What’s Michael Bay’s deal? This is the question that plagues our hosts as they delve into the middle chapter in Bay’s Transformers saga.
We dive into our final 69% movie with Kathryn Bigelow’s classic Point Break. The crew breaks down their thoughts on the movie’s unique use of action, Bodhi and Johnny Utah’s sexual tension, and question why the hell anyone thought remaking this was a good idea. THAT is just when we’re on topic though, as the crew goes where the current takes them – discussing Percy Jackson, life in quarantine, and even planning a surprise pick for next week’s movie!
This week the crew is joined by special guest Clark Eglinton to talk about one of Judd Apatow’s least discussed films: Funny People. We talk about the interwoven careers of the film’s actors, talk about how the movie represents Los Angeles, and much more!
42069 Month continues with About Time, a movie that Ben will argue deserves a far higher score until the day he dies. The team gets down to the nitty-gritty by talking time travel mechanics, how theme connects to storytelling, how production companies work, and how this movie breaks conventional “rules” about movie storytelling. It’s not all business though, we also dive into Rachel McAdams’ illustrious career as “significant other of time traveler,” how we’d want to be proposed to, the impact of time travel on one’s sexual exploits, AND Chloe has a complete breakdown for a couple minutes in the middle there.
For 42069 month we’re talking movies with 69% on Rotten Tomatoes and it kicks off with Treasure Planet! Dive in as we discover how much this movie has shaped Chloe, talk our taste in video games, explore isolation life, and talk the history of the Disney Renaissance that led to Treasure Planet’s creation.
Christian Puente joins the crew to talk about the movie that introduced him to the Criterion Collection: Dazed and Confused. The gang talks about how well the movie reflects their own high school experiences, Richard Linklater’s impact on Austin filmmaking, the challenges of portraying the more problematic elements of teenagers, and the surprising connections between this movie and Armageddon???
This week in Criterion month we’re talking Armageddon. Do we mean the movie? Do we mean the current state of the world? Yes. Is Ben losing his mind about both? Also yes.
Ben and Chloe are in the same place! Which means an in-person film class episode right? Not so much. With a forgotten microphone making for a messy one microphone setup and a dad in the hospital to keep Ben busy, pulling off a good sounding and well-researched episode proved… impossible. Instead, enjoy 8 minutes of co-host banter and a promise to get our next episode out next week.
Henry Fonda may play Juror #8, but he’s hottie #1. The team sits down to talk this1957 classic which also happens to be one of Ben’s favorite movies of all time. Does he lose his mind a lot? Yes. We dig into the work of Director Sidney Lumet and what makes him special, how the movie evolved from teleplay to feature film, and why the writing and cinematography are a master class in character development. All this PLUS: the enduring relevance of the movie’s social commentary, Henry Fonda’s hotness, nuclear armageddon, and… Artemis Fowl???
Ben and Chloe are joined by special guest Éva Enriquez to talk about her RomCom pick: Music and Lyrics. Along the way, the crew discuss the wild life of Drew Barrymore, the hotness of Hugh Grant’s butt (and his role as a romcom actor… but especially the butt thing), and pitch their takes on a game show where celebrities have to fight each other.