The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 34 (The Hunger and The Addiction)

Having done this show thirty-four times now, I think you wouldn’t be wrong to assume that certain filmmakers tend to come back more often than others. In fact, by virtue of having a rough idea of what we are going to cover in the coming months I can tell this is definitely the case. And can you honestly blame us for repeatedly returning to talk about Tony Scott movies?

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The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 32 (A Good Year)

In this episode of the show we took a little break after a long string of talking about genre movies and talked about Ridley Scott’s A Good Year, which is incidentally symmetrical to what Ridley Scott did. After all, he also – following such movies as Kingdom of Heaven, Hannibal and Black Hawk Down – figured out he wanted to do something else and maybe start directing comedies.

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The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 30 (Man on Fire)

In this episode of the show we celebrated the memory of the late great Tony Scott. In fact, this isn’t the only way we did so, as we also recorded a special Patreon exclusive podcast where we talked for over four hours about True Romance, Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide and Domino (available here). However, on this particular occasion, which missed the ninth anniversary of Scott’s death only by a day, we talked about his arguably most mature and complete film, Man on Fire.

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The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 24 (Duel)

For a bunch of weeks in a row now we have covered on The Uncut Gems Podcast movies that I hold up as bona fide masterpieces. I suppose you could accuse me of some kind of gerrymandering because it is ultimately in my power to decide what we talk about, but it just so happens that movies like Unstoppable, Vanishing Point, Death Proof and this week’s hero – Duel – fit into a theme and also, coincidentally, tend to be overlooked.

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The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 23 (Death Proof)

If there is ever a reason to start a podcast, it is to force a bunch of people to watch a movie they won’t like. Just kidding. Or am I?

Seriously though, I honestly created The Uncut Gems Podcast with the expressed desire to talk about movies like Death Proof. Even though it has recently gained some appreciation (as evidenced by the improving reviews found on Letterboxd), it is still considered a bit left-handed (to borrow a phrase from Tarantino himself). But at least in my opinion it is an absolute misunderstood masterpiece of action and suspense and – most of all – a love letter to men and women who put their lives on the line to bring the magic of cinema to life. Therefore, I was really looking forward to having this conversation and to see how others (whose tastes in cinema are quite eclectic too) read this movie. Suffice it to say, it almost came to blows… But seriously, I think we dug quite deep trying to interrogate Death Proof as we talked about Tarantino himself, projected a handful of social commentaries on the film, and tried to identify what makes this movie click for some (here!) while it disgusts others.

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The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 22 (Vanishing Point)

Our high-octane escapade continues as in the last episode we tackled the 1971 cult classic Vanishing Point. In fact, this episode is best seen as a first part of a nested double bill within this series, as it is paired up with a movie that – at least from where I am sitting – is a love letter to Sarafian’s seminal classic, Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. But more on that in a few days.

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