Episode 83: Robert Altman

Episode 83: Robert Altman

Well I'm back everyone and I couldn't be more ecstatic about this episode, in which we discuss Patrick's favorite filmmaker, the great Robert Altman!  In addition, I (kind of) review my favorite director's latest film entitled INHERENT VICE.  Maybe you've heard of it?  We also talk a couple of other recent releases such as WILLOW CREEK and I proclaim my love for NBC's gorgeous and disturbing show HANNIBAL.  But the bulk of the conversation consists of us raving about all-things Altman including THREE WOMEN, THE LONG GOODBYE, MCCABE AND MRS MILLER, THE PLAYER, NASHVILLE and more!  

Episode 79: Wes Anderson

Episode 79: Wes Anderson

Friend and favorite to the show Regina Barry returns for a monumental discussion on the beloved auteur Wes Anderson. In addition to talking about all his films, we discuss RESOLUTION, CONCUSSION, THE ONE I LOVE and more. Included at the very end of the episode is a brief discussion on The Beatles of all things.  Also, I give a special announcement at the beginning which details how the rest of the year will be for me and I couldn't be more grateful and appreciative for my co-host and dear friend Patrick. Thank you to all for listening and for your continuing support

Episode 76: Kelly Reichardt

Episode 76: Kelly Reichardt

Guest-free but incredibly happy to return together as we trek into troubled terrain to talk about independent filmmaker Kelly Reichardt. Despite having not seen her very first film or her latest from this year, we feel confident in expressing what we love about the three films of hers that have garnered much acclaim - OLD JOY, WENDY & LUCY, and MEEK’S CUTOFF. In addition, Patrick talks about Linklater’s latest BOYHOOD while I giddily catch up with a lightning round of about 12 films that I’ve seen as of late.

Episode 75: Samuel Fuller

Episode 75: Samuel Fuller

With Jim lost in New York, Kevin McCallister style, Row Three co-host and constant companion Kurt Halfyard is here with Patrick for a ramblin' good time talking about seminal cult director Samuel Fuller. In addition to discussing his films THE NAKED KISS, SHOCK CORRIDOR, and PICK-UP ON SOUTH STREET, we take on a myriad of classics like AIRPLANE!, DO THE RIGHT THING, THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT, SCORPIO RISING and a number of short horror film recommendations.

Episode 74: Quentin Tarantino

Episode 74: Quentin Tarantino

DVDTalk.com critic and SharcTankMedia contributor Tyler Foster joins us for one of our longer episodes in awhile to talk about a very obscure, unknown filmmaker that you've probably never heard of. Quentin Tarantino. We focus on the breakthrough classic PULP FICTION in honor of its 20th anniversary, as well as Quentin's first of two historical revisions with the WWII revenge drama INGLORIOUS BASTARDS. And obviously we pretty much bring up every movie he's ever done throughout the course of the episode. In addition we review 22 JUMP STREET, MOOD INDIGO, EDGE OF TOMORROW, THE RULES OF ATTRACTION, THE HITCHER films, and much more!  

Episode 73: Wim Wenders

Episode 73: Wim Wenders

Punctuation Films' very own Sean Pierce joins us for a trip with the great German filmmaker Wim Wenders. We focus on his take on Patricia Highsmith with THE AMERICAN FRIEND as well as his most critically acclaimed spiritual meditation, WINGS OF DESIRE. But we also touch on PARIS, TEXAS, KINGS OF THE ROAD, DONT COME KNOCKING and more!  We also review BLOOD SIMPLE, PARADISE HOPE, THEY CAME TOGETHER, and THE WIND RISES.

Episode 72: Richard Linklater

Episode 72: Richard Linklater

Patrick's partner Regina Barry joins us for this special episode as we slip into the slipstream of Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater. He has specialized in several dialogue-heavy indie films from the 90s -- thus, we mainly focus on all three BEFORE films, starting with SUNRISE and ending with last year's MIDNIGHT. But we also touch on WAKING LIFE, BERNIE, DAZED & CONFUSED and more!  We also review APOCALYPSE NOW, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, MISTER ED, as well as a few Don Hertzfeld films as well.

Episode 71: Roman Polanski

Episode 71: Roman Polanski

Welcome back returning guest and fellow podcaster Andrew James from RowThree.com and the Cinecast Podcast, as we creep into the mind of one Roman Polanski. He has specialized in several memorable psychological thrillers including his debut REPULSION and the classic noir CHINATOWN, both of which we discuss at length. We also review BOYHOOD, JOE, and UNDER THE SKIN as well as a few other Polanski films towards the end.  

Episode 70: Alexander Payne

Episode 70: Alexander Payne

Film Junk's very own Frank Knezic joins us to talk about satirist / dramedy director Alexander Payne. We start off by focusing on his debut satire CITIZEN RUTH and then we take a look at his more sentimental look at aging with ABOUT SCHMIDT.  We later expand upon some more of his other films as well including ELECTION and SIDEWAYS.  In addition, Jim takes a look at the "new golden age of television" with a brief mention of THE AMERICANS, THE BACHELOR, and more!  Frank rewatches QUICK CHANGE & NOTHING BUT TROUBLE, while Patrick does a lightning round to catch up on all the various films he's seen in the past few weeks.

Episode 69: Steven Spielberg Part 2

Episode 69: Steven Spielberg Part 2

Friend and Chicago film critic Erik Childress returns to the show for another discussion about the legendary Steven Spielberg, this time focusing on the latter portion of his career for part two. We start off by focusing on his sci-fi noir MINORITY REPORT and then we take a look at his response to 9/11 with the political spy thriller MUNICH. We later expand upon some more of his other films as well including LINCOLN and INDIANA JONES AND THE CRYSTAL SKULL. In addition, Jim takes a look back at the 1985 coming-of-age drama, SMOOTH TALK, Erik continues to sing the praises of the awesome LEGO MOVIE, and of course, we also discuss TRUE DETECTIVE.

Episode 68: Steven Spielberg

Episode 68: Steven Spielberg

Friend and filmmaker Collin Souter returns to the show to talk about the legendary (and possibly our most famous director to date) Steven Spielberg. We start off by focusing on his earlier films, including the sci-fi classic CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and then we take a look at the under-appreciated coming-of-age WWII film, EMPIRE OF THE SUN. We later expand upon some more of his other films as well including JAWS and ET. In addition, Collin reviews FANDANGO, Patrick talks about THE FURIES and just in time for Valentine's Day, Jim revisits LA STORY.

Episode 67: Otto Preminger

Episode 67: Otto Preminger

Returning guest and friend to the show Nat Almirall joins us to talk about the great Otto Preminger. We debate the merits of his beloved noir mystery LAURA, and then praise the incredible melodrama, DAISY KENYON. We also touch upon his filmography later in the show including a couple of his classic courtroom dramas. Before that, though, we have discussions about THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, GROUNDHOG DAY, and Patrick talks about indulging in some low-budget VHS horror films.

Episode 66: Paul Verhoeven

Episode 66: Paul Verhoeven

CHUD contributor John Bernhard joins us to talk about another great action filmmaker, Paul Verhoeven. We mainly focus on his incredibly dirty film from the 70s, TURKISH DELIGHT, and then praise the satiric sci-fi sendup that is STARSHIP TROOPERS. We also touch upon his filmography later in the show. Before that, though, we have discussions about BURKE AND HARE, as well as some of the best films of 2013 including HER, INSIDE LLEYWN DAVIS, and Patrick talks about his experience at a recent short film festival in Chicago.

Episode 65: Favorite Films Of 2013

Episode 65: Favorite Films Of 2013

The episode you’ve all been waiting for is here! Our epic four hours plus episode covering the year in review and much much more. We talk about our favorite movies of 2013 of course, but in addition, we listen to some voicemails, read some emails, and reveal sub-categories which lead to some wonderful digressions as always. Be sure to download Part 2 linked below to hear our top tens, many listener submissions and a montage of messages at the very end. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support, and for being a subscriber.

Episode 64: Vincente Minelli

Episode 64: Vincente Minelli

We are back together again, and this time, we have one of the best Chicago film critics as our guest.  Sergio Mims of WHPK joins us to discuss our first director of musical classics such as MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS and AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. There is a whole lot to say about the great Vincente Minelli. In addition to some Christmas goodies dispersed throughout the episode (be sure to stay to the end if you dare), we also touch upon Minelli’s versatile filmography later in the show.  Before that, though, we have discussions about some of the best films of 2013 including AMERICAN HUSTLE, NEBRASKA, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, a differing opinion on INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, as well as a couple of recent documentaries too!  

Episode 63: Hayao Miyazaki

Episode 63: Hayao Miyazaki

With Jim on sabbatical studying the migration habits of puffins, Patrick is once again joined by friend of the show Brian Tellerico from hollywoodchicago.com to discuss beloved animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. That is to say his films are animated. As far as I can tell, he is flesh and blood. Before that, though, we have discussions about some of the best films of 2013 including The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, To The Wonder, Blackfish and Leviathan. Also: a lot of weird stuff that has no real point.

Episode 62: Nicolas Winding Refn

Episode 62: Nicolas Winding Refn

Friend to the show and film studies expert, Chris Olson joins us for an in-depth discussion on Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. We focus on his debut classic PUSHER as well as as his take on the biopic, BRONSON. We end up mentioning the majority of his filmography especially DRIVE. In addition, Chris reviews GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, Patrick sinks his teeth into THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, and Jim revisits a couple of comedies from 1999, BOWFINGER and DICK!

Episode 61: Mario Bava Part Two

Episode 61: Mario Bava Part Two

Apologies in advance for the poorer than usual sound quality, but it is being rectified as we speak in time for the next episode. For our last horror-themed episode of the season, the great Gabe Powers of DVDActive.com (and guest contributor to our site) returns once again to talk about the incredibly influential horror director Mario Bava. This is our 2nd episode on Bava, as there is still so much to cover. We focus on his take on the anthology film BLACK SABBATH as well as what is considered the first Giallo film, BLOOD AND BLACK LACE. We later expand upon a couple more of his other films as well. In addition, Gabe talks about THE HAUNTED PALACE, and both Jim and Patrick reignite and strike another fast-paced Director’s Club Lightning Round!

Episode 60: Wes Craven

Episode 60: Wes Craven

Film writer Daniel Baldwin joins us for an in-depth dissection on horror maven Wes Craven.  We talk about the majority of his filmography focusing on THE HILLS HAVE EYES and SCREAM, as well as several others throughout the course of the conversation. We also review GRAVITY, METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER, NOSFERATU, and a whole lot more!