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GTGC #251 Night of the Hunter

January 18th, 2018

It's been a stream of great movies with this AntiTrash Marathon. This week is no exception. Dalton easily talked us into the Charles Laughton thriller, Night of the Hunter. A quick Producer's Note — Due to a bit of misplacement, we recorded this episode on an iPhone. So, apologies if the audio isn't up to the normal standard.

Ep. 251 – Night of the Hunter Review and Analysis

In programming this year's AntiTrash marathon, Dalton was very enthusiastic about Night of the Hunter, which he had watched a few weeks prior. Dustin and Arthur had no issue with this as the film certainly lands in their wheelhouse, and through the years it has become a classic.

Night of the Hunter is the directorial debut for Charles Laughton, and it would be the only film he'd direct. He passed away a few years later, and never took on another project as big as Night of the Hunter. For a first time film director, Laughton does wonders in unfolding the story. The film follows a preacher named Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) who is not on the up and up. Powell gets wind of a hidden treasure of sorts, and heads to an unnamed city to find it. There, he encounters the gate keeper of the treasure, a young boy named John.

Getting in to Night of the Hunter

As Dustin points out in the show, Night of the Hunter was named the 2nd best film of all time by Cahiers du Cinema. We examine its merits in our opening moments before playing our game. This week, in a bit of mean spiritedness, we talk about Director's Who Peaked with Their First Film. We offer a couple of caveats and mention directors who COULD have stopped after their first film. Then, we get into analysis. Dalton talks at length about serial killers and how the film is a bit ahead of its time in its subject matter. We also talk about the films roots in gothicism and folklore, and the influence of fairy tales. The subject of the portrayal of women comes up as well.

Now, do you want to hear the story of right hand/left hand?

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GTGC # 250 Eraserhead

January 11th, 2018

Eraserhead is Lynch's first feature, a surreal art film that achieved cult status and earned Lynch the good will to go forth and make The Elephant Man. His first feature, however, is about Henry Spencer. Spencer is a bit of an everyman, while on vacation he reunites with his estranged girlfriend/lover/FWB (?) and discovers she has had his... child. The film sees Henry try to cope as a newlywed and father to an ill infant.

Getting into Eraserhead

Yet, the film is never really as simple as that. Dalton, Arthur and Dustin offer their Eraserhead review and discuss the film's merits before playing the weekly game. Inspired by a character in the film, we talk about our Favorite Puppet Designs. We then move into analysis to talk about auteurism, interpretation of art, trepidation of family life and, of course, sex—a recurring theme this month.

Uh oh, the baby's crying again. We're gonna check on that, while you tune in to Episode 250.

 

Like our Eraserhead Discussion? 

We have discussed two other David Lynch works:

On Episode 37, we talked about Twin Peaks (1990)
On episode 100, we discussed Mulholland Dr.

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GTGC #249 Y Tu Mama Tambien

January 3rd, 2018

Welcome to a new year and a new edition of AntiTrash! That's right, your favorite film analysis podcast is back with the 5th annual AntiTrash Marathon. And we're kicking it off with Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama También.

AntiTrash is always a time for us to get together, really ingest some healthy stuff and then prepare to throw it all away when we hit the trash later in the year. We thought we'd start things off internationally with Alfonso Cuaron's raw road movie about Julio and Tenoch. The childhood friends are heading into their last summer before starting university. While at a wedding, the boys meet Julio's cousin and his wife, Luisa. As boys do, they invite the older Luisa along on a road trip to the remote beach, Boca del Cielo—the Heaven's Mouth.

Podcastamos Entre Nosotros Y Tu Mama También

On this week's episode, we have a lot of fun. As with most AntiTrash selections, Dustin is on the up and up, but neither Dalton nor Arthur had seen the film before—and everyone was pleased with the reaction. This week, we offer our initial reviews and then move into the game. It may be a little spoiler-y but we discuss Cinematic Destinations to Spend Your Final Days.

After all of that, we move into analysis. We highlight the film's political commentary, the importance of honesty, existentialism and of course, we talk about sex.

So, grab your gear and hop in the car as we talk Y Tu Mama También. 

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GTGC BONUS! Bright

December 29th, 2017

Here's a tasty taste of some of the bonus content we are going to be offering our Patreon Patrons. It's the same kind of show you might be used to, however, we have resurrected our "Fired Up" section and the circumstances of recording changes the dynamic. The circumstances in question are that we watched this movie together and immediately recorded the episode. So we are a bit sillier, a bit hot-takier and generally just having a good time talking about Bright. Tune in to this bonus show and become a patron if you like it and want to hear more.

 

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GTGC #248 2017 Shelvie Awards

December 27th, 2017

Hello dear listener, and thanks for listening to your favorite film analysis podcast another year! It's time once again for the annual GoodTrash Shelvie Awards 2017. The Shelvies are a time of reflection as we look back over the previous year to call out our highs and lows as a show. This isn't a 2017-in-film reflection, but a look back at the movies we watched for the podcast in 2017.

GoodTrash Shelvie Awards 2017

The GoodTrash Shelvie Awards 2017 is a great place to jump in if you're a new listener. It is a chance for you to find out what some of our better episodes of the year were, and some of the fun moments we had. It may also give you a chance to think about some movies you should visit or give another chance.

We'll talk about our favorite discoveries, the worst movie we watched, our favorite guilty pleasure, but it all comes down to the Platinum Shelf.

The one movie that needs to be seen and shelved goes on the platinum shelf. In the past, we've put Her, Mad Max: Fury Road, Casablanca, Spring Breakers and more on the shelf. What will join it this year?

Tune in and find out!

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GTGC #247 Batman Forever

December 22nd, 2017

Dear listener, your entrance was good, ours was better. Welcome back to the film analysis podcast that looks at all the films that don't come up in film studies. This week, we turn our attention to the black sheep of the Bat family, Batman Forever. 

Our threequels marathon comes to a close this week as we look back at Joel Schumacher's first bat film, Batman Forever. As we've attempted with the previous films, we attempt to find some meaning and worth in the third entry in the Batman series (not counting the '66 Batman film).

Batman Forever sees Batman (Val Kilmer) continuing in his efforts to protect Gotham. During the course of the film, Batman has to tackle not one, but two big bads—The Riddler (Carrey) and Two-Face (Jones). Batman tries his best to take down the dangerous duo, but he needs a little help from his friends—the Boy Wonder, Robin (O'Donnel) and Dr. Chase Meridian (Kidman). Guys, this cast is stacked.

Redeeming Batman Forever?

Our response to the troublesome Bat film may surprise you. Dalton has oft talked about his fondness for Batman Forever. But, does another viewing make it or break it? Two of our hosts may be leaning positively towards the film. On this week's episode, we take care of the usual items. This week's game sees us discussing Bat Rogues We Want to See (Again) on the Big Screen.

After we play our game, we get down to analysis. This week, we talk about the treatment of women in the film. We discuss the psychological and Freudian themes at work. Dalton and Arthur then discuss the prophetic nature of the film and how it predicted much of the future.

And that's a show. Dear listener, flip a coin and see if you get to listen.

Either way, we'll see you next week—same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.

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GTGC #246 Jurassic Park III

December 16th, 2017

Your favorite film analysis podcast spares no expense as we return to discuss Joe Johnston's Jurassic Park III.

We continue our look at threequels with a look at the abhorred entry in the dino-franchise, Jurassic Park III. Without even intending too, this episode comes right after the debut of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer. That movie looks like how we feel about the third (and at one point, final) entry in the franchise. But, we keep our talk of the newer entries to a minimum as we really focus on Part III—which is why we're doing this whole thing to begin with!

Jurassic Park III sees Dr. Alan Grant venture to Isla Sorna, or Site B, at the urging of an eccentric couple looking for the most adventurous of all getaways. Grant is joined by his co-worker/apprentice Billy. But, once they arrive at Isla Sorna, they find out that InGen wasn't the only one with hidden intentions.

Welcome Back to Jurassic Park

On this week's episode, we try as we may to uncover what is really going on with Jurassic Park III. We briefly discuss the mythology of the series while we give our reviews. We also play a game—Film Sequels We'd Want on a Deserted Island. Dalton and Dustin keep trying to turn it into favorite sequels, but we already played that game—so tell 'em to knock it off.

We then move into analysis. On this week's show, we discuss the meta-narrative at play and how Grant's arc reflects real life trends with the franchise and the field of paleontology. We also discuss some aspects of the film's ideology at play. We also hone in on Grant's character, and where he stands as a scientist at the end of the film.

We then render a verdict about Jurassic Park III. We spare no expense with that either.

Oh no, it looks like we've lost power. I wonder what that Nedry is up to this time. Oh well, while we figure it out, check out this episode and we'll see you next week—Baybay!

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GTGC #245 Back to the Future Part III

December 12th, 2017

We definitely don't need roads this week as your favorite film analysis podcast discusses Back to the Future Part III.

We Go Back to the Future, Sorta

With Netflix November behind us, we decide to end the year with a highly specific marathon—Lesser Part IIIs, Chapter 1.

Yeah, it's a bit ridiculous. But, that's who we are.

We kick the marathon off with the third part of Robert Zemeckis' beloved franchise, Back to the Future from 1990. That's right, Marty, Doc and the DeLorean are all here for the fun as we go back to the wild, wild west. No, not that wild, wild west, thankfully.

The goal of this marathon is to see whether these lesser threequels deserve the disdain they've gained, or if they should get a fair shake.

Part 3 of Back to the Future has us wrapping up Marty's adventures in time as he travels to the old west to save Doc. However, this chapter of the series becomes more focused on Doc as we try to get an understanding of the man behind the machines.

For the most part, all of the hosts came away from Part 3 with a better experience than they had predicted. But, this isn't about the review, it is about the discussion. We discuss the movie as a meta narrative and its dialogue with other films. We also try to digest the time travel logistics the Back to the Future franchise utilizes. We also discuss auteurism and Robert Zemeckis' MO in filmmaking.

Also, we play our game. This week, we talk about movies that should get a western sequel. It's fun. And finally, we grapple with the question—shelf or trash?

Looks like the train is on time, all aboard!

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GTGC #244 Okja

December 1st, 2017

Hello GoodTrashers! Your favorite film analysis podcast is back to finish our Netflix November (December?) marathon with the critically lauded Okja. 

Okja — Giant Pig in the City

The GoodTrash GenreCast wraps up out Netflix November marathon with the much loved Okja. A story of a girl and her giant mutant pig-hybrid. From director Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer), our story follows Mija as she goes on an adventure against her grandfather's wish to rescue the fantastic Okja—a hybrid bred to meet growing food source needs. Mija teams with a group of resistance fighters led by Jay (Paul Dano) and take on the Mirando Corporation led by Lucy (Tilda Swinton).

This Netflix original made waves, and stirred controversy, earlier this year when it made its premier at Cannes. A large dialogue on theater distribution opened up and is still being wrestled with, and will continue to be wrestled with for the time being. As we gathered around to finish the marathon, we decided this was one of Netflix's better cinematic efforts.

We also discussed the themes at work in the film, such as factory farming, consumerism, eating meat and capitalism. We also ranked the Netflix originals to pretty similar results. After all of that discussion, we made a final verdict. Is Okja worth your time? Or is it excess fat to be cut off your 2017 catch up.

Dinner is almost served, so join in and let us know your thoughts on Okja. 

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GTGC #243 The Discovery

November 22nd, 2017

Welcome back to the GoodTrash GenreCast, a film analysis podcast discussing movies you won't find in a film studies course. And this week, we look at the Netflix original film The Discovery. 

Doing It Like They Do in The Discovery

This week we take off into the great unknown as The Discovery tries to go into the afterlife. Set two years after Thomas Harbor (Redford) discovers the afterlife, a prodigal son named Will (Segel) returns to his family's home. While on route, Will meets Isla (Mara), a troubled drifter. The two are drawn deeper and deeper into Harbor's tests and theories as he tries to uncover just what is on the other side of the veil.

With the fourth week of Netflix November in the bag, we sit back and ponder some of the issues plaguing all of these films. The Discovery also has us talking Karl Marx and religion. We also discuss suicide and if the film's conceit is plausible enough for us.

But before we get down to that particular brand of film analysis, we share our quick thoughts on the film as a whole. We also play a game. This week, we explore some of our favorite existential films and have a moment of reflection for ourselves.

With only one week of Netflix November left, we start to wonder if any movie can emerge as a true discovery of delight.

Until then, we saw something on the other side, care to join in to see for yourselves?

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