#41: Face/Off

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Here it is.  Because you, the people, demanded it, we review Face/Off (1997) — John Woo’s absurdly over-the-top American thriller featuring off-the-charts Cage-factor, hundreds of avian extras, and a dual wielding John Travolta in slow-motion.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (28:24)
  • Twitter Questions (1:22:05)

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Spotlight #7 – Gundam Build Fighters with Dawn and PatzPrime

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Dawn from the Anime Nostalgia podcast and PatzPrime from The Cockpit podcast join Grant for a talk about Gundam Build Fighters + nearly an hour and a half of your Gundam related twitter questions!

  • Introductions + each host’s history with Gundam (00:00)
  • Gundam Build Fighters talk (17:05)
  • Twitter questions galore (36:38)

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#40: Harakiri

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The orderly, rigid code of bushido smashes up against human feeling in Masaki Kobayashi’s Harakiri (1962), a stunningly trenchant piece of subversive film-making — written by Rashoman and Seven Samurai scribe Shinobu Hashimoto, and starring the great Tatsuya Nakadai — that threatens to demolish the foundational ethos all of samurai cinema is built upon.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (31:25)
  • Twitter Questions (1:46:05)

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#39: Hard Boiled

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There’s action-packed.  And then there’s Hard Boiled (1992) — John Woo’s final spectacular outing with superstar Chow Yun-Fat in which gun-toting, rough and tumble detective, Tequila (Yun-Fat) partners with undercover officer Alan (Tony Leung) to take on a villainous gang of gun-running triads.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (33:45)
  • Twitter Questions (1:59:52)

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#38: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

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We review a classic that needs no introduction: Studio Ghibli’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) from director / writer Hayao Miyazaki.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (35:32)
  • Twitter Questions (1:55:11)

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#37: Blade of the Immortal (2017)

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We review Takashi Miike’s 100th film, Blade of the Immortal (2017), a bloody, over the top, chambara romp, starring Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, and Sota Fukushi, based on the manga by Hiroaki Samura.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (40:05)
  • Twitter Questions (1:41:35)

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#36: Who Am I?

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We review Jackie Chan’s Who Am I?, his last film with Golden Harvest and nearly his last film ever after a few of these stunts – plus Major 2nd for the Three Minute Rule!

Timestamps:

  • What We’ve Been Watching (00:00)
  • Listener Mail (45:45)
  • News (49:32)
  • Review (57:34)
  • Twitter Questions (2:07:08)
  • Three Minute Rule (2:14:08)

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