Lass is More with Josh Lasser

Lass is More with Josh Lasser

Focusing on the media, "Lass is More" sits down with the individuals who make the movies and shows that people are, or will be, talking about. The things we watch are not created in a vacuum, but rather as responses to far larger thoughts and issues. From why someone took a role to what it means to them to where they’re going next, we put the pieces of the puzzle together. The "Lass is More" podcast gets to the core of the issue, offering perspective on both the people involved in a project, and the project itself.

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May 17, 2022 6 min

Out now on 4K UHD is the classic revisionist western "The Man who Shot Liberty Valance" and the reception for the film didn't go over in Josh's house as he may have hoped.  Let's discuss just why members of his family were wrong.

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Although Josh may have written fewer reviews of late, the number of films he has watched hasn't dropped and his enjoyment may have increased.  Just what does that mean?  Where does he go from here?  What sort of multiverse of madness is he in?

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The brilliant "Turning Red" is now available on Blu-ray and streaming and that makes this the perfect opportunity to talk about one of the absolute dummest controversies to come up in a long time.  

Guess what?  You don't like the content of a PG movie?  Well, in the case of this one, not only are you wrong, but you're not actually obligated to watch.

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Our initial reactions to things aren't always right.  You can't necessarily control said reaction, but you can pause and adjust your thinking.  This week, Josh does just that as he contemplates the new "West Side Story."
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Starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, the stakes in "Marry Me" never prove terribly high, even if Lopez's character lives in the spotlight and the whole thing is about love, but there's an affability to the tale that works.
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Kenneth Branagh's second Hercule Poirot movie, "Death on the Nile," is now out on Blu-ray and streaming and that makes this the perfect moment to discuss just how wonderful the films are.

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Josh has some very complicated feelings surroudning Robert Redford's "Ordinary People."  Brewing for decades, they are things he has grappled with more than once.  With the new Blu-ray release, he has sat down to watch the film again and, while he's not sure it's better, he has decided that maybe the problems don't lie where he initially thought.

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We are not going to lie and say that we loved everything about Guillermo del Toro's update to "Nightmare Alley."  What we are confident in telling you, however, is that del Toro's films, this one included, are beautiful.  Simply beautiful.  As for what didn't work for us here?  Take a listen and see.
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The third movie in the "Kingsman" franchise is now out on Blu-ray and digital.  It's a prequel, and one that almost seems to be content keeping things afloat until a fourth film can be made.  That kind of makes us--ME--the problem, doesn't it?

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You know those episodes where Josh gets a little excited and talks too fast?  The one's where he's uber-engaged and gets angry about something and rather than yelling speeds up?  

Well, that's what happens today with "Resident Evil:  Welcome to Raccoon City," a movie which he likes but still manages to get angry about anyway.  Take a listen.

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The Oscar nominated "Summer of Soul" is now available on DVD and digital.  We happened to watch it the morning of the Oscar nominations and found it to be amazing and powerful.  It is a look at a music festival that took place in 1969, but it's more than that.  It's so much more and it ought to be seen.

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Going from "Saturday Night Live" sketch to feature film is not easy and yet, in 1992 Mike Myers' "Wayne's World" showed (again) that it certainly is possible.  With a new Blu-ray out to celebrate the movie's 30th anniversary we take a look back at the Wayne and Garth and see if all those pop culture references still work today.
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Here's the thing... nuance exists, shades of grey exist.  It is true that one's film diet shouldn't simply consist of Marvel movies, but it is also true that there are Marvel movies that have a lot to say.  More than that, Marvel movies come in all shapes and sizes and even genres.  One only need look at "Eternals" to see as much.

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Imagine taking a bright and colorful animated film, one filled with incredible songs, and making it about something as deeply profound as what it means to put yourself out there, to reveal who you truly are and what scares you.  That is exactly what the filmmakers have done with Disney's "Encanto" and it's marvelous.

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This month, the excellent "Juice" was released on 4K.  The new disk celebrates the film's 30th anniversary and even if Josh hadn't seen it before, he has now.  But, unlike with so many other films, watching the movie didn't immediately spark an idea for this podcast episode... why is that?

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Here at this podcast we firmly believe that we are witnessing a massive shift in the way movies are watched, a shift away from theaters and into homes.  There will undoubtedly be growing pains and struggles as this shift continues but we need to still find and watch (wherever that might be) movies, like Ridley Scott's "The Last Duel," which deserve our attention.

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The horror movie "Antlers" is fine, but what has Josh thinking this week is the question of what happens to the characters in horror movies after the film ends?  Take a listen as we contemplate the future.

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Some movies tell the story they want.  They start when they want.  They stop when they want.  Other movies start telling the story that they want to tell and then kind of meander off into something else entirely.  On this week's podcast we're looking at one case of the former and one of the latter.

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"The Wolf of Wall Street" is now out on 4K UHD.  It's a great movie, we can all admit this.  The thing of it is though, the man it focuses on, Jordan Belfort, is shown to not be a good human being.  The movie has no obligation to make him good, nor to yell that he's not good, but it is up to us to recognize the truth.  It makes Josh sad that too many of us don't.

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December 7, 2021 5 min

A couple of episodes back, we discussed the greatness that is Tom Cruise.  With that (sort of) done, the time has come to set our sights (kind of) on Warren Beatty.  Two movies written by/directed by/and starring the multi-hyphenate just got new blu-ray releases, "Reds" and "Heaven Can Wait."  Let's take a look at both.

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