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Episode 31: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

After making A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965), Sergio Leone outdid his European contemporaries who were churning out spaghetti Westerns with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).  After the trilogy was released across the Atlantic, Leone revitalized the Western, a genre that was born with The Great Train Robbery (1903) but was dwindling by the mid 1960's.

Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach starred as the film's three titular characters, and everyone involved eventually went on to prosperous characters, particularly Clint Eastwood and composer Ennio Morricone.  The movie is widely available on Blu Ray and DVD.

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Direct download: Episode_31_The_Good_the_Bad_and_the_Ugly_1966.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm CDT

Episode 30: Mad Max (1979)

With audiences still reeling from the success Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), we turn our sights to the one that started it all, George Miller's Mad Max (1979), which turns out to be a revenge flick set in a dystopia rather than a post-apocalyptic action movie, much like its sequels.

Not only did Mad Max jump start Miller's career, but it was also the breakthrough role for a young and handsome Mel Gibson, who was cast to play Max.  Inspired by the injuries Miller observed while working in an emergency room, the film still remains a breathtaking glimpse of "guerrilla filmmaking", with remarkable onscreen car crashes and close calls with the stuntmen.

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Direct download: Episode_30_Mad_Max_1979.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm CDT

Episode 29: Babe (1995)

If you ever want to see a grown man cry, show him Chris Noonan's Australian Babe (1995), the hit movie about a little pig that went a long way.  The movie flew under the radar until it was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and it's been called "the Citizen Kane of talking pig movies."  While the special effects are groundbreaking (it won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects), the tale of the unprejudiced heart of a baby pig and how he changes the world of those around him is touching and timeless.

Babe is currently widely available on DVD and Blu Ray and can also be seen for free by Amazon Prime members.

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Direct download: Episode_29_Babe_1995.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm CDT

Episode 28: The Great Train Robbery (1903)

The birth of the American Western, as well as the birth of narrative filmmaking, began with Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery (1903).  A product of Thomas Edison's production company, it was the first breakthrough film since George Melies' A Trip to the Moon (1902).

With a running time of only ten and a half minutes long, multiple versions of The Great Train Robbery can be seen on YouTube and it's also available on DVD.  It is only the second film listed in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

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Direct download: Episode_28_The_Great_Train_Robbery_1903.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:42pm CDT

Episode 27: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

Vittorio De Sica may have been nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in A Farewell to Arms (1957), but he's remembered for directing Italian neorealist films like Shoeshine (1946) and Bicycle Thieves (1948).

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970), made just four years before his death, was De Sica's last great film, made at a time when critics were beginning to think that his career as a great director had screeched to a halt.  It brought his name back into the spotlight and, among others, earned the film an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Direct download: Episode_27_The_Garden_of_the_Finzi-Continis_1970.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm CDT

Episode 26: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)

When you think of the Soviet Union, their accomplishments in filmmaking will probably not come to mind.  In fact, prior to 1964, Soviet cinema consisted almost exclusively of social realist films, until director Sergei Paradjanov made Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, which told the tale of a Carpathian love story in the 1800's.

Paradjanov, who would later make The Color of Pomegranates (another film on the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list), was blacklisted for Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, which was just one tragic milestone in his tumultuous life.  It remains a landmark in Soviet cinema.

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Direct download: Episode_26_Shadows_of_Forgotten_Ancestors_1964.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm CDT

Episode 25: The Great Escape (1963)

Known for Bad Day at Black Rock (1950) and The Magnificent Seven (1960), director John Sturges had established his career making dramas with strong male ensemble casts.  The Great Escape (1963) became his pet project after he established himself in Hollywood, and it's no exception to Sturges' other films, letting the actors shine brilliantly.

The Great Escape is an amazing true story based on the book by an actual prisoner who was involved in the events.  The film was a resounding success, and earned an Oscar nomination for editor Ferris Webster.  It is currently widely available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Direct download: Episode_25_The_Great_Escape_1963.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm CDT

Episode 24: Beau Travail (1999)

On the outside, Claire Denis' Beau Travail (1999) is slathered with homoeroticism, which is exactly why the French Legion wasn't too happy that she made it.  However, it's really a film about alienation and one man's downward spiral into isolation, insanity, and tragedy.  (And, yes, I've just described every other French film prior to 2000 ever made.)

The film is currently available on DVD, and those of you who frequent speciality shops (or want to drop $30 for a copy of your own) may be able to find it.

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Direct download: Episode_24_Beau_Travail_1999.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm CDT

Episode 23: The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

The Outlaw Josey Wales is the result of Clint Eastwood's former collaboration with director Sergio Leone on "The Man with No Name Trilogy", a tender Western with an ensemble cast and a non-traditional ending.

The film was the fifth one directed by Eastwood and was the beginning of his trail-blazing career which continues to this day with films like American Sniper and Jersey Boys.  Jerry Fielding received an Oscar nomination for his score in The Outlaw Josey Wales.  The film is currently widely available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Direct download: Episode_23_The_Outlaw_Josey_Wales_1976.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:03pm CDT

Episode 22: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Independent cinema has been around as long as cinema itself has, but in the 1990's it burst into neighborhood movie houses and was given as much credit by average filmgoer's as the standard Hollywood fare.  Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, his first film, arguably started it all.

Although Tarantino didn't make himself a househould name until two years later with Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs is the film with which he cut his teeth on the humorous and naturalistic dialogue he's known for today, as well as his style of non-linear storytelling.  It is now widely available on DVD and Blu-Ray and, as of this writing, is streaming on Netflix.

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Direct download: Episode_22_Reservoir_Dogs_1992.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT