#448 : Essential Cinema for the Trump Era


It’s no secret to regular listeners that Michael, Jared, and Joe are wary of the incoming U.S. president and his administration. Just before the inauguration, the guys, in the most overtly political RF episode to date, reveal their top five films for the Trump Era. Joe uses one of his selections as a stealth recommendation. Michael asks everyone to check their news sources.

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#131 : Effects of Movie Violence


President Obama recently commissioned the CDC to do studies into the effects of entertainment violence as part of his plan to curb gun violence in the United States. In this episode, the guys discuss the effects of cinema violence, Quentin Tarantino’s recent comments to NPR, and all while Pudas broadcasts from the cozy confines of a bathtub.

#131 – Effects of Movie Violence


President Obama Speaks On The Defense Strategic Review At The Pentagon

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#130 : Oscar Bitchin’ 2012, Part 2


The guys wrap up their 2012 Oscar preview and predictions. Jared expresses his frustrations over the omission of Kathryn Bigelow from the Best Director category and Joe verbally punches Quvenzhané Wallis in her six year-old face.

#130 – Oscar Bitchin’ 2012, Part 2


MTO Opening

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BONUS : More Best/Worst Films of 2012


The guys discuss more of their favorite and least favorite films of the year.

#128.5 – BONUS More Best:Worst Films of 2012

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Pudas’ Top Ten Movies of 2012


It’s an odd time for cinema.

On one hand, people are wringing their hands about the imminent “death” of the cinematic form, but on the other hand, Hollywood had a record year at the box office. Fewer and fewer big-budget event movies are made, yet this year boasted an impressive, varied crop of quality documentaries and independent projects. DVD sales and rentals have gone down, but there’s an unprecedented level of availability thanks to streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. Huge blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises buckled under the weight of expectations, yet highly anticipated movies like Zero Dark Thirty managed to build and then surpass high expectations. Most filmmakers have converted to digital – even the mercurial Leos Carax – but 35mm purists like Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino won’t give up celluloid until you pry it from their cold dead hands. Continue reading “Pudas’ Top Ten Movies of 2012” »




It is unfortunate that How to Survive a Plague has been flying under the radar because this is a moving documentary about dedicated activism and the fight to find a cure for AIDS.

When the AIDS crisis hit New York in the mid-1980s, it took a small but dedicated group of people to push for awareness, treatment, and fairness. David France’s How to Survive a Plague expertly depicts this battle through archival footage and interview segments.

While occasionally too detailed in its explanation of AIDS-fighting drugs, the film is affecting in its imagery and editing. The viewer gets to know several key figures in the ACT UP and TAG organizations, namely Peter Staley, Bob Rafsky, and Mark Harrington. Rafsky’s personal story is especially heartbreaking. How to Survive a Plague is an important film because it emphasizes the power of both the individual and the community in producing positive political and social change.

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