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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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GTGC #242 What Happened to Monday

November 18th, 2017

Hello, as your favorite film analysis podcast keeps streaming through Netflix November, we take a look at the dystopian sci-fi picture, What Happened to Monday.

What Happened to Monday?

As Netflix November rolls forward, we decide to get into some more action with the dystopian sci-fi action thriller What Happened to Monday? It's something of a whoddunit, but not quite. In a world where procreation has been limited to one child per family, a group of septuplets are born. The grandfather (Defoe) of the septuplets opts to hide them away to keep them safe. The seven sisters are named for the days of the week, and as they grow up they share a common alias that allows them outside on the day corresponding with their name. Then, Monday goes missing. The other sisters rally together to figure out What Happened to Monday. 

This film is something else, to say the least.

We give quick reviews and a lot of quips as we start the show, and then we move into our game. This week, we discuss our favorite Actors Who Played Multiple Parts in the Same Film. The title is clunky, but we have a lot of fun discussing some of our faves. Then, as always, we get down to business. We try to make some sense of this convoluted film. We discuss the regressive nature of the ideology. The social idea of all being punished for the actions of one. Identity is also a point of discussion as well.

Now, help us uncover what happened to Tuesday–Sunday.

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GTGC #241 Wheelman

November 11th, 2017

Hurry up! Your favorite film analysis podcast is in deep with the wrong people. We need someone to listen to our analysis of Wheelman!

Shut Up and Drive, Wheelman

Netflix November enters its second week fast and furious. Not that fast, or that furious, but it's high octane nonetheless as we look at the Frank Grillo vehicle, Wheelman. Director Jeremy Rush's Wheelman is 80-minutes of non-stop driving—literally. 98% of the movie takes place from the passenger seat of a Beamer with a red trunk. Grillo is the Wheelman, we never get a name, who agrees to drive for a bank heist. With the heist in progress, Wheelman gets a call from an unknown number, which completely changes the direction of the night.

We may have come across a common theme for the Netflix originals, but being only two weeks in, we're going to wait to pass judgement. We discuss our quick takeaways about what works and doesn't work within the film early in the show. And then, we play our weekly game. This week, as Grillo is somewhat of an unsung hero in movies, we discuss our Top 3 Unsung Heroes of the Silver Screen.

We also get down to business. Much like the Wheelman, we got a long way to go, and a short time to get there. This week, we discuss the role of the daughter and trope subversion. We also talk about spectator psychology. It's a thin film, but we do our best to leave you with something.

Oh man, we just got the call. Are you in?

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GTGC #240 Gerald’s Game

November 3rd, 2017

Welcome back to your favorite film analysis podcast! On this week's GenreCast, we thought we'd get a little freaky with Gerald's Game.

We're Bound to Play Gerald's Game

We have officially moved out of Shocktober. But, we keep things a bit spooky with an adaptation of Stephen King's work as we move into our new marathon, Netflix November. All month long, we will be looking at Netflix-produced or distributed movies. We thought it would be fitting to kick off the month with another Mike Flanagan film.

Many wondered if Gerald's Game would work as a film—primarily because the novel relies so heavily on inner dialogue to drive the events. Flanagan's task was a bit tricky. You see, Gerald's Game is the story of a husband (Bruce Greenwood) and wife (Carla Gugino) who go to the lake house for a romantic weekend. While there, Gerald decides to add some spice to the bedroom through the use of handcuffs. Jessie is interested at first, but as the game gets underway, she decides she'd prefer not to use the handcuffs. After a bit of a spat, Gerald suffers a heart attack. Jessie is left handcuffed to the bed in a cabin by the lake.

It is a brilliant set up to a story. It's 127 Hours meets 50 Shades of Grey—well, not entirely.

This week, we change our ultimate decision. If you have Netflix, Gerald's Game is already on your virtual shelf. So instead, we decide wether it is worth watching, or if it should be skipped. We also play our game. Somehow, in all of this time, we have never discussed our favorite adaptations. So, that's what we discuss. We also do some analysis. It is a heavy movie at points, and we do our best to navigate those waters. We also discuss ideas related to casting, and its impact on the narrative. We also talk about the film's stance on bondage.

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GTGC #239 Hush

October 27th, 2017

The Shocktober train pulls into the station as your favorite film analysis podcast wraps up the annual horror marathon with Hush.

A Hush Fell Over the Room

As we ended one marathon, we wanted to transition softly into our next marathon. We will be screening Netflix Originals throughout November.  So, we opted for the Netflix-distributed Hush from Mike Flanagan. Maddie is an author, who has decided to live on her own in the countryside. One evening, a masked mad man shows up on her doorstep. Upon discovering that Maddie is deaf and mute, a dangerous game of cat and mouse gets underway.

On this week's episode, we try to dig through Flanagan's taut home invasion thriller. We explore the choice of a deaf/mute protagonist, and the ramifications of that from an ideological standpoint. But, we also examine the use of the character from a formalist storytelling perspective—diving into the film's use of sound and staging. We also look at the ideas of toxic masculinity and victimization and how it is explored in Hush.

But before we get into all that, we offer our initial thoughts of the film. We also play our weekly game—Favorite Smart/Strong Horror Protagonists. And ultimately, we will decide if Hush is worthy of going on the shelf, or if it quietly falls into the trash.

Now, go ahead and dive in to this week's episode. You can hear us, can't you?

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GTGC #238 Raw

October 18th, 2017

Welcome back to your favorite film analysis podcast, the GenreCast from GoodTrash Media. This week, our Shocktober marathon of one-word titled films continues with a look at the French/Belgium production, Raw. 

It Gets Raw

Every Shocktober sees at least one artsy horror film rear its head. When the time came, we decided to tackle this foreign production that has been making waves since its festival run. Raw, or Grave, is a horror-thriller from director Julia Ducournau. Justine (Marillier) is a vegetarian and first-year student at veterinary school. She must undergo a series of hazing rituals from older students—including her sister, Alexia (Rumpf). Justine is forced to eat meat—after which, the hunger for flesh only grows.

Raw is a tough watch. But, it offers a lot to digest. The film is multilayered. We don't even get to hit everything, to our chagrin. We do talk vegetarianism, sexual awakenings and we carefully tread into discussing eating disorders. However, we wish we could have hit on hazing and bullying in the digital age, general desire and more. Spoiler alert, we may have liked this one quite a bit.

As always, before we get down to analysis, we give quick reviews and play a game. This week, we talk about "Memorable Body Horror Sequences". It felt like a fitting pairing. After all of this though, we decide whether Raw is shelve-able, or if it is simply scrap-able.

So, how do you like your meal? Well done or still bleeding? Tune in and then let us know!

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GTGC #237 Saw

October 14th, 2017

Your favorite film analysis podcast continues the 6th annual Shocktober marathon with James Wan's breakout hit, Saw. 

We Play a Game with Saw

In 2004, James Wan hit with a bang. The director worked with Leigh Whannell to put together one of the most important horror movies of the 2000s. With Saw as a diving board, James Wan has gone on to greater depths than anyone could have imagined—Insidious, The Conjuring, Fast 7 and the upcoming Aquaman. But, does Saw itself stand the test of time?

Saw tells the story of Adam (Whannell) and Dr. Gordon (Elwes), the latest captors of the Jigsaw Killer (Bell). The men wake in a room, tethered to the wall. Over the course of the narrative, they must work together to uncover their connection and figure out if they can win Jigsaw's game.

For better or for worse, Saw is one of the most successful and influential horror franchises of all time. Spawning seven sequels, with the 8th entry (Jigsaw) on the way, it reframed audience expectations for horror franchises. On this week's show, the gang discuss the history and importance of the Saw franchise. The questions of Jigsaw's motives also come up, as well as a discussion of the film as a cultural reaction to the rise of public awareness to torture in American military tactics.

We also discuss our Favorite Resilient Prisoners and Captives in the game, and of course we render the verdict. Is this movie worthy of the shelf? Or, is it simply trash.

Listen now or not—the choice is yours.

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GTGC #236 The Craft

October 5th, 2017

The season of the witch is upon us as Shocktober 6 gets underway. Your favorite film analysis podcast starts Shocktober off right with The Craft.

The Craft Puts a Spell on Us

It is our favorite time of year, dear listener. The leaves are turning and the potions are a brewing. Black cats are crossing our path and horror films are screening 24/7. It's the 6th annual Shocktober marathon! We decided to kick it off with a 90s cult classic, The Craft.

This 1996 horror film features four trod upon high school girls who look to witchcraft to solve their problems. It's like an after-school drug PSA, but with witches. When new girl Sarah (Robin Tunney) arrives in LA, she discovers herself torn between the outcasts (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True) and the cool kid (Skeet Ulrich). After being slighted by Chris, she finds herself drawn into the magical circle that the girls have developed, and soon their magic grows—3 times 3.

The Craft has seemingly come up a lot in the social conscious over the past year, as many begin revisiting its legacy. We thought it was an appropriate way to kick off our annual scary movie marathon. On this episode, we talk about the portrayal of people groups and subcultures, and how even problematic portrayals can be the kick off for more nuanced and accurate portrayals down the road. We also discuss feminism in the film, and whether it is truly at the forefront or just a guise. We go down this rabbit trail after having read this article by Michelle Lopes.

In the spirit of cult cinema, we each picked out Top 3 90s Cult Classics. What are some of yours? Let us know on Twitter, or in the comments below.

Well, the witching hour is upon us. Have we cast a spell on you? Or do we need to find a new familiar?

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GTGC #235 Fallen

September 29th, 2017

The sun sets on #ABWD as we discuss Denzel's supernatural thriller Fallen (1998). And though our time with Denzel draws to an end, we use this opportunity to kickstart Shocktober!

We've Fallen and We Can't Get Up

On this week's episode of the GenreCast from GoodTrash Media, your film analysis friends discuss FallenFallen quietly crosses genres, moving from procedural to supernatural thriller to suspense over the course of two hours. It is the story of Detective John Hobbes (Washington)—who is coming off the capture of a notorious serial killer (Koreas). However, after Reese's execution, the string of murders continues. Hobbes must figure out if there is a copycat on the loose, or if something more sinister is taking place.

Fallen is a movie that has come up time and time again, usually from Dustin. We also knew it was perfect for the GenreCast, and it worked as a bridge into Shocktober—which kicks off next week. Before we analyze Fallen, we rank the movies of #ABWD. Some of the movies from this marathon were first time watches for the hosts, so we took this time to reflection the Denzel stories we've watched over the last few weeks (including Devil in a Blue Dress). 

Our analysis of Fallen sees a discussion of the apocalyptic thriller that ran rampant through the late 90s. We also discuss the idea of the unreliable narrator and the narrative constructs of Fallen, and whether they work through the end. Arthur also has a lot to say about the intertextuality of the film and how that works in the film's favor at the end.

Now, let us tell you about the time we almost lost a podcast.

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GTGC #234 The Book of Eli

September 22nd, 2017

Welcome back to your favorite film analysis podcast, the GenreCast from GoodTrash Media. This week, the Denzel train keeps rolling as we wander the desert in The Book of Eli. 

We Read from the Book of Eli 

As #ABWD continues, we move into the Old Man Action Hero phase of Denzel's career. Some would argue that the phase begins with Man on Fire, and they wouldn't be wrong. But, we already talked about a Tony Scott film, and The Book of Eli is the definition of a GoodTrash film. The story centers on Eli (Washington) who is trekking across a post-apocalyptic America. He feels he has been supernaturally tasked to deliver a book to the West Coast. With the help of Solara (Kunis), Eli takes on raiders, cannibals and the power-hungry Carnegie (Oldman) on his journey in the wilderness.

This week, Arthur, Dalton and Dustin gather around to discuss the appeal of the Old Man Action cycle. There is an in-depth discussion of the evolution of the cycle as well as thoughts as to why it appeals to audiences. Dalton brings up formalist questions about color palette and visual style. And then, Dustin takes the discussion in the natural direction you would expect—theology. He brings up the mixed signals of the films narrative, and examines why it is a damaging tool for churches to use if not approached in the right context or discussion.

So there you have it, dear listener. We only have one week left with Denzel, but the GenreCast has miles to go before it sleeps. We will continue on the path of righteousness, will you join us? Remember, you must walk by faith—not by sight.. or sound.

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