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GTGC #263 Across The Universe

April 24th, 2018

The GoodTrash GenreCast, your favorite film analysis podcast, jumps ahead to the aughts as the Musical Revue goes Across the Universe.

Across the Universe focuses on Jude and Lucy, two star-crossed lovers whose lives intertwine through an alternate-60s reality. Jude is from Liverpool. Lucy is from the states. On a quest to find his father, Jude meets Max at Princeton. They strike up a friendship, and Jude meet's Lucy, Max's sister. The two try to define themselves and their relationship against a backdrop of The Beatles' greatest hits and deep cuts.

In our Across the Universe review, we give our brief thoughts. We then play our game—Bands Who Deserve a Musical. Finally, we get down into our Across the Universe analysis. In getting to the meat of the story, we talk art and politics, music, presentation of history and much more.

Goo Goo G'joob, dear listener!

Traveling Across the Universe

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GTGC #262 Hairspray (1988)

April 13th, 2018

Your favorite film analysis podcast moves along slightly in the '80s as the Musical Revue continues with a look at Hairspray (1988). John Waters' cult classic is unabashedly campy and bizarre, but does it hold up to the test of time?

As we continue along this musical journey, Hairspray is a bit of an odd departure. The original 1988 film is less a musical and more of a dance film. There are still musical numbers, but they're filled with dance, rather than singing. So, it's a bit off the rails in that regard. But, we still had a good conversation around it.

Brushing Out Hairspray

John Waters moved away from his transgressive roots with Hairspray. Several of his key players still show up, including Divine as Edna Turnblad, Tracy's mother. But, by and large, Hairspray is a much more accessible film, in comparison to his earlier works. Set in the 60s, Tracy loves watching the Corny Collins Show, which is one of those classic shows where a bunch of pretty teens dance for an hour. Tracy is enamored. Tracy, defined in the film as pleasantly plump, doesn't adhere to societies norms or values, and reaches out to take what she believes is hers—with great success. The film includes a plot thread involving segregation, but as we discuss in the show, it's much more than simply, black and white.

On this week's episode, we discuss Cult Directors We Want to Make a Musical. After our standard gameplay and quick reviews, we partner up with Hairspray and hit the dance floor. We talk race, queer film, form and function as we try to dig deep in to the film.

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GTGC #261 Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

April 5th, 2018

The GoodTrash Musical Revue continues this week as we move forward to the 80s with the Frank Oz cult classic, Little Shop of Horrors.

We thought long and hard about what musicals to add to this Revue. We're going to limit our options somewhat by sticking to the 80s through today, trying to hit a bit from the 80s, 2000s and 2010s. We're going to do some more camp, some traditional Broadway content and a recent, not-so-traditional film that's been classified as a musical. So, we hope you're excited as we finally get lyrical on the GenreCast.

In the Weeds with Little Shop of Horrors

In a post-Jesus Christ Superstar GenreCast, we tried to nail down exactly what we wanted. Little Shop of Horrors just makes sense. It has the cult appeal, the nostalgia, and it's a horror/sci-fi genre piece.

It is the story of Seymour (Rick Moranis), a botanist/shop apprentice who discovers a interesting plant on the day of a solar eclipse. Seymour soon discovers that the plant, Audrey II, could be his ticket out of Skid Row. His goal, make money and woo the assistant florist, Audrey (Ellen Greene), away from her Abusive Boyfriend, DDS (Steve Martin). However, Audrey II soon reveals a master plan of its own.

On this week's show, we offer our quick Little Shop of Horrors review, and then play a game. This week, we talk Movies That Deserve the Musical Treatment. Finally, we get into analysis. We talk Freud, satire, race, misogyny, adaptation and more as we dig into the soil surrounding Little Shop of Horrors. 

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GoodTrash Praisedown Presents: Jesus Christ Superstar

March 29th, 2018

What is this a crossover episode? Indeed it is! The sweet boys from The Praisedown, Heath Huffman and Alex Sanchez, join the GenreCast to discuss the 1973 musical Jesus Christ Superstar. 

As we near Easter Sunday, we thought what better way to celebrate than to join forces with GTM's resident CCM aficionados. A good time is had as the Mega Powers unite to bring you a podcast of Biblically-epic proportions.

Gettin' Down with Jesus Christ Superstar

We have recently been discussing ways to cross promote our shows, as well potential future projects, and somehow we landed on the idea of an Easter Crossover episode. It just made sense. So, we all got together and made it happen. We recorded this episode immediately after we all sat down to watch Jesus Christ Superstar. It was a first-time watch for everyone except Dustin.

Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of Passion Week over some psychedelic 70s rock. Focusing on the relationship between Christ and Judas, the film brings many pertinent questions about the narrative to light, while also framing within a surreal context that allows it to touch on 1970s' current events.

We kick the show off as we always do with our quick reviews. We nix the game this week so Heath and Alex can deliver their Tune Talk segment. They discuss how the music is constructed within the film and how it affects the narrative. We then move into film analysis to talk formalism, theology and more about the music.

It's a good time.

Well, look's like the stone is rolling away. We'll see you next week!

 

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GTGC #259 Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory

March 23rd, 2018

Welcome to another edition of your favorite film analysis podcast, the GoodTrash GenreCast. On this week's episode, we take a look at the world's longest commercial, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In a surprising turn of events, Dustin somehow never watched Willy Wonka in his youth. Does the film hit the sweet spot? Or, will this much candy give us a stomach ache?

A Tour of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

The cult classic, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, is a black comedy for the ages. Directed by Mel Stuart, this fantasy/musical sees Charlie Bucket, and four others, win golden tickets. These special tickets grant them the privilege of visiting the mysterious Wonka chocolate factory. Once inside, the children and their guests soon learn Willy Wonka is much more than simply eccentric.

We're making an effort here at GoodTrash to diversify, not only in the directors that we choose, but also the age of the films we choose. We admit we like to get stuck in the 90s and 2000s, so we're going to try and reach farther back occasionally. On this week's show, we Recast Willy Wonka in an effort to erase the Johnny Depp debacle. We then movie into our analysis of Willy Wonka. We talk racism, colonialism, capitalism and many more -isms.

So, grab your everlasting gobstoppers, and dive in to the chocolate river with us!

 

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GTGC #258 Bloodsport

March 17th, 2018

Hello and welcome back to your favorite film analysis podcast, the GenreCast from GoodTrash Media. We're back to the trashy basics with a look at the 1988 Cannon production of Bloodsport. The film marks Jean-Claude Van Damme's first starring turn. Is it lovable campy fun? Or should it have met its fate in the kumite.

Battling Bloodsport

1988's Bloodsport tells the story of Frank Dux (pronounced Dukes). Frank (JCVD) is a special ops agent who goes AWOL to battle in a mysterious tournament known as the kumite. While on the lam, Frank meets a journalist trying to get the real story on the kumite, befriends a loveable ogre of a man and stares down a monster of a competitor named Chong Li, who isn't afraid to kill for the win. The best part? All of this is based on a true story.

On this week's show, we rundown our Favorite Cinematic Sports Tournaments. We then get down to business. As we analyze Bloodsport, we discuss racism, the Great White Hero, separating fact from fiction and more in an effort to cut deep into the cult classic.

Are you ready for some action?

 

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GTGC #257 Children of Men

March 10th, 2018

Welcome to another edition of your favorite film analysis podcast, the GoodTrash GenreCast. On this week's show, we discuss a movie that has come up a whole bunch in GTGC history, Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men. And yes, this is our second Cuaron film this year, but it's totall worth it.

On our Princess Mononoke episode, we pondered what movies we had recommended as else or instead suggestions the most. So, with the incredible help of the great Keithan Smith, we got a list together. Looking at the overall list, we wanted to break it down to the movies we had recommended, but hadn't watched for the show yet. Some of the top titles were The Shining, Men in Black, Blade Runner and Children of Men. After a fun Twitter poll, Children of Men was selected by YOU to be next on the show!

The Spectacle of Children of Men

The 2006 dystopian sci-fi bombed upon release. Telling the story of a bureaucratic worker named Theo (Clive Owen), Children of Men takes us into an eerily familiar near future where infertility has stopped reproduction. On the day that the last person to be born is killed, Theo gets pulled into a rebellious scheme by his activist ex, Julian (Julianne Moore). Julian recruits Theo to help her transport a young girl named Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey) to a group called the Human Project. Once the plan goes south, Theo discovers Kee is somehow pregnant. Understanding the full scope of the situation, Theo knows he has to risk it all to get Kee to the Human Project.

We are all big fans of Children of Men. But, the film is eerily prescient in 2018. Dustin has a lot for us to unpack on this week's episode, as we talk about globalization, utopia, hope, humanity and long takes. We also play our weekly game. This week? Favorite Cold Opens. It was cinematic cold opens, but Dustin cheated and went to the small screen. And of course, we program some Else or Instead marathons to go with Children of Men. 

Now, pull our finger.

 

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GTGC #256 Heathers

March 2nd, 2018

Welcome back to your favorite film analysis podcast, the GoodTrash GenreCast. We bounce back from the mediocrity that was Aeon Flux with a look at 1988's Heathers. But that's not all! We are joined by a special guest this week. GoodTrash's own Frightful Femme Kirsten Therkelson sits down to discuss the film, which she has pegged on Letterboxd as a perfect film. If you think Kirsten has good taste in film, you should listen to her and Dalton discuss her history of film.

Class is in Session with Heathers

The 1988 cult classic Heathers features Winona Ryder as Veronica. Veronica is a member of the Heathers clique—made up of all girls named Heather. As Veronica grows tired of their bullying antics, she falls into a relationship with JD (Christian Slater). JD is a bit of a bad boy, and when Veronica figuratively exclaims how she wishes the Heathers would just die. JD literally takes her up on the idea.

This week, we quickly offer up our Heathers review, which is fairly unanimous across the board. We then get into our gameplay where we rundown our Most Charming Pop Culture Psychopaths. But that's not all, we also crack open all of the subtext at work in Heathers. We hit on topics of school violence, feminism, sexual politics, absurdism and much more on this week's episode.

Oh, there's the bell for lunch. Guess it's time for a LUNCHTIME POLL!

 

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GTGC #255 Aeon Flux

February 22nd, 2018

Your favorite film analysis podcast is back to attempt to bring our trademark film analysis to the 2005 adaptation of Æon Flux. Karyn Kusama's (Jennifer's Body, The Invitation) follow up to Girlfight received mostly negative reviews, but does it deserve a re-evaluation? We get to the heart of the matter in this week's episode of the GoodTrash GenreCast.

Suiting Up with Æon Flux

Based off of an MTV-produced anime that began airing in 1991, Æon Flux is the story of a contract operative who is helping a rebellion take down the authoritarian government, led by Trevor Goodchild (Marton Csokas). The titular character, played by Charlize Theron, develops a more personal stake in the takedown as events progress. During her mission, she begins to encounter a new mystery that will change everything.

This week, we do our best to flesh out Æon Flux. We discuss MTV Studios, reincarnation and cloning, and the heavy themes that the film tries to engage with. We also play a game, discussing Directors Who Should Make an Action Film.

The flu is beginning to spread, don't you want our content to be the last you consume?

 

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GTGC #254 Creed

February 16th, 2018

Hello and welcome back to your favorite film analysis podcast, the GoodTrash GenreCast. Your lovable hosts are back this week to go twelve rounds with Creed, Ryan Coogler's sophomore effort after Fruitvale Station. Dalton was very vocal about Fruitvale Station and Creed is an incredible follow up. And of course, all of this was done in celebration of Marvel's Black Panther release.

In the Ring with Creed

Ryan Coogler's Creed is a sequel/spin-off of the Rocky franchise. Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) is the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky's foe-turned-friend. Although Apollo died before Adonis was born, Adonis has boxing in his blood. With nobody willing to train him on the West Coast, Donnie packs up and goes to Philadelphia in hopes of seeking out Rocky (Stallone). Once there, he and Rocky form a relationship that will test the bonds of friendship and family. Oh, and there's boxing involved.

On this week's episode, we kick things off with our game. We talk about Lega-sequels We Want to See. After some fun suggestions, we get down to business and try to offer some Creed analysis. We discuss race, class and formalist techniques on this week's episode.

We then decide whether to shelve Creed or put it in the trash.

Oh! There's the knockdown. Will you answer the ten count?

 

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