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Monday Movie: Nobody Knows, by David Bax

27 Mar

With After the Storm, yet another grand achievement from director Koreeda Hirokazu, currently in theaters, I thought it worth turning my attention back to Nobody Knows, the 2004 film that first made me aware of the director and one that has remained indelible.

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EPISODE 523: Indie-Lite

27 Mar

In this episode, Tyler and David are joined by Josh Long to discuss indie movies that don’t feel particularly independent.

Home Video Hovel: The Executioner, by David Bax

24 Mar

Luis García Berlanga’s The Executioner is a dark comedy, all the darker for the fact that it doesn’t, on the surface, feel like one. It’s sunny and frothy, with a predilection for mild physical comedy. But make no mistake, this is a heady yet farcical look at what it means to take another human’s life.

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BP Movie Journal 3/23/17

24 Mar

Tyler and David discuss the movies and TV shows they’ve been watching, including:

Movies
AFTER THE STORM
PATHS OF THE SOUL
THE WATERMELON WOMAN
RIVER OF GRASS
CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY
THE EXECUTIONER

TV
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000

Wilson: Cast Away, by David Bax

22 Mar

Craig Johnson’s Wilson (based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes and adapted by the author) begins with a sequence of its protagonist awakening to a new day while musing in voiceover narration about his quirky take on the world we live in and life in general. It’s not unlike the opening scenes of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Sure, Wilson (Woody Harrelson) is a middle-aged loner and not a charismatic high schooler. And, yes, his philosophy is less “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” and more “Life is lonely and miserable.” And Wilson unfolds over the course of painful years, not one wacky day. But, at their core, both movies are about oddballs who are resolute in their outlook despite external influences. And both movies are a bit uneven.

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New to Home Video 3/21/17

21 Mar

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Monday Movie: The Ballad of Jack and Rose, by David Bax

20 Mar

After making a minor splash with 2002’s sensuous feminist triptych Personal Velocity, director Rebecca Miller has yet to register strongly on the film world’s radar again. That’s unfortunate because her follow-up, 2005’s The Ballad of Jack and Rose, remains an overlooked gem. Retaining the earthy tactility of the previous feature, this effort is simultaneously more intimately focused and more grandly ambitious, as visually rewarding as it is morally challenging.

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EPISODE 522: One Hit Wonder Directors

20 Mar

In this episode, Tyler and David discuss directors who only made one good movie and Tyler introduces a new game called This or That.

Space Invaders commentary!

19 Mar

COMING SOON!

Ask BP (March 16, 2017)

17 Mar

Tyler and David discuss Dekalog and Pedro Almodovar.