STAR WARS! You know what it is! We know what it is! It’s very famous! The Immortals are going to talk about it! They also go back to last week’s album to cover a Bob Dylan masterpiece. Then they listen to Everybody But the Girl and Youssou N’Dour. But it’s a lot of time devoted to Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Detective Pikachu because obviously.
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…
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
No more time for silliness! The Immortals have some important reviews on their docket including the beloved sci-fi classic Blade Runner and the beloved sci-fi classic LOST. Also an early album by Sinead O’Connor, absent food, a poppy song by The Cure and an underread story by Philip Pullman. But the biggest question of all is…will anybody get Austin a chair?
Austin and Eric are preparing to review Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. All they have left to do is to complete three tests, solve a riddle and defeat the Nazis. Then they will be ready to discuss one of the most popular franchises in modern cinema and how Steven Spielberg’s work rises this from a forgettable popcorn thriller to something with rich cinematic excellence.
The Immortals have hit 40 episodes and they’re equally as shocked! It’s Pedro’s time for a bonus episode which mean there will be an extra amount of gleeful energy. That will be needed because they’re reviewing the very depressing Cries and Whispers. Also they listen to Tina Turner, eat a gosh darned alligator, get torn apart by love, remember the Homeward Bound movie and discuss a whole lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Get excited!