Category Archives: Recommended by Tito

Eyes Wide Shut — January 2018



We begin 2018 just like we ended it — with another Christmas picture. Or did we? Luke, Tito and Will discuss Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” from 1999 starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman and try to determine whether or not it’s a Christmas movie. Or maybe it’s a post-Christmas film. What is the legendary auteur saying about sex, desires, human nature, relationships, consumption and even Christmas? And is all of the nudity in the film actually necessary, or does it reach the level of gratuitousness? We don’t have all the answers, but this moving picture, which was Tito’s selection, does pose a lot of questions.

For the month of February, Will nominates the 2016 Irish musical comedy, “Sing Street” which is streaming on Netflix.

Outro song: “Funk,” by Podington Bear
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Boogie Nights — October 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss “Boogie Nights,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic story about the rise and fall of porn star Dirk Diggler — and the rise and fall of the porn industry itself. The 1997 moving picture stars Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heather Graham. Are porn stars members of society, or do they ostracized from it? How has that changed since the setting of the moving picture?

Up next in November, Will recommends “The Founder,” which is available on Netflix. It’s a biopic of Ray Kroc, the businessman behind the expansion of McDonald’s into what we know of it today.

Outro song: “Funk,” by Podington Bear
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Her — July 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss the 2013 romantic science-fiction feature, “Her,” written and directed by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. Tito appreciates the world building done by Jonze, particularly in the characters’ attire, and the group notes the questions Jonze poses about customization and perfection. What does it mean to be human, and how are we human? There’s a two-to-one vote in favor of this moving picture as a flick, movie or film.

For the month of August, Will selects “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” which is streaming on Netflix.

Outro song: “Funk,” by Podington Bear
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Omar — April 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss the 2013 Palestinian drama, “Omar,” which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014. They try to determine if the moving picture is a flick, movie or film and the effect the picture’s unique setting has on people’s opinion of it, and they question whether or not they’re knowledgeable enough about its topics to be able to judge it effectively.

Up next is Will’s recommendation, “Cloud Atlas,” which can be found on HBO.

Outro song: “Funk,” by Podington Bear
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Fantasia — January 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss the animated moving picture, “Fantasia,” which can be found on Netflix. They try to determine if the Walt Disney animated classic from 1940 is a flick, movie or film. The group disagrees about whether or not this picture was an exhibition by Disney to wow the audience or if there is a deeper, more meaningful message.

Up next is Will’s recommendation, “The Hunt,” which is on Netflix.

Outro song: “Funk,” by Podington Bear
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Cinema Paradiso — October 2016



Luke, Tito and Will discuss Tito’s recommendation, “Cinema Paradiso.” The 1998 Italian drama was written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. The Bildungsroman, or coming of age story, typically deals with someone’s formative years, but Tito argues people are always changing, adapting or growing up. Tito also references Thomas Wolfe’s “Look Homeward, Angel” and wonders whether or not you have to leave home in order to fully realize your potential.

For the month of November, Will nominates “The Truman Show,” which is on Netflix.

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