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About the Let’s Take Five Podcast

Let's Take Five podcast

Throughout the history of cinema, some of the greatest stars have accomplished incredible feats in their field. Let’s Take FiveĀ is a podcast to highlight them and take five of their films to show their range and accomplishments. Every Friday, Austin Lugar and Eric Martindale will review one of those films to receive a better understanding about what makes them so great.

Our current topic is Spike Lee and his Five are…

1 ) Do the Right Thing
2 ) Mo’ Better Blues
3 ) Malcolm X
4 ) 25th Hour
5 ) BlackkKlansman

You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Downcast or however you listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here every week and give your comments on the topics they talk about. We love to hear your feedback.

Episode #111 — Stagecoach

Stagecoach podcast review

Get settled in because the guys are hitching a ride to a Stagecoach. As they start their John Ford Five, they quickly realize this will be a journey that will never let you get bored as Austin and Eric are impressed by the scale of Stagecoach’s action, ensemble and legacy.

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Spike Lee Wrap-Up

Spike Lee podcast review

Another Five is in the bag! The guys look back at the five films they covered of Spike Lee’s canon and wonder why he isn’t appreciated as much. They bring up films of his they didn’t cover like When the Levees Broke, Inside Man and his Netflix show She’s Gotta Have It. Then they finish it up with their rankings and the announcement of their next Five.

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Episode #108 — Malcolm X

Malcolm X podcast review

Malcolm X is a figure that is often mentioned in history but never discussed to the extent he should be in schools. Spike Lee made a great Hollywood biopic epic about him and then was ignored by the Academy. Today the guys look back at an astonishing movie with so many layers and complications about its subject. And it highlights, perhaps, the greatest performance of Denzel Washington’s career. The guys have a lot to say!

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Episode #107 — Mo’ Better Blues

Mo Better Blues podcast review

How do you follow up Do the Right Thing? Making your first of many collaborations with Denzel Washington isn’t a bad idea. Mo’ Better Blues reunites Spike Lee with a lot of the Do the Right Thing actors but puts them all in a new vibrant environment. It is the story of a selfish trumpet player trying to be the best of his profession while also juggling the girls he’s cheating on. It’s an examination on what it takes to be a great artist as well as a look at what it takes to control your own fate. Also it’s a movie with awesome music in it.

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Episode #106 — Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing podcast review

It’s August! It’s hot! Not as hot as it was on this one street in Brooklyn in 1989. Do the Right Thing is powerful film about the lives of those on the street from the old man looking for enough money to buy his favorite beer, to boom box carrying man of morality to the Italian pizza owners. Spike Lee crafts an incredible story full of humor, warmth and one of the greatest on-screen discussions of race in America. If you haven’t seen it you….well….need to do the right thing.

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Errol Morris Wrap-Up

Errol Morris podcast review

Werner Herzog was so convinced that Errol Morris could not finish making his first film, he vowed to eat his shoe if proven otherwise. Herzog did eat that shoe and cinema was better for it. The guys look back at the films they covered of Errol Morris and his lasting impact on the medium. They discuss films of his they didn’t cover like The Unknown Known and they reveal their next subject of the podcast. Get excited!

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Episode #105 — Tabloid

Tabloid podcast review

The guys are back and they’re here to discuss the most peculiar of Errol Morris’ films. It is the true(?) story of Joyce McKinney, the tabloid star. She became famous as the beauty queen who kidnapped her Mormon boyfriend and had a weekend love affair. He said he was shackled and it was against her will. She says it was a fairy tale. And it only gets weirder from there. Austin and Eric describe Morris’ lack of interest in finding the truth, how exhausting Joyce’s story is, and what is up with the cloned dogs.

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Episode #104 — The Fog of War

The Fog of War podcast review

With history it feels easy to assign someone as a hero or a villain. The Vietnam War still haunts and angers many Americans and one of the men seen as its central figure was Robert McNamara. He was the Secretary of Defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. In the film The Fog of War, he gives a cinematic interview where he discusses everything. The build-up, the reactions and the mistakes of the Vietnam War in this complicated and fascinating film.

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Episode #103 — A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time podcast review

Genius is mysteriously hard on film. It’s too easy to make the subject seem less than human as you cheese up their greatness. Errol Morris found the right balance as he made A Brief History of Time, a look at the life and work of Stephen Hawking. He blends his interview style to get into the humanity of Hawking and his recreations to play out his discoveries.

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Episode #102 — The Thin Blue Line

Thin Blue Line podcast review

Many documentaries have made major political shifts in policy and perspectives, but very few documentaries can achieve what The Thin Blue Line did. In its examination of the killing of a police officer in Texas, director Errol Morris was able to bring forth the truth. The result got an innocent man off death row. Not only that, it’s also a damn good movie!

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