Episode 74: Tens and Twenties

Tens and Twenties

Join TJ and Chad for a brief bit of talk about the whole “Armond White heckling Steve McQueen situation” and be sure to follow the links to the recommended listening of Dave Chen’s interview with White. Basically TJ and Chad think the guy is nuts. Then there’s movies that are turning 30 this year and it makes TJ feel old to realize that he was alive when these classics were made. And for this podcast, TJ and Chad talk over their list of films that they liked and loved from 2013, and then move on to anticipate what’s coming up in 2014. 2013 was a great year for film and maybe 2014 can be too.

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  • James Avery - Uncle Phil From ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Dies at 68

    The actor, most notable for his role as Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died at the age of 68.

    According to Avery’s manager Toni Benson, Avery passed away from complications of open-heart surgery, CNN reports.

  • Dave Chen Interviews Armond White about Steve McQueen Heckling

    I listened to about half of the interview on my way to work this morning. Armond White does not speak as if he is not guilty, he hedges and uses his words carefully and wordsmiths everything he says. Now, that may just be the way the man is but it struck me as odd. Additionally, there are plenty of eyewitnesses coming forward so I’m not sure what the point of denying it is.

  • The /Filmcast Speaks to Armond White About Heckling Claims: “It’s a Smear Campaign”

    I asked Armond White to respond to the allegations. I have recorded our conversation and I am releasing it in its entirety as a bonus /Filmcast episode. After the jump, you can download the episode and find some transcribed excerpts from our conversation.

  • Movies Turning 30 in 2014

    Prepare to relive the greatest time in cinematic history — 1984.

    Don’t laugh. There’s no other way to describe a year that produced bothGremlins and Ghostbusters. And, not one, but two Tom Hanks movies.

  • 42 (2013) - Chad's Review

    I love baseball. I grew up playing baseball and have fond memories of attending Texas Rangers games with my family as a child, so I can always appreciate a good baseball film, whether it’s a baseball film that isn’t really about baseball (i.e. Moneyball), baseball films that ARE about baseball, or even cult classics like The Sandlot. After last year’s Trouble with the Curve left much to be desired (my review), I was quite excited to see 42, even from the very first trailer I saw for it last fall sometime. I desperately wanted it to be a great film, but, unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed.

  • 42 (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

    Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. "42" tells the story of two men-the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey-whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball's infamous color line.

  • My Top 10… Top 15… No, Top 20 Films of 2013

    Top ten film lists are hard. I started this article with the intent of making a top ten list. I failed. Every single film on this list deserves to be in my top ten. But, there are twenty. What to do? Hey, maybe I just won’t be boxed into the mold of a top ten (or maybe I don’t have the discipline to trim my list, whatever). Maybe I’ll write a top twenty list instead. So that’s what I’m doing.

  • Top Ten Films of 2013

    2013 was a pretty great year for me. I saw more films than ever before, largely due to my involvement in The MovieByte Podcast with my friend TJ. If I totaled everything correctly, I saw 40 new films this year in theaters, so this list is drawing from a pretty wide selection.

  • Minority Report - IMDb

    In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

  • Looking Forward - 2014

    Anticipation is half the fun isn’t it? Well, in the case of some films, it’s all the fun unfortunately. But then sometimes films really exceed expectations and then it’s more than half. So I reckon that it sort of balances out to, “half the fun.”