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Don’t Push Pause is a monthly podcast bringing you discussions on movies from the 70s, 80s and 90s. DPP consists of a main discussion on a featured film, followed up by our Picks of the Week, and closing with our signature (Bill) Murray Moment.

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Don’t Push Pause is a monthly podcast bringing you discussions on movies from the 70s, 80s and 90s. DPP consists of a main discussion on a featured film, followed up by our Picks of the Week, and closing with our signature (Bill) Murray Moment.

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Episode 117 : Speed

6/3/2024
No better way to celebrate our 6th Anniversary than with the 1994 summer blockbuster, SPEED. This rollercoaster ride was never expected to have a massive impact, catapult careers or be anything more than a B-movie. Aging well with its precision & unrelenting tension, SPEED’s realism has kept it in the top tier of solid action films of the last 30 years. They truly don’t make ‘em like this anymore. ///***Discussions include***\\\ Script evolution, revisions, structure, tonal changes & complete overhaul; studio struggle & hesitations, turnaround, more revisions; turning a renowned cinematographer into a first-time director; on-location shooting, action sequences, stunt work; miniatures, practical & optical effects; casting, main cast discussion & chemistry between the leads; pacing, editing & the film’s aesthetic; music, sound & score; marketing, release, reception, awards & sequel. Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper & Jeff Daniels star in SPEED (1994) /// Directed by Jan de Bont. . ///***Picks of the Week***\\\ • Lindsay’s Pick: THE NET (1995). Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam & Dennis Miller /// Directed by Irwin Winkler. • Justin’s Pick: OUT OF THE BLUE. (1980). Dennis Hopper, Linda Manz, Raymond Burr & Sharon Farrell /// Directed by Dennis Hopper. . ///***MurrayMoment***\\\ Find out why Sweden has an alleged beef with Billy behind the wheel of a golf cart. ///***Final Thoughts on SPEED***\\\ . Coming in July: MAJOR LEAGUE (1989) — Please rate, review & subscribe. — Follow on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. — Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind & Rewatch // June 4, 2024

Duration:02:18:00

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Episode 116 : Showgirls

5/6/2024
Teaming up a sought-after writer & acclaimed director on a film should mean a box office smash. But the extravagant wildcard that is SHOWGIRLS was ridiculed the moment it hit theaters. However, reevaluation of the film’s heightened reality, intensity & stunning production quality have dispelled many early criticisms. Slap on some glitter, paint your nails & grab your switchblade because it’s time to discover the story behind this kitschy, controversial classic. ///***Discussions include***\\\ Origin of & intentions behind the story, inspirations & production derailment; re-teaming of a celebrated & button-pushing writer/director duo, rewrites & funding; intentional visual style, overall hyperbolic nature & tonality; staging, choreography & physical demands; casting the lead, plus main cast & character breakdowns; struggle with NC-17 rating, advertising, reception & repercussions, plus the revival & longevity. Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon & Kyle MacLachlan star in SHOWGIRLS (1995) /// Directed by Paul Verhoeven. ///***Picks of the Week***\\\ • Lindsay’s Pick: BOUND (1996). Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano /// Directed by Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski. • Justin’s Pick: STARSHIP TROOPERS. (1997). Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris /// Directed by Paul Verhoeven. . ///***MurrayMoment***\\\ Billy finds himself in a perilous pool situation. ///***Final Thoughts on SHOWGIRLS***\\\ Coming in June: SPEED (1994) • Please rate, review & subscribe. • Follow on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. • Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind & Rewatch // May 7, 2024

Duration:02:00:00

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Episode 115 : Donnie Darko

4/9/2024
Selling an atmospheric, science-fiction film about an extraordinary teenager discovering time travel & saving the world was a lofty pitch for a feature film debut. But writer/director Richard Kelly crafted a mind-bending, unconventional story, packed with powerful visuals & rich subtext, which has now turned it into a modern cult classic. It’s time to unravel the inner-workings of DONNIE DARKO. ///***Discussions include***\\\ Richard Kelly’s script influences, unwavering ambitiousness & vision for the film; finding a production house, churning up interest & lucky breaks; themes, mythology & interpretations; cast influences & character breakdowns; production, visual effects, cinematography & editing; usage of music & score; challenges with releasing, selling & marketing; memorable scenes, reception, Director’s Cut & legacy. Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Drew Barrymore & so many more star in DONNIE DARKO (2001) /// Directed by Richard Kelly. ///***Picks of the Week***\\\ • Lindsay’s Pick: NOWHERE (1997). James Duval, Rachel True, Nathan Bexton, Christina Applegate /// Directed by Gregg Araki. • Justin’s Pick: PRISONERS (2013). Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Paul Dano, Viola Davis /// Directed by Denis Villeneuve. ///***MurrayMoment***\\\ Billy’s surprising entrance into the Marvel superhero world. ///***Final Thoughts on DONNIE DARKO***\\\ Coming in May: SHOWGIRLS (1995). • Please rate, review & subscribe. • Follow on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. • Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind & Rewatch // April 2024

Duration:02:19:00

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Episode 114 : Party Girl

3/11/2024
Independent cinema & Parker Posey were once synonymous together. PARTY GIRL provides a nuanced & legitimate snapshot of mid-‘90s New York, complete with updated screwball comedy vibes, an inspiring dose of youth-to-adulthood transition & charm from beginning to end. Strap in for this love letter to indie film! ///***Discussions include***\\\ Story conception, inspirations, writer/director collaboration & refining the script; themes, tonality, authenticity & capturing a niche, contemporary reality; type of film & culture-clashing; finding the cast, character discussion & Parker Posey background; heavy music & fashion/costuming influences; difficulties with releasing, premiere & longevity of the film. Parker Posey, Omar Townsend, Guillermo Diaz & Sasha von Scherler star in PARTY GIRL (1995) /// Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer. ///***Picks of the Week***\\\ • Lindsay’s Pick: THE HOUSE OF YES (1997). Parker Posey, Freddie Prince Jr., Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling /// Directed by Mark Waters. • Justin’s Pick: PRICE CHECK (2012). Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Amy Schumer, Annie Parisse /// Directed by Michael Walker. ///***MurrayMoment***\\\ The same Lower Manhattan filming region for PARTY GIRL once provided a refuge for Billy & his SNL counterparts — time to go inside the legendary Blues Bar. ///***Final Thoughts on PARTY GIRL***\\\ --------------------------------------------- Coming in April: DONNIE DARKO (2001). • Please rate, review & subscribe. • Follow on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. • Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind & Rewatch // March 2024

Duration:01:41:59

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Episode 113 : The Before Trilogy

2/12/2024
Richard Linklater’s BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE SUNSET & BEFORE MIDNIGHT beautifully articulate how finding a rare connection with another person can affect one’s path in life. Without leaning on nostalgia or typical romantic tropes, THE BEFORE TRILOGY became an unintentional series, and spoke volumes about being in the present moment, being affected by the past & moving to the future. ///***Discussions include***\\\ Brief history of Linklater’s career until BEFORE SUNRISE & between the series’ sequels; real-life inspiration behind the continuing story; Kim Krizan & lead actors’ involvement in methodical scriptwriting; importance in casting, chemistry & comfortability; selling the initial script, finding funding & garnering interest in sequels; overall themes, use of time & relatability; breakdowns of each film, growth of characters & relationship evolution throughout multiple years, plus the reception of each film. Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke star in BEFORE SUNRISE (1995), BEFORE SUNSET (2004) & BEFORE MIDNIGHT (2013) /// Directed by Richard Linklater. ///***Picks of the Week***\\\ Returning in Episode 114. ///***MurrayMoment***\\\ Returning in Episode 114. ///***Final Thoughts on THE BEFORE TRILOGY***\\\ Next Up: PARTY GIRL (1995) • Please rate, review & subscribe. • Follow on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. • Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind & Rewatch // February 13, 2024.

Duration:01:51:00

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Episode 112 : The Exorcist

12/4/2023
On its 50th Anniversary, THE EXORCIST can still boast being as effective today as it was on its release date. With an intense production & determined minds, mix in some truth & multiple controversies, this film cemented a permanent place in pop culture history. Take a trip back to uncover the story behind the film which caused people to question their beliefs & faint in theaters. ///***Discussions include***\\\ William Peter Blatty’s inspiration for & true story behind The Exorcist novel, plus fact vs. fiction comparisons; early readings & retaining the novel’s integrity; securing & fighting for William Friedkin to direct; screenplay adaptation, pacing & themes; production difficulties & studio interference; assembling the cast, complications, behind the scenes stories & character breakdowns; music, special effects, make-up & stunts; Friedkin’s unorthodox methods of direction & marketing, injuries & rumors; release, audience reactions & recognition; the 2000 re-release, initial sequels & memorable scenes. Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller & Max von Sydow star in THE EXORCIST (1973) /// Directed by William Friedkin. . ///***Picks of the Week***\\\ • Lindsay’s Pick: BUG (2006). Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr. /// Directed by William Friedkin. • Justin’s Pick: CRUISING (1980). Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox /// Directed by William Friedkin. . ///***MurrayMoment***\\\ Meager Murray Christmas memories, plus some love thrown to the family matriarch, Lucille. ///***Final Thoughts on THE EXORCIST***\\\ . Stay Tuned! We’ll return in February 2024 with All-New Episodes! • Please rate, review & subscribe. • Follow on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. • Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind & Rewatch // December 5th, 2023

Duration:02:29:00

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Episode 111 : After Hours

11/6/2023
For being an underseen Martin Scorsese film, AFTER HOURS is responsible for rescuing his career in 1985. This wild, insulated world weaves an intricate web of curiosity & chance rolled into an anxiety dream. Scorsese’s fast-paced, down & dirty style takes up residence within the dark corners of New York for this one-night-only adventure of survival. //***Discussions include***\\ Actors Griffin Dunne & Amy Robinson tracking down the screenplay, finding a director & controversial story origin; what led Scorsese the project; recirculating themes, foreshadowing & key plot points; use of dark comedy, action & anxiety in the film; cast & extreme performances; lighting, cinematography, editing & score; reception, effect on Scorsese’s career & behind the scenes stories. Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Teri Garr & Catherine O’Hara star in AFTER HOURS (1985) /// Directed by Martin Scorsese. //***Picks of the Week***\\ • Lindsay’s Pick: SOMETHING WILD (1986). Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels, Ray Liotta /// Directed by Jonathan Demme. • Justin’s Pick: BRINGING OUT THE DEAD (1999). Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames /// Directed by Martin Scorsese. . //***MurrayMoment***\\ Billy takes his youngest sibling, Joel, on a journey without telling him where they’re going. //***Final Thoughts on AFTER HOURS***\\ Next Episode: THE EXORCIST (1973) • Please rate, review & subscribe. • Follow on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. • Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com (http://www.dontpushpausepodcast.com/) dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind & Rewatch // November 7, 2023

Duration:01:50:00

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Episode 110 : Evil Dead 2

10/10/2023
‘Tis the season! Strap on the chainsaw, brush up on your ancient Latin & saddle up for a relentlessly manic ride back to the cabin. Bruce Campbell & the Evil Dead crew return for this inventive, rip-roaring adventure that won’t stop until you’re possessed by its spirit! //***Discussions include***\\ The original Evil Dead creators returning to their roots, finding a producer & redux of Stephen King involvement; location importance & corner cutting; assessing what a sequel looks like, plot points, mixing horror & comedy; massive array of practice special effects & favorite moments; cast discussion & on set hardships; skirting around the MPAA rating, release, sequels & longevity of the franchise. Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Kassie Wesley, Dan Hicks, Richard Domeier & Ted Raimi star in EVIL DEAD II (1987) /// Directed by Sam Raimi. //***Picks of the Week***\\ . //***MurrayMoment***\\ Billy plays the role of baseball announcer when he subs in for the Cubs mainstay, Harry Caray, in the spring of 1987 //***Final Thoughts on EVIL DEAD II***\\ Next Episode: AFTER HOURS (1985) www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind and Rewatch // October 10th, 2023.

Duration:01:39:00

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Episode 109 : Teen Wolf

9/12/2023
The creative minds behind TEEN WOLF never dreamt it would turn into an iconic film of the ‘80s. With strategic timing & the film’s rising star, this independent werewolf movie would become the most unlikely smash hit. Grab your basketball, letterman’s jacket & get ready for some nostalgia — it’s time for a wall-to-wall Michael J. Fox episode! //***Discussions include***\\ The young writers behind the script & story inspirations; tonality & various themes; importance of casting Fox & his rise to TV popularity; finding a director, casting & supporting character impact on the film; costuming, stunts & basketball sequences; Family Ties influence & Back to the Future connections; music, behind the scenes nuggets; the calculated release of the film, how it holds up almost 40 years later, plus that 1987 sequel. Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti & Jerry Levine star in TEEN WOLF (1985) /// Directed by Rod Daniel. //***Picks of the Week***\\ • Lindsay’s Pick: THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS (1987). Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Margaret Whitton, Richard Jordan /// Directed by Herbert Ross. • Justin’s Pick: LIGHT OF DAY (1987). Michael J. Fox, Joan Jett, Michael McKean, Gena Rowlands /// Directed by Paul Schrader. //***MurrayMoment***\\ Turns out, Michael J. Fox & Bill have been hitting the golf courses together for quite some time. //***Final Thoughts on TEEN WOLF***\\ Next Episode: EVIL DEAD II (1987) • Please rate, review & subscribe. • Follow on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. • Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind and Rewatch // September 12th, 2023.

Duration:02:02:46

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Episode 108 : American Psycho

8/14/2023
This slyly executed, savage satire of a serial killer losing touch with reality was plagued with controversy from its original conception. Even now, the pathology of AMERICAN PSYCHO continues to spark dialogue with its entertaining critique of society & obsession, comic irony & why it remains relevant over 20 years later. Let’s peel back the mask & unveil truth behind this multifaceted, yet often misunderstood film. //***Discussions include***\\ Background on Bret Easton Ellis’ contentious novel; early script variations, selling the story & searching for a director; Mary Harron & Guinevere Turner adapting the novel into a sharp & clear-headed, contemplative screenplay; tonal shifts, interpreting dark comedy & satire, recurring themes & the film’s climax; reflecting 80s culture & music choices; main cast discussion & intense struggle over casting the lead, plus release & reception. Christian Bale, Willem Defoe, Cara Seymour & Chloë Sevigny star in AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) /// Directed by Mary Harron. //***Picks of the Week***\\ • Lindsay’s Pick: DERANGED (1974). Roberts Blossom, Leslie Carlson, Marian Waldman, Micki Moore /// Directed by Alan Ormsby & Jeff Gillen. • Justin’s Pick: RAMPAGE (1987). Michael Biehn, Alex McArthur, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Grace Zabriskie/ / Directed by William Friedkin. //***MurrayMoment***\\ Comparing the stark differences on conformity between Bill & Patrick Bateman. //***Final Thoughts on the Music of AMERICAN PSYCHO ***\\ Next Episode: TEEN WOLF (1985) • Please rate, review & subscribe. • Follow on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. • Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind and Rewatch // August 15th, 2023.

Duration:01:44:00

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Episode 107 : Se7en

7/18/2023
David Fincher’s SE7EN (1995) creates an unforgettable story & blends it into an entertaining, visionary procedural thriller with brutal realities & tonal complexities. Decades later, this bleak world of SE7EN continues to invade psyches with its cleverness & cynical mentality. Serial Killer Summer begins now! //***Discussions include***\\ Backstory on David Fincher’s career pre-1995; inspirations behind SE7EN’s story & structure, evolving conventions, style, pacing, themes, setting; selling the film & studio interference; cast, character & story breakdowns; music, score, lighting, coloration & controversial ending; test screening, release & reception. Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt & Gwyneth Paltrow star in SE7EN (1995) /// Directed by David Fincher. //***Picks of the Week***\\ //***MurrayMoment***\\ Billy learns sometimes going uncredited is what’s best for a film’s publicity. //***Final Thoughts on SE7EN***\\ Next Episode: AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind and Rewatch // July 18th, 2023.

Duration:01:43:25

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Episode 106 : National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

6/19/2023
For our Fifth Anniversary, returning to a nostalgic, lifelong favorite was a no-brainer. Forty years ago, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION set a standard for not only comedy & road trip films, but also introduced the edgy family film. Through humor, familiar experiences & relatable characters, the Griswold family spawned an unexpected franchise which continues to be passed down throughout the years. Hop in the ‘ol family truckster because we’re hitting the road! //***Discussions include***\\ John Hughes’ original story & major script changes, plus National Lampoon, Harold Ramis & Chevy Chase connections; selling the film, creating a uniquely mobile production & challenges therein; type of comedy wrapped in a daring family film; cast, improv moments, stunts & theme song; omitted scenes & original ending; release, sequels, behind-the-scenes stories & favorite moments. Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Dana Barron & Anthony Michael Hall star in NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION (1983) /// Directed by Harold Ramis. //***Picks of the Week***\\ • Lindsay’s Pick: SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES (1980). Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Charles Grodin, T.K. Carter /// Directed by Jay Sandrich. • Justin’s Pick: FLETCH (1985). Chevy Chase, Richard Libertini, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Tim Matheson // Directed by Michael Ritchie. //***MurrayMoment***\\ The infamous Billy & Chevy fight — It’s time to set the record straight on what really happened & the motivations behind it. No rumor mill gossip here — only facts & quotes to bring you the full truth, finally! //***Final Thoughts on VACATION***\\ Thanks for listening, sharing & keeping us going for 5 years! Next Episode: SE7EN (1995) • Please rate, review & subscribe. • Follow on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. • Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind and Rewatch // June 20th, 2023.

Duration:01:50:00

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Episode 105 : School Of Rock

5/22/2023
Spirited hard work continues to pay off even 20 years after SCHOOL OF ROCK’s conception. The heart of rock ‘n roll beats strong with this success story spearheaded by a comedy thundercat, an enigmatic director, an ever-evolving writer & a band of incredibly talented kiddos all sharing the stage with equal importance. //***Discussions include***\\ Brief backgrounds on writer/co-star, Mike White, his friendship with Jack Black & director Richard Linklater’s involvement; using conventional fantasy, progressiveness, real-life elements & backstory, plus creating a kids movie palatable to adults; addressing the documentary, Rock School (2005); creating the film’s musical landscape & inspirations; in-depth cast discussion, strength of characters, favorite scenes & longevity of the film. Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman & a band of incredibly awesome kids star in SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003) /// Directed by Richard Linklater. //***Picks of the Week***\\ • Lindsay’s Pick: CHUCK & BUCK (2000). Mike White, Chris Weitz, Lupe Ontiveros /// Directed by Mike White. • Justin’s Pick: WAKING LIFE (2001). Wiley Wiggins, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy // Directed by Richard Linklater. //***MurrayMoment***\\ Spotlighting a particularly strong stage performance of Bill’s in CRADLE WILL ROCK (1999), co-starring Joan Cusack & Jack Black. //***Final Thoughts on SCHOOL OF ROCK***\\ Next Episode: Our 5 Year Anniversary! NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION (1983) • Please rate, review & subscribe. • Follow on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. • Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind and Rewatch // May 23rd, 2023.

Duration:01:42:54

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Episode 104 : Menace II Society

4/24/2023
First-time filmmakers rarely explode on the scene like brothers Albert & Allen Hughes. Amid the racial tensions & frustrations of early 1990's Los Angeles, MENACE II SOCIETY tapped into the gritty truth of the time. A powerful & empathetic look into a community misrepresented by mainstream media, this film was not only important in its heyday, but its unflinching realness hits even harder 30 years later. //***Discussions include***\\ A brief history of the Hughes Brothers before MENACE; writing development, research, channeling a perspective & selling the script; reality vs. media representation; tonality, themes, underlying messages & film influences; shooting on location, visual style, depiction of violence, emotional impact & heightened realism; toxic masculinity & female perspective; use of narration & humor; cast, audition stories & character dynamics; post-production, release, reception & retrospective observations. Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, Jada Pinkett, MC Eiht & Vonte Sweet star in MENACE II SOCIETY (1993) /// Directed by The Hughes Brothers. //***Picks of the Week***\\ • Lindsay’s Pick: JASON’S LYRIC (1994). Allen Payne, Jada Pinkett, Bokeem Woodbine, Lisa Nicole Carson /// Directed by Doug McHenry. • Justin’s Pick: STRAIGHT OUT OF BROOKLYN (1991). Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., George T. Odom, Ann D. Sanders, Barbara Sanon /// THE INKWELL (1994). Larenz Tate, Joe Morton, Suzzanne Douglas, Glynn Turman // Both films directed by Matty Rich. //***MurrayMoment***\\ At the suggestion of Chevy Chase, Billy & brother Brian hit up Rodney Dangerfield for marijuana during the filming of CADDYSHACK. //***Final Thoughts on MENACE II SOCIETY***\\ Next Episode: SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003). • Please rate, review & subscribe. • Follow on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. • Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind and Rewatch // April 25th, 2023

Duration:01:43:00

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Episode 103 : The Fugitive

3/27/2023
A man wrongfully accused of viciously murdering his wife is a story that’s been around for ages. And in the 30 years since its release, THE FUGITIVE remains one of the most masterfully told thrillers in which action sequences are just as enthralling as the story itself. Time to dive behind the making of this expertly executed film wherein spontaneity, reliance on creativity & collaboration were key to composing this unforgettable classic. //***Discussions include***\\ Origin behind & evolution of THE FUGITIVE story; script development, writing scenes & dialogue on the fly; style & conditions of the production with behind the scenes stories; casting heavyweights, supporting cast & usage of Chicago; strategic special effects engineering, bold editing choices, sound & score; omitted storylines, release, reception & longevity of the film. Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward & Joe Pantoliano star in THE FUGITIVE (1993) /// Directed by Andrew Davis. //***Picks of the Week***\\ • Lindsay’s Pick: THE FINAL TERROR (1983). Adrian Zmed, Joe Pantoliano, Daryl Hannah, Lewis Smith /// Directed by Andrew Davis. • Justin’s Pick: BLACK MOON RISING (1986). Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton, Lee Ving, Bubba Smith /// Directed by Harley Cokeliss. //***MurrayMoment***\\ The origins of how Harrison Ford influenced Bill’s LOST IN TRANSLATION character, Bob Harris. //***Final Thoughts on THE FUGITIVE***\\ Next Episode: MENACE II SOCIETY (1993). • Please rate, review & subscribe. • Follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube. • Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind and Rewatch // March 28th, 2023.

Duration:01:45:35

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Episode 102 : The Obsession From Hell (90’s Special)

2/27/2023
Lies… Manipulation… Gaslighting… OBSESSED. Obsession-driven psychodramas are a special sect of early ‘90s cinema. It also happens to be one of our favorite thriller sub-genres. But what makes them so special? What sets them apart & what do they share in common? We’ve honed in & created our own rules for the genre — what we love, the most memorable moments & how do these movies hold up 30+ years later? Let the thrills & chills begin! //***Films Included***\\ The Crush (1993), Fear (1996), The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992), Pacific Heights (1990), Poison Ivy (1992), Single White Female (1992), The Temp (1993), Unlawful Entry (1992). //***Picks of the Week***\\ Returning in Episode 103. //***MurrayMoment***\\ Returning in Episode 103. //***Final Thoughts on ***\\ Episode wrap-up & a few outlier films which narrowly missed inclusion in this episode. Next Episode: March 28: MENACE II SOCIETY (1993). Please rate, review & subscribe. Follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube. //Hosts: Justin Johnson & Lindsay Reber // Music: Matt Pace // Announcer: Mary Timmel // Logo: Beau Shoulders. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com Be Kind and Rewatch // February 28, 2023. xxx

Duration:01:40:00

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Episode 101 : Groundhog Day

1/30/2023
Though this is the 30th Anniversary of GROUNDHOG DAY, it continues to feel timeless & evolve in meaning as it ages. This high concept film is triple threat — a holiday film, a fantasy comedy & an unassuming emotional touchstone for many audiences. As profoundly involved as this story may be, this Bill Murray vehicle has no shortage of complexities behind the scenes as well. //***Discussions include***\\ Origin & inspiration, transforming story structure, writing process, continuous script changes & on the fly decisions; tonal shift struggles, darker philosophical elements mixing with comedy, existential dread, death, immortality & spirituality; omitted scenes, storylines & deliberate absence of a key plot point; skirting around studio demands; importance of location & weather difficulties impacting production; conflicts between Ramis & Murray; cast chemistry & breakdown; release, reception & longevity of the film. Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott & Stephen Tobolowsky star in GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) /// Directed by Harold Ramis. //***Picks of the Week***\\ //***MurrayMoment***\\ This section will return in Episode 103. //***Final Thoughts on GROUNDHOG DAY***\\ Next Episode: THE OBSESSION FROM HELL, A Special Episode. www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com =>=>=>

Duration:01:40:00

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Episode 100 : Die Hard

12/19/2022
Kicking off our 100th Episode with a Controversial Christmas Classic — DIE HARD (1988)! For a future-franchised film jam-packed with exciting explosions, it’s hard to believe this project was a gamble before it ever went into production. From its humble beginning to creating an iconic action hero, the formation of DIE HARD is nothing short of a surprise for everyone involved. //Discussions include***\\ State of late ‘80s action films; DIE HARD’s early novelization, lengthy writing process & tonality shift; studio demands, production challenges, director’s influence & balancing action with comedy; casting stories, main & supporting cast breakdown/interplay; cinematography, stunts, special effects & sound/music; release, reception, sequels & the Is this a Christmas movie debate. Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia & Reginald VelJohnson star in DIE HARD (1988). Directed by John McTiernan. //***Picks of the Week***\\ Justin’s Pick: RICOCHET (1991). Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice-T, Lindsay Wagner, Kevin Pollack. /// Directed by Russell Mulcahy. . //***MurrayMoment***\\ Bill learns a secret Bruce Willis had been holding on to for over 30 years //***Final Thoughts on A FEW GOOD MEN***\\ Next Episode: GROUNDHOG DAY, January 31st, 2023 www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com

Duration:01:24:34

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Episode 99 : A Few Good Men

11/21/2022
Even 30 years after its release, A FEW GOOD MEN tops lists for the most riveting courtroom dramas. Using true events, a coveted director & soon-to-be celebrated writer, the film bleeds talent from all angles & integrity from end to end. All talents behind this film had a clear, unified vision — make a searing, ethically complex drama that would stand the test of time. //***Discussions include***\\ True events behind the film (pre & post release); writer Aaron Sorkin’s humble beginning, story evolution & adapting the stage play to screen; Rob Reiner’s influence & creating action within a narrative; in-depth character & cast discussion, behind the scenes stories, release & reception. Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Pollack star in A FEW GOOD MEN (1992). Directed by Rob Reiner. //***Picks of the Week***\\ . Lindsay sets the record straight on Bill’s SNL character, Nick the Lounge Singer, Rob Reiner’s involvement & the *true* inspirations behind the popular recurring sketch. //***Final Thoughts on A FEW GOOD MEN***\\ Next Episode: Our 100th Episode: DIE HARD (1988) www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com >

Duration:01:38:34

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Episode 98 : Poltergeist (1982)

10/24/2022
Combining unrelenting imagination with in-home paranormal activity & child abduction turned into a guaranteed masterpiece with POLTERGEIST (1982). Filmmakers Tobe Hooper & Steven Spielberg proved the horror genre could have emotional depth while remaining absolutely terrifying & creative. And on its 40th Anniversary year, POLTERGEIST still reigns supreme as one of the most memorable ghost stories ever told. //***Discussions include***\\ The lengthy development/writing process of the film & the state of horror in 1982; Hooper & Spielberg’s careers at the time, how they came to collaborate & controversy behind their partnership; vibe vs. theme, elevated/unusual aspects of the story & fundamental fears; cast & character dissections; the film’s score, framing style & special effects; memorable scenes, the double ending, sequels, recognition & longevity, plus our undying appreciation of JoBeth Williams. JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Beatrice Straight & Zelda Rubinstein star in POLTERGEIST (1982). Directed by Tobe Hooper. //***Picks of the Week***\\ . We revisit Billy’s unscripted insanity which descended upon the debut episode of Late Night with David Letterman in 1982. //***Final Thoughts on POLTERGEIST***\\ Next Episode: A FEW GOOD MEN (1992) www.dontpushpausepodcast.com dontpushpausepodcast@gmail.com …

Duration:02:00:35