Playing it Safe, by Scott Nye

26 Nov

vlcsnap-2014-11-26-14h21m24s176

A good General Principle for making a film about a genius is that those making it better be pretty damn sharp themselves, or at least unafraid to fake it fiercely. The Imitation Game is not a very sharp film. It’s also not a particularly emotionally engaged one, nor does it – save from a brief section of inspiration – seem terribly charged by the story it is telling. It lies flatly for the bulk of its running time, content to slowly reveal a series of facts in the manner of a Wikipedia entry, content in its certainty that those facts alone will be galvanizing enough. A few certainly are. What lingers, however, is not the facts themselves, but the mundanity of their presentation.

(more…)

I Do Movies Badly: Bedevilled

26 Nov

bedevilled3

In this episode, Jim discusses Chul-soo Jang’s Bedevilled.

Impotent Formula, by Rudie Obias

25 Nov

horribleboss2

While the new comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 doesn’t lack any chemistry with its all-star cast – including the trio from the original (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis), and its new additions with Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz – it just seems that its screenwriters and director have no idea what to do with that electric and palpable chemistry. It was a big reason why the first Horrible Bosses didn’t connect with me and it’s still a reason why its sequel just lies there with its overcomplicated plot and muddled comedy.

(more…)

WTF Are You Watching? The Day the Earth Stood Still

25 Nov

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

In this episode, Kyle and Lincoln are joined by Paul Heath to discuss Robert Wise’s The Day the Earth Stood Still.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

EPISODE 401: AFI FEST 2014

24 Nov

foxcatcher-videos-5245447565842

In this episode, Tyler and David are joined by Scott Nye to recap AFI Fest 2014.

Monday Movie: Sunshine

24 Nov

sunshine-2007-still

Every Monday, we’ll recommend a movie. It could be a classic, an overlooked recent treasure, an unfairly maligned personal favorite or whatever the hell we feel like.

Director Danny Boyle describes the film as being about: a ship, a crew, and a signal. The sun is dying. So a group of eight scientists and astronauts fly a space ship called Icarus 2 to the sun to drop an atomic bomb the size of Manhattan Island into it, hoping to reignite it and save the earth from atomic winter. A fantastic cast led by Cillian Murphy rocket towards the sun with the Danny Boyle flair we’ve seen in 28 Days Later and The Beach. I won’t spoil anything, but I want to briefly address the ending. The third act reveal is usually the dividing point for audience about Sunshine. It is a pretty significant twist, and, admittedly, it changes the tone of the film dramatically. A secret part of me still wants to see the movie without the reveal, but that is not the film Boyle made. If you pick up the film on DVD or Blu-ray, the commentary tracks by Boyle and physicist Brian Cox, nerdy though they may be, really help fill in the gaps. And while you’re at it, play it loud – sound plays a big role in the film. Sunshine is very much a Boyle film, in its visual style and story structure, and while mileage may vary amongst other viewers, its propulsive energy places it in a specific sort of genre I really respond to. I call it a “pressure cooker” film, where a group of people are put under tremendous pressure and you see how they react. It is simultaneously fascinating and frustrating, but has proved rewarding over repeat viewings.

Home Video Hovel: Unrelated, by Craig Schoeder

24 Nov

unrelated_dvd

When I saw Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien as a teenage boy, it was a revelation. It shaped my idea of how strange and fluid sexuality is and how relationships can be simultaneously complex and simple. Y Tu Mama Tambien, the story of two teenage boys discovering their sexuality at the behest of an older woman, is a fantasy for boys clawing their way out of the claustrophobic tunnels of childhood and towards the terrifying, cavernous world of adulthood. But as an adult, my interest shifts towards Luisa, the older woman with whom the boys run off, a compelling character who is shrouded in vague sorrow and hope. She has agency and her character has motive, but the majority of her story comes together in pieces through the filter of those around her. My desire to know more about Luisa is what attracted me so immediately to Joanna Hogg’s Unrelated, a film about a similar character. Anna is also a cynical, middle-aged woman in a relational crisis. But unlike Y Tu Mama Tambien, Unrelated is told entirely from Anna’s perspective. She, like Luisa, is a woman who (for one reason or many) finds it necessary to reconnect to a younger generation, platonically and possibly sexually, for fear of losing her identity altogether. And though Unrelated doesn’t navigate through sexual encounters like Y Tu Mama Tambien, it’s a much needed rebuttal, offering insight into the life of a character archetype often relegated to plot points and shallow story beats.

(more…)

Hey, Watch This! State of Affairs/The Amazing Race

24 Nov

140509_2781084_State_of_Affairs_Official_Trailer

In this episode, Paul and David discuss State of Affairs and The Amazing Race.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Sequel Saturday: Guy Ritchie Likes to Push the Pram a Lot, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

22 Nov

HolyGrail040

Guy Ritchie, the British director dude who was married to Madonna once upon a time, is getting ready to helm Knights of the Round Table, the first in a planned sextet of flicks based of the Arthurian legend of lore. Variety reports Jude Law may be joining the cast as a villain. Don’t get too excited now.

(more…)

Sequelcast: Saw VI

22 Nov

saw-vi-1

In this episode, Mat and Thrasher discuss the sixth film in the Saw series.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Louis Vuitton Outlet Louis Vuitton Replica Louis Vuitton Handbags Louis Vuitton Bags On Sale Louis Vuitton Replica Louis Vuitton 2013 Collection Cheap Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton Outlet Louis Vuitton Handbags Louis Vuitton Bags On Sale Louis Vuitton Bags On Sale Louis Vuitton Replica