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Episode 215: I Can Only Imagine

9 Aug

In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss the Erwin Brothers’ I Can Only Imagine and James Mangold’s Walk the Line.

The MTOL Top 50: Tokyo Story

2 Aug

In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story.

Episode 214: Eighth Grade

26 Jul

In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade and Jason Reitman’s Juno. 

The MTOL Top 50: Singin’ in the Rain

19 Jul

In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s musical masterpiece Singin’ in the Rain.

Episode 213: Avengers: Infinity War

12 Jul

In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss the Russo Brothers’ Avengers: Infinity War.

Too Little, Too Late, by Tyler Smith

12 Jul

Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp is a pleasant enough diversion, with some clever sequences, but never really adds up to anything more than a placeholder within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Perhaps that’s okay, though. With the weight of everything that has been going on in the MCU, maybe a light, effects-heavy romp is just what the doctor ordered. Certainly, one of the interesting elements of this franchise is that we can have different tones from one film to another, with the Captain America films feeling notably different than the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, for example. However, ten years in and we’ve been trained to understand that everything affects everything else and that no hero, regardless of how isolated he may seem, is ever truly alone. So while Ant-Man and the Wasp is often a very amusing film – sometimes downright funny – it’s hard to reconcile it with the current tone of the larger franchise. And so the feel of the film is somewhat diminished and I found myself adopting a fatalistic mindset, wondering what the point of all this is, knowing what we do about the larger universe.

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The MTOL Top 50: The Princess Bride

5 Jul

In this minisode, Tyler and Reed discuss Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride.

Episode 212: with special guest Paul Walter Hauser

28 Jun

In this episode, Tyler is joined by actor Paul Walter Hauser to discuss his faith and career.

Total Commitment, by Tyler Smith

25 Apr

Six years ago, at the end of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, the Marvel Cinematic Universe promised to become even bigger than it already was. By briefly teasing the eventual appearance of cosmic villain Thanos, they alluded to one of the biggest events in comic book history, The Infinity Gauntlet. Remembering the tragic events of that series, I found myself wondering just how far the MCU was willing to go. With Avengers: Infinity War, I finally have my answer. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, this film is every bit as enjoyable, daring, and vital as any superhero movie in history. It needed to take the genre to a new level of hopelessness, committing to genuine life and death stakes. And, while it may not feature the mass death of the comic book series, its fatalistic tone is everything that I was hoping for.

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The Best of Pictures: All the King’s Men

12 Apr

In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Robert Rossen’s All the King’s Men.