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Debt to Cinema 088: Infernal Affairs

This episode is a bit of a throwback, primarily as a recall to 2006’s Best Picture winner, The Departed, but also to our remake series earlier this year. The Hong Kong blockbuster, while largely reproduced for American audiences, packages deeper questions in a quicker runtime, making viewing it as a point of origin necessary #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 087: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days

Following how grueling The Tribe’s abortion scene is, and my mentioning this film during its breakdown, I felt Mother’s Day was a natural fit for a film where another unwanted pregnancy is central to the story. However, like Catwoman before it, this Palme d’Or winner’s secret weapon isn’t the long takes, or atmosphere, but window into womanhood it offers #SilverDollar

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Debt to Cinema 086: The Tribe

Despite how long cinema has been around, deaf/mute societies are one of the few worlds we rarely gain access to. This Ukranian, festival darling not only takes us into one with deft camerawork, but also a matching lack of dialogue. Please experience this neo-silent film for yourself (its on Netflix) before joining our discussion, because this is a unique beast that you shouldn’t have ruined #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 085: Howard the Duck

Always a fan of seeing the worser things in cinema, I’d been meaning to get around to this culturally aborted Lucasfilm/Marvel bomb. As a fan of Waterworld, or better yet, Bio-Dome, how bad could it be? The premise and talent makeup sound quacktastic, but this bizarre, 1980s failure, despite bright moments, is far from being a campy romp.

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Debt to Cinema 084: The Conversation

As a film criticism outlet based almost entirely on the power of conversation, especially via the internet, this Palme d’Or winner raises timeless questions about the privacy of our off-air moments and the type of people possibly listening in. To say this unsung Francis Ford Coppola thriller is great is doing it a disservice by word association, you seriously have to watch this one (or perhaps let it watch you) #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 083: Bio-Dome

Given that I picked Cheech and Chong last year for 4/20, Steve naturally thought this Pauly Shore vehicle was my stoner duo follow up, but Bio-Dome is through and through a celebration of Earth Day. I strongly defend this “worst film of all time” nominee in the episode and challenge any critic, or wannabe, to listen to my thoughts and give this underrated Generation X, buddy comedy a shot.

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Debt to Cinema 082: Jesus Christ Superstar

We return to the land of Jewison just in time for the second coming of our Easter themed spectacular. Come for Steve’s song of an opening line, true to this dialogue absent 70s rock opera, stay for our discussion of my trip to Israel, why Superman is a better version of the Jesus story, and this film’s connection to Along Came Polly.