On the ninety-eighth episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, we say farewell to 2016 (and it only took us 6 weeks into 2017 to do so). On this first part of our 2016 roundup we share of top 10 lists, honorable mentions, and general thoughts on what the last calendar year brought us in film. We also try not to talk about the Oscars, listen to Jericho talk about movies that only he has seen, and argue (again) about La La Land.
On the ninety-seventh episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, the void has been filled. The crew welcomes Armando back to discuss some of the last heavy hitters standing from 2016. The first film up for review is the foreign language familial comedy, TONI ERDMANN. Next, we discuss a coming of age film starring some of the best actresses working today, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN. Finally, we discuss the mostly ignored religious opus from Martin Scorsese, SILENCE. We also discuss whoopee cushions, menstruation, and whether Crudup is cruddy or crushes.
On the ninety-sixth episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, there was a void.
While Armando is trying to escape Trump's America, Christian are Jericho are left back at home to cram the night away. For the 4th annual "Cram Session" segment we discuss 21 films from 2016 that we crammed in viewings of before we close the book on that year. Without Armando there is a lot of rambling on this episode, and there are probably way to many mentions of both "bangers" and "boners." It's awkward. We're sorry. You're welcome?
SHIN GODZILLA, CREEPY, FENCES, WHITE GIRL, BANG GANG, VIKTORIA, H., DEMON, LION, OPERATION AVALANCHE, BARRY, THE OTHER SIDE, PATHS OF THE SOUL, HOMO SAPIENS, SUN CHOKE, TOWER, SPA NIGHT, BLUE JAY, TRAIN TO BUSAN, RATS, and (ugh) SING.
On this special bonus episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST we discuss Damien Chazelle's latest original musical, LA LA LAND. We have differing opinions on Chazelle's filmography so far, and on musicals in general, so we look at this highly lauded film with a critical eye to see if it is worth all the digital ink that has been spilled for it. Spoiler alert: the disagreement continues and the conversation does get a little heated. Unfortunately, we didn't figure out the answer to the question- what is John Legend up to? Grab your significant other and go for a twirl among the stars while listening to 3 buffoons argue about your new favorite movie.
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On the ninety-fifth episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAS, the crew is in high spirits while celebrating the most important holiday of all, Flicksmas.
We have another jam-packed episode so we skip Recently Watched to discuss the latest entry in the Disney space opera series, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. Since we are discussing Star Wars we invite your favorite 5 year old podcaster back for another entry of Dex's Quick Picks in which he schools us on the saga. Then we unwrap our gifts as part of our 4th year participating in our favorite holiday for the Merry Flicksmas segment. Our next new film review is for the anti-biopic, JACKIE. Finally, we dig into the faux-documentary Kate Lyn Shiel vehicle, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE. We also discuss poker analogies, hyperbole, and the ethics of CG resurrection.
Be sure to check out the other of the Merry Flicksmas festivities on episode 128 of The Flicksation Podcast.
On the ninety-fourth episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, the crew is in the middle of of holiday movie season fever dream.
This is a long rambling episode (what else do you expect?). We skip a segment this episode to do 3 new film reviews. The first review is for Tom Ford's stylish sophomore effort, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. Then, we finally get to talk in depth about Casey on a dock, who is in fact a lock, in MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. Finally, we get into a spoiler-y conversation about Park Chan-Wook's romantic epic, THE HANDMAIDEN. We also discuss Mr. Belvedere (again), how we can't call Dwayne Johnson "The Rock" anymore, and awkward comparisons to Christian's sickness to historic sports performances. Enjoy!
One the ninety-third episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, the crew is reeling from recent events and trying to find solace in (what else?) the movies. The first film up for review is Jeff Nichols' second film of the year, LOVING, which is about an interracial couple and the Supreme Court case about their marriage. Our other new film review is for Denis Villeneuve's contemplative sci-fi film, ARRIVAL. We also discuss Dan the Intern, what Armando is allowed to do on the show, and the other co-hosts try not to make fun of Christian for his ragged emotions.
On the ninety-second episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, the crew saves American cinema. The first film up for review is Kelly Reichardt's predictably minimalist, female-centric film, CERTAIN WOMEN. We finish off our latest Auteurography series by discussing Orson Welles' final film, the playful documentary, F for Fake. Finally, we discuss the highly lauded film about the life of a black, queer man, MOONLIGHT. We also discuss theaters of Sacramento, the filmography of Robert Altman, and do not mention Donald Trump's America (because this was recorded before the election).
On the ninety-first episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, the crew wants to sell you magazines, but really you are investing in our future. The first film up for review is Ava DuVernay's Netflix documentary about racist aspects of the American justice system, 13TH. For our Auteurography segment, we discuss Orson Welles' final narrative feature, and amalgamation of Shakespeare plays, Chimes at Midnight. Finally, we discuss Andrea Arnold's epic damaged youth movie, AMERICAN HONEY. We also discuss Orson Welle's weight, cooking pot crowns, and Shia's suspenders.
On the ninetieth episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, the crew has committed a crime, but they will never know what it was. The new films of the last couple weeks didn't pique our collective interest, so we decided to double dip on classic film and discuss the Criterion Collection approved Japanese gangster film, TOKYO DRIFTER. Then, we continue our run through Orson Welles' filmography and discuss the criminally under-appreciated THE TRIAL. Finally, we turn to Netflix for our lone new film discussion and talk about the understated, Venezuelan film, FROM AFAR. We also discuss who we are voting for, nude wedding gifts, and start a letter writing campaign to benefit The Trial live on the air.
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