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Elvis Has Left The Movies

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Elvis Has Left The Movies

Matthieu Langlois & Morgan Kagesheongai

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Matt and Morgan are on a cinematic journey through all 31 feature films starring the one and only Elvis Presley. In addition to the individual films, they'll also be discussing the different cultural aspects of Elvis outside of his movies and the general vibe of the 50's and 60's through a present day perspective. New episode every Friday.
 
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With one major hurdle behind us, it's back to pretty alright yet formulaic Elvis pleasantness. This week it's a little ramblin' gamblin' trip down the Mississippi River. It's also a period piece which means for the first time in a while there are interesting costumes to discuss. Pretty standard fare. Near the end we brainstorm a whole psychological…
 
It's the one you've all been waiting for I'm sure. Even most die-hard fans will agree that this is pretty much rock bottom, cinematically, for Elvis. We agree. At least we can put it behind us. Given that we've got yet another movie appropriating a culture, Morgan gets to talkin' about orientalism. Matt discusses the crucial difference between a go…
 
How appropriate that Elvis plays a rodeo cowboy in this one since the movie felt like it was a bucking bull trying to throw us off with its many plots. It made for strange but not unrewarding viewing and at least one scene we deemed the best gag in an Elvis film so far. No new songs were recorded for this film so we talk a bit about the various alb…
 
This movie jumps on the bandwagon of two different trends. We've got a beach party movie on our hands with a Beatles inspired rock band at its center. Luckily that means we ended up having a delightful time. Matt does a deep dive into how beach party movies became a thing and even gives a mini review of one he watched. Morgan liked a lot of the son…
 
We get a few signs of our growth throughout this series as we enter into the back half of the Elvis filmography. In this episode Matt is able to actually summarize the whole plot in short order and Morgan recognizes an actress and pinpoints which past film she appeared in. Look at us go. That being said, Morgan is getting fed up with the tropes. Sh…
 
It's pretty wild that we're already halfway towards our goal. So many movies. So we're taking an episode to pause and reflect. The bulk of the time is taken up with us committing to ranking all the Elvis character names. Along the way we also discuss favourite songs, outfits, sidekicks, co-stars and even favourite scene of Elvis singing while drivi…
 
A classic movie gimmick. Have your lead actor play dual roles. Though they really don't utilize its potential with Elvis. The result is an almost okay movie. It wasn't as bad as we were expecting but maybe we're just getting better at keeping our expectations really low. Morgan takes offense to a pair of overalls worn backwards. Matt notices Elvis …
 
Since we're opting to go with the production order of the movies instead of the release dates, Kissin' Cousins can wait for next week. Elvis gets paired off with a leading lady who can really go toe to toe with him. Ann-Margret hops into this picture and brings along some folks who worked with her on Bye Bye Birdie. Matt really dug the filmmaking o…
 
Back to our regularly scheduled programming. We recorded it once and some audio was lost but second time's the charm so you may now hear our thoughts on Fun in Acapulco. It's a pretty good bad movie that contains probably our favourite weird scene transition yet. We go into the surprising history Elvis had with Mexico which led to him being unable …
 
Facing the dilemma of no new episode being recorded yet for this week, Matt decided to try this experiment. Didn't want you to be completely empty-handed. It's not a new episode but it is all new content. Many tangents and jokes get cut to keep things at a consistent runtime and all those extra bits are now collected here. So if you came to this El…
 
We'll tell ya what didn't happen at the World's Fair, a good movie. The location's an interesting change of pace but we can't muster too much enthusiasm for the story. So you know what that means: Tangents galore! We riff on actors running in movies, what constitutes a comedy dance team and the original Planet of the Apes films. At one point a new …
 
We're following up Morgan's fave with Matt's least favourite (so far). Elvis is back in Hawaii and nobody's fond of this fiasco. Once the plot's been dealt with, there are tangents about Morgan's love of kimonos and she envisions a version of The Golden Globes hosted by The Golden Girls. Delightful stuff. Later, Matt brings up True Grit and makes a…
 
Rejoice everyone, it's another film we actually like. Something that'll probably become rarer as we move along. It's Morgan's favourite and she's glad that it held up on this latest viewing. Not a fan of many of the songs though. Throughout the episode there's lots of discussion about the change in filmmaking starting to take place in the mid-60's …
 
Pro Tip: Don't record a podcast during a heat wave. At least that's the excuse we'll use for why things feel more scatterbrained than usual in this episode. Just like Elvis' goofy family take the road less travelled in Follow That Dream, we took detours at every tangent we could find. Morgan compares the movie to a literal turd in a toilet during a…
 
Elvis makes his first of 3 films in Hawaii and boy howdy it's a box office smash. Why was it such a big earner? Well, the soundtrack is a doozy but maybe it has something to do with him wearing some tiny short shorts for the majority of the runtime. Who's to say? We get completely derailed during the cast chat and spend a few minutes discussing the…
 
What a difference a week makes. We follow up our strongly worded takedown of Flaming Star with a heaping of praise for Wild in the Country. Universal equilibrium is maintained. This movie is great and it's shocking that it isn't discussed more. A true hidden gem within Elvis' filmography. There's some surprising cast and crew this time. Also make s…
 
Guys, we need to talk about Flaming Star. Pretty well-regarded by critics as far as Elvis' films go, it is nevertheless quite problematic. Our present day lens is focusing hard this week on the representation of indigenous people in film. Morgan reads her notes chronicling in real time her thoughts while watching the movie. There's a lot. Plus: Tan…
 
After 2 years in the army, Elvis returns to the screen and nothing is ever really the same again. We charitably call this film "lame" and it's easily our least favourite so far. Doesn't help that last time we watched arguably Elvis' best. Matt takes an opportunity to discuss the origins and his love of Giallo films. Morgan gives the movie a reality…
 
It's our longest episode yet. Riding right up to that hour mark. Then again it's about Elvis' longest feature film, so perhaps it was to be expected. You know the drill by now. We talk the plot and the songs. Matt gabs about actors and their work in all kinds of movies. Morgan gets into the details of the costumes. Plus: Tangents about the origin o…
 
This one's a biggie. Even folks who've never seen an Elvis film can picture him clad in his ensemble from the big musical number in his third feature. Genuine movie history and iconography. It's the photo used for his dang Wikipedia entry. Take away that famous sequence though and the film's overall plot is quite scattershot. Direct quote from Morg…
 
Episode 2, Loving You. Elvis is back and now in colour! Mr. Presley fares much better in his 2nd film outing. Once again we discuss the film's plot and such amid all sorts of digressions. Hopefully you aren't listening for the accuracy of our recollection of the film's character names. We really dropped the ball this time. Deke is referred to by Ze…
 
We start things off with 1956's Love Me Tender. Elvis Presley? In a movie? It's just crazy enough to work. Maybe. There are differing opinions on the success of this first cinema venture for The King. Talk of Elvis' rise to stardom is had and we do get around to talking about the film's plot, the cast, the inaccurate costumes and all kinds of other…
 
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