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The show started with revisiting all of David Fincher's directorial works but we just had to keep going. Listen week by week, film by flim, as we review every movie from our favorite directors.

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The show started with revisiting all of David Fincher's directorial works but we just had to keep going. Listen week by week, film by flim, as we review every movie from our favorite directors.

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English


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House of Lee - 181 - Malcolm X

5/23/2024
Join us on this episode of Houselights as we delve into Spike Lee's film Malcolm X. Our hosts explore Denzel Washington's riveting performance, historical accuracy, and its lasting impact on American cinema and culture.

Duration:01:04:47

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House of Lee - 180 - Do the Right Thing

5/17/2024
"Do the Right Thing" is a cultural touchstone that remains as relevant today as it was upon its release. Its portrayal of racial tensions, systemic injustice, and the power of community is both a reflection of its time and a prescient commentary on contemporary issues. Spike Lee’s ability to provoke thought and conversation through his art makes "Do the Right Thing" a vital piece of American cinema.

Duration:00:59:12

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House of Baird - 179 - Star Trek: Nemesis

5/2/2024
Director Stuart Baird attempts to navigate the complex waters of Star Trek lore, bringing a darker tone to the franchise. The thematic exploration of identity, through the lens of Picard and his clone, offers a compelling study of nature versus nurture. However, the execution falls short of its ambitious premise. *This episode contains discussions of fictional sexual assault.*

Duration:01:07:20

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House of Baird - 178 - US Marshals

4/25/2024
“U.S. Marshals” may not surpass its predecessor, but it still offers solid entertainment, especially for fans of action thrillers. While it lacks Harrison Ford’s star power, Tommy Lee Jones holds the film together with his compelling portrayal of Sam Gerard

Duration:00:56:50

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House of Baird - 177 - Executive Decision

4/18/2024
Stuart Baird's "Executive Decision" may have its quirks, but it's an adrenaline-fueled thriller that keeps viewers hooked from takeoff to landing. Baird's directorial debut showcases his talent for suspense, making this a memorable addition to the action genre.

Duration:01:02:30

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House of Gerwig - 176 - Barbie

4/11/2024
With its heartfelt message of self-acceptance and dazzling visuals, Barbie is sure to capture the hearts of audiences of all ages. Greta Gerwig has once again proven herself a fantastic storyteller, and the film further evidences her talent and vision.

Duration:00:59:58

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House of Gerwig - 175 - Little Women

4/4/2024
Greta Gerwig's "Little Women": A cinematic marvel that delicately stitches together the threads of sisterhood, ambition, and love. Gerwig's adaptation dances between past and present, breathing life into Louisa May Alcott's beloved characters. Saoirse Ronan's portrayal of Jo March is a symphony of passion and vulnerability. With its bold choices and luminous storytelling, "Little Women" invites us to ponder our own dreams against the backdrop of history.

Duration:00:54:29

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House of Gerwig - 174 - Lady Bird

3/29/2024
Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical script captures the essence of adolescence—the yearning for independence, the clash with parental expectations, and the search for identity. Lady Bird’s journey feels real, raw, and deeply personal. Exceptional performances, hyperrealism, quirky characters, and a nostalgic soundtrack make this film a must-watch. It’s a reminder that even in the ordinary moments, there’s extraordinary beauty waiting to be discovered

Duration:00:55:47

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House of Zwick - 173 - Pawn Sacrifice

3/21/2024
​Pawn Sacrifice raises questions about obsession, genius, and the sacrifices made in pursuit of excellence. Whether you’re a chess enthusiast or a curious filmgoer, this movie offers a glimpse into a battle that transcended the chessboard—a battle of ideologies during a tumultuous era.

Duration:00:49:56

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House of Zwick - 172 - The Last Samurai

3/14/2024
Set against the backdrop of Japan’s Meiji Restoration, the film follows the journey of Captain Nathan Algren (played brilliantly by Tom Cruise), a disillusioned American Civil War veteran. Algren is hired by the Japanese government to train their newly formed army in Western warfare techniques. However, fate leads him to the samurai, a group fiercely resisting modernization.

Duration:00:57:00

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House of Zwick - 171 - The Siege

3/7/2024
“The Siege” goes beyond mere action-thriller territory. It delves into the political and human costs of terrorism and our collective response to it. The film raises thought-provoking questions about civil liberties, prejudice, and the impact of terrorism on society. By doing so, it elevates itself beyond the typical genre fare.

Duration:00:58:13

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House of Zwick - 170 - Glory

2/29/2024
“Glory”, directed by Edward Zwick, is a powerful and poignant historical war drama that chronicles the remarkable story of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, one of the Union Army’s earliest African-American regiments during the American Civil War. The film portrays their courage, heroism, and sacrifice as they face both Confederate forces and racial prejudice within their own ranks. Denzel Washington’s Oscar-winning performance and exceptional cinematography make “Glory” a must-see tribute to the resilience and determination of these soldiers.

Duration:00:55:24

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House of Scott - 169 - Unstoppable

2/22/2024
Tony Scott was a master of kinetic cinema. His need-for-speed tendency permeates every frame of “Unstoppable”. Even in his final film, Scott’s craftsmanship shines. He didn’t go out with a whimper; he left us with a thunderous roar—a testament to his impact on action filmmaking.

Duration:00:54:19

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House of Scott - 168 - Déjà Vu

2/15/2024
Déjà Vu is a rollercoaster of suspense, romance, and time-bending intrigue. If you’re up for a mind-bending ride, buckle in and prepare for déjà vu like never before.

Duration:00:47:23

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House of Scott - 167 - Man on Fire

2/8/2024
Tony Scott’s vision transformed a familiar revenge tale into a visceral experience. The film’s stylized visuals, pulsating soundtrack by Harry Gregson-Williams, and Washington’s magnetic presence linger in our minds. “Man on Fire” remains a testament to the power of redemption and the lengths one will go to protect what matters most.

Duration:00:51:47

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House of Scott - 166 - Crimson Tide

2/1/2024
Roger Ebert praised the movie for its intelligent dramatization of the choices, dangers, and duties of nuclear warfare. The movie’s screenplay is credited to Michael Schiffer, but the punchy dialogue has Quentin Tarantino written all over it. The movie’s taut, high-energy thrills and some cracking dialogue courtesy of an uncredited Quentin Tarantino make it a must-watch.

Duration:00:55:25

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House of Scott - 165 - True Romance

1/26/2024
Tony Scott's "True Romance" is a wild and unpredictable ride through the underbelly of crime and passion, delivering a unique blend of violence, humor, and heart. Released in 1993, the film boasts a stellar ensemble cast, a distinctive screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, and Tony Scott's signature visual flair.

Duration:00:53:26

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House of Scott - 164 - The Last Boy Scout

1/18/2024
"The Last Boy Scout" is a movie that has its moments but ultimately falls short of its potential due to its formulaic plot, one-dimensional characters, and problematic portrayal of women. However, the movie's witty dialogue, entertaining performances, and memorable soundtrack make it worth watching for fans of the genre.

Duration:00:50:03

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House of Scott - 163 - Beverly Hills Cop II

1/12/2024
"Beverly Hills Cop II" is a mixed bag of nostalgia and action, with Eddie Murphy's charm and Tony Scott's directorial finesse elevating the viewing experience. Tune in as we break down the highs and lows of this '80s classic. Whether you're a die-hard fan or revisiting Axel Foley's adventures, this episode is sure to spark some lively discussions about the golden era of action-comedy films.

Duration:00:59:11

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Happy New Year!

1/5/2024
Here is a short message of thanks and a preview of what is to come in 2024.

Duration:00:01:16