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Episode #29 – The One I Love & SNL at 40!

Episode #29

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Join Erik, Nick and Chris as they discuss Charlie McDowell’s “The One I Love.”  This 2014 release was mostly well-received. The guys agree and weigh in from a narrative and aesthetic perspective, but more importantly, they talk about the film’s economics and its distribution model.

In segment two, we list some of our all-time favorite skits from Saturday Night Live, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

During pickups, the guys discuss Gone Girl for a few minutes. Here’s a more detailed explanation of why Erik didn’t like Gone Girl.

Links Mentioned:

KCRW’s The Business episode about Radius

The Fox and The Hedgehog

OUR SNL PICKS:

 

Nick Erik Chris
1 Jackie Rogers Jr. $100,000 Jackpot Wad (as discussed by Bill Hader) Joe Montana – Sincere Stu Schweddy Balls
2 I Need More Cowbell  Jim Carrey does Jimmy Stewart doing Jim Carrey on the Joe Pesci Show Elvis Costello + Samurai Delicatessan
3 Mokiki does the Sloppy Swish First Citywide Change Bank Debbie Downer Goes to Disneyland

Honorable Mentions:

Nick
Happy Fun Ball
Little Chocolate Donuts 

Erik

Sting in an elevator with Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey

Chris

Hannukah Song

Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood

 

Episode #26 – Under The Skin & Robin Williams

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Hello everyone!  That’s a Wrap is proud to bring you Episode #26, which examines 2013’s Under The Skin, a powerful and brave film that has made many 10 Best lists while simultaneosly managing to “alienate” some audiences.  We tackle the complex film and then move on to segment two, which is dedicated to remembering Robin Williams.

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Links Mentioned:


 

 

A few of Nick’s recent frame jobs:

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Episode #25 – Snowpiercer & Film Book Recommendations

Episode #25

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We tackle the juggernaut SNOWPIERCER in episode 25.  Currently holding a very impressive 94% at Rotten Tomatoes, SNOWPIERCER is raking up the box office (particularly through VOD) and the critical praise.  So, what’s it all about? Well, you’ll just have to listen to find out!

The first 40 minutes are spoiler-free. This is probably our swearingest episode to date (lots of F-bombs), but you get to hear a snarky synopsis of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

We had a great time in this episode and segment two is dedicated to some of our very favorite books on film.  All of this and more are waiting for you in our quarter century episode, #25!

Snowpiercer (Watch Now on Amazon While It’s In Theaters) | Watch on iTunes

Article about VOD and Snowpiercer

Some book recommendations:

Danny Peary’s Cult Movies Wiki Entry
List of Danny Peary’s 200 Cult Movies

Episode #20 – The Hunt (Jagten, 2012) and Random Recommendations

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The-Hunt-Mads-MikkelsenIn our 20th episode, we look at The Hunt (Jagten, 2012).  This Academy Award nominated Danish film from visionary director Thomas Vinterberg is a powerful, wrenching and honest exploration of the malleability and fallibility of human behavior. The Hunt tells the tale of Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), a divorced day-care worker (laid off from his secondary ed position) wrongly accused of sexually inappropriate behavior with his best friend’s daughter, Klara.  Before long, groupthink hysteria brings the community to brutal acts of cruelty against Lucas and his family.

Our second segment presents some random recommendations from the That’s a Wrap! staff.  Erik discusses a favorite Youtube Web-series, Nick recommendations a childhood favorite and Chris props up a graphic novel he admires.

Links:

Kimberly Lindbergs outstanding blog at TCM’s Movie Morlocks

The Guild Web-series on Youtube

High Road To China

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Episode #19 – Her and HBO’s True Detective

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Join us as we share our thoughts,
criticisms and general reactions to this
year’s Oscar winner for Best Original
Screenplay Her.  Very much a topical film
that addresses many “here and now” issues
and technologies (although it’s set in a near
future), Spike Jonez’s film generates a lot
of pathos from its main characters and calls
into question the very nature of relationships.
How are they defined? Refined? Built?
Dismantled?  Her seems to have impressed the
That’s A Wrap guys an awful lot.

 

tdIn our second segment we take a look at HBO’s fascinating police procedural, True Detective.  Starring recent Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson, has HBO fashioned a thinking man’s serial-killer police-procedural or an amateurish existential hodgepodge of Wooderson philosophy?  Hmm, perhaps both?

Links

Emily Nussbaum article.

The one literary reference must know to appreciate True Detective.

Is True Detective too clever?

Interview with director Cary Fukunaga.

Episode #18 – Top 5 Favorite Films to “Look At” & House of Cards S02

Episode #18

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Erik, Nick and Chris discuss their very favorite films to “look at.” We each take turns presenting our TOP 5 best-loved films that we admire simply for their visual beauty.   A tough task to be sure, but we did our best and include a brief short-list of honorable mentions at the end.  In segment two, we discuss Season 2 of House of Cards which was Netflix’s Valentine’s Day gift to subscribers.  We don’t exactly agree about everything with this show, but we all admire it a lot.

*Please check out Joe Dante’s fantastic Trailers From Hell review of Valerie and Her Week of Wonders below (one of Nick’s choices).

SPECIAL EVENT LIVE ROUNDTABLE! TOPIC: WHY FILM MATTERS

MORE STAGGERING THAN FRASER MEETS ALI!  MORE CAPTIVATING THAN DOLLY PARTON MEETS KENNY ROGERS!  MORE BOMBASTIC THAN GODZILLA MEETS KING KONG!  MORE DELICIOUS THAN CHOCOLATE MEETS PEANUT BUTTER.  MORE DEVASTATING THAN BURT REYNOLDS MEETS HIS TOUPÈ!

IT’S….

THAT’S A WRAP MEETS THE PROJECTION BOOTH!
LIVE – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19th

That’s right, these two titans of podcasting (well, The Projection Booth at any rate) come together for one massive ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION on… (drum roll please….) WHY FILM MATTERS! 

Join us for a LIVE discussion.  Chime in LIVE with your questions or comments via Twitter, Facebook or The Live Youtube Feed!

And Remember, Gentlemen please, there’s no fighting in the war room…”

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Nicholas Schlegel Interviewed on The Projection Booth

Picture 5Our very own Nicholas Schlegel was honored to  join Mike White and Rob St. Mary over at their amazing (you need to be listening!) podcast The Projection Booth.  The episode is streaming and ready for download at their website, at iTunes and Stitcher.

Nick broadly discusses the Spanish horror boom experienced in Spain from roughly around 1968-77 (the boom years for production).  Later, they discuss the very brilliant Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s ¿Quién puede matar a un niño? (AKA Who Can Kill A Child?) and its 2012 remake Come Out and Play.

We invite you to listen and subscribe to our good friends at The Projection Booth (clearly one of the greatest cinema-based podcasts on the planet).  In fact, That’s a Wrap and The Projection Booth are joining forces for an upcoming podcast “Roundtable” on the state of cinema and WHY FILM MATTERS.  Coming soon!

Gravity (2013) – A “That’s a Wrap” Special Episode

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“Gravity shows us the glory of cinema’s future” – Richard Corliss / TIME

Erik and Nick were impressed by Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.  In fact, they’ve dedicated a supplemental episode between shows 13 and 14 to this box-office monster and critical darling.  In many ways, Gravity presents a possible model or methodology that Hollywood could and should take seriously.  The film’s narrative simplicity – with its focus on character, location and behavior coupled with special effects that serve the story (while enhancing it simultaneously) are the perfect recipe for box-office magic.  This approach has also yielded critical favor and killer word-of-mouth (particularly when seen in IMAX 3D). Please join us for this special episode of That’s a Wrap – GRAVITY.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr3w8TkVhOc

Episode #13 – 007 James Bond Special & Skyfall Revisited

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Note:  We had severe audio difficulties that were unknown to us until we were in post.  As a result, we have had to makes some edits to the content.  We sincerely apologize for this calamity and are taking measures to ensure that this does not happen again.

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2012 marked the 50th Anniversary of James Bond on Film.  Join Erik, Nick and Chris they discuss all things Bond: the legacy and continuing relevance of this famed literary and cinematic character.  As a lifelong Bond fanatic, I (Nick) am very proud of our discussion (audio warts and all) and our discussion of last year’s spectacular SKYFALL.  Cue Bond Theme – play us out Monty…

Links mentioned:

Bond at 50 (SFX series – impeccable retrospective)

James Burlingame’s book on Music in Bond films

One of the Bond theme song compilation albums

Alamo Drafthouse Phone Message Video

Articles mentioned in Segment 2 on Audiences in the theater:

Audiences in Horror Films

From Russia with Love isn’t unsophisticated. You are.