The December Marquee: William Wyler

Throughout the month of December we'll be looking at the delightful and timeless films of Golden Age director William Wyler (not to be confused with Billy Wilder): The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Roman Holiday (1953) Ben-Hur (1959) The Collector (1965) (Click on a poster to watch a trailer) And although we won't be… Continue reading The December Marquee: William Wyler

Episode 135. Wilder, Not Wyler

Today Alex and Jonathan ask "How did Billy do it?" as we dive into the work and career of Golden Age director Billy Wilder through his films Sunset Boulevard (1950), Stalag 17 (1953), Sabrina (1954), and The Apartment (1960). We discuss the way Wilder turns a mirror back on Hollywood, the influence Ernst Lubitsch and… Continue reading Episode 135. Wilder, Not Wyler

The November Marquee: Billy Wilder

Throughout the month of November we'll be looking at the delightful and timeless films of Golden Age director Billy Wilder (not to be confused with William Wyler): Sunset Boulevard (1950) Stalag 17 (1953) Sabrina (1954) The Apartment (1960) (Click on a poster to watch a trailer) And although we won't be discussing these films in-depth,… Continue reading The November Marquee: Billy Wilder

Episode 134. Master Masaki

One of the masters of world cinema, Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi, is the focus of today's episode as Alex and Jonathan talk through his epic trilogy The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959), The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959), and The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961), as well as his… Continue reading Episode 134. Master Masaki

The October Marquee: Masaki Kobayashi

Throughout the month of October we'll be looking at the epic films of Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi: The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959) The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961) Kwaidan (1964) (Click on a poster to watch a trailer) And although we won't… Continue reading The October Marquee: Masaki Kobayashi

Episode 133. Surreal Spike

From skateboard videos to high-budget science-fiction drama, today Alex and Jonathan track the career of Spike Jonze through his feature films Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation. (2002), Where the Wild Things Are (2009), and Her (2013). We talk about the building of themes and structure in meta filmmaking, what makes interesting protagonists, and the variety… Continue reading Episode 133. Surreal Spike

The September Marquee: Spike Jonze

Throughout the month of September we'll be looking at the career of the director known as Spike Jonze: Being John Malkovich (1999) Adaptation. (2002) Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Her (2013) (Click on a poster to watch a trailer) And although we won't be discussing these films in-depth, here is an extended watching list… Continue reading The September Marquee: Spike Jonze

Episode 132. Lord & Miller’s Laughs & Mischiefs

The combined creative talents of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller is one of the biggest forces in the animation industry at the moment, so today Alex and Jonathan take a look at four films they have had a hand in bringing to the big screen: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), 21 Jump Street… Continue reading Episode 132. Lord & Miller’s Laughs & Mischiefs

The August Marquee: Lord & Miller

Throughout the month of August we'll be looking at the directing and writing works of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) 21 Jump Street (2012) The Lego Movie (2014) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) (Click on a poster to watch a trailer) And although we won't be discussing these… Continue reading The August Marquee: Lord & Miller

Episode 131. Channeling Jackie Chan

One of the greatest physical performers of recent filmmaking, Jackie Chan is the focus of today's discussion as Alex and Jonathan look at Drunken Master (1978), Police Story (1985), Police Story 3: Supercop (1992), and The Foreigner (2017). We talk about Jackie Chan's journey finding his on-screen persona in the wake of Bruce Lee, the… Continue reading Episode 131. Channeling Jackie Chan