Steve Prokopy AKA Capone from Ain’t It Cool News, joins us for a live discussion on the incredible Paul Thomas Anderson, a well-respected master of filmmaking. Despite touching upon all five of his films throughout the conversation, we mainly focus on MAGNOLIA and THERE WILL BE BLOOD in particular. In addition, Steve reviews CHERNOBYL DIARIES, Jim finally watched FIVE EASY PIECES, and Patrick continues his J-horror journey with UZUMAKI (Spiral).
Renn Brown of CHUD.com returns to talk with us about a true auteur, the great David Fincher. We focus on the 1999 cult classic FIGHT CLUB as well as the critically-acclaimed 2007 true crime procedural, ZODIAC and then touch upon a couple other films as well. Renn reviews BATTLESHIP, Jim praises Richard Linklater's latest BERNIE, and finally Patrick wraps things up with a discussion about J-horror and the American remake of THE RING. In about a week we will be talking live with Steve Prokopy (Capone @ Aint it Cool News) as we discuss Jim's favorite director, Paul Thomas Anderson!
We return to our original format with a third appearance from previous guest Brendan Leonard, covering the great crime thriller director Michael Mann. We focus on the 1995 classic HEAT as well as the critically-acclaimed follow-up THE INSIDER and then touch upon a couple other films from both earlier in his career and recently. Brendan also talks about THE RIGHT STUFF which he recently saw on the big screen, while I proclaim my affinity for INTRUDER, and Patrick wraps things up with a discussion about the original KING KONG. Brendan ducks out an hour early in this episode due to technical difficulties, but don't fret, you get to hear us conclude the conversation over Skype and once again, get into an argument about HOUSE OF THE DEVIL.
Our mouths get big and macho as we discuss the great action thriller Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow. Mike Flynn of CHUD.com returns for some further insights about her, as we focus on the beloved cult surfer bank robber classic, POINT BREAK, as well as her anticipated follow-up which turned out to be a box office failure STRANGE DAYS. In addition, Ryan reviews 21 JUMP STREET, Jim elaborates on the powerfully understated HEAVY, and Patrick decides to talk once again about favorite submarine movies after watching U571. In only one week (!) we will be talking about Coleman Francis with an author who is currently on a book tour, that has much to say about this misunderstood filmmaker.
Movie podcaster and blogger Ryan McNeil of The Matinee Cast joins us for an enlightening conversation on the incredibly creative Michel Gondry. We focus on his beloved 2nd breakthrough success, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, as well as his anticipated follow-up but widely misunderstood THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP. In addition, Ryan reviews PICKPOCKET, Jim requests to see more films like RACE WITH THE DEVIL, and Patrick decides to talk about his love of the music video art form, since Gondry had such a tremendous impact and is considered one of the most uniquely conceptual directors.
TwitchFilm writer and Cinecast co-host Kurt Halfyard returns to the show to discuss the very divisive 90s indie filmmaker Hal Hartley. We dissect his career as a whole, since most of his films are similar. The three of us focus at first on his early work with many claim to be Hartley's best film, TRUST, along with his award-winning epic, HENRY FOOL. In addition, Kurt reviews Fincher's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Jim expresses some reservation about WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, while Patrick is pleasantly surprised by THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU. This is the first time in a long time that we both disagree on a director's style, so expect very different opinions all-around. Stay tuned early next week for an upcoming bonus episode that we also recorded with Kurt.
RowThree.com writer and Cinecast co-host Andrew James returns to the show to discuss the very prolific Steven Soderbergh. We parse two of his most acclaimed films for this first look into what makes Soderbergh more than just a "dabbler" whose filmography happens to be all over the map, mostly for better than for worse. The three of us discuss his Palme D'Or Winning debut, SEX LIES & VIDEOTAPE as well as his 2nd film in the year 2000, TRAFFIC, which lead to Soderbergh's first Academy Award for Best Director. In addition, Andrews reviews MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, Jim proclaims his adoration for MELANCHOLIA, while Patrick defends and stands by his praise for MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE. Things get a bit heated for the first time in a long time, since everyone had different reactions to two interesting films about mental illness. We elaborate a bit more on a couple other Soderbergh films after the two main reviews, but expect us to return to this man's work for a 2nd look possibly sometime late next year.
DVDActive.com writer Gabe Powers joins us to discuss Italian filmmaker Dario Argento. We slice and dice into an in-depth discussion on the acclaimed cult classic SUSPIRIA as well as the his debut Giallo film THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE. In addition, Gabe reviews Spanish arthouse horror film, IN A GLASS CAGE, Jim talks about the sci-fi horror cyberpunk insanity of HARDWARE, and Patrick recently rewatched and reevaluated HOSTEL 2. We elaborate a bit more on a couple other Argento films as well and make plans to talk about another Italian horror master with Gabe for some time next year.
CHUD.com's contributing editor Renn Brown joins us to discuss the innovative filmmaking team, The Wachowski's formerly known as The Wachowski Brothers. We talk about their breakthrough science fiction action classic from 1999, THE MATRIX, as well as their box office bomb, SPEED RACER. We dissect their work at length as always, and each of us choose another film from their resume to discuss as well. During the what we watched segment, Renn reviews MONEYBALL, Jim reviews CONTAGION, and Patrick reviews DRIVE.
Returning guest Brendan M Leonard joins us to discuss the great writer/director David Mamet. We talk about his debut con-man classic, HOUSE OF GAMES, as well as his political thriller SPARTAN from 2004. We dissect his work at length, and each of us choose one other film from his filmography to talk about further. During the what we watched segment, Brendan talks GAME OF THRONES, Jim reviews RED STATE, and Patrick brings up a discussion of 9/11 and how it's shaped popular culture including horror films.
Guest Kurt Halfyard from RowThree.com and Twitchfilm.com joins us to discuss prolific British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom. We all agree on Winterbottom's triumphantly energetic 24 Hour Party People but all three of us have different opinions on Code 46. We also have a very lengthy deconstruction of the majority of his filmography (although he's almost too prolific to where it's hard to see everything or keep up). There are a couple of brief in-house items and we elaborate on a couple other things we've watched this week including Ghostbusters II, The Swell Season documentary, and The Change-Up! Any thoughts on this episode, shoot 'em our way.
This week, we crank up the Elfman score as we take a trip down the rabbit hole with visual storyteller Tim Burton. Our guest this week is musician/filmmaker/editor Steven Ray Morris, and we all have a blast universally praising Ed Wood. In contrast, we each have very few positive things to say about the majority of his later work, particularly Sleepy Hollow. We announce our first listener contest, read a couple of emails, talk about what we've watched this week, and discuss all of Burton's filmography!
This week, we get hardwired into the work of the controversial Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg. Our special guest Meghan Lamb is a friend to the show, as well as a very talented author/musician/artist. We cover the diverse, ever-evolving filmography of Cronenberg, focusing on his earlier success from the late 80s Dead Ringers, as well as the critically acclaimed A History of Violence. But there's plenty to say about nearly all of his rather cerebral, psychologically stimulating films. In addition, we also announce our annual July Shitacular, read emails, and reveal our Top 5 Films of 2011 so far. As always, drop us an email about this episode or any upcoming director to: email@example.com.
This week, we immerse ourselves into the world and vision of Australian filmmaker Peter Weir. Our special guest is the talented pop culture writer and CHUD contributor, Brendan M Leonard. We have an intellectually stimulating discussion covering the entire filmography of Peter Weir, focusing on the foreboding with THE LAST WAVE and the life-affirming, with FEARLESS, a movie that has very personal meaning for Jim. As always we read a couple of emails and talk about what we watched this week, including the theatrically-released Super 8 and Midnight in Paris.
For another epic-length episode, we deconstructed the work of the ever-so prolific Woody Allen with fan and friend to the show - Tony Valdivieso. Woody Allen just happens to be Patrick’s favorite director as well so we ecstaticly discuss two of his absolute best films, MANHATTAN and THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO. As always, we read some listener emails and talk about what else we've watched this week.
This week we welcome Andrew James of Rowthree.com (who also hosts one of our favorite podcasts, the Cinecast Podcast). We embark on an epic-length discussion the visionary Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar. Then we launch into the most-beloved and acclaimed of his filmography, focusing on ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER & TALK TO HER.
We welcome our first guest through IM audio chat! Rene F. Rangel of CHUD.com joins us as we talk about the movies we watched this week. Then we launch into the work of action master John McTiernan focusing on the two most beloved classics of the genre, PREDATOR and DIE HARD. You can email us your thoughts on McTiernan or this episode anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org
No guest this week, but we took a different approach and decided to tackle a director we knew nothing about. Cinecast/Row Three’s own Kurt Halfyerd suggested we take a look at the films of Joseph Losey. We have plenty to say about the guy, after we talk about what we’ve watched this week. Suffice to say, we have become huge fans of both THE PROWLER & THE SERVANT.
In addition to talking about vanguard British director Nicholas Roeg and his incredible films (including Performance, Walkabout, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Don’t Look Now and Bad Timing), they cover Craig Brewer, commentary tracks, Bug Crush, the modern independent film landscape, VOD, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more. Also: Vincent Price sings “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Film Junk Podcast co-host and filmmaker Jay Cheel joins us for an in-depth discussion on the remarkable and innovative documentarian Errol Morris. We first interview Jay about his excellent feature-length documentary debut, BEAUTY DAY. In addition, we forgo the What We Watched segment to discuss the documentary genre as a whole and rundown a list of favorites. The main focus of the show is dedicated to Errol Morris’ low-key debut GATES OF HEAVEN as well as his more stylish take on eccentric obsessives with FAST CHEAP & OUT OF CONTROL. We elaborate more on a few other Morris films as well.