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Episode 225: The Invisible Man

27 Mar

In this episode, Tyler discusses Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man and Dallas Hallam & Patrick Horvath’s Entrance.

Reel Redemption: The Rise of Christian Cinema (trailer)

24 Mar

Tyler’s documentary Reel Redemption: The Rise of Christian Cinema is now available on the Faithlife TV streaming platform.

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.

Episode 223: Joker

25 Jan

In this episode, Tyler discusses Todd Phillips’ Joker and Joel Schumacher’s Falling Down.

Episode 222: Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

12 Jan

In this episode, Tyler discusses Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood and F.W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh.

Tyler’s Top Ten of the 2010s

2 Jan

10. The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

A film that manages to be both straightforward yet oddly dreamlike, this film by Derek Cianfrance stars Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, along with a stable of great character actors. The lives of a novice bank robber and an ambitious cop crash violently into each other, with ramifications that echo into the next generation. An engrossing meditation on the ghosts of the past and our decision to let them dictate our actions in the present, The Place Beyond the Pines is an intimate film of epic proportions.

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Episode 221: Uncut Gems

28 Dec

In this episode, Tyler discusses the Safdie Brothers’ Uncut Gems and John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.

No Risk, No Reward, by Tyler Smith

18 Dec

At this point in the Star Wars franchise, what started in 2015 as intense eagerness amongst the moviegoing public has slowly turned into a mild curiosity at best and a resentful obligation at worst. So many people, whether they enjoyed The Last Jedi or not, view the final film in the latest trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker, with exhausted trepidation; a weary desire to get some kind of closure. And it appears that director J.J. Abrams sensed this – not that it was particularly subtle – and has obliged by creating a film that is so focused on tying up loose ends that it often feels perfunctory. Through rushed scenes, last minute developments, and astonishingly-clumsy exposition, Abrams attempts to undo the perceived damage done to the mythology by the previous film while also giving every character as satisfying an arc as he can, all while trying to keep the events exciting and fresh. This many spinning plates would be difficult for even the best directors; Abrams, a reliable journeyman but hardly an engaging auteur, does his best, but mostly loses control of the juggernaut that The Rise of Skywalker was always destined to be. 

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Episode 220: A Hidden Life

10 Dec

In this episode, Tyler discusses Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life and Fred Zinnemann’s A Man For All Seasons.

Episode 219: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

26 Nov

In this episode, Tyler discusses Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky.