Ep. 113: Predator

Nate and Ryan get in the summer blockbuster mood by watching Predator (1987) for the first time. As part of our Gap Year series, we’re catching up on this action classic over 35 years later. As often happens, Predator is now looked at quite differently from when it was first released. Nate and Ryan share their first impressions and whether or not another over-the-top action movie is an appropriate means of critiquing over-the-top action movies. Get to the choppa for a ride full of explosions, biceps, and foreign policy that oversteps through overuse of military! As always, let us know your thoughts on this movie!

 

Links

Predator Turns 35: A Look Back at Sci-Fi’s Most Subversive Creature Feature by Cole Burgett (Christ and Pop Culture)

Predator: Why is it So Good? – Rossatron on YouTube

Predator: The Smartest Genre Mash-Up Ever? Probably!Patrick (H) Willems on YouTube

Every Predator Movie is Worth Watching by Jesse Hassenger (Polygon)

 

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Ep. 112: Under the Tuscan Sun

Nate and Ryan watch Under the Tuscan Sun with special guest Rachel Hughes Gates. As we continue to rectify blind spots during this Gap Year, Rachel suggested that we watch Under the Tuscan Sun, a movie that has stuck with her ever since she saw it in theaters 20 years ago. Though the movie didn’t make the biggest splash upon its release, it has maintained popularity with its effective blend of romance, comedy, scenery, food, and affection for Italian cinema. Rachel talks us through what the movie has meant to her and why she thinks more people should watch Under the Tuscan Sun, preferably while eating some Italian food and some good wine.

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Ep. 111: Sicario

Nate and Ryan watch and discuss Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve. As the beginning to what we’re calling our Gap Year, where we fill in gaps in our viewing history, we’ve chosen to watch Sicario, with an unbelievable cast and crew that includes cinematographer Roger Deakins,  and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, not to mention stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Daniel Kaluuya, and Jon Bernthal. As fans of everyone involved, there was no clear reason why we haven’t seen this tense political action thriller.

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Watch 1 Brilliant Moment of Tension by Cinefix – IGN Movies & TV for a great breakdown of the Juarez convoy sequence.

 

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March Episode Change of Plans

Really quick announcement: We will NOT be discussing Marcel the Shell with Shoes On for our March episode and will instead be watching and discussing Sicario. Watch it with us!

Ep. 110: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Nate and Ryan re-watch Everything Everywhere All at Once. In addition to being the top nominated movie at this year’s Oscars (11 nominations), Everything Everywhere All at Once is also one of our favorite movies from last year. Despite, or maybe because of its mind-bending multiversal action, audiences flocked to see it and dared to look into the center of the everything bagel. With so much to digest, listen in as Nate and Ryan discuss what makes Everything Everywhere All at Once so perfect for these times and why it connected with so many people.

What are your thoughts on Everything Everywhere All at Once? Let us know!

 

Read Miracle Work: A Note from the Daniels (A24)

Listen to Song Exploder Episode 245: Son Lux (feat. Mitski & David Byrne)

Watch Everything Everywhere All At Once: A Cinematic Miracle (The Fake Critic)

Watch How The Kung Fu Scenes Were Shot In Everything Everywhere All At Once (Movie Insider)

Watch Michelle Yeoh & The Daniels Break Down Everything Everywhere All At Once Fight Scene (Vanity Fair)

Watch Stephanie Hsu Everything Everywhere All At Once Audition

 

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