Apr 24 2014

Episode 11: A Loving God Would Not Be Mad at Yul Brynner

Xanadu Sq LogoThis week, we chat about religious movies from a secular perspective. Were we able to complete our mission before the laptop’s battery ran out? Listen to find out!

We also finally get to read out a listener’s response to our Pleasure Dome questions! (Have you answered our questions yet? You should!)

This week’s booze pairing is Zonin’s lovely¬†Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which is fun to say and even more fun to drink.

Further show notes behind the cut!

Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 21 2014

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.

setup

Melissa’s Pick of the Week: The Set-Up

There are a few things as satisfying as a simple story that is masterfully told, and The Set-Up is a fine example. Directed by Robert Wise near the beginning of his legendary career, The Set-Up is a trim tale about a past-prime boxer, his concerned wife, and a wager. The film takes place in real time — the story and the film are both 73 minutes long — which is an unusual stunt for 1949.

bringiton

Windy’s Pick of the Week: Bring It On

We know how much I love any kind of dance movie. And this one has Kirsten Dunst and Elisha Dushku! Doing cheerleading routines!

Like Josie and the Pussycats and Lake Placid, this movie is built on a solid foundation of satire and sarcasm. It’s a quieter sort of snark, but it’s there. Also, one of the flirtiest yet realistic scenes put on film – Elisha Dushku flirting by spitting great gobs of toothpaste. Seriously.

Spirit fingers!

Apr 17 2014

Episode 10: The Thousand Parsec Stare

Xanadu Sq LogoThis week, we talk about Star Trek vs. Star Wars: comparing and contrasting the two properties, and why we love them both.

This week’s booze pairing is either a Schell’s Dark beer (if you side with Melissa) or a Hakusuru draft sake (if you side with Windy).

Further show notes behind the cut!

Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 14 2014

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.

josieandthepussycats

Windy’s Pick of the Week: Josie and the Pussycats

Another podcast mention that makes the website spotlight, Josie and the Pussycats is brilliant satire masked in bubblegum and bright colors. How do you turn a forgettable Saturday morning cartoon into a smart and clever movie? This is how. (It helps to have a KILLER soundtrack – it’s my go to sunny spring day playlist!) Alan Cumming and Parker Posey are brilliant and Tara Reid gives a startling great performance – the best of her career. This would be an awesome double feature with A Star Is Born.

LiveandDie

Melissa’s Pick of the Week: To Live and Die in L.A.

Okay, I haven’t gotten into this yet on the podcast, but I am a wannabe gearhead, and I’m a sucker for a good car chase. To Live and Die in L.A. has one of the greatest car chase sequences of all time, masterfully directed by William Friedkin at the height of his powers. The movie around the car chase is pretty great, too: it’s a Secret Service vs. master counterfeiter 1980s cop drama that involves the likes of Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Dean Stockwell, and candy-colored 1980s cinematography. What’s not to love?

Apr 10 2014

Episode 9: Joy Flames at the Sides of My Face

Xanadu Sq LogoThis week, we talk about dumb action movies and why we love them!

This week’s wine pairing is a seriously amazing 2011 Victorian Claret from Guenoc.

And a quick note: remember to come to our web site and answer our listener questions! We haven’t yet started calling out to our listener responses in our podcasts yet, but only because we currently have about a six week buffer on our episodes. Listener responses will start showing up in the episodes in just a couple weeks!

But for now, we give you the greatest trailer ever made: STUNT ROCK!

Also, here’s proof that Melissa once met Alan Ruck:

Ruck - 2008-05-1714-44-57

Further show notes behind the cut!

Read the rest of this entry »

Older posts «