Monday, September 23, 2013

Episode 9 - 23 - 13

Somehow our topics wandered from artistic seminal fluid and Dario Argento's latest colon-blow, Dracula 3D. Please do yourself a favor and watch the trailer for this. It looks...transcendent.

Review - The Grandmaster: Wong Kar-wai, that director of cryptic lovelorn conversations and shaky slow-mo with obtuse camera angles somehow was tasked to direct a film about a mythical character in martial arts and film history, Ip Man, who has already been cinematized in a manner befitting his influene. If you're not familiar, this guy is almost solely responsible for training and influencing a host of Hong Kong martial artists who would go on to become movie stars, therein transmitting kung fu and kung fu films to the West. There were clearly two films made here: the one WKW wanted to make, and the one he was bound to make, which results in some strange, uneven pacing, and somehow makes both the action scenes and the love story feel tacked on. The compositions make it worth, though, I think.

Review - We're the Millers: You'll just have to tune in and hear us deconstruct modern comedy and somehow manage to intelligently talk about "Pee pee - Poo poo - Fart."

We heard music from:

Tenebrae, 1982 - Goblin
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 2009 - Mark Mothersbaugh
House of Flying Daggers, 2005 - Shigeru Umebayashi


Monday, September 16, 2013

Episode 9 - 16 - 13

Tonight we brought an old buddy on the show before he sets sail for the Hipster Coast, and we all sat around talking about movies, Snapchat, and cartoon pornography, among others.

Review - Insidious: Chapter 2: Serendipitously getting to take advantage of his runaway hit The Conjuring a mere month ago, James Wan returns with the second installment of what I'm sure will be more than two or three movies, given the director's cred and the fact that he can make movies for around $5 mil that turn a 900% profit. This second Insidious seems to be going to way of Saw, which both Wan and Leigh Whannel are responsible for, as in: the plot of the first film is retreaded and this is proffered as depth. Beyond that, it's the usual bag of tricks for Wan - more jump scares than you can shake an epileptic demon at. For a micro-budget production and a ghost story, it's fine, but Wan's shtick  is pretty limited, and I'm not sure how long he can trot it out.

We heard music from:

The Mummy, 1999 - Jerry Goldsmith
Fletch, 1985 - Harold Faltermeyer
Fritz the Cat, 1972 - Ed Bogas, Ray Shanklin


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Episode 9 - 2 - 13

This week we interviewed Cody Ford, editor of The Idle Class magazine, the last issue of which we are in. We discussed Arkansas film and filmmakers working in the state as well as reviewing the new Simon Pegg joint, The World's End.

We heard music from:

"American Gladiators," 1989 - 1996 - Bill Conti
Tucker: A Man and His Dream, 1988 - Joe Jackson
American Hot Wax, 1978
My Stepmother is an Alien, 1988 - Alan Silvestri
It! Terror From Beyond the Stars, 1958


Episode 8 - 26 - 13

So, all of the internet is busting nutts of sadness and hate over the announcement of Ben Affleck as Batman in the new, Batman-exclusive movie, Superman II, starring Batman. Oh, and Elmore Leonard died.

We also reviewed You're Next, which more or less could be translated to Home Alone with  lots more realistic outcomes. Meaning murder. The Gaffer gave us a quick and dirt of his viewing of Blue Jasmine and then we called it a night. All is well.

We heard music from the following:

Batman, 1989 - Danny Elfman
Bourne Ultimatum, 2006 - John Powell


Monday, September 9, 2013

Episode 9 - 9 - 13

We talked a bit about the hyperreal, Miley Cyrus twerking on a wrecking ball, shooting RoboCop in the mouth, and James Wan's upcoming sequels. We also reviewed that Riddick movie. Oh yes. We did.

We heard music from:

Once Upon a Time in the West, 1968 - Ennio Morricone
Subway, 1985 - Eric Serra
The Chronicles of Riddick, 2004 - Graeme Revell