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Episode 159: The Lord of the Rings

21 Apr

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In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

An Unproductive Meeting, by Robert Hornak

18 Apr

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Elvis & Nixon, a stumbling fantasia based on a real meeting, the proof of which is a hand-shaking photograph that is famously the most-requested item from the National Archives, puts forth apocryphal assumptions of how and why Elvis Presley managed to maneuver past the wall of paranoia that was the Nixon White House, hoping to become a “Federal Agent-at-Large” in order to go undercover amongst his own celebrity circles – to “protect this country from sliding into anarchy.” The movie, as was the actual event, is set in December 1970, before Nixon had fully installed his now-infamous Oval Office recording system, so the reasons for the granting of the meeting and the content of the eventual conversation are left to the imagination of the screenwriters. Unfortunately for anyone who nurtures a real appreciation for the overwhelming richness of these idiosyncratic monoliths, the writers, who have a supreme opportunity to concoct some choice banter, play it instead as a quick, barely-scratched-surface intersection of awkward groping for common ground, neither one coming off as someone with actual secrets or legitimate motives, and the titular photo-op finally flops, neither funny nor especially interesting.

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Minisode 82: In the Heat of the Night

14 Apr

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Tyler and Josh discuss Norman Jewison’s In the Heat of the Night, the Best Picture of 1967.

The Deep, Dark Woods, by Tyler Smith

14 Apr

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With its wonderful 2015 retelling of Cinderella, Disney kicked off a new phase in their filmmaking that is at once exciting and daunting. By remaking their popular animated features as live-action films with a modern twist, the company must walk a fine line between paying appropriate homage to the classic films while still adding in enough new material (whether it be content, tone, or thematic elements) to justify them being remade. Cinderella did this beautifully, as director Kenneth Branagh tapped into his theatrical sensibilities to create an extravagant, fantastical world that still retained a complex humanity underneath. The simplistic characters we grew up with were allowed to have deeper emotions and desires, making the film seem like a more adult extension of the original, rather than an attempt to cash in on a well-known property. With their new reimagining of their classic The Jungle Book, Disney has crafted a film that is gorgeous and enveloping. Unfortunately, the new, darker story beats that are added are often negated by the obviously-obligatory incorporation of certain elements from the original that have no business being in this film.

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Episode 158: God’s Not Dead 2

7 Apr

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In this episode Tyler and Josh discuss Harold Cronk’s God’s Not Dead 2 and Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, International Christian Film Festival
00:05:50- Atheists reviewing Christian films
00:13:55- God’s Not Dead 2
01:39:35- Anatomy of a Murder
01:54:03- Episode wrap-up

The Man in the Arena

3 Apr

Minisode 81: Oliver!

31 Mar

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Tyler and Josh discuss the Best Picture of 1968, Carol Reed’s Oliver!

Episode 157: Man of Steel

25 Mar

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In this episode, Reed and Tyler discuss Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, Film Nerds United, ICFF
00:02:45- Big news
00:04:00- Man of Steel
01:22:40- The Iron Giant
01:50:00- Episode wrap-up

Episode 156: Hail, Caesar!

17 Mar

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In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, International Christian Film Festival
00:03:00- Hail, Caesar!
01:03:05- Sullivan’s Travels
01:22:40- Episode wrap-up

Minisode 80: Spotlight

10 Mar

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Tyler and Josh discuss Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, 2015’s Best Picture.