468. The Not So Bitter End

the not so bitter end

A new week and a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week it’s Episode 468: The Not So Bitter End..

Still continuing the trend of improvement for 2022 the boys are hard at work bringing you the best stuff nerds love. Of course, that includes discussions, observations and, yes, opinions on various new and recurring topics.

Some of these include the series finale of The Expanse, the first few episodes of Peacemaker, the most recent episode of the Disney+ series The Book of Boba Fett, potential Marvel movies directed by unlikely candidates, the Constantine sequel we all want, the amazing talent and career of Tilda Swinton and a whole lot more. Plus, even a bit more.

Picks are back this week with Chris’ pick of the Showtime series Yellowjackets and Joe’s pick of The French Dispatch, the latest film from writer/director Wes Anderson. Be sure to check out both of those.

If you like the show, please consider rating or reviewing it on Apple Podcasts, or your podcast app of choice. Every rating or review helps. And if you’re really feeling it, consider becoming a patron and supporting the show on Patreon. That would be super cool. 

Thanks for listening!

As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or, yes, even Facebook. Or shoot us an email. We don’t mind.

 

 

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War Movie Mondays Again: Lawrence of Arabia

lawrence of arabia

It’s time for another edition of War Movie Mondays Again. This time around we’re taking a look at Director David Lean’s 1962 widescreen epic Lawrence of Arabia, which is one of the greatest films ever made and tied with Dr. Strangelove for my number one favorite film of all time. It’s one of Lean’s most lasting legacies in Hollywood, inspiring such filmmakers as Steven Spielberg, Sam Peckinpah, Martin Scorsese and George Lucas, and is truly one-of-a-kind. The film’s influence can be felt to this day and even inspired sequences of a recent episode of the Disney Plus series The Book of Boba Fett.

I first saw the film at the age of twelve when my father took me to the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City in 1989 for its restored re-release. My father told me it was his favorite film and I was very privileged to see it on the big screen. I will never forget when the lights dimmed and Maurice Jarre’s score played before the opening credits.

It was the first time I can remember my eyes being completely fixed on the screen in fear that if I turned away for a spilt second I might miss a pivotal moment. A memorable experience indeed.

The film chronicles the exploits of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’ Toole, in his first major role) an officer in the British Army during World War I who became one of history’s most intriguing characters. Stationed in Cairo, Egypt as a member of the general staff, Lawrence is selected by Mr. Dryden (Claude Rains in his final film performance) a member of his majesty’s Arab Bureau, to locate Prince Faisal and to assess his army’s revolt against the Ottoman Turks that have invaded and occupied Arabia in their attempt to expand their vast empire.

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467. The Book of The Flickcast

the book of the flickcast

Once again it’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week it’s Episode 467: The Book of The Flickcast..

Continuing the trend of improvement for 2022 the boys are hard at work bringing you the best stuff nerds love. Of course, that includes discussions, observations and, yes, opinions on various new and recurring topics.

Some of these include the latest episode of the Disney+ series The Book of Boba Fett, Amazon Prime’s sci-fi masterpiece The Expanse, Star Trek, Star Wars and a whole lot more. Plus, even a bit more.

If this seems like fewer topics than usual, you’re correct. They’re trying to keep the episodes to a more manageable length. We’ll see how long that lasts.

Picks are back this week with Chris’ pick of the HBO Max series Station Eleven and Joe’s pick of the Amazon Prime film Encounter. Be sure to check out both of those.

If you like the show, please consider rating or reviewing it on Apple Podcasts, or your podcast app of choice. Every rating or review helps. And if you’re really feeling it, consider becoming a patron and supporting the show on Patreon. That would be super cool. 

Thanks for listening!

As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or, yes, even Facebook. Or shoot us an email. We don’t mind.

 

 

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Episode 466: With Great Power . . .

with great power

Once again it’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week it’s Episode 466: With Great Power . . ..

To get things started off right for 2022 the boys are back hard at work bringing you the best stuff nerds love. They’re also diving right back into discussions, observations and, yes, opinions on various new and recurring topics.

Some of these topics include the finale of Hawkeye, Matrix: Resurrections, Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Book of Boba Fett. Plus, the usual more. We know, only four main topics? Don’t worry, this first show for 2022 carries on the tradition of being quite long, but chock full of good stuff. Try it, you’ll like it. 

Because the episode is so long and there were a TON of picks last week, there’s no new picks for this episode. But if you do need a recommendation for something to watch, read or otherwise enjoy, check out the previous episode for everything you could possibly need.

If you like the show, please consider rating or reviewing it on Apple Podcasts, or your podcast app of choice. Every rating or review helps. And if you’re really feeling it, consider becoming a patron and supporting the show on Patreon. That would be super cool. 

Thanks for listening!

As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or, yes, even Facebook. Or shoot us an email. We don’t mind.

 

 

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Episode 465: The ‘Best’ of 2021

the 'best' of 2021

Once again it’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love.

This week we’re doing it a bit differently and bringing you some of our favorites and the ‘best’ of 2021. Helping Chris and Joe accomplish this herculean task is special guest Rick Marshall of Digital Trends.

We don’t want to spoil the fun so no hints on what’s being showcased in the episode. Suffice it to say there’s a diverse lineup of entertainment you may or may not be familiar with. It’s also a big episode. But that just means it’s chock full of great stuff. But yeah, you may need to get comfortable for this one. 

If you like the show, please consider rating or reviewing it on Apple Podcasts, or your podcast app of choice. Every rating or review helps. And if you’re really feeling it, consider becoming a patron and supporting the show on Patreon. That would be super cool. 

Thanks for listening!

As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or, yes, even Facebook. Or shoot us an email. We don’t mind.

 

 

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Episode 464: Across the Universe

across the universe

Once again it’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week it’s Episode 464: Across the Universe.

For this week’s episode, Chris and Joe get deep into it with discussions, observations and, yes, opinions on various new and recurring topics. So yeah, kinda the same as last week. But don’t worry, they’re gonna mix it up soon. Until then . . .

Some of these topics include more on the Disney+ documentary series The Beatles: Get Back, the season premiere of The Expanse and the latest episode of Marvel’s Hawkeye which is also, not coincidentally, on Disney+.  Plus, the usual more. It’s a big show. Please enjoy.

Because the episode is long, picks got cut for time this week. But don’t worry, they’ll be back. Until then, drink, eat and shop local if you can. It’s important to support your local businesses.

If you like the show, please consider rating or reviewing it on Apple Podcasts, or your podcast app of choice. Every rating or review helps. And if you’re really feeling it, consider becoming a patron and supporting the show on Patreon. That would be super cool. 

Thanks for listening!

As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or, yes, even Facebook. Or shoot us an email. We don’t mind.

 

 

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Episode 463: The Fine Print

the fine print

After a week off the “terrific two” have returned with a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week it’s Episode 463: The Fine Print.

After some time to rest Chris and Joe get right back to work with discussions, observations and, yes, opinions on various new and recurring topics. So back to the usual shit then? Yes indeed. 

Some of these topics include the new Marvel/Disney+ series Hawkeye, more on Star Trek: Discovery and the nature of Star Trek itself, the new trailer for season two of Raised By Wolves, “work for hire” and how that kinda sucks for creators, Peter Jackson and The Beatles: Get Back and a whole lot more. It’s a big show literally bursting with ideas.

Picks are happening again this week with Chris and Joe both picking the monumental achievement that is The Beatles: Get Back. Yes, it’s over eight hours of The Beatles. Yes, it’s great and yes you should absolutely watch it.

If you like the show, please consider rating or reviewing it on Apple Podcasts, or your podcast app of choice. Every rating or review helps. And if you’re really feeling it, consider becoming a patron and supporting the show on Patreon. That would be super cool. 

Thanks for listening!

As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or, yes, even Facebook. Or shoot us an email. We don’t mind.

 

 

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Revisiting John Huston: Moby Dick

moby dick

It’s time for another edition of Revisiting John Huston. A semi-regular series where we take a look at the films and career of the legendary director. This week we’re revisiting Huston’s 1956 film Moby Dick, based on the novel by Herman Melville. 

Moby Dick is probably the pinnacle of 1950s Huston. Moving from his ‘40s adaptations of contemporary American pulp (The Maltese Falcon) and popular works (In This Our Life) to more ambitious projects (The African Queen, The Red Badge of Courage, Moby Dick, and, eventually even The Bible), the decade marks a grandiose turn in Huston. It’s a bittersweet transformation, however.

On the one hand, these works have a high spirit of adventure to them that still holds up and stay true to the original material. On the other, they lack the deeper, personal, more profound humanity of his earlier films.

Moby Dick is grounded firmly in the former, and, watching it now in 2010, nearly 55 years after it was made, it’s still a fun watch. Moby Dick is among the finest novels this country has ever produced. It’s held a special place in this English majors’ heart since college, when I took an hour-a-week class on it taught by my grizzled advisor “Uncle” Vic, a mid-fortiesh Virginian with a dusty leather jacket, beady horse eyes, and a half-kempt beard.

The class was only an hour and held once a week. But in it, we exhausted nearly every theme, brought in a biology professor whose specialty was cetology, and garnered an appreciation for Melville’s epic prose.

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