The Art Immortal

Celebrating the Art That Shall Endure Throughout Time

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Episode #83 — Grave of the Fireflies / The Downward Spiral / Nuoc Mam / Loser / Red Zora / Dead Set

Grave of the Fireflies podcast review

As the Immortals continue their journey through outer space, they begin this episode’s journey with a lot of child-death, and end with a lot of everybody-death! Buckle up, because Grave of the Fireflies might be the saddest movie ever, Downward Spiral the Nine-Inch-Nail-iest album ever, Nuoc Mam the fishiest sauce ever, Loser the least Beck-ian song ever, Red Zora the most-German-and-least-readable-to-English-speakers children’s book ever, and Dead Set the best reality-tv-based-zombie-thriller-with-a-female-lead-created-by-Charlie-Broker TV show ever.

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Episode #63 — Modern Times

Modern Times podcast review

Get off your vacation butt, it’s time to get back to work! While you may hate the small talk in the coffee room, it’s nothing compared to the madness The Tramp goes through in Modern Times. The guys discuss how Chaplin views the corporate viewpoints, its large comedy set-pieces and how this film started to use sound in small but meaningful ways.

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Episode #62 — City Lights

City Lights podcast review

Tramp meets blind girl. Blind girl needs surgery. Tramp tries to raise money to help the blind girl. Simple story beautifully told in what many consider to be Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece, City Lights. The guys look into what it means for the Tramp to take these avenues for the smallest amount of money, the warmth of its humor and the mystery of its ending.

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Episode #82 — All the President’s Men / Scum / Jamon Iberico / Rock of Ages / Granny / Smallville

All the President's Men podcast review

The Immortals struggle to find any sort of modern comparison to this week’s film, All the President’s Men. The album was easy because everyone in 2017 loves to listen to something that is “barely music”, or eat food that is barely getable or a listen to a song that is now randomly a cheesy movie or a read book that’s in German or watch a show that is even less liked than Man of Steel? We’re just too mainstream. Also listen to the end where Pedro invents a new improv rule called “Yes, So?”!

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Episode #61 — The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush podcast review

It’s time to go way way back and way way west as the guys start their Charlie Chaplin Five with The Gold Rush. Their introduction to the Tramp is when he is joining so many others in risking their lives in hope to find gold in them hills. The guys look into what separates The Tramp in his search for riches, the way Chaplin plays with sadness in its romance and that pesky bear.

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Episode #81 — Black Narcissus / Live at Leeds / Ramp / Sunny Afternoon / Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories / The Tomorrow People

Black Narcissus podcast review

The Immortals have spent their first week flying through space and tensions are already high. As they should be! They’re discussing a movie that’s filled with important modern discussions and Pedro seems to have accidentally booby-rigged the ship. But listen to their discussion of the gorgeous looking Black Narcissus, the lively Live at Leeds, the sloped ramp, the downcast Sunny Afternoon, the practical Milly-Molly-Mandy, and the dated Tomorrow People. Enjoy!

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Jodie Foster Wrap-Up

Jodie Foster podcast

There haven’t been a lot of actors covered in Let’s Take Five but after these five weeks, Jodie Foster is a reminder that the guys should do this more often. It’s not that these were the five best films in the world (they weren’t). Yet every time Jodie Foster brings a level of excellence that always surprised them. Listen as the guys look back at the films they watched, the films they didn’t watch and who is up next.

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Episode #60 — Contact

Contact podcast review

Listening and waiting is the game for Jodie Foster in Contact. If you too have been listening and waiting for this review, you shall wait no longer. The guys break down the Carl Sagan adaptation with an examination of its science vs. religion themes, projections of hope and surprise and a rant against the worst performance in any of the 60 films they’ve covered. Travel with us. Push the button.

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Episode #80 — The Birds / Bat Out Of Hell / Barramundi / Essiniya / A Christmas Carol / The Singing Detective

The Birds podcast review

When this show started 79 episodes prior it was obvious that it would eventually lead to the gang building their own spaceship. Before they can see if Pedro built something that resembles Austin’s memory of the trailer of The Astronaut Farmer, it’s time to review one of their strongest sets. It’s Leigh’s delicious bonus review, their first Hitchcock film, Meat Loaf’s opus, a fish we couldn’t find, a soothing song, an immortal classic, and a musical crazy noir medical character study. Get excited! Wait, why are so many birds perched outside?

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Episode #59 — Maverick

Maverick podcast review

If Eric gets to be nostalgic for Batman, Austin gets to be nostalgic for…Maverick? Yes, the guys devote a half hour devoted to the Richard Donner western comedy starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. It’s a silly world where actors get a lot to play with, but Eric seems to suggest that there are also flaws in the movie. That may be true, but he’s not writing the paragraph. It’s definitely a great showcase for Jodie Foster to show her comedic timing.

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