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Continued discussion of CoaDM with the Let’s Rewatch gang. Find more great Let’s Rewatch episodes at https://rewatch.libsyn.com/! Next week will be tackling the seminal spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., using s1e23 The Brain Killer Affair and s2e23 The Moonglow Affair as examples. The following week will continue with discussion of s3e1 and s4e1.…
 
Deviating from the standard format, Tod and David visit the super-fun and zany crew of the Let’s Rewatch podcast to discuss CoaDM. Charlie Kaufman adapts the 'unauthorized autobiography' in which game show impresario Chuck Barris claims to have been a CIA assassin. George Clooney’s first stab at directing, Sam Rockwell’s first starring role, also f…
 
Our quick takes on Cliff Walkers, a Chinese film by acclaimed director Zhang Yimou which got a simultaneous U.S. release. Fresh out of the theater, we bring you our first impressions of this chilly 1930's story of Moscow-trained Chinese patriots attempting to liberate a key prisoner from their Japanese-occupied homeland. No shortage of cloaks or da…
 
Recent and realistic, and up for Best Picture. Based on the true story of FBI informant William O’Neil who infiltrated the Black Panther Party in 1960’s Chicago. Next week we are going to feature on the Let’s Rewatch podcast and talk about 2002’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Does it qualify as a spy film? Let’s have that discussion. We had a lo…
 
Recent and realistic, and up for Best Picture. Based on the true story of FBI informant William O’Neil, who infiltrated the Black Panther Party in 1960’s Chicago. Music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ‘Ice Cold’ by Audionautix Artist: http://audionautix.com/ ‘Enter the Party’ by …
 
Spy entertainment news and alerts, plus our quick takes on Spy City. We watched one episode of this new spy series from AMC+, and our quick takes might or might not help you decide if you want to get on board. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh_b1Lv3uh0 Our next regular episode will be our deep dive into the tradecraft of Judas and the Bla…
 
Continued discussion of tradecraft in this 2018 Australian 6-episode series. We go in and put some interesting questions out there, pry around the edges about how much this show makes ACTUAL sense. Let’s go deep on this one, It’s worth the journey. Music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…
 
2018 Australian 6-episode series which we HIGHLY recommend both for spy geeks and people that don’t care much about tradecraft but enjoy a solid human drama. Watching these characters unwind and reveal their true characters under the duress of multiple intertwining espionage threats was a real treat for both of us. ALSO!!!! It is our first episode …
 
Spy entertainment news and alerts, plus our quick takes on Homeland. The critically acclaimed Showtime original tv series wrapped its 8th and final (???) season last year. We watched just a couple episodes of the first season and have some thoughts that might help you decide if you want to get on for the ride (if you haven't already). Trailer: http…
 
Yammering Lew and Lon Lovett return in our continued discussion of the attempted reboot of the Get Smart IP in 2008. We are still having fun with it. “CAAAAAAAN!!!!” Next week we will start in on Pine Gap, an Australian miniseries which we think layers in a ton of valid tradecraft while also being highly approachable to people new to the genre. Che…
 
We are getting goofy again with this one. The Get Smart TV series capitalized on the Bond explosion of the 60’s with the first witty and parodic take on the spy genre, and 50 years later Warner Brothers decided to see if there was still gas in that tank. Yammering Lew and Lon Lovett join us to discuss the 2008 version of Get Smart. We have fun with…
 
Spy entertainment news and alerts, plus our quick takes on The Courier. We went straight to the theater for this one and we recommend it highly for spy geeks! Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbR1A95Ll8Q The next regular episodes will be our Get Smart (2008) treatment; we will have some fun with a spy comedy, and following that we are VERY …
 
Slick, tense thriller starring Robert DeNiro as a former CIA agent, hired on to a team of other mercenaries to retrieve a box from some very unfriendly people. The contents of the box are unknown (and not important), as is the real identity of their employer (turns out to be very important). Next week will be Get Smart (2008). Music is licensed und…
 
Slick, tense thriller starring Robert DeNiro as a former CIA agent, hired on to a team of other mercenaries to retrieve a box from some very unfriendly people. The contents of the box are unknown (and not important), as is the real identity of their employer (turns out to be very important). Music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution li…
 
One of the most influential movies we had never heard of, in terms of cinematic style and substance. A stark portrayal of the brutality of terrorism and counterinsurgency tactics that is studied by intelligence agencies around the world even today. Next week will be Ronin (1998) Music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https:/…
 
One of the most influential movies we had never heard of, in terms of cinematic style and substance. A stark portrayal of the brutality of terrorism and counterinsurgency tactics that is studied by intelligence agencies around the world even today. Music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…
 
Spy entertainment news and alerts, plus our quick takes on Judas and the Black Messiah (2021). This film is based on historical events (1960's), featured organizations are the Black Panthers and the FBI. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSjtGqRXQ9Y The next regular episode will be The Battle of Algiers (1966) and work has begun on our Ronin…
 
Continued omphaloskepsis (look it up, it’s one of the greatest words ever). It feels really good to hit a year and we are feeling like a bit of self indulgence is warranted. We are retrospecting on our first year of podcasting and especially doing a Spy vs Spy beatdown of different spy characters. This week, Handlers, Analysts, Assassins and Puppet…
 
100% self-indulgent breaking our arms patting ourselves on the back anniversary episode! Brief review of the worst and best, least and most accurate spy movies we discussed in 2020. Further we are pitting over 60 spy characters from those films against each other to see who is the best overall in a number of categories. Visit http://spieslikeus.net…
 
Justin and Josh are back with Starship Troopers! After all these years, Starship Troopers holds up as both an action flick and as a social commentary. Justin and Josh do a deep dive into the movie to examine what Paul Verhoeven was attempting to say throughout the length of this still often misunderstood sci-fi epic. Watch along with us or just lis…
 
Continued discussion of the mother of all modern Assassin movies. It’s a fictional but extremely believable portrayal of a plot to kill French President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. The portrayal of identity forging in this film was so realistic that it caused European authorities to update their passport protocols! Next week we will be celebrating t…
 
Famed director Alfred Zinneman (High Noon, From Here to Eternity) directs the mother of all modern Assassin movies. It’s a fictional but extremely believable portrayal of a plot to kill French President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. The portrayal of identity forging in this film was so realistic that it caused European authorities to update their pass…
 
Continued discussion of RED. Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is classified Retired, Extremely Dangerous and he’s got some equally retired and dangerous friends (Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovitch, Brian Cox). Mary-Louise Parker gets swept up in their mission to find out who is trying to kill Frank after all these years in this colorful and co…
 
Continued discussion of No Way Out, one of two movies that ushered in the Age of Kevin Costner. Lots of secret stuff in this one, make sure you listened to Part One unless you give no shits about spoilers. Music and SFX used under CCA license https://www.spieslikeus.net/attributions for details. Next week we will be tackling the 2010 movie adaptati…
 
Along with The Untouchables, released the same year, No Way Out ushers us into the Age of Kevin Costner. Critics have been especially kind to this movie, calling it a Hitchcockian masterpiece of neo-noire. How kind will Tod and Dave be to the tradecraft portrayed in this political thriller? Listen and find out. Music and SFX used under CCA license …
 
Robert Redford plays a veteran CIA operative who is just a day from retirement when he finds that his golden boy protege (played by Brad Pitt) has gone rogue. When he finds that his CIA superiors are looking for reasons to cut ties with said protege, he initiates a personal crusade to find the truth. Tons of delicious tradecraft in this one. Music …
 
Robert Redford plays a veteran CIA operative who is just a day from retirement when he finds that his golden boy protege (played by Brad Pitt) has gone rogue. When he finds that his CIA superiors are looking for reasons to cut ties with said protege, he initiates a personal crusade to find the truth. Tons of delicious tradecraft in this one. Music …
 
Ian Fleming’s Bond character was always viewed by Hollywood as a franchise inducer. Ten films in, with crowd pleasing Sean Connery tapping out, they still wanted to push the 007 brand forward, and Roger Moore takes the mantle. How much has changed between 1962 and 1977? Tod and Dave discuss this strange but important decade of Bond, and especially …
 
Episode Thirty Four and Thirty Five (Argo, 2012) Ian Fleming’s Bond character was always viewed by Hollywood as a franchise inducer. Ten films in, with crowd pleasing Sean Connery tapping out, they still wanted to push the 007 brand forward, and Roger Moore takes the mantle. How much has changed between 1962 and 1977? Tod and Dave discuss this stra…
 
Ben Affleck stars and directs this best picture winner for 2012. Movie adaptation of the real CIA operation in which a fake Hollywood movie was promoted in order to provide cover for the extraction of 6 American diplomats from the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1980. Music and SFX used under CCA license https://www.spieslikeus.net/attributions for detai…
 
Producer Charlize Theron brings the genius behind the John Wick action sequences, David Leitch, onboard in his first solo directing effort. This film is a triple love affair of brutal action, colorful comic book storytelling, and 80’s billboard hit music. Let’s talk about how it holds up as a spy movie. Music and SFX used under CCA license https://…
 
We finish the trilogy today with Back to the Future Part 3. It this movie a western, a comedy, sci-fi, or an adventure? Or maybe it is all of those things! That's one of the questions we ponder as we provide commentary. Watch it with us or just listen along! You can sync up at 40 seconds into the blu-ray or just after the Universal logo has faded a…
 
Continued discussion of the Bourne films. Tod and Dave chew into the tradecraft of Supremacy, and discuss how the Bourne character represents doubt and amnesia in the American political psyche at large. You won’t want to miss this one. Music and SFX used under CCA license https://www.spieslikeus.net/attributions for details.…
 
We revisit the TNT miniseries and give its second episode a careful look. Fictional CIA agent Jack takes part in the Hungarian Revolt of 1956 while historical (but dramatized) figures in Washington disagree on whether and how the US should become involved. Music and SFX used under CCA license https://www.spieslikeus.net/attributions for details.…
 
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