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Man on Fire (2004)

If you were to describe Matthew and Dean’s discussion about Man on Fire you’d likely come up with an adjective they used to describe the editing of this film: herky-jerky. Right out of the gates Matthew admits to not being a fan of this flick. Dean has a confession of his own… until covering this film, he’d never seen the film in totality. For 13 years he told people it was great. Does he still feel the same? One thing both of our glorious hosts agree on is that Denzel is always awesome, and he and Dakota are outstanding.

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3-8: The Leftovers “The Book of Nora”

The Leftovers is over, but don’t worry Jessica and Dean are here to get you through it with the help of our loyal listeners who put forth many great comments on this episode and the series as a whole. Jessica and Dean are both high on this episode as it delivers on the premise put forth in season one: this is a series about the characters and their struggles post-departure more than it is about the “truth” of the departure. Another phenomenal acting display by both Theroux and Coon, and an unexpected appearance by Amy Brennemen. Was the appearance of Laurie good or bad for the story as a whole? Does it matter? All this and more on this week’s episode of, Sudden Departure: A Leftovers Podcast.

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Arrival

Matthew and Dean go deep with Arrival. They have a blast talking about all the important things in Arrival, like how this isn’t the Charlie Sheen movie, how HIV doesn’t reach base as often as it once did, and how time paradoxes, non-linear time, and linguistics work. Disclaimer: Matthew and Dean aren’t quite smart enough to talk about this movie, but you can be assured that you will smile while listening to this, and if not you can draw some complaints with inky-black alien spunk and send them to hosts@libertystreetgeek.net. Enjoy!

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Twin Peaks Visited

For as long as I’ve been watching things, Twin Peaks has somehow always managed to stay under the radar for me.  I’d heard it was about the murder of a young teenager on the northwest coast, and that it turned to complete shit in its second season, but that was pretty much it.  Who killed Laura Palmer?  I have no idea (well, maybe SOME idea – I’ll get to that later).  What is the rest of the show about?  Not sure, maybe kids smoking pot in some rainy woods?

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3-7: The Leftovers “The Most Powerful Man in the World”

The seventh episode reminds us all why we are still watching “The Leftovers.” It isn’t about the metaphorical religious stuff, but more because we are deeply invested in the characters. We are able to empathize with them, and we feel like we know them, or at least understand their human frailty. Kevin Garvey Jr., like most people, is a beautiful mess of flaws and surprising moments of virtue. It would be easy to overdue the “international assassin” device, but Lindelof has displayed patience and an innate awareness of perfect timing. He knows exactly when to send Kevin into the “Bizzaro World” for maximum effect. A triumphant episode that has Dean and Jessica feeling positive about next week’s finale.

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Near Dark

Are champions of Near Dark suffering from a chronic case of nostalgia, or is this horror/western blend thought-provoking enough to take gum-deep? Matthew liked it less than he assumed he would based on the love it has gotten around the block, and Dean thinks that this movie would be much flatter without the great, late Bill Paxton. Does Near Dark measure up, or is it simply a cool horror flick with a silly ending?

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3-6: The Leftovers “Certified”

Inexplicably, Jessica becomes a fan of Laurie this week… well not really, but she does have a lot of favorable things to say about this week’s episode as does her counterpart, Dean. The two agree that this series has always been about the characters and how they respond to the departure. Although both Dean, and Jessica can’t totally wrap their head around Laurie’s final decision, they do agree that it was a well constructed story arc for a complicated and deeply flawed character.

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Matthew and Dean oscillate between absurd, accent-laden editorializing, and truly attempting to feel Bram Stoker’s Dracula in all its glorious melodrama. This movie is not about the book by the titular author, but if you can get past that and see BSD for what it is – a dark and seductive fairytale with powerful, memorable visuals, and great performances sans Keanu (relax we love him anyway) – you will surely have a good movie watching experience.

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Why We Love Coming of Age Tales

Welcome to Retro Time. In this blog, I’ll be covering topics related to film and television from past decades. These won’t be reviews, but rather a selection of memories, thoughts, and ideas designed to spark a little nostalgia and maybe inspire a conversation or two.  Spoilers will likely come up, so please keep that in mind. Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to chime in. I’d love to get your feedback. Now, let’s get ready to take a look back…

Great Coming of Age Tales

Last summer’s release of the Netflix series, Stranger Things, as well as the recent trailer for the upcoming adaption of Stephen King’s It have shined a new light on an old theme: the coming of age tale. There’s a reason why we gravitate toward stories featuring adolescents facing hardships while on the cusp of young adulthood. Much of it has to do with the fact that we’ve all been through something similar in one way or another.

We’ve all experienced those awkward years of twelve…thirteen…fourteen…when our bodies and minds begin to morph into something far more complicated then we’d known up to that point. For some, the transition is relatively smooth. For others, it feels like chaotic clashing of cymbals loud enough to wake the dead. But no matter which degree of severity we experience, we all end up coming through that time with a real and profound understanding that things have changed. Read More

3-5: The Leftovers “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”

Matt’s odyssey through indifferent friends and hedonistic lions puts him before “God” where he confronts the realities of his own faith. Was Matt serving himself with his faith? Jessica and Dean both agree that this was a better episode on a re-watch, but they are forced to ponder its placement with only three episodes remaining. Like many single-character episodes of the series “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World” is an excellent (and complete) story that could serve as a standalone episode outside of the larger narrative.

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Interview with the Vampire

Much like Louis and Lestat slake their thirst on their human herd, Matthew and Dean bite deep into this delectable tale of gothic horror from the one and only Anne Rice. Vampires offer plenty to talk about, and plenty to theorize over: Why people are so fascinated by these beautiful corpses? Matthew calls “Interview” the gold standard of vampire fiction (film). Dean called it a collection of scenes that may be greater than the sum of its parts. One thing is for sure – there is plenty to talk about especially with this being LSG Media’s first vampire flick covered in almost 200 episodes. What were we waiting for? What are you waiting for? Push play and let the words course through your ears.

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