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The Essential Films Podcast
Discussing The Art of Cinema
Category: TV & Film
Location: Chicago, IL
A podcast devoted to the discussion of the greatest movies ever made, or The Essential Films. From the beginning of cinema history to present day, these films are crucial to the education of anyone who loves the art of film making.
by Adolfo Acosta
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March 18, 2018 08:35 AM PDT
On today's show: 42nd STREET (1933) GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 (1935) THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942) GILDA (1946) RICHARD III (1955) THE SEARCHERS (1956) BREATHLESS (1960) BECKET (1964) THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN (1971) THE GODFATHER (1972) EVIL DEAD 2 (1987) MEMENTO (2001) V FOR VENDETTA (2006)
March 08, 2018 09:59 PM PST
This Week in Film History: •Fritz Lang's Metropolis •Oscar History •To Be or Not To Be •Children of Paradise •James Dean debuts •Vincent Price kills the undead •The Long Goodbye •Deep Red •Lethal Weapon •Fargo & The Big Lewbowski •The Birdcage •Korean horror •"This is Sparta!" and MORE!
February 28, 2018 09:13 PM PST
This week in Film History: •The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari •The Pilgrim •Lost Horizon •King Kong •The Curse of the Cat People •The Lady Eve •Duck Amuck •This is Spinal Tap •The Hunt For Red October •Dark City •Oscars History
January 24, 2018 11:10 PM PST
In today's Short Subjects episode, Adolfo goes down the entire list of Academy Award nominees, announced on January 24th. From Best Picture to Best Visual Effects; From Get Out to Dunkirk he covers his thoughts, his predictions and why he thinks Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is overrated.
December 23, 2017 11:06 PM PST
Join Adolfo on this solo adventure as he discusses some of the cherished Holiday Hollywood classics such as: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1938) HOLIDAY INN (1942) THE BISHOP'S WIFE (1947) SCROOGE (1951) WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) and more!
December 21, 2017 12:11 AM PST
It's cold outside. A man's gotta do something to keep warm. On today's podcast adventure: Adolfo and Mark deck the halls and jingle them bells as they celebrate the holidays with MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (1947). The duo are plastered...err--- feeling gay as they discuss the charming wonderfulness of this holiday classic as well as: Kris does NOT take any crap; Fred Gailey is a pimp; you couldn't make this film in 2017; Is Gimbels still in business?; the legal accuracy of the courtroom scenes; Russian princes; and "Mr. Macy." All this plus a conversation on STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Alamo Draughthouse adventures, holiday movie classics, The Rankin Bass Holiday specials, HOLIDAY INN (1942), The many adaptations of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, including SCROOGE (1951), SCROOGED (1988) and THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992), HOME ALONE (1990) and ELF (2003). Do a wonderful thing and download now!
November 25, 2017 12:10 PM PST
There’s no place like home. On today’s Thanksgiving podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1939 MGM classic: THE WIZARD OF OZ! On this week’s show: More Alamo Drafthouse! Watching CASABLANCA on the big screen It’s not an isosceles triangle! What human being on this planet hasn’t seen Wizard of Oz? A Thanksgiving tradition The troubled production and box office woes of Oz Dark Side of the Moon The power of watching a movie on the big screen The rotating door of directors Wizard of Oz on stage High school productions The Jitterbug A Thanksgiving tradition Engrained in pop culture Roseanne Barr as the Wicked Witch? The bankability of Fantasy films in the 30s. Why the film was a dream sequence The darkness of RETURN TO OZ “Over the Rainbow” was almost cut from the film Dorothy and Scarecrow love connection? The pros and cons of blu-ray The amazing make-up artistry Shirley Temple: The original Dorothy? Ray Bolger originally cast as Scarecrow Buddy Ebsen’s allergic reaction to the silver Tin Man make up, causing him to be recast by Jack Haley Who were WC Fields and Ed Wynn considered to play? Frank Morgan, the MGM character actor Margaret Hamilton severely burned on a stunt Juvenile Oscars The television broadcast gave the film new life Urban legends Midgets groping Judy Garland There is still one Munchkin left! Sequels & spinoffs! Wicked the Broadway Musical The debut of the Random CHRISTMAS Movie Generator FILM REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ (1910) THE WIZARD OF OZ (1925) SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1938) GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (1940) CASABLANCA (1942) IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) THE BISHOP’S WIFE (1947) ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951) SCROOGE (1951) REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955) THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959) MARY POPPINS (1965) BONNIE & CLYDE (1967) GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967) WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) STAR WARS TRILOGY (1977-1983) MOMENT BY MOMENT (1978) THE WIZ (1978) THE SHINING (1980) BLOW OUT (1981) THE THING (1982) E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER (1982) SCARFACE (1983) A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) GREMLINS (1984) RETURN TO OZ (1985) CAPTAIN EO (1986) THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) THE LOST BOYS (1987) MOONWALKER (1988) DIE HARD (1988) GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990) HOME ALONE (1990) MGM WHEN THE LION ROARS (1992) THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992) FALLING DOWN (1993) ED WOOD (1994) BATMAN & ROBIN (1997) STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999) POKÉMON: THE MOVIE - I CHOOSE YOU! (2000) THE ROOM (2002) TIN MAN (2007) 500 DAYS OF SUMMER (2009) THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY (2001-2003) ROOM 237 (2012) THE AVENGERS (2012) THE HOBBIT TRILOGY (2012-2014) OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (2013) SPOTLIGHT (2015) THOR: RAGNAROK (2017) MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017) JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017) AMERICAN ASSASSIN (2017) KINGSMAN THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (2017) THE DISASTER ARTIST (2017) IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN: THE MUSICAL (2017) THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (2017) THE POST (2017) LINKS: The Essential Films: essentialfilmspodcast.com Key & Peele: Gremlins 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x01l_jMhjVM Moment by Moment TV Spot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYyjvyvx6c0 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpV29YZ7Ksw The Wizard of Oz (1925) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CBmDZjvjGs Return to Oz Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CklyKCKFtwE Maragaret Hamilton on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I89lklpp8cM Michael Jackson in The Wiz (1978) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r1ssg1LIt4 Moonwalker Trailer (1988) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFoVHVeLk-M Captain EO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONRTzWy26Ko Tin Man trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUWyDjuHEC0 SOCIAL MEDIA TWITTER: @EssentialFilms, @FPMoviePodcast, @Adolfo_Acosta, @Sportsguy515 FACEBOOK: The Essential Films: https://www.facebook.com/The-Essential-Films-130585803634489/?fref=ts
October 29, 2017 05:18 PM PDT
What an excellent day for an exorcism. On today’s Halloween podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1973 William Friedkin classic: THE EXORCIST! On this week’s show: Alamo Drafthouse adventures Has Edgar Wright ever made a bad film? Halloween season movies When did we first experience THE EXORCIST? Terrifying even for a lapsed Catholic The exorcism of Roland Doe William Friedkin sounds like a more educated Donald Trump William Peter Blatty’s power as producer Friedkin making the cast and crew film in a freezer The urban myths and legends of the film production Mercedes McCambridge The power of nitroglycerin The prologue confuses first time viewers The amazing make-up job on Max Von Sydow The secret behind Captain Howdy’s subliminal messages The banned trailer Who owns a Ouija board? How the parallel stories of Regan and Damien Karras intersect The GREAT Lee J. Cobb The “Exorcist” Steps The Crucifix Scene Audience reactions: fainting, barf bags, etc. Friedkin, the sadist Campbell’s Pea Soup How Jason Miller got the role The original Damien Karras “Help Me” The iconic shot of Merrin arriving at the McNeil house “Why you do this to me, Dimi?” Angering the crew by slapping a priest Damien Karras’ story arc and crisis of faith The differences between the Theatrical and Extended cuts The Spider Walk The massive box office success of the film The disappointing sequels REPOSSESSED does not hold up FILM REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE: THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) ALL THE KING’S MEN (1949) THE WAGES OF FEAR (1953) ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968) THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) THE STING (1973) THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC (1977) SORCERER (1977) ALIEN (1979) THE SHINING (1980) AIRPLANE (1980) THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) THE THING (1982) THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985) THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD (1988) REPOSSESSED (1990) THE EXORCIST III (1990) THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) FIGHT CLUB (1999) THE ROOM (2003) SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004) EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING (2004) DOMINION: A PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST (2005) HOT FUZZ (2007) GRINDHOUSE (2007) THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD (2010) THE DARK KNIGHT (2012) THE WORLD’S END (2013) WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (2013) OUIJA (2014) BABY DRIVER (2017) LINKS: The Essential Films: essentialfilmspodcast.com SOCIAL MEDIA TWITTER: @EssentialFilms, @FPMoviePodcast, @Adolfo_Acosta, @Sportsguy515 FACEBOOK: The Essential Films: https://www.facebook.com/The-Essential-Films-130585803634489/?fref=ts
September 21, 2017 12:01 PM PDT
We’ll...be….right….HERE. On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1982 Steven Spielberg classic: E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL! On this week’s show: More Alamo Drafthouse adventures from Mark Unoriginal cosplayers Our thoughts on the passings of Jerry Lewis, Harry Dean Stanton and Tobe Hooper The infamous unreleased Jerry Lewis film THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED Harry Dean Stanton should get a posthumous Academy Award nomination for LUCKY “Avenge me!” The 35th Anniversary of E.T. When did we first experience E.T. Probably the greatest family film of all time Last day of school movies The long stretches of time we went before rewatching the film How the film is entrenched in pop culture Experiencing it again for the “first time” The movie still works on 2017 audiences ET and Elliot going across the moon is the most iconic image in cinema Kids smoking and swearing in family films Why did you drop the pizza Elliot?! The origins of E.T. from the mind of a young Steven Spielberg How 1941’s production problems helped pave the way for E.T. 1941: Spielberg’s worst film Columbia passed on E.T. The tragic mistake of M&Ms Reese’s Pieces! Mark’s INCORRECT opinion on Reese’s Pieces VS M&Ms E.T. taught kids how to play hooky from school The cuteness of young Drew Barrymore Why don’t we see the adult’s faces for half the film? The trauma of frog dissection Henry Thomas delivers one of the great child actor performances Harrison Ford’s deleted cameo TV versions of movies re-adding deleted scenes The 20th Anniversary version Walkie Talkies are not guns Practical effects are always better than digital Why the film was shot in chronological order E.T. 2: NOCTURNAL FEARS E.T.’s cameo in STAR WARS The biggest movie of all time until 1993 when Spielberg beat the box office record again with JURASSIC PARK E.T. The Atari Game E.T. Adventure @ Universal Studios… kind of a lame ride. “Penis breath!” “Wolfman’s got nards!” We’re not ready for 4K yet FILM REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE: GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) CITIZEN KANE (1941) THE QUIET MAN (1952) ARTISTS AND MODELS (1955) CINDERFELLA (1960) PSYCHO (1960) THE LADIES MAN (1961) THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963) THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) COOL HAND LUKE (1967) 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) THE GODFATHER (1972) THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) JAWS (1975) KING KONG (1976) CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) STAR WARS (1977) HALLOWEEN (1978) ALIEN (1979) 1941 (1979) ALTERED STATES (1980) THE SHINING (1980) ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981) RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) THE KING OF COMEDY (1982) FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) POLTERGEIST (1982) TRON (1982) CHRISTINE (1983) PARIS, TEXAS (1984) RED DAWN (1984) REPO MAN (1984) INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984) GREMLINS (1984) FIRESTARTER (1984) A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) THE GOONIES (1985) PRETTY IN PINK (1986) FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) STAND BY ME (1986) THE MONSTER SQUAD (1987) FULL METAL JACKET (1987) BIG (1988) STEPHEN KING’S IT (1990) JURASSIC PARK (1993) PULP FICTION (1994) JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1996) STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999) THE LADIES MAN (2000) SUPER 8 (2011) THE AVENGERS (2012) MAX ROSE (2013) STRANGER THINGS (TV Series, 2016) IT (2017) LUCKY (2017) SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING (2017) LINKS: The Essential Films: essentialfilmspodcast.com SOCIAL MEDIA TWITTER: @EssentialFilms, @FPMoviePodcast, @Adolfo_Acosta, @Sportsguy515 FACEBOOK: The Essential Films: https://www.facebook.com/The-Essential-Films-130585803634489/?fref=ts
July 31, 2017 12:13 AM PDT
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1977 George Lucas classic: STAR WARS! On this week’s show: Growing up Catholic as a Star Wars fan More Alamo Drafthouse discussions Christopher Nolan’s distaste for CGI What’s the perfect date movie of 2017? The Star Wars/San Diego Comic-Con connection All the trailers coming out of Comic-Con 2017 Disney hunting down trailer leaks Jeff Goldblum makes everything better A tribute to Martin Landau, George Romero and John Heard Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary The many titles George Lucas went through before settling on “Star Wars” Why is A New Hope so good? Was it a fluke? George Lucas was not tested in a big budget environment George Lucas, the world’s biggest independent filmmaker Star Wars changed the movie licensing game The complex ownership between 20th Century Fox and Disney When did we first experience Star Wars? The Special Edition releases in 1997 Star Wars action figures! Fast Food Star Wars tie-ins The multiple VHS releases Star Wars as a holiday film Why did Adolfo get in trouble when he saw Star Wars in theaters in 1997? Who won that damn Star Wars Hummer? When did “Star Wars” become “Episode IV: A New Hope”? How the naming convention was inspired by the old chapter movies of the 30s and 40s Serials were not meant to be watched all at once How the film was plagued with multiple production problems Hammer Horror icons Peter Cushing and his on-screen rival Christopher Lee both appeared as Star Wars villains The use of CGI to bring back younger versions of older actors (or dead actors) Empire of Dreams: the best documentary on Star Wars How Star Wars changed the sci-fi game in the 70s How the crew completely disrespected George Lucas George Lucas: Control Freak The New Hollywood directors The director has final say on a film What Brian De Palma and Steven Spielberg thought of the film when they saw the rough cut “It rhymes.” Why Jabba the Hutt isn’t needed in Star Wars Special Edition Marcia Lucas is the real MVP Star Wars: a space fairy tale Did Lucas rip-off The Dam Busters? David Prowse was not pleased he was dubbed over The movie was really made in post-production Ben Burtt: Sound genius Inventing new technology just make the film The birth of Industrial Light & Magic How the Death Star trench run was filmed The Prequels and their loyal defenders The joint casting sessions for Star Wars and Carrie Who was Mark Hammill’s competition for Luke Skywalker The wacky names considered for Han Solo Harrison Ford and Alec Guinness grew to resent the films “I Was Going to Toshi Station to Pick Up Some Power Converters” Is Princess Leia English? Are you Luke Skywalker or Han Solo? The great chemistry between Fisher, Ford and Hammil Anthony Daniels does not have a career outside of C-3PO The inspiration for C-3PO and R2D2 The second act problems of Return of the Jedi Boba Fett: a great looking character without substance What is the proper viewing order of the saga? What Adolfo considers to be the WORST Star Wars movie The most recognizable movie theme of all time Star Wars launched a merchandising empire Adolfo’s vintage Burger King Star Wars glasses The “Empty Box” campaign The Star Wars Holiday Special Prequels, sequels, spin-offs and sequels “When will then be now?” “Soon” George Lucas can’t leave well enough alone How can you watch the original theatrical versions (legally). Hint, it involves going on eBay and some outdated technology The “De-Specialized” Editions Han shoots first! FILM REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE: FLASH GORDON (1936) BATMAN (1943) CAPTAIN AMERICA (1944) BATMAN AND ROBIN (1949) THE DAM BUSTERS (1955) THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (1958) NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) PLANET OF THE APES (1968) THX 1138 (1971) A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973) THE GODFATHER PART II (1974) JAWS (1975) LOGAN’S RUN (1976) CARRIE (1976) DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978) THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL (1978) MAD MAX (1979) STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979) THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO (TV Series, 1981-1983) BLADE RUNNER (1982) RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983) THE A-TEAM (TV Series, 1983-1987) SCARFACE (1983) A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) MUPPET BABIES (TV Series, 1984-1991) BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) STAR WARS: DROIDS (TV Series, 1985-1986) BIG (1988) SPACEBALLS (1988) CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS (1989) HOME ALONE (1990) JURASSIC PARK (1993) ED WOOD (1994) PULP FICTION (1994) BATMAN FOREVER (1995) THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO (1996) BATMAN & ROBIN (1997) THE IRON GIANT (1999) THE SOPRANOS (TV Series, 1999-2007) STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999) HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (2001) STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES (2002) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL (2003) EMPIRE OF DREAMS: THE STORY OF THE STAR WARS TRILOGY (2004) STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED (Video Game, 2008) THE WALKING DEAD (TV Series, 2010-Present) THOR (2011) THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2014) GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014) STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015) ANT-MAN (2015) ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016) CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016) DUNKIRK (2017) WAR OF THE PLANET FOR THE APES (2017) SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017) THE BIG SICK (2017) GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017) READY PLAYER ONE (2018) AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018) JUSTICE LEAGUE (2018) THOR: RAGNAROK (2018) LINKS: The Essential Films: essentialfilmspodcast.com Star Wars glasses: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f3/4b/d1/f34bd1b1f58cbb9e586c826120a0c206.jpg Harmy’s Despecialized Editions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmy%27s_Despecialized_Edition SOCIAL MEDIA TWITTER: @EssentialFilms, @FPMoviePodcast, @Adolfo_Acosta, @Sportsguy515 FACEBOOK: The Essential Films: https://www.facebook.com/The-Essential-Films-130585803634489/?fref=ts
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