This episode, hosts Jill Blake and Wade Sheeler discuss titles that can charm even the grumpiest, reluctant friend or family member to dip their toe into the world of classic films. We all know someone who rolls their eyes at the mention of Black and white, old movies. We also know that once these cynics just try a good classic movie, they’ll get bit by the bug and try some more. Jill and Wade ditch the usual suspects and instead pick great films that are undeniably lovable, without the pretension and posturing that so many academics are guilty of when discussing amazing movies.
Drinking While Talking
Jill and Wade stumble into the Drunk Tank to share their favorite summer memories and the movies they grew up loving that have the look and feel of summer. 1975 and 1989 play heavily into the conversation And for some unknown reason, Richard Dreyfuss. As usual, the conversation digresses to the recent California earthquakes and ELO. A special guest joins the hot mess, as they discuss Six Flags, Kmart food choices, and why the 1970s always seemed sweaty.
Jill and Wade go from mass entertainment to mass hysteria as they tackle the latest threat to abortion rights that’s sweeping the South, discussing the what and why’s of Georgia and Alabama’s attempts to whittle away at Roe v. Wade. They also cover Politics in film, those movies that help shape our opinions and tell the tales of the little guy agains the system, and the corruptible nature of the system itself. Then they lighten the mood with a Name That Tune round where Jill challenges Wade’s bold assertion that he can name the artist or title of music from the 30s through the mid 60s. It’s a whirlwind of hot topics that turn our hosts into a hot mess, all brought to you by vodka and vino.
Jill and Wade return from the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival with tales from the field. As newly-minted TCM Ambassadors, they have hot takes on the fest’s good, bad and ugly, and interview some of their fest friends: writer Jeremy Carr, Author Karen Burroughs Hannsberry, Jaxbra from Twittersphere, Angela Pettys of The Hollywood Revue and Jeff Davis from TCM Party. This ep is a real great final deep dive into the festival goings on.
In a special bonus episode, we discuss the upcoming 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood from April 11 – 14. We have some tips on how to negotiate the Hollywood Blvd “creatures of the night,” as well as what films and events we plan on hitting each time slot. As usual, our liquid lubricant powers our decision making. Come join the party!
In this, our premiere episode, hosts Jill Blake and Wade Sheeler get blitzed in a hotel room in Atlanta while discussing Jill’s obsession with actor Fredric March, Wade’s obsession with classic comedy teams, and the struggle to get people unfamiliar with classic films to actually watch classic films. Then Jill dives into the Drunk Tank where Wade quizzes her on a classic rock “name that tune,” a topic she has no problem excelling in – when sober.