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Looking California and Feeling Minnesota
Two working film industry professionals talk the ins and outs of movies and the best and worst of cinema.
Aug 18, 2020
Episode 23: Richard Jewell
On today’s podcast Barry and I take a look at the 2019 Clint Eastwood film, Richard Jewell. On the episode we discuss the hopefully soon-to-be discovered, glorious genius of the film's star Paul Walter Hauser as well as the reliable acting brilliance of Kathy Bates and Sam Rockwell. In addition we wrestle with the often-times frustrating nature of Clint Eastwood’s directing approach and the never ending mystery of Jon Hamm.
Aug 18, 2020
Episode 22: The Old Guard
This week Barry berates me for trying to stay current by choosing the new Netflix sci-fi action movie The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron, for us to discuss. In the episode we break down the movie and consider what worked (not much), what didn’t (a lot), and why. We also dive into the unending mystery of who actually shot this movie.
Aug 2, 2020
Episode 21: The Vast of Night (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #5)
On this episode of everybody’s favorite cinema podcast we discuss the *The Vast of Night*, a sneaky good little sci-fi film currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Come join us as we take the Looking California and Feeling Minnesota Starship back to 1950’s New Mexico where we grapple with over-active imaginations and possibly UFO’s!! And we also marvel at the formidable skill of up and coming director Andrew Patterson, who makes his impressive feature film debut with *The Vast of Night*.
Jun 3, 2020
Episode 20: The Last Samurai (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #4)
This week things get combative on the pod as Barry and I do battle over his newest choice for a quarantine watch, 2003’s *The Last Samurai*, which stars Tom Cruise and is directed by Edward Zwick. We also play another round of everybody’s favorite games - Hollywood Mogul. The stakes are high as the loser of the game and the debate must commit seppuku at the end of the podcast!
May 13, 2020
Episode 19: The Social Network (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #3)
This week Barry's choice for a must see (rewatch) movie while on quarantine is the nearly decade old The Social Network directed by David Fincher (currently playing on Netflix). This film is extraordinarily written by Aaron Sorkin, filled with incredible performances and directed to a pace that makes 2 hours fly by. Come join us in breaking down this underrated movie that now is interesting to look back on and realize the creation of Facebook is playing during our quarantine.
May 5, 2020
Episode 18: Inception
This week we dive into the decades old Christopher Nolan's modern classic Inception. This movie flies in the face of conventional Hollywood blockbusters and succeeds wildly. Come hear us dig into the many layers of s film.
1 hr 11 min
Apr 24, 2020
Episode 17: John McTiernan (Barry & Mike's Quarantine List Pick #4)
This week we are doing a directors "showcase" and we are diving into the career of John McTiernan. His films include Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt for Red October, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Thomas Crown affair and many more. We discuss this dying breed of non-auteur but skilled director and what makes directors like him rare and wonderful to revisit their work.
1 hr 13 min
Apr 14, 2020
Episode 16: There Will Be Blood (Barry & Mike's Quarantine List Pick #3)
This week we dive into the overlooked 2007 modern classic There Will Be Blood. This movie is an actor and director at the top of their games that have created a museum worthy movie you can watch over and over again and study the mastery they had while making the film. That is precisely why we want you to check this movie out. If you are a cinema fan you can watch the movie, listen to the podcast and rewatch the movie or if you maybe are a little worried the movie might be a bit slow or complicated you can listen to the podcast and hear our thoughts, favorite scenes and what to watch out for that will help keep you engaged during your movie experience. Check out the movie on Netflix today!
1 hr 15 min
Apr 9, 2020
Episode 15: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Mike's Quarantine List Pick #2)
This week we dive into the overlooked 2011 British movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This movie is one of the best crafted movies of the last 10-20 years but is a little bit of in a traditional story structure for a spy movie. This movie makes you think, doesn't spoon feed you nor does it lay everything out with a nice bow on it. That is precisely why we want you to check this movie out. It's a slow burn so don't turn it on late at night when your eyelids are heavy. If you are a cinema fan you can watch the movie, listen to the podcast and rewatch the movie or if you maybe are a little worried the movie might be a bit slow or complicated you can listen to the podcast and hear our thoughts, favorite scenes and what to watch out for that will help keep you engaged during your movie experience. Check out the movie on Netflix today!
1 hr 13 min
Apr 7, 2020
Episode 14: Hell or High Water (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #2)
This week Barry's choice for a must see (rewatch) movie while on quarantine is the incredible Hell or High Water (currently playing on Netflix). This film is extraordinarily written, filled with incredible performances and directed to near perfection. Come join us in breaking down this modern masterpiece.
1 hr 9 min
Mar 24, 2020
Episode 13: Zodiac (Mike's Quarantine List Pick #1)
This week Mike and I continue our top picks for movies that are streaming you should check out or take second look. This week is Mike's selection of David Finchers Zodiac (currently streaming on Crackle.com). Listen to our thoughts on the movie and then check it out online for free.
Mar 20, 2020
Episode 12: Ex Machina (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #1)
We start our series on overlooked, excellent, must watch movies on the major streaming platforms. As we all deal with the quarantines and social distancing we all are running through our list of shows and movies to get caught up on. We wanted to point out a few gems you maybe missed or were far enough off the mainstream path that you should consider watching with the extra time on your hands. This week we look at the fantastic film Ex Machina.
Mar 12, 2020
Episode 11: Corona Virus & Contagion (2011)
This week real life meets Hollywood. We discuss the current effects the Corona virus is having on the studios and more importantly those working in the gig economy. We also look back at the Steven Soderbergh movie Contagion.
1 hr 2 min
Mar 4, 2020
Episode 10: The Invisible Man (2020)
This week we talk about the modern telling of an old classic in The Invisible Man. This classic has been updated to have the film be from the perspective of the main female lead vs the invisible man himself. There are good and not so good things about the film. Join us and hear what we liked, what we didn't and what we would have do differently.
Feb 26, 2020
Episode 9: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
This week we dive into the French film Portrait of a Lady on Fire. This is a French movie with subtitles and is currently in limited release around the country. If you love foreign films or cinema in general check out the movie and then listen to us break it down or if you are so inclined listen to our thoughts and see if that makes you more or less inclined to check out this film.
Feb 19, 2020
Episode 8: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
This week we dive into Quentin Tarantino's 9th film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. We go deep and wide on the film, the impact on cinema, the influences and why this is such a deep and complex movie.
1 hr 45 min
Feb 11, 2020
Episode 7: Joker
This week we dive into the 2020 Best Picture Nominee Joker. We go deep and wide on the film, the impact on cinema, the influences and why this is such a polarizing movie.
1 hr 23 min
Feb 4, 2020
Episode 6: Jojo Rabbit
This week we dive into another 2020 Best Picture Nominee Jojo Rabbit. What makes this film so great, why you should see it and what makes is so special. This is an offbeat film that isn't perfect but well worth your time to check it out.
Jan 28, 2020
Episode 5: Parasite
This week we dive into the 2020 Best Picture Nominee Parasite. What makes this film so great, why you should see it and what makes is so special. Also we put on our studio boss hats and we give a few options for what the inevitable American remake/recasting and give you who we would see playing these roles.
1 hr 9 min
Jan 22, 2020
Episode 4: 1917
This week we dive into the leading candidate for Best Picture of 2019. We discuss what we liked about the movie, what we didn't care for and ways we might have changed how the story was told.
Jan 14, 2020
Episode 3: 2020 Oscar Nominations First Thoughts
This week we dive into the top categories of the 2020 Oscar Nominations. We cover who is nominated, who was snubbed and at this point who is likely to be the winner.
1 hr 19 min
Jan 9, 2020
Episode 1: Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker
This week we dive into the blockbuster movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We will dive into our thoughts on the movie as a whole, the acting, directing, cinematography and breakdown our thoughts on how the story plays out.
1 hr 11 min
Jan 7, 2020
Episode 2: Marriage Story
This week we dive into the Netflix movie Marriage Story. We will dive into our thoughts on the movie as a whole, the acting, directing, cinematography and breakdown our thoughts on how the story plays out.