The December Marquee: Frozen Survival

Throughout the month of December we'll be looking at films about surviving extreme situations in the extreme cold: Touching the Void (2003) The Grey (2011) Everest (2015) Arctic (2018) (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 of films that… Continue reading The December Marquee: Frozen Survival

The November Marquee: Horses

Throughout the month of November we'll be looking at films which prominently feature the unique bond between humans and their equine companions: The Black Stallion (1979) Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) Seabiscuit (2003) War Horse (2011) (Click on a poster to watch a trailer) And although we won't be discussing these films in-depth, here… Continue reading The November Marquee: Horses

Special Episode: The Fellowship of the Ring Scene-by-Scene

To fill some time while Alex and Jonathan are on break, we're releasing a commentary track for Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) which was recorded in 2018. Going scene-by-scene through the extended edition of the film allows us to break down some of the details and nuances of the filmmaking techniques, as… Continue reading Special Episode: The Fellowship of the Ring Scene-by-Scene

Episode 145. History According to Harryhausen

Taking a step behind the curtain of classic movie magic, today Alex and Jonathan discuss the techniques and creatures brought to the screen by VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen in Mighty Joe Young (1949), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), and Clash of the Titans (1981). We discuss the evolution of… Continue reading Episode 145. History According to Harryhausen

The September Marquee: Ray Harryhausen

Throughout the month of September we'll be looking at films filled with the imaginative creatures of animator and pioneering VFX artist Ray Harryhausen: Mighty Joe Young (1949) The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Clash of the Titans (1981) (Click on a poster to watch a trailer) And although we won't… Continue reading The September Marquee: Ray Harryhausen

Episode 144. A Podcast’s Guide to Time Travel

We are all interested in the future, which is why in this episode Alex and Jonathan take a look at some prominent entries into the time travel sub-genre of science fiction, specifically: Time After Time (1979), Back to the Future (1985), Groundhog Day (1993), and Tenet (2020). We discuss the various mechanisms for implementing time… Continue reading Episode 144. A Podcast’s Guide to Time Travel

The August Marquee: Time Travel

Throughout the month of August we'll be looking at films centered around the concept of time travel in a variety of ways: Time After Time (1979) Back to the Future (1985) Groundhog Day (1993) Tenet (2020) (Click on a poster to watch a trailer) And although we won't be discussing these films in-depth, here is… Continue reading The August Marquee: Time Travel

Episode 143. Pugnacious Preminger

Another legend of Hollywood's Golden Age is the spotlight for this episode as Alex and Jonathan talk about some of the classic works of Otto Preminger: Laura (1944), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), and Bunny Lake is Missing (1965). We discuss how Preminger builds character driven narrative through visuals, his real and… Continue reading Episode 143. Pugnacious Preminger

The July Marquee: Otto Preminger

Throughout the month of July we'll be looking at the works of Golden Age director, Otto Preminger through some of his most notable films: Laura (1944) Bonjour Tristesse (1958) Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) (Click on a poster to watch a trailer) And although we won't be discussing these films… Continue reading The July Marquee: Otto Preminger

Episode 142. Kiarostami’s Koker

Sit back and enjoy the ride as Alex and Jonathan talk through the road-trip style films of Abbas Kiarostami in Where Is the Friend's House? (1987), And Life Goes On (1992), Through the Olive Trees (1994), and Taste of Cherry (1997). We discuss the way Kiarostami blends truth and fiction, how he uses long takes… Continue reading Episode 142. Kiarostami’s Koker