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My Heart Belongs On A Trash Cinema Menu

Let me break something down real quick. I justifiably catch a reputation as being someone who likes to like things. And that’s true. Whenever I have time to share movie talk with folks, I want to talk about the things I love. Because, for me, it’s just too darn easy to fall down a rabbit […]

Lovers on the Run

An exclusive video traces from Bonnie and Clyde to Mickey and Mallory and all stops between. One of the most tried and true tropes in all of movie history is that of lovers on the run. They can be petty thieves, master criminals, wrongfully-accused innocents, chance acquaintances, fleeing victims, or escaping wards, but whatever the impetus […]

5 Perfect Shots With Ben Wheatley

With ‘Free Fire’ hitting theaters this weekend, we enlist director Ben Wheatley in the selection of a few of his favorite Shots. We’ve been out there stanning for Ben Wheatley’s new movie Free Fire from the moment we laid eyes on the first trailer. In fact, we’d heard rumors and rumblings about it well before that — a […]

The Tao of Nicolas Cage: ‘Raising Arizona’

30 years ago Cage teamed up with the Coen Brothers to create comedy gold. Why haven’t they reunited since? “That sumbitch. You tell him, I think he’s a damn fool, Ed. You tell him I said so — H.I. McDonnough. If he wants to discuss it, he knows where to find me: in the Maricopa County Maximum Security […]

Review — ‘Hounds of Love’ Is a Harrowing and Grimly Satisfying Experience

A deranged couple with a desire to kill, a teenage girl with a will to live. A twisted relationship between a man and his wife sits at the center of writer/director Ben Young’s feature debut, but it’s the more innocent one between a teenager and her mother that viewers will hope prevails as the harrowing and […]

Everything That Excites Us About Ben Wheatley’s ‘Freakshift’

First thing: it sounds awesome. This weekend, Ben Wheatley will unleash his blood-spattered gunfight film Free Fire into movie theaters around the world. And while I may not be the movie’s biggest fan — I’ll discuss it in-depth on Monday’s episode of After the Credits, but suffice to say it’s five pounds of movie in a ten pound […]

12 Movies to Watch After You See ‘Free Fire’

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) Like Peckinpah, John Carpenter is, in general, a big influence on Wheatley and his latest movie. As in all of their movies are somewhat felt in and worth a look after you see Free Fire. Carpenter’s The Thing is another single-location, every man for himself sort of film, for instance. The […]

The Ultimate Video Essay Guide to David Lynch

14 looks at cinema’s most provocative auteur. Is there any contemporary filmmaker more provocative or polarizing than David Lynch? People who love him consider him a genius, and people who don’t consider him a weirdo. His films stubbornly eschew understanding for emotion, rely more heavily upon visual storytelling than that of the more traditional, narrative […]

‘Over the Top’ Under the Microscope

Somehow one of the least over-the-top characters Stallone has ever played is Over the Top’s Lincoln Hawk. Hawk, who is periodically also called “Hawkes” because the writers weren’t paying much attentionm, is a freelance truck driver with big dreams owning his own trucking firm. He subsists on truck stop steak and armwrestles for extra cash […]

Beauty and the Box Office

This week’s Big Idea on One Perfect Pod explores the success of Disney’s live-action remakes, including its latest billion dollar winner. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast crossed $1 billion at the box office this week. That’s not bad for being a remake, something Everyone Online™ hates with the passion of a thousand suns. As it turns […]