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Do you like film? Do you lie awake at night contemplating the meaning of what you just saw on your television or projected on a screen in a dark theater? Join us (Nigel and Josh) every week as we explore some of the deeper themes, cultural significance, and overall merits of film and the stories they tell us.

Do you like film? Do you lie awake at night contemplating the meaning of what you just saw on your television or projected on a screen in a dark theater? Join us (Nigel and Josh) every week as we explore some of the deeper themes, cultural significance, and overall merits of film and the stories they tell us.
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Do you like film? Do you lie awake at night contemplating the meaning of what you just saw on your television or projected on a screen in a dark theater? Join us (Nigel and Josh) every week as we explore some of the deeper themes, cultural significance, and overall merits of film and the stories they tell us.




27. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

This week Nigel and Josh dive into Luc Besson's latest film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. This is a film that has split fans and critics, with some praising the film while others bemoan it. In this episode, Nigel and Josh compare Valerian with another famous sci-fi CGI film, Avatar. There are a lot of similarities between the two, but one was successful with a poor story while the other was not. Join us, for a journey into Valerian and the City of a Thousand...


26. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Have you ever been scrolling through Netflix, looking for something to watch, but afraid to try anything new? Just like any other Saturday night, you end up starting The Office from the beginning because it's a safe bet. Well, look no further! This week, Nigel and Josh discuss Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. One of those common incidences where two studios develop the same movie at the same time. Mowgli is Warner Bros. response to Disney's 2016 film The Jungle Book. Both adaptations have...


25. Glass (Shyamalan is bad...again?)

Here we are, the first of many anticipated films in 2019. This week, Nigel and Josh take a deep dive in Glass, M. Night Shyamalan's follow up to 2017's Split and 2000's Unbreakable. They discuss Shyamalan and his career, including his many cameos. They discuss what it takes for a director to maintain a successful career. Does this film hold up compared to the rest of his work? Tune in and find out! Glass Directed by M. Night Shyamalan Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James...


24. Roma (Netflix's Oscar Winner)

Pull out those cell phones, its time for another Netflix film. Just kidding. Roma is Alfonso Cuarón's latest endeavor that has been distributed by Netflix. Despite being a household name for streaming, Netflix has made a major push to get Roma into the Oscars. Earlier this week it was revealed that Roma received a best picture nomination. This week, Nigel and Josh discuss the cinematography of Roma, as well as its autobiographical tendencies. They also dig into the question, "What is this...


2018 Oscar Nominations

Surprise! Here is a bonus episode for all of our fans. The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced this week. Nigel and Josh wanted to take a couple minutes to discuss what surprised them and what their predictions are for who will take home the big prize. Did they forget something? Head over to Facebook and let them know who you think is going to win it all. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram at @journeyintofilm ajourneyintofilm.com


23. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (There's a faster fun coming'...)

The Coen Bros. career has been one marked by continuous success after success (with a minor misstep, but we don't talk about that). This time, Netflix has opted to distribute their most recent film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, an anthology film that tells six different stories about the west. Listen this week, as Nigel and Josh discuss which of the stories is their favorite, the symbolism in the character of Buster Scruggs, and most importantly, other director duos who've made some other...


22. The Other Side of the Wind

After 40 years, Orson Welles' long lost film has finally been completed. Late last year Netflix released The Other Side of the Wind, a tale about an aging, once relevant director, trying to make his way back into public knowledge. This week, Nigel and Josh discuss the similarities between this film and Welles' own experiences working in Hollywood. They discuss the long history of this film from inception to release and the Netflix model of release films. Join them on a journey into The Other...


21. Mandy (You ripped my shirt!)

After many weeks away, Nigel and Josh are finally back in the studio. They made some videos and wrote some posts, but now the fun can begin again. This week they look at the film Mandy starring Nicolas Cage. This crazy film feels like a drug trip with its bright vibrant colors, crazy plot points, and demon biker gangs. In this episode, Nigel and Josh discuss their favorite Nic Cage film, his place as an actor, the incredible camerawork, and reveal an interesting fact about one of the...


20. 2001: A Space Odyssey

For the last episode of season 1, Nigel and Josh decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. A film that single-handedly changed cinema 50 years ago. A film that people still discuss and try to understand today. This episode looks at the aspects of our modern day that Kubrick predicted, the realities of space travel, examine Kubrick the perfectionist, and answer the question, "Did Stanley Kubrick fake the moon landing footage?" 2001: A Space...


19. No Country For Old Men

What's the most you ever lost in a coin toss? A seemingly mundane game of chance can sometimes have the greatest consequences. This week, Nigel and Josh unpack the Coen Brother's 2007 Academy Award-winning film No Country for Old Men. They discuss the meaning behind the title, the dreams of Sheriff Bell, and the chance behind the ending. Join Nigel and Josh again for another journey into film! No Country for Old Men Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, and...


18. The Tree of Life

Grief and loss are emotions that just about every human on the planet struggles with at some point in their lives. By extension, many people question why so many bad things happen to good people. Terrence Malick with his 2011 film The Tree of Life has attempted to explore these questions in the most natural way possible. Malick examines the world from the way of nature and the way of grace. In this episode, Josh and Nigel try to break apart Malick's cryptic masterpiece by discussing...


17. Suspiria (A Cover Film Done Right)

When is the last time you saw a film that left you speechless? What about a film that days, weeks, months after viewing it you can't seem to get it out of your head? Nigel and Josh had the same experience with Luda Guadagnino's "cover" of Dario Argento's 1977 film, Suspiria. In a lot of ways this film is very similar to the original, but at the same time, it is a completely different animal. This week, Nigel and Josh dive into those differences while also examining the film's themes of...


16. Bram Stoker's Dracula (Where did all the sexy vampires come from?)

How great is Gary Oldman? Seriously. He may have been in some bad films, but has he himself ever given a bad performance? It's unlikely. This week we turn to Francis Ford Copolla's creature of the night, Dracula. Specifically, Bram Stoker's Dracula. A film that seeks to adapt Bram Stoker's original novel while making its main antagonist sympathetic. This week Nigel and Josh spend a lot of time off topic discussing Keanu Reeves, James Cameron, amongst a lot of other things. Don't worry,...


15. Halloween (2018)

October is wrapping up and what better way to end the month than with a movie with an increasingly confusing timeline, and an equally confusing naming scheme, Halloween. The 2018 reboot/sequel/remake, not the 2007 Rob Zombie remake, or the 1978 original. This week Nigel and Josh address everything from John Carpenters original intent with Halloween, the strengths and weaknesses of the 2018 reboot/sequel/remake, and whether a studio should pick and choose which films to follow when making a...


14. Bad Times at the El Royale (Oops, not horror?)

Oops, this one turned out to be less of a horror movie than anticipated. It's a thriller, which is kinda like horror, right? Regardless, Josh and Nigel have a great back and forth over Bad Times at the El Royale. Is it good, or is it bad? The world may never know. Tune in to hear how Josh would describe this to people who haven't seen it yet, Nigel goes on a rant about the "style over substance" critique, and a shocking conclusion when the question is asked, "Would you own this...


13. The Witch (What draws us to horror?)

Episode 13. Unlucky 13. Right in the middle of October, a month of horror films. What did we decide to talk about this week? Robert Eggers The Witch, a Puritan nightmare. How unlucky of us. Starring Anya-Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, and Harvey Scrimshaw, The Witch tells the story of a family ripped apart when they're confronted with a witch and their own sins. We also spend some time discussing what draws us to horror. Why do people continue to watch these films that fill us with...


12. Hereditary (A24's new horror)

This is the film that started it all. A simple text conversation between Josh and Nigel lead to the creation of this podcast you are listening to (or discovering) now. Hereditary is one of those films we've had several people request, and we've been eager to discuss. In this episode, we explore the new brand of horror that production company A24 is introducing to audiences everywhere. Whether you love it or hate it, Ari Aster's directorial debut is a continuation of those A24 ideals. As we...


11. Alien (In Space no one can hear you scream)

Well, October is here and that means Halloween! Is there a better transition from Predator into October than the 1979 sci-fi horror film Alien? Probably not. This week we address some of the hallmarks of a horror film like the final girl, the scream queen, and the "in space!" trope. We also spend a lot of time looking at the Alien series as a whole, the origins of the Xenomorph, and Nigel expresses his dislike of Aliens and James Cameron! We have an excited October planned, and this is the...


10. The Predator

Well, here we are, episode 10. Did you think we'd make it this far? Neither did we. For our tenth episode, we decided to go big. As big as the ULTIMATE PREDATOR! This week we look at Shane Black's 2018 film The Predator. The sequel/reboot fans have been waiting for ever since Adrian Brody stepped onto the Predator home planet back in 2010. In this episode we examine the franchise as a whole and why it isn't considered successful when compared to Alien. We also look at studio tampering and...


9. Mulholland Drive (Part 2)

Now that we got boring part one out of the way, we get the opportunity to dig into the real depth that can be found in Mulholland Drive. After all of the set up in part one of our experimental episode, we finally get to discuss some of the other symbolism found in the film. Things like: the color blue, red curtains, and did Diane really have a relationship with Camilla? We hope you took the opportunity to watch the film again in between episodes because this is a real juicy episode! Don't...