Sunday, May 27, 2012

022 Local Hero by Bill Forsyth

As both Matt and Mark are currently in Scotland, we thought we'd serve you up another helping of Scottish themed cinema with Bill Forsyth's sleeper hit Local Hero, released in 1983. With its quiet plot and measured pacing, Mark goes for a more literary approach and comes up with a dire interpretation of the ending while Matt begs to differ. Filled with small town quirk and handcrafted snapshots of seaside village life, Local Hero makes for an enjoyable dramedy that's worth coming back to. Enjoy!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

021 Highlander by Russell Mulcahy

Matt and Mark are heading off to the Highlands of Scotland! (Matt's getting hitched!... kilt and all!) So, in the spirit of our travels we thought we'd pick an appropriate cult favorite: Highlander. Matt and Mark discuss the logistics of immortality and come to the realization that only after about 1000 years does an immortal truly gain a sense of humor (Lighten up Macleod!) So, Cheers Lads and Lasses, enjoy!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

020 Blade Runner by Ridley Scott

"More Human than Human" that's our motto. This week we review the dystopian near-future masterpiece Blade Runner by Ridley Scott. Released in 1982, starring Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutguer Hauer, Edward J Olmos, and newcomer Darryl Hannah, this proto-cyberpunk neo-noir laid the groundwork for an entire genre. There's so much ground to cover, Matt and Mark try to do this evocative film justice, but no doubt come up short. If you haven't seen this film recently, please do yourself the favor. As I always say, Blade Runner will always be about life thirty years into the future, no matter what future you currently occupy. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

019 Adaptation by Spike Jonze

Breaking the genre mold, Spike Jonze brings us a "meta-movie" with Adaptation released in 2002, a "sort-of" autobiographic film about screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's struggles with adapting the nearly unadaptable book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean to film. Matt and Mark explore Charlie's inexhaustible supply of self-doubt and social anxiety, and in trying to answer the questions the film offers up, circle the existential dilemma of passion with a bit of clinical dispassion, but not without irony. Adaptation stars a brilliant Nicolas Cage as the Kaufman twins Charlie and Donald, with an Oscar winning performance by Chris Cooper. The film also stars Meryl Streep, Brian Cox, and Tilda Swinton with walk-ons by John Cusack, Katherine Keener, and John Malkovich. Enjoy!

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