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Lass is More with Josh Lasser

Focusing on the media, "Lass is More" sits down with the individuals who make the movies and shows that people are, or will be, talking about. The things we watch are not created in a vacuum, but rather as responses to far larger thoughts and issues. From why someone took a role to what it means to them to where they’re going next, we put the pieces of the puzzle together. The "Lass is More" podcast gets to the core of the issue, offering perspective on both the people involved in a project, and the project itself.
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Dec 29, 2020

Out on Blu-ray and 4K next week is the Dylan O'Brien starring "Love and Monsters."  The movie takes place post-apocalypse with mutated monsters now at the top of the food chain.  While that isn't quite where we are, the movie does have some things it can teach us about getting by with Covid still ravaging the land.

Dec 15, 2020

Michael Mann's "Collateral" is now out on 4K UHD, and it is a movie worth owning.  It's worth it for the Tom Cruise-Jamie Foxx conversations alone.  It is a stylish, wonderful, affair.  Plus, Jamie Foxx gets to hear from Jada Pinkett Smith about what it's like to have a case of the nerves, and we love that.

Dec 8, 2020

Today we're accusing Shakespeare of being wrong -- names matter.  Director Francis Ford Coppola may get towards this in the introduction that accompanies the Blu-ray release of a rejiggered version of "The Godfather Part III," now titled, "The Godfather, Coda:  The Death of Michael Corleone," but we're going to look a little bit more at movie titles changes, content changes, and what it all means.

Dec 1, 2020

"New Mutants" finally managed to make it to theaters this year and now it's out on Blu-ray and streaming.  Has the wait been worth it?

Decidedly not.

Nov 24, 2020

Launching this November with the PlayStation 5 is "WRC 9:  The Official Game."  A simulation racing game, "WRC 9" can be brutally difficult while being incredibly gorgeous and, when you succeed, terribly satisfying.  We delve into the ins and outs of it all on this week's podcast.

Nov 17, 2020

Up today on the podcast we have Scott Barber, one of the directors of "The Orange Years:  The Nickelodeon Story," which tells of the channel's rise to stardom in the 1980s and 1990s.  The documentary manages not just great nostalgic moments, but delves into the process as well and Barber breaks it all down here.

Oct 27, 2020

It may not mean much to you, but the "Ben 10" franchise has been around for well over a decade.  So, when the opportunity arrived for Josh to get a DVD of the new "Ben 10 vs. the Universe:  The Movie," he jumped at the opportunity.  He hadn't seen any of the shows before, but the time had finally come.  Why now?  What did he think?  Will it lead to him watching "The Batchelor?"  Listen and find out!

Oct 20, 2020

"Batman:  Death in the Family" is a new animated DC adventure which takes a little bit from the "Death in the Family" comic storyline and a little bit from the "Batman:  Under the Red Hood" movie and a little bit from "Choose Your Own Adventure" titles in order to craft something that... well, to craft something that you have to craft yourself.  

Is it worth all the effort?  

That's what we're talking about today.

Oct 13, 2020

Recently, Josh read "The Haunting of Hill House."  Whether he did this because some preternatural force deep within (or perhaps without!) caused him to remember that the Blu-ray of the 1999 adaptation, entitled "The Haunting" was on the way or not, it proved a serendipitous decision.  Fate, as they say, has a sense of humor.  Hear all about it on today's podcast.

Oct 6, 2020

Up this week on the podcast we have writer-director Haroula Rose.  She wrote the screenplay (adapting the novel) and directed the new movie, "Once Upon a River."  It takes place in the 1970s and follows a Native American teenager in Michigan and she goes searching for her estranged mother.  It is also Rose's first feature as a director.

Sep 22, 2020

If you haven't seen the Adult Swim series, "Rick and Morty," there are plenty of ways to describe it.  Off-kilter, scatalogical, disturbing, smart, and deeply funny are all equally true options.  The fourth season of the show is now out on Blu-ray and we're going to talk about just what we most enjoy about it.

Sep 15, 2020

We can't be angry at the world all the time, which isn't to say that there aren't great reasons to be angry, just that every once in a while we need to release the building pressure, calm down, and recenter ourselves for the next outrage.  Paramount Presents has just issued a new Blu-ray of "Roman Holiday," and that may be exactly what the doctored ordered.

Sep 8, 2020

On today's podcast we discuss the new documentary, which can currently be found on the Discovery Channel, "Apocalypse '45."  Erik Nelson, the director, is here to tell us about getting the footage, restoring the footage, interviewing service members, and the all-important role of the director.  

Sep 1, 2020

A new movie opening in theaters shouldn't be a very big deal, especially when what we're talking about is just a generic movie opening.  However, everything in 2020 is a big deal and that's because, just like the title of the movie we're going to talk about today, one of the two major political parties is "Unhinged."

Aug 25, 2020

There are some films which exist as streaming originals that one can't imagine ever having been released to a theater.  This week, we're looking at one of them, "An American Pickle," and contemplating just what makes it non-theatrical, what makes it brilliant, and where those two might overlap.

Aug 11, 2020

There are so very many things to like about the Amazon series "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan," but that doesn't mean that it is perfect. In this week's episode, we take a look at one of season two's big failings and consider how it might be fixed in season three.

Aug 4, 2020

"Easy Does It" is a new film which features a couple of (bad) robbers trying to make their way across the country to what they hope is a fortune out in California.

On the podcast, director Will Addison tells us about the price of making the low budget film, why he set it in the 1970s, and just what Linda Hamilton brought to the table before and during filming.

Jul 28, 2020

We do it too irregularly -- stop, assess, and correct.  It is, however, one of our greatest strengths.  We can all stop what we're doing for a minute, assess whether it was the right course of action, and then correct as needed.  Today's podcast looks at HBO's "The Outsider" and the classic comedy, "Airplane!" to provide examples.

Jul 21, 2020

Turning 25 years old this summer is "Clueless" a (then) modern update to "Emma."  It is a movie turned up to 11 but with good cause and great results.  On the other side of things is "Trolls: World Tour," a movie turned to 11 presumably because claiming it was turned to 31 would just be silly.  

One works.  One doesn't.  Let's discuss.

Jul 14, 2020

The 1990 "classic" (because it's 30 years old) film "Ghost" is arriving in a new Blu-ray release next week.  So, this week we're looking at the movie, what it means to pretend that someone isn't there who is, and whether there's a "joke" that goes too far in the film (it does).

Jun 23, 2020

Back in the 1970s, Peter Medak directed Peter Sellers in "Ghost in the Noonday Sun."  The movie never got a theatrical release, arriving years later on videotape and then DVD.  Now though, Medak has put together a documentary on his experiences shooting "Ghost" and he's here to tell us all about it.

Jun 16, 2020

In 1980's "Urban Cowboy" we see John Travolta as a deplorable human being even if they don't use that word.  In fact, the movie doesn't really seem to recognize him as such, but he is and the movie is the worse for not knowing it.  "The Hunt" does use the word deplorable, but in a totally different context.  Like "Urban Cowboy," the movie is brutal, but in completely different fashion.  Let's discuss

Jun 9, 2020

It is amazing to get to sit down and experience a series of films one right after the other.  The highs remain just as high, but the lows are diminished (or maybe raised... or maybe made more shallow).  New connections appear, the scope of the work is more obvious, and the breadth of the affair is revealed.  This week on the podcast, we are enthralled by the first three phases of the MCU.

Jun 2, 2020

What we have here is one great movie and one movie that makes you feel great.  It's not that "Escape from L.A." is bad in any way, it's just that it's not Michael Cimino's completely gripping "The Deer Hunter."  That said, given the choice, Josh would rather watch Snake Plissken do his thing.

May 26, 2020

Josh regularly tries not to let little things bother him.  And yet, there they are, the little things.  They slowly chip away at his sanity.  Bit by bit.  Piece by piece.  They gnaw at him.  Sometimes, despite his best efforts, they must be discussed.  

This week we tackle that all important question:  how do we possibly see the breath of the invisible man in "The Invisible Man?"

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