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    Bonus Reel: Joker & Taxi Driver

    On this special bonus episode, Paul & Amy compare the controversial supervillain origin story Joker with one of the films that inspired it, Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver.
  2. When I see @tomspanks has posted in this thread but not the movie
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    Joker (2019)

    That makes sense then about where it came from. But it just doesn't seem all that shocking or surprising anymore to me.
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    Joker (2019)

    I liked the movie pretty well, some of it is quite amazing, but my main complaints are superficial. First, we don't need the Joker's background filled in. He's better as pure chaos, I don't want the logic on how he got there. It's scarier and much more villainous without it. Second, that backstory seems fairly obvious, no? A loner who lost his job and been abused and struggling comic? These aren't very creative choices. Why not like make him like a successful sitcom actor who somehow flips out? Or what if he was the Robert DeNiro tv show host instead? The Joker is a wild character and his backstory, if needed, should be insane too.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    I know a few people have posted this in threads, but they get buried and twitter timelines fade, so I thought we could keep this thread up-to-date better (and more easily findable) Current upcoming episodes: Ep 5 - The French Connection Ep 6 - Titanic Ep 7 - 2001: A Space Odyssey Ep 8 - Bonnie & Clyde
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    Upcoming Episodes

    Haven't seen anything yet. Since it's still two weeks of Godfathers, maybe they haven't gone ahead of that yet. Amy's in Spain I think according to her instagram. Maybe when she gets back.
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    American Graffiti

    Yea I'm not really explaining what I mean. Let me think about it some more. I'm not anti biography, that wasn't my intent, but yea, for some reason for this movie, it bugged me to learn all this. I guess just sort of went from 'let me explore the '50s' to 'here's my life' and the latter comes off as arrogant to me. I dunno. This is the first time I've come from the pod being like 'I think I like this less than I thought I did' though, so I'm a little baffled right now haha. But I also mostly agree, I don't love using the creator's personal life as a basis of criticism either. I try to stick to what's on the screen/script. But sometimes it is maybe unavoidable.
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    American Graffiti

    Same, but I take horror breaks for Unspooled and HDGTM (and if I feel like going to a theatre).
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    American Graffiti

    Yea sure, but their discussion made me take it as almost pure biography more than story. I don't know if that's true. Maybe it doesn't matter.
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    American Graffiti

    This was my take too. For a mainstreamy, George Lucas movie, I was quite surprised by its artfulness. I would have absolutely preferred a more open-ended ambiguous ending though. Still, Paul & Amy are making me rethink the film. I hadn't seen it before, and was expecting nostalgia porn when I turned it on. I was impressed in how it avoided that to me, and I quite enjoyed it a lot. Now I'm not so sure -- knowing that it is just Lucas' personal stories, I dunno. It's losing some of what I took as creativity and story-telling. I haven't finished the episode yet, I should probably do that before going further, but I'm truly not sure what level I think the movie is at anymore.
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    Bonus Reel: Shea Serrano

    In a special bonus episode this week, Paul & Amy ask Shea Serrano, writer for The Ringer and author of Movies (And Other Things), about the three films he would add to the AFI list.
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    Bonus Reel: Shea Serrano

    Wow ya that's interesting about Kubrick. White Men Can't Jump does seem like a niche basketball comedy which is probably not helping its rep now.
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    Bonus Reel: Shea Serrano

    Oh I dunno, that was mostly just a way to express how much I like it haha. Let me think though I won't include AFI movies because I'm still processing or reprocessing those with Unspooled but a few would be certainly be here (prob. 2001, Lord of the Rings, Do The Right Thing, Double Indemnity, Vertigo). Also just one per director or else this could easily be all Coen Brothers and Wes Anderson movies. Also including foreign stuff. Something like this (not in order). Rushmore Inside Llewyn Davis Bicycle Thieves M Killer Of Sheep Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind This Is Spinal Tap Top Secret!
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    Bonus Reel: Shea Serrano

    White Men Can't Jump is a top-10 all-timer for me too. Love it so much
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    Bonus Reel: Shea Serrano

    according to Amy this will be an occasional bonus side series!
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    Musical Mondays Week 76 I Kissed a Vampire

    If you look on wikipedia, all the actors are like related to each other: Lucas Grabeel as Dylan Knight Drew Seeley as Trey Sylvania Adrian Slade as Sara Lane Amy Paffrath (Drew Seeley's wife[3]) as Luna Dark Sally Slade (Adrian Slade's sister) as Sally Sucker Katie Seeley (Drew Seeley's sister) as Lydia Bloodworth Mike Slade (Adrian Slade's father) as Dr. Payne Autumn Grabeel (Lucas Grabeel's sister) as Penny Plasma Emily Morris (Lucas Gabreel's girlfriend) as Desiree Damned
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    Musical Mondays Week 76 I Kissed a Vampire

    This was bad
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    Some Like It Hot

    I do think the scene on the boat where Mr. Shell Oil lies about his ability to get aroused in order to get Sugar to make out with him to be shady and inappropriate. And all the groping and lies in the form of 'romance'. That's the stuff that sort of dated this film out for me. I couldn't quite get it up on that ultimate pedestal. But I'm not trying to argue any views down though; generally my take is similar to Paul's. It's a fine movie, but there's so much better. But I'll add, I loved this episode itself. Learning the history of Monroe and most importantly, tying it to her work, was great. If Unspooled ends, Amy should do more of that. I'd be happy to have Amy guide us through an actor or director's filmography, mixing in their bios and putting everything in context from a modern perspective. (I haven't listened to Lovage in years, gonna dig that out! I love Dan the Automator.)
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    EPISODE #223 - Disclosure (1994)

    here's my prediction: white rich guys keep getting richer and keep spanking their secretaries, nothing changes
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    Unspooled live show 9/26

    I bought my ticket a few weeks back before they announced this month's theme... but turns out, it's The Beatles! I love The Beatles but won't lie, their movies don't do a lot for me. This should be fun! https://drafthouse.com/los-angeles/show/unspooled-live?fbclid=IwAR0OGffxdzt2F-lN75KXf_s_cK5IS4QHY1Z-PL9I9dIYtPu_FYL8jBlzQxM
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    Unspooled live show 9/26

    Yea I can get why the Beatles themsevles don't focus on Let It Be much anymore, but as a music fan it'll be fascinating. And I feel like whether the new one is friendlier or not, it should be more factual and complete.
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    EPISODE #223 - Disclosure (1994)

    I mean, this film doesn't understand how anything works: email, computers, forklifts, corporate structure, Prozac, virtual reality, marriage, the law, sex...
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    Unspooled live show 9/26

    Definitely not Amy. She was mocking it and the clip she chose was pretty bad haha Oh they also talked a bit about the upcoming Let It Be re-release which sounds like it will be great to me
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    Unspooled live show 9/26

    They did, yea. They played a clip of a scene with Lennon from it and talked about it shortly. Then they showed a bunch of clips of people playing John Lennon in films since he didn’t act as much as the others.
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    Unspooled live show 9/26

    This was a fun show, though there were so many clips it felt at times a little superficial, esp. compared to the usual in-depth Unspooled experience (and the first live show too). But obviously the Beatles clips were a blast. They basically talked through The Beatles main movies first, with Will Hines joining for most all of it. They all did sort of think A Hard Day's Night should be on the AFI list, its British-ness be damned. lol They then looked through the solo movies each of The Beatles have done, and the consensus seems to be that Ringo is the best actor of them all. This was my favorite part of the show, seeing all the obscure stuff Ringo and Paul had done. Next Jake Fogelnest joined them to discuss through the Sgt. Pepper's movie and show some clips of that. They were going to go into The Rutles too, I think, but basically seem to have run out of time. To close, Amy (and Randy Newman) had rewritten the lyrics to "Yesterday" to be about the AFI list and we all sang it.
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