Friday, July 7, 2017

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #013: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)



On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1957 David Lean classic: THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI!

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On this week’s show:


  • Mark takes another EPIC trip to Alamo Drafthouse
  • Mark’s retweet from an 80’s icon
  • Jelly donuts
  • Toy guns
  • Korean exercise videos
  • 2017 Summer Movies
  • Adolfo is done with Minions
  • Adolfo butchers Japanese and French
  • The benefits of Netflix Disc subscription
  • The slow start to Bridge
  • The David Lean Trilogy
  • Why William Holden was cast 
  • William Holden’s record breaking salary
  • Why Alec Guinness thought the film was Anti-British
  • Why Adolfo trusts Alec Guinness without question
  • The anti-Japanese sentiment of the film
  • Does the film romanticize the building of the bridge?
  • The central conflict of Col. Nicholson
  • Major Shears’ redemption
  • Jack Hawkins: Bad Ass
  • Building an actual bridge for the film
  • Mark makes a Simpsons reference (SHOCKING)
  • Nicholson’s ambiguous finale
  • Women Bearers! 
  • The hokey final words
  • The Hollywood Blacklist rears its ugly head
  • Masterful editing for the climax of the film




FILM REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE:

  • THE GENERAL (1926)
  • BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945)
  • OLIVER TWIST (1948)
  • WINCHESTER ‘73 (1950)
  • SUNSET BLVD. (1950)
  • STALAG 17 (1953)
  • PATHS OF GLORY (1957)
  • SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959)
  • SPARTACUS (1960)
  • WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
  • LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
  • THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)
  • THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (1964)
  • THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY (1965)
  • DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
  • BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1966)
  • 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
  • THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
  • THE LOSERS (1970)
  • JAWS (1975)
  • NETWORK (1976)
  • ZOMBI (1979)
  • APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
  • MANIAC (1980)
  • AIRPLANE! (1980)
  • AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1982)
  • A PASSAGE TO INDIA (1984)
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
  • FULL METAL JACKET (1987)
  • TOP GUN (1987)
  • BATMAN (1989)
  • PACIFIC HEIGHTS (1990)
  • HEARTS OF DARKNESS (1991)
  • TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)
  • FORREST GUMP (1994)
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996)
  • MEN IN BLACK (1997)
  • ALI (2001)
  • HITCH (2005)
  • THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (2006)
  • I AM LEGEND (2007)
  • THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)
  • THE AVENGERS (2012)
  • INTERSTELLAR (2014)
  • JUPITER ASCENDING (2015)
  • MINIONS (2015)
  • FURIOUS 7 (2015)
  • STRANGER THINGS [Netflix Series] (2016)
  • TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (2017)
  • PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (2017)
  • COLOSSAL (2017)
  • LUCKY (2017)
  • DUNKIRK (2017)
  • ATOMIC BLONDE (2017)
  • SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING (2017)
  • WAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2017)
  • THE EMOJI MOVIE (2017)
  • ANNABELLE CREATION (2017)
  • THE DARK TOWER (2017)
  • VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (2017)
  • BABY DRIVER (2017)



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