Episode 23. Samurai in Space

Alex and Jonathan reach for the stars in the final part of the samurai series as we look at Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress (1958), and George Lucas' Star Wars (1977). We discuss the difference between adaptation and inspiration, the amorphous definition of "original," and factors that create lasting cultural impact. Also on iTunes Skip to: The Hidden… Continue reading Episode 23. Samurai in Space


Episode 21. Klash of the Kongs

The greatest of all American movie monsters takes center stage this week as Alex and Jonathan discuss King Kong (1933), King Kong (1976), and King Kong (2005). We talk about keeping the heart of a remake, the evolution of visual effects, and modern legends. Also on iTunes Skip to: King Kong (1933) (3:55), King Kong (1976) (22:35), King Kong (2005)… Continue reading Episode 21. Klash of the Kongs

Episode 20. Samurai and Sombreros Vol. 3

In the third installment of our Samurai and Sombreros series, Alex and Jonathan look at Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950) and it's western genre adaptation The Outrage (1964). We talk Rashomon's technical innovations, what makes a work stand the test of time, and examples of the "Rashomon Effect." Also on iTunes Skip to: Rashomon (3:55), The Outrage (22:35), Overall (40:57), Coming Attractions (55:10) Resources referenced in… Continue reading Episode 20. Samurai and Sombreros Vol. 3

Episode 14. Samurai and Sombreros Vol. 2

Once again we pit sword-masters against gunslingers in part two of our Samurai and Sombreros series. This week Alex and Jonathan discuss Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961) and Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (1964). We talk about tonal changes in adaptations, visual character development, and varied uses of violence and humor. Also on iTunes Skip to: Yojimbo (3:33), A Fistful of Dollars (34:31),… Continue reading Episode 14. Samurai and Sombreros Vol. 2

Episode 11. Samurai and Sombreros

Don't bring a six-shooter to a katana fight. Samurai and Sombreros won our recent Twitter poll so Alex and Jonathan take a look at Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) and its western adaptation The Magnificent Seven (1960). We talk about archetypal stories, cultural influence on art, and using inspiration to create a new and distinct work. Also… Continue reading Episode 11. Samurai and Sombreros

Episode 7. Holy Reboot, Batman! Feat. Aaron Johnson

What makes sound, and is informative? The Filmlings film analysis podcast! Alex and Jonathan welcome their first guest, Aaron Johnson, to the podcast to talk about four major reboots of the cinematic portrayal of Batman: Batman: The Movie (1966), Batman (1989), Batman Begins (2005), and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). We talk about how the comics influence the… Continue reading Episode 7. Holy Reboot, Batman! Feat. Aaron Johnson

Episode 6. Pride and Prejudice (x3)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a film buff in possession of some film knowledge must be in need of a film analysis podcast... Alex and Jonathan get a little sappy in this special Valentine's Day episode where we take a look at three (very) different film adaptations of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice:… Continue reading Episode 6. Pride and Prejudice (x3)