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Episode 40: Kelly Bowman - "Sling Blade"

11/30/2019
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Not often does a script deliver like "Sling Blade". Some messages in the film are obvious, while others require multiple screenings. The genius of the writing is its simplicity. The complication is the audience. I won’t spoil it here, but just try not finding yourself somewhere inside the parable. Kelly Bowman is the definition of perseverance. A professional who is genuinely dedicated to the tasks she takes on. Her roles include survivor, mother, writer, singer, entrepreneur, psychic,...

Duration:01:04:02

Episode 39: Mark Rhodes - "The Jerk"

11/8/2019
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In the summer of 1982 I was playing Atari when I heard grand laughter coming from the living room. Not wanting to miss out on the joke, I ran into the room to find everyone in stitches and "The Jerk" on HBO. The original Saturday Night Live cast were comedy pioneers, and many, like Steve Martin, found their work climbing into the film world. "The Jerk" is humor at its finest, and one of the first from that group. Mark Rhodes is one of the great surprises for me in this Moving Music...

Duration:01:05:44

Episode 38b: Dr. Phill Wilson - "Spartacus"

9/16/2019
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Stanley Kubrick is the Holy Grail for most modern film makers. It has been said that one of his films is like ten from any other director. The film of our focus, "Spartacus", furthered his reputation for being meticulous and unrelenting. This gladiator turned freedom fighter story influenced many long after Kubrick’s passing. It also smuggles in many social messages. Missing a consistent "father", I would have been lost without the composite of benevolent men like Dr. Phill Wilson. I...

Duration:01:08:55

Episode 38a: Dr. Phill Wilson - "Spartacus"

9/13/2019
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Stanley Kubrick is the Holy Grail for most modern film makers. It has been said that one of his films is like ten from any other director. The film of our focus, "Spartacus", furthered his reputation for being meticulous and unrelenting. This gladiator turned freedom fighter story influenced many long after Kubrick’s passing. It also smuggles in many social messages. Missing a consistent "father", I would have been lost without the composite of benevolent men like Dr. Phill Wilson. I...

Duration:01:07:20

Episode 37b: Matt Mees - "The Wizard of Oz"

7/7/2019
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PART 2 In 1939 Hollywood had its greatest year. Ten years into The Great Depression, the population had a grand love affair with a movie that journeyed beyond reality. Through the years, it has been proven timeless as a children’s story, a philosophical metaphor, and as a musical influence. To many of us, it represents all that was pure during an innocent time. “The Wizard of Oz” is perhaps the most viewed film in history and the subject of our current focus. I like vertical...

Duration:00:49:59

Episode 37a: Matt Mees - "The Wizard of Oz"

7/2/2019
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PART 1 In 1939 Hollywood had its greatest year. Ten years into The Great Depression, the population had a grand love affair with a movie that journeyed beyond reality. Through the years, it has been proven timeless as a children’s story, a philosophical metaphor, and as a musical influence. To many of us, it represents all that was pure during an innocent time. “The Wizard of Oz” is perhaps the most viewed film in history and the subject of our current focus. I like vertical...

Duration:00:49:15

Episode 36: Jimmy Mak - "Horse Feathers"

5/4/2019
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What’s funny? It’s subjective, right? Before television, before movies, traveling vaudeville acts carried the same humor from coast to coast. When motion pictures (later with sound) showed up, these acts became recorded history. The Marx Brothers packaged their brand of vaudeville humor inside this cinematic Trojan horse. These brothers, each displaying a unique character, did it with unmatched genius. “Horse Feathers” is a film I still laugh with to the point of snot bubbles. It’s...

Duration:01:12:08

Episode 35: Missie Tong - "The Decline of Western Civilization part 2: The Metal Years”

3/22/2019
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I would race home after school to watch a half hour of 80’s metal music on MTV every day. The REAL good stuff was on a weekend night going into the morning hours. I saw some of the most amazing music videos of my life. Then, out of nowhere, 80’s metal seemed to “jump the shark”. The sound, the look, and the quality began to dive. Nothing was new, the genre didn’t evolve, and it all grew wider not taller. Director Penelope Spheeris held up a mirror to the sunset strip scene in “The Decline...

Duration:01:03:21

Episode 34b: Bill Foley - "Gettysburg"

2/3/2019
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PART 2 It has been said the hardest fought battles are those among brothers. By mid-19th century America this national sibling scrap reached fever pitch. In 1993, “Gettysburg” was the most ambitious attempt to depict the battle that changed the tide of our Civil War. I watched it on the big screen with big tears in my eyes. I have walked that battlefield and wondered how I might have died. This movie takes you there. Bill Foley has been a close Ft. Hayes brother since we met at the Funny...

Duration:00:57:11

Episode 34a: Bill Foley - "Gettysburg"

2/3/2019
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PART 1 It has been said the hardest fought battles are those among brothers. By mid-19th century America this national sibling scrap reached fever pitch. In 1993, “Gettysburg” was the most ambitious attempt to depict the battle that changed the tide of our Civil War. I watched it on the big screen with big tears in my eyes. I have walked that battlefield and wondered how I might have died. This movie takes you there. Bill Foley has been a close Ft. Hayes brother since we met at the Funny...

Duration:01:07:00

Episode 33b: Joe Viers - "The Shawshank Redemption"

1/1/2019
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PART 2 Hope through hopelessness can mean the difference between life and death. Those who give hope and help to others are among our best. “The Shawshank Redemption” is such a story. While poorly received in the theaters, it became the next year’s video rental hit. It rose to the top as the uplifting tale about one’s decision to “get busy living, or get busy dying”. A powerhouse script crafted from a Stephen King effort, this film defies the chains of despair and defines true...

Duration:00:57:56

Episode 33a: Joe Viers - "The Shawshank Redemption"

12/30/2018
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PART 1 Hope through hopelessness can mean the difference between life and death. Those who give hope and help to others are among our best. “The Shawshank Redemption” is such a story. While poorly received in the theaters, it became the next year’s video rental hit. It rose to the top as the uplifting tale about one’s decision to “get busy living, or get busy dying”. A powerhouse script crafted from a Stephen King effort, this film defies the chains of despair and defines true...

Duration:00:59:36

Episode 32: Robert McFarland - "Back To The Future"

10/19/2018
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1985 was the summer of MTV. The “Pepsi generation” celebrated the heat with Miami Vice, Live Aid, and an unprecedented number of music video styled films. Released on July 3rd, the music of “Back to the Future” had claimed its summer soundtrack role. With a mix of wondrous technology, pop music, and our fascination with time travel, this movie cemented its spot in ‘80s lore. Robert McFarland is a child of the ‘80s. Like most teenagers, he couldn’t wait to watch MTV. The muscle of “The...

Duration:00:59:15

Episode 31: Jennifer Milligan - "The Fifth Element"

8/30/2018
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Martin Scorsese talked about film makers, at times, smuggling social messages within their work by artistic design. In 1997, Director Luc Besson crafted such an effort. ”The Fifth Element” flew under the radar and served a commentary purpose questioning war and corporate culture. Each viewing reveals a layer previously missed. Presented in a science fiction format, this movie does have many teachable and cautionary lessons. Fort Hayes alumni are everywhere. We stick together, help each...

Duration:01:08:20

Episode 30: Paul Cunningham - "The Crow"

7/14/2018
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We continue our quest for what happens when we die with this episode. “The Crow” furthers my romance with the role of the revenant; a soul that was put down so brutally that it cannot rest until things are set right. Known for the tragic loss of actor/martial artist Brandon Lee during production, this film is eerie yet reassuring. If merciless cruelty befalls us as we pass, is it really possible to gain divine justice? This story explores that avenging fantasy that so many believe is...

Duration:01:10:33

Episode 29: Jason Kroninger - "The Lost Boys"

6/19/2018
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In the heat of the 1987 July sun, “The Lost Boys” came to the theater. Dripping with MTV swagger, it melted screens nationwide, while continuing a string of successful, ‘80’s music video influenced films. That same year, I had become a very pop culture aware future Ft. Hayes student. While flawed, as a pop vampire film, it has grown to iconic status with a soundtrack that bleeds. It’s a great ride, somewhat predictable, but cool as hell… or maybe even cooler. What can I say, Ft. Hayes...

Duration:01:06:47

Episode 28b: Eric Gnezda - "The Sound Of Music"

5/22/2018
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PART 2 Who hasn’t seen “The Sound of Music”? It’s on TV several times a year on multiple networks. In fact, this Sunday, it’s being re-released in the theaters. Did you sing the songs in school? Maybe you got a part in your High School play. What could be more iconic than this film etched into our memories? It defies introduction, so I won’t try. But, if you haven’t seen it, well you’ll want to after this episode. I learn something with every interaction I have with Eric Gnezda....

Duration:01:01:27

Episode 28a: Eric Gnezda - "The Sound Of Music"

5/11/2018
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PART 1 Who hasn’t seen “The Sound of Music”? It’s on TV several times a year on multiple networks. In fact, this Sunday, it’s being re-released in the theaters. Did you sing the songs in school? Maybe you got a part in your High School play. What could be more iconic than this film etched into our memories? It defies introduction, so I won’t try. But, if you haven’t seen it, well you’ll want to after this episode. I learn something with every interaction I have with Eric Gnezda....

Duration:00:45:46

Episode 27: Jess Hanks - "Audition"

4/19/2018
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Every once in a while you see a movie that grabs you and burns its way through your mind. “Audition” is one of those films for me. I hadn’t seen it until now and I know I won’t forget it. It’s a Japanese love story that turns into a psychological thriller, which takes a horror twist, just to end up a love story at the end. Films like this don’t come around often, and this one leaves an imprint. Jess Hanks is an artist with several platforms. He studied acting and spent the necessary time...

Duration:00:49:11

Episode 26: Shaun Booker - "August Rush"

3/27/2018
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Sometimes we find needed inspiration from the most simple of concepts. Music connects us. That is the comforting truth that the film “August Rush” carries. With an “Oliver Twist” like tale, we go through a child’s journey to find his parents, and the parent’s journey to find purpose. In 2007, amid personal struggles, “August Rush” was a ray of hope and the positive motivation Shaun Booker needed to persevere. Since that time, Shaun has become an international artist and teaches the...

Duration:01:00:07