Anderson and I reviewed a record four movies during this week’s episode of CinemAddicts, and the surprising element is that the finest of the bunch isn’t the high profile The Light Between Oceansor the thriller Morgan. Instead, we both dug the somber yet effective Jerry Lewis drama Max Rose. More on that later.
As a huge fan of director/writer Ridley Scott, I love spotlighting some of his more overlooked films. During interviews for the NBC series The Night Shift, I asked Scott Wolf about his work in White Squall, a 1996 feature which co-starred Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, and Jeremy Sisto.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Southside with You director Richard Tanne and it’s refreshing to know he’s a bigtime movie buff. His “movie love” picks were Grand Illusion, directed by Jean Renoir, and Casablanca, directed by underrated filmmaker Michael Curtiz.
Anderson Cowan starts off this week’s episode of CinemAddicts recapping why there wasn’t a full fledged Episode 32 (he brought in his After Disaster crew Tyler and Mike during that segment). In case you didn’t hear the explanation, here goes:
Bottom line is we’re back for our longest episode of the year as we have a ton of catching up to do!
This week’s CinemAddicts has us covering The Little Prince, Little Men, and Can We Take A Joke? Anderson’s currently at camp and, as I am writing this, I am simply bushed from a full week of doing the Television Critics Association tour (NBC and ABC). Basically, I’m brain dead as i write this recap.
I highly recommend everyone to check out The Little Prince, and my interview with the film’s voice actress Mackenzie Foy and director Mark Osborne is housed on my Deepest Dream site.
Anderson and I completely disagreed on Little Men (I loved it – he appreciated aspects but wouldn’t recommend the film). However, we both dug the stand out performance of Michael Barbieri as the gregarious Brooklyn youth who isn’t afraid to speak his mind. I’m a huge fan of naturalistic, nuance driven meditations of life, and Anderson admits that this type of movie isn’t up his alley.
I didn’t see the doc Can We Take A Joke?, and Anderson gives his take on the film during the third segment (he’s recommending the movie but with a few caveats). Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, and Adam Carolla are among the interviewees.
Kids for Cash is Anderson’s streaming pick and I briefly discuss the Blu-ray for The Invitation, a Hollywood Hills set thriller that tone of bite. Click on the media bar below to hear this week’s latest episode.
Although Anderson and I reviewed Jason Bourne for the first segment of this week’s CinemAddicts, the huge takeaway that you’ll hopefully get from Episode 30 is that Gleason is an awesome, life-affirming, and raw documentary that we both deeply love.
Director Clay Tweel’s documentary Gleason, which centers on former NFL player Steve Gleason’s battles with ALS and journey as a father and husband, is hands down one of this year’s best films. The film will be discussed on EP. 30 of CinemAddicts and “180 Seconds or Less,” but since this is our “movie love” segment, we asked Tweel to name a film that he digs.
During Episode 29, Anderson talked about the “valley” aspect of life, and how there were few peaks, at least cinematic wise, during his recent experience with movies. I completely loved all three films that were reviewed this week (Star Trek Beyond, Don’t Think Twice, Trainto Busan), but Anderson had a completely different reaction to STB & DTT.
Now playing in select theaters, Seoul Searchingcenters on a group of Korean teenagers from all over the world who spend the summer in Seoul to learn more about their heritage. The film is inspired by Benson’s own memorable summer, and the comedy is also a loving homage to some of the transcendent teen films from the 1980s.