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The Fear of God: Shadow of the Vampire

3 Mar

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss E. Elias Merhige’s Shadow of the Vampire, starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.

The Old Familiar Magic, by Reed Lackey

3 Mar

After more than two decades of storytelling, Pixar’s formula is fairly well set in stone. Each of their films introduces a unique world and its characters, after which shortly follows a problem – or a need – which initiates a quest into an uncertain and uncharted landscape. Eventually revelations occur, most frequently of the relational variety, where our characters experience epiphanies about themselves and those closest to them before likely returning home with a renewed understanding or a refreshed sense of purpose.

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The Fear of God: Ready or Not

28 Feb

Reed and Nathan discuss Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not.

Old Dogs, by Bob Connally

27 Feb

In 2010, Sylvester Stallone assembled a collection of big name action stars for The Expendables, what turned out to be a kind of sad attempt to reclaim ’80s glory. 2018 saw the much quieter release of Black Water, a film that trotted Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren onto an unconvincing submarine for one of the most boring action movies I’ve ever seen. Also, as of this moment Harrison Ford nears the beginning of production on a fifth Indiana Jones film and his 78th birthday. Expectations are not high. So why then does VFW work so well? It’s in part because, unlike The Expendables or Black Water, it doesn’t attempt to protect the vanity of its stars. Their ages are not only acknowledged but essential to the mentalities of the characters.

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The Fear of God: Midsommar

24 Feb

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Ari Aster’s Midsommar.

Dropped Call, by Bob Connally

21 Feb

Jack London’s 1903 novel The Call of the Wild is the story of a dog torn between life as a pampered companion to humans and a life in his natural state as a wild animal. Chris Sanders’ new film adaptation is torn between the sensibilities of an animated kids movie and a dramatic live-action adventure that appeals to adults. This film’s inability to commit to one or the other leads to an ultimately dull movie that falls into that category of “Who is this for exactly?” It’s not a movie that will make you feel upset for having watched it, because you really won’t feel anything at all.

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The Fear of God: Parasite

21 Feb

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite.

Episode 224: The Irishman

16 Feb

In this episode, Tyler discusses Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part II.

A Long Way to Go, by Bob Connally

9 Feb

The first episode of VidAngel’s biblical television series The Chosen is a mostly dull approximation of a cable prestige drama. To the show’s credit, there is an attempt at production value but it doesn’t do much to draw us in over its first hour.

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The Fear of God: Joker

7 Feb

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Todd Phillips’ Joker.