Ep 66: Halloween (1978)

For the 5th Annual Holiday Spooktacular, Nate and Ryan discuss another bona fide classic, John Carpenters’ Halloween.  John Carpenter’s cheap, fast horror flick defied the odds and set a new standard for the genre, and as it’s celebrating its 40th anniversary, it seemed like the perfect time to relive “the night HE came home.” Listen as Nate and Ryan discuss Halloween‘s legacy and how the movie looks 40 years and 11 sequels later.

What’s your history with Halloween?   Where does it rank among horror movies for you? Who’s the scariest horror movie villain?  Let us know!

And don’t forget to check out Halloween Unmasked. The Ringer’s excellent podcast about all things Michael Myers hosted by Amy Nicholson.

Ep 65: Vertigo

Nate and Ryan discuss their first Alfred Hitchcock classic, 1958’s Vertigo.  As the film has gained more and more respect over the years, Nate and Ryan decided that it was time for them to really examine this beloved psychological mind-bender.  Like so many hallmarks of cinema before and since, Vertigo befuddled critics and audiences when it was released, and was kept more or less under wraps by Hitchcock’s estate for several decades.  Nate and Ryan discuss what makes this slow-burn entry into film canon so mesmerizing.

What are your thoughts on Hitchcock?  Is Vertigo rightly up there with his best?  Let us know!

Ep. 64: Bull Durham

Nate and Ryan escape the summer heat by watching Bull Durham, a sports classic from 1988 that helped catapult Kevin Costner into Hollywood super-stardom.  Bull Durham is often hailed as the best sports movie of all time, so Nate and Ryan decided to weigh in for themselves.  After 30 years, how does this tale of small-time baseball players, small-town romancers, and has-been talents hold up?  Nate and Ryan discuss if Bull Durham has any life left in it.

Where does Bull Durham rank for you?  Is there another sports movie that takes the top spot for you?  Do you believe in opening presents on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve? Let us know!

Also, let us know your thoughts on our next movie: Vertigo.

Ep. 63: Can’t Hardly Wait

As the school year winds down and summer brings life-long change (or so teen comedies would have us believe), Nate and Ryan discuss Can’t Hardly Wait.  Released 20 years ago, some of the hallmarks of late ’90s and early ’00s teen comedies can be traced back to Can’t Hardly Wait, yet it doesn’t quite hold a place among the “Teen Comedy Classics.”  Nate and Ryan discuss whether it belongs there, and what qualifies a film for a place among the beloved. They also get unexpectedly serious in discussing whether a movie that accurately depicts the troubling social dynamics of its day has a place in today’s culture.

Was Can’t Hardly Wait a part of your teen years?  What is your favorite teen comedy?  What makes a “great” teen comedy in your mind? Let us know!

Ep. 62: The Big Lebowski

Nate and Ryan talk about The Big Lebowski (one of their favorites), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  They welcome back their good friend Tim Yoder to discuss what is so special about this movie and what the expansive cult fan base indicates about its appeal.  Grab a white Russian and lay out on your best rug as we wax philosophical about this cult favorite.

What is your history with The Dude?  What are your favorite lines?  Which lines are you sick of hearing?  Let us know!