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 26 – Bill and Ted’s Excellent California Adventure||Bill and Ted discuss Ted’s 2019 visit to California. They cover everything from Ted attending screenings at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, visiting Disneyland and Universal Studios to checking out the Max Factor Hollywood Museum,||2/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 – The Tree of Life (2011) Part II / Son||Bill and Ted discuss Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” a film as experimental as it is poetic investigating the mysteries of grief and loss and the dynamics of family life and life in general. This second half of their two part conversation fo||2/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 – The Tree of Life (2011) Part I / Mother Father||Bill and Ted discuss Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” a film as experimental as it is poetic investigating the mysteries of grief and loss and the dynamics of family life and life in general. This half of their two part conversation focuses o||1/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 – Name That Musical||In a departure from their usual format, Bill and Ted engage in a game of “Name That Musical” with show tunes from twenty-one musical films. See if you can outscore Bill in identifying the movie and the singer. It won’t be difficult.||12/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)||Bill and Ted discuss Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a film that has become something of a holiday classic. Yet all is not Christmas carols and lighted trees as Capra’s film delves into some probing self-evaluation on the question “Wh||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21 – West Side Story (1961)||Bill and Ted discuss Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s 1961 film version of the Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim musical “West Side Story.” A film about the mean streets of the West Side of NYC: One part Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette one||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 – Life Is Beautiful [La vita è bella] (1997)||Bill and Ted discuss Roberto Benigni’s film “La vita è bella,” “Life Is Beautiful,” a sometimes humorous sometimes poignant and touching film about love and family and the effect of the will and imagination in the face of great obstacles: one||11/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19 – The VVitch (2016)||Bill and Ted discuss Robert Eggers’ film “The Witch,” A New-England Folktale where a father accepts banishment from a 17th century Massachusetts puritan colonial plantation taking his family out into the wilderness to start a farm by the edge of t||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18 – Misery (1990)||Bill and Ted discuss Rob Reiner’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Misery,” a suspense-filled thriller where an injured romance novelist is held captive by an unhinged and deeply disturbed fan. This physiological horror film delves deeply int||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 – Deleted Scenes From the Cutting Room Floor||A little something extra from our first 16 episodes. Deleted dialogues, bonus segments, and a few notorious outtakes from Bill & Ted Watch Movies. Enjoy.||10/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 – The Karate Kid Part II (1986)||Bill and Ted discuss John G. Avildsen’s “The Karate Kid Part II,” another ‘fish-out-of-water’ story where Jersey boy Daniel Larusso goes from California sun to Mr. Miyagi’s Okinawa home town fishing village.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15 – Goldfinger (1964)||Bill and Ted discuss Guy Hamilton’s film “Goldfinger,” the third Sean Connery James Bond film featuring the British spy with a licence to kill as he works to foil a plot to break into Fort Knox. Here are Ted’s Picks for other great Connery 007 f||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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|
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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!