Once things start, it’s hard to know when, if ever, they’ll truly come to a stop. Some stories are circles, never going anywhere, save the place from which they originated. If you’re wondering if I’m making statements about this film, our long dormant podcast, or the evolved social commentary via Videodrome, just wait for the mental gymnastics this virtual reality trip Cronenberg takes you on #IdBuyThatForADollar
Its not everyday that a piece of media aims to de(con)struct the genre/subcategory it falls into, but of the last 20 years, most of the best satire has come from films of that ilk. Scream, Last Action Hero, Cabin in the Woods, Scott Pilgrim, and now Joseph Kahn’s crazy, fast, smorgasbord of the milennial high school experience cements weird is good and 90s nostalgia is better! #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
We begin with the latest experiment in Kevin Smith’s post “I don’t give a fuck,” weed fueled leg of his career – the famous daughter starring, teen scream, Yoga Hosers. Then I gush over Wes Craven’s underrated New Nightmare (38:09), Steve tries to make you gasp with Don’t Breathe (46:29) and The Time Machine (49:26), then I give a freeze frame of Demolition Man (54:49) and House of 1000 Corpses (56:09). Finally I quickly scoop Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1’s betas (1:04:18) before sharing the latest sonic stylings of Frank Ocean and Vince Staples (1:07:09).
We’ve got the word on the Merc With a Mouth in this episode, plus Steve shares what its like to go to the Alamo Drafthouse once again. I was so hooked on CW’s The Flash that I didn’t even watch anything else this week, so I hope you like hearing about superheroes.
We begin with The Stanford Prison Experiment (01:33) and Goosebumps (17:41) then Steve talks about Ip Man 3 (35:43) before I review Richard Curtis/Hugh Grant combos Notting Hill (42:53), Bridget Jones’s Diary (44:43), and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (49:53). We end with my thoughts on CW’s The Flash (54:41) and Gotham Academy Vol. 1 (56:55).