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Episode #44 – Top 5 Biopics

Episode #44

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My mother thanks you; my father thanks you; my sister thanks you; and WE thank  you for joining us for our excursion into the world of biographical cinema!  In episode 44, the gang at That’s a Wrap! tackles their top 5 biopics.  What does each selection reveal about its selector? We have no idea, but we had a blast doing it! Let us know what tops your list.


Matinee: A cinematic love letter to the films of William Castle
Spoilers be here. Each of our Top 5 Lists are below:

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Episode #38 – Our Top Movie Openings

Episode # 38


In this episode, we each list and discuss our top (favorite) movie openings of all time. We loosely define openings to include pre-credits, credits, post-credits – shots, scenes, sequences etc. Pretty much anything in the first ten minutes is fair game.

We hope, as always, that you enjoy our list episodes
– and as they say “your mileage may vary!” Our picks are below (as are the links we mention in the show) if you don’t mind knowing them before you listen, including an honorable mentions list for Nick


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Episode #23 – Our Top 5 Movie Endings

Episode #23


In this episode, we each list and discuss our 5 favorite movie endings of all time.  This necessarily means: SPOILERS AHEAD.   A list of our selections is provided below – as to temper any spoilers you truly wish to avoid.  Otherwise, enjoy!

As with all of our lists, they’re fun to do, promote discussion and give some insight into who we are and what affects us, cinematically that is 🙂


5. Cast Away
4. Kicking and Screaming (1995)
3. Roman Holiday
2. Cinema Paradiso
1. Rocky

Honorable Mentions (CarrieThe Verdict)


5. E.T.
4. The Wizard of Oz
3. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Citizen Kane
1. Sunset Blvd.

(Honorable Mentions: SawThe Blair Witch Project)


5. The Maltese Falcon
4. Memento
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. The Departed
1. Chinatown

(Honorable Mentions: CasablancaThe Empire Strikes Back)

Episode #3 – The Top 5 TV Shows of the New Millenium and The Keanu Reeves Documentary: “Side by Side”

Episode #3

CLASSIC_TVRCA introduced television to the American public at the 1939 World’s Fair.  Since then, Philo Taylor Farnsworth’s invention has been invading homes (in every room imaginable and now, for some reason, refrigerator doors?) waiting rooms, bars, gas station pumps, and even above urinals…you name it.  Television is, quite simply, ubiquitous.  This ubiquity endowed TV with the power to unite us and also to bind common interests to vast television audiences. Whether it was watching Walter Cronkite announce that our 35th President of the United States had been assassinated, The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, The Apollo 11 Moon Landing, finding out who shot J.R. Ewing, Watching O.J. Simpson being chased by a fleet of cop cars or The September 11th Terroritst Attacks, we stood by by each other and consequently WITH each other as we watched.  


Episode #3 of That’s a Wrap! devotes its first segment to the countdown of Erik, Nick and Chris’ Top 5 Television shows of the 21st Century!  Where do your favorites rate?  Did they make the list or get the fist?  We want to hear from you! Tell us where you think we got it right or where we got it wrong!  Be sure and register your VOTE in our below POLL. Feel free to write in your pick under “Other.”

In segment two, we discuss the recent documentary Side by Side, which frames the debate over digital cinematography versus traditional (photochemical) film. The film’s tagline, “Can film survive our digital future?” is our conversational starting point.  We all really loved this film – the trailer is below! 

Links mentioned:

Cinevent Movie Exhibition

Music & The Moving Image Conference

Dogme 95

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