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  • 0:00:00 - 0:08:42 - INTROS - Sean goes to the dentist, Spartan, Val Kilmer, Red Planet, MacGruber, Will Forte, Powers Boothe, The Emerald Forest, Tim & Eric, Cruisin, Extreme Prejudice, Stacey Keach, hideous men kissing women, Simon Pegg, the trailer for Man Up, the trailer for Mission Impossible 5, Hugh Grant, Straw Dogs, and the Dark Knight Rises
  • 0:34:26 - 0:43:29 - Sean watched School on Fire (1988), directed by Ringo Lam, starring Sarah Lee, Damien Leung, Roy Cheung. Also discussed in this section: City on Fire, Prison On Fire, Reservoir Dogs, Maximum Risk, and Stand And Deliver
  • 0:43:30 - 1:04:46 -  To close out, we start talking aobut The Deadly Companions (1961) but end up just talking about the films of Sam Peckinpah and barely cover the really good Deadly Companions at all. 

    Also discussed in this section: Savage Cinema by Stephen Prince, Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron, Ride the High Country, The Getaway, Convoy, The Westerner, Bonanza, The Osterman Weekend, Cross of Iron, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Houge, Straw Dogs, Major Dundee, Junior Bonner, Robert Towne, Days of ThunderRudy Wurlitzer, The Keep, From Paris With Love, Luc Besson, Jason Robards, Crimson Tide, The Simpsons, True Romance, Sterling Hayden, Killing Them Softly, James Gandolfini, Get Shorty, Julia Louise Dreyfuss, John Travolta, and Watchmen 

  • THE FIRST AGE: Jeffrey from Beverly Hills Cop
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It's time to hear from Morgan Jeske and Tucker Stone on the following subjects:


  • 0:00:00 -  0:07:46 - Intros! Also covered: Takers, the Child 44 trailer, Armored, From Hell, The Drop, hats! 
  • 0:07:47 - 0:30:47 - Both Tucker and Morgan watched Spartan (2004), directed by David Mamet, starring Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, Kristen Bell, Ed O'Neill, and William H. Macy. 

    Also discussed in this section: The Edge, 3 Uses of a Knife, Redbelt, Ronin, Natural Born Killers, Bottle Rocket, The Lost World, Oleanna, 24, The Unit, Bill Maher, Dennis Miller, Spanish Prisoner, Garth Ennis, Robert Bly, Glengarry Glen Ross, Heist, The Equalizer, Terminator, Torque, and The Guest

  • 0:30:47 - 0:48:06 - Both Morgan and Tucker watched Kid With A Bike (2011), directed by the Dardenne Brothers, starring Thomas Doret, Cecile De France, and Jeremie Renier. 

  • 0:48:97 - 1:35:30 - Gosling Rankings: Films discussed include: Remember the Titans, The Believer, Murder By Numbers, The Notebook, Blue Valentine, Half Nelson, Fracture, Drive, Lars and the Real Girl, The Ides of March, All Good Things, Crazy Stupid Love, The Place Beyond the Pines, Only God Forgives, and Gangster Squad

    Also discussed in this section:  American History X, Seventeen Magazine, Happiness, Amour, FACE/OFF, The Driver, Alpha Dog, Skinemax, The United States of Leland, The Jinx, Serial, Ben Chaplin, Cinderella, The Slaughter Rule, the Blacklist movie scripts, Robert Towne, Mission Impossible 2, Chinatown, Object of Desire, Sins of the Night, John Q, Instinct, Bad Company, Patricia Clarkson on Broad City, Winning Season, Bad News Bears, The First 48, Hitch, Bruce Willis, The Counselor, The Stand, Mick Garris, World War Z, LA Noir, LA Confidential, Newton Boys, American Sniper, and San Diego Comic Con.

  • Also discussed in this section: David Fincher, 2 Days 1 Night, Rust & Bone, The 400 Blows. Roar, Fury Road, Jurassic World, Interstellar, The Thing, Paul Thomas Anderson, Noah Baumbach, and Jerry Maguire.

  • Next Week: The Gunman. 


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0:00:00 - 0:19:47 - Morgan watched Alien 3 (1992), directed by David Fincher, starring Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Brian Glover, and Lance Henriksen. 

Also discussed in this section: Alien, Aliens, Alien: Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator, Neil Blompkamp, The Defenders, JJ Abrams, the Blade Runner sequel, James Cameron, Michael Beihn, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Soldier, Walter Hill, David Giler, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, abortion, Obvious Child, The Fly, The Fly 2, Nymphomaniac 2, Denis Villeneuve, Apocalypse Now, Paget Brewster, Ridley Scott, Prometheus, Prisoners, Roger Deakins, Rosemary's Baby, David Peoples, Kurt Russell, and Ghosts of Mars

0:19:48 - 1:17:23 - Morgan has been going through the work of John Cassavetes:

Morgan watched A Woman Under the Influence (1974), directed by Cassavetes, starring Gena Rowands, Peter Falk, and Fred Draper. 

MHere's an interview with Gena Rowlands & Cassavetes about ‘Woman Under The Influence’ at AFI (of which Cassavetes became a “student” through Fellowships they offered so that he could get funding and crew).

Both Morgan and Sean watched The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976, re-released in 1978), directed by Cassavetes, starring Ben Gazarra, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel, Azizi Johan, Al Ruban, and Haji.


M: Recommended reading Cassavetes On Cassavetes by Ron Carney. It’s an amazing collection of interviews and essays the move chronologically through his filmography. Anything that I could add here is better articulated by the man himself. If you’re thinking about going to film school, don’t. Go buy a copy of this book.

Morgan watched Opening Night (1977), directed by Cassavetes, starring Gena Rowlands, Gazzara, Cassavetes, Joan Blondell, Paul Stewart, and Zhora Lampert. 


M: One of the few interviews (unaired) done for Opening Night

Both Sean and Morgan watched Love Streams (1984), directed by Cassavetes, starring Rowlands, Cassavetes, Cassel, Diahne Abbot, and Margaret Abbot.

Also discussed in this section: Shadows, Faces, Catcher in the Rye, Akira Kurosawa, Boxcar Bertha, Martin Scorsese, Minnie and Moskowitz, Cassavetes on Cassavetes, Peter Bogdanovich, John Flynn, Bob Fosse, Mean Streets, Reservoir Dogs, The Killing, Jim Jarmusch, Roger Corman, Herschell Gordon Lewis, John Lewis, Andy Warhol, "Indie" movies, mumblecore movies, Olivier Assayas, Kurosawa's Dreams, 50 First Dates, Boogie Nights, Michael Haneke, Claire Denis, Gordon WIllis, 48 Hrs, Lucio Fulci, Seijun Suzuki, Gloria, The Professional, Big Trouble, Paper Moon, Ronin, Steven Soderbergh, Fincher, Robert Duvall, Quentn Tarantino, George Clooney, Michael Mann, The American, and that song from Kelly's Heroes.

And finally, for here's Peter Falk, Ben Gazarra, and Cassavetes on Dick Cavett sort of promoting Husbands. The funniest shit e v a r.


M: Director Michael Ventura documented the making of Love Streams in the doc “I’m Almost Not Crazy…” (a great bit of dialogue delivered by Gena Rowlands in the film) More so than any of his other films, and perhaps underlined by Cassavete’s health, Love Streams echoes back to and mirrors many of his previous films. Mabel from ‘Influence’, elements of which appear in Richard and Sarah. Cassavetes/Rowlands interrogating their own relationship through avatars or playing characters themselves. The dissolution of the marriage consummated in ‘Minnie & Moskowitz’. Characters perceived as “crazy” by those around them. Love. Love. Love? Love. Where to put it. What happens when it goes away. Is it constant? Though this wasn’t his last film—that was the terrible work-for-hire ‘Big Trouble’—-Cassavetes thought of it as summation of his life’s work.

1:17:24 - 1:38:20 - Hottest Film Directors Rankings:

Nominations include: David Cronenberg, John Cassavetes, Antoine Fuqua, Shane Carruth, John Sayles, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Zack Snyder, Ringo Lam, David Lynch, Cary Fukunaga, Roger Corman, David Fincher, Kathyrn Bigelow, Anne Banecroft, Claire Denis, Paul Thomas Anderson, John Waters, Noah Baumbach, Sofia Coppola, Steve McQueen, William Friedkin, Sylvester Stallone, Amy Seimetz, Robert Rodriguez, and Renny Harlin.

Also discussed in this section: Woody Allen looking like a turtle, Bob Fosse, Orson Welles, Joe Dante, Casa De Los Babys, Michael Mann, Ron Perlman, Joan Rivers, Brian De Palma, John Carpenter, Sam Fuller, Joe Swanberg, Paul Verhoeven, Steven Soderbergh, Akira Kurosawa, The Fury, and Roman Polanski, and American directors who were nazi sympathizers. 


1:38:21 - 1:48:22 - To close out the show, Sean watched two films by Larry Cohen: 

It's Alive (1974), directed by Cohen, starring John P. Ryan, Sharron Farrell, James Dixon, and William Wellman Jr.

Also discussed in this section: Black Caesar, John Carpenter, Halloween 3, They Live, Hell Up In Harlem, Steven Spielberg, Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, God Told Me To, Phone Booth, Maniac Cop 1-3, Robin Wood's "Return of the Repressed"/"American Nightmare" articles, Keifer Sutherland, David Lean, Stanley Kubrick, Rick Baker, and Cronenberg on Cronenberg

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  • 0:00:00 - 0:13:25 - To start off, both Tucker and Sean watched Power/Rangers (2015), directed by Joseph Kahn, starring James Van Der Beek, Katee Sackhoff, Russ Bain, and Gichi Gamba. 

    Also discussed in this section: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dredd, Lone Survivor, Detention, Watchmen, Battlestar Galactica, Billy Blanks, Bionic Woman, Longmire, Chris Cunningham, Orson Welles, Othello, Michael Mann, Luck, John From Cincinnati, Firefly, Bryan Cranston, Mortal Kombat fan video, Isaac Florentine, John Hyams, Pacific Rim, Michelle Rodriguez, Undisputed, Europa films, Equilibrium, Chappie, Jupiter Ascending, Maid in Manhattan, Out of Sight, and Megan Ellison.

  • 0:13:26 - 0:43:19 - Tucker went to see 50 Shades of Grey (2015), directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, and Max Martini.

    Also mentioned in this section: Miami Vice the tv show and movie, The Master, Wolf of Wall Street, Days of Future Past, The Sex & The City Movie, Old Fashioned, The Duke of Burgundy, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Anthony Lane, Catch Me If You Can, Berberian Sound Studio, Green Lantern, Click, Sunstone, Adrian Lyne, The Last Picture Show, Paul Verhoeven, Brian De Palma, Lars Von Trier, Brett Ratner, Channel 101, Sliver, The Notebook, Taken 3, Transformers, 400 Blows, Sleepers, Dead Poets Society, If, Clockwork Orange, and The Fountainhead

  • 0:43:20 - 0:51:39 - TV comedies inclucing - Bag Boy, the Parks and Recreation finale, the Delocated Finale, Adam Pally's one episode hosting the Late Late Show, On Cinema At the Cinema's Oscars Special, The League, 30 Rock, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • 0:51:40 - 1:05:34 - Sean watched Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015), dir. Steve Pink, starring Rob Cordry, Adam Scott, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Gillian Jacobs, Kumail Nanjiani, and Christian Slater. 

    Also discussed in this section: Gremlins 2, Children's Hospital, Clark & Michael, Super High Me, Morgan Spurlock, Jackass, Super Bad, The Roast of James Franco, and Bill Hader. 

  • Our outro music this week: "Erotica (Sex book Mix)" by Madonna. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York. 
  • The Last Paul Reiser Standing
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  • 0:00:00 - 1:22:19 - This week David Brothers joins Sean to discuss the films and career of Fred Williamson, including the following films:
  • Black Caesar (1973), directed by Larry Cohen, starring Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Art Lund, Durville Martin, Julius Harris, and Don Pedro Colley.
  • Hell Up In Harlem (1973), directed by Larry Cohen, starring Williamson, Hendry, Martin, Harris, and Margaret Avary.
  • Three The Hard Way (1974), directed by Gordon Parks Jr., starring Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown.
  • One Down, Two To Go (1976), directed by Fred Williamson, starring Williamson, Jim Brown, Jim Kelly, Richard Roundtree, and Joe Spinell. 
  • Black Eye (1974), directed by Jack Arnold, starring Williamson, Teresa Graves, Rosemary Forsythe, and Richard Anderson.
  • The Inglorious Bastards (1978), directed by Enzo G. Castellari, starring Williamson, Bo Svenson, Peter Hooten, Michal Pergolani, Jackie Basehart, and Ian Bannen. 
  • From Dusk Til Dawn (1996), directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Kietel, Williamson, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Juliet Lewis, Ernest Liu, Danny Trejo, and Tom Savini. 
  • Original Gangstas (1996), directed by Larry Cohen, starring Williamson, Pam Grier, Jim Brown, Richard Roundtree, Ron O'Neal, Paul Winfield, Isabel Sandford, Oscar Brown Jr., Christopher B. Duncan, Eddie Bo Smith Jr., Robert Forster, Charles Napier, and Godfrey.


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On this episode, your hosts discuss:

  • 0:00:00 - 0:29:15 - Trailer roundup! Topics discussed: Jupiter Ascending, White God, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Ant Man, Arrow, Outcast, 50 Shades of Grey, Paul Verhoeven, Adrian Lyne, Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, Joe Ezterhas, Unfaithful, Jacob's Ladder, 9 and a Half Weeks, Basic Instinct, Gone Girl, Brian De Palma, Sliver, Angel Heart, The Wrestler, Heat, Nosferatu, Magic Mike XXL, Season of the Witch, Adrian Brody, Toy Story, X-Men Days of Future Past, Planet of the Apes, Mandingo, Nymphomaniac, I Am Number Four, Jumper, Poltergeist, The Grudge, The Descent, Larry Hama, Doomsday, Ninja, Magic the Gathering, The Winning Season, Bad News Bears, Breaking Bad, Half Nelson, Snow Angels, Friday Night Lights, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Antichrist, Hostel 2, 28 Days, Transformers 3, Joe Carnahan, Chronicle, Whiplash, Interstellar, and Call of Duty.
  • 0:29:16 - 0:37:55 - Tucker watched American Sniper (2014), directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. 

    Also discussed in this section: Forrest Gump, Steven Spielberg, The Hurt Locker, Ghost in the Shell, Vern, Matt Taibbi, and The Economist.



  • 0:37:56 - 0:49:19 -  Tucker saw Taken 3 (2014), directed by Olivier Megaton, starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Forrest Whittaker, Dougray Scott, and Famke Jansen. 

    Also discussed in this section: Xander Berkley, Mission Impossible 2, Hugh Jackman, Wolverine, Car 54 Where Are You, Terminator 2, Point Break, Point Blank, Breaking Point, Boiling Point, Repo Man, Flashpoint, Breaking The Girl, Girls Don't Cry, Boys Don't Cry, The Joy Luck Club, Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, The Waterboy, The Woodsman, The Clearing, Triumph of the Spirit, Michael Mann, John Wick, Chain Reaction, The Gift, Speed, James Spader, Grown Ups 2, andThe Matrix.


  • 0:49:19 - 0:54:30 - Tucker and Sean both watched The Phantom Carriage (1921), directed by Victor Sjostrom, staring Sjostrom, Hilda Borgstrom, and Tore Svenneberg.

    Also discussed in this section: The Shining, Muppet Christmas Carol, Sunn O))), Shakespeare, the Bible, and Dr. Strangelove.



    0:54:31 - 1:13:54 - Sean watched Kawachi Karumen (1966), directed by Seijun Suzuki, starring Yumiko Nogawa, Ruriko Ito, Chikako Miyagi, Michio Hino, and Kayo Matsuo. 

    Also discussed in this section: Christian Movie Trailers dotcom, Story of a Prostitute, Branded to Kill, Tokyo Drifter, Nicholas Cage, the Star Wars prequels, Tomorrowland,  Fast & The Furious 7Sideways, Shoot Em Up, Children of Men, Closer, Duplicity, The Brothers Bloom, Summer Catch, Fever Pitch, Jimmy Fallon, Remo Williams, Seth Meyers, Fireproof, and Old Fashioned.

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  • 0:00:00 - 0:33:27 - Tucker saw a 35mm screen of Manhunter with an interview with Tom Noonan (1986), dir. Michael Mann, starring William Petersen, Tom Noonan, Kim Griest, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Dennis Farina, and Stephen Lang. 

    Also discussed in this section: Heat, Thief, The Keep, Brett Ratner, Paul Thomas Anderson.

  • 0:33:28 - 0:35:36 - Sean watched Rogue (2007), directed by Greg McLean, starring Sam Worthington as a redneck and a cgi Allligator. Also thinks it's really funny to switch up crocodile and alligator.

    Also discussed in this section: Wolf Creek, Walton Goggins, Sabotage, and Crossfit. 

  • 0:35:37 - 0:56:01 - We finally caught up with Person of Interest season 4 1-12, created by Jonathan Nolan. 

    Also discussed in this section: Batman, Spider-Man, Punisher, Daredevil, Domino, the X-Men, Rhys Chatham, Mad Max, Person of Interest, The Wire, True Detective, Sarah Connor Chronicles, 24, The Lone Gunmen, End of Watch, and John Le Carre.

  • 0:56:02 - 1:29:29 - Both Sean and Tucker watched Blackhat (2014), dir. Michael Mann, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, Viola Davis, Ritchie Coster, Holt McAllany, Leehom Wang, John Ortiz, and WIlliam Mapother.

    Also discussed in this section: Boarding Gate, Tony Scott, Thief, Heat, Jericho Mile, Collateral, The Keep, David Cronenberg, Public Enemies, Hackers, Miami Vice, Thor, Cabin in the Woods, Snow White and the Huntsman, Frank Darabont, Red Dawn, and Drug War

  • Next Week: Taken 3 maybe?
  • Our outro music this week: "Graham's Theme" by Michael Rubini from Manhunter. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York.
  • The Paul Will Reiser Again.
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  • Here's a story about a time when the world's most prominent filmmaker fails for the first time, goes to war with the DGA, forces the hand of the MPAA, builds a franchise, makes the biggest film ever made, reinvents the action movie, and quits writing for decades. The most interesting 5 years in Stephen Spielberg's life. 

    Featuring Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Tobe Hooper, with cameo appearances from John Milius, Richard Matheson, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Lawrence Kasdan, Robert Zemeckis, Joe Dante, John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, John Landis, Michael Cimino, and Samuel Goddamn Fuller. 

  • I cut sections on Spielberg hiring Joe Dante in order to stop the production of Jaws 3, People 0 and Satyajit Ray claiming E.T. was stolen from a spec script that was circling around Hollywood while Spielberg was at Universal television, becuause neither of them seemed to flow nicely with the rest of the story. Also I never figured out how to fit in all the crazy stuff -- the way that Milius introduced Kathleen Kennedy to Spielberg. And Kennedy being one of the dancers at the start of Temple of Doom. The way that Milius, Spielberg, and Lucas all traded points on Star Wars, Close Encounters, and Big Wednesday. How Spielberg took a day off on E.T. to watch De Palma shoot the final gunfight for Scarface. How De Palma shot Casualties of War on all the same locations as Temple of Doom... I really love the stories of this group of people who were playing at this high level and still managed to be artists, for a while anyway. I don't know, I tried to not make it a "Jaws is awesome podcast". Jaws is the truth. 

    I really think this is a story of an artist finding the edge of his abilities, and an industry pushing back when he slips... but it may have descended into fanboy connections, even with cutting all the stuff listed above. I think that the reason De Palma stayed as fierce a filmmaker as he is, and Scorsese too, is that they met with a lot more consisten ups and downs than Spielberg/Lucas/Coppola, and their abilities to buy studios. They had more to lose, and kept losing every few films. Boiling it down to just those five directors leaves out how important Milius and Dante and Marcia Lucas and Amy Robinson and Paul Schrader and all the others were to the story too. Any version of "this is a cool thing that happened" leaves out the context of a dozen major and minor players left out. 

  • 1941 (1979), directed by Steve Spielberg, based on a story by John Milius, written by Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale, starring... well, everyone I listed at the start of the podcast. 
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), directed by Steven Spielberg; written by Lawrence Kasdan; story by George Lucas and Phillip Kaufman (who I didn't mention on the show but I think probably has a lot more to do with how rich the script is character-wise); starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Denholm Elliot, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, and Alfred Molina. 
  • E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982), directed by Steven Spielberg; written by Melissa Mathison; starring Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas, Robert McNaughton, and Drew Barrymore. 
  • Poltergeist (1982), directed by Tobe Hooper; written by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais, and Mark Victor; starring Craig T. Nelson, Jobeth Williams, Zelda Rubenstein, Beatrice Straight, and Heather O'Rourke. 
  • Return of the Jedi (1983), directed by Richard Marquand, written by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas, starring Harrson Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davis, Frank Oz, and Sebastian Shaw. 
  • Twilight Zone The Movie (1983), directed by John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, and George Miller; written by Richard Matheson, Melissa Mathison, John Landis, George Clayton Johnson, and Jerome Bixby; starring Vic Morrow, Burgess Meredith, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Scatman Crothers, Kathleen Quinlan, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Cartwright, and Dick Miller. 
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Willard Huyk & Gloria Katz, story by George Lucas, starring Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Amrish Puri, and Jonathan Ke Quan. 
  • Movies that are also discussed: Duel, Jaws, Sugarland Express, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, THX-1138, Gremlins, Always, The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, That Man From Rio, The Man Who Knew Too Much (the Doris Day version), Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, Apocalypse Now, The Blues Brothers, Stark Trek, Heaven's Gate, Dr. Strangelove, Shampoo, Used Cars, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Continental Divide, Pierrot Le Fou, The Social Network, Taxi Driver, Alien, American Graffiti, Howard the Duck, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, Triumph of the Will, The Incredible Hulk, Columbo, Night Gallery, The Thing, Blade Runner, A.I., The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Eye of the Needle, Dune, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Inglourious Basterds, The Funhouse, Salem's Lot, Ace Eli & Roger of the Skies, The Goonies, Amblin, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Fog, The Howling, and The Terminal
  • Music / clips:

    • John Williams - “Navy Planes” from the Close Encounters of the Third Kind soundtrack
    • John Williams - “The Acrophobe and the Idiot” from the 1941 soundtrack 
    • Audio from the 1941 trailer directed by John Milius
    • Goblin - “Jennifer’s Friends” from the Phenomena soundtrack 
    • Interview from the 2008 dvd of Raiders of the Lost Ark
    • John Barry - “Teasing the Korean” from the Goldfinger soundtrack (even the titles are offensive)
    • Lalo Schifrin - “First Chase/Foot Chase/St. Matthew’s Passion” from the THX-1138 soundtrack
    • John Williams - “The Map Room - Dawn” from the Raiders of the Lost Ark soundtrack
    • Cliff Martinez - “Bat & Pig” from the Contagion soundtrack
    • John Williams - “Toys” from the E. T. soundtrack
    • Brian Eno - “Aragon” from Music For Films 1
    • Music from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by Tobe Hooper & Wayne Bell
    • Jerry Goldsmith - “Calling/The Neighborhood” from the Poltergeist soundtrack
    • Jerry Goldsmith - “The Star Spangled Banner” from the Poltergeist soundtrack
    • Peter Gabriel - “In Doubt” from Passion, his score to The Last Temptation of Christ
    • Aphex Twin - “Domino” from Selected Ambient Works vol. 2
    • Shane Carruth - “Leaves Expanded May Be Prevailing Blue Mixed with Yellow of the Sand” from the Upstream Color soundtrack
    • David Axelrod - “A Little Girl Lost” from Songs of Experience
    • Interview from Frank Marshall’s Temple of Doom behind the scenes documentary
    • Tangerine Dream - “Charly the Kid” from the Firestarter soundtrack
    • Interview from the Gremlins behind the scenes featurette
    • Jerry Goldsmith - “The Shop/Little One” from the Gremlins soundtrack
    • John Carpenter - “Seagrass Attack” from The Fog soundtrack
    • David Bowie - “A New Career In A New Town” from Low

    This episode is Sean trying to ape the style of these podcasts: Karina Longworth's You Must Remember This, the non-interview segments on The Dana Gould Hour, and The Dollop. Listen to those shows for the non-shitty version of a storytelling podcast. Next week we will be back to the tried and true 2 people talking about movies format and Sean promises to never do this much talking ever again.

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This week is a special episode focusing on 2014 in the cinema of India, with your host Joe McCulloch (along with Sean "Shitty Excuse For Carl Reiner" Witzke).

  • 01:46: Specifically, Part XVII of the Constitution of India provides that “Hindi in Devanagari script” is “the official language of the Union,” although English can still be used for Parliamentary purposes, among other governmental functions. Technically, there are 22 (rather than 23) languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, but I've taken the liberty of adding English as an effective 23rd, given its official status in several Indian states, as well as its continued governmental function. Also, *I* speak English, and it is therefore the most important language.  
  • 03:15: GREAT NEWS - Here I have confused the cinema of Pakistani Punjab -- which is based in Lahore, the capital city of Punjab province and the effective center of Pakistan's domestic film industry -- with the cinema of Indian Punjab, which is based in Mumbai (i.e. not the Indian state of Punjab). I've also erred in tethering the use of Urdu to historical period; there are geographical considerations as well, particularly in relation to Muslim communities, although Hindi and Urdu are (in the words of linguistic scholar Wikipedia) mutually intelligible registers of basically the same tongue.
  • 04:15: A hit film from one major regional cinema, it should be clarified, is not in any way guaranteed popularity across India, even in regional dubbed versions. Sometimes, stars from one region's cinema will do special appearances or supporting roles in another region's films, as a means of shoring up trans-Indian box office. Additionally, larger regional cinemas have a tendency to tap actors or technicians from smaller regional cinemas, who might then return to their home region with enhanced prestige – I'm thinking specifically of the Karnataka native Prakash Raj, who did a lot of Kannada-language film and theater work before becoming a delightfully odd character actor (mostly villains and dads) in the Tamil, then Telugu, then Hindi cinemas, eventually returning to write and direct films in Karnataka. 
  • 06:05: This is not to suggest that there haven't been South films created with outside money and an eye on the international market; Disney, for example, co-produced a Telugu film in 2011, Anaganaga O Dheerudu, which was subsequently released on home video in North America as Once Upon a Warrior. I don't recall it playing in theaters around here, though. 
  • 06:55: TERRIFIC - Here I'm conflating the designations “NRI” (non-resident Indian) and “PIO” (person of Indian origin); there's legal implications in terms of taxation and international travel. 
  • 10:05: The issue of skin whitening is hardly unaddressed in Indian popular cinema itself, in case you were wondering: off the top of my head I can recall no less a venerable presence than the Tamil movie superstar Rajinikanth -- at one time among the highest-paid actors in Asia -- devoting a skit to the issue in his 2007 vehicle Sivaji. Granted, there's also some prominent 'dark skin = nasty' jokes in that one, perhaps as a means of sugaring the pill...
  • 11:45: One hopes the message taken from this entire unfortunate soliloquy is that Orientalism (the term I am grasping for) is not assuaged by the white observer amassing specialized knowledge; in fact, that is just as easily a bulwark, insofar as 'expertise' is often used as a means of Outsider A pulling rank on Outsider B in terms of disseminating novel tidbits and otherwise exercising the soft colonialism of dull concern. 
  • 12:36: American exploitation movie icon David F. Friedman did indeed work on the 1955 U.S. release of Bergman's Summer With Monika, although I probably should have cited to his boss, the infamous Kroger Babb, who's actually the one that ordered severe edits re: the artsy bits and a fortuitous re-titling to Monika, the Story of a Bad Girl, which I think is how Woody Allen saw it. 
  • 13:00: Per my close friend Wikipedia (again), there were 201 Hindi films released in 2014, and 195 Telugu films. Both of these were less than the 215 Tamil films premiered. By way of comparison, there were about 230 new domestic films released in 2014 throughout all of China. 
  • 13:20For example

    As always, the streams of cinema aren't ever entirely separate, as one of B-grade impresario Suresh Jain's earlier productions was excerpted in a 2011 mainstream smash, Rockstar. Of course, if you want to talk extreme badness in Bollywood, the first place you'll need to go is the 1998 Mithun Chakraborty-starrer Gunda, which enjoys Troll 2-level prestige amongst Hindi movie fans of a certain persuasion.

  • 13:50: Specifically, the production or distribution of pornographic materials is illegal in India, although possession is not a crime – as a result, hardcore sex films are not necessarily unfamiliar (the initial mainstream visibility of Sunny Leone, former Vivid contract player-turned-Indian reality tv phenom-turned-established movie star, was premised on the titilation inherant to such familiarity clashing with the wider society), they're just not domestically made. Public exhibition of films not cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification is likewise illegal. There are three general 'ratings' – U, UA, and A, with an A restricting viewing or purchase to those 18 or older. An odd side-effect of the comparitive modesty of Hindi films is that my local theater tends to run children's movie advertisements before all of them, apparently resting on the 'family' reputation of the scene; this makes for a very amusing juxtaposition with A-rated mainstream fare like 2011's Delhi Belly, which contains approximately 12,000,000 spoken variations on the English term 'fuck'.
  • 14:40: In case it's not clear, Hindi movie performers very rarely *sing* the songs featured in their films; they lip-synch to whatever the vocals of the actual track might be, leading to one actor or actress adopting multiple singing 'voices' throughout the course of one film.
  • 16:46: We finally arrive at the films of 2014 by talking about Queen, directed by Vikas Bahl, and starring Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao & Lisa Haydon. It is Bahl's first solo directorial feature, although he had done production work on numerous prior works by his Phantom Films cohorts Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap. I first saw Ranaut in Kites (2010), an eccentric Rakesh Roshan production seemingly aimed at 'selling' his son Hrithik Roshan (already an established Hindi star) as an international player – Brett Ratner(!!) even supervised an alternate cut of the film, which (I'm told) drastically downplayed all the Bollywood elements, e.g. songs. The non-Ratner cut became the first Hindi picture ever to place in the North American box office top ten, although Hrithik did not go on to light the states ablaze to even the limited extent of Anil Kapoor post-Slumdog Millionaire.   
  • 18:12: Asking after a fixed definiton of a masala movie is like chasing the concept of mise-en-scène: it means different things to different people. Indeed, the culinary etymology of the term encompasses the notion of certain ingredients being switched in and out, so that some films might be heavier on romance while others might favor action or comedy... still, it's a mix. I'm talking about a certain type of chest-thumping '80s-style masala here, reintroduced in tremendous popular form by way of Telugu remake via a 2009 Salman Khan vehice, Wanted, directed by the famous dancer Prabhudheva, who was briefly a tee-hee-look-at-this viral video fun figure on the international scene via this
  • 19:08: The other actress-driven films from 2014 I mention are: Mary Kom, starring Priyanka Chopra; Mardaani, starring Rani Mukerji; and Bobby Jasoos, starring Vidya Balan, whose 2012 film Kahaani I mispronounce to fearsome effect. 
  • 21:50: Zainab Akhtar sent me a link to this comedy video the other day, which off-handedly speaks to the cult reputation of Gangs of Wasseypur (2012, not 2013) – appreciable as the least 'Bollywood' of all Bollywood films. It also played the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2012, which would probably have been a more appropriate reference to make! 
  • 23:50: All of these qualities, I remind you, are in relation to the recent mainstream of Hindi popular cinema; obviously, films about women dealing with their own lives have existed before in Indian films. I mean, really
  • 25:00: Here I'm referring to the phenomenon of writer/director Sooraj R. Barjatya's Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! which, to allude to another cinema game-changer of 1994, acted like a shot of adrenaline directly to the heart of Indian filmgoing, albeit in an exceedingly wholesome manner. The phrase I'm using, btw, is “paisa vasool,” which is not limited to movie usage.
  • 27:35: Now I'm talking about Kick, directed by Sajid Nadiadwala, and starring Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda & Nawazuddin Siddiqui.  Nadiadwala has seen much of his recent success as a producer on dubious comedy contraptions such as the Housefull series, although he branched significantly this year as co-producer on the well-received 'serious' drama Highway and the splashy relationship comedy 2 States (which I mention a bit later). Nonetheless, this -- his directorial debut -- plays it good and safe, to splendid financial returns. I cannot stress enough that anything with Nawazuddin Siddiqui (one of the stars of the aforementioned Gangs of Wasseypur) is good for at least the presence of Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The bleak crime/sleaze movie history-themed Ashim Ahluwalia picture Miss Lovely may be of particular interest to listeners of this podcast, and can still be bought or rented digitally via Amazon.
  • 28:47: I'm alluding here to Katrina Kaif and Sonakshi Sinha, two well-known actresses who've mentioned Khan functioning as a mentor to them. 
  • 31:50: You may remember Om Puri quite recently from Lasse Hallström's The Hundred-Foot Journey, in which he stars opposite Helen Mirren as... a concerned father! I am told Juhi Chawla (of numerous '90s favorites such as Yash Chopra's Darr, which is also notable for one of the early, weird Shah Rukh Khan performances) also shows up, only to die quickly. I keep expecting one of these world-class folks to roll into a Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie, preferably Manoj Bajpai with a crew of goons. #jokes
  • 32:27: Next on the agenda is PK, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, and starring Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Dutt & Sushant Singh Rajput. And Boman Irani, who's one of those reliable character actor types who seem to pop up in every third movie. (The king of these is a Telugu comedian, Brahmanandam Kanneganti, who averages over one dozen film appearances per year, usually in designated comedy relief segments.) I'll be writing more about PK in the next installment of The Most Popular Movie Column in the Entire World, which should be a real treat, since in a column I can do the lecture and the errata at the same time.
  • 35:47: I didn't pick these topics at random. See: Taare Zameen Par (2007), aka Like Stars on Earth, which Khan also directed; and Rang De Basanti (2006), perhaps *the* canonical 'serious' popular smash of the past ten years, and the foundation upon which Khan has built his latter-day persona as a superstar-cum-crusader for social betterment.
  • 40:24: As it happened, I didn't get around to saying anything more about Sanjay Dutt -- have I mentioned that there's no script here? -- so let me clarify that not only has Dutt appeared in three out of four Rajkumar Hirani films, but he is expected to be the subject of the fifth: a full-blown biopic. He's definitely led a colorful life, including a supremely infamous arrest on terrorism and conspiracy charges in the wake of the 1993 Mumbai blasts; he was ultimately convicted for possession of illegal weapons, and is currently in prison.  
  • 48:22Fandom in action.
  • 51:21: The name I can't recall here is Chetan Bhagat, whom I forgot to identify earlier as one of several screenwriters to work on the aforementioned Kick (to reprise my earlier statements about masala implicating some shifts in emphasis/spices). The male star of 2 States was Arjun Kapoor. 
  • 56:05: You may not have heard of Singhambut maybe you've seen this

    To continue the superhero theme, Singham Returns is the “Winter Soldier” of the Singham franchise. Maybe I just find Ajay Devgan more convincing in these macho authoritarian roles than most. Certainly his scripts don't go deepest into insanity – I'm reminded of a 2012 Telugu picture, Businessman, which finds Martin Freemanesque tic-laden cutey boy star Mahesh Babu essaying an underworld hotshot whose disgust at the corruption of establishment interests moves him to revolutionize Indian politics through heroic intimidation and hot-blooded violence, including a great moment where he and his crew bring a wise and necessary end to press freedoms. It's honest-to-god borderline fascism, with a big speech delivered right to the camera at the end. RECOMMENDED. 

  • 58:42: Finally, we have Haider, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, and starring Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Shraddha Kapoor & Irrfan Khan, who was on In Treatment, not Bored to Death – look for him in Jurassic World this summer! Since there's always time for one last flub with me, know that  Bhardwaj began his career in Hindi film as a music composer, not a lyricist. Also recommended outside of his Shakespeare trilogy (also including Maqbool, 2003, and Omkara, 2006) are the very popular 2009 thriller Kaminey, and 2013's Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, a political comedy about a landowner who becomes an ardent leftist when drunk and his communist chauffeur/enabler that simultaneously adopts the form of a super-mainstream Bollywood programmer, with a big wedding and everything.
  • Next Week: MANN.
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