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201: Batman Returns - A Waters, Burton, Warner Bros Marriage

Season 2 of the John Plays the Piano podcast kicks off with the 1992 film Batman Returns. Curtis, Gary, and Jude attempt to stay on topic or at least solely within the realm of Batman or DC or Marvel or movies in general. But before our round table discussion can begin, Curtis chats with Dave on why the hell he picked Batman Returns for us to watch. #blamedave

Duration: 01:34:50

Episode 8: Daniel Waters' Heathers

Jude, Corey, Gary, and special guest Karyn discuss Waters' 1988 film Heathers. We discuss kids being products of their environment, Mean Girls, what high school was like for each of us, and what if Heathers was released today instead of nearly 30 years ago? Oh, and what's Christian Slater been in lately?

Duration: 01:00:21

Episode 7: Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men

Jude and special guests, Corey and Gary, discuss Cuarón's 2006 film Children of Men. We discuss dystopias, crying babies, crazy old pot smokers, how books compare to movies, and complicated camera shots. Oh, and what's that ringing in your ears?

Duration: 00:58:23

Episode 5: David Lynch's Mulholland Drive

Jude, Curtis, and Christopher discuss Lynch's 2001 film Mulholland Drive. We discuss swing music, amnesia, Scooby-Doo, nonlinear storytelling, television show flops, and feeling frustrated with this classic mind...fuck. Oh, and where the hell did that one character disappear to?

Duration: 00:49:21

Episode 4: Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson & Drive

Jude, Curtis, and Paul are joined by three new guests, Aimee, Katelyn, and Nick, to discuss Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 film Bronson and 2011 film Drive. We discuss the intensity of silence, uncircumcised penises, and how can you love someone after watching them smash a man's head in like a pumpkin? This episode also features a new segment: Curtis chats on the phone with his cool brother Dave!

Duration: 01:08:01

Episode 3: Joe Dante's Small Soldiers

Jude, Curtis, Paul, Christopher, and featured guest Adam discuss Dante's 1998 film Small Soldiers. We discuss why believing isn't seeing, what Toy Story was really about, and how angry dads make us really angry. Um, was this supposed to be a comedy?

Duration: 00:43:23

Episode 2: Charlie Kaufman's Being John Malkovich

Jude, Curtis, Paul, Christopher, and featured guest Adam discuss Kaufman's 1999 film Being John Malkovich. We discuss consciousness, living vicariously through others, who the hell John Malkovich is, and what happens before a human turns 44. Oh, and is Kaufman really thinking this much when he writes his films?

Duration: 00:46:54

Episode 1: Terry Gilliam's Brazil

Jude, Curtis, Paul and Christopher discuss Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film Brazil. We discuss revolutionaries, diffusion of responsibility, fart noises, and why Robert Deniro used to care so damn much. Oh, and what was Terry responding to at this time in the mid-eighties?

Duration: 00:44:09