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Movies Past and Present Podcast
Movies Past and Present Podcast
Podcast with recommendations, commentary, and reviews of current and classic cinema. Established 2018.
Oct 16, 2020
Episode 55 - October 15, 2020
Welcome! New in Theaters: HONEST THIEF (Briarcliff Entertainment). Make sure to check this week's "comeback classics," too. Top on my list is a re-release of Tim Burton's stop-motion animation holiday classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Disney; 1993). THREE BY... Starting a new feature this month where I highlight three films from some of my favorite directors. This month's director is Carl Reiner, who passed away at age 98 this past summer. The three films I picked were ENTER LAUGHING (1967); OH, GOD! (1977); and ALL OF ME (1984). Thanks for tuning in! More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Oct 8, 2020
Episode 54 - October 8, 2020
Welcome! New in Theaters: THE WAR WITH GRANDPA (101 Studios) and YELLOW ROSE (Sony). Also make sure to check out your local theaters' comeback classics selections. COCO (Pixar Animation Studios; 2017) is back in theaters starting this weekend. Also, HOCUS POCUS (Disney; 1993) is still playing along with other Halloween-themed films. TCM Big Screen Classics: Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO (Universal; 1960) on the big screen Oct. 11, 12, and 16. See fathomevents.com/tcm for details. And speaking of Fathom Events, FRIDAY THE 13TH (Paramount; 1980) and TOTAL RECALL (Rialto/StudioCanal; 1990) are coming back to theaters for limited engagements. Visit fathomevents.com for more info. Review: ENOLA HOMES (Netflix Films; 2020) now streaming on Netflix. Must-See Sci-Fi: BRAZIL (1985; Universal); rented it from Apple iTunes. Thanks for tuning in! More info on the blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Sep 21, 2020
Episode 53 - September 21, 2020
Welcome! New in Theaters: Not much... Lots of "comeback classics" including a 35th anniversary screening of THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985) on 9/21 and 9/24, and a return of STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) on the big screen starting on 9/25. Check your local listings. Also returning to theaters is the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Big Screen Classics series. Next up is CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) on 9/27, 9/29, and 10/1. Check out fathomevents.com/tcm for the latest information. Review: Disney's live-action/CGI remake of MULAN (2020)now available on Disney+ Premier Access. Some films also to check out: BLACK PANTHER (2018; RIP Chadwick Boseman) and sci-fi indie pic THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET (1984). Thanks for tuning in! More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Sep 4, 2020
Episode 52 - September 3, 2020
Happy Labor Day Weekend! New in Theaters: (well, as of last week...)BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC (Orion Pictures). Reviews: THE NEW MUTANTS (20th Century Studios), TENET (Warner Bros.), and THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (Searchlight Pictures)--all playing in theaters Classic Cinema Corner: AIRPLANE! (Paramount, 1980) is celebrating its 40th anniversary. See it on the big screen on Wednesday, September 9--part of the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Big Screen Classics series. More at fathomevents.com/tcm. Film Festival Update: The annual New York Film Festival is going virtual this year! Check out https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2020/ for more info. Thanks for tuning in! More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Aug 24, 2020
Episode 51 - August 24, 2020
New in Theaters: We have some new movies coming to theaters! Last week was UNHINGED (Solstice Studios). This week we have THE NEW MUTANTS (20th Century Studios/Marvel) and THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (Searchlight). And next week we finally have TENET (Warner Bros.) opening with advanced screenings Aug. 31-Sept. 2 and in wide release (in markets with open theaters) on Sept. 3. Reviews: New movies on Disney+: HOWARD and THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. Classic Cinema Corner/Guilty Pleasures: THE BLACK HOLE (Disney, 1979). Thanks for tuning in! More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Aug 5, 2020
Episode 50 - August 5, 2020
Welcome to the 50th episode of the podcast! COMING TO THEATERS Warner Bros. will be releasing their long-anticipated and oft-rescheduled action pic TENET beginning August 28 in international markets and September 3 in select cites in the U.S.A. The Walt Disney Studios has decided to release the live-action/CGI remake of MULAN on the Disney+ streaming service in the U.S.A. but with a "premiere access" fee of $29.95 beginning September 4. CLASSIC CINEMA CORNER We love the new "Paramount Presents" series of remastered Blu-ray Discs from Paramount Pictures. It's classic movie heaven on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) during August's "Summer Under the Stars" programming. 24 hours of films from a different star each day during the month. Thanks for your support! More info is on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Jun 25, 2020
Episode 49 - June 25, 2020
Welcome! I ventured out to the movie theater last weekend and lived to tell! Kudos to Megaplex Theatres (www.megaplextheatres.com) for doing a really great job. My James Bond 007 viewing project continues! I highlight the best and worst of the films I've watched so far. Thanks for tuning in! More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Jun 18, 2020
Episode 48 - June 18, 2020
Happy Father's Day! Make sure to check out the free digital rentals currently available with outstanding feature films and documentaries about Blacks in America and the Black Lives Matter movement. I've been renting movies from Apple iTunes (https://apple.com/itunes) and Amazon Prime Video (https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/storefront/). Also, check out the new Spike Lee Joint DA 5 BLOODS now streaming on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com). I watched ARTEMIS FOWL on Disney+ (https://www.disneyplus.com) and lived to tell (it's a terrible film). It's Father's Day this Sunday in the U.S.A. and I pick 10 films about fathers to consider watching over the weekend. Stay safe out there! Thanks for listening. More info is on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Jun 4, 2020
Episode 47 - June 4, 2020
Welcome! #BlackLivesMatter Warner Bros. is making their 2019 drama JUST MERCY available to rent for free during the month of June via all major digital download/streaming provider (I rented it on Apple iTunes). The Criterion Channel (https://www.criterionchannel.com) is making some of their "Pioneers of African America Cinema" collection of films available to watch for free. Check out the Virtual Cinema options at Film at Lincoln Center (https://www.filmlinc.org). I'm having fun with my Turner Classic Movies "Must-See Sci-Fi" and James Bond 007 movie watching projects. More info on the blog at moviespastandpresent.com. Thanks again for tuning in!
May 28, 2020
Episode 46 - May 28, 2020
Welcome! Some movie streaming options for you this week... HBO Max, Warner Media's new streaming service, launched this week. Also, make sure to check out the We Are One: A Global Film Festival on YouTube May 29-June 7 (YouTube.com/weareone). Lots of stuff to check out on Disney+, too, including two titles from the 20th Century Fox library--FANTASTIC MR. FOX (2009) and HELLO, DOLLY! (1969). Speaking of Disney+, I discuss 10 "comfort" films currently on the service that you might enjoy as we're still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks for tuning in! More details are on the blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
May 19, 2020
Episode 45 - May 19, 2020
Welcome! New on Video on Demand: SCOOB! (Warner Bros.) Craving a movie on the big screen? Check to see if any drive-ins are open in your area! The local drive-in has been opened in Salt Lake City where I live. Some other at-home movie options include a return of movies to network television for the next few weeks ("The Wonderful World of Disney" Wednesday nights on ABC and "Sunday Night at the Movies" on CBS. The AFI Movie Club is still going strong--a new movie movie recommendation every day. Check it out at afi.com/movieclub. TCM is having a Memorial Day Marathon of war movies during Memorial Day weekend. More at tcm.com Thanks for tuning in! More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
May 1, 2020
Episode 44 - May 1, 2020
It's a Disney+ special on this week's podcast! New on Disney+ the first week of May: - THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) - May 1 - JOHN CARTER (2012) - May 2 - STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019) - May 4 (aka Star Wars Day!) We also talk about 10 Academy Award-winning films playing on Disney+ that you might want to consider watching. Check out the Disney+ streaming service at www.disneyplus.com. More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com. Thanks for tuning in!
Apr 16, 2020
Episode 43 - April 16, 2020
Welcome to another "Social Distancing" episode with more ideas for movies to watch from home. New in Video on Demand: TROLLS WORLD TOUR (DreamWorks). Find a viewing platform at www.watchtrolls.com. Bond 25: I'm watching all 24 James Bond 007 films in preparation for the release of the upcoming 25th film NO TIME TO DIE now opening November 2020. First up is DR. NO (1962) directed by Terence Young and starring Sean Connery as James Bond. More info at www.007.com. Unusual Films to Watch on Disney+: I list 10 films off the beaten path that you might want to consider watching on the Disney+ streaming service. More info at www.disneyplus.com. Lionsgate Live: Four free films streaming online over the next four Fridays. More info at https://lionsgate.live. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition: Happening this weekend April 16-19, 2020. More info at www.tcm.com/festival. Thanks again for tuning in! More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com
Apr 6, 2020
Episode 42 - April 6, 2020
Welcome to this special "Social Distancing" episode! All movies discussed are movies that you can watch from home. - AFI Movie Club (https://www.afi.com/movieclub/) - TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition (http://filmfestival.tcm.com/special-home-edition/) - My Top 10 Favorite Films from Walt Disney Animation Studios (All 10 are on the Disney+ streaming service--https://www.disneyplus.com) More info on my blog at https://moviespastandpresent.com. Thanks for tuning in!
Mar 6, 2020
Episode 41 - March 6, 2020
Welcome to this week's podcast! New in Theaters (over the last couple of weeks, that is): THE CALL OF THE WILD (20th Century Studios), THE INVISIBLE MAN (Universal), ONWARD (Pixar Animation Studios), EMMA (Focus Features), and THE WAY BACK (Warner Bros.) Reviews: THE CALL OF THE WILD and ONWARD Classic Cinema Corner: Get psyched for the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Classic Film Festival happening April 16-19, 2020 in Hollywood, CA. Details at tcm.com/festival. Thanks for tuning in! Links and more info can be found on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Feb 12, 2020
Episode 40 - February 12, 2020
Happy Valentine's Day! New Movie Roundup: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (Paramount), DOWNHILL (Searchlight), FANTASY ISLAND (Columbia), THE PHOTOGRAPH (Universal) COMMENTARY: It's the return of the modest-budget Disney family film on Disney+ and we couldn't be happier! New feature films from The Walt Disney Studios that are debuting on Disney+, including NOELLE, TOGO, TIMMY FAILURE: MISTAKES WERE MADE, and STARGIRL (which debuts next month), have been a welcome addition to today's entertainment landscape. CLASSIC CINEMA CORNER: FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR (Disney; 1986; currently available on Disney+) and GALAXY QUEST (DreamWorks; 1999) Thanks for tuning in! More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Feb 4, 2020
Episode 39 - February 3, 2020
Happy Oscar(R) week! New in Theaters: BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN) (Warner Bros.) Also Worth Checking Out in Theatres: LOVE STORY (1970) (50th Anniversary Screening from Turner Classic Movies and Paramount Pictures); Oscar Showcase at Cinemark theaters and other theater chains across the U.S.A. (https://www.cinemark.com/oscar-movie-week) Global Movie Day is February 8! #GlobalMovieDay The Academy Awards ceremony is February 9 on ABC. Download your Oscar ballot here: https://oscar.go.com/nominees More on my TCM Must-See Sci Fi moving watching project is here: https://moviespastandpresent.com/2020-movie-watching-project-tcm-must-see-sci-fi/ Thanks for tuning in! More info at my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Jan 10, 2020
Episode 38 - January 10, 2020
New Movie Roundup: JUST MERCY (Warner Bros.), UNDERWATER (20th Century Fox), LIKE A BOSS (Paramount), 1917 (Universal) Reviews: DARK WATERS (Focus Features), PARASITE (Neon) Plus 15 movies that I am excited to see in 2020. Thanks for tuning in! More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Dec 19, 2019
Episode 37 - December 19, 2019
Happy Holidays and thanks for tuning in! New Movie Roundup: BOMBSHELL (Lionsgate); CATS (Universal); STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (Lucasfilm); SPIES IN DISGUISE (Blue Sky Studios); 1917 (Universal); LITTLE WOMEN (Sony); UNCUT GEMS (A24) Reviews: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Classic Cinema Corner: 2020 Turner Classic Movies Big Screen Classics series films (full list at fathomevents.com/tcm) More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Nov 21, 2019
Episode 36 - November 21, 2019
Welcome! New in Theaters: FROZEN 2 (Disney), A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD (Sony), 21 BRIDGES (STX Entertainment), and THE IRISHMAN (Netflix) Reviews: FROZEN 2 (and I meant to say Disney's "Frozen Initiative" rather than "Frozen Phenomenon") and FORD V FERRARI (20th Century Fox) More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com. Thanks for listening!
Oct 17, 2019
Episode 35 - October 17, 2019
New in Theaters: MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL (Disney) and ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP (Columbia) Reviews: MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL Classic Cinema Corner: More movies from the great TCM ESSENTIALS book! Thanks for tuning in! More details on the blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Oct 10, 2019
Episode 34 - October 10, 2019
New in Theaters: GEMINI MAN (Paramount),THE ADDAMS FAMILY (MGM), JEXI (Lionsgate), LUCY IN THE SKY (Fox Searchlight). Recently Opened in Theaters: JOKER (Warner Bros.), ABOMINABLE (DreamWorks Animation/Pearl Studios). Classic Cinema Corner: Go see the TCM Big Screen Classics series! Visit fathom events.com/tcm for more details. Thanks for tuning in! More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Sep 20, 2019
Episode 33 - September 19, 2019
New in Theaters: DOWNTON ABBEY (Focus Features), AD ASTRA (20th Century Fox); and RAMBO: LAST BLOOD (Lionsgate) Classic Cinema Corner: 40th anniversary screening of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979) Thanks for tuning in! More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Sep 5, 2019
Episode 32 - September 5, 2019
Report on the 2019 D23 Expo on this week's podcast. Also, IT CHAPTER TWO (Warner Bros.) opens in theaters this weekend. More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com. Thanks for tuning in!
Aug 8, 2019
Episode 31 - August 8, 2019
Thanks for tuning in! New in Theaters: DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD (Paramount), THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN (20th Century Fox), SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (Lionsgate/CBS Films), THE KITCHEN (New Line/Warner Bros.) Reviews: FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS HOBBS & SHAW (Universal, 2019) plus a retrospective on the entire FAST & FURIOUS film series More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Aug 1, 2019
Episode 30 - August 1, 2019
Thanks for tuning in! New in Theaters: ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD (Columbia) and FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW (Universal) Classic Cinema Corner: JAWS (Universal, 1975); LAURA (20th Century Fox, 1944), THE MUPPET MOVIE (Universal/Disney, 1979) More details on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Jul 18, 2019
Episode 29 - July 18, 2019
Thanks for tuning in this week! New in Theaters: THE LION KING (2019 remake; Disney) Classic Cinema Corner: -See the 30th anniversary presentation of GLORY (1989) on the big screen July 21 and 24. Part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series. Visit fathomevents.com/tcm to find a theater near you. - TCM is doing a retrospective of great films from 20th Century Fox on Wednesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 31. Visit tcm.com for details. More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Jul 11, 2019
Episode 28 - July 11, 2019
Thank you for tuning in this week! New in Theaters: CRAWL (Paramount) and STUBER (20th Century Fox) Reviews: THE LION KING (2019; Disney) Classic Cinema Corner: TCM is playing films from 1939, aka "Hollywood's Greatest Year," every Friday in July. More details on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Jul 3, 2019
Episode 27 - July 3, 2019
Thanks for tuning in! New in Theaters: MIDSOMMAR (A24) and SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (Columbia Pictures/Marvel Studios) Review: SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Classic Cinema Corner: More on my TCM ESSENTIALS viewing project. Recently saw three films from the 1940s that I loved--LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945), OUT OF THE PAST (1947), and THE RED SHOES (1948). More info on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Jun 27, 2019
Episode 26 - June 27, 2019
Thanks for tuning in! New in Theaters: ANNABELLE COMES HOME (New Line) and YESTERDAY (Universal) Classic Cinema Corner: SAFETY LAST! (1923) now playing on The Criterion Channel (criterionchannel.com), the Criterion Collection's new and outstanding streaming service More info is on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Jun 18, 2019
Episode 25 - June 18, 2019
Thanks for tuning in! New in Theaters: TOY STORY 4 (Pixar) and CHILD'S PLAY (Orion) Reviews: TOY STORY 4 Classic Cinema Corner: PILLOW TALK (1959) and THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946) More details on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com. Thanks again!
Jun 13, 2019
Episode 24 - June 13, 2019
Welcome to this week's podcast! New in Theaters: MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL (Sony), SHAFT (New Line), AMERICAN WOMAN (Roadside Attractions), THE DEAD DON'T DIE (Focus Features) Classic Cinema Corner: Walt Disney Animation Studios' 1950 classic CINDERELLA is getting added to the Library of Congress National Film Registrary on June 20. It's also going to be released from the "Disney Vault on digital platforms June 18 and on Blu-ray June 25. And make sure to check out FIELD OF DREAMS (1989) on the big screen on June 16 and 18--go to fathomevents.com/tcm to find a screening near you. More details are on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com. Thanks again for tuning in!
Jun 6, 2019
Episode 23 - June 6, 2019
Welcome to this week's podcast! New in Theatres: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 (Universal/Illumination), LATE NIGHT (Amazon Studios), and DARK PHOENIX (20th Century Fox/Marvel) Classic Cinema Corner: Make sure to check out "The Essentials" on Saturday evenings on TCM. Full schedule is at essentials.tcm.com. I watched THE LADY EVE (1941) as part of my own TCM Essentials viewing and really enjoyed it. I rented it from iTunes/Apple TV. Links and more information at moviespastandpresent.com.
May 30, 2019
Episode 22 - May 30, 2019
Welcome to this week's podcast! New in Theaters: MA (Universal), GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (Warner Bros.), and ROCKETMAN (Paramount) Reviews: ALADDIN (Disney, 2019) Classic Cinema Corner: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - THE DIRECTOR'S CUT (1986) More info can be found at moviespastandpresent.com. Thank you for tuning in!
May 9, 2019
Episode 21 - May 9, 2019
Thanks for tuning in! New in Theaters: POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU (Warner Bros.), TOLKIEN (Fox Searchlight), POMS (STX Entertainment), THE HUSTLE (MGM) Classic Cinema Corner: Some thoughts on revered classic CITIZEN KANE (1941) I won't be able to podcast for the next couple of weeks, so here are some other notable films being released in May that might be worth checking out: ALADDIN (Disney), GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (Warner Bros.), and ROCKETMAN (Paramount). More details available on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
May 2, 2019
Episode 20 - May 2, 2019
Thanks for tuning in! New in Theaters: LONG SHOT (Lionsgate), THE INTRUDER (Screen Gems), and UGLYDOLLS (STX Entertainment) Classic Cinema Corner: STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE turns 20. Go see the TCM Big Screen Classics presentation of TRUE GRIT (Paramount, 1969) on May 5 and 8. More info at fathomevents.com/tcm. Links and more info at moviespastandpresent.com.
Apr 25, 2019
Episode 19 - April 25, 2019
Thanks for tuning in! New in Theaters--AVENGERS: ENDGAME. (Spoiler Alert! I share some spoiler-ish details in the podcast.) Classic Cinema Corner--GONE WITH THE WIND (1939). I watched this again as part of my TCM ESSENTIALS movie viewing project. I recorded the 25th anniversary broadcast on TCM on April 14, 2019 and watched it when I got home after the TCM Classic Film Festival. More details on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Apr 18, 2019
Episode 18 - April 18, 2019
Thanks for tuning in! New in Theaters (over the last two weeks): MISSING LINK (LAIKA), THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA (New Line Cinema), and PENGUINS (Disneynature) The rest of the podcast is devoted to the 2019 Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Classic Film Festival which I attended last week in Los Angeles, California. Podcast notes are available on my blog: moviespastandpresent.com.
Apr 4, 2019
Episode 17 - April 4, 2019
Greetings! New in Theaters: THE BEST OF FRIENDS (STX), PET SEMATARY (Paramount), SHAZAM! (Warner Bros./DC Comics) Reviews: DUMBO (Disney, 2019), SHAZAM! More info on moviespastandpresent.com.
Mar 28, 2019
Episode 16 - March 28, 2019
Welcome to this week's podcast! New in Theaters: THE BEACH BUM (NEON), HOTEL MUMBAI (Bleecker Street), and DUMBO (Walt Disney Studios) Classic Cinema Corner: - TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) on the big screen - Subscribe to the Criterion Channel! More info at criterionchannel.com. Launches April 8. Charter subscribers get access to a "Movie of the Week." Last week's movie was the gritty film noir DETOUR (1945). This week's is the colorful and effervescent THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN (1962). More details are at moviespastandpresent.com. Thanks for tuning in!
Mar 21, 2019
Episode 15 - March 21, 2019
Welcome to this week's podcast! New in Theaters (for the past two weeks): WONDER PARK (Paramount), FIVE FEET APART (Lionsgate), US (Universal) Classic Cinema Corner: More progress on my TCM Essentials project--IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952). I also talk about the Stanley Donen tribute I recently watched on TCM. Make sure to see TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) on the big screen on March 24 and March 27, part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series. More details at fathomevents.com/tcm. Check out the podcast notes and links on moviespastandpresent.com.
Mar 7, 2019
Episode 14 - March 7, 2019
Thanks for tuning in! New in Theaters: TYLER PERRY'S A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL (Lionsgate), CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel Studios) Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL (go see it!) Classic Cinema Corner: CASABLANCA in Concert with the Utah Symphony, 20th Century Fox tribute at the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival More info is on my blog at moviespastandpresent.com.
Feb 28, 2019
Episode 13 - February 28, 2019
Welcome to this week's podcast! New in Theaters: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD (DreamWorks Animation), APOLLO 11 (Neon, CNN), GRETA (Focus Features) Reviews and Classic Cinema Corner (combined this week): 2019 Oscars, TCM Essentials update (GRAND HOTEL, KING KONG, and DUCK SOUP), Disney Animation's SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959) on the big screen, and a Stanley Donen tribute. Recommendations: GONE WITH THE WIND 80th anniversary on the big screen Feb. 28, March 1, 3, 17, and 18. See http://fathomevents.com for more details. Have fun at the movies and we'll talk with you next week!
Feb 14, 2019
Episode 12 - February 14, 2019
Welcome to this week's podcast! New in Theatres -- ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL (20th Century Fox), HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U (Universal), ISN'T IT ROMANTIC (New Line), and FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY (MGM/WWE). Reviews -- THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART Classic Cinema Corner -- This week's #TCMEssentials film was Charlie Chaplin's classic CITY LIGHTS (1931). This week's Criterion Channel movie of the week was the fascinating CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994). Recommendations -- See MY FAIR LADY (1964) on the big screen Feb. 17 and 20 as part of this year's TCM Big Screen Classics series. And it's Oscar season! Multiple theater chains are offering special passes to see all eight of the films nominated for Best Picture. Links and details on the blog (moviespastandpresent.com).
Feb 7, 2019
Episode 11 - February 7, 2019
New in Theaters This Week: THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART (Warner Bros.), WHAT MEN WANT (Paramount), THE PRODIGY (Orion), and COLD PURSUIT (Summit Entertainment). REVIEWS: DESTROYER (Annapurna Pictures, 2018) CLASSIC CINEMA CORNER: Sign up for the new Criterion Channel streaming service (criterionchannel.com)! Launches April 8, but if you sign up now, you get to watch one selected film a week along with its supplemental features (which is what makes Criterion awesome). Last week's film was the 1976 crime drama MIKEY AND NICKY written and directed by Elaine May. RECOMMENDATIONS: THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD, the remarkable World War I documentary directed by Peter Jackson, is now in a wider release. I hope it's playing in your market. Thanks for tuning in! Website is moviespastandpresent.com.
Jan 31, 2019
Episode 10 - January 31, 2019
Welcome to this week's podcast! New in Theaters: Gina Rodriguez is MISS BALA (Columbia, 2019). Back in participating IMAX theaters for one week is the documentary FREE SOLO (National Geographic, 2018). See imax.com/freesolo for info. Reviews: STAN & OLLIE (Sony Pictures Classics, 2018) Classic Cinema Corner: - This week's TCM Essentials film is the delightful musical SWING TIME (RKO, 1935). - See the 80th anniversary screening of THE WIZARD OF OZ (MGM, 1939) on the big screen Feb. 3 and 5. More info at fathomevents.com. - The Criterion Channel streaming service launches April 8. More at criterionchannel.com. Thanks for tuning in. See you at the movies!
Jan 17, 2019
Episode 9 - January 17, 2019
Double episode this week! New in Theaters: GLASS, SERENITY, THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING (and I meant to say "Lady of the Lake") Reviews: My top 10 films of 2018 and my 10 most anticipated films of 2019 Classic Cinema Corner: My TCM Essentials project continues! I watched NOW VOYAGER (1942) and ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930). Full podcast notes on moviespastandpresent.com. Thanks for tuning in!
Jan 10, 2019
Episode 8 - January 10, 2019
Happy 2019! In this week's new releases, I discuss A DOG'S WAY HOME (Columbia Pictures, 2019), THE UPSIDE (STX Entertainment, 2019), and ESCAPE ROOM (Columbia Pictures, 2019). Also in theaters is a sing-a-long version of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODE (20th Century Fox 2018). Reviewed this week is Adam McKay's visceral and thought-provoking Dick Cheney bio pic VICE (Annapurna Pictures, 2018). For Classic Cinema Corner, it's all about the amazing German silent sci-fi film METROPOLIS (UFA, 1927), the first film in my 2019 quest to all 52 films in TCM's THE ESSENTIALS book (more info on the blog at moviespastandpresent.com). Thanks for tuning in and see you at the movies!
Dec 20, 2018
Episode 7 - December 20, 2018
It's our Christmas special and last podcast of the year! So many new film releases to talk about, including "Mary Poppins Returns," Aquaman," "Bumblebee," "Second Act," Welcome to Marwen, "On the Basis of Sex," and "Vice." Also, I review "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" and "Mary Poppins Returns." In 2019, I'll be watching all 52 films (one per week) as listed in the great book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) THE ESSENTIALS: 52 MUST-SEE MOVIES AND WHEY THEY MATTER by Jeremy Arnold. I would love it if you joined me in this movie-watching quest! Thanks again for tuning in! See you in January 2019.
Dec 13, 2018
Episode 6 - December 13, 2018
New in Theaters: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, MORTAL ENGINES, THE MULE, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Reviews: IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) Classic Cinema Corner: THE BAD SLEEP WELL (1960) Recommendations: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (2018)
Dec 6, 2018
Episode 5 - December 6, 2018
Thanks for listening! New in Theaters: "Mary Queen of Scots" (2018, Focus Features); "Ben Is Back" (2018, Roadside Attractions) Reviews: "Scrooge" (1970, Cinema Center Films) Classic Cinema Corner: "Schindler's List" 25th anniversary (1993, Universal); Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1954, Paramount); 2019 lineup of Turner Classic Movies' Big Screen Classics series
Nov 29, 2018
Episode 4 - November 29, 2018
Thanks for listening to the podcast! New in Theaters: "Anna and the Apocalypse" (2018, Orion Pictures); "The Possession of Hannah Grace" (2018, Screen Gems/Sony); "Mirai" (2018, Studio Chizu) Reviews: "Creed II" (2018, MGM) Classic Cinema Corner: Awesomeness on Turner Classic Movies (TCM); "Sleepless in Seattle" 25th anniversary (1993, Tri Star Pictures/Sony)
Nov 20, 2018
Episode 3 - November 20, 2018
Thanks for listening to the podcast! New in Theaters: "The Favourite" (2018, Fox Searchlight); "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (2018, Walt Disney Animation Studios); "Robin Hood" (2018, Summit/Lionsgate; and I meant to say Taron...my bad); "Green Book" (2018, Universal); "Creed II" (2018, MGM) Reviews: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (2018, Walt Disney Animation Studios) Classic Cinema Corner: "Superman: The Movie" (1978, Warner Bros.)
Nov 15, 2018
Episode 2 - November 15, 2018
Welcome to Episode 2. New in Theaters: "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald"(2018, Warner Bros.); "Widows" (2018, 20th Century Fox); "Instant Family" (2018, Paramount) Reviews: "Mid90s" (2018, A24); "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" (2018, Fox Searchlight) Classic Cinema Corner: "Castle in the Sky" (1986, Studio Ghibli)
Nov 8, 2018
Episode 1 - November 8, 2018
Welcome to our first podcast! New in Theaters: "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" (2018, Illumination/Universal); "Overlord" (2018, Paramount); "The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story" (2018, Columbia) Reviews: "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" (2018, Walt Disney Studios); "Bohemian Rhapsody" (2018, 20th Century Fox) Classic Cinema Corner: RIP FilmStruck; Orson Welles' "The Other Side of the Wind" (2018, Netflix) and accompanying documentary "They'll Love Me When I'm Dead" (2018, Netflix)