Monday, August 31, 2015
On this episode of Original Remake: two podcasters who do not know that much about film tackle one of the masters of the form TWICE as we talk THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, Alfred Hitchcock's 1934 original and his own 1956 remake.
On this episode: Greta Gerwig's latest, MISTRESS AMERICA, has us talking about her influence in two prior starring roles in LOLA VERSUS and DAMSELS IN DISTRESS. In one, a breakup has her leaning on friends and in the other she seeks out people to help guide them to happiness. Britt from the pop culture blog Eclectic Pop guides us through The Greta Gerwig Effect.
But first, an excerpt from a Following Films interview with Sam Levy, director of photography for MISTRESS AMERICA, about his work with writer/director Noah Baumbach.
Peter and Phoenix go back to 1992 and review a movie with a bunch of young stars! Brendan Fraser, who plays David Green, stars in School Ties about a high school football player who gets a scholarship to a preparatory school where he has to hide that he is Jewish.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
We are giving ourselves a present this week as we avoid the garbage that is coming out in theaters and look back at a film that has garnered positive reviews from the masses, The Gift. We pair that discussion with a debate about the best and worst gifts in film.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
In this episode, Dave brings back a favorite guest, Michael Denniston from the War Machine vs War Horse podcast, to talk about L.A. Confidential. Britt is, of course, back for more Fangirl Fixation and tells us how not confusing this movie really is despite other opinions. Dave discusses the dangers of ambition before bringing in Mike for some excellent discourse on L.A. Confidential.
Fangirl Fixation: 0:03:51
L.A. Confidential with Michael: 0:28:14
Thursday, August 27, 2015
A job at a magnificent house owned by a famous musician seems too good to be true – and it is – in the tension-filled horror film PARA ELISA. The acclaimed new Spanish film comes to DVD and VOD on September 1, 2015 from Dark Sky Films.
What you read above is all I knew about this film before watching it so I wanted to give you the same opportunity before I spoil anything for you. PARA ELISA is a brilliantly crafted thriller that is grotesque and beautiful while thoroughly entertaining.
With elements of Misery, Mommy Dearest, Psycho, House of the Devil, Sleep away Camp and Who Can Kill a Child, PARA ELISA manages to play with genre tropes while never fully committing to them and in turn creates something truly unique. The first act of the film is so beautifully shot and composed that its almost distracting from the story that's being set up, this is of course by design. Ana (our protagonist) exists in a world of absolute aesthetic magnificence that she can't wait to escape. Her parents won't foot the bill for a post graduation vacation so she decides to take an "easy" job as a nanny to get some quick cash.
Of course as the description above alludes to, this is not the job she was expecting or deserves. The deserves part is what got me. Ana is in no way set up as a hero by the film makers and I'm wondering if we as an audience are supposed to feel sympathy for her or take pleasure in her receiving comeuppance. She is certainly a victim but I'm curious to see how people will react to her character. American audiences react in odd ball ways when it comes to nuanced female charters. Look at how people reacted to Skylar in Breaking Bad. You would have thought she was a fragile, ego driven, megalomaniac who cooked meth and killed her business partners.
While the film isn't scary in a traditional (loud noise off screen makes the audience jump) sort of way, it's certainly unnerving and gets under your skin. But the film also made me laugh out loud several times and revel in its pure over the top spectacle. I'm not familiar with the cast but whoever played Mommy will inspire drag queens for the next 30 years. Its difficult to pull off a film like this without stooping to an ironic disposition. PARA ELISA is proud to raise its freak flag and stand alone.
On this episode we face unemployment with the help of friends, family, and Marion Cotillard's great performance in the new Criterion Collection release TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT. Not content with the support of just one film we also look back to 1999's comedy classic (as certified by the Library of Congress) OFFICE SPACE, and rely on a scumbag named Vincent who has some decent driving skills in 2001's TIME OUT.
GUEST: Emily Mackay of Movies N' Mayhem attempts to aid us in our butchering of the French language.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Ep. 168 of War Machine vs. War Horse: American Ultra (The Long Kiss Goodnight vs. The Bourne Identity)
On this episode we are joined by guest Dan Lizette from The Podcast Digest, a show where Dan recommends and interviews producers of great podcast content, so we can not recommend this podcast enough to both listeners and podcasters alike. And since Dan attempts to wake up listeners to podcasts they may not be aware of, we will be discussing THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT vs. THE BOURNE IDENTITY in which Geena Davis and Matt Damon awaken to skills and past lives that lead to knife fights and general good times.
BUT FIRST... we discuss the new film that is really just an excuse to get Dan and Jason Bourne on the show, with the new release AMERICAN ULTRA.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
His most recent film, Maggie’s Plan for director Rebecca Miller, stars Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, Maya Rudolph and Bill Hader. The film will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival before screening at the New York Film Festival a couple weeks later.
Mistress America, which opened Aug. 14, marks Levy’s third collaboration with director Noah Baumbach. The film, which stars Greta Gerwig, premiered earlier this year at Sundance Film Festival.The duo’s other films include: While We’re Young, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver; and Frances Ha in stylish black-and-white, co-written and starring Gerwig, which premiered at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival and opened in theaters the following
Peter and Phoenix discuss and review a classic Disney Animate movie that gave us the phrase "Hakuna Matata" and songs like "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Be Prepared"!