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Episode 28: Ben Fritz’s THE BIG PICTURE w/ James Hancock from WrongReel

Guest James Hancock (host of the film Uber-podcast WrongReel) joins to discuss the book, THE BIG PICTURE by Ben Fritz from the Wall Street Journal. We touch on everything the book touches on: Disney, AT&T, and Netflix; peak television; comic book movies; China’s importance to international box office and to Hollywood financing; and the downfall of Amy Pascal after the Sony hack.

And of course, the Death of Filmstruck.

I hope you enjoy.

Episode 27: Apichatpong Weerasethakul & Thai Cinema – Around the World in 80 Films pt. 2

Part 2 of Around the World in 80 Films. Joined by Matt Schlee from cineccentric.com, this episode goes into the Thai film industry, with a focus on the career of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. We also discuss the sin that Francis Ford Coppola commits against The Legend of Suriyothai, as well as my first experience watching a Thai film and seeing someone defecate on screen. (It made more sense the second time around).

Episode 26: “Starring John Cho” – The Films & The Asian-American Experience in Hollywood

This episode is a doozy. I am joined by super-friend Jamie Loo and Fin Coe. Fin is the Co-Creative director of the New Colony theatre in Chicago. We discuss one of my favorite movie stars, John Cho. We discuss five of his films: Better Luck Tomorrow, Harold & Kumar, Star Trek, Columbus, and Searching. Fin and Jamie also share their perspective on the depictions of Asian-Americans in Hollywood and in the American media in general, and how important it is to tell stories from a broad range of perspectives. Phenomenal conversation about a phenomenal actor and a whole lot more.

S02E03: Mikey and Nicky

Travis and Matt discuss Elaine May’s first Criterion Collection entry, set to be released on blu-ray in January. We discuss the film’s shaggy filmmaking, the central performances from Falk and Cassavetes, and its place in both May’s filmography and the gangster genre.

Mikey and Nicky

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GTGM Episode 90: Tapeheads (1988)

While the Swanky Modes put on an unexpectedly great show, they’re not Menudo. And Doug and Jamie paid to see Menudo! When attempting to get a refund on their tickets, the guys in charge of this musical act switch-em-up basically say, ‘too bad, a show’s a show’ and then laugh in their faces. With on other course of action, Doug and Jamie contact the FBI and let them know that pornography was aired around the globe and they may want to look into Video Aces.

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S02E02: The Heartbreak Kid

Travis and Matt take on Elaine May’s second film, the anti-romantic comedy The Heartbreak Kid. We talk about the film’s emphasis on character and how the movie upends conventions that had barely been invented yet. We also compare it to May’s former partner’s best-known movie and the atrocity that is the Farrelly brothers’ remake.

The Heartbreak Kid

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GTGM Episode 89: Pet Sematary (1989)

College freshmen, Jamie and Doug are quite excited to begin their second semester at The University of Maine’s School of Medicine and see their favorite instructor, Professor Creed. While no details are given, he has left the school and his courses, ‘Double Human Burial’ and ‘Cat Corpses’ are no longer offered.

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S02E01: A New Leaf

Matt and Travis kick off the new season of The Complete with Elaine May’s debut film. We talk about the tragic underrepresentation of women in the director’s chair during Hollywood’s “golden” and “New” eras, along with May’s unique path to her own career as a filmmaker, before discussing the many charms and sophisticated execution of the very dark comedy of A New Leaf.

A New Leaf

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Episode 25: Luchino Visconti, pt. 2

Matthew Gasteier, co-host of The Complete podcast, joins FBF to discuss the filmography of Luchino Visconti. We cover the entire filmography in two episodes. Part 1 we covered OSSESSIONE to THE STRANGER. On this episode, the final part in this double-header, we begin with THE DAMNED and end with THE INNOCENT.

We also include a ranking of Visconti’s top 5 films, and I answer the very important question of who is hotter, Visconti’s men or Visconti’s women. Spoiler: they’re both hot.

We switch things up a bit this episode. Instead of discussing how hot Alain Delon was, we discuss how hot Helmut Berger was. This episode is pretty spoiler free, so feel free to listen even if you haven’t watched every Visconti film made.

If you’re new to Visconti, this episode is a terrific place to start. Matt is one of my favorite movie podcasters and it’s an honor to have him on.

GTGM Episode 88: Creepshow (1982)

After Jordy Verrill missed his monthly payment of $4.87, the bank sends Doug and Jamie to collect. He’s not home and nothing comes of the collection until the next day when they both awaken, newly transformed into ‘moss people’. Neither of them panic but they handle it very differently. As Jamie retreats to the forest to live out her days among bears and squirrels, Doug heads back to the office to make a dent in some of the paperwork.

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