Episode 26 – Bill and Ted’s Excellent California Adventure

Bill and Ted discuss Ted’s 2019 visit to California. They cover everything from Ted attending screenings at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, visiting Disneyland and Universal Studios to checking out the Max Factor Hollywood Museum, Hollywood Boulevard, stars on the walk of fame and some of the legacy theaters on the strip. Bill even took Ted to a filming location used in Blade Runner (1982). The only film related omission was Ted’s failure to mention that he’d watched Mary Poppins Returns (2018) with his second cousins. So buckle up and come along on an excellent Californian adventure.

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Episode 25 – The Tree of Life (2011) Part II / Son

Bill and Ted discuss Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” a film as experimental as it is poetic investigating the mysteries of grief and loss and the dynamics of family life and life in general. This second half of their two part conversation focuses more on the son Jack, Malick’s use of music and some of the additions found in the 188min version of the film. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these; here are Ted’s Picks: The Seventh Seal (1957), The Thin Red Line (1998), Boyhood (2014)

Art House, Drama, Experimental

Episode 24 – The Tree of Life (2011) Part I / Mother Father

Bill and Ted discuss Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” a film as experimental as it is poetic investigating the mysteries of grief and loss and the dynamics of family life and life in general. This half of their two part conversation focuses on mother and father and on the organic visual effects of the film. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these; here are Ted’s Picks: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Baraka (1992), Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Episode 23 – Name That Musical

In a departure from their usual format, Bill and Ted engage in a game of “Name That Musical” with show tunes from twenty-one musical films. See if you can outscore Bill in identifying the movie and the singer. It won’t be difficult. How well do you know your musical cinema?

Extras, Musical

Episode 22 – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Bill and Ted discuss Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a film that has become something of a holiday classic. Yet all is not Christmas carols and lighted trees as Capra’s film delves into some probing self-evaluation on the question “What is one life worth to others in a marriage, family, and community.” If you enjoyed this film you may also like these; here are Ted’s Picks: Scrooged (1988), Always (1989), The Family Man (2000)

Drama, Holiday

Episode 21 – West Side Story (1961)

Bill and Ted discuss Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s 1961 film version of the Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim musical “West Side Story.” A film about the mean streets of the West Side of NYC: One part Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette one part teenage social commentary wrapped up in the post WWII American immigrant experience and disaffected youth angst. Gangs and forbidden love, singing and dancing! Here are Ted’s Picks for related musical films you might also enjoy The Sound of Music (1965), Grease (1978), Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Drama, Musical

Episode 20 – Life Is Beautiful [La vita è bella] (1997)

Bill and Ted discuss Roberto Benigni’s film “La vita è bella,” “Life Is Beautiful,” a sometimes humorous sometimes poignant and touching film about love and family and the effect of the will and imagination in the face of great obstacles: one half romantic comedy, one half family WWII holocaust concentration camp drama. Looking for some non holocaust related films that share this film’s quirky sensibility?  Here are Ted’s Picks for more whimsical films with a dark edge dealing with extraordinary strength of will: Forrest Gump (1994), Amelie (2001), Life of Pi (2012)

Comedy, Drama, War

Episode 19 – The VVitch (2016)

Bill and Ted discuss Robert Eggers’ film “The Witch,” A New-England Folktale where a father accepts banishment from a 17th century Massachusetts puritan colonial plantation taking his family out into the wilderness to start a farm by the edge of the woods only to be tragically plagued by a Witch: A study in despair and dysfunction, a film about the evils of pride and the dangers of temptation and isolationism, a religious horror film. Here are Ted’s Picks for more films dealing with witches or witch trials: Häxan (1922), The Crucible (1996), The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Drama, Horror

Episode 18 – Misery (1990)

Bill and Ted discuss Rob Reiner’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Misery,” a suspense-filled thriller where an injured romance novelist is held captive by an unhinged and deeply disturbed fan. This physiological horror film delves deeply into the nature of misery and what it can drive people to do. Here are Ted’s Picks for more great non-supernatural Stephen King film adaptations: Stand by Me (1986) The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Drama, Horror, Thriller