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Talking good movies like they're bad movies

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Talking about Happiness (1998), featuring Phillip Seymour Hoffman

5/22/2019
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On this not-so-happy episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss Todd Solondz's Happiness (1998), starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker, Jane Adams and Lara Flynn Boyle. Topics discussed? The End of History! The effervescent and joyous Jane Adams; the sucky Jay Leno; also, attractive people! They're the worst, aren't they? And George's dog makes a subtle cameo, can you figure out when, exactly? Topics not discussed? The rediscovery of Lucretius's poem On the Nature of Things...

Duration:01:06:28

NO-STAGRAM! Episode 1

5/15/2019
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Here's the deal. George doesn't have Instagram. Liam does. So Liam sat George down and caught him up on all things OBIG. Hilarity (?) ensued! Plus, Schartoff Rises. We're @OeuvreBusters on Instagram and Twitter. Get at us. Shahir Daud's amazing short film La Loteria. "Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Duration:00:10:12

Talking about The Big Lebowski (1998), featuring Phillip Seymour Hoffman

5/8/2019
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On this Lebowskiesque episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski, from the Clinton-era year of 1998, and starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, and, of course, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Topics discussed: the failures of the New Left; Manifest Destiny; the first, and surprisingly not the worst, Gulf War; and, of course, bowling. Topics not discussed? The feminist ethos of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels. They are great! Read them! But...

Duration:01:19:06

BONUS: Talking about Barbara Loden's Wanda (1970) and her appearance on Dick Cavett!

4/26/2019
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On this wanderful (groan) episode of Oeuvre Busters, George and Liam discuss Barbara Loden's foundational film, Wanda, from the so-so year of 1970. Your podcast hosts also take a look at Loden's appearance on the Dick Cavett show of the same year and what turns out to be a rather awkward interview. Topics discussed in this episode: George's creaking chair; genre hopping; the necessary drug that is coffee; the proper way to eat pasta; and class politics in America. Also, we beg the Criterion...

Duration:00:59:41

Talking and Drafting Phillip Seymour Hoffman!

4/24/2019
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On this drafty episode, the very first of Season Two, Liam and George talk (and select) Philip Seymour Hoffman movies for the upcoming season of Oeuvre Busters! Listen to Liam groan and groan and groan as George selects movies he can't stand! Listen to George try, and fail, to do a Keith Richards impersonation! Also, please stay tuned to the very end for a very important message from friend of the podcast, Adam Schartoff of Filmwax Radio. Topics not covered in this episode of Oeuvre Busters?...

Duration:00:19:41

Talking About All the Cassavetes!

4/17/2019
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In the season one finale of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George take a drip down (very recent) memory lane and spend some time reconsidering the entire John Cassavetes oeuvre. Topics discussed: Keith Richards's cockney (?) accent; the glorious taste of pistachios; the discography of Sarah McLachlan; and the proper order in which one should watch these films. Also, our first fan mail! Topics not discussed? Hegelian dialectics. No, wait, actually, that's discussed, but only in a superficial...

Duration:00:42:25

Talking About John Cassavetes's Big Trouble (1986)

4/10/2019
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On this big episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George welcome guest host Kel Karpinski to discuss John Cassavetes's final film, Big Trouble, starring Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, and Beverly D'Angelo. Topics discussed: safari Columbo; why the American dream is actually an American nightmare; why Yale is terrible; how Big Trouble is both a Die Hard prequel and a Face/Off prequel; and why you can't imagine a world without The Simpsons. Topics not discussed: string theory! Will it or will it not...

Duration:01:33:34

Talking about John Cassavetes's Love Streams (1984)

3/27/2019
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On this streamy (you thought we were gonna say lovely, didn’t you?) episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss John Cassavetes’s Love Streams, starring Gena Rowlands and Cassavetes himself, from the Orwellian year 1984. A few of the topics discussed on this episode: Adorno/Benjamin 2020; John McLane is Christ; we rank the Lethal Weapon films (and the Hamlet films as well); also, where does one go, exactly, when looking for the sex? Topics not covered: How the 1848 revolutions that...

Duration:00:58:13

Talking about John Cassavetes's Gloria (1980)

3/13/2019
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On this glorious episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss 1980’s Gloria, starring Gena Rowlands, John Adames, and Julie Carmen. Things you’ll learn listening to this podcast: how truly majestic doughnuts are; that a $100 dollars in 1980 is $33,000 dollars in 2019, when adjusted for inflation; how utterly cheap human life truly is, to Gloria that is; how the rise of enclosure laws fucked the peasantry. Also, George meets Hip-Hop royalty! Finally, an important public service...

Duration:00:58:38

Talking about John Cassavetes' Opening Night (1977)

2/27/2019
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On this theatrical episode of Oeuvre Busters, George and Liam discuss John Cassavetes’s Opening Night, starring Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, and Ben Gazzara, from the blockbuster-studded year 1977. Listen to the guys break out some terrible impersonations! Bono for Liam, Arnold for George. Other topics covered? Eugene O’Neill’s KFC addiction. (Ironically, this episode is brought to you by Popeyes! Looking to punish your colon?! Eat Popeyes!) Is this a film about alcoholism or the grim...

Duration:00:56:21

Talking about John Cassavetes's The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

2/13/2019
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On this killer episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss John Cassavetes’s The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, starring Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, Timothy Carey and Aziz Johari, from the long-forgotten year of 1976. Topics covered: the nature of Aristotelian tragedy; the ennui of being a mobster; American imperialism. Also, the guys chime in on the long-standing controversy that has plagued Britney Spears’s fandom for over a decade now: which, exactly, is the best Britney song of...

Duration:01:00:33

Keith, are you coming to LOVE STREAMS?

2/11/2019
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Dear Keith, We will be at BAM's screening of LOVE STREAMS this Sunday, February 17, at 7pm. Will you? Here's the BAM description to get you excited: Part of Film series Programmers’ Notebook: On Love Directed by John Cassavetes | 1984 With Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Diahnne Abbott John Cassavetes’ penultimate film—and final masterwork—stars his greatest on- and offscreen collaborator, Gena Rowlands, as a recently divorced woman who, her life in tatters, moves in with her alcoholic...

Duration:00:01:20

BONUS Episode: Talking about Mikey and Nicky (1976)

2/7/2019
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Fresh off being the film of the week on Criterion's new streaming channel, Liam and George talk Elaine May's Mikey and Nicky (1976), in which May out-Cassavetes Cassavetes. Will our heroes get this episode out before the film disappears from the streaming service? No. They didn't. But here's the episode for you to enjoy!

Duration:00:34:38

Talking about John Cassavetes's A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

1/30/2019
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On this very touching episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss John Cassavetes's A Woman Under the Influence, from the magical year 1974, starring Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk. A couple of questions to consider: Who eats that much pasta at 9 in the morning? Is Peter Falk a modern-day Fred Flintstone or what? Is there an infinity gem (trademark Marvel Studios) in that rock quarry? Is Tina's ass really that big? How old, exactly, is Thanos Cassavetes? And is Good Will Hunting really...

Duration:01:18:22

Talking about John Cassamovies's Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)

1/16/2019
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On this big-hearted episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George examine John Cassavetes's Minnie and Moskowitz, starring Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel. Topics covered in this episode: the manic madness of one Seymour Moskowitz; the nature of loneliness; the true meaning of the term butthurt, or arsehurt if you're English; Marty Scorsese's back massage technique; and why lunch dates go bad. Topics not covered: January 16. I gotta get in shape. Too much sitting has ruined my body. Too much...

Duration:01:12:51

BONUS AUDIO COMMENTARY! Cassavetes and Company on the Dick Cavett Show

1/9/2019
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Welcome to this bonus episode (you're welcome, America!) of Oeuvre Busters! On September 18, 1970, Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, and Peter Falk appeared on the Dick Cavett Show to promote Husbands. The recording was, to say the least, rather eventful, what with Cassavetes, Gazzara and Falk more interested in ragin' on stage than in answering Cavett's questions. The encounter needs to be seen to be believed! To commemorate this shitshow, and to further our discussion of Husbands, Liam and George...

Duration:00:46:32

Talking about John Cassavetes's Husbands (1970)

1/2/2019
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On this episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss John Cassavetes's Husbands, starring Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, and Cassvetes himself. First and foremost, do these guys know how to rage! But boy do things get cringe worthy really fast in this film, the first half of which is a masterpiece and the second half of which just won't end. Things you will discover while listening to this episode: the title of James Franco's next short story collection; the age at which your legs go; all...

Duration:01:23:10

Talking about John Cassavetes's Faces (1968)

12/19/2018
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We are back on the Cassavetes train! (But did we ever really get off it in the first place? Hmmm?) On this episode of Oeuvre Busters, and after taking a look at his two studio films, George and Liam discuss Cassavetes's Faces, from the turbulent year 1968. The film stars the magnetic Gena Rowlands, the senescent John Marley, the incandescent Lynn Carlin, and the Herculean Seymour Cassel. Things to consider: first and foremost, who knew that this film was a secret Mad Men prequel? My god,...

Duration:01:02:42

Talking about John Cassavetes's A Child is Waiting (1963)

12/5/2018
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In this episode of Ouevre Busters, George and Liam discuss John Cassavetes's last studio film, 1963's A Child is Waiting, starring the rugged Burt Lancaster and the immortal Judy Garland. Listen to George and Liam constantly mispronouncing Gena Rowlands's name! Gasp in horror as your hosts describe the most terrifying opening-credits sequence ever committed to celluloid! Shake your head in disgust as these two jackanapes discuss the theological implications of which artists might be in hell!...

Duration:00:43:27

Talking about Johnny Staccato (1959) and Too Late Blues (1961)

11/21/2018
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Welcome to episode 2 of Oeuvre Busters! In the first part of the episode, George and Liam discuss the ridiculously awesome (at least according to George; Liam is a bit more agnostic) Johnny Staccato, a TV show Cassavetes starred in and occasionally directed from 1959-1960 in order to pay the bills. Listen to Liam ruin George’s Blade Runner “joke.” Listen to George clearly having a road-to-Damascus moment as he discusses his love for this terrible show. Liam and George then discuss 1961’s Too...

Duration:00:52:19