The Immortals are nothing but method podcasters. They recorded this a bit too late into the evening which puts them in the right mindset to go down the Amazon with Werner Herzog as conquistadors look for El Dorado in Aguirre, the Wrath of God. They go into ALL of their favorite Herzog stories and occasionally mention why the movie is good. They also dive into the classic Prince album, Purple Rain. Their hearts warm when they let love open the door with Pete Townshend and Jonathan Creek. It’s a good episode!
This week on The Immortals, the gang reviews The Godfather. HAVE YA HEARD OF IT? They discuss whether or not one of the most beloved films of all time is any good. They also listen to some Minutemen and Motorhead as well as watch a Werner Herzog documentary about a POW. Get excited!
All good things must end. For nature will one day destroy us all. Austin and Eric look back at their five weeks of Werner Herzog as they talk about the films they’ve covered and the films they’ve seen that aren’t on their lists. Also, they announce their next Five!
Austin and Eric travel down to the bottom of the planet to see what kind of interesting people decided to live down there. Oh look, it’s Tim Irwin! Coming off his acclaimed tenure of the Artistic Director of Heartland Film, Tim joins the guys to talk about Encounters at the End of the World, this wandering Werner Herzog film as he finds new curiosities in Antarctica from the strange people to the gay penguins. But is there meaning to it all?
Twenty-nine episodes and Austin and Eric finally get to their first documentary. That’s completely…..actually that seems about right. And what a documentary to cover. Werner Herzog finds his perfect subject of Timothy Treadwell, a man who thought he could live among the bears until he is tragically killed. The guys discuss the different perspectives of Treadwell and how Herzog guides us through the mental arguments of a man who may have had real insight into nature but did not understand the basic elements.
It has been too long so Austin and Eric have returned to the jungle for an impossible task that shall question their sanity. It’s time to review Fitzcarraldo! How will Fitzcararldo’s attempt to push a steamboat over a mountain compare to Aguirre’s quest for El Dorado? The guys discuss the ambitious tale and how it serves as a more autobiographical tale than the other films we have discussed so far.
What are podcasters but children of the night? Austin and Eric have timed everything perfectly to bring you Nosferatu the Vampyre just in time for Halloween. This is Werner Herzog’s remake of the classic silent film. The guys talk about how Herzog adapts the Dracula story with new themes, how the film may actually have a wicked sense of humor and how they’ve never seen a mirror scene like that one.
As everyone knows, the best way to start a new Five is to head straight into madness in the heart of the jungle. At least that’s what Austin and Eric think as they begin their Werner Herzog Five with Aguirre, the Wrath of God. It’s the story of damned conquistadors who are searching for El Dorado. The film shows Herzog’s impressive way of establishing a mood as well as the ability to doubt your own sanity. This film went over so well, one of the two called it one of the best films they’ve covered!