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    Episode 163 - Zodiac vs. Shaun of the Dead vs. Magnolia

    This is my least favourite kind of versus episode. Where the movies up against each other have almost nothing in common and occupy totally different spaces of the Canon. Totally insane. Although I am still holding a grudge for that Whiplash V Juno episode which was also a total farce. Anyway, Shaun of the Dead. Edgar Wright is basically a god in my book- so hopefully this isn't the last time a film gets nominated. I probably would've voted for Zodiac or Magnolia in a different more appropriate versus btw.
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    Episode 132 - Carnal Knowledge (w/ Molly Lambert)

    I thought this was a terrific film showing the shallow petty lives MRA/chauvinists lead. The final scenes with Jack Nicholson putting a slideshow of all the girls he has gone out with- with increasing vile and hatred is instantly iconic. Modern rom-com/dramas have whipped the dead "Actually men are shitty" horse too much, but tracing it's origins back to here is really terrific. Instant yes. Shame I didn't vote on it at the time.
  3. Diametrically opposed films IMO. One treats the woman with respect, giving her wit, charisma and character. The other places nonsensical flaws that only a male writer could come up with. Philadelphia Story frustrates me in other ways as well. The gross male characters are treated with respect, with the film potentially agreeing with them (Cary Grant & the father). The schlocky, syrupy soapy ending that makes almost no sense, with a sudden marriage to the man with the biggest star power at the time. What a bunch of soapy nonsense; and there were glimmers of hope early on too. Total shame; but yeah His Girl Friday trumps Philadelphia by a longway.
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    Episode 128 - Starship Troopers (w/ Jordan Hoffman)

    What's the purpose of satire that is so well disguised that it's viewed as genuine? I'm reminded of Malcolm Gladwell's excellent podcast on satire in which he lambasts Tina Fey's Sarah Palin and The Colbert Report. The people they're making fun of are unaware of the reasons they're being made fun of, and they continue their way unscathed. The fact you can enjoy Starship Troopers as an ironic piece of propaganda just as much as a straight Sci-Fi film shows that it has failed. I was hoping for the penny to drop in the film- but nope- it stays firmly tongue in cheek and never breaks. Which is nifty and kind of interesting, but its so subtle that I'm not sure the more politically susceptible would be wise enough to not be fooled. I keep thinking- if Trump or any of his fanclub watched this film, I'm not sure they'd be laughing beyond any of the gory kills. So the satire is pointless. The definition of preaching to the choir. Can't vote it in, sorry.
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    Future of the Show?

    Devin's new film blog if anyone's interested. Seeing the reaction to his blog from film twitter is interesting. I'm reminded of the backlash towards Three Billboards in which people feel this isn't the appropriate time to watch the redemption of a shitty guy whose shittiness is still a particularly emotive world issue (institutional racism in three billboards, #metoo from Devin).
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    Episode 124 - Suspiria (w/ Roxanne Benjamin)

    Wow, I felt so confused listening to the episode- Amy and Roxanne were making fun of hypothetical versions of the same film- and all the hypothetical 'bad' versions of this film were ones I would've much preferred to have seen. They laugh off criticisms of the plot making little to no sense, and the sound design and score which alternates between only TWO songs and two levels of volume (loud, and incoherently loud). Sure the mood is interesting, and there is a sense of dread- but there also a lot of confusion and honestly, a lot of boredom. You can confuse the viewer only so much before they give up on you/ In the last 20 minutes of the film there's suddenly talk of witches. Witches!? What?! Literally any hint of that beforehand would've been nice. Instead there's a lot of bland dialogue and infuriating lack of interesting characters or situations. There's a finale which is basically a final boss fight with the head witch, which would've been cliched and boring in any other film, but for me it was a relief- there's at least something is happening onscreen, not just bloodred mood shots over and over. Least favourite Nu-Canon film so far. I feel insane that I'm only one of two people who voted this down.
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    Episode 120 - Last Tango in Paris (w/ Alison Willmore)

    Revolting movie-Terrific episode Finally found the first guest Post-Devin who'd be great to co-host the show. Amy too often focuses on idiosyncrasies within films or too broadly around the cultural context of the film. Alison was delving deep into the potential meanings of the films and not being dismissive of any take around the film. Great podcast
  8. As a purely cathartic experience 9 to 5 might be more conventionally watchable, seeing a sexist chauvinist boss villain get his dues, but it seems the film shows the boss getting beaten more often than not- so it kind of doesn't really equal out- I think we spend more time running around with the wrong cadaver than we do establishing why he's such a bureaucratic misogynist. As a whacky hijinx movie it's more confusing than anything- although I did enjoy the details as to how the 3 have made a more effective and safe office. The Best little Whorehouse in Texas is actually quite a fun little musical- with a really terrific score and it plays the prostitution angle so casually that it's pretty progressive in it's own way. But both films are not even close to Canon. Since you introduced 'Neither' in the Whiplash episode which i'm still fuming over, I'm gonna vote neither. No Broadcast News, but we've got two Working Girls. Great.
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    Episode 136 - The Best of 2017

    I was a bit disappointed by Get Out, but I need to vote tactically to prevent Mother! from getting in. Get Out it is then.
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    Episode 134 - Love Actually (w/ Michael H. Weber)

    This is the Christmas Cracker of Christmas films, i.e. that it's been created specifically to create an intense reaction from the audience either way. (Christmas Crackers jokes/puns are intentionally pathetic to unite family members with mixed versions of humour). There is some genuinely insane thematic stuff in here, compounded by the fact it's all played nonchalantly; but it's all so fascinating and worth deconstructing that I really do think it's kind of on purpose- I kind of want to vote yes for it.
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    Best of 2017

    I'm still superficially going with Fascism- i.e. the deification of a single leader and all their pronouncements; sure, the actual policies of Stalin and Russia were communist, but I was distracted by the implementation of it. I guess that's where horseshoe theory comes in, a far left and far right system being kind of identical. So I don't really mind getting the definition wrong- is that terrible of me? Am I part of the problem, proclaiming governments as fascism when they're technically not? I guess we'll find out with how I react to the US in the coming years.
  12. Great great sketches in Holy Grail, but its filmmaking limits really are on show- particularly with the extremely frustrating ending. But Life of Brian definitely trumps Holy Grail even though the sketches are on roughly the same level. Just such a terrific cultural artefact in regards to comedy and its connection to religion. As a young Catholic, I watched it enjoying it immensely without recognising anything really controversial in the film; but I guess that's the point. The reaction is so out of proportion to what the actual content contains. Life of Brian by a mile.
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    Episode 113 - Putney Swope (w/ Seth Stevenson)

    Counter-Culture that is so scatter-shot and ridiculous that nothing really lands. Any potential message gets muddled by the very next scene. It doesn't help that there's some really really off-beat humour that I don't think has any meaning beyond "The 60's huh?" The president stuff was some of the worst laughing 'punch-down' humour that I thought even by the 60's we'd be beyond. Ah well, I'm glad I watched it, but it's fully bonkers. No thanks.
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    Best of 2017

    Not joking- genuinely confused if you think the Death of Stalin isn't portraying fascism. I'm interested to hear what you think it's called. Also I'm frankly horrified to see Mother! on a few people's lists. One of the worst films I've seen in a long time- and one of the few films I can legitimately call pretentious without feeling pretentious myself.
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    Best of 2017

    What would you call it?