Episode 17: Blade Runner 2049 and Retro Review – Ghost in the Shell (1995)

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Episode 17 will cover the long-awaited sequel Blade Runner 2049, then will jump back to the original Ghost in the Shell (1995) to see how the original sci-fi classic inspired so many films after it. Later we’ll discuss new trailers including Pacific Rim: Uprising and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as some listener questions, and much more!

Blade Runner 2049

The sequel to Ridley Scott’s fabled classic follows a young blade runner on his journey across the dystopian wasteland as he tracks down a fellow blade runner, who has been missing for decades. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, and Jared Leto.

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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Based off the acclaimed manga, Ghost in the Shell follows a cyborg cop who attempts to track down a notorious hacker. The anime was very clearly inspired by the original Blade Runner, but has also influenced many other films itself.

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Episode 16: American Made and Retro Review – The Counselor (2013)

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Episode 16 of The Film Buds Podcast will tackle Tom Cruise’s American Made then face off with the Mexican drug cartel in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor (2013). Later we’ll discuss  some news pieces, listener questions, and much more! Let’s talk movies!

American Made

Tom Cruise stars in this wild true story about pilot Barry Seal, who teamed up with the CIA, Pablo Escobar, amongst others, during the Cold War to run drugs, guns and money across country boarders. It is directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), and also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, and Jesse Plemmons.

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The Counselor (2013)

Helmed by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Gladiator) and scripted by legendary novelist Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men), The Counselor tells the violent story of a lawyer in love who gets into dealings with the Mexican drug cartel and other merciless criminal figures to build a good life for himself and his wife — but soon must find a safe way out. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem.

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Episode 15: Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Retro Review – The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015)

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Episode 15 of The Film Buds Podcast will cover the highly-awaited sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, then we will jump back to do a retro review of the very underrated spy reboot The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015). Later we’ll discuss the new trailer for Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, some listener questions, and much more!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Coming off the critically-acclaimed action satire-parody-homage Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), The Golden Circle reunites us with both old and new faces. The sequel follows the top-secret Kingsman organization as they band together to seek revenge after their headquarters is totally destroyed. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass), and stars Taron Edgerton, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Elton John, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges.

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Despite its modest box office success, The Man From U.N.C.L.E has seemed to gain some staying power over the last few years. It’s based off the 1960s campy spy series of the same name, and follows a top-tier English agent who is forced to team up with a stubborn Russian spy to take down a common enemy. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), and stars Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), and Hugh Grant (Notting Hill).

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Episode 14: mother! and Retro Review – Crimson Peak (2015)

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Episode 14 of The Film Buds Podcast will cover Darren Aronofsky’s wild new horror film mother! and Guillermo Del Toro’s haunted house gem Crimson Peak (2015). We’ll also tackle new trailers for Tomb Raider and Pixar’s Coco, some listener questions, and more!

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Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), mother! tells the story of a married couple living in tranquility out in the countryside when suddenly a stranger shows up on their doorstep. As the couple learns more about the stranger, suspicious activity begins to occur as the wife (Jennifer Lawrence) begins to completely unravel. The film also stars Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Crimson Peak (2015)

This supernatural haunted house thriller follows a young woman who marries a newfound love and travels to his family’s home out in the country. But (much like mother!, wink, wink), the woman begins noticing strange things around the house and soon begins to question her husband’s true intentions. The film is directed by Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), and stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston. Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam.

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Episode 12: Good Time and The Fighter (2010)

Episode 12 of The Film Buds Podcast will cover the thrilling new crime drama Good Time, then will jump back in time to do a retro review of another film about brothers, David O. Russell’s The Fighter (2010). Later we’ll tackle new trailers for You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenix (Her), and Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, as well as give our thoughts on the newly-announced Iraqi version of American Sniper. There will also be some mail questions (Thefilmbudspodcast@gmail.com), and our picks of the week!

Good Time

This film follows Connie (Robert Pattinson) who, after a bank robbery gone wrong, goes on a desperate attempt to break his younger brother out of prison. It’s a thrilling film about people in harsh times who can’t seem to find a way out. Good Time is directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie, and also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips).

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The Fighter

Directed by the acclaimed David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), The Fighter tells the true story of boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his brother Dicky (Christian Bale). It follows the troubled lives of the two men as they try to help each other find success and satisfaction. It also stars Amy Adams (Arrival) and Melissa Leo (Prisoners).

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Episode 11: Wind River and Retro Review – No Country for Old Men (2007)

Episode 11 of The Film Buds Podcast will cover the harrowing new crime thriller Wind River, then the classic neo-western No Country for Old Men (2007). Later we’ll tackle some news, including James Cameron’s controversial comments about the highly-acclaimed Wonder Woman. We’ll also respond to a couple listener questions, and probably much more!

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Wind River

From acclaimed writer of Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan comes the gritty Wind River. Set in the unforgiving wilderness of Wyoming, the film follows hunter Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), who comes across a young Native American girl that’s died from exposure to the harsh winter conditions. Lambert finds himself teamed up with FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen), and they soon come to discover there’s much more to this case than meets the eye.

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No Country for Old Men (2007)

Considered to be one the Coen Brothers’ best films, the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men is a intense neo-western that will surely leave you both amazed and shocked by the end. Starring Josh Brolin (Everest), Javier Bardem (Skyfall) and Tommy Lee Jones (Jason Bourne), the film follows an everyday man who accidentally comes across a drug deal gone wrong – which includes multiple corpses and a suitcase full of cash. The film is a fascinating cat-and-mouse chase between good, evil, and everyone in between.

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Episode 9: Detroit and Retro Review – Point Break (1991)

Episode 9 of The Film Buds Podcast will record Wedensday morning! We will be reviewing Kathryn Bigelow’s harrowing new thriller, Detroit, then will complement that with a retro review of one her other acclaimed films, Point Break (1991). Later we will be discussing Blade Runner 2049‘s R-rating, the best films about female obsession, how the FIRST special monthly show of The Film Buds is officially happening, and a look back at Sundance 2017. Let’s talk movies!

Detroit

Detroit tells the true story of the tragedy at the Algiers Motel in Detroit during the 1960s race riots, where three innocent people were murdered. While the film does show other aspects of the riots, the film mostly focuses on that one terrifying night. It stars John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War), and Will Poulter (The Revenant).

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Point Break

Starring Keanu Reeves (John Wick) and Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing), the 1991 action thriller follows an FBI agent who goes undercover to investigate a group of surfers who may also be bank robbers. Also directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Point Break remains an action favorite and has – very noticeably – inspired many films since.

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