Modern Film Classics – Episode 22

This week, Brian, John, and Elaine get cerebral by examining the age old question: What makes a modern classic in film?  Is it the Director’s vision, certain actor’s performances, original story and memorable characters, or some other combination.  We also take an extended look at the Youtube demonetization controversy.  Is free speech being threatened as google/youtube try to sanitize youtube to please advertisers?  It’s a jam packed show this week so buckle up! 

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Modern Film Classics

Memento (2000)
What Makes a Modern Classic
  • Originality.
  • The focus is not on world building, creating a franchise, or creating a cinematic universe.
  • The focus instead is on telling a complete and engaging story.
  • These films are ultimately character driven with memorable performances by actors who the audience can empathize with.
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John’s Modern Classic List
  • 2000
    • Gladiator
    • Requiem for a Dream
    • Memento
  • 2001
    • A Beautiful Mind
    • Mullholland Drive
    • Artificial Intelligence
  • 2002
    • Gangs of New York
    • Road to Perdition
  • 2003
    • Mystic River
    • American Splendor
    • 2004
      • Million Dollar Baby
  • 2005
    • Brokeback Mountain
    • Good Night and Good Luck
  • 2006
    • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • 2007
    • There Will Be Blood
  • 2008
    • WALL-E
    • The Wrestler
    • Milk
  • 2009
    • Inglorious Basterds
  • 2010
    • The Social Network
    • Black Swan
  • 2013
    • Wolf of Wallstreet
    • Dallas Buyer’s Club
  • 2014
    • Birdman
    • Foxcatcher
    • Whiplash
  • 2015
    • The Big Short
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Elaine’s Modern Classic List
  • Amelie
  • Food Inc
  • The Social Network
  • The Dark Knight
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • The Departed
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Brian’s Modern Classic List
  • The Matrix
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • May











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