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BONUS: Let’s Take Five Lists

Jaws Let's Take Five list

After 100 (official) episodes, Eric and Austin look back at all of the movies they’re reviewed and talked about some of the best ones. They look at some surprises, some of their controversial opinions and which were the stinkers. They ranked all of the movies and the full lists can be found at The Art Immortal. Thank you all for listening for the past few years! Our next Five starts this week with Errol Morris.

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Episode #106 — Throne of Blood / Autobahn / Tilister / The Man Who Sold the World / Brideshead Revisited

Throne of Blood podcast review

Double, double toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble. That was the creepy repeated phrase of the witches in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Throne of Blood is an adaptation of the Bard’s tragic tale except instead of witches, it’s a weird dude in the forest. Also there are samurais. It’s awesome. Also we have the album Autobahn, David Bowie, and another beloved British miniseries. Beware the Scottish play!

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Akira Kurosawa Wrap-Up

Akira Kurosawa podcast review

Is this the fastest Five they’ve done so far? It felt like it. Austin and Eric spend this episode looking back at the five films we covered of Akira Kurosawa and the incredible films that we didn’t. We realize how much has changed for us since we started and they announce their next Five…

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Episode #15 — Ran

Ran podcast review

Austin and Eric are here to discuss the final film in their Akira Kurosawa Five, Ran. This is the epic retelling of William Shakespeare’s King Lear set as a samurai war film. When a warlord divides his land among his three sons, chaos spreads as betrayal and regret lead to bloodshed. What does a Kurosawa film look like after decades after High and Low and how has he changed as a filmmaker at the end of his career. Find out!

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Episode #14 — High and Low

High and Low podcast review

Austin and Eric return to figure out exactly who kidnapped this child. They look into the film High and Low. Akira Kurosawa adapted this from an American crime novel called King’s Ransom by Ed McBain. They delve into¬†the intricate details of how they solve the case as well as examining the complexity of the villain. Also Toshiro Mifune doesn’t scream this movie!

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Episode #13 — Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai podcast review

Austin and Eric are joined by Pedro Aubry from The Immortals podcast to discuss–POSSIBLY–one of the greatest films of all time. This is the heroic tale of seven samurai who are willing to risk their lives to save a small village from being robbed by bandits. This is a story that was¬†remade so many times, but how do those compare to the Kurosawa original?

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Episode #12 — Ikiru

Ikiru podcast review

Austin and Eric are back to think about what it means to live. This week they’re looking at another one of Akira Kurosawa’s beloved films, Ikiru, which is about a sad pencil-pusher who discovers he only has a few months left to live. The guys talk about why this film is so different for Kurosawa and how emotional this movie is to everyone who watches it.

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Episode #11 — Rashomon

Rashomon podcast review

Austin and Eric are back and ready to discuss their new cinema legend. This time they’re exploring foreign cinema with the great Japanese director: Akira Kurosawa. Their first movie is all about figuring out what is the truth. A horrible crime happened in feudal Japan and four different people have four very different accounts about what happened. The guys look at what this means about perspective and cinema.

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