“Keep the sand out of your weapons. Keep those actions clear. I'll see you on the beach.”
“I find I'm so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.”
In honor of the passing of screenwriting luminary William Goldman we decided to move this episode up in our schedule to pay tribute to one of the most talented scribes ever to sire a slugline.
And, in case you missed it a couple weeks back, consider checking out our episode dedicated to All the President’s Men- Goldman’s other, legendary Oscar-winning screenplay.
"I do wish we could chat longer, but... I'm having an old friend for dinner."
This installment is affectionately titled "The Death of Dreamworks" and spans 2002-2005:
-CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
-WAR OF THE WORLDS
Sydney Poitier historian and all-around cinematic raconteur Ben Goff (@benjaminygoff) joins us on a very special episode of our AFI Countdown Series to discuss the 1960s, race relations, and how Norman Jewison's IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT factored into both.
“Sorry I had a fight in the middle of your Black Panther party.”
"If you're gonna do it, do it right. If you're gonna hype it, hype it with the facts. I don't mind what you did. I mind the way you did it."
A story of industry, of individual enterprise - humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness.
The Mission: Impossible film series is without peer or equal in its unprecedented ability to improve with each subsequent installment since J.J. Abrams’ soft reboot three films ago. As such, it should come as no surprise that MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, the 6th entry in this 22 year old franchise is not only quite possibly the creative peak of the series but also one of the greatest action films in recent memory.
Join us as we work our way through all 5 previous installments before leaping headfirst into a gushfest about Christopher McQuarrie’s summertime gift to cineplexes, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT. We talk about it ALL and spoil pretty much everything so be forewarned!
This installment is affectionately titled "The Birth of Dreamworks" and spans 1997-2001:
-THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK
-SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
-A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
This installment is affectionately titled "Peter Pan Grows Up" and spans 1989-1993:
-INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE
On the occasion of Marvel Studios' 20th (twentieth!) release in the official MCU, we get together for a conversation that includes an unexpectedly glowing review of said release, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, a loving retrospective on the career of Michael Douglas, aggressive overuse of the term "mumbo-jumbo", and a brisk run-through of our respective Marvel movie top 10 rankings.
Be advised that if you're one of the half dozen people on the planet who still haven't seen INFINITY WAR you may wanna sit this episode out until you do...
"If they move, kill 'em."
"I said I had no family I never said I had an empty apartment."
Recommended additional viewing: ADVENTURELAND (Greg Mottola, 2009)
We love Wes Anderson here on the We Like Movies Podcast. We've never made a secret about that. So it comes as no surprise that we were quite taken with his most recent stop-motion endeavor. That being said there is dissent in both artistic and sociopolitical arenas to consider when it comes to ISLE OF DOGS. We do our best to address those concerns in this week's episode while also positioning the film in the annuls of our individual Anderson rankings. Join us, won't you? (Karina Longworth-style)
"Do you consider the eating of oysters to be moral and the eating of snails to be immoral?"
After 9 months dormant, the AFI Top 100 Challenge podcast series comes roaring back with a deep-cut discussion of a bona fide masterpiece: F.W. Murnau's seminal, silent showpiece SUNRISE. Support silent cinema, peoples! It's coming back in a big way!
No, but, in all seriousness... it's a really important film and a really great episode. Give it a listen and we'll love you for it. <3
So for the 3rd year in a row I actually managed to squeeze in a viewing of every single film nominated for an Oscar (yes, Mom, even THE BOSS BABY). That would be 59 films in total and if you average that out over the 12 months since the earliest Oscar nominee hit theaters (Happy Birthday, GET OUT, you just turned 1 this weekend!) it's only about 5 movies a month. Of course, a year ago I didn't know to make sure that I caught FERDINAND, WONDER, and ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. in theaters. So I've been doing my usual cram-session and managed to hit my 59th movie with only hours to spare.Read More
Our conversation is lengthy this week as we have a great many thoughts about Alex Garland's sophomore feature ANNIHILATION.
But the real meat of the episode is an overthink-a-thon about all 24 Oscar categories culminating with us putting our predictions on the record!
Oh, and just for fun, in honor of the controversial "preferential" ballot that determines the best picture winner, we each organized our own this week to get a sense of how we'd rank the 9 nominees if we were voting members of the Academy. It's a strictly academic exercise but here's what we came up with:
9. DARKEST HOUR
8. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
7. THE POST
6. GET OUT
5. THE SHAPE OF WATER
4. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
3. PHANTOM THREAD
2. LADY BIRD
9. DARKEST HOUR
8. THE POST
7. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
6. GET OUT
5. THE SHAPE OF WATER
4. LADY BIRD
2. PHANTOM THREAD
1. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME