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Reel Talk Episode 25 – Mia Wasikasshole

Get back into Reel Talk with one of our greatest moments…

Computer death. Essay deadlines. The need to stuff hundreds of years of imperial history into a brain groaning under the strain. All of this conspired to make me super lazy and not post up Reel Talks…


Pete is back from Berlin and brought some film talk with him.  We love The Raid 2, Zhana remembers The Double, Pete is fascinated by the Happening and Locke makes me question my attachment to masculine ethics. We discuss tautologies, dickish computers, magic rocks and for some reason reality television. Listen below!

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Reel Talk Episode 23: Spider-Man 3 was Actually Good


This week on Reel Talk, I said something I now regret. I said that Spider-Man 3 was a better movie than Captain America 2. I was of course wrong to say this. It was dumb. After all, what kind of objective basis is there to state one movie is ‘better’ than any other? Just because I thought Spider-Man 3 was a visually inventive, stylishly-cartoonish, glorious fuck-you to interfering moneymen and the expectation that all comic book movies must be serious dramas, and thought Captain America 2, while functional, was completely nondescript, does not mean I can make any sort of objective statement about their comparative worth. While I do believe you can take aspects of an artwork and compare them with the same aspect in another artwork (like for example, the fact that the CGI in Spider-Man 3 is total balls, while in CapAm2 it’s really great), the value placed on a piece of art experienced as a whole is a completely personal matter (as this piece so persuasively argues). However because that experience, in being personal, is total, I find myself using objective language to describe films all the time. Most of the time that’s fine. It’s understood that any time anyone is talking about art they are expressing an opinion, and so objectivity is reflective of passion not rules. But declarations like one movie being ‘better’ than another go beyond mere opinion. They attempt to institute rank where the only true measure of worth is personal feeling. In short, they have no place in movie discourse.

I do love Spider-Man 3 though.

I also love Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley’s masterpiece, and get very enthusiastic about it. Special Guest & New FilmSoc President Klara gets passionate about Captain America 2. Zhana really liked Drinking Buddies, and Pete is nothing but excited about the assless chaps of Mad Max 2. So, what are you waiting for? Listen at the link below, or subscribe on iTunes!


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Reel Talk Episode 22 – Danny Dyer Sit On My Bed


This week I talked for a bit about Tune for Two, a masterpiece of short filmmaking. FilmCritHulk talks about how the greatest virtue of the short is economy, conveying your observation with as much directness (not bluntness – films always require elegance no matter their length) as possible, and by that measure Tune for Two is a total success. With one location, one scenario and no speech, two men act out a truth as harrowing to the soul as any conveyed by a full-length tragedy. This is a film made deftly. The empty monochrome environs  birth a chill, clear atmosphere fit for bleak honesty. The sound design refrains from emphasising the feelings of the men, sensibly deciding that an unadorned truth is more convincing, but a ringing at the beginning and a hollowness in the ending song perfectly set up and perpetuate the dislocation brought by the truth. The desperation and hesitation of the men is genuine. Tune for Two makes a point more developed than many a feature’s observation, and does so in less than 3 minutes. I cannot stress enough how great an achievement that is. Watch it.

Tune for Two was mentioned as part of a Favourite’s Favourites talking about the odd gems we like to show our friends, the centrepiece of a Reel Talk PACKED with varied film discussion. From Bubba Ho Tep to Old Joy, from Freerunner (a Danny Dyer movie of truly special shittiness) to Yeelen (a movie about a magician in 13th century Mali – which I need to see ASAP), from Nymphomaniac to Raising Arizona, Reel Talk brings you a film review smorgasbord. Dig in at the link below, or subscribe on iTunes!



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Reel Talk Episode 21: Metaphorical Manhood

This blog-cast-update is a bit late…so late in fact that there’ll be a new podcast in a couple of days. That may even be good news, if you can take a concentrated dose of our nattering.

So! This week we skim over a bunch of news (Incredibles 2 is generally approved of, Cars 3 receives a ‘meh’, all that jazz) and then we get into some reviews. Pete & I delve into the disappointing Zero Theorem, and the need for all new writers to realise that we are not Charlie Kaufman. Then Zhana joins in and we gush lovingly over the gorgeous sights and eerie sounds of Under the Skin.

Also, for those who love rants, man. Pete has a doozy for you this week.

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