Ep. 44: The Magnificent Seven (1960)

the-magnificent-seven-boothillNate and Ryan talk about their first western, The Magnificent Seven, starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen and directed by John Sturges.  With Antoine Fuqua’s remake still in theaters, Nate and Ryan discuss how the original (itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai) holds up today.  While The Magnificent Seven isn’t necessarily one of the foundation-setting westerns, it certainly has developed a special place in film history and in people’s hearts, thanks in no small part to the fact that Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner are just so damn cool.

Where does The Magnificent Seven rank among your favorite westerns?  Let us know!

Ep. 43: Stand by Me

pay-stand-by-meWith Labor Day just behind us, and summer more or less over, Nate and Ryan watch and discuss Rob Reiner’s much loved coming-of-age movie Stand by Me.  Based on a short story by Stephen King, Stand by Me was released 30 years ago, meaning many of its original fans have 10-year-olds of their own.  Nate has watched this movie several times since his childhood, but Ryan had never seen it.  They discuss the oft-overlooked sadness of childhood, death, dead bodies, and (since it’d be depressing to wallow in such dour topics) vomit.  They explore what a movie set in the 50s and made in the 80s could have to say to us 30 years later.

How big a part of your life was Stand by Me?  What do you remember of it?  Does adulthood change your perspective on it at all?  Does Rob Reiner have any more good movies left in him?  Let us know!

Ep. 42: JFK

still-of-kevin-costner-and-wayne-knight-in-jfk-(1991)-large-pictureNate and Ryan revisit Oliver Stone’s controversial classic from 1991: JFK.  Inspired by the incredible light-shedding documentary OJ: Made in America, Nate and Ryan wanted to rewatch another film that explores the details of one of the most famous events in history.  The film follows New Orleans attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) as he dredges up any and all information he can about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  Something about the assassination and subsequent government report seemed off to Garrison so he pursued the truth, even if it meant the collapse of his professional and personal life.  JFK is a quiet classic.  Critics and film historians revere it, but it is rarely brought up among the greats of all time.  Nate and Ryan discuss whether it deserves a place among the best films, or if it is too loose with its blurring of facts and agenda.

Have you recently sat through all of JFK? What do you think about it as a movie, or as a piece of historical art?  What is your opinion of Kevin Costner or Oliver Stone?  Who is more divisive? Let us know!

Frontline panel discussion featuring Oliver Stone – Hollywood & History: The debate over JFK.