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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 Andrei Tarkovksy and his five are…

1) Ivan’s Childhood

2) Andrei Rublev

3) Solaris

4) The Mirror

5) Stalker

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 #72 — Andrei Rublev

Andre Rublev podcast review

No more easy episodes! Last week we had Ivan’s Childhood in which we definitively stated that Ivan had a childhood. With Andrei Rublev, it’s more complicated. The guys dig into exactly why this is a man whose life should be studied and whether or not Andrei Tarkovsky believes in what he is doing.  The guys couldn’t dig into this dense and brilliant biopic alone so they are thrilled to be joined by writer/filmmaker Ed Leer who gives us fantastic insight into this journey into an artist. Also Austin not so subtly transitions to get a story about working with Terence Malick.

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Episode #71 — Ivan’s Childhood

Ivan's Childhood podcast review

Austin and Eric started their journey to Russia with the first film in their Andrei Tarkovsky Five: Ivan’s Childhood. It’s the emotional story of a young boy who finds himself as a war spy after his family was killed. And yet it’s a beautiful film. Welcome to the cinematic contradiction of Tarkovksy.

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Episode #70 — A Prairie Home Companion

A Prairie Home Companion podcast review

Bad jokes, boy we love them. Robert Altman’s real life final movie was about the fictional final episode of A Prairie Home Companion and all of the people involved with the beloved Garrison Keillor radio show. Unlike the real show, this involved an angel and a real Guy Noir walking around, but somehow that made it feel even more grounded to the guys as they took comfort in the comforting sounds of county music and puns.

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Episode #68 — Nashville

Nashville podcast review

The guys take a road trip south to Nashvile and after a weekend, they realized there is a lot more going on than they thought. Also they’re pretty sure that weird mute was Jeff Goldblum. Eric and Austin look into the 1975 classic Robert Altman film, Nashville, and learn what it means when Altman takes his naturalism to a new level.

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Episode #67 — McCabe & Mrs. Miller

McCabe & Mrs. Miller podcast review

McCabe & Mrs. Miller is always written that way to highlight that the relationship between the two titular characters is a business one. It’s like calling a production duo Lugar & Mr. Martindale. However, that bond is tested this episode as Eric is under the weather and they record the show in different rooms. Is it a metaphor for how these two survive a Robert Altman anti-western or does it end up a perfect piece of art? No middle ground.

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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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