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!
Nick and Erik tackle Zizek’s The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology and The Shining documentary Room 237 as two opposite sides of the spectrum of criticism. Is one form of analysis privileged over another? Should it be? Tune in and let us know!
In this episode, we each list and discuss our 5 favorite movie endings of all time. This necessarily means: SPOILERS AHEAD. A list of our selections is provided below – as to temper any spoilers you truly wish to avoid. Otherwise, enjoy!
As with all of our lists, they’re fun to do, promote discussion and give some insight into who we are and what affects us, cinematically that is 🙂
5. Cast Away 4. Kicking and Screaming (1995) 3. Roman Holiday 2. Cinema Paradiso 1. Rocky
Honorable Mentions (Carrie, The Verdict)
5. E.T. 4. The Wizard of Oz 3. The Shawshank Redemption 2. Citizen Kane 1. Sunset Blvd.
(Honorable Mentions: Saw, The Blair Witch Project)
5. The Maltese Falcon 4. Memento 3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2. The Departed 1. Chinatown
(Honorable Mentions: Casablanca, The Empire Strikes Back)
In this episode, the guys, along with guest panelist, Dr. Lara Hrycaj (who attended graduate school with the guys), discuss one of the more polarizing figures in modern cinema, Wes Anderson, director of Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and the recent The Grand Budapest Hotel. We discuss Anderson’s complete oeuvre as well as his influences, contemporaries and his lesser-known commercial work.
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.
In 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.
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.
In 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?
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).
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