Following Steve’s subversion of Xmas with Black Christmas, this is the next installment in his (hopefully) continuing series of holidays gone rogue. If you’re a fan of the slasher genre or a spoilsport when it comes to Cupid’s Day of Love, you should check this out for its inventive kills on/surrounding a day generally reserved for bleeding hearts of a different order, just don’t expect too much, because the MPAA is the real killer here.
Unlike last year, where I hijacked Steve’s pick to align Run Lola Run with the most magical filmic holiday of all, our second annual Groundhog Day Special is a little late this time around, but holy shit is it worth it. I wish I could travel back to 2007 and suck this thing off proper #IdBuyThatForADollar
There are certain films out there that escape convention, or defy description, and despite our best attempts across an hour of conversation here, Lars von Trier’s divisive Palme d’Or winning “anti-musical” is one of them. Through its method of filmmaking, stylistic choices, and overall mood, as bleak as it may be, Trier creates a raw document and testament to the power of music and its escapist qualities from even the most tragic parts of life #IdBuyThatForADollar
Film is revered as the art form most capable of mimicking the wonder of life, but this anthology of nine interconnected stories told in single takes by Rodrigo Garcia raises the bar. The surreal, and often dark tone these snapshots capture makes for a troubling viewing experience, but what better way to champion strong female leads than with subject matter rarely seen on screen. This might not be a perfect exercise of form over function, but it is; however, an unforgettable journey into the lives of Los Angeleno women #IdBuyThatForADollar
After the Star Wars Holiday Special, Robocop 3, Freddy Got Fingered, and Yoga Hosers, we’ve built up a good amount of reviews for bad movies. Usually its because one of us is sadistic and feels like making the other endure the pain of an awful film, but every once in a while the internet is wrong and we find a new favorite (here’s looking at you, Catwoman). Join us to find which side of the bad quality coin this falls on: guilty pleasure or guilty of viewing.
It took us forever to review one of Paul Verhoeven’s flicks, so I thought it would be fun to follow it up immediately with the project released before it. I could describe the experimental nature of the production of this 2012 release, but you’ll probably get a bigger kick listening to this episode with no further introduction. Suffice to say, if any recording defines our different critical styles, its this one.
We’ve featured films from revered directors on this show, but few as prestigious or hard working as Martin Scorsese. This is his first real movie, the chapter that began it all, a coming of age mafioso hang out flick, that premieres much of the style he would later master in Goodfellas and Casino. Despite its flaws, this slice of New Hollywood is an interesting adventure through the neighborhood of the filmmaker when he still had the angst of youth rushing through him.