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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 Five 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 Robert Altman and his five are…

1) MASH
2) McCabe & Mrs. Miller
3) Nashville
4) Short Cuts
5) A Prairie Home Companion

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 #66 — MASH

MASH podcast review

For eleven seasons, the 4077 MASH was run by Alan Alda but before that it was under the rule of Donald Sutherland and Robert Altman. Their anti-war dark comedy MASH tested the bounds of decency and remains a hilarious and unique piece of art. The guys are joined by their friend Nick Hussong to start this Robert Altman Five.

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Episode #64 — The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator podcast review

Chaplin speaks! After three films where The Tramp only went as far as singing gibberish, Chaplin takes on two roles filled with important dialog in The Great Dictator. One is the Jewish barber returning home to see his neighborhood has been turned into a World War II ghetto. The other is a childish cruel dictator who has the same mustache as Chaplin… The results are groundbreaking cinema concluding with a perfect ending.

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Charlie Chaplin Wrap-Up

Charlie Chaplin Wrap-Up podcast review

It’s as if we never said goodbye. But we did. Charlie Chaplin provided one of our most fascinating Fives to date thanks to his innovative craft and creativity. The guys look back at the movies they covered and the ones they didn’t. Also they announce the next Five…

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Episode #65 — Monsieur Verdoux

Monsieur Verdoux podcast review

In The Great Dictator, Chaplin played a Jewish Barber who was often like The Tramp, but not officially. In Monsieur Verdoux, he is playing something brand new. It is a character without the hopeful aspirations, instead he is a serial killer who keeps marrying and murdering women so he can financially support his original family. How do the guys react to Chaplin’s much darker experiment of a film?

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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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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 #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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Episode #58 — The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs podcast review

Prepare a nice Chianti for we have a great show this week. Award winning mystery author, Dana Cameron, joins the guys to discuss one of the most beloved films of the genre. Jodie Foster won her second Oscar for playing Clarice Sterling in The Silence of the Lambs. She is the FBI cadet who is sent in to learn from the psychopath Hannibal Lecter to track down a killer. The three of them break down what makes Clarice such a remarkable protagonist, if every step of the story fits together and how the film embraced gender roles.

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