Episode 462: No Way to Treat a Multiverse

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It’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week it’s Episode 462: No Way to Treat a Multiverse.

On this week’s brand new episode, Chris and Joe get deep into it with discussions, observations and, yes, opinions on various new and recurring topics. So yet another typical Tuesday? Yep.

Some of these include the latest trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the season finale of the Apple TV+ series Foundation, the season premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, potential plot lines for other Star Trek series, never giving up on your dreams and a whole lot more. And of course, a few random tangents and such. What did you expect?

Picks are happening again this week with Chris’ pick of Chuck Wendig’s novel The Book of Accidents and Joe’s pick of director Edgar Wright’s latest film Last Night in Soho, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Thomasin McKenzie, Terrance Stamp and Diana Rigg.

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 supporting the show on Patreon. That would be 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: First Blood

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It’s time for another edition of War Movie Mondays Again. This time we’re featuring 1982’s First Blood (a.k.a Rambo: First Blood), directed by Ted Kotcheff. The film stars Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, Brian Dennehy as Sheriff Will Teasle and Richard Crenna as Col. Sam Trautman.

First Blood is based on author David Morrell’s 1972 novel about a Vietnam veteran trying to adapt to civilian life after his horrific experiences during the war as a member of an elite special forces unit. Kotcheff’s film serves as a study of the psyche of veterans and shows the audience the harsh realities many were still facing long after they’d come home.

As the film begins Rambo is a man haunted by his past backpacking through the Pacific northwest of the United States in search of an old Army buddy. Rambo arrives at his friend’s home to discover he’s been dead for over a year due to cancer from exposure to Agent Orange, a defoliant used by the U.S. military during the war. Realizing he’s the last surviving member of his unit and with nowhere to go, he hits the road and ends up in the town of Hope, Washington.

When Rambo enters the town, he is spotted by the town’s sheriff Will Teasle (Dennehy) who asks Rambo where he’s headed, and why he’s passing through. Teasle offers Rambo a ride and escorts him to the city limits. Rambo asks Teasle why he’s against him trying to find something to eat in town.

Teasle explains that he is the law and that he’s paid to keep drifters out. Once dropped off at the outskirts, Rambo begins to head back into town. Teasle arrests Rambo for vagrancy, resisting arrest, and for carrying his signature knife.

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Episode 461: No Time to Podcast

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It’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week it’s Episode 461: No Time to Podcast.

On this week’s brand new episode, Chris and Joe get deep into it with discussions, observations and, yes, opinions on various new and recurring topics. So, another typical Tuesday? Yep.

Some of these include the latest James Bond opus No Time to Die, the recent Marvel superhero blockbuster Shang-Chi and all of the recent announcements at Disney’s “Disney+ Day” such as Moon Knight, Secret Invasion, What If? season two and Agatha: House of Harkness. And of course, some other random “mores” too.

Picks are happening again this week with Chris’ pick of Joe Carnahan’s Copshop and Joe’s pick of the Robert Redford film Sneakers.  Sure, it takes him a minute to get there, but he makes 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 supporting the show on Patreon. That would be 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 460: The Harder They Podcast

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It’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week it’s Episode 460: The Harder They Podcast.

On this week’s brand new episode, Chris and Joe get deep into it with discussions, observations and, yes, opinions on various new and recurring topics. So, a typical Tuesday then?

A lot of this features The Harder They Fall, the awesome new western starring Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King and directed by Jymes Samuel; Marvel’s latest film Eternals; the under appreciated genius of So I Married an Axe Murderer and the latest on the Apple TV+ series Foundation and Invasion. And of course, some other random “mores” too.

Picks are back this week with Chris’ pick of the classic TV series The Wire and Joe’s pick of the series Lost In Space, soon to be dropping its third season on Netflix. Yes, we know Chris has picked The Wire before, but it’s just so damn good he had to pick it again.

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 supporting the show on Patreon. That would be 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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Western Wednesdays Again: McCabe and Mrs. Miller

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It’s time for another edition of Western Wednesday Again where we explore a classic Western film or TV show we love. This week it’s Robert Altman’s 1971 Revisionist Western McCabe and Mrs. Miller.

As a general rule, Westerns tend to be what Sergio Leone labeled “fairy tales for grown-ups.” They may not always be sophisticated, but they reside in a quasi-historical land of cool where even the dust, sweat, and blood seems to be part of the fun. Very few Westerns ever delve into the brutal realities of the frontier.

There’s a good reason for that – misery is not entertaining.  McCabe and Mrs. Miller is proof of the rule. This is not a enjoyable movie. This is the bonechilling reality that underpins all your Western myths, Manifest Destiny, John Ford and Conestoga wagons.

Robert Altman’s unfortunates come before all that. They’re the desperate people scraping a town together for their own profit so that civilization can come in and build over the opium-addicted ashes.

McCabe and Mrs. Miller is a footnote-in-history movie, the kind of story that exists only in dusty judicial records. McCabe (Warren Beatty) arrives in a mining outpost and decides to build a brothel.  Mrs. Miller (Julie Christie, the most beautiful woman alive) gets wind of it, and arrives to muscle in with her superior knowledge. They’re a success, and of course big business gets wind of it, and wants to buy them out. 

McCabe dissembles, and they send in the bounty hunters.  No, it doesn’t end well.

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Episode 459: The Dream Cast

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It’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week it’s Episode 459: The Dream Cast.

On this week’s rather long episode, Chris and Joe get deep into it with discussions, observations and, yes, opinions on various new and recurring topics. That’s kinda what they do, right?

Some of these include potential cast for the recently announced Dune Part 2, the new trailer for Lightyear, the return of John Woo to American action filmmaking, the latest on the Apple TV+ series Foundation and Invasion and, of course, a whole lot more.

What actors do the boys see taking on roles in the Dune sequel? You know you’ll just have to listen to find out.

Picks are back this week with Chris’ pick of the amazing Lino coffee mugs from the folks at Not Neutral and Joe’s pick of “Be Hard on Yourself,” the latest single from the world’s greatest band (his words) Marillion. You know he’d have to work them in again one of these days. 

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 supporting the show on Patreon. That would be 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 458: Turn the Inner Eye

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It’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week it’s Episode 458: Turn the Inner Eye.

On this week’s episode Chris and Joe dive right in with discussions, observations and, yes, opinions on various new and recurring topics. Really, would you expect anything else?

Some of these topics include set safety and working conditions in the aftermath of the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, the fate of Y: The Last Man and, of course, the recently released Dune. Yes, that’s right, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune has finally arrived in theaters and on HBOMax.

What do Chris and Joe think of it? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out.

In addition to the above, you can also expect the usual “more” and a few tangents. They might even talk about music again. Spoilers: they do. Maybe that’s a topic for a full episode? We’ll see.

Picks are back this week with Chris’ pick of the Hulu series Only Murders In the Building starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez and Joe’s pick of Future Past, the new album from Duran Duran. Yes, that Duran Duran. And, of course, both of our heroes also picked Dune. See it on the biggest screen you can.

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 supporting the show on Patreon. That would be 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: Key Largo

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It’s time for another edition of Revisiting John Huston. This time we’re revisiting Huston’s 1948 classic Key Largo, starring Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor.

Huston doesn’t give much time to Key Largo in his autobiography, save for sharing his dissatisfaction with Warner Brothers in the late 1940s and some epic stories of his gambling debts. Offhandedly he mentions it was nominated for Best Picture and Claire Trevor won the award for Best Supporting Actress.

Huston also mentions Edward G. Robinson’s reluctance to take on another gangster role, having played so many of them in the past. However, there is a spot-on description of Robinson’s first scene in the movie, where he’s soaking in a bathtub and smoking a long cigar: “He looked like a crustacean with its shell off.” To put it succinctly, it’s perfect.

But despite Huston’s seeming reticence to talk about the film , Key Largo is still very fun. Not as deep as The Maltese Falcon, but not quite the bang-out, mindless entertainment of Across the Pacific.

Based on the play of the same name (I would use “eponymous,” but I don’t want to sound like a snob) by Maxwell Anderson, Largo stars Bogie as WWII veteran Frank McCloud. He’s made a trip down to the eponymous Key Largo to seek out the father (Lionel Barrymore) and widow (Lauren Bacall) of a former war buddy.

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