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Single Location Films: Gimmick or Testament to the Power of Cinema?

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Get ready for one heck of a claustrophobic rollercoaster ride as Chris, Sol and Tom go through some of the biggest (and some of the most underrated) single location - and primary location - films of all time!

Spoiler Warning: We will spoil Coherence (with a clear warning) - jump to 1:01:00 if you do not want to get the concept spoiled.

We will cover:

Adapted Plays:

Secret Honor: 00:08:33

Street Scene: 00:14:32

Carnage and Roman Polanski: 00:15:35

Sacha Guitry: 00:17:30

Huis Clos: 00:19:10

Claustrophobia:

Exterminating Angel: 00:21:50

Rear Window: 00:25:27

Mother!, Evridiki BA 2037 and Repulsion: 00:29:05

Rolf de Heer's Alexandra's Project and The Quiet Room: 00:36:28

Isolation/loneliness:

Music Room: 00:42:30

All is Lost: 00:47:07



Low budget:

Stalled: 00:48:56

Pontypool: 51:10

LFO: 52:59

Coherence: 00:57:39 - Spoilers end: 1:01:00

Man From Earth: 1:01:00

Bigger Films:

Lifeboat: 1:04:14

12 Angry Men: 1:06:50



Experimental Films:

Michael Snow: 1.11.14

Marcel Hanoun's Autumn: 1.17.23

Most extreme cases

Buried: 1.19.44 

Locke: 1:24:00

1:27:13

Winifred Wagner: 1.28.40

ATM: 1.31:21

Haze: 1:33:26

Outro: 1:35:37 

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Episode 11 · 7 months ago

Please Do Disturb: The Most Disturbing Films We Have Seen

In this episode we will explore the idea of "Disturbing Cinema", and try to figure out exactly what disturbing even means.

To do this we will go on a personal journey exploring what disturbs us and why, and of course, to do this we will indeed list: The Most Disturbing Films We Have Ever Seen.

So, please do disturb, as Tom takes the host's chair to explore his love for disturbing cinema!

Episode 10 · 7 months ago

Eric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs Cycle, Part 2

In part 1 we looked at the first 3 films of the cycle:

  • The Aviator's Wife
  • A Good Marriage
  • Pauline at the Beach

We saw how each of these 3 films built and expanded on the same conflict of love and relationships between men and women. Honestly, they would have worked perfectly as a trilogy in their own right.

However, one of the most exciting things about Rohmer's cinema is one of contradiction - thesis - antithesis - synthesis. Each of the three first films had this inherent dialectic within them, but it is not until the second half of the cycle that the films start to directly contradict and be the antithesis to the previous films.

In part 2 we will look at the final 3 films of the cycle:

  • Full Moon in Paris
  • The Green Ray
  • My Boyfriend's Girlfriend

And see if the contradiction can be resolved, if some kind of harmonious consensual love in indeed possible.

SPOILER WARNING:

Our discussions are in two sets - one based on the basic plot and early development of the story - and then a dissection of the ending and the films as a whole. [b]There will be a clear spoiler warning[/b] at the halfway point.

If you have not seen the films in question [b]you can then skip to the next film[/b], the starting times are:

Introduction: 00:00

Full Moon in Paris: 02:07

The Green Ray: 23:53

My Boyfriend's Girlfriend: 48:17

Conclusion and Summary: 1:10:56

Episode 9 · 7 months ago

Contemporary Silent Cinema

In this episode we will talk through all of the major contemporary silent films, or rather, the few there are:

  • Silent Movie
  • Juha
  • The Call of Cthulhu
  • Brand Upon the Brain
  • Dr Plonk 
  • La Antena
  • The Artist
  • Blanchieves

And ask the following questions:  

1. Are silent films simply the result of [b]unfortunate technical limitations[/b], which the medium luckily overcame - or are they a [b]unique style with its own merits[/b].

2. Why did it take such a long time from the decline of silents to any kind of larger silent film project.

3. What do we wish to see from silent cinema in the future.

Timestamps:

Intro: 00.00

Is it valid to make silents today: 3.09

Why did it take 30-40 years for the first post-silent era silent: 4.45

Early Films With Silent Elements: 8.03

Experimental Cinema, Warhol and At Sea:10.01

Silent Movie: 13.32

Juha: 22.05

The Call of Cthulhu: 26.58

Brand Upon the Brain: 31.36

Dr Plonk: 39.38

La Antena: 50.51

The Artist: 57.07

Blanchieves: 1.03.57

Conclusion and the future of contemporary silent cinema: 1.09.55

Episode 8 · 8 months ago

Mainstream Cinema: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

In this episode Tom, Sol and Matthieu attempts to figure out what "Mainstream Cinema" even is.