Watch This With Rick Ramos

On this weeks episode, podcast favorite - and good friend - Ibrahim Chavez stops into The Fortress of Ultimate Darkness to discuss The World of Pornography. We had originally intended this to be an examination of documentaries and narrative films dealing with the matter, however the episode quickly spiraled into a philosophical discussion regarding the history, benefits & dangers, current state of, and future of the industry.  Take a listen and let us know what you think of what we had to say. I can be reached at gondoramos@yahoo.com - As always, thanks for the continued support and all of the good words.  

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On this weeks episode of WatchThis W/RickRamos I say goodbye to one of the great comic minds of Cinema, Mr. Gene Wilder.  Having discussed his work with Richard Pryor in an earlier edition of WatchThis I felt it was necessary to pay closer attention to his two greatest works as an actor 1968's THE PRODUCERS and 1974's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (both directed by Mel Brooks).  This one's a bit heartfelt, but always in the WatchThis tradition of focusing on the work.  Mr. Wilder will be missed, but he left a love letter to Cinema and we have that to be grateful for.  As always, Thanks for the Support and feel free to let me know how I'm doing at gondoramos@yahoo.com.  Can't wait to hear from you.  Best Wishes. 

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On this weeks episode of Watch This w/Rick Ramos, your host goes back into his early influences to celebrate the great Charles Bukowski on what would have been his 97th Birthday. We take a look at what makes a great artist and the beauty of staying the course regardless of what the rest of them think. We also discuss Barbet Schroeder's Barfly (1987) and John Dullaghan's exceptional biographical documentary Bukowski: Born Into This (2003). Take a listen and (possibly) get introduced to a great man.  As always, Thanks for Listening.  

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On this week's episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos, our illustrious host sits down to talk one of the greatest films in the history cinema, Sergio Leone's 1968 masterpiece Once Upon a Time in the West.  There's not a lot else to say as far as a description so sit back and enjoy. Thanks for the continued support.  

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On this weeks episode of WatchThis w/RickRamos I take a look at two films held in high regard, although find myself favoring the undervalued one . . . I'm speaking of Brian DePalma's two collaborations with Al Pacino Scarface and Carlito's Way.  Take a listen and let me know what you think.  As always, your support is greatly appreciated.  

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On this weeks episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos we take a look at one of the great filmmakers to emerge from the 70's - Brian DePalma. Profiled in a new documentary (currently playing in theaters), Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's DePalma, positions the camera on the great director and allows him to talk for close to two hours. A great time for film fans, DePalma is a documentary essential to the understanding of Brian DePalma's nearly fifty-year career. As always, your host watches and talks about two of the director's lesser reviewed films, 1986's Wiseguys (featuring Danny DeVito & Joe Piscopo - with a great supporting cast including: Harvey Keitel, Dan Hedaya, and - in a scene-stealing performance Captain Lou Albano) and 1989's Casualties of War with Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn. Take a listen, and as always - Thanks for the continued support.

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On this weeks episode of WatchThis w/RickRamos I welcome my good friend Ibrahim Chavez to The Fortress of Ultimate Darkness to discuss the passing of The Greatest Figure in Sports History (and perhaps The World as a Whole) - Muhammad Ali. We discuss his Life and Career, the Achievements and Controversies, and the two greatest documentaries to profile his life, Leon Gast and Taylor Hackford's When We Were Kings and Peter McCormack's Facing Ali. A heartfelt goodbye to a great athlete and a greater human being. As Always, Thanks For Your Continued Support. 

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Not a whole lot of description necessary for this week's episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos. This week I take a look at Martin Scorsese's masterpiece (one of so many) Taxi Driver. Focusing on the theme of loneliness, this week's episode delves into the fears, demons, and struggles of dealing with the alienation of "God's Lonely Man". Take a listen and let me know what you think. So Many Thanks.

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On this weeks episode of WatchThis w/Rick Ramos I take a look at Cheech Marin's classic 1987 solo directorial deburt, Born In East L.A. This film has meant a great deal to me over the years and I'm thrilled to talk about. I also take a look at Chris Weitz's 2011 drama A Better Life. With an Oscar nominated performance from Demian Belchir. These are both exceptional films that I had a wonderful time revisiting. As Always, Thank You For Your Continued Support.

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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.

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