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Podcast title Mission 250 Filmcast
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Description The Mission 250 Filmcast is a weekly podcast where hosts Denny, John, and TC are watching the Top 250 Movies of All Time, as ranked by IMDB. With each episode focusing on a single movie, and moving towards the #1 movie in reverse order, we aim to broaden the listeners viewing horizons (as well as our own), and give not only our thoughts/opinions, but also history, trivia, and insight on each film. We can be reached at mission250filmcast@gmail.com, and the full list can be found at mission250filmcast.com.
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1. Episode 94 - Inglourious Basterds
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This week, Tarantino rewrites history for the first time in his action/fantasy tale about Nazi’s screening a film in a movie theater, and the surrounding plans to kill Hitler and his top advisors. Utilizing his powers of dialogue and quick, brutal violence, Quentin weaves five chapters of tense and hilarious character interactions. And you know something, Utivich? I think this just might be his masterpiece. Inglourious Basterds (2009), directed by Quentin Tarantino.



2. Episode 95 - Monty Python and The Holy Grail
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This week, Monty Python’s classic film clops its way onto our screens, coconuts in hand. This low budget comedy stands the test of time and remains one of the funniest films from start to finish ever made, no matter how many times we watch it. Monty Python and The Holy Grail, directed by Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam.



3. Episode 96 - The Kid
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This week, we watch the oldest film on the list! Charlie Chaplin’s big screen debut. He writes, directs, acts, and composes music for this timeless comedy, which somehow still made us laugh throughout the short run time, despite being nearly 100 years old. The Kid (1921), directed by Charles Chaplin.



4. Episode 97 - LA Confidential
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This week, we watch Russell Crowe and Guy Pierce in their first Hollywood roles. Both actors drop their Australian accents for this modern take on the Noir genre. Gone are the hard shadows and silly voices of the genre’s classics, but the numerous locations and plot twists remain. LA Confidential (1997), directed by Curtis Hanson.



5. Episode 98 - For a Few Dollars More
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This week, we watch the second installment in the Man-With-No-Name Trilogy (sandwiched between A Fist Full of Dollars and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly). This film helped Clint Eastwood further catapult himself into stardom, launch a fully fledged international film industry in Italy, and push the boundary of allowable violence in film a few years ahead all across the world, as evidence by it being X rated even with multiple scenes cut and edited down. For a Few Dollars More (1965), directed by Sergio Leone.



6. BONUS EPISODE - The Irishman
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This week, we watch the controversial Netflix best picture hopeful that reunites De Niro and Scorsese, De Niro and Pacino, De Niro and Pesci, De Niro and Keitel… you might want to call it a 3.5 hour reunion tour from Scorsese, but the emotional retrospective weight of the characters makes this one of the most impactful of all his films. The Irishman (2019), directed by Martin Scorsese.



7. Episode 99 - Rashomon
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This week, we watch the film that broke Japanese cinema onto the worlds stage. Revolutionary for its time, its non-linear story telling has influenced not only film, but criminal psychology as well, as lawyers and academics alike have referenced the theories presented here for the past 70 years. Rashomon (1950), directed by Akira Kurosawa.



8. Episode 100 - The Apartment
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This week, we watch a pushover accountant let his work superiors use his apartment to sleep with their mistresses. He is also falling for the elevator girl, who is sleeping with his new boss. Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine are fantastic as the leads, and they guide the story from comedy to drama and back again flawlessly. The Apartment (1960), directed by Billy Wilder.



9. BONUS EPISODE - Top 5 Bottom 3
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This week, we celebrate watching 150 films on this podcast with a very special episode! We take a look back at the last 50 films we’ve watched, and rank our 5 favorite films and 3 least favorite films. Special categories included!



10. Episode 101 - Scarface
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This week, we watch the story of Tony Montana, a cuban refugee who builds an empire from blood and cocaine. Al Pacino’s performance is memorable, lastingly quotable, and somewhat off the rails. He also sacrificed his nostrils health by snorting large amounts of powdered milk. Scarface (1983), directed by Brian De Palma.



11. Episode 102 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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This week, we watch the third film in the iconic franchise created by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Harrison Ford embodies the adventurous archaeologist, defeating armies of artifact hungry Nazis with only a leather whip, a pistol, and his trusty hat. Sean Connery cast as Indiana’s father is the best individual decision of the franchise, and John Williams score is as great as the rest of the movie. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), directed by Steven Spielberg.



12. Episode 103 - A Separation
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This week, we watch the highest grossing Iranian film ever, and also the first Iranian film to be awarded with an Oscar for the best foreign picture of the year. Realistic tension is the mood sought here, and the actors do an outstanding job realizing this, making for an uncomfortable yet engaging watch throughout. A Separation (2011), directed by Asghar Farhadi.



13. BONUS EPISODE - Dangal
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This week, we watch the highest grossing Indian film ever made. Currently sitting in the top 100 movies of all time, we keep the Aamir Khan train going (star of 3 Idiots and Lagaan) with this epic true-ish story of a father who teaches wrestling to his daughters, and how they made history for women in India. Dangal (2016), directed by Nitesh Tiwari.



14. Episode 104 - Metropolis
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This week, we watch the first full length science-fiction film ever made. Its influence is seen in almost every sci-fi movie in the past 100 years, and it is still being restored to its original version to this day. It’s easy to see where Star Wars, Blade Runner, and hundreds of other classics got their ideas from. Metropolis (1927), directed by Fritz Lang.



15. Episode 105 - 3 Idiots
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This week, we watch the Indian film that broke through to Chinese audiences for the first time, with positive messages on education, pressure, choice, marriage, and suicide. This film successfully tackles very serious topics, while remaining funny for its nearly 3 hour runtime. Aamir Khan steals the show as Rancho. All is well! 3 Idiots (2009), directed by Rajkumar Hirani.



16. Episode 106 - All About Eve
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This week, we watch the wittiest film about the theater ever written, according to many critics . The screenplay was created by the brother of the man who penned Citizen Kane, and this film exists thanks to a little healthy competition between siblings. Lets count how many times the word “Theater” occurs in the 2.5 hour runtime….All About Eve (1950), directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.



17. Episode 107 - The Hunt
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This week, we watch Mads Mikkelsen earn his Cannes film festival award for his portrayal of a school teacher who has to deal with false accusations made by a young student of his, and the fall out from the towns population who won’t listen to anything they don’t want to hear. Not to be viewed when you want to be in a good mood. The Hunt (2012), directed by Thomas Vinterberg.



18. BONUS EPISODE - It: Chapter 2
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27 years later and Pennywise is back. The second and final act of the It series, this film casts some legitimate movie stars as the older versions of the kids from Chapter 1, and is also tasked with bringing this epic tale to a close - An ending that the readers of the book (as well as characters in this movie) will tell you isn’t very good. The question people will be talking about for years to come is: does this movie close the It saga better than Stephen King’s own words did? It: Chapter 2 (2019), directed by Andy Muschietti.

 



19. BONUS EPISODE - It
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Fall is here, the season for Halloween and all things horror! We are de-railing from the list once again to prepare for the upcoming It: Chapter 2. We watch the first film this week, which focuses on the younger character story, and brings to screen the same kind of childhood adventure that the film adaptation of Stand By Me captured decades ago, only this time with a murdering clown named Pennywise. It (2017), directed by Andy Muschietti.



20. Episode 108 - Yojimbo
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This week, we watch the film that laid the ground work for the Clint Eastwood spaghetti Westerns, and all the following films that took influence from them. An out-of-work Samurai finds himself in the middle of a violent, two-sided town, where he starts pitting each side against each other for….fun? More of a popcorn film that Kurosawa’s other epic masterpieces, Yojimbo (1961) would be a great starting point for someone looking to get into The Master’s work.



21. Episode 109: Batman Begins
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This week, Christopher Nolan demonstrates that you can take a comic book character seriously: with some big Hollywood names, a big budget, and an emphasis on visual effects (as opposed to Computer Generated Imagery).  Join us as we watch 2005’s Batman Begins: the movie that arguably paved the way for modern super hero movies.



22. Episode 110 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
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This week, Humphrey Bogart plays the bad guy in an American classic. This is one of the first Hollywood films to be shot mostly on location, and the beautiful California and Mexican landscapes justify the record breaking budget. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), directed by John Huston.



23. BONUS EPISODE! Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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Quentin Tarantino has a new movie out, so naturally we all ran to the theater to see it opening week. Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are an on-screen duo for the ages, and are all but guaranteed to receive lots of love come awards season for their portrayals of a stuntman/actor buddy duo in 1969 Los Angeles. Once upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), directed by Quentin Tarantino.



24. Episode 111 - Good Will Hunting
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This week, we watch Matt Damon and Ben Affleck become stars. They act the hell out of the script they co-wrote together, and Mini Driver and Robin Williams each give one of their best performances as well. The Boston movie that put Southie on the map. Good Will Hunting (1997), directed by Gus Van Sant.



25. Episode 112 - Some Like It Hot
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This week, we watch what many consider to be the best comedy of all time. Two men witness a mob hit, and to survive being rubbed out themselves, they have to dress up like woman, join an all female band, and accompany them on their trip to Florida. Silliness ensues. Some Like It Hot (1959), directed by Billy Wilder.



26. Episode 113 - Up
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This week, we watch one of the best films in Pixar’s catalogue. Dogs talk, a house floats from balloons, giant birds avoid extinction. No words can describe the quality of this film. Up (2009), directed by Pete Doctor.



27. Episode 114 - Unforgiven
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This week, we watch Clint Eastwood’s last Western, and the one that landed him the Oscar for Best Picture. Clint does his usual (and great) scowl and gravel-y whispering, but instead of the violence playing out like in an action movie, it is given a weight that almost flips all his previous genre movies on end. Gene Hackman steals the show, eating up the scenery as Little Bill. Unforgiven (1992), directed by Clint Eastwood.



28. Episode 115 - The Third Man
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This week, we watch the classic Noir that takes place in a post World War II Vienna. A man was hit by a car and killed under mysterious circumstances, and his friend won’t stop doing his own detective work until he finds out what really happened. Filmed on location in 1948, the bombed out buildings against cobble stone and cavernous sewer tunnels make for an outstanding setting for this classic story type. The Third Man (1949), directed by Carol Reed.



29. BONUS EPISODE - Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse
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Bonus Episode Time! To welcome the film onto Netflix (starting June 26th) and to attempt to give it all the praise it deserves, we watch Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. This movie blows away all recent animated and superhero films alike. It drips originality and brims with jokes, action, and lovable characters. The creators and animators swing for the fences and succeed throughout. 



30. Episode 116 - Children of Heaven
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This week, we watch the first Iranian film to be nominated for Best Foreign Picture at the Academy Awards. The quietest children’s movie we’ve ever seen, it’s focus on the simply story of a lost pair of shoes turns out to be a full of lessons on family, poverty, and sacrifice, even in the smallest of things. Children of Heaven (1997), directed by Majid Majidi.



31. Episode 117 - Raging Bull
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This week, we watch true story of Jake La Motta, one of the toughest boxers to ever step into the ring. With only 9 minutes of boxing in the 2-hour-plus runtime, this film focuses on the rage and jealousy that Jake experienced with his second wife as well as his brother. Robert De Niro’s most raw and physically demanding performance. Raging Bull (1980), directed by Martin Scorsese.



32. Episode 118 - Downfall
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This week, we watch the controversial film that depicts the last ten days in Hitlers bunker. Pulling stories from multiple sources and combining them to paint a full picture of what life was like for those involved, hiding underground, knowing that the end is coming. Downfall (2004), directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel.



33. Episode 119 - Die Hard
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This week, we watch the only action movie that features a scene of a man running across glass in bare feet and also plays repeatedly on Christmas. Jumpstarting a blockbusting film series as well as Bruce Willis’ career, this film balances comedy with graphic, violent action in a way that still holds up strongly today, even if the hairstyles don’t. Die Hard (1988), directed by John McTiernan.



34. Episode 120 - Inside Out
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This week, we watch a film that creates a world inside our minds. Pixar is known for their great ideas, but in this film, they have outdone themselves. Who needs to find a fish when you have an entire world inside your head? Inside Out (2015), directed by Pete Docter.



35. Episode 121 - The Great Escape
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This week, we watch the classic WWII film that takes a tone rarely seen in true stories about war - Silly. This movie has laughs, friendships, drunken parties, and even sympathetic Nazis. And damn if everyone doesn’t look great covered in mud. The Great Escape (1963), directed by John Sturges.



36. Episode 122 - Chinatown
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This week, we watch the film that launched Jack Nicholson into stardom while creating perhaps the best film noir of all time, decades after the genre left the mainstream. With a chaotic shoot, and uncertainty about the quality of the film until its 11 Academy Award nominations, it remains fascinating to watch the mystery of the films story unravel with Mr. Gittes. Chinatown (1974), directed by Roman Polanski.



37. Episode 123 - Heat
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This week, we watch the film that is remember for its amazing and ground breaking bank-heist-turned-shootout in the streets of Los Angeles. Starring an angry Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer’s ponytail, and Nicholas Cage impersonating Al Pacino. Heat (1995), directed by Michael Mann.



38. Episode 124 - Room
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This week, we watch the film that forced tears out of full theaters in 2015. Set mostly within a 15’x15’ room, the story smartly focuses on the relationship between mother and son, keeping the film from seeming too contained and unmoving. Also featuring the performance that landed Brie Larson the role of Captain Marvel. Room (2015), directed by Lenny Abrahamson.



39. Episode 125 - Pan's Labyrinth
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This week, we watch the dark fantasy film where a young girl discovers another reality, helping her temporarily escape the horrible world she lives in. With amazing practical effects and makeup, this ultra-violent tale uses film to tell a story in a way no other medium could. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), directed by Guillermo del Toro.



40. Episode 126 - On The Waterfront
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This week, we watch the American classic that portrays the life of a dockworker who works for the mob. This film changed Hollywood movies forever with Marlon Brando’s performance, which brought a type of realism into the mainstream that was previously only seen in a small number of European films. This story was also based on true to life violent criminal activity going on at the time. On The Waterfront (1954), Elia Kazan.



41. Episode 127 - My Neighbor Totoro
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This week, we watch the film that gave Studio Ghibli their iconic character, who happens to be a giant bunny/bear/owl spirit (with human teeth). While this animated tale might advertise itself as high fantasy, it really spends most of its time with two young girls (sisters) who have to move to the countryside to be closer to their sick mother’s hospital, and the kindness they show each other during their difficult time. Also, there is a enormous 12-legged Catbus. My Neighbor Totoro (1988), directed by Hayao Miyazaki.



42. Episode 128 - Ikiru
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This week, we watch the tale of a man diagnosed with stomach cancer, which causes him to reflect on his seemingly wasted life. Taking its time to establish moods appropriate for the subject matter, this film makes you think about what it means to be alive, and how to get the most out of life with what short time we have. Ikiru (1952), directed by Akira Kurosawa.



43. Episode 129 - Ran
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This week, we watch the last epic made by the man who is widely regarded as one of the best directors of all time. With thousands of extras, hundreds of horses, full scale battles, and castles built on the side of Mount Fuji, Kurosawa takes his time and lets each shot linger, recreating the paintings he made that were used as storyboards. Ran (1985), directed by Akira Kurosawa.



44. Episode 130 - The Gold Rush
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This week, we watch the second oldest movie on the list! The Little Tramp character (Charlie Chaplin in big shoes and tattered cloths) is on his way to California to make it big digging up gold, but gets stuck halfway on a snowy mountain top, where he has to avoid the elements, being eaten by his fellow humans, loneliness, and gravity. Playing like a series of comedy sketches, this film holds up amazingly well after nearly 100 years. The Gold Rush (1925), directed by Charlie Chaplin.



45. Episode 131 - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
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This week, we watch Jimmy Stewart become a star, in one of the most perfectly aged films of all time. Everything is somehow still relevant 80 years later, from the humor to the characters, to the dead-on commentary on political corruption. This film, on a short list alongside 12 Angry Men, should be required viewing for everyone in the United States. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), directed by Frank Capra.



46. Bonus Oscar Episode! BlacKkKlansman
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This week, we abandon the list to watch one of the best movies of last year, and a Best Picture Academy Award nominee. Combining the comedy of a buddy-cop film with the heavy drama of real historical and present day events revolving around racism in the United States, this film packs an enormous emotional punch, and successfully provokes conversations about the state of this country that we should all be having. BlacKkKlansman (2018), directed by Spike Lee.



47. Episode 132 - The Bridge on the River Kwai
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This week, we watch the classic war film that dominated the Oscars the year it was released. On a remote Japanese island, a large group of British and American soldiers, now prisoners, are forced to build a bridge. The movie’s production took place in the jungle, and included hundreds of extras and enormous sets, yet the story of the soldiers is what makes this film a classic that still holds up today. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), directed by David Lean.



48. BONUS EPISODE! All the President's Men
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This week, we go off the top 250 list and watch the film that set the standard on how to make an interesting, funny, and informative story about the tedium that is good reporting, and would rightfully accept any and all association to the best picture winner Spotlight, as the influences are apparent. How is this not one of the top 250? All the President’s Men (1976), directed by Alan Pakula.



49. Episode 133 - The Secret in Their Eyes
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This week, we watch the 2010 best foreign picture Oscar winner. One part love story, one part crime drama, this film jumps back and fourth in time as the plot is pieced together, while a historical take of Argentina's troubled past serve as a backdrop. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), directed by Juan Jose Campanella.



50. Bonus Episode! Blade Runner 2049
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This week, we watch the sequel to the ground breaking classic that is the grandfather of all dark, futuristic science fiction films. This film manages to equal the quality of the original, and even improves on certain aspects, while expanding on the ideas put fourth by Ridley Scott decades ago. Blade Runner 2049 (2017), directed by Denis Villeneuve.



51. Episode 134 - Blade Runner
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This week, we watch what some consider the best science fiction film in history. The world shown on screen set a standard for the genre, and its influence can be seen in nearly every sci-fi film since its release. With five official cuts and a wealth of lore behind the making, this film begs to be rewatched and pondered over. The outstanding visuals just make it that much more enjoyable. Blade Runner (1982), directed by Ridley Scott.



52. Episode 135 - The Seventh Seal
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This week, we watch the film that put the legendary director Ingmar Bergman on the map, which lead some of cinemas best works, and also some of its most pretentious. Known for its now famous image of a knight playing chess on a beach with death, this movie is worth watching more for the ideas it presents, and not necessarily for the craft or for entertainment. The Seventh Seal (1957), directed by Ingmar Bergman.



53. Episode 136 - Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
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This week, we watch a large cast of morons stumble their way through a series of crimes. The film debut of both Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones, this low budget cockney masterpiece came from the hopes and hard work of the cast and crew, and also the pockets of their families. The film’s soundtrack was so good, Madonna married the director. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), directed by Guy Ritchie.



54. Episode 137 - Howl's Moving Castle
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This week, we watch another animated masterpiece by Studio Ghibli. Packed with bird wizards, fire demons, cursed witches, enchanted scarecrows, war machines, tar monsters, walking castles, spirit creatures, and portal doors, Miyazaki outdoes himself in this tale of fantasy. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), directed by Hayao Miyazaki.



55. Episode 138 - Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
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This week, we watch one of the first films in history to marry sound with film, with a synchronized soundtrack, as well as the first audio cue jump scare. This movie remains surprisingly relevant despite being released over 90 years ago. Sunrise (1927), directed by F. W. Murnau.



56. Episode 139 - Casino
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This week, we watch the spiritual sequel to Goodfellas, when De Niro and Pesci move from New York to Vegas. Based on the true life story of Frank Rosenthal (who still claims no knowledge of the events depicted in this film), this movie is probably the most historically accurate film we have watched so far. Casino (1995), directed by Martin Scorsese.



57. Bonus Episode - The Rock
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BONUS EPISODE! Somehow this movie came up in about 10 episodes in a row, and while its not on the list, we felt it appropriate to watch this classic of 90’s cinema. Losers always whine about trying their best, and Nicholas Cage is no loser. Carla was the Prom Queen. The Rock (1995), directed by Michael Bay.



58. Episode 140 - Wild Strawberries
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This week, we watch the classic Bergman movie that is Stanley Kubrick's second favorite film of all time. An isolated, accomplished older man reflects on his life choices as he nears death. The story unravels slowly and tells a simple tale, but one that we can all relate to. Wild Strawberries (1957), directed by Ingmar Bergman.



59. Episode 141 - The General
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This week, we watch the first silent movie on the list - Starring the legendary Buster Keaton. Based on the true Civil War story, this film is almost entirely a series of chases on trains. The General, directed by Buster Keaton.



60. Episode 142 - The Elephant Man
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This week, we watch the story of the man who suffered from an extremely unfortunate disease that made his appearance monstrous. This film focuses on the time during his life where he met Doctor Treves, played by Hannibal Lecter himself, Sir Anthony Hopkins. The Elephant Man (1980), directed by David Lynch.



61. Episode 144 - Warrior
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This week, we watch the Rocky inspired sports drama, where Nick Nolte drunkenly rambles his way to an oscar nomination, and Tom Hardy muscles are doing their demo reel for The Dark Knight Rises. This film is not so much for the fans of the UFC, but for fans of family drama and The National. Warrior (2011), directed by Gavin O'Connor.



62. Episode 144 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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This week, we watch Episode VII, a fantastic entry to the Star Wars saga, where Darth Vader is now a moody teenager, R2D2 is round, and everyone is still making fun of the Millennium Falcon for some reason. We’re also glad to see the portly X-Wing fighter makes it this time around. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), directed by J.J. Abrams.



63. Episode 145 - Judgement at Nuremberg
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This week, we watch the modified story of actual trials that took place in Nuremberg, Germany, after the end of World War II. This film brings up the topic of where to place the guilt for war crimes, and how far down the blame should. Spencer Tracy comes up with some ideas. Judgement at Nuremberg (1961), directed by Stanley Kramer.



64. Episode 146 - The Wolf of Wall Street
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This week, we watch the "true" story of Jordan Belfort, the a-hole stock broker that took advantage of hundreds of people for millions of dollars, living it up the entire time, and only had to do two years in prison as a penalty. This movie is hilarious, but also glorifies stealing, drugs, and generally being a terrible person. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), directed by Martin Scorsese.



65. Episode 147 - A Beautiful Mind
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This week, we watch the best picture winning film that tells a version of the story of John Nash, the real life Nobel Prize winning mathematician who struggled with schizophrenia. The film takes some liberties to make his story palatable to movie goers, but contains mostly accurate information on what is shown. A Beautiful Mind (2001), directed by Ron Howard.



66. Episode 148 - V for Vendetta
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This week, we watch the film that popularized the Guy Fawkes mask and gave birth to the symbol of the hacking organization, Anonymous. This film melds noir, science-fiction, fantasy, post-apocalyptic, and super-hero genres together in a bloody tale of power and fear. V for Vendetta (2005), directed by James McTeigue.



67. Episode 149 - Tokyo Story
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This week, we watch the film that was rated as the #1 best movie of all time by 358 of the biggest directors in the world (including Scorsese, Tarantino, Coppola, and many others). This film takes on the seemingly not so interesting topic of every day life, and uses its deliberate pacing (slow) to add weight to its topics in a way that we rarely see on the screen. Tokyo Story (1953), directed by Yasujiro Ozu.



68. Episode 150 - Incendies
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This week, we watch the incredibly dark film that put the director of Arrival, Sicario, and Blade Runner 2049 on the map. Stellar acting by the lead characters draw you into the story that wouldn’t be believable otherwise, and the intense realism of the gun violence in the film won’t be easily forgotten. Incendies (2010), directed by Denis Villeneuve.



69. Special 100th Episode! Top 5 Bottom 3
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100 Episodes!  Top 5 favorite and Bottom 3 least favorite, personal picks from Denny, John, and TC.  Also, special movie category awards (best movie dog, best action scene, best movie beverage, best asshole protagonist, and lots more).



70. Episode 151 - Gran Torino
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This week, we watch Clint Eastwood point his gun shaped hand at some thugs to protect his neighbors. What was suppose to be his acting send off (only to come back to acting a few years later), he brings his classic snarl and anger to the role of Walt Kowalski. Gran Torino (2008), directed by Clint Eastwood.



71. Episode 152 - The Big Lebowski
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This week, we watch Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski get his rug pissed on. This film has one of the most diehard fanbases out of any on this list, and we are proud to share in their obsession. The Big Lebowski (1998), directed by the Coen Brothers.



72. Episode 153 - The Deer Hunter
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This week, we watch the best picture winning film that made a huge positive shift in the public opinion towards Vietnam Veterans in the US. This film takes something that didn't occur once in the written history of the Vietnam war (Russian roulette), center's itself around it, and makes a grand, metaphorical statement about the random violence of war. The Deer Hunter (1978), directed by Michael Cimino.



73. Episode 154 - Trainspotting
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This week, we watch the film that takes the displays heroin use from an honest, hilarious, and brutal perspective. Trainspotting (1996), directed by Danny Boyle.



74. Episode 155 - The Message
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This week, we watch the Message



75. Episode 156 - Fargo
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This week, we watch the snowy, bloody, accent-heavy crime film set in rural Minnesota. This movie is equal parts hilarious and terrifying, and is frequently both at the same time. Is this one of the Coen brothers best films? Oh yah, you betcha. Fargo (1996), directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.



76. Episode 157 - Rebecca
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This week, we watch Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood film, one that would go on to win Best Picture.  This dramatic mystery is full of twists, and showcases acting and cinematography that stands the test of time. Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.



77. Episode 158 - Dial M For Murder
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This week, we watch the classic Alfred Hitchcock adaptation of the stage play about organizing and attempting the murder of a cheating wife. Great acting and fun plot twists keep this film entertaining throughout, which is a feat, given that the film takes place almost entirely in just one room. And we hope you like dialogue. Dial M For Murder, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.



78. Episode 159 - Gone With The Wind
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This week, we watch the longest film of all!  The highest grossing movie of all time (adjusted for inflation) is ripe with questionable content, with the racism being the worst offender.  This might always be considered a classic, but should it be? Gone With The Wind (1939), directed by Victor Fleming.



79. Episode 160 - Cool Hand Luke
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This week, we watch the film that is basically a love letter to Paul Newman.  Ole' blue eyes is front and center for this classic film about a chain gang's daily life, and their antics of rubbing each other's bellies and eating piles of eggs. Cool Hand Luke (1967), directed by Stuart Rosenberg.



80. Episode 161 - How To Train Your Dragon
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This week, we watch the computer animated film who's moral center is that being close minded and unknowledgeable about something can lead to fear and violence, and how being open minded and attempting to learn is the best path to understanding and becoming a good person.  Or that its OK for unsupervised kids to feed dangerous creatures food, and only good things will happen if you close your eyes and stick your hand out near their mouths. How To Train Your Dragon (2010), directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders.



81. Episode 162 - Finding Nemo
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This week, we are watching the Pixar film that first brought us deep into the ocean. When a clown fish's only child gets taken away by scuba divers, he must make a journey across the ocean to get him back. Finding Nemo (2003), directed by Andrew Stanton.



82. Episode 163 - The Sixth Sense
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This week, we watch the movie that scared the crap out of 1999; the film that you've accidentally spoiled at least once; the picture that, up until last year, was the highest grossing horror movie of all time. The Sixth Sense (1999), directed by M. Night Shyamalan.



83. Episode 164 - Come and See
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This week, we watch the hard to find Russian classic that has influenced movies such as Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, and Inglorious Bastards. Real artillery, bombs, animal deaths, and human emotions are put fourth on screen to create something horrifying and unlike anything else we've seen. Come and See (1985), directed by Elem Klimov.



84. Bonus Episode! Deadpool 2
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This week, we give you a bonus episode!  Deadpool is #210 on the IMDB list of the best films of all time, so we took a trip to the theaters to see how they handled the followup.  Ryan Reynolds returns as the merc with a mouth, as this sequel gives us more violence, more CG battles, more pop culture references, more catch phrases, more tiny limbs...if the original Deadpool film was an appropriately sized bag of your favorite candies, Deadpool 2 is a five gallon bucket filled with all the halloween leftovers. And who's inner child is going to say no to that? Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch. 



85. Episode 165 - The Thing
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This week, we watch a dog turn into a spider, a head turn into a spider, a chest turn into a mouth, and a hole bunch of aliens set fire in the snow. This classic sci-fi horror keeps us guessing as to who we can trust, and who is going to die next.  One thing is for sure, Kurt Russell's hair is glorious.  The Thing (1982), directed By John Carpenter.



86. Episode 166 - No Country For Old Men
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This week, we watch the movie that features the creepiest haircut ever to grace the silver screen.  One man finds a bag of money in a drug deal gone wrong.  The haircut the proceeds to murder everyone in its path in its quest to retrieve the money.  The FBI agent from The Fugitive is on the case.  No Country For Old Men (2007), directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.



87. BONUS EPISODE! Avengers: Infinity War
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This week, we give you a bonus episode!  Since Captain America: Civil War episode lined up so perfectly to the same week as the opening of the new Avengers movie, we decided we'd all go to the theater and see what all the fuss is about.  VERY SPOILER FILLED EPISODE.  See this awesome movie and listen to our take on it. Avengers: Infinity War (2018), directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.



88. Episode 167 - Captain America: Civil War
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This week, in a week where a new Avengers has taken the box office by storm, we are watching the Marvel movie that has Captain America and Iron Man taking opposing positions. Which super hero do you side with? With special guest Wombat from the CAGCast! Captain America: Civil War (2016), directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.



89. Episode 168 - Into The Wild
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This week, we watch Emile Hirsch burn all of his money and walk into the woods. It turns out that it wasn't the best idea. Great acting and scenery ensues. Into The Wild (2007), directed by Sean Penn.



90. Episode 169 - Mary and Max
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This week, we watch the Australian stop-motion film that is a follow up to the Oscar winning animated short, Harvey Krumpet.  Mary is a young girl from Melbourne who is lonely and unloved.  Max is a middle-aged man from New York who is overweight and has Aspergers. The two write to each other and become friends, in what is one of the most unique movies on this list. Mary and Max (2009), directed by Adam Elliot.



91. Episode 170 - Gone Girl
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This week, we watch the twist laden thriller, based on the hugely popular Gillian Flynn book.  Fincher's style seeps into this film, who is lead by Ben Affleck, but stolen by Rosamund Pike. And if you think you might be watching a bloodless Fincher movie two hours into this 2.5 hour film, you will be proven very wrong. Gone Girl (2014), directed by David Fincher.



92. Episode 171 - Kill Bill: Volume 1
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This week, we watch Tarantino's bloody action flick, where he pays homage to older grind house cinema, including kung-fu, westerns, and exploitation films. Uma Thurman sacrifices herself for the role of The Bride, as she slaughters dozens of opponents with a legendary Hanzo sword, as she fights her way back to the man who put a hit out on her, the man who killed her, the man who is the father of her child. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003), directed by Quentin Tarantino.



93. Episode 172 - It Happened One Night
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This week, we watch the classic romantic comedy that walked away with the top 5 Oscars for 1934, one of only three films in history to do the same. The oldest movie we've watched so far on our mission, this film has aged beautifully, as the comedy remains laugh out loud funny for the entire runtime, and the acting between the two leads is very believable and fun to watch. It Happened One Night (1934), directed by Frank Capra.



94. Episode 173 - Life of Brian
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This week, we watch the classic Monty Python comedy that has been banned in multiple countries and denounced by religious groups all over the world.  The film itself doesn't do very much to insult religion, but it does a lot to get you rolling on the floor, as the comedy group showcases their trademark silliness in some of the funniest scenes ever put to film.  Life of Brian (1979), directed by Terry Jones.



95. Episode 174 - Rush
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This week, we watch the incredible true story of Niki Lauda and James Hunt, two formula one racers who's rivalry in the 1976 World Championship gained the attention of the world.  While the film may have taken some liberties with the relationship between Niki and James, the movie aims to remain true to the real happenings of the season, and largely succeeds.  Rush (2013), directed by Ron Howard. 



96. Episode 175 - There Will Be Blood
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This week, we watch the American epic about Daniel Plainview, an oil man who wants no one else to succeed.  This masterpiece will be watched for decades, and we dive deep, making this the longest episode yet.  Guest hosted by Matt Hathaway. There Will Be Blood (2007), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.



97. Episode 176 - Nights of Cabiria
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Description: This week, we watch a series of vignettes about a prostitute Rome-ing the streets.  Considered by some to be Fellini's masterpiece, this film follows Cabiria's trials as she gets shoved into a river, shoved into a bathroom, and nearly shoved off a cliff. Nights of Cabiria (1957), directed by Federico Fellini.

98. Episode 177 - Hotel Rwanda
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Description: This week, we watch the film that portrays the historical events of the Rwandan Genocide through the story of a hotel manager who protected over 1,000 refugees in the midst of the massacre.  Don Cheadle portrays Paul Rusesabagina, a man who risked his family members lives, as well as his own, to save innocent lives in a performance that will most likely continue to define his career.  Hotel Rwanda (2004), directed by Terry George.

99. Episode 178 - Platoon
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This week, we watch the movie written and directed by a Vietnam veteran, this film chronicles the horrifying violence Oliver Stone witnessed during his time in the jungle. A script so anti-war, Hollywood refused to make it, and then awarded it with an Oscar for Best Picture (among others). Makes sense. Platoon (1986), directed by Oliver Stone.



100. Episode 179 - The Maltese Falcon
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Description: This week, we watch the classic Noir that made Humphrey Bogart a star, as well as lay the groundwork for what Crime Drama would be for decades afterwards.  Fast talking, cigarette smoking, guns, lies, cheating, murder - all for the rarest of statues.  And Bogart gets punched in the neck.  The Maltese Falcon (1941), directed by John Huston.

101. Episode 180 - The Wages of Fear
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Description: This week, we watch the classic action/thriller that inspired Road Warrior, Duel, Speed, and numerous other vehicle based action films.  Four men, in desperate need of money, take on the life-threatening task of driving two trucks full of nitroglycerin across a dangerous mountain pass. The Wages of Fear (1953), directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. 

102. Episode 181 - Spotlight
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Description: This week, we watch the best picture winning film that aims and succeeds to tell the true story of the hard working Boston Globe reporter/editor/writer team that broke the story on pedophile priests in Boston, and the systematic coverup that the Catholic Church provides for those who get caught.  A very special guest co-hosts this episode - Kevin Slane, who is an entertainment writer (among other things) at the Boston Globe. Spotlight, directed by Tom McCarthy.

103. Episode 182 - Network
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Description: This week, we watch the amazingly prophetic film that, while being created over 40 years ago, depicts the current day network news situation almost exactly.  This movie predicted reality television shows over a decade before they aired, and also satirized news stations selling credibility for ratings before that reality has come to pass.  Network, directed by Sidney Lumet.

104. Episode 183 - Zootopia
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Description: This week, we watch the animated comedy that tells the tale of a small town bunny moving to Zootopia, a city where all animals can live together without stepping on each other.   Also following in Disney tradition, this film introduces a great pop song that you will grow to hate as it plays over and over again in your head.  Zootopia, directed by Bryon Howard and Rich Moore.

105. Episode 184 - Mad Max: Fury Road
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Description: This week, we watch the unprecedented sequel that pumped blood back into the Max Mad trilogy with a shotgun, the sci-fi/fantasy film that brought an imaginative, cohesive plot to the screen with almost no dialogue, the action movie that received a best picture nomination.  With special guest/Mad Max trilogy binger, Tim Brown.  WITNESS ME!  Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), directed by George Miller.

106. Episode 185 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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Description: This week, we watch the block-busting film that paved the way for all buddy movies that came after it.  Paul Newman and Robert Redford are a perfect team, as they rob and steal their way across the mid-west. Once a super-posse is assembled to take them down, they attempt an escape to South America.  Comedy ensues.  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), directed by George Roy Hill.

107. Episode 186 - Shutter Island
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Description: This week, we watch the mind-bending thriller that begs to be viewed more than once.  Leonardo Dicaprio is a detective that is about to blow the lid off of a government conspiracy located within a mental institution on a remote island off the coast of Boston...or so we are lead to believe.! Shutter Island (2010), directed by Martin Scorsese.

108. Episode 187 - The 400 Blows
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Description: This week, we watch the wonderful story of a young French boy and his downward spiral.  This timeless and magical film was one of the first of the French New Wave, and the one that brought international attention to the movement.  This film hasn't aged a day.  The relatable story is as relevant as ever, the acting from a cast of mostly children is incredible, and it looks and sounds amazing. The historical importance of this film can not be overstated.  The 400 Blows (1959), directed by Francois Truffaut.

109. Episode 188 - Stand By Me
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Description: This week, we watch the rare Stephen King adaptation that omits anything supernatural and simply focuses on the characters.  Rare also in that it's a film adaptation of one of his books and it isn't terrible.  Four kids take a two day trip down the railroad track in search of the body of a dead classmate, and stellar child acting ensues.Stand By Me (1986), directed by Rob Reiner.

110. Episode 189 - In the Name of the Father
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Description: This week, we watch the story of the Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven, a group of young men and woman who were wrongly accused and imprisoned for the terrorist bombing of a pub.  The true story turns into a backdrop for the relationship between one of the four (Daniel Day Lewis) and his father (Pete Postlethwaite), and their time spent together in prison.  In the Name of the Father, directed by Jim Sheridan.

111. Episode 190 - Persona
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Description: This week, we watch either one of the best films of all time, or one of the most pretentious.  This movie could define arthouse cinema.  Thoughtful, shocking, and incomprehensible.  Persona (1966), directed by Ingmar Bergman.

112. Episode 191 - 12 Years a Slave
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This week, we watch the best picture winner about the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who gets abducted and sold into slavery. This movie is brutal and important, and should be on the short list of films that everyone from this country must see.  Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'O, and Michael Fassbender all put in career best performances.  12 Years a Slave (2013), directed by Steve McQueen.



113. Episode 192 - The Grand Budapest Hotel
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This week, we watch the film that is not only largest box office success of Wes Anderson's career so far, but also received a fair number of Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture.  The cast is stacked, the shots are symmetrical, the effects are a combination of miniatures, stop motion, projected live action on matte paintings - all of the styles we've come to love from Wes.  Its might not be the film to turn the nay-sayers, but it certainly gives fans a lot to enjoy.  The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), directed by Wes Anderson.



114. Episode 193 - Amores Perros
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This week, we watch the first film of Inarritu's "Trilogy of Death", where three brutal stories are told before and after a car accident.  Filled with extreme, realistic violence (most of it involving dogs), it is good knowing before going in that no animals were hurt during the making of this very effective drama. Amores Perros, directed by Alejandro Inarritu.



115. Episode 194 - Million Dollar Baby
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This week, we watch the best picture winner that also saw Hilary Swank in win the first Oscar for an actor portraying a boxer. This film follows a determined boxer's rise to the top, as a grizzled old boxing coach learns to respect female boxers, and Morgan Freeman hangs out and does a nice voiceover.  This is one to watch before listening.  Million Dollar Baby (2004), directed by Clint Eastwood.



116. Episode 195 - Wild Tales
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This week, we watch the film that took the country of Argentina by storm, smashing all of the box-office records, and earning a Best Foreign Picture nomination in the 2015 Oscars.  Comprised of six stories that, according to the director, are "linked by violence, and nothing else", this film lets its characters go far beyond typical socially accepted behavior, and explore what might result if people acted solely on their instincts.  Wild Tales (2014), directed by Damian Szifron.



117. Episode 196 - The Princess Bride
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This week, we watch the classic fairy tale where Wesley and Buttercup set out on adventure against two warring kingdoms for true love.  Pirates, death machines, murder, revenge, monsters...all in a light hearted tone, and surrounded with universal comedy.  The Princess Bride (1987), directed by Rob Reiner.



118. Episode 197B - Ben-Hur Part 2
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This week, we watch the epic tale of Judah Ben-Hur, a man who lived at the time of Jesus. Based on the outstandingly popular novel from 1880, and a remake of the 1925 film, this iteration of the tale is distinguished by winning the most Academy Awards in history, and has a number of other records held as well (largest set ever built, etc). Come for the chariot race, and stay for the mind blowing scale. Ben-Hur (1959), directed by William Wyler.



119. Episode 197A - Ben-Hur Part 1
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This week, we watch the epic tale of Judah Ben-Hur, a man who lived at the time of Jesus.  Based on the outstandingly popular novel from 1880, and a remake of the 1925 film, this iteration of the tale is distinguished by winning the most Academy Awards in history, and has a number of other records held as well (largest set ever built, etc).  Come for the chariot race, and stay for the mind blowing scale. Ben-Hur (1959), directed by William Wyler.



120. Episode 198 - Touch of Evil
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This week, we watch the character study disguised as a crime thriller, where Orson Wells flexes his impressive acting chops in a movie he also writes and directs.  Drugs, murder, sex, and lots of lying fill this classic noir film, which takes place in a Mexican boarder town, and has two police officers (Charlton Heston and Wells) clashing in an investigation.  Touch of Evil (1958), Directed by Orson Wells.



121. Episode 199 - Hachi: A Dogs Tale
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This week, we watch a film where Richard Gere struggles to decide what he loves the most: his own hair, or his adopted puppy. Does the struggle lead to his sudden death? Who's to say. Hachi: A Dog's Tale, directed by Lasse Hallstrome.



122. Episode 200 - Jurassic Park
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This week, we watch the film that brings back dinosaurs in the groundbreaking blockbuster that combines horror, drama, comedy, action, adventure, sci-fi...really, this movie does it all.  Now with four films in the franchise (Jurassic World is currently the 4th highest grossing movie of all time), the original still towers over the sequels, with special effects that somehow didn't age a day. Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg.



123. Bonus Episode - Top 5 and Bottom 3, 250-201
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This week, we celebrate our 50th episode, and go over each one of our top 5 favorite movies, and bottom 3 least favorite movies, of the last 50 we've watched!



124. Episode 201 - Nausicaa of the Vally of the Wind
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This week, we watch the animated classic who's popularity lead to the founding of Studio Ghibli, which went on to make additional milestones in animation like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, directed by Hayao Miyazaki.



125. Episode 202 - The Grapes of Wrath
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This week, we watch the landmark picture that depicts the hardships of the dust bowl survivors that journey to California to find a new life.  Adapted from the pages of John Steinbeck's classic novel that was released only a year earlier, these two pieces of art were among the most controversial of the time.  The Grapes of Wrath (1940), directed by John Ford.



126. Episode 203 - Annie Hall
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This week, we watch the best picture winner that is one of the few "romantic comedies" on the top 250.  We have a little trouble separating the man from the movie.  Annie Hall (1977), directed by Woody Allen.



127. Episode 204 - Stalker
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This week, we watch the Russian science fiction film where two men are lead into The Zone by a Stalker in hopes of entering a room that grants wishes. Come for the beautiful cinematography, stay for the inescapable atmosphere.  Stalker (1979), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.



128. Episode 205 - Before Sunrise
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This week, we watch Ethan Hawk and Julie Delpy fall in love in Vienna.  What could be seen as a two hour long conversation, is really a film that sets out to achieve the focused goal of capturing a moment between two people falling in love. Before Sunrise (1995), directed by Richard Linklater.



129. Episode 206 - The Bourne Ultimatum
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This week, we watch Matt Damon try to find out who he is, as he runs around places, jumps across buildings, assassinates strangers, drives off buildings, has flashbacks, and jumps through windows on the sides of buildings. All the while, people in buildings talk about where he's running to. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), directed by Paul Greengrass.



130. Episode 207 - Memories of Murder
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This week, we watch the the movie that captured a slot in Quentin Tarantino's list of the 20 best films since 1992 - a murder mystery that combines horror and comedy in a way that that leaves you not only guessing at who the killer is, but what tone the movie will take with the next scene.  Also, the best jump-kicks in movie history. Memories of Murder (2003), directed by Bong Joon Ho.



131. Episode 208 - Gandhi
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This week, we watch the winner of 8 Oscars, including Best Director, Best actor (Ben Kingsley), and Best Picture, which it thoroughly deserved.  This is one of the most epic films in history, and stands up strongly to the test of time. Gandhi (1982), directed by Richard Attenborough.



132. Episode 209 - The Truman Show
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This week, we watch Jim Carrey play Truman Burbank, a normal every-day kinda guy that just happens to be the focal point of the worlds biggest reality TV show. In the 90's the story seemed absurd, but nowadays, reality TV is everywhere and this movie almost feels normal. The Truman Show (1998), directed by Peter Weir.



133. Episode 210 - Deadpool
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This week, we watch the comic book movie that blew up the box office.  The Hard-R, ultra-violent comedy was a passion project that almost didn't get made, which not only restarted Ryan Reynolds career, but also is bound to start an R-rated comic book movie surge. Deadpool (2016), directed by Tim Miller.



134. Episode 211 - Diabolique
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This week, we watch the classic thriller that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Vertigo. The wife and the mistress of a boarding school headmaster plot to kill him.  This movie contains all sorts of 1955 murder, drowning, poison, zombies, ghosts, and creepy private investigators. Diabolique (1955), directed by H. G. Clouzot.



135. Episode 212 - Donnie Darko
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This week, we watch the mind-bending, genre-defying film that is at once about a time traveling super-hero who receives his directives from a imaginary man in a scary bunny outfit, while also being a coming of age drama/comedy with one of the best sound tracks in movie history.  Donnie Darko (2001), directed by Richard Kelly.



136. Episode 213 - Rocky
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This week, we watch the Best Picture winning character drama - disguised as a sports movie - which not only brought writer/director/star Sylvester Stallone from being homeless and hungry to one of the biggest movie stars in the world to this day, but also invented the sports training montage. Is there a better motivational song than "Gonna Fly Now"? Rocky (1976), directed by John G. Avildsen.



137. Episode 214 - 8 1/2
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This week, we try to make sense of the 1964 winner of the Best Foreign Film Academy Award, which is described a story of a director struggling to make a movie. Thats about as much of it as we understood. 8 1/2 (1963), directed by Federico Fellini.



138. Episode 215 - The Wizard of Oz
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This week, we watch the one of the first color movies ever made, which tells the now culturally-embedded story of Dorothy, her dog Toto, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, The Wicked Witch of the West, and the title character, while using the new technology to a very purposeful effect. The Wizard of Oz (1939), directed by Victor Fleming.



139. Episode 216 - Monsters, Inc.
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This week, we watch the Pixar movie that leads us on a journey through the world behind the closet doors of children.  We dive deep into the potential history of the monster culture, and whether Waternoose created the notion that children are dangerous to keep the scary monsters in power. Monsters, Inc. (2001), directed by Pete Doctor.



140. Episode 217 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
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This week, we watch the final chapter of the Harry Potter series, where Ron, Hermione and Harry must protect Hogwarts, find and destroy all of the remaining Horcrux, defeat Voldemort, shoot magic, drink potions...really its as magical as you can handle, and its a lot of fun. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011), directed by David Yates.



141. Episode 218 - The Revenant
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This week, we watch the Best Picture nominated film that gave Leonardo DiCaprio his much sought after Best Actor Oscar, as he suffers violently and horribly through some of the most gorgeously shot landscapes in movie history. The Revenant (2015), directed by Alejandro Inarritu.



142. Episode 219 - The Terminator
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This week, we watch ANOTHER (back-to-back) time travel, science fiction mash-up classic, that contains the break-out performance of Mr. Universe himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and kicked-off the career of the man who would go on to direct the two top-grossing movies of all time, James Cameron. The Terminator (1984).



143. Episode 220 - Twelve Monkeys
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This week, we watch the time travel, science fiction mash-up classic, that contains performances from Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt that defied all expectations, and is helmed by the visual genius, Terry Gilliam - Twelve Monkeys (1995).



144. Episode 221 - The Best Years of Our Lives
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This week, we watch the Best Picture winning film about three veterans arriving home after World War II, and the issues they face as they try to re-enter society. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), directed by William Wyler.



145. Episode 222 - Groundhog Day
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This week, we watch Bill Murray live the same day over and over again, as he struggles with self-hate, love, and death, in the classic comedy Groundhog Day (1993). Directed by Harold Ramis.



146. Episode 223 - Strangers On A Train
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This week, we watch the suspense/thriller about a psychotic socialite who proposes to a stranger (on a train) the idea about swapping murders - an idea he plans to implement - Strangers On A Train (1951). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.



147. Episode 224 - Infernal Affairs
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This week, we watch a cat and mouse crime thriller based in Hong Kong, where two moles, working for opposite sides of a cop vs gang rivalry, race to find out the identity of the other (which Martin Scorsese later remade into a best picture winner, The Departed) - Infernal Affairs (2002). Directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak.



148. Episode 225 - Sin City
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This Week, we watch the ground breaking, fully green-screened, ultra-violent comic book adaptation that boasts one of the most stacked casts of all time - Sin City (2005). Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. 



149. Episode 226 - Jaws
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This week, we watch the film that not only created the summer blockbuster and put the fear of swimming into multiple generations of viewers, but also marked the jumping off point for one the greatest directors of all time - Jaws (1975). Directed by Steven Spielberg.



150. Episode 227 - Kind Hearts and Coronets
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This week, we watch a classic in the dark-comedy genre, where a distant relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne sets off to murder all eight family members that stand ahead of him to claim the wealth and position of his family - Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). Directed by Robert Hamer.



151. Episode 228 - La Haine
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This week, we watch the film that kickstarted a renaissance in French cinema, which tells a story of a day in the life of three friends living in the projects one day after a night of violent riots of protest in the streets of Paris- La Haine (Hate, 1995). Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz.



152. Episode 229 - Prisoners
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This week, we watch the high-tension thriller about child abduction, and a father, played by Hugh Jackman, that will do whatever it takes to save them - Prisoners. Directed by Denis Villeneuve.



153. Episode 230 - Barry Lyndon
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This week, we watch the tale of the life and struggles of a man living in 18th century England, Barry Lyndon. Directed by the master himself, Stanley Kubrick.



154. Episode 231 - The Battle of Algiers
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This week, we watch the horrifying, documentary-like masterpiece about the the acts or terror and oppression between the occupying French and the National Liberation Front (FLN) in 1960's Algeria, The Battle of Algiers. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo.



155. Episode 232 - Dog Day Afternoon
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This week, we watch the bank robbery movie that was based on the true story of John Wojtowicz, who set out to rob a bank to pay for his transgendered wife's sex change operation- Dog Day Afternoon (1975). Directed by Sidney Lumet.



156. Episode 233 - Catch Me If You Can
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This week, we watch the stylized true story of Frank W. Abagnale Jr., the most successful bank robber/con artist of all time, Catch Me If You Can (2002). Directed by Steven Spielberg.



157. Episode 234 - The Martian
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This week, Matt Damon gets stuck on Mars.  Will he get off? Lets find out! The Martian (2015), Directed by Ridley Scott.



158. Episode 235 - Ip Man
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This week, we watch a kung fu movie that aim's to detail the life of the legendary master of Bruce Lee, Ip Man (2008). Directed by Wilson Yip.



159. Episode 236 - The Imitation Game
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This week, we watch the best picture nominated biopic about the genius mathematician Alan Turning, and his immense contributions towards the defeat of Nazi Germany during World War II. Directed by Morten Tyldum.



160. Episode 237 - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
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This week, we watch the theme-park-ride based film that started one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, due in no small part to Johnny Depp's unique creation, Jack Sparrow - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). Directed by Gore Verbinski.



161. Episode 238 - The Help
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This week, we watch the movie based on the very popular book, The Help (2011), about an author who decides to write about African American maids during the Civil Rights Movement. Directed by Tate Taylor.



162. Episode 239 - Fanny and Alexander
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This week, we watch Ingmar Bergman's final theatrical release, Fanny and Alexander (1982), a story of two children in Sweden and their lives growing up.



163. Episode 240 - Guardians of the Galaxy
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This week, we watch the Marvel Studios surprise hit, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), starring a slew of new favorite characters, including a raccoon and a tree. Directed by James Gunn.



164. Episode 241 - A Fistful of Dollars
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This week, we watch the first Spaghetti Western ever made, which also launched Clint Eastwood into stardom, A Fistful of Dollars (1964). Directed by Sergio Leone.  



165. Episode 242 - The Avengers
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This week, we watch Marvel's record breaking Superhero ensemble that changed blockbusters forever, The Avengers (2012).  Directed by Joss Whedon.



166. Episode 243 - Castle in the Sky
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This week, we watch Studio Ghibli's first animated movie, Castle in the Sky (1986), a tale of two orphans and a floating city.  Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.



167. Episode 244 - Roman Holiday
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This week, we watch the classic romantic comedy, Roman Holiday (1953), directed by William Wyler, and starring Gregory Peck and Aubrey Hepburn, in her breakout role.  



168. Episode 245 - The King's Speech
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This week, we watch the Best Picture Oscar winning biopic about King George VI, The King's Speech (2010), directed by Tom Hooper.  



169. Episode 246B - Gangs of Wasseypur - Part II
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This week, we watch Part II of the action filled Indian gang epic, Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), directed by Anurag Kashyap.    



170. Episode 246A - Gangs of Wasseypur - Part I
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This week, we watch part I of India's ultra-violent, generation-spanning gang epic, Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), directed by Anurag Kashyap.  



171. Episode 247 - Throne of Blood
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This week, we watch the best cinematic adaptation of Macbeth, Throne of Blood (1957), directed by Akira Kurosawa.  



172. Episode 248 - High Noon
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This week, we watch the classic, time-accurate Western, High Noon (1952), directed by Fred Zinnemann.  



173. Episode 249 - Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
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This week, we watch the acclaimed Bollywood epic about cricket, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), directed by Ashutosh Gowariker.  



174. Episode 250 - Beauty and the Beast
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This week, we watch Disney's beloved animated classic, Beauty and the Beast (1991), directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise.  



175. Introducing the Mission 250 Filmcast
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