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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 Jodie Foster and her five are…

1) Taxi Driver
2) The Accused
3) The Silence of the Lambs
4) Maverick
5) Contact

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.

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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Episode #57 — The Accused

The Accused podcast review

Films about rape remain some of the most traumatic stories in the medium. In 1988, The Accused got a lot of attention for Jodie Foster’s incredible performance and its approach to legally prosecute rapists. Austin and Eric discuss the impressive way that Foster formed her character, how the film remains very relevant and the ways it doesn’t. More than usual, you can take these two straight white guy’s perspective with a grain of salt, but we would love to continue the conversation.

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Episode #56 — Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver podcast review

In 56 episodes, this is our first time judging such a young performance. Jodie Foster astounded audiences in Taxi Driver not only because of the difficulty of playing a 12-year-old prostitute but how easily she was able to go up against method acting Robert DeNiro. There’s a confidence and a complexity to this small role that is a perfect lead-in to the rest of her career.

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Super Wrap-Up

Super Wrap-Up podcast review

They’ve leapt tall buildings with a single bound and walked through the wastelands with blades between their fingers. This Five is definitely special. It’s been five weeks and the guys are ready to look back at their Super Five. To help gets a greater grasp on these superhero eras of cinema, they are joined by their comic-book aficionados friends Alex Dunning and David Jessee. At the end, they will announce their next Five.

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Episode #55 — Logan

Logan podcast review

This is the fastest a film has become Five worthy. When this podcast comes out, Logan is not on DVD yet but it impressively holds up as such a fascinating look at the Bryan Singer/FOX run of the X-Men franchise and a very rare look at a conclusion of a comic book story. The guys talk about Logan’s western influences and what it is saying about heroism.

We say this every episode but we really mean it this time: THERE ARE MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE. Go see Logan and then listen to our episode.

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Episode #54 — Captain America: Civil War

Captain America Civil War podcast review

After three weeks of superheroes vs. super villains, it’s time to switch it up with superheroes vs. superheroes. Captain America: Civil War isn’t just a chance for your favorite heroes to punch each other, it’s the culmination of a lot of stories that has occurred over an unprecedented number of films. Does it work? What does this “Marvel Cinematic Universe” look like in the scheme of cinema history? Also did this movie finally make Ant-Man tolerable? Find out!

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Episode #53 — The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight podcast review

Batman is back! This time he’s a bit more Irish as we look at the second of Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale’s trilogy, The Dark Knight. How does this differ from the film we watched last week? Both of them have The Joker, but this one changes the dynamic of their relationship. This film feels less like a superhero film, but more of a psychological crime thriller. Is that really that different of a shift?

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