Watch This With Rick Ramos

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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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. 

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

 

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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.

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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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