A Good Year is a perfect example of a director taking on a genre that they are ill suited to handle. A romantic comedy that features very little romance and almost no comedy, A Good Year has Russell Crowe playing an unethical day trader who comes into possession of a vineyard in southern France. His immediate desire is to sell the property, but will his trip to France teach him a valuable lesson about not being a douchebag? Listen as we discuss the skillful slapstick comedy of Russell Crowe, the problem with going beyond your capabilities, and the voyeurism of Ridley Scott!
Famed director Ridley Scott is this month’s focus, and we kick things off with the modern classic, “Alien”, which is currently at 97% on RottenTomatoes! When the crew of a towing spaceship intercepts a message from a nearby planetoid, their investigation leads to the discovery of an incredibly dangerous life form. Clay and I discuss the life and career of Ridley Scott, talk about some of the behind the scenes and production aspects, and then talk about a movie which forever changed the sci-fi landscape!
After covering Patrick Stewart last month, it’s time for Clay and Wes to discuss a director! We put the selection up to a vote on Patreon.com, and this short episode will let you know which director we’ll be covering, and which films we’ll be discussing in December 2017.
After discussing Stewart’s nuanced performance in “Logan”, Clay and I discuss a holiday movie that has no nuance whatsoever. It’s 2015’s “Christmas Eve“! The film may list Patrick Stewart as the lead role, but it’s actually an ensemble piece that tells the stories of six groups of New Yorkers who are all stuck in elevators on Christmas Eve. Join us as we share our thoughts about smoking hot guns in bossoms, staples in the sternum, and large amounts of sadism in your holiday films!
“Logan” is a 2017 superhero film that features Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier (the 7th time he’s played that character), the leader of the mutant group called the X-Men. Set in the near future, “Logan” is a genre defying story that features a sick and dying Professor X, a sick and dying Wolverine, and a young and healthy Mexican clone of Wolverine! Clay and I break down the best rated film in Patrick Stewart’s career, and also talk for a while about the X-Men film franchise as a whole.
This podcast takes a look at the highs and lows of your favorite Hollywood artists! Each month, Wes and Clay will use Rotten Tomatoes to determine the best and worst film in one individuals filmography. Then you can listen along as they try to figure out what went right and what went wrong!
In this episode, Wes introduces the podcast, explains the gimmick, and reveals who the first month will cover (hint: he’s the best Star Trek captain).