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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.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol — December 2017



To close out 2017, Luke, Tito and Will discuss Luke’s festive recommendation of “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” The 1992 musical dramedy stars Michael Caine as the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge in this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Is it a flick trying to make a classic piece of literature available for kids, or is the moving picture actually intended for adults? The gang determines whether this is a flick, movie or film and then talks about the best and hardest holiday moving pictures.

Up next for January 2018, Tito recommends “Eyes Wide Shut,” directed by Stanley Kubrick, which is streaming on Netflix.

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Circle — September 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss “Circle,” a 2015 psychological thriller on Netflix that was Luke’s selection for the month of September. Are the filmmakers suggesting there’s no morality and only effectiveness matters? Is it a thrilling representation of current American politics? Or does this moving picture throw too many interesting observations without offering insightful comments?

For the month of October, Tito recommends “Boogie Nights,” which is available on Netflix. Why does he recommend that moving picture? well, why not?

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World — August 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” The 2012 dramedy was written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, who wrote “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” and stars Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley. They compare this moving picture to The Lobster and Her, the two latest discussions, and talk about how this one fell short. How important is character development to a compelling narrative, and how can plot devices take away from that narrative?

For the month of September, Luke recommends “Circle on Netflix.” The 2015 thriller should not be confused with “The Circle,” which came out this year and stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.

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The Lobster — June 2017



Luke, Tito and Will are joined by special guest Pat to discuss “The Lobster,” a 2015 black comedy directed, co-written and co-produced by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. Luke appreciates the subtle details that present this either-or world. There’s no grey area. The group cannot agree on whether the moving picture is a flick, movie or film, but they generally agree that the last third or so of the moving picture was lacking.

Up next is Tito’s recommendation, “Her,” which can be found on HBO.

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The Hunt – February 2017



Luke, Tito and Will discuss Will’s recommendation, “The Hunt,” which is a 2012 Danish drama film starring Mads Mikkelson on Netflix. They try to determine if the moving picture is a flick, movie or film. They talk about the terrifying nature of the film’s narrative and how it can be applied to any similar situation around the world — and to other situations as well.

Up next is Luke’s recommendation, “Rushmore,” which can be found on HBO Go/HBO Now.

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The Babadook — December 2016



Luke, Tito and Will discuss the 2014 Australian psychological horror “The Babadook.” They talk about what’s scarier: fighting an external or internal demon? And they all agree on the classification of this moving picture as a flick, movie or film.

Tito recommends “Fantasia” on Netflix as the moving picture for January.

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The Truman Show — November 2016



Luke, Tito and Will discuss the 1998 satirical science-fiction feature, “The Truman Show,” starring Jim Carrey and directed by Peter Weir. The three agree the moving picture has a negative view of humanity’s media consumption and perhaps on art and artists, but they cannot agree on the classification of the moving picture as a flick, movie or film.

For the month of December, Luke recommends “The Babadook” on Netflix.

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Full Metal Jacket — September 2016



Luke, Tito and Will discuss Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket.” The 1987 war film stars Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio and R. Lee Emery. Luke, Tito and Will talk about the duality of man and how this moving picture seems to have two distinct narratives.

For the month of October, Tito recommends “Cinema Paradiso” on Netflix.

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