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Dr. Strangelove (1964) w/ Special Guest Ian Herrin Ep. 21

In this episode, Max is joined by comedian Ian Herrin to discuss the Stanley Kubrick poltical satire, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.  Starring Peter Sellers in a triumverate of rolls, along with George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, and Slim Pickens, Dr. Strangelove perfectly captures Cold War fears and takes them to their extreme conclusion.

Dr. Strangelove is #26 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

The African Queen (1951) Ep. 20

In this episode, we go down river on The African Queen (1951).  Directed by John Huston, and starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, this movie deftly balances adventure, romance, and comedy.

The African Queen is #17 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Malcolm X (1992) Ep. 19

In this episode, we discuss the Spike Lee classic biopic, Malcolm X (1992).  Starring Denzel Washington, this movie foregrounds all the classical elements that define the biopic genre.  In doing so, it makes a controversial activist appealing to mainstream audiences.  

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) Ep. 18

In this episode, we explore the film noir western, The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), starring Henry Fonda.  This movie is a haunting introspection on the nature of masculinity.  It's also a fascinating glimpse into the pschye of America on the eve of World War II.  This film beautifully and hauntingly combines the themes of the film noir and the icons of the western.

Blade Runner (1982) Ep. 17

In this episode, we discuss the science fiction classic, Blade Runner (1982).  Directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Harrison Ford, this film epitomizes the melding of science fiction, film noir, and cyberpunk.  What's more, this film does not appeal to mainstream scifi tendencies, making it all the richer for deep analysis.