Watch This With Rick Ramos

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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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

 

 

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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. 

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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! 

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