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Episode #48 — Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise podcast review

How did a film about two people walking around Vienna and talking about whatever comes into their minds turn into a beloved cult trilogy? Austin and Eric find out by diving into Before Sunrise. Yet they can’t do it alone. They are joined by the wonderful director and co-writers of the independent romance film, Hank and Asha. James E. Duff, Julia Morrison and the guys discuss what it takes to depict a true connection in fiction, how conversations change when both people choose to be completely honest and why this ending is so damn good.

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Episode #47 — Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused podcast review

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR WINTER. Who are better to discuss Richard Linklater’s beloved high school film Dazed and Confused than two guys who are out of college? Yet, Eric proposes that this may be the best time to watch this. The guys examine how Linklater has evolved his craft since Slacker by adding more of a story and more of a thesis around the characters he’s examining.

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Episode #46 — Slacker

Slacker podcast review

A film where it’s just a series of unrelated conversations throughout the city of Austin. Conversations about conspiracy theories, typewriters they ought to destroy and whether they should go see that band tonight. Is this the best film ever or “not a film”? Find out as Austin and Eric dive into the first film in their Richard Linklater Five.

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Stanley Kubrick Wrap-Up

Stanley Kubrick podcast review

When the Kubrick Five was announced, Austin had doubts on the subject. Did he learn anything over these five weeks? Find out as Eric and him also look into what really defines a Kubrick film and they look into the rest of his canon. Also the next Five is announced!

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Episode #45 — A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange podcast review

It’s a story of rape, murder, brainwashing, made up language and classical music. It can only be A Clockwork Orange. Austin and Eric brought in their friend Beau Thompson to talk about why this film has such a classic status. The trio look at what acts the satire works the best and what the film is saying about reformation in the prison system.

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Episode #44 — 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: a Space Odyssey podcast review

2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most beloved films ever made. It is endlessly referenced and analyzed. Time to add to the pile! Austin and Eric dive into the film that is unlike any of the other Kubrick films covered so far in how its presentation and ambition. The guys analyze how Kubrick approaches humanity and promise in a way that only could.

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BONUS: Senator Richard Lugar Interview

Senator Richard Lugar podcast interview

This week Austin and Eric discussed Dr. Strangelove, perhaps the movie everybody thinks about when they think of nuclear war. While Stanley Kubrick used the fear of nuclear consequences for dark comedy, it still made the guys think about the reality of the nuclear weapons in the real world. What exactly is our relationship between the US and Russia when it comes to these weapons?

So we sat down with one of the world’s leading experts on the topic. Richard Lugar is a six-term US Senator who has spent almost all of his career working on nuclear disarmament. In this interview, Austin talked with Senator Lugar and heard about the incredible stories about how he got involved in this important issue, what his trips were like to Russia and what we should be worried about looking forward. It’s truly a fantastic way to go beyond the movie.

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Episode #43 — Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove podcast review

After two movies devoid of any chuckles, the next film in our Stanley Kubrick Five is considered one of the greatest comedies of all time. Why does a movie about a nuclear doomsday hit the funny bone so well? Austin and Eric look into how Kubrick worked with his actors and how he staged such an intensely dramatic comedy. Also they announce a very special bonus episode that will come out tomorrow in relation to this film…

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Episode #42 — Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory podcast review

It may not make sense, but Austin and Eric are here to review Paths of Glory. The second film in their Stanley Kubrick Five is very different from last week’s noir caper as leadership is questioned in the heat of war. It’s senseless, cruel and also beautifully made.

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Episode #41 — The Killing

The Killing podcast review

Another day, another Five. Another Five, another dollar. Another dollar, another race. Another race, another con. That’s right, Austin and Eric are starting off their Stanley Kubrick Five with the noir film The Killing. Does this early film of the master director show the greatness that will come? Or will it be outshadowed by other elements in the film? Only way to find out is to listen to the episode.

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