The 73rd edition of the Next 100 Project takes us to an animated Africa starring regal Mufasa, the entitled Simba and their eclectic group of friends & enemies. It’s a schizo movie with racial issues and strange choices for accents, plus there might even be a bit of gay stereotyping. Still...Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase! Long live Timon & Pumbaa. Get you & your pride some Sparkplug Coffee, but also dial up our talkie talk about the circle of life, etc.
A dynamite 50-year-old true-crime thriller is the subject of Next 100 Project podcast #72. Robert Blake & Scott Wilson are a remarkable team of idiot killers. Full marks to Richard Brooks for adapting (and also directing) Truman Capote’s landmark book. Just a must-see movie...and a must-hear podcast. Sparkplug Coffee awaits, so go get some!
The 71st Next 100 Project podcast is a special episode. We lowlight 15 films that we’ve long loathed. Ryan’s got a Bottom 10 list while Bev only insults 5 flicks. Oh, the vitriol! Plus we answer some of your emails. Dash over to Sparkplug Coffee for some joe, then listen to us rip into some maddeningly crappy movies.
Seventy eps of the Next 100 Project now and this one discusses the flick about John Boorman’s canoe trip with all its banjie-picking...and rape. It remains one of the best for the director & for his strong cast of Voight, Reynolds, Beatty & Cox (plus, those mountain men). Haunting stuff and we get deep into all of it. Type in the keys for Sparkplug Coffee, then stop squealing like a pig and listen to us!
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!