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Minisode 78: Patton

28 Jan

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In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss Franklin J. Schaffner’s Patton, winner of Best Picture for 1970.

Just In Time, by Tyler Smith

28 Jan

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For several years, I’ve been making a joke about God’s will for my life. Having felt the call to become a film critic in 2008, I have often been frustrated by the lack of paid opportunities there have been for me. As a way of coping with this, I adopted a very caustic attitude and would frequently say, “God called me into film criticism just in time for it start dying.”

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Down to the Bone, by Reed Lackey

24 Jan

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Some stories are as old as storytelling itself. One of them is this: a damsel, pure and fair, has been captured by a dragon. It then falls to a group of upright knights, none of whom are fully sure they’re a match for the beast, to enter its lair and retrieve her.

If you substitute the knights for old west citizens and the dragon for a tribe of cannabilistic savages, you’ve summarized Bone Tomahawk, the directorial debut of S. Craig Zahler starring Kurt Russell. I cannot recall a movie like it in recent memory, yet it feels almost mythologically traditional. It manages to somehow be epic in its scope and simultaneously two-sentence-tiny in its premise. It is relentlessly brutal in its violence, yet restrained in how rarely that violence presents itself. It has a constant tone of dread while somehow managing to maintain an ember of hope glowing at its center.

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Episode 151: Spotlight

21 Jan

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In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight and John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:45- Intro, MTOL Survey, update on Josh
00:08:15- Oscar talk, Tom McCarthy episode
00:13:00- Spotlight
01:10:45- Doubt
01:41:33- Episode wrap-up

Episode 150: Steve Jobs

14 Jan

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In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs and Franklin J. Schaffner’s Patton.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, The Hateful Eight, MTOL Survey, Tyler’s Movie Collection
00:09:30- Steve Jobs
01:12:00- Patton
02:01:50- Episode wrap-up

Minisode 77: The French Connection

7 Jan

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Tyler and Josh discuss William Friedkin’s The French Connection, winner of Best Picture for 1971.

Happy 2016!

1 Jan

As has become a yearly custom, I like to ring in the New Year by looking back on the films released a decade earlier. I don’t do this solely to make myself “feel old”, but rather to allow a moment of reflection. How has Hollywood changed in the last ten years? Which artists have come to prominence and respectability? Which ones have fallen away?

And, of course, an even more personal question. How has my own life changed since I first saw these movies? Has my outlook on film evolved in the last ten years? Has it devolved?

That’s why I enjoy doing this yearly post; it forces me to look back and reflect.

That said, the following movies are now ten years old:

CASINO ROYALE
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
CARS
SUPERMAN RETURNS
THE DA VINCI CODE
THANK YOU FOR SMOKING
V FOR VENDETTA
LITTLE CHILDREN
INSIDE MAN
UNITED 93
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
THE DESCENT
TALLADEGA NIGHTS
IDIOCRACY
THE QUEEN
THE DEPARTED
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
MARIE ANTOINETTE
THE PRESTIGE
BABEL
BORAT
STRANGER THAN FICTION
THE FOUNTAIN
APOCALYPTO
BLOOD DIAMOND
DREAMGIRLS
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
ROCKY BALBOA
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
CHILDREN OF MEN
NOTES ON A SCANDAL
PAN’S LABYRINTH
THE PROPOSITION

Minisode 76: The Godfather

31 Dec

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In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, winner of Best Picture of 1972.

Eight Little Indians, by Darrell Tuffs

27 Dec

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While viewing Tarantino’s eagerly awaited 8th feature film, The Hateful Eight, two conflicting opinions were passionately arguing within my brain. The first was telling me, “This film is absolutely beautiful; a real cinematic treat!” Indeed, as one might expect from Tarantino, The Hateful Eight is a gorgeously crisp film. Shot on celluloid, and set within a blizzard-ridden Wyoming, the film presents the typical mountain range landscapes associated with classics of the Western genre, yet the film is able to subvert these geographical tropes somewhat by flattening and smoothing out the frame of the film with deep glistening snow. To effect, this flattening of the landscape highlights the individual features of the characters within the film, allowing them as personalities to stand out from the scope of their environment. As a cinematic technique, this creates wonderfully dramatic images of faces, figures, costumes and human expressions. The film is able to maintain this grand scope of beauty throughout, making great use of its grainy-yet-classic filmic style.

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Episode 149: Krampus

23 Dec

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In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss Michael Dougherty’s Krampus and Clive Donner’s A Christmas Carol.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, Reed’s website
00:05:40- Krampus
00:53:17- A Christmas Carol (1984)
01:32:08- Episode wrap-up