Episode #28 – Top 10 Films of the Millennium

Episode #28

The Dark Knight is not on any of our lists

The title says it all: Chris, Nick and Erik talk about their top 10 films of the Millennium (so far). Leave comments below to tell us what we missed, or give us your Top 10.

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Episode #27 – Only Lovers Left Alive & Favorite Film Podcasts

Episode #27

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In the latest episode, the guys (once again a trio) are back to discuss Jim Jarmusch’s masterpiece Only Lovers Left Alive. After waxing vampiric for awhile, Erik, Nick and Chris then discuss their favorite film podcasts, the links for which are below. Also, you can check out the thoughts of our friend and colleague, Dr. Steve Shaviro, on OLLA right here.

Erik

Battleship Pretension

The Dissolve

The Auteurcast

Intercut

Media Carnivores

Nick

Naschycast

Noircast (blog); Noircast (podcast)

Chris

Warner Archive Collection Podcast (via iTunes)

Episode #26 – Under The Skin & Robin Williams

Episode #26

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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 #24 – Zizek’s Pervert’s Guide Movies and Room 237

Episode #24

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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!

Links Mentioned:

South Park: Mystery of the Urinal Deuce

Pervert’s Guide to Ideology on Netflix

Room 237 on Netflix

 

Episode #23 – Our Top 5 Movie Endings

Episode #23

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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 🙂

Nick

5. Cast Away
4. Kicking and Screaming (1995)
3. Roman Holiday
2. Cinema Paradiso
1. Rocky

Honorable Mentions (CarrieThe Verdict)

Chris

5. E.T.
4. The Wizard of Oz
3. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Citizen Kane
1. Sunset Blvd.

(Honorable Mentions: SawThe Blair Witch Project)

Erik

5. The Maltese Falcon
4. Memento
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. The Departed
1. Chinatown

(Honorable Mentions: CasablancaThe Empire Strikes Back)

Episode #22 – The Wild, Wonderful World of Wes Anderson

Episode # 22

grand budapestIn 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.

Links:

Article on Anderson’s television ads.

Another link to Anderson’s commercials.

Article from the NY Film Festival with video in which Anderson and Tenebaums discuss working with Hackman

Dr. Lara Hrycaj’s Dissertation on Music in the Film’s of Wes Anderson.

Book from Macmillan on the film’s of Wes Anderson (in which Dr. Hrycaj has a chapter)

Macmillan website on the book

 

Episode #21 – Errol Morris/The Unknown Known and The Act of Killing

Episode #21
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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.

Links

Errol Morris’s article about The Act of Killing 

 Errol Morris’s writing for the NY Times, including some reflections about the latest movie. 

The Act of Killing on Netflix

Also streaming on Netflix:  The Thin Blue Line | Tabloid | Vernon, Florida 

 

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

Episode #20

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

Episode #19

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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.

Three passionate media scholars debate film, television and pop culture.