Last week, Audrey Fox and I had a dialog on 2 movies: “Charly” and “Limitless.” I chose these two films because #1 they are very well made and worth watching multiple times. #2 Each shows the result of messing with the brain and its fragile chemistry. Each brain is tampered with far more than the effect of a cup of Starbucks! Have a listen to the episode, it’s certainly one I am proud to present to you. Feel free to listen with this player or you can visit the website The Damien Riley Podcast.
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My guest is Audrey Fox of 1001 Movies and Beyond and Rated M for McPhail podcast. She’s on twitter at: @audonamission (I love to read and listen to her stuff!) I really enjoyed having a dialog about films with her today. This episode is about the 2 films Charly and Limitless.
M | 1h 43min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | 23 September 1968 (USA)
An intellectually disabled man undergoes an experiment that gives him the intelligence of a genius.
Director: Ralph Nelson
Writers: Daniel Keyes (novel), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
Stars: Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala
Today we’re going to talk about the brain in movies and what it can cause people to do when drugs are involved, when operations are involved, basically when humankind intervenes in the natural patterns of the brain.
We’ll be talking about Charly, the psychological suspense thriller from 1968 and Limitless the thriller from 2011. I do have a guest today and her name is Audrey Fox.
Audrey shared she is a “Movie Lovin Millennial.” She has a website and podcast and we first got connect through the LAMBcast and LAMB site where we were guests on a show “Movies That Really Scared Us.” Since then, I have had her on Talking stars as a guest multiple times and today she agreed to be on my own show. She has a degree in film and a very unique and engaging way of talking about movies. I am eternally grateful she was on my show today!
We share some banter on the President and current state of affairs that is causing BOTH of us stress.
PG-13 | 1h 45min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 18 March 2011 (USA)
Limitless is a movie starring Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, and Abbie Cornish. With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.
Director: Neil Burger
Writers: Leslie Dixon (screenplay), Alan Glynn (novel)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish
What a topic! Anyway, if you disagree, it doesn’t last forever. I agree with what Audrey says that if you support putting children in cages I don’t care what you have to say. That was good! She has a lot of great things to say. I always look forward to when I can get her on the show.
We review the two films with commentary back and forth and then we talk about what we’ve been watching.