Watch This With Rick Ramos

Getting two episodes of WatchThis w/RickRamos out. This week I welcome Mike Black back to The Fortress of Ultimate Darkness to discuss 20th Century Fox's celebration of James Cameron's 1986 masterpiece Aliens.  With screenings across the country and numerous tie-ins including - artwork, Reebok Ripley shoes, comic books, as well as Black's fascination with the Alien: Isolation video game.  It's always fun to welcome an old friend back. Hopefully you will have as much fun listening to this episode as Mike and I had recording it. As always, Thanks for the Support.

Direct download: AliensFourTwentySix.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:26am EST

On this week's episode of WatchThis w/RickRamos I take a look at the Prince cinematic classic Purple Rain. Acknowledging a musical genius through an examination of his film debut, I remember what this film meant to me, society, and our collective childhoods. After saying our goodbyes I take a look at Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room, Robert Budreau's Chett Baker bio-pic, Born To Be Blue starring Ethan Hawke, and - finally - Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some. As always, thanks for your continued support.

Direct download: PurpleRain.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:31am EST

Here's an episode that's been building for almost a quarter of a century . . . since his disappearance in the early 90's, we have seen the great Pee Wee Herman only sporadically. This changed last month when Paul Reubens, Judd Apatow, and Netflix made The Return of Pee Wee Herman possible in the new Netflix original film Pee Wee's Big Holiday. This week's episode of Watch This W/Rick Ramos takes a nostalgic trip back to 1985 for the very first Pee Wee film, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and examines the appeal of this classic and beloved character. I also take a look at the passing of one of the greatest artists music has ever know, the Northern California native Merle Haggard. Take a listen and have a little bit of fun. As always, Thank You For Your Support & All of My Love. 

Direct download: PeeWee_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm EST

On this week's episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos I go back to the well and focus on a film that I have loved for nearly three decades . . . Martin Brest's 1988 under appreciated gem Midnight Run. I know that I've dedicated an episode to Midnight Run in the past, however I believe that earlier episode didn't do the film justice. Hopefully this episode alleviates that problem. As always, Thanks for the Love & Support. 

Direct download: Midnight_Run.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59am EST

Finally back with a new episode. Thanks for your patience and support. This week I welcome Mike Black back to The Fortress of Ultimate Darkness. He really did me a solid; pulling me out of my funk and giving me focus to do this thing again. This week we catch up on old times. We discuss the Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, Star Wars - The Force Awakens, the upcoming Captain America movie (w/Spiderman's intoduction to The Marvel Movie Universe). Finally, we talk the passing of the Great Alan Rickman. Glad to be back. Hope you guys missed me. 

Direct download: BlackRamos.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:44am EST

On this week's episode of WatchThis W/RickRamos I welcome my good friend Ibrahim Chavez to The Fortress of Ultimate Darkness to discuss the 88th Academy Awards; focusing on Jada and Will Smith's boycott of this year's show, #OscarSoWhite and the problem with the simplicity of the usual coverage of this issue, and - finally - the true meaning of art and the inherent problem of identifying a "Best" anything in cinema. Not looking to change minds; just looking to present the view. Thanks for listening.

Direct download: Oscars2016.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:43am EST

On this week's episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos we take you back to the summer of 1992 and John Woo's introduction to American audiences, Hard Target. Yeah, it's not necessarily a great film - Hell, it may not even be a good film, but it's an introduction and if it gets you that much closer to The Killer, Hard-Boiled, and Bullet In the Head, than by all means, the ends justify the means. But at the end of the day - having re-watched Hard Target - I can argue, without embarrassment that this film stands on it's own as a damn good time. Take a listen and let me know if you think I'm right. As Always, A Million Thanks!

Direct download: HardTargetWatchThis.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:51am EST

On this week's episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos I take a look at a New Beverly Kurt Russell Double Feature, John Carpenter's The Thing and Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Basically a loveliest for The Thing and a reaffirmation of what I didn't like about Tarantino. Thanks for listening. 

Direct download: Kurt_Russell.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:47pm EST

Just a quick note - This week I talk Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard, the last great film from his mid-career period; the period of his career that most would recognize as his most prolific and successful. A true master of Cinema, it is my pleasure to view this film once again on the big screen and sit down to talk about it with you lovely people. Many Thanks.

Direct download: RedBeard.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:44pm EST

Alright Boys & Girls . . . on this weeks episode of WatchThis w/RickRamos I sit down and talk about my continued disappointment and embarrassment for a once great artist . . . a man I have loved and admired for almost three decades - Robert DeNiro. Dirty Grandpa ain't doing anyone any favors. But salvation is at hand - if you are willing to look for it - in Charlie Kaufman's engaging and moving Anomalisa, a film unlike any other that I have seen and one which forced me to realize (once again) how wonderful this art form can be. Take a listen and let me know what you think at gondarmos@yahoo.com As always, a Million Thanks. 

 

Direct download: ANOMALISA.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:51am EST

A shorter episode this week, but one that will begin a new style for WatchThis W/Rick Ramos. Shorter episodes focusing on single films, while continuing to showcase films of similar themes, directors, and actor studies in longer episodes. The first film that I will focus on singularly is Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's new film The Revenant, a film of unparalleled beauty both visually and performance-wise. Hopefully you will have a better understanding of why I loved this film as much as I did and will find yourself seeking the film out. Thanks for listening. I had a great time talking about this one.

Direct download: TheRevenant.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:10am EST

So now that Christmas and New Years have passed we can finally get back to working and what's important . . . MOVIES! On this week's episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos I sit down and give you my thoughts on three great times you can have in your local theater. This week I talk J.J. Abrams reboot of George Lucas' classic series with Star Wars - The Force Awakens. I couple that with two other films that you may have missed, but still have time to find: Lenny Abrahamson's Canadian-Irish co-production Room - the incredibly touching story of a young woman kidnapped and held in captivity for seven years and the hardships and struggles she faces raising her child in environment that she convinces him is the entirety of the world. With strong performances from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay (as mother and son, respectively) you would be doing yourself a disservice to miss this one. On a lighter side, I also take a look at Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Jason Moore's Sisters, the very funny story of two middle-aged sisters struggling with their lives and looking to recapture lost glory with a house party that quickly grows out of control. It's a hell of a lot better than it sounds. Take a listen and let me know what you think. As always, A Million Thanks! 

Direct download: StarWarsRoomSisters.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:20am EST

On this weeks episode of Watch This w/Rick Ramos I continue with the great comedy teams focusing on The Three Stooges - Larry Fine, and the Brothers Howard; Moses "Moe" Howard, Samuel "Shemp" Howard, and Jerome "Curly" Howard. I sit down and talk great memories of discovering The Stooges on 1980's syndicated television as well as their lasting and critically underrated legacy. This week I also include a look at The Farrelly Brothers 2012 re-imagining The Three Stooges Movie, a film that should have been a horrible mistake but turned into an enjoyable, fun, and respectful experience.

Direct download: TheStooges_1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

On this weeks episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos I start a month-long look at Comedy Teams beginning with two of my favorites. Although Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor made only four films together they are recognized as one of the great cinematic comedy pairings.  Ignoring their first film, Silver Streak, and their last, Another You, the focus is placed directly on 1980's Stir Crazy and 1989's See No Evil, Hear No Evil. I love both of these movies, and after watching them in preparation for the show, I have found so much more what I love in them. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed talking. Thanks for the continued support.

Direct download: PryorWilder_1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:48pm EST

No Jokes, No Laughs as I'm joined by my good friend Ibrahim Chavez to discuss Tom McCarthy's dramatization of the Boston Globe investigation of the Catholic Church Pedophilia Scandal, Spotlight. Starring Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Ruffalo this is easily one of the best and most important films of the year. Along with Spotlight we take a look at Michael Cuesta's criminally underseen 1990 independent film L.I.E featuring a young (almost unrecognizable) Paul Dano and a frightening, unsettling, and ultimately brave and brilliant performance from Brian Cox. Both films deserve your attention and if this episode falls short of being entertaining I hope that it is at least thought-provoking. Best Wishes and Thank You for your continued support.

Direct download: Pedophilia_1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:53pm EST

So here goes Part II of the Masculinity episode. If you enjoyed our earlier discussion you're sure to enjoy the second half. Thanks for listening. Go to rickramoscomedy.com for more information.

Direct download: MasculinityII.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:19am EST

Hello, Hello, Hello! This week The Fortress of Ultimate Darkness welcomes my good friend Ibrahim Chavez. On this episode we talk the changing face of Masculinity in Film. From the transition of John Wayne thru Clint Eastwood, the Men's Movement, The Pick-Up Artist Movement, and general ideas on what it means to be men, we talk our experiences and insights into this confusing and - often - misinformed topic. Take a listen to Part I and let me know what you think. Part II going up shortly. Many Thanks & Much Love.

Direct download: Masculinity_1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:47pm EST

November 5th marks the triumphant return of Rick Ramos to WatchThis w/RickRamos. This week I take a walk down Memory Lane and give an overview of my movie memories. From The Stooges and Buster Keaton thru Mel Brooks, Martin Scorsese, Akira Kurosawa, Clint Eastwood, and the lot, I have the best of times remembering the movies, actors, scenes, and moments that have made my life all the better. Take a listen and let me know what you think. Thanks.

 

Direct download: Reminiscing.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:42am EST

WatchThis w/RickRamos is back and I'm talking one of my idols . . . The Greatest Comic to ever step on stage, The Two Most Beautiful Words in the World of Comedy Mr. Richard Pryor. From the earliest days of watching him in his concert films Richard Pryor Live in Concert and Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip, through Stir Crazy, The Toy, Blazing Saddles (co-writer), Blue Collar, and Bustin' Loose, this has truly been one of the great inspirations of mine and my fellow comics' lives. Hopefully you can hear the love and respect I have for this great artist. Thanks for listening.

Direct download: RichardPryor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01am EST

This week I go on an epic rant on how bad some of the theatrical choices have been, focusing on Nancy Meyers/Robert De Niro embarassment The Intern as well as Baltasar Kormákur's Everest. That's a bit of a crapstorm before I get in to this weeks best film the Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) directed Sicario - easily one of the best films of the year. Finally a movie in theaters that I can recommend without reservation. Hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I did. This week I also tease upcoming episodes focusing on a new Richard Pryor documentary and a recent fascination I have had with The King of Filth Mr. John Waters. Hope you enjoy. I had a great time recording this one. Thanks for the continued support.

Direct download: SICARIO.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:39am EST

On this weeks episode of WatchThis W/RickRamos I take a look at Scott Cooper's new Crime Bio about James "Whitey" Bulger - the Johnny Depp headlining - Black Mass.  There's no way of talking "Whitey" Bulger without going back to Martin Scorsese's Academy Award winning The Departed. Take a listen and let me know what you guys think. Thanks for listening and the continued support.

Direct download: BlackMass.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:35am EST

On this weeks episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos I go back to basics, talking one movie that many of you have seen - Martin Scorsese's 1973 debut Mean Streets (ignoring student films and a Roger Corman produced independent) - and one that many of you have never heard of,  black-listed director Jules Dassin's French produced jewelry heist masterpiece Rififi. Two vastly different films from directors worlds apart. Other than both films being incredibly important to cinema, I have no idea of a connection. So sit back and listen as I ramble on about my love for these two films. I also take a look at Paul Weitz's new film Grandma featuring a wonderfully nuanced performance from the gret Lily Tomlin and an Oscar worthy performance from Sam Elliot. If you can find it, Grandma is impossible to dissapoint . . . at least it was impossible for me. 

Direct download: RififiMeanStreets.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:39am EST

WatchThis fans, this week I sit down with my good friend Ibrahim Chavez to discuss the box office hit Straight Outta Compton (dir. F. Gary Gray). In this episode Chavez and I discuss the overall success of the film in depicting South Central Los Angeles of the late 80's and early 90's. In true WatchThis fashion we also use Compton's success to springboard to Dennis Hopper's 1988 Police and Gangbanger drama Colors as well as The Hughes Bros. 1993 Masterpiece Menace II Society. In this episode we take a look at race relations, violence, the Los Angeles Riots, and the - oftentimes - conflicting nature of the 1st Ammendment and Responsibilty in art. Take a lesson and enjoy as we reminisce and debate the challenging nature of these three films. As always, Thanks. 

Direct download: COMPTON.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:01pm EST

On this weeks episode of WatchThis W/RickRamos I talk about the passing of our favorite Heel, Roderick George Toombs, The Man that we grew up knowing as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. It was a sad day, July 31st when we heard of the death of this great man. So this episode is about remembering the 80's, and in doing that, remembering the John Carpenter Classic THEY LIVE. This was a hard one for me. I hope you guys enjoy it. Thanks for your continued support. 

Direct download: Rowdy.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:04am EST

On this weeks episode of WatchThis W/RickRamos I take a trip into the hell of human masochism and depravity with a look at a new film in theaters - Kyle Patrick Alvarez' THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT- a dramatic retelling of the famed experiment testing prison adaptation from the standpoint of prisoners as well as guards. One of the better films of the year, Alvarez' study of humanities fragile boundaries is a must-see. Alvarez' film lead me to a terrifying and sad story of one of America's worst and most cruel serial killers - Director John Borowski's CARL PANZRAM: THE SPIRIT OF HATRED & VENGEANCE - a truly horrible human being in a story that forces its viewers to examine the failings of a society that could allow a monster like this to be created. Not necessarily a good film, but a fascinating story well worth watching. I also take a few minutes to remember the Great WWF Wrestler/Entertainer - "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. He will be missed. Thank You for Listening and Your Continued Support.

 

 

Direct download: Stanford.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:38am EST

On this weeks episode of WatchThis W/Rick Ramos we take a trip into the Apatow Universe with Judd's newest film, the Amy Schumacher showcase TRAINWRECK. We take a look at this film as well as Apatow's KNOCKED UP. Beyond that we get a bit personal in our understanding of what these films are about and how we relate to them as audience members. Thanks for listening. 

Direct download: Trainwreck.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21am EST

On this weeks episode of WatchThis W/Rick Ramos I take a look at the new film PIXELS, but that's really only a jumping off point for the film I actually want to talk about, Seth Gordon's 2007 documentary on Competitive, Classic Video Gaming - KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS. This is, easily, on of the best documentaries I've ever seen. A film about the Blood, Sweat, & Tears that go into becoming the World Record Holder for the Classic Arcade Game Donkey Kong. I had a damn good time talking about this one, and I hope that I've had the chance to introduce you to a film that you may not have known about. As Always, Many Thanks! 

Direct download: KingOfKong.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:07am EST

This week I go toe to toe with two of the greatest films to come out of the Gangster genre, The Coen Bros' MILLER'S CROSSING (1990) and Martin Scorsese's career defining masterpiece (also from 1990) GOODFELLAS. This was a lot of fun. Take a listen and let me know what you think. A Million Thanks. 

Direct download: MillersGoodFellas.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 1:11am EST

Thank You for sticking with me, WatchThis fans. I know it's been a little bit, but the new episode of WatchThis W/Rick Ramos is ready for your listening pleasure. This week we talk the franchise that will not die . . . 1984's Sci-Fi, James Cameron directed classic, The Terminator, as well as its superb, Cinema-Changing sequel, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. We get into a bit of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. We skip Terminator: Salvation (rightly so), all on our way to talking about this summers Terminator: Genisys. We also talk a bit about other movies in theaters, including Ted 2, Dope, and the powerful and touching new documentary, The Wolfpack. Sit back, open up a cold Guiness, and get ready for the opinions and bullshit to fly.

Once again, thanks for all of your love and support. 

Direct download: Terminator.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:21am EST

I put out the request and You Beautiful, Dedicated Bastards answered the call. This week on WatchThis W/RickRamos I sit down and go over your questions; delving into the greatness of cinema - Its Past, Present, and Future. This was a hell of a lot of fun.  I hope you guys have as good a time listening to it as I had making it. As Always . . . Thanks For The Love, Thanks For The Support.

Direct download: CinemaInGeneral_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

This week on WatchThis w/Rick Ramos, your host Rick Ramos talks The New Comedy Champion, Melissa McCarthy. On this episode we talk about her current film, Paul Feig's SPY and their previous collaboration THE HEAT. To Hell with anyone who says that women can't bring the funny! This woman is making the funiest mainstream studio films right now. Take a listen and let me know what you think at gondoramos@yahoo.com. I'd love to hear from you. A Milion Thanks!

Direct download: Melissa.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:30am EST

Sometimes the world throws you a series of curves . . . You just have to go with it. This week on Watch This w/Rick Ramos, Ramos talks new films in theaters first with the new bio-pic about Brian Wilson (founding member of The Beach Boys) Love & Mercy. Showcasing the talents of John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, and Paul Giamatti. But the real find is The Sundance Sensation Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, easily one of the better films of the year. That's what Watch This is all about - finding the gems. Enjoy the episode and thanks for the continued support.

Direct download: LoveMercy.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:34am EST

Nothing better than two chubbies sitting down to do what chubbies do best . . . No, not eat, Assholes. Talk Movies. This week My Good Buddy Mike Black stops by The Fortress of Ultimate Darkness to discuss Today's Greatest Action Star, Dwayne "TheRock" Johnson. We go over a career that includes one of our favorite films 2003's THE RUNDOWN as well as 2010's FASTER, 2013's SNITCH, and his role in THE FAST & THE FURIOUS Action Series (specifically, the ridiculousness of Vin Diesel being able to kick his ass - Sorry Vin). We also talk his new film SAN ANDREAS as well as the horrible plans to revamp John Carpenter's 80's Classic BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. With Mike Black there's no end to topics as we also discuss MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, video games, and what we have to look foward to over the rest of the summer. This was a hell of a good time. Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it. Many Thanks for the Continued Support.

Direct download: TheRock.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:50am EST

The summer has peaked! There's no way that it's going to get better than George Miller's new masterpiece, Mad Max: Fury Road; a film so beautifully imagined that it's impossible to anticipate anything better this summer.

To talk about the new film would be impossible without reviewing the previous two films, 1981's The Road Warrior and 1985's Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Sadly, I was unable to get a hold of a copy of the original Mad Max, but I think this is a pretty interesting talk, nonetheless. Take a listen and enjoy. Thanks for the continued support.

Direct download: MadMax.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

This weeks episode of Watch This w/RickRamos is dedicated to The Great Blues Man "The King of the Blues" Mr. B.B. King who passed away last week, May 14th, at the age of 89. A whole lot of memories and clips from Richard Pearce's The Road to Memphis from the Martin Scorsese produced PBS series The BluesOpening Song: Three O'Clock Blues. Closing Songs: See That My Grave is Kept Clean & I Like to Live the Love. Thanks for Listening and All of the Continued Love & Support.

Direct download: B.B.King.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:23am EST

On this weeks episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos, Ramos talks summer blockbusters and gets into Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and - of course - THE HULK. Rick also talks Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas' 1983 moron classic, The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew and takes a moment to discuss Buster Keaton and the documentary Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow. A pretty good time watching great movies. Thanks for listening.

Direct download: TheAvengers.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:16pm EST

This week I got lucky enough to see a double feature of Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) and James Cameron's Aliens (1986) at The Historic Egyptian Theater. This was an amazing experience and one that let me see, firsthand, how incredibly different these two films are from one another. From character and story development to size and spectacle, the differences were striking. Hopefully, you'll enjoy what I saw and what I have to say. Thanks.

Direct download: Alien.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:47am EST

I've been threatening it for the past few weeks, but I've finally made good on my promise to tackle Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. So this week - with nothing but shit in theaters - I go into the library and talk one of the most influential films in cinema history. I go back and forty in my appreciation for this movie, and I have to admit that this hour and twenty minutes of talk don't make it any clearer . . . but it was a hell of a good time doing it. Take a listen and et me know what you think. Many, Many Thanks.

Direct download: PulpFiction.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:21pm EST

On this weeks episode of WatchThis With Rick Ramos I sit down with one of my closest friends, Religious Scholar Ibrahim Chavez to talk Religion, Tradition, Hypocrisy, and the Historical Influence of Jesus Christ. Doing all of this there was no way we weren't get into Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. Take a listen and let me know what you think. Thanks.

Direct download: IbrahimChavez.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:29am EST

On this episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos I take advantage of the Revival House Opportunities available to all of us living in the Greater Los Angeles area. This week I had the opportunity to watch two Coen Brothers classics - The Hudsucker Proxy and the Academy Award winning Fargo. As always, Thanks for the Support!

Direct download: CoenBrosPartI.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:29pm EST

I started off with the idea that I was going to talk about Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Well, that didn't work out exactly like I had hoped. I found myself having to give full episodes to both of these films. so this week we talk about Reservoir Dogs (later in the week we'll get into Pulp Fiction). On this episode we talk a brilliant debut and we get into what makes it so. Enjoy. Can't wait to sit down with you guys again. See you later in the week. Thanks For Everything. 

Direct download: ReservoirDogs.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:28am EST

 

 

Coming to the end of the month, People. Allergies starting up, but I can't be stopped. Today I talk a Director I had previously written off . . . Tim Burton. After catching a revival screening of his 1994 masterpiece (at least I think it's a masterpiece) Ed Wood, a film that celebrates both filmmaking and blind perserverance, I knew that I had to talk about this films. I also get a bit into his 2003 film Big Fish, a good chance at re-visiting a film that I had - mostly - forgotten about. I also talk about the struggles with the ShackJob and the need to do whatever needs to be done to continue doing what we love. Thanks for Listening and Thanks for the Continued Support.

 

Direct download: Burton.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:25pm EST

This week I welcome Comedian and Friend Martin Moreno to WatchThis. Martin and I talk about our shared past on the Comedy Circuit as well as his phenomenal success as part of Gabriel Iglesias' (Fluffy) Stand-Up Revolution Comedy Tour. But the big "get" is Martin coming on to talk about the BDSM World and the dissapointment, and missed opportunity, that is 50 Shades of Grey. Enjoy as we have an open and honest discussion about sex, shaming, liberation, and personal acceptance and growth. This was a particularly fun episode to record. Hope You Like It!

Direct download: MartinMoreno.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:22pm EST

Sorry I've been away for this long, but the new episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos is now up. This week I talk about Oliver Stone, focusing on his masterpiece JFK, a film that I think is his masterpiece (he feels the same way) and it's importance as not only an artistic document, but also a political one as well. Enjoy the show and thanks for your continued support. You know I love you guys.

Direct download: JFK.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:33pm EST

Hello Folks, Rick Ramos here. I wanted to get one last episode in before the end of the month. A few months back I got hit up by a WatchThis listener - Mr. Alan Lamberg. We started talking over email and I found a kindred spirit. He suggested we do one anothers' podcasts. So here goes . . . the first (of hopefully many) crossover episodes. So he set this up through Skype and the miracles of modern technology, I was able to sit down with a man I find myself respecting more and more. The entire Pacific Ocean couldn't stop this podcast from happening. So please enjoy my conversation (in Los Angeles) with Alan Lamberg (in Nagano, Japan) - Co-Founder of Corner Film Productions & Writer and Co-Producer of 2012's Casualties of the State, an exceptional Film Fan's Film. Enjoy my conversation with my new friend. Thanks for listening and Thanks for your continued support.

Direct download: CornerFilm.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:57pm EST

This week we go after one of the great filmmakers of the last thirty years, the incomparable Spike Lee. On this episode we take a look at two of Spike's greatest works: 1989's Do the Right Thing and 1992's Malcolm X - Two films that define his power, reach, and importance as a filmmaker. Ramos describes the brilliance of both films and the problems that he has with both of them. Either way Mr. Lee is a difficult subject and Ramos hopes that he does his two films justice. Ramos also talks the 87th Academy Awards . . . A mostly satisfactory showcase (with one major problem). Many Thanks for Your Love & Support. You Are Appreciated!

Direct download: SpikeLee.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:33am EST

This week Rick Ramos tackles the Academy Awards. Ideas on how the Awards should be handled and the utter disappointment in this years nominations and likely winners. Have Fun and let me know what you think. Thanks.

Direct download: 87thAcademyAwards.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:23am EST

A bit of a shorter episode this week, but one wherein Ramos finds out how little he understands about Romance. Tonight - once again - we pop open The Guinness and take a look at Cameron Crowe's 1989 Romantic/Comedy/Drama SAY ANYTHING (which Rick realizes how much he dislikes the film - far cry from his original feelings about the film). He also talks about Billy Wilder's 1960 Classic THE APARTMENT with Shirley McClaine, Fred McMurray, and the great Jack Lemmon, who Rick goes on a movie lovers' tangent, and - finally - the criminally underseen John McNaughton lost gem, MAD DOG & GLORY - a film that Rick is thrilled to talk about and recommend. Take a listen and, as always, have fun as we get into the movies. Thanks for listening. 

Direct download: Romance.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:30am EST

After an unintentional week away from the podcasting world Rick Ramos is back with a new episode of WatchThis and a Vengeance driving it. Today we talk ASSASSIN films. The Struggle, The Pain, & The Battle between Good and Evil exemplified by George Armitage's comic take on Killers for Hire, GROSSE POINTEBLANK, John Woo's Hong Kong Action Masterpiece from 1989 THEKILLER, and - finally - Luc Besson's controversial and powerful 1994 hit LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL. Take a listen and have a little bit of fun as I take us on a tour through the movies. Thanks for Listening and Thanks for the Support!

 

Direct download: Assassins-WatchThis.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:39pm EST

Oh Yeah! On this weeks episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos, Rick goes after the Media with a vengeance. After a dissapointing viewing of Michael Mann's new film Blackhat, Rick takes a trip down the Rabbit Hole into Mann's filmography examining the director's criminally underseen 1999 masterpiece The Insider. Featuring brilliant performances from Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, and Al Pacino, Rick brings you one of the most powerful films of the 90's and a superb examination of the media and personal bravery. Continuing the theme he takes a look at - one of his favorite directors - Sidney Lumet & Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 Academy Award winner Network - a film that radically altered the landscape and has proven sadly prophetic. You're not going to want to miss this episode. Once Again, Thanks for Listening & Thanks for All of the Support! It Is Appreciated.

 

Direct download: MichaelMann.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

This week on WatchThis Your Movie Watching Buddy, Rick Ramos, sits down to talk a little bit of John Cassavettes and the 1974 Independent Classic A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE and the struggles of sanity. He quickly moves into the Beauty & Magic of Binge Television Watching. This week we get into THE SHIELD, BREAKING BAD, DEADWOOD, RESCUE ME, and SHAMELESS. A whole lot of TV, but Ramos isn't doing much of anything else so enjoy.

Direct download: BingeTV.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:32am EST

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome to the 1st Episode of The New Year. Rick Ramos comes out of the corner throwing haymakers to the head and body. On this edition of WatchThis Rick dishes on the beginning of the New Year. He discusses Mark Wahlberg's new film THE GAMBLER, as well as a recent screening of the BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY. Then the Jack Daniels kicks in and Ramos gets down talking about his favorite documentaries of recent years: JODOROWSKY'S DUNE (Director Frank Pavich) detailing the failed science fiction project that Jodorowsky speaks so passionately about some thirty years later. He also goes over Keith Fulton & Luis Pepe's LOST IN LA MANCHA, a heartbreaking behind-the-scenes account of one of the tragic losses of cinema, Terry Gilliam's almost quarter century effort to adapt Cervantes' DON QUIXOTE. This one will break your heart. Finally, he finishes with Molly Bernstein & Alan Edelstein’s incredible biography, DECEPTIVE PRACTICES: THE MYSTERIES AND MENTORS OF RICKY JAY, easily one of Ramos' favorite films of the last ten years. Enjoy the Show and Thanks for Listening.

Direct download: JodorowskyGilliamRickyJay.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:37pm EST

 
 

In this, the Final Episode of WatchThis w/RickRamos for 2014, Rick goes over the Year and what 2014 has meant to him. The Good, The Bad, and Everything In-Between. Tonight we discuss 40 of the Best "Good Times" Rick spent at the movies.  NOT the Best Films . . . The Best Good Times.  Included in the Discussion: August: Osage County/The Wolf of Wall Street/The Grapes of Wrath/Baraka/Samsara/Wild at Heart/The Raid 2/The Unknown Known/Only Lovers Left Alive/Joe/Big Trouble in Little China/Tatsuya Nakadai Live – RAN/Chef/Cold in July/Lucky Them/The Immigrant/Edge of Tomorrow/Get On Up/Life Itself/Once Upon a Time in the West/Guardians of the Galaxy/Calvary/The Expendables 3/Begin Again/Let’s Be Cops/Zero Theorem/The Drop/Gone Girl/St. Vincent/Fury/Dear White People/Whiplash/John Wick/The Homesman/Hannah and Her Sisters/Bullets Over Broadway/The Imitation Game/The Babadook/Dazed and Confused/Wild/American Sniper

Enjoy the Show and Thanks for all of the support. Here's to a Great 2015.

Direct download: 2014YearInReview.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:08pm EST

Merry Christmas WatchThis fans. This week your beloved host, Rick Ramos, sits down on the last night of his visit with Momma and Poppa Ramos to discuss Christmas and the Movies that have come with this Wonderful Time of Year. We get down with a whole lot, but focus our attention on Joe Dante's 1984 hit GREMLINS, Terry Zwigoff's warped Christmas Masterpiece from 2003 BAD SANTA, and finally round it out with Bob Clark's 1983 Holiday Classic A CHRISTMAS STORY. Rick also rambles on for an hour and forty discussing the beauty of the Christmas Season while sucking back a few GUINNESS. Enjoy the second to last episode of 2014. A Million Thanks!

Direct download: WatchThis_-_ChristmasPodcastMP3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21am EST

This week WatchThis host Rick Ramos cracks open a bottle of Jack Daniels and dishes on Chris Rock's recent Directorial Effort TOP FIVE as well as the Magic & Beauty of Stand-Up Comedy. He also take a look at the filmography of Paul Thomas Anderson's including HARD EIGHT, BOOGIE NIGHTS, MAGNOLIA and PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE as well as - the incredibly dissapointing - INHERENT VICE. Listen in on one of the few times where Ramos allows himself to lose it over the dissapointment and hatred for a movie while at the same time extolling the virtues and his love for a filmmaker's previous work. Enjoy!

Direct download: PTAnderson.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:27am EST

This week WatchThis host, Rick Ramos, jumps back onto the podcast adventure with a vengeance! After a brief discussion (and apologies) of why he's been offline for the past week, Ramos gets back into the ring and starts swinging. Acknowledging the lack of quality films in theatres at this time, he expounds on the briliiance of the ONLY good film in theatres right now - Jennifer Kent's THE BABADOOK. From that point on he gets into the beauty of 70's & 80's Action Maestro WALTER HILL. Profiling Hill's '73 Directorial Debut  HARD TIMES, 1981's SOUTHERN COMFORT, and the '83 Classic 48HRS. Rounding out with his Favorite Movie Monologue - The Late/Great PETER FALK - from 2002's UNDISPUTED. Have Fun!

Direct download: WALTERHILL.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:26pm EST

This week WatchThis host, Rick Ramos, jumps back onto the podcast adventure with a vengeance! After a brief discussion (and apologies) of why he's been offline for the past week, Ramos gets back into the ring and starts swinging. Acknowledging the lack of quality films in theatres at this time, he expounds on the briliiance of the ONLY good film in theatres right now - Jennifer Kent's THE BABADOOK. From that point on he gets into the beauty of 70's & 80's Action Maestro WALTER HILL. Profiling Hill's '73 Directorial Debut  HARD TIMES, 1981's SOUTHERN COMFORT, and the '83 Classic 48HRS. Rounding out with his Favorite Movie Monologue - The Late/Great PETER FALK - from 2002's UNDISPUTED. Have Fun!

Category:general -- posted at: 6:37pm EST

This week on WatchThis w/Rick Ramos, Rick is visited by good friend, comic compadre, and fellow fattie, Mike Black as we sit down and talk about the films of Tommy Lee Jones including his new "Feminist" Western THE HOMESMAN, as well as the MIB films and THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA. It's a conversation that races all over the place, but always - somehow - manages to get back to the point. 

Direct download: TommyLee.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:07pm EST

We double up the episodes this week on WatchThis. Today I'm thrilled and honored to have Maryum "May May" Ali - daughter of 3-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali - step into the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness. We talk the new documentary I AM ALI, as well as our mutual times at The World Famous Comedy Store and her current career in social work and public speaking. We talk the history of her father, his religion, Vietnam, and (difficult for Rick) the rivalry and Ali's treatment of former heavyweight world champion "Smokn'" Joe Frazier. It's great to sit down with an old friend and catch up. Thanks for listening. 

Direct download: MayMay.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

On this weeks episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos, Rick sits down and tears through the wonders of Christopher Nolan's new film INTERSTELLAR starring Academy Award Winner Matthew McConaughey. Ramos discusses the importance of personal filmmaking and how it plays out in the lives of viewers. Along with INTERSTELLAR he discusses 2000's MEMENTO and 2002's INSOMNIA. Listen for an in-depth discussion of the true meaning of filmmaking. Thanks for listening. 

Direct download: WatchThisNolan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24am EST

On this late dropping edition of WatchThis with Rick Ramos, Rick takes it on the road going back to his own personal Hell. . . The World Famous Comedy Store. This week he's visited by fan favorite Mike Black who brings with him up and coming stand-up comic and co-star of this summers blockbuster hit THE EQUALIZER, Johnny Skourtis. Nothing better than three Fatties sitting around talking trash, laughing, and reminding themselves of why they got into this in the first place. Have fun. 

Direct download: WATCH_THIS_Lucas_Edit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30am EST

On this weeks episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos, Rick talks WWII discussing David Ayer's FURY along with Robert Aldrich's 1967 suicide mission classic THE DIRTY DOZEN, and rounding it out with the - criminally - underseen Sam Fuller classic 1980's THE BIG RED 1. Ramos also discusses turning 40 and the struggles in coming to terms with that. Thanks for listening. 

Direct download: Fury.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:01am EST

This past Sunday, October 26th Mike Black and I sat down with screenwriter Larry Wilson to discuss his creation (w/co-creator Michael McDowell) of the 1988 Horror/Comedy Classic - Beetlejuice and his screenplay (w/co-writer Caroline Thompson) of the 1991 BoxOffice Hit Addams Family. We also discuss Larry's continued involvement in the business with his new online series Cindy which he is currently raising funds for on kickstarter (kck.st/ZcqK4C). A modern-day retelling of the Cinderella story, Wilson places his heroine in the world of Reality Television - To find out more plese check out www.cindytheseries.com - You're not going to want to miss this highly informative new episode!

Direct download: LarryWilson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:52pm EST

On this episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos - Rick thanks the fans of the show for their continual support as he embarks on the first solo episode of the shows run. He talks about the history & birth of the show as well as his hopes for its success and continued evolution. He also talks movies currently in theaters including David Dobkin' THE JUDGE (briefly) as well as Theodore Melfi's ST. VINCENT with Bill Murray as well as other Murray titles including Richard Donner's SCROOGED, Jim Jarmusch's BROKEN FLOWERS, and Murray's own - single - directing credit (w/co-director Howard Franklin) QUICK CHANGE. Thanks for Listening! 

Direct download: WatchThis-BillMurray.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:38am EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt discuss the Three David Fincher Films: Se7en, The Game, and Gone Girl.

Direct download: 036_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

The Equalizer, Man On Fire, and Flight

Direct download: 035_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt discuss A Walk Among The Tombstones, Taken, and The Grey.

Direct download: 034_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:48am EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt discuss two of the best trilogies of all time. Back To The Future and Toy Story.

Direct download: 033_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04pm EST

Dark Blue, The Prince Of The City

Direct download: 032_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:05am EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt discuss 3 Stanley Kubrick Classics: The Killing, Full-Metal Jacket, & Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Direct download: 031_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39pm EST

Following the unexpected suicide of Robin Williams, Rick & Lee sit down to discuss Williams' varied performances from his film debut in Robert Altman's Popeye thru Mike Nichol's The Birdcage and including Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting. This was a very emotional episode for bothe Rick & Lee. 

Direct download: 030_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:36pm EST

Rick Ramos, Lee Syatt, and Mike Black talk about the new summer blockbuster, Guardians of The Galaxy.

Direct download: 029_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

Rick Ramos & Lee Syatt, with special guest David Wilhcombe, break down Tate Taylor's Get On Up, the new movie covering the life of "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown, as well as Taylor Hackford's documentary on the life, brilliance, and - often frustrating legacy of the True "King of Rock 'N Roll", Chuck Berry: Hail Hail Rock and Roll

Direct download: 028_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am EST

Boyhood, Bernie, Dazed and Confused.

Direct download: 027_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt discuss stand up comedy specials, Snowpiercer, and then the first two Texas Chainsaw Massacre films.

Direct download: 026_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18am EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt discuss the Planet of the Ape's series. Including the most recent release.

Direct download: 025_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt discuss the two films Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Requiem for a dream. We also debate drug legalization and dating while going to the movies.

Direct download: 024_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:41am EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt discuss the films and merits of Jonah Hill. Lee doesnt mind him and likes a couple of his roles but Rick has some pretty strong feelings. Listen to find out what they are and if you agree.

Direct download: 023_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27pm EST

Comedian Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt talk about weight loss and Edge of Tomorrow. They also break down the Classic 'Star Wars' and the 1958 Kurosawa film The Hidden Fortress which inspired Star Wars Director George Lucas.

Direct download: 022_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:38am EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt talk about two special dad movies in honor of father's day. Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful and Ron Howard's Parenthood. We also take some great listener phone calls at the end.

Direct download: 021_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49pm EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt discuss two Terry Gilliam Films "Time Bandits" and "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen."

Direct download: 020_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:58pm EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syat talk about two movies that are currently in theatres, X-Men and A Million Ways to die in the West. The majority of the discussion though has to do with the Jon Favreau film "Chef", which we relate to the 1996 movie "Big Night."

Direct download: 019_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:33am EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt talk about two Godzila films. The 1954 original Japanese version and the 2014 version currently in theatres. We also talk about losing weight and take our first listener phone call.

Direct download: 018_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt discuss prison films and how they portray life in prison. Rick and Lee also discuss how they would fare in prison, which is not well for either. Thank you for listening!

Direct download: 017_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt talk about how their mothers influence their lives and the movies they watch.

Direct download: 016_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50pm EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt welcome comedian Steve Simeone in studio. Rick and Steve talk about life and what it's like trying to make it in the entertainment industry.

Direct download: 015_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:59am EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt talk about the life and career of Nicolas Cage. Focusing on his newest movie Joe, Con Air, and Bringing Out the Dead.

Direct download: 014_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am EST

Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt talk about The Passion of the Christ a little bit but spend most of the episode talking about how films relate to real life and how race and religion play into our every day lives. Very interesting talk.

 

 

Direct download: 013_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44am EST

Comedian Mike Black joins Rick Ramos and Lee Syatt to talk about Marvel movies.

Direct download: 012_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EST

Rick and Lee break down their decision to go to film school during two very different periods in the art form. What art school did and didnt do for them, and how they feel about the entire experience. Rick also talks about the movies he saw this past weekend, Noah, Bad Words, and The Raid 2. Finally, Lee and Rick break down and discuss a lot of the nuiances that make film edition so important.

Direct download: 011_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:46pm EST

Rick and Lee talk about the 1980 classic Blues Brothers. Rick also breaks down the music of the film like no one has ever done before.

Direct download: 010_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:18pm EST

Rick breaks down what he loves most about the old muppets vs the new. And we discuss the evolution of the car chase.

Brought to you by Escapepodtank.com

Direct download: 009_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

Rick and Lee break down three Gene Wilder movies and how Rick maintains his vast movie collection.

Direct download: 008_-_Watch_This_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm EST

Rick and Lee talk about the Oscar's and then break down some of the movies of Quentin Tarantino.

Direct download: 007_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

Joey Coco Diaz joins Rick and Lee to talk about the life and movies of the late Harold Ramis.

 

 

Direct download: 006_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

Rick and Lee discuss 4 from Sam Peckinpah. The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia, and Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid. We also discuss comedies and the passing of Sid Caesar.

Direct download: 005_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52pm EST

Rick and Lee discuss 3 from Kurt Russell. Robert Zemeckis' Used Cars, John Carpenter's The Thing, & Jonathon Mostow's Breakdown.

 

Streamed live on 02/11/2014

Direct download: 004_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:03pm EST

Rick and Lee Break down Martin Brest's 1988 action/buddy/comedy classic, Midnight Run. They also talk about the unexpected death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and going to see bad movies.

Direct download: 003_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:01pm EST

Rick & Lee sit down to discuss the brilliance of Clint Eastwood's epitaph to the Western, 1992's brilliant Unforgiven, and how it speaks to the truths of loyalty, honor, & friendships. 

Direct download: 002_-_Watch_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:50pm EST

Welcome to the first episode of Watch This: With Rick Ramos. This podcast is going to be an adventure into film. Get ready to discuss the great films and filmmakers that have shaped the industry and have enriched our lives. You may know some and not others, but we're only going to talk about the best of the best. I hope after each episode these movies will mean as much to you as they mean to us.

Direct download: 001_-_Watch_This_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15am EST