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The Filmlings

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Long-time friends Alex Geringer and Jonathan Satchell sit down each month and analyze the intersections of cinema to find out what makes great films great.
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Trailer for Episode 144
Find more info about the upcoming episode on The August Marquee. Join us on Discord to keep up with the discussion throughout the month: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF
05:46
August 03, 2022
143. Pugnacious Preminger
Another legend of Hollywood's Golden Age is the spotlight for this episode as Alex and Jonathan talk about some of the classic works of Otto Preminger: Laura (1944), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), and Bunny Lake is Missing (1965). We discuss how Preminger builds character driven narrative through visuals, his real and perceived image as a directorial tyrant, and how he stacks up against some of his contemporaries. Skip to: 7:29 – Laura 24:43 – Bonjour Tristesse 43:54 – Anatomy of a Murder 59:02 – Bunny Lake is Missing 1:16:50 – Overall 1:24:59 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Time After Time (1979) Back to the Future (1985) Groundhog Day (1993) Tenet (2020) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2022/07/27/preminger Join us on Discord for ongoing film discussion: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:29:16
July 27, 2022
Trailer for Episode 143
Find more info about the upcoming episode on The July Marquee. Join us on Discord to keep up with the discussion throughout the month: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF
05:02
July 06, 2022
142. Kiarostami's Koker
Sit back and enjoy the ride as Alex and Jonathan talk through the road-trip style films of Abbas Kiarostami in Where Is the Friend's House? (1987), And Life Goes On (1992), Through the Olive Trees (1994), and Taste of Cherry (1997). We discuss the way Kiarostami blends truth and fiction, how he uses long takes to provoke deeper thought from the audience, and the detailed attention he pays to the way people interact with their environment and each other. Skip to: 7:56 – Where Is the Friend's House? 24:33 – And Life Goes On 42:19– Through the Olive Trees 55:24 – Taste of Cherry 1:15:53 – Overall 1:31:54 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Laura (1944) Bonjour Tristesse (1958) Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/kiarostami Join us on Discord for ongoing film discussion: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:35:13
June 29, 2022
Trailer for Episode 142
Find more info about the upcoming episode on The June Marquee. Join us on Discord to keep up with the discussion throughout the month: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF
04:41
June 08, 2022
141. How to Train Your Podcast
This month Alex and Jonathan fly to a mythical Nordic world and discuss the recent animated trilogy How to Train Your Dragon (2010), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019). We discuss a brief history of dragons, ways to incorporate high stakes and family into children's movies, and adapting a sprawling fantasy world from book to screen. Skip to: 16:28 – How to Train Your Dragon 38:56 – How to Train Your Dragon 2 51:36 – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World 1:01:44 – Overall 1:10:32 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Where Is the Friend's House? (1987) And Life Goes On (1992) Through the Olive Trees (1994) Taste of Cherry (1997) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2022/06/01/httyd Join us on Discord for ongoing film discussion: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:15:47
June 01, 2022
Trailer for Episode 141
Find more info about the upcoming episode on The May Marquee. Join us on Discord to keep up with the discussion throughout the month: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF
07:06
May 04, 2022
140. One and Only Olivier
When it comes to acting, few names loom as large in the recent history of stage or screen as that of Laurence Olivier. Alex and Jonathan discuss his contributions to the film medium through his roles in Wuthering Heights (1939), Rebecca (1940), Richard III (1955), and Marathon Man (1976). We talk about his growth as a performer, his interactions with leading directors from various periods of film history as well as his own merits as a director, and his impact on the acting profession for anyone following in his footsteps. Skip to: 19:53 – Wuthering Heights 35:44 – Rebecca 52:40 – Richard III 1:12:39 – Marathon Man 1:26:24 – Overall 1:34:11 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: How to Train Your Dragon (2010) How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2022/04/27/olivier Join us on Discord for ongoing film discussion: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:36:56
April 27, 2022
Trailer for Episode 140
Find more info about the upcoming episode on The April Marquee. Join us on Discord to keep up with the discussion throughout the month: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF
06:41
April 06, 2022
139. The Dove Says Woo
The epic drama and action of director John Woo carries us away this month as Alex and Jonathan talk about The Killer (1989), Hard Boiled (1992), Face/Off (1997), and Red Cliff (2008). We talk about his pioneering of the "Honorable Bloodshed" genre, his distinct stylistic and thematic trademarks, and his continuing legacy on many modern directors and content creators. Skip to: 8:22 – The Killer 23:18 – Hard Boiled 33:49 – Face/Off 50:35 – Red Cliff 1:12:44 – Overall 1:22:46 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Wuthering Heights (1939) Rebecca (1940) Richard III (1955) Marathon Man (1976) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2022/03/23/woo Join us on Discord for ongoing film discussion: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:27:42
March 23, 2022
Trailer for Episode 139
Find more info about the upcoming episode on The March Marquee. Join us on Discord to keep up with the discussion throughout the month: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF
06:13
March 02, 2022
138. Wise Guy Gangsters
Watch your back because in this episode Alex and Jonathan, talk about the history of American gangster films through four classic and contemporary tales within the genre: Scarface (1932), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Scarface (1983), and Goodfellas (1990). We discuss the origins of gangster stories being pulled from the contemporary headlines, how the genre was affected by the strict regulations under the production code, and the resurgence of the genre through the American New Wave. Skip to: 11:39 – Scarface (1932) 41:40 – Angels with Dirty Faces 1:00:18 – Scarface (1983) 1:19:09 – Goodfellas 1:37:44 – Overall 1:49:41 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Killer (1989) Hard Boiled (1992) Face/Off (1997) Red Cliff (2008) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2022/02/23/gangsters Join us on Discord for ongoing film discussion: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:54:06
February 23, 2022
Trailer for Episode 138
Find more info about the upcoming episode on The February Marquee. Join us on Discord to keep up with the discussion throughout the month: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF
07:11
February 02, 2022
137. Rogers-Astaire
Kicking off season 6 of the podcast, Alex and Jonathan take a look at the films and careers of two oft-paired star performers: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. We look at their films The Gay Divorcee (1934), Shall We Dance (1937), and The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), and discuss the history of each performer, the mesmerizing quality of watching performance talent on film, and the evolving taste and interests of audiences over time. Skip to: 16:04 – The Gay Divorcee 41:42 – Shall We Dance 57:23 – The Barkleys of Broadway 1:17:43 – Overall 1:44:48 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Scarface (1932) Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) Scarface (1983) Goodfellas (1990) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2022/01/26/rogers-astaire Join us on Discord for ongoing film discussion: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:50:34
January 26, 2022
Trailer for Episode 137
Find more info about the upcoming episode on The January Marquee. Join us on Discord to keep up with the discussion throughout the month: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF
05:28
January 05, 2022
136. Wyler, Not Wilder
To wrap up Season 5, of the podcast Alex and Jonathan talk about another one of the hard-working directors of Hollywood's Golden Age, William Wyler. We're looking at four of his post-war films, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Roman Holiday (1953), Ben-Hur (1959), and The Collector (1965) and discussing how Wyler's war experience helped him craft intimate drama involving veterans, his iconic deep-focus visual style, and the extensive range of genres he was able to work in. Skip to: 17:57 – The Best Years of Our Lives 50:06 – Roman Holiday 1:05:28 – Ben-Hur 1:21:12 – The Collector 1:34:09 – Overall 1:37:34 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Gay Divorcee (1934) Shall We Dance (1937) The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/12/22/wyler/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:41:13
December 22, 2021
135. Wilder, Not Wyler
Today Alex and Jonathan ask "How did Billy do it?" as we dive into the work and career of Golden Age director Billy Wilder through his films Sunset Boulevard (1950), Stalag 17 (1953), Sabrina (1954), and The Apartment (1960). We discuss the way Wilder turns a mirror back on Hollywood, the influence Ernst Lubitsch and early Hollywood had on his filmmaking, and his constant pushing of the envelope against the censors of the time. Skip to: 13:21 – Sunset Boulevard 40:04 – Stalag 17 54:45 – Sabrina 1:06:58 – The Apartment 1:24:55 – Overall 1:35:53 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Roman Holiday (1953) Ben-Hur (1959) The Collector (1965) Join us for ongoing film discussions on Discord: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:40:22
November 24, 2021
134. Master Masaki
One of the masters of world cinema, Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi, is the focus of today's episode as Alex and Jonathan talk through his epic trilogy The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959), The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959), and The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961), as well as his stylistic ghost story anthology Kwaidan (1964). We discuss the cultural implications of making The Human Condition, the trajectory of Kobayashi's career, and his use of tradition and style in Kwaidan. Skip to: 11:38 – The Human Condition I: No Greater Love 38:54 – The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity 53:07 – The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer 1:10:02 – Kwaidan 1:28:40 – Overall 1:33:55 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Sunset Boulevard (1950) Stalag 17 (1953) Sabrina (1954) The Apartment (1960) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/10/27/kobayashi/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:37:44
October 27, 2021
133. Surreal Spike
From skateboard videos to high-budget science-fiction drama, today Alex and Jonathan track the career of Spike Jonze through his feature films Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation. (2002), Where the Wild Things Are (2009), and Her (2013). We talk about the building of themes and structure in meta filmmaking, what makes interesting protagonists, and the variety of projects and opportunities that Jonze contributes to. Skip to: 12:25 – Being John Malkovich 28:58 – Adaptation. 39:56 – Where the Wild Things Are 1:00:03 – Her 1:23:21 – Overall 1:30:52 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959) The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961) Kwaidan (1964) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/09/29/jonze/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:37:03
September 29, 2021
132. Lord & Miller's Laughs & Mischiefs
The combined creative talents of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller is one of the biggest forces in the animation industry at the moment, so today Alex and Jonathan take a look at four films they have had a hand in bringing to the big screen: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), 21 Jump Street (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). We discuss how Lord and Miller use their knowledge of popular story tropes to create comedy, what makes comedy age well or not, and what's in store for the duo in the future. Skip to: 6:55 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 29:20 – 21 Jump Street 44:05 – The Lego Movie 1:01:47 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 1:28:29 – Overall 1:45:47 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Being John Malkovich (1999) Adaptation. (2002) Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Her (2013) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/09/01/lord-and-miller/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:49:32
September 01, 2021
131. Channeling Jackie Chan
One of the greatest physical performers of recent filmmaking, Jackie Chan is the focus of today's discussion as Alex and Jonathan look at Drunken Master (1978), Police Story (1985), Police Story 3: Supercop (1992), and The Foreigner (2017). We talk about Jackie Chan's journey finding his on-screen persona in the wake of Bruce Lee, the innovation and dedication that he put into his craft of acting and stunt performance, and the legacy he leaves on cinema even as his career isn't quite over. Skip to: 16:01 – Drunken Master 31:29 – Police Story 48:54 – Police Story 3: Supercop 59:24 – The Foreigner 1:11:02 – Overall 1:17:27 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) 21 Jump Street (2012) The Lego Movie (2014) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/07/28/jackie Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:21:19
July 28, 2021
130. Cousteau Curieux
Alex and Jonathan take to the open seas today and follow the films and life of French explorer and documentarian Jacques Cousteau. We're talking about his documentaries The Silent World (1956), World Without Sun (1964), Voyage to the Edge of the World (1976), and the more recent biopic of his life The Odyssey (2016). We discuss the early foibles of Cousteau's adventures, the trail he blazed for modern conservationism, and his lasting impact on modern science-focused  entertainment. Skip to: 17:10 – The Silent World 30:58 – World Without Sun 43:20 – Voyage to the Edge of the World 55:20 – The Odyssey 1:08:27 – Overall 1:17:23 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Drunken Master (1978) Police Story (1985) Police Story 3: Supercop (1992) The Foreigner (1978) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/06/30/cousteau/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:22:49
June 30, 2021
129. Cartoon Saloon's (mostly) Celtic Saga
Highlighting one of the most innovative animation studios producing content today, Alex and Jonathan look at the four feature films produced by Irish studio Cartoon Saloon: The Secret of Kells (2009), Song of the Sea (2014), The Breadwinner (2017), and Wolfwalkers (2020). We discuss the unique art style, the various cultural influences, and the ongoing work and legacy of Cartoon Saloon. Skip to: 5:23 – The Secret of Kells 24:23 – Song of the Sea 37:24 – The Breadwinner 52:17 – Wolfwalkers 1:07:33 – Overall 1:23:39 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Silent World (1956) World Without Sun (1964) Voyage to the Edge of the World (1976) The Odyssey (2016) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/06/02/cartoon-saloon Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:30:16
June 02, 2021
128. Long Live Lubitsch
Travelling back to the Golden Age, Alex and Jonathan take a look at one of the early masters of the budding film medium, Ernst Lubitsch, through his films Ninotchka (1939), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), To Be or Not to Be (1942), and Heaven Can Wait (1943). We discuss Lubitsch's history as a German immigrant before WWII, the way he made films dealing with controversial subject matter during the Production Code, and the lasting influence of the Lubitsch Touch. Skip to: 13:55 – Ninotchka 33:26 – The Shop Around the Corner 52:39 – To Be or Not to Be 1:06:45 – Heaven Can Wait 1:26:28 – Overall 1:43:41 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Secret of Kells (2009) Song of the Sea (2014) The Breadwinner (2017) Wolfwalkers (2020) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/04/28/lubitsch/ Join our weekly movie parties on Discord: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:49:09
April 28, 2021
127. So-Bad-It's-Good
We all know those movies that are so bad you just have to watch them, and today Alex and Jonathan are talking through the history of these terribly good films with Plan 9 From Outer Space (1957), Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010), Sharknado (2013), and The VelociPastor (2018). We discuss the role intention plays in the final product of art, different approaches to a limitation of resources, and what draws us to bad movies in the first place. Skip to: 11:22 – Plan 9 From Outer Space 31:03 – Birdemic 46:35 – Sharknado 1:06:29 – The VelociPastor 1:30:50 – Overall 1:40:17 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions Ninotchka (1939) The Shop Around the Corner (1940) To Be or Not to Be (1942) Heaven Can Wait (1943) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/03/31/sobaditsgood Join our weekly movie parties on Discord: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:45:10
March 31, 2021
126. Adapting Austen
For the first episode of season 5, Alex and Jonathan take a look at the many and on-going adaptations of the works of Jane Austen. The specific adaptations we'll be talking about are Sense and Sensibility (1995), Northanger Abbey (2007), Love & Friendship (2016), and Emma. (2020). We discuss the changing style of period pieces, adapting the novel format to film, and the lasting impact of Jane Austen's characters and stories on literature and film. Skip to: 16:45 – Sense and Sensibility 37:56 – Northanger Abbey 46:49 – Love & Friendship 1:03:35 – Emma. 1:29:43 – Overall 1:37:01 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Plan 9 From Outer Space (1957) Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) Sharknado (2013) The VelociPastor (2018) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/03/03/austen Join our weekly movie parties on Discord: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:47:27
March 03, 2021
125. The End of the World
To wrap up the fourth season of the Filmlings Podcast Alex and Jonathan take a look at three films taking different angles on the downfall of the world as we know it in 28 Days Later... (2002), Children of Men (2006), and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). We discuss apocalyptic worldbuilding, themes inherent to the apocalyptic subgenre, and various levels of complexity within the storytelling. Skip to: 6:32 – 28 Days Later... 26:08 – Children of Men 50:18 – Mad Max: Fury Road 1:20:09 – Overall 1:28:16 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Season 5 coming February 2021 For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/12/08/end-of-the-world Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:32:37
December 08, 2020
124. Silver Screen Sports: Documentary Dreams
For the final installment of the Silver Screen Sports series Alex and Jonathan look at three documentaries that cover a range of sports: Tokyo Olympiad (1965), Hoop Dreams (1994), and Senna (2010). We discuss three different approaches to the creation of a documentary, the difference between fictional and non-fictional representation of sports, and the appeal of watching sport in any medium. Skip to: 3:12 – Tokyo Olympiad 25:39 – Hoop Dreams 49:58 – Senna 1:07:02 – Overall 1:15:20 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: 28 Days Later… (2002) Children of Men (2006) Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/11/24/sport-doc/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:19:57
November 24, 2020
123. One Last Job
In another deep dive into a fairly narrow sub-genre, Alex and Jonathan crack the code on heist films by looking at Rififi (1955), Ocean's Eleven (1960), and Inception (2010). We talk about the origins and draw of heist films, the way the activity of a heist lends itself to storytelling, and how to modify the basic structure to add depth and heighten character development. Skip to: 8:54 – Rififi 33:36 – Ocean's Eleven 46:59 – Inception 1:13:17 – Overall 1:24:39 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Tokyo Olympiad (1965) Hoop Dreams (1994) Senna (2010) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/11/10/heist/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:29:02
November 10, 2020
122. Subtle Satyajit
As a contrast to the majority of Indian film covered on the podcast so far, today Alex and Jonathan look at the works of Satyajit Ray in Pather Panchali (1955), Charulata (1964), and Nayak: The Hero (1966). We discuss what makes Ray stand out from other Indian films we’ve covered, how Ray is able to capture the specific and universal aspects of Indian life, and the importance of studying a broad range of stories. Skip to: 7:46 – Pather Panchali 24:40 – Charulata 39:17 – Nayak: The Hero 58:44 – Overall 1:06:30 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Rififi (1955) Ocean's Eleven (1960) Inception (2010) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/10/27/satyajit/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:11:02
October 27, 2020
121. Rueful Ramsay
The Patrons voted on what contemporary female director we should talk about and the winner was Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay! So today Alex and Jonathan talk about her films Ratcatcher (1999), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), and You Were Never Really Here (2017). We discuss Ramsay's very personal and close-to-home debut feature, the themes of adolescence and mortality, and alternative filmmaker financing structures. Skip to: 6:57 – Ratcatcher 31:56 – We Need to Talk About Kevin 1:00:13 – You Were Never Really Here 1:25:41 – Overall 1:37:29 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Pather Panchali (1955) Charulata (1964) Nayak: The Hero (1966) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/10/13/ramsay/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:42:60
October 13, 2020
120. 3:10 2 3:10 to Yuma
In a long-time-coming episode, Alex and Jonathan talk about the two existing film adaptations of Elmore Leonard's short western story '3:10 to Yuma': 3:10 to Yuma (1957) and 3:10 to Yuma (2007). We discuss differences and similarities in the story between the two, ways the two films indicate changing cinematic sensibilities over fifty years, and how to respectfully remake existing material. Skip to: 12:29 – 3:10 to Yuma (1957) 35:59 – 3:10 to Yuma (2007) 1:04:00 – Overall 1:14:59 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Ratcatcher (1999) We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) You Were Never Really Here (2017) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/09/29/yuma/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:18:05
September 29, 2020
119. Gallant Gilliam
One of the more behind-the-scenes members of the Monty Python group takes the spotlight today as Alex and Jonathan take a look at Terry Gilliam's "Imagination Trilogy": Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). We talk about Gilliam's larger-than-life approach to fantasy, when his story structure lives up to the fantasy approach and when it doesn't, and his recurring struggle with creating films for various studios. Skip to: 5:50 – Time Bandits 22:14 – Brazil 37:06 – The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 50:59 – Overall 1:04:00 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: 3:10 to Yuma (1957) 3:10 to Yuma (2007) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/09/15/gilliam/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:07:13
September 15, 2020
118. Taiwanese New Wave
The seemingly small but poignant movement of the Taiwanese New Wave is in the spotlight today as Alex and Jonathan take a look at A City of Sadness (1989), Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), Yi Yi (2000). We discuss the atmospheric tone of the films, the introduction of humor to the second Taiwanese new wave, and the various family dramas depicted across these films. Skip to: 5:17 – A City of Sadness 24:44 – Eat Drink Man Woman 40:52 – Yi Yi 1:10:04 – Overall 1:17:46 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Time Bandits (1981) Brazil (1985) The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/09/01/taiwanese-new-wave/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:21:21
September 01, 2020
117. Silver Screen Sports: Individual Glory
Following up on Episode 109 about team sports, Alex and Jonathan step into the ring and tackle three films about individual sports: Rocky (1976), Chariots of Fire (1981), and The Rider (2017). We discuss what makes an underdog story so powerful, when a sports movie falls short of being greater than the sum of its parts, and blending documentary and fiction to create a story about real inner conflict. Skip to: 4:52 – Rocky 22:49 – Chariots of Fire 37:37 – The Rider 58:03 – Overall 1:04:27 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: A City of Sadness (1989) Eat Drink Man Woman (1995) Yi Yi (2000) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/08/18/individual-sports/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:07:17
August 18, 2020
116. ...Ozu
Our Patrons voted on which of the directors we touched on in our Season 1 World Tour we should do a deep dive on and the winner was the essential Japanese director Yasujirô Ozu. We look at his films Late Spring (1949), Floating Weeds (1959), and An Autumn Afternoon (1962). We talk about the common themes across Ozu's films, his use of poetic and transcendental filmmaking style, and Ozu's cinematic legacy that continues to this day. Skip to: 12:00 – Late Spring 39:27 – Floating Weeds 1:00:28 – An Autumn Afternoon 1:15:00 – Overall 1:27:54 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Rocky (1976) Chariots of Fire (1981) The Rider (2017) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/08/04/ozu/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:30:38
August 04, 2020
115. Killing in Serial
The inexplicable draw towards the dark and twisted psyche of serial killers is the focus today as Alex and Jonathan talk about three films revolving around killers real and fictional, The Night of the Hunter (1955), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Zodiac (2007). We discuss elements that give depth to an otherwise sensational subject matter, the various portrayals of the legal process, and why we tend to be so infatuated with the darkest sides of humanity. Skip to: 3:47 – The Night of the Hunter 27:01 – The Silence of the Lambs 45:27 – Zodiac 1:04:51 – Overall 1:10:31 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Late Spring (1949) Floating Weeds (1959) An Autumn Afternoon (1962) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/07/21/serial-killers/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:14:54
July 21, 2020
114. The Movie Brats and the Modern Blockbuster
Near the end of the American New Wave a group of filmmakers burst on Hollywood with a distinct style and they have since been named "The Movie Brats." Today Alex and Jonathan discuss three films from this group: Jaws (1975), Apocalypse Now (1979), The Untouchables (1987). We talk about how Golden Age Hollywood and the American New Wave impacted these films, the innovations brought to the table by the Brats, and how these directors pointed cinema to the current era of blockbusters. Skip to: 6:44 – Jaws 36:29 – Apocalypse Now 56:58 – The Untouchables 1:16:59 – Overall 1:32:27 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Night of the Hunter (1955) The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Zodiac (2007) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/07/07/movie-brats/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:34:39
July 07, 2020
113. Music and Manipulation Feat. Jason Harden
Music and movies have always been linked, but today Jason Harden joins the show once again to talk with Alex and Jonathan about three films which detail the life of three modern music legends, What's Love Got to Do with It (1993), Ray (2004), and Love & Mercy (2014). We talk about when depicting a person's trauma goes too far, the appeal of seeing the creation of music on screen, and the importance of treating the narrative of real people's lives with a dose of Love and Mercy. Skip to: 6:44 – What's Love Got to Do with It 31:11 – Ray 53:56 – Love & Mercy 1:27:09 – Overall 1:42:02 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Jaws (1975) Apocalypse Now (1979) The Untouchables (1987) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/06/23/music-biopics/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:45:52
June 23, 2020
112. Mother Lupino
From acting, to starting her own production company, to directing both film and television, Alex and Jonathan take a look at the extensive career of Ida Lupino in Hollywood's golden age through her work in High Sierra (1941), The Hitch-Hiker (1953), and The Trouble with Angels (1966). We discuss her popular acting persona as the femme fatale, her pioneering work in independent cinema, and the heart she brought to her later comedy work. Skip to: 14:28 – High Sierra 29:20 – The Hitch-Hiker 49:41 – The Trouble with Angels 1:06:44 – Overall 1:12:06 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: What's Love Got to Do with It (1993) Ray (2004) Love and Mercy (2014) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/06/09/lupino/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:14:37
June 09, 2020
111. Dorothy Arzner's Due
Dorothy Arzner is one of the largest names in the history of Hollywood's female directors, so today Alex and Jonathan look at the themes and relationships in her films Get Your Man (1927), Merrily We Go to Hell (1932), and Dance, Girl, Dance (1940). We talk about how romance differs in Arzner's films from other directors' work, how her films relate to the production code throughout her career, and ways her career has influenced directors and films to come. Skip to: 9:16 – Get Your Man 32:47 – Merrily We Go to Hell 58:47 – Dance, Girl, Dance 1:21:17 – Overall 1:27:35 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: High Sierra (1942) The Hitch-Hiker (1953) The Trouble With Angels (1966) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/05/26/arzner/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:31:24
May 26, 2020
110. Blank-Face Buster
Our Patrons voted on what silent film star we should cover and chose the great Buster Keaton! We look at three of his classic films: Sherlock Jr. (1924), The General (1926), The Cameraman (1928) and talk about the way Keaton melds comedy into various genres, hallmarks of Keaton's characters and techniques, and ways we still see his influence in modern entertainment. Skip to: 9:02 – Sherlock Jr. 31:17 – The General 49:35 – The Cameraman 1:03:33 – Overall 1:15:51 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Get Your Man (1927) Merrily We Go to Hell (1932) Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/05/12/buster-keaton/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:23:04
May 12, 2020
109. Silver Screen Sports: No I in Team
To kick off a new mini-series of podcast episodes this season, Alex and Jonathan look at how various team sports are portrayed in the films Field of Dreams (1989), Remember the Titans (2000), and Invictus (2009). We discuss the ways sports are used in film to bring people together on various levels, the effectiveness of adding fantasy to sports movies, and what is needed to elevate a film out of the pit of cliches. Skip to: 4:06 – Field of Dreams 32:01 – Remember the Titans 57:14 – Invictus 1:17:53 – Overall 1:28:14 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Sherlock Jr. (1924) The General (1926) The Cameraman (1928) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/04/28/team-sports/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:33:08
April 28, 2020
108. Pandemic Panic
There haven't been a lot of movies about pandemics, yet, but today Alex and Jonathan take a look at the various ways they have been done in the past, specifically in Outbreak (1995), Contagion (2011), and Flu (2013). We talk about the ways pandemic movies suffer from having a defined genre, what they might look like in the future, and how our current pandemic is affecting the current state of filmmaking in the US. Skip to: 4:55 – Outbreak 23:55 – Contagion 50:28 – Flu 1:11:13 – Overall 1:36:53 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Field of Dreams (1989) Remember the Titans (2000) Invictus (2009) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/pandemic-panic/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:42:13
April 14, 2020
107. Brutal Beasts Feat. Aaron Johnson
Friend of the podcast Aaron Johnson joins the show today to talk about three animated films from Europe about various animals: Watership Down (1978), The Plague Dogs (1982), and Felidae (1994). We discuss how animals are used to depict very mature thematic stories, the distinction between Martin Rosen's animation style and the classic Disney look, and ways American animation could incorporate darker thematic elements. Skip to: 12:09 – Watership Down 35:11 – The Plague Dogs 59:00 – Felidae 1:14:50 – Overall 1:29:28 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Outbreak (1995) Contagion (2011) Flu (2013) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/03/31/brutal-beasts/ Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:33:33
March 31, 2020
106. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and Meg Ryan and Meg Ryan
Our Patrons recently voted on what two oft-paired actors we should cover and decided on Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan! Alex and Jonathan talk about the only three films starring the two: Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), and You've Got Mail (1998) and discuss the evolution of romantic comedies in the 90s, hallmarks of Nora Ephron films, and the performances of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and Meg Ryan and Meg Ryan. Skip to: 3:56 – Joe Versus the Volcano 25:52 – Sleepless in Seattle 48:48 – You've Got Mail 1:08:55 – Overall 1:28:05 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Watership Down (1978) The Plague Dogs (1982) Felidae (1994) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/03/17/hanks-ryan Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:31:25
March 17, 2020
105. WWII: Reflection
As the WWII series comes to a close Alex and Jonathan take a very somber look at three documentaries looking back on the war — specifically in the areas of the Holocaust and the atomic bombing of Japan — in Night and Fog (1956), Shoah (1985), and White Light/Black Rain (2007). We discuss the different forms of storytelling voice across these films, the timely nature of their creation, and the importance of films of this nature existing at all after world-shaking events of any kind. Skip to: 5:13 – Night and Fog 18:50 – Shoah 46:16 – White Light/Black Rain 1:03:33 – Overall 1:11:02 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) Sleepless in Seattle (1993) You've Got Mail (1998) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/03/03/wwii-reflection Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:13:22
March 03, 2020
104. WWII: Drama
Continuing through our exploration of WWII, Alex and Jonathan turn the focus to the civilian level in Europe and look at the dramatic films Paisan (1946), Army of Shadows (1969), and Schindler's List (1993). We discuss the uniqueness of films being made in the immediate aftermath of the war, the difference in tone between war drama films and war action films, and how drama films give us an intimate look into the lives and minds of those living through one of history's greatest tragedies. Skip to: 4:36 – Paisan 25:04 – Army of Shadows 45:56 – Schindler's List 1:10:56 – Overall 1:21:00 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Night and Fog (1956) Shoah (1985) White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2003) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/02/18/wwii-drama Support the Show! Patreon: https://patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:23:12
February 18, 2020
103. WWII: Action
In the third installment of our World War II series we finally get to the films showing the actual conflict across the various fronts of the war in The Great Escape (1963), Come and See (1985), and The Thin Red Line (1998). We talk about how WWII action films present the horrors of war from different perspectives, ways that a film can raise philosophical questions while showing historical events, and the importance of war films for our historical consciousness. Skip to: 4:36 – The Great Escape 23:54 – Come and See 39:42 – The Thin Red Line 1:02:38 – Overall 1:11:07 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Paisan (1946) Army of Shadows (1969) Schindler's List (1993) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/02/04/wwii-action Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:15:44
February 04, 2020
102. WWII: People and Politics
Moving from propaganda to three stories of the decision makers in WWII, Alex and Jonathan take a look at the bio pics Patton (1970), The King's Speech (2010), and Darkest Hour (2017). We talk about how each film balances the politics with the subject, the evolving style of biopics, and why biopics from WWII seem to primarily be about recognizable figures. Skip to: 8:36 - Patton 25:21 - The King's Speech 41:58 - Darkest Hour 1:00:36 - Overall 1:09:08 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Great Escape (1963) Come and See (1985) The Thin Red Line (1998) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/01/21/wwii-people-politics Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:14:04
January 21, 2020
101. WWII: Propaganda
Season 4 of the podcast is kicking off with a deep-dive into the cinema before, during, and after World War II. For the first installment Alex and Jonathan look at the propaganda of the war in Triumph of the Will (1935), Why We Fight: Prelude to War (1942), and Momotaro, Sacred Sailors (1945). We talk about the importance of propaganda in forming an argument, ways that propaganda can backfire, and how propaganda has evolved post-WWII. Skip to: 9:39 - Triumph of the Will 25:00 - Prelude to War 40:22 - Momotaro 52:26 - Overall 1:08:05 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Patton (1970) The King's Speech (2010) Darkest Hour (2017) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/wwii-propaganda Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:15:02
January 07, 2020
100. Not Quite Christmas
To end the fourth season of the show Alex and Jonathan talk about three films that relate to Christmas but might not be considered your traditional "Christmas movie:" Gremlins (1984), Lethal Weapon (1987), and Hook (1991). We talk about what really makes a Christmas movie, how formerly niche genres have slowly crept into the mainstream over time, and how Steven Spielberg was largely responsible for that. Skip to: 5:24 - Gremlins 31:05 - Lethal Weapon 42:03 - Hook 58:19 - Overall 1:05:41 - Coming Attractions Stay tuned for Season 4 in January! For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/not-christmas Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:09:56
December 10, 2019
99. You've Probably Heard of this One Before
After nearly a hundred episodes, Alex and Jonathan finally get around to some of the biggest films in cinema history, specifically in the romance genre. We take a look at Gone with the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942), and West Side Story (1961) and discuss the effect of the studio system on large budget productions, elements that make a successful movie beyond the studio system, and the timeless appeal of tragic romance. Skip to: 8:12 – Gone with the Wind 44:41 – Casablanca 1:03:48 – West Side Story 1:28:06 – Overall 1:35:51 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Gremlins (1984) Lethal Weapon (1987) Big (1988) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/11/26/youve-heard-this-one Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:39:07
November 26, 2019
98. The Bluthian Blues Feat. Jason Harden
Friend of the podcast Jason Harden joins the show once again to talk with Alex and Jonathan about the animation of Don Bluth in The Secret of NIMH (1982), The Land Before Time (1988), and Anastasia (1997). We discuss Bluth's beginnings with his short film Banjo the Woodpile Cat (1979), the darker tone in his films than most animated entertainment, the ways his animation differed from the Disney films of that time. Skip to: 21:03 – The Secret of NIMH 44:02 – The Land Before Time 1:01:01 – Anastasia 1:19:13 – Overall 1:29:09 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Gone with the Wind (1939) Casablanca (1942) West Side Story (1961) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/11/12/bluth Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:33:38
November 12, 2019
97. Creepy Carpenter
In the spirit of Halloween, Alex and Jonathan look at the works of John Carpenter, one of the most iconic names in the contemporary horror genre. We watch Halloween (1978), Escape from New York (1981), and The Thing (1982) and discuss the origins of modern horror tropes, world-building, and stellar practical effects. Skip to: 8:37 – Halloween 32:03 – Escape from New York 49:03 – The Thing 1:13:09 – Overall 1:16:45 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Secret of NIMH (1982) The Land Before Time (1988) Anastasia (1997) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/carpenter Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:19:40
October 29, 2019
96. Pickford's Power: The First Queen of Hollywood
Our Patrons voted on which silent film star we should cover, so today Alex and Jonathan look into Mary Pickford's incredibly influential career in front of and behind the camera. We watch The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), Sparrows (1926), and Coquette (1929) and discuss the "little girl" persona often portrayed by Pickford, the extent of her star power, and possible reasons why she's no longer quite as recognizable as other silent film stars like Charlie Chaplin. Skip to: 17:37 – The Poor Little Rich Girl 36:33 – Sparrows 55:13 – Coquette 1:06:28 – Overall 1:14:54 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Halloween (1976) Escape from New York (1981) The Thing (1982) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/pickford Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:20:58
October 15, 2019
95. Films de Femmes Trois: Elaine May
Heavens! Today Alex and Jonathan wrap up the Films de Femmes series and look at the varied career of the well-rounded filmmaker and entertainer Elaine May in her films A New Leaf (1971), Mikey and Nicky (1976), and Ishtar (1987). We talk about her background in improvisational comedy, her range of directing styles from comedy to tragedy, and her frequent difficulties working under Hollywood studios. Skip to: 8:00 – A New Leaf 28:33 – Mikey and Nicky 52:28 – Ishtar 1:13:27 – Overall 1:19:04 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) Sparrows (1926) Coquette (1929) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/may Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:23:30
October 01, 2019
94. Huston's Hollywood
The grand human dramas of Golden Age director John Huston are the topic today as Alex and Jonathan look at The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), and The Man Who Would Be King (1975). We talk about how Huston incorporates real life experience into his writing and directing, how he blends characters and themes, and various technical aspects of Huston's directing. Skip to: 10:52 – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 37:55 – The Asphalt Jungle 1:00:00 – The Man Who Would Be King 1:22:07 – Overall 1:34:10 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: A New Leaf (1971) Mikey and Nicky (1976) Ishtar (1987) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/huston Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:38:22
September 17, 2019
93. Little Shop of Remakes
Our Patrons voted recently on what film remake they'd like to hear more about so Alex and Jonathan get into the weird world of Roger Corman's sci-fi classic The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and Frank Oz's musical remake Little Shop of Horrors (1986). We talk about the way Roger Corman mixes comedy and horror to create a successful b-movie, how a story changes with the addition of music, and how adaptation can breathe new life into otherwise forgotten media. Skip to: 6:50 – The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) 34:02 – Little Shop of Horrors (1986) 1:02:24 – Overall 1:15:15 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) The Asphalt Jungle (1950) The Man Who Would Be King (1975) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/little-shop Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:19:38
September 03, 2019
92. Swashbucklin' Cinema
The swashbuckling genre takes Alex and Jonathan from medieval England to the Caribbean to a galaxy far far away as we look at The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). We talk about the history of swashbuckling stories, common elements of the genre, and the place that swashbucklers have in modern storytelling. Skip to: 10:54 – The Adventures of Robin Hood 32:15 – The Empire Strikes Back 59:02 – Pirates of the Caribbean 1:31:00 – Overall 1:42:21 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions VOTE NOW: https://www.patreon.com/posts/remakes-poll-28251638 For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/swashbucklin Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:48:41
August 20, 2019
91. Quintessential Quentin Feat. Hayden Chauffe
Jonathan sits down with Hayden Chauffe today to discuss the career of the modern filmmaker's filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino, in the films Reservoir Dogs (1992), Inglourious Basterds (2009), and The Hateful Eight (2015). We talk about Tarantino's literary story structure, the controversies that tend to follow his films, and the way he breaks various rules of filmmaking for effect. Skip to: 15:38 – Reservoir Dogs 38:57 – Inglourious Basterds 1:19:09 – The Hateful Eight 1:43:58 – Overall 1:52:40 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/tarantino Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:55:46
August 06, 2019
90. The American New Wave
After the studio system ended in the 1960s a new era of American cinema was born known as the American New Wave. Today Alex and Jonathan take a look at three milestones of that era: Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The French Connection (1971), and The Deer Hunter (1978). We talk about how Bonnie and Clyde took advantage of the relaxed production codes, the introduction of auteur styles in American film, and how the American New Wave gave rise to the current state of blockbuster film. Skip to: 13:37 – Bonnie and Clyde 30:40 – The French Connection 49:57 – The Deer Hunter 1:11:18 – Overall 1:25:20 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Reservoir Dogs (1992) Inglorious Basterds (2009) The Hateful Eight (2015) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/american-new-wave Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:28:48
July 23, 2019
89. Films de Femmes Deux: Agnes Varda
Continuing our series focusing on female filmmakers, Alex and Jonathan take a look at the narrative and documentary career of French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda in her films Le Bonheur (1965), The Gleaners & I (2000), and Faces Places (2017). We talk about Varda's capacity for biting social commentary, her empathy for her documentary subjects, and the ways she infuses her own personality and introspection into every film she makes. Skip to: 7:40 – Le Bonheur 30:00 – The Gleaners & I 51:10 – Faces Places 1:07:32 – Overall 1:18:12 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Bonnie and Clyde (1967) The French Connection (1971) The Deer Hunter (1978) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/varda Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:23:10
July 09, 2019
88. Jackson's Journey
Alex and Jonathan trace the ever-maturing career of Peter Jackson through his films Bad Taste (1987), Heavenly Creatures (1994), and They Shall Not Grow Old (2018). We discuss the potential that young filmmakers can show in early, low-budget films, how Jackson adds his fantasy flare to a true-crime story, and the evolution of his dramatic sensibilities across his career. EXTRA! EXTRA! For more on Peter Jackson, we're offering a complete set of commentaries recorded by both Alex and Jonathan which cover the entire extended edition Lord of the Rings trilogy to anyone who donates at least the minimum contributions on our Patreon or Ko-fi accounts until the end of the 2019 season of the podcast! Skip to: 6:28 – Bad Taste 27:32 – Heavenly Creatures 56:20 – They Shall Not Grow Old 1:14:30 – Overall 1:26:57 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Le Bonheur (1965) The Gleaners and I (2000) Faces Places (2017) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/jacksons-journey Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:31:16
June 25, 2019
87. Disney Doesn't Die Feat. Aaron Johnson
Resident animaniac Aaron Johnson joins Alex and Jonathan today to talk about a very particular period in the history of Disney animation in The Black Caudron (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and The Little Mermaid (1989). We talk about how The Black Cauldron almost killed Disney, the homages and innovations of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and how The Little Mermaid kicked off the Disney renaissance. Skip to: 7:12 – The Black Cauldron 23:07 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit 39:55 – The Little Mermaid 1:06:05 – Overall 1:21:44 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Bad Taste (1987) Heavenly Creatures (1994) They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/disney-doesnt-die/ Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:31:33
June 11, 2019
86. Family Feud
Our Patreon family has come together to choose the topic this week, so Alex and Jonathan are looking at just that, family, in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Incredibles (2004), and The Road (2009). We talk about dysfunctional families, the way films help us to open up and become closer to our family, and the distinction between how we live and the values we try to pass to the next generation. Skip to: 6:15 – The Royal Tenenbaums 27:48 – The Incredibles 54:37 – The Road 1:15:58 – Overall 1:23:56 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Black Cauldron (1986) Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) The Little Mermaid (1989) Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5YpTIzXka9w For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/05/28/family Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:28:14
May 28, 2019
85. Wreaking Revenge
Revenge is a universal motivator and today Alex and Jonathan take a look at how it also works to create great stories in Lady Snowblood (1973), Memento (2000), and The Revenant (2015). We talk about the various conclusions about revenge in each movie, creating films that transcend gimmicks, and revenge as an "archegenre" that can encapsulate films in other genres. Skip to: 6:37 – Lady Snowblood 27:20 – Memento 46:16 – The Revenant 1:10:56 – Overall 1:17:49 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) The Incredibles (2004) The Road (2009) For more information visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/revenge Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:22:56
May 14, 2019
84. The New Noir
As a follow up to last season's episode on classic film noir, Alex and Jonathan travel through the evolution of the modern subgenre of neo-noir in The Long Goodbye (1973), L.A. Confidential (1997), and Drive (2011). We discuss ways that noir themes cross over into neo-noir, the ways neo-noir uses violence, and the changing aesthetics of neo-noir. Skip to: 11:54 – The Long Goodbye 34:04 – L.A. Confidential 59:46 – Drive 1:22:19 – Overall 1:29:22 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Lady Snowblood (1973) Memento (2000) The Revenant (2015) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/neo-noir Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:34:56
April 30, 2019
83. Films de Femmes: Sofia Coppola
In the first of a series of episodes focusing on the cinematic contributions of female directors, Alex and Jonathan look at the career of Sofia Coppola in The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost in Translation (2003), and The Beguiled (2017). We talk about Coppola's atmospheric style, the way she presents the relationship between men and women in each film, and how she creates empathy for unsympathetic characters. Skip to: 6:58 – The Virgin Suicides 35:12 – Lost in Translation 1:02:45 – The Beguiled 1:21:32 – Overall 1:29:35 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Long Goodbye (1973) L.A. Confidential (1997) Drive (2011) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/sofia-coppola Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:34:59
April 16, 2019
82. Mighty Preposterous Monty Python
According to our recent poll for our Patrons, today Alex and Jonathan discuss the ridiculous filmography of British comedy group Monty Python: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979), and The Meaning of Life (1983). We discuss the hallmarks of Monty Python's comedy, various ways to create sketch-based films around a theme, and many behind the scenes anecdotes. Skip to: 12:24 – Monty Python and the Holy Grail 37:33 – Life of Brian 1:00:29 – The Meaning of Life 1:18:06 – Overall 1:34:02 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Virgin Suicides (1999) Lost in Translation (2003) The Beguiled (2017) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/monty-python Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:38:57
April 02, 2019
81. An Episode You Can't Refuse Feat. Benjamin Angrisano
Benjamin Angrisano joins Alex and Jonathan once again, this time to take a look at one of the most famous of all film trilogies: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974), and The Godfather: Part III (1990). We talk about the thematic resonance of the series, the ways the third film differs from the first two, and the lasting legacy of the films in cinema history. Skip to: 6:20 – The Godfather 44:57 – The Godfather: Part II 1:04:14 – The Godfather: Part III 1:22:56 – Overall 1:35:14 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Life of Brian (1979) The Meaning of Life (1983) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/03/19/the-godfather Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:39:03
March 19, 2019
80. Poised Poitier
For the first episode to focus on an actor as such, Alex and Jonathan look at three influential leading roles played by Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun (1961), A Patch of Blue (1965), and In the Heat of the Night (1967). We discuss how acting becomes highlighted in a film which is adapted from the stage, the ways that Poitier's roles reflect his own life and values, and how he blazed a trail for modern African American actors. Skip to: 10:54 – A Raisin in the Sun 37:14 – A Patch of Blue 1:02:30 – In the Heat of the Night 1:25:54 – Overall 1:37:27 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Godfather (1972) The Godfather: Part II (1974) The Godfather: Part III (1990) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/03/05/poised-poitier Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:41:35
March 05, 2019
79. SERIOUS SERIES 4: Precocious Pink Panthers
For the final installment of the Serious Series, Alex and Jonathan talk about three films of the Pink Panther comedy franchise: The Pink Panther (1963), A Shot in the Dark (1964), and The Pink Panther (2006). We discuss about how the focus of the franchise changed with the reception of the first film, the way the character of Inspector Clouseau becomes more distinct over time, and how a franchise can eventually fizzle out completely. Skip to: 11:34 – The Pink Panther (1963) 34:16 – A Shot in the Dark 1:02:20 – The Pink Panther (2006) 1:21:56 – Overall 1:36:16 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: A Raisin in the Sun (1961) A Patch of Blue (1965) In the Heat of the Night (1967) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/pink-panther Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:41:49
February 19, 2019
78. SERIOUS SERIES 3: Gargantuan Godzilla Generations
A true giant of film history is our focus this week as Alex and Jonathan take on three films from different eras of the Godzilla franchise: Godzilla (1954), Godzilla vs. King Ghidora (1991), and Godzilla (2014) (with a special shoutout to Shin Godzilla (2016)). We talk about the post-war fears in the themes of the original film, the campy monster films that the series became for many years, and how the modern iterations have attempted to bring the series back to life. Skip to: 16:56 – Godzilla (1954) 38:24 – Godzilla vs. King Ghidora 1:03:06 – Godzilla (2014) 1:23:27 – Overall 1:46:06 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Pink Panther (1963) A Shot in the Dark (1964) The Pink Panther (2006) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/godzilla/ Support the Show! Patreon: patreon.com/thefilmlings Ko-fi: ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:50:45
February 05, 2019
77. SERIOUS SERIES 2: Primate Planet Pandemonium
Alex and Jonathan are thrown into the madhouse world of Pierre Boulle's Planet of the Apes this week as we look at three reboots of the popular franchise: Planet of the Apes (1968), Planet of the Apes (2001), and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). We talk about how the original series balanced spectacle and thematic weight, where the 2001 adaptation misses the mark, and how the most recent series of reboots takes themes from the original series and puts them in a modern context. Skip to: 8:44 – Planet of the Apes (1968) 28:43 – Planet of the Apes (2001) 44:40 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 1:07:23 – Overall 1:28:16 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Godzilla (1954) Godzilla vs. King Ghidora (1991) Godzilla (2014) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/01/22/pota Support the show! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheFilmlings Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:32:52
January 22, 2019
76. SERIOUS SERIES 1: Being Bond, James Bond
To kick off Season 3 of the podcast, Alex and Jonathan are starting a series of episodes about some of cinema's most influential and long-last film series. First up is the James Bond franchise with From Russia with Love (1963), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and Skyfall (2012). We talk about the origins of the James Bond character, the consistent elements of the franchise, and how each portrayal of the character has changed his image in the public's imagination. Skip to: 15:30 – From Russia With Love 34:48 – The Spy Who Loved Me 1:00:51 – Skyfall 1:20:11 – Overall 1:31:19 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Planet of the Apes (1968) Planet of the Apes (2001) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/bond Support the show! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheFilmlings Ko-fi: https://Ko-fi.com/thefilmlings
01:37:16
January 08, 2019
75. A Charles Carol
As the holidays approach and the second season of The Filmlings Podcast comes to an end, Alex and Jonathan take a look at three different adaptations of Charles Dickens' classic story in A Christmas Carol (1951), Scrooged (1988), and A Christmas Carol (2009). We discuss adaptations driven by performance, shock value, and graphics appeals, why each of us love different versions of the story, and what makes the story so timeless. We also give big announcements about season 3 of The Filmlings at the end of the episode! Skip to: 9: 37 – A Christmas Carol (1951) 26:30 – Scrooged 39:52 – A Christmas Carol (2009) 1:04:05 – Overall 1:12:10 – Coming Attractions 1:16:18 – Announcements Coming Attractions: From Russia with Love (1963) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Skyfall (2012) For more information, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/a-charles-carol
01:25:56
December 11, 2018
74. Kolorowy Kieślowski
In a special video episode, Alex and Jonathan discuss the highly stylized and thematic films of Krzysztof Kieślowski, specifically his Three Colors Trilogy: Three Colors: Blue (1993), Three Colors: White (1994), and Three Colors: Red (1994). We talk about conveying emotion through visual rhetoric, connecting films through theme rather than narrative, and movies that stick with you long after the fade to black. Skip to: 8:05 – Blue 29:04 – White 40:23 – Red 59:44 – Overall 1:11:31 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: A Christmas Carol (1951) Scrooged (1988) A Christmas Carol (2009) Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/3hDVVQuivgI For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/kolorowy-kieslowski
01:16:14
November 27, 2018
73. Tall Tales
"Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles..." This week Alex and Jonathan discuss three movies about the act and importance of storytelling: The Princess Bride (1987), Big Fish (2003), and The Fall (2006). We discuss the various ways that stories impact our lives, crafting a plot structured around a story-within-a-story, and creating a visual representation of imagination. Skip to: 5:59 – The Princess Bride 23:14 – Big Fish 40:52 – The Fall 58:26 – Overall 1:05:59 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Three Colors: Red (1993) Three Colors: White (1994) Three Colors: Blue (1994) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/tall-tales
01:09:44
November 13, 2018
72. Bloody Burton Feat. Jason Harden
In proper Halloween spirit, Alex and Jonathan invite Jason Harden back to the podcast to talk about some of the darker films by director Tim Burton: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sleepy Hollow (1999), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). They discuss the way Tim Burton blends dark and whimsical tones, the evolution of Johnny Depp's roles, and how threads of Burton's current films can be found even in some of his earliest. Skip to: 5:28 – Edward Scissorhands 16:52 – Sleepy Hollow 27:44 – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 47:14 – Overall 58:47 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Princess Bride (1987) Big Fish (2003) The Fall (2006) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/bloody-burton
01:00:43
October 30, 2018
71. Detectives, Dames, and Deception
Diving into maybe the darkest genre in film-history, Alex and Jonathan take a look at the moral complexity of film noir in The Maltese Falcon (1941), Double Indemnity (1944), and Touch of Evil (1958). We talk about the increasing darkness of the subject matter as the period goes on, common elements like the femme fatale, and the continuing legacy of this classic genre. Skip to: 6:24 – The Maltese Falcon 24:51 – Double Indemnity 39:25 – Touch of Evil 1:05:23 – Overall 1:18:51 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Edward Scissorhands (1990) Sleepy Hollow (1999) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/detectives-dames-deception
01:21:25
October 16, 2018
70. Tricky Tati
When it comes to post-sound era physical comedy, Jaques Tati's character Monsieur Hulot is an inspiration that still resounds today. Alex and Jonathan take a look at the complex scenarios created in Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953), Playtime (1967), and Trafic (1971). We talk about traits of the Hulot character, how Tati built a miniature city, and how he is able to convey specific gags in complexly choreographed wide shots. Skip to: 7:04 – Monsieur Hulot's Holiday 22:25 – Playtime 42:49 – Trafic 57:34 – Overall 1:08:46 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Maltese Falcon (1941) Double Indemnity (1944) Touch of Evil (1958) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/tricky-tati
01:11:46
October 02, 2018
69. A Robotic Retrospective
Alex and Jonathan dive into the history and variety of robot representation in film, specifically in The Terminator (1984), The Iron Giant (1999), and Ex Machina (2014). We discuss the range of robots from violent villains to compassionate characters, the transition from divinely-inspired to human-made, and how robot stories help us anticipate the future. Skip to: 6:55 – The Terminator 22:12 – The Iron Giant 38:59 – Ex Machina 1:00:26 – Overall 1:03:15 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953) Playtime (1967) Trafic (1971) For more information, visit: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/a-robotic-retrospective
01:05:12
September 18, 2018
68 The Artsy Archers: A Portrait of Powell and Pressburger
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's directing team known as "The Archers" is the topic of discussion today as Alex and Jonathan take a look at The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), A Matter of Life and Death (1946), and Black Narcissus (1947). We talk about the way the Archers formed and resolved to make films, how they blend reality and fantasy, and the specific use of color in their films. Skip to: 12:04 – The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 38:19 – A Matter of Life and Death 1:06:31 – Black Narcissus 1:23:34 – Overall 1:37:59 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Terminator (1984) The Iron Giant (1999) Ex Machina (2014) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/the-artsy-archers
01:39:48
September 04, 2018
67. Hundreds of Holmes
The game is afoot this week as Alex and Jonathan take a look at three adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), The Sign of Four (1987), and Sherlock's "A Study in Pink" (2010). We discuss the different personality traits of Sherlock Holmes that are emphasized in each actor, how the portrayal of Watson impacts our view of Holmes, and what makes Sherlock Holmes a character that continues to capture our imaginations. Skip to: 13:39 – The Hound of the Baskervilles 39:13 – The Sign of Four 55:48 – "A Study in Pink" 1:14:51 – Overall 1:23:15 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) A Matter of Life and Death (1946) Black Narcissus (1947) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/hundreds-of-holmes
01:27:46
August 21, 2018
66. Shooting Scorsese Feat. Benjamin Angrisano
Returning guest Benjamin Angrisano joins Alex and Jonathan to discuss the early film collaborations between director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert DeNiro in Mean Streets (1972), Taxi Driver (1976), and Raging Bull (1980). We talk about the American New Wave, recurring themes in Scorsese's work, and DeNiro's ability to adapt to different roles. Skip to: 7:17 – Mean Streets 34:10 – Taxi Driver 1:08:23 – Raging Bull 1:38:40 – Overall 1:45:41 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) The Sign of Four (1987) A Study in Pink (2010) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/shooting-scorsese
01:48:08
August 07, 2018
65. Lengthy Lean
From the frost-bitten landscape of Russia, to the sand-swept dessert of Arabia, David Lean takes Alex and Jonathan across the globe today as we talk about The Bridge on the River Kwai (1959), Lawrence of Arabia (1965), and Doctor Zhivago (1965). We discuss the dichotomy of intimate character studies in grand political settings, using film technique to convey theme, and Lean's working relationship with Alec Guinness. Skip to: 11:02 – The Bridge on the River Kwai 30:55 – Lawrence of Arabia 53:16 – Doctor Zhivago 1:08:57 – Overall 1:19:22 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Mean Streets (1973) Taxi Driver (1976) Raging Bull (1980) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/lengthy-lean
01:20:56
July 24, 2018
64. Sequel Syndrome
When a film is successful, the natural next step is to make another one, which may or may not also be successful. Today Alex and Jonathan talk about the varying quality of sequels and look at Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and The Dark Knight (2008). We discuss the repeatability of sequels, ending on a "dot dot dot", and sequels that can be viewed on their own while also serving as a bridge in a finite story arc. Skip to: 7:01 – Rambo: First Blood Part II 20:25 – The Matrix Reloaded 46:12 – The Dark Knight 1:04:10 – Overall 1:14:17– Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Dr. Zhivago (1965) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/sequel-syndrome
01:16:32
July 10, 2018
63. Hepburn vs. Hepburn: Round 3 – Stay Alive
For the final episode in the Hepburn vs. Hepburn series, Alex and Jonathan discuss The African Queen (1951) starring Katharine Hepburn, and Charade (1963) starring Audrey Hepburn. We talk about Katharine's return to Hollywood and career after being "over the hill," Audrey's ability to mix comedy and fear, and how these films mark the end of an era in Hollywood. Skip to: 4:05 – The African Queen 23:51 – Charade 43:02 – Overall 52:43 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) The Matrix Reloaded (2003) The Dark Knight (2008) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/hepburn-vs-hepburn-3
56:23
June 26, 2018
62. Mounting Mockumentaries
Following up podcast Episode 47: Dauntless Documentaries Alex and Jonathan take on the spin-off genre of mockumentaries and look at This is Spinal Tap (1984), Best in Show (2000), and What We Do in the Shadows (2014). We talk about the origins of the genre, benefits non-fiction filmmaking can gain from the documentary format, and the appeal of mockumentaries outside of the feature film medium. Skip to: 7:23 – This is Spinal Tap 21:30 – Best in Show 35:54 – What We Do in the Shadows 46:47 – Overall 56:20 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The African Queen (1951) Charade (1963) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/mounting-mockumentaries
58:31
June 12, 2018
61. Wunderkind Welles
One of the biggest names in film history is the subject of today's podcast as Alex and Jonathan discuss the ups and downs of the career of Orson Welles and look at Citizen Kane (1941), Chimes at Midnight (1965), and F for Fake (1973). We talk about the legacy of Citizen Kane, the many controversies Welles' was involved in, and his connection to the various characters he played in his own films. Skip to: 9:15 – Citizen Kane 33:19 – Chimes at Midnight 45:11 – F for Fake 56:10 – Overall 1:03:27 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: This is Spinal Tap (1984) Best in Show (2000) What We Do in the Shadows (2014) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/wunderkind-welles
01:04:55
May 29, 2018
60. Wild Westerns
In a long overdue genre episode, Alex and Jonathan take a journey through the western films of Hollywood's history and talk about Stagecoach (1941), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), and Django Unchained (2012). We discuss the various themes explored in westerns over time, controversies associated with western depictions of race, and the ways that specific genres go in and out of cultural prominence over time. Skip to: 3:09 – Stagecoach 19:38 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 36:56 – Django Unchained 50:49 – Overall 1:00:49 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Citizen Kane (1941) Chimes at Midnight (1965) F for Fake (1973) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/wild-westerns
01:03:02
May 15, 2018
59. Bonkers Brooks Feat. Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson, the podcast's inaugural guest, joins Alex and Jonathan again today to discuss the parodical world of Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), and High Anxiety (1977). We talk about Brook's way of parodying different forms of film, using meta-humor, and his split love for directing and performing. Skip to: 4:34 – Blazing Saddles 23:11 – Young Frankenstein 37:56 – High Anxiety 53:38 – Overall 1:01:07 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Stagecoach (1939) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) Django Unchained (2012) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/bonkers-brooks
01:04:44
May 01, 2018
58. Hepburn vs. Hepburn: Round 2 – The Cukor Corner
The listeners responded to our latest Twitter polls to decide what films Alex and Jonathan should discuss starring Katharine and Audrey Hepburn, and the result was two films both directed by George Cukor: The Philadelphia Story (1940), and My Fair Lady (1964). We discuss what it means to be a "woman's director," how Cukor approaches various romantic character dynamics, and how each of these films relate to the background of their respective leading ladies. Skip to: 09:44 – The Philadelphia Story 31:33 – My Fair Lady 49:59 – Overall 55:17 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Blazing Saddles (1974) Young Frankenstein (1974) High Anxiety (1977) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/hepburn-vs-hepburn-2
58:18
April 17, 2018
57. Scott's Scope
Alex and Jonathan are entertained this week by the wide variety of genres that Ridley Scott has been able to tackle as we watch Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000), and Black Hawk Down (2001). We talk about how Scott incorporates themes into blockbuster entertainment, his technical fingerprint across genres, and his continuing body of work and influence. Skip to: 3:12 – Blade Runner 24:50 – Gladiator 47:18 – Black Hawk Down 1:08:40 – Overall 1:15:33 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Philadelphia Story (1940) My Fair Lady (1964) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/scotts-scope
01:18:35
April 03, 2018
56. Waxing Wuxia
Taking a quick break from American film this week, Alex and Jonathan head back to China and examine three landmark film of the wuxia genre: Dragon Inn (1967), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), House of Flying Daggers (2004). We talk about the traditions of wuxia, the poeticism of the genre, and the various uses of visual effects to aid the storytelling. Skip to: 05:08 – Dragon Inn 23:45 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 37:26 – House of Flying Daggers 59:58 – Overall 1:13:53 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1984) Gladiator (2000) Black Hawk Down (2004) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/waxing-wuxia
01:15:43
March 20, 2018
55. THE HITCH-HIKE: The Hitchcock Touch
At the final stop of the Hitch-Hike Alex and Jonathan look at the versatility and expertise of Alfred Hitchcock's technical prowess in Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954), and The Wrong Man (1956). We discuss Hitchcock's one-take experiment, his ultimate cinematic metaphor, and filming true events. Skip to: 4:48 – Rope 23:57 – Rear Window 59:49 – The Wrong Man 1:13:27 – Overall 1:20:44 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Dragon Inn (1967) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) House of Flying Daggers (2004) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/the-hitchcock-touch
01:23:30
March 06, 2018
54. THE HITCH-HIKE: Villains
The better the villain, the better the picture. Alex and Jonathan put this phrase to the test as they look at the sinister side of Hitchcock's films and discuss the bad guys of Strangers on a Train (1951), Dial M for Murder (1954), and Psycho (1960). We talk about driving a film through its antagonist, keeping dialogue-heavy films interesting, and the right way to do structural and plot twists. Skip to: 3:45 – Strangers on a Train 27:16 – Dial M for Murder 52:22 – Psycho 1:33:25 – Overall 1:38:49 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Rope (1948) Rear Window (1954) The Wrong Man (1956) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/02/20/villains
01:41:38
February 20, 2018
53. THE HITCH-HIKE: Antiheroes
Not all protagonists are good role models. Today Alex and Jonathan look at characters that defy the typical ideas of heroism in Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief (1955), The Trouble with Harry (1955), and Vertigo (1958). We discuss what makes an antihero, the prevalence of antiheroes in comedy films, and how to keep an audience engaged in unlikeable characters. Skip to: 9:28 – To Catch a Thief 38:43 – The Trouble with Harry 57:41 – Vertigo 1:48:15 – Overall 1:55:09 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Strangers on a Train (1951) Dial M for Murder (1954) Psycho (1960) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/antiheroes
01:58:18
February 06, 2018
52. THE HITCH-HIKE: The Women
Blondes, brunettes, and mothers are the focus today and Alex and Jonathan look at the various portrayals of women in the Alfred Hitchcock films Spellbound (1945), The Birds (1963), and Marnie (1964). We discuss the different roles that women fill in Hitchcock's films, retelling a similar story while reversing gender roles, and appropriate/effective treatment of actors on set. Skip to: 2:40 – Spellbound 23:56 – The Birds 52:55 – Marnie 1:18:49 – Overall 1:29:01 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: To Catch a Thief (1955) The Trouble with Harry (1955) Vertigo (1958) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.com/2018/01/23/the-women
01:32:23
January 23, 2018
51. THE HITCH-HIKE: The Wrong Men
To kick off season two of the podcast, Alex and Jonathan are taking five episodes to examine the work and themes of the great Alfred Hitchcock. Today we look at Hitchcock's "wrong man" theme in The Lodger (1927), The 39 Steps (1935), and North by Northwest (1959). We discuss spy thrillers with comedic tone, when Hitchcock reveals and conceals information to the audience, and doubling down on the "wrong man/woman" plot. Skip to: 11:12 – The Lodger 29:32 – The 39 Steps 52:55 – North by Northwest 1:19:44 – Overall 1:27:59 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions*: Spellbound (1945) The Birds (1963) Marnie (1964) *We're switching to a biweekly schedule so look for these in two weeks! For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/the-wrong-men
01:33:44
January 09, 2018
50. Concluding with Christmas
For the season one podcast finale, Alex and Jonathan take a look at five of the most classic and beloved Christmas films: It's a Wonderful Life (1946), A Christmas Story (1983), Die Hard (1944), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), and Elf (2003). We talk about what makes a Christmas movie, how Christmas movies use and become traditions, and what makes Christmas movies unique among cinema in general. Skip to: 5:31 – It's a Wonderful Life 17:49 – A Christmas Story 28:00 – Die Hard 42:06 – The Muppet Christmas Carol 54:36 – Elf 1:11:52 – Overall 1:16:36 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Stay follow us on Facebook or on Twitter at twitter.com/thefilmlings to stay updated with what we're watching next year! For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/concluding-with-christmas
01:19:42
December 19, 2017
49. Bibliographic Bogdanovich
Last week's Bringing Up Baby (1938) was a big influence on this week's director spotlight, Peter Bogdanovich. Alex and Jonathan take a look at his three major hits The Last Picture Show (1971), What's Up Doc? (1972), and Paper Moon (1973). We discuss Bogdanovich's early communication and friendship with the great directors of the Golden Age, creating a modern screwball comedy, and being an actor's director. Skip to: 7:07 – The Last Picture Show 22:22 – What's Up Doc? 36:03 – Paper Moon 1:01:43 – Overall 1:11:21 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: It's a Wonderful Life (1946) A Christmas Story (1983) Die Hard (1988) The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Elf (2003) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/bibliographic-bogdanovich
01:13:50
December 12, 2017
48. Hepburn vs. Hepburn: Round 1 – Cat Fight
A friendly feud finally comes out in the open as Alex and Jonathan discuss the wonderful talents of the two most famous Hepburns: Katharine and Audrey. We watch Bringing Up Baby (1938) and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and discuss the jokes of screwball comedies, each actress' typical persona, and controversial aspects of old movies. Skip to: 8:21 – Bringing Up Baby 31:15 – Breakfast at Tiffany's 46:02 – Overall 1:00:04 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Last Picture Show (1971) What's Up Doc? (1972) Paper Moon (1973) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/hepburn-vs-hepburn-1
01:02:18
December 05, 2017
47. Dauntless Documentaries
In a special video episode, Alex and Jonathan sit down to talk about three documentary films: Grey Gardens (1975), The Thin Blue Line (1988), Grizzly Man (2005). We talk about the ways documentaries speak to the audience, how to structure true events into a compelling narrative, and how documentary subjects are portrayed by the filmmakers. Skip to: 16:30 – Grey Gardens 47:11 – The Thin Blue Line 1:14:31 – Grizzly Man 1:41:31 – Overall 1:53:55 – Coming Attractions For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/dauntless-documentaries
01:57:02
November 28, 2017
46. Amiable Aliens
It's not a new genre this week but a couple of new species that Alex and Jonathan take a look at with three alien films: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Arrival (2016). We talk about how good science fiction comments on humanity in every era, the difference between science fiction and science fantasy, and how science fiction can use VFX without focusing on VFX. Skip to: 10:33 – The Day the Earth Stood Still 32:20 – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1:02:06 – Arrival 1:26:29 – Overall 1:35:31 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Grey Gardens (1975) The Thin Blue Line (1988) Grizzly Man (2005) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/11/21/amiable-aliens
01:36:44
November 21, 2017
45. Happy Henson Feat. Hayden Chauffe
Friend of the podcast, Hayden Chauffe, returns to talk with Alex and Jonathan about the feature film works of one of his biggest influences, Jim Henson: The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Dark Crystal (1982), Labyrinth (1986). We talk about the history of Henson's puppet work, building fantasy worlds in miniature, and the modern use of muppets and creatures in entertainment. Skip to: 25:25 – The Great Muppet Caper 50:28 – The Dark Crystal 1:14:42 – Labyrinth 1:32:24 – Overall 1:46:33 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) – Available on Netflix E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – Available on Netflix Arrival (2016) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/happy-henson
01:50:10
November 14, 2017
44. The Bollywood Beat
Alex and Jonathan make the first of many rounds into the colorful and exciting world of Bollywood cinema with Sholay (1975), Asoka (2001), and Dangal (2016). We talk about how India takes the western genre to new heights, keeping historical epics on-target, and the skills and shapes actors can adopt to make a film more believable. Skip to: 4:37 – Sholay 24:54 – Asoka 43:52 – Dangal 1:16:32 – Overall 1:25:03 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Great Muppet Caper (1981) The Dark Crystal (1982) Labyrinth (1986) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/the-bollywood-beat
01:27:16
November 07, 2017
43. Eastern Eeriness Feat. Emily Geringer
It's the spookiest time of the year, and this week Alex and Jonathan invite special guest Emily Geringer to discuss three hallmark horror films from Japan and Korea: Audition (1999), Ju-on: The Grudge (2002), and A Tale of Two Sisters (2003). We discuss manipulating time to build mystery and suspense, how a compelling story can transcend recycled cinematic elements, and the universality of horror. Skip to: 5:20 – Audition 31:12 – Ju-on: The Grudge 51:45 – A Tale of Two Sisters 1:19:38 – Overall 1:34:22 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Sholay (1975) Asoka (2001) – Available on Netflix Dangal (2016) – Available on Netflix For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/eastern-eeriness
01:36:35
October 31, 2017
42. Legendary Lang
As Halloween approaches, Alex and Jonathan return to the shadowy films of German Expressionism with Fritz Lang's Destiny (1921), M (1931), and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933). We talk about the influence of German fairy tales on German Expressionism, the introduction of sound in Lang's films, and how Lang crafts social commentary over his career. Skip to: 5:23 – Destiny 21:45 – M 43:14 – The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 1:03:51 – Overall 1:16:46 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Audition (1999) Ju-on: The Grudge (2002) A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/legendary-lang
01:19:20
October 24, 2017
41. Bourne Beat by Beat
Alex and Jonathan return to some childhood favorite films with the Jason Bourne trilogy, specifically The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). We discuss subjective storytelling through cinematography, two directors creating a cohesive story over three films, and how a realistic spy series contrasts with other popular action franchises. Skip to: 3:28 – The Bourne Identity 23:16 – The Bourne Supremacy 45:07 – The Bourne Ultimatum 1:01:04 – Overall 1:17:01 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Destiny (1921) M (1931) The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/bourne-beat-by-beat
01:18:49
October 17, 2017
40. Trancing Tarkovsky
In the first episode to circle back to the World Tour series, Alex and Jonathan give a closer look to the work of legendary Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky with the films Ivan's Childhood (1962), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1975). We discuss how Tarkovsky uses textured images and sound to make his worlds feel true to life, approaching filmmaking with a poetic mindset, and creating evocative images that aren't meant to be symbolic. Skip to: 6:39 – Ivan's Childhood 22:25 – Solaris 47:54 – The Mirror 1:04:02 – Overall 1:13:33 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Bourne Identity (2002) The Bourne Supremacy (2004) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/trancing-tarkovsky
01:15:48
October 10, 2017
39. Kinaesthetic Kubrick
Follow us into a meticulous and colorful maze of cinema this week as we talk about the unique works of Stanley Kubrick: Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1965), The Shining (1980). We discuss Kubrick's demanding directing style, his various approaches to story adaptations, and atmospheric versus plot-centric films. Skip to: 5:39 – Dr. Strangelove 31:07 – 2001: A Space Odyssey 50:30 – The Shining 1:22:29 – Overall 1:33:41 – Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Ivan's Childhood (1962) – Available on YouTube Solaris (1972) – Available on YouTube The Mirror (1975) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/kinaesthetic-kubrick/
01:36:43
October 03, 2017
38. Charming Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin won our most recent Twitter poll about the silent film stars of Hollywood, so Alex and Jonathan take a look at three of the Tramp's most iconic appearances: The Gold Rush (1925 & 1942), Modern Times (1936), and The Great Dictator (1940). We talk about the universality of physical comedy, Chaplin's technical innovations, and how he adapted into the sound era of film. Skip to: 5:56 - The Gold Rush 35:46 - Modern Times 1:03:05 - The Great Dictator 1:18:41 - Overall 1:33:47 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) The Shining (1980) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/charming-chaplin
01:35:18
September 26, 2017
37. Branagh and the Bard
Words, words, words. –Hamlet (Act II, Scene II) Some of the most famous words in history are the basis of the films Alex and Jonathan are looking at today as we get into Kenneth Branagh's adaptations of William Shakespeare's Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), and Hamlet (1996). We talk about directing from an acting background, adapting stage material to the big screen, and how Branagh uses cinematic rhetoric to make Shakespeare accessible to modern audiences without updating the text. Skip to: 4:02 - Henry V 28:03 - Much Ado About Nothing 49:42 - Hamlet 1:11:03 - Overall 1:20:24 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Gold Rush (1925 & 1942) Modern Times (1936) The Great Dictator (1940) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/branagh-and-the-bard
01:22:10
September 19, 2017
36. Body Count Coen Brothers Feat. Benjamin Angrisano
Benjamin Angrisano, long-time friend of the Filmlings and Coen Brother's enthusiast, joins Alex and Jonathan to talk about some of the Coen's darker films: Blood Simple. (1984), Fargo (1996), and No Country for Old Men (2007). We get talk about infusing humor into darker themes, opposing mindsets and worldviews of characters, and how ambiguity can make a film more impactful. Skip to: 7:18 - Blood Simple. 30:23 - Fargo 50:22 - No Country For Old Men 1:10:43 - Overall 1:38:08 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Henry V (1989) Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Hamlet (1996) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/body-count-coen-brothers
01:40:20
September 12, 2017
35. Meta Musicals
This week Alex and Jonathan dance into new territory as we discuss three landmark musicals in film history: 42nd Street (1933), Singin' in the Rain (1952), and La La Land (2016). We discuss technical innovations of early musicals, the lasting legacy of the musical's Golden Age, and the current and potential future state of the movie musical. Skip to: 8:47 - 42nd Street 27:33 - Singin' in the Rain 49:33 - La La Land 1:08:18 - Overall 1:18:25 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Blood Simple (1984) Fargo (1996) No Country for Old Men (2007) - Available on Netflix For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/meta-musicals
01:20:11
September 05, 2017
34. Classic Capra
Back in America after a long series abroad, Alex and Jonathan look at the life and work of all-American director Frank Capra with It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). We talk about the limitations and creativity that came from the Hays Code, innovations Capra made in directing and filming movies, and how his life and outlook is reflected in his films. Skip to: 6:23 - It Happened One Night 26:54 - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 48:19 - Arsenic and Old Lace 1:00:22 - Overall 1:12:47 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: 42nd Street (1933) Singin' in the Rain (1952) La La Land (2016) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/classic-capra
01:15:33
August 29, 2017
33. WORLD TOUR: Last Layovers
As the World Tour comes to an end, Alex and Jonathan make a few final stops on the way home to talk about the further reaches of world cinema. We stop in Sweden with Hour of the Wolf (1968), in Taiwan with A Touch of Zen (1971), and in Brazil with City of God (2002). We talk about what goes into a good viewing experience, what makes an "open world" movie, and why it's important to watch foreign films. Skip to: 3:35 - Hour of the Wolf 20:42 - A Touch of Zen 36:51 - City of God 48:12 - Overall 56:47 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: It Happened One Night (1934) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/last-layovers
58:32
August 22, 2017
32. WORLD TOUR: Introspective Iran
As the World Tour starts to wind down, Alex and Jonathan make a stop in Iran to look at the small, personal films Close-Up (1990), Children of Heaven (1997), and A Separation (2011). We talk about portraying compassion in film, movies without a "bad guy," and the self-sufficiency of Iranian cinema. Skip to: 4:19 - Close-Up 18:06 - Children of Heaven 32:33 - A Separation 49:04 - Overall 57:50 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Hour of the Wolf (1968) A Touch of Zen (1971) City of God (2002) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/introspective-iran
01:00:20
August 15, 2017
31. WORLD TOUR: Kruel Korea
The World Tour carries Alex and Jonathan to South Korea this week where we look at Oldboy (2003), The Host (2006), and The Good the Bad the Weird (2008). We discuss elements that make up neo-noir films, mixing tones, and the pervasive violence of Korean film. Skip to: 2:49 - Oldboy 25:40 - The Host 41:12 - The Good the Bad the Weird 54:33 - Overall 1:06:03 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Close-Up (1990) Children of Heaven (1997) A Separation (2011) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/kruel-korea/
01:07:28
August 08, 2017
30. WORLD TOUR: Russian Ruminations
This week Alex and Jonathan head to Russia and look at three legendary and formative filmmakers with Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin (1925), Lev Kuleshov's Po Zakonu (1926), and Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker (1975). We talk the various forms and uses of montage, the Kuleshov effect, and filmmaking outside the bounds of traditional film technique. Skip to: 6:40 - Battleship Potemkin 29:09 - Po Zakonu 44:58 - Stalker 1:08:24 - Overall 1:23:02 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Oldboy (2003) - on Netflix The Host (2006) - on Netflix The Good the Bad the Weird (2014) - on Netflix For more information visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/russian-ruminations
01:25:41
August 01, 2017
29. WORLD TOUR: Dunkel Deutschland
This week Alex and Jonathan go way back and take a look at German Expressionism with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Nosferatu (1922), and Metropolis (1927). We talk about the theatricality of early film, conventions of German Expressionism, and why the influence of German Expressionism will never fade. Skip to: 5:14 - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 26:44 - Nosferatu 36:51 - Metropolis 49:14 - Overall 1:16:08 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Battleship Potemkin (1925) Po Zakonu (1926) Stalker (1979) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/dunkel-deutschland
01:18:34
July 25, 2017
28. WORLD TOUR: México Macabro
Alex and Jonathan head south of the border this week to talk about three Mexican films: Macario (1960), Amores Perros (2000), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006). We talk the significance of a story within the story, the international influence of Quentin Tarantino, and how Hollywood has benefitted from Mexican filmmakers. Skip to: 4:06 - Macario 20:02 - Amores Perros 43:28 - Pan's Labyrinth 1:03:18 - Overall 1:10:15 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Nosferatu (1922) Metropolis (1927) - Available on Netflix For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/mexico-macabro
01:12:52
July 18, 2017
27. WORLD TOUR: Japan Juxtaposed
It's back to Japan this week for Alex and Jonathan, but not for anime or Akira Kurosawa. We take a look at three other directors with Masaki Kobayashi's Harakiri (1963), Yasujirô Ozu's Tokyo Story (1952), and Hirokazu Koreeda's Nobody Knows (2004). We discuss various kinds of family drama in Japanese films, the distinction between "big" and "small" movies, and the restraint and poeticism across Japanese art. Skip to: 3:58 - Harakiri 20:30 - Tokyo Story 37:04 - Nobody Knows 54:33 - Overall 1:05:03 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Macario (1960) Amores Perros (2000) Pan's Labyrinth (2006) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/japan-juxtaposed
01:08:51
July 11, 2017
26. WORLD TOUR: India Inundation
This week the World Tour carries Alex and Jonathan to India and the world's largest combined film market where we look at the Kollywood film Mughal-E-Azam (1960), the Bollywood film My Name is Khan (2010), and the Tollywood film Baahubali: The Beginning (2015). We talk the history and scope of Indian cinema, film rhetoric turned up to 11, and what Hollywood can learn from mainstream Indian film. Skip to: 13:54 - Mughal-E-Azam 33:19 - My Name is Khan 51:34 - Baahubali: The Beginning 1:12:54 - Overall 1:24:53 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Tokyo Story (1953) Harakiri (1962) Nobody Knows (2004) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/india-inundation
01:26:58
July 04, 2017
25. WORLD TOUR: France Fraiche
Following on the heels of Italian Neorealism came the French New Wave, so Alex and Jonathan take a trip to France and discuss three films from this explosive movement: The 400 Blows (1959), Breathless (1960), and Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962). We talk about stylistic innovations, semi-autobiographical filmmaking, and the origins of auteur theory. Skip to: 11:05 - The 400 Blows 22:22 - Breathless 34:37 - Cleo from 5 to 7 51:14 - Overall 1:03: 15 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Mughal-E-Azam (1960) - Available on Netflix My Name is Khan (2010) Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/france-fraiche
01:06:45
June 27, 2017
24. WORLD TOUR: Italia Infelice
Alex and Jonathan say ciao to America this week as we embark on the first stage of our new ten-week World Tour series! Our first stop is Italy where we take a look at the Italian neorealism films Rome, Open City (1945) and Bicycle Thieves (1948) and the post-neorealism film 8 1/2 (1963). We talk about the effect of World War II on filmmaking, silver linings in otherwise pessimistic films, and self-referential films. Skip to: 7:39 - Rome, Open City 24:53 - Bicycle Thieves 42:25 - 8 1/2 1:02:46 - Overall 1:16:23 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The 400 Blows (1959) Breathless (1960) Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/italia-infelice
01:19:10
June 20, 2017
23. Samurai in Space
Alex and Jonathan reach for the stars in the final part of the samurai series as we look at Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress (1958), and George Lucas' Star Wars (1977). We discuss the difference between adaptation and inspiration, the amorphous definition of "original," and factors that create lasting cultural impact. Skip to: 4:55 - The Hidden Fortress 20:10 - Star Wars 36:46 - Overall 53:36 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Rome, Open City (1945) Bicycle Thieves (1948) 8 1/2 (1963) Visit the blog for more information: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/samurai-in-space
57:03
June 13, 2017
22. Brilliant Biopics
Where is the line between story and history? That's the question as Alex and Jonathan take a look at three great films about three great historical figures: Amadeus (1984), The Last Emperor (1987), and The Aviator (2004). We talk about factual accuracy versus dramatic license, cinematic portrayal of flawed lives, and the uniqueness of film's distinct documentary and biopic genres. Skip to: 6:01 - Amadeus 25:55 - The Last Emperor 42: 06 - The Aviator 57:32 - Overall 1:04:09 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: The Hidden Fortress (1958) Star Wars (1977) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/brilliant-biopics
01:06:16
June 06, 2017
21. Klash of the Kongs
The greatest of all American movie monsters takes center stage this week as Alex and Jonathan discuss King Kong (1933), King Kong (1976), and King Kong (2005). We talk about keeping the heart of a remake, the evolution of visual effects, and modern legends. Skip to: 3:55 - King Kong (1933) 22:35 - King Kong (1976) 41:20 - King Kong (2005) 57:49 - Overall 1:09:15 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Amadeus (1984) The Last Emperor (1987) The Aviator (2004) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/klash-of-the-kongs
01:11:21
May 30, 2017
20. Samurai and Sombreros Vol. 3
In the third installment of our Samurai and Sombreros series, Alex and Jonathan look at Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950) and it's western genre adaptation The Outrage (1964). We talk Rashomon's technical innovations, what makes a work stand the test of time, and examples of the "Rashomon Effect." Skip to: 3:55 - Rashomon 22:35 - The Outrage 40:57 - Overall 55:10 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: King Kong (1933) King Kong (1976) King Kong (2005) For more info, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/samurai-and-sombreros-vol-3
57:30
May 23, 2017
19. Maternal Meyers Feat. Andrea Millard
Guest Andrea Millard joins Alex and Jonathan this week to talk about the career of writer/director Nancy Meyers with Baby Boom (1987), The Parent Trap (1998), and The Intern (2015). We talk female protagonists, growing from a writer to a director, and refining development of themes over time. Skip to: 7:45 - Baby Boom 27:41 - The Parent Trap 53:47 - The Intern 1:17:35 - Overall 1:26:54 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Rashomon (1950) The Outrage (1964) For more information, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/maternal-meyers
01:28:39
May 16, 2017
18. Lying Lynch
Bringing last week's surrealism discussion into the modern day, Alex and Jonathan take a look at three films by contemporary surrealist David Lynch: Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), and Mulholland Drive (2001). We discuss the Lynch's use of color and sound, varying degrees of surrealist influence, and atmospheric storytelling. Skip to: 4:46 - Eraserhead 25:17 - Blue Velvet 46:12 - Mulholland Drive 1:00:09 - Overall 1:14:56 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Baby Boom (1987) The Parent Trap (1998) The Intern (2015) For links to things we talked about, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/lying-lynch
01:16:05
May 09, 2017
17. Bougie Buñuel
Social conventions are broken and non-sequiturs abound in our movies this week as Alex and Jonathan discuss Luis Buñuel's L'Age d'or (1930), The Exterminating Angel (1962), and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), with Un Chien andalou (1929) thrown in for good measure. We talk the social temper tantrum of the Surrealists, scene-driven plots, and the ripple effect of surreal art. Skip to: 11:41 - Un Chien andalou 18:49 - L'Age d'or 32:32 - The Exterminating Angel 45:50 - The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 56:22 - Overall 1:05:05 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Eraserhead (1977) Blue Velvet (1986) Mulholland Drive (2001) - Available on Netflix For links to things we talked about, and to find the video recording of this episode, visit the blog: thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/bougie-bunuel/
01:07:10
May 02, 2017
16. Toy Story or: How Alex Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Pixar
This week Alex and Jonathan cover the first true series of films on the podcast with the listener-suggested Toy Story trilogy: Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010). We talk the evolution of computer animated film, children's entertainment that isn't childish, and sequels that build on the story advancements from the previous films. Skip to: 10:18 - The Shorts 19:36 - Toy Story 36:15 - Toy Story 2 53:16 - Toy Story 3 1:08:42 - Overall 1:23:00 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: L'Age d'Or (1930) The Exterminating Angel (1962) The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) For links to things we talked about, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/toy-story/
01:25:21
April 25, 2017
15. Cornetto Crash Course
Grab some ice cream and switch off with us this week as Alex and Jonathan talk through Edgar Wright's Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). We talk blending genres, what makes a "thematic trilogy," and comedy with layered dimensions. Skip to: 8:30 - Shaun of the Dead 21:38 - Hot Fuzz 32:23 - The World's End 48:11 - Overall 1:08:22 - Coming Attractions Coming Attractions: Toy Story Toy Story 2 Toy Story 3 For links to things we talked about, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/cornetto-crash-course/
01:09:59
April 18, 2017
14. Samurai and Sombreros Vol. 2
Once again we pit sword-masters against gunslingers in part two of our Samurai and Sombreros series. This week Alex and Jonathan discuss Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961) and Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (1964). We talk about tonal changes in adaptations, visual character development, and varied uses of violence and humor. Skip to: 3:33 - Yojimbo 34:31 - A Fistful of Dollars 50:43 - Overall 1:12:32 - Coming Attractions For links to things we talked about, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/samurai-and-sombreros-vol-2/
01:14:58
April 11, 2017
13. Cyberpunk Chaos Feat. Jason Harden
Plug us into your head and listen as Alex and Jonathan invite their friend Jason Harden to the show to talk about three Japanese cyberpunk films: Akira (1988), Ghost in the Shell (1995), and Paprika (2006). We talk about the impact of hand-made animation, the influence of anime on western blockbusters, and the philosophical diversity of themes in Japanese film. Skip to: 5:14 - Akira 24:51 - Ghost in the Shell 40:44 - Paprika 1:03:03 - Overall 1:11:00 - Coming Attractions Coming up next week: Yojimbo (1961) A Fistful of Dollars (1964) To find links to things we talked about visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/episode-13-cyberpunk-chaos-feat-jason-harden/
01:14:32
April 04, 2017
12. The High School Hughes
Let us be your vehicle to escape your problems this week as Alex and Jonathan talk through three of John Hughes' high school films: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). We discuss how comedy ages, use and critique of stereotypes, and unique character dynamics in a high school setting. Skip to: 3:13 - Sixteen Candles 23:10 - The Breakfast Club 43:23 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1:10:45 - Overall 1:19:41 - Coming Attractions Next week we'll be talking about Akira (1988), Ghost in the Shell (1995), and Paprika (2006). For more information visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/episode-12-the-high-school-hughes/
01:23:23
March 28, 2017
11. Samurai and Sombreros
The results of our Twitter poll are in and the winning category was Samurais and Sombreros! Alex and Jonathan take a look at Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) and its western adaptation The Magnificent Seven (1960). We talk about archetypal stories, cultural influence on art, and using inspiration to create a new and distinct work. Skip to: 5:29 - Seven Samurai 25:54 - The Magnificent Seven 50:51 - Overall 1:11:45 - Coming Attractions For links to things that we talked about visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/samurai-and-sombreros/
01:13:30
March 21, 2017
10. Mystical Miyazaki Feat. Hayden Chauffe
In our first exclusively animation episode, friend of the podcast Hayden Chauffe joins Alex to talk about three films by Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki: My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Spirited Away (2001), and The Wind Rises (2013). We discuss the unique possibilities of animation, children's entertainment that doesn't sugar coat the world, and reflection of Miyazaki's life in his films. Skip to: 8:56 - My Neighbor Totoro 31:30 - Spirited Away 45:50 - The Wind Rises 58:35 - Overall 1:08:00 - Coming Attractions For links to things we talked about, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/mystical-miyazaki/
01:09:27
March 14, 2017
9. The Whimsy and Woe of Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson takes a perfectly framed center-stage this week as Alex and Jonathan talk Rushmore (1998), The Life Aquatic (2004), and Moonrise Kingdom (2012). We discuss self-aware storytelling, how style can divert criticism, and the recycling of iconic art. Skip to: 6:36 - Rushmore 24:18 - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 43:10 - Moonrise Kingdom 57:46 - Overall 1:13:59 - Coming Attractions To find links to things that we talked about, visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/episode-9-the-whimsy-and-woe-of-wes-anderson/
01:15:47
March 07, 2017
8. Oscar Bait or (The Unexpected Virtue of Tragedy)
In honor of the Oscars this past weekend Alex and Jonathan take a look back at the last three Best Picture winners at the Academy Awards: 12 Years a Slave (2013), Birdman (2014), and Spotlight (2015). We discuss what kinds of films tend to seek out and win awards, the techniques these films employ, and in what ways we should think about award shows and award winners. Skip to: 2:12 - 12 Years a Slave 20:28 - Birdman 37:53 - Spotlight 47:44 - Overall 1:02:11 - Coming Attractions For links to things that we talked about visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/episode-8-oscar-bait-or-the-unexpected-virtue-of-tragedy/
01:04:14
February 28, 2017
7. Holy Reboot, Batman! Feat. Aaron Johnson
Our first guest, Aaron Johnson, joins Alex and Jonathan this week to talk about four major reboots of the Batman character in film: Batman: The Movie, Batman (1989), Batman Begins, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We discuss the influence of the comics on the films (and vice versa), stylistic changes in each adaptation, and the steady darkening of tone over time. For links to things that we talked about visit the blog post: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/episode-7-holy-reboot-batman-feat-aaron-johnson/
01:24:25
February 21, 2017
6. Pride and Prejudice (x3)
For this special Valentine's Day episode Alex and Jonathan get a little sappy, looking at three film adaptations of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. We talk how to condense a novel into two hours, how "modern" adaptations age, and the changing demographic of audiences of romance stories. For links to resources referenced in this episode visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/episode-6-pride-and-prejudice-x3/
01:23:16
February 14, 2017
5. Nothin' But Nolan
Are you watching closely? Alex and Jonathan are this week as we look into Christopher Nolan's Following, The Prestige, and Interstellar. We talk about "temporal cross-cutting," obsessive characters, and how Nolan ranks with other directors. To find links to things we talked about this week visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/episode-5-nothin-but-nolan/
01:13:32
February 07, 2017
4. Lost at Sea
Alex and Jonathan take to the open waters this week and look at three movies that revolve around characters who are lost at sea: Lifeboat, Life of Pi, and All is Lost. The conversation covers how technology makes this type of film more accessible, how to strip your characters from their environment to find their humanity, and if "lost at sea" can be considered its own genre. For links to resources we referenced in this episode visit the blog post: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/episode-4-lost-at-sea/
01:08:42
January 31, 2017
3. Carruth's Cerebral Cinema
This week Alex and Jonathan watched, and then rewatched, Primer and Upstream Color by Shane Carruth. They discuss "imply, don't tell" storytelling and not pandering to your audience. For more information and links to things we referenced in this episode visit the blog post at: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/episode-3-carruths-cerebral-cinema/
01:16:58
January 24, 2017
2. Jumping into Jarmusch
Nihilism, cinematic rhetoric, and classic independent filmmaking take front stage this week as the guys talk about Stranger than Paradise and Broken Flowers by Jim Jarmusch. To find links to things we talked about please visit the blog: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/episode-2-jumping-into-jarmusch/
01:11:36
January 17, 2017
1. Starting with Spielberg
For the first ever Filmlings Podcast, Jonathan and Alex discuss three Steven Spielberg films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Always, and Lincoln. Topics include starting your film with a summary of the film to follow, making even non-crucial characters feel real, and the incredible career of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. For info referenced in podcast see blog post here: https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/episode-1-starting-with-spielberg/
01:16:34
January 11, 2017