Watch This With Rick Ramos

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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This week I go toe to toe with two of the greatest films to come out of the Gangster genre, The Coen Bros' MILLER'S CROSSING (1990) and Martin Scorsese's career defining masterpiece (also from 1990) GOODFELLAS. This was a lot of fun. Take a listen and let me know what you think. A Million Thanks. 

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Thank You for sticking with me, WatchThis fans. I know it's been a little bit, but the new episode of WatchThis W/Rick Ramos is ready for your listening pleasure. This week we talk the franchise that will not die . . . 1984's Sci-Fi, James Cameron directed classic, The Terminator, as well as its superb, Cinema-Changing sequel, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. We get into a bit of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. We skip Terminator: Salvation (rightly so), all on our way to talking about this summers Terminator: Genisys. We also talk a bit about other movies in theaters, including Ted 2, Dope, and the powerful and touching new documentary, The Wolfpack. Sit back, open up a cold Guiness, and get ready for the opinions and bullshit to fly.

Once again, thanks for all of your love and support. 

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I put out the request and You Beautiful, Dedicated Bastards answered the call. This week on WatchThis W/RickRamos I sit down and go over your questions; delving into the greatness of cinema - Its Past, Present, and Future. This was a hell of a lot of fun.  I hope you guys have as good a time listening to it as I had making it. As Always . . . Thanks For The Love, Thanks For The Support.

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This week on WatchThis w/Rick Ramos, your host Rick Ramos talks The New Comedy Champion, Melissa McCarthy. On this episode we talk about her current film, Paul Feig's SPY and their previous collaboration THE HEAT. To Hell with anyone who says that women can't bring the funny! This woman is making the funiest mainstream studio films right now. Take a listen and let me know what you think at gondoramos@yahoo.com. I'd love to hear from you. A Milion Thanks!

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