The Uncurious Case of Adam McKay, by Tyler Smith

18 Dec

It may have helped his career and general pedigree, but it would seem that the worst thing for director Adam McKay’s artistic sensibilities was winning that Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2016 for The Big Short. In rewarding his comedically-anarchic approach to would-be dramatic material, the Academy essentially communicated to McKay that his throw-everything-at-the-wall instincts were much more of an asset than a liability. And while it can be refreshing to portray harrowing real life events in a humorous fashion – see Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin as a recent example – it can lead to an unevenness of tone and execution that amounts to a sort of thematic wheel-spinning; making a lot of noise, but ultimately going nowhere. This is most certainly true of McKay’s new film, Vice, which purports to portray what lay behind the actions of former Vice President Dick Cheney. The instincts that may have served McKay well with the event-centered Big Short fail him here, as his attempts to make an illuminating character study are undercut by his own incredulity. The final product is a film that is self satisfied, condescending, and – perhaps worst of all – exceedingly uncurious. 

[…]

Sharp Wit, by Bob Connally

12 Dec

There is a different version of The Favourite that could have been made. The traditional, staid period film that would have felt like so many others. Like anything else, this can be – and has been – done well. However, it can also be the kind of filmmaking that keeps the audience at a distance and that can make the past feel like a relic even to the people we’re watching live it. But screenwriters Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara and director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) had something significantly more vibrant in mind. A film that despite its setting, costumes, and lack of modern technology feels as though it’s in the present. All the better because for its fascinating real life characters, it is.

[…]

The Fear of God: Better Watch out w/ Chris Peckover

12 Dec

In this episode, Reed and Nathan are joined by director Chris Peckover to discuss his Christmas horror film Better Watch Out. 

The Fear of God: Black Christmas (1974)

11 Dec

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Bob Clark’s Black Christmas.

Two Geek Soup: The Name of the Wind

10 Dec

In this episode, John is joined by the podcasters from Page of the Wind to discuss The Name of the Wind.

Listen to “Ep. 27 “Thirty percent nonsense”” on Spreaker.

The Fear of God: The Birds

8 Dec

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

Two Geek Soup: Stan Lee

7 Dec

In this episode, John and Aaron discuss Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee.

Listen to “Cup O’ Soup – Stan Lee” on Spreaker.

Two Geek Soup: Role Playing Games

6 Dec

In this episode, John and Aaron discuss role playing games.

Listen to “Ep. 26 “Crack! Crack! Now you get to go around in a circle!”” on Spreaker.

Lookin’ for Adventure and Whatever Comes Our Way, by Josh Long

6 Dec

It’s always a bit strange to me that the “road movie” is even a genre. It’s a weirdly specific format and structure, and while I don’t have any problems with it, I always wonder what draws people to that particular type of story. Maybe it’s the wonder of seeing different places, maybe it’s the pressure cooker of people trapped together in a vehicle (a plane, train, or automobile, if you will) for long periods of time. Maybe it’s the unlikely connections between people, which has become a staple of the genre. Whatever it is, people are still making road movies and will continue to do so. While Hannah Fidell’s The Long Dumb Road may not bring anything strikingly new to the road movie, the wit and the performances make it a worthwhile watch.

[…]

The Fear of God: Strangers on a Train

5 Dec

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train.