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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.






Episode 113 : The Before Trilogy

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. Be Kind & Rewatch // February 13, 2024.


Episode 112 : The Exorcist

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. Be Kind & Rewatch // December 5th, 2023


Episode 111 : After Hours

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. ( Be Kind & Rewatch // November 7, 2023


Episode 110 : Evil Dead 2

‘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) Be Kind and Rewatch // October 10th, 2023.


Episode 109 : Teen Wolf

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. Be Kind and Rewatch // September 12th, 2023.


Episode 108 : American Psycho

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. Be Kind and Rewatch // August 15th, 2023.


Episode 107 : Se7en

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) Be Kind and Rewatch // July 18th, 2023.


Episode 106 : National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

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. Be Kind and Rewatch // June 20th, 2023.


Episode 105 : School Of Rock

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. Be Kind and Rewatch // May 23rd, 2023.


Episode 104 : Menace II Society

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. Be Kind and Rewatch // April 25th, 2023


Episode 103 : The Fugitive

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. Be Kind and Rewatch // March 28th, 2023.


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

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. Be Kind and Rewatch // February 28, 2023. xxx


Episode 101 : Groundhog Day

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. =>=>=>


Episode 100 : Die Hard

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


Episode 99 : A Few Good Men

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) >


Episode 98 : Poltergeist (1982)

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) …


Episode 97 : The Ring

We’re kicking off our fifth Halloween by celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Gore Verbinski’s THE RING. Going for more than jump scares, this American film ushered in the blockbuster trend of remaking a pre-existing film. Not only did it reignite the idea of urban legends & invigorate the careers of those involved, THE RING also proved a remake could still fresh, modern & an absolute terrifying delight. //***Discussions include***\\ The origin story, urban legend & folklore behind the film; multiple reinventions of the story, dawn of the remake boom & why the film stands out; preying upon instinctual fears of the audience, themes & atmosphere; cast highlights & uniqueness of characters; special effects, creep factor, visual & sound importance; the film’s climax, reception, longevity, sequels, plus Justin & Lindsay share some local folklore. Naomi Watts, Daveigh Chase, David Dorfman, Martin Henderson & Brian Cox star in THE RING (2002). Directed by Gore Verbinski. //***Picks of the Week***\\ //***MurrayMoment***\\ Naomi Watts’ initial nervousness working with Bill in ST. VINCENT (2014). //***Final Thoughts on THE RING***\\ Next Episode: 40th Anniversary of POLTERGEIST (1982)


Episode 96 : Reservoir Dogs

In 1992, Quentin Tarantino’s life would drastically change as soon as his first feature film, RESERVOIR DOGS, would debut at Sundance. Though among many stellar films at the festival that year, it would be RESERVOIR DOGS which emerged as a transcendent feat in filmmaking. Time to go back in time to remember its importance in independent filmmaking. //***Discussions include***\\ How Tarantino rose to stardom based on talent, confidence & luck; the script finding its way into fortunate hands; freshening up a classic crime movie style, use of non-linear storytelling & challenging popular movie trends; casting stories & breaking down the lead roles; eccentricities about the film, music usage, realistic violence & Tarantino’s hot take observations; use of colorful characters & difficult dialog; positive & negative reactions at Sundance, plus how has this film held up 30 years later. Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi star in RESERVOIR DOGS (1992). Directed by Quentin Tarantino. //***Picks of the Week***\\ //***MurrayMoment***\\ Bill & Steve Buscemi ring in Bob Dylan’s 77th birthday & how this connects back to RESERVOIR DOGS. //***Final Thoughts on the film; PLUS! We rank our favorite Tarantino films in order!***\\ Next Episode: THE RING (2002) Be Kind and Rewatch // September 6th, 2022.


Episode 95 : Lethal Weapon 2

Creating a successful sequel which stands the test of time & elevates a franchise isn’t an easy feat. But LETHAL WEAPON 2 not only proved audiences wanted more from best buddies, Sgts. Murtaugh & Riggs, but that a sequel could be just as vibrant, alive & — in some ways — superior to the original film. //***Discussions include***\\ The evolution of creating a sequel, tonal variations in the script, challenges & major changes; blending action & darkness with evolved humor, friendship & family all woven into a cop movie; relevant messages, themes & atypical aspects of an action/thriller; breaking down the main & supporting cast; the music, thoughts on the Lethal Weapon sequels/franchise & the sequels of 1989. Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci & Patsy Kensit star in LETHAL WEAPON 2 (1989) // Directed by Richard Donner. //***Picks of the Week***\\ //***MurrayMoment***\\ Bill getting involved with Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. //***Final Thoughts on LETHAL WEAPON 2.***\\ Next Episode: RESERVOIR DOGS (1992) Be Kind and Rewatch // August 9th, 2022.


Episode 94 : Jackie Brown

After becoming the biggest buzzworthy phenomenon of mid-‘90s indie film, the bar was set extremely high for Quentin Tarantino’s third film, JACKIE BROWN. Often considered one of his most mature films, JACKIE BROWN tied together a classic style with a fresh voice, while also paying homage to a cinema icon. Everything about this films just gets better with age. //***Discussions include***\\ Where JACKIE BROWN fits into Tarantino’s career; adapting the novel into a screenplay & main differences between the two; Pam Grier’s influence on the script & impact of the Blaxploitation genre; use of visual storytelling, themes, tone, plus how violence & tension interact with humor; breakdowns of & dynamics between characters, casting stories; the inspired soundtrack; reception, response & recognition, plus some of our most memorable moments. Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton & Robert De Niro star in JACKIE BROWN (1997). Directed by Quentin Tarantino. //***Picks of the Week***\\ //***MurrayMoment***\\ Going behind the scenes of Billy & Robert De Niro swapping roles & tradin’ fists for the film, MAD DOG AND GLORY (1993). //***Final Thoughts on JACKIE BROWN.***\\ Next Episode: LETHAL WEAPON 2 (1989) Be Kind and Rewatch // July 12th, 2022.