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Sequelcast 2: Batman Commentary

21 Jun

In this episode, Mat records a commentary for Batman (1966) to celebrate the late Adam West.

I Do Movies Badly: Dead Man

21 Jun

In this episode, Jim is shooting buffalo and talking about Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man.

Criterion Prediction #94: Funeral Parade of Roses, by Alexander Miller

21 Jun

Title: Funeral Parade of Roses (Bara no Soretsu)

Year: 1969

Director: Toshio Matsumoto

Cast: Pîtâ, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Osamu Ogasawara,  Emiko Azuma

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The Bad Batch: Comfort Zone, by Josh Long

21 Jun

Ana Lily Amirpour’s first feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, was a revelation in the 2015 film scene. Sleek, edgy, cool, with an inescapable socio-political message, it stood out from the crowd in a way that made many of us excited to see what the filmmaker would do next. No one could say it would be easy to top her first film, but Amirpour is definitely up for the challenge. Her new film, The Bad Batch, is longer, bigger budget, and has a much broader scope.

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LA Film Fest 2017: And Then I Go, by David Bax

20 Jun

In one of the very first scenes of Vincent Grashaw’s And Then I Go, fourteen-year-old protagonist Edwin (Arman Darbo) struggles to open an uncooperative locker in a middle school hallway during the brief, cacophonous rush between periods. The intimate and tangible attention to detail in this moment brings the viewer immediately back to that time and place in their own lives. The immersive feeling continues, too; only a few minutes later, we see a schoolyard fight unfold in exactly the blunt but specific way in which such things have always happened to kids like Edwin and continue to happen to them today, with bullies who are dumb enough to express themselves with their fists but observant enough to know just how to get you to lash out first. Grashaw so expertly pulls the viewer into that feeling of misfit teenagedom–where you’re old enough to be enraged by your place in the world but helpless, not yet granted the agency to do anything about it–that the identification with Edwin is already sealed long before you realize he’s on the path to possibly opening fire on his classmates with his friend’s father’s rifle.

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BP’s Top 100 Movie Challenge #52: Blue Velvet, by Sarah Brinks

20 Jun

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen. The Battleship Pretension Top 100 list has a good number of films I hadn’t seen before so it is a good source for my challenge.

I don’t have a lot to say about Blue Velvet. David Lynch’s brand of weird is not a weird that I respond positively too. There is no doubt that he is a talented film maker who if good at his craft, but the stories he tells and the way he tells them, in a lot of ways, repel me.

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LA Film Fest 2017: The Little Hours, by David Bax

20 Jun

It will be hard to avoid reviews of Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours that accuse it of being a “feature length sketch.” It’s not an entirely unfair charge, given the basic comedic presence of a film that takes place in the 14th century but has all its characters speaking in modern, vulgar language. Certainly, it’s funny to see nuns gossiping about each other like shallow sorority sisters and then yelling at the convent’s field hand, “Don’t fucking talk to us!” But if that were the only joke, it would wear thin quickly. Luckily, Baena has more in mind.

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Crossing the Streams: June 2017, by Jim Rohner

19 Jun

Congratulations! With your recent purchase of a brand new Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire Stick you’re ready to – as Obi-Wan Kenobi said – take your first step into a larger world. That larger world is, of course, the world of chord cutting in which a seemingly endless supply of streaming apps, services, and content are available instantaneously at your fingertips. But with so many options of things to watch spread out across so many different services changing literally by the day, what’s worth binge watching before it expires and you’d have to – (GASP) – pay for it? Allow Crossing the Streams to be your official guide to what’s worth watching before it expires, what’s just been made available, and what’s just plain damn good.

Watch It Now

I must apologize for the lateness of this month’s blog, which I had intended to write much sooner than I did. Because of my tardiness, you perhaps may not have been informed of the expiring of some titles (4:44 Last Day on Earth or Selma, for instance) or are only now seeing that you don’t have as much time to watch others before the expire shortly. My only hope is that your anger at my tardiness will pale in comparison to the anger of the studios that charge too much for streaming rights that ultimately will lead to the expiring of some of these following titles…

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EPISODE 535: A Breed unto Ourselves with Katie Walsh

19 Jun

In this episode, Tyler and David are joined by Katie Walsh of LA Times and Tribune News Service to discuss the appropriateness of critics writing about an actor’s physical attractiveness.

What the Hell Are You Watching?!: The Prestige LIVE with Elise Lecomte

19 Jun

We’re back in the Vermont Comedy Club for a fantastic live episode! Our guest is the hilarious Elise Lecomte to discuss her pick of The Prestige. SO MANY DOVES!

We had a nearly full house for the show, so thank you everyone who came out! And big thanks to Sidney Bard for coming up to play trivia with us! And obviously thank you to VCC for letting us come bullshit for an hour-fifteen about a great movie.

Check out Elise in the touring improv company through VCC and if you’re in the NYC area the weekend of June 23, check out Tim and the Unmentionables at the Del Close Marathon! If you’re local, be on the look out for a series of commercials starring Lincoln and Rachel!