On March 15, 1972, Francis Ford Coppola's cinematic adaptation of Mario Puzo's best-selling novel The Godfather was released in theaters. The film was a huge hit, the highest grossing of 1972, and went on to be nominated for nine Academy Awards, ultimately winning three including Best Picture. Today, it is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, if not THE greatest. z
And, wouldn't you know it, Missing Frames co-host Alex Beard has never had the pleasure of watching it. Shawn Eastridge joins Alex on the 45th anniversary of the film's release to watch and discuss this absolute masterpiece.
In January 1995, Richard Linklater's fourth feature Before Sunrise was released in theaters. While it was by no means a box office smash, the film, which stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, has since gone on to develop something of a cult following and many have declared it, along with its two sequels Before Sunset and Before Midnight, as one of the defining cinematic romances of all time. It also happens to be one of Shawn's favorite movies.
Join Shawn and fellow Nerd Partier John Mills as they sit down for John's first-ever viewing of Before Sunrise. Along the way, they'll not only discuss the anxiety that comes with sharing a favorite movie with someone who's never seen it before, they'll also swap stories about past romances and discuss the importance of communicating and connecting with one another. Fingers crossed that the pair won't have to wait nine years before they reunite to discuss Before Sunset.
The Notebook is considered by many to be one of the great romantic movies of all time, and what better time to watch a beloved romantic movie than the weekend before Valentine's Day? Lindsey Kendrick joins Shawn Eastridge for his first ever viewing of a Nicholas Sparks adaptation and a discussion about the meaning of true love, the concept of soulmates and the mystery behind young Ryan Gosling's strange, pointy face. Will The Notebook live up to its reputation? Only one way to find out. So snuggle up with a loved one and check out this landmark TENTH EPISODE of Missing Frames.
George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 is one of Missing Frames host Shawn Eastridge’s all-time favorites. And though Michael Radford’s film adaptation (released in 1984) has a decent reputation thanks to Roger Deakins’ stunning cinematography and John Hurt’s esteemed lead performance, Shawn has avoided it out of fear that it wouldn’t live up to his expectations.
But no more.
Join Shawn and co-hosts Brandon and Lindsey Kendrick as they discuss 1984 and the risks that come with adapting a beloved novel to the big screen.
And remember: Big Brother is watching you…
NOTE: As if 1984 wasn't depressing enough, we got the news that John Hurt had passed away while we were recording this episode. We want to extend our deepest condolences to his friends and family. He was one of the all-time greats and we're glad we could honor his memory with a viewing of one of his finest performances.
Released in 1986, Jim Henson's final film Labyrinth was a bit of a flop both financially and critically. In the years since it's release, however, it's become something of a cult classic and has an incredibly devoted following. In honor of David Bowie, who passed away one year ago this past Tuesday, Shawn Eastridge has decided to finally sit down and watch it for the first time, and he has recruited Labyrinth-devotee Lindsey Kendrick to guide him through this creative, fantastical world. Did the film live up to Shawn's expectations? Tune in to find out!