Bill and Ted Watch Movies
By Bill Cwirla and Ted Giese
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Bill is a casual movie goer; Ted is a movie fanatic. They pick a movie (usually Ted does this), watch it, and then talk about it. The result is a free-wheeling conversation about film, culture, philosophy, theology, zombies, dystopia, politics, myth, legend, and whatever else the film suggests. Listeners are encouraged to watch the movies themselves as part of the conversation.
||CleanEpisode 14 – The Karate Kid (1984)||Bill and Ted discuss John G. Avildsen’s “The Karate Kid,” a surprisingly touching ‘fish-out-of-water/zero-to-hero’ teen story with a nice balance of martial arts and California sun. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these; here are Te||9/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 – Sense and Sensibility (1995)||Bill and Ted discuss Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility,” the 1995 adaption of Jane Austen’s 1811 commentary on the social mores of late 18th century England and the place of love, honour and romance alongside practicality concerns revolving ar||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 – The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)||Bill and Ted discuss David Lean’s “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” the celebrated WWII war/anti-war film about the madness of war in a Japanese prisoner of war camp deep in the jungles of Ceylon (Sri Lanka); a film about leadership,||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 – Silverado (1985)||Bill and Ted discuss Lawrence Kasdan’s “Silverado,” an underrated western with stunning vistas, fun characters, and a gorgeous soundtrack filled with high adventure and touching moments. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these: Young Guns||7/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10 – Zombieland (2009)||Bill and Ted discuss Ruben Fleischer’s “Zombieland,” known for its practical Zombie apocalypse survival rules, humorous one-liners, Twinkies, and as might be expected zombies. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these: House (1985),||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 – Chef (2014)||Bill and Ted discuss Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” known for its pairing of foodie glamour shots and Latin infused jazz and blues music! If you enjoyed this film for its father and son story of coming back from the brink of failure check out The Pursuit||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 – The Big Chill (1983)||Bill and Ted discuss Lawrence Kasdan’s “The Big Chill,” known for its powerhouse cast and great soundtrack. If you enjoyed this film for its investigation into grief you may also like these: Manchester by the Sea (2016),||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 – Brazil (1985)||Bill and Ted discuss Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil,” known for its dystopian themes and film noir style, its cutting satirical humor and vivid dream/nightmare imagery. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these: Blade Runner (1982), Kafka (1991),||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 – The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)||Bill and Ted discuss Terry Gilliam’s “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” known for its inventive art direction, fantastic storytelling and extraordinarily warmhearted investigation of fantasy and reality.||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 – Casablanca (1942)||Bill and Ted discuss the Michael Curtiz classic WWII film “Casablanca,” known for its film noir cinematic style, iconic romantic performances by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and the classic song, “As Time Goes By.||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 – The Goonies (1985)||Bill and Ted discuss the classic 80’s Richard Donner kid’s adventure film “The Goonies,” known for the truffle shuffle, One-Eyed Willy’s hidden treasure and a lot of quotable one-liners. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these; here a||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3 – Being John Malkovich (1999)||Bill and Ted discuss music video and TV commercial director Spike Jonze’s first feature film “Being John Malkovich,” known for its darkly wry and humorous investigation of existential angst. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these; here a||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 – Rushmore (1998)||Bill and Ted discuss Wes Anderson’s second feature film “Rushmore,” known for its quirkiness, odd characters, and bitter-sweet comedic flair. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these; here are Ted’s Picks: Lady Bird (2017),||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)||Bill and Ted discuss Sergio Leone’s classic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” known for its cinematography, prolonged tension, and unforgettable score. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these; here are Ted’s Picks: T||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0 – In the Beginning, Bill and Ted Created a Podcast.||Bill (aka Bill Cwirla) and Ted (aka Ted Giese) launch their movie podcast discussing their movie memories and favorite films. The podcast is a conversation between an expert movie watcher (Ted) and a movie novice (Bill).||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Yes! Yes! Yes! (Not like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally)
Cue dramatic trailer music... In a world of inane, politically-charged, and post-modern spewing podcasts, comes Bill and Ted Watch Movies. Thoughful, intelligent, and affable Pastors Giese and Cwirla are approachable, fun, highly listenable, and entertaining hosts that review and talk about what we all love - movies. I've listened to Pastor Giese's wonderful movie reviews for years on Issues, Etc. and appreciate and respect his keen insights and commentary. In particular, Pastor Giese helps us to approach movies from a Christian worldview and helps us decipher the often religious and culteral facets of movies. BTWM is the podcast I've been waiting for! (did I say Yes!?) Brilliant! P.S. Please consider reviewing the Chronicles of Narnia movies soon!
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