The innocence and charm of our 69th Next 100 Project podcast is one of the most delightful modern musicals. John Travolta, Nikki Blonsky and the entire cast, really, are splendiferous. Plus, it might be clumsy about it, but the movie has something to say about race relations and body image. Drink this one in while you drink some Sparkplug Coffee.
The 68th episode of the Next 100 Project has Stanley Kubrick taking us to Boot Camp & then Vietnam. The picture expertly examines the hypocrisies of ‘Nam, where humanity is cheap. It remains a disturbing film, even if so much of R. Lee Ermey’s much-imitated bullying performance feels cliched now. Fascinations abound. Before you plug in your earbuds and clean the head, load up on Sparkplug Coffee!
The cynical and mean subject of the 67th Next 100 Project podcast is one of our favourites. Information is power. Burt Lancaster is remarkably good as the bullying gossip columnist, but Tony Curtis (just about) matches him. J.J. and Sidney are sharks who deserve every bad thing coming to them...but, man, they’ve got some great dialogue to say along the way. Guzzle down some Sparkplug Coffee as you delve into SSoS!
Despite the thunder-thieving controversy at the Oscars, Moonlight is a tremendous motion picture. Our 66th edition of the Next 100 Project tackles that Oscar screw-up, of course, but we dig deep into all areas of this indie hit. Barry Jenkins’ direction, the subtle script and the entire cast (especially Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Trevante Rhodes) are marvelous pluses in this quiet flick that tackles plenty of tough issues. Drink up some Sparkplug Coffee as you digest our discussion.
The 65th Next 100 Project ‘cast is all about obsession on a Gollum level...and Gene Tierney’s title character is THE PRECIOUS! This movie belongs to Clifton Webb though. He’s an unusually effete presence in this unusual film noir. So track down some Sparkplug Coffee, then gobble up our jibber jabber!
The best Trek movie was an easy choice for Next 100 Project episode #64. Nimoy & the space cowboy Shatner do some of their greatest work here and Montalban kills it as the title baddie. The flick is exciting, well-paced and emotional. We also talk a bunch about the entire Trek universe. We suggest you grab some Sparkplug Coffee before you hear what we have to say about The Wrath Of Khaaaaaan!
Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war classic is what we’ve got for the 63rd episode in the Next 100 Project. Kirk Douglas brings the ferocity in a movie filled with moral calamity. The fairly small cast is fine, but the (true) story and Kubrick’s direction are what set this apart from most “war is hell” movies. Fill up your cupboard with Sparkplug Coffee, then get on the path to our podcast.
The monumentally influential sci-fi/horror hybrid that pits Ripley against the xenomorph is the subject of our 62nd Next 100 Project podcast. Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver and dozens of talented people made a classic that was one of the most egregious oversights in AFI Top 100 history. This is a juicy episode, so order up some juicy Sparkplug Coffee and then zap this sucker into your ears!
61 Next 100 Project podcasts and here’s our first (John Ford) western in a very long time. John Wayne is as commanding (and layered) as ever while Jimmy Stewart is as J-J-J-Jimmy as ever. We enjoyed this sad movie about a quiet hero, but we have a few clever critiques too. Do yourself a favour and nab some Sparkplug Coffee, then shoot us into your earholes!
We’ve hit 60 eps in the Next 100 Project and it’s a biggie. The 3rd of the original Star Wars flicks has 2 new (and underrated) villains and it ties up a lot of the loose ends. Problems? Sure, but this is a fabulous end to the series. (well, until the prequels did a number on all that). Anyway, we enjoyed the Jedi. You should enjoy some java from our longtime sponsor, Sparkplug Coffee. Also, we dedicate this episode to the late and very great Geoff Wall. The Force will be with him...always.