60- High Plains Drifter (Michael)

That's what the movie's called, I swear! We're not trying to be offensive. Either way, this is a controversial way to go out. And the movie we're reviewing has a fair bit of controversy from the get go as well. Yeesh. This week's movie, High Plains Drifter, is a Western starring Clint Eastwood about a stranger wandering into town and taking it over to train the residents of Lago to deal with an approaching gang of bandits. It fails horribly, so we came up with some better ways to train the town. Someone should probably teach them about hospitality too, they're horrible to visitors from the get go.

This is a special episode since the original FUAR crew is back together! James joins us again after The Babadook and Ryan's recovered from his 90s panic attack awhile back. He's kind of turned into a connoisseur of the decade now. This is roughly our season 4 finale, though we never really stated which episodes were which seasons. Though if you looked at when we took long breaks in releasing episodes and when Ryan and James originally left the podcast, it gets us to 4 sections of podcast history, so 4 seasons!


This podcast only ever worked when we had schedules that allowed us to meet every week, but since they've slowly gotten busier and harder to coordinate over the last couple months this may be more than just a season finale. I don't want to call it a series finale for certain since you never know what the future holds, but in case it is, I'd like to sincerely thank you for joining the FUAR of us on this journey. If you've been with us from the beginning, you've watched over 60 movies with us! That's a lot to be taken out from under the rock from. And if you're like me, you've got a lot more to talk about when the subject of movies comes up with your friends and developed a critical eye for them too. To everyone who ever wrote in, thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I might upload random thoughts or unaired tidbits in the months to come while we still have our subscription to podbean. Maybe a "best of" segment or two. We'll see.


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59- 007 Casino Royale (Michael)

It's the origin to the secret agent that's already been around for like 50 years. We watched Daniel Craig's first entry in the Bond series in Casino Royale this week. Sit back and listen to us recount iconic scenes like bantering back and forth with Judi Dench's M, even though he officially first meets her in Goldeneye, which takes place in our past but his future, even though it's the 90s but this is 2006? The timeline of this series confuses me. But nonetheless, we go back to Bond's roots in this film as he's just been promoted to 007 and we'll see why the backstory behind how he treats women, learning how to work as an agent, and the UNFORGETTABLE scene that sets up Goldfinger's arc as a villain. Some people complain Craig's Bond films lack the flashy gadgets we've come to expect in the series, but in this installment James must trade those in for the fanciest gadget of all, the Heart of the Cards.  That's right, we're beating the bad guys by playing Poker, ladies and gents. Just poker. At least with Yugioh we'd have the Shadow Realm.

Joining us once again is Shea Jones, who's even MORE qualified to talk to us about James Bond this week. Not only is he a 007 afficianado, but he's also a real life Poker expert. He'll demystify the game for us and go into exactly how they messed up in portraying one of his favorite games on screen.