Taika Waititi joins this week’s Russo Bros. Pizza Film School
The guest roster for the Russo Bros. Pizza Film School has seen a large array of talent in the previous weeks and it’s been announced that this week’s episode will feature none other than Oscar-winning writer/director Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) with the group looking back at 1980’s Flash Gordon! Click here to rent or purchase Flash Gordon!
Directed by Mike Hodges and starring Sam Jones in the titular role, Flash Gordon centers on the star quarterback as he and travel agent Dale Arden come across Dr. Hans Zarkov, a scientist who believes there’s a more sinister reason behind a sudden eclipse and hot hail affecting the Earth. As they take off to space to try and solve the problem, they land on planet Mongo and learn that the evil Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow) is attacking the Earth out of pure boredom and must team up with a race of Hawkmen to save the world.
Previous movies discussed on the show include La Haine, Ronin, The Evil Dead, The Empire Strikes Back featuring Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, and most recently, No Country for Old Men with star Josh Brolin. The Russos have been joined on other episodes by film critic Pete Hammond and the screenwriting duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely who also serve as Co-Presidents of Story for AGBO. Previous episodes are currently available to watch on the AGBO YouTube Channel.
The weekly show created and hosted by Joe and Anthony Russo (The Russo Brothers) aims to educate and spread some love to favorite classic films, as well as local pizzerias while movie lovers are stuck at home during the pandemic. The Bros will assign a movie for the class every week, and tune in with guests to talk about how different flicks have transformed their relationship to cinema, while enjoying pizza from a local pizzeria.
The next episode of Russo Bros. Pizza Film School is set to air this Friday at 12 p.m. PST on IGTV and the AGBO YouTube Channel.