Tag: Brett Stewart

8: At Least “Truman” Isn’t Egregiously Awful

8: At Least “Truman” Isn’t Egregiously Awful

Long before HBO was what it is today, they were trying to find their footing with original content. In 1995, they released “Truman,” a biopic of Harry Truman starring Gary Sinise. He sits on a park bench for awhile. He also learns how government works, […]

9: Ip Man

9: Ip Man

Why did we cover 2008’s “Ip Man” for our second Around the World movie? Because Donnie Yen is THE Man, not just Ip Man. Known in the West primarily as Bruce Lee’s teacher, Ip Man had a fascinating life story that Donnie Yen portrays with […]

7: “Dave” Is The Best Not-President President

7: “Dave” Is The Best Not-President President

On this week’s Silver Screens & Politics, Brett and Dominic explore the crazy but undeniably lovable tale of “Dave,” the best president that was never president. After a series of unfortunate events, Dave, a guy who runs a temp agency, becomes the most powerful person […]

8: The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)

8: The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)

This 2013 film from Italy was received with huge critical acclaim in the US, but it was a tiny release. Episodes from the life of aging raconteur and journalist Jep, a sharp observer of life but participant only in his limited sphere of intellectual party-goers, […]

6: “Virtual JFK” – An Extraordinary Portrait of Someone Thinking

6: “Virtual JFK” – An Extraordinary Portrait of Someone Thinking

In the return of Silver Screens & Politics, Dominic and Brett watch the film ‘Virtual JFK’ – an exploration of the Vietnam War if President John F. Kennedy had not been assassinated. Does it succeed in exploring an alternative timeline? Or does it develop a […]

7: Punch-Drunk Love

7: Punch-Drunk Love

Widely regarded as containing Adam Sandler’s best film performance, Punch-Drunk Love is the tale of an oddball man named Barry, who has seven horrible sisters and some serious anger issues. This week, Brett, Nicole, and David were joined by guest Matthew Sargent, and together we […]

6: Burn After Reading

6: Burn After Reading

For our second round of “New to Two,” David chose this Coen Brothers film that Brett and Nicole hadn’t seen yet. The film features Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, and the sublime Richard Jenkins, along with Coen-movie regular Frances McDormand. In this cautionary tale, […]

5: Dunston Checks In

5: Dunston Checks In

For our fifth and final theme, completing the first rotation of our little Movie-Go-Round, we have our audience pick. We hadn’t yet settled on “You Did This to Us” as the name of the theme, but after the first two picks we’ve seen, it seems […]

4: The Harder They Come

4: The Harder They Come

This tiny-budget movie, made by a BBC TV director, focused on a singer’s struggle for some kind of success in Kingston, Jamaica. The quasi-exploitation film spread reggae music around the world, and launched the international career of legend Jimmy Cliff with its smash hit soundtrack. […]

3: Logan

3: Logan

For our first Future Classics week, Brett nominated 2017’s “Logan.” The year is 2029, and an aging Logan is trying to leave Wolverine behind as he makes money as a limo driver to support himself, Caliban, and an ancient Professor Xavier. Into this attempt at […]

2: Sharknado

2: Sharknado

Our second week’s theme: Netflix Roulette! Each host used a randomizer to choose a movie from Netflix and we decided among the choices offered. This week’s “film” was a SyFy movie. About a tornado. Filled with sharks. Guest Claire Child joins Brett, David, and Nicole […]

1: Frailty

1: Frailty

In our New to Two weeks, one of our hosts picks a film that neither of the others has seen. For our inaugural episode, Nicole chose the Southern Gothic thriller, “Frailty.” This haunting serial-killer origin story is full of unexpected turns and solid performances from […]

Introducing Movie-Go-Round

Introducing Movie-Go-Round

Hosted by Brett Stewart, Nicole Davis, and David Luzader, Movie-Go-Round is a film discussion podcast uniquely designed around a rotating 5 week schedule. Sometimes joined by special guests, the three hosts explore a bevy of films during each of the following weeks: New to Two, […]

5: Blues Fan Round Table

5: Blues Fan Round Table

In this final episode of Exploring the Blues in Chicago, Brett David Stewart assembles a panel of fellow podcasters with an admiration for Chicago blues. Joined by Phil Rood and Peter Fisher, Stewart discusses helms a discussion about what makes the blues so special. How […]

4: The History

4: The History

In this episode of Exploring the Blues in Chicago, Brett David Stewart sits down with music journalist, author, and liner note writer, Bill Dahl. He has written liner notes for hundreds of albums, even receiving a Grammy nomination for his work on Rhino’s fiftieth anniversary […]

3: Chicago Blues Artists

3: Chicago Blues Artists

In this episode of Exploring the Blues in Chicago, Brett David Stewart learns what the life of a Chicago blues artist is like through two fascinating interviews. Frank Bang and Derrick Procell both discuss their trajectories through the blues community, the triumphs and tribulations that […]

2: The Independent Label

2: The Independent Label

In this episode of Exploring the Blues in Chicago, Brett David Stewart sits down briefly with Keith Dixon of the Blues Heaven Foundation to discuss the important role independent record labels played in the formative years of Chicago blues. Dixon’s grandfather was Willie Dixon, and […]

1: Introduction

1: Introduction

In this debut episode of Exploring the Blues in Chicago, host Brett David Stewart introduces the program and its overarching endeavor: to shine a spotlight on the Windy City’s most beloved music genre. This podcast will feature a series of interviews from industry professionals, artists, […]

5: “The Bystander Theory” Has No Theory

5: “The Bystander Theory” Has No Theory

In the fifth episode of Silver Screens & Politics, Brett Stewart and Dominic Cichocki delve deep into ‘The Bystander Theory,’ a 2013 film that attempts to explore theories on the JFK assassination. A film that’s nearly impossible to find, we stumbled upon it in a […]

4: “Wilson” Is a Technicolor God

4: “Wilson” Is a Technicolor God

In the fourth episode of Silver Screens & Politics, Brett Stewart and Dominic Cichocki delve deep into ‘Wilson,’ the 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic directed by Henry King. While it bombed at the box office, the shiny, oh so shiny, portrait of the 28th president of […]

The Jukebox Archive: Now Live

The Jukebox Archive: Now Live

Before launching Tilting Windmill Studios as an official network, Brett David Stewart spent two years hosting one of the internet’s most beloved music podcasts: The Jukebox. The program was a monthly showcase of the very best independent music from around the world. Delving into a […]

Inauguration Report: Live on the Ground

Inauguration Report: Live on the Ground

For five days in January of 2017, Brett David Stewart visited the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., to cover the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. On his journey, Stewart encountered protesters and supporters alike, hosted a series of live […]

3: “The Wind and the Lion” and the Wonder Bread

3: “The Wind and the Lion” and the Wonder Bread

In the third episode of Silver Screens & Politics, Brett Stewart and Dominic Cichocki delve deep into ‘The Wind and the Lion,’ the 1975 film directed and written by John Milius. The film fictionalizes a historical story of President Theodore Roosevelt working to get back […]

2: Press Sec. Alex Jones (“Death of a President”)

2: Press Sec. Alex Jones (“Death of a President”)

In the second episode of Silver Screens & Politics, Brett Stewart and Dominic Cichocki delve into Gabriel Range’s 2006 film, ‘Death of a President.’ This highly controversial docudrama catalogs the hypothetical assassination of President  George W. Bush and its aftermath. Is it poor taste to […]

1: It’s Pronounced “W”

1: It’s Pronounced “W”

In the inaugural episode of Silver Screens & Politics, Brett Stewart and Dominic Cichocki delve into Oliver Stone’s 2008 George W. Bush biopic, ‘W.’ How historically accurate is ‘W,’ and does it take the same creative liberties other Oliver Stone films are known for? Is […]

Re-Introducing The Jukebox

Re-Introducing The Jukebox

For over two years, veteran podcaster Brett Stewart helmed The Jukebox, a monthly showcase of the world’s finest independent music across a bevy of genres. In 2017, however, The Jukebox was put on hiatus. Tilting Windmill Studios is proud to preserve the feed of the […]

Introducing Exploring The Blues In Chicago

Introducing Exploring The Blues In Chicago

In this new Tilting Windmill Studios production, Brett David Stewart investigates the past, present, and future of blues music in Chicago. Stewart speaks with a legendary producer, historians, veteran musicians, and fans to dig deep into the importance of this long-standing American art form. 1: […]

Introducing Silver Screens & Politics

Introducing Silver Screens & Politics

In this new Tilting Windmill Studios production, Brett Stewart and Dominic Cichocki delve into the long-standing relationship between the political and cinema worlds. Exploring a new politically-inspired film in each episode, the duo determines whether or not the film is historically accurate, and more importantly, […]

Archiving The Inauguration Reports

Archiving The Inauguration Reports

For five days in January of 2017, Brett Stewart traveled to the nation’s capital to cover the inauguration of Donald J. Trump to the US presidency. On his journey, Stewart encountered a variety of exciting news stories, hosted several round table discussions, and provided live […]