Watch This With Rick Ramos

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! 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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