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The Red Shoes (#9)

The Red Shoes (#9)

June 1, 2020

Put on your dancing shoes as Brendan and Jason tappity-tap into your hearts with their second Powell and Pressburger film - The Red Shoes (#9 on the list). This discussion includes a breakdown of the highly controversial 15-minute ballet sequence, the guys question the strength of the relationship between Victoria and Julian, they praise the film's use of real dancers, the real on-set friction between co-director Powell and star Moira Shearer is analyzed and so much more.

 

The guys also roll the dice to find out what they'll be watching next week. Join us, won't you?

 

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The Red Shoes stars Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook, Leonide Massine, Robert Helpmann, Albert Basserman, Ludmilla Tcherina and Esmond Knight; directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Brief Encounter (#2)

Brief Encounter (#2)

May 25, 2020

Is this one of the most realistic portrayals of romance in film history? Brendan and Jason debate that this week during their discussion of David Lean's "Brief Encounter" (#2 on the list). They also talk about the subplot that nicely mirrors the main love story, a musical cue that inspired a very popular ballad about loneliness, Lean taking shots at melodrama of the time and much more. Plus: The guys delve a little bit into the life of the playwright/screenwriter Noel Coward and his near-assassination.

 

The guys also roll the dice to find out what they'll be watching next week. Join us, won't you?

 

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Brief Encounter stars Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey, Cyril Raymond and Everley Gregg; directed by David Lean.

Isolation Spectacular: The Girl with All the Gifts

Isolation Spectacular: The Girl with All the Gifts

May 18, 2020

To cap off this exciting excursion off the list, Brendan and Jason examine a film that may be a cautionary tale for our current world situation. Okay... maybe that is a BIT exaggerated but the movie looked intriguing and we needed a reason to watch it, alright?

 

Anyway.

 

The guys discussed the film The Girl with All the Gifts, a film that focuses on a small band of survivors in the midst of a zombie outbreak. If that sounds familiar, that's because it has all the structure of a familiar movie but takes a lot of left turns. They also examine how the film utilizes Kubrickian imagery, the notion of nurture vs. nature (it's not as pretentious as it sounds), they analyze the very polarizing ending and much more.

 

The guys also roll the dice to find out what they'll be watching next week. Join us, won't you?

 

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And Now For Something Completely Similar: St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold

And Now For Something Completely Similar: St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold

May 11, 2020

Brendan and Jason go back to films somewhat related to movies on the BFI Top 100 with And Now for Something Completely Similar.

 

After the first film which focused on a raucous all-girls school, what's the next logical step? Yes, that's correct: pirates and demon possessions. Brendan and Jason talk about the very strange sequel that references another weird sequel - St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold. They also talk about the mind-bending final twist, the least convincing undercover work ever, icky jokes that don't age well and much more.

 

Next week: One more special episode before the guys go back to the list. In light of the current state of affairs in the world, Brendan and Jason discuss The Girl with All the Gifts.

 

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And Now For Something Completely Similar: Blow Out

And Now For Something Completely Similar: Blow Out

May 4, 2020

Brendan and Jason go back to films somewhat related to movies on the BFI Top 100 with And Now for Something Completely Similar.

 

This week, the guys breathe a sigh of relief as they discuss Blow Out, Brian De Palma's answer to Antonioni's 60s counter-culture classic Blow Up (#60 on the list). The guys take a look at the amazing sound design throughout the film, they talk about John Lithgow's transformative performance as a cold, calculating killer, they debate if De Palma is paying homage or ripping off Hitchcock, the bleak ending is broken down and much more.

 

Next week: The guys complete the off-brand series with St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold.

 

In two weeks: The guys watch a movie well in tune with our current world situation.

 

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And Now For Something Completely Similar: St. Trinian’s

And Now For Something Completely Similar: St. Trinian’s

April 27, 2020

Brendan and Jason go back to films somewhat related to movies on the BFI Top 100 with And Now for Something Completely Similar.

 

This week, Brendan and Jason don their uniforms for the wild and wacky antics of the girls at one of the worst schools in the world. Yes, it's the 2007 reboot of The Belles of St. Trinian's simply shortened to St. Trinian's. The guys talk about everything including the film debut of Russell Brand playing himself instead of Flash Harry, the various modern-day updates including a theme song, the weird reality TV subplot, Rupert Everett and Colin Firth romancing each other and much more.

 

Next week: The guys continue their non-BFI Top 100 journey with a movie inspired by Anonioni's Blowup (#60 on the list) in the form of Brian DePalma's mystery thriller Blow Out starring John Travolta.

 

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And Now For Something Completely Similar: Elizabeth: The Golden Age

And Now For Something Completely Similar: Elizabeth: The Golden Age

April 20, 2020

Brendan and Jason go back to films somewhat related to movies on the BFI Top 100 with And Now for Something Completely Similar.

 

This week, the guys discuss the sequel to the 1998 hit Elizabeth (#71 on the BFI Top 100) aptly titled Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Much is discussed from the lack of interest in any of the romantic elements, Cate Blanchett continuing to be magnetic in the title role, the film's historical accuracy (or lack thereof), the accusations of anti-catholicism leveled against the movie and much more. Plus: play America's favourite gameshow - is Jason looking too much into this?

 

Next week: The guys continue the non-BFI Top 100 journey by talking about the modern reboot of The Belles of St. Trinian's simply known as St. Trinian's.

 

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And Now For Something Completely Similar: The 39 Steps (2008)

And Now For Something Completely Similar: The 39 Steps (2008)

April 13, 2020

Brendan and Jason go back to films somewhat related to movies on the BFI Top 100 with And Now for Something Completely Similar.

 

While maintaining social distance, Brendan and Jason discuss the BBC television adaptation of The 39 Steps released in 2008. Much is discussed such as the way in which the screenplay 'modernizes' the female companion, Hannay acting way too much like James Bond, more pallid recreations of classic scenes and much more. Stay safe and stay inside, folks.

  

Next week: The guys continue the non-BFI Top 100 journey by talking about the sequel to Shekhar Kapur's costume drama Elizabeth with the follow-up entitled Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

 

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And Now For Something Completely Similar: The Wicker Man (2006) (w/Everything I Learned from Movies)

And Now For Something Completely Similar: The Wicker Man (2006) (w/Everything I Learned from Movies)

April 6, 2020

Brendan and Jason go back to films somewhat related to movies on the BFI Top 100 with And Now for Something Completely Similar.

 

With the surprisingly low-ranked and eerie 1973 original The Wicker Man already on the list, Brendan and Jason welcome back Steve and Izzy from Everything I Learned from Movies to talk all about the 2006 remake starring Nicolas Cage. They discuss everything from Neil LaButte's weird take on the horror genre, the level of jurisdiction that California cops have in Washington, the surprising similarities between both versions of the film and of course Cage's gonzo performance itself that escalates in surprising levels of violence. Plus - hear the actual Nicolas Cage pitch for a Wicker Man sequel.

  

Next week: The guys continue the non-BFI Top 100 journey by talking about the 2008 BBC television remake of The 39 Steps.

 

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And Now For Something Completely Similar: Lawrence After Arabia

And Now For Something Completely Similar: Lawrence After Arabia

March 30, 2020

Brendan and Jason go back to films somewhat related to movies on the BFI Top 100 with And Now for Something Completely Similar.

 

Following the legendary Lawrence of Arabia (#3 on the list), the guys talk about the follow-up nearly thirty years later - Lawrence After Arabia starring Ralph Fiennes in the title role. They discuss the difficulty of following up a war epic with a very small-scale movie, Brendan wonders if there is a homoerotic tinge to the relationship between Lawrence and Faisal, they talk about the movie's weak attempts to mimic the original and more.

 

Next week: The guys continue the non-BFI Top 100 journey by talking about the 2006 remake of The Wicker Man.

 

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