Better Than Speed
By Better Than Speed
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Pop quiz, hotshot! Has there ever been a movie better than Speed? We’re watching the entire canon of classic world cinema on a quest to discover a film that tops the Keanu Reeves masterpiece Speed.
||Explicit#24 Seven Samurai||“We give our Kurosawa Connoisseur, Morgan Hanner-Morfesis, the ultimate pop quiz: is Seven Samurai Better Than Speed? Is Mifune puny compared to killer Keanu? All will be answered as we test our mettle with the pedal to the metal.” - Gene Shalit||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#23 Repo Man||Beverly Hills. Century City. Everything's so nice and pretty, but the ever acute Alex Cox turns his lens to the gritty underbelly of LA's punk scene. Special guest Dawn Garcia takes us on a tour of California counter-culture at the end of the century...||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#22 Quai des Orfèvres||It's Halloween! So we rose from the grave with Clouzot's frothy potboiler Jenny Lamour. Have you missed us? Because we've missed you. You can check out this week's film selection on Amazon Video. Sign this petition to keep FilmStruck...||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#21 Predator 2||Good things come in twos! Join us on the safari for a very special bonus episode devoted entirely to Predator 2. The lions, the tigers, the bears... oh my. No spoilers, but there's a lot to celebrate on this week's surprise podcast as we welcome new...||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#20 Summer of Sandy||As the brutal summer of 2018 comes to a close, we celebrate everything Sandy with a rundown of the best (and worst) films in the Sandra Bullock catalogue. Plus, a ratings bonanza as we fire off verdicts left and right. Will any Sandra movies dethrone...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19 Pickpocket||When he sees someone rich both his thumbs start to itch and he has to pick a pocket or two. The wonderful Morgan Hanner-Morfesis joins us to discuss Robert Bresson's transcendental meditation on love and loss, PICKPOCKET. Drinking game: take a shot...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#18 Only Angels Have Wings||It's an unwritten rule: never pull a boner in front of Cary Grant. But rules were meant to be broken. Join us for a perilous excursion into the Howard Hawks adventure film where bonds are tested, planes demolished, and friendships forged. With special..||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17 The Night of the Hunter||Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand / left-hand? The story of good and evil? The story of Mitchum vs Hopper? Tonight, three bros get in touch with their dark side and ride down the river of hate with Charles Laughton's...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#16 My Own Private Idaho||Finally: it's time for some Keanu on Keanu action as we explore Gus Van Sant's street hustler and Shakespeare smash up. Special guest Chad Concelmo helps us determine if River Phoenix's greatest role can still stare down Speed.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#15 Bus Passenger Helen||The distinguished actor Beth Grant joins us to share amazing behind-the-scenes secrets from her role in the film Speed. Before throwing herself in the line of fire, she wasn't afraid to ask the big question: "What about the rest of us?" Plus, Sandra...||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#14 Le Corbeau||Editor Julio Cesar Perez IV (It Follows, Under the Silver Lake) turns Speed HQ upside down with his controversial film selection in an unprecedented episode filled with twists and turns and double crossings. However you choose to pronounce it, Le...||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#13 Knife in the Water||We dive headfirst into the murky waters of biographical criticism with our most challenging episode to date. Special guest Greg O'Bryant bravely forges through the marsh with us as we examine Roman Polanski's debut film. Content warning: there is a...||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#12 Juliet of the Spirits||Che bello! Director Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood) joins us for a tour through Fellini’s career and the specters that haunt his art. Juliet of the Spirits and next episode’s...||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11 In Cold Blood||It's no shame to have a dirty face, honey baby. The shame comes when you keep it dirty. Robert Blake makes short order of all the Charlie Potatoes who dare cross him in the Richard Brooks adaptation of In Cold Blood. We're joined by photographer...||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#10 The Speedademy Awards||Hype! Glamour! The Best Films of 2017! Plus, we hand out cheap gold watches to all the stinkers. Hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in each year to the Speedademy Awards ceremony to learn who will receive the highest and lowest honors in...||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9 Hard Boiled||John Woo woos the crew with his extravagant Hong Kong action pageant Hard Boiled. Director Stewart Hopewell joins us to compare apples to apples, and helps us issue a verdict on this film's worthiness next to Speed. Hard Boiled is not available on...||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#8 Grand Illusion||Jean Renoir enters the ring to take on the undefeated heavyweight champ SPEED! If you'd like to view the internationally beloved anti-war classic GRAND ILLUSION, you can find it streaming in beautiful high definition on Amazon Video. You can also...||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7 F For Fake||If you’ll permit us a bit of verse, the Devil whispered behind the leaves: "It's pretty, but is it better than Speed?” Special guest Morgan Hanner-Morfesis throws down on tricksters, hoaxes and forgeries in the extravagant Orson Welles swan song F..||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6 A Very Keanu Christmas||'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the bus, Not a creature was speeding, not even us; The explosives were hung by the gas tank with care, In hopes that Keanu soon would be there; Dennis Hopper was nestled all snug...||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5 Eyes Without A Face||Where there were eyes there’s only space, as a mad doctor attempts to heal his daughter’s broken face. Special guest Alex Gootter hops aboard the Speed bus to dissect Georges Franju’s eerie horror gem EYES WITHOUT A FACE. You can watch all three..||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4 Daisies||Czech it out! Get ready for a deep dive into the feminist Czech New Wave classic DAISIES (aka F*****g With Dudes and Putting Them on Trains). Documentary filmmaker Jessica Schilling joins us to debate its merits against the bus that couldn’t slow...||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3 A Colt Is My Passport||Never cross the Yakuza. The cherubic cheeked Joe Shishido stands his ground against a Japanese crime syndicate with a thirst for revenge in this action-packed and surprise-filled episode. From Tokashi Nomura to Seijun Suzuki and beyond, we yak it up...||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2 Blow Out||#2 Blow Out||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1 Ashes and Diamonds||In this spectacular inaugural episode of Better Than Speed, your hosts David Holland, Daniel Morfesis, Jessica Schilling and Matthew Walden tackle the legendary Polish film Ashes and Diamonds, directed by cinema heavyweight Andrzej Wajda. If you'd...||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Keep 'em coming
Currently in the throes of motherhood and this podcast allows me to feel like I'm still cool enough to hang with the film nerds.
Better than Speed is better than Speed!
Fav podcast available! I feel like these peeps speak my language. Can’t wait for Season 2: Better than Bladerunner.
This podcast might be better than Speed...
The premise makes me giggle every time and its a great excuse to cover the classics. I dig.