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The Fear of God: The Orphanage

20 Mar

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss J.A. Bayona’s The Orphanage.

The Fear of God: The Shining

13 Mar

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

The Fear of God: We Need to Talk About Kevin

6 Mar

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin.

A Year with Hitchcock: The Skin Game, by Reed Lackey

27 Feb

For a director known for thrillers and suspense, I had no idea how many straight-forward domestic dramas were among his early films. Not to mention plays.

The Skin Game is yet another stage adaptation to screen, and it still mostly feels that way. However, this one benefits from impressive performances (particularly from Edmund Gwenn of Miracle on 34th Street fame) and from a tighter, more compelling script. Hitchcock also takes steps to make the film seem more cinematic than his previous outings (particularly Juno and the Paycock), utilizing the camera as more than a theatrical audience viewpoint and playing with alternate points of view (take note of the pivotal auction scene and how Hitchcock toys with expectation and information for a fun example of how the master tries to develop audience engagement).


The Fear of God: Shadow of a Doubt

27 Feb

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt.

A Year with Hitchcock: Murder!, by Reed Lackey

24 Feb

In many ways, Murder! is Hitchcock’s first example of falling just shy of expectations and potential. That’s not to say that this is a bad film. In fact, it’s often quite good. But given the potential in the premise, and the promise of Hitchcock tackling a classic whodunit formula, this could have been much more thrilling, suspenseful, and intriguing.


A Year with Hitchcock: Juno and the Paycock, by Reed Lackey

21 Feb

Whew. After two very strong entries (Hitchcock’s final silent film and his first talkie), this return to domestic drama is a sharp left turn off a steep cliff. It received overwhelmingly positive reviews in its initial run, but even Hitchcock himself regards it as something of a let-down.

Based on the play by Sean O’Casey (and also sometimes known as “The Shame of Mary Boyle”), this understated drama focuses on the fortunes and misfortunes of an Irish family amidst the turmoil of the Irish Civil War. Unfortunately that sentence I wrote is about as interesting as anything in the film.


The Fear of God: Black Mirror, part 1

20 Feb

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss the recent cult hit Black Mirror.

A Year with Hitchcock: Blackmail, by Reed Lackey

18 Feb

Hitchcock’s first “talkie” (and largely regarded as the first British “talkie” at all) is also his first straight-forward suspense film since The Lodger seven films earlier. It required a bit of intuitive insight on Hitchcock’s part into the contemporary cinematic trends to fully create it and it remains one of the strongest entries in Hitchcock’s first decade of films.


The Fear of God: The X Files, part 1

13 Feb

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss the 90s cult classic The X Files.