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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 Superhero Films and their five are…

1) Superman
2) Batman
3) The Dark Knight
4) Captain America: Civil War
5) Logan

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 #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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Episode #52 — Batman

Batman podcast review

It’s a movie that is filled with Prince songs and one of the main catchphrases is about dancing. Yes, it’s a beloved superhero movie! The 1989 film Batman was a major Tim Burton film as well as a major change to the perception of Batman. Instead of silly Adam West puns, there is a real strangeness and upsetting nature to Michael Keaton’s decision to dress up like a bat.

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Episode #51 — Superman

Superman podcast review

What’s that in the sky? It is a bird? It is a plane? No, it’s the cloud which stores all of our podcasts. The latest of which is our review of Superman! Austin and Eric start their Five with a look at the first major studio superhero film, the adaptation of the Superman comics. They hired two Oscar winning actors, they got John Williams right after Star Wars and even got a surprising screenwriter. Was this enough to give justice to the character created to defend justice?

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Richard Linklater Wrap-Up

Richard Linklater podcast review

Eric went into this Five not sure what was going to happen and found himself going through a whole roller coaster of emotions. Austin and Eric go through the films they watched and discussed more of Richard Linklater’s fine work. Most importantly, since recording the Before Sunrise episode Eric has ignored Austin’s advice and quickly watched the rest of the set. So there are some spoilers on their mini-discussion of Before Sunset and Before Midnight. Also, enough of this quiet talking–it’s time for a radical new Five!

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Episode #50 — Boyhood

Boyhood podcast review

50 episodes. Well, 50 main episodes; there are so many bonus episodes. But it’s all about how you choose to depict time. Is it counting every second or is it about the important times you remember. We hit this milestone with Richard Linklater’s epic Boyhood. 13 years in the making as the crew kept returning to Texas to tell the next stage of this family’s life. Not in terms of all the big moment, but of the ones that really make a quiet impact. Join Austin and Eric as they see how the film works beyond the structure and what made certain scenes feel so emotional.

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Episode #49 — School of Rock

School of Rock podcast review

Recess is in session! Two and two make Five! In perhaps their weirdest pick, Austin and Eric are here to discuss Richard Linklater’s School of Rock. Is this film worthy of a half hour discussion? It actually is! As Richard Linklater went to the studios, he still brought his flair for passion, affection and character to a movie about imposter teacher. Also it’s really charming.

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