Episode 171: Religious Satire

1 Sep

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In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss religious satire, both good and bad.

2 Responses to “Episode 171: Religious Satire”

  1. Ben September 9, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

    Thanks for this episode. Robert brought up some great observations and I liked Tyler’s Bad Satire + Be Like Me/Good Satire = Better Version of You theory. I’d like to try to find a copy of The Milky Way movie you discussed (as well as a rewatch of Life of Brian). Any primer you can give on watching a Bunuel film to help apprciate/understand it better would be appreciated. Robert mentioned someone could take Sister Act and put it in a high school. I think they did, it’s called Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. Funny he mentioned Bill Murray as someone that it’s ok for him to be how he was on the talk shows because I think he’s kind of that “not really funny but look at me do stuff” thing you mentioned. A few years ago when he started showing up in people’s engagment pictures or joining their bar volleyball leauge game it was like, “oh, look at that. Bill Murry, what a guy”, but now it’s seems like he’s “hey look at me being Bill Murry.” I don’t know his heart though, so maybe he is just a cool guy. Thanks guys.

  2. Robert September 20, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

    Sorry for long delay. Didn’t know we had a comment! Thanks for your thoughts, Ben. Always good to hear feedback. Bill Murray is a guy who, I suppose, is take him or leave him. I personally take him every time. I think he IS funny, but he’s also a performer who seems extremely aware of how he’s perceived, and plays to that perfectly – that’s in film and in life. I don’t know his heart either, but as far as I’m concerned, he’s definitely a cool guy.

    As for Buñuel, I don’t know that there’s a primer, per se, on how to watch his movies except to somehow familiarize yourself (via Wikipedia?) on the movements he was a part of (namely, the surrealist movement of the 30s), all of which completely informed his art. He made different kinds of movies, genre wise (if “genre” is the right word here), some much more straightforward (Diary of a Chambermaid comes to mind) than others. The Milky Way is out there, in terms of plot and subject matter, but it’s still not his most surreal movie – others like The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and of course his first film (with Salvador Dali of all people), Un Chien Andalou, go much further into the realm of “huh?” One film that I can’t believe I didn’t mention (or did I?) was his Simon of the Desert, a short film of about 45 minutes that is a wonderful allegory of how we sanctimoniously lift ourselves above others and call ourselves right, and may even get attention doing it, but proves that we’re all susceptible to pride – and it makes that point in the most unexpected, bizarre, even unsatisfying way, as if to say: there’s a real anti-climax waiting for you anytime you put your faith in a man. (This is my reading of it, and of course, only one of many.) Check it out!

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