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January 16, 2020  

17. Rashomon (1950) with Nick Irvine

We go back to the far past in Japan for this week's pick, Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon. The movie explores a sequence of events from different perspectives and really plays with the power of the unreliable narrator and the concept of "truth" in a way contemporary audiences may not be used to. Don't let that dissuade you from seeing the movie, however. It's a classic that is completely worth your time, as is our conversation about it.

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Nick Irvine can be found on his podcast The Canyon Brats.

January 8, 2020  

16. The Fifth Element (1997) with D.E. Medus

For a blockbuster film, The Fifth Element provides a surprising amount of jumping off points for discussion. Join Rafe and guest D.E. Medus as they discuss what it means for this film to be "another Bruce Willis movie," complain about spoilers in trailers, debate whether Leeloo is an empowering female figure, and determine what happened to Chris Tucker as he's faded from the screen.

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D.E. Medus can be found on his podcast MedusPod.

January 1, 2020  

15. Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2015) with Mike from Talk’n Pops

At first glance, Scott Pilgrim vs the World is a high octane film that pays tribute to video games and comic books in a near ADD presentation. Look at bit deeper, however, and you'll find some astute observations about love and the fragile nature of relationships. Rafe dives in deep this week with guest Mike from Talk'n Pops as they talk about collecting Funko Pops, dating, becoming the villain, and hipster culture.

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Mike can be heard on his podcasts Talk'n Pops and The Pawnee Public Forum.

December 25, 2019  

14. The Bishop’s Wife (1947) with Laura Uber

You know Miracle on 34th Street, or A Christmas Carol, or A Christmas Story, but somehow The Bishop's Wife is a holiday movie that has disappeared from the cultural lexicon despite its holiday content and multiple Oscar nominations. This week Rafe talks with guest Laura Uber about why this Cary Grant classic should not be forgotten, how hard it is not to compare it to another movie featuring a visiting angel, It's a Wonderful Life, (and why this movie might be better), and a bit of what life is like for those who choose to talk the path of Santa Claus. Merry Christmas everybody!

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December 18, 2019  

13. Leviathan (1989) with James Jackson

The late '90s saw one of the frequent waves of similarly conceived film projects, this time tackling supernatural threats in the underwater world: The Abyss, DeepStar Six, and this week's film Leviathan (not to be confused with the 2014 fishing village drama of the same name). How does Leviathan stack up against the other underwater threats of 1989? Why is it so hard for critics and fans to describe this film without referencing other movies? And how does Rafe deal with admitting he didn't like a movie very much? 

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December 11, 2019  

12. SLC Punk! (1998) with Jono Uber

This week brings another new movie that Rafe was not aware of before this podcast: SLC Punk!, which stars Matthew Lillard and Micahel A. Goorjian as a pair of punk rockers in Salt Lake City at a turning point in their life. While discussing the movie Rafe and guest Jono Uber reminisce about working in movie theaters, speculate what kinds of lengths their sons will have to go through to pull one over on them, and consider just what it meant/means to be "punk".

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Jono Uber's is part of the D&D podcast Charismatic AF.

December 4, 2019  

11. Dark City (1998) with Adam Thomas

While many, many people have seen The Matrix, far fewer people have seen the similar post-modern science-fiction film Dark City, which only came out a year before Neo's first chapter. While both movies follow post-modern ideologies, they are distinctly different and Dark City definitely deserves a viewing, so this week Rafe and guest Adam Thomas dive into Dark City's philosophical goodness.

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Adam Thomas's podcast, Double Edged Double Bill can also be found on Twitter and Facebook. You can find Adam's artistic business, Ghoulish Gourds, on Facebook.

November 27, 2019  

10. West Side Story (1961) with Luis Ramirez

Take Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, mix in music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, add in some questionably racial portrayals, and you wind up with 1961's West Side Story. Although the story, which features two young star-crossed lovers on opposing sides of a gang war, is being remade by Steven Spielberg, there are many reasons to revisit the original film, which definitely falls into the category of "they don't make them like this anymore." Listen to this week's episode to hear why!

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November 20, 2019  

Intermission: The Weekly Blend Audio Show #155 (with Kevin Smith)

Due to unexpected events, we don't have a movie recorded to have a conversation about this week, so we dug into the archives of The Weekly Blend Audio Show and pulled out this old gem from October 2008, where Kevin Smith joined hosts Rafe Telsch, Margaret Williams, and Tim Kennard. It's an interesting snapshot in time, where Iron Man was just coming out on DVD and Blu-ray, The Dark Knight was in theaters, and the Watchmen movie was in a troubled production. How many of the movies we discussed back then had an impact? How many of them have been all but forgotten? Enjoy this blast from the past and hopefully we'll be back on track with regular episodes next week.

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November 13, 2019  

9. Taika Waititi’s Boy (2010) with James “Rodders” Rodrigues

Writer/director Taika Waititi is best known for Thor: Ragnarok, although horror fans also hail his brilliance for What We Do In Shadows. The New Zealand filmmaker has tackled more personal stories several times, including 2010's Boy, a coming-of-age story about an eleven-year-old boy in 1984 era New Zealand. I cannot recommend this film highly enough, and give major thanks to James Rodrigues for introducing me to it as a topic for this week's show. 

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James "Rodders" Rodrigues can be found on Twitter, Instagram, and Letterboxd. You can also find his writing at The Reviewing Rodders and Fly Fidelity.