Minisode 82: In the Heat of the Night

14 Apr


Tyler and Josh discuss Norman Jewison’s In the Heat of the Night, the Best Picture of 1967.

The Deep, Dark Woods, by Tyler Smith

14 Apr


With its wonderful 2015 retelling of Cinderella, Disney kicked off a new phase in their filmmaking that is at once exciting and daunting. By remaking their popular animated features as live-action films with a modern twist, the company must walk a fine line between paying appropriate homage to the classic films while still adding in enough new material (whether it be content, tone, or thematic elements) to justify them being remade. Cinderella did this beautifully, as director Kenneth Branagh tapped into his theatrical sensibilities to create an extravagant, fantastical world that still retained a complex humanity underneath. The simplistic characters we grew up with were allowed to have deeper emotions and desires, making the film seem like a more adult extension of the original, rather than an attempt to cash in on a well-known property. With their new reimagining of their classic The Jungle Book, Disney has crafted a film that is gorgeous and enveloping. Unfortunately, the new, darker story beats that are added are often negated by the obviously-obligatory incorporation of certain elements from the original that have no business being in this film.


Episode 158: God’s Not Dead 2

7 Apr


In this episode Tyler and Josh discuss Harold Cronk’s God’s Not Dead 2 and Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder.

00:00:44- Intro, International Christian Film Festival
00:05:50- Atheists reviewing Christian films
00:13:55- God’s Not Dead 2
01:39:35- Anatomy of a Murder
01:54:03- Episode wrap-up

The Man in the Arena

3 Apr

Minisode 81: Oliver!

31 Mar

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Tyler and Josh discuss the Best Picture of 1968, Carol Reed’s Oliver!

Episode 157: Man of Steel

25 Mar


In this episode, Reed and Tyler discuss Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant.

00:00:44- Intro, Film Nerds United, ICFF
00:02:45- Big news
00:04:00- Man of Steel
01:22:40- The Iron Giant
01:50:00- Episode wrap-up

Episode 156: Hail, Caesar!

17 Mar


In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels.

00:00:44- Intro, International Christian Film Festival
00:03:00- Hail, Caesar!
01:03:05- Sullivan’s Travels
01:22:40- Episode wrap-up

Minisode 80: Spotlight

10 Mar


Tyler and Josh discuss Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, 2015’s Best Picture.

Episode 155: Risen

4 Mar


In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Kevin Reynolds’ Risen and Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus.

00:00:44- Intro, new articles, International Christian Film Festival
00:02:50- Risen
00:53:18- Spartacus
01:04:35- Episode wrap-up

Reed’s Top Ten of 2015

28 Feb


10. Room

It won’t surprise me if later years raise this on my list for me. There is an inherent metaphor present in the premise of a child who has only ever known a world between four walls that I find very compelling. I would spoil too much of what happens in the film to explain too deeply, but after the film was finished, I had so much rattling around in my head — about perspective, about being held captive from birth, and about the terror and hope of moving beyond what we know — that I was largely speechless.