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Every month we discuss a current film and a connecting retrospective film. We look at technical aspects in each film, how they exemplify their genre/director/subject matter and then how each film fits into the wider cinema landscape. Enjoy!

Every month we discuss a current film and a connecting retrospective film. We look at technical aspects in each film, how they exemplify their genre/director/subject matter and then how each film fits into the wider cinema landscape. Enjoy!
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New Zealand

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Every month we discuss a current film and a connecting retrospective film. We look at technical aspects in each film, how they exemplify their genre/director/subject matter and then how each film fits into the wider cinema landscape. Enjoy!

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 27: Ocean's Eight and Ocean's Eleven

6/22/2018
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Ocean's Eleven franchise films. Sarah Watt, Jeremy Downing and William Chen discuss Ocean's Eight and Ocean's Eleven, starting with acknowledging that the two films are very similar. We talk about the strength of the cast in Ocean's Eight, especially with the film's focus on character. We talk about the cinematography in both films, with the strength of cinematography in Ocean's Eleven and the straightforward, functional camerawork in Ocean's Eight. We talk about the possible "coming out"...

Duration:00:42:34

Episode 26: Isle of Dogs and Battle Royale

5/28/2018
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Social satire set in Japan. Sarah Watt, Jeremy Downing and William Chen discuss Isle of Dogs and Battle Royale. Discussion starts by comparing Battle Royale to our teaching experience, to The Hunger Games and to the current popularity of Battle Royale genre computer games, like Fortnite. We shift discussion to Isle of Dogs and commend the beautiful imagery, the tonal darkness of the story and how that relates to our world, and the joy of some of the gags in the film. Both films introduce...

Duration:00:45:17

Episode 25: A Quiet Place and Signs

4/25/2018
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Science Fiction thrillers. Sarah Watt, Jeremy Downing and William Chen discuss A Quiet Place and Signs, two films with a lot of similarities, with the most obvious connections being that they are about small families surviving in the midst of an invasion by hostile creatures. We start by discussing the merits of A Quiet Place and the dated qualities of Signs. We discuss the history of cinema around the release of Signs and where M. Night Shyamalan's career headed. Discussion then moves...

Duration:00:45:45

Episode 24: Black Panther and every other superhero film *SPOILERS*

3/23/2018
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Super hero films. *SPOILER ALERT FOR MANY SUPERHERO FILMS* Sarah Watt, Jeremy Downing and William Chen discuss Black Panther and any of the superhero films made in cinema history. We jump right into the discussion around black representation in Black Panther and if it does enough for representation. We compare representation of race with similar representation in Wonder Woman and District 9. We then talk about the cast in Black Panther, the strength of the talent on screen and the...

Duration:00:42:31

Episode 23: Oscar Special 2018

2/23/2018
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Oscar Special 2018. Sarah Watt, Max Tarrant, Jeremy Downing and William Chen discuss the films nominated for Academy Awards this year. Here are our picks: - Best Picture: Dunkirk - Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour - Actress in a Leading Role: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri - Actor in a Supporting Role: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri - Actress in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney, I, Tonya - Animated Feature Film: Coco...

Duration:00:48:07

Episode 22: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri & Fargo

1/27/2018
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Frances McDormand. Sarah Watt, Max Tarrant, Jeremy Downing and William Chen discuss the films Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Fargo. We begin by praising Fargo, particularly the performances of the actors and the balancing of tones in the film. We then compare the merits, similarities and differences between the two McDormand characters. The discussion then moves onto the merits and weaknesses of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, touching particularly on the messy...

Duration:00:43:29

Episode 21: Top Films of 2017

12/11/2017
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Top films of 2017. Max Tarrant, Sarah Watt, Jeremy Downing and William Chen discuss each of their top three films of the year. Max’s top three: 1. The Square 2. The Killing Of A Sacred Deer 3. Get Out Sarah’s top three: 1. Manchester by the Sea 2. The Killing of a Sacred Deer 3. Baby Driver Jeremy’s top three: 1. Alien: Covenant 2. Blade Runner: 2049 3. War for the Planet of the Apes William’s top three: 1. Dunkirk 2. The LEGO Batman Movie 3. War for the Planet of the Apes (4. LOGAN)...

Duration:00:42:59

Episode 20: Thor: Ragnarok & Hunt For The Wilderpeople

11/17/2017
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Taika Waititi films. Sarah Watt, Max Tarrant, Jeremy Downing and William Chen discuss the films Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016). The discussion starts by talking about the wonderful pace and opening of Hunt For The Wilderpeople and Waititi’s knack for pathos. All of his films balance both sadness and joy extremely well. We talk about Taika Waititi’s status as an auteur and his strength as a visual storyteller. The cast in Thor: Ragnarok is very strong, with...

Duration:00:43:22

Episode 16: Baby Driver & Reservoir Dogs

7/29/2017
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Heist films with music. Max Tarrant, William Chen and Jeremy Downing discuss the films Baby Driver (2017) and Reservoir Dogs (1992). The discussion begins by talking about the tightly woven nature of both films and a clear confidence in each. We focus initially on Reservoir Dogs, talking about the strength of the characters and relationships, particularly the work of Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Steve Buscemi. We then talk about how the narrative is constructed, with the...

Duration:00:42:33

Minisode: Best and Worst Cinema Experiences

7/16/2017
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William, Jeremy, Max and Sarah discuss their best and worst cinema experiences.

Duration:00:12:39

Minisode: Alien: Covenant (2017) (SPOILER WARNING)

5/20/2017
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William, Jeremy and Max discuss Alien: Covenant (2017). Warning: Spoilers!

Duration:00:20:42

Episode 13: The Salesman & La Strada

4/21/2017
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Oscar winners of the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award: the first winner and the latest winner. Jeremy Downing, Max Tarrant and Sarah Watt discuss the films The Salesman (2016) and La Strada (1954). The discussion touches on the treatment of the women in the films and the meta quality of Federico Fellini. The connection between the theatrical in both films is discussed, with the travelling circus in La Strada and the play “Death of a Salesman” in The Salesman. Both films are working...

Duration:00:42:57

Episode 9: Top Films of 2016 (DOUBLE EPISODE)

12/9/2016
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Top 2016 films. In this double episode William Chen, Jeremy Downing, Max Tarrant and Sarah Watt share their top films for 2016. Max’s picks: 1. The Salesman 2. The Lobster 3. Zootopia 4. Tickled 5. The Handmaiden Wildcard: Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words William’s picks: 1. The Handmaiden 2. Hunt For the Wilderpeople 3. Kubo and the Two Strings 4. 10 Cloverfield Lane 5. Green Room Wildcard: Gods of Egypt; League of Gods Sarah’s picks: 1st equal: The Revenant; Green Room 3....

Duration:01:22:03

Episode 8: Arrival & Close Encounters of the Third Kind

11/19/2016
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First alien encounters. William Chen, Jeremy Downing and Max Tarrant discuss the films Arrival (2016) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Both films have the premise of human first contact with aliens. The discussion touches on connection between humanity’s fascination with aliens being metaphor for relationships. We also talk about the exploration of mental health issues in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Fantastic cinematography and lighting. The balance of having a...

Duration:00:41:06

Episode 5: Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters

8/4/2016
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Sarah Watt, Max Tarrant, Jeremy Downing and William Chen discuss the films Ghostbusters (2016) and Ghostbusters (1984). The discussion touches on nostalgia, the strangeness of the original film, the baffling sexism the stars of the new film have been facing, the radicalisation of pop culture, Ghostbusters hate stepping into Gamer Gate territory, the new film’s meta quality of addressing the kick back towards the film, the logic of ghost busting, the influence of women collaborating in...

Duration:00:45:29