Ep. 52: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Nate and Ryan rewatch Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the other sci-fi classic released 40 years ago.  Directed by Steven Spielberg, Close Encounters solidified Spielberg’s aesthetic and helped bring hard(ish) sci-fi into the mainstream.  With all the hallmarks of great Spielberg movies wrapped up nicely in one movie, Nate and Ryan explore what makes Close Encounters of the Third Kind an unusually under-seen classic, and what we all love about Spielberg.

Was Close Encounters of the Third Kind a part of your childhood?  Where does it rank among Spielberg’s movies for you?  How has Close Encounters aged?  Let us know!

Ep. 51: The Fast and the Furious

Not ones to be left out, Nate and Ryan decide to see what all the fuss is about with this The Fast and the Furious franchise.  With The Fate of the Furious setting records at the box office, it seemed high time that they give the original a shot.  For help, they brought in their good friend Phil Vickers to talk about the series’ impact on the modern movie landscape and what the first movie looks like after watching the sequels.

What are your thoughts on the Fast and/or Furious franchise?  Is it too late to try to catch up?  How much wrench time have you put into your car?  Let us know!

Todd VanDerWerff’s thorough and enthusiastic primer of the Fast & Furious series.

Correction: The original Racer X article appeared in VIBE, not VICE.

Ep. 50: Network

Note: This episode and its clips contain language not suitable for all audiences.  Also, as might be expected, this episode is pretty politically charged.  We welcome your comments (and your anger), but please keep it civil.

For their 50th episode, Nate and Ryan take a look at how Network (1976) and its political anger speak to today’s world.  Paddy Chayefski’s screenplay, directed by Syndey Lumet is often hailed as one of the most prescient and relevant movies of all time.  Since its release, the film’s angry criticism of corporate greed has struck a chord with people.  Nate and Ryan discuss what has made this film have such a lasting impact and what it has to say for us today.

What are your thoughts on Network?  How has its anger held up?  Are you mad as hell? If so, are you going to take it anymore?  Let us know!