Legends Podcast #442; American Psycho with Spoilers for Joker (Legends of Halloween)

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Based on the equally divisive novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the film American Psycho has been polarizing audiences since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival nearly two decades ago. Set in the late ‘80s, released in the year 2000, and now seen as a cult classic, the horror-comedy put Christian Bale on the map – and also spawned an ‘80s pop-infused musical. In the words of director Mary Harron, the film also reads “as a scenario of female terror,” as relevant today as when it was made. Likewise, controversy over the film’s violence and descent into madness mirrors the concern over the recent release of Joker, which explores similar themes. And now, in the wilds of Wall Street, three podcasters whip out and compare their business cards… this is Legends of Halloween!

 

Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! These discussions will be spoiler filled and may explicit language, so consider yourself warned.

 

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Legends Podcast #441; The Blair Witch Project (Legends of Halloween ‘99)

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One of 1999’s breakout success stories was a found-footage horror movie, a student documentary, a Sundance darling, an elaborate hoax, a sleeper hit, one of the most successful independent films of all time, and a viral marketing experiment that resulted in the film’s three stars being listed as “missing, presumed dead” on the website IMDb for over a year. The Blair Witch Project, a long-gestating production from amateur filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, made on a shoestring budget of just sixty thousand dollars, grossed near $250 million at the box office. It finished in tenth place domestically, beating out other horror entries from masters like Tim Burton and Stephen King. The Blair Witch Project launched a whole genre of horror, from Paranormal Activity to Cloverfield and Chronicle. And now, in the woods of rural Maryland, three podcasters welcome in the season of evil… this is Legends of Halloween!

 

Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! These discussions will be spoiler filled and may explicit language, so consider yourself warned.

 

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Legends Podcast #440; Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino)

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Quentin Tarantino’s films seem to excite and divide audiences with equal fervor. His 2009 World War II masterpiece, Inglourious Basterds, was met with approval, but not universal acclaim. The film’s breakout star, Christoph Waltz, won an Academy Award for his role as SS colonel Hans Landa, but Basterds lost out in the Best Picture race to another war movie, The Hurt Locker. Dealing as it does with the theme of fighting fascism by any means necessary, Tarantino’s sixth film feels more timely now than it did ten years ago. But does this equate to a film that is more divisive a decade later? Join Beef, Wing, and Lobster as they go back to once upon a time… in Nazi-occupied France.

 

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Legends Podcast #439; Analyze This (Legends of ‘99)

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This week, we’re checking ourselves in for some therapy with Analyze This. Harold Ramis paired Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal for a gangland comedy that parodied films like The Godfather and A Bronx Tale and was co-written by esteemed playwright Kennth Lonergan. Before he fully embraced his comedic side with his role in Meet the Parents, DeNiro played to type with his role of an emotionally distraught mob boss Paul Viti, while Crystal played… well, himself, as a psychiatrist who gets caught up in the What About Bob?-style shenanigans. But is Analyze This all that? Or does this film still have issues it needs to work through?

Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! These discussions will be spoiler filled and may explicit language, so consider yourself warned.

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Legends Podcast #438; Gosford Park (Mystery)

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American director Robert Altman’s career spanned forty years, and included critical and commercial successes like M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye, and Nashville. Altman’s films often featured large ensemble casts, improvisational dialogue, and social commentary – all of which are on full display in 2001’s Gosford Park. Based on an idea of an Agatha Christie-style whodunit set at an English manor house that Altman developed with Bob Balaban, Gosford Park’s script was written by Julian Fellowes, who won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Fellowes later went on to create the period drama series Downton Abbey, which, like Gosford Park, centered on both the aristocrats and the servants at a country estate. Now, as Downton Abbey moves to the big screen this fall, Legends Podcast goes on a hunting weekend to the English countryside to see what all the fuss is about.

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Legends Podcast #437; Election (Legends of ‘99)

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This week Legends Podcast goes back to school with Election, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. Directed by Alexander Payne and produced by MTV Films, Election is a biting satire of high school politics that also presages the recount drama of the 2000 Election. Joining us this week as substitute teacher is Ian, author of the film blog Primal Scenes, which is a good thing because we’re still not clear on the difference between ethics and morals. Anyone? Anyone?

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Legends Podcast #436; Ocean’s 8 (Aug-Heist)

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Legends Podcast is cracking open the cinematic vault and bringing you a whole month of cons, capers, and car chases! Whether you’re an East End card sharp, a handsome art thief, a trio of rogue soldiers, or eight feisty heisting heroines, you’ll find the big score right here on our podcast. This is Aug-Heist! 

 

This week we’re talking about Ocean’s 8, last summer’s hit heist movie that also happened to be a female-led spin-off of the Stephen Soderbergh franchise. Following Debbie Ocean – played by Sandra Bullock – and her crew – an all-star cast, of course – the film swaps casino halls for gala balls. At the summer box office, Oceans 8 scored big, with nearly $300 million worldwide against a $70 million budget. But do these queens of the screen successfully steal the crown jewels, or is this museum caper a few gems short of a full set?

 

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Legends Podcast #435; Three Kings (Aug-Heist)

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Legends Podcast is cracking open the cinematic vault and bringing you a whole month of cons, capers, and car chases! Whether you’re an East End card sharp, a handsome art thief, a trio of rogue soldiers, or eight feisty heisting heroines, you’ll find the big score right here on our podcast. This is Aug-Heist! 

 

This week we’re talking about Three Kings, also one of our Legends of ‘99, starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze as a group of soldiers who attempt to steal Saddam Hussien’s gold in the final days of Operation Desert Storm, but end up finding something else worth fighting for. Directed by David O. Russell, this boldly anti-war release from Warner Brothers also presaged the ideological grounds of the second Iraq War four years later. Based on a story idea allegedly stolen from John Ridley, Russell’s script and direction on his first major studio film set the trajectory for his career towards Oscar-nominated films like The Fighter (with Wahlberg), Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle. But do we three two kings of Legends Podcast agree that this film earns its gold, or does it deserve a dishonorable discharge?

 

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Legends Podcast #434; The Thomas Crown Affair (Aug-Heist)

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Legends Podcast is cracking open the cinematic vault and bringing you a whole month of cons, capers, and car chases! Whether you’re an East End card sharp, a handsome art thief, a trio of rogue soldiers, or eight feisty heisting heroines, you’ll find the big score right here on our podcast. This is Aug-Heist! 

 

This week we’re talking about The Thomas Crown Affair, also one of our Legends of ‘99, a remake of the 1968 Steve McQueen-Faye Dunaway caper. Action director John McTeirnan pairs Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo in the lead roles, for a sexy update to the classic cat-and-mouse game between a wealthy art thief and a determined insurance investigator. The film employs – and also subverts – several heist movie tropes, but is the end result a new masterpiece or a cheap forgery of the original?

 

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Legends Podcast #433; Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Aug-Heist)

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Legends Podcast is cracking open the cinematic vault and bringing you a whole month of cons, capers, and car chases! Whether you’re an East End card sharp, a handsome art thief, a trio of rogue soldiers, or eight feisty heisting heroines, you’ll find the big score right here on our podcast. This is Aug-Heist! 

 

This week we’re talking about Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, also one of our Legends of ‘99, the movie that launched the acting careers of Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones, began the directing careers of Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn, spawned a short-lived TV series, and, along with The Limey, is the second Legend of ‘99 to heavily employ Cockney rhyming slang. Join us as we have a butcher’s at this farcical tale of four friends, two guns, and a whole lot of mistaken identity. 

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