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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 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 19: Blade Runner & Blade Runner 2049 (SPOILERS)

10/14/2017
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Two Blade Runners. Sarah Watt, Max Tarrant, Jeremy Downing and William Chen discuss the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049. Our discussion starts by discussing the bold visual choices in both films, particularly the mastery present in the lighting, as well as the complimenting iconic music. We talk about some of the story elements, particularly the opening, and the keeping of Hampton Fancher as the writer from the original film to the sequel. We then delve into the box office returns...

Duration: 00:43:06


Episode 18: mother! & Mother

9/29/2017
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Mother times two. Sarah Watt, Max Tarrant, Jeremy Downing and William Chen discuss the films mother! (2017) and Madeo, or Mother (2009). The discussion starts around mother! (2017) and unpacks its more horrific elements. We then have a back and forth discussion around the merits of Jennifer Lawrence’s character and the strength of her performance. We then jump into the allegory of the film, wondering whether it is a commentary on the experience of women, a commentary on Darron Arronofsky’s...

Duration: 00:40:54


Episode 17: Valerian & The Fifth Element

8/25/2017
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Luc Besson Space Operas. Sarah Watt, Max Tarrant, Jeremy Downing and William Chen discuss the films Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) and The Fifth Element (1997). The discussion touches on gender politics and romance stories in both films. We talk about the connections to other films, like Blade Runner, Stars Wars, Avatar, Indiana Jones and Singin’ in the Rain. Luc Besson clearly loves the story he is telling in both films. We discuss other visual directors, like Peter...

Duration: 00:44:06


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 11: T2: Trainspotting & Trainspotting

2/25/2017
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Trainspotting times two. Jeremy Downing, Max Tarrant and Sarah Watt discuss the films T2: Trainspotting (2017) and Trainspotting (1996). The discussion touches on the films of Danny Boyle and his fall out with Ewan McGregor. The strength of T2 as a sequel, with themes of reconciliation and redemption, as well as the questioning of one’s past and how they have spent their time. Talk then continues into the uncomfortably of films dealing with drugs, but then Danny Boyle’s mastery in creating...

Duration: 00:42:50


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


Episode 4: Independence Day & Independence Day: Resurgence

7/1/2016
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William Chen, Jeremy Downing and Max Tarrant discuss the films Independence Day (1996) and its sequel Independence Day: Resurgence (2016). We discuss nostalgia, fast food, over-the-top-ness, practical visual effects being more tangible that CGI, Roland Emmerich’s connection to Steven Spielberg, pacing, films both pre and post 9/11, international box office strategies, diversity and globalisation, and the future of blockbusters.

Duration: 00:55:54