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Reel Talk Episode 35: Pet Peeves

YEAH! A surprising amount of Pacific Rim talk this week, which allows me to tie this episode to this headbanging track.

This week we bring you another favourite’s favourites, except the opposite, cos we’re talking Pet Peeves! Listen, as Pete hates on natural history peasants, Zhana despises the Stepford Wives of Hollywood, I moan about stating the theme and guest Alistair MacQuarrie loves to hate on unnecessary romance.

Plus: group analysis of Todd Solonz’s Happiness (no, not the one with Will Smith), some nonsense about Inspector Gadget and everyone really likes Jurassic Park. Sound like your thing? Then click the link below OR subscribe on iTunes!

http://petros0001.podbean.com/e/reel-talk-35-movie-pet-peeves/?token=5f49b4f1f2c3f7eef4aa139f2a736327

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Reel Talk Episode 32 – Cinema Sinning

An episode built on three talk-chunk-foundations.

1) A discussion of Cinema Sins, a YouTube show that takes a particularly nitpicky approach to deconstructing cinema, following their being roundly criticised on Twitter. Pete and Zhana were calm and measured in their analysis. I was…less so. I hold the same gut-level aversion to that show that I do to The Only Way Is Essex.

2) A review of 22 Jump Street by yours truly! It’s a great film, and I saw it with a great crowd – Ice Cube was all the funnier for the havoc he wreaked on the funnybones of the people behind me.

3) A review of Boyhood by Pete! In which he describes the new Linklater film as a film that perfectly judges how to tell a story set in normal life. Goshdarn but I want to see it now.

So, for all this, plus the entertaining nattering going on between the chunks, why not click the link below OR…subscribe on iTunes.

http://petros0001.podbean.com/e/reel-talk-32-cinema-sinning/?token=69973828cbb940d9893a19271c027466

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Reel Talk Episode 31: Elegantly Bald

Mark Strong is the kind of human being the world is lucky to have.

I on the other hand have a tendency to derail things – hence this podcast, which is mostly composed of tangents. Damn good tangents though! We talk about the politics of Roland Emmerich, the true nature of auteurs, Pete’s existential crises and Zhana’s condescending sex fantasies, indulging in a smorgasbord of topics. So what are you waiting for? Listen at the link below, OR, subscribe on iTunes.

http://petros0001.podbean.com/e/reel-talk-31-elegantly-bald/?token=fa3cf5ac02298cff8cc8e984f549b450

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Reel Talk Episode 28: Batman’s Bum-Chin

Brought up this short film at some point during recording. Not sure if the mention made it in, but I wanted to highlight it regardless because I adore how expressive the deforming quality of the animation is. Just as in my favourite short of the Animatrix (which we also mentioned) ‘World Record’, the warping and twisting of the human form communicates torment in a manner that makes it harsh and visceral, whether it’s the physical strain of Dan Davis’ running, or the psychological agony contained within this family. As their bodies contort, expand and contract, their pain pours off the screen, immediate and harrowing.

TONE-SHIFT.

So this week we start with discussions of sex-restaurants and end on a review of a Kurt Russell film and somehow these things are not related. Craziness. Otherwise, we criticise Frank for being too normal, fall in love with Johnny Mnemonic, dismiss David S. Goyer, and take bleeding ages to get to the point about Rammstein. Truly, we have ourselves a goddamn show.

Listen to that below, or…subscribe on iTunes!

http://petros0001.podbean.com/e/reel-talk-28-batmans-bum-chin/?token=7596a33f1b0197eb167ce10f27432a12

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Reel Talk Episode 27 – Movie Music Special

In a show of many excellent jams, this one IMO was definitely the jammiest.

This week’s Reel Talk was all about the music! We each picked 5 songs each from the scores of various movies and chatted about what they did for us, with candidates stretching from Donnie Darko (no, we didn’t pick Mad World…for some dumb reason), to Under the Skin, from Nymphomaniac to Attack the Block. It’s definitely a mixed bag, and hopefully some truly great listening. Also Zhana really cannot stand the new Tarzan trailer.

Listen to all this by clicking the link below, OR subscribe on iTunes.

http://petros0001.podbean.com/e/reel-talk-27-movie-music-special/?token=3ef1193491bbcca8a6e5fe8b0e961a8b

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Reel Talk Episode 26 – Vaginal Guns

Pete decided guns were too phallic, so we tried to design an alternative and ended up with something like the District 9 magnet-gun. Only with babies.

This episode, we demonstrate what happens to our brains when we don’t have time to participate in the order of the weekly film release schedule. With Pete finishing a dissertation and myself neck deep in researching empires, we found ourselves a bit behind on our films and so decided to talk about everything else.

MENTIONED. Why Fallout 3 is great. Pete’s weird film ideas get slightly less arthouse. Convoluted Inglorious Basterds theorising. The weird wonders of eXistenz. Why Star Wars casting news is clickbait bollocks. And much, probably too much, more, all to be found by clicking the link below!

http://petros0001.podbean.com/2014/05/02/reel-talk-26-vaginal-guns/?token=6b67a7a930e21f81b20a5f7320f131c3

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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…

TILL TODAY!

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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http://petros0001.podbean.com/2014/04/25/reel-talk-25-mia-wasikasshole/?token=0ae1591c489ce7b799ffb015c58374e0

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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!

http://petros0001.podbean.com/2014/04/03/reel-talk-23-spider-man-3-was-actually-good/?token=c2095e651efcbe6f2cf138aea5c5d1b7

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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!

http://petros0001.podbean.com/2014/03/27/reel-talk-22-danny-dyer-sit-on-my-bed/?token=28dbf26aed63ba474eee16a0e74a9f51

 

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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.

Listen to all that by clicking the link below, or subscribe on itunes!

http://petros0001.podbean.com/2014/03/19/reel-talk-21-metaphorical-manhood/

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