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The Killing (1956) Ep. 49

In this episode we breakdown one of Stanley Kubrick's early films, the noir influenced heist caper, The Killing (1956).  Starring Sterling Hayden and a great ensemble of supporters, this film represents an early experiment in non-linear storytelling, and is an all-time great heist film.

All That Jazz (1979) Ep. 48

In this episode, we discuss sound design and editing in Bob Fosse's iconic musical, All That Jazz (1979), starring Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, and Ann Reinking.

The Set-Up (1949) Ep. 47 w/ special guest Raquel Stecher

In this episode, Max welcomes Raquel Stecher from Out of the Past blog and Quelle Movies blog to discuss Robert Wise's noir boxing drama, The Set-Up (1949).  Starring Robert Ryan and Audrey Totter, this hybrid noir boxing drama is both compelling in its own right, as well as an inspiration for many Hollywood classics.

Gilda (1946) Ep. 46

In this episode, we discuss a film suggested and selected by our Patreon community, Gilda (1946), directed by Charles Vidor and starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford.  Join us we breakdown the constant sexual tension in this film noir musical romance.

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Ep. 45

In this episode, we discuss Otto Preminger's courtroom drama, Anatomy of a Murder (1959), starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, and George C. Scott.  Join us as we examine the combination of objectivity and ambiguity that makes Preminger's film so gripping.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Ep. 44

In this episode, we discuss Roman Polanski's horror film, Rosemary's Baby (1968), starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, and Ruth Gordon.  We examine how Polanski transforms such a mundane world into a deeply disturbing reality.

Citizen Kane (1941) Ep. 43 w/ special guest Ted Walch

In this episode, Max welcomes back Ted Walch to tackle the Orson Welles masterpiece, Citizen Kane (1941).  Starring Orson Welles himself, this film combines and layers cinematic technique with such deliberate sophistication that it is clearly one of the most important films of all-time.

Citizen Kane is currently #1 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Ep. 42 w/ special guest Myke Emal

In this episode we welcome Myke Emal from the CineMusts Podcast to help breakdown the historical context and artistic excellence of The Manchurian Candidate (1962).  Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, and Angela Lansbury, this is a timeless political thriller, filled with paranoia and deception.  

Red River (1948) Ep. 41

In this episode we discuss Howard Hawks's Red River (1948), starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, and dissect the evolution of the male persona in postwar America, as well as a subverting of western genre myths.

Sunset Boulevard (1950) Ep. 40

In this episode we discuss Billy Wilder's infamous, Sunset Boulevard (1950), starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden, and breakdown Wilder's scathing criticism of Hollywood.  

Sunset Boulevard is currently #12 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Ep. 39

In this episode, we break down the swashbuckling adventure, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Claude Rains.  We discuss how director Michael Curtiz enhanced the excitement and tension of the film thanks to dynamic editing techniques that would influence Hollywood action movies for generations.

The Shining (1980) Ep. 38

In this episode, we dissect the Stanley Kubrick horror classic, The Shining (1980), starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd.  The Shining is a deceptively simple horror narrative that works largely beneath the surface to reveal psychological breakdown, and the collapse of the American family.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) Ep. 37

In this episode, we discuss the holiday classic, It's A Wonderful Life (1946).  Directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, and Henry Travers, this film wrestles with themes of individual vs. community like only Capra can.

It's A Wonderful Life is currently #20 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Casablanca (1942) Ep. 36 w/ special guest Ted Walch

In this episode, we're joined again by Ted Walch to discuss a film of legendary stature, Casablanca (1942), starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, and Dooley Wilson. 

Cabaret (1972) Ep. 35

In this episode, we discuss Bob Fosse's modernist film musical, Cabaret (1972), starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey.

 

Cabaret is currently #63 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

How Green Was My Valley (1941) Ep. 34

During this episode, we discuss how John Ford uses cinematography, editing, and production design to evoke the power of memory in the family melodrama, How Green Was My Valley (1941), starring Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp, and Roddy McDowell.  Join us as we discuss the film that beat Citizen Kane to the Best Picture Oscar.

The Kid (1921) Ep. 33 w/ special guest Ted Walch

In this episode, we're joined by teacher and film historian Ted Walch to discuss Charlie Chaplin's first feature length film, The Kid (1921), starring himself and Jackie Coogan.

The Wild Bunch (1969) Ep. 32

In this episode, we discuss Sam Peckinpah's modernist western, The Wild Bunch (1969).  Surrounding a ruthless, violent group of outlaws, starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, and Robert Ryan, The Wild Bunch redefined violence in American movies.

The Wild Bunch is currently #79 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Pillow Talk (1959) Ep. 31

In this episode, we're discussing the Doris Day, Rock Hudson romantic comedy, Pillow Talk (1959).  This influential film's success is reflective of equal parts innovation for the genre going forward and inspiration from the screwball comedy that came before.

A Star is Born (1954) Ep. 30

In this episode, we dive into the musical drama A Star is Born (1954), directed by George Cukor and starring Judy Garland and James Mason.  We'll examine how this powerful film leverages Garland's performance and persona to devastating effect.

Psycho (1960) Ep. 29

In this episode, we close out Alfred Hitchcock month with his legendary film Psycho (1960), starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins.  We discuss how Psycho represented the final undoing of Hitchcock's emblematic style, and acts as the ideal capstone to his storied career.

Rear Window (1954) Ep. 28

In this episode we discuss the iconic Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Rear Window (1954), starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly.  We'll breakdown how Hitchcock ramped up the suspense by centering the film on an everyday scenario and we'll continue to examine the importance of romance and trust to Hitchcock's films. 

Rear Window is currently #48 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Notorious (1946) Ep. 27

In this episode, we discuss Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946).  Starring Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and Claude Rains, this film is a trademark example of Hitchcock's ability to balance suspense, romance, and trust to tremendous effect.  Join us for this unforgettable film.

The 39 Steps (1935) Ep. 26

In this episode, we kick off Alfred Hitchcock month on Classic Movie Musts with a look at Hitchcock's first undisputed masterpiece The 39 Steps (1935).  Starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll, this "wrong-man" thriller established Hitchcock's directorial style.

Amadeus (1984) Ep. 25

In this episode, we discuss Milos Foreman's Amadeus (1984), starring F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce. Despite having the pretensions of a biopic, Amadeus is really a subjective instrospection on the nature of genius.  Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, Amadeus is #53 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movie of All Time.