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.

Midnight Showing: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

The guys bust out the popcorn and soda again for another Midnight Showing episode, this time for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise-helmed series is one of the strongest yet, and they break down what about the film they liked, didn’t like, and what made it such a unique experience. Writer and director Christopher McQuarrie uses the team ensemble of regulars Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames to great effect, highlighting friendship as a major theme throughout, but perhaps the character who steals the show the most is the British spy Ilsa, played by Rebecca Ferguson, whose fighting skills would make even Jack Reacher blush. As Midnight Showing is as much about the experience of moviegoing as the movie itself, the guys discuss the trailers that played before their screening, the ways they got hyped for the fifth installment, and the atmosphere surrounding the cinema.

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation (2015)
Director
Christopher McQuarrie
Stars
Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris

Selected By
The Bit Players

3.6

Aired Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The guys bust out the popcorn and soda again for another Midnight Showing episode, this time for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise-helmed series is one of the strongest yet, and they break down what about the film they liked, didn't like, and what made it such a unique experience. Writer and director Christopher McQuarrie uses the team ensemble of regulars Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames to great effect, highlighting friendship as a major theme throughout, but perhaps the character who steals the show the most is the British spy Ilsa, played by Rebecca Ferguson, whose fighting skills would make even Jack Reacher blush. As Midnight Showing is as much about the experience of moviegoing as the movie itself, the guys discuss the trailers that played before their screening, the ways they got hyped for the fifth installment, and the atmosphere surrounding the cinema.