The Fear of God: The Howling

16 May

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Joe Dante’s werewolf film The Howling.

Minisode 101: Listener Questions, vol. 1

11 May

Tyler answers listener questions, including what his favorite TV shows are, and his ideal MTOL guest.

The Fear of God: The Wolf Man

9 May

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss George Waggner’s The Wolf Man.

Heartbreak Hotel, by Reed Lackey

5 May

This is the story of a boy and his mother. Perhaps you’ve heard it before, but never like this.

I must confess that when I checked out the first episode of Bates Motel, it was with more suspicion than excitement. Psycho has been a top-five, all-time favorite film of mine for nearly as long as I can remember watching movies. I had been burned pretty badly by the misfire of Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake in 1998 and although I’m a rather big fan of Psycho II, the prospect of taking things back to the beginning for Norman Bates and his mother seemed more born of hubris than of inspiration.

Thankfully, I was mistaken. Bates Motel aired its final episode last night, checking out after a mere 50 chapters in what proved to be a riveting, emotional, and immensely rewarding reimagining of the story first conceived in Robert Bloch’s best-selling novel and immortalized in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece.


Episode 191: The Lost City of Z

4 May

In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss James Gray’s The Lost City of Z and Barry Levinson’s Bugsy.

00:00:50- Intro, International Christian Film Fest, Worth Watching, A Fish Called Wanda, Thimblerig’s Ark
00:03:30- The Lost City of Z
00:54:00- Bugsy
01:25:00- Episode wrap-up

Awesome Remix, by Tyler Smith

2 May

I was not a big fan of the first Guardians of the Galaxy. While many people praised its offbeat tone and crazy characters, the whole thing seemed surprisingly conventional to me, especially when one considers director James Gunn’s previous work. The film certainly had the distinction of changing the way superhero movies would be marketed, using classic rock and witty banter to show that these films could have a sense of humor about themselves, but that hardly redeems it (in fact, it might actually condemn it all the more). So, as I walked into Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, I was trepidatious. It seemed to me that Marvel would have a hard time not doubling down on the successful elements of the first film and simply serving up more of the same. Thankfully, the studio seemed to see the success of the first film as license to allow James Gunn to cut loose and tell a truly unique story, realized with some genuinely gorgeous visuals and several exciting action (and comedy) sequences.


The Fear of God: The Sixth Sense

2 May

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s breakout hit The Sixth Sense.

Don’t Call It Stupid, by Bob Connally

1 May

I’ve usually found that, when it comes to the kind of comedies I enjoy, most fall into one of two categories. Some are well-constructed with strong characters and give me some solid chuckles throughout. Others make laughs their biggest priority and are only concerned with things like characters and story to a minimal extent. Just enough to have something to hang those laughs on. A Fish Called Wanda is that rare and wonderful movie that is the best of both worlds. It is brilliantly constructed, filled with richly drawn characters, and it is also laugh out loud funny the whole way through.


Thimblerig’s Ark: The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

1 May

In this episode, Nate discusses Dallas Jenkins’ The Resurrection of Gavin Stone.

MTOL Updates!

27 Apr

There’s no episode this week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty going on at More Than One Lesson, including:

Tyler’s talk at the International Christian Film Festival
Tyler’s book, Worth Watching
Rushmore review
The Vampire Bat review
Colossal review
The Lost City of Z review
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan review
Free Fire review
The Fountain review
The Fear of God: Signs
Salty Cinema: Steve Taylor
Thimblerig’s Ark: Wildflower