Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Film & Water Podcast Episode 6: The Hidden Fortress



Host Rob Kelly welcomes guest Ryan Daly (DEAD BOTHAN SPIES) to talk about Akira Kurosawa's 1958 masterpiece THE HIDDEN FORTRESS! Plus, as an extra added attraction, we discuss Marvel's ANT-MAN!

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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you guys just watched The Hidden Fortress, so I don't have to feel bad about having never seen it. I knew of it, and it's influence on Star Wars, but I've never gotten around to it. Now I want to see it even more.

    I really enjoyed Ant-Man. I came in with almost no expectations, other than I knew I'd be entertained and have a good time. I think Ryan's right, that the fan service in the film really helped put it over for me. I do agree the story was a bit...pedestrian, maybe, but I think that was kind of the point. Scott Lang was an everyman type who had problems a lot of everyday people do...which was one of the hallmarks of the original Marvel Universe. Honestly, we haven't seen that much in the movies. Yes, Tony Stark's got a bad heart, Steve Rogers is a man out of time, etc, but those aren't really normal, everyday problems. Being divorced and not being able to hold down a job and support your kid is.

    I think they skipped the sick kid angle because it's been done to death. Heck, it was the hook for Sandman's motivations in Spider-Man 3. That may be the reason alone.

    I really enjoyed Michael Douglas' performance and the backstory developed of Pym being the original Ant-Man. I hope we see some more of that on Agent Carter, flashbacks on Agents of SHIELD, etc.

    I'm planning on seeing it for the second time this weekend, and looking forward to looking at it with a more critical eye, but I still think I'll walk out quite happy with it overall. I do hope we get a sequel, because I'd like to see the Wasp debut there before moving on to an Avengers film.

    Great show as always!