 44 characters and nuanced back stories. We did give it our best shot though... Enjoy?

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014 The Shining by Stanley Kubrick

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

We all shine on! (just some more than others). This week we review the 1980 Stanley Kubrick classic The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King and starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Defying the usual horror movie gimmicks, Kubrick does what few directors are able to do, convert the The Overlook Hotel itself into a villain, packing it with an eerie cavernous malignancy that is without parallel in cinema. Matt attempts to put to bed the whole "movie not as good as the book" argument, while Mark gives his first-timer thoughts on the film. Here's Johnny! Enjoy!

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013 Primer by Shane Carruth

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

What if Steve Jobs had forgone his world conquest of the consumer electronics market and built an accidental time machine in his garage instead? Primer, released in 2003, answers this question with a cautionary tale of what happens when you try to pack 36 hours into a 24 hour day. Matt manages to put his physics knowledge to inadequate use with some Feynman diagram hand waving while Mark explores the combination of claustrophobia and Argon as we review this low-budget sci-fi indie. Enjoy!

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012 The Warriors by Walter Hill

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

Can you dig it!! This week we review the 1979 street gang classic The Warriors by Walter Hill. While firmly set in the late 70's nocturnal blight of New York City, The Warriors defies its reality with a stylized depiction of gang fiefdoms and eerie synth-rock soundtrack, courtesy of Barry De Vorzon. Enter the world of terrifying baseball Harlequins (Baseball Furies!) and Afro-chopsocky legionnaires (Grammercy Riffs!) with our discussion of this cult classic. Enjoy boppers!

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033 Waiting for Guffman by Christopher Guest

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

This week Matt and Mark review 1997's Waiting for Guffman by Christopher Guest. In the mockocumenteray genre he made famous with follow-ups Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, Guest blends ad-lib sketch and musical comedy into a film length feature. Mark explores the plight of the characters, while Matt attempts to overcome his cynicism in order to embrace their delusional yet sincere need to entertain. Both of us wonder, however, if Guest's stereotypical portrayal of gay Corky St. Clair won't be the equivalent of "black face" a few decades down the road. Enjoy!
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035 Rollerball (1975) by Norman Jewison

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

A game designed to exhibit the futility of individualism? Released in 1975, Rollerball directed by Norman Jewison and starring James Caan obviously didn't predict the near future scourge of NFL touchdown spiking. Attempting to tease out its Ayn Rand message, Matt and Mark get mired in the films portrayal of a flawed and corrupt utopia/dystopia, determined to preserve its collectivist status quo. But the film may in fact be more of a personal story. Jonathan E. is a man (and an individual) whose going to do what he's going to do despite any pragmatic justification to the contrary.

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034 Dark Star by John Carpenter

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

In space nobody can hear you laugh. Sadly, that seemed to be the case when John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon (the writer of Ridley Scott's classic Alien) released their debut film Dark Star to audiences in 1974. Despite its poor box office sales, Dark Star has since become a cult classic with its generous mix of existential absurdity and Kubrik-style satire, giving new meaning to the word "smart bomb." Instead of focusing on Carpenter, which we plan to do in a later podcast, Matt and Mark discuss the late O'Bannon, whose mark on cinema is significant. O'Bannon would go on to contribute to the aforementioned Alien, but also wrote the scripts for some of Hollywood's most successful Philip K Dick adaptions, including Total Recall and Screamers. Enjoy!

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036 Excalibur by John Borman

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

The king without a sword! A land without a king! In 1981 John Boorman directed probably the most successful King Arthur film adaption ever with his beautifully wrought Excalibur. Filmed entirely in Ireland with a host of nascent Irish film stars including Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson, Excalibur fleshes out a Dark Age Britain that never was. While its Shakespearean overtones fail to evoke a human story, Matt and Mark agree: that really isn't the point. This a cursory Cliff Notes of Malory's Arthur myth produced for a matinee audience. Watch with some popcorn and enjoy!

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038 Brick by Rian Johnson

2012-10-06 :: matthew.rivett@gmail.om (Matthew Rivett and Mark Hudson)

A classic hard-boiled film noir set in a contemporary SoCal high school seems like an unlikely marriage, but somehow Rian Johnson's Brick, released in 2005 and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, mostly succeeds in pulling of the 'high concept' task. Mashing up a little Twin Peaks, spaghetti westerns, and Cowboy Beepop for style, Brick is an interesting recasting of familiar police procedural tropes. Similar to modern adaptations of Shakespeare (think 1996's Romeo and Juliet), the characters defy their surroundings without a wink and a nod, oblivious to their displacement while maintaining the illusion. Enjoy!

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The Cult of Matt and Mark

A discussion of cult films by two guys located in a basement somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Matt holds a B.S. and M.S. in physics, and works as an aerospace engineer. Mark holds a B.S. in biochemistry and works as a research technician... both are graduates of Snohomish High School Class of 91/92 respectiviely, none of which qualifies them to discuss film in any meaningful way... so... "caveat emptor" and all that.

The Cult of Matt and Mark


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