This film is a different breed, a single night in Berlin, a single girl falling in love, and its told in a single shot. This isn’t a movie, this is cinematic truth. With minor detractions, Sebastian Schipper offers us an illusion of reality that defines genre. If High Noon, Before Sunrise, Birdman, and Unfriended had a baby it still wouldn’t be as beautiful as this glimpse at the future of digital filmmaking #IdBuyThatForADollar
The week in which my guest had a recording snafu and only my audio survived, I share my experiences from GameStop Expo and Long Beach Comic Con, pimp our episode on Victoria since High Noon is getting a remake, Rogue One has lost its composer 3 months before release, Spike Lee is adapting She’s Gotta Have It for Netflix, Facebook being integrated into Oculus has us scared, Twitter is embracing its media platform while reinvigorating itself, and eSports are coming to a university near you. Plus, Batman Day, Margot Robbie’s WB contract, a Stan Lee movie, dark reboots of lesser heroes, Fury Road: Black & Chrome, and more!
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this film a couple of times on the show, either in my review of Victoria, or just in passing; but I got a special amount of satisfaction in having Steve pick a classic that I had the good fortune of seeing despite my limited exposure to Classical Hollywood, let alone Hitchcock’s filmography. This is an absolute gem that needs to be seen, even if only one of us is keen on the particulars outside of the technical wonderment.
This week we have new bookends on our program and also review Trumbo (1:14), Sleeping With Other People (7:37), Pillow Talk (16:58), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (29:40), Amy Schumer Live at The Apollo (31:30), Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (32:38), Kanye West’s new G.O.O.D Fridays (34:51), KCRW’s The Business podcast (35:16), and Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself (36:26).
After giving the many films we’d each seen much thought, Steve and I finally wrote down our best of the year lists. We start the show off with our honorable mentions (00:46), move into some fun awards (08:16), then get to the main event, our top 10 (33:49).
This episode was our last chance to stuff things in before doing our Best of 2015 show. We start off with 2016’s first big movie, Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, then move into Bryon playing catch up: Victoria (10:01), Sicario (13:19), Wild Tales (18:42), The Big Short (22:21), The Danish Girl (25:19), Crimson Peak (35:18), The Intern (40:56), Spotlight (45:58), The Lobster (54:18), and The Gift (58:45). Finally we close with Steve rewatching The Walk at home in 3D (1:05:41).