One Thing of Beauty, by Esther O’Reilly

2 Sep

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The Soloist is one of those movies that should have been Oscar-level big, yet somehow never cleared the bar with critics or fans. In the spirit of Rain Man, you had one big-name actor doing a single-note virtuoso savant impression (Jamie Foxx), while another big-name actor took the more nuanced role of the protagonist who grows and changes through his encounter with the savant (Robert Downey, Jr.). Plus, this too-good-to-be-true story of a homeless, schizophrenic Juilliard drop-out and the journalist who discovered him had the benefit of actually being true, albeit a little fictionalized. But Joe Wright’s jerky direction, coupled with a sometimes cryptic script that went out of its way to avoid hitting sentimental beats, left this would-be Oscar bait hanging without so much as a nomination. Yet, despite its flaws, it’s a movie that’s stuck with me ever since I first saw it.

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Episode 171: Religious Satire

1 Sep

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

The Fear of God: Devil

30 Aug

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In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss John Erick Dowdle’s Devil.

Minisode 89: Sausage Party

25 Aug

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Tyler shares his thoughts on the animated film Sausage Party.

CLICK HERE FOR ESTHER O’REILLY’S ARTICLE

The Sincerest Form of Flattery, by Bob Connally

24 Aug

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We all had movie characters we wanted to be as children; adventures we wanted to live for ourselves and for many of us, it was the start of our lifelong love of film. Like so many other kids in the early 1980s, when Chris Strompolos of Mississippi first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, he wanted to be Indiana Jones. His friend Eric Zala loved the film with just as much enthusiasm, wanting to further understand the nuts and bolts of how it was made. What separated these 12-year old boys from the rest of us was the adventure they decided to embark on together. With storyboards Eric (who directed and played Belloq) created from memory and an audio tape smuggled in to a screening to record the film’s dialogue, the boys set out to shoot their version of Raiders over their summer vacation in 1982.

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The Fear of God

23 Aug

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In this first episode, Reed and Nathan discuss their goals for the podcast.

Episode 170: Story and Structure

18 Aug

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In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss a recent Movieguide article about screenplay story and structure.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:45- Intro, Alpha Omega Con, Hell or High Water review, Geek Orthodox
00:03:40- The Fear of God
00:07:33- Movieguide article
00:14:20- University of Vermont study
01:03:45- Episode wrap-up

MTOL Top 50 (linked)

17 Aug

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Would you like to hear us talk at length about the best movies of all time? Check out the specific episodes and minisodes we’ve recorded over the years about some of these wonderful films.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
CASABLANCA
CITIZEN KANE
VERTIGO
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
STAR WARS
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
APOCALYPSE NOW
THE TREE OF LIFE

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It’s Them or Us, by Bob Connally

14 Aug

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It’s clear even before we see the faces of Toby and Tanner Howard- both wearing ski masks- that we are witnessing their first attempted bank robbery. While some of the action and dialogue that follows is funny, it’s plain that Hell or High Water isn’t a comedy. Without being told why, we know that there is something very much at stake here, conveyed by nothing more than Toby and Tanner’s eyes. The film retains that tone throughout most of its runtime, and when it changes it’s because things have changed for its characters; characters we have come to care about very much because the filmmakers do.

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Tyler on Geek Orthodox

11 Aug

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Tyler was recently on the Geek Orthodox podcast to discuss politics, Christian media, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

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