Episode #41 – The Hateful Eight and Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Episode #41

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In episode #41, your hosts (Erik Marshall, Nick Schlegel and Chris Gullen) discuss Quentin Tarantino’s eighth feature film The Hateful Eight and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We start with a discussion of Tarantino in general before diving into the film. Spoiler: 2/3 of us loved the movie.

In segment 2, we turn into a bunch of salivating fanboys before launching into a slightly more critical stance on the latest in the Star Wars franchise, directed by JJ Abrams.

We also talk about children giving spoilers, people trying to retain ownership of things they’ve sold (*cough* *cough* George Lucas),  and our upcoming mini-episodes on all of the Best Picture Academy Awards nominees.

Mentioned:

Nick Schlegel on The Projection Booth. Special Report: Death Game / Knock Knock with Special Guests: Sondra Locke, Larry Spiegel, David Worth.

https://youtu.be/dDamNU0hqoc?t=1m22s


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The Year in Review – 2015: Special Episode

That’s a Wrap happily presents its 2015 year in review.  Chris may join in later with his picks but for this 365 day roundup Erik and Nick share their favorite films, television and books of 2015.

For Erik, Ex Machina took the top honor for his favorite film of the year (covered in-depth in Episode #39) while Nick chose the lesser-known meta horror-comedy The Final Girls.  All of our noteworthy picks are discussed at some length – tune in!!

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Links:

The Art of Robert E McGinnis

Sandman Overture

Purity by Jonathan  Franzen’s 

We Stand on Guard by  Brian K. Vaughan and  art by Steve Skroce

Episode #40: Holiday movies and A Very Murray Christmas

Episode #40

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This time Nick, Erik and Chris tackle holiday movies, including movies explicitly about Christmas and movies we like to watch during the holiday season. It’s a fun, loose conversation with some cinematic gems. We then decided to watch the Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Paul Schaffer, along with Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus and a bunch more.

Some movies mentioned:

White Christmas, A Christmas CarolA Christmas StoryOdessa FileRudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Rankin/Bass, Cash on DemandChristmas Evil and more.

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Links

Erik’s review of Rare Exports at the Odeon Review.

Facebook page for Nick’s Detroit Xmas movie event 12/15 (check the link out even if it’s after 12/15 for future events).

 

 

 

 

Episode #39 – Ex Machina and Wes Craven

Episode #39

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Please join us for episode #39 where we discuss the science fiction darling of many critics and audiences this year, Alex Garland’s  Ex Machina (2015).  Erik and Nick discuss their reactions to the film and also the topic of gendered/sexualized androids, robots and cyborgs trending now and  in the recent past.

In segment two, we remember and pay homage to the quiet genius of writer, producer and director Wes Craven.  Thank you for the scares Wes.

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Links:

L. Mulvey’s “Visual Pleausure and Narrative Cinema.”

Freud and “The Uncanny”

Episode #38 – Our Top Movie Openings

Episode # 38

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In this episode, we each list and discuss our top (favorite) movie openings of all time. We loosely define openings to include pre-credits, credits, post-credits – shots, scenes, sequences etc. Pretty much anything in the first ten minutes is fair game.

We hope, as always, that you enjoy our list episodes
– and as they say “your mileage may vary!” Our picks are below (as are the links we mention in the show) if you don’t mind knowing them before you listen, including an honorable mentions list for Nick

 

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