Watch This With Rick Ramos

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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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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