Who better to join Steve in discussing this masterpiece of Neo-realism than one of the smartasses from TMZ, Comedian Brian McDaniel. Also, returning guest Comedian/Filmmaker Eric Toms gives us trivia and his take on why this movie is so damn good 70 years later. It’s 1948’s “The Bicycle Thieves” from Italian Director Vittorio De Sica.

The Irish Critic (Steve’s Mom) gives her thoughtful review and the live guests discuss the use of amateur actors, black & white, and if we got a happy ending or not. Would a bicycle lock have ruined this whole movie? Would it be called “The Segway Thieves” if it was made today. Listen in and find out.

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“The Bicycle Thieves” on IMDB:                        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040522/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Next week’s Movie: The original “Toy Story”     http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114709/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

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Let’s kill some Nat-zis! It’s 2009’s “Inglorious Basterds.” Tarantino makes his first appearance on the list, while star Brad Pitt shows up in back to back movies on the Top 100. Our first repeat star. Have we been undervaluing Brad Pitt? Or has Host Steve Mazan been the only one thinking he was more looks than talent?  Is this Tarantino’s masterpiece?

Mazan Movie Club members chime in as well as in studio guests Comedian Paul Morrissey and Denise Mazan. What’s the best scene? How bad is Denise’s Aldo Raine impression? Listen in and find out.

“Inglorious Basterds” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0361748/

 

Paul’s Movies

Fav: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091217/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Best: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068646/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 

Guilty Pleasure: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0838283/?ref_=nv_sr_1
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Mazan’s love British humor. And crime stories.  And Violence (well most of the family). So Guy Ritchie’s 2000 film “Snatch” becomes a family affair as Steve’s wife Denise joins in, as well as his sister, and as always mom: “The Irish Critic.”

Good news they’re all more intelligible than Brad Pitt’s character Mickey.

SNATCH on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0208092/?pf_rd_m=A2FGELUUNOQJNL&pf_rd_p=2398042102&pf_rd_r=1QVN3GDCSZ57Q20A4HMN&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_t=15506&pf_rd_i=top&ref_=chttp_tt_99

 

Denise’s guilty pleasure:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110399/?ref_=nv_sr_1
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Our first Chaplin film on the IMDB Top 100 countdown! It was Chaplin & The Tramp’s first full-length feature film. Host Steve Mazan tackles the review duties himself with some insights, trivia and backstory to this 1921 silent classic. There’s even an homage to the silent era with the first of it’s kind “Silent Podcast wrap-up”

Full Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCeP0PYyRCg

Chaplin Conducting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zF98VDxED4

Your mother smells of Elderberries!! Tune in and join in to this week’s episode of the Mazan Movie Club.

The Movie Club doesn’t “run away” from discussing #99 on IMDB’s Top Movies list: Monty Python & The Holy Grail. Steve Mazan is joined by huge Grail fan Murray Valeriano and returning guest Rick Ramos. In addition Movie Club members give their best impressions of their favorite lines. It’s our first comedy on the countdown and like the movie itself, laughs are everywhere.

The Holy Grail on IMDB #99

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Chris Strait special on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chris-Strait-Urban-Suburbanite/dp/B0163BUUCM

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What a blast discussing L.A. Confidential on a rare rainy night in Los Angeles itself. Guests Reese Golchin & Gary Cannon join host Steve Mazan to discuss the amazing 1997 film and it’s place in movie history. There’s some great insights, tidbits and laughs—much lighter than the city portrayed in the movie.

Club members/listeners like YOU contribute as well and spark some great conversation. Where do you stand on the Kim Basinger Academy Award? How do Tempestt Bledsoe, Demi Moore & Suzanne Pleshette join Rollo Tomassi in the discussion?

Do you agree Curtis Hanson, Brian Helgeland, James Ellroy,Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce & Russell Crowe should be at # 100 on IMDB’s Top Rated Films?

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GUESTS

Gary Cannon @cannoncomedy http://garycannon.com/#home

Reese Golchin @ReeseGolchin https://www.instagram.com/reesegolchin/

 

Kim Basinger’s Oscar win: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZmJjPWgzJc

Our mission to dissect: http://www.imdb.com/chart/top

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Mazan Movie Club kicks off with #101 on IMDB’s top rated, Sergio Leone’s 1965 classic “For a Few Dollars More.” Part of the spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood the Club starts with many bangs. Joining host Steve Mazan (@steve_Mazan) is Writer/Director/Comedian Eric Toms (@erictomscomedy) and wealth of film knowledge Comic Rick Ramos (@rickramoscomedy).

http://www.imdb.com/chart/top

For a Few Dollars More on IMDB

Merry Christmas everyone! Happy Holidays!

Whatever it is you might be celebrating this time of year have fun with it. Hold your family close and treat your friends like family (maybe even nicer).

I’ve been doing a lot of corporate and private holiday parties and it’s been a blast. Each group has been incredibly welcoming and made me feel like one of the gang for the hour or two I’m with them. It’s so fun to see these employees let off some steam and share some laughs after a year of hard work. They really seem to love the material I’ve written specifically for their companies too. I guess that’s their real chance to share a laugh.

Whether your having a party or not, I hope that the holidays are happy and safe… and most of all full of laughter!

–Steve

Great story with a dose of perspective and inspiration from a lady at a show in Canada last week:  After a show where I mentioned my history with cancer a friendly lady in her 30’s came up and said “I don’t know why but I have to share a story with you.” I know how helpful this can be for some people–and hey she had just listened to me tell jokes for an hour, so of course I said I’d love to hear it.

She took my breath away by starting the story by saying, “In the last year I’ve lost both my husband and my teenage son to cancer.” I was floored and told her how sorry I was, and that I can‘t imagine what that must be like. I was surprised she could still laugh at a comedy show. Or anything for that matter.

I told her that’s the hidden victims of cancer: people who have helped those stricken with the disease and then are left behind to continue dealing with we pain and memories of the sickness. Family and friends are the continuing survivors. That’s when she said that‘s exactly what her story was about.

This woman has another son who is 10yrs old. He and his mom are now left alone in the wake of the father and brother passing. I was even more heartbroken. The story kept getting worse, and my eyes were watering up with the sadness. Little did I know that a moment later I‘d be tearing up with joy and inspiration.

The woman smiled and said that her 10yr old asked her it they could start playing the lottery. She asked why, and he said he wanted to win and give all the money to cancer research. She said they started playing right away! I smiled big and said he‘s obviously a great kid. And that I hope he wins. But the story went on. The mom had to sell the house they lived in because they were obviously with much less income. They had to start making it on a single mother‘s salary. She was worried about selling the house in a tough market and also what effect it would have on her son to move out of the house and neighborhood he had grown up. Especially after what will probably be the worst year of his life.

The mom said she was so excited to find out that the house had been sold and she shared the great news with her son. Her son then asked if they could give all the money from selling the house to cancer research. She said she laughed and started crying at the same time. I was now getting very choked up at the story of this incredible kid.

The mom explained to her son that they needed the money from selling the house to find a new place to live. He seemed to understand a little bit. Then he asked if they needed ALL the money to find a new place to live. Now I was crying as she continued the story, and so was she.

She told her son she’d see what they could do. In the end they gave $10,000 to cancer research. $10k! This was a small town I was in and I could tell from talking to the lady that they were of modest means. That’s a huge amount of money in ANY case, and I’m sure even more to these two remaining survivors.

The mom and I hugged and cried a little bit and I told her her husband must have been an incredible man to have a son like that. They were obviously great parents. Before she left I told her I hope that I get to meet her son someday. Truthfully I hope we all get to meet him, or someone like him.

But since hearing that story I‘ve walked a little lighter and smiled a little more just knowing there are people out there—10yr old kids out there–like that. It’s easy to forget but we live in a great world.

I’m in Canada right now and having a blast!

This is my second trip to make our neighbors to the north laugh, and everyone is just as nice as you hear.

But what makes this trip special are the shows that I am doing. Starting earlier this week and continuing over the next ten days I’m performing at a number of fundraising events. These are some of my favorite shows to do because we end up raising a bunch of money for some great causes and making a lot of people laugh along the way.

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We started with a super fun show for the Alberta Cerebral Palsy Association, and followed up with a standing room only performance for a breast cancer fund in Edson (photo above). Next week we do some more cancer events as well as some shows for animal shelters. Obviously the cancer events are close to my heart (or more specifically my liver-ha ha) but truly all these fundraising events are an honor to perform at. I love making people laugh, and if it’s for a great cause, even better. Plus the audiences that come out for these events are amazing. They are equally supportive with their laughter and it’s always a fun night.

I see why so many groups are going the route of having comedy at their event. Everyone leaves happy!