Smug Film Podcast Episode #7 – Acting Class / Steven Seagal / Homegrown Cinema

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On this episode, I am joined by fellow Smug Film contributors John D’Amico and Jenna Ipcar. We discuss an acting class John took, Jenna’s foray into the films of Steven Seagal, and for our main topic, we tackle the idea of homegrown cinema. As always, we go on tangents along the way, take a quick break for a movie joke by comedian Anthony Kapfer, and then close the show with questions from our mailbag.

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Movie Stuff Referenced in this Episode:

Interview with Joan Darling by John D’Amico
Mary Tyler Moore
Above The Law
Fire Down Below
House of Games
The Road Warrior
Lethal Weapon
Die Hard
The Dark Knight
The Matrix
The One
Hard to Kill
Out for Justice
On Deadly Ground
White Lightning
Smokey and the Bandit
Let’s Dump Water On A Dead Pig With Maggots
Louisiana Story
2000 Maniacs
Spider Baby
Spring Breakers
Little Fugitive
The Savage Eye
Dog Day Afternoon
Blue in the Face
The Wanderers
The Warriors
Next Stop Greenwich Village
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Avengers
Law and Order
Ugly Betty
Master and Commander
Green Screen Examples: Ugly Betty, et al.
Do the Right Thing
Street Scene
Red Hook Summer
My Winnipeg
Saturday Night Fever
Buffalo ’66
Last Night at the Alamo
The Whole Shooting Match
Wake in Fright
First Blood
Baghdad Cafe
Twin Peaks
Naked City (TV Series)
Beautiful Girls
Pete and Pete
The We and the I
Block Party
Be Kind Rewind
The Toxic Avenger
Annie Hall
The Squid and the Whale
Mr. Jealousy
Frances Ha
Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Remake)
Black Swan
The Cruise
The Manchurian Candidate
The Man with the Golden Arm
Resident Evil
Mad Men
Deep Blue Sea
30 Rock
Breaking Bad
Bored to Death
The Greatest
30 for 30: Muhammed and Larry
Excessive Force
The Karate Kid: Part III
Wild at Heart


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