Melissa

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Name: Melissa Kaercher
Date registered: April 13, 2017

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  1. Episode 49: Diabolique — May 21, 2017
  2. Episode 48: Gilda — May 7, 2017
  3. Episode 47: Vertigo — April 24, 2017
  4. Episode 46: Chinatown — April 7, 2017
  5. Episode 45: Desert Fury — March 22, 2017

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Dec 21

Episode 39: The Thin Man

The Thin ManIn this week’s episode, we lighten up a bit (and drunken up a bit) for the holidays, with The Thin Man!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it is oh so delightful. This film can currently be seen streaming on iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, YouTube, and Google Play.

Please join us again on January 7th, when we dive back into the darkness with Sweet Smell of Success!

The Thin Man (1934)
The Thin Man poster Rating: 8.1/10 (21,946 votes)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Writer: Albert Hackett (screen play), Frances Goodrich (screen play), Dashiell Hammett (from the novel by)
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton
Runtime: 91 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Released: 25 May 1934
Plot: Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Dec 19

Episode 38: Cape Fear (1991)

Cape FearIn this week’s episode, we follow up our screening of the original Cape Fear with Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because DeNiro’s appetite for scenery chewing must be witnessed. This film can currently be seen streaming on Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play… just about anywhere.

Please join us again on December 21st for a far more cheerful film, the ever-delightful Thin Man!

Cape Fear (1991)
Cape Fear poster Rating: 7.3/10 (136,776 votes)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: John D. MacDonald (novel), James R. Webb (earlier screenplay), Wesley Strick (screenplay)
Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis
Runtime: 128 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Released: 15 Nov 1991
Plot: A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Nov 21

Episode 37: Cape Fear (1962)

Cape FearIn this week’s episode, we go back to our Robert Mitchum well with a screening of the original Cape Fear!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because Robert Mitchum demands it. This film can currently be rented from Amazon, YouTube, and iTunes.

Please join us again on December 7th when we follow up with Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake of Cape Fear!

Cape Fear (1962)
Cape Fear poster Rating: 7.8/10 (21,679 votes)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Writer: John D. MacDonald (novel), James R. Webb (screenplay)
Stars: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin
Runtime: 106 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Released: 12 Apr 1962
Plot: A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.

Nov 07

Episode 36: The Long Good Friday

The Long Good FridayIn this week’s episode, we watch a film that made a star out of Bob Hoskins: The Long Good Friday!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it’s amazing and it has Helen Mirren in it. This film can be a challenge to find right now, since the Criterion Collection DVD has long been out of print (spine #25!), but DVDs and Blu-Rays from various other publishers can be found on Amazon for a reasonable price. (Stray illicit streaming copies can also be found around the internet, but we didn’t see any right now that were of good quality.)

Please join us on November 21st when we visit the original Cape Fear!

The Long Good Friday (1980)
The Long Good Friday poster Rating: 7.7/10 (15,111 votes)
Director: John Mackenzie
Writer: Barrie Keeffe
Stars: Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan, Kevin McNally, Patti Love
Runtime: 114 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 02 Apr 1982
Plot: Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his ...

Oct 23

Episode 35: Odd Man Out

Odd Man OutIn this week’s episode, we get our James Mason on with a viewing of Odd Man Out!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because this film is fascinating. This film can be rented on Amazon Prime, and is available on DVD.

Please join us on November 7th when we continue forward in British film history with a film that made a star out of Bob Hoskins: The Long Good Friday!

Odd Man Out (1947)
Odd Man Out poster Rating: 7.8/10 (6,898 votes)
Director: Carol Reed
Writer: F.L. Green (by), F.L. Green (screenplay), R.C. Sherriff (screenplay)
Stars: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick
Runtime: 116 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 23 Apr 1947
Plot: A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery in Belfast.

Oct 07

Episode 34: Sorcerer

SorcererIn this week’s episode, we look at William Friedkin’s 1970s remake of Wages of Fear, Sorcerer!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because this is a film to be experienced. This film can be rented in HD on Amazon Prime, and is available on DVD and Blu-Ray in all its restored glory.

Please join us on October 21st when we go back into the world of British film noir with Odd Man Out!

Sorcerer (1977)
Sorcerer poster Rating: 7.7/10 (11,028 votes)
Director: William Friedkin
Writer: Walon Green (screenplay), Georges Arnaud (novel)
Stars: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou
Runtime: 121 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Released: 24 Jun 1977
Plot: Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.

Sep 21

Episode 33: The Wages of Fear

Wages of FearIn this week’s episode, we take a look at Henri-Georges Clouzot’s masterpiece of tension, Le salaire de la peur, aka The Wages of Fear!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because this is a film you have to witness. This film is part of The Criterion Collection, so it can be found streaming on Hulu Plus, iTunes, and Amazon Prime, as well as on an excellent two-DVD/Blu-Ray set.

If you are interested in how nitroglycerin actually explodes (or just what a nitroglycerin explosion looks like in slow motion), here’s a nice little YouTube video.

Please join us on October 7th when we visit John Frankenheimer’s 1970s remake of The Wages of Fear: Sorcerer!

The Wages of Fear (1953)
The Wages of Fear poster Rating: 8.2/10 (38,963 votes)
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer: Georges Arnaud (novel), Henri-Georges Clouzot (adaptation), Jérôme Géronimi (adaptation)
Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Folco Lulli, Peter van Eyck
Runtime: 131 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Released: 16 Feb 1955
Plot: In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Sep 17

Episode 32: Rancho Notorious

Rancho NotoriousIn this week’s episode, we welcome playwright/actor Kelvin Hatle to our table as we discuss what happens when Fritz Lang directs a western: Rancho Notorious!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because you really must witness at least the drinking game scene. This film is available on DVD from Amazon and can probably be found a few other select places. (Beware of the streaming copy on DailyMotion, which is missing scenes.)

Please join us on September 21st for an episode about the French masterpiece of tension: The Wages of Fear!

Rancho Notorious (1952)
Rancho Notorious poster Rating: 7.0/10 (3,105 votes)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Daniel Taradash (screenplay), Silvia Richards (original story)
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer, Gloria Henry
Runtime: 89 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Western
Released: 01 Mar 1952
Plot: After the murder of his fiancée, a Wyoming ranch hand sets out to find her killer.

Aug 21

Episode 31: Ministry of Fear

Ministry of FearIn this week’s episode, we have a grand time talking about all that cake in Fritz Lang’s Ministry of Fear!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it’s loads of fun and we don’t want to spoil it for you. This film is available on DVD from Amazon and elsewhere, and if you’re lucky, there might still be an illicit copy of the whole film hanging out on YouTube.

Please join us on September 7th for the third and final movie in our Fritz Lang triple feature: Rancho Notorious!

Ministry of Fear (1944)
Ministry of Fear poster Rating: 7.2/10 (5,227 votes)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Graham Greene (novel)
Stars: Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Hillary Brooke
Runtime: 86 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 01 Oct 1944
Plot: Stephen Neale has just been released from an asylum during World War 2 in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot by accident, and tries to stop it.

Aug 07

Episode 30: The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

The Testament of Dr. MabuseIn this week’s episode, we thoroughly enjoy a movie banned personally by Joseph Goebbels: The Testament of Dr. Mabuse!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because the second part of the episode will probably make no sense whatsoever if you don’t. This film is easily available via a great 2-disc set released by Criterion, and is also currently available streaming on Hulu Plus.

Please join us on August 21st for second movie in our Fritz Lang triple feature: Ministry of Fear!

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse poster Rating: 7.9/10 (9,265 votes)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Norbert Jacques (characters), Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gustav Diessl, Rudolf Schündler, Oskar Höcker
Runtime: 122 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime
Released: N/A
Plot: A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade.

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