Episode #13: Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

In this episode, we step on many toes, perhaps, by giving our take on the instant cult-classic Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.

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Movie Synopsis (from IMDB): For the last 8 years the brothers have been living with their father on a sheep farm deep in isolated Ireland. One day their uncle tells them that they have been framed for the murder of a Bostonian Catholic priest. The boys must return to Boston to not only clear their names but find the men who framed them.

Carter's Verdict: 7.5/10

Adam's Verdict: 7*/10

Next time:
We're watching In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, no time to be clever.

As always, you can email comments, questions or other random nonsense to made.men.tell.no.tales.podcast@gmail.com and special thanks to musician Kevin MacLoed of Incompetech for the use of his songs "Kick Shock" and "Phat Sketch", as the opener and closer of the podcast, respectively.

Episode #12: Robin Hood

In this episode, we are somewhat current in reviewing Russell Crowe Kills Everyone in Medieval England A.K.A. Robin Hood.

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Movie Synopsis (from IMDB): Following King Richard's death in France archer Robin Longstride,along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John,decides to return to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley,whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey,who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England, and Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown,and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife.Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Walter tells Robin he knew his father,a freedom-fighter who hoped to unite the barons for a better society but Walter is killed by Godfrey after a raid on Nottingham. Robin rallies the barons and the king and thwarts the invasion,avenging Walter by slaying Godfrey. Sensing that Robin's popularity makes him a threat, John declares him an outlaw. Thus along with his friends,including his wife and her priest Friar Tuck, Robin joins other orphans and outcasts in the greenwoods where the legend begins.

Carter's Verdict: 7.5/10

Adam's Verdict: 8/10

Next time:
We expose ourselves to the potential fray of the internet by talking about Boondock Saints II: All Saints' Day.


Episode 11: Punisher: War Zone

In this episode, we investigate Punisher: War Zone, undoubtedly the best of the three Punisher films and quite possibly the best film of December 2008.

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Movie Synopsis (from IMDB): Infamous vigilante, anti-hero Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson) is six years into his vengeance driven zeal as the Punisher when he brutally assaults a "beat the rap" party for notorious mob boss Gaitano Cesare. During the course of the massacre, he hideously disfigures overeager gangster Billy Russoti (Dominic West) and murders a mafia lackey who turns out to be an undercover FBI agent.

Agent Paul Budiansky (Colin Salmon), the ex-partner of the undercover Fed, joins the NYPD's "Punisher Task Force" to help bring Castle to justice, once and for all.

A facially mutilated Russoti recovers from his run-in with the Punisher with revenge on his mind and recruits a massive army of psychotic killers, gangbangers, and mobsters under his new alias "Jigsaw."

Distraught that he has now become the very evil he swore to battle, Castle is content to hang up his guns and quit the justice business for good. However, plans quickly change once he learns that Jigsaw has not only kidnapped the surviving wife and child of the dead federal agent but now has also freed his commited psychopathic brother, James (Doug Hutchison).

Forced back into the war, the Punisher now has to face off against Jigsaw's formidable army in order to save the lives of an innocent family his actions put in the firing line.

Adam's Verdict: 6/10

Alex's Verdict: 6/10

Carter's Verdict: 8/10

Next time:
Adam missed out on seeing Liam Neeson is Zeus (also known to some as Clash of the Titans), but Alex and Carter will enlighten you about it.


Episode #10: Ninja Assassin

The gang's all here for this episode, as we discuss the recent underrated masterwork of Ninja Assassin.

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Movie Synopsis (from IMDB): Trained since childhood to be a lethal killer, Raizo (Rain) has since turned his back on the Ozunu clan that raised him and now seeks revenge for their heartless murders. Teaming up with Europol investigator Mika (Naomi Harris), Raizo steadily butchers his enemies while inching ever closer to the long-awaited bloody reunion with his former master.

Adam's Verdict: 7/10
Carter's Verdict: 8/10
Alex's Verdict: 9/10

Next time:
From ninjas to comic book vigilantes, we continue in an action vein, with Punisher: War Zone.

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Episode 9: Che

In this episode, we celebrate Adam's return from the communist utopia of Cuba by talking about Che.

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Movie Synopsis (from IMDB): The Argentine, begins as Che (Benicio Del Toro) and a band of Cuban exiles, led by Fidel Castro, reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

In 1965, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara resigns from his Cuban government posts to secretly make his latest attempt to spread the revolution in Bolivia. After arriving in La Paz, Bolivia late in 1966, by 1967, Che with several Cuban volunteers, have raised a small guerrilla army to take on the militarist Bolivian movement. However, Che must face grim realities about his few troops and supplies, his failing health, and a local population who largely does not share his idealistic aspirations. As the US supported Bolivian army prepares to defeat him, Che and his beleaguered force struggle against the increasingly hopeless odds.

Adam's Verdict: 7.5/10 (8/10 for The Argentine, 7/10 for Guerrilla)

Carter's Verdict: 8.5/10 (8/10 for The Argentine, 8.5/10 for Guerrilla)

Next time:
The revolution moves from Cuba to Ireland as we discuss The Wind That Shakes the Barely.

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Episode 8: Anticipated Movies of 2010

In this episode, we change things up and talk about each of our top ten most anticipated movies of 2010.

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Adam's List:

10) The Expendables
9) Cop Out
8) Predators (Carter mistook Adrian Brody for Cillian Murphy during the recording, whoops)
7) Clash of the Titans
6) Alice in Wonderland
5) The Last Airbender
4) Robin Hood
3) Iron Man 2
2) Shutter Island
1) Inception

Carter's List:

10) Red Dawn
9) Green Zone
8) Robin Hood
7) Iron Man 2
6) Toy Story 3
5) Inception
4) Shutter Island
3) The A-Team
2) Kick-Ass
1) The Expendables

Next time: We get down with our revolutionary sides and celebrate Adam's trip to Cuba by talking about Steven Soderbergh's epic-length Che

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Episode 7: Up in the Air

In this episode, we are somewhat current in reviewing the newest film by Jason Reitman, Up in the Air.

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Movie Synopsis (from IMDB): Ryan Bingham's (George Clooney) job is to fire people from theirs. The anguish, hostility, and despair of his "clients" has left him falsely compassionate, living out of a suitcase, and loving every second of it. When his boss hires arrogant young Natalie (Anna Kendrick), she develops a method of video conferencing that will allow termination without ever leaving the office - essentially threatening the existence Ryan so cherishes. Determined to show the naive girl the error of her logic, Ryan takes her on one of his cross country firing expeditions, but as she starts to realize the disheartening realities of her profession, he begins to see the downfalls to his way of life.

Adam & Carter's Verdict: 8.5/10

Next time:
For a change, we won't be talking about one movie but instead giving each our top ten lists of anticipated films in the coming year and discussing them.

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