EPISODE 322: OLD vs. NEW

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  1. Juhani Kenttä says:

    David, you mentioned in the pre-topic talk that Due Date is the only Todd Phillips movie you haven’t seen. Does that mean that you’ve seen his early documentary work and therefore his debut Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies? I emailed you back when you were doing an episode about rock docs which must’ve been at least, what, three years ago? I mentioned it being one of my favorite movies and I would be interested to know what you thought of it.

    And if you haven’t seen it, you and anyone interested in Todd Phillips’ work really should. Especially in light of the more misanthropic elements that are rising to the top in the more recent Phillips works, they’re definitely in plain view right from the get-go. As is the sense of an assured director at work, made even more impressive when you know how little money and film they had at their disposal.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      I have not actually seen Hated in full. I really mean to someday but GG Allin is not my idea of a pleasant afternoon on the couch!

      – David

  2. Scott Nye says:

    Man, you want misanthropic comedies, let me tell you about a little movie called PAIN & GAIN…

  3. Jonathon says:

    Thanks for the great new episode guys! I just had to write a university essay about Paul Haggis’ ‘Crash’, so it was nice to have this episode as a light at the end of the tunnel…

    I was talking to someone today who asked me what my favourite movie of all time was. I responded with ‘Fargo’ (which is, indeed, my favourite film of all time), to which he replied “wow, that’s really old school”. I think for young people who aren’t particularly interested in film, the very definition of an ‘old’ movie is changing. I’ve always felt slightly guilty, as a self-appointed ‘film-buff’, for having such a recent film as my all time favourite, but many people I talk to would barely consider seeing anything not made in the last ten years, which I find is a very limiting principle to uphold.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      How old is this person?

      – David

      • Jonathon says:

        This person is 18. The same thing goes for many of my non-film buff friends – I hardly know anyone whose favourite film is more than ten years old. Half my friends would say that their favourite movie is ‘The Social Network’.

        • Battleship Pretension says:

          As an eighteen-year-old, he wouldn’t have been old enough to form memories when Fargo came out so I’d cut him some slack. For instance, Brian De Palma’s Scarface feels like a much older movie to me than it would to someone who is currently in their early forties.

          – David

          • Jonathon says:

            Fair enough David, you’re right – I’m being very snobbish. People my age (18) tend not to watch older films because they find the stylised dialogue and quasi-theatrical acting too alienating compared to more recent films – well, that’s what they tell me…

          • Battleship Pretension says:

            Well, hey, film buffs like us might get it but we have to take it easy on the Muggles of the world.

            – David

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