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Episode #100 — The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life podcast review

Terrence Malick’s career feels like it has been leading to this opus of a film. The Tree of Life ambitiously covers the history of the universe while focusing on the tale of a family in 1950s Texas. The guys are joined by co-host of the podcast Filmspotting, Josh Larsen, to dissect the greater Christian themes of the film, its approach to non-linear storytelling and, yes, they cover the dinosaurs.

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Episode #99 — The New World

The New World podcast review

Cinema wasn’t sure it was able to tell the story of Pocahontas without having talking trees and Mel Gibson until Terence Malick reappeared with his fourth film. The New World is another gorgeous production that tells the story of the young woman who guided the British colonists on the shores of America and the two men she loved: John Smith and John Rolfe.

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Episode #98 — The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line podcast review

In 1998, two films were nominated for Best Picture about soldiers in World War II. One of them was Saving Private Ryan which remains one of the most beloved and horrifying stories about the battlefield. The other was The Thin Red Line, a forgotten Terrence Malick film that traded intensity for grace. Breaking from his previous format, this film features voice-over from a series of men–most of which are recognizable actors–as they confront their own fear as they try to take a hill.

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Episode #97 — Days of Heaven

Days of Heaven podcast review

Once again, we are watching a Terrence Malick film about a murderer on the run. What is remarkable is that Days of Heaven feels like it’s by the same artist as Badlands, but it never really feels like he’s repeating himself. This is the tale of a romantic lying duo who works on a wheat farm run by Sam Shepherd. Yet Eric argues, they are not the real focus on this movie. Instead it’s by a clever observer who is fated to be let down by those she trusts…

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Episode #96 — Badlands

Badlands podcast review

Terence Malick made his mark with his debut film Badlands. It has the appearance of a Bonnie and Clyde-esque story where two young lovers go on the run while leaving violence in their wake. However, Malick chooses not to focus on the violence, but on the quiet characterization of these young souls and as they wander through America establishing their own sense of self-reliance and responsibility.

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Harrison Ford Wrap-Up

Harrison Ford podcast review

More than any other artist we’ve covered, this has to be the subject where it seems impossible that you haven’t seen one of his films. It isn’t just that Harrison Ford works in popular genres, he’s one of the major reason he makes them possible. From a carpenter to a galactic hero, Ford is the rare action hero that brings this level of intensity without ever going full superhero. The guys look back at the films they covered and all the fun (and terrible) ones they didn’t. Also they announce their next Five…

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Episode #95 — Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 podcast review

Not everything ages well, but the older and grumpier Harrison Ford gets, the more we love him. After a couple of forgettable performances, Ford returns to a couple of his most iconic characters with a new perspective. His role is brief in Blade Runner 2049 but it gets at what it means to return to a franchise, the strange compassion he is able to convey and why he succeeds at being an angry old man. As always major spoilers for this movie.

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Episode #94 — The Fugitive

The Fugitive podcast review

If we know one thing about Harrison Ford is that he did not kill his wife. And despite evidence to the contrary, we care! In the 1993 thriller The Fugitive, Ford blends his superhero quality with a normal man put in an impossible situation as he risks everything to clear his name and find justice. The guys discuss why character is so important for an action movie, the value of small intelligent decisions and why it works that Dr. Richard Kimble looks so miserable.

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Episode #93 — Witness

Witness podcast review

Harrison Ford is known as a box office star, but it is only Witness where he was acknowledged by the Oscars. In this he plays John Book (seriously) a cop who decides to protect a young Amish boy after he is witness to a violent murder. It’s a quieter movie in terms of performances and a unique stillness. Did this genre shift work for the guys or did they want to get out of Amish country?

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Episode #92 — Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark podcast review

After Han Solo, Harrison Ford could have done whatever he wanted. In one of the rarest career moves, he managed to go from one iconic character to another one with Indiana Jones. Raiders of the Lost Ark rejuvenated Steven Spielberg’s career and showed another side of Ford’s talents as a gruff leading man who is more at ease in a collapsing cave than he is in front of the classroom.

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