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?

Ep. 48: Singin’ in the Rain

As La La Land continues to be an Oscar favorite (14 nominations), Nate and Ryan explore what might be the most revered of all movie musicals: Singin’ in the Rain.  Though Singin’ in the Rain didn’t garner any Oscar wins (and only 2 nominations), it has lived on to be adored by fans, critics, and scholars.  Nate and Ryan talk about whether the dance numbers still dazzle, the love story is still lovely, and if it can still make ’em laugh.

What is your favorite movie musical?  Where does Singin’ in the Rain rank?  Where will La La Land fit in the pantheon of musicals?  Let us know your thoughts!

Correction: In the episode Nate mentions Jean Hagen winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Hagen was nominated but did not win. The Oscar went to Gloria Grahame for The Bad and the Beautiful.