February 15, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to episode 63 of the podcast!

New in Theaters

Now playing in theaters and on HBO Max: Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.).

TCM “Must-See Musicals”

This year, I am watching all 50 movies listed in the great book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can’t Forget by Richard Barrios (Running Press, 2017; available on Amazon.com, on the Shop TCM website, and, hopefully, from your favorite bookseller).

Full list of the 50 films is here. Mini-reviews are on my Instagram feed and on my blog.

The film I’d probably recommend the most so far from the guide is The Love Parade (Paramount, 1929). I found it on DVD as part of a multi-disk set from The Criterion Collection.

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January 31, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to this week’s podcast!

New in Theaters

More comeback classics! Mask up and have some fun at the movies. Check your local listings.

New on Streaming

The Little Things (Warner Bros.) now streaming on HBO Max and playing in theaters. Check your local listings.

AFI 10 Best of 2020

List is here: https://www.afi.com/news/afi-awards-2020-honorees-announced/.

Three By…Nancy Meyers

This month’s “Three by…” director is Nancy Meyers. More about her filmography is on IMDb.com.

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January 16, 2021 Podcast

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first podcast of 2021.

New in Theaters

The Emperor’s New Groove (Disney, 2000) is back in select U.S. theaters this weekend. Check your local listings.

Reviews

Loved News of the World (Universal, 2020), now playing in theaters.

2021 Movie Watching Project

One of the movie watching projects I’m taking on in 2021 is watching the 50 movies listed in a cool book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) called Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can’t Forget (Running Press, 2017). Full list and more info is here. Follow my Instagram feed for my mini-reviews of all of the films.

My 10 Best Films of 2020

I compiled a list of my favorite films I saw for the first time in 2020 regardless of the films’ initial release date. Full list is on my Letterboxd page (click the “Lists” link).

TCM’s Noir Alley page is here.

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December 24, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to this week’s podcast!

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New in Theaters

New on Streaming Platforms

Here are some noteworthy films that are on a streaming platform near you:

Three By…Robert Wise

This month’s “Three by…” director is Robert Wise. More about his filmography is on IMDb.com.

2021 TCM Big Screen Classics Series

The film in the 2021 Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Big Screen Classics series have been announced. More information is at the Fathom Events website.

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December 11, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to this week’s podcast!

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Coming to Theaters

The last two films in this year’s Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Big Screen Classics series are:

  • Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  • Babe – 25th Anniversary (1995)

Participating theaters and showtimes are at fathomevents.com/tcm.

Disney Investor Day

The Walt Disney Company made a slew of announcements on December 10, 2020 about upcoming films for their Disney+ streaming service as well as their slate of theatrical film releases from all of the major studios: Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Animation Studios. You can view the presentation here (it’s four+ hours long…really). The D23 website has a good summary of it, too.

“Modern” Christmas Movies

Truth be told, I struggle to find any contemporary Christmas movies that I really love. However, two constant favorites are actually TV specials: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966; again, the 30-minute TV special, not one of the lousy feature film adaptations).

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December 3, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to this week’s podcast!

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Coming Soon

Also of Note

Director Francis Ford Coppola and Paramount Pictures are issuing a new version of the much maligned The Godfather Part III (1990). It’s even got a new title: The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Rumor has it that it’s a big improvement (thank goodness). Look for it at a theater near you December 4; also coming to Blu-ray and Digital on December 8. And look for a Godfather retrospective coming soon to the podcast.

Five Favorite Classic Christmas Movies

It’s the holiday season and there are a bazillion Christmas movies to choose from. This week’s podcast includes my top five favorite Christmas films from the classic era. I hope this will help you with your holiday movie watching plans! Make sure to check out all of the classic Christmas film goodness on Turner Classic Movies this month, too.

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November 12, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to this week’s podcast!

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Now in Theaters

Put on a mask and enjoy some “comeback classics” in the theaters! Check your local listings.

Three by…

I’m continuing my “Three by…” series where I watch three different films from the same director. This month’s director is the French director, photographer, and artist Agnès Varda. The three films I watched were:

Varda received an honorary Academy Award for her body of work in 2017.

The Criterion Collection has recently released a boxed set with all of her films.

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October 30, 2020 Podcast

Happy Halloween! Welcome to this week’s podcast!

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Now in Theaters

Now Streaming

Reviews

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October 15, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to this week’s podcast!

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New in Theaters

  • Honest Thief (Briarcliff Entertainment)
  • Comeback Classics: The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney; 1993); check your local listings

“Three by…”

A new monthly category for the podcast is going to be an exploration of three different films from a specific film director. I’m calling the section “Three by…”. The three films will be sample representation from the director’s entire body of work and/or some of my favorite films from the director.

This month’s director is Carl Reiner. Reiner passed away this summer at the ripe old age of 98. Turner Classic Movies recently had a tribute day where they showed six of his films. I recorded them on my DVR and finally had a chance to watch the three films which I discuss in the podcast, each from a different decade of his career: Enter Laughing (1967), Oh, God! (1977), and All of Me (1984).

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October 8, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to the podcast!

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New in Theaters

  • The War with Grandpa (101 Studios)
  • Yellow Rose (Sony)
  • Comeback Classics: Coco (Pixar; 2017), Hocus Pocus (Disney, 1993), Beetlejuice (Warner Bros., 1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street (New Line Cinema, 1984), and Akira (Funimation; 1988). Check your local listings.
  • TCM Big Screen Classics: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (Universal, 1960)—October 11, 12, and 16. Details at fathomevents.com/tcm.
  • Fathom Events: Other films include a 40th anniversary screening of Friday the 13th (Paramount; 1990) on October 9 and 10, and a 30th anniversary screening of Total Recall (Rialto Pictures/StudioCanal; 1990) on October 10, 13, and 27. Details at fathomevents.com.

Reviews

Enola Homes (2020); watched on Netflix

TCM “Must-See Sci-Fi” Project

Brazil (1995); rented from the Apple iTunes Store. Part of this year’s TCM science fiction movie watching project.

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