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Minisode 94: Real Life

1 Dec


In this minisode, Tyler talks about his experiences at school and his reaction to the election.

Minisode 93: Gigi

23 Nov


In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss Vincente Minnelli’s Gigi, the Best Picture of 1958.

Minisode 92: Ben-Hur

17 Nov


In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss William Wyler’s Ben-Hur, the Best Picture of 1959.

One of a Kind, by Tyler Smith

4 Nov


Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter is a beautiful and fascinating work of art. It is a film of intangibles, borrowing its tone and imagery from various genres while never belonging to any of them. Somehow it manages to stand alone, defying categorization. That the film was the sole directorial effort of Laughton – a venerable character actor since the 1930s – only adds to its mystique. Not only is it difficult to speak about the film in regards to genre, but it also sidesteps any discussion of auteurism, as we have no previous nor future works by the director to compare it to. Given the surreal, dreamlike quality of both the visual and thematic elements of the film, it seems appropriate that it would remain so academically elusive. It is a film that insists we first view it on its own terms, rather than try to fit it into any larger theories.


Eternal Significance, by Tyler Smith

4 Nov


Just when the Marvel Cinematic Universe was starting to bore me, along comes horror director Scott Derrickson to completely re-energize it. This film not only feels like a breath of fresh air narratively, but visually, as well. It’s been a long time since a movie’s visual effects left me stunned, but Doctor Strange features such virtuoso filmmaking that I found myself asking not merely how the director did it, but how he even conceived of it. That is the mark of true creativity and freshness. While so many other films in the MCU were phoning it in, Doctor Strange sets out to genuinely intrigue and astound its audience.


Episode 178: Best of Enemies

3 Nov


In this politically-charged episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville’s Best of Enemies and Robert Altman’s Secret Honor.

00:00:44- Intro, Halloweentimes, The Ides of March episode
00:05:25- Best of Enemies, politics
00:56:50- Secret Honor
01:12:54- Episode wrap-up

Episode 177: Bone Tomahawk

27 Oct

In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss S. Craig Zahler’s Bone Tomahawk and Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Real Heroism, by Tyler Smith

23 Oct


Clint Eastwood’s Sully is the director’s latest film about real life heroism. Starting with Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima in 2006, Eastwood has made several films based on inspirational true stories, though often from an odd angle (telling Nelson Mandela’s story as a function of the rugby World Cup, for example). With Sully, however, Eastwood – ever the deconstructionist – has decided to approach what could be a straightforward story and treat it as an opportunity to meditate on the very nature of heroism itself.


Episode 176: The Shallows

20 Oct


In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Shallows and Neil Marshall’s The Descent. Please note that there are some audio issues with this episode. Thanks for your patience.

Episode 175: The Witch

13 Oct


In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss Robert Eggers’ The Witch and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.