Beverly Hills Cop Franchise w Guest Hermione Flavia

Announcing another great guest! Hermione Flavia ( on twitter @hermioneflavia ) agreed to appear on the show and when we talked about movies to cover, she came up with “Beverly Hills Cop” which I agreed with right away. I had a lot of fun with her recording the show! Have a listen and enjoy.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
R | 1h 45min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 5 December 1984 (USA)

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.
Director: Martin Brest
Writers: Daniel Petrie Jr. (screenplay), Danilo Bach (story) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton

I’m a big fan of the franchise and of Eddie Murphy’s work. It was very exciting to rewatch and discuss these films with her! What you hear in this episode is our discussion on these 3 films. We take a few birdwalks but were pretty good about coming back on topic :) WHICH as you may know is a bit of a challenge for me sometimes. She’s agreed to come back and we’re making plans for her to be on the show again very soon.

My guest today is Hermione Flavia from Wildfire Movies. Check her out on Instagram as well: hermioneflavia.

Charly and Limitless w Guest Audrey Fox

My guest is Audrey Fox of 1001 Movies and Beyond and Rated M for McPhail podcast. She’s on twitter at: @audonamission (I love to read and listen to her stuff!) I really enjoyed having a dialog about films with her today. This episode is about the 2 films Charly and Limitless.

Charly (1968)
M | 1h 43min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | 23 September 1968 (USA)

An intellectually disabled man undergoes an experiment that gives him the intelligence of a genius.
Director: Ralph Nelson
Writers: Daniel Keyes (novel), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
Stars: Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala

Today we’re going to talk about the brain in movies and what it can cause people to do when drugs are involved, when operations are involved, basically when humankind intervenes in the natural patterns of the brain.

We’ll be talking about Charly, the psychological suspense thriller from 1968 and Limitless the thriller from 2011. I do have a guest today and her name is Audrey Fox.

Audrey shared she is a “Movie Lovin Millennial.” She has a website and podcast and we first got connect through the LAMBcast and LAMB site where we were guests on a show “Movies That Really Scared Us.” Since then, I have had her on Talking stars as a guest multiple times and today she agreed to be on my own show. She has a degree in film and a very unique and engaging way of talking about movies. I am eternally grateful she was on my show today!

We share some banter on the President and current state of affairs that is causing BOTH of us stress.

Limitless (2011)
PG-13 | 1h 45min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 18 March 2011 (USA)

Limitless is a movie starring Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, and Abbie Cornish. With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.
Director: Neil Burger
Writers: Leslie Dixon (screenplay), Alan Glynn (novel)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish

What a topic! Anyway, if you disagree, it doesn’t last forever. I agree with what Audrey says that if you support putting children in cages I don’t care what you have to say. That was good! She has a lot of great things to say. I always look forward to when I can get her on the show.

We review the two films with commentary back and forth and then we talk about what we’ve been watching.

Ep. 69 – American Splendor

After picking this film based on its Metacritic score, I watched and learned of a unique talent in our times: Harvey Pekar (pronounced “Peek-are”). Radiant describes it well.

He was a comics artist who lived the artist’s life. I was hugely inspired by his story and specifically, Paul Giamatti’s portrayal of him in this film. I give it easily a 10/10 but be aware it is droll and sometimes very nerdy. In other words, it’s not for everyone. The film really touched me though and I talk about how at length in this episode. Thanks for listening, may Harvey Pekar rest in peace. My next film for commentary is “About Schmidt.” See you next time.

Ep. 63 – Swiss Army Man

My score: 10/10. The debut feature film from “Daniels,” aka directing duo Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, has a lot of people talking: mostly good, a tiny percentage bad, all expressive because this is an atypical movie that emanates expression. These guys are known for their quirky short films that reveal a human side struggling in a dark society. Swiss Army Man falls right into that category only in a feature length.

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Swiss Army Man
Cast

Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Directed by

Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Duo Credited as “Daniels”)

Written by

Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Other Info

Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Rated R
1hr 37min

Swiss Army Man is a story about Hank who is stranded on a desert island. He is trying to hang himself when he sees a man wash up on show, Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). He rushes over to him to find him dead but the dead man keeps farting. He discovers it isn’t a loss that the man is dead, he has farting powers that make him function like a jet ski for Hank. Hank is able to use the dead man to get to the other side of the island. As Hank continues his quest to “get back” to civilization, he discovers Manny has all sorts of special functions that help him survive. This is where the title comes from: “Swiss Army Man.”

I want to address the film’s use of farting, since it has become a point of criticism online and it print. Apparently, a small percentage people walked out of the theater at Sundance during one of the farting scenes. I find that laughable that critics would walk out on any movie, much less one screening at film festival. The Daniels addressed this as an exxageration. They say of the 1500 people in the theater, maybe 12 walked out which was 1% of the occupancy. I had a completey different reaction to the fart scenes. I saw them as representative of life. Fart sin this film are the things that bind Hank (Paul Dano) and Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) together. This film doesn’t concern itself with the cool things that usually make up a popular movie. Instead, it points out that things like farts separate us from dead bodies. If a dead man can fart that much, it’s like he is alive. The use of farting to make a point is minimal in my opinion and shouldn’t be criticized … listen to the podcast for the rest.

Ep. 53 Movie Review of ‘Most Beautiful Island’

This is a last minute surprise for thriller/horror of 2017. I watched it in utter delight, a really great film. Of course, I decided to share my enthusiasm with my voice, here on the podcast. I hope you enjoy. Comments are welcomed!

Most Beautiful Island (2017)
1h 20min | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 3 November 2017 (USA)
Most Beautiful Island is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman’s struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.
Director: Ana Asensio
Writer: Ana Asensio
Stars: Ana Asensio, Natasha Romanova, David Little

Brief Film Review of ‘The Red Turtle’ – Ep. 49

This film brings the tide of humanity into the shore. I put ocean sounds as the bed for my review because they are so peaceful and run throughout the entire film. Without speaking these few characters deliver peace and relaxation while at the same time conveying a powerful story about the passing seasons of life. I hope you enjoy listening. Please, if you have time leave me a review on itunes of other service you listened at. Those reviews help get the word out on my project. This is episode 49.

The Red Turtle (2016)
La tortue rouge (original title)
PG | 1h 20min | Animation, Fantasy | 20 January 2017 (USA)
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A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
Writers: Michael Dudok de Wit (story), Pascale Ferran (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy

“Funny Games” In-Depth w Guest Vern

You may have heard my episode on Funny Games where I gave a “non-spoilers” review to my listeners. This is a continuation of that episode where have a guest, The Vern, with me to really get into the plot and discuss the director’s possible intentions. We hope you enjoy our discussion of this masterful film. Please feel free to join the conversation in the comments. I wish to send a big thank you out to The Vern for being my guest on this show! Our minds are warped similarly :)