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You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

In this episode we kick of a four episode look at the films of 1938 and the crisis that plagued Hollywood at that time.  We start off with Frank Capra's You Can't Take It With You (1938), starring Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, and Edward Arnold.

 

Timestamps:

Opening Credits: 1:55

Feature Presentation: 6:13

Ending Credits: 27:04

Paths of Glory (1957)

In this episode, we discuss Stanley Kubrick's rhythmic and subversive filmmaking style in his anti-war classic, Paths of Glory (1957), starring Kirk Douglas. 

Sunrise (1927) w/ special guest Raquel Stecher

In this episode we welcome back Raquel Stecher to the show to discuss F.W. Murnau's Sunrise (1927), starring George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor, and dig deep into what makes this film such a masterpiece of visual storytelling.  

Sunrise is currently #82 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Timestamps:

Opening Credits: 2:08

Feature Presentation: 6:06

Final Credits: 51:56

The Thing (1982) Ep. 64

In this episode, as picked by our Patreon community, we're discussing John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), starring Kurt Russell.  

 

Timestamps:

Opening Credits: 2:22

Feature Presentation: 6:57

Buzz from the Backlot: 21:49

Final Credits: 25:59

Chinatown (1974) Ep. 63 w/ special guest Ted Walch

In this episode we're joined again by Ted Walch to discuss Roman Polanski's neo-noir mystery, Chinatown (1974), starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston.

Chinatown is currently #21 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Timestamps:

Opening Credits: 1:36

Feature Presentation: 6:53

End Credits: 54:34

12 Angry Men (1957) Ep. 62 w/ special guest Aaron Tracy

In this episode we welcome screenwriter, professor, and podcaster Aaron Tracy to the show to discuss Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men (1957), starring Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb.

Check out Aaron's podcast: To Live and Dialogue in LA.

Timestamps:

Opening Credits: 1:38

Feature Presentation: 8:30

Ending Credits:1:01:28

Meet John Doe (1941) Ep. 61 w/ special guest Victoria Riskin

In this episode we're joined by Victoria Riskin, daughter of Fay Wray and Robert Riskin, and author of a new book titled after her parents.  Max and Victoria discuss one of her father's most inspiring and cautionary films, Meet John Doe (1941), starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.

Buy Victoria Riskin's book here: https://www.amazon.com/Fay-Wray-Robert-Riskin-Hollywood/dp/1524747289

Or at any fine bookseller!

Timestamps:

Opening Credits: 1:43

Feature Presentation: 5:56

End Credits: 47:50

Nashville (1975) Ep. 60

In this episode we discuss, as picked by our Patreon community, Robert Altman's sprawling character drama, Nashville (1975). Starring Henry Gibson, Ronee Blakely, Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine, Lily Tomlin and many more.

Nashville is currently #59 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Alien (1979) Ep. 59 w/ special guest Ryan Terry

In this episode, Max is joined by Ryan L. Terry from R.L. Terry's Reel View Film Blog to discuss Ridley Scott's sci-fi/horror masterpiece, Alien (1979), starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, and Ian Holm.

Timestamps:

Opening Credits: 1:54

Feature Presentation: 7:35

End Credits: 54:26

TCMFF Day 4 Ep. 58

In this episode we discuss the final day of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and three fantastic films: Holiday (1938), The Killers (1964), The Godfather: Part II (1974).  Tune-in tomorrow for our regularly scheduled programming and a deep dive into Ridley Scott's Alien (1979), and next week Robert Altman's Nashville (1975).

TCMFF Day 3 Ep. 57

In this episode we recap three wonderful films from Day 3 of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and Star Wars (1977).  Join us tomorrow for our final episode discussing the TCM Film Festival.

TCMFF Day 2 Ep. 56

In this episode we discuss Day 2 of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and breakdown four fantastic films: My Favorite Wife (1940), Vanity Street (1932), Open Secret (1948), and Winchester '73 (1950). Join us tomorrow for our festival Day 3 Episode.

TCMFF Day 1 Ep. 55

In this episode we discuss the opening day of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and the two films we watched: Dark Passage (1947) and The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947).  Tune-in tomorrow for our festival day 2 episode!

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Ep. 54 w/ special guest Myke Emal

Myke Emal from the CineMusts podcast joins us this week to discuss Steven Spielberg's adventure classic, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).  Join us as we discuss the film the kicked off the Indiana Jones franchise and what the film does cinematically to stand the test of time.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is currently #66 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Timestamps:

Opening Credits: 1:44

Feature Presentation: 8:07

Ending Credits: 1:15:33

Turner Classic Movies Film Festival Announcement Ep. 53

This is a special announcement episode to layout our special coverage of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival (TCMFF).  We'll be producing daily episodes from April 15-18 covering all the movies we watched at the festival.  Listen to hear which films we'll be watching and discussing!  Also, take advantage of our April Patreon promotion: all current patrons and anyone who joins in April gets a handwritten, custom Classic Movie Musts postcard in the mail.

Read more about our TCMFF coverage at patreon.com/classicmoviemusts

Do the Right Thing (1989) Ep. 52

In this episode we discuss Spike Lee's masterpiece, Do the Right Thing (1989), starring Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, and John Turturro.

Do the Right Thing is currently #96 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Timestamps:

Opening Credits 1:47

Feature Presentation: 6:26

Buzz from the Backlot: 21:58

Ending Credits: 24:18

Love Me Tonight (1932) Ep. 51

In this episode we dance our way through Rouben Mamoulian's innovative early musical, Love Me Tonight (1932), starring Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, and Myrna Loy.  Tune-in to hear why this musical was so ahead of it's time, and represented a capstone to Paramount Studio's classical musical cycle.

Timestamps:

Opening Credits: 1:47

Feature Presentation: 4:19

Buzz from the Backlot: 21:22

End Credits: 25:43

The Last Picture Show (1971) Ep. 50 w/ special guest Ted Walch

In this episode we welcome back Ted Walch to discuss Peter Bogdanovich's coming of age drama, The Last Picture Show (1971), starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybil Shepherd, Ben Johnson, and Cloris Leachman.

Timestamps:

1:37 Opening Credits

6:08 Feature Presentation

1:07:22 Final Segment

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.