The finale of our assassins season sees Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47, in HItman. We also check out the newest screen adaptation of 2000AD’s Judge Dredd with Dredd 3D. Also featured a newly collected book of essays by Pauline Kael, and By the Sword by Richard Coen on this week’s table time!
This week Conor and Luke sit down with Ryan Denmark, filmmaker and currently the visual effects editor on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Topics discussed include the film editing process, the role of computer graphics and practical effects in filmmaking, contemporary filmmaking style, great movie fight sequences and much more.
Please check out Ryan’s work at Third Star Films dot Com.
Cobra is a great movie, Sylvester Stallone is in it. He’s a no nonsense cop, he has a knife, an elaborate looking gun and neat hair. Leon, he’s a guy who’s an assassin who takes in a little girl, that Natalie Portman’s in it. It’s sweet! Table Time brings sees some Sleeping Dogs lying.. on the… Table Time!
Strap on your pads, put on your hockey jersey and get ready for Goon, starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill. Directed by Michael Dowse of FUBAR fame. Conor and Luke also check out The Amazing Spider Man, a reboot of the popular comic book hero, that doesn’t recapture the magic of its predecessors.
Back, back again! The Movie Express rolls on into a strange wooded area full of rich dudes with guns and quad bikes as Conor and Luke watch the Ice-T vehicle, Surviving the Game. We also take in John Woo’s seminal (according to Luke) man-hunting movie, Hard Target featuring the Muscles from Brussels, our friend and yours, JCVD! Kicking off the Pre-Code Hollywood Season on a similar note this week is the grandaddy of the ‘rich guy hunts men for sport’ genre, The Most Dangerous Game. Enjoy, choo choo!
This week Luke is joined by Morgan while Conor explores the depths of the Amazon. Guy Pearce stars in our featured film Ravenous, a period piece cum cannibal flick with plenty of laughs and winces along the way. Australia Season continues with Ten Canoes, Rolf de Heer’s award-winning film exploring the folktales of indigenous Australia. Table Time sees a roundup of TV’s current darlings Mad Men and Game of Thrones. Enjoy the show!
Conor went to see The Avengers, he liked it a lot and tells you and Luke all about it this week. The show also features talk of another Joss Whedon project The Cabin in the Woods. Australia Season sits this show out as Beowulf and Grendel surprises with its complexities. Don’t forget to tweet @TheMovieExpress for #TeamLuke, #TeamConor or #TeamLukeAndConor
This week Conor and Luke watched MANDRILL a Chilean martial arts/espionage film about a super smooth assassin and his idol star of the silver screen and (by no coincidence) a super cool assassin John Colt. There’s flips and shooting and middle-aged henchmen who turn out to be the best and it’s all great! The Australian Film season continues with Red Hill, a High Noon inspired horror/action flick set in Nowhere, Australia or, if you prefer Red Hill. Table time sees Luke wax lyrical about Kids on the Slope and Legend of Grimrock, the show also features some discussion of the Shadowrun kickstarter project.
This week it’s a looser show all round, as Conor and Luke deviate from the show outline to discuss (at length) the development of Sean Connery’s unique laugh. The Horror Season wraps up with John Landis’ gory, practical-effect masterpiece An American Werewolf in London. We also talk about Act of Valor, co-directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh. Table Time this week is all about the return of Mad Men! Conor also tells us about Michel Hazanavicius’ pre-Artist outing OSS 117 Cairo, Nest of Spies. Look forward to our brand new season next week, as we explore the Cinema of Australia, first up The Castle!
This week Luke talks a little more on the subject of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as he takes in two Hammer Horror adaptations of varying quality. The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll and Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde. The Horror Season keeps rolling with Rogue, a creature-feature set in the Australian outback. Table Time sees some comic book discussion as Conor and Luke gush about the luxuries and convenience of owning tablet computing devices. Star Trek!!!!
The Horror season takes a week off as Conor and Luke engage in some extended table time action. Join Bizarro Luke and Conor as they discuss the bad (and excellent) aspects of The Muppets, the mafioso-out-of-water Lilyhammer and Disney’s latest science-fantasy blockbuster John Carter.
Read and watch along at home and prepare for next episode’s Jekyll and Hyde spectacular.
Of course Andrew Stanton directed Wall-E and Finding Nemo. Luke was confused with all the commotion. O!
This week mysteries abound on the Movie Express podcast. We investigate a murder most foul in the Joan Crawford starring Mildred Pierce and tackle questions of Alien life and human frailty in Alien, the first of our new Horror Season. Table time sees a prolonged look at some our favourite Woody Allen films and some confused idioms.