Contra Zoom Pod

Contra Zoom Pod

By Dakota Arsenault
Contra Zoom is a film based podcast going in depth about varying movie related subjects. Dakota Arsenault and guests go over both academic and the fun aspects of enjoying the film medium. Episodes feature lists, interviews and comparisons. Contra Zoom is presented by Aesthetic Magazine. Email us at contrazoompod@gmail.com
Video Game Films- Past, Present and Future
On this episode, Dakota is joined by Sammy Feilchenfeld to discuss video game movies! They talk about the rocky history of adaptations, do a throwback review of the very first video game movie Super Mario Brothers and then talk about the future of genre.  Listen to Contra Zoom on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, Podcast Addict and more on the way! Thank you Eric and Kevin Smale for creating the awesome theme music and Stephanie Prior for designing the logo. Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram or send an email to contrazoompod@gmail.com.  Contra Zoom is proudly presented by Aesthetic Magazine.
53:32
July 9, 2019
Interview with the Directors of Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
On this episode I chat with Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni, directors of the new documentary Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind. The conversation goes in depth talking about getting to spend time with Gordon Lightfoot, fitting in thirty minutes with Alec Baldwin and getting access to a treasure trove of historical footage of the Canadian music scene. Gordon Lightfoot: If You Can Read Mind is playing at Hot Docs in Toronto and for more show listings go to Kino Smith. Listen to Contra Zoom on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, Podcast Addict and more on the way! Thank you Eric and Kevin Smale for creating the awesome theme music and Stephanie Prior for designing the logo. Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram or send an email to contrazoompod@gmail.com.  Contra Zoom is proudly presented by Aesthetic Magazine.
51:08
June 25, 2019
Interview with Benjamin Charles Watson of TNT's Snowpiercer
On this episode of Contra Zoom, we have our first interview! Benjamin Charles Watson, who will been seen on the upcoming season of Netflix's Designated Survivor and TNT's Snowpiercer, joins Dakota Arsenault to talk about these shows along with what it is like to be a Canadian actor living in LA, his workout routine and his appearance on the short-lived cult CW show The LA Complex.  Listen to Contra Zoom on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, Podcast Addict and more on the way! Thank you Eric and Kevin Smale for creating the awesome theme music and Stephanie Prior for designing the logo. Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram or send an email to contrazoompod@gmail.com.  Contra Zoom is proudly presented by Aesthetic Magazine.
36:12
June 4, 2019
2019 Summer Movie Preview
Welcome to the brand new iteration of the Contra Zoom podcast! We are now very proud to be presented by Aesthetic Magazine and have this welcoming home. On this debut episode, Aesthetic Magazine founder and Editor-in-Chief Curtis Sindrey joins Dakota Arsenault, to discuss movies coming out this summer.  The movies discussed include: May Releases – Ad Astra, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Rocketman June Releases – Dark Phoenix, Late Night, Men in Black: International, The Dead Don’t Die, Toy Story 4, Child’s Play and Yesterday July Releases – Spider-Man: Far From Home, Midsommar, The Lion King and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood August Releases – The New Mutants, Where’d You Go Bernadette and Good Boys  Make sure you follow Atheistic Magazine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Special thanks to Eric and Kevin Smale for composing the Contra Zoom theme music. Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram. 
1:05:11
May 21, 2019
Contra Zoom Special Annoucement
Hi iTunes subscribers! Thank you so much for being loyal listeners. This is a special announcement that the show is coming back, stronger than ever with some great re-branding. Stay tuned for the first episode coming this week! 
01:15
May 19, 2019
78: Top Films of 2018
Despite it being March, it is finally here! The top ten films of 2018 Contra Zoom mega episode! This episode has everything including a great co-host in Stephanie, four terrific guest spots and more films mentioned than you could imagine. On this episode, four friends of the show were asked to send in a voice mail of what their favourite film from 2018 was. Sean Chin’s favourite film was the mountain climbing documentary Free Solo Scott Murdoch’s favourite film was the Sony animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse Curtis Sindrey’s favourite film was the darkly comedic Game Night Sammy Feilchenfeld’s favourite film was beautiful black and white Mexican film Roma It is humanly impossible to see every film in a given year and below is the list that Dakota and Stephanie weren’t able to catch up with that they thought might have had potential to crack their top ten… if they saw them. Dakota- Burning, Zama, The Rider, Tea With the Dames and Blaze Stephanie- Leave No Trace, Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse, Private Life and Widows Here are the final ten films that made Stephanie’s list: 1. Capernaum 2. Minding the Gap 3. BlacKkKlansman 4. Shoplifters 5. Can You Ever Forgive Me? 6. Vice 7. The Favourite 8. Eighth Grade 9. Isle of Dogs 10. Outlaw King Here are the final ten films that made Dakota’s list: 1. Roma 2. Capernaum 3. Cold War 4. The Death of Stalin 5. First Reformed 6. Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse 7. BlacKkKlansmn 8. Minding the Gap 9. Old Man & the Gun 10. Sorry To Bother You If you want to see a full ranking of every movie Dakota saw last year, check out his Letterboxd list and give him a follow.  Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
1:37:48
March 29, 2019
77: 2019 Post Oscars Analysis podcast
I know, it is more than a full week since the 91st Oscar’s aired, in which Green Book somehow won Best Picture over the far more deserving Roma, but Dakota and Sammy talk about the winners, the losers and how the show went.  Also joining the episode was Stephanie Prior and Scott Murdoch, who recorded their immediate reactions to the ceremony. It was a lot of fun having them both on, and with Scott’s past as a sound engineer, this won’t be the last time you hear from him on Contra Zoom! Dakota decided to throw out all five Best Actor nominees, and instead create his own list. Ethan Hawke for First Reformed Lakeith Stanfield for Sorry to Bother You John David Washington for BlacKkKlansman Joaquin Phoenix from You Were Never Really Here Tomasz Kot from Cold War While I watched it after I recorded, I would also throw Robert Redford from The Old Man & the Gun in the mix too. Rolling Stone named the Best, Worst and WTF Moments from the Oscars.  Vogue listed the 15 best-dressed attendees at this year’s Oscars.  If you missed it you can see that Dakota predicted 16 correct categories on the last episode, while Sammy only got 8 right. You can revisit that episode HERE.  Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Also if you have never given the show a rating on iTunes, that also helps tremendously. Every bit of exposure helps grow the show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
1:37:48
March 29, 2019
76: 2019 Oscar Predictions
To help aid with your Oscar ballot’s below is both Sammy’s picks and mine (Dakota). The order is based on how we announced them on the podcast. During the episode we also break down whom we want to win and who was snubbed (if any).  Best Supporting Actor: Mahershali Ali (D), Sam Rockwell (S) Best Supporting Actress: Regina King (D), Rachel Weisz (S) Best Original Screenplay: Green Book (D), Roma (S) Best Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKlansman (D), A Star is Born (S) Best Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody (D), A Star is Born (S) Best Sound Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody (D), Roma (S) Best Animated Feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (D & S) Best Animated Short: Bao (D & S) Best Documentary Feature: RBG (D & S) Best Documentary Short: Period. End of Sentence (D) Best Live Action Short: Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Vice (D & S) Best Cinematography: Roma (D & S) Best Costume Design: The Favourite (D & S) Best Film Editing: BlacKkKlansman (D), The Favourite (S) Best Foreign Language Film: Roma (D & S) Best Production Design: Black Panther (D & S) Best Visual Effects: Avengers: Infinity War (D & S) Best Original Score: Black Panther (D), If Beale Street Could Talk (S) Best Original Song: “Shallow” from A Star is Born (D & S) Best Actress: Glenn Close (D & S) Best Actor: Christian Bale (D),  Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (D & S) Best Picture: Roma (D & S) In case you missed it make sure you listen to my breakdowns of all the Best Picture contenders. Episode 73 (Vice, BlacKkKlansman and Green Book), Episode 74 (A Star is Born, Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody) and Episode 75 (The Favourite and Roma). As mentioned during the podcast, the Academy has reversed its decision to award four categories during commercial breaks as detailed in The National Post.  If you haven’t seen this infamous sequence of Rob Lowe and Snow White having a duet during the last host-less Oscars, make sure you watch this. For a trip down memory lane, look at the history of the types of films that were nominated and won for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling award. Also if you have never given the show a rating on iTunes, that also helps tremendously. Every bit of exposure helps grow the show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
1:25:28
March 29, 2019
75: Roma’s Favourite
This is the last Oscar Primer podcast for Contra Zoom of the year, continuing the series of Oscar Primer’s Dakota does every year, normally just as written articles. He is flying solo this episode as he talks about The Favourite and Roma. I categorize all nominations as either Frontrunner’s (FR) meaning they most likely to be the winners, Dark Horse (DH) candidates could pull off an upset if momentum swings their way, and Just Happy (JH) to be nominated as they stand no real chance this year. There can be multiples front-runners to each category. The Favourite has 10 nominations: Best Picture (JH) Best Director (JH) Best Actress – Olivia Coleman (DH) Best Supporting Actress – Rachel Weisz (JH) Best Supporting Actress – Emma Stone (JH) Best Cinematography (FR) Best Film Editing (FR) Best Original Screenplay (FR) Best Production Design (FR) Best Costume Design (FR) *Editor’s note, The Favourite is not nominated for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing The Favourite looks to snag about 4-5 wins for sure and could be in the running for 1 or 2 others. Roma has 10 nominations: Best Picture (FR) Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón (FR) Best Actress – Yalitza Aparicio (JH) Best Supporting Actress – Marina de Tavira (JH) Best Foreign Language Film (FR) Best Original Screenplay (DH) Best Cinematography (FR) Best Production Design (JH) Best Sound Editing (JH) Best Sound Mixing (JH) If you missed last week’s episode breaking down the odds for A Star is Born, Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody, listen to the show HERE. Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Also if you have never given the show a rating on iTunes, that also helps tremendously. Every bit of exposure helps grow the show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
20:49
March 29, 2019
74: A Star is Bohemian Panther
This is the second Oscar Primer podcast for Contra Zoom of the year, continuing the series of Oscar Primer’s Dakota does every year, normally just as written articles. He is flying solo this episode as he talks about A Star is Born, Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody. I categorize all nominations as either Frontrunner’s (FR) meaning they most likely to be the winners, Dark Horse (DH) candidates could pull off an upset if momentum swings their way, and Just Happy (JH) to be nominated as they stand no real chance this year. There can be multiples front-runners to each category. A Star is Born has 8 nominations: Best Picture (JH) Best Actor – Bradley Cooper (JH) Best Actress – Lady Gaga (FR) Best Supporting Actor – Sam Elliott (DH) Best Adapted Screenplay (JH) Best Cinematography (JH) Best Original Song – “Shallow” (FR) Best Sound Mixing (DH) A Star is Born will for sure win one award with 1-2 others potentially going its way. What is the difference between Sound Mixing and Sound Editing? Black Panther has 6 nominations: Best Picture (JH) Best Original Score (FR) Best Original Song – “All the Stars” (DH) Best Costume Design (FR) Best Production Design (FR) Best Sound Editing (DH) Best Sound Mixing (DH) Black Panther looks to pick up 3 technical with 2 more if they sweep the Sound categories. Variety’s breakdown of Black Panther costumes featuring designer Ruth Carter. Bohemian Rhapsody has 5 nominations: Best Picture (JH) Best Actor – Rami Malek (FR) Best Film Editing (JH) Best Sound Editing (DH) Best Sound Mixing (DH) Bohemian Rhapsody most likely will walk away empty handed, but there is a slim chance it could win 1-3 awards. If you missed last week’s episode breaking down the odds for Vice, BlacKkKlansman and Green Book, listen to the show HERE. Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Also if you have never given the show a rating on iTunes, that also helps tremendously. Every bit of exposure helps grow the show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
27:24
March 29, 2019
73: Green and Black Vice
This is the first Oscar Primer podcast for Contra Zoom of the year, continuing the series of Oscar Primer’s Dakota does every year, normally just as written articles. He is flying solo this episode as he talks about Vice, BlacKkKlansman and Green Book. I categorize all nominations as either Frontrunner’s (FR) meaning they most likely to be the winners, Dark Horse (DH) candidates could pull off an upset if momentum swings their way, and Just Happy (JH) to be nominated as they stand no real chance this year. There can be multiples front-runners to each category.  Vice has eight nominations: Best Picture (JH) Best Actor – Christian Bale (FR) Best Supporting Actress – Amy Adams (FR) Best Supporting Actor – Sam Rockwell (JH) Best Director – Adam McKay (JH) Best Original Screenplay (JH) Best Film Editing (DH) Best Makeup and Hairstyling (FR) Vice looks to walk away with anywhere from 1 maybe 2 awards with a couple others being long shots. BlacKkKlansman has six nominations: Best Picture (DH) Best Supporting Actor – Adam Driver (DH) Best Director – Spike Lee (DH) Best Adapted Screenplay (FR) Best Film Editing (FR) BlacKkKlansman looks to walk away with anywhere from 1-2 awards with the additional 3 being contenders if Roma doesn’t sweep. Green Book has five nominations: Best Picture (DH) Best Actor – Viggo Mortensen (JH) Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali (FR) Best Original Screenplay (DH) Best Film Editing (JH) Green Book looks to walk away with 1 award with a strong possibility of 1 or 2 others if the tide goes its way. If you missed Contra Zoom’s Oscar reactions podcast, make sure you give it a listen to HERE.  Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Also if you have never given the show a rating on iTunes, that also helps tremendously. Every bit of exposure helps grow the show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
33:56
March 29, 2019
72: Reactions to Oscar Nominations 2019
With the release of the Oscar nominations for the 91st Academy Awards Dakota Arsenault and Sammy Feilchenfeld discuss their first reactions to the crop of films. They also get into the debate about the merit of Black Panther being a Best Picture nominee along with surprise nominations and snubs.  The Hollywood Reporter looks at the favourites of each category.  Variety lists the biggest surprises and snubs.  There will be more podcasts along the way covering the Best Picture contenders and they chances they have to win.  Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Also if you have never given the show a rating on iTunes, that also helps tremendously. Every bit of exposure helps grow the show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
34:04
March 29, 2019
71: TIFF 2018 Wrap Up
Mehek Seyid joins us again to talk about the films she saw at TIFF 2018 and gave some great insight into what the landscape for the rest of this year will look like. A few weeks ago Mehek and I previewed the fest by talking about the big name films that were coming to Toronto. You can catch up on the episode HERE. This is a list of what Mehek saw: Assassination Nation, Boy Erased, Can You Ever Forgive Me, Destroyer, Driven, Emu Runner, EXT. Night, Fig Tree, Gloria Bell, Green Book, Greta, Her Smell, Hotel Mumbai, If Beale Street Could Talk, Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, Jessica Forever, Maya, Mid90s, Museo, Rafiki, Roma, Skin, Teen Spirit, The Wedding Guest, The Weekend, Viper Club and Widows. The People’s Choice Award was given to Green Book and the runner-ups were If Beale Street Could Talk and Roma.  Music from this week’s episode comes from Neon Beings and his EP Fudge You. Make sure you listen to his music and purchase it from whatever service you use. Spotify/Apple Music/Google Play/Bandcamp/Soundcloud/YouTube  Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
59:40
March 29, 2019
70: Make/Remake Terminal Station and Indiscretion of an American Wife
In this edition of Make/Remake Dakota and Stephanie look at a unique pair of films… the exact same film cut two ways. In 1953 Italian Neorealist director Vittorio de Dica paired with David O. Selznick to make an American film his way. He cast American actors Montgomery Clift and Jennifer Jones and plopped them in Rome to tell the story of an American wife having an affair while in Europe and deciding she wants to go back home to her family. Despite wanting to produce a Neorealist film, Selznick eventually became bored with the concept and cut out all the moments that make a trademark de Sica film so memorable. The result was two different version of the same film. Terminal Station, the original cut is 90 minutes long and is more nuanced compared to Indiscretion of an American Wife, which clocks in at only 60 minutes. The topic for this episode was inspired by filmmaker Kogonada’s video essay “What is Neorealism?”showing the major differences between the two films and a bit of history of the project. You can watch both versions of the film in full on Youtube. Terminal Station – the full ninety-minute version Indiscretion of an American Wife – abridged sixty-minute version Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
51:59
March 29, 2019
69: TIFF 2018 Preview
According to the Toronto Star’s preview this year’s Toronto International Film Festival features 21 world premieres, seven international premieres, eight North American premieres and 11 Canadian premieres, including 13 features directed by women. It all kicks off with Netflix’s own Outlaw King starring Chris Pine that is sure to make waves across the industry. Mehek Seyid joins us this week to go over the most anticipated TIFF films and what ones she plans on seeing in advance of this year’s awards season. Here is a list of films discussed on this week’s episode were trailers can be found on their IMDb page. First Man- Directed by Damien Chazelle tells the story of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon.  The Old Man & the Gun- Directed by David Lowery has Robert Redford in his final film playing an aging bank robber. High Life- Directed by Claire Denis in her English language debut about a group of criminals sent into deep space. Shoplifters- Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda about a family of small time crooks.  Everybody Knows- Directed by Asghar Farhadi starring real life married couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem as they travel to Spain to go to a wedding and dark secrets are revealed. Roma- Directed by Alfonso Cuarón about an intimate story of a single family over the course of a year in Mexico City in the 1970’s. The Predator- Directed by Shane Black reboots the 80’s action/horror franchise where an alien hunter kills a lot of people. Assassination Nation- Directed by Sam Levinson is about how a hacking of personal info in Salem turns everyone in the town crazy. The Man Who Feels No Pain- Directed by Vasan Bala is a Bollywood film about a young boy who can feel no pain so he decides to take down local criminals. Can You Ever Forgive Me?- Directed by Marielle Heller in a dramedy about a struggling writer played by Melissa McCarthy who turns to forging letters to make money. A Star is Born- Directed by Bradley Cooper starring himself and Lady Gaga in the lead roles of this oft-remade film about an aging singer and his young protégé.  Boy Erased- Directed by Joel Edgerton starring Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman in a film about a young man you is sent to gay conversion therapy by his minister parents.  Beautiful Boy- Directed by Felix Van Groeningen starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet about a family that overcomes addiction issues. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod, Mehek @whatthemehek and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
34:58
March 29, 2019
68: New Oscar Rules
The Academy Awards are changing the way their ceremony will be run in three drastic ways over the next two years. Dakota goes over the pros and cons for each of these changes. First- The date of the ceremony will be changed from the end of February to the beginning of February starting in 2020. What this means for when nominations are announced to what other awards shows will do is still up in the air, but this impact will be felt across the industry. Second- The show will be capped at a hard three hours, meaning that some things will need to be cut out with the Academy already announcing that some categories (at the moment unnamed) will be handed out during commercial breaks and will be shown in a montage at the end of ceremony. Other changes to ensure the time length have not been announced yet. Third- There will a Best Popular Film award handed out next to the Best Picture award. As far as the rules surrounding what makes a film “popular” have not been announced but the fall out from this will be felt as it will change the landscape of what the award means, what types of films will be nominated and how it will affect smaller films. For further reading check out Vulture “The Oscars Made Some Dumb Decisions Today” and Forbes “New Category For Popular Movies Will Help Disney Rule The Oscars”. You can also check out Box Office Mojo and their list of highest grossing films of the year so far to see some potential nominees. Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Also if you have never given the show a rating on iTunes, that also helps tremendously. Every bit of exposure helps grow the show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
26:34
March 29, 2019
67: Contra Zoom Presents… Hitchcock
On this week’s episode Dakota Arsenault is joined by Zach Sokol, host of Radio Camp Half Blood a Percy Jackson read-a long podcast. The two talk about director Alfred Hitchcock one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. They talk about his legacy on cinema history and their favourite works by him. If you were to recommend a Hitchcock film to introduce someone to his work the guys have a few options. Zach rec’s The Birds or Psycho while Dakota suggests Rear Window.  While breaking down Hitchcock’s films into tiers they try to make a Mount Rushmore of his work. They agree on Psycho and Vertigo while Dakota suggests Rebecca and Rear Window to round it out contrasting with Zach wants Strangers on a Train and The Lady Vanishes. Zach informs Dakota that a sequel to The Birds exists called The Birds II: Land’s End (“directed” by Alan Smithee like Zach assumed it was). Surprisingly Tippi Hedren, also in this sequel but not as the same character.  You can watch the original Psycho trailer where Hitchcock gives the audience a tour of the Bates Motel HERE. In a fun game of over rated/under rated the named some other picks. Dakota- Over rated: Notorious and The Birds Under rated: The Wrong Man and I Confess! (honourable mention Rebecca) Zach- Over rated: Rebecca Under rated: Rope Check out Zach’s podcast Radio Camp Half Blood: A Percy Jackson Read-A-Long Podcast. You can also follow Zach on Twitter @suda41.  Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
1:04:56
March 29, 2019
66: Intro to Film 101: Part 2
I’m often asking for movie recommendations both from fellow movie buffs and from people who want to expand their knowledge about cinema. After having a friend ask for a list of important films to watch I decided to put together a curriculum of great films that every budding cinephile should watch. This list is a starting off point for people who want to have a base understanding of cinema’s greatest achievements. All the films follow linear story lines and have one or two specific components that highlight their greatness. I also picked all English language films, not because English films are better or anything but specifically because this guide is intended for native English speakers that might find subtitles daunting when they are getting into film. The plan is to make this a progressively more intense curriculum, with Film History 102 delving more into complex films, thematically, language wise and what they might excel at. This is part 2 of a 2 part series featuring 25 total films. The movies in this episode are from 1977-2016. If you missed part 1, listen HERE. For a full slideshow of the films and what makes them important click HERE. Annie Hall (1977) directed by Woody Allan Amadeus (1984) directed by Milos Forman Before Sunrise (1995) directed by Richard Linklater Fargo (1996) directed by Joel and Ethan Coen The Truman Show (1998) directed by Peter Weir The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) directed by Anthony Minghella Gosford Park (2001) directed by Robert Altman The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) directed by Wes Anderson Lost In Translation (2003) directed by Sofia Coppola The Departed (2006) directed by Martin Scorsese The Social Network (2010) directed by David Fincher Moonlight (2016) directed by Barry Jenkins Music from this episode is from Callahan. We premiered his video for Milk and Honey recently on Live in Limbo. Be sure to check out and buy his music from Bandcamp. Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
32:56
March 29, 2019
65: Intro to Film 101: Part 1
I’m often asking for movie recommendations both from fellow movie buffs and from people who want to expand their knowledge about cinema. After having a friend ask for a list of important films to watch I decided to put together a curriculum of great films that every budding cinephile should watch. This list is a starting off point for people who want to have a base understanding of cinema’s greatest achievements. All the films follow linear story lines and have one or two specific components that highlight their greatness. I also picked all English language films, not because English films are better or anything but specifically because this guide is intended for native English speakers that might find subtitles daunting when they are getting into film. The plan is to make this a progressively more intense curriculum, with Film History 102 delving more into complex films, thematically, language wise and what they might excel at. This is part 1 of a 2 part series featuring 25 total films. The movies in this episode are from 1934-1975. For a full slideshow of the films and what makes them important click HERE. It Happened One Night (1934) directed by Frank Capra Casablanca (1942) directed by Michael Curtiz All About Eve (1950) directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz An American in Paris (1951) directed by Vincente Minelli On the Waterfront (1954) directed by Elia Kazan Rear Window (1954) directed by Alfred Hitchcock 12 Angry Men (1957) directed by Sidney Lumet The Apartment (1960) directed by Billy Wilder West Side Story (1961) directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise In the Heat of the Night (1967) directed by Norman Jewison The Sting (1973) directed by George Roy Hill Blazing Saddles (1974) directed by Mel Brooks Jaws (1975) directed by Steven Spielberg Music from this episode is from Callahan. We premiered his video for Milk and Honey recently on Live in Limbo. Be sure to check out and buy his music from Bandcamp. Something new I’ll be asking people to do is to rate and review Contra Zoom on Podchaser, a site that aims to be the IMDb of podcasts. Please rate 5 stars and if possible leave a short review to help grow this show. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
38:50
March 29, 2019
64: A Revisit of 12 Angry Men
Dakota Arsenault and Sammy Feilchenfeld decide to revisit Sydney Lumet’s landmark debut film, 1957’s 12 Angry Men starring Henry Fonda.  The idea for this episode stems from Dakota and Sammy who requested a list of their favourite movies for a friend. Dakota mentioned 12 Angry Men as one of his favourite films and called it a drama/thriller, which Sammy had initially rebuked.  Upon a rewatch, the guys realized just how prescient the subject matter is, especially in the current political climate where xenophobia and racism, especially in privileged white male culture pervades thinking.  For a “bottle episode” film that takes place entirely in one location the film is remarkable in building tension and fleshing out an ensemble of characters who all get their time to shine. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
34:06
March 29, 2019
63: Make/Remake 1984
In the latest edition of make/remake Dakota Arsenault and Stephanie Prior talk about George Orwell’s novel 1984 and two different cinematic adaptations of it. In 1949, George Orwell published his landmark novel detailing what the future might look like if we allow our civil liberties to be eroded and for extreme ideologies to take hold so strongly that the very fabric of society would crumble. It only took eight years for the first film adaptation of the book to be made directed by Michael Anderson and staring Edmond O’Brien as Winston Smith. The 1984 version of 1984 directed by Michael Radford and staring John Hurt as Winston, portrays communism just as dangerous as right wing authoritarianism. Dakota and Steph discuss what similarities both films employ to tell the same story along with what differences the filmmakers decided to diverge from each other. Both contexts are looking at the pros and cons of the director’s choices. Follow the show @ContraZoomPod and Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.
1:04:25
March 29, 2019
62: Top 10 Films of 2017
Now that 2017 is firmly in the rear view mirror Dakota Arsenault and Mehek Seyid go over their favourite films of last year.  Dakota’s list: 10. Loveless 9. Logan Lucky 8. Mudbound 7. Columbus 6. Lady Bird 5. Get Out 4. Dunkirk 3. Phantom Thread 2. Call Me By Your Name 1. A Ghost Story Mehek’s list: 10.  Sheikh Jackson 9. Mom and Dad/The Killing of a Sacred Deer 8. Lady Bird 7. The Shape of Water 6. Thor: Ragnarok 5. Coco 4. What Will People Say 3. I, Tonya 2. Get Out 1. The Florida Project Sean Chin’s favourite movie was Icarus.  Sammy Feilchenfeld’s favourite movie was Blade Runner 2049. Honourable Mentions for Dakota: The Shape of Water, I, Tonya, Loving Vincent, Coco and Thor Ragnarok. Honourable Mentions for Mehek: The Incredible Jessica James, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Free Fire, Colossal and Logan. Notable Omissions Not Seen by Dakota: Personal Shopper, Lady Macbeth, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Beatriz at Dinner, All the Money in the World and A Fantastic Woman. Notable Omissions Not Seen by Mehek: Logan Lucky, Good Time, Ingrid Goes West, Girl’s Trip and A Ghost Story. Music from this episode is by Ministry of Interior Spaces and his song Hoyt Arboretum OR. Last week we premiered the music video and you can find out more at his Bandcamp where you can preorder his upcoming album.
1:19:28
March 29, 2019
61: 2018 Oscars Recap
On this Episode Dakota Arsenault and Sammy Feilchenfeld recap and review the 90th Academy Awards that were handed out on Sunday March 4th, with the Best Picture being awarded to The Shape of Water. Some thoughts discussed include: Dunkirk became the 17th film to win both Sound Editing and Sound Mixing Netflix won it’s first full length feature award when Icarus was awarded Best Doc Jordan Peele is the first black person to win Best Original Screenplay for Get Out Roger Deakins finally won an Oscar after 13 previous nominations for Best Cinematography The Jet Ski gag was probably the best bit of the night Among many other topics! If you have any thoughts on the Oscars let Dakota know what you think! Follow Dakota @Dgapa and the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.
42:21
March 28, 2019
60: Oscar Predictions 2018 Part 2
Dakota Arsenault is joined by Mehek Seyid to talk about this year’s Oscar’s nominees as they make some bold predictions. They say who they think should win, will win and who was snubbed. Check out Part 1 from earlier this week for the rest of the picks. Look at the images below to see their final picks. Easy to watch nominated films: On Netflix- Mudbound, Icarus, Strong Island, On Body and Soul, Heroin(e), Revolting Rhymes, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Last Men in Aleppo and Beauty and the Beast. Edith+Eddie and Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405.
1:16:51
March 28, 2019
59: Oscar Predictions 2018 Part 1
Dakota Arsenault is joined by Mehek Seyid to talk about this year’s Oscar’s nominees as they make some bold predictions. They say who they think should win, will win and who was snubbed. Watch out for Part 2 coming later this week with the rest of their picks. Look at the images below to see their final picks. Easy to watch nominated films: On Netflix- Mudbound, Icarus, Strong Island, On Body and Soul, Heroin(e), Revolting Rhymes, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Last Men in Aleppo and Beauty and the Beast. Edith+Eddie and Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405.
1:12:09
March 28, 2019
58: Interview with Mitchell Cushman Director of Jerusalem
Dakota Arsenault had the opportunity to chat with Mitchell Cushman, director of the play Jerusalem that is currently showing at Crow’s Nest Theatre until March 10th. You may remember Mitchell who previously appeared on Contra Zoom back on episode three when he talked about directing Mr. Burns a Post Electric Play. Special thanks to Mr. Cushman and to Red Eye Media for setting up this chat. Look for Dakota’s review of the play coming soon.
17:48
March 28, 2019
57: Get Out From Dunkirk and Call Me By the Post
This is the second Oscar Primer podcast for Contra Zoom of the year, continuing the series of Oscar Primer’s Dakota does every year, normally just as written articles. Last week he talked about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Darkest Hour and Lady Bird. He is flying solo this episode as he talks about Dunkirk, Get Out, Call Me By Your Name and The Post.  For the last written primer check it out HERE. These are the nominations for Dunkirk. Best Picture Best Director- Christopher Nolan  Best Cinematography- Hoyte Van Hoytema  Best Film Editing- Lee Smith Best Production Design- Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis Best Original Score- Hans Zimmer  Best Sound Editing- Richard King and Alex Gibson Best Sound Mixing- Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo and Mark Weingarten *Correction I mistakenly say Hans Zimmer has a million nominations when I actually confused him with John Williams who scored his 51st nomination compared to Zimmer’s mere 11 nominations.  These are the nominations for Get Out. Best Picture Best Actor- Daniel Kaluuya  Best Director- Jordan Peele  Best Original Screenplay- Jordan Peele These are the nominations for Call Me By Your Name.  Best Picture Best Actor- Timothée Chalamet  Best Adapted Screenplay- James Ivory  Best Original Song- Sufjan Stevens for “The Mystery of Love” These are the nominations for The Post. Best Picture Best Actress- Meryl Strep
33:45
March 28, 2019
56: Lady Bird Hour Outside Ebbing, Missouri
This is the first Oscar Primer podcast for Contra Zoom of the year, continuing the series of Oscar Primer’s Dakota does every year, normally just as written articles. He is flying solo this episode as he talks about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Darkest Hour and Lady Bird. These are the nominations for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri  Best Picture  Best Actress- Frances McDormand  Best Supporting Actor- Sam Rockwell  Best Supporting Actor- Woody Harrelson  Best Original Score- Carter Burwell Best Original Screenplay- Martin McDonagh  Best Film Editing- John Gregory These are the nominations for Darkest Hour Best Picture  Best Actor- Gary Oldman  Best Makeup and Hairstyling- Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick  Best Cinematography- Bruno Delbonnel Best Costume Design- Jacqueline Durran  Best Production Design- Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer These are the nominations for Lady Bird Best Picture  Best Actress- Saoirse Ronan  Best Supporting Actress- Laurie Metcalf  Best Director- Greta Gerwig  Best Original Screenplay- Greta Gerwig Make sure you check out this week’s Oscar Primer where Dakota goes over Blade Runner 2049, Coco, The Big Sick and The Florida Project. These Primers will be posted once a week on Tuesdays. Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.
26:46
March 28, 2019
55: 2017 Wrap Up
Sammy Feilchenfeld joins Dakota to talk about the biggest news stories of 2017. This isn’t the usual top movie of the year podcast, but instead reflecting on the year that was and what to expect for 2018. For an amazing Best Of list check out Rachel Gordon’s Top 25 Films of 2017, Live in Limbo’s official Best Of list. – Best Picture Winner mixup back in Feb causing LaLaLand to think it won when Moonlight actually did. – Horror movies absolutely raking in the dough with IT, Get Out, Split and Annabelle: Creation all earning more than $100 million. – Systematic abuse is finally being taken serious with the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis CK and others being taken to task for the suffering they put people through. – Star Wars having all types of Director issues, from Colin Trevarrow being kicked off of Ep 9 (and replaced by JJ Abrams), Phil Lord and Christopher Miller being fired before reshoots of Solo (and replaced by Ron Howard) and on the heels of Gareth Edwards having Tony Gilroy oversee Rogue One reshoots and the franchise has had either the number 1 or 2 highest grossing movie of the last 3 years.  – Disney buying 21st Century Fox and what that mean’s that now about 40% of all entertainment will be produced by one studio. For examples of all of our stories in one easy source check out Collider or Empire Online.  The guys also ran down the highest grossing films of the last year. Star Wars: The Last Jedi Beauty and the Beast Wonder Woman Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Spider-Man: Homecoming IT Thor: Ragnarok Despicable Me 3 Logan The Fate of the Furious Music from this episode is Sun Slug and Sleepwalker by psych rockers Possum. They have recently played with acts like Ty Seagall and Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs. Make sure you follow Possum on Twitter @possumyyz. You can listen to their records on Spotify or buy it on Bandcamp.  Let us know your favourite movie moments from 2017 @contrazoompod and @dgapa.
59:08
March 28, 2019
54: Wings to Moonlight 1978-1987 Part 2
Here is part two of our Best Picture Countdown of movies that won between 1978-1987. On the last episode we ran down the bottom five films, click HERE to see the list and listen to the episode. On this episode Stephanie Prior joins Dakota again and they talk about the best of that decade.  Here are the bottom five pictures in our ratings. Dakota’s ratings come first and Stephanie’s second next to each film. 5. The Last Emperor 7.9/10 7.5/10 4. The Deer Hunter 8.4/10 7.7/10 3. Amadeus 7.5/10 8.5/10 And for the very first time we have a tie for first place! 1. Kramer vs. Kramer 8.5/10 8.2/10 1. Ordinary People 8.7/10 8/10 If you have seen any of these films let Dakota know what you think! Follow Dakota @Dgapa and the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.
1:40:08
March 28, 2019
53: From Wings to Moonlight 1978-1987 Part 1
After more than a year off from continuing the Best Picture Ranking series, it is back with a vengeance! Stephanie Prior steps in to join Dakota to review the Best Picture winners from the 1978-1987 Oscars (the 50th-59th winners). The series also got a much overdue name changing dropping the Birdman for the most recent winner Moonlight. If you missed the last time the series was discussed click HERE. Site photographer Cole Leuthel joins us to talk about his three favourite movies. Do The Right Thing Apocalypse Now 12 Angry Men Here are the bottom five pictures in our ratings. Dakota’s ratings come first and Stephanie’s second next to each film. 10. Terms of Endearment 6/10 5.5/10 9. Gandhi 6.3/10 6.5/10 8. Out of Africa 6.8/10 7/10 7. Chariots of Fire 6.5/10 6/10 6. Platoon 7/10 7/10 Tune into the next episode where Dakota and Stephanie count down the top five Best Pictures from the decade. Music from this week’s episode comes from Brooklyn Doran, a Toronto based singer songwriter. Brooklyn challenged herself to perform 100 concerts in 2017 and she completed that task just in the knick of time! Her debut full length album These Paper Wings made our top 50 albums of 2016 list last year and expect big things from her next year! Follow Brooklyn on Twitter @brooklyndoran and on Facebook. If you have seen any of these films let Dakota know what you think! Follow Dakota @Dgapa and the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.
1:34:41
March 28, 2019
52: State of the Cinematic Universe
For this massive episode Sammy Feilchenfeld joins Dakota Arsenault again to talk about all things concerning the new trend of “Cinematic Universes”, starting with reviews of both Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok the films that helped kick this new style of moving making off. After reviewing the two latest superhero movies, the guys look to see what the future holds for both the MCU and DCEU. – For the MCU about 20 films are already in the pipeline to come out over the next 10 years barring no major catastrophe. – For something more immediate, we learn that Marvel’s first female lead film, appropriately named Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson, has just cast Jude Law.  – Sony wants to get in on the action after lending Marvel Spider-Man, and has decided to start its own Spider-centric universe, with the first movie being based on Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Venom. – Sammy praises the new Monster-verse kicked off with Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island for starting a franchise off right.  – The guys also belittle the very poorly conceived “Dark Universe” that started with this year’s The Mummy and how its poor reception has caused the entire planned universe to be scrapped. – Also talked about is the X-Men series and how Deadpool is connected to it, the Star Wars series and how Rian Johnson is about to be given carte blanche to explore the galaxy from long, long ago to new heights and The Incredibles among other movie related offerings.  Music from this episode is Teach Me by folk singer Caren. You can catch her December 19th at the Horseshoe Tavern and January 27th at Musiikki Café in Kingston.  Make sure you follow Caren on Twitter @songsbycaren and on Facebook. You can listen to her self titled album on Spotify or buy it on iTunes. 
1:22:49
March 28, 2019
51: Bladerunner 2049
After being out for over a month, Dakota Arsenault finally gets around to talking about the new Blade Runner 2049 movie. Sammy Feilchenfeld returns to talk about what he calls his favourite movie of the year so far.  Since this movie has been out for so long, spoilers are talked about in this episode so listeners be warned! – Sammy and Dakota want to heap all the praise on all the amazing actresses in this movie specifically singling out Robin Wright, Ana De Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Hiam Abbas, Mackenzie Davis and Carla Juri – Dave Bautista doesn’t want to be your typical leading man – The guys talk about where director Denis Villeneuve ranks among the greatest current working directors. Earlier this summer there was an episode of Contra Zoom that Sammy guested on talking about the greatest Canadian filmmakers of all time.  – Roger Deakins hopefully will finally win first Oscar for his cinematography after being nominated a whopping 13 times!!! – The stunning sets weren’t all massive larger than life ones; some were miniature with really impressive detail included. – We eagerly await Villeneuve’s take on Dune.   If you saw Blade Runner 2049, let Dakota know what you thought! Follow Dakota @Dgapa and the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on November 16, 2017
57:12
March 23, 2019
50: History of the Dracul
On this very special episode Dakota Arsenault celebrates reaching the milestone of 50 episodes! The very first one was back in April of 2015 discussing the first ten Best Picture Winner’s can be found HEREand marvel at how much better the quality has gotten (and notice the run times are much shorter!) A bit of the podcast’s history is shared including the origin of our name.  Special thanks goes out to Sean Chin, Live in Limbo’s Editor in Chief and the creator and host of Capsulewho sent in a lovely congratulatory message.  Joining Dakota is Stephanie Prior, who has twice been a guest specializing in the Make/Remakesegment of the show. Dakota and Stephanie talk about the history of Dracula in cinema in regards to three specific films. 1931’s Dracula stars Bela Lugosi as the first “real” on screen Dracula. The film is directed by Tod Browning and with its lack of music is as close to a silent film as a talkie can get.  1958’s Horror of Dracula stars Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in the Hammer Production directed by Terence Fisher. The film has a historical epic feel to it while also being more of a drama than a horror flick. 1993’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula stars Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins directed by Francis Ford Coppola in what is both a defining and a copycat film at the same time. Paying homage to not just Dracula films but horror films in general. Easily the goriest of the three films in this series. Briefly touched upon is both the German film Nosferatu (the original Dracula) and the mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, which spoofs all previous Dracula/vampire films.  Happy Halloween! Make sure you send us your favourite Halloween/Horror films to watch! Follow Dakota @Dgapa and the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on October 19, 2017
1:03:47
March 22, 2019
49: TIFF 2017 Wrap Up
The Toronto International Film Festival wrapped a few weeks ago and Mehek Seyid makes a return to Contra Zoom where she talks about the 28 (!) films she saw at this year festival.  The films that won top honours were Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, which won the People’s Choice award, with I, Tonya and Call Me By Your Name being named as runner ups. The top Canadian film was Les Affamés. We also talk about the ethics of having the audience vote on People’s Choice and why it might be a bit of a flawed system.  Here are the 28 films Mehek saw and I linked all the films that had trailers released so far.  Stronger I, Tonya  Mary Shelley  Killing of a Sacred Deer  Mom and Dad  Roman J. Israel, Esq.  What Will People Say  Lady Bird  Euphoria  Downsizing  The Mountain Between Us  Darkest Hour  Ava Oh, Lucy!  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri  Kings  Mudbound Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Sheikh Jackson Woman Walks Ahead  On Chisel Beach  The Current War  The Shape of Water  I Love You, Daddy  Papillon  Unicorn Store  Three Christ’s  Disobedience Follow Dakota @Dgapa and the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Episode originally posted on October 8, 2017
48:31
March 22, 2019
48: Summer Movie Season Post Mortem
On this episode Sammy Feilchenfeld joins Dakota Arsenault as they discuss the end of the summer movie season. This episode includes talk on some summer movie highlights, the media’s decision to cause a panic about low attendance rates for crappy movies, the success of IT and the emergence of the app Movie Pass. – THR talks about what a poor few weeks August was for the box office. – Movie Pass might be the greatest idea ever, except it is only for Americans. – A fancy infographic about the history of the summer movie season.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on September 21, 2017
46:27
March 22, 2019
47: Make/Remake Dawn of the Dead
With the recent passing of Horror legend George A. Romero, we here at Contra Zoom thought we should honour him by dedicating an episode of Make/Remake to him. In this Make/Remake series we discuss how remade films are both similar and different from each other, without going super in depth into if they are “good” or “bad” movies. Much like the first iteration of this Make/Remake series (Seven Samurai/The Magnificent Seven), host Dakota Arsenault is joined once again by Stephanie Prior who also did the cover art for this episode.  1978’s Dawn of the Dead directed by Romero was his second zombie film and a landmark horror movie. Combining body horror with a consumerist satire and comic book humour was a stroke of genius for the auteur as it propelled him into the mainstream movie going collective.  Throughout his life Romero made fifteen feature films.  In 2004 Zack Synder made his directorial debut with a remake of Dawn of the Dead. At the time Synder was known for his work as a commercial director before given the reins to make his feature debut. Going for a more traditional thriller/horror film, he forwent the satirical take on the concept and made his mark on the industry, which lead him to eventually be the big shot behind the current DC cinematic universe and helming the new Superman and Justice League films.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on August 31, 2017
43:07
March 22, 2019
46: Canadian Filmmakers
On this special episode, Dakota Arsenault is joined by Sammy Feilchenfeld as they discuss the greatest aspect of Canada- our filmmakers!  From talking about their favourite Canadian produced films like Incendies, Men With Brooms, C.R.A.Z.Y. and many more to just plain talking about their favourite Canadian directors like Denis Villeneuve, Jean-Marc Vallée, David Cronenberg and Deepa Mehta.  Episode was originally posted on July 15, 2017
1:09:55
March 22, 2019
45: Wonder Woman and an Appreciation of Female Directors
On this week’s episode Sierra Nutkevitch joins Dakota Arsenault and they talk about the latest DC film Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins. In the second part of the episode the two discuss their favourite films directed by women and the importance of female fronted movies.  Sierra wrote an excellent review of the Wonder Woman film that is worth reading before listening to the pod. Sierra recommends a few great Wonder Woman stories fans of the movie should check out. Anything by Gail Simone who is probably the most influential female comic book writer ever having also penned stories for Birds of Prey and Batgirl. New 52 was a series that Brain Azzarello contributed to, which is a new take on the origin story.  For fans of Batman check out WW’s crossover with him in The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka and J.G. Jones. JLA: A League of One where WW fights a dragon by Christopher Moeller! Superman: Sacrifice an arc that features WW also written by Greg Rucka.  Episode was originally posted on June 29, 2017
1:23:10
March 22, 2019
44: Make/Remake: Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven
This is the first episode of a new series called Make/Remake where we look at two films, an original and a remake and compare and contrast the films. It isn’t about anointing, which one is the superior film or deriding remakes as unoriginal. This series is about looking at two films that tell the same story and how the utilize the art of telling a story in both similar and different ways.  This week Dakota Arsenault is joined by Stephanie Prior to talk about Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven. Seven Samurai was released in 1954 and was directed by Akira Kurasawa (Rashomon, Akira Ran). The film was nominated for two Oscars (Best Art Direction/Set Decoration B&W and Best Costume Design B&W) and remains one of Japans most famous and influential films.  Only six years later did The Magnificent Seven come out, it was directed by John Sturges (The Great Escape, Gunfight at the O.K. Coral). The film only received one Oscar nomination for its iconic score even though it starred a who’s who of Hollywood including Steve McQueen, Yul Brenner, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Eli Wallach and more.  Special thanks to Stephanie Prior for joining me and for creating the artwork used for this special episode.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on June 8, 2017
42:05
March 22, 2019
43: Toronto Screenwriting Conference 2017
On this week’s episode Dakota Arsenault introduces interviews that Sierra Nutkevitch conducted at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference this year.  Christina Jennings– Chairman & CEO of Shaftesbury. Christina talks about what it is like to take the plunge and follow your passions and the greatness Canada has to offer in terms of content creators.  Michelle Daly– Senior Director of Comedy at CBC.  Michelle talks about what makes Canadian content so great and the abundance of funny women. Courtney Jane Walker– Writer and Producer of Degrassi: Next Class. Courtney talks about how to empower young people, especially young girls and other marginalized people.  Allison Friedman– Director of Development of Color Force.  Corey Mandell– Playwright and UCLA Screenwriting Professor. Corey talks about watching movies both with a critical eye and as a moviegoer.  Special thanks to the good people at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and Touchwood PR.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on May 24, 2017
1:04:56
March 22, 2019
42: Top 10 Films of 2016
Rachel Gordon and Dakota Arsenault discuss the top films of 2016, even though it is now 4 months into 2017, as they needed time to digest everything. They were going to just award the top spot to La La Land, but at the last second decided not to. A few guests who also talk about their number one movie of last year join them this week. Gilles Leblanc- Rogue One Sierra Nutkevitch- Moana Sean Chin- Arrival Mehek Seyid- Moonlight Rachel Gordon’s top 10 list: 10. Don’t Think Twice 9. Little Men 8. Sing Street 7. 10 Cloverfield Land 6. Kubo and the Two Strings 5. I, Daniel Blake 4. 20th Century Women 3. Arrival 2. Hunt for the Wilderpeople 1. Moonlight Dakota Arsenault’s top 10 list: 10. Sing Street 9. The Salesman 8. The Handmaiden 7. Hunt for the Wilderpeople 6. The Lobster 5. Arrival 4. O.J.: Made in America 3. Moonlight 2. Hail, Caesar 1. Hell or High Water Check out Dakota’s entire 2016 list on Letterboxd. What was your favourite movie of the year? Episode was originally posted on March 30, 2017
1:18:48
March 22, 2019
41: Post Oscars Recap 2017
After all the craziness of the Oscars Dakota Arsenault and Mehek Seyid needed to talk about what transpired.  – La La Land was accidentally named Best Picture because of an envelope mixup – Jimmy Kimmel making fun of non-white names isn’t cool – John Legend performed both La La Land songs – Mahershala Ali was the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar – Damien Chazelle is the youngest Best Director winner ever – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them won the first Oscar for a Potter-verse film – All five directors of the Best Foreign Language Film signed a note deriding Trump’s Travel Ban  Based on the guesses Dakota, Rachel Gordon and Mehek made during the two part predictions episode Dakota ended up with 16 right, Rachel with 9 and Mehek with 14.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on March 1, 2017
1:00:37
March 21, 2019
40: Oscar Predictions 2017 Part 2
Just in time for your last minute Oscar pool’s Dakota Arsenault and Rachel Gordon host the second annual Contra Zoom Oscar Extravaganza! Your hosts are joined by film buff and Capsule co-host Mehek Seyid. Here are the final predictions for Part 2 of the two-part special. If you missed Part 1, listen HERE. There will be a recap episode after the Oscars. Best Documentary  Dakota- O.J.: Made in America Rachel- O.J.: Made in America Mehek- O.J.: Made in America Best Foreign Language Film  Dakota- The Salesman Rachel- Toni Erdmann Mehek- The Salesman Best Animated Feature  Dakota- Zootopia Rachel- Kubo and the Two Strings Mehek- Zootopia Best Adapted Screenplay Dakota- Moonlight Rachel- Moonlight Mehek- Moonlight Best Original Screenplay Dakota- Manchester By the Sea Rachel- La La Land  Mehek- La La Land Best Supporting Actor Dakota- Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) Rachel- Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) Mehek- Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)  Best Supporting Actress Dakota- Naomie Harris (Moonlight) Rachel- Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) Mehek- Viola Davis (Fences) Best Actor Dakota- Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) Rachel- Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) Mehek- Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) Best Actress Dakota- Emma Stone (La La Land) Rachel- Natalie Portman (Jackie) Mehek- Emma Stone (La La Land) Best Director Dakota- Damien Chazelle (La La Land) Rachel- Damien Chazelle (La La Land) Mehek- Damien Chazelle (La La Land) Best Picture Dakota- Moonlight Rachel- La La Land Mehek- La La Land Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on February 23, 2017
1:10:44
March 21, 2019
39: Oscar Predictions 2017 Part 1
Just in time for your last minute Oscar pool’s Dakota Arsenault and Rachel Gordon host the second annual Contra Zoom Oscar Extravaganza! Your hosts are joined by film buff and Capsule co-host Mehek Seyid. Here are the final predictions for Part 1 of the two part special.  Best Live Action Short Film Dakota- Enemies Within (not on pod) Best Documentary Short Film Dakota- Joe’s Violin Best Animated Short Film Dakota- Blind Vaysha (not on pod) Rachel- Pearl Best Sound Mixing Dakota-La La Land Rachel- La La Land Mehek- La La Land Best Sound Editing Dakota- La La Land Rachel- Hacksaw Ridge Mehek- Hacksaw Ridge Best Original Score Dakota- La La Land Rachel- La La Land Mehek- La La Land Best Original Song Dakota- “City of Stars”- La La Land Rachel- “City of Stars”- La La Land Mehek- “City of Stars”- La La Land Best Makeup and Hairstyling Dakota- Suicide Squad Rachel- Suicide Squad Mehek- Suicide Squad Best Editing Dakota- La La Land Rachel- La La Land Mehek- La La Land Best Costume Design Dakota- Jackie Rachel- Jackie Mehek-La La Land Best Production Design Dakota- La La Land Rachel- Hail, Ceasar! Mehek- La La Land Best Visual Effects Dakota-The Jungle Book Rachel- Doctor Strange Mehek- Doctor Strange Best Cinematography Dakota- La La Land Rachel- La La Land Mehek- La La Land Stay tuned to part two coming on Thursday with the rest of the predictions. Special thanks to Mehek Seyid for joining Rachel and Dakota on this episode. Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on February 21, 2017
1:15:22
March 21, 2019
38: Manchester by the Lion
On this last episode of this year’s breakdown of the Best Picture nominated films Dakota Arsenault talks about Manchester By the Sea and Lion. On last week’s episode of Contra Zoom he discussed Hell or High Water, Fences and Moonlight.  These are the nominations for Manchester By the Sea Best Picture  Best Actor- Casey Affleck Best Supporting Actor- Lucas Hedges Best Supporting Actress- Michelle Williams Best Director- Kenneth Lonergan Best Original Screenplay- Kenneth Lonergan These are the nominations for Lion Best Picture  Best Supporting Actor- Dev Patel Best Supporting Actress- Nicole Kidman Best Adapted Screenplay- Luke Davies Best Cinematography- Greig Fraser Best Original Score- Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann Make sure you check out this week’s Oscar Primer where Dakota goes over Jackie, Loving, Doctor Strange and Zootopia. These Primers will be posted once a week on Tuesdays.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on February 16, 2017
23:15
March 21, 2019
37: Hell or High Fences in Moonlight
On this second episode of this year’s breakdown of the Best Picture nominated films Dakota Arsenault and Rachel Gordon talks about Moonlight, Fences and Hell or High Water. On last week’s episode of Contra Zoom he discussed Hidden Figures and La La Land. These are the nominations for Moonlight Best Picture  Best Supporting Actor- Mahershala Ali  Best Supporting Actress- Naomie Harris  Best Directing- Barry Jenkins  Best Cinematography- James Laxton  Best Film Editing- Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders  Best Original Score- Nicholas Britell  Best Adapted Screenplay- Barry Jenkins (screenplay) and Tarell Alvin McCraney (story) These are the nominations for Fences Best Picture  Best Actor- Denzel Washington  Best Supporting Actress- Viola Davis  Best Adapted Screenplay- August Wilson These are the nominations for Hell or High Water Best Picture  Best Supporting Actor- Jeff Bridges  Best Original Screenplay- Taylor Sheridan  Best Film Editing- Jake Roberts Make sure you check out this week’s Oscar Primer where Dakota goes over Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain Fantastic, Hail, Caesar! and Suicide Squad. These Primers will be posted once a week on Tuesdays.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on February 9, 2017
50:03
March 21, 2019
36: La La Figures
On this second episode of this year’s breakdown of the Best Picture nominated films Dakota Arsenaulttalks about Hidden Figures and La La Land. On last week’s episode of Contra Zoom he discussed Hacksaw Ridge and Arrival.  These are the nominations for Hidden Figures Best Picture  Best Supporting Actress- Octavia Spencer Best Adapted Screenplay- Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi These are the nominations for La La Land Best Picture  Best Actor- Ryan Gosling Best Actress- Emma Stone Best Director- Damien Chazelle Best Original Screenplay- Damien Chazelle Best Cinematography- Linus Sandgren Best Film Editing- Tom Cross Best Production Design- David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco Best Costume Design- Mary Zophres Best Original Score- Justin Hurwitz Best Original Song: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”- Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Best Original Song: “City of Stars”- Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Best Sound Mixing- Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steven Morrow Best Sound Editing- Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Make sure you check out this week’s Oscar Primer where Dakota goes over Florence Foster Jenkins, Kubo and the Two Strings and The Lobster. These Primers will be posted once a week on Tuesdays.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on February 3, 2017
24:31
March 21, 2019
35: The Arrival of Hacksaw Ridge
This is the first Oscar Primer podcast for Contra Zoom, continuing the series of Oscar Primer’s Dakotadoes every year, normally just as written articles. He is flying solo this episode as he talks about Arrivaland Hacksaw Ridge. These are the nominations for Arrival – Best Picture  – Best Director Denis Villeneuve  – Best Adapted Screenplay Eric Heisserer  – Best Cinematography Bradford Young  – Best Film Editing Joe Walker  – Best Production Design Patrice Vermette  Paul Hotte  – Best Sound Mixing Bernard Gariépy Strobl  Claude La Haye  – Best Sound Editing Sylvain Bellemare  These are the nominations for Hacksaw Ridge – Best Picture  – Best Actor  Andrew Garfield  – Best Director Mel Gibson  – Best Film Editing John Gilbert  – Best Sound Mixing Kevin O’Connell  Andy Wright  Robert Mackenzie  Peter Grace  – Best Sound Editing Robert Mackenzie  Andy Wright Make sure you check out the first written Oscar Primer where Dakota goes over some first thoughts on the nominations for this year. These Primers will be posted once a week.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Episode was originally posted on January 26, 2017
22:44
March 21, 2019
34: Best Moments of 2016
Dakota Arsenault is proud to announce that Rachel Gordon will join Contra Zoom as the permanent co-host along with her new role as Associate Film Editor! – You can check out Andreas Babiolakis’ Top 25 Films of 2016 and Top 25 Performances of 2016. – You can find the top grossing films of 2016 HERE.  – Dakota’s thoughts on trends: Great child acting this year (Sing Street, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, etc), DC movies suck but Marvel movies are still great, obsession with Letterboxd (Dakota’s profile), Jeff Nichols dominates 2016 with Midnight Special and Loving.  Rachel’s thoughts on trends: Hidden Fences mistakes at The Golden Globes, adult superhero films (Deadpool, Logan), Netflix series are better than movies. – Read Dakota’s review of Patriots Day if you want a good laugh. – Movie watching goals for 2017: Dakota wants to watch more female directed films and Rachel is starting a personal film journal. – Old movies that Dakota watched for the time and loved included The Killing, The Asphalt Jungle and Frankenstein while Rachel loved The Long Good Friday. – Most disappointing films of 2016 for Dakota it was Triple 9 and American Pastoral for Rachel it was The Bad Batch. – Movies we are excited for in 2017 (click for trailers) Dakota: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Blade Runner 2049, War for the Planet of the Apes, Baby Driver (no trailer or teaser) Rachel: Get Out, Wonder Woman, Logan, The Dark Tower (no trailer or teaser) Follow Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter and Rachel on Instagram.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode was originally posted on January 22, 2017
1:02:47
March 21, 2019
33: Divine Brown and Passing Strange
On this mini-episode Dakota Arsenault talks to the lovely and talented Divine Brown, who is most well known for her music career but she is about to star in the musical Passing Strange.  Passing Strange is having its Toronto premiere later this month and it is a rock and roll epic that features a live band on stage accompanying the actors. It is being produced by Acting Up Stage Productions and Obsidian Theatre Company and it will be performed at The Opera House. The show runs from January 24th-February 5th tickets can be purchased HERE. Check out Divine Brown’s latest single Love Alibi. Special thanks to penelopePR for setting the interview up and everyone at Acting Up and Obsidian. Follow Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode was originally posted on January 13, 2017
12:55
March 21, 2019
32: In Memory of Bill Marshall and Praise of TIFF
This week Dakota is joined by Rachel Gordon to talk about the passing of TIFF founder Bill Marshall, who sadly passed away at the age of 77 on January 1st, 2017.  Dakota and Rachel share some great quotes and stories that emerged in a fantastic obituary from TIFF, which include stories from the people who knew him best.  TIFF while a massive film festival also celebrates Canadian film like no other including every ten years naming the best Canadian made films of all time.  The People’s Choice Award has also gone to 5 eventual Best Picture Winners and an additional 9 nominees showing that Toronto is the first spot in awards contention. Follow Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter and Rachel on Instagram.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode was original posted on January 5, 2017
26:09
March 21, 2019
31: Wings To Birdman 1968-1977 Part 2
On this episode the guys start talk about the forth edition of their Best Picture Winners revisits. The years are 1968-1977 (the 40th-49th Oscar winners). In Part One the guys reveal their bottom five of the decade. 10. Oliver!  9. Rocky  8. Patton  7. The French Connection  6. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest  Here are the top five pictures in our rankings. Dakota’s ratings come first and Andreas’ second next to each film. 5. The Sting 8.2/10 9/10 4. Midnight Cowboy 8.5/10 9/10 3. Annie Hall 8.7/10 10/10 2. The Godfather Part 2 9/10 10/10 1. The Godfather Part 1 9.5/10 10/10 As usual we award the best performances and film with our own version of the Oscar’s! Best Picture- The Godfather Part 1 for Dakota  The Godfather Part 2 for Andreas Best Actor- Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy) for Dakota  Al Pacino (The Godfather Part 2) for Andreas Best Actress- Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest) is both Dakota and Andreas’ pick Best Supporting Actor- Brad Dourif (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest) is Dakota’s pick Robert de Nero (The Godfather Part 2) is Andreas’ pick Best Supporting Actress- Talia Shire (The Godfather Part 2) is Dakota’s pick Talia Shire (The Godfather) is Andreas’ pick Music from this week’s episode comes from Silas Fiction an indie pop duo from Indiana. We had premiered their song Bad Company back in July. Their newest album Pairs, which came out on September 27th with a pay what you can formula from Bandcamp where all the proceeds are going to the fantastic organization Teach for America. You can also find the album on Spotify, Tidal and iTunes and where every else you get your music from. Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs on Twitter.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode original post date was November 11, 2016
1:22:58
March 21, 2019
30: Halloween Movie Suggestions
This week Dakota Arsenault is joined by special guest Rachel Gordon as they talk about their favourite movies you should watch during the Halloween season!  New Horror (1980’s on)-  Rachel suggests watching The Blair Witch Project Dakota suggests watching The Thing Classic Horror- Rachel suggests watching anything from Alfred Hitchcock specifically Psycho or The Birds Dakota suggests watching The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Comedy Horror- Rachel suggests watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show Dakota suggests watching Hot Fuzz Family Friendly- Rachel suggests watching Halloweentown Dakota suggests watching ParaNorman Thrillers- Rachel suggests watching Scream Dakota suggests watching Zodiac  Follow Dakota @Dgapa on Twitter. Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode original post date was October 26, 2016
54:36
March 21, 2019
29: TIFF 2016 Wrap-up
Mehek Seyid joins Dakota and Andreas this week as they discuss the Toronto International Film Festival including the big winners and some other must sees. Links: – La La Land was the big winner taking home the People’s Choice award and both Andreas and Mehek are in sync lavishing even more praise on the Oscar front runner. – Jackie was another film both Mehek and Andreas saw with Natalie Portman getting some serious Oscar buzz for a Best Actress win. – Lion was the only film that made Mehek actually cry in the theatre, it’s that powerful! – Moonlight is a film that might sneak up on you and during awards seasons.  – Birth of a Nation gets some talk, minus the controversy aspect. – Loving is a film Andreas hopes gets more attention. – Nocturnal Animals is Tom Ford’s second film and is poised to be an attention grabber.  Music on this week’s episode is from The Alpacas and their song The Artifact.  Follow Mehek at @WhatTheMehek and listen to her on the Capsule Podcast.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs on Twitter. Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode original post date was October 1, 2016
35:13
March 21, 2019
28: From Wings to Birdman 1968-1977 Part 1
On this episode the guys start talk about the forth edition of their Best Picture Winners revisits. The years are 1968-1977 (the 40th-49th Oscar winners). Our photographer Katrina Lat joins us to talk about her favourite movies. – Down With Love – Singin’ In The Rain – Big Fish Here are the bottom five pictures in our rankings. Dakota’s ratings come first and Andreas’ second next to each film. 10. Oliver! 6/10 5/10 9. Rocky 6.5/10 6/10 8. Patton 7.5/10 8/10 7. The French Connection 8/10 9/10 6. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest 8.3/10 8/10 Music from this week’s episode comes from Silas Fiction an indie pop duo from Indiana. We had premiered their song Bad Company back in July. Their newest album Pairs, which comes out on September 27th with a pay what you can formula from Bandcamp where all the proceeds are going to the fantastic organization Teach for America. You can also find the album on Spotify, Tidal and iTunes and where every else you get your music from. Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode original post date September 15, 2016
1:28:52
March 21, 2019
27: Gene Wilder Tribute
Even though Dakota Arsenault and Andreas Babiolakis are currently prepping for their proper return to Contra Zoom, it is only fitting for them to have a tribute to one of the greatest comedic actors ever in Gene Wilder. The guys talk about their favourite Wilder movies, moments and what made him so special.  Enjoy some great clips from some of his movies. – Puttin’ On the Ritz from Young Frankenstein – The Waco Kid introduction from Blazing Saddles – Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode original post date September 2, 2016
28:29
March 21, 2019
26: Carolina Bartczak from X-Men: Apocalypse
Dakota Arsenault and Andreas Babiolakis review the new film X-Men: Apocalypse. In the end the guys think the film is good, but not great and nowhere near the super negative reviews some critics have been giving it. – Andreas spoke with Canadian actress Carolina Bartczak who plays Magneto’s wife, Magda, in the new summer blockbuster film X-Men: Apocalypse. Carolina talks about meeting Jennifer Lawrence for the first time and what a great actor Michael Fassbender is work with. – Dakota’s old acting teacher, John Bourgeois at Humber College has a small part in the movie as a General in the war room. Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode original post date was June 30, 2016
54:32
March 20, 2019
25: TORONTO SCREENWRITING CONFERENCE WITH Emily Andras and Moira Walley-Beckett
This is the third year in a row that Live in Limbo has attended the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and the second year that Contra Zoom has done a pod and interviews on the great weekend. Here you can listen to last year’s episode, which features interviews with David S Goyer and Mara Brock Akil. Links: This is Part Two of our TSC coverage at Contra Zoom. On Part One there were interviews with Glen Mazzara and Stephen Falk. Make sure you read the recap of the weekend, Day 1 done by Andreas Babiolakis and Day 2 done by our special guest Nathaniel Roizen. Andreas got the chance to interview two of the amazing speakers in this episode. – Emily Andras is the creator of Wynonna Earp, a producer and writer for both Lost Girl and Killjoys. – Moira Walley-Beckett was an Executive Producer and writer for Breaking Bad and Creator of Flesh and Bone. Follow Dakota @Dgapa, Andreas @AndreasBabs and Nathaniel@RathanielNoizen and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode was originally posted on May 26, 2016
1:00:40
March 20, 2019
24: Toronto Screenwriting Conference with Glen Mazzara and Stephen Falk
This is the third year in a row that Live in Limbo has attended the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and the second year that Contra Zoom has done a pod and interviews on the great weekend. Here you can listen to last year’s episode, which features interviews with David S Goyer and Mara Brock Akil.  Make sure you read the recap of the weekend, Day 1 done by Andreas Babiolakis and Day 2 done by our special guest Nathaniel Roizen.  Andreas got the chance to interview two of the amazing speakers in this episode.  – Glen Mazzara was the show runner of The Walking Dead for several seasons starting with season 2; he also is the show runner and creator of Damien.  – Stephen Falk is the creator of You’re the Worst and also wrote for Weeds and produces Orange is the New Black  Follow Dakota @Dgapa, Andreas @AndreasBabs and Nathaniel @RathanielNoizen and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode original post date was May 17, 2016
1:02:20
March 20, 2019
23: Summer Movie Preview
This week Dakota Arsenault is joined by a special guest in Mehek Seyid to talk about some of the films we are most excited to see. April – Sing Street May – Captain America: Civil War – The Angry Birds Movie – X-Men: Apocalypse – The Lobster – The Nice Guys (Redband) June – Me Before You – The Conjuring 2 – Finding Dory – Independence Day: Resurgence – Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Redband) – Swiss Army Man July – The BFG – Ghostbusters – Jason Bourne – Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (Redband) – The Infiltrator August – The Founder – Suicide Squad – War Dogs Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Mehek @whatthemehek and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter.  Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode original post date April 28, 2016
1:02:35
March 20, 2019
22: From Wings To Birdman 1958-1967 Part 1
On this episode the guys start talk about the forth edition of their Best Picture Winners revisits. The years are 1958-1967 (the 30th– 39th Oscar winners). You can find Edition 3 HERE and Part 2 of it HERE.  Katrina Wong-Shue joined us on this episode and talked about her favourite films of all time. – A Nightmare Before Christmas – A Goofy Movie – The Lion King – Beauty and the Beast Make sure you follow Katrina on Twitter!  10. Gigi 4/10  9. Tom Jones 5.5/10 8. Ben-Hur 7/10 7. The Sound of Music 7.2/10 6. A Man for All Seasons 7.5/10 Music this week is from Brooklyn Doran a Toronto based singer and song writer who happened to write a great song about the street I live on!  Songs featured on this episode are: – There’s a Light On (Kitchen Song) – Look Away Dakota photographed and wrote about Brooklyn when she played at The Cameron House in early April. You can purchase Brooklyn’s latest album on her website HERE where you can name your own price. Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode original post date was April 21, 2016
1:13:52
March 20, 2019
21: Top 10 Films of 2015
While it is March, the guys finally get around to discussing their ten favourite films of last year. Mehek Seyid who is just as passionate about movies as Dakota and Andreas joins them. Andreas moderates this episode as he had already made a post back in December talking about his twenty favourite films of last year. Also if you missed it, Andreas did a post about the twenty best performances too! Andreas’ Top 10 films of 2015 10. Ex Machina 9. Love and Mercy 8. Room 7. Mad Max: Fury Road 6. Carol 5. Inside Out 4. Son of Saul 3. The Revenant 2. Spotlight 1. Anomalisa Dakota’s Top 10 10. Creed 9. Mustang 8. Carol 7. Brooklyn 6. A War 5. Inside Out 4. Spotlight 3. What We Do in the Shadows 2. Ex Machina 1. The Big Short Mehek Seyid’s Top 10 10. Jurassic World/Star Wars: The Force Awakens 9. Dope 8. Room 7. The Martian 6. Mustang 5. Angry Indian Goddesses 4. Ex Machina 3. The Lobster 2. Sicario 1. Spotlight Make sure you check out Mehek’s personal blog What the Mehek and follow her on Twitter @WhatTheMehek Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show@ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode original post date was March 18, 2016
1:11:55
March 20, 2019
20: Post Oscars Recap
This week Dakota and Andreas go over their thoughts on the 88th Oscars. From Chris Rock’s hosting to the nights big winners and losers, the guys cover it all. On the last episode Dakota, Andreas and special guest Dasha Peregedouva made their bold predictions on who they think would win. See below for how their guesses turned out. Check out Andreas’ recap of the ceremony and the big winners. Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show@ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode original post date March 4, 2016
1:03:57
March 20, 2019
19: OSCAR EXTRAVAGANZA 2016 PART 2
In part 2 of our third annual Oscar Extravaganza Dakota and Andreas are joined yet again by Dasha Peregoudova to lend her expert opinion. Our expert picks are at the bottom, look for Andreas’ post Oscar reaction’s early next week and a pod discussing the big winners and losers coming soon! Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Episode original post date February 27,2016
1:04:31
March 20, 2019
18: Oscar Extravaganza 2016 Part 1
Our Oscar Extravaganza podcast used to be held over at Capsule the last few years and we are excited to have it return to the permanent home of Contra Zoom. Make sure you get up to speed with the weekly Contra Zoom episodes of past and Oscar Primers going over the contenders. Friend of the show Dasha Peregoudova who actually beat Dakota last year in his Oscar Pool, so she knows her stuff joins Dakota and Andreas this week. The gang did a trivia contest and due to some wonky math Andreas came out on top with 16 points and a smiley face then Dasha with 15 points and Dakota came in last with just 9 points. Everyone takes some turns going over their big snubs and then start to make their picks for which they want to win and whom they think will win for some of the big categories. Join us in a few days when Part 2 will be released covering the rest of the big categories! Let us know who you think will win big at the Oscars this year! Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Original post date Febraury 24, 2016
49:03
March 20, 2019
17: Spotlight on Bear Attacks
This is the third Oscar Primer podcast for Contra Zoom, continuing the series of Oscar Primer’s Dakota does every year, normally just as written articles. He is flying solo this episode once again as he talks about The Revenant and Spotlight. Unfortunately due to my illness last week I was unable to talk about Brooklyn and Room, but you should still totally check those films out because they are great.  This is the last Oscar Primer Podcast, but you can check out my first and second ones to refresh your memory on who is likely to win.  These are the nominees for The Revenant. – Best Picture  – Best Actor- Leonardo DiCaprio  – Best Supporting Actor- Tom Hardy  – Best Directing- Alejandro González Iñárritu  – Best Cinematography- Emmanuel Lubezki  – Best Film Editing- Stephen Mirrione  – Best Costume Design- Jacqueline West  – Best Makeup and Hairstyling- Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert A. Pandini  – Best Sound Mixing- Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek  – Best Sound Editing- Martín Hernández and Lon Bender  – Best Visual Effects- Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer  – Best Production Design- Jack Fisk and Hamish Purdy  These are the nominees for Spotlight. – Best Picture  – Best Supporting Actor- Mark Ruffalo  – Best Supporting Actress- Rachel McAdams  – Best Directing- Tom McCarthy  – Best Original Screenplay- Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy  – Best Film Editing- Tom McArdle Make sure you check out the latest written Oscar Primer where Dakota discusses Ex Machina, Trumboand Creed. These primers come out every Monday with next week’s being the last of the season! Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Original post date was Febraury 18th, 2016
30:44
March 5, 2019
16: The Big Fury Road
This is the second Oscar Primer podcast for Contra Zoom, continuing the series of Oscar Primer’s Dakota does every year, normally just as written articles. He is flying solo this episode once again as he talks about Mad Max: Fury Road and The Big Short. These are the nominees for Mad Max: Fury Road. – Best Picture – Best Directing for George Miller  – Best Cinematography – Best Editing – Best Production Design – Best Costume Design – Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Best Sound Mixing – Best Sound Editing – Best Visual Effects  These are the nominees for The Big Short. – Best Picture  – Best Supporting Actor for Christian Bale  – Best Director for Adam McKay  – Best Adapted Screenplay  – Best Editing Make sure you check out the third written Oscar Primer where Dakota discusses Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Straight Outta Compton and Shaun the Sheep Movie. These primers come out every Monday until the week of the Oscars.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Original post date was February 4th, 2016
36:27
March 5, 2019
15: Star Wars Prequels, Originals and Sequels
Who cares that Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out way back in December! Dakota and Andreas give a review for what will end up being the first of second highest grossing film of all time! The guys really enjoyed the film with Andreas even putting the film at number 11 in his top films of 2015 post! The guys then discuss if the Original’s were as great as everyone remembers and if the Prequel’s were as terrible as everyone remembers.  The next Star Wars film has actually been pushed back a year to December 2017.  In case waiting that long for a Star Wars film you can bide your time with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which takes place just before A New Hope.  Let us know what you think about The Force Awakens along with all six of the older films!  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom Podcast: Subscribe via iTunes  Subscribe via RSS Original post date was January 28th, 2016
1:01:04
March 5, 2019
14: Bridge of Martians
This is the first Oscar Primer podcast for Contra Zoom, continuing the series of Oscar Primer’s Dakota does every year, normally just as written articles. He is flying solo this episode as he talks about The Martian and Bridge of Spies. These are the nominations for The Martian – Best Picture – Best Actor for Matt Damon – Best Adapted Screenplay  – Best Production Design – Best Sound Mixing – Best Sound Editing – Best Visual Effects These are the nominations for Bridge of Spies – Best Picture – Best Supporting Actor for Mark Rylance  – Best Original Screenplay – Best Production Design – Best Original Score – Best Sound Mixing Make sure you check out the first written Oscar Primer where Dakota discusses The Hateful Eight, Inside Out and Joy. These posts will be posted once a week.  Dakota joined Sean Chin and Andreas Babiolakis to talk about the Oscar nominations among other things on this week’s episode of Capsule. Andreas and Dakota gave their immediate reactions to the Oscar nominations last week on Contra Zoom.  Andreas also wrote about the Oscar nominations. Follow Dakota @Dgapa and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Original post date was January 21st, 2016
29:32
March 5, 2019
13: Oscar Nomination Reactions
This week Dakota and Andreas go over the just announced Oscar nominations.  The guys talk about the films with the most nominations including The Revenant with 12, Mad Max: Fury Road with 10 and The Martian with 7. They also talk about surprises both good and bad and some snubs. They also go through the big categories and discuss whom the early front-runners of some key categories are: – Best Picture – Best Director – Best Actor – Best Actress – Best Supporting Actor – Best Supporting Actress – Best Original Screenplay – Best Adapted Screenplay Make sure you check out Andreas’ reaction post to the nominations that went up right away after the contenders were announced. Throughout the Oscar season Dakota will be continuing his great Oscar Primer series going over what chances certain films have to win their awards. The last week before the Oscar’s there will be the 3rd annual Roundtable Discussion with special guests making their final predictions and having some fun with the ceremony itself. Music from this episode is the Oscar Nominated Simple Song #3 from Youth.  Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show@ContraZoomPod on Twitter. Original post date was January 15th, 2016
34:55
March 5, 2019
12: FROM WINGS TO BIRDMAN 1947-1958 PART 2
*So I totally realized, that there never was an episode 11 and that makes everything out of whack, so this is actually episode 11. Enjoy!* On this episode the guys continue their talk about the third edition of their Best Picture Winners revisits. Check out Part 1 from the years are 1948-1957 (the 20th– 29th Oscar winners) here. You can find Edition 1 here and Edition 2 here and Part 2 here.  In Part One the guys reveal their bottom five of the decade. 10. The Greatest Show on Earth 9. Around the World in 80 Days 8. From Here to Eternity Tie for 6th place 6. An American in Paris 6. Marty On this episode they list the top five of the decade. 5. Hamlet 4. All About Eve 3. All The King’s Men 2. On The Waterfront 1. The Bridge on the River Kwai As usual we award the best performances and film with our own version of the Oscar’s! Best Picture- Bridge on the River Kwai for both DA and AB Best Actor- Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront) for both DA and AB Best Actress- Anne Baxter (All About Eve) for DA Bette Davis (All About Eve) for AB Best Supporting Actor- Karl Malden (On The Waterfront) for DA John Ireland (All The King’s Men) for AB Best Supporting Actress- Celeste Holm (All About Eve) for DA Eva Marie Saint (On The Waterfront) for AB Songs from this episode are from Justin Nozuka.  Hera Blue Velvet Sea Dakota photographed and Andreas reviewed Justin back in July at the Danforth Music Hall when he opened for the legendary Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.  You can purchase Justin’s latest album Ulysees on iTunes here. This episode was originally posted on December 15, 2015
1:23:13
March 1, 2019
10: FROM WINGS TO BIRDMAN 1947-1958 PART 1
On this episode the guys start talk about the third edition of their Best Picture Winners revisits. The years are 1948-1957 (the 20th– 29th Oscar winners). You can find Edition 1 here and Edition 2 here and Part 2 here.  Dakota and Andreas talk about the history of HUAC (The House of Un-American Actives) and the Hayes Code both black marks on the history of Hollywood. Sarah Rix’s favourite films Oceans Eleven Fantastic Mr. Fox Children of Men Make sure you follow Sarah on Twitter! 10. The Greatest Show on Earth 9. Around the World in 80 Days 8. From Here to Eternity Tie for 6th place 6. An American in Paris 6. Marty Music this week is from Justin Nozuka a worldly talent from right here in Toronto.  Songs featured on this episode are: Eyes Changing Colour Right by You Dakota photographed and Andreas reviewed Justin back in July at the Danforth Music Hall when he opened for the legendary Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.  You can purchase Justin’s latest album Ulysees on iTunes here. Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. This episode was originally posted on November 26, 2015
1:12:09
March 1, 2019
9: TIFF and Early Oscar Predictions
TIFF is in its 40th year. Andreas and Dakota (mostly Andreas though) covered a bunch of TIFF films including Love, Stonewall, Lolo, Room and more. Check out their capsule reviews HERE.  We compared TIFF to the Venice Film Festival, which is now overlapping with TIFF Previously TIFF has 5 Best Picture Oscar Winners and an additional 8 other films that were nominated win their prestigious People’s Choice Award Films we think are the most likely to be nominated for Best Picture include The Martian, Steve Jobs, Room, The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, Joy, Carol, The Danish Girl and Spotlight. Some of the other films we think might be nominated include Black Mass, Bridge of Spies, Inside Out, Trumbo, Brooklyn, 45 Years and Suffragette.  Music this week is from Toronto singer songwriter Mirian Kay featuring her songs Follow, Breaking the Chains and Sad Eyes.  Follow her on Twitter @Mirian_Kay and check out her website for more information on her.  Purchase Mirian Kay’s EP on Bandcamp HERE. Dakota shot and reviewed Mirian Kay last summer, check it out HERE. Follow Dakota @Dgapa and Andreas @AndreasBabs and follow the show @ContraZoomPod on Twitter. This episode originally was posted on October 25, 2015
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March 1, 2019
8: Guillermo del Toro, Rebecca and Alfred Hitchcock
Your hosts Dakota Arsenault and Andreas Babiolakis were lucky to enough to see a screening of Rebecca hosted by the legendary film director Guillermo del Toro while he was in town to host a lecture series based on Gothic Horror films.  For those not familiar with GdT’s filmography, check out Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, or the Hellboy films.  Back in 2012 GdT hosted a four part series about other Hitchcock works.  GdT was in town to also promote his newest film Crimson Peak a gothic horror film in its own right!  Dakota talks about some German Impressionist films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Nosferatu both of which were inspiration to Hitchcock and Rebecca.   The guys talk about their favourite Hitchcock films like Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window and Vertigo.  Contra Zoom was actually original going to be called The Third Man after the film of the same name. Instead it is named after the famous shot pioneered by Hitchcock in Vertigo and also used famously in Jaws. Here is a video showing the most popular instances of the shot used in cinema.  Music this week is from local band Birds of Bellwoods. Follow them on Twitter @birdsbellwoods. You can purchase EP The Fifth here for only $5! Songs featured in this episode are Roll Your Stone, Sky and Grey Ghosts. Andreas reviewed their EP when it came out. See Dakota’s review of Day 3 of T.U.R.F. where Birds of Bellwoods played! This episode originally came out on October 15, 2015
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March 1, 2019
7: From Wings to Birdman 1938-1947 Part 2
Continuing on from our Best Picture Winner decade-by-decade breakdown from last week’s part 1 Dakota Arsenault and Andreas Babiolakis count down the top five films of 1938-1947.  – Dakota recommends that you read the bio and trivia on actor John Garfield Here is a link to our bottom five in this decade’s Best Picture Winner’s Dakota’s ratings come first followed by Andreas’ 5. Gentleman’s Agreement 7.5/10 8/10 4. You Can’t Take It With You 8.3/10 8/10 3. The Lost Weekend 8.7/10 9/10 2. Rebecca 8.5/10 10/10 1. Casablanca 9/10 10/10 Best Picture- Casablanca for both Dakota and Andreas  Best Actor- Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend) for both Dakota and Andreas  Best Actress- Greer Garson (Mrs. Miniver) for both Dakota and Andreas  Best Supporting Actor- Lionel Barrymore (You Can’t Take It With You) is Dakota’s pick John Garfield (Gentleman’s Agreement) is Andreas’ pick Best Supporting Actress- Teresa Wright (Mrs. Miniver and The Best Year’s Of Our Lives) is Dakota’s pick Judith Anderson (Rebecca) is Andreas’ pick Songs from this episode are from The OBGM’s – Pill – House Make sure you check the band out at the year’s Riot Festival http://riotfest.org/toronto/ on Saturday September 19th and buy a digital copy of their newest album, which is self titled from their Bandcamp. Follow us on twitter @contrazoompod along with the host’s Dakota @dgapa and Andreas @andreasbabs.
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March 1, 2019
6: From Wings to Birdman 1938-1947 Part 1
This week we started a new feature where Live in Limbo’s mastermind Sean Chin joined us to talk about his three favourite movies. – Shawshank Redemption – 2001: A Space Odyssey – A.I. Artificial Intelligence The bottom five of our countdown is the following. Dakota’s ratings come first followed by Andreas’ 10. How Green Was My Valley 2.5/10 5/10 9. Going My Way 4/10 6/10 8. Mrs. Miniver 7/10 7/10 7. Gone With the Wind 7.3/10 7/10 6. The Best Year’s of Our Lives 8/10 7/10 Next week we reveal our top 5 of the decade!  Songs from this episode are from The OBGM’s – “Torpedo” – “Ijuswannaluvuallthetime” Make sure you check the band out at the year’s Riot Fest on Saturday September 19th and buy a digital copy of their newest album, which is self titled from their Bandcamp page.   Follow us on twitter @contrazoompod along with the host’s Dakota @dgapa and Andreas @andreasbabs Original post date August 26, 2015
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March 1, 2019
5: Mad Men
For this week’s episode Dakota and Andreas discuss the finale for Mad Men and what the series as a whole meant to them and the landscape of television. The landmark show just finished its seven-season run back in May and the guys have had some time to digest what happens. They talk about their favourite characters and some of the best moments on the show. As always we would love to hear your thoughts on the show by tweeting at us @contrazoompod!  A very comprehensive list of the 100 Best Characters from We Got This Covered Andreas wrote about the best moments from the series On Don’s alcoholism from Death and Taxes Music this week is from Catl. a Toronto dance rock band. You can buy their music both digitally and on records directly from their site. http://catltheband.com/ Give the band a follow on twitter @c_a_t_l The band will be playing at TURF on Friday September 18th that they are highlighted as a local band opening the South Stage Songs featured on the episode are Gateway Blues, Lamplight the Way and F.U. Blues Dakota shot and reviewed the band for their NXNE show back in June Original post date July 8, 2015
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February 28, 2019
4: Marvel
In this episode Dakota and Andreas review the new Marvel movie Avengers: Age of Ultron and then rank all 11 Marvel Cinematic Universe films from worst to best. The discussions touch upon casting, scripts, direction, themes and execution.  Here is the list of films ranked in order of when they came out (you will have to listen to the show to find out where they placed!) Iron Man The Incredible Hulk Iron Man 2 Thor Captain America: The First Avenger Marvel’s The Avengers Iron Man 3 Thor: The Dark World Captain America: The Winter Solider Guardians of the Galaxy Avengers: Age of Ultron Ways to Subscribe to Contra Zoom: • Subscribe via iTunes • Subscribe via RSS Original post date June 10, 2015
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February 28, 2019
3: Mr. Burns a Post Electric Play
This week Dakota Arsenault and Andreas Babiolakis turn the tables a bit regarding subject matter and discuss a play called Mr. Burns a Post Electric Play (you’ve probably seen the posters all around subway stations). Instead of just talking about the play the guys discuss methods of telling stories and how telling tales is a human ritual. Dakota also interviews co-director Mitchell Cushman and actor Sebastien Heins and plays a bit of trivia with them. – Mr. Burns a Post Electric play is running until June 7th and tickets can be purchased here http://www.ticketfly.com/venue/15345-aztec-theatre/ – Dakota’s review of Mr. Burns http://www.liveinlimbo.com/2015/05/18/film/mr-burns-a-post-electric-play.html – Outside the March has a history of site-specific shows and you should learn more about the group  http://www.outsidethemarch.ca/about.php – Sebastien Heins’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WhatsUpSebastien?_rdr Please make sure you subscribe to us on iTunes and give us a rating. Not only does it give us valuable feedback, but also the more subscriptions and ratings we receive the more visibility we get to help other people find our show too. Please follow us on twitter @ContraZoomPod and let us know what you think of this incredibly theatrical experience!  Original post date May 30, 2015
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February 28, 2019
2: TSC with David S Goyer & Mara Brock Akil
This week Dakota Arsenault and Andreas Babiolakis talk about the Toronto Screenwriter’s Conference, a yearly get together where the greatest script writers, show runners, executives and others talk on a professional level to attendees who are writers themselves. We also have two great interviews with David S Goyer and Mara Brock Akil. – This is the 6th TSC annual conference held at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto – The conference is put on by the literary agency Meridian Artists – Andreas got to interview David S Goyer, writer of The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, Blade and more. – Speaking of movies Goyer has worked on, he wrote a little film called Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. I don’t think you’ve heard of it though. – Andreas also got the chance to interview Mara Brock Akil, creator of Being Mary Jane, The Game and writer on Girlfriends and Moesha.  Please make sure you subscribe to us on iTunes and give us a rating. Not only does it give us valuable feedback, but also the more subscriptions and ratings we receive the more visibility we get to help other people find our show too. Please follow us on twitter @ContraZoomPod (not podcast as Andreas accidentally said on the show)! Original post date May 5, 2015
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February 28, 2019
1: From Wings to Birdman the First 10 Years of the Oscars
Hey everyone, this is the debut episode for our brand new film podcast Contra Zoom! Hosts Dakota Arsenault and Andreas Babiolakis take on a massive project of watching every Best Picture winner throughout the Academy’s history! They start with the first ten winners from 1927-1937. At the end of the rankings the guys give awards to the best of the best (so far!).  At the end of the episode Andreas teases us with what episode two will have in store for listeners.  These are the rankings listed in the episode with Dakota’s ratings first and Andreas’ second. 10- Cimarron 2/10 and 3/10 9- The Broadway Melody 5/10 and 5/10 8- Cavalcade 6/10 and 6/10 7- Grand Hotel 6.5/10 and 7/10 6- The Great Ziegfeld 7/10 and 7/10 5- The Life of Emile Zola 8.5/10 and 7/10 4- Wings 8/10 and 8/10 3- Mutiny on the Bounty 7.8/10 and 9/10 2- All Quiet on the Western Front 7.5/10 and 10/10 1- It Happened One Night 9/10 and 10/10 Blyth Spirit played in Toronto until March 15th 2015 Music from this week’s episode comes courtesy from Mississauga hard rock band Starfall that Dakota mistakenly said is from Toronto. Please buy their music from their Bandcamp page and Like them on Facebook. “The Curse” on YouTube “Shards” on YouTube Our theme song comes courtesy from The Chromatics and their song In Films Original post date April 21, 2015
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February 28, 2019
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