Episode 54: Con Air (1997)

Strap in, because it’s going to be a bumpy flight this week for 1997’s action classic Con Air. As with any other movie starring Nic Cage, most of the conversation is dominated breaking down his legend, but they also discuss whether a film like Con Air is worthy of critical discussion in comparison to something that’s considered to be a little bit more serious. They quickly decide it’s probably not worth it and talk about Nic Cage’s southern accent, his hair, his BMI, magnetism and more. They attempt to place Con Air in the pantheons of ’90s action films, which is really a genre all its own.

Con Air (1997)
Director
Simon West
Stars
Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, John Cusack, Ving Rhames, Dave Chappelle, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo

Selected By
Clark

3.2

Aired Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Strap in, because it's going to be a bumpy flight this week for 1997's action classic Con Air. As with any other movie starring Nic Cage, most of the conversation is dominated breaking down his legend, but they also discuss whether a film like Con Air is worthy of critical discussion in comparison to something that's considered to be a little bit more serious. They quickly decide it's probably not worth it and talk about Nic Cage's southern accent, his hair, his BMI, magnetism and more. They attempt to place Con Air in the pantheons of '90s action films, which is really a genre all its own.

Episode 37: Fargo (1996)

The guys get their hands dirty with another Coen Brothers classic, the brilliant 1996 crime film Fargo, don’tchaknow? The film blurs the genre lines of comedy and drama with the shockingly brutal events that seemingly occur at random; it’s a screenwriting achievement in that the actual screenwriting is so well hidden by the wonderfully natural performances and amazing story craft. Fargo is a film that truly embodies the beauty of telling a story on screen, one that asks the viewer to appreciate the little things in life and maybe don’t try to kidnap their spouses. The guys also discuss New Year’s Resolutions and what their own paintings would be in a stamp contest.

Fargo (1996)
Directors
The Coen Brothers
Stars
Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Selected By
Jeff

5.0

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Aired Friday, January 8, 2016

The guys get their hands dirty with another Coen Brothers classic, the brilliant 1996 crime film Fargo, don'tchaknow? The film blurs the genre lines of comedy and drama with the shockingly brutal events that seemingly occur at random; it's a screenwriting achievement in that the actual screenwriting is so well hidden by the wonderfully natural performances and amazing story craft. Fargo is a film that truly embodies the beauty of telling a story on screen, one that asks the viewer to appreciate the little things in life and maybe don't try to kidnap their spouses. The guys also discuss New Year's Resolutions and what their own paintings would be in a stamp contest.

Episode 23: Big Fish (2003)

This week the guys talk about Tim Burton’s 2003 film Big Fish, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, and Jessica Lange. They discuss the ways that the film is both a major departure for Burton, given its levity and general colorful nature, but that there’s a thread of darkness that truly feels like his thumbprint on the family-oriented fantasy film. Big Fish plays on memory and storytelling and the ways that our minds take stories and twist them into fantasies over time in a way that actually blurs the line between what’s real and what’s not. They talk about how those new and interesting elements for Burton’s films mix with the familiar faces like Helena Bonham Carter and Danny DeVito to become one of his best films ever. They also look into the witch’s eye to see how they might go in the end and what their own “big fish” might be.

Big Fish (2003)
Director
Tim Burton
Stars
Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup

Selected By
Brian

4.6

what movies are
About

Aired Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This week the guys talk about Tim Burton's 2003 film Big Fish, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, and Jessica Lange. They discuss the ways that the film is both a major departure for Burton, given its levity and general colorful nature, but that there's a thread of darkness that truly feels like his thumbprint on the family-oriented fantasy film. Big Fish plays on memory and storytelling and the ways that our minds take stories and twist them into fantasies over time in a way that actually blurs the line between what's real and what's not. They talk about how those new and interesting elements for Burton's films mix with the familiar faces like Helena Bonham Carter and Danny DeVito to become one of his best films ever. They also look into the witch's eye to see how they might go in the end and what their own "big fish" might be.

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