Watch This With Rick Ramos

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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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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