In this episode, Tyler and David discuss directors who only made one movie.
This is in response to your discussion at the top of the show. I hate to break it to you guys, but you know not of what you speak. But, I will let you in on a little secret. Being a modern parent is really, really boring. I know that you won’t believe me. You’ll probably judge me. But, it is the truth. Someday you might find out for yourself.
If you are committed to being a modern parent, then you will be attentive and participative with your children 90% time. (A 100% is too ambitious.) This means no screens while you are with your kid(s). No watching a movie on your ipad while they play; no checking your phone while they eat; and certainly no television on. This is intense, hard work. For stay-at-home parents who are present for their kids 90 percent of the time, even getting to watch just a fraction of a dumb movie for two hours is a huge break. So, it is a great idea. It’s just not for you.
I will let you in on another secret, though. It is the hardest and most boring thing that you will ever undertake, but it is also the most fulfilling. And if you want the sort of relationship with your 10-year-old where he or she is actually excited to hang out and watch Studio Ghibli films with you, then you have to pay your dues when he or she is an infant and toddler.
I kept having a feeling of deja vu with this episodes because I was sure that you had done this before, but I think I’ve been thinking of episode 297, “Actors Who Direct”, as well as other articles on this topic, I’m sure the AV Club has done one.
Night of the Hunter was also the first movie that came to my mind when I saw the topic. As for classifying it, I have always just thought of it as a fairy tale. The use of black and white and the fact that it is from the pov of children is what leaves this impression with me.
My two cents on cineast vs cinephile: cineast originally means ‘filmmaker’, not ‘film lover’, and still has exclusively that meaning in most languages where the word exists. It’s one of those mistakes that was used enough to become officially correct.
Maybe it’s the fact that English is my second language and it just doesn’t make sense to me to call someone who isn’t in the film industry a ‘cineast’, but I think I’ll keep resisting this one, just like the updated dictionary definition of ‘literally’.
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