Ep. 41 - Twenty-Five Years Later: BLINK and RED ROCK WEST

February 12, 2019

Twenty-five years ago on January 28, 1994 the world got not one but two noir thrillers. Our forgotten film RED ROCK WEST that opened on one screen to $11k starring Nicolas Cage doing one-armed pushups on the side of a desert highway... and the mainstream hit BLINK which opened to $4 million starring Madeline Stowe as a blind woman WISHING that she could see Cage in all his shirtless glory. Unfortunately she could not and this thriller features a whole lot of mansplaining as she tries to identify a serial killer stalking her which ends up being a lot less fun than seeing Nicolas Cage's honest(ish) everyman put through the ringer in an attempt for gas money. And in true SOBER CINEMA fashion this all ends up with a lot of butt play. More by clicking these links!

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Ep. 40 - Thirteen Years Later: UNDERWORLD EVOLUTION and WHY WE FIGHT

January 30, 2019

Thirteen years ago on January 20, 2006 the world was exposed to the endless war in two very different films. The box office hit UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION was #1 for the weekend at 26.8 million dollars while the documentary WHY WE FIGHT opened on just six screens to 53 grand. One film presents a very complex issue of how violence and cruelty in the quest for power is passed down from generation to generation... and the other doesn't feature Kate Beckinsale in a catsuit. You be the judge by clicking on the links below:

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Ep. 39 - Eight Years Later: THE DILEMMA and BARNEY’S VERSION

January 14, 2019

We go back to earlier times of outrage (because you can't possibly be tired of that, right? RIGHT??) to Vince Vaughn being homophobic to cars and Dustin Hoffman being horny at his wife's grave.... these are the type of show notes one needs to grab your attention when celebrating the eight year anniversary of the release of THE DILEMMA and BARNEY'S VERSION. On January 14, 2011 these two films didn't set the world on fire no matter how much digital or actual ink our lead characters attract as abrasive guys who are actually trying to do the right thing. Don't believe us? Click on those links below:

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Ep. 38 - Two Years Later: HIDDEN FIGURES and ACCIDENTAL COURTESY

January 7, 2019

Two years ago on January 6, 2017 the world welcomed with open arms yet another attempt by Hollywood to solve race relations once and for all. HIDDEN FIGURES, the story of three African American mathematicians who help put an American into space, opened to box office and critical success as it expanded into wide release. ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA on the other hand opened to controversy and a weekend gross less than a MacBook Pro. So what three genius level black women couldn't do is left to three dumb dudes on a movie podcast to finally fix once and for all. On this week's episode of SOBER CINEMA will it be the mainstream release or the forgotten film that deserves your attention. On that note could you also click all of our links as well:

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Ep. 37 - One Year Later: ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD and PHANTOM THREAD

December 31, 2018

One year ago the world heard an awful lot about Kevin Spacey being replaced at the last minute in a film scheduled to be released just over a month later on Christmas Day. For their opening weekend of December 29-31 Ridley Scott's ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD would be the top new release at the box-office but would fade over the Oscar season as Paul Thomas Anderson's PHANTOM THREAD expanded and became the object of cinephiles fascination. We expect the same of our guest Web Bist as he opens the show by calling SOBER CINEMA the whitest thing since Daniel Day Lewis as a 1950s dressmaker. One could choose to take this as a compliment but you can decide for yourself by clicking on the links below:

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Ep. 36 - Five Years Later: AMERICAN HUSTLE and TRICKED

December 17, 2018

Our episode on con artists and con amateurs includes superfan Jairo who has FINALLY managed to con his way onto the great SOBER CINEMA, bringing his love of comb overs, dogs in the bedroom and sex in the park for our episode on AMERICAN HUSTLE and TRICKED. Five years ago on December 13, 2013 these two films delighted audiences with a look at lust and betrayal... and characters under a lot of stress from the combination of those two things. However we find ourselves totally relaxed as we contemplate moving to Europe just like our guest... though we'd prefer to be nowhere near the man who brings you THE TRUE BROMANCE FILM PODCAST and MARK AS PLAYED to your podcast players. You won't either, so go ahead and click on OUR links instead:

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Ep. 35 - Six Months Later: HEREDITARY and HEARTS BEAT LOUD

December 12, 2018

It's the holiday season... which means we are tired of Christmas movies and jump back six months to June 8, 2018 with warmer weather and the release of warmer family films such as HEREDITARY and HEARTS BEAT LOUD. To do so we bring on Andy From Work as a guest to tackle the horror of Nick Offerman having a heart in a part very much removed from the iconic Ron Swanson. Also the OBVIOUS heir to the DUMB AND DUMBER crown that is Toni Collette making mistake after mistake when her pet's head falls off. Along with that particular surprise THE Nasty Hellcat talks about getting soft in his old age much like the disgusting nude bodies on display in the horror movie box office hit. Is that enough to get a man to fully embrace the indie spirit and fatherhood seen in Brett Haley's film? One host suggests going back to alcoholism and the other really loves seeing children die on screen. Happy holidays!

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Ep. 34 - Twenty Years Later: PSYCHO and LITTLE VOICE

December 7, 2018

On December 4, 1998 the world was exposed to the great pipes of LITTLE VOICE and the sound of one man's passionate solo love in Gus Van Sant's remake of PSYCHO. Our mainstream release starring Vince Vaughn as the classic Norman Bates character was reviled upon release, and while we may not surprise you with our focus on the sound design of this film (for when do we not spend ten minutes talking about that when it comes to cinema?) we may with a bit of a defense for this experiment. And that surprise continues with our forgotten film as the late 90s Miramax Oscar bait branding gives way to the always great man slut Michael Caine.

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Ep. 33 - Eight Years Later: TANGLED and BURLESQUE

November 27, 2018

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Eight years ago on November 24, 2010 the world let its hair down at the movies with Disney's TANGLED and some poor bastard's BURLESQUE. The former may now be the little sister to FROZEN but at the time it was another major animated hit for the company that would soon own every IP, while the latter was a not-so-successful flick at the box office for Cher's no longer animated face. However this Christina Aguilera starring film does offer some valuable lessons even now: like how completely asexual women dancing erotically in minimal clothing can be. It really is quite a feat that we recommend you not try at home... unless you are superfan Jairo who is probably doing just that right now.  As for the rest of you, spend your time clicking these links below:

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Ep. 32 - Forty Years Later: THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL

November 22, 2018

On November 17, 1978 stern, disapproving fathers everywhere were coming to terms with the fact that their sons were absolutely, positively DORKS. For Ralph Bakshi was bringing her hybrid animation adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's THE LORD OF THE RINGS to the big screen while George Lucas was cashing a (hopefully) big check to see his Star Wars universe adapted to a television variety hour now known infamously as THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL. One of these is an earnest but lesser attempt to get a fan property right, while the other shows absolute disdain for its subject matter. So which one do you think we end up talking about more to celebrate this Thanksgiving? Find out with a listen on this great Life Day or just click for spoilers at the links below:

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