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We Are Our Own, by Reed Lackey

7 Oct


They used to tell me something about spiders when I was a kid—something they still say, actually: “They’re more afraid of you than you are of them.” I never believed that for a second. Sure, I was a giant in their world, but they had the ability to hide and the speed and the fangs. They were venomous.

Something else “they” used to tell me growing up—whoever “they” happened to be—was not to be my own worst enemy in life. They meant, of course, that people have a tendency to sabotage the good things in their life, whether they do so intentionally or not. This idea is explored in both literal and metaphorical ways in Enemy, last year’s film by Denis Villeneuve starring Jake Gyllenhaal.


The Aim of a Film, by Reed Lackey

3 Oct


I’ve seen films that inspired me, challenged me, provoked me, entertained me, amused me, and bored me. All of these effects, except perhaps the last one, can specifically be intended by the filmmaker and I believe that a fully formed criticism should at least attempt to consider such intentions when evaluating whether or not the film works.


Minisode 49: Braveheart

12 Sep


In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, winner of Best Picture for 1995.


Episode 109: A Most Wanted Man

14 Aug


In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, and Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic.

00:00:44- Intro, Robin Williams tribute
00:02:45- Feeding My Faith
00:03:25- Alpha Omega Con, Donations
00:08:05- Believe Me
00:10:35- A Most Wanted Man
00:54:22- Traffic
1:31:25- Episode wrap-up


A Shared Life, by Reed Lackey

12 Aug


I was in my high school English class when I first learned about poetry from John Keating. I was working my first job at a video rental store when I witnessed Sean Maguire put Will Hunting on the right path in life. I was eleven years old when I first heard the Genie say, “You ain’t never had a friend like me!”

These names are just characters, like countless others in the world of fiction and film. But these particular names, along with so many others like Patch Adams, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Mork from Ork (nanu, nanu) were brought to life by the incomparable Robin Williams.


Tyler talks Guardians of the Galaxy

6 Aug

Minisode 46: Shakespeare in Love

31 Jul


In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss John Madden’s Shakespeare in Love, winner of Best Picture of 1998.


Episode 107: Gravity

18 Jul


In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, as well as Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited.

00:00:44- Intro, music, Comic-Con meetup
00:10:35- Gravity
00:39:06- The Darjeeling Limited
01:06:30- Episode wrap-up


Minisode 44: Gladiator

11 Jul


In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, winner of Best Picture for 2000.


Jim’s Eighth Favorite Film

9 Jul


Let’s all do ourselves a solid and pretend that it hasn’t been seven months since I wrote my last entry into my Top Ten Favorites, shall we?  Good.

I was forthcoming at the outset of this blog series that subjectivity, as is the case with any Top Ten list, would play a key role in its formation.  Despite the fact that this list is still in its infancy we’ve come to the entry in which, more so than any of the other films before or after, the immeasurable, personal factors – nostalgia, mood, time, place – play a significant role in the reverence I hold for it.