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Movies 101

Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart, Nathan Weinbender

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Movies 101 began mid-1999, as Spokane Public Radio's KSFC started establishing itself as a separate news and information service. As KSFC as matured, so did Movies 101. The show has also been picked up on KPBX and has a loyal fan base, Friday evenings at 6:30pm. Movies 101 is produced by Spokane Public Radio Music and Arts Producer, Jim Tevenan.
 
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Actions, as the great philosophers often preached, have consequences. Some are good, some are bad and others … well, any or all of them can make for great cinema. This week Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart and Nathan Weinbender discuss a trio of films focusing on characters who make decisions and then are forced to endure what comes next. The films …
 
Whether we’re referring to a lust for romantic love, an ardent need for acceptance or the simple quest for a peaceful, happy life, desire is a staple movie theme. This week, Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart and Nathan Weinbender discuss a trio of movies, each of which features characters – in one case real-life people – whose life journey involves o…
 
If you were given a choice between serving 10 years in a minimum-security prison or transferring to a far more dangerous facility to complete a mission that might earn you your freedom, which would you choose? This week, Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart and Nathan Weinbender discuss a based-on-real-events miniseries titled “Black Bird” in which a gu…
 
There have been many golden eras of cinema. One of the most universally recognized eras, though, is the 1950s. And it was out of that decade that the actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward emerged. This week, Nathan Weinbender, Mary Pat Treuthart and Dan Webster discuss Ethan Hawke’s six-part HBO Max series titled “The Last Movie Stars.” Afterward,…
 
Getting from destination to the next is a staple of existence. And that’s true whether we’re talking about moving literally or figuratively. This week, Mary Pat Treuthart, Nathan Weinbender and Dan Webster discuss two films that represent the two different aspects of movement: “Bullet Train," and “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey a Song.”…
 
Hollywood defines success first and foremost by box-office grosses. But a lot of good films don’t make hardly a mark at the bank. This week, Nathan Weinbender, Mary Pat Treuthart and Dan Webster will discuss three movies that may be small in earnings but are big in quality. First up is the independent feature “Vengeance” followed by the documentary…
 
It’s no secret that we here at Movies 101 central seek out cinema both in theaters and, increasingly, in the comfort of our own homes. On this week’s show, Nathan Weinbender, Mary Pat Treuthart and Dan Webster will be discussing two films that are playing in area theaters and one that is streaming. First up is the latest from Jordan Peele, simply t…
 
No literary genre is more overheated than that of the steamy Southern gothic. And when you combine the essentials of that genre with a plucky character like author Delia Owens’ Marsh Girl … well, you’re likely to end up with a best-seller. This week, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss Olivia Newman’s adaptation of Owens’ …
 
People think, not unreasonably, of critics as … well, people who complain. They forget that, first and foremost, at heart we movie critics are movie fans. This week, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two movies that movie beyond art and fall mostly in the let’s-just-have-fun category. First up is the newest Marvel featur…
 
Every week, Nathan Weinbender, Mary Pat Treuthart and Dan Webster discuss movies that usually, but not always, boast some sort of a common theme. This will be one of those "off" weeks. First up, the coming-of-age study “Cha Cha Real Smooth” then the thriller “Kimi” and finally the drama “The Forgiven.”…
 
No art form is more personal than comedy. Just ask the standup comic Chris Rock. This week, Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart and Nathan Weinbender discuss a couple of comedy studies, both now streaming online. One is the HBO Max two-part documentary “George Carlin’s American Dream,” the other Hulu’s narrative romantic comedy “Fire Island.”…
 
Blockbusters come in all shapes and sizes, from action-packed frenzy to upper-crust fantasy. On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two films, each a prime example of frenzy and/or fantasy. First up is “Top Gun: Maverick” followed by “Downton Abbey: A New Era.”…
 
Though overly simplistic, our modern view of stage plays is symbolized by the pair of classic memes, one signifying tragedy, the other comedy. This week, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two movies that, at least at first glance, fall fairly easily into one or the other categories. First up is a curious blend of the ser…
 
Expectations are the enemy of artistic criticism. Why? Because they tend to get in the way of honest appraisal. This week Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two films that carry with them an almost obligatory sense of expectation. First up is the Nicolas Cage vehicle “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” followed by t…
 
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