Lesson 97: 12 Strong – Emailing It In

Jan 24, 2018 | Chad Riley, Eddie Villanueva, Movies, Podcasts, Spencer Williams, The Filmlosophers

The Filmlosophers, Eddie Villanueva, Chad Riley and Spencer Williams examine the previously classified records of the so-called “horse soldiers” who fought alongside local militias against the Taliban during the months following September 11th, 2001, with this week’s review of 12 Strong (2018). Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Navid Negahban, William Fichtner, Rob Riggle and many others.

As depicted in the film, the Green Berets selected for this mission were dropped deep behind enemy lines near strategic, Taliban-controlled villages and tasked with calling in air strikes to support the local militias’ efforts to destabilize Al Qaeda’s control over a highly contested region, culminating in the hoped-for liberation of Mazar-i-Sharif, the fourth-largest city in Afghanistan. The mission, which many expected to take months or even years, needed to be completed within three to six weeks.

Be sure to check out Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018), which debuts this weekend! Also making its wide release debut are the award-buzzing films I, Tonya (2017), Phantom Thread (2017), and Call Me By Your Name (2017).

Lesson 184: Back to the Future Trilogy – Spencer Takes the Wheel!

The Filmlosophers swap roles as Spencer jumps in the driver’s seat to discuss the franchise that redefined time travel films, the Back to the Future Trilogy. The DeLorean Dynamos, joined by friend and longtime listener to the show, Marcus, buckle up and reminisce on...

Lesson 183: Rambo: Last Blood – Bleeding Out (Non-Spoiler)

The Filmlosophers leave a bloody trail behind them as they discuss the last film in the 37-year Action franchise, Rambo: Last Blood. The Strapping Cinephiles pull up their bootstraps and take a stab at sifting their thoughts from the rubble of the film that caps a 37...

Lesson 182: First Blood (1982) – The War Never Ends

The Filmlosophers take a nose dive headfirst into the world of veterans and vagrancy with a deeper look at Sylvester Stallone’s 1982 action film, First Blood. The guys dissect the work of author David Morrell and his novel adapted into the cinematic work that started...