american-sniper_612x380_1In this episode, Tyler and David are joined by Josh Long to discuss political conservatism in film criticism.

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14 Responses

  1. Seth H. says:

    Oh Tyler. You’ve gone mad with power.

    (I’m typing this in a Bill Murray voice.)

  2. internet troll says:

    I’m the guy that one made that Hannity & Colmes comment. I’m sorry if things like that have had any sort of chilling effect on what you folks feel like you should express on your own site. I had it figured for the wrong kind of site. To paraphrase President Reagan, I’d rather have 80% friends than 20% enemies

  3. Ryan says:

    I haven’t listened to this one yet, but I kinda can’t wait. I suspect it will do the same thing to me that reading negative Babadook reviews does to Tyler.

  4. Scott P. Milliken says:

    This one is probably among the ten or fifteen best episodes of the podcast. I’d love for you guys to talk politics way more often, but sadly I understand why you don’t.

  5. Ryan says:

    Well, that was disappointing. Not from a quality perspective, (it was very entertaining), but from a partisan attack perspective. Other than Tyler and Josh name-dropping a bunch of conservative politicos I can’t stand (Bill Whittle…shudder), it was a pretty mild affair. I was expecting a full blown attack on liberal Hollyweird, but you guys mostly went after conservatives who don’t like movies, yet still feel compelled to comment on them. Worthy target, I guess. I agree with Josh that those attacking the Selma snub as “racist” are just as reflexively vapid as those who say those who didn’t vote for American Sniper hate America or our troops. I think people just like to feel aggrieved.
    FWIW, I don’t think people actually believed that Sarah Palin said “I can see Russia from my house”. It was just shorthand for what she actually said, which is that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience, and they were so close you could see Russia from certain parts of Alaska. People were mocking her for that already, and then on Saturday night, Fey shortened that to the now-famous line.

  6. Steven says:

    Previous episodes: “I want more people to comment on the website.” – David

    This episode: “[The comments section] is the place where the worst people in the world go to say the worst things in the world.” – Josh

    YOU’RE TEARING ME APART! You say one thing, he says another and everybody changes back again!

  7. Sean says:

    Loved the episode guys. Personally I love it that you guys are even mannered and don’t get heated. Our conversations would carry much more weight if everyone had this philosophy. I love listening to Tyler and Josh because they feel like kindred spirits. I myself am a conservative Christian and although I am not the cinephile of these two by any means, I have always loved film and feel like a bit of an outsider in the culture I live in. In fact to David I would be a conservative Christian but to a lot of the people in my area I would be considered a pretty liberal one.

    I will clear one thing up for Josh, no the conservatives in GA do not have a broader appreciation for film. They are going to see American Sniper, God’s Not Dead, and not a lot else just like you guys were talking about. It makes it very hard to engage in meaningful conversation about film. I say “yeah that was pretty good” and “oh I will have to check that out” a lot. That is why I listen to casts like yours and Filmspotting. It is also why I have been delighted to come upon More Then One Lesson. Tyler, Josh, and Josh Larsen are in inspiration.

    I have rambled so I will stop now despite the fact that I could write paragraphs about this episode but tgen David wouldn’t read it.

    Keep up the good work guys.

  8. Sean says:

    Just giving you a hard time because of the letter you didn’t read on cast a couple of episodes ago. Sorry.

  9. Marc says:

    Not sure if you’ve come across this article but thought it may be of interest considering the topic and you’re interest in comedy: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/why-theres-no-conservative-jon-stewart/385480/

  10. Marko says:

    I’m sure David probably learned this later, but the whole H&M metal band thing was later revealed to be a hoax.

  11. Ryan says:

    Is there any real difference between liking Transformers 4 and God’s Not Dead? They’re both just pandering to different audiences, neither of whom are particularly into movies as an art form.

  12. Philip says:

    Enjoyed this episode guys! I gotta say when I first discovered BP I went back in the archives to catch up and had to quit after a while. The George W Bush hate was just too much, and seemed to keep coming up a lot. I appreciate when people express their views- but when it gets inflammatory, I don’t care for it. I like to hear people engage issues with the idea in mind that there are reasonable people with understandable opposing views out there. Years of podcasting later, I think that you guys seem more laid back, which I really appreciate.

    I like the point David made that conservatives seem to have opted out of the film industry a long time ago, rather than engaging it. There’s this whole baby/bath water thing with art where some people seem to think if you like a film, book, song, etc. that you implicitly agree with everything about it- the writer, director, actors, story, and all world views/actions thereof.

    Good discussion, guys. Thanks!

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