Hitchcrock! The Later Films of Alfred Hitchcock

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This week the Movie Morlock invites film enthusiast, and Instragrammer, Richard Stracke to discuss one of the most important filmmakers of all time, Alfred Hitchcock. But while Hitchcock enjoys a stellar reputation to this day, there is no denying the fact that his last several offerings weren’t up to the same level as his most known works.

From Marnie (1964) to Family Plot (1976), the Morlock and Stracke pick apart the final five from the man with the famous profile. Bust our your rear-screen projectors, things are about to get real.

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There’s a lot of Things to Stream Right Now

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Let the Movie Morlock be your guide to a bunch of different shows to stream on your television sets right now. Catch up on shows like The Leftovers or Watchmen. Take in some new fare such as Tokyo Vice or Winning Time. Watch the final installments of Ozark and Better Call Saul. So, much great content is available to stream right now.

In addition, The Morlock talks about several films now in theaters, and coming to streaming soon that you’ll want on your radar screen. From A24’s horror throw-back, X, to the fantastic Everything Everywhere All at Once, if you are looking to head back to the theaters there are some films that make the trip worth while.

Paolo Sorrentino and The Hand of God

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Al Fraser joins The Movie Morlock to discuss several films by acclaimed Italian director, Paolo Sorrentino, including his Academy Award nominated film, The Hand of God.

Al and The Morlock also talk about other Sorrention films, including The Great Beauty, and his cult film, This Must be the Place.

What else? Al saw Licorice Pizza, and it brought a twinge of nostalgia to his life growing up in Southern California in the 70s and 80s.

Looking for some new films to discover? This week’s episode has you covered.

F the Academy. Teal and the Morlock Critique Poor Oscar Decision-Making

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The Movie Morlock is back with his old pal, Teal to unleash a can of whoopass on the Academy. With Oscar ratings down the network that hosts the awards show, ABC, made some demands to remove eight categories from the main show. The Morlock and Teal discuss why this is a terrible decision.

Also on this episode, the Morlock saw The Batman. Was he fan? Listen and find out.

And while the decision to cut eight categories is the most egregious mishap of this Oscar season, there are plenty of other fun controversies to dissect. Come, dear listener, on a journey of complaints, but also plenty of laughs. This is an episode to enjoy!

 

2022 Oscar Nominations Discussion

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Every year The Movie Morlock does a recap of the Oscar Nominations, and when he was doing Stuff We’ve Seen it was always with Teal. So why should this year be any different? Teal is back to go through the entire list of nominees. What were the surprises and omissions? Get set for James (The Movie Morlock) and Teal to take you through it all.

The Trial of Licorice Pizza

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Licorice Pizza – Fun-loving, 1970’s set coming-of-age romantic comedy, or dark look at an older woman’s inappropriate relationship with a 15 year old boy set against the backdrop of gropey film producers and racist restaurant owners?

Who knew Paul Thomas Anderson’s trip down nostalgia lane was going to be so controversial? James Kent, The Movie Morlock, and his frequent cohort, Shannon tackle the controversies with two different takes on the movie.

For the Morlock, this discussion was definitely a highlight, because it is a conversation that dives beneath the surface level of a movie that sometimes gets relegated to nothing more than social media scuttle, and certain films deserve a deeper dive.

Also on this episode a brief discussion of The Lost Daughter and Power of the Dog.

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West Side Story, House of Gucci, and Inherent Vice

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Just in time for the holidays the Morlock is back with three films he checked out in the theater. First up is Lady Gaga in House of Gucci. Is Ridley Scott back with his new movie, or is it more of his style-less fare? Next up is Steven Spielberg’s semi-reimagining of the musical classic, West Side Story. It’s not doing well in theaters, but that doesn’t mean the Morlock wasn’t impressed. And finally the Movie Morlock took in a rare 70mm screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s, Inherent Vice. Seeing a 70mm print of this particular film was a long goal of the Morlock’s and he’s excited to tell you all about it.

Get Back and Licorice Pizza

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It was an action-packed Thanksgiving weekend of entertainment for The Movie Morlock. He devoured all eight hours of The Beatles: Get Back on Disney plus, and he took a whirlwind same-day round-trip to NYC to catch Licorice Pizza in 70mm. 

Enjoy this episode and make sure to catch these two delights when you can.

Last Night in Soho

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Director Edgar Wright offers up a tantalizing psychological thriller that’s loads of fun. Last Night in Soho is the film, and the Movie Morlock and his guest, Shannon from whatshannonwatched were keen to dissect the movie.

 

Last Night in Soho. is filled with eye-popping visuals and clever call-backs to various British films of the 60s, and it’s wide-screen cinematography is best appreciated on the big screen. It’s still out in theaters, and Shannon and the Morlock hope you can venture out to see it.

 

This podcast discussion contains mild spoilers, but it’s been edited down to omit any large plot reveals. 

The Jake Gyllenbrawl

Two men enter: one man leaves victorious. The Movie Morlock and his special guest, Teal,  the self-professed world’s greatest Jake Gyllenhaal fan, duke it out over who’s seen the most of Jake’s 39 feature films.

This episode is loads of laughs, and if you are looking for some Jake Gyllenhaal films to see, this episode’s got you covered.

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