Saving Private Ryan

Film ‐ February 13, 2017

We round out the final installment of our Tom Hanks trifecta with a look back at one of the most highly revered war films of all time. Joe admits that director Steven Spielberg was successful in rending a highly authentic portrayal of WWII combat, but suggests that in the process of bringing the European theatre of war into cinemas, audiences may have gotten too wrapped up in the American flag to see its shortcomings. The film is a technical marvel, but does Saving Private Ryan really “earn it”?

What’s this week’s suggestion? Here’s a hint!

“Always with the negative waves Moriarty, always …

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Philadelphia

Film ‐ January 30, 2017

This week, Alan and Joe talk about Philadelphia (1993). Despite a few poignant scenes, and strong performances from both Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, Jonathan Demme’s attempt to deal with the AIDS epidemic in America ultimately flat-lines. But hang in there, as Alan’s recommendation introduces us to a little known South African film which presents similar subject matter in a more poetic way.

What’s this week’s suggestion? Here’s a hint!

“Beauty!”

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Forrest Gump

Film ‐ January 16, 2017

For our first installment of what is to be a Tom Hanks trifecta, Joe and Alan tear open the cinematic box of chocolates known as Forrest Gump. With characters and moments ranging from sickly sweet to dreadfully bitter, we’ll discuss why this overrated film leaves such a bad taste in our mouths.

What’s this week’s suggestion? Here’s a hint!

“I’ve never flown before in my life, and it shows exactly what you can do if you’re a total psychotic!”

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