Episode 19. Maternal Meyers Feat. Andrea Millard

Guest Andrea Millard joins Alex and Jonathan this week to talk about the career of writer/director Nancy Meyers with Baby Boom (1987), The Parent Trap (1998), and The Intern (2015). We talk female protagonists, growing from a writer to a director, and refining development of themes over time. Also on iTunes Skip to: Baby Boom (7:45), The Parent Trap (27:41), The Intern (53:47), Overall (1:17:35), Coming Attractions (1:26:54)… Continue reading Episode 19. Maternal Meyers Feat. Andrea Millard

Episode 18. Lying Lynch

This has all been pre-recorded. Bringing last week's surrealism discussion into the modern day, Alex and Jonathan take a look at three films by contemporary surrealist David Lynch: Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), and Mulholland Drive (2001). We discuss the Lynch's use of color and sound, varying degrees of surrealist influence, and atmospheric storytelling. Also on iTunes Skip to: Eraserhead (4:46), Blue… Continue reading Episode 18. Lying Lynch

Episode 17. Bougie Buñuel

Social conventions are broken and non-sequiturs abound in our movies this week as Alex and Jonathan discuss Luis Buñuel's L'Age d'or (1930), The Exterminating Angel (1962), and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), with Un Chien andalou (1929) thrown in for good measure. We talk the social temper tantrum of the Surrealists, scene-driven plots, and the ripple effect of… Continue reading Episode 17. Bougie Buñuel

Episode 15. Cornetto Crash Course

Grab some ice cream and switch off with us this week as Alex and Jonathan talk through Edgar Wright's Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). We talk blending genres, what makes a "thematic trilogy," and comedy with layered dimensions. Also on iTunes Skip to: Shaun of… Continue reading Episode 15. Cornetto Crash Course

Episode 12. The High School Hughes

Let us be your vehicle to escape your problems this week as Alex and Jonathan talk through three of John Hughes' high school films: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).  We discuss how comedy ages, use and critique of stereotypes, and unique character dynamics in a high school setting. Also… Continue reading Episode 12. The High School Hughes

Episode 10. Mystical Miyazaki Feat. Hayden Chauffe

In our first exclusively animation episode, friend of the podcast Hayden Chauffe joins Alex to talk about three films by Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki: My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Spirited Away (2001), and The Wind Rises (2013). We discuss the unique possibilities of animation, children's entertainment that doesn't sugar coat the world, and reflection of Miyazaki's life in his… Continue reading Episode 10. Mystical Miyazaki Feat. Hayden Chauffe

Episode 9. The Whimsy and Woe of Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson takes a perfectly framed center-stage this week as Alex and Jonathan talk Rushmore (1998), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), and Moonrise Kingdom (2012). We discuss self-aware storytelling, how style can divert criticism, and the recycling of iconic art. Also on iTunes Skip to: Rushmore (6:36), The Life Aquatic (24:18), Moonrise Kingdom (43:10), Overall Notes (57:46), Coming Attractions (1:13:59)… Continue reading Episode 9. The Whimsy and Woe of Wes Anderson