Ep 32. WORLD TOUR: Introspective Iran

As the World Tour starts to wind down, Alex and Jonathan make a stop in Iran to look at the small, personal films Close-Up (1990), Children of Heaven (1997), and A Separation (2011). We talk about portraying compassion in film, movies without a "bad guy," and the self-sufficiency of Iranian cinema. Also on iTunes Skip to: Close-Up (4:19), Children of… Continue reading Ep 32. WORLD TOUR: Introspective Iran

Ep 31. WORLD TOUR: Kruel Korea

The World Tour carries Alex and Jonathan to South Korea this week where we look at Oldboy (2003), The Host (2006), and The Good the Bad the Weird (2008). We discuss elements that make up neo-noir films, mixing tones, and the pervasive violence of Korean film. Also on iTunes Skip to: Oldboy (2:49), The Host (25:40), The Good the Bad the… Continue reading Ep 31. WORLD TOUR: Kruel Korea

Ep 30. WORLD TOUR: Russian Ruminations

As Dostoyevsky once wrote: "All true Russians are philosophers." This week Alex and Jonathan head to Russia and look at three legendary and formative filmmakers with Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin (1925), Lev Kuleshov's Po Zakonu (1926), and Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker (1975). We talk the various forms and uses of montage, the Kuleshov effect, and filmmaking outside the bounds of traditional… Continue reading Ep 30. WORLD TOUR: Russian Ruminations

Ep 29. WORLD TOUR: Dunkel Deutschland

This week Alex and Jonathan go way back and take a look at German Expressionism with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Nosferatu (1922), and Metropolis (1927). We talk about the theatricality of early film, conventions of German Expressionism, and why the influence of German Expressionism will never fade. Also on iTunes Skip to: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (5:14), Nosferatu (26:44),… Continue reading Ep 29. WORLD TOUR: Dunkel Deutschland

Ep 28. WORLD TOUR: México Macabro

Alex and Jonathan head south of the border this week to talk about three Mexican films: Macario (1960), Amores Perros (2000), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006). We talk the significance of a story within the story, the international influence of Quentin Tarantino, and how Hollywood has benefitted from Mexican filmmakers. Also on iTunes Skip to: Macario (4:06), Amores Perros (20:02), Pan's Labyrinth (43:28), Overall… Continue reading Ep 28. WORLD TOUR: México Macabro

AJ’s TV Tidbits: Community

This a series where I, @aj_thetarsier (aka Andrea Millard), go on lengthy rants about TV. Enjoy (or don't enjoy. Whatever, jerk)! Hello Human Beings! I may not be Dean Pelton, but I have come to cherish Community much in the same way that the Dean of Greendale Community College has, upholding Winger, Troy, Abed, Annie,… Continue reading AJ’s TV Tidbits: Community

Ep 27. WORLD TOUR: Japan Juxtaposed

It's back to Japan this week for Alex and Jonathan, but not for anime or Akira Kurosawa. We take a look at three other directors with Masaki Kobayashi's Harakiri (1963), Yasujirô Ozu's Tokyo Story (1952), and Hirokazu Koreeda's Nobody Knows (2004). We discuss various kinds of family drama in Japanese films, the distinction between "big" and "small" movies,… Continue reading Ep 27. WORLD TOUR: Japan Juxtaposed