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TGB Interview: 'Cheap Thrills' Director E.L. Katz & Star Pat Healy

Cheap Thrills TGB Interview

One of our favorite films from Fantastic Fest 2013 was E.L. Katz's Cheap Thrills (Jeremy's review). The film is visceral, hilarious and painfully dark at times, but boy do we love it. In Austin last year we had the chance to sit down with director Evan "E.L." Katz and star Pat Healy along with guests Ethan Embry and David Koechner to chat about what makes Cheap Thrills such a special little flick. We went over some of the themes of the film with Evan, talked through the process of building suspense while maintaining tone, and got into the grit of the relationships. Listen to the full-on 30-minute TGB interview from Fantastic Fest.

 Posted February 20 in Golden Briefcase, Interview | Comments

TGB Interview: 'A Field in England' Writer & Director Ben Wheatley

Ben Wheatley - TGB Interview

After much anticipation, audiences are finally getting their taste of Ben Wheatley’s twisted mind-trip thriller A Field in England, available on VOD and limited theatrical release in the US from Drafthouse Films. Jeremy and I however, saw the film at this past year's Fantastic Fest and had the opportunity to sit down and chat with co-writer/director Ben Wheatley about the film. We discuss some of his directorial choices in A Field in England, working with his select group of actors and even delve into a few amusing but less mature topics as we went on. Listen to the full 12-minute recorded TGB interview from Fantastic Fest below.

 Posted February 17 in Golden Briefcase, Interview | Comments

TGB Episode 187: Of Machines and Men (Guest: Brian Salisbury)

The Golden Briefcase - RoboCop

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Brian Salisbury of One of Us and Film School Rejects to go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on films that deal with Man vs. Machine in honor of José Padilha's remake of RoboCop starring Joel Kinnaman, out in theaters now. The guys talk over some of their favorite entries in this sub-genre, go over how its occurrences have changed in films over the years, and even pontificate on the future of humankind in the hands of future robot overlords.

 Posted February 15 in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

TGB Episode 186: Remembering Mr. Hoffman (Guest: Matt Patches)

The Golden Briefcase - Philip Seymour Hoffman

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Matt Patches of the Fighting in the War Room and Republic City Dispatch podcasts to go through their picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on the acting career of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who tragically passed away a week ago. The guys talk over their favorites of Hoffman's many remarkable performances (see our full tribute to his 20 year career), his influence on the film and theater worlds, and how he will be remembered from here on out. Listen in.

 Posted February 8 in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

TGB Episode 185: The Many Stories of Frankenstein's Monster

The Golden Briefcase - Frankenstein's Monster

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and plenty more on one certain monster. The main topic of the night was a discussion on Frankenstein in Film, with the release of Aaron Eckhart's I, Frankenstein in theaters now. The guys go over some of the most notable Frankenstein mythos entries in cinema (the 1931 classic, Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, The Hammer entries, etc) and touch on some of their favorites. They also discuss the various takes on Mary Shelley's story and where they'd like to see future tellings to go.

 Posted January 27 in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

TGB Episode 184: Preview of 2014 - Surveying the New Year in Film

The Golden Briefcase - 2014 in Movies

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and delve into a preview of 2014 in film. The main topic of the night was an early look of the movies coming up in 2014. The guys go through the various movie seasons over this next calendar year and highlight films that you must seek out and which to steer clear from. They also discuss some indie titles that folks may have missed in the 2013 festival season making their theatrical debut such as the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune, E.L. Katz's Cheap Thrills and much more! Listen in.

 Posted January 13 in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

TGB Episode 183: Reflecting on 2013 in Film (Guest: Alex Billington)

The Golden Briefcase - Reflecting on 2013 in Film

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by our own top man here at FirstShowing, Alex Billington, to go through one final recap of 2013 in film, a look back at this past year. As usual, the guys venture away from the traditional Top 10 and go with different categories such as the Biggest Disappointment, Best Male & Female Performances and Best Score/Soundtrack and so on. The three shuffle through what was actually a surprisingly good year in film to find their personal picks for the various categories. Listen in as the guys touch on some truly great gems from 2013's excellent cinematic offerings.

 Posted January 6 in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

TGB Episode 182: The Man Behind the Mustache (Guest: Da7e Gonzales)

The Golden Briefcase - Ron Burgundy

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Dave "Da7e" Gonzales of Latino Review and the Fighting in the War Room podcast to go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on the acting career of comedian Will Ferrell, in honor of his new movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hitting theaters everywhere this week. The guys talk over Ferrell's various performance in the years past, his relativity as a comedic actor and where they hope to see him turn up in the future. Listen in!

 Posted December 20 in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

TGB Episode 181: Here There Be Dragons! (Guest: AICN's Eric Vespe)

The Golden Briefcase - Smaug the Dragon

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim (sans Jeremy) is joined by Eric Vespe (aka the legendary "Quint") from Ain't It Cool News to go through their latest Picks of the Week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on dragons in movies in honor of Smaug making his appearance in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hitting theaters on Friday. The guys talk over some of their favorite and least favorite dragon-related entries in film history, the different ways film has depicted dragons and wrap up by talking about where the dragon sub-genre is today.

 Posted December 12 in Golden Briefcase, Hobbit, Podcasts | Comments

TGB Episode 180: Traveling Through Life with the Coen Brothers

The Golden Briefcase - Coen Brothers

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic of the night was an in-depth discussion on the films of Joel & Ethan Coen, better known as the Coen Brothers, in honor of their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis in limited release this weekend. The guys talk over the Coens as a unit in regards to their storytelling, collaborations with cinematographers and overall legacy as American filmmakers. They also divulge their favorites of the Coen's filmography and where they'd like to see the duo work next. Enjoy!

 Posted December 5 in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

TGB Episode 179: Films of Fatherhood (Guest: Alan 'Nordling' Cerny)

The Golden Briefcase - Films of Fatherhood The Delivery Man

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Alan Cerny aka "Nordling" from Ain't It Cool News to go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on the topic of fatherhood in films, in honor of the comedy Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn hitting theaters this week. The guys talk over how fatherhood is depicted in cinema across its various genres and which films show fathers/dads in their truest forms. The group also talks about some of the greatest movie and TV dads from yesteryear. Listen in!

 Posted November 21 in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

TGB Episode 178: The Release Date Shuffle (Guest: Vince Mancini)

The Golden Briefcase - The Wolf of Wall Street

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Vince Mancini of FilmDrunk to go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic of the night was an in-depth discussion on Release Dates, in honor of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street being moved from its original release this very weekend. The guys talk over common reasoning for date changes and how this can affect the final product. They also discuss how film marketing has evolved to rely heavily on the importance of a release date and what that means for many films to come.

 Posted November 15 in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

TGB Breakdown Ep 16: Carpenter's Halloween Series (Guest: Andy Triefenbach)

TGB Breakdown Ep 16: Carpenter's Halloween Series

On this episode of The Golden Briefcase Breakdown, hosts Tim & Jeremy are joined by guest Andy Triefenbach (from #176) of Destroy the Brain for a spoiler-filled discussion on John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and also briefly glaze over its subsequent sequels. The purpose of Breakdown episodes is to to ponder, discuss and challenge the films that we feel often need more than just a simple review. We breakdown the film to discuss plots and theories in order to better understand the director's vision and hopefully challenge our listeners at home to re-evaluate the way they watch cinema.

 Posted November 11 in Golden Briefcase, Horror, Podcasts | Comments

TGB Episode 177: The Superhero's Journey (Guest: Film Crit Hulk)

The Golden Briefcase - The Superhero's Journey

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by Film Crit HULK (aka @FilmCritHULK) of Badass Digest to discuss their picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and more. The main topic was an in-depth discussion on Joseph's Campbell's Heroes' Journey in relation to superhero movies, in honor of Marvel's Thor: The Dark World hitting theaters. Hulk talks about his major issues with Campbell's Journey as a plot structure and how it works and doesn't work in relation to superhero films. The guys discuss implementation and which films successfully carve out their own journey.

 Posted November 7 in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

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