Guess which movies the Cinebuds watched this week. No, seriously: Guess

640 427

We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

So, usually on Cinebuds, Kpolly and I decide on a movie to watch, we watch it, we talk about it. Last week Kpolly texted me and said, “What if we each watch a movie and we don’t tell each other until we were rolling live in the podcast?” Honestly, I wasn’t in love with the idea. It sounded fun for us, but not for you. But I was wrong. We had a lot of fun using context clues to guess what the other person watched and then talking about each movie. I think you will have fun too. 

https://www.maxpixel.net/photo-4122911 Which films did the guys watch this week?

And in What Else We’ve Been Watching, I watch a movie that we formerly dunked on before watching and had to rescind my dunk because I actually really liked it.

Like what you hear? Subscribe!

Get your local fix with our Radio Milwaukee podcasts. Feast your ears with our food podcast, This Bites. Explore Milwaukee with our history podcast, Urban Spelunking. Follow the Milwaukee music scene with Tap’d In. And delve into the latest movies with our film podcast, Cinebuds. Plus listen to the latest season of our new podcast Diverse Disruptors. Subscribe to them anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Support from members makes stories like the one you just read possible! Your gift today keeps Radio Milwaukee independent, allowing us to keep sharing the music and stories you enjoy.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Does ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ push its multiverse premise too far?

640 360

We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

Kpolly here. Just when you think the Spider-Man franchise has said all it has to say… here comes your friendly neighborhood Cinebuds to keep the conversation going!

That’s right! This week we’re talking about “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Two and a half hours of web-slinging, wise-cracking and trying to wrap your mind around the “multiverse.”

The newest in the Tom Holland series has our hero slightly breaking the universe and letting a bunch of villains from other universes (or other franchises) into his turf. Now he needs to band together with some familiar Marvel entities to tape the rift back together.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

In a sea of superhero movies why has this one broken so many world records? Listen to the podcast and we’ll give you our two cents.

We’ll also talk about what else we’ve been watching!

Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe if you like what you hear. Even if you don’t. Just consider it a favor. Be a pal!

Like what you hear? Subscribe!

Get your local fix with our Radio Milwaukee podcasts. Feast your ears with our food podcast, This Bites. Explore Milwaukee with our history podcast, Urban Spelunking. Follow the Milwaukee music scene with Tap’d In. And delve into the latest movies with our film podcast, Cinebuds. Plus listen to the latest season of our new podcast Diverse Disruptors. Subscribe to them anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Support from members makes stories like the one you just read possible! Your gift today keeps Radio Milwaukee independent, allowing us to keep sharing the music and stories you enjoy.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Joel Cohen’s ‘Tragedy of Macbeth’ cuts down the Shakespeare classic to the bare essentials

498 280

We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

In Joel Cohen’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” less is more. Many of the film adaptations of Macbeth stretch to the two and a half hour mark, but Cohen cuts an hour off and tells the bloody story of ambition and murder in a tight hour and a half, which is just about as much as most people can take of Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter and old English. To help decipher the language, “The Tragedy of Macbeth’s” actors speak, instead of shouting the lines. Denzel Washington’s Macbeth is inward and quiet, his soft tone and inflection give auditory cues to the language to make it sound more natural. Which, in turn, highlights the motivations that Shakespeare has beautifully written into each character and which is why the 400 year old story endures. Cohen also offers less in set dressing. Each shot in an austere black and white, shots often bordering on abstraction, Cohen’s Macbeth is pared down to its barest essentials, and as an audience, we are rewarded because of his restraint. 

Part of the fun of retelling a 400 year old story that has been done countless times is to compare and contrast adaptations of the story. In preparation for “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” I watched four other Macbeth adaptations. Orson Welles’ 1948 adaptation, Kurosawa’s Macbethian adaptation of feudal Japan, “Throne of Blood,” a 2001 modern adaptation starring Christopher Walken who investigates the takeover of a 1970’s fast food empire by an ambitious employee whose last name is McBeth, and the most recent 2015 adaptation starring Michael Fassbender. We will see how “Tragedy” stands up to those.

Like what you hear? Subscribe!

Get your local fix with our Radio Milwaukee podcasts. Feast your ears with our food podcast, This Bites. Explore Milwaukee with our history podcast, Urban Spelunking. Follow the Milwaukee music scene with Tap’d In. And delve into the latest movies with our film podcast, Cinebuds. Plus listen to the latest season of our new podcast Diverse Disruptors. Subscribe to them anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Support from members makes stories like the one you just read possible! Your gift today keeps Radio Milwaukee independent, allowing us to keep sharing the music and stories you enjoy.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Paul Thomas Anderson delivers so much to love in ‘Licorice Pizza’

640 432

We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

Kpolly here. This week on Cinebuds we’ll be tackling the newest opus by Paul Thomas Anderson (PTA to his buddies), “Licorice Pizza.” On the surface the film is a simple coming-of-age romance. A young man courts a young woman and their relationship develops with some ups and downs. 

But, if you know PTA’s work, you know that’s not the end of it. The details make his films come to life. From the music to the eccentric characters to the very identifiable dialogue and nostalgic, nearly time-traveling art direction — these are the things that flesh out a simple story of young love.

“Licorice Pizza”

One of us loved the film. One of us maybe didn’t? Or maybe one of us just pranked the other to make them FEEL like one of us didn’t like it, but turns out, one of us DID…. It’s a complicated relationship.

We’ll also be talking about what else we’ve been watching. And reading. The rumors that I, in fact, CANNOT read have been wildly exaggerated….

Don’t forget to listen, share and subscribe!

Like what you hear? Subscribe!

Get your local fix with our Radio Milwaukee podcasts. Feast your ears with our food podcast, This Bites. Explore Milwaukee with our history podcast, Urban Spelunking. Follow the Milwaukee music scene with Tap’d In. And delve into the latest movies with our film podcast, Cinebuds. Plus listen to the latest season of our new podcast Diverse Disruptors. Subscribe to them anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Support from members makes stories like the one you just read possible! Your gift today keeps Radio Milwaukee independent, allowing us to keep sharing the music and stories you enjoy.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Cinebuds share their top 5 movies of 2021

640 427

Here it is. Time for one of our favorite episodes, one that we have been working on for the entire year. Our Top 5 movies of 2021. 

Now, let me set some guidelines. The movie season is a bit weird and doesn’t exactly fall within the calendar year. A lot of the really good Oscar movies are released in January. The Oscars announce their nominees in February and are held in early March. By then the conversation for those movies are over and they don’t really feel like they count for this year.

Cinebuds Kpolly (left) and Justin.

So, movies like Nomadland, Minari, and The Father are movies that technically came out in 2021, but it would feel weird to say that Nomadland was our favorite movie of the year, so we aren’t counting it. With that said, here are our favorite movies of 2021!

Kpolly

5. Night of the Kings
4. The One and Only Dick Gregory
3. End of the Century
2. Pig
1. ?????

Justin 

5. The Yinyang Master
4. The French Dispatch
3. Lamb
2. Dune
1. ?????

Listen to the podcast and find out each Cinebuds #1 pick.

Like what you hear? Subscribe!

Get your local fix with our Radio Milwaukee podcasts. Feast your ears with our food podcast, This Bites. Explore Milwaukee with our history podcast, Urban Spelunking. Follow the Milwaukee music scene with Tap’d In. And delve into the latest movies with our film podcast, Cinebuds. Plus listen to the latest season of our new podcast Diverse Disruptors. Subscribe to them anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Support from members makes stories like the one you just read possible! Your gift today keeps Radio Milwaukee independent, allowing us to keep sharing the music and stories you enjoy.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Netflix’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ is a Western that stays with you

640 427

We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

“The Power of the Dog” is a Western. But it isn’t the shoot-em-up Western like “The Harder They Fall” that comes out guns blazing. “The Power of the Dog” plots slowly as the dynamic between brothers played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons change when Plemons’ character gets married and new members are added to the already testy relationship. 

The Power of the Dog | Courtesy Netfix

It’s a movie based on a book and it watches like one, full of inner drama played out over time as the characters develop. While watching you may wonder what is going on in each person’s head. And then, after you watch the movie you will likely be thinking about it for days, putting the pieces together yourself. 

We reach a consensus on this one. We also talk about some of our favorite holiday movies and what else we have been watching this week.

Like what you hear? Subscribe!

Get your local fix with our Radio Milwaukee podcasts. Feast your ears with our food podcast, This Bites. Explore Milwaukee with our history podcast, Urban Spelunking. Follow the Milwaukee music scene with Tap’d In. And delve into the latest movies with our film podcast, Cinebuds. Plus listen to the latest season of our new podcast Diverse Disruptors. Subscribe to them anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Support from members makes stories like the one you just read possible! Your gift today keeps Radio Milwaukee independent, allowing us to keep sharing the music and stories you enjoy.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Is ‘C’mon C’mon’ worth watching? It depends which Cinebud you ask

640 427

We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

Kpolly here. This week on Cinebuds we are talking about the new film from director Mike Mills (“Beginners”, 20th “Century Women”).

“C’mon C’mon” stars Joaquin Phoenix as a radio journalist that interviews children around the country. When his sister needs time to deal with her ex husband, he offers to watch his smart and creative nephew for while.

The film explores not only the bonds of family but the tension and fear that comes with raising children. And the joys.

“C’mon C’mon”

Folks, get ready – because we MAY not have agreed on this one. Oh boy. It could get pretty bloody on this one!

And we’ll be talking about what else we’ve been watching! Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe!

Like what you hear? Subscribe!

Get your local fix with our Radio Milwaukee podcasts. Feast your ears with our food podcast, This Bites. Explore Milwaukee with our history podcast, Urban Spelunking. Follow the Milwaukee music scene with Tap’d In. And delve into the latest movies with our film podcast, Cinebuds. Plus listen to the latest season of our new podcast Diverse Disruptors. Subscribe to them anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Support from members makes stories like the one you just read possible! Your gift today keeps Radio Milwaukee independent, allowing us to keep sharing the music and stories you enjoy.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

A little Jared Leto goes a long way in ‘House of Gucci’

640 360

We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

“House of Gucci” is the new Ridley Scott movie based on the real life affairs of the Gucci family. It’s got Lady Gaga, Adam Driver and either not enough, or way too much, Jared Leto.

The outfits are stunning, the drama is dripping, but does it earn its two hour and forty minute run time?

Jared Leto in “House of Gucci”

Plus, there is a movie that Kpolly suggested I watch THREE YEARS ago and I finally watched it. And, I hate to admit, Kpolly was so right. I loved every second of it and couldn’t wait to gush. That’s whats on tap for what else we’ve been watching.

Like what you hear? Subscribe!

Get your local fix with our Radio Milwaukee podcasts. Feast your ears with our food podcast, This Bites. Explore Milwaukee with our history podcast, Urban Spelunking. Follow the Milwaukee music scene with Tap’d In. And delve into the latest movies with our film podcast, Cinebuds. Plus listen to the latest season of our new podcast Diverse Disruptors. Subscribe to them anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Support from members makes stories like the one you just read possible! Your gift today keeps Radio Milwaukee independent, allowing us to keep sharing the music and stories you enjoy.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Kenneth Branagh reflects on his childhood in ‘Belfast,’ but finds little to say about it

640 360

We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

Kpolly here. This week on Cinebuds we are discussing the latest film from actor/director Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast.”

In this loose memoir, Branagh explores his time growing up in Northern Ireland during the “troubles” when conflicts between Protestants and Catholics reached a fever pitch. In this small street with families that have known each other for generations, a tension has brought danger and fear into their lives.

The film is also a coming of age story about a little boy and his family as they struggle through hard times.

It’s also an excuse to play Van Morrison’s Greatest Hits, in order, throughout…

It’s a lot of things, this movie. But do they all fit together? Let’s find out.

We’ll also be talking about a ton of TV that we’ve dug into lately. You remember tv shows, don’t you?

Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe to Cinebuds wherever you listen to podcasts!

Like what you hear? Subscribe!

Get your local fix with our Radio Milwaukee podcasts. Feast your ears with our food podcast, This Bites. Explore Milwaukee with our history podcast, Urban Spelunking. Follow the Milwaukee music scene with Tap’d In. And delve into the latest movies with our film podcast, Cinebuds. Plus listen to the latest season of our new podcast Diverse Disruptors. Subscribe to them anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Support from members makes stories like the one you just read possible! Your gift today keeps Radio Milwaukee independent, allowing us to keep sharing the music and stories you enjoy.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

‘The Last Waltz’ is one of our great Thanksgiving traditions

640 360

We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

This week, we are talking about concert films. To be clear, we’re not talking about music documentaries — these are movies that document one concert.

There’s a Thanksgiving Day tradition of watching of listening to “The Last Waltz,” a documentary about The Band’s final concert, which they played on Thanksgiving Day. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters and The Staples Singers all make appearances. Even Ringo Starr is there.

The Last Waltz

And of course, it was directed by Martin Scorsese. Despite that, Kpolly admits he’s never seen it before. I make the case for why he should change that. Hear us talk about this classic and share our picks for our other favorite concert documentaries below.

Like what you hear? Subscribe!

Get your local fix with our Radio Milwaukee podcasts. Feast your ears with our food podcast, This Bites. Explore Milwaukee with our history podcast, Urban Spelunking. Follow the Milwaukee music scene with Tap’d In. And delve into the latest movies with our film podcast, Cinebuds. Plus listen to the latest season of our new podcast Diverse Disruptors. Subscribe to them anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Support from members makes stories like the one you just read possible! Your gift today keeps Radio Milwaukee independent, allowing us to keep sharing the music and stories you enjoy.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee