An event is coming! Another event is coming! Summer is here and we all know what that means: Blockbuster movies. 2017 has more franchise and sequel flicks coming out than any other year in history, so we thought we’d celebrate that absolute glut of cinema by actually celebrating the highest achievers in the medium. So, this July, be on the lookout for 30 reviews of 30 films by 29 directors from the Criterion Collection. We’re so excited about the foreign, silent, and black and white films that will be dropping on you that we even had to do a draft so we could each claim the reviews we wanted to do. Check out the podcast, the tentative schedule is after the break.
Who’s to say what makes a good year for music? After all, every year is just compiled of 365 days that will see a completely random assortment of independent artists making music that may or may not be good. Well, unless you’re talking about a year like 1967 or 1977, in which lots of scenes and genres, born of the turbulent eras they were made in, produced some of the most lasting music of the rock era. Now which year is better? Well, Colin and John didn’t really debate that. However, that did try to cram in as many shout-outs to great albums while trying not to leave any truly notable ones out (spoiler: they did leave some notable ones out). Continue reading
What is The Matrix? We know the answer to that question now, but do you know its real source? One of the Wachowskis’ biggest inspirations was a 1995 film called Ghost in the Shell, one of the first anime movies to find success in the United States. Tragically, now that movie risks being lumped in with a bunch of half-cooked Scarlett Johansson sci fi action flicks, like Lucy, The Island, or We Bought a Zoo, thanks to a modern, live action remake. But maybe the remake, despite all the controversy surrounding it, isn’t that bad? Maybe the original isn’t that good? Let’s find out this week, on Good Movie/Bad Movie!
No one really knows how the game is played. The art of the trade, how the sausage gets made. We just assume that it happens but no one else is in the room where it happens. In this case, I’m not talking about the post-Revolutionary War American government, but actually the dirty work of pitching movies. This week, the four of us try to come up with some really good ideas for ways Hollywood could cash in on the recent success of musicals like La La Land. What’s our name, man? Pitching Tents, our name is Pitching Tents, and there’s a million things we haven’t done, just you wait, just you wait.
What would it take for you to risk it all? Would you gamble with your life for riches? To save a loved one? Maybe you’d only do it if you had nothing else to lose? This week on GMBM, we talk about two films that present two very different groups that go on suicide missions. One is the band of down-on-their-luck losers in 1977’s Sorcerer, a forgotten classic. The other is the band of goofy misfits from 2016’s Suicide Squad, the third critical failure in a row from DC’s Extended Universe. Check this pod to find out which one we loved and which we hated!
I, I, I, I, I, I’m hooked on a podcast! This week, John and Colin are digging out the satin shirts, bell bottoms and taking the next soul train back to the seventies. Because there’s a new Guardians of the Galaxy due out May 5th. In anticipation, John and Colin have each made lists of the top ten seventies songs they’d each like to see on Peter Quill’s next Awesome Mix tape. Dyno-mite!
If you just can’t wait, look below to see John and Colin’s lists
Well, it’s the first week of the Trump presidency and we could all use a pick-me-up, am I right? Sometimes it might seem hard to look forward to the good times ahead, sometimes you might even forget those good times exist. This week, we’re here to remind you that’s absolutely not the case, there’s plenty to anticipate! Like, 20-or-so movies, for instance. And a 10 movies not to anticipate, but you can eagerly anticipate us discussing them negatively. That’s what people like us are for, the ruthless tearing down of other people’s hard work. Yay!