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Jan 07 2016

Episode 97: From Ant-Man to Zinzana

0097 Best Movies of 2015This week, dear listeners, we bring you an episode about movies that delighted us in 2015! While we fully admit that 2015 was a rough year in many aspects, it was completely loaded with cinematic joys, and we bore witness to many of them!

Show notes behind the cut!

Movies mentioned:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Bone Tomahawk
Hateful Eight
The Martian
Furious 7 (plus 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift)
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Stand By for Tape Back-Up
The Witch
The Keeping Room
The Devil’s Candy
Zinzana (Rattle the Cage)
Green Room
Straight Outta Compton
Creed
Bridge of Spies
Inside Out
Steve Jobs
Ant-Man
Focus
Jupiter Ascending

People mentioned:
Tom Hardy
Willem Dafoe
Domhnall Gleeson
Kurt Russell
Richard Jenkins (“Cabin in the Woods Guy”)
Quentin Tarantino
Ridley Scott
Matt Damon
Lucas Black
Taron Egerton
Patrick Stewart
Michael Fassbender

Links:

Take-Up Productions, which is running Seijun Suzuki movies in January at The Trylon and films noir at The Heights in February:
http://take-up.org/

YouTube Science vs Cinema
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk0LbxabIyM&feature=youtu.be

1 comment

  1. GreyDuck

    I streaming-rented Ant-Man on one of those “I should try to watch SOMEthing that came out this year” wild hair moments. (It was that or another movie I can’t remember, and I picked Ant-Man because it was shorter.) It had some great bits, and Michael Peña was a JOY (honestly, MVP of the film), but a lot of it bounced off of me. When the part of the movie which sticks with me most (other than Luis’ great “so my friend’s sister’s cousin’s boyfriend said” sequences) is the fight with the guy from a whole other movie, something isn’t gelling here. It wasn’t bad, I didn’t hate it, it just… didn’t grab me. Also, Hope Pym going from “no really, this guy’s an idiot” to smooching on Scott Lang was handled so… lazily. Meh. Assumed Intended Romance isn’t the same as actually properly building the (actually unnecessary) romance.

    I meant to catch Straight Outta Compton, mainly on the strength of it featuring Aldis Hodge, who was a big part of why the Leverage TV show was so amazingly enjoyable. But, with the forced move to the suburbs early in the year upsetting my entire life’s apple cart, going-to-the-theater is one of the big things which got dropped from my lifestyle. I only barely managed to catch The Force Awakens in the theater, and before that we’d seen Avengers: Age of Ultron. That’s IT for our 2015 moviegoing. Oof. Streaming has taken the place of theater-going, and… while it’s great that it’s an option, the experience just ain’t the same. I’m in an apartment, I can’t really rig up the surround sound and play it at the levels some movies really deserve. Not and prevent angry visits from the property management, anyway.

    Since I’ve got the place to myself this weekend, maybe I’ll queue up some stuff. Like, I still haven’t seen Fury Road… (I know, I KNOW!)

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