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Frantz: Torn in Two, by David Bax

15 Mar

Francois Ozon’s Frantz is set, at least initially, in small town Germany in the immediate aftermath of the First World War. That this defeated nation is already a breeding ground for the nationalism that will give rise to Nazism years later is an obvious parallel to our current climate here in America; when the father of a slain soldier declares, “Every Frenchman is my son’s murderer,” it’s clear there’s little room for nuance in this atmosphere. But Ozon has something else on his mind, crafting a classical tale of yearning and tragedy that is particularly well suited to his strengths and tendencies.

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New to Home Video 3/14/17

14 Mar

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Monday Movie: Excalibur, by David Bax

13 Mar

It almost seems odd to think that John Boorman’s Excalibur came out years after Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Boorman’s film is so earnest and self-serious that it would be easy to convince yourself that it was a direct source of the Pythons’ mockery. But if that sounds like a dig at Excalibur, it’s not. Sure, the first time you see it, it may take you a few scenes to keep from smirking at its zealous staidness and its nonsensical touches like the fact that the knights of the round table appear to wear their full suits of armor at literally all times. Once you are gently eased onto its wavelength, though, Excalibur becomes an enchanting as one of Merlin or Morgana’s spells.

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EPISODE 521: One and Done Directors

12 Mar

In this episode, Tyler and David discuss directors who only made one movie.

BP Movie Journal 3/9/17

10 Mar

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

Movies
DESERT HEARTS
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
ANTARCTICA: ICE & SKY
KUNG FU PANDA
THE SEVENTH SEAL
WILSON
NETWORK
IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN
LOUDER THAN BOMBS

TV
30 ROCK
LOST
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
SURVIVOR

My Scientology Movie: Clearly Comical, by David Bax

8 Mar

Made around the same time as Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (to which it inevitably must be compared) but only being released stateside now, John Dower’s My Scientology Movie seems at first as if it can only be a footnote to Gibney’s behemoth. Despite its lighter tone and shorter running time, though, it reveals itself to be a necessary companion instead. Where Gibney chronicled the history and the shocking facts of Scientology and its nefarious practices, Dower and onscreen investigator/presenter Louis Theroux investigate the psychological transformation of being in and, hopefully, surviving the church.

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New to Home Video 3/7/17

7 Mar

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The Maiden Voyage of the Battleship Pretension

7 Mar

In honor of our 10-year anniversary, we are posting our very first episode, recorded in March 2007. In it, you will hear two 25-year-olds as they try their hand at podcasting for the first time, with all of the unfunny jokes, smug attitudes, and lack of perspective that entails. You have been warned. 

EPISODE 520: artist profile of BILL PAXTON

6 Mar

In this episode, Tyler and David discuss the career of the late Bill Paxton.

BP Movie Journal 3/2/17

4 Mar

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

Movies
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
SANTA SANGRE
WAGON MASTER
THE GREAT WALL
LOGAN
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
TANGLED
BROKEN BLOSSOMS
A MOST WANTED MAN
OUT IN THE NIGHT
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2
ADAM’S RIB
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
A FACE IN THE CROWD
EMPIRE OF THE SUN
PSYCHO

TV
THE PEOPLE vs O.J. SIMPSON
MIAMI VICE