Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 060: All Is Lost (2013) and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013) and Sweetwater (2013)

In Episode 060 of Movie Podcast Weekly, your hosts review three films that are currently in limited-release: Logan Miller’s Sweetwater with January Jones, Jason Isaacs, and Ed Harris, David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints with Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster, and J.C. Chandor’s All is Lost with Robert Redford … just Robert Redford.

Movie Podcast Weekly features four hosts (and frequent guests), who give you their verdict on at least one new movie release that’s currently in theaters, mini-reviews of what they’ve been watching lately, and specialty recommendation segments. New episodes release every single Monday.

SHOW NOTES — with Time Stamps!

( 00:00:00 ) I. Intro:
—Watch out for MPW Episode 066
—Josh takes over Movie Stream Cast: find it here!
—Listener praise on iTunes
—Darren Aronofsky’s Noah Trailer: find it here!
—Nobody has seen Alpha House but you can: find it here!
—Karl may be related to Loki

(00:14:33) II. Mini-Reviews:
 Watched Andy kick ass in court
Andy: Dead Man Down, A Solitary Man
Josh: Veep, Eastbound & Down
Jason: Unstoppable, Lonesome Dove

( 00:56:06 ) III. Feature review of ALL IS LOST:
Josh: 8 ( Rent It )
Andy: 8 ( Rent It )
Jason: 9.5 ( See It In the Theater / Buy It to Reward Great Cinema )

( 01:24:43 ) IV. Feature review of SWEETWATER:
 6.5 ( Rent It )

( 01:30:02 ) V. Feature review of AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS:
Jason: 9 ( See It In the Theater / Buy It! )
Josh: 9 ( See It In the Theater / Buy It! )

VI. Segments:

Romantic … Political Drama? Charlie Wilson’s War

Documentary (Reality TV): Survivor: South Pacific

In keeping with our conversation about single-actor movies:

Creeps: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

( 02:01:00 ) VI. Wrap-Up

—Jeff Hammer will join us next week
—Hunger Games is great
—Hunger Games is terrible
—No, it’s good!
—No, it’s not!
—Listen to Josh on Movie Stream Cast: here!
—Watch Andy on The Amazing Race: here!
—Listen to Andy & Karl join Jason on The Donut Show later this week: find it here!
—New Episode of Horror Movie Podcast: “Haunted Houses”

Next Monday on MPW: We will have feature reviews of a CGI-heavy movie made for teenage girls and, what appears to be, the best Vince Vaughn comedy in a decade. Join us!

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Pop culture fanatics, listen to Jason on: The Donut Show

Get help managing you Netflix queue from Josh on: Movie Stream Cast

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10 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 060: All Is Lost (2013) and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013) and Sweetwater (2013)

  1. Jason,

    So I was looking for a good western a few weeks ago and I heard you mention Duvall’s performance in “Lonesome Dove.” I was interested and snagged the Blu Ray online (the Blu Ray update is pretty good–definitely the best way to watch the film).

    I watched the first two-hour segment and…

    …decided to return it to (and instead purchased “Man of Steel”). Sorry. I can see why people love “Lonesome Dove,” but I just wasn’t up for the 6+ hour commitment about two over-the-hill cow-pokes who decide to go cross-country (also the case was damaged and I am pretty anal about my stuff). The first two hours did establish an interesting cast of characters, maybe someday I will give it another go…

    For a minute there I thought you guys were going to snub the spaghetti westerns; I’m glad Josh added some of those to his favorite list. The best western, IMO, has to be “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” Another underrated Western is “Open Range” (2003). “Open Range” is such a beautifully shot movie and the gunfight at the end is nearly perfect. I hope it is released on Blu Ray someday.

    Jason, sorry I couldn’t back you on Lonesome Dove. Maybe I will finish it on Netflix and give you a full review later on. My bad also on not purchasing it through your guys’ site. I totally forgot.

    • They don’t make good western movies anymore. It’s either the slow burn dark deep stuff like unforgiving and true grit or the dumb ones full of armpit ideas like wild wild west or lone ranger.

      Western movies are replaced by superhero movies these days. That genre is dead.

      • Well, I really like UNFORGIVEN and TRUE GRIT. I don’t think there is anything wrong with those movies. But you know how I like my slow-burns. I’d add NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and MEEK’S CUTOFF (for an extremely quiet slow-burn) to the list . Also love THE PROPOSITION and NED KELLY (both with Australian cowboys for you, Que), Jason and I agree on THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES … and THE THREE BURIALS … and, of course, we were all nuts about the western elements in DJANGO UNCHAINED. I also mentioned RANGO last week, which I think is pretty great. Better than Verbinski’s LONE RANGER in most ways. Have to disagree with you on the death of the Western, Que.

        • Oh, don’t get me wrong, I am not talking down on Unforgiving and True Grit, as matter of fact I do enjoy them well. No Country for Old Men and Django Unchained were highly recommendables along with the others. Slow burn or not, they are good movies.

          What I mean is, once uppon time the western genre was about the heros and fun for action, that Gold Rush time, lawless world, the un-named guy taking the justice in his own hand, the quick cut on the right and wrong and the shoot-them-ups, the clevage(s) of the bar maids, the crime lord being arse kicked, all that were not there anymore. The old time Western film was about hero and hope, and that part has been transfered into super hero movies. When they make a movie about gold-rush time these days they do a lot more contemporary film making, darker richer characters, witty black humor plot, whilst I enjoy them, I am not sure they are the same as ‘Western’ movies. The Quick and the Dead is western, Last Man Standing is western, not so much for Rango the lizard.

          and I am not sure if I’d say No Country for Old Men is western movie… i know that is debatable, it is about guns in Arizona after all, but none of them pull their shooters out fast.

          Hope this make sense? I confuse myself more often than not.

          • I suppose I take your point, but those old movies were filled with dark protagonists too, from SHANE to THE SEARCHERS. What you’re describing sounds more like SHANGHAI NOON. Wink. 3:10 TO YUMA kind of has the feel your talking about. I just think we’ve evolved as an audience. I don’t think it means that Westerns are dead. We’ll have to agree to disagree on RANGO and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN–two great modern westerns on the opposite end of the spectrum, in my opinion. I don’t know how you count LAST MAN STANDING and not those. I’d like to revisit THE QUICK AND THE DEAD. I saw it when I came out, but didn’t appreciate Crowe, DiCaprio, or Raimi like I do now.

    • Westerns are one of my favorite genres, so I’d probably actually like LONESOME DOVE. I was planning on giving it a shot on Netflix, but you kind of confirmed my fears, Vance. I’ve seen OPEN RANGE, but I don’t remember it. I think I have the DVD, actually. Will have to revisit it. I swear by RIO BRAVO and BUTCH & SUNDANCE, but the rest of my Top 10 are probably Spaghetti Westerns, THE GOOD, THE BAD … being one of the best. Still prefer ONCE UPON A TIME … though.

      • I Think the lonesome dove might be very similar in term of pace and plot style, how ever that 6 hour running time takes serious commitment…

  2. I’d fully back you up on that Tony + Denzel mindset Jason! Seriously that was exactly the first thing jumped into my mind when you started that with that, and you should push back harder to Andy for giving you the hard time! Say no to podcast bullying!

    It feels like Johnny Depp putting on wacky customs yet again, or Bruce Willis trying to be tough yet again, or M. Night Shyamalan’s name showing up on screen yet again. It was once interesting, but hasn’t been that interesting for some time.

    Honestly Tony’s recent year’s work hasn’t be that interesting. Over saturated colour, quick shifting focus, plus less original materials… for a while I thought Tony has done his number. Sad to see him go though

    I will check this one out following Jason’s recommendation.

  3. I never read the book, I like survival theme and loved many anime and comic book series that has very similar settings, and I have a hunting bow that I practice archery semi regularly. I SHOULD like the movie Hunger Game. But I don’t.

    I am with Josh on this one. I just don’t think the movie is well made. Everything in this movie feels like teenager orientated and thought that is not necessarily a bad thing always, the first Hunger Game movie feels very weak in the plot building, there is very little suspension, the survival in the game is very light touched, and the emotions and personalities are rather 2-demontional. I don’t say that is the fault of the acting but the direction and the script writing.

    I know the movie suppose to come in 3 parts. Or more. Whatever. It is not that interesting . It is very, very predictable and flashed nothing new.

    Hey the movie is called “Hunger Game’. Those kids don’t look like they are hungry… they are rather well fed…

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