WTF Are You Watching? Empire State

31 Mar

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In this episode, Kyle and Lincoln discuss Empire State, sort of starring The Rock.

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New to Home Video 3/31/15

31 Mar

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Monday Movie: Incident at Loch Ness

30 Mar

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Incident at Loch Ness blurs the lines between reality and fiction in a really creative and slightly maddening way. I found this film after a trip to Scotland, which included a stop at Loch Ness. IMDB lists it as an adventure/horror/comedy. I think that is all true but it also more than that. The film starts as a documentary about famous film director Werner Herzog titled Herzog in Wonderland being made by John Bailey. Herzog is starting his own film within the Herzog in Wonderland documentary with Hollywood screenwriter Zac Penn. At some point the two films become mingled with one other until they become this one film Incident at Loch Ness.

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Home Video Hovel: Salvation Army, by Craig Schroeder

30 Mar

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The most I know about Casablanca – Morocco’s coastal metropolis – is that it’s as good a place as any to organize a resistance movement and that it has at least one cafe that can provide a stiff drink and good tunes. In Abdellah Taia’s mostly autobiographical film Salvation Army (based on his novel of the same name), Casablanca’s cultural identity is brought into sharp focus through the eyes of a young gay boy, growing up in a Muslim, heteronormative society. The film is delicate and sensitive, but may have been better off in the hands of a more experienced director. Salvation Armys study in melancholy oppression often veers off-course, resulting in a slow-burn that, unfortunately, never finds a pay-off.

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EPISODE 419: CONSERVATIVE CRITICISM

30 Mar

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In this episode, Tyler and David are joined by Josh Long to discuss political conservatism in film criticism.

Home Video Hovel: Life of Riley, by Dayne Linford

29 Mar

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It’s definitely fitting that Alain Resnais should end his career with a cinematic exercise in obfuscation, but even for his tastes, Life of Riley is an astoundingly multilayered film. An adaptation, Resnais’ third, of a famously post-modern English playwright, translated into French, but retaining the setting in England, a country we only see in rolling location shots down country roads, which then fade into postcard drawings of estates, which fade into an assortment of gardens that are clearly sets, complete with curtains, with characters whose close-ups are against a cross-hatched background reminiscent of 50s style newspaper comics, the film is very nearly an assault on cinematic conventions, an exercise in uncovering, through obfuscation, human emotional truth. As such, Resnais extends the self-knowing conceit of his source material to an absurd degree, making the camera lens itself a fourth wall.

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Home Video Hovel: Daughters of Dolma, by Dayne Linford

29 Mar

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Most of us have a conception of things outside of ourselves as being rather flat, singular and unchanging. We think of another country and see the stereotypes from old cartoons or action movies, of another religion and see the barest essentials of ancient practice, unchanged over time. One of the most beautiful things about modern film, especially documentary film, is its profound capacity for education, to act, as Roger Ebert famously said, as a machine for making empathy, through elucidation and the chance for others to express themselves. Daughters of Dolma, an Adam Miklos documentary about Tibetan Buddhist nuns, is one such piece.

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BP Movie Journal 3/28/15

28 Mar

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In this journal, Tyler and David discuss the movies and TV shows they’ve watched recently, including:

SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION
RUN ALL NIGHT
A STAR IS BORN (1954)
IT FOLLOWS
RIDE THE PINK HORSE
DO YOU BELIEVE?
THE SURE THING
REAR WINDOW
MAIDAN
DO THE RIGHT THING
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH
GLEE
BROAD CITY
CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
TWIN PEAKS

 

Sequel Saturday: Casual Lex, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

28 Mar

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Although it’s a year from release, Warner Bros. feels the need to trickle out images for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The latest of these shows Jesse Eisenberg (To Rome With Love) as a skinny, steely Lex Luthor. Precious little of the plot has been revealed. Lex Luthor has been the classic villain in the Superman; the only live-action films not featuring Mr. Luthor are Superman III and Man of Steel.

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The Sacred and the Profane, by David Bax

27 Mar

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When a documentary includes narration in the low tones of a German man, our conditioning makes us think of Werner Herzog. But even though Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s The Salt of the Earth contains the stark beauty, endearing oddballs and mankind vs. nature dichotomy of Herzog’s work, the result couldn’t be more different. There’s no sardonic, existential pondering in Wenders’ voice. Rather, and despite the graphic and upsetting nature of some of the imagery, the film is warm, humanistic and even sentimental.

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