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Episode 125 - The Host (w/ Owen Shiflett)
killertapir replied to DaltonMaltz's topic in The CanonRecently I've discovered something important about my personal taste in films. If there's a film that gets criticised for it's wild tonal shifts or for not quite fitting in any particular genre, it's almost guanteed to be one of my favourites. It's a pattern I've noticed time and time again when I fall in love with a movie and go check out what other people are saying about it. This seems to crop up a lot with Korean movies in particular. Which leads me to what I think is my main point: South Korea is not known for it's kaiju films. But despite that, The Host manages to be a very distinctly South Korean movie. It has those tonal shifts and genre blends. It's set in a very specific location. I can't imagine it being remade in any other country. It certainly deals with South Korea's relationship with the US and shows a unique perspective on that front. There's something impressiveand admirable about that. Plus it also happens to be a fun, cool little monster movie as well. The world could always use more of those. Is it an essential film? I think the only way I can honestly answer that question is to say... it's essential to me.
Episode 122 - The Tingler (w/ Witney Seibold)
killertapir replied to DaltonMaltz's topic in The CanonThis film is too weird to not love and too special to not be voted into the canon. It's meta-horror before meta-horror was even a thing. I didn't get the benefit of the full screening experience, but I really love the intention and ambition behind it.
Episode 108 - The Driver (w/ Edgar Wright)
killertapir replied to DaltonMaltz's topic in The CanonI think this might be my favourite film that I've watched specifically because of the Canon. Well maybe tied with The Nights of Cabiria. Either way, I loved it. It's a great film, it's hugely influential. It just ticks all the boxes for me.
Episode 107 - Black Orpheus vs. City of God (w/ Justin Chang)
killertapir replied to DaltonMaltz's topic in The CanonI ultimately voted for Black Orpheus. Saw it for the first time due to the podcast. I really liked it. However... I'd like to get in and say that I don't like the two of these films being put into a Vs. To me, they share less in common than other films in Vs episodes. They're different films made by different directors in different time periods in different genres with different things to say. I believe both of these films could (and should) be entered into the canon, and they wouldn't cause any overlap. It would be like putting Breathless and Amelie head to head just because they're both french.
Episode 106 - Fatal Attraction (w/ Heather Matarazzo)
killertapir replied to DaltonMaltz's topic in The CanonUltimately The Canon is about which films deserve to be considered the all time greats. Is Fatal Attraction of the greatest films ever made? No. Therefore it shouldn't go into the canon. It may create discussion. It may be controversial. It may have had an impact on culture through the 'bunny boiler' term. But none of those help the film become canon worthy.
Episode 104 - Female Trouble (w/ Jake Fogelnest)
killertapir replied to DaltonMaltz's topic in The CanonLong time listener, but I only decided to follow along with watching The Canon films with Where The Sidewalk Ends (I like noir) But already I sense I'm about to be unpopular because I HATED Female Trouble. It's the first John Waters film I've seen and now I'm in no rush to see any of the others. I hated it. I hated this film so much I had to give in and stop watching after the half hour mark. And it took two separate attempts to force myself that far. I'm sorry if this makes me unqualified to vote, but I see no reason to push through a film this bad. I couldn't stand how grating, screechy and irritating every single character was. It's a repulsive unfunny detestable film and I cannot see any value in it at all. It's labelled a comedy but I couldn't find one solitary thing in which made me even think about smiling. No, no, a million times no. This film does not deserve to be in the canon. You brought it up in the podcast but I would honestly be more inclined to vote yes to Sharknado than Female Trouble. I could sit through the entirety of that one.