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Still Crazy After All These Years, by Bob Connally

27 Mar

In 1996, Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s wildly popular novel chronicling the lives of Scottish heroin addicts quickly became one of the highest grossing British films of all-time and an international hit. Trainspotting was accused by many who did not see it of glamorizing drug use. While it was incredibly entertaining and often very funny, its style unflinchingly showed the horrors of heroin addiction without taking a heavy-handed stance about it. If you can watch a character dig into the “worst toilet in Scotland” on his hands and knees, another wake up in a pile of his own excrement, and another dying in squalor of AIDS and come away from that film believing that being a heroin addict is an exciting and glamorous lifestyle then your critical thinking skills are almost certainly broken. While Boyle didn’t back away from the horrors he also didn’t back away from what it is about heroin that creates addicts in the first place. Still, I would imagine that for a teenager, watching Trainspotting would make a far more effective anti-drug teaching tool than anything he or she could learn from D.A.R.E.


International Christian Film Festival 2017!

25 Mar

Episode 186: Rogue One

24 Mar

In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One and Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.

00:00:50 – Intro, The Devils, Salty Cinema, The Fear of God, Beauty and the Beast
00:02:45 – Kickstarter campaign
00:05:30 – Rogue One
00:56:15 – Saving Private Ryan
01:12:20 – Episode wrap-up

Bill Oberst, Jr. reads THE RAVEN

21 Mar

The Fear of God: The Raven

21 Mar

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. Also featuring a reading of the poem by horror actor Bill Oberst, Jr.

The Sacred and the Profane, by Reed Lackey

18 Mar

For decades, a notorious film by director Ken Russell provoked debate, controversy, and sometimes disgust in audiences who had the rare privilege to see it. Banned in several countries around the world, and lacking formal distribution in any others, The Devils was one of film connoisseurs’ most heavily sought lost treasures. Warner Brothers began a rocky distribution in the early 2000s, releasing the film in limited printings, with sub-par video quality, on DVD. It appeared on iTunes in 2010, only to be removed again without explanation after only 3 days. Even these few releases removed the more severely controversial moments of the film, and a complete version remains extremely elusive, if not entirely lost.


Salty Cinema: Todd Komarnicki

17 Mar

Sully screenwriter Todd Komarnicki talks about working with Clint Eastwood, his daily writing habits, producing the Christmas classic Elf, and what kind of movies Jesus would like.

Episode 185: Arrival

16 Mar

In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival and Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko.

Timeless, by Reed Lackey

14 Mar

On the short list of candidates for the proverbial title of “definitive fairy tale”, you might find Snow White, Cinderella, and – of course – Beauty and the Beast. For countless audiences, both young and old, this “tale as old as time” is framed almost exclusively around the images, the events, and the unforgettable songs of the 1991 Disney animated masterpiece. So, needless to say, a live action reimagining has some immense expectations to meet along with its baked-in good will.


The Fear of God: May

14 Mar

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Lucky McKee’s May.