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Episode #119 — Nights of Cabiria / I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight / Afugea’l Pitu / In a Broken Dream / The Day of the Triffids

Nights of Cabiria podcast review

Before Fellini was known for this surreal films, he was the creator of stories that were often beautiful and sad. Nights of Cabiria is one of his finest and The Immortals are here to review this Oscar winning film. They also will listen to a full album by Richard and Linda Thompson (he was a recent review for the Song category), review some vinegar from a previous week, listen to a man named Python and fear some British plants. Get excited!

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Episode #99 — The New World

The New World podcast review

Cinema wasn’t sure it was able to tell the story of Pocahontas without having talking trees and Mel Gibson until Terence Malick reappeared with his fourth film. The New World is another gorgeous production that tells the story of the young woman who guided the British colonists on the shores of America and the two men she loved: John Smith and John Rolfe.

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Episode #118 — Badlands / Suzanne Vega / Sheep’s Head / O Superman / Charmed

Badlands2 podcast review

Over at Let’s Take Five the guys are diving into the films of Terrence Malick. It’s only fair that The Immortals do the same by reviewing his first film, Badlands. It is the story of two (very) young lovers who decide to flee across America after committing violent crimes. (I look forward to the episode of Ad Absurdum where they claim the murders in this film are illegal.) They also review the soothing sounds of Suzanne Vega, the stranger sounds of Laurie Anderson and the stupid sounds of Charmed. Get excited!

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All My Films #004 — 2 Fast 2 Furious

Film: 2 Fast 2 Furious

Director: John Singleton

Year: 2003

Format: Blu-Ray boxset inside a tire

Fast and Furious Blu-Ray review

The Film

In the Fast and the Furious franchise, the most common word uttered is “family.” It is used more frequently than “Corona” or “car” because this world that Vin Diesel runs is bizarrely sincere. Even as cars fall out of planes or burst through skyscrapers, there is the idea that all of this is happening because of the characters’ love for each other. Whether or not that is effective will be a conversation for the other films. Why 2 Fast 2 Furious is my pick for the worst in the franchise is because it abandoned that heart. Continue reading

Episode #117 — 2001: A Space Odyssey / Penthouse and Pavement / Bay Scallop / Milk and Alcohol / NYPD Blue

2001 podcast review

At the dawn of man, there was a monolith. Today there is a podcast. Only one of these will greatly seen humanity into the future. Better listen to see if it’s this one! The Immortals review the Stanley Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. They also listen to some Heaven 17, eat some fish, see if they believe that Dr. Feelgood as a medical degree and dive into a classic police TV drama. Get excited!

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Episode #98 — The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line podcast review

In 1998, two films were nominated for Best Picture about soldiers in World War II. One of them was Saving Private Ryan which remains one of the most beloved and horrifying stories about the battlefield. The other was The Thin Red Line, a forgotten Terrence Malick film that traded intensity for grace. Breaking from his previous format, this film features voice-over from a series of men–most of which are recognizable actors–as they confront their own fear as they try to take a hill.

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Episode #116 — Platoon / Fuzzy / Shanxi Extra Aged Vinegar / 1952 Vincent Black Lightning / Time Trumpet

Platoon podcast review
War is hell. War film are sometimes also hell, but a considerably lesser hell. Let’s get this straight: war = hell; war films = heck. And oh boy is Platoon one heck of a film. Oliver Stone’s semi-autobiographical tale of men in Vietnam is filled with impressive actors and maybe less than impressive direction. Also the gang listens to some Fuzzy, ignore some vinegar, find out that a motorcycle is pretty cool and watch an I Love the 90s parody from the creator of Veep. Get excited, it’s a short one this week!

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Episode #97 — Days of Heaven

Days of Heaven podcast review

Once again, we are watching a Terrence Malick film about a murderer on the run. What is remarkable is that Days of Heaven feels like it’s by the same artist as Badlands, but it never really feels like he’s repeating himself. This is the tale of a romantic lying duo who works on a wheat farm run by Sam Shepherd. Yet Eric argues, they are not the real focus on this movie. Instead it’s by a clever observer who is fated to be let down by those she trusts…

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Episode #115 — A Fish Called Wanda / Ready to Die / Sheto / Didi / The Tudors

A Fish Called Wanda podcast review

There a few components to a successful heist. Trust, patience, intelligence and a disinterest in murdering defenseless animals. Unfortunately none of these things happen in A Fish Called Wanda. But does that still make that a good movie? They also listen to Notorious B.I.G.’s seminal album, ponder what Khaled is talking about and wondering if the world really needed a sexy Henry VIII TV show. Get excited!

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Episode #96 — Badlands

Badlands podcast review

Terence Malick made his mark with his debut film Badlands. It has the appearance of a Bonnie and Clyde-esque story where two young lovers go on the run while leaving violence in their wake. However, Malick chooses not to focus on the violence, but on the quiet characterization of these young souls and as they wander through America establishing their own sense of self-reliance and responsibility.

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