Road House (2024)

We delve into this Amazon produced remake of a fan favorite: ROAD HOUSE. We offer our take on this movie without the nostalgia glasses that many may have, as Brian missed the original film entirely, and Nathan watched it just before jumping into this new iteration. We start the episode giving a rundown of director Doug Liman’s filmography, then jump into the film (with spoilers for both this one and the original throughout). We’ll explore the characters, the acting, the action and visual effects, all set against the backdrop of what could effectively be a “direct to video” film starring one of our generation’s greatest actors. Road House (2024)directed by: Doug Limanstarring: Jake Gyllenhaal – Daniela Melchior – Billy Magnussen – Jessica Williamsgenres: thriller – actionruntime: 121 minutes Transcript (via Apple)*not 100% accurate Hi there, welcome back to The Reel Film Chronicles podcast. As always, I’m Nathan. And I’m Brian. And in this week’s very special episode, we’re going to be taking a look at a little film called Road House. Road House, 2024. Not Road House 1989 with Patrick…

Humane

Caught in the shadow of a cinematic legacy or stepping into the light on her own terms? Caitlin Cronenberg’s HUMANE marks her entrance into the feature film arena, and we’re here to dissect just how the threads of family renown and nepotism weave through her narrative tapestry. The heart of our episode beats strong with a foray into the film, a story that boldly navigates the murky junction of family ties, environmental disaster, governmental tendrils, and moral ambiguity. Emily Hampshire’s stirring portrayal anchors the tale, with Canadian stars like Jay Baruchel and Enrico Colantoni adding layers to this complex narrative. Whether you’re a first-time viewer or a critique-hardened cinephile, the film’s emotional and thematic depth is sure to strike a chord, and we’re here to analyze every note. As the credits roll on our cinematic discussion, we engage in the “ultimate” ratings guessing game, which you can play along with while listening. The conversation unfolds into a broader meditation on the personal journey of evaluating art, and the Cronenberg name becomes a lens through which we ponder the unpredictable alchemy…

Event Horizon

This podcast is a tomb. In the Year of our Lord 1997, a movie was unleashed on an unsuspecting population. A movie so vile, so terrifying, so violent, so gruesome that it borrowed its way into our collective conscience, wrapping its tendrils around our cerebral cortex, refusing to let us forget her. That movie was Event Horizon. A sci-fi-horror staple for those in the know, it became a beloved cult classic, even (or maybe especially) among those of us who were traumatized at a young age by the grisly imagery and claustrophobic atmosphere. Event Horizon wound up being one of those lighting-in-a-bottle (or hellfire-in-a-spaceship) situations, with a unique concept executed to perfection with an all-star cast led by Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill on a spaceship set that looked like the design had been pulled from the deranged minds of Clive Barker’s Cenobites. Violent murders, slow descents into madness, and a spaceship that may or may not have travelled to the literal incarnation of Hell are all hallmarks of one of the most idiosyncratic and memorable entries into both the…

Dune: Part Two

LONG LIVE THE FIGHTERS. Follow the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, Paul endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. Dune: Part Two (2023)directed by: Denis Villeneuve starring: Timothée Chalamet – Zendaya – Rebecca Ferguson – Javier Bardem – Josh Brolin – Austin Butler adventure – science fiction 167 min Transcript (via Apple Podcasts) Hi there, welcome back to The Reel Film Chronicles podcast. As always, I’m Nathan. And I’m Brian. And in this week’s very special episode, we’re going to be talking about a little movie called Dune Part Two. This is a very special episode. We talked about the first Dune, no, basically three years ago now, I think. 2021. This is the second part of the Dune adaptation by Denis Villeneuve. The first one, what, 2021? I mean, everybody loved it, right? We loved it. I don’t remember…

Reptile

SHED THE LIES Join your intrepid hosts as we delve into this 2023 Netflix crime thriller – a surprisingly good (well, it surprised us at least) film that offers more than any description or trailer could provide. We’re fans of all the actors here, and we fanboy over Benicio del Toro and his burning performance here, and talk about how the film world needs more Alicia Silverstone. Reptile (2023)directed by: Grant Singerstarring: Benicio del Toro – Justin Timberlake – Alicia Silverstone – Michael PittCrime136 min Transcript (via Apple Podcasts) Hi there, welcome back to The Reel Film Chronicles podcast. As always, I’m Nathan. And I’m Brian. And in this week’s very special episode, we’re going to be taking a look at a little film called Reptile. Reptile, directed by Grant Singer and starring none other than Benicio del Toro, Justin Timberlake, and Alicia Silverstone, amongst a whole host of other folks in there, but you might recognize a few faces. A bunch of those people, a bunch of that guys. A bunch of that guys. Yeah. That guy, I know…

The Killer

Welcome to the world of The Killer and watch as obsessive, perfectionist filmmaker David Fincher tells the story of an obsessive, perfectionist killer living out his either his worst nightmare or darkest fantasy: his life spiraling out of control after an extra ruins his perfect shot then going on a bloody rampage to get revenge against everybody who has ever wronged him. If I were one of the executives at Fox who had anything to do with Alien 3, I’d probably sleep with at least one eye open from now on. With The Killer, Fincher continues his tradition of protagonists who are weird, misanthropic, and/or emotionally detached loners, live by a very specific set of rules, and wax philosophical about humanity’s inhumanity in endless voiceover. A self-described unremarkable man who is exceptional at his job through endless, obsessive practice and meticulous attention to detail, the titular killer is perhaps the most appropriately autobiographical self-insert character that Fincher could have imagined. With murder, mayhem, and a shady underworld of secret assassins (no, not THAT world of secret assassins), and meditations on how…

Brotherhood of the Wolf

A thick mist blankets the countryside as two riders cut their way through the waterlogged landscape, man and beast alike soaked by a slanted rain as ignorant of mercy as it was of the difference between pleasure and pain, redemption and damnation. There was only the fall. Then, a commotion. A man and woman hunted by a group of men, unaware that their role would soon be reversed from predator to prey. One of the riders dismounts, his boots splashing in the puddles, creating tsunamis in miniature. Time slows. The men turn their weapons on the intruder, irritated at the interruption of their sport, but to no avail. Even unarmed, the masked interloper makes quick work of his opponents, moving faster than his opponents can react, disarming and leaving them to wallow in their misery in the mud, and the dirt, and the rain. Always and still, there was the rain. The year is 2001. The movie is Brotherhood of the Wolf. The result is a cult classic in the making. Based – very loosely as is usually the case…

The Adults

ADULTHOOD. Warning: Side effects may include drowsiness, swelling, loss of vision and/or hearing, memory loss, crippling self doubt, depression, memory loss, the realization that no adult ever had things figured out, waxing nostalgic for the way things used to be, trouble breathing, having to figure out stupid stuff like mortgages, memory loss, actually enjoying going furniture shopping, the uncontrollable urge to criticize younger generations, awkwardly fumbling your way through numerous social events when you’d rather be at home, drifting apart from friends and loved ones with the occasional reconciliation, memory loss, the uncontrollable urge to criticize older generations, and obsessing over those small parts of your life where you seem to have some semblance of control just for the slightest chance at experiencing something real. Other side effects not listed may also occur in some adults. If you notice any other effects, tough luck, there’s no one you can call and you’re on your own, because nobody else has their deal figured out either. Take only as prescribed. Results may vary. Join your intrepid hosts in this exciting episode of the…

Bottom 5 Films of 2023

In this very special episode, your intrepid hosts dive into the depths of cinematic disappointment as they unveil their Bottom Five Films of 2023. Welcome once again to our annual rundown of the cinematic catastrophes that left us bewildered, disappointed, and perhaps a little angry over the past year. From cringe-inducing sci-fi flops to poorly executed franchise entries, and forgettable thrillers, the bottom five list represents a cautionary tale of what happens when creative vision goes awry or when the alchemy of storytelling fails to transmute into cinematic gold. This is where, as the saying goes, we wade through the murky waters of mediocrity, and we mark the passing of another rotation around our nearest star with a grimace and a shake of the head, as we recall the films that failed to leave any positive impression on us or left us disappointed. This annual tradition serves as a solemn reminder of the diverse landscape of cinema, where not every endeavor reaches the heights of greatness, and some inevitably crash and burn in spectacular fashion. So join us, The Reel…

Top 10 Films of 2023

In this very special episode, your intrepid hosts run down their Top 10 Films of 2023. Welcome once again to our annual rundown of our top 10 films, as we review the movies that moved, entertained, awed, or otherwise inspired us over the past year. From mega blockbusters to independent dramas, established action franchises to emerging horror icons, giant radioactive lizards to famous historical figures, there’s a little something for everybody. This is where, as the saying goes, the rubber meets the road, and we mark the passing of another rotation around our nearest star with a look back at the cinematic stories that left their impression on us. This annual tradition is a way for us to take some time to reflect on a few of our new favourite films and share our love of movies with our listeners, hopefully inspiring those of you on your own film journey with a mix of the comfort of the familiar and the excitement of the undiscovered. So listen along with The Reel Film Chronicles, and maybe discover a few new favourite movies as well.…

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