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.
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
Welcome our most tubular and non-grody listeners! In this week’s
episode of “I Keep Meaning to Watch That,” Mike chooses another Cameron Crowe-written
opus: the teen movie classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” directed by Amy Heckerling. This movie is a bit more complex than you
might expect and, while full of goofy bits (like Sean Penn, in what I consider
the greatest role of his career: Spicolli the surfer dude), we also get hit
with some surprisingly serious themes, none of which linger. See the early days of Judge Rheinhold, Phoebe
Cates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, not-so-early Ray Walston, Phoebe
Cates, Phoebe Cates, Phoebe . . . *ahem*, ‘scuse me, moments of my lost youth overwhelming
me there. So give a listen and see what
my co-host Phoebe Cates, DAMMIT, Mike makes of this movie, never seeing it as a
teen, now seeing it as . . . well, in the eyes of the law he’s an adult. Technically.
Heeeeeyyy, dudes and dudettes! Welcome back to WMMM, that’s
Radio Max, Mike; Movies, playing all the hits, all the time, all the way home!
We’re here with Captain Nutbar, Squeegee, The Countersunk Screw and all the
wacky crew . . . right, that’s enough of that.
Yes, our movie this week in our series “I Keep Meaning to Watch That” is
Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film about his days following a band for Rolling
Stone, and yes, there’s a lot of cool music in it but that’s no excuse for us
to act like wacky morning DJs.
Ever. This week’s movie is Max’s
choice; I kept hearing how good this movie is and how great the soundtrack is. I guess what really sold me is the famous scene
when they’re all on the bus singing that great tribute song to the star of “Who’s
the Boss?” Hm? Oh, come on, you know.
The Elton John song. “Hold Me
Closer, Tony Danza.” Why are you rolling your eyes like that? Come and roll
your ears at us instead.
What ho, valiant varlets! We got us a brand new “I Keep Meaning to Watch That” entry. This one is Mike’s choice and involves an obscure Disney animated film (which I know sounds like a contradiction in terms): 1985’s “The Black Cauldron.” Can’t understand why this wasn’t a bigger hit; who wouldn’t want to watch a whiny swineherd who thinks he’s a hero with his precognitive-for-some-reason pig do battle against one of the most one-dimensional Disney villains of all time? Plus, we’ve got one of the most annoying “comic relief” sidekicks in history: Gurgi, the Jar Jar Binks of old-school Disney. Does the film have redeeming qualities? Why isn’t it better known? All will be revealed, as we consult our clairvoyant aardvark, Clarence. Speak to us, Clarence! Speak! . . . Um . . . anybody out there speak aardvark?
Hail and well met, friends and fanciers! This week on Max,
Mike; Movies we’re starting a branding spanking (a spanking! A spanking!) new
series (awwww!): “I Keep Meaning to Watch That.” In it, Mike and I take turns
choosing a classic, famous, or infamous movie that we’ve always meant to watch
but have never gotten around to actually . . . you know, watching. This week is my choice: the 1948
Bogey-and-Bacall classic “Key Largo”. What’s
that? Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall aren’t enough for you? Geez, what is
your deal? No seriously, how about we throw Edward G. Robinson and Lionel
Barrymore into the mix? Yes, the mix gets a bit lumpy but it’s totally worth
it. Lend us an ear (we’ll give it back,