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Sing Street — February 2018 - Real Recognize Reel
For the month of February, we watch "Sing Street," a 2016 Irish moving picture streaming on Netflix about a boy who tries to impress a girl by forming a band. Will likes that the development of the characters' musical talents seems realistic. It also has a message that resonates with him. He thinks it's a film, but the others disagree. Will he be able to convince them? Luke, Tito and Will discuss. Then they come up with their own band name. Up next for March 2018, Luke recommends...
Eyes Wide Shut — January 2018 - Real Recognize Reel
We begin 2018 just like we ended it — with another Christmas picture. Or did we? Luke, Tito and Will discuss Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" from 1999 starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman and try to determine whether or not it's a Christmas movie. Or maybe it's a post-Christmas film. What is the legendary auteur saying about sex, desires, human nature, relationships, consumption and even Christmas? And is all of the nudity in the film actually necessary, or does it reach the level of...
The Muppet Christmas Carol — December 2017 - Real Recognize Reel
To close out 2017, Luke, Tito and Will discuss Luke's festive recommendation of "The Muppet Christmas Carol." The 1992 musical dramedy stars Michael Caine as the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge in this adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Is it a flick trying to make a classic piece of literature available for kids, or is the moving picture actually intended for adults? The gang determines whether this is a flick, movie or film and then talks about the best and hardest holiday...
The Founder — November 2017 - Real Recognize Reel
For the month of November, Luke, Tito and Will talk about "The Founder," which is on Netflix. It's a 2016 biopic directed by John Lee Hancock and starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the businessman behind the expansion of McDonald's into what we know of it today. Will points out that there is very little character development in Kroc — if any at all. What kind of takeaway does this leave the audience, who grows from watching the film more so than the characters do? Coming up in December...
Boogie Nights — October 2017 - Real Recognize Reel
Luke, Tito and Will discuss "Boogie Nights," Paul Thomas Anderson's epic story about the rise and fall of porn start Dirk Diggler — and the rise and fall of the porn industry itself. The 1997 moving picture stars Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heather Graham. Are porn stars members of society, or do they ostracized from it? How has that changed since the setting of the moving picture? Up next in...
Circle — September 2017 - Real Recognize Reel
Luke, Tito and Will discuss "Circle," a 2015 psychological thriller on Netflix that was Luke's selection for the month of September. Are the filmmakers suggesting there's no morality and only effectiveness matters? Is it a thrilling representation of current American politics? Or does this moving picture throw too many interesting observations without offering insightful comments? For the month of October, Tito recommends "Boogie Nights," which is available on Netflix. Why does he...
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World — August 2017 - Real Recognize Reel
Luke, Tito and Will discuss Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. The 2012 dramedy was written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, who wrote Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, and stars Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley. They compare this moving picture to The Lobster and Her, the two latest discussions, and talk about how this one fell short. How important is character development to a compelling narrative, and how can plot devices take away from that narrative? For the month of...
Her — July 2017 - Real Recognize Reel
Luke, Tito and Will discuss the 2013 romantic science-fiction feature, Her, written and directed by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. Tito appreciates the world building done by Jonze, particularly in the characters' attire, and the group notes the questions Jonze poses about customization and perfection. What does it mean to be human, and how are we human? There's a two-to-one vote in favor of this moving picture as a flick, movie or film. For the month of...
The Lobster — June 2017 - Real Recognize Reel
Luke, Tito and Will are joined by special guest Pat to discuss The Lobster, a 2015 black comedy directed, co-written and co-produced by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. Luke appreciates the subtle details that present this either-or world. There's no grey area. The group cannot agree on whether the moving picture is a flick, movie or film, but they generally agree that the last third or so of the moving picture was lacking. Up next is Tito's recommendation,...
Cloud Atlas — May 2017 - Real Recognize Reel
Luke, Tito and Will discuss the 2012 German-American epic Cloud Atlas, directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Twyker, famous for The Matrix and Run Lola Run, respectively. They try to determine whether the moving picture is a flick, movie or film. Will and Tito feel one way, and Luke disagrees. Will presents the moving picture as a symphony featuring six moving parts that all work together to tell one story with one overall message: the actions that we take determine what role we play in our...
Omar — April 2017 - Real Recognize Reel
Luke, Tito and Will discuss the 2013 Palestinian drama, Omar, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014. They try to determine if the moving picture is a flick, movie or film and the effect the picture's unique setting has on people's opinion of it, and they question whether or not they're knowledgeable enough about its topics to be able to judge it effectively. Up next is Will's recommendation, Cloud Atlas, which can be found on HBO. Outro song: "Funk,"...
Rushmore — March 2017 - Real Recognize Reel
Luke, Tito and Will discuss the 1998 comedy-drama directed by Wes Anderson about eccentric teenager Max Fischer starring Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Olivia Williams. They try to determine if the moving picture is a flick, movie or film and the messages Wes Anderson tries to say in his films — if he has anything substantial to say. Up next is Tito's recommendation, Omar, which can be found on Netflix. Outro song: "Funk," by Podington Bear Licensed under Creative Commons: By...
The Hunt – February 2017 - Real Recognize Reel
Luke, Tito and Will discuss Will's recommendation, The Hunt, which is a 2012 Danish drama film starring Mads Mikkelson on Netflix. They try to determine if the moving picture is a flick, movie or film. They talk about the terrifying nature of the film's narrative and how it can be applied to any similar situation around the world — and to other situations as well. Up next is Luke's recommendation, Rushmore, which can be found on HBO Go/HBO Now. Outro song: “Funk,” by Podington Bear...
Fantasia — January 2017 - Real Recognize Reel
Luke, Tito and Will discuss the animated moving picture, Fantasia, which can be found on Netflix. They try to determine if the Walt Disney animated classic from 1940 is a flick, movie or film. The group disagrees about whether or not this picture was an exhibition by Disney to wow the audience or if there is a deeper, more meaningful message. Up next is Will's recommendation, The Hunt, which is on Netflix. Outro song: "Funk," by Podington Bear Licensed under Creative Commons: By...