The 77th Next 100 Project ‘cast gabs about Paul Newman and his chain-gang chums. The inscrutable Luke is a loner, a rebel, a masochist, a non-conformist and most definitely a Christ figure, but he also has that that Luke smile of his. This movie remains awesome. For some awesome java, go get some Sparkplug Coffee, then settle in for a hear-fest, Boss.
For Next 100 Project podcast #76, we drop into the criminal underworld. Bryan Singer’s break-out hit features a charismatic con man---bad ol’ Keyser Soze---who’s quite the committed character actor. Kevin Spacey is terrific and the script is juicy, but does the flick hold together? Does the uber-famous plot twist make sense? Spend about 45 minutes finding out what we think, but go get yourself some Sparkplug Coffee first and foremost.
If you don’t like passionate diatribes that challenge phony patriotism, then don’t listen to this ep. The 75th Next 100 Project podcast tackles torture, terrorism and the terrible decisions made by American politicians ever since 9/11/01. Jessica Chastain’s obsessive lead performance is a fine one in Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial war film. It’s The Wrath Of Maya...against Bin Laden (not Khan). We welcome feedback---however angry it might be---over what was said in this podcast. Some of the harsher things from the original recording were actually cut out! So snag some Sparkplug Coffee and dive headlong into our longest episode yet.
It took until the 74th Next 100 Project podcast for us to get to this movie? Inconceivable! We end the summer covering a one-of-a-kind ’80s classic from Reiner & Goldman. The screenplay is wonderful, so is the cast (“mostly”) and it’s all just a big ol’ hilarious charm-fest. Enough gushing…listen! Sparkplug Coffee needs and deserves your patronage too, so please oblige!
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!