We’re All Mad Here, by Reed Lackey

28 Oct


Besides Stephen King, the name in literature most synonymous with the macabre and horror genre would have to be Edgar Allan Poe. And like King, Poe’s work has been siphoned for decades to fuel film adaptations, mostly in the 1960s by Roger Corman starring Vincent Price.

The latest adaptation from this notorious master of the grotesque is Stonehearst Asylum, directed by Brad Anderson. It boasts a notable cast, including Oscar winners Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine and a rich choice of source material in Poe’s story, “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.” If you are at all familiar with that story, then much of the film’s conceit will already be known to you, but since that story doesn’t involve a pendulum, a heart, or a raven, I’ll assume you haven’t read it.


Episode 116: Only Lovers Left Alive

26 Oct


In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive and Robert Wise’s The Day the Earth Stood Still.

00:00:44- Intro, The Guest, To Be a Man
00:07:46- Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive
00:59:10- The Day the Earth Stood Still
01:11:50- Episode wrap-up

Episode 115: The Guest

23 Oct

The Guest Movie

In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Adam Wingard’s The Guest and Fraser Clarke Heston’s Needful Things.

00:00:44- Intro, To Be A Man, I Do Movies Badly
00:03:55- The Guest
00:45:30- Needful Things
01:20:00- Episode wrap-up

Episode 114: Coraline

9 Oct


In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Henry Selick’s Coraline and the Wachowskis’ The Matrix.

00:00:44- Intro, I Do Movies Badly
00:06:43- Reed’s latest articles
00:08:35- Chicago meet-up (October 18, 8:30 pm, D’Agostino’s [Southport/Addison])
00:14:15- Coraline
00:48:07- The Matrix
1:15:37- Episode wrap-up

We Are Our Own, by Reed Lackey

7 Oct


They used to tell me something about spiders when I was a kid—something they still say, actually: “They’re more afraid of you than you are of them.” I never believed that for a second. Sure, I was a giant in their world, but they had the ability to hide and the speed and the fangs. They were venomous.

Something else “they” used to tell me growing up—whoever “they” happened to be—was not to be my own worst enemy in life. They meant, of course, that people have a tendency to sabotage the good things in their life, whether they do so intentionally or not. This idea is explored in both literal and metaphorical ways in Enemy, last year’s film by Denis Villeneuve starring Jake Gyllenhaal.


The Aim of a Film, by Reed Lackey

3 Oct


I’ve seen films that inspired me, challenged me, provoked me, entertained me, amused me, and bored me. All of these effects, except perhaps the last one, can specifically be intended by the filmmaker and I believe that a fully formed criticism should at least attempt to consider such intentions when evaluating whether or not the film works.


Episode 113: Nosferatu

2 Oct


In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, as well as Werner Herzog’s 1979 remake, and E. Elias Merhige’s comedy Shadow of the Vampire.

00:00:44- Intro, Halloweentimes
00:04:35- Believe Me, BP’s Great Characters
00:06:00- Welcome to new listeners, introduction to topic
00:11:13- Nosferatu: Symphony of Terror
00:23:15- Nosferatu the Vampyre
00:31:31- Shadow of the Vampire
00:49:55- Themes of vampire movies
01:07:01- Episode wrap-up

October is almost here.

29 Sep

Nosferatu ByN

Episode 112: Believe Me

25 Sep


In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Will Bakke’s Believe Me and Richard Brooks’ Elmer Gantry.

00:00:44- Intro, Alpha Omega Con
00:03:00- Believe Me
00:50:00- Believe Me on iTunes
00:50:00- Pre-order Believe Me
00:50:40- Elmer Gantry
01:08:30- Episode wrap-up

Episode 111: Sing Over Me

19 Sep


In this episode, Tyler and Josh are joined by Jacob Kindberg to discuss his documentary Sing Over Me.