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    To quote some random guy on the internet: https://twitter.com/...317805034295296 And I, er, concur.
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    The Bad News Bears vs. The Sandlot

    I'm afraid to rewatch The Sandlot for fear I'm remembering it with sepia-toned nostalgia goggles. I want it to stay great in my mind for-ev-er.... for-ev-er.... Do we really want Devin & Amy to Goonies it to death? I think they scarred Elijah Wood for life.
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    Only God Forgives

    I do like the idea of pairing it against Drive, if only because they'll inevitably be comparing the two during the episode. I happen to like both, but I wonder if the reception that Only God Forgives got, plus the early buzz on Neon Demon, tarnishes people's view of Drive in hindsight.
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    Suggestion: A Jackie Chan movie

    Drunken Master perhaps?
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    Episode 78: BOYZ N THE HOOD

    Really? None of the episodes were clunkers, but to me that one stood out as the least interesting (though 100% necessary) and most ham-fisted. And we're talking about a show hammier than Easter brunch. That's cool though, different strokes & all that.
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    Episode 78: BOYZ N THE HOOD

    Also, take a shot every time Devin says "profound" or "profoundly".
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    Episode 78: BOYZ N THE HOOD

    So yeah what's with the weird John Singleton hate from Devin in this episode? We've got crap like Clerks and Cannibal Holocaust in the Canon, and now you bust out the extra strict yard stick on this one? The movie's craftsmanship is fine for what it's trying to do. I don't think it's any more flatly shot than, say, Broadcast News. Baby Boy was fine. Shaft was fine. Four Brothers was fine. 2 Fast 2 Furious had a lot of problems, but I don't think John Singleton was one. I agree they're not Canon-worthy (not even close) but Boyz-in-the-Hood is. The performances sell it for me, and damn was it ground-breaking at the time. A yes for me.
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    Episode 78: BOYZ N THE HOOD

    Only partway through the podcast, but Devin - "The Race Card" from The People vs OJ Simpson was the worst episode??! <insert shade-filled Johnny Cochran retort>! Not even close. "A Jury in Jail" was the worst. In fact, there's even scenes in one of the best episodes ("Marcia, Marcia, Marcia") with way worse directing than anything in Singleton's episode. Ridiculous, sir.
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    Any Conservative films deserve to be in the Canon?

    Would y'all file Objectivism under the 'conservative' category? Because I know quite a few critics think Brad Bird's films have an Objectivist undercurrent (which I can kinda see, although I don't think it detracts from his movies). True or not, I'd love to hear an episode on The Iron Giant, Ratatouille or The Incredibles anyways.
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    Terminator 2

    The hosts don't seem too high on Cameron, but I totally agree.
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    True Grit v. True Grit

    It's not even close - True Grit wins.
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    Episode 77: SEVEN

    "... she gets to register as a human being. You really get to like who she is in this." - Amy Nicholson Sounds like both to me. I don't know if anyone's playing devil's advocate; it seems like genuine disagreement - which should in theory generate interesting discussion. Nothing wrong with disagreeing. The problem is they sometimes get stuck on one or two points, instead of moving onto other topics (which is obviously easier to do when they agree). It doesn't have to be that way, though.
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    Episode 77: SEVEN

    But Amy liked Paltrow in the movie...(?)
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    Episode 77: SEVEN

    Haha yes! Devin can dish it out but can't take it. On these types of episodes though it's like neither wants to back down, they both want to get the last word. It only takes one person to say "agree to disagree" and move on to another topic. Therefore I blame both of them! Let's get a debate moderator in there! Anderson Cooper or something. Or couples therapy.
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    Homework: Boyz n the Hood (1991)

    It's going to be hard for me to rewatch this without thinking of Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. I wonder if Singleton's post-Boyz n the Hood work tarnishes it in hindsight. Not that it was all bad - I feel Rosewood and Baby Boy are good, though maybe not great (and arguably better than this movie). And Shaft was at least fun... mostly due to bonkers Jeffrey Wright (he steals so many scenes by the end he's stolen the whole movie, to its overall detriment sadly, but damn he's fun to watch). But everyone, maybe unfairly, expected such big things from him at the time; instead he turned out to be 'just' a solid director.
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    Episode 77: SEVEN

    Not at all surprised that the man who nominated Cannibal Holocaust would love Seven. I can spend hours talking about this movie. I actually am a David Fincher fanboy, despite agreeing that he's not a passionate storyteller and can sometimes be style over substance. But I have never liked this movie, and was actually surprised to learn over the years how popular Seven is, and how seemingly everyone feels the opposite way I do. At least until this podcast! So I 100% expect this to get into the Canon, even if I wish it were Zodiac instead (Fincher's true serial killer masterpiece). My thoughts feel more scattered than an aspirin bottle-strewn apartment, so all I can think to do is bullet points: Cultural influence and historical significance are the most boring Canon arguments ever. Canon-worthy movies should stand up on their own. I liked Freeman, Pitt, & Paltrow fine, but Kevin Spacey so oversells the heaviness and "doesn't this blow your mind??!"-factor the movie goes for (especially during the final scene), I was giggling in the theater. Really killed it for me. The dialogue throughout is not great either. I agree with Amy I didn't feel hope in the movie. Seven is consistently anti-hope. Why does the ending land with audiences? It's an easy "aha!" moment to anyone familiar with the 7 deadly sins... which is everybody. I feel Seven does setup the standard buddy cop dynamic, cliches and all, but only in service of the 'shock' ending - to subvert our expectations of 'good guys always win' in movies like these. Movies where retiree cops don't die but bad shit nonetheless goes down: No Country For Old Men, Falling Down, The Pledge, Lethal Weapon 3, Face/Off, uh... Men in Black (does that count??) My chief beef is that the plot is so heavy-handed. It so wants to make John Doe's perfect plan to come together, it ignores the sheer Saw-like implausibility of it all to go off without a hitch. And Hannibal Lecters don't exist in real life - serial killers are the opposite of organized. I know, I know... it's just a movie. But really all the film IS is John Doe's 'genius' plan, what else is there? Aside from the production design, which is great. Arguably all Fincher movies are well made, but so what? So that's a no for me.
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    Homework: Pather Panchali (1955)

    God(s) bless Criterion!
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    Pennies from Heaven vs. Synecdoche, New York

    Ha love the idea. No pressure on Amy - either way, a fave gets in! Unless everyone abstained. But... why would someone do that.
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    500 Days of Summer v Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    I like it! I'm still holding out hope Michel Gondry has another movie left in him on Eternal Sunshine's level. And Marc Webb before he got tangled up in the Spidey debacle. Also, just want to give a shout-out to another good MPDG critique, Ruby Sparks. It didn't make the same splash these two did, but it's almost right up there in my book.
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    Suggestion: Lucio Fulci's The Beyond

    I vote yay (and would've vastly preferred any of these over Cannibal Holocaust)
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    Homework: The Lost Weekend (1945)

    Whoa didn't realize this was Wilder. Watching this immediately!
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    Mojave (2015)

    Oh I agree, Isaac went off the rails (maybe on purpose, I'll buy that). When I say he's bad, I mean... he's not winning any awards for this. But he is entertaining; maybe 'bad' in a wow, wtf-am-I-watching?? way (which, for our purposes, is great!). He's certainly the best part of the movie. Anyone reading this who's unconvinced... you must see his performance, and you must see this movie!
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    Suggestion: Stop Making Sense (or any concert film)

    Ooh Mistaken for Strangers is a good one. If we're doing music docs about maladjusted fuck ups, might I also suggest "Dig!"?
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    The Bechdel Test is really interesting, but from what I read even the creator thought of it more as a conversation starter than a be-all-end-all sort of thing. You can find lots of examples of arguably feminist movies that fail the Bechdel Test (like Run Lola Run, or Gravity). But totally agree with your sentiment. I can see what Amy's saying; not that everyone necessarily needs representation, but how does the film handle the people it represents? ... just as soon as a local cinema carries the movie, I'd love to see for myself. (why won't you show the movie, WHY??!?!)