Wot wot, old top! Blimey, ‘tis time for another spot of the
old “I Keep Meaning to Watch That,” dontcherknow. Now, everyone join in for a rousing chorus of
“God Save the Queen,” there’s good chaps!
Right, I’ll stop now.
I don’t even know why I did that.
Bit silly, really. It’s not like
this movie was made by an English fellow.
No. It’s made by the very
American Mr. Steven Spielberg and it was my choice this week. Why? Because while I’ve seen quite a few of
Spielberg’s motion picture talkies, I’d never seen this one and dadgummit, I
wanted to. So we did. Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by
J.G. Ballard, it stars a 12-year-old Batman.
Sorry, I mean a 12-year-old Christian Bale, as well as a fully-grown
John Malkovich and an equally adult Miranda Richardson and tells the story of a
young upper-class English boy who has been growing up in Shanghai during the prelude
to WWII and suddenly finds his world turned upside down when the Japanese
invade China. The boy is sent to a
Japanese internment camp where he has to grow up fast and learn an entirely new
way the world works. Is this one of Mr.
Spielberg’s better efforts? Buy us a pint, guv, and we’ll suss it right out . .
. OW! Ok, ok, sorry Mike, I’ll stop.
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Our respected listeners: thank you for inviting us to your
audio device on this, the day of your daughter’s wedding. And I hope that your first podcast will be a
masculine podcast. Always remember:
leave the gun, take the cannoli. And the
podcast. Yes friends, this week in “I
Keep Meaning to Watch That”, Mike finally gets to watch the American classic “The
Godfather.” How did he get me to watch this movie? He made me an offer I couldn’t
refuse. What was this offer? “Hey, Max, we’re watching ‘The Godfather’ next
week.” You can see I had no choice. Featuring
brilliant performances (hey, remember when Al Pacino could be subtle?), an
amazing script, and heaps of Oscars, this movie has been a part of our culture
for over 40 years. But how does someone who has absorbed the movie through popular
culture but never actually seen it react, once he does see it? Tune in and find
Great to see you back, dear listeners! Wonderful! Just
stellar! Absolutely stellar! Stellar! Stellah! HEY, STELLA!!! Yes, that’s my
brilliant lead-in to this week’s entry in “I Keep Meaning to Watch That,” “A
Streetcar Named Desire.” With a screenplay written by Tennessee Williams, and
adapted from his successful stage play, this movie stars two of the most
amazing actors of its time: Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. Chosen by Mike,
this is one of “those” movies, the movies you’re supposed to see if you
consider yourself a fan of film (no, I’d never seen it either; I’d read the
play but never seen the movie). With its raw, gritty emotion and rather painful
view of humanity, this isn’t the easiest movie to watch. Is it worth the effort? Tune in and we’ll let
you know what we think.
Howdy, podners! Yee haw, we got us a giant-sized episode of
“I Keep Meaning to Watch That” this week, chosen by Max, and he chose “Giant.” Why? Because I’ve always felt that the true
story of the Jolly Green Giant has gone untold for too long. Where exactly is his valley? What is his
relationship to Sprout? How did . . . excuse me? Oh, oh right, this is the Rock
Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean sprawling story of the trials and
tribulations of a Texas cattle, and later oil, family. Sigh. I guess we’ll have to wait for that Green
Giant biopic. Someday . . . But yes, this film represents 25% of James
Dean’s film career and when you watch him in this . . . well, you see what a
damn shame it is that his career was cut so short. Technically, Dean is only a
supporting character, but do Hudson and Taylor carry the film? Lend us your
ears (we’ll give them back, largely undamaged) and we’ll let you know what we