War Games starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, and Ally Sheedy. Sometimes playing games can really get you into to trouble… World War 3 trouble!
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky is a 1991 Hong Kong martial arts-thriller film based on the Japanese manga Riki-Oh by Masahiko Takajo and Saruwatari Tetsuya. Riki-Oh a super strong, yet silent type character, beats the living hell out of various inmates in jail. This hilariously English dubbed movie is available on YouTube (watch below) and elicits some very interesting reactions from Alessandro, Tonia, & Andrew.
My film choice will be a little different this week as I’d like to highlight a short film, Vicky, by Indian filmmaker Manu Antony. Many films we have covered on the podcast have dealt with such concepts as captivity and the value of freedom, but Vicky does so in a unique way, in that the film takes place entirely through the point of view of a golden retriever. However, unlike other animal films, Vicky features no human dubbing or narration, as well as no CG. The doggo pulls off a compelling performance all on their own, which is just one of the ways this movie is technically magnificent. However, I don’t know if the theme of the short was executed as well as it could have been, although it was a credit to this movie that all the questions that were raised were because of the subtleties of the character played by a non-human actor.
The short is available on youtube so go ahead and watch the dang thing yourself and tell me how much of a schmuck I am for overanalyzing the dog movie.
Being that some of you listen on the east coast are being hit with this nor’easter. I suggest watching The Wolf on Wall Street based on a true story of Jordan Belfort played by the great Leo DiCaprio and a great young supportive cast like Jonah Hill and the beautiful Maggie Robbie and the ageless Mathew McConaughy. Martin Scorsese takes the true story (as usual) of Belfort and his lavishing lifestyle of scamming and corruption. Nerd note about this film Belfort served 22 months and a beautiful prison but his cellmate while in prison and the man who told him to write his story into a script was Tommy Chong from Cheech and Chong films. Enjoy your wet and cold weekend folks this film will entertain you for 3 hours for sure.
Sorry for running a little late with this episode, but the Films Uncorked Podcast crew was making a cross-country trip with a special guest Aj Anglero the Writer & Director of We Lawless Few. Don’t worry, we didn’t have any issues with Mickey and Mallory, but we think that you are going to enjoy this episode to end the month of love.
Dallas Buyers Club is my movie pick of the week. It is a flawed and yet perfect example of the Hollywood biopic due to it being so flawed.
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both play their roles wonderfully, and were recognized as such by the Academy, they are let down by a meat-fisted biopic story that loses its characters in the politics of its subject.
As such, the film loses its momentum by the end and scrambles to tie together what loose ends are left. Many biopics suffer the same fate, with so much effort made to build a believable portrait of the figure in question and not enough to applying their life story to a resonant and coherent story structure. But fuck it, go watch it, it’s fine.
What Happened To Monday
Starring Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, and William Defoe. About a futuristic time when people can only have one child from overpopulation (we should take notes folks cause stupid people are multiplying) anyways.
William Defoe is the father of 5 Identical twins And names them Monday through Friday and it’s a story about how Monday went missing and the family has to go out looking for them on their certain day of the week. Great dialogue, great plot, great action, great film. You can all find it on Netflix if you haven’t seen it already made in 2017. You’re welcome… Oh, and a shout out to Derek Branco for bringing this film to my attention.
This movie scared me. I mean… really scared me. I think the reason why is that it seems so normal. When the movie starts you don’t get an info dump on the history of the house, the land, the deaths, previous residences, nothing. Just a loving family moving into an old house with old stuff in it.
From there little things happen at first and then it builds. One very important thing about this movie is that are no false scares. When something happens, it really happens and it can be unnerving because a lot of things will happen at the same time.
So for this recommendation, I decided to try and watch the movie again… alone. 31 minutes in and I had to take a break and watch something else. After that, I was prepared enough to watch it all the way to the end. This is such a great and spooky movie and I’d highly recommend this to anyone looking that kind of scare that will make you spill your popcorn!
Natural Born Killers with a special guest coming this Sunday 2/25.
I have to go with a classic and hands down the only sequel to be so awesome that people forget about part one sooooooo my pick is…..(wait for it) Godfather II. Do I need to say more? Actually, I do, or Tonia would be mad.
Soo, Pacino & Deniro I mean c’mon do I have to say anymore? Yes, I do or then Andrew will be mad. Francis -Fucking- Coppola. An amazing gangster film. Listen, folks, I’m sure you have all seen this beauty but it’s a film that will never get old.
If you’re not planning anything for the weekend then sure watch part 1 too but don’t you dare and I repeat DON’T YOU DARE! watch part 3. That’s my pick for the weekend, enjoy my all time favorite gangster film.
By Alessandro Molluzzo