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 10 – Zombieland (2009)

Bill and Ted discuss Ruben Fleischer’s “Zombieland,” known for its practical Zombie apocalypse survival rules, humorous one-liners, Twinkies, and as might be expected zombies. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these: House (1985), Shaun of the Dead (2004), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

Comedy

Episode 9 – Chef (2014)

Bill and Ted discuss Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” known for its pairing of foodie glamour shots and Latin infused jazz and blues music! If you enjoyed this film for its father and son story of coming back from the brink of failure check out The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), or for its father/son food focus then Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) or its behind the scenes view of restaurant life then Big Night (1996). For a father/daughter version with great Mexican food, Tortilla Soup (2001).

Comedy, Drama

Episode 8 – The Big Chill (1983)

Bill and Ted discuss Lawrence Kasdan’s “The Big Chill,” known for its powerhouse cast and great soundtrack. If you enjoyed this film for its investigation into grief you may also like these: Manchester by the Sea (2016), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Ordinary People (1980). If you liked the hang-out story line you may also like these: The Breakfast Club (1985), American Graffiti (1973), Dazed and Confused (1993)

Comedy, Drama

Episode 6 – The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

Bill and Ted discuss Terry Gilliam’s “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” known for its inventive art direction, fantastic storytelling and extraordinarily warmhearted investigation of fantasy and reality. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these: Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), The Fisher King (1991)

Episode 4 – The Goonies (1985)

Bill and Ted discuss the classic 80’s Richard Donner kid’s adventure film “The Goonies,” known for the truffle shuffle, One-Eyed Willy’s hidden treasure and a lot of quotable one-liners. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these; here are Ted’s Picks: Explorers (1985), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), The Monster Squad (1987)

Adventure, Comedy, Family

Episode 3 – Being John Malkovich (1999)

Bill and Ted discuss music video and TV commercial director Spike Jonze’s first feature film “Being John Malkovich,” known for its darkly wry and humorous investigation of existential angst. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these; here are Ted’s Picks: Get Out (2017), Adaptation. (2002), Fight Club (1999)

Comedy, Fantasy

Episode 2 – Rushmore (1998)

Bill and Ted discuss Wes Anderson’s second feature film “Rushmore,” known for its quirkiness, odd characters, and bitter-sweet comedic flair. If you enjoyed this film you may also like these; here are Ted’s Picks: Lady Bird (2017)Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Election (1999)

 

Comedy