The last three months over at Uncut Gems Podcast ended up becoming a colourful assortment of double and triple bills, some more connected than others. Nonetheless, what connected them all was that we had immense fun while recording these conversations! Here they are!
In September, we kicked off the month by devoting two episodes to a pair of 1974 movies starring James Caan that perhaps deserve a lot more attention than they have received thus far from modern audiences: Freebie and the Bean and The Gambler.
We then proceeded to cleanse our palates by wondering if there is a marriage therapy somewhere within The River Wild and if David Strathairn is perhaps a stealth lead in the movie.
We closed September by embarking on a short collaboration with Death by Adaptation podcast (Nicolo’s own show) where we talked about Jackie Brown. Therefore, we decided to talk about a few other Elmore Leonard adaptations as well to get a better picture of the man’s take on gritty noir. As a tie-in we chose to discuss Hombre, Leonard’s early western adapted into a Paul Newman vehicle directed by Martin Ritt. We also recorded a mini-retrospective on three neo-noir movies directed by the Coen Brothers.
We then proceeded to uphold one of the oldest movie-watching traditions and devoted the month of October to horror movies and garnished these conversations with a complement of bonus discussions available on our Patreon.
We spent a few episodes talking about the legacy left behind by Tobe Hooper’s seminal classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as we talked about its 1986 sequel as well as Dan Aykroyd’s Nothing but Trouble.
In November, we concocted a themed double bill of episodes where we talked about martial arts movies directed by actors-turned-directors in their debuts. And we also treated this as enough of an excuse to record a bonus discussion about Enter the Dragon.
Finally, we closed off the month of November by talking by the largely forgotten action thriller Toy Soldiers about terrorists taking over a prep school. Also, it seemed fitting to pair it up with a bonus discussion about Dead Poets Society where a prep school is invaded by a different kind of terror – the terror of free thinking.
Last but not least, our David Lynch Marathon continued unabated as we ventured into the 2000s with conversations about The Straight Story, Mulholland Drive, and Inland Empire.