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!

Ep. 49: Titanic

titanic-movie-promo-stills-wallpaper-4Nate and Ryan invite special guest Anne Singleton to revisit their high school days and watch Titanic, released 20 years ago.  Titanic cemented its legacy when it won a record-tying 11 Oscars and became one of the highest-grossing films of all time.  Nate, Ryan, and Anne discuss how the film has held up and deal with the rocky histories they share with the movie.  Listen in to see how Titanic holds up and to hear what it’s like for Ryan to finally see what the fuss is all about.

As a disclaimer: We selected Titanic and had recorded the episode before Bill Paxton passed away on February 25.  We are both saddened by his passing.  We were big fans of his and his unique talent will be greatly missed.

Let us know your thoughts on Titanic.  How many pictures of Leo did you have in your locker?