DWT: Drinking While Talking #6: Gateway Movies

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.

Check out Jill and Wade’s classic film site and follow them on Twitter @the_retro_set

Filmshake Episode 5.5 – Late Spring Spoilers

Nic and Jordan discuss the spoilers for Ozu’s Late Spring (1949) and get deep into the possible symbolism as they try to decipher this masterwork of Japanese cinema. What is the director trying to say? What’s with the apple peel? What does it all mean!? Find out as they unpack the mysteries of the Ozu universe.

Filmshake Episode 5 – Late Spring (1949)

Nic and Jordan briefly discuss 2016’s Shin Godzilla on the Fallen Warrior Review and then continue their Japanese Masters series with Yasujiro Ozu and his 1949 film Late Spring for the main review. Trivia Battle to the death, literally, at the end of show.

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Filmshake Bonus Episode – The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

Nic and Jordan go to the theatre! We went and saw Jim Jarmusch’s latest flick, the zombie apocalypse comedy The Dead Don’t Die, starring Adam Driver and Bill Murray. Join us for a spoiler-laden review to see how this bad boy holds up. Does it deserve its poor reception by the majority of critics? What is Jarmusch trying to say? We have the final word here (because we’re experts). An undead Adam “Meta” Driver appears post-credits.

Filmshake Episode 4 – Ikiru (1952)

Jordan and Nic continue their series on the Japanese masters of cinema, with another round talking about director Akira Kurosawa. This episode features a spoiler-free discussion on the director’s beloved masterpiece Ikiru (To Live) as the hosts relate their very different experiences of the film (comedy or tragedy?). Having lost the previous trivia battle, Jordan reports back on a terrible film he was made to watch from a great director, John Boorman’s Where the Heart Is. Can he overcome this slump and beat Nic in the newest trivia battle? Find out on Filmshake!

Filmshake Episode 3.5 – Dreams Spoilers

Nic and Jordan conduct their Eye of the Duck segment, getting into what they believe are the key scenes for Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams. The film’s “spoilers” are also discussed, highlighting the last three vignettes. The hosts rag on unobservant film critics (besides themselves) and Nic uses a strange guttural voice to say “Walt Disney”.

DWT: Drinking While Talking – Episode 4: Roe V. Wade & Jill

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.

Check out Jill and Wade’s classic film site and follow them on Twitter @the_retro_set

Filmshake Episode 2.5 – The Life of Oharu Spoilers

Jordan and Nic get into the spoilers from The Life of Oharu and conduct the Eye(s) of the Duck segment (how many eyes can a film duck have?). Plus Nic discovers the Internet.

Filmshake Episode 2 – The Life of Oharu (1952)

Jordan and Nic talk spoiler-free about Kenji Mizoguchi’s The Life of Oharu. Nic reports back about his assignment to watch Chungking Express. The two hosts duke it out in a trivia battle at the end.

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