It’s documentary time here at That’s A Wrap! We finally talk about Errol Morris, framing the discussion around his latest film, The Unknown Known(Watch Now on Amazon While It’s in Theaters). In Segment 2, we talk about Joshua Oppenhimer’s chilling Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing.
We have a rather sprawling discussion of film theory, reminiscing about graduate school and the process of grappling with difficult writing. Toward the end, Erik starts talking about fiction that does the work of film theory (Amazon affiliate links to most of the books appear below).
In their year-ending episode, Erik, Nick and Chris discuss Paul Schrader’s The Canyons from every possible angle. The film polarized critics yet was appreciated by scholars and cinephiles. In segment 2, the guys discuss their favorite episodes and moments over the maiden year of the podcast.
Finally, Erik Marshall, Nicholas Schlegel and Christopher Gullen would like to thank our loyal listeners for all of the support during this first year and wish you all the warmest of holidays and happiest new year.
Article on Soderbergh’s offer to edit The Canyons.
Nick Pinkerton’s review of The Canyons from reverseshot.com
In this episode we talk about the career of Woody Allen, including his new film Blue Jasmine.
We each choose a favorite film as well films we think someone new to Woody Allen should watch. After stipulating that Annie Hall is the ideal entry point, we came up with second movies for newbies to watch.
Nick – Favorite film: Mighty Aphrodite; film for newbies: Crimes and Misdemeanors
Chris: Favorite film: Purple Rose of Cairo; film for newbies: Everyone Says I Love You
Erik: Favorite film: Husbands and Wives; film for newbies: Midnight in Paris
Do you recall the days when spectacle-driven “event” cinema was the exception, not the rule? Mid and low-concept minded films have been an endangered species over the years… This is not to say that we don’t have films to counter this increasingly stupid strategy (Erik and I just went and saw, and podcasted about, Before Midnight), but this approach from studios has prompted very vocal (and negative) responses from George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh (among others). And, this is the focus of That’s a Wrap #8: The Current State and Future of Cinema. It pairs nicely with a robust but elegant little podcast – Chateau “That’s a Wrap #2, vintage 2013” (On Demand Culture).
Our first podcast was recorded this weekend. There were a few technical difficulties (we are still learning) but we are upgrading our equipment and expect far less snags with our next show. Nevertheless, the show came together seamlessly and we anticipate years of happy and full episodes with our upcoming guests.
Our fist show is dedicated to Nick’s fierce advocacy of 2012′s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Nick takes the lead and lays out his argument as to why he feels this is such a profound piece of filmmaking & further–why he had such an intense reaction and connection to it. Erik and Chris lend their comments, critique and reactions to his analysis and then come to offer their own. Where do they come down on their verdict? Tune in!
After a brief interlude, we begin our second segment in which we discuss and debate the career of film journalism’s most famous film critic, the lateRoger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times. Join us here at the Wrap Party aftereach episode for links, drinks and fun!