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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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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
July 05, 2017 11:42 PM PDT
On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1957 David Lean classic: THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI! On this week’s show: Mark takes another EPIC trip to Alamo Drafthouse Mark’s retweet from an 80’s icon Jelly donuts Toy guns Korean exercise videos 2017 Summer Movies Adolfo is done with Minions Adolfo butchers Japanese and French The benefits of Netflix Disc subscription The slow start to Bridge The David Lean Trilogy Why William Holden was cast William Holden’s record breaking salary Why Alec Guinness thought the film was Anti-British Why Adolfo trusts Alec Guinness without question The anti-Japanese sentiment of the film Does the film romanticize the building of the bridge? The central conflict of Col. Nicholson Major Shears’ redemption Jack Hawkins: Bad Ass Building an actual bridge for the film Mark makes a Simpsons reference (SHOCKING) Nicholson’s ambiguous finale Women Bearers! The hokey final words The Hollywood Blacklist rears its ugly head Masterful editing for the climax of the film FILM REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE: THE GENERAL (1926) BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945) OLIVER TWIST (1948) WINCHESTER ‘73 (1950) SUNSET BLVD. (1950) STALAG 17 (1953) PATHS OF GLORY (1957) SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959) SPARTACUS (1960) WEST SIDE STORY (1961) LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963) THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (1964) THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY (1965) DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965) BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1966) 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) THE WILD BUNCH (1969) THE LOSERS (1970) JAWS (1975) NETWORK (1976) ZOMBI (1979) APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) MANIAC (1980) AIRPLANE! (1980) AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1982) A PASSAGE TO INDIA (1984) BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) FULL METAL JACKET (1987) TOP GUN (1987) BATMAN (1989) PACIFIC HEIGHTS (1990) HEARTS OF DARKNESS (1991) TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991) FORREST GUMP (1994) INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996) MEN IN BLACK (1997) ALI (2001) HITCH (2005) THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (2006) I AM LEGEND (2007) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) THE AVENGERS (2012) INTERSTELLAR (2014) JUPITER ASCENDING (2015) MINIONS (2015) FURIOUS 7 (2015) STRANGER THINGS [Netflix Series] (2016) TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (2017) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (2017) COLOSSAL (2017) LUCKY (2017) DUNKIRK (2017) ATOMIC BLONDE (2017) SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING (2017) WAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2017) THE EMOJI MOVIE (2017) ANNABELLE CREATION (2017) THE DARK TOWER (2017) VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (2017) BABY DRIVER (2017) LINKS: The Essential Films: essentialfilmspodcast.com The Losers (1970) - Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQU3cRBoWGo GI Joe Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLL67CN2hnw Paths of Glory (1957) - Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmDA60X-f_A Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Are Made for Walking” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2fPkzJsMU8 R. Lee Ermey - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPlKXBnLbK0 SOCIAL MEDIA TWITTER: @EssentialFilms, @FPMoviePodcast, @Adolfo_Acosta, @Sportsguy515 FACEBOOK: The Essential Films: https://www.facebook.com/The-Essential-Films-130585803634489/?fref=ts
May 19, 2017 04:55 AM PDT
On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic: REAR WINDOW! On this week’s show: An in-depth discussion of Disney World Parks Jedis are gender neutral Adolfo’s favorite Hitchcock film Thelma Ritter: The MVP The inevitable “Simpsons” discussion How sound plays such an important role in the film Hitchcock’s growing pains in cinema The movie is completely set up in the first two minutes The believable cast of characters in the courtyard How the film turns the audience into voyeurs Grace Kelly at the peak of her Grace Kelly How Hitchcock places doubt in the viewer’s head Lars Thorwald is more sinister being kind to a dog than being cruel to it How long does it take to walk up a flight of stairs? How Hitchcock makes you feel bad for the killer Sacrificing realism for suspense An exercise in reaction editing Differences to the original short story Hitchcock likes to get around the censors Thorwald and Jeff mirror each other “It’s almost as if it’s being written for us” The camera as a phallic symbol The made for TV Movie remake starring Christopher Reeve PLUS CONVERSATIONS ON: WINGS (1927) THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG (1928) THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1934) THE 39 STEPS (1935) SABOTAGE (1936) THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938) THE LADY VANISHES (1938) HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940) IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) IN A LONELY PLACE (1950) DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954) A MAN ESCAPED (1956) VERTIGO (1958) NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) PSYCHO (1960) “THE SIMPSONS” BART OF DARKNESS (TV Episode 1994) REAR WINDOW (1998) DISTURBIA (2007) AVATAR (2009) GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017) LINKS: The Essential Films: essentialfilmspodcast.com Rear Window 1998 TV Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bqrzWLRNEw Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUNZPHbwA-U SOCIAL MEDIA TWITTER: @EssentialFilms, @FPMoviePodcast, @Adolfo_Acosta, @Sportsguy515 FACEBOOK: The Essential Films: https://www.facebook.com/The-Essential-Films-130585803634489/?fref=ts
March 06, 2017 12:22 AM PST
(NOTE: There are a few audio issues during this episode that unfortunately we could not fix. We apologize.)

Well, nobody’s perfect. On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1959 Billy Wilder classic: SOME LIKE IT HOT! On today’s discussion: AMC Best Picture Showcase The Best way to watch a movie is to know nothing about it Why Mark can’t drink Red Bull Discussing the 2016 Oscar contenders How we didn’t take notes for this screening How open-minded Some Like It Hot is about “Alternative lifestyles” How we first experienced Some Like It Hot The funniest movie ever made Joe E Brown & Jack Lemmon: The MVPs of the movie Billy Wilder’s epic career The unlikely origins of SOME LIKE IT HOT A remake of a remake of a remake Frank Sinatra in drag? Marilyn Monroe’s delays to the production schedule 47 takes for 3 words Why Tony Curtis had to be perfect on every take Why Marilyn Monroe was underrated as an actress That weird Cary Grant accent How the film addressed multiple issues that are prevalent today: homosexuality, transgender issues and the objectification of women The film is half a gangster movie George Raft: Tango Dancer Oh boy, am I a boy. Our terrible Cary Grant impressions Great gangster casting Why the film was shot in black and white Adolfo doesn’t get Jerry Lewis’ humor More Simpsons references (of course) The final line was almost cut A discussion on Alamo Draught House and dine-in theaters. Coke is better than Pepsi Is there a funnier comedy than Some Like It Hot? The Funniest movies of all time according to AFI PLUS REFERENCES TO: SAFETY LAST! (1923) SCARFACE (1932) DUCK SOUP (1933) IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES (1938) DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) MURDER MY SWEET (1944) THE LOST WEEKEND (1945) SUNSET BLVD. (1950) ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950) ACE IN THE HOLE (1951) SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) STALAG 17 (1953) GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953) HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953) FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) DUCK AMUCK (1953) SABRINA (1954) THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1955) WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957) RAINTREE COUNTY (1957) SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) BEN-HUR (1959) THE APARTMENT (1960) THE MISFITS (1961) JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961) THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963) DR. STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964) MARY POPPINS (1964) THE GRADUATE (1967) 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) M*A*S*H (1970) A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) THE GODFATHER (1972) BLAZING SADDLES (1974) ANNIE HALL (1977) CADDYSHACK (1980) MANIAC (1980) THE SHINING (1980) AIRPLANE! (1980) GANDHI (1982) TOOTSIE (1982) FULL METAL JACKET (1987) MAJOR LEAGUE (1989) MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (2011) AMOUR (2012) ZERO DARK THIRTY (2012) MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (2016) LA LA LAND (2016) LION (2016) MOONLIGHT (2016) HACKSAW RIDGE (2016) SILENCE (2016) 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

December 21, 2016 02:20 PM PST
Hot dog! Merry Christmas! On today’s special holiday podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1946 holiday classic: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE! On today’s discussion: Mall shopping on the last weekend before Christmas The NES Classic The movie that defines all Christmas movies How the film touches even Adolfo’s cold heart The miracle that is Mr. Pibb How the sentimentality is earned At which point we get teary eyed “The Greatest Gift” Christmas card How Cary Grant was all wrong for the role A mini history of Liberty Films Capra and Stewart’s favorite film The secret origin of Jimmy Stewart The Christmas Tree capital of the world Why Lionel Barrymore was a perfect choice for Mr. Potter Mr. Potter = Ebeneezer Scrooge without the redemption The framing device of the film Why does Mr. Gower even have a bottle of poison? Apparently adults are allowed to slap children around in 1946 How many It’s a Wonderful Life references are there in The Simpsons? A deleted scene where George meets Potter much earlier in life Jimmy Stewart playing a teenager Donna Reed’s beautiful introductory shot “Aw pop, just a little.” George’s constant sacrifices Thomas Mitchell’s great adlib “We’ll wait for ya, baby…” The one-shot take of Reed and Stewart’s first kiss Bert and Ernie! Eyes swimming with tears How many kids does Martini have? How James Stewart didn’t want to glorify war on screen When you finally see George break A terrifying Santa mask The innovative new “chemical snow” created for the film The bridge guy! The one flaw of the movie! Not finding your true love means your vision fails “Merry Christmas you old Building and Loan!” “To my big brother George, the richest man in town!” ONIONS. The film’s failure at the box office, with awards and with critics The ridiculous copyright history Why Paramount owns the rights even though the film itself is technically in the public domain The Colorized version The kick to the gut that was 2016 PLUS REFERENCES TO: THE BISHOP’S WIFE (1947) YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938) FORREST GUMP (1994) BRUCE ALMIGHTY (2003) HOME ALONE (1990) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK (1992) BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989) THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946) JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1996) THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992) SCROOGED (1988) SCROOGE (1951) A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1984) A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1999) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2009) MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (1947) SANTA CLAUS (1959) SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1964) A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) DIE HARD (1988) BATMAN RETURNS (1992) GREMLINS (1984) LINKS: Can You Survive Home Alone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NhijmGTwwo 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
December 13, 2016 07:28 PM PST
Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered... On today’s EPIC podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1939 Hollywood classic: GONE WITH THE WIND! On today’s discussion: Hattie McDaniel becoming first African American to win an Academy Award One of the earliest films to sweep the Oscars The ups and down of respect amongst film critics How much money has GONE WITH THE WIND made? The Billion Dollar Club Our hesitation to watch the film our first time How Blockbuster didn’t carry anything older than the year 2000 How David O Selznick got the film made #NotMyRhett Why Gary Cooper turned down the role of Rhett Butler “Selznick’s Follie” The revolving door of directors The most unlikeable protagonist in history Mark can’t keep his potty mouth clean! The search for Scarlett O’Hara Leslie Howard’s least convincing southern accent An appearance by Superman The themes of masculinity throughout the film No one ends up happy How they faked Clark Gable dancing How the film got around the Hayes Code The best shot in the film How the “burning of Atlanta” was filled Uncle Billy! Scarlett as a feminist icon Survival as theme The rewriting of history A thinly veiled Ku Klux Klan raid How Rhett carrying Scarlett up the stairs is NOT the romantic scene many people think it is How Scarlett matures yet remains selfish “Frankly, my dear…” has more impact in context How Hattie McDaniel was not allowed to attend the Atlanta premiere Why it took so long for Gone with the Wind to air on television PLUS REFERENCES TO: ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930) KING KONG (1933) THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) BEN-HUR (1959) GETTYSBURG (1993) SCARLETT (1994) TITANIC (1997) THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001-2003) AVATAR (2009) WATCHMEN (2009) THE ARTIST (2011) FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (2015) SAN ANDREAS (2015) THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015) STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)
October 28, 2016 09:31 PM PDT
Happy Halloween! Just in time for Halloween, on today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1978 John Carpenter classic: HALLOWEEN! On today’s discussion: How Rob Zombie put his own spin on the much maligned remake When did Adolfo and Mark experience Halloween? How an iconic horror movie has little to no blood and gore Elementary school book fairs! Local video stores! (Shout out to the late Mr. Willie’s) John Carpenter’s early film career before he got the HALLOWEEN job Weird Al and Chris Hardwick in a HALLOWEEN movie? The William Shatner connection The film’s connection to PSYCHO The POV murder sequence that opens the film Slasher movies as morality plays The “Final Girl” trope Why we laugh at Tommy’s pain The relatively low body count Why you must always check the backseat of your car. Who cares about the the motivation of Michael Myers? Did the WWE rip off HALLOWEEN? You can’t kill Evil Carpenter’s excellent film score and how he can’t even read music. The glory days of VHS tapes! Is the film Misogynist or Feminist? The nany sequels and remake The ATARI 2600 video game! This week in Film History David Pumpkins (ANY QUESTIONS?) PLUS REFERENCES TO: • ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976) • BATMAN RETURNS (1992) • BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992) • THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2012) • DARK STAR (1974) • THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (2005) • THE FRIDAY THE 13th Series • HALLOWEEN (2007) • HALLOWEEN II (1981) • HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1983) • HALLOWEEN H20 (1998) • GRINDHOUSE (2007) • MANIAC (2012) • THE NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Series • THE PAGEMASTER (1993) • PSYCHO (1960) • THE THING (1982) • THE THING (2011) • THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) LINKS: • www.essentialfilmspodcast.com • https://www.facebook.com/TheEssentialFilms/ • https://twitter.com/Adolfo_Acosta • https://twitter.com/EssentialFilms • https://twitter.com/FPMoviePodcast • https://twitter.com/SportsGuy515
October 08, 2016 03:32 PM PDT
On today's podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark are going to need a bigger boat as they go back into the water for Steven Spielberg's classic blockbuster JAWS. On today's show they discuss: • How did they first experience Jaws • The perfect blockbuster film • The Universal Studios Jaws Ride • Richard D. Zanuck’s sweet mustache • Steven Spielberg getting shut out for Best Director • The iconic John Williams score and how it trained the audience to expect the shark • The perfect use of jump scares • The difference between PG in 1975 and PG in 2016 • How an unseen monster is more terrifying • The greatest movie poster ever created • How Peter Benchley didn’t think anyone could make the film • The magic of movies in the 70s and 80s • The film’s major production problems and why they were serendipitous • Why Spielberg always skips the last day of shooting on every movie he does • What parts were Lee Marvin, Robert Duvall and Sterling Hayden considered for? • The Jaws tourism industry • Bryan Singer’s connection to Jaws • Perfect foreshadowing in the script • A discussion on Mondo Posters • Quint’s iconic entrance into the film • “A Whaaaaat?” • The real life fisherman Quint was based on • Two different genre mash-ups: Horror and Adventure • Why did Mark watch BASIC INSTINCT 2? • How the most famous line in the film was improved • How a little person helped film the real shark footage • The story behind the Indianapolis speech Quint’s manly death • Spielberg’s brashness in thinking he could take this on as such an inexperienced director • The unprecedented marketing campaign • How Jaws started the summer blockbuster tradition • The difference between “So Bad it’s Good” and just plain bad movies • JAWS: The Video Game! As always, we go off on tangents on: • VERTIGO (1958) • DUEL (1971) • THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS (1974) • STAR WARS (1977) • JAWS 2 (1978) • PIRANHA (1978) • 1941 (1979) • CADDYSHACK (1980) • JAWS 3D (1983) • A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) • JAWS THE REVENGE (1987) • LETHAL WEAPON (1987) • BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989) • TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991) • BRAVEHEART (1995) • THE MAKING OF ‘JAWS’ (1995) • INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996) • CHASING AMY (1997) • THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997) • STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999) • THE FAST AND FURIOUS Franchise (2001-Present) • JOYRIDE (2001) • THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001) • SHARKNADO (2013) • MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) LINKS: essentialfilmspodcast.com https://www.facebook.com/TheEssentialFilms/ https://mondotees.com/collections/archive/products/jaws-var-poster https://mondotees.com/collections/archive/products/jaws-pcc-var-poster http://www.slashfilm.com/ape-meets-girl-jaws-posters/ TWITTER @EssentialFilms @Adolfo_Acosta @Sportsguy515
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