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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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Episode #91 — Star Wars

Star Wars podcast review

Have you heard of the movie Star Wars? You have? Oh finally we didn’t pick an obscure film. The guys start off the Harrison Ford Five with one of the biggest breakout films of all time. It could have been an irritating character who would have kept questioning the plot to much. Or it could have been a boring character who talked about planets in a way that wasn’t cool. Instead Ford made Han Solo one of the most beloved characters in fiction. Why?

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Jean-Pierre Melville Wrap-Up

Jean-Pierre Melville podcast

Five films later and now Eric and Austin are walking around Chicago with trenchcoats and fedoras and unexpectedly…it looks cool. That is due 100,000% to the works of Jean-Pierre Melville. The guys look back at the films they discussed, why certain ones had more of a connection to each of them and then they announce their next daring Five. Get excited!

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Episode #90 — Le Cercle Rouge

Le Cercle Rouge podcast review

The guys watch their final film of their Jean-Pierre Melville Five where they see a return to what he does best. It’s a swirl of his previous films where criminals are going to team up to take part in a diamond heist while keeping away from the cops. It even stars Mr. Le Samourai himself, Alain Delon! But does Le Cercle Rouge suffer from being compared to the previous accomplishments?

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Episode #89 — Army of Shadows

Army of Shadows podcast review

Most spies in film get to have tailored suits and sexy action scenes. In Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece, every spy is exhausted, drained and always living in dread. This is the tale of members of the French Resistance during WWII who keep trying to accomplish anything they can no matter the personal cost. The result is mesmerizing and horrifying.

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Episode #88 — Le Samourai

Le Samourai podcast review

Jean-Pierre Melville’s most famous film is Le Samourai, the story of a super cool assassin with the code of a samurai. Will Melville’s stylish noir sensibilities work for the guys or will it leave them as cold as the hero’s soul? Will one of the guys actually make a point or just state how cool the movie is? Find out!

I wish I can say that Austin’s dog, Wynne, apologizes for eating for a little bit on mic but she is not ashamed.

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