LAST OF THE MOHICANS: 25th Anniversary

StorySmack Episode #23

Sponsored by 'Stamps.com promo code' page at http://www.scottsigler.com/godaddySo we’re a few weeks early on this celebration. Sue us. Keep in mind that I’m just a small-town pizza lawyer, but I know how to defend against egregious lawsuits.

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This movie stars three-time oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis and Madeleine Stowe, but the show is completely stolen by Wes Studi. Studi’s portrayal of Magwa is one of my favorite roles of all-time — positively bad-ass. And this flick? Yeah, it’s got lots (and lots) of violence.

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Shallow Grave & guest, author Rob Reid

Story Smack Episode #22

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This week we have a guest! Author Rob Reid joins us on the release day of his new book After On, to discuss one of his favorite movies — Shallow Grave.

First, a bit about Rob’s new title: The definitive novel of today’s Silicon Valley, After On flash-captures our cultural and technological moment with up-to-the-instant savvy. Matters of privacy and government intrusion, post-Tinder romance, nihilistic terrorism, artificial consciousness, synthetic biology, and much more are tackled with authority and brash playfulness by New York Times bestselling author Rob Reid.

Rob came to the office to discuss this awesome 1994 black comedy starring Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor & Kerry Fox. If you haven’t seen it yourself, watch before you listen to us!

 

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MAD MEN First Episode 10th Anniversary

StorySmack Episode #21

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The first episode of this ground-breaking series aired on July 19, 2007. A decade later, the FDØ and the Director of Døøm sit down to discuss the cultural impact it had on television and on long-form storytelling.

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PREDATOR 30th Anniversary

StorySmack Episode #20

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Hey you mandible-toothed ugly motherfuckers, can you believe it’s been three frickin’ decades since PREDATOR opened up a can of painless on movie audiences? Well, it has, and your erstwhile journalist tag-team champs have jumped straight off the top rope and dropped the elbow on this bad boy. Come groove with us as we rock out with Ah-Nold and his amazing cast.

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SNATCH (with special guests: the FDØ’s nephews)

StorySmack Episode #19

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We sat down to watch SNATCH this week while Scott’s nephews were in town. They’d never seen this awesome crime flick from 2000, and it was pretty interesting to chat with them about it afterward. Listen in to hear the next generation Sigler men share their opinions on shakey-cam fights with their decidedly anti-shakey-cam uncle.

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The Fifth Element • 20th Anniversary Review

You may be shocked to know that THE FIFTH ELEMENT is 20 years old. That’s two decades of multipass, folks. We break down the storytelling elements (see what I did there) in the Luc Besson-directed classic.

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ALIENS: Scott’s favorite movie of all time

StorySmack Episode #17

ALIENS on StorySmack sponsored by our '4InkJets Coupon' page at http://scottsigler.com/4inkjets-couponThis week we were going to do an ALIENS watch-along. We didn’t get that off the ground. We’ll tell you all about it in the episode. Instead, we’re doing a traditional movie review Story Smack, but for Sigler’s favorite movie of all time. ALL TIME!

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The thing is … ALIENS is Scott’s favorite, but it’s also a hugely important and influential movie in general. Sigourney Weaver is luminescent in every sense of the word, all the while being a difficult, ornery character, in unfathomable circumstance. It’s a performance of a lifetime, and it’s only one part of the movie. If you have never seen it, do watch it before listening.

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HALF-BAKED: 4/20 Special Episode

StorySmack Episode #16

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It’s 4/20, the favorite day of every stoner on the planet. At StorySmack, we decided to do a little medical experimentation — why not do an episode about a stoner movie, on 4/20, while on 4/20 ourselves?

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We feature the Dave Chapelle movie HALF-BAKED for your listening pleasure. ARealGirl got the giggles. And, yes, munchies were involved after the fact.

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Murder 1-2-3: courtroom definitions in storytelling

StorySmack Episode #15

This week we’re taking a break from movie breakdowns as we recover from our European jet lag.

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Everyone’s seen plenty of courtroom dramas, cop stories, and forensic investigation on television and in the movies. So much that our sense of justice and the law is surely informed by what we’ve seen on the screen. And what’s on the screen isn’t always real-world accurate, surrendering dry legal wrangling for entertaining fiction.

Scott and I breakdown the degrees of murder as they’re written in California so we can see where reality and fiction diverge. If you’re a storyteller or just a big fan of true-crime stories, these are things you should know. We’re here to help!

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European Tour & how travel impacts storytelling

StorySmack Episode #14

The European Tour of 2017 rolls along. We took a few minutes to talk about our feels and impressions from some of the amazing, life-changing things we’ve seen. We also discuss how seeing such things can affect a storyteller’s views, and impact (or create whole cloth) future stories.

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[caption id="attachment_129240" align="alignright" width="300"] The Lumen Editions booth at the Paris Book Fair.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_129239" align="alignright" width="300"] Tom Merritt with his pink plaid tank tour T-shirt.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_129238" align="alignright" width="300"] Darren’s Krakens birthday cake.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_129237" align="alignright" width="300"] Skulls, spines and femurs from the Paris Catacombs.[/caption]

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GLADIATOR 17th Anniversary

StorySmack Episode #13

Why are we celebrating the random 17th anniversary of GLADIATOR? Because we’re idiots and somehow got it in our head it was 25 years old (a “thank you” to Junkie Shane who pointed out that maybe we need to lay off the sauce for a bit …).

Nonetheless, this is a movie that holds up better than most. It’s a lovely, fragile, hard-as-nails movie. Full of anger and grace and humanity and morality. It’s an essential movie for anyone who likes fight movies, historical movies, love stories and even interpersonal dramas. If you’re looking for parody, this isn’t that, but otherwise, I think you’d really dig it.

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LETHAL WEAPON 30th Anniversary

StorySmack Episode #12

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This week’s Story Smack has us going back in time to a weird, wonderful Los Angeles, and a sterling example of the buddy cop movie. Lethal Weapon turns 30 this month, and we revisited the original to see how it stands the test of time. And to see Mel Gibson’s enormous hair. Give us a listen and let us know what you think!

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WAYNE’S WORLD 25th Anniversary

Story Smack Episode #11

Wayne's World 25th

Can you believe it? Twenty-five years since WAYNE’S WORLD landed its most-excellent ass in theaters. If that shocks you, you are old!

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JOHN WICK & the danger of killing random dogs

Story Smack #10

John Wick Story Smack

We’ve got some of our own storytelling afoot, with a few things in the works that ate up every spare moment of this week — so here’s a shorter StorySmack to talk about the fantastic flick JOHN WICK. And hopefully, soon we can tell y’all what’s got us so busy.

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2016’s Most Expensive Movies

StorySmack Episode #9

2016's Most Expensive Flick

Yes, 2016 saw some serious coinage being tossed about Hollywood in a festive manner. But which of those obscenely bloated budgets was the biggest and girthiest? And did those huge expenditures result in equally huge profits? Your FDØ and ARealGirl get into the numbers game on this week’s StorySmack.

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RESIDENT EVIL is worth one beeelion dollars.

StorySmack Episode #8

Residen Evil movie franchise

This week Scott and A discuss the Resident Evil franchise. We talk about all five movies current available for at-home viewing, and our experience marathoning them this month.  It’s been a wild ride, and we’re excited to go see Resident Evil: The Final Chapter this weekend!

Even if you’re not into these games or these movies, the success of these films can’t be ignored. And, honestly, they’re better than you might think at first.

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