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  1. DannytheWall

    Episode 251 — Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo

    This movie was amazingly crazy, and the podcast was amazing in response. Thanks of course to June's dissenting opinion, which I love her for even if she's 100% wrong :) Probably from her misunderstanding of pop and lock, and it seemed she was turning around a little bit at the end. The biggest ommission was June not making a comment that she could do that if she wanted to. Did I miss that, or maybe that's a sign of progress? :) Another ommission I missed hearing was some comment about the crowd scenes. I would have loved to hear Paul & Co.'s take on some of the more interesting members, like the Halloween mask, the unshaved armpits, the face makeup, or the fact that Ice-T's rapper outfit looked like he was supposed to perform at a leather BDSM scene but ended up at the wrong address. Things moved so quickly from scene to scene that the editor stood over the editing bay and played it like a scratch record. One minute someone's dancing on the ceiling, then his love interest walks in the door. Another time he's fleeing the hospital in a cast, and the next he's getting a mob of friends to cut it off so he can quick-change into the costume for the dance routine. I know there's supposed to be a 30-day time frame here, but if you told me the movie took place over three days, I say that feels about right.
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    Episode 251 — Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo

    I think the real estate developers had it all wrong in this movie. These kids weren't particularly meddling, so if the villains dressed up as ghosts to scare everyone away from the rec center, they actually *could* have gotten away with it. Of course, if that happened, we could have had Electric Scoob-aloo, and that sounds pretty awesome, too.
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    Episode 247 - 2:22 (Live in Portland)

    I don't think "sacred geometry" has ever been one single philosophy, in the same way there are some mystical practices like Kabbalah or Wicca or something like that, with clearly (or clear-ish) defined principles and practices. It is also fairly distinct from Numerology. It is usually used as a term to describe the harmonic patterns that exist, mainly in Islamic art, whose tradition of visual art precluded the depiction of God in a human way. The term is used in a more generic way these days, in the same way to Google is to simlply do a web search. That being said, the idea that math and its ability to capture and define patterns, structure, and order upon chaos, has often been associated with mysticism and philosophy from as far back as ancient Greece, Arabia, China, etc. Math/Sacred Geometry exists in a Venn diagram-my sort of way as it overlaps with divination, design and symbolism, and communing with something devine and larger than ourselves. In that sense, the movie's "about" sacred geometry, as by understanding, decoding, and using capital-M Math allows you to tap into the structural being of the universe.
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    Episode 247 - 2:22 (Live in Portland)

    I'm surprised Paul and Jason didn't connect 2:22 to the comicbook heroes Hawkman and Hawkgirl. These two characters have had many incarnations-- as space alien war heroes for their home planet, as star-crossed lovers from different castes in ancient Egypt, to archeologists during World War II. The throughline that connects all these iterations is that they are doomed to reincarnate, be drawn to each other, and to die tragically because of their similarly reincarnated rival who cursed them in the first place. (Jeez, just typing it all out reminds me that comics are weird and I love them.) Maybe because of that, I didn't find the central conceit that difficult to buy into, or maybe I'm just crazy and seeing patterns all over the place. D
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    Episode 247 - 2:22 (Live in Portland)

    I wonder if the filmmakers were going for something poetic by having the meetcute between a pilot and a dancer happen by way of an aerial ballet? No one asked why Sarah was on the plane in the first place? I thought that might have some bearing on the character or plot, but, like most things in the movie, Nope. Paul asks, why go to Grand Central at all if it's supposed to be the site of this tragedy? Well, Jonas' Plan A was to go to the airport, when he picks up Sarah. So yeah, he WASN'T going to go, but then The, I don't know, Unvierse or something sends a text that informs him the plane is canceled, and Jonas very casually says "Yup, let's go to Grand Central." Then elsewhere Jason asks, was Jonas going to kill the woman at the end? He not only has the gun from his studio, but it's in a big holster on his left hip. We can put aside the question if the woman would even have noticed this (perhaps she thought he was just happy to see her?) -- but since we know they were first headed to the airport until he got a text from the airline, does that mean he was going to roll up to the airport with a loaded gun on his hip? There's just so many things about this movie, which I guess makes it pretty perfect as far as HDTGM goes!
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    Episode #245 - Money Plane

    Maybe the strangest thing about the Russian roulette scene was that Paul didn't shout out the Unspooled podcast and the most famous scene of The Deer Hunter. Or maybe not so strange, as, like much of the movie, the scene was trying to be both "serious" and kooky at the same time, and just ended up being eyeroll-inducing. I have too many questions. First of all, why they would be firing a gun in what should be a very sealed, pressured, contained enviornment in the first place? Second, what was the emotional trauma of the Cowboy to not just call for the game but also to participate in it? And what are the odds of 20:1 supposed to be for, anyway? Is it just for who wins/loses? Because the odds of survival for the participants do not match in any way the odds of winning the bet. Unless there's a point spread and odds are to place, which still doesn't make sense. Why bother getting into an argument over who should go first? The odds are exactly the same. If there's one bullet in the chamber, it's a 1 in 6 chance of firing, that's over an 80% chance of survival. Intuitively, it would make sense to want to go first. What about going second? Obviously, we didn't get to see that far in the movie, as the Cowbody got unlucky on his first try. But if we assume they don't spin the chamber, counterintuitively, it's the same odds every try. There's two factors of chance at play-- the chance that the other person dies on his turn will affect the probability of whether you have to play at all. These two factors in essense balance each other out. leaving that same 1 in 6 chance every time. Now, if they do spin the chamber, there's always going to be a 1 in 6 chance, but with the compounded probabilitiy of whether you have to play at all, that does give you a slightly better chance of winning, but only in the latter rounds of play, and I doubt McGillicuddy or the Cowboy were trying to play the "long game" in this scenario.
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    Wrapping up the AFI 100

    I saw this article last year and keep it bookmarked for easy reference. I'm def not saying it's the be all end all, especially with their number one choice, but it makes some excellent suggestions https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20191125-the-100-greatest-films-directed-by-women-poll
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    Casablanca

    You win. Also... wow. Just, wow. I'll want to read through more than just the end pages, but it's clear the movie is vast improvement on the source.
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    Casablanca

    Yes, I'm not pointing out any plot holes in my reaction - I'm merely pointing out how resonant this situation was for me, personally, and how that led to my reaction. If I were to critique Paul's point that the papers are MacGuffins, I'd argue that it's not technically the case, since the papers are, in fact, "real" in way that MacGuffins usually aren't, but at that point it's pretty much semantics. As far as the German officer not arresting Laszlo, it's my understanding that Morocco was not German-occupied, as part of the southern "Free Zone" of Vinchy France, part of its overseas French protectorates. There was some "official" neutrality to Morocco, although definitely it could never be free from German oversight and presense. Not an historian here, either, but I think there are issues of jurisdiction and diplomacy that make it complicated. And precisely why Casablanca became an important city for refugees. There's also the issue of making Laszlo a martyr, which the film address by having the Germans consider not IF he would be a martyr, but simply which degree and by what means.
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    Casablanca

    This was a weird re-watch for me. Almost every line had a huge emotional resonance. It's a movie whose central conceit is people trapped in a foreign country desperately seeking special papers to flee a country while the world is up-ended under politically-charged circumstances? Uh, check. I'm currently sitting in Kuala Lumpur, in the middle of a transition to Thailand, but facing roadblocks, restrictions, and uncertainty because the fate of my career hangs on paperwork-- a visa needed to enter Thailand, but embassies are closed, flights are restricted, and the world is distruting strangers and sheltering in place. To hear Paul say that papers for traveling are "not real" and essentially meaningless struck me like a knife, I gotta admit. Sure, there is no background of world war to same extent, but replace "Nazis who want to chase you down" with "a pandemic that will infect you if you aren't careful" and the stakes are still pretty high. It is not some "fictional thing." Real people, and a good number in more dire circumstances than mine, have something as "meaningless" as a paper to which to hang the rest of their lives. We don't want to admit that all the safety we construct for ourselves can be taken or given at the stroke of a pen, but it's real.
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    Casablanca

    Anyone else notice Paul's extended conversation about how Bogart was perfectly casted and how casting someone else would have given an entirely different feeling for the film? No one else flashbacked to Amy's conversation about Goodfellas?
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Well, depending on what one counts as "trope," there's a lot that's covered for this movie in TvTropes.com: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid As for a buddy movie, it certainly ticks the boxes, although not necessarily in a formulaic way (such that there's a big fall out with the two buddies going separate ways then reuniting, etc etc.) It probably would have been more common in Westerns to have the "singing sidekick" that you mention instead of a more purely two-hander protagonist-- that fits with the mythos of the lone cowboy hero after all. One more way for this movie to be breaking a mold? I hesitate to "go there," but squinting a bit and one can make a case for a polyamorous relationship between the characters, and that makes me think of the interpretation of Clyde (of Bonnie and Clyde) as asexual, which, when put against, Cabaret, Easy Rider, Lawrence of Arabia, etc., lets there be more "alternative" representation than first glance.
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    Episode 243.5 - Prequel to Episode 244

    Oh, great. Now "my demon lover" will be sitting around in my algorithms.
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Yes, it was a bit jarring, and it's a common criticism. I would point out that with such an effort to do things like sepia tones and old timey photo montage, it's a bit out of place. That being said, it makes it feel like a modern-day movie, as this kind of incongruity wouldn't feel so out of place if it were made in last ten years or so. Another way this movie is part of an American New Wave at the time? I'm certainly no expert in Western movies (it's not a favorite genre unless there's some twist or subversion in its presentation) but I don't think it's necessarily implausible. I remember that the movie took a while to get produced, as studios didn't like the "non-John Wayne"-ish elements of his heroes. In that respect, it seems that Westerns even up to 1969 were still expected to be quite tropey, more melodramatic/ less nuanced in its presentations of characters. Hmm. This makes me think that the faceless "white hat" chasing Butch/Sundance gets raised to the level of metaphor-- our "heroes" of the movie are literally fleeing the archetypes that want to do them in.
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    Episode 243 - The Peanut Butter Solution

    Aren't all these brothers quite suspect? The art dealer clearly works with the criminal Signor. Who else would have fronted the forged paintings? Isn't the Rabbit (a street name if I've ever heard one) admiting that he's still receiving paintings from him? How do we even know if the Doctor ALSO hasn't changed his name and identity at least four times as well? I'm not convinced of his medical knowledge by any means. In the podcast, Jason says something about a sequel, but I say, PREQUEL! You could go all the way back to when these four brothers were kids. Obviously, the junior Signor has a juvenile criminal history, dragging the others along. And how does Mary even get a recipe for magical hair-growth as one of her "prized possessions" in the first place? I'm seeing things like the kids stumbling onto a quest to create magical paintbrushes, probably each brush with a separate power. There's hair monsters like Looney Tunes' Gossamer or maybe Tribbles. And the day must be saved through the power of-- oh, let's say, love.
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