Monday, April 26, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
A Mighty Wind (2003) is not the same, tight-knit ensemble film we got in Waiting for Guffman, and doesn't have quite the laugh-per-minute ratio or Best in Show, but, man, is it watchable and weirdly moving. Which, in itself is a trick.
This one centers on a rush to put on a memorial show for a former producer and promoter of folk acts from the 1960's - and thus jumps the awkward bridge of time a lot of us saw on PBS in the 1990's as concerts of folk favorites like Peter, Paul and Mary became staples of fund-raising weekends - an attempt to appeal to the nostalgia of the boomers and their wallets.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Monday, December 21, 2020
Jamie and Ryan talk the 2005 neo-noir by Shane Black and starring RDJ jr. and Val Kilmer. We hadn't seen it and were heartily surprised by the film - a noir murder mystery sort of thing with a lot of classic detective pulpy roots as both text and plot.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Format: Amazon Prime
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Director: Joe Wright
For More Ways to Listen
It's not all-genre-all-the-time at The Signal Watch! We jump on a literary classic translated to a very well received film from 15 years ago. We uncover Jamie's secret passion for this film, Ryan gets out of character discussing Jane Austen, and it's time to talk 19th-Century norms, fantasies that don't include being Batman, and much, much more!
Dawn - Dario Marianelli, Pride & Prejudice OST
Mrs. Darcy - Dario Marianelli Pride & Prejudice OST
Jamie's Cinema Classics Playlist:
Thursday, July 9, 2020
PODCAST: 110 - "King Kong" 1933, 1976, 2005 & "KIng Kong Lives" (1985) and "Kong: Skull Island" (2017)
King Kong (1976)
Viewing: No idea
Director: John Guillermin
Kong Lives (1985)
Director: John Guillermin
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
King Kong (2005)
Director: Peter Jackson
King Kong (1933)
Viewing: no idea
Director: Merian C. Cooper
It's King Kong-a-Palooza as we take on 5 movies about one big monkey. Stuart joins in as we talk about the modern mythology of King Kong, what the story tells us, and what it tells us about ourselves that we retell the story every few decades. We reflect on man, ape, mysterious islands, mystery in general, and fame as we ponder the various takes. Join us as we discuss 1933, 1976, 2005 "King Kong" installments, as well as "King Kong Lives" and the recent entry "Kong: Skull Island".
King Kong Main Theme (1933) - by Max Steiner
King Kong Opening Theme (1976) - by John Barry
Friday, June 5, 2020
Directors: Masaaki Tezuka, Ishirô Honda
In general, I like dragon flies. They remind me of lazy summer days and hanging out by the pool. Sometimes they even land on you when you're on a float, and that's kind of fun.
I do not care, however, for the Megaguirus, the giant flying SOB that is the villain of the piece in Godzilla vs Megaguirus (2000). Some of the monsters in Godzilla's rogues gallery are jerks - I'm looking at you, Ghidorah - but I straight up want to punch Megaguirus in its toothy face. I can find room in my heart for a space monster that is just doing its thing of domination via rampage, but Megaguirus brings nothing to the table, charm-wise, while also being a real pain.
All the worst things bugs do? Megaguirus is all about those things.
Friday, May 15, 2020
Viewing: second or third
Director: Masaaki Tezuka
This Godzilla film is a direct sequel, sort of, to Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. But in the tradition of Godzilla movies, the humans in the foreground are not the same as those in the prior film, minus a cameo and a return of the same Premier of Japan.
This one follows up, basically, with the rebuilding of Kiryu - the Mechagodzilla built by humans to protect Japan - smartly made from the bones and DNA of 1954 Godzilla. The flight team from the prior film is shipped off for additional training and so we get a new flight crew.
Monday, May 4, 2020
Director: Masaaki Tezuka
This movie kind of kicked ass.
Sure, it's from the Millennium Series which is kind of confusing as the movies don't work in any shared continuity, but since we learn "all you need to know is Gojira from 1954", it's pretty dang easy to play catch-up.
Here's your plot: 1999, a series of monsters have been arriving in/ attacking Japan since Godzilla's first arrival in 1954. A squad has been put together with advanced weaponry to take these monsters on, and has been pretty successful to date. No more rampages like those of '54 (Toho also uses footage from Showa-era films as "documentary" footage).
But, whoops. Here's a Godzilla again, with atomic breath and a terrible attitude about people.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
KAIJU WATCH: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah - Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) AND Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla II
Watched: 04/19/2020/ 04/20/2020
Viewing: First/ Firstish
Decade: 2000's/ 1990's
Director: Shusuke Kaneko/ Takao Okawara
I am unsure what I'd heard about Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) as a particular entry in the G-franchise, but it *seems* to be pretty popular. Godzilla v MechaGodzilla II (1993) may be marginally popular with kaiju fans. Arguably, GMAOA is aimed at an older crowd, and harkens back to the existential threat of Godzilla as first presented in 1954. GvMGII seems aimed at a younger crowd, but still works pretty well.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
We're back with more Bond, and this time we've got Jamie along for the ride! We take a gamble on the 2006 relaunch of the Bond Franchise starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green and Dame Judy Dench as "M". All our cards are on the table as we examine this movie and how it fit into the world building they tried this go-round, how to make a Vesper cocktail, and what makes this movie so unique in the series. It's "Casino Royale"!
James Bond Theme - Monty Norman
You Know My Name - Chris Cornell, Casino Royale OST
No Time to Die Trailer
James Bond Popsicle
Eva Green in a cocktail dress
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Watched: 10/15/2019 and 10/20/2019
Viewing: Second/ First
Decade: 1980's/ 2000's
Things get a little hazy as SimonUK and Ryan take on two spooktacular movies about what happens when the barometer drops, the humidity rises and things go bump in the water vapor. It's our final Halloween movie of 2019! One about ghostly seafaring folks and the other about... I dunno. It's real bad, though.
The Fog Theme - John Carpenter, The Fog OST
The Host of Seraphim - Dead Can Dance, The Serpent's Egg and The Mist soundtrack
Halloween 2019 Playlist
Halloween 2018 Playlist