The magical 1988 Best Foreign Film Oscar Winner “Cinema Paradiso” hits the Club. Steve rewatches it with first time viewer Denise, and they check in with The Irish Critic for her recent viewing.

How come a foreign film ends up in so many people’s Top 5?

Is this just a love story about film?

Is the humor kinda slapstick?

What makes a great movie kiss?

Did the kid steal the show?

Is it ever appropriate to wink at a kid?

All these questions and more get answered on this week’s episode.

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Listen in like the main character of this Oscar Winner. “The Lives of Others” from 2006.  It’s available here or on itunes. And it’s got one of the great last lines of a movie. Enjoy.

Steve and a big group screen possibly the most analyzed movie of all time, Kubrick’s “The Shining”. Then theories, opinions and jokes abound.

Is Shelly Duvall a looker?

Did Jack do more than pull Danny’s arm?

Did we land on the moon? And if not, did Kubrick fake it?

What the hell was the guy in the Bear costume doing?

Why don’t they make Big Wheels for adults?

All these questions and more get covered!

Back to back Kubrick on IMDB’s list this week with his 1957 film “Paths of Glory.” It’s early but are signs of his genius already here? Returning guest Eric Toms discusses it fresh off a screening. Plus: The Irish Critic.

Is there such thing as a Pro-war Film?

Is Kubrick getting steadicam results 20 years before it was invented?

How sexy is Kirk Douglas’ clef?

Is it cool to marry the only woman in the cast, or creepy?

Would the ending have been the same if made today?

All these questions and more on this week’s MMC.

Our first Japanese Anime on the list, Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 film “Princess Mononoke.” MMC friend of the show Cornelius Burroughs chimes in on his love of this movie, and Steve gives it a watch for the first time.

Is a foreign film better dubbed or with original voices and subtitles?

Is there any other film hero like Ashitaka?

Who wouldn’t want to be raised by wolves?

How lucky are we that this wasn’t Miyazaki’s last film?

All these questions and a lot more are answered on this week’s Mazan Movie Club.

The Irish Critic hadn’t seen this one, so Steve sits down with her to watch it and talk about it. Denise jumps on for a quick review as well.

Is WALL-E the robotic Buster Keaton?

Are WALL-E and EVE one of the big screen’s great romances?

What do WALL-E and Louis C.K. have in common?

Is the the Pixar’s “Full Metal Jacket”?

All these questions and more get answered on this week’s episode.


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Heath Harmison and Lucas Bohn join Steve to discuss this action packed, violent Tarantino flick. That’s redundant, right?

Is DiCaprio finally a man?

Is the “N”word overused?

Is Nash Bridges this movie’s Travolta?

What’s the Irish Critic’s problem?

All these questions and more as we discuss “Django Unchained”


Stuck at sea running from Hurricane Irma, Steve takes the show solo for a very intimate episode. With a very intimate portrait of White, American Suburbia. Sam Mendes’ 1999 Best Picture winner “American Beauty.”

Was Kevin Spacey unstoppable at this point in his career?

Did this movie deserve to win all the Oscars it did?

Was Annette Benning robbed of an Oscar?

Did the floating plastic bag get robbed of an Oscar?

Is Kevin Spacey the best Drive-Thru cashier ever?

All these questions and more get answered on this week’s Mazan Movie Club.

Steve gets  a group of performers from the ship he’s cruising on to watch and discuss the finale of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Is Batman or Bane’s voice weirder?

Is Anne Hathaway a problem?

Who was the best Batman?

Is this better than “The Dark Knight”?

All these questions and a lot more get answered from the shadow of Hurricane Irma.

From the road Steve brings in the family to discuss the great female hero, Ripley, and her continued butt-kicking in the fantastic sequel “Aliens” from James Cameron in 1986. #66 on IMDB. With The Irish Critic & Cathy Mazan.

Was “Newt” too cute or just cute enough?

Is Sigourney Weaver beautiful?

Can aliens use elevators?

How much do we miss Bill Paxton?

Is this better than the original?

Is this the perfect movie?

All these questions and more get answered on this week’s episode.

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