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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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Mar 9, 2021

Maya Zinshtein has directed, and Abraham Troen has produced, a new documentary called "'Til Kingdom Come." On today's podcast they both join Josh to talk about the movie and this incredible alliance that has formed between one Israel-based philanthropic organization and Christian Evangelicals in the United States.  The two groups may seem far apart, but maybe it is money that makes the world go round.

Mar 2, 2021

Up today on the podcast we have literary legend Tim O'Brien.  For his 2019 book, "Dad's Maybe Book," O'Brien allowed a camera into his house to follow him.  Directed by Aaron Matthews, the documentary resulting from this, "The War and Peace of Tim O'Brien" is now out on VOD and the man himself joins us to talk about it.

Feb 23, 2021

Out this week on blu-ray is a new John Hughes five movie collection.  Aptly titled, "John Hughes 5-Movie Collection," the included titles are:  "Ferris Bueller's Day Off;" "She's Having a Baby;" "Pretty in Pink;" "Some Kind of Wonderful;" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."

We're talking about all of them a little this week, but mostly Steve Martin because "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is the best of the included titles.

Feb 16, 2021

There is something to be said for getting the facts of a story right. There is something entirely different to be said for getting the feelings of a story right.  Where exactly does "Lady Sings the Blues" end up?  Does it hit one of the marks?  Does it hit both? And, has the sense of it changed since its initial release?

Feb 9, 2021

It is all too easy, especially with the pandemic, to forget to look up and see the world around you.  We have put life on hold in order to have that life continue.  

"Elizabethtown" and 2015's "The Little Prince" are now out on Blu-ray and Josh has some distinct thoughts about the journeys in those films and how they relate to our current world.  Well, he thinks the thoughts are distinct.  You be the judge.

Feb 2, 2021

Up today on the podcast we have Eliza Schroeder, whose new film "Love Sarah" is currently available on VOD.  The wide-ranging discussion goes into how the idea for the bakery came about, what it's like to try to film food, how long the characters have lived in her head, and whether or not the bakery in the story would survive COVID-19.

Jan 26, 2021

Growing up, it felt like Danny Kaye movies were constantly being aired.  Josh avoided them and it was an error he corrects this week as he watches "The Court Jester."  On the other hand, he watched plenty of Mel Gibson and makes the mistake of seeing the actor's latest, "Fatman."

Jan 19, 2021

There is, one suspects, something clever buried somewhere within  the filmic adaptation of "The Empty Man" graphic novel.  The movie has a great look and James Badge Dale is a good actor and there's a lot to chew on in it.  But, maybe because of its length or its desire to twist things around or its not wanting to explain anything in any way that makes any sense, it all ends up feeling... well... empty.

Jan 12, 2021

Our intent for this episode was to talk about "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "The Midnight Sky."  Instead, Donald Trump, backed by the Republican Party, decided to continue to fan the flames of idiocy and hatred and the Capitol Building was taken over by terrorists.  So, we're talking about that instead.

For what it's worth, both movies are really good.

Jan 5, 2021

"Grizzly II" was initially shot in the early 1980s.  Or, some of it was shot until the money ran out (a producer left the project).  In 2018, one of the producers, Suzanne Csikos Nagy, returned to the movie and finished it.  That film is out on VOD this week.  We admire the effort that must have taken and wonder what it means about returning/reediting projects in general.

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.

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