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Film Purism: How Extreme Are You

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Are you a film purist?

And if so, are you an extremist?

In this episode Sol jumps into the host's chair to see just how many of film purist Tom's buttons he can push before he breaks. Co-hosts Adam and Lauren join in for this gut-wrenching human drama of perfect cinema conditions and absolute respect for the artists vs. workouts, cleaning, internet browsing, eating and watching films on 1.5x speed - on your smartphone.

The way that we consume movies has a changed a lot over the past 125 years. It is now possible to pause a film while watching it, watch a film the kitchen while doing the dishes and even eat an entire meal while watching a movie. While this would have seen but a dream back in the silent era, watching a film without being totally focused on it is a growing reality in the world of today. But is that the best and most enjoyable way to watch a film?

Some of the pivotal blasphemies may include:

  • Eating
  • Pausing
  • Exercising
  • Doing chores
  • Browsing
  • Watching a film in parts over several days
  • Watching films while on public transport
  • Watching films on your phone
  • Watching films with a different frame rate, like 1.5x speed
  • Anything that does not replicate exact cinema conditions

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Episode 20 · 3 days ago

WTH Happened to Godard in the 70s

In 1967, Jean-Luc Godard made a film called Weekend, opening with a beautiful and legendary long tracking shot of a traffic jam and the collision that caused it.

To many fans of Godard's work up to this point it is as if he was one of the casualties, or more potent: that this car crash is an apt metaphor for the next 12 years of his career.

But why?

Why do even ardent Godard fans, including those who followed and loved his work in the 80s, 90s, and throughout the 21st century hate or dismiss his 70s work?

Why did he lose mainstream appeal?

Why did he go from participating in Cannes to protesting Cannes and getting the festival shut down.

What happened?

In this episode we will try to answer this very question, and look at how the one of the worlds most esteemed "auteurs" went on to become a "collaborator".

We will look at the two partnerships that defined his career in the 70s, namely the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collective the Dziga Vertov Group, and his long time partner and collaborator Anne-Marie Mieville

We will also discuss 3 of the films he made in this period in great detail:

  • Wind From the East
  • Tout va Bien
  • Numero Deux

Are they worth seeing? Listen in, and find out.

Episode 19 · 2 weeks ago

Rewatches: Broken Hearts, New Lovers and Lying Memories

Chris, Lauren, Sol and Tom try to decipher the power of rewatches. We will talk about:

  • How our memories can be deceitful liars
  • The films that broke our hearts
  • Stories of rags to riches
  • What actually change between each viewing
  • And so much more

Episode 18 · 1 month ago

Best Films of 2019: Our Top 5s

The time has come to reveal our very favourite films of 2019.

In this episode Chris, Clem, Matthieu, Sol and Tom go through their top 5 films in detail.

We also give each film more and more time to each film as we get closer to the top.

The big shock here is that there were only 3 films that are on two lists, and even more shocking, no films were on more than 2 lists.

There were 25 possible slots, and in this episode, we will cover 22. Pretty incredible, and some really big films did not make it into the episode either - don't be mad.

Episode 17 · 1 month ago

Classic Westerns vs Spaghetti Westerns

Warning: In this episode Chris will compare Shane to Funny Games ...

Hi all, 

In this episode Chris, Adam and Tom pull out their guns and join one of the Internets (and pre-Internets) longest standing shoot-outs - the battle between classic westerns and spaghetti westerns.

You may also end up reaching for your guns and aiming them at us actually ...

Why?

Because we have picked two films to compare and contrast and neither are by John Ford or Sergio Leone.

We will center today's episode on the most common western tropes of all: the stranger!

Our focus will be on Shane and The Great Silence, two films that would seem made for a perfect double feature. 

We will compare these two films, not just to each other, but to the rest of classic of spaghetti westerns - and explore their relationships, their differences and similarities.

Worried about spoilers? Don't worry, each film has their own spoiler section you can easily skip. (There will also be a spoiler for Django in the Spoiler section for The Great Silence).

Intro: 00:00
Spaghetti Westerns vs. Classic Westerns: 01:53
Shane: 10:45
The Great Silence: 37:00
Outro: 1:07:36