Have You Ever Seen

Ryan Ellis & Bev Ellis

We were "The Top 100 Project". Now we're this. And "we" are Ryan and Bev Ellis, two married Canadians who review (mostly) classic movies (sometimes humorously) every Monday morning. read less
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Edge Of Tomorrow
3d ago
Edge Of Tomorrow
Memorial Day is a good time to talk about a war movie, even if the intense Edge Of Tomorrow is almost as witty as it is heart-pounding. The one that's better known as "Live Die Repeat" has a Groundhog Day-esque hook as military hype man Tom Cruise restarts a day every time he dies. Emily Blunt is in "keep up with me" badass mode while Cruise uncharacteristically plays a coward who doesn't have all the answers, but eventually learns (most of) them. Director Doug Liman has built an excellent resume these past 3 decades and he's just about at his best guiding the Edge Of Tomorrow cast and crew through their "let's do it again" paces. Our 592nd episode is ready to airdrop onto the beach to take on the vicious aliens who are determined to take over the planet, so pop your buds into your ears and celebrate the holiday hearing us yap about how the Mimics and the humans of Earth fight in France...over and over again. Well, Actually: the UDF is the "United Defense Force". Also, for the record, A Quiet Place Day One comes out in late June. Sparkplug Coffee would go well with your plan-making for Operation Downfall or with a calm podcast-listen here at the end of May. They will give our listeners a 20% discount if they use our "HYES" promo code. The website is "sparkplug.coffee/hyes". Get in touch with us about this episode or any of our 591 others. To get to us on email, you've got "haveyoueverseenpodcast@gmail.com". Twi-X handles are @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis. Threads for Bev is that same @. And since we post all of our shows on YouTube (@hyesellis), you can comment there and like and subscribe. You can do some of those things and also rate & review our work on your podcast app too.
Dial M For Murder
20-05-2024
Dial M For Murder
After 3 weeks off, Bev returns to the podcast to chat about Alfred Hitchcock's chamber piece. His Dial M For Murder stars a few very talented liars. Well, the characters are, not the actors. The best of those is Ray Milland, who's tremendous in this as one of Hitchcock's most-diabolical villains. His wife was unfaithful and he has a coldblooded plan to get revenge...and to get her money too. Grace Kelly is that wife and she's not at her best here, although the writing doesn't help her character be much more than a plot device. Otherwise, Frederick Knott's script (based on his own play) is dynamite. Dial M For Murder was also part of the early-'50s fad of being shot in 3D, although it was rarely shown that way. And it didn't need it. When Hitch and his team are cooking, they don't need gimmicks. So get cozy in your small English flat as a stranger gears up to strangle you in this 591st edition of Have You Ever Seen, which makes the call to talk about Dial M For Murder. Look for great java by checking out "sparkplug.coffee/hyes". That "HYES" discount code will give you a onetime 20% savings on Sparkplug Coffee's excellent beans. We love to hear what you think of our thoughts. Email us (haveyoueverseenpodcast@gmail.com) or hit us with some messages on Twi-X (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis). She's reachable on Threads with that same @. And dial us up on YouTube. Subscribe, rate, review, like and just do all those helpful things on your app or on the 'Tube.
Batman
29-04-2024
Batman
Tim Burton's dark 1989 take on the billionaire who dresses as a bat came decades after Bob Kane and Bill Finger invented the character. And while Ryan talks a little about the other films in this long-running series (and the '60s TV show), the star of this one-man show is the '89 Batman. Michael Keaton proved the naysayers very wrong in this stylish comic-book adaptation (is he still the best Batman ever?) and Jack Nicholson has a gigantic ball playing the Joker. The rest of the cast nails it too, Prince's songs remain infectious and Danny Elfman's great themes have become legendary. Love it, but Ryan still wisecracked a lot in this 586th edition of Have You Ever Seen (not the 585th as is said in the intro), but that's what happens when you see a movie 10 or 20 times. You love it and love to make fun of it. So stay out of a big-city alley, but DO fly your small plane in front of the moon as we conclude Revenge Month with the one about the tortured vigilante loving a shrieking Kim Basinger and hating a mobster-turned-psycho-clown. Sparkplug Coffee doesn't dance with the devil in any kind of light, but it goes great with long podcasts. Have You Ever Seen listeners can nab a onetime 20% discount if they use our "HYES" promo code. Go to "sparkplug.coffee/hyes". Share your thoughts. Our email address is "haveyoueverseenpodcast@gmail.com" and our Twi-X handles are @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis (which is also what Bev goes by on Threads). Also, our chats (or monologues, in this case) get posted at some point on the posting day on YouTube. Add "@hyesellis" into your bookmarks and then subscribe to us, so you can't possibly miss when we throw something new on the web. Rate, review, like, comment. We welcome feedback, even if you think we're wrong about 1 thing or even 21 things.
Cape Fear
22-04-2024
Cape Fear
Our 6th of 7 episodes during this Revenge Month takes us to America's Deep South as we talk about Robert Mitchum making Gregory Peck's life a living hell in Cape Fear. What's more, the convicted rapist threatens the lawyer's family in some of the worst way's a hateful person can. "Rape" is never spoken in the dialogue, but it's a constant theme. Mitchum plays such a clever, sadistic villain. He's one of the most-sinister of anyone on AFI's Heroes & Villains list and he could have ranked even higher on that list than he did. We also talked a lot about the dubious morality in Martin Scorsese's flashy 1991 remake, but the focus of this show is on J. Lee Thompson's tense original. So, counsellors, take dangerous matters into your own hands as this 585th edition of Have You Ever Seen pokes a toe in the river before going off the deep end into Cape Fear. For The Record: the actual Cape Fear is in North Carolina. Also, while Robert De Niro is certainly covered in tattoos in the 1991 version, he doesn't have the "love/hate" knuckle tattoos that Mitchum has in The Night Of The Hunter (and that Radio Raheem also has as knuckle rings in Do The Right Thing). Waiting in the weeds for something bad to happen would be made better if you had a container of scrumptious coffee with you. Our sponsor, Sparkplug Coffee, offers our listeners a 20% discount if they'll just our "HYES" promo code. Go to "sparkplug.coffee/hyes". We post all our shows on YouTube (@hyesellis). Comment, subscribe, hit the like button. Rate and review us on your podcast app as well. And give us feedback on Twi-X (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis) or with an email (haveyoueverseenpodcast@gmail.com). Bev also uses that @ on Threads.
Revenge Of The Nerds
19-04-2024
Revenge Of The Nerds
Since this is still Revenge Month, the time has come for a one-Ryan episode about Revenge Of The Nerds. Yes, there are a few controversial scenes where our otherwise-lovable heroes strike back against mean-spirited football players...although what they do to the jocks' snobby cheerleader girlfriends is far worse. But this IS a tacky, sex comedy that was made 40 years ago. Robert Carradine and especially Anthony Edwards are fun and sweet, but it's Carradine's character who---more than once---crosses the line with Julia Montgomery. Still, it's easy to enjoy the spirit and the sincerity of MOST of Jeff Kanew's silly comedy. It's also hard to beat the joyous musical number during the talent show or that inspirational ending. So laugh your obnoxious laugh while you get loaded with your geeky frat brothers as Ryan takes a nostalgia trip to talk about the Tri-Lambs, the Omega-Mus and their tormenters in the 584th podcast you'll find on Have You Ever Seen. Sparkplug Coffee would be great to have in the kitchen of any frat house. Look up "sparkplug.coffee/hyes". You can take advantage of a onetime 20% discount by using our "HYES" discount code. Communicate with our dorky selves by sending an email (haveyoueverseenpodcast@gmail.com) or a Twi-X (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis). Bev goes by @bevellisellis on Threads too. And we always post our podcasts on YouTube later on the posting day. Our destination in your browser should be @hyesellis...or just go on YouTube and search for "Have You Ever Seen". We ask that you rate and review our talks. Subscribe to us. Comment as much as you like. And do all those things either on your app or on YouTube. Or maybe both.
Gone Girl
01-04-2024
Gone Girl
Gone Girl begins our 2nd (Probably) Annual Revenge Month as Rosamund Pike plays a narcissistic sadist who wants vengeance on her lazy, cheating husband. Ben Affleck plays that husband, a very-flawed man who has to deal with tabloid "journalists" as he tries to figure out why his wife is missing...and possibly dead. David Fincher's mystery movie has its faults, but it's well-made (of course) and it shows off the savage determination of Pike's Amy Dunne, especially in the last 20 or 30 minutes. We tried to sort through Gone Girl's confusing climax, although that section also has some of the funniest things you'll see in any thriller. So put on your baseball cap (we didn't even bring up THAT silly Fincher/Affleck stalemate!) and mope your way through a charmed life as two people hate each other, but they find a way to make us enjoy all that in this 580th episode of Have You Ever Seen. Well, Actually: the proper pronunciation of Gillian Flynn's first name is a hard G, similar to "gone" and "girl". Also, the editor who typically edits Fincher's movies with Kirk Baxter is Angus Wall, although he didn't help cut this one. Also also, now that they've reviewed 4 Fincher flicks, that makes one third of his output, not one quarter. Sparkplug Coffee offers Have You Ever Seen listeners a 20% discount if they'll use our "HYES" promo code. The website is "sparkplug.coffee/hyes". Get in touch with us about this or any other podcast. Our email address is haveyoueverseenpodcast@gmail.com. Our Twi-X handles are @moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis. It's the same handle for Bev on Threads. And we always drop every show on YouTube later on the posting day (@hyesellis). Comment, like and share there and on your podcast app. Write a review, rate us, subscribe. We'd appreciate any or all of that.
You Can't Take It With You
22-03-2024
You Can't Take It With You
Jimmy Stewart wasn't a big star yet when he worked with Frank Capra for the first time in this picture. No matter. You Can't Take It With You belongs to the top-billed Jean Arthur and especially Lionel Barrymore anyway. A word that didn't come up in Ryan's solo show here is "screwball", although this Best Picture winner is clearly working in that genre. The flick just didn't make this fellow laugh. Of course, director Capra won his 3rd Oscar in just 5 years for this effort...and all 3 were screwball comedies. The man was in his element. At least his movie is genial and it's a solid-enough story. So agree with the movie's admirable message while trying to find something in it that might actually make you giggle as this 578th episode of Have You Ever Seen picks through You Can't Take It With You. Well, Actually: Anthony Kirby Senior DOES smile before the scene with the harmonicas at the end. He grins when Penny tells Mrs. Kirby that her hobby is silly. Get yourself some groovy beans from Sparkplug Coffee. They will give our listeners a onetime 20% discount. Just use our "HYES" promo code. The place to be is "sparkplug.coffee.hyes". We like to hear from our audience. Email is one way to talk to us (haveyoueverseenpodcast@gmail.com). Twi-X is another (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis, which is also the handle Bev uses on Threads). We also post our full episodes on YouTube (@hyesellis). Help us out by rating our show, liking it, reviewing it and subscribing to it.
Going My Way
18-03-2024
Going My Way
Oscar Month takes us back to the long-ago past as we talk about the genial one that took home 7 Oscars 8 decades ago. But Going My Way didn't make it easy on us. This fluffery somehow one-upped the Double Indemnity at those Academy Awards. Bing Crosby even won a trophy for his role as a helpful priest, despite having a real-life personality that contrasted with his nice-guy image. Maybe he was a better actor than we thought. In any case, we can understand how a musical comedy would be welcomed during the height of WWII, but is this the epitome of filmmaking in ANY year? Well, we had some fun with Leo McCarey's flick, including speculating about who set the church on fire. We also poked the ribs of the Irish and the Catholic Church. So swing on a star with episode #577 of Have You Ever Seen as a songwriter bonds with wayward youths, lost loves and aging priests. To Be Clear: the James Brown "football guy" who's referred to is not even the legendary Cleveland running back (that's Jim Brown, of course), but the host who used to be a football broadcaster with Fox and seems to be working for CBS now. Sparkplug Coffee sponsors this show. Go to "sparkplug.coffee/hyes" for more details. Our "HYES" promo code will set you up with a onetime 20% discount. Want to feed us back? Email is good (haveyoueverseenpodcast@gmail.com). Twi-X is too (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis). Bev is on Threads with that same handle. Also, keep up with every show we post on YouTube (@hyesellis). Rate and review us there and on your podcast app. Subscribe, like, comment, share, etc.
The Last Emperor
11-03-2024
The Last Emperor
Our first Best Picture winner in this year's Oscar Month, The Last Emperor, went 9 for 9 at the awards that year. John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole are all solid in the starring roles, but there's something fairly soulless and even a little opaque about this spectacular production...especially for a Bernardo Bertolucci film. Bertolucci and his team were the rare Western filmmakers to be allowed to shoot in The Forbidden City in China, as they told a story about a sheltered child surrounded by devious sycophants. Puyi might be a royal, but his comfortable life is spent in effectively a prison. The biggest problem we couldn't get past with this film, though, is that this was what the Oscars told us was the pinnacle of 1987 filmmaking, even though Broadcast News, Moonstruck, Robocop, Predator and Lethal Weapon were all out that year. So don't you dare try to leave the 575th edition of Have You Ever Seen---not until you get kicked out---as we marvel and moan in equal measure about The Last Emperor. Well, Actually: Maggie Han was born in Rhode Island, but her parents were South Korean. Also, Licence To Kill was released in 1989, not 1987. They can't get Sparkplug Coffee in China, but people in America and Canada can. And if you use our "HYES" promo code, you'll save 20%. Go to "sparkplug.coffee/hyes". Drop us a line via email (haveyoueverseenpodcast@gmail.com) and/or follow us on Twi-X (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis) and also look for Bev on Threads (@bevellisellis). Rate, review, subscribe, do all those things on your app, but also hunt us down on the web via YouTube. We post all our shows there. The destination in your browser is @hyesellis.
Coquette
08-03-2024
Coquette
Surprise! Back in January, Ryan posted a solo show talking about Horse Feathers. Well, here's another unexpected, unpromoted show about a movie star from the early days of cinema. Mary Pickford is a legend for business reasons though as much as she is for her films. She was a producer when not many women were AND she created the United Artists studio with Chaplin, Griffith and Fairbanks. Coquette is not her best-known title, but it DID win her an Oscar. And this early talkie is better than expected, especially considering the dreadful numbers on Rotten Tomatoes. Sound was still wonky in 1929, but this flick didn't suffer badly in that area. It's fairly well-made. Pickford might never come up on Have You Ever Seen again, so the focus in this 574th episode is split between the film itself and Mary P as one of the premiere power players in the first few decades of Hollywood filmmaking. Make your day yummy by buying some Sparkplug Coffee. They give our listeners a onetime 20% discount, if those listeners use our "HYES" promo code. Go to "sparkplug.coffee/hyes". If you feel inclined to let us know what you think of our talkie efforts, try email (haveyoueverseenpodcast@gmail.com). There's also Twi-x. Ryan is @moviefiend51 on there, while Bev is @bevellisellis (and has the same handle on Threads). We also post our shows on YouTube with a simple graphic accompaniment. That's @hyesellis in your browser. Like us there and/or on your podcast app. Rate, review, subscribe, you know the score.
Oscars Preview 2024
04-03-2024
Oscars Preview 2024
This is our 9th Oscars Preview Show and this is one of the few times where we don't have too many bad things to say about the nominees. Bev went easier on Oppenheimer than she did last summer after seeing it. We each have nothing but praise for some of the great (downer) films like Anatomy Of A Fall and The Zone Of Interest. At least the Academy didn't overlook funny flicks because 2 gut-busters (Barbie and American Fiction) are up for major awards too. In short though, 2023 was the year of Barbenheimer. Both megahits are likely to win trophies...and one of them is the front-runner for a lot of the big ones. Big hint: a large kaboom. Oppenheimer has been cleaning up at other awards shows, as have actors like Murphy, Stone, Downey and Randolph. They look to be in great shape to take home Oscar gold. We addressed the controversy about Barbie's "snubs" and we talked about a lot of technical categories, but the focus was on the 4 acting categories, the 2 writing categories and of course Best Director and Best Picture. So settle in as we spend a touch over an hour during this 573rd episode of Have You Ever Seen making predictions---and often making jokes---about the upcoming 96th Academy Awards. Well, Actually: With the nod this year, Martin Scorsese has 10 nominations for directing while Steven Spielberg has 9. Also, the Killers Of The Flower Moon song that's nominated is called "Wahzhazhe". Also also, the proper pronunciation of Da'Vine Joy Randolph is "Day-vine", not "Duh-vine". Also also also, both the song and the name of the Bond movie that won Billie Eilish & Finneas O'Connell an Oscar just a few years ago was "No Time To Die". Sparkplug Coffee is our friendly sponsor. They give Have You Ever Seeners who use our "HYES" promo code a 20% discount. Your destination is "sparkplug.coffee/hyes". Follow us on Twi-x and you can see what we might have to say on Oscar Night. Bev is @bevellisellis there and also on Threads, while Ryan is @moviefiend51 on Elon's chat site. Email us with comments about the show: haveyoueverseenpodcast@gmail.com. And look for our podcasts on YouTube (@hyesellis). Please rate us, review us, like, subscribe, tell people we exist.