Episode 57: The Godfather (1972)

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 out.

3 thoughts on “Episode 57: The Godfather (1972)”

  1. This film ruined my brother who thinks it’s a guide for living. The Italian wedding is pretty spot on though. There was a special director’s cut in the 80s on VHS of the first two movies edited together in chronological order that is amazing. It has never been released on DVD or BLu-ray though for some reason.

    1. Gah. That’s extreme! I’d never heard of this special ‘director’s cut’ version. Sometimes things are made in one medium only to never see the light of day again. The original, 1977 theatrical cut of Star Wars was almost the same; it was only released on laser disc until finally, George relented and a one-time DVD pressing was released of a lousy print sometime in the 00s. I have one. We’re slightly more likely to see it again now that it’s out of his hands. I wonder about the Godfather one you mention, though.

  2. I have to say, it’s reassuring hearing that you guys haven’t watched big-name movies like this and Streetcar. Not that you’ve set yourselves up as niche movie critics, but you’ve both seen a lot of movies, or at least a lot more than I have.

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