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.
Episode numero 59 in the Next 100 Project touches on 3 different documentary movies about movie-making. Our focus is on HoD, but we also dig into Lost Soul (the making of Island Of Doctor Moreau) and Making The Shining. We reviewed Apocalypse Now & The Shining way back when, btw, so check out those old podcasts. Oh, and snag some Sparkplug Coffee!
The 58th edition of the Next 100 Project takes us to a foreign land yet again, but what a high-larious foreign land it is. This is one of the greatest comedies ever made (way better than Holy Grail...yes, we said it!) and feels fresh even though it's nearly 4 decades old. The Pythons are excellent across the board. It's an Easter treat! Click that button to hear us rave, but we also urge you to get a tasty drink from Sparkplug Coffee.
The 57th Next 100 Project podcast is the rare sports episode. Geena Davis and Tom Hanks are terrific, but the whole cast of kooky characters (even Madonna) delivers. Penny Marshall’s baseball flick has its faults (the bookends, the pacing of some scenes), but it’s a delightful way to wile away a few hours. Don't cry as you order some Sparkplug Coffee, then get some dirt in your feminist skirt hearing about the ladies who sure can play some ball.
Travel with us to Crusades-era Sweden for Episode #56 in the Next 100 Project. Ingmar Bergman’s iconic film about religious faith and the plague is filled with gorgeously bleak imagery. Max Von Sydow established himself in this picture, but Gunnar Bjornstrand & Bibi Andersson stand out even more. So what this one comes down to is: “are you there, God? It’s me, Ingmar.” Before you get out your chess board, hit up Sparkplug Coffee for a dose of some mighty good java.
The 55th Next 100 Project podcast (and our 200th podcast overall, yay!) takes us to ’70s Brooklyn and drops us in the disco scene. John Travolta’s star-making performance, with all its machismo and dancey talents, is easily the best thing about the flick. It’s hard to argue against the authenticity of the rape scenes or the racism, but man, that material makes this movie a rougher experience than you might expect from a disco movie. Stay alive with Sparkplug Coffee and then activate the podcast about the white suit.
The Coens & the Cage combine to give us Next 100 Project ep # 54. Joel & Ethan have always been great at crime movies and their brand of comedy tends to be a bit oddball. However, just like the filmmakers and their star, Bev & Ryan didn’t fully agree on the ‘Zona. Laugh it up whilst you guzzle some Sparkplug Coffee!
The 53rd Next 100 Project podcast finds us delving into vampire action of the silent-movie kind. Max Schreck remains one of the creepiest blood-suckers in cinema history and he, and the overall atmosphere, are clearly the best things in the flick. F.W. Murnau directed a few classics, but this is his classic-est. Stay awake with some Sparkplug Coffee as you digest our bloody thoughts!