Fifteen Minute Film Fanatics

Fifteen Minute Film Fanatics

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Two friends with strong opinions watch films separately then discuss them on the show for the first time. Can their friendship survive? Join Mike and Dan as they discuss one film each episode--and in only fifteen minutes, give or take a few. There are no long pauses, pontifications, or politics--just two guys who want to share their enthusiasm for great movies. On Twitter. On Letterboxd. Email: fifteenminutefilm@gmail.com.

Auto Focus

July 15, 2024

Auto Focus

A great movie that is very difficult movie to recommend because of its subject matter, Paul Schrader’s Auto Focus (2002), the story of TV-star Bob Cra…

Manhunter

July 8, 2024

Manhunter

Anthony Hopkins has defined the popular conception of Hannibal Lector and, by extension, the erudite serial killer. But before The Silence of the Lam…

Forbidden Planet

July 1, 2024

Forbidden Planet

A dramatized thought experiment like best episodes of Star Trek, Forbidden Planet (1956) is a wonderful reminder of how people in the past envisioned …

After Hours

June 24, 2024

After Hours

“Kafkaesque” is the word usually used to describe After Hours, Martin Scorsese’s 1985 comedy—a fair point, since there’s a scene in the film that dram…

Bringing Out the Dead

June 17, 2024

Bringing Out the Dead

What is the proper—or most effective—response to a barrage of horror and pain? The closest that screenwriter Paul Schrader ever came to a comedy (alb…

American Movie

June 3, 2024

American Movie

If you’ve seen Hearts of Darkness, you can better appreciate what Coppola endured while making Apocalypse Now; if you’ve seen River of Dreams, you can…

Goodnight Mommy

May 27, 2024

Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy (2014) is a perfect “office movie”: one difficult to recommend to others and better when watched alone. It’s strong stuff. Young boys…

Modern Romance

May 20, 2024

Modern Romance

When looking for love, we don’t attract what we want--we attract what we are. That’s one of the many ideas dramatized in Modern Romance (1991), our t…

First Reformed

May 13, 2024

First Reformed

Paul Schrader

In a recent interview, Paul Schrader said he was lucky with Taxi Driver because he “caught the zeitgeist.” He may have done so again with First Refor…

Hobson’s Choice

May 6, 2024

Hobson’s Choice

Hobson’s Choice (1954) is the perfect example of a very specific genre: the capitalist romance. Filled with a Dickensian love of humanity and featuri…

We Own the Night

April 29, 2024

We Own the Night

Is there anything so refreshing for a film fanatic as a film about grownups? The mid-budget We Own the Night (2007) is a tonic in a world of films co…

Cat People

April 22, 2024

Cat People

“I envy normal women—they’re free,” laments Irina Dubrovna Reed, in Jacques Tourner’s 1942 film, one as noir as Out of the Past which he would direct …

Pan’s Labyrinth

April 8, 2024

Pan’s Labyrinth

In 1965, Bob Dylan teased the squares by stating, “Something is happening but you don’t know what it is.” The same could be said for childhood and Pa…

The Ladykillers

April 8, 2024

The Ladykillers

Everyone loves gut-busting belly-laughs in a film. But sometimes, big laughs slow things down. There’s something to be said for films that amuse us …

Saboteur

April 1, 2024

Saboteur

Saboteur, released in 1942, feels like it was conceived, written, filmed, and edited in the three days between Pearl Harbor and Germany’s declaring wa…

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

March 25, 2024

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

If we could undergo a procedure that would erase the painful memories from our lives, would we do it? That seems to be the question of Eternal Sunshi…

Defending Your Life

March 18, 2024

Defending Your Life

We are supposed to get smarter as we get older. Do we? If the meaning of your life had to be found in nine representative days, which days would you …

Magic

March 11, 2024

Magic

Magic is misdirection, and Richard Attenborough and William Goldman do a terrific job of misdirecting the audience in this 1978 thriller. Like The Ki…

Baby Face

March 4, 2024

Baby Face

Baby Face is the 1933 film that created the archetypal Barbara Stanwyck character and famously laid everything bare before the production code tried t…

Conan the Barbarian

February 26, 2024

Conan the Barbarian

It’s easy for some people to laugh at Conan the Barbarian, John Milius’s 1982 film about Robert E. Howard’s most famous creation: it seems like the ci…