Month: June 2017

GTGM Episode 55: Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981)

Doug writes Jamie daily from the high seas and is increasingly saddened by the departure of their intrepid leader, Captain Bunny Wigglesworth, who had to return to Los Angeles to deal with some family issues. He fears that the war will be lost if Bunny does not return to command the fleet using his unorthodox morale-boosting tactics.

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The Magic Lantern: Episode 051 – Little Murders

Little Murders (1971) is the most personal choice I have made for the show so far. Prior to discovering it, I don’t think I had ever seen anything that so accurately summed up how I felt about a lot of things and there might be no better delivery system for those ideas, for me at least, than Elliott Gould. Over the years, he has taught me a great deal about being both intentionally and incidentally on the outside of things. His slightly guarded demeanor made him perfect for the part of Alfred in this film and his sense of humor, which Paul Mazursky referred to as double-edged, carries just enough skepticism to give this material bite without making him unrelatable. You might not expect a pitch black comedy that ends with a murder spree to be even-handed, but Jules Feiffer’s source material is careful to equally undermine both the aggressive and the passive, the right and the left, the male and the female, all in ways that nudge you to examine exactly what part of each of those ideas you want to adhere to. Turns out, it’s a trick question, as we are all equally absurd and ridiculous. It’s good for us to look that square in the eye once in a while.

What you’ll find in this episode: family dynamics, a Freudian field day, modern romance, a lot of questions that deserve their own show, and the ideal wedding ceremony.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Little Murders on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of 9 to 5.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.
RJ Tougas gives Little Murders the Make Mine Criterion treatment.
A photo gallery of New York in the early 1970s from The Atlantic.

GTGM Episode 54: Like Father Like Son (1987)

Upon hearing that the esteemed Dr. Hammond was not promoted to chief of staff, the hospital is shocked…except orderlies Doug and Jamie who just last week watched as he punched a man (who went into cardiac arrest) in the face when the nurses looked away.

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The Magic Lantern: Episode 050 – Say Anything…

I saw Say Anything… (Crowe, 1989) when I was fourteen. It changed my life.

I was a young person then. I felt the pulls of longing and desire and hope and excitement and anticipation and awkwardness and embarrassment keenly. It was wonderful to know that at least somewhere in the world existed people who weren’t too hip for their years, who weren’t glib charm monsters, who weren’t afraid to dare to be great, even if it meant failure. Because as surely as I understood other movies might reflect other voices I didn’t recognize and didn’t want to emulate, I knew this film came from people who felt deeply and genuinely, as I did, about everything and anything. I knew it was different, as I was different. I just didn’t know how rare that was.

I watched Say Anything… several times over the next few years. Maybe that explains the following anecdote:

When I was about seventeen, I had my license and I had a car. And I had a friend who agreed it was a great idea to drive past the houses of boys we liked blaring music as we went by in hopes we would get noticed. The song of choice was often Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About.”

I was seventeen.

What you’ll find in this episode: a lot of sharing (or over sharing, depending how you feel about it) about our intimate history, whether you identify with Lloyd or Diane, why Lloyd is Cameron Crowe’s avatar, and how old Jeremy Piven was when this was made.

– Ericca

P.S. We’ve hit a milestone of sorts with the fiftieth episode of this podcast! We thank all of you for listening, and as always, we hope you’ll seek out this, and all the movies we talk about, and give them a first or another view.

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Say Anything… on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Two Family House.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Rasputin and the Empress.
The Lloyd Dobler Effect versus The Investment Model of Commitment Processes.
More about the boombox scene.

GTGM Episode 53: Class of 1984 (1982)

Jamie and Doug just want out of Lincoln High. It’s their senior year and everything’s winding down and they’re pride and joy proud of the 1973 Mustang that they’ve spent the past 4 years remodeling in automotive repair class. Imagine their devastation on Monday morning when they find the car not only destroyed but a dead student in the driver’s seat and another under the wheels.

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