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PC Movie Club is a club about movies with 'PC' in front of it. But in reality it’s just an excuse for Aharon Pelz and his mother Liisa to talk about their life long passion. Movie topics vary from old to new, depending on what is in the theater or if Liisa can get the dvd from the library. Themes and concepts are analyzed all the while finding connections from in and outside the movie world. But usually they are just about a mother and son trying not to argue about the movies they saw.

PC Movie Club is a club about movies with 'PC' in front of it. But in reality it’s just an excuse for Aharon Pelz and his mother Liisa to talk about their life long passion. Movie topics vary from old to new, depending on what is in the theater or if Liisa can get the dvd from the library. Themes and concepts are analyzed all the while finding connections from in and outside the movie world. But usually they are just about a mother and son trying not to argue about the movies they saw.
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Finland

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PC Movie Club is a club about movies with 'PC' in front of it. But in reality it’s just an excuse for Aharon Pelz and his mother Liisa to talk about their life long passion. Movie topics vary from old to new, depending on what is in the theater or if Liisa can get the dvd from the library. Themes and concepts are analyzed all the while finding connections from in and outside the movie world. But usually they are just about a mother and son trying not to argue about the movies they saw.

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English


Episodes

Episode 59 - Oscars 2019

3/12/2019
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So here we are again. The Academy Awards were given while we avoided the news until we sat down and hosted our own Oscar special during which we revealed the winners. This year we wanted to include into the discussion also the movies from 2018 that didn’t get any attention in the Oscars and which we would definitely recommend people to see. So this time we will first go through a handful of Oscars winners and the other half we will dedicate to our own recommendations.

Duration:01:57:19

Episode 58 - Valerian and The Fifth Element

1/23/2019
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Luc Besson’s space adventure The Fifth Element (1997) still holds up as one the most entertaining movies coming out from 90’s. Naturally the fans were excited when the director chose to revisit space with his 2017 film Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets. The movie flopped at the box office and was forgotten relatively fast. Oddly we found this topic enough interesting that we had some thoughts of our own to put up on the table. We compare both movies and examine what are the failures...

Duration:00:58:02

Episode 57 - Elle

1/14/2019
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Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (2016) is probably the hardest movie we had to talk about. It is a complex movie with very heavy subject matter. It’s a challenge to define the characters and their motives as confidently as the movie presents itself. But we knew it was a movie we had to get out of our system somehow. For my mother especially it was a major experience that ended helping her with her own life. In our talk we, among other topics, try our luck with analysing the characters and events,...

Duration:00:54:14

Episode 56 - We Need to Talk About Kevin

1/8/2019
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I became really interested in Lynne Ramsay’s movies and because I heard so much about We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) I decided to put it on the table for us to discuss. Little did I know Liisa was more than familiar with the movie and not very happy about it. Apart from Kevin we talk about psychopaths, mothers, Tilda Swinton and other Lynne Ramsay movies we are excited about. We kind of sidetrack at the end towards other directors, their methods and role of actors in productions. I had...

Duration:00:55:49

Episode 55 - mother!

11/13/2018
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Prior to seeing mother! my own mother told that her primary goal with Darren Aronofsky's 2017 film was to see what he was all about. Apparently she never really got him. In the other hand I have been following him very closely ever since I saw Requiem for a Dream (2000). That said, it has been surprisingly fascinating (and confusing) to observe his latest output. Similarly to my mother I also found myself bewildered. So fortunately we got to sit down and talk about it and finally put the...

Duration:00:58:06

Episode 54 - Happy End

9/18/2018
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Despite mentioning Haneke frequently in our podcast, we haven’t had the chance to have an episode dedicated to him solely. But with his recent drama set in Calais, France, which my mother honoured to be the (other) best movie of 2017, we finally got our opportunity to focus on him. We talk of course about Haneke’s style and techniques in storytelling. This movie also gives us a good example on how he examines political content through his stories. We get lost in dissecting the characters and...

Duration:01:09:23

Episode 53 - The Square

5/23/2018
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After Ruben Östlund’s memorable Force Majeure (2014), we were looking forward to his next film, The Square (2017). Especially after it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. A satire about the art world seemed like a welcoming subject, but oh boy, the movie did not sit well with us. And we knew we had to talk about it. If for nothing else, just to get it out of our system. So abandon all hope, ye who enter here. We discuss of course about what exactly went wrong here. About Östlunds...

Duration:01:02:55

Episode 52 - The Wicker Man (2006)

5/8/2018
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To get the whole Wicker Man experience completely out of our system after our talk about the original Robin Hardy masterpiece, we decided to examine Nicolas Cage’s accidental comedy The Wicker Man (2006). Our focus is particularly on the differences between the remake and the original and how exactly the makers of the remake failed to conceive the concepts of the original movie. Also we talk about the surprising merits of the remake. In particular the fact that both films have achieved a...

Duration:01:21:18

Episode 51 - The Wicker Man (1973)

4/22/2018
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1st of May is around the corner and what would be a better way to celebrate Spring than talking about the greatest movie about the May Day, Robin Hardy’s masterpiece The Wicker Man (1973). Me and my mother both really love this film and have been waiting for the right time to share our thoughts about it. We dive into the ambiguous definition of the films genre, various details about the making of the film and of course the amazing cast. The second half we devote for the deeper themes of this...

Duration:01:15:53

Episode 50 - Youth

4/11/2018
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50 episodes later down our podcast series we go back to the beginning. In the very first recording we talked about Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Belezza (2013). Now we return to the acclaimed director with his movie Youth (2015), which my mother has been desperate to talk about. In addition we manage to also discuss the first season of his mini-series The Young Pope (2016). We talk about being old and young, beauty, death, music, writing, religion and how the Xbox Kinect works. Spoiler alert:...

Duration:01:29:23

Episode 49 - Force Majeure

4/3/2018
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Ruben Östlund has seemed like an interesting filmmaker and this film was on our movies-to-watch list for a long time. It was quite fascinating to see what would unfold during an avalanche in the French Alps. Next to the usual digestion of the film itself, we ended up talking about masculinity and the discussion about gender roles in general. And towards the end we also weight in little bit of perspective about Finland and sauna. Spoilers: We talk about the plot openly and discuss the ending...

Duration:01:50:56

Episode 48 - This Is Not a Film

3/19/2018
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Despite being banned for 20 years of making movies, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has found numerous ways of continuing making films. Both me and my mother have been fascinated of his current path and not only the various techniques he films his movies but also how he balances between documentary-like reality with fictional drama. We dive into his reality with two of his post-ban movies: This Is Not a Film (2011) and Taxi Tehran (2015).

Duration:01:07:54

Episode 47 - Oscars 2018

3/8/2018
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Continuing our tradition we entertain ourselves with the latest Academy Awards ceremony. Like last time we avoided the winner announcements and instead host our very own Oscar episode in which we go through selected categories and talk about our predictions and reveal the winner to each other as we go along. This year we had complex feelings towards the nominated movies (and movies that weren’t nominated). Next to the overall Oscar talk we get to share our opinions, among other things, about...

Duration:01:41:36

Episode 46 - Paterson

2/5/2018
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We enjoy Jim Jarmusch’s films enormously and his quiet and meditative Paterson (2016) is definitely no exception. While arguably his most accessible film for general audience, he was able to bring a soft balance to the dominating hectic drama filled cinema. But above all it is a masterful portrait of poetry. During our discussion we praise the achievements, but also examine how some viewers felt dissatisfied. We also explore the poetic elements of the film and bring up some examples of real...

Duration:01:55:09

Episode 45 - Everybody Wants Some!!

1/29/2018
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This time we dwell into a subject matter that both me, or my mother, have any experience about: college in United States in the 1980’s. Fortunately we are very familiar with the director, Richard Linklater, and his masterful career as a filmmaker. Upon viewing Everybody Wants Some!! we saw an opportunity to open a discussion on his films and how this particular movie represents his thematic and stylistic motifs. Next to Linklater we explore High School movie tropes and nostalgia in movies....

Duration:01:31:24

Episode 44 - James Bond Copy Cat Movies

1/22/2018
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After discussing in depth about Spectre with Vincent Gebruers, we spend a lot of times entertaining ourselves in all topics about Bond. One of the continuous comments that caught my interest was when certain movies were referred to as “James Bond copy cat movies”. This came up most notably whenever we dared mention the Mission Impossible series, which has a conflictive history with Vincent. So we decided to get together (with Liisa also this time) and see how far the rabbit hole we can go...

Duration:02:03:05

Episode 43 - Happiness

1/13/2018
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This is the second part of our discussion on Todd Solondz’ career. Last time we started things off with Wiener-Dog (2016) and the various connections of themes and characters it opened to Solondz’s previous films like the cult film Welcome to the Doll House (1995) and Palindromes (2004). Now we concentrate on his arguably most famous movie, Happiness (1998), and the various crossroads it takes us within Solondz’s oeuvre. Not to forget the uncomfortable rooms it opens when exploring the human...

Duration:01:35:48

Episode 42 - Wiener-Dog

12/10/2017
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We have been wanting to talk about Todd Solondz for a long time. For us, and arguably for most people, his twisted cinematic universe was introduced with Welcome to the Doll House (1995) and Happiness (1998). Understandably after watching them the audience might not want to see another film by him, or be left intrigued for more. Me and my mother fell in with the latter and gracefully watched whatever he was able to produce. This is the first part of our in depth discussion and analysis of...

Duration:01:48:36

Episode 41 - Sidetrack: Silence

10/10/2017
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Despite of our in depth discussion with my mother on the Japanese culture and thematic concepts explored in Martin Scorsese's Silence, we could not help no to dedicate another discussion on the matter. But instead of the usual mother-son chit chat, I sit down with Eddy Van der Borght, a professor at the The Faculty of Theology at VU University Amsterdam. He was an amazing conversationalist with whom I got to share thoughts on the theological weight of Endo's story. Next to the themes of the...

Duration:01:30:04

Episode 40 - Silence

9/24/2017
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Martin Scorsese is one of my mother's absolute favourite filmmakers. She always manages to go into the deeper levels of his narrations. She is also crazy about the cultural history of Japan. So when Scorsese utilises his thematic moral core to the Japanese culture and brings onscreen a massive epic religious drama, for sure we will have some thoughts about it. We talk about and compare both the film and the original novel. And as the culture plays a big role in the story, we also paint the...

Duration:01:59:58