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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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Episode #62 — City Lights

City Lights podcast review

Tramp meets blind girl. Blind girl needs surgery. Tramp tries to raise money to help the blind girl. Simple story beautifully told in what many consider to be Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece, City Lights. The guys look into what it means for the Tramp to take these avenues for the smallest amount of money, the warmth of its humor and the mystery of its ending.

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