Episode 24: All the President’s Men

Episode 24: All the President's Men

Scott and Loren follow the money to All the President’s Men.

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This Week’s Film: All the President’s Men

From Netflix: The film that launched a thousand journalism school students, All the President’s Men chronicles how the work of reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) contributed to the public downfall of President Richard M. Nixon.



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What We’ve Been Up To

Our first love may be movies, but we find all sorts of things to fill our lives with. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately.

LOREN

So I’m producing/directing a new documentary film. I’ve been out filming on it for the last couple of weeks in Michigan, and am very excited about it. Check out some of the footage and our launch trailer, and be sure to visit our website so you can keep up to date with what is going on with the production!



I also quite enjoyed this film. A set of great British actors (including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, and Tom Wilkinson) keep the movie steady, even when the plot is a bit predictable. The movie never out-stays its welcome, and is truly a celebration of never being to old to start living your life.


SCOTT

Maybe the most fun you’ll have in the theater all year.  This is the first movie since Inception that I’ve seen in the theater on back-to-back weekends.  I really can’t recommend it enough.  Whether you’re a comic book fan or not, you’re going to have a ton of fun.  Joss Whedon and Marvel deliver.


I was super excited when they announced there was going to be a video game based on The Walking Dead.  This wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.  While you do get to experience a story that runs prior (and then parallel) to the books and TV show, it’s a point-and-click adventure game.  It took me a while to get into the game and while playing it on my 360, I couldn’t help but feel like it was a game that needed to be played on a home computer.  Chapter 1 is out now, with subsequent chapters to follow.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to explore the rest of the game yet.


A fascinating book about America’s changing relationship with its military.  I would recommend this to anyone who is politically inclined.  Despite Maddow’s reputation for being a very outspoken Democrat, she puts that aside and manages to write a book that is apolitical.  I listened to the audiobook version and was never not fascinated.


With a special thanks to friend of the show Justin North for recommending this to me, this is a fun hack-and-slash adventure game ready to be downloaded to your computer or Xbox 360 even as you read this.  I love the art design, it’s got an amazing sitar-infused soundtrack, and an immersive story propelled by an ever-constant narrator.  Play it today.


Cameron Crowe writes movies for me.  I hope other people enjoy them too, but they’re really just for me.  I always end up with a grin on my face halfway through the movie that doesn’t leave till well after the closing credits end.  Also, it’s a pretty perfect family film.


While an interesting concept, the movie was never quite compelling enough.  It’s never a good sign when a rousing game of Drop7 can distract you from what is supposed to be an action thriller.


Everyone describes this movie as “Liam Neeson versus the meanest pack of wolves ever,” and while part of that is true, it’s actually a very traditional man versus nature story that ends up plumbing some emotional and existential depths that I was not expecting.  Also, it has an after-credits scene.


This felt more like the pilot episode of the TV show spin-off of the franchise than an entry to the franchise proper.  And at this point, I think that’s the direction Underworld needs to go.  Selene isn’t an interesting enough character to revisit her every couple of years — but if she were the lead on a weekly television show that explored the ongoing Vampire/Lycan war (and dug deeper into its past), I’d totally tune in for that. It might even be able to give The Walking Dead a run for its money.


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