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GTGC - #201 - The Way

November 28th, 2016

The walk is over, and we've arrived at the GoodTrash destination. This week, on our Patreon sponsored episode, we discuss The Way. Nathaniel Masters, brother of co-host Caleb Masters, donated enough to be able to choose a movie for us. But, that doesn't mean we have to love it. Dustin, Dalton and Caleb try and find the deeper conversation within The Way, but a couple of our hosts are a bit iffy on the quality of the film. 

 

As the discussion gets under way, Caleb appears live via satellite to share his thoughts. The hosts play the weekly game and talk about their favorite and desired family collaborations. Afterwards, they put The Way on the table for analysis. Dalton makes things personal and talks about fathers and sons. He mentions that art is good at critiquing and highlighting familial relationships. He then lifts the veil and reveals the story about the men who raised him and the impact they had on his life.

 

Caleb talks about the multicultural element of the film. He reinforces the idea of community and working together towards a comman goal. Dustin looks at the bourgeoisie angle the film takes towards spirituality. He draws out the key element of going on a pilgrimage to become a better person. But, he mentions that not everyone can just go on this journey due to economic shortcomings. He says that pilgrimages of the sort within the film are designed for people of privelege. 

 

That's the show, dear listener. Again, we want to say thank you to Nathaniel Masters. If you're interested in becoming a patron and financial supporter, go here. Don't worry, you won't have to make any sort of pilgrimage to donate. Now, get your walking shoes and get ready to go on this journey with us. 

The Way Timestamps

00:36 - Welcome and Introductions
05:42 - Synopsis and Reviews
15:58 - The Game - Family Team-Ups
27:03 - Social Media
29:40 - Analysis
51:01 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
55:46 - Wrap Up

 

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GTGC - #200 - Drive

November 14th, 2016

We watched Drive. After four years and 200 episodes, it finally happened. We are thankful to our listeners and friends who helped us get to 200, and here's to 100 more. On episode 200, Alex, Caleb, Dalton and Dustin gather around to disect a film that has become the GTGC mascot. The hosts love Drive, but is it all style and no substance? That's what GTGC is determined to find out. 

This week sees the hosts looking forward. The gameplay involves naming movies the hosts would like to see before episode 300. We would love to hear your thoughts on our suggestions. We then shift into overdrive and move into analysis. Caleb kicks things off by talking about the generic Western tropes that shape Drive. He highlights the similarities between the Driver and the nameless gunsllingers of old. He also presents an outline of plot beats that match up narratively with the Western genre. Alexandra takes over to talk about Drive's commentary on action film. She discusses the film within the film and how it is juxtoposed with the intense yet intimate violence present in the Driver's life. She argues that this approach brings more levity to action cinema and violence. This is contrasted with PG-13 action films and the notorious "sleepy-time bullets". 

Dalton builds off of these readings by presenting a new opinion on the action hero. He corrrelates Driver with the recent character played by Ben Affleck in The Accountant. He discusses these nameless, socially awkward characters who may be on the spectrum. A point which is blatantly raised in The Accountant, but he argues it can be found in the subtext of Drive. Dustin wraps up the analysis of episode 200 with a breakdown of three key components of genre. He defines prestige, art house, experimental, and avant-garde cinema. He then tries to find a place to put Drive

And with that, we wrap episode number 200. Thank you for all of your encouragement over the years, Dear Listener. Grab your gloves, sharpen your straight razor, and let's Drive. 

Drive Timestamps

00:37 - Welcome and Introductions
04:41 - Synopsis and Reviews
11:04 - Social Media
11:54 - The Game - Top 3 Films Before Ep. 300
23:53 - Analysis
46:31 - Shelf or  Trash/Else or Instead
52:34 - Wrap Up

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