For Tomhanksgiving 2020 we watch the ultimate social distancing movie: Cast Away. This year has sucked, but we can all be thankful that we’re not stuck alone on an island with just a volleyball for companionship. So there’s that.
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Produced by: Steve Starkey, Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke Screenplay by: William Broyles Jr. Edited by: Arthur Schmidt Cinematography: Don Burgess Music by: Alan Silvestri Starring: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in the daddest of dad movies. Does it work for non-dad types and/or non-car people?
Ford v Ferrari
Directed by: James Mangold Produced by: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, James Mangold Screenplay by: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller Edited by: Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael Music by: Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
It’s October so we’ve dipped a hesitant toe into the realm of (slightly) scary movies. In this episode, we discuss the pseudo-sequel to Cloverfield.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg Produced by: J. J. Abrams, Lindsey Weber Screenplay by: Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken, Damien Chazelle Edited by: Stefan Grube Cinematography: Jeff Cutter Music by: Bear McCreary Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr. Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
When I watched The Mandalorian last fall, the template for a video game version was apparent almost immediately. Around the same time, I played Jedi: Fallen Order which has so much story potential that a TV adaptation could be amazing. This video explains how those things could be adapted into the other medium.
I’ve had this idea for a while but with Mandalorian Season 2 on the way, a new Star Wars game just released, and rumors of possible Fallen Order DLC, this sure seems like a good time to talk about it since I missed the initial window.
Since the inauspicious conclusion of the “Skywalker Saga”, I’ve been really curious about the direction the franchise will take now that they got their nostalgia-driven movies out of the way. I hope Fallen Order and the Mandalorian are signals about the direction things are headed in because they’re both pretty solid.
The new Microsoft Flight Simulator is an amazing thing. It isn’t magic, but it is frequently magical. Rather than a more straightforward review or discussion of the game, I wanted to make something that was more of a general essay.
In a lot of ways, Flight Simulator transcends normal video games. It’s a way to experience a version of the real world – and realistic aviation if that’s you’re interest. Although I thought about getting a new flight stick (my ancient Logitech Wingman Attack 2 didn’t seem to be working all that well), I ended up being more interesting in touring the world than learning how to fly so the video is entirely “cinematic” – no UI or menus; no in-depth discussion of controls or options. That was a nice change of pace.
Above all, I wanted to put something out into the world that was positive, uplifting, and uniting. It’s been a rough year for just about everyone. Flight Simulator offers a bit of an escape from that while also allowing us to step back and appreciate how far technology has come to simulating and imitating the beauty of nature.
On this episode we attempt to keep things lighthearted by not to talking about this garbage fire of a year, but we can’t totally avoid it. Garbage fires spread. Nevertheless, there’s some good old fashioned random banter, the censorship bleep joke, and also discussion of an obscure nautical term! Truly this episode has it all. All of those things I mentioned.
We braved the theater to see Christopher Nolan’s latest spectacle. Was it worth it?
Directed by: Christopher Nolan Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan Edited by: Jennifer Lame Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema Music by: Ludwig Göransson Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
On this episode we discuss the movie that finally got Leo his Oscar. Is Leo really great in it? Oh, and how’s the actual movie?
Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu Produced by: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon, James W. Skotchdopole Screenplay by: Mark L. Smith, Alejandro G. Iñárritu Based on: The Revenant by Michael Punke Edited by: Stephen Mirrione Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki Music by: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Our discussion of the classic shark attack movie meanders through talk about the filmmaking, Spielberg’s catalog, and fun debate over a theoretical remake.
Directed by: Steven Spielberg Produced by: Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown Screenplay by: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb Edited by: Verna Fields Cinematography: Bill Butler Music by: John Williams Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Inception recently turned 10 and since we can’t see Christopher Nolan’s new movie yet, we thought this was the perfect time to revisit Inception… that dream within a dream… within a dream.
Directed by: Christopher Nolan Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan Edited by: Lee Smith Cinematography: Wally Pfister Music by: Hans Zimmer Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures