Ep. 45: The Wicker Man (1973)

thewickermanIt’s our 3rd Halloween episode, and Nate and Ryan are taking the opportunity to watch The Wicker Man, another classic horror movie that’s always been on their list.  Though it had an inauspicious release in 1973, The Wicker Man has become the epitome of a cult classic, with various versions making the rounds over the years.  It’s often cited by filmmakers as one of the most influential horror movies ever made.

So does The Wicker Man hold up after all these years?  Where does The Wicker Man rank for you among horror movies?  Have you seen the Nicolas Cage remake?  Why would you do that?  Let us know!

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!