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A compare and contrast podcast of films from present to past. Showcasing movies connected by genre, creators, personal themes & social relevance, we discover the elements that make movies rewatchable (or not). Hosted by artist-filmmakers and longtime friends, Kraig Rasmussen & Seamus Smith.
 
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Our martial arts cinema block concludes (for now) with the two films that comprise Gareth Evans' bravura Indonesian crime saga. We dive into the many reasons the Raid movies are a cut above not just other martial arts films, but also many crime films as well. Plus, we look at the genesis of each installment, the unique elements of both, the extreme…
 
Our story of Martial Arts Movies reaches the next level with a bonafide 80s cult classic and the most ideal possible expert guest, the dynamically talented musician Taylor Graves. We discuss the film's unique fusion of music and martial arts, the music production itself, 80s fashions, and the many, many crazy characters populating the charming worl…
 
aka the Cruel Tutelage of Ric Mei, aka the Legend of Fong Sai Ric. Prolific writer, film critic, Kung Fu consultant, and constant contributor to the world discussion of martial arts cinema, Ric Meyers schools us on the misunderstanding of Bruce Lee the man, and tells the bittersweet tale of the Kung Fu movie genre. We cover Dragon: the Bruce Lee St…
 
For our final "first take" episode in the coming months, we cover the latest incarnation of Mortal Kombat, with returning guest and video game/MK expert Dylan Godfry. This is exactly the Mortal Kombat episode you're looking for, with absolute hilarity, detailed criticism and all manor of surprises. (Make sure to listen all the way to the end for th…
 
For our 101st episode, we share a brief chat about where this podcast has taken us, where it's headed, how it's changed us personally, and evolved our thoughts on film. Then we jump into probably the most appropriate follow up to GvK, with another "monster fight" movie. We discuss the trope-tastic not for kids playground that is this film, and muse…
 
We ring in our 100th episode with a rollicking big movie and the absolute ideal guest for it, Kaijumax comic book creator Zander Cannon. We get the lowdown on the big guys and probably look too deeply at this movie. Or "Two guys explain to Kraig how to watch this kind of movie." Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever you listen, please rate, review &…
 
In our most epic episode we welcome mega-nerd superhero expert & homeboy, Dylan Godfry (aka Dylan Drake), and tackle the biggest film in years: the Snyder Cut. It's a hilarious and detailed spoiler chat revealing hidden elements, dissecting the deeper character arcs/performances, speculating on subtext, plot twists, and possible new directions. Plu…
 
In our 3rd Eddie Murphy episode, we tackle another extremely long-awaited sequel to a beloved film, and all the baggage that entails. For those sadists out there who love it when we fight, this episode is just for you, as we are intensely split on this film, with the shadowy menace of nostalgia looming over this production and our conversation! It'…
 
As cinema changes shape to become a strange hybrid of streaming and theatrical releases, films continue to carry buzz and build reputations like always, and this film is among the many examples. After weeks of hearing about Judas and the Black Messiah, we decided it was too important not to cover it, and the densely layered work of Shaka King, Dani…
 
Bringing an end to our extended block of first take reviews on streaming film releases, we tackle the moody Denzel Washington detective drama, The Little Things, and share a detailed conversation about, you guessed it, lots of little things that make this movie tick. We look at the triple Oscar winning ensemble cast, the auteur work of writer direc…
 
We think we picked a perfect Valentine's Day movie for 2021/ post-2020 vibes everyone is feeling, and we think you'll agree. Watch Bliss on Amazon before you listen because we have no choice but to spoil this one as we peel apart the layers, interpret the many signs & symbols that make up it's story, using a specific visual language. Plus we talk i…
 
In an appropriate follow up to last episode, we talk another actor turned solid director, with George Clooney's latest. We talk about the meta elements of the film, the science & world building, and the intimate personal story buried within what is presented as a race against time survival tale. Plus we ponder where this stands among the modern sci…
 
This episode is a battle of podcasters, because one of us loved Christopher Nolan's latest mindbender, and one of us did not! Brace yourself for cannon fire and opinion blasts, as we dive into a film that is equal parts James Bond adventure and applied physics graduate thesis, and yet another entry in the bizarre and high concept Nolan-verse. Subsc…
 
In a timely first take review, we look at the sure-handed directorial debut of actress Regina King, One Night in Miami. Our talk ranges from the inner struggles of each man and the outer forces shaping them, King as a director, Kemp Powers as a writer, and the various filmmaking elements that make this movie tick. Plus we peel back the layers of wh…
 
Happy 2021 everyone! Like many of you, we opened our Christmas Present of Wonder Woman '84 on the day it was released. So how did it add to our holiday? How does it add up to the first WW and other recent DC films? Plus, we talk briefly about other strong female characters with Stargirl, and the Amazon original film I'm Your Woman. Subscribe to Rep…
 
With the 3rd season of Cobra Kai dropping on Netflix as our first treat of 2021, this episode from our Patreon feed was poised and ready for the All Valley Tournament. We chat about the different themes playing out between different characters across the overall show, what it borrows from the formula in the original 3 films, then we take a hard loo…
 
'Tis the season for holiday themed episodes, and we wanted to rise to the challenge with an actual Christmas movie (with minimal explosions), and Netflix's Klaus did not disappoint. We have a blast talking about the 2D rendering and design styles, the incredibly timely, socially conscious story, and the unique take on the Santa Klaus mythos. Also, …
 
In the spirit of the still spooky season, we have the perfect "Thanksgiving" episode, and a blast, discussing Barry Sonnenfeld's wicked Addams Family Values from 1993. We spend a good chunk of our talk covering (& quoting) the knockout, brilliant script by Paul Rudnick, and Sonnenfeld's exquisite storytelling, but we also lavish attention on the to…
 
Continuing our tribute to the late Sean Connery, we tackle what is one of his most puzzling, crazy entries, and it also happens to be his final on screen performance. Why was this movie such a mess? How did it become instantly notorious? How is has it aged? Also, we discuss our favorite Connery movies, his overall career, and of course, James Bond.…
 
In our fist of two tributes to the first Scotsman of cinema, we tackle the Rock as a companion to our previous episode on Michael Bay's Armageddon. We discuss what the then-71-year-old Connery definitely added to the film, how he and Cage play off each other, the many different screenwriters who doctored this film, and then answer the most importan…
 
For a special PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION EVE show, we pulled a very appropriate unreleased episode from the vault. Although recorded over 3 years ago before we launched the podcast, this episode on the original and remake of the Manchurian Candidate could not be more timely. We tackle the differing takes each director, John Frankenheimer & Jonathan Demm…
 
In a rowdy and random, hilariously drunken Vodkast, we dig into the career of the muscles from Brussels, and run down a few odd entries from his career, "Black Eagle", "No Retreat, No Surrender" & "In Hell", all strangely involving Russia in one way or another. We talk about whether or not Jean Claude Van Damme is a truly good fighter, citing evide…
 
Continuing our spooky dive for Halloween, special guest J Gonzo joins us to talk more Cronenberg, with his extremely personal work, the Brood. We dive into the very bizarre story, the proto-Cronenbergian body horror, the most interesting Oliver Reed in the world, and what the filmmaker was getting at with this inspired entry in his canon. Support J…
 
We get spooky just in time for Halloween with a David Cronenberg spotlight double-feature. This time we look at Cronenberg's efforts to adapt Stephen King's the Dead Zone, and compare it to the rest of their respective film libraries, as well as the typical stylistic earmarks of both. Plus we talk acting, both big and small, as we tackle talkin' Wa…
 
With just 10 days until the 2020 Presidential Election, two films have arrived on streaming platforms from master documentarian Alex Gibney, which all America should watch and share. Agents of Chaos (HBOmax) & Totally Under Control (Hulu) encapsulate the two most important factors of the Trump era, honing in on facts and timelines of the Russia hac…
 
Our march toward the Presidential election continues with the 1990 John Cusack/James Spader political parable, True Colors. We dive into the dueling natures of idealism and ambition, along with some serious filmmaking interrogation, in a detailed, insightful and funny episode. Plus, we play more of our new game! Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever…
 
In a HUGE deviation from our normal episodes, we have come up with a game, and decided to spend an episode introducing it to give you a taste of the premium episodes you can find on our Patreon page (repeatviewpod). It was a breezy and hilarious use of our time, (and now your time,) to say the least. Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever you listen,…
 
As a vital Presidential election looms, and our "commander in chief" just spent a weekend in the hospital, coming out somewhat altered by the experience, Ivan Reitman's "Dave" from 1993 seems the only film we could possibly discuss this episode, and it's more relevant than ever! We chat about the endless layers of satire, humor and heart, and how t…
 
To hopefully complete an unintentional theme, we honor the recently passed, highly influential Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by talking about the documentary with her initials, and then some. We weigh her impact in the court against our current national crises and share one of our best, most politically open minded conversations yet. …
 
Our biopic trilogy of appreciation in memory of Chadwick Boseman comes to a strong close with Marshall, the 2017 courtroom drama directed by Reginald Hudlin. As we mourn the passing of RBG, this story of the first black Supreme Court Justice was a timely watch and discussion in more ways than one. We peel back the dense layers of nuance, performanc…
 
Our celebration of Chadwick Boseman continues, with easily his funkiest biopic, Get On Up, directed by Tate Taylor. We discuss the very unique story structure, immersive make-up & costumes, use of music, and above all, Boseman's bravura chameleon performance. Plus we take a long look at the many fascinating and well rounded characters that populate…
 
With the recent sudden and shocking passing of Chadwick Boseman, it seems only right to honor his powerful work toward equality and the portrayal of positive, powerful black role models & icons. He left a strong legacy in an incredibly short career, and perhaps no film anchors that legacy better than the story of Jackie Robinson, 42. We discuss the…
 
After a three decade wait, the world has finally received Bill & Ted Face the Music, so it's only fitting that we close our sci-fi block with their entire trilogy. Returning guest, animator Neil McLean joins us to parse the many details and dissect the various special effects. Do these movies hold up? What did we notice after all this time? And how…
 
Our wild ride through the prophecy laden science fiction of the 1980s continues, bringing us to the meanest possible streets of old Detroit. With it's avalanche of bravado, social commentary and wit, the undeniable classic Robocop is ripe for another installment, even today. But how does the 2014 remake stack up against the OG Robo, and what does i…
 
Our Science-Fiction-Social-Commentary exploration continues with the inescapable 80's action entry, the Running Man, loosely based on the book by Richard Bachman aka Stephen King. We discuss the world building and execution of both formats, along with the 1980s world that spawned both, and the super stark, startling reflections of our own world tod…
 
In perhaps our most detailed exploration so far, we dive into the '84 adaptation of 1984 by Michael Radford, weighing the quality of translation, the missing & present underlying themes, the classic story's applications to modern society, and what Orwell was up to with this idea. Plus, a TON of creative pondering on what a modern adaptation might b…
 
We turn our gaze to the American war machine with two films uncannily matched for such a task, sending us into a deep discussion about the heart of America and our penchant for imperialism. It is our second podcaster battle in a row, as we deeply debate one of these films. Buckle up for a crazy ride up river! Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever yo…
 
Two films, one title. It's a no holds barred, bare knuckle brawl of a film chat, complete with some very unexpected twists, and a bevvy of deep cuts info on both movies. After the results of this match, expect us to do more vs. style episodes, because you're in for an intense and hilarious round!! Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever you listen, pl…
 
In an upbeat companion to our previous episode on Boyz in the Hood & Clockers, we follow the thread to relevant and connected tales, one an epic music biopic, the other perhaps THE quintessential stoner movie-- both are directed by the uber-talent F. Gary Gray. We tie everything together thematically between all four films, while also lavishing spe…
 
Continuing our discussion about the core issues at the heart of the Black Lives Matter protests, we turn our eyes on policing and the systemic marginalization of black Americans through two definitive classics. It's another talk laden with hard truths and fascinating observations, but also plenty of heart and fun along the way, because that is what…
 
In a packed episode, we cover the news about Zack Snyder's Justice League finally happening, a Justice League animated movie, the Equalizer films, and the rare inclusion of a documentary, Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics. TO close things out, we turn our attention to celebrating two wonderful people who recently passed, Lynn Shelton & F…
 
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