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Nicolas Cage month (ha—more like quarter) continues, with Martin Scorsese’s surreal and frenetic drama, BRINGING OUT THE DEAD (1999). Burned-out EMT has a terrible week, shot like a nightmare, and scored with U.S. Soul and UK punk. Nicolas Cage is brilliant. So is Ving Rhames, John Goodman, Patricia Arquette, Marc Anthony (yeah, the excellent singe…
 
Welcome back to the Cage. Come on in, the water’s fine. I mean, the swimming pool is empty except for a little girl having a tea party with a serial murderer, but it’s really more an expression, anyway. This is an audio medium, so there’s no water ever, really--just in your imagination, and if you're anything like us, you're imagining that imaginar…
 
We’re getting our feet under us again and wrapping up our look at the black and white era with Buster Keaton’s most famous film, The General (1927). Is it a masterpiece? We’re not sure. The stunts are pretty incredible, but all the stuff in between the stunts…well, you’ll have to tune in and find out. The episode is a blast, at least. Stay tuned fo…
 
The fellas finally circle back to wrap up their discussion on one of the last great masterpieces of the Silent Era, and catch up after a couple hard months apart. Not to break the fourth wall or anything, but it was really good to hear Karl’s voice and see his face again (albeit back to being on the other side of a screen for a little while). Stay …
 
Just a quick update about why the show’s been on hiatus, with some bangin’ jams at the end. Thanks to our listeners for their patience and support while Max finds his footing, and thanks to our Patrons for the new iMac, without which there could be no Jamz this Sweaty. (Apparently the youthz have some new slang. Let’s go.) MeasuringFlicksPodcast@gm…
 
This week, the boys sit down to discuss Charlie Chaplin’s final silent film, Modern Times. Enduringly relevant, hilariously funny, and surprisingly powerful, even all these years later: if you haven’t seen it, watch it, and if you have seen it, then listen to us talk about it! This episode was a blast. Patreon.com/QuillAndFilm MeasuringFlicksPodcas…
 
PRIVATE EYES AND FUNNY GUYS We’re kicking off Season 5 with a memorial month for Max’s grandmother, a lifelong film fan with a fondness for classics, funnies, and film noir. What better way to begin our celebration of her memory (and her impeccable taste) than with John Huston’s brilliant adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel THE MALTESE FALCON. B…
 
THE GUNS OF AUGUST begins with a bang, with Gregory Peck, a script by Sy Bartlett and Beirne Lay, Jr., and a powerful directorial vision in Henry King, Twelve O’Clock High (1949) could only have been a masterpiece. One of the finest, most honest films ever made about the cost of war . MeasuringFlicksPodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/QuillAndFilm…
 
The fellas sit down, do some shots, and throw some movies into the ring in a cinematic duel to the death for the first time in nearly two years. It feels good to be back to the format again. On the card for today’s bout: Brokeback Mountain, Her, Portrait of a Lady On Fire, Secretary, The Jerk, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Man with Two Brains, Rox…
 
The boys wrap up their exploration of PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR with the massively underrated 2000s classic, The Cell. Vincent D’Onofrio, J. Lo, and a baby-faced Vince Vaughn rampage around in a psychedelic mental hellscape for a couple hours, with great writing and absolutely stunning cinematography, set design, and costuming to play around in. What’s …
 
Our month of PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR continues with Part II of our long discussion on Jacob’s Ladder. Gnosticism, Eckhart Tolle, angels, demons, Vietnam, tentacle porn…this movie’s got it all. (Including, possibly, the hidden truths that will allow you to break free from the stifling confines of this fabricated hell-realm we assume to be reality becau…
 
Our long look at CEREBRAL HORROR FILMS ascends to new heights this week, up Jacob’s Ladder (1990). It’s an absolute brain-breaker, and sparked a pretty paradigm-shifting conversation on gnostic philosophy and the fundamental nature of our reality, too. What’s not to love? (Tentacle Porn Impalements aside and/or included. Dealer’s choice.) Patreon.c…
 
We haven’t watched a Nicolas Winding Refn film since Season Zero—our very first episode was Bronson. Our conversation (featuring guest hosts Bird and Alicia of New Hampshire) on The Neon Demon was every bit as contentious and illuminating as the chat that began this show. We hope you like it. We hope you like us. Do you think we’re beautiful? Patre…
 
AUTOMAYBILE (in June) rumbles into the home stretch with Two-Lane Blacktop. Is it Americana at its finest? The best Road Movie ever made? A haunting elegy for a nostalgic time and place that never really existed? A masterpiece? This flick changed one of us forever, and put the other to sleep. Listen in as the boys try their best to settle the matte…
 
AUTOMAYBILE rolls right on into June as the boys finally get around to John Carpenter’s excellent adaptation of Stephen King’s Christine (1983). Arnie Cunningham is just another loser, fading into the background at AARP High School, when one day he finds a crappy car that fixes itself and kills his enemies. And his friends. And, uh…some other peopl…
 
AUTOMAYBILE screeches off the line with everybody’s favorite little Volkswagen that could: it’s The Love Bug (1968)! This little throwback Disney classic has some of the best old-school stunt driving we’ve seen in four seasons, along with all the charm of Buddy Hackett’s whacky slapstick, and all the…well, there’s some other stuff in this one, too.…
 
APRIL FOOLS: STEVE MARTIN continues, as does our secret Carl Reiner appreciation month, with Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. If you like crime noir, detectives, cigarettes, dames, goons, James Bond, Harrison Ford, coffee, hilarity, voiceover, fantastic leaps in deduction, bloody knees, dog dirt, cross-dressing, coin manipulation, or semi-erotic toothpas…
 
The FZK is steaming up, and it’s not just the steamy French flick we watched this week, exploring Connor Sweeney’s FORBIDDEN LOVE…Portrait of a Lady on Fire turned out to be a more contentious film than we anticipated! Find out why within! Patreon.com/QuillAndFilm MeasuringFlicksPodcast@gmail.comBy Max Peterson, Karl Hartley, Connor Sweeney, and Bird
 
The boys wrap up their discussion of Ang Lee’s absolutely brilliant Brokeback Mountain (2005). Heartbreak and triumph and the quiet moments that make up a life—all this and more. What a way to kick off Season 4! If you’d like to support the show, head over to Patreon.com/QuillAndFilm MeasuringFlicksPodcast@gmail.com…
 
Measuring Flicks is back to its normal format, just in time for Season 4! This month’s theme is Forbidden Love: four films curated by earth angel Connor Sweeney! So saddle up and the join us as we take a long and thoughtful ride up Ang Lee’s 2005 masterpiece, Brokeback Mountain. Patreon.com/QuillAndFilm MeasuringFlicksPodcast@gmail.com…
 
There’s no better way to wrap Season Three than by sitting down for an inspiring, enlightening, laugh-and-cry conversation with filmmaker Jeff “Jeffrey T.” Morgan, to discuss his very first feature film, the occult-revenge-fantasy-martial-arts epic Folklore, and to marvel at the bizarre series of events that brought us all together. (And which led …
 
Max and Karl are joined by Genius Auteur Filmmaker Legend (and all-around great guy) Jeff Morgan for a flatulent frolic through the absolutely brilliant Swiss Army Man (2016). If you haven’t seen it, watch it before you join us on our digitally-linked desert islands. If you’ve already seen it, then welcome…to Jurassic Park. Patreon.com/QuillAndFilm…
 
Lesley Tye takes the fellas on a motor scooter ride into the 80s to check out The Legend of Billie Jean. The Stranger Things kids were into this flick for sure. Bonus points for Pat Benatar jams! Rock and Roll Mashup Patreon.com/QuillAndFilm MeasuringFlicksPodcast@gmail.comBy Max Peterson and Karl Hartley
 
ROADVEMBER IN DECEMBER skids into a Steven Spielberg’s feature film, 1971’s Duel. Made for TV, PG rating, cast you can count comfortably on one hand…but Richard Matheson’s running the gears on the script, and Spielberg directs the wheels offa this bad boy. If you want to see the moment that Jaws was born, spin this, spin out, and crash into the har…
 
The December October Wrap-Up rolls on, with a second whack at The Lighthouse. We wade through shark genitalia and something gluey, bold, and viscous by the end, but as we mount the sea-wet iron spiral toward the unendurable light above, we know that it was worth. And the world goes black and white. And we scream. Patreon.com/QuillAndFilm MeasuringF…
 
Midsommar is the sort of movie whose central tragedy becomes, after you’ve seen it, that you can never see it for the first time again. Max’s assertion is that it’s the best film he’s ever seen, a title taken from its predecessor, Hereditary. Is it? How? Why? It’s a roundtable of film nerds and witchy freaks. Bound to be a good time. Patreon.com/Qu…
 
Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, and that guy whose chopper Bruce Willis rides off on in Pulp Fiction (which came out the same year as this movie): it’s time to talk about The Mask. Filled with nostalgia, violence, and the kind of physical comedy that (truly) belongs to Jim Carey alone, slosh your way through a wine-drunk look at a weird movie from our ch…
 
Part II of our discussion of The Dark Knight Rises, which is probably much, much, much better than you remember it being—trust us; the context is all squirreled around, now, and it becomes obvious that this flick was just a little ahead of the world. Patreon.com/QuillAndFilm MeasuringFlicksPodcast@gmail.com…
 
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