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Classic Movie Reviews
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A father and son watch old classic movies and then review them. Sometimes we even sound like we know what we're talking about.
 
Mark Dantzer, Pat Buzzard, Chuck Johnson and Ryan Smith read books about musicians and discuss them on a monthly podcast.
 
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The “Garden Of Evil” presents a fairly straight-forward and borderline run-of-the-mill story, set to an outstanding soundtrack and spectacular visuals. Gary Cooper puts in his usual excellent portrayal of a western gun man, Hugh Marlow gives a convincing performance as a desperate prospector, Richard Widmark plays the cranky suspicious card sha ...…
 
RNRBC56 - A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons by Ben Folds by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
Sort of an odd movie poster. It looks like Rex Harrison is sitting in a giant chair, even thought I think that’s a book behind him, and the painting doesn’t really look anything like Gene Tierney. “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” is directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and stars Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison in the lead roles with Edna Best, George Sander ...…
 
RNRBC55 - Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain by Danny Goldberg by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
Described as a “psychic thriller” on some of the movie posters, “Don’t Look Now” is certainly weird, and whether or not you think there’s anything “psychic” going on, well, that’s part of the fun and mystery of watching the movie. Bob and I really enjoyed this one. And since the ending is so integral to the overall impact of the movie, we hold ...…
 
The photo for this episode is by Angie Wang and is from the “Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman” box set by Criterion, which is an incredible treasure trove of Zatoichi information, not to mention all 25 original films on Blu-Ray. We’re back revisiting feudal Japan, on the road with Zatoichi, the blind swordsman/masseur/gambler/savior of the downtrod ...…
 
“Rififi” loosely defined as “a rumble among men” or “trouble/violent conflict/show of force” is a 1955 French movie directed by Jules Dassin after he was black listed in Hollywood. The film is based on a portion of a novel by Auguste Le Brenton. Starring Jean Servais as the lead character “Tony” and the other members of the heist crew, Carl Möh ...…
 
“Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare” was released in 1968 as the first of a trilogy of films starring famous Japanese Yokai. Yokai are supernatural beings from Japanese folklore. Here’s a link to the Wikipedia page on Yokai. There are literally thousands of different Yokai. This film features many of the most popular ones. In addition, the film is e ...…
 
COMMENTARY NOTE: This is the "B" version of the podcast. If you want to listen to our commentary while watching the film yourself, be sure to listen to this episode. The main podcast post is for the "A" version which contains the film audio in the background. Enjoy! This is a special episode as it’s our first movie commentary and Hailey joins t ...…
 
RNRBC54 - Get in the Van by Henry Rollins by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
It’s a double sci-fi feature! “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” wraps up our series of films directed by Robert Wise. A movie that was mired in delays and controversy from the very beginning, we feel that Robert Wise’s signature touches are missing from the film and we both want to get our hands on the Director’s Cut to see what this film may hav ...…
 
RNRBC53 - Walk This Way by Geoff Edgers by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
Despite what I say during the show, this is the *fourth* of our podcasts in our Robert Wise film festival. We’ve reviewed “The Curse Of The Cat People”, “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, and “Run Silent, Run Deep”. And now, “West Side Story”. “West Side Story” tells the tale of two rival gangs, the Sharks and the Jets on the west side of New Yor ...…
 
RNRBC52 - Somebody to Love by Matt Richards and Mark Langthorne by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
The IMDB summaries for some movies are funny. Here’s a one liner for “Run Silent Run Deep”: A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew. Yeah, that about sums it up, except that there are about three more layers of drama going on. There’s the Moby Dick aspect of Commander “Ric ...…
 
Wow, the hand on the Earth is impressive. Nothing like that in the film though. One of our favorite movies, “The Day The Earth Stood Still” tells a cautionary tale in a time of the Cold War and rapidly advancing technology. Expertly directed by Robert Wise and starring the perfectly cast Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlow, Sam Jaffe and ...…
 
RNRBC51 - Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
We kick off our Robert Wise movie marathon with Mr. Wise’s directorial debut, one in which he shares the credit with Gunther von Fritsch, and likely also with Val Lewton as Mr. Lewton was a very involved producer. Billed as a sequel to the widely popular “Cat People” movie, it’s more of a spiritual successor to that film. In many ways a masterp ...…
 
Holy smokes, our review really is longer than the film. There’s not much else to say that we didn’t say in the podcast. Be sure to stay tuned until the very end for the story of the 16 suits. Enjoy! North By Northwest on IMDB Here are links to our upcoming movies: The Curse Of The Cat People The Day The Earth Stood Still Run Silent, Run Deep We ...…
 
We’re finally reviewing North By Northwest, one of the greatest films ever made and many say Hitchcock’s greatest film. There’s so much to say and so much has already been said about this movie. Maybe we’re not breaking any new territory here with this review but we sure have fun talking about it. There’s the action, the drama, the subtle and n ...…
 
RNRBC50 - To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles by Marc Eliot by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
RNRBC49 - Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
Two federal agents, one from Mexico and one from the United States team up to break up an illegal human trafficking operation along the US/Mexico border. Released in 1949 and directed by Anthony Mann and starring the incomparable Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy, this taut crime drama is sometimes mistakenly categorized as noir, though it la ...…
 
Directed by Andrew Stone and starring an array of top talent including, Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Callaway, Katherine Dunham, Fats Waller, The Nicholas Brothers, Ada Brown, Dooley Wilson, and so many more, it’s an incredible film from a music and dance perspective and a troubling film from the perspective of accurate portrayals of the char ...…
 
RNRBC48 - So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley by Roger Steffens by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
Happy Holidays from Holiday Inn! We’re open 15 days a year for all the major holidays. Come on up to Connecticut for a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city. At least that’s what Bing Crosby’s character Jim Hardy hopes you’ll do in this enjoyable, if flawed film, also starring Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Ab ...…
 
Truly a “screwball comedy”! Highly rated and much beloved, “Bringing Up Baby” stars Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant and is directed by one of our favorites, Howard Hawks. The movie requires a certain approach or mindset to really enjoy the zany antics. Prepare yourself for a movie full of overlapping dialog, bizarre situations, unrealistic set ...…
 
RNRBC47 - R.E.M.'s Murmur by J. Niimi by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
Not your average buddy movie! The IMDB summary for this movie reads "A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way he is nearly burnt at the stake by Indians and almost killed by outlaws." Oh IMDB, you miss all the nuances in the movie. Directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Gene Wilder ...…
 
RNRBC46 - Pop Life: The Story of a Minor Musical Expedition by Tom Kirkham by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
“The Sugarland Express” is Steven Spielberg’s feature film debut, starring Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Richard Atherton and Michael Sacks. It is based on a true story, though the details and some of the major events have been changed. In some ways we wish they’d been changed even more than they were in the film. It’s an incredibly strong debut fi ...…
 
RNRBC45 - Chuck Berry: The Autobiography by Chuck Berry by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
Ralph Nelson directed and also played a supporting role in this adaptation of "Lillies of the Field" a novel by William E. Barrett. The movie stars the incomparable Sydney Poitier who won the Academy Award for his role in the movie. Lilia Skala, Stanley Adams and a ensemble of excellent actors round out the cast. A simple story belies a complex ...…
 
RNRBC44 - Outside the Jukebox by Scott Bradlee by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
Written by John Huston and Richard Brooks and directed by John Huston and filmed almost entirely on the backlot of Warner Bros. studios, Key Largo is a intricate character study of people under pressure. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor and many more excellent actors. We should also cou ...…
 
RNRBC43 - Waiting to Derail by Thomas O'Keefe and Joe Oestreich by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
It's a sci-fi double feature, just like watching movies at the drive-in as a kid. Or at least when Bob and I were kids. I don't even know if there are any drive-in theaters anymore. This is a special episode, not just because of the double feature, we also have a special guest! Hailey returns and all three of us are in the same room at the same ...…
 
Essentially a buddy movie, maybe one of the first of this genre, three fellow soldiers and best friends played by Cary Grant, Victor McLagen and Douglas Fairbanks have a series of adventures in northern India (aka Lone Pine, California). There’s a darker undertone to the film that rears itself in a few scenes covering the occupation of India by ...…
 
RNRBC42 - Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
RNRBC41 - David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
Bob out amonst the boulders and the desert scrub lands around Lone Pine, CA We take a tour of Lone Pine and the surrounding areas with Bob as our tour guide. Over 400 movies, many classics and many many more forgettable B westerns, have been filmed in and around Lone Pine. Here are some links to things we talk about in the episode: "Location Fi ...…
 
Set in the south, during a time of segregation, "The Defiant Ones" tells the tale of two escaped convicts, chained together and running for their lives. Directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw, Lon Chaney Jr., and Cara Williams it pulls no punches in showing the racism of the time. Dep ...…
 
RNRBC40 - Sing to Me by LA Reid by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
Matt and Bob at Bob's wedding We made it! 100 episodes! We spend our time talking through why we started the podcast, what it means to us, our top favorite and top worst movies and a bit of our plans for the next 100. Thank you to each of you for listening. It means a lot to us. We love hearing your thoughts and feedback. Next up, we are review ...…
 
RNRBC39 - Portishead's Dummy by RJ Wheaton by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
Wow, really dramatic tag lines on the poster! "The Gunfighter" tells the tale of Jimmy Ringo and his final days as he searches for a way out of his life as a “gunny”, a big time gunfighter. He tries to connect with his estranged wife and a son that doesn’t even know that the famous Jimmy Ringo is his father. Excellent dialog, fantastic music, a ...…
 
RNRBC38 - Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
"A story of fascinating adventure in a Strange and Beautiful land!" No kidding, that barely stratches the surface for this film Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger direct Deborah Kerr, Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron, Sabu, David Farrar, Jean Simmons and more in an epic tale filled with ghosts of the past, the power of nature and the futility of ...…
 
RNRBC37 - I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales by Todd Snider by Rock And Roll Book ClubBy Rock And Roll Book Club.
 
We're joined by a special guest this episode, Hailey, my daughter and Bob's grand-daughter! Hailey and I watched "Murder At The Gallop" on Christmas Eve together. A totally fun way to spend the evening! We can't get enough of the scene with the cat jumping out of the closet. I mean, check out the screen grab of that amazing cat! Now that is one ...…
 
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