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
In this special episode, Erik, Nick and Chris have a roundtable with Mike White and Rob St. Mary, hosts of the fantastic The Projection Booth podcast. The guys all discuss the question on whether or not film is still relevant. Over the last decade, technological, social, economic and aesthetic changes have forced filmmakers, studios, audiences, critics and scholars to address not only how cinema as an art form has been altered (especially with regards to its consumption), but how it remains germane in society’s collective conscious. No other art form has the potential to touch us in the same manner as cinema so the discussion is both timely and engaging.
In Segment One of this epsiode, Erik, Nick and Chris talk about the MPAA ratings system, and specifically the film This Film is Not Yet Rated directed by Kirby Dick. The film (and our discussion) focuses heavily on the rather uneven and mysterious ratings criteria for Hollywood films and the fact that the MPAA seems to give all manner of violence a free pass while heavily censoring sexual content or assigning the dreaded NC-17 rating. They also mentioned a recent episode of the NPR program Here and Now that addressed the changing nature of the PG-13 rating.
In Segment Two, the guys give their recommendations of notable foreign films that listeners should check out. Chris talks about the Indian Bollywood film Taal; Nick discusses the Irish film Hear My Song; and Eric suggests the Norwegian film, Headhunters.
Enjoy the episode and, as usual, we love comments and reviews (at iTunes).
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!
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…”
Our 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!
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.
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.
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…
Episode #12 Join us in welcoming Ian Olney, Associate Professor of English at York College, to That’s a Wrap this week to discuss a particular brand of horror that many (even fans of the genre) are unfamiliar with: Euro Horror. Ian discusses the origins of this movement in Europe, it’s key characteristics, major films and lack of scholarly attention. Professor Olney’s book, Euro Horror: Classic European Horror Cinema in Contemporary American Culture, is an utterly fascinating and highly significant contribution to the field. Our own Nick Schlegel, also well-versed on the subject, joins Ian, Erik and Chris in a full-bodied exploration into all things Euro Horror. With autumn closing in, you’ll not want to miss this Spook-tacular edition of That’s a Wrap! A special episode for Nick as Ian’s work served as inspiration for his own forthcoming volume on Spanish Horror.