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Gene Kelly Wrap-Up

Gene Kelly podcast review

After five weeks, it’s time for Austin and Eric to see what they learned. In one final discussion, the guys decide if Gene Kelly succeeds in old fashioned Hollywood escapism or he’s too distracting to be escapist. They also talk about some of the films they didn’t cover like On the Town and That’s Entertainment Part II. Also they (awkwardly) announce their next Five…

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Episode #80 — Xanadu

Xanadu podcast review

This Five has taken us from Best Picture to Razzie loser as we enter the magical world of Xanadu. It’s the typical story of a man influenced by a magical woman who may have awoken from a wall because he tore up a drawing. Along with their special guest Erin Oechsel, they determine what effectively creates a musical world and does the bad acting of the lead actually make Gene Kelly’s older performances better?

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Episode #79 — The Young Girls of Rochefort

The Young Girls of Rochetfort podcast review

The Five started off on a bad foot where Gene Kelly played an American who went to Paris. Maybe The Young Girls of Rochefort will end up differently for the guys. It’s co-stars Gene Kelly who plays an American in a French film. It’s one of the most beloved films by Jacques Demy who has a brilliant approach to musicals and this his tribute to the Hollywood that Kelly helped establish.

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Episode #78 — It’s Always Fair Weather

It's Always Fair Weather podcast review

The weirdest Five continues as Austin tests Eric’s patience with Gene Kelly with the film that tested Hollywood’s patience with Gene Kelly: It’s Always Fair Weather. It is the story of three soldiers who reunite after ten years to discover they aren’t the friends they once knew. It’s experimental and not always perfect, but it goes for some really bold ideas. Perhaps it’ll work better as a sci-fi film…?

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Episode #77 — Singin’ in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain podcast review

Last week was a bumpy start for the Gene Kelly Five with a more negative review than usual. But now it’s time for a true Hollywood classic: Singin’ in the Rain! Will this charming movie about a charming trio in a charming era of Hollywood charm these two guys with a podcast? Will it make them laugh or will their tears cause the rain where one could sing in? We’ll let you find out on this good morning.

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Episode #76 — An American in Paris

An American in Paris podcast review

After five weeks of beautiful, incredible and dense Russian cinema, Austin presents some lighter Hollywood musicals. What can go wrong? Immediately the guys examine the Best Picture winner An American in Paris and how toxic it is to women and honestly everyone. This may not be the perfectly selected Five but we’re going to make the most out of it.

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Let’s Take Five More Horror Films

The Shining podcast review

‘Tis the season where Austin and Eric are looking to watch and rewatch horror films. Like they did last year, they’re taking a bonus episode to highlight some of their favorites. These are fun popular films that are some of the best to watch this month, a few of which almost were on a previous Five set. Sit back, relax and ignore the pack of wolves who have been starring at you in the dark for the past five minutes.

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Andrei Tarkovsky Wrap-Up

Andrei Tarkovsky podcast

Five weeks later and it feels like we have circled the universe of cinema. We’re saying that we’re fans of Andrei Tarkovksy! The guys look back on the five they watched and tried to sum up such a visual master of a filmmaker. Also they announce their next Five which may not start this week…

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Episode #75 — Stalker

Stalker podcast review

It’s The Wizard of Oz meets Jaws in a science fiction zone created by aliens. This can only be Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker. Eric and Austin break down one of the greatest films that Eric has seen on this podcast as three men risk everything to go to a mysterious Room that can fulfill their greatest desire. The guys dive into what that could entail and how Tarkovksy makes the ordinary so creepy and dangerous.

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Episode #74 — The Mirror

The Mirror podcast review

Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror often doesn’t feel like a film, but like a trip to the museum or a poem. It moves in its own path that sometimes feels indecipherable to Austin and Eric, but it’s also never a burden on the experience. The guys struggle to find the right words to say about this movie, but it’s definitely worth watching.

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