Modern Technology Watches

Modern Technology Watches

"Modern Technology Watches" is a film podcast following Rob Vincent and Gila Drazen, a married couple of film geeks with very different tastes and a shared video library, as they introduce one another to the great and not-so-great films rattling around in their collection.

Episodes

June 25, 2022 90 min
Prompted by current events, Gila and Rob use the 1996 film "Citizen Ruth" as a starting point to talk about the current state of bodily autonomy and reproductive rights in the United States.

This is not a standard fun episode of "Modern Technology Watches," but it's the episode we needed to make this particular week. We appreciate your understanding.

Content warnings: US politics, reproductive health and decisions...
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Rob continues Gila's hacker-movie education with the 1992 film "Sneakers," a techno-classic in which an all-star cast engages in text-mode and heist-mode battles over a magic box of HAX.

Will this be more fun for Gila than her previous forays into cyberpunk standards, or will it prove as incomprehensible as a pile of random Scrabble tiles?

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sneakers_%281992_film%29
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January 30, 2022 96 min
Gila christens the third season of "Modern Technology Watches" by showing Rob "Keeping the Faith," a quirky 2000 romantic comedy about a rabbi, a priest, and the woman they love.

Will the joined forces of Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, and Jenna Elfman count Rob as a new believer? How well does the experience of watching Abrahamic clergy fight over Dharma hold up for Gila?

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ke...
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May 2, 2021 119 min
Hack the planet! For the second-season finale of "Modern Technology Watches" Rob finally shows Gila 1995's "Hackers," a film with a firmly argued-about place in the history of the real-life hacker community as well as a firewall-protected place in Rob's hacker head.

Will the movie win Gila's heart through cyberspace hijinks, or will she send it to the pool on the roof?

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia....
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February 21, 2021 79 min
High school is a real-life game show as Gila shows Rob 2000's "Cheaters," a made-for-cable dramatization of the 1995 Steinmetz academic-decathlon cheating scandal.

Will Rob accept the results and award medals accordingly, or will Gila get caught reading the answers to the podcast off her shoe?

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheaters_%282000_film%29

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? We'd love to hear from...
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January 29, 2021 104 min
In the mood for a quiet night in, Rob introduces Gila to Fritz Lang's 1927 silent scifi drama "Metropolis."

How will Gila take to such a large dose of iconic German expressionism from between the World Wars? How much delicate explaining will Rob have to do? What's with all that floppy hair? Listen along as we break some new ground of our own.

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolis_%281927_film%29

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December 15, 2020 72 min
Gila takes Rob on a trip down the dark side of high-school fake politics with the 1999 Alexander Payne dark-comedy "Election."

Will this movie get Rob's vote, or will he rebel against it and get expelled from the audience?

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Election_%281999_film%29

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? We'd love to hear from you!
Contact us via email or voice:
https://modern.technology/contact/
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Major "Doctor Who" fan Rob shows not-very-fannish Gila the 2013 TV docudrama "An Adventure in Space and Time," a celebratory look at the creation and early years of "Doctor Who" and the people involved.

Will Gila dig the looks at 1960s TV production and creative-human drama to be found among the scifi-flavored fanservice, or will Rob need anti-radiation gloves to protect him from the fallout? Join us in the c...
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October 29, 2020 87 min
Gila shows Rob the 1995 TV-movie version of the musical "Bye Bye Birdie."

Catchy songs! Intense choreography! Sanitized nostalgia! Tyne Daly! No Paul Lynde! Listen along as we find out how it all comes together.

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bye_Bye_Birdie_(1995_film)

Questions? Comments?
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https://modern.technology/contact/
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Rob shows Gila the 1975 spoof "The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother."

How does writer/director/star Gene Wilder and his band of Mel Brooks irregulars fare without Mel Brooks? Does this fit within Sherlockian canon? What's with the Kangaroo Hop? Listen and find out!

Wikipedia link:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventure_of_Sherlock_Holmes%27_Smarter_Brother

As mentioned in this episode, check out MAD ar...
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We double back to the imaginary town of Hill Valley for the final time as Rob shows Gila 1990's "Back to the Future Part III." Special guests Jen Sujin Yoon and Gabe Williams from The Dork Web join us once again as we all meet some cowboys and face some demons together.

Is an old-West adventure what this series needed? What will Gila take away from this chapter, and the trilogy as a whole? Join us and find out!

Wikipedi...
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Gila shows Rob the 1999 queer-culture classic "But I'm a Cheerleader."

Will this movie make Rob wave his pompoms and cheer, or will he just not like it in that way?

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But_I%27m_a_Cheerleader

(This movie is particularly centered around adult content, and so is our episode about it. Listener discretion advised.)
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August 6, 2020 66 min
We take a spin in a broken sportscar back to 1971 as Rob shows Gila the cult Elaine May/Walter Matthau dark comedy romance "A New Leaf."

Will Gila be forever fond of it like a frond from a fern, or will she find it ultimately poor?

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_New_Leaf_(film)
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The future is now (a.k.a. five years ago) as Rob shows Gila 1989's "Back to the Future Part II." Special guests Jen and Gabe from The Dork Web return as we all skew into some tangents together.

Will Gila enjoy the ride without roads, or will this sequel leave her hanging on a porch swing? Join us and find out!

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future_Part_II

Find more from The Dork Web:
https://www....
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April 8, 2020 57 min
April 8 is Rex Manning Day!

Gila celebrates the day 1995's "Empire Records" takes place by, oddly enough, selecting 1995's "Empire Records" for her April 8 "Modern Technology Watches" pick.

How will Rob react to this particular combination of twangy 1990s music and angsty 1990s dialogue? Pop this episode into your CD changer and find out!

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_Records
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March 10, 2020 141 min
Welcome to our latest episode! This is a big one; Rob is showing Gila 1985's "Back to the Future," one of his lifelong favorites, and special guests Jen and Gabe from The Dork Web are along for the 88MPH ride.

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future

Find more from The Dork Web:
https://www.instagram.com/TheDorkWeb/
https://twitter.com/thedorkweb
https://www.youtube.com/user/inkjacket

Some things we t...
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February 14, 2020 69 min
It's the first-season finale of "Modern Technology Watches," and Gila is capping off our inaugural run with 2012's a-capella-competition comedy "Pitch Perfect."

Will Rob get in-tune with the cinematic approach to structured cover-band battles, or will it all hit a sour note? Listen along and find out!

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitch_Perfect
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January 14, 2020 98 min
Rob connects Gila to 1976's news-entertainment satire "Network."

How will Gila react to this Oscar-winning world of live-televised meltdowns, corporate machination, and human manipulation? Will she count herself among the faithful audience awaiting their prophet, or will she be mad as hell about having to watch?

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_(1976_film)
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December 24, 2019 86 min
Gila invites Rob on a trip to "Camp," a 2003 film about a theatrical Summer camp populated by theatrical characters putting on theatrical productions.

Does the movie speak to Rob, himself an old theatre kid, or is this one closing early?

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_(2003_film)
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December 5, 2019 76 min
Rob takes Gila on a trip to the dark and mysterious future of... *checks notes* ...November 2019, the futuristic setting of 1982's cyberpunk film noir "Blade Runner."

Will Gila be uplifted like a flying cop car by the cinematic prowess on display, or will the film flop onto its back like a tortoise?

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner
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