Our return week chugs on along with the first of two train-themed films that were brought to us by our guest, the amazing writer/ artist Bob Fingerman. First up, "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" starring the late, great Walter Matthau in a real zipper of a movie. Some gun thugs take over a NYC subway car for a million dollar ransom and Matthau, a supervisor of sorts for the NYT and ex-cop gets involved with the process. A truly unsung classic from the mid-70s. Listen in to hear what we thought of it.
You know , when we laid out the bare bones for this podcast we invited folks to bring us their guilty pleasures as their second film choice. So, in a way you could say we brought this upon ourselves. Guest Mike O'Neill lays it down on why he still loves "Howard the Duck" and why you should too. I'm just not sure we're all buyin' it. Listen in and see what happens as the Latham train mildy derails.
We return from a short break, after celebrating our first year in existence. A new friend joins us, Mike O'Neill who works in the film industry in NYC in the locations dept. He brings to us a new favorite of his, the neo-classic mega-actioner that has launched a franchise as well as the second resurrection of Keanu Reeves. See how it all begins in this inaugural entry to the film series. Listen in to see how we feel about it.
For the second part of writer/artist/raconteur Dean Haspiel's visit, he delivers unto us a cautionary tale wrapped in the shiniest paper imaginable. With an absolutely mesmerizing performance by the chameleon James Franco, and a bunch of Hollywood next-gens, this film is nothing that I expected and I would hope after hearing our discussion you'd give it a chance as well. Check it out and enjoy.
Writer/Artist and friend of the show Dean Haspiel returns to Cinemental with two more polarizing films to discuss. First off, a little-known (at least by us) film by John Huston starring Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor called "Reflections in a Golden Eye". An interesting tale of a closeted military man in the American south in the late 60s. It's a film worth viewing to make your own decisions about it for sure, but regardless you probably will not forget it. Listen in and enjoy!
Comics legend Walter Simonson and were chatting one day and he brought up a long forgotten paperback thriller from 1959 called "Runway Zero-Eight". It was written as a novelized version of a TV special that had been aired in 1958 on Canadian TV. Later it was made into the film we decided to watch this week, "Zero Hour!". Who cares? You may wonder...BUT it's the life it would take on 20 years later that makes the story even more interesting. Listen in for the whole story!
I already know an awful lot of people and until one of them dies I couldn't possibly meet anyone else.
The legendary writer/artist of IDW's "Ragnarok" Walter Simonson, joins us once again bringing a couple of great cinematic treats with him. First up, the Stanley Donen classic, "Charade". Sometimes referred to as the 'greatest film Hitchcock never made', this twisty, turny suspense comedy should delight nearly anyone who takes the time to consume it. Take a listen to see how we really feel about it. It was a first watch for a couple of us. Besides NO ONE should miss an opportunity to look at Audrey Hepburn for a couple hours.
Full disclosure, when our amazeballs guest, author, podcaster, blogger, etc. Whitney Matheson chose this one for us, I wasn;t sure how it was gonna hold up. Well, let's juts say you probably don't wanna miss this episode filled with fun anecdotes about our encounters with the main man Pee-Wee himself! Listen in and relive that joyous feeling the first time you heard him and said to yourself, "What the fuck am I watching?" Enjoy!
Our guest this week, the amazing Whitney Matheson, author, blogger, podcaster...name it, she does it. She has brought us one of our most divisive films to date. The late John Cassavetes' indie masterpiece "A Woman Under the Influence". This is a film that tackles difficult subjects head on and with an unflinching camera's eye. I challenge anyone to view this film and not be moved to some sort of strong opinions about it. Regardless, it makes for great conversation. Listen and enjoy!
Our guest, fellow podcaster and friend Tom Zielinski's guilty pleasure pick this week was something I had seen pieces of over the years but never sat down and watched all the way through. I have now. Give a quick listen as we discuss my media consumption for the week and this forgotten (gem?) film from the late 80s.