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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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May 08, 2018 06:15 PM PDT
What is thy bidding, our masters? On today’s adventure, Adolfo and Mark learn about the ways of the force and resist the Dark Side as they discuss the 1980 STAR WARS epic: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK! On this week’s show: The lack of hype for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY How we first experienced EMPIRE The 1995 THX Remastered VHS tapes The film’s most famous line is often misquoted George Lucas as an independent filmmaker Hiring Irvin Kershner as Director The early versions of the story The 1997 Special Editions The proper order to watch the Saga George Lucas is Kermit Who knew the twist ending ahead of filming? When did Lucas know Leia was Luke’s sister? How do you pronounce “AT-AT”? Switching out Emperors Why is talking to a Muppet NOT goofy? “I know.” The reaction from fans in the 1980s The differences of the original cut VS the special editions “Despecialized” Editions FILMS REFERENCED: STAR WARS (1977) SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978) RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983) ROBOCOP 2 (1990) CLERKS (1994) STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999) STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES (2002) EMPIRE OF DREAMS (2004) STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015) ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016) STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017) SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) BONUS CONVERSATION: THE WARRIORS (1979) AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018) LINKS: The Essential Films: essentialfilmspodcast.com AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Alamo Drafthouse Menu: https://drafthouse.com/nyc/news/eats-assemble-avengers-infinity-war-specials-are-here HOW FANS REACTED TO EMPIRE STRIKES BACK IN 1980: https://io9.gizmodo.com/heres-how-fans-reacted-to-the-empire-strikes-back-in-19-1821551259 ISLE OF DOGS Alamo Drafthouse Menu: https://drafthouse.com/nyc/news/japanese-inspired-canine-approved-isle-of-dogs-specials-are-here
April 18, 2018 10:05 PM PDT
We’re back from the Phantom Zone!On today’s adventure, Adolfo and Mark fight for Truth, Justice and the American way when they discuss the 1978 superhero movie pioneer SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE! On this week’s show: Clamshell VHS Tapes One of the first superhero films Christopher Reeves: Adolfo’s childhood hero Henry Cavill’s mustache Brandon Routh’s Christopher Reeves impression A time when Superhero films were non-existent All superhero movies trace their origin to Superman An important milestone for superhero films How do you make someone fly? The cheesiness of Can You Read My Mind How long it takes to even see Superman The long process of casting Superman Marlon Brando at his laziest Brando scored big Green bagels Christopher Reeves doesn’t get top billing The wacky names considered to play the title part Christopher Reeves’ amazing dual performance “You’ve got me? Who’s got you?” The electric chemistry between Reeves and Margot Kidder Dual filming on Superman and Superman II Krypton’s blowing up? FAKE NEWS Lax adoption paperwork laws The ludicrousness of Lex Luthor’s plan Why Lex Luthor is awesome even though he differs from the comic book Hackensack, New Jersey Does Superman REALLY spin the Earth backwards? “Head Canon” The iconic score streak of John Williams What’s missing from modern superhero films Evil Superman flicking peanuts The 3 Hour TV cut FILM REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE: FLASH GORDON (1936) THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (1941) BATMAN (1943) CAPTAIN AMERICA (1944) BATMAN AND ROBIN (1947) SUPERMAN AND THE MOLE-MEN (1951) ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (TV Series, 1952-1958) BATMAN (TV Series, 1966-1968) THE GODFATHER (1972) LAST TANGO IN PARIS (1972) STAR WARS (1977) SUPERMAN II (1980) SUPERMAN III (1983) SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (1987) BATMAN (1989) DARKMAN (1990) THE SHADOW (1994) THE PHANTOM (1996) SPAWN (1997) STEEL (1997) STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999) X-MEN (2000) SMALLVILLE (TV Series, 2001-2011) SPIDER-MAN (2002) STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES (2002) STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006) IRON MAN (2008) TED (2012) THE AVENGERS (2012) MAN OF STEEL (2013) STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015) JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017) STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017) KRYPTON (TV Series, 2018) BLACK PANTHER (2018) AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018) RED SPARROW (2018) LINKS: The Essential Films: essentialfilmspodcast.com SOCIAL MEDIA TWITTER: @EssentialFilms, @FPMoviePodcast, @Adolfo_Acosta, @Sportsguy515 FACEBOOK: The Essential Films
April 18, 2018 11:21 PM PDT
BONUS EPISODE! Raw unproduced audio of Adolfo and Mark shooting the breeze. On today’s adventure: Mark’s Alamo Drafthouse Adventures SEVEN (1995) 70 MM of HOWARD THE DUCK (1986) BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986) THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) “This is what happens when you French a stranger in the Alps!” THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) VERTIGO (1958) GREASE (1976) THE LONG GOODBYE (1973) GEMINI (2018) Arnie’s mustache PUMPING IRON (1977) SSSSSSS (1973) THE BIRDS II: LAND’S END (1994) PHASE IV (1974) OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN (1983) COBRA (1986) SHAKMA (1990) BASKET CASE (1982) FRANKEN HOOKER (1990) BRAIN DAMAGE (1988) 80s trash THE GARBAGE PAIL KIDS MOVIE (1987) SECRET AGENT DOUBLE-O SOUL (1990) BEST FRIENDS VOL. 1 (2018) SCARFACE (1983)
March 28, 2018 09:11 PM PDT
On today's show: TONS of Oscars History The Thief of Bagdad (1924) Forbidden Planet (1956) The Producers (1967) Solaris (1972) Victor Victoria (1982) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Inside Man (2006)
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!
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