Episode 27 · 2 weeks ago
ABOUT THIS EPISODE
In this episode we will not just discuss the magical work of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, or the mediocre work of everyone else - we will look at how their careers developed in contrast to each other from their first double feature, to their last.
That is to say, the 1988 double feature that in so many ways showcased what Studio Ghibli could do:
- My Neighbour Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
And the studio's, at the time, proposed swansongs of 2013:
- The Wind Rises
- The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Almost every film before, in between and after will also get a mention - some in detail - as we marvel at just how these two giants of cinema changed the landscape of anime.
We will also push the arguably already accepted claim that Studio Ghibli - rather than being the Japanese Disney, really was a platform for two great artists to develop their own unique style - screw everyone else!
The fact that the studio has been withering away, is as such no true fall - but a showcase of how it truly was Takahata and Miyazaki holding it all together - and with the older Miyazaki coming out of retirement - and the lesser Miyazaki (Goro) seemingly fumbling into 3D, Studio Ghibli is at an odd place in its own history.
But regardless of where they may go, and if this is really the end - it has been an incredible journey. One we hope to pay tribute to and honour.
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Episode 19 · 4 months ago
In 1967, Jean-Luc Godard made a film called Weekend, famous for its beautiful 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.
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?
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 18 · 4 months ago
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 17 · 5 months ago
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 16 · 5 months ago
Warning: In this episode Chris will compare Shane to Funny Games ...
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 ...
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).
Spaghetti Westerns vs. Classic Westerns: 01:53
The Great Silence: 37:00