Ranking the Elaine May Films

Elaine May got the chance to direct four films, and all four ranged from good to great to all-time classic. Hollywood repeatedly kept her in the dog house, and she did not (as of yet) direct another film after Ishtar in 1987. It’s criminal. She was/is clearly one of the most valuable and entertaining voices the medium has ever had. Continue reading Ranking the Elaine May Films

The Superhero Pantheon – Spider-Man ’94: Episodes 42-44

‘Guilty’, ‘The Cat’ & ‘The Black Cat’

Jerome and Brian begin their look at the penultimate season of the the mid-90s Spider-Man. They discuss the more feminine writing style and how Felicia Hardy gets a full blown character arc. Join us for a good slate of episodes before things go down in a big way next week. 

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The Superhero Pantheon – Spider-Man ’94: Episodes 40-41

‘Goblin War!’ & ‘Turning Point’

Jerome and Brian finish up their look at the third season of the mid-90s Spider-man with two very strong episodes. All that can be said is Madame Web stinks. Listen to this episode for more on why. 

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There Will Be Movies – Episode 80: The Thing

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from a given decade, and for what could be the last time they’ll be focusing on 1980 – 1989.

A contender to Heat‘s crown as ‘possibly the best film we’ve ever covered’ has entered the arena. Is this the most handsome any man has ever looked? What happened in the prequel? How will Matt find a way to make this about Batman? Let’s find out!

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Ranking the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Seasons

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is set in an imaginary world where the biggest problem with the police is that they were racist and working on their homophobia…**within** the police force. As in, whites cops used to be racist to black…cops…and now slowly but surely straight cops are now much less homophobic to gay…cops.

The police are accepted as this benign institution that never does anything wrong and merely is just a moderately high-functioning government institution that solves crimes. This is a major and dangerous myth.

What is strange about this dynamic is that that fantastical premise is asked to be accepted for very little drama about actual police work that the characters do. They might as well just work in a post-office or DMV or a school or animal control. Which is to say unlike other Michael Schur created shows, this show is less about saying anything about anything and really just about being funny and doing jokes. And Brooklyn Nine-Nine is almost shockingly good at being funny and telling jokes. Continue reading Ranking the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Seasons

Ranking the Indiana Jones Films

The Reel World’s Indiana Jones “Content”
Make sure to listen to our site’s podcast episode on Raiders of the Lost Ark.
8 Thoughts on the Harrison Ford Episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
The 7 Worst Parts of Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull
Ranking the Indiana Jones Films

The Indiana Jones film series was never one I gravitated towards much as a child (especially in comparison to my beloved Star Wars).

As such, I do not have a lot of feelings of nostalgia tied up with them. Nevertheless, revisiting them as an old has been interesting and satisfying.

Harrison Ford is obviously one of the greatest and most compelling movie stars of all time, and George Lucas is utterly fascinating as a larger than life cinema entity. (Spielberg is Spielberg.) Here is how I rank the films. Continue reading Ranking the Indiana Jones Films

The 7 Worst Parts of Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull

The Reel World’s Indiana Jones “Content”
Make sure to listen to our site’s podcast episode on Raiders of the Lost Ark.
8 Thoughts on the Harrison Ford Episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
The 7 Worst Parts of Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull
Ranking the Indiana Jones Films

Now, I am not an Indiana Jones nut or anything. I am a fan of Harrison Ford though, and that makes any Indiana Jones film intriguing to me. I write all of that to say that I do not really care all that much about Indiana Jones and my initial reaction to Crystal Skull was mild disappointment.

All these years later, I have finally watched it again. It is disappointing. Beyond that though, it was much more remarkably bad than I had remembered. In fact, some of the things that made it bad, have been infecting big franchise films ever since. Continue reading The 7 Worst Parts of Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull

8 Thoughts on the Harrison Ford Episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

The Reel World’s Indiana Jones “Content”
Make sure to listen to our site’s podcast episode on Raiders of the Lost Ark.
8 Thoughts on the Harrison Ford Episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
The 7 Worst Parts of Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull
Ranking the Indiana Jones Films

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was a television show from 1992-1994 that was exactly  what it sounds like. It featured Sean Patrick Flanery playing Indiana for most of the show (a few episodes apparently featured a child playing an even younger Indiana).

As everyone learned (again) with Solo though, it’s not that Han Solo or Indiana Jones are these remarkable characters or anything. It’s that Harrison Ford is one of the biggest movie stars of all time that make them iconic. They are star vehicle characters.

Anyway, all of that is a long way to say that very few moments of the show that I have seen have been absolutely brutal. I decided to watch one episode of it properly though for one simple reason: Harrison Ford was in it!

Without further ado, here are some takeaways from “Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues.”

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Ranking the Jonathan Glazer Films

Jonathan Glazer has only made a handful of films (so far), which proves the world is not a just place. Glazer has many strengths and one of them is his ability to examine how one’s past can feel like a ghost coming to kill you. It is an idea I found interesting in each of his films.

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