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A compare and contrast podcast of films from present to past. Showcasing movies connected by genre, creators, personal themes & social relevance, we discover the elements that make movies rewatchable (or not). Hosted by artist-filmmakers and longtime friends, Kraig Rasmussen & Seamus Smith.
 
Die Hard With a Podcast is a 9-part series examining the best American action film of all time: Die Hard. This podcast may center around Die Hard, but it also explores more than just what happened inside Nakatomi Tower that fateful Christmas Eve. This is a podcast for anyone out there with interest in the film – or even just action films, films from the 1980s, the evolution of the American movie hero, film production… Die Hard is at once a product of its time, and the start of a new kind of ...
 
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Happy 2021 everyone! Like many of you, we opened our Christmas Present of Wonder Woman '84 on the day it was released. So how did it add to our holiday? How does it add up to the first WW and other recent DC films? Plus, we talk briefly about other strong female characters with Stargirl, and the Amazon original film I'm Your Woman. Subscribe to Rep…
 
With the 3rd season of Cobra Kai dropping on Netflix as our first treat of 2021, this episode from our Patreon feed was poised and ready for the All Valley Tournament. We chat about the different themes playing out between different characters across the overall show, what it borrows from the formula in the original 3 films, then we take a hard loo…
 
'Tis the season for holiday themed episodes, and we wanted to rise to the challenge with an actual Christmas movie (with minimal explosions), and Netflix's Klaus did not disappoint. We have a blast talking about the 2D rendering and design styles, the incredibly timely, socially conscious story, and the unique take on the Santa Klaus mythos. Also, …
 
In the spirit of the still spooky season, we have the perfect "Thanksgiving" episode, and a blast, discussing Barry Sonnenfeld's wicked Addams Family Values from 1993. We spend a good chunk of our talk covering (& quoting) the knockout, brilliant script by Paul Rudnick, and Sonnenfeld's exquisite storytelling, but we also lavish attention on the to…
 
Continuing our tribute to the late Sean Connery, we tackle what is one of his most puzzling, crazy entries, and it also happens to be his final on screen performance. Why was this movie such a mess? How did it become instantly notorious? How is has it aged? Also, we discuss our favorite Connery movies, his overall career, and of course, James Bond.…
 
In our fist of two tributes to the first Scotsman of cinema, we tackle the Rock as a companion to our previous episode on Michael Bay's Armageddon. We discuss what the then-71-year-old Connery definitely added to the film, how he and Cage play off each other, the many different screenwriters who doctored this film, and then answer the most importan…
 
For a special PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION EVE show, we pulled a very appropriate unreleased episode from the vault. Although recorded over 3 years ago before we launched the podcast, this episode on the original and remake of the Manchurian Candidate could not be more timely. We tackle the differing takes each director, John Frankenheimer & Jonathan Demm…
 
In a rowdy and random, hilariously drunken Vodkast, we dig into the career of the muscles from Brussels, and run down a few odd entries from his career, "Black Eagle", "No Retreat, No Surrender" & "In Hell", all strangely involving Russia in one way or another. We talk about whether or not Jean Claude Van Damme is a truly good fighter, citing evide…
 
Continuing our spooky dive for Halloween, special guest J Gonzo joins us to talk more Cronenberg, with his extremely personal work, the Brood. We dive into the very bizarre story, the proto-Cronenbergian body horror, the most interesting Oliver Reed in the world, and what the filmmaker was getting at with this inspired entry in his canon. Support J…
 
We get spooky just in time for Halloween with a David Cronenberg spotlight double-feature. This time we look at Cronenberg's efforts to adapt Stephen King's the Dead Zone, and compare it to the rest of their respective film libraries, as well as the typical stylistic earmarks of both. Plus we talk acting, both big and small, as we tackle talkin' Wa…
 
With just 10 days until the 2020 Presidential Election, two films have arrived on streaming platforms from master documentarian Alex Gibney, which all America should watch and share. Agents of Chaos (HBOmax) & Totally Under Control (Hulu) encapsulate the two most important factors of the Trump era, honing in on facts and timelines of the Russia hac…
 
Our march toward the Presidential election continues with the 1990 John Cusack/James Spader political parable, True Colors. We dive into the dueling natures of idealism and ambition, along with some serious filmmaking interrogation, in a detailed, insightful and funny episode. Plus, we play more of our new game! Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever…
 
In a HUGE deviation from our normal episodes, we have come up with a game, and decided to spend an episode introducing it to give you a taste of the premium episodes you can find on our Patreon page (repeatviewpod). It was a breezy and hilarious use of our time, (and now your time,) to say the least. Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever you listen,…
 
As a vital Presidential election looms, and our "commander in chief" just spent a weekend in the hospital, coming out somewhat altered by the experience, Ivan Reitman's "Dave" from 1993 seems the only film we could possibly discuss this episode, and it's more relevant than ever! We chat about the endless layers of satire, humor and heart, and how t…
 
To hopefully complete an unintentional theme, we honor the recently passed, highly influential Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by talking about the documentary with her initials, and then some. We weigh her impact in the court against our current national crises and share one of our best, most politically open minded conversations yet. …
 
Our biopic trilogy of appreciation in memory of Chadwick Boseman comes to a strong close with Marshall, the 2017 courtroom drama directed by Reginald Hudlin. As we mourn the passing of RBG, this story of the first black Supreme Court Justice was a timely watch and discussion in more ways than one. We peel back the dense layers of nuance, performanc…
 
Our celebration of Chadwick Boseman continues, with easily his funkiest biopic, Get On Up, directed by Tate Taylor. We discuss the very unique story structure, immersive make-up & costumes, use of music, and above all, Boseman's bravura chameleon performance. Plus we take a long look at the many fascinating and well rounded characters that populate…
 
With the recent sudden and shocking passing of Chadwick Boseman, it seems only right to honor his powerful work toward equality and the portrayal of positive, powerful black role models & icons. He left a strong legacy in an incredibly short career, and perhaps no film anchors that legacy better than the story of Jackie Robinson, 42. We discuss the…
 
After a three decade wait, the world has finally received Bill & Ted Face the Music, so it's only fitting that we close our sci-fi block with their entire trilogy. Returning guest, animator Neil McLean joins us to parse the many details and dissect the various special effects. Do these movies hold up? What did we notice after all this time? And how…
 
Our wild ride through the prophecy laden science fiction of the 1980s continues, bringing us to the meanest possible streets of old Detroit. With it's avalanche of bravado, social commentary and wit, the undeniable classic Robocop is ripe for another installment, even today. But how does the 2014 remake stack up against the OG Robo, and what does i…
 
Our Science-Fiction-Social-Commentary exploration continues with the inescapable 80's action entry, the Running Man, loosely based on the book by Richard Bachman aka Stephen King. We discuss the world building and execution of both formats, along with the 1980s world that spawned both, and the super stark, startling reflections of our own world tod…
 
In perhaps our most detailed exploration so far, we dive into the '84 adaptation of 1984 by Michael Radford, weighing the quality of translation, the missing & present underlying themes, the classic story's applications to modern society, and what Orwell was up to with this idea. Plus, a TON of creative pondering on what a modern adaptation might b…
 
We turn our gaze to the American war machine with two films uncannily matched for such a task, sending us into a deep discussion about the heart of America and our penchant for imperialism. It is our second podcaster battle in a row, as we deeply debate one of these films. Buckle up for a crazy ride up river! Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever yo…
 
Two films, one title. It's a no holds barred, bare knuckle brawl of a film chat, complete with some very unexpected twists, and a bevvy of deep cuts info on both movies. After the results of this match, expect us to do more vs. style episodes, because you're in for an intense and hilarious round!! Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever you listen, pl…
 
In an upbeat companion to our previous episode on Boyz in the Hood & Clockers, we follow the thread to relevant and connected tales, one an epic music biopic, the other perhaps THE quintessential stoner movie-- both are directed by the uber-talent F. Gary Gray. We tie everything together thematically between all four films, while also lavishing spe…
 
Continuing our discussion about the core issues at the heart of the Black Lives Matter protests, we turn our eyes on policing and the systemic marginalization of black Americans through two definitive classics. It's another talk laden with hard truths and fascinating observations, but also plenty of heart and fun along the way, because that is what…
 
In a packed episode, we cover the news about Zack Snyder's Justice League finally happening, a Justice League animated movie, the Equalizer films, and the rare inclusion of a documentary, Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics. TO close things out, we turn our attention to celebrating two wonderful people who recently passed, Lynn Shelton & F…
 
In a rare double first take, we look at two very recent films, Bloodshot from the Valiant Cinematic Universe, and the Gentlemen from Guy Ritchie, giving our two cents on whether you should or should not rent them. As usual we stray into some interesting and varied tangents on filmmakers, comics & special effects quality or lack thereof. Also, we ta…
 
In this fast paced and hilarious episode, we have our "first take" review of Sonic the Hedgehog, featuring a deliciously maniacal Jim Carrey, and then we go down macho memory lane with our compare/contrast of Navy SEALs & Under Siege-- the description of which pretty much speaks for itself. Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever you listen, please ra…
 
Recorded in December 2019, just after our first viewing of TROS, this episode was saved for the return from hiatus, and the digital release of the film. As the finale of an epic, 40 year saga, a lot rides on Episode IX. Do we think it lives up to the responsibility of satisfying hordes of picky fans and wrapping up dozens of dangling threads? Does …
 
This long awaited (by us) dive into our mutual favorite genre includes a wide selection, both from film & tv, of mostly recent crime entries, but with one sweaty, notable exception. We talk why crime is a great canvas for broad story & character possibilities, and how amazing performances come from such characters when actors are given chances to b…
 
In our triumphant (?) return from hiatus, we tackle the elephant in everybody's room, and what we are watching to fill our time whilst indoors for the immediate future. We each talk about a film we finally watched after meaning to for a long time, Hostiles & Us, respectively. Plus, we discuss sagas and trilogies in detail via directors Peter Jackso…
 
On the eve of the saga finale, we thought it might be fun to remind you of our stance on the new trilogy, and Rian Johnson's divisive middle entry. We suspect we, and Johnson, will be vindicated when the results are in from episode IX. Enjoy the conclusion to the Skywalker story, and may the force be with you. Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever y…
 
We continue our de facto Political Commentary block with Rod Lurie's keenly observed film from 2000, the year right before our new age of politics was truly born. We discuss the reflections of our current political climate, the parallels to Barack Obama (who was a complete unknown at the time), and compare the spin factor and tactics to our previou…
 
IMPEACHMENT SPECIAL! We look at two films that brilliantly showcase the playbook of spin from both politicians and media alike. It's a compare & contrast made just for us with (the lost gem) Bob Roberts and Wag the Dog both striking the same chords, while revealing different elements of the well-spun media and rhetoric barrage we all endure on the …
 
We cover our first original film for a streaming platform, with Eddie Murphy's new comeback, "Dolemite is my Name!" We talk about the social and creative themes of the film, as well as it's place among the works or director Craig Brewer and writers Scott Alexander & Larry Karazewski. Then we go full tilt into the cast and production design, with a …
 
Part 2 of our Halloween double-feature, once again, pits two opposite styles of adaptation against one another, in another faithful vs funny compare and contrast. Can the melodrama of Kenneth Branagh live up to the standard of not just the companion, Coppola produced Dracula, but that of the comedy classic by Mel Brooks & Gene Wilder? Listen to fin…
 
Part 1 of a Halloween Double Feature block tackles the most classic, and probably most filmed screen villain of all time. Dracula goes by many names; the Prince of Darkness, Vlad the Impaler... and his names are almost as numerous as the number of adaptations of Stoker's classic novel. We explore some reasons for that, and look at the flexibility o…
 
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