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EPISODE 544: Todd Gilchrist

21 Aug

In this episode, Tyler and David are joined by Todd Gilchrist to discuss Grease, Purple Rain and Calvin Harris.

BP Movie Journal 8/17/17

18 Aug

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

Movies
THE EMPTY HOURS
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
THE FOUNDER
THE COLD LANDS
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BEACH RATS
HEAT AND DUST
MARGIN CALL
THE SAPPHIRES
THE LESSER EVIL
GOOK
BARRACUDA
PERSON TO PERSON
LOGAN LUCKY
MARJORIE PRIME
I DO… UNTIL I DON’T
LION
SECRET HONOR

TV
THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW
OZARK

Marjorie Prime: Who Were You?, by David Bax

17 Aug

Michael Almereyda’s Marjorie Prime takes place almost entirely in one room. In an ordinary case, that might be a demerit, chalked up to an inability to transfer the story from its original form as a play (by Jordan Harrison) into a more cinematic form. Here, though, Almereyda makes this one room the nexus around which the rest of the movie’s reality revolves. Beyond this room, the characters and the world change drastically as time pushes forward, as evidenced by having one scene take place with a growing snowstorm raging outside the window. The past recedes and mutates even as the characters try their best to hold onto it. It’s dizzying to contemplate but, thankfully, we can ground ourselves in this space, the way a drunk might fall asleep with one foot on the floor to stop the room from spinning.

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Patti Cake$: Dare Ya to Do What You Want, by David Bax

16 Aug

It may not be immediately clear to you, when watching Geremy Jasper’s Patti Cake$, that the movie is set in Northern New Jersey (it may take you as long as until the first Bruce Springsteen song shows up on the soundtrack to figure it out). But, thanks to Jasper’s firm command of tone and atmosphere, you’ll understand that you’ve set down in a place of scrappy strivers and bitter burnouts who are both inspired and intimidated by the shadow they live in. For what it’s worth, it takes place in Bayonne.

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Lemon: Curb Your Enthusiasm, by David Bax

16 Aug

“It’s time for a new you. The old you doesn’t work anymore.” This specific sentence is spoken by Isaac (Brett Gelman) a struggling actor, as a part of commercial in which he isn’t wearing any pants. The line is not just a summation of the entire mission statement of advertising; it’s clearly about Isaac as well, in a bitterly funny way. That sardonic tone is the essence of Janicza Bravo’s Lemon. The accepted portmanteau for this type of story is tragicomic. But Lemon, Bravo’s first feature film, can’t seem to get the tragedy/comedy balance right.

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David’s Summer Playlist 2017

15 Aug

  • 1. Surf Wax America – Weezer
  • 2. Suffer Me – Sheer Mag
  • 3. Space Lord – Monster Magnet
  • 4. Breakdown – Buzzcocks
  • 5. Fell on Black Days – Soundgarden
  • 6. Falling from Cloud 9 – Lift to Experience
  • 7. Tower – TOWER
  • 8. Utopia – King Woman
  • 9. Fortune Favours the Insane – Hark
  • 10. Dragonaut – Sleep
  • 11. A Dying World – Iron Reagan
  • 12. Elimination – Overkill
  • 13. Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe) – Power Trip
  • 14. Those Who Survived – Darkest Hour
  • 15. Destructive Currents – Immolation
  • 16. Heart Girt with a Serpent – The Ominous Circle
  • 17. Stop Being Greedy – DMX
  • 18. Hand on the Pump – Cypress Hill
  • 19. 4 AM – 2 Chainz
  • 20. Joga – Bjork
  • 21. Between the Bars – Elliott Smith
  • 22. Dry Town – Gillian Welch
  • 23. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye

Next Fest 2017: L.A. Times, by David Bax

13 Aug

Michelle Morgan’s L.A. Times is an attempt to update the ‘hyper-verbose, aimless young people’ blueprint of 90s fare like Reality Bites to the current day. From the opening scene, in which jaded but overly confident lifestylers at a bourgeois cocktail bar casually assert their opinions on the ethics of patronizing prostitutes, the hollow echoes of those Generation X forebears make themselves known. The roundabout speechifying and armchair psychology continues from that point on and never lets up. The characters in Reality Bites may have been full of shit but at least they pretended to stand for something. The people in L.A. Times can’t see anything beyond the ends of their noses, too vapid to understand the traditional cultural values into which they keep reflexively retreating. Unfortunately, the same can be said of the movie itself.

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Next Fest 2017: Golden Exits, by David Bax

13 Aug

In the first full scene of Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits, a palpable tension hangs over the seemingly innocuous preparation for a small dinner party. An archivist named Nick (Adam Horovitz) is about to introduce to his wife Aly (Chloe Sevigny) and her sister Gwen (Mary-Louise Parker) the assistant he’s hired to work with him over the next few months, Naomi (Emily Browning). Before the young woman even arrives, suspicions and accusations hang in the air, yet they remain unspoken. Of course they do; in Perry’s cerebral but yearning movie, everyone talks constantly but no one ever says what’s really on their mind.

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EPISODE 543: Kyles Anderson

13 Aug

In this episode, David is joined by Nerdist’s Kyle Anderson and Entertainment Weekly’s Kyle Anderson.

Next Fest 2017: Lemon, by David Bax

11 Aug

“It’s time for a new you. The old you doesn’t work anymore.” This specific sentence is spoken by Isaac (Brett Gelman) a struggling actor, as a part of commercial in which he isn’t wearing any pants. The line is not just a summation of the entire mission statement of advertising; it’s clearly about Isaac as well, in a bitterly funny way. That sardonic tone is the essence of Janicza Bravo’s Lemon. The accepted portmanteau for this type of story is tragicomic. But Lemon, Bravo’s first feature film, can’t seem to get the tragedy/comedy balance right.

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