Austin and Eric have to talk about two guys who talk each other to compete annoyance. This will go great! Also they talk about their penultimate Robert DeNiro film Midnight Run and DeNiro’s comedy chops in this incredibly structured buddy comedy film.
The Immortals return to spoil the hell out of the fascinating western Man of the West. They also deal with Pedro’s move to Chicago as they discuss one of Sarah’s favorite songs, everyone’s first venture into reggae, an obscure British comedy troupe, a backwards hedgehog and, of course, cheese. Get excited.
Austin and Eric return and they’ve found a brand new Robert DeNiro. No longer is he quiet and calculated. Now he’s grunting and hitting and getting hit as hard as he can in Raging Bull. They discuss this incredible character story and how it fits into what DeNiro wanted to accomplish for so many years.
Film: 12 Angry Men
Director: Sidney Lumet
Format: Criterion Collection Blu-Ray
Fiction can be serve as a mirror to look back at ourselves or it can be used to make a world dramatically different than what we experience. The closer you get to reality, the more unnerving the experience can be. A fear I have is to have my fate be decided by twelve strangers. Just like we want for our President or teachers, we want the jury to be smartest set of 12 people that ever were assembled, because it’s your life on the line.
Throughout the history of cinema, some of the greatest stars have accomplished incredible feats in their field. Let’s Take Five is a podcast to highlight them and take five of their films to show their range and accomplishments. Every Friday, Austin Lugar and Eric Martindale will review one of those films to receive a better understanding about what makes them so great.
Our current topic is Gene Kelly and his Five are…
1 ) An American in Paris
2 ) Singin’ in the Rain
3 ) It’s Always Fair Weather
4 ) The Young Girls of Rochefort
5 ) Xanadu
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Welcome to Episode 1 of Let’s Take Five. Austin Lugar and Eric Martindale are going to pick a great artist of the cinema and take five of their films to examine their talent and range. First up, is Robert DeNiro in The Godfather Part II.
The Immortals return to argue about Laurel and Hardy. Pedro takes it to heart and travels to Chicago for this recording (and for the Sons of the Desert conference, of course.) Also they get psychedelic with Country Joe and the Fish, learn a surprising amount from a children’s book, review their first gospel song and watch Austin absolutely geek out about Doctor Who. Get excited.
This is an absurdly long list so let’s make the intro really short! I saw arguably too much TV this year, but when TV is this good, it’s almost best to always keep the DVR rolling. Just because this list is so big, doesn’t mean that any of the lower entries on this list are bad shows. I ended up picking 50 out of the many more that I watched because these were all shows that made me excited to watch and talk about. I highly recommend all of them.
But of course I didn’t see everything. I’m either behind or haven’t started the following shows: Banshee, The Fall, Flesh and Bone, Getting On, The Knick, Luther, Making a Murderer, Manhattan, Mozart in the Jungle, Penny Dreadful, Red Oaks, Strike Back or Survivor’s Remorse. I hope you forgive me. Let start this!
The Carmichael Show
“So you really think protesting makes people accountable for their actions?”
“Okay, then why did I see George Zimmerman at a Dave and Busters, Maxine?”