New Episode of The (title pending) Movie Podcast with Tank and Fogs!!

PodcastWhat’s up everyone? Here’s a brand spanking new (title pending) ep for your listening enjoyment!

This time out, Tank and I review three different films for you! Ron Howard’s latest, the Formula 1 Racing Rivalry film, “Rush”, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, “Don Jon”, and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″.

After, we take a listener suggestion and discuss our favorite Academy Award nominees that DIDN’T win Best Picture! Of course, we also have you covered with this week’s Box-Office Roundup, On the Radar and more!

It’s a great episode and you won’t want to miss it! As always, you can download it directly, here, or search for us on iTunes or Stitcher radio by looking for (title pending) or Tank and Fogs!

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Movies I Want Everyone to See: Westworld (1973)

westworld_ver2This is another entry in the Pre-Star Wars inventory of great science fiction movies of the early 1970s. While the story moves forward in some slightly clunky ways, and there are some premises that defy logic in order to get to the climax, the crux of the concept is exciting and fun. The even more important point is how significant the movie is to future films in the genre. It continues to reverberate even today and makes a visit to this retro futuristic amusement park a necessity for anyone who loves the action and adventure of films from Spielberg and Cameron.

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Catching the Classics: Risky Business

risky_businessSince 1998, I have been maintaining a list of movies that I wanted to see. Sometimes these are all-time classics that passed me by, sometimes they’re genre classics that interest me. The list grows regularly and is currently more than 1800 movies long. Fogs has gone through and hand-picked several classic films for me to “fast-track” and review here. This is one of those films.

We all know the scene. Tom Cruise. Pink dress shirt. Boxer shorts. Bob Seger. He slid into his parents’ living room and into the American consciousness. The scene is ubiquitous in lists of iconic movie scenes. I probably saw the scene itself or homages to it thirty times before I even knew who Tom Cruise was (I was four years old when Risky Business came out). It can be a little odd checking out a film when one scene is already thoroughly engraved in memory through years of repetition.

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New Episode of The (title pending) Movie Podcast with Tank and Fogs!!

PodcastWhat’s going on, everyone, here’s the latest and greatest (title pending) for your listening pleasure!

This week, Tank and I team up to bring you reviews of three recently released movies. Tank gives the lowdown on James Wan’s “Insidious 2″ and the Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal starring “Prisoners”. Then I take the plunge and check out “The Family”, starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer!

After, based on listener suggestions, we discuss our favorite movie theme songs of all time! All that, plus the box office roundup, on the radar and more!

It’s a great episode and you won’t want to miss it! As always, you can download it directly, here, or search for us on iTunes or Stitcher radio by looking for (title pending) or Tank and Fogs!

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Catching the Classics: Scarface

Scarface PosterSince 1998, I have been maintaining a list of movies that I wanted to see. Sometimes these are all-time classics that passed me by, sometimes they’re genre classics that interest me. The list grows regularly and is currently more than 1800 movies long. Fogs has gone through and hand-picked several classic films for me to “fast-track” and review here. This is one of those films.

It’s hard to be certain when I first heard about Scarface. High school seems likely. Its excess of violence and its sense of style would have appealed to a lot of my fellow students. It took me a while to catch it, not for any particular reason, but simply difficulty in tracking down a cheap copy — you can be assured I knew even from early on that this was not a film to trust to TBS’s editors. Also, at nearly three hours in length, it’s a film that requires a significant time commitment, so there was that factor as well. But it was one I had to get my hands on eventually, if only to see how a film can garner Golden Globe nominations and, at the same time, a Razzie nomination. Continue reading

Movies I Want Everyone to See: Into the Night (1985)

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Review by Richard Kirkham

“Into the Night” is a film that I recommend for a somewhat narrow range of reasons. Although it is referred to as a comedy, action, thriller, it barely qualifies in each of those categories. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot that is funny about the movie, and there is some action and tension along the way, and what could be more thrilling than seeing Michelle Pfeiffer at the peak of her beauty and charm? The real reason to see this movie however is the tour of Southern California culture from the 1980s that you get along the way. It is a very loose film with some nice sequences and dialogue but as a film it seems to lurch forward and wander around the story at times, but oh what interesting times.

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Catching the Classics: The Silence of the Lambs

silence_of_the_lambs_ver2Since 1998, I have been maintaining a list of movies that I wanted to see. Sometimes these are all-time classics that passed me by, sometimes they’re genre classics that interest me. The list grows regularly and is currently more than 1800 movies long. Fogs has gone through and hand-picked several classic films for me to “fast-track” and review here. This is one of those films.

At 12 years old, I was old enough to be interested in live-action movies when The Silence of the Lambs came out, but not by any means old enough to watch an R-rated psychological thriller, at least by my parents’ reckoning. My parents watched the film when it came out on home video. I gather my mother thought it was fairly good — she always liked crime thrillers, although she was sometimes put off by gore — while my father wasn’t so fond of it. I’ve been hearing “it’s overrated” for around twenty years. But as Dad and I often disagree on films, I’ve long wondered what I would think of it myself. After all, this is a very highly-acclaimed film; it has a Best Picture win, several AFI rankings, and a top 25 spot on IMDb to its credit. It has a considerable reputation to live up to. Continue reading

New Episode of The (title pending) Movie Podcast with Tank and Fogs!!

PodcastWhat’s up everyone? Here we go with a brand new (title pending) episode!

Only two new releases for you this week… the awful “Getaway” and the Vin Diesel vehicle “Riddick”. Tank and I pick up the slack though by having a discussion of our favorite football movies in honor of the start of football season!

We also induct two new movies into the Vahallafame, do the box office roundup, on the radar and more!

It’s a great episode and you won’t want to miss it! As always, you can download it directly, here, or search for us on iTunes or Stitcher radio by looking for (title pending) or Tank and Fogs!

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Movies I Want Everyone to See: Double Dipping with Musical films from the Oughts

josie_and_the_pussycatsmusic_and_lyricsWe are taking a slightly different journey this week with MIWETS (Yeah, not a great acronym). I would not really say the films I am going to focus on are guilty pleasures but many film fans might turn their noses up at such crassly commercial projects. One film exploits a TV show comic book legacy and the other one comes from one of the most resented genres among movie fans, the romantic comedy. I think each film actually has some merits that could be discussed in a passionate way because I have seen some hate for these films online. Neither film is essential, seminal or serious in any way. The two movies have one thing in common that moved me to pair them like this. Each one is a version of a nearly extinct form of film making, the original film musical.

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