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.... Show More

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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)

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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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November 19, 2019 73 min
Gila and Rob are joined by special guest Susie "Mother of the Bride" Drazen, who has brought the acclaimed 1959 comedy "Some Like It Hot" for us to enjoy.

How will a film generally regarded as among the best ever fare on our classy film podcast? Can we handle Marilyn at her best? Sew yourself into your favorite lacy evening gown and join us for the ride!

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Some_Like_It_Hot
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October 30, 2019 62 min
Gila and Rob proudly present the "Modern Technology Watches" Halloween Special!

Join them for their annual Halloween viewing of 1994's fake-news TV movie "Without Warning." Mysterious meteorites, slumming real-life news reporters, missing children, and Orson Welles callbacks have never been so much fun.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Without_Warning_(1994_film)
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Gila takes Rob on a journey to Riverdale. Not the dark CW teen drama based on Archie comics, nor the neighborhood in the Bronx; this is the bubbly cinematic Riverdale populated by 2001's live-action "Josie and the Pussycats."

Will this film hit sharps, or flats?

Summary from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josie_and_the_Pussycats_(film)
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September 25, 2019 96 min
There's a special screening of 1979's cult dystopian gang-fight film "The Warriors" on Coney Island, and Rob invites Gila to come out to play. Can she dig it? Listen and find out!

Summary from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Warriors_(film)
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August 31, 2019 43 min
Gila shows Rob the extremely indie 2000 Sundance-award-winning rom-com "The Tao of Steve." This somehow results in our shortest episode to date. We won't spoil why that is here in the description; you'll just have to click "play" and take this motorcycle ride with us.

Summary from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tao_of_Steve
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August 19, 2019 73 min
Rob shows Gila 1985's piratey-wish-fulfillment adventure "The Goonies," and they discover together whether the old swashes can still be suitably buckled today.

Summary from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Goonies

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June 30, 2019 84 min
Rob and Gila shake up the format and go to their local cinema to catch a film neither of them has already seen, 2019's Elton John biopic "Rocketman."

Summary from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocketman_(film)
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June 11, 2019 68 min
Gila introduces Rob to the 2007 comedy anthology film "The Ten," by David Wain and other members of the 1990s sketch troupe "The State."

PLEASE NOTE: This episode recaps an R-rated film involving very adult and probably-offensive subject matter. Listener discretion is advised.
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