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GTGC - #212 Point Break (1991)

March 13th, 2017

After a brief break, Dalton and Dustin return to break open Kathryn Bigelow’s 90’s action movie classic, Point Break. Classic, you question? Yes, classic we say. It’s a film that pits two of the decades most beloved heartthrobs against each other and has surfing and skydiving. What more could you want?

The conversation gets off to a quick start as Dustin and Dalton argue the merits of the film and it’s direction. The episode then moves into the game—a tribute to the recently departed Bill Paxton. As always though the real business of this show is analysis, and that’s exactly where the conversation moves after the game.

This week we start something a little different. As our typical roundtable of talkers has become something more akin to a duo, we have decided to make things a bit more conversational. Dalton kicks it off by engaging with the obvious gay subtext of Point Break and other films of the era. Dustin then brings in an eco-critical analysis of the film’s juxtaposition of nature and civilization. Dalton and Dustin discuss the spiritual and anti-spiritual relationships the characters have with the ocean and society.

This brings us to one of our favorite discussions: violence in cinema. However, the nuance this week is the way in which the film connects violence to nature. We end our discussion by examining how this relationship is realized formally in both shots and color used by Bigelow to contrast the beach with the city.

Surfs up!


GTGC - #211 - The Wolf of Wall Street

February 27th, 2017

On a landmark episode of your favorite film analysis podcasts, Arthur and Caleb say good bay the only way they know how; debauchery. That's right, on this week's GoodTrash GenreCast we're taking a look at Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. It's three hours of coke, prostitues and innovative dart games. But, is it one of Scorsese's best? Or, is it guilty of unnecessary excess?

Before we find out the answer, we play our game. This week, your hosts rapidly examine Careers that Films Talked Them Out Of. It's fast and it's hot, so keep up. We then move into our round table analysis.

Dustin gets things going by bringing up David Bordwell, and examining The Wolf of Wall Street as a melodrama. He presents a strong formalist argument before proceeding with the round table discussion. He brings up the film's critique of capitalism, and Arthur, Caleb, Alex and Dustin all weigh in on the film and its messaging.

That's it for this week. So, get your coat, we're about to head to Benihana's. You're more than welcome to join us...

The Wolf of Wall Street Timestamps

00:38 - Welcome and Introductions
03:36 - Synopsis and Reviews
17:46 - Social Media
18:35 - The Game - Careers Films Talked You Out Of
23:17 - Analysis35:22 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
42:25 - Wrap Up


GTGC - #210 - The Princess Bride

February 20th, 2017

Once upon a time, your favorite movie analysis podcast sat down to talk about a story that has it all, The Princess Bride. On the show this week, we throw a cult classic on the table to see what it is all about. Does Rob Reiner's tale of stories and pirates sweep us off our feet? Or, is it simply, Inconceivable?!

The game for this week is a discussion of our favorites "Stories within Stories". We also have a special announcement in regards to some changes taking place with the show. After all of this nonsense, we get down to our film analysis.

The analysis begins this week with Arthur as he looks at the portrayal of the hero's journey in The Princess Bride. He briefly looks at the history of medieval tales and their connection with the monomyth. He finishes by discussing how we each embark on a hero's journey when we go to the movies. Dalton takes over next. He discusses the art of sharing stories. He brings up the connection that can be made by sharing the stories you love with the people you love.

Alex takes a feminist approach to briefly discuss Buttercup's role in the film, or lack thereof actually. Dustin brings the segment to a close and talks cultural hegemony. He brings up They Live as a counterpoint to help drive his narrative. He argues the ways in which The Princess Bride conveys conservative ideologies and reaffirms the larger cultural ideology of the time.

So come Dear Listener, we'll tell you a tale, of a boy and girl and their love story... And an analysis of that love story.

The Princess Bride Timestamps

00:38 - Welcome and Introductions
03:16 - Synopsis and Reviews
15:16 - Social Media and SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
18:09 - The Game - Stories within Stories
30:59 - Analysis
49:43 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
53:11 - Wrap Up


GTGC - #209 - Girlhood (Bande de Filles)

February 13th, 2017

Welcome back to your favorite movie analysis podcast, the GoodTrash GenreCast. On this week's episode, the whole gang gathers around the table to talk about Dustin's February host pick, the 2014 French coming of age drama, Girlhood or Bande de Filles. Is this drama a beautiful tale of growing up? Or does it crumble under the pressure?

We kick things off with the weekly game by talking about our Favorite Coming of Age Stories. Arthur decides to play a different game and talks about his favorite Coming of Age protagonists. It's okay, he does what he wants anyway. Following the gameplay, which is filled with bad Boston accents, the team get down to their film analysis business.

Analysis kicks off with Dalton discussing hanging out and social groups. He looks at the way life functions within groups of friends, and how these societal groups help us cope with life. Alex goes down a similar path to talk about groups of girls and friendships. She talks about feminism and gender roles and how Girlhood plays with all of that.

Caleb gives a rundown of the coming of age genre. He discusses the history of the genre and compares and contrasts the narratives as when told through the eyes of males and females. Dustin wraps things up by discussing the socio and political factors that Girlhood pushes up against. He brings up the idea of "banlieue films", which are films that focus on French suburban life.

And that's a show this week, folks. We've got to head out for the week, we've got a party to get to, but we'll see you next week when we take on a genre classic.

Girlhood Timestamps

00:38 - Welcome and Introductions
02:36 - Synopsis and Reviews
15:00 - Social Media
16:37 - The Game - Favorite Coming of Age Stories
30:49 - Analysis
51:15 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
57:05 - Wrap Up


GTGC - #208 - The Negotiator

February 6th, 2017

Welcome back where the analysis is fresh and trash is good. Your favorite movie analysis podcast is back to talk F Gary Gray's hostage thriller The Negotiator. Is it a bucket of fun or a bucket of poo? You'll have to tune in to find out our thoughts on this 1998 action flick. But first, we have to play a game.

This week, we talk about our favorite "Wrong Men". Arthur thought he had written and closed the book on the subject, but Alex comes in at the last second with arguably one of the better "Wrong Man" characters.

As the analysis gets underway, Arthur presents a formalist/genre reading of The Negotiator. He examines how F Gary Gray utilizes the editing, camera and production design to infuse a sense of urgency into a substandard procedural story. Dalton is next. He presents a look at beurocracy and the thin line that is constantly walked by those in the criminal justice system. He connects these dots to beurocracy on a more general scale.

Alex piggybacks off of Dalton's reading in presenting her ideas. She reiterates the strength of Dalton's points, before aligning these points with current political affairs. Alex brings up how America's distrust in government has grown. She is brimming with ideas from her recent OK Policy Summit. Dustin takes things home by discussing the myth of redemptive violence. He examines how violence in this form is used to control people. Dustin then compares the approach of both Spacy and Jackson's characters in the film.

Well that's it for this week, Dear Listener. Now, if you're ready, go ahead and hit play. And remember, you never tell the hostage taker, "No."

The Negotiator Timestamps

00:38 - Welcome and Introductions
05:27 - Synopsis and Reviews15:19 - The Game - Favorite Wrong Men
22:44 - Social Media
24:01 - Analysis
50:01 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
57:35 - Wrap Up


GTGC - #207 - Zero Dark Thirty

January 30th, 2017

Hello and welcome back to your favorite film analysis podcast! That's right, GTGC returns with the final installment of 2017's Anti-Trash marathon with a look at Zero Dark Thirty. We decided that a former Academy Award nominated film would be a good way to wrap up our marathon. Caleb, Dalton and Dustin gather around to disect Kathryn Bigelow's dynamic look at 9/11 and the hunt for Bin Laden. 

As the show gets underway, the team offers their quick reviews of the movie before moving into the weekly game. Using The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty and her upcoming film as a jumping off point, the gents decide to talk about potential films Bigelow could direct. So, they name off "Movies Based Off of Real Events" that they would like Bigelow to direct. 

As we get down to our regularly scheduled film analysis business, the gents enter a round table discussion. Each host had a commentary to present, but each had thoughts on the other comments. So, round table it is. Dalton kicks the discussion off by examining the feminist ideals of the film. He mentions that the film doesn't back away from Chastain's femininity while presenting a strong female character. He points to some formalist techniques that support his ideals. 

Caleb wants to look at the film from the Post-9/11 angle. He argues that it is important to understand that this film is more about the aftereffects of 9/11 and not just the hunt for Bin Laden. He examines the ideas of vengeance and revenge and what type of relief that truly brings, if any. Dustin opens the floor to a discussion on the film's stance on torture. The gents examine whether the film is pro- or anti- torture and how well those stances are portrayed.

And that's a wrap for this week, Dear Listener. Next week, we move out of Anti-Trash and back to the good trash. The randomizer has selected a fun one for us. But, if anything goes wrong, know that we're innocent. 

Zero Dark Thirty Timestamps

00:38 -Welcome and Introductions
04:11 - Synopsis and Reviews
15:38 - The Game - Historical Event Films Directed by Bigelow
26:36 - Social Media
28:13 - Analysis
57:43 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
1:02:18 - Wrap Up


GTGC - #206 - A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

January 23rd, 2017

Your favorite film analysis podcast is back again as the Anti-Trash Marathon rolls on. This week, Alex has a host pick and she chose the Iranian-American vampire film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Aside from Dustin, nobody else at the table had seen the film, which is always fun.

Before we throw A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night on the film analysis table, we have to play our game. On this week's episode, we talk about "Movie Monsters We Want to Fall in Love With". It is a convoluted title for a convoluted game, but it is a lot of fun.

As analysis gets underway, Dalton kicks things off by looking at relationships. He talks about how when people are involved in interpersonal relationships, the people involved take on each other's baggage. He also speaks to the cat in the film as a symbol of this baggage that is shared.

Alex zigs instead of zags and presents an environmental reading of the movie. She points out some of the political imagery of the film and how it reinforces the environmental themes at play. Dustin wraps things up to talk about the film watching experience and spectatorship. He discusses the intertextual references of the film and how that impacts the viewer's experience. He argues that depending on how much film the viewer has seen they will have a different experience.

That's it for this week's show. The sun is coming up and we need to get back inside, hit play and come in... If you'd like.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Timestamps

00:38 - Welcome and Introductions
03:09 - Synopsis and Reviews
17:12 - The Game - Monsters You Want to Love
24:37 - Social Media
26:19 - Analysis
43:27 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
50:37 - Wrap Up


GTGC - #205 - The Exterminating Angel

January 16th, 2017

Editor's Note: Due to a technical issue, this is our first episode back. We recorded this episode as the second entry in the Anti-Trash Marathon, the first was to drop last week but the file messed up and we were unable to get that episode posted. It'll forever join a handful of other films as one of the few lost GoodTrash episodes.

Welcome back dear listener! The Anti-Trash marathon continues this week on your favorite film analysis podcast, the GoodTrash GenreCast. This week, we take on Luis Bunuel's surrealist dinner party classic, The Exterminating Angel (1962). Dustin presents a quick rundown of Bunuel's career and what shaped this influential classic. Is it worth the wait time? Or should you cut out early? Find out as we apply our style of film criticism to The Exterminating Angel.

This week's game provides a lot of laughs as we talk about 3 Movie Characters We Wouldn't Want to be Stuck with at a Dinner Party. We then move into the film analysis section to breakdown The Extermintating Angel. Dalton kicks things off by talking about Sartes' idea that "hell is other people". He examines the sociological factors of being stuck with other people and how those underlying tensions are cranked to 11 by Bunuel. 

Caleb presents his film analysis next by talking about the facade of appearances and the bourgeoisie. He talks about the economic history of the country. He argues that the context of putting it in Spain meant highlighting a country that didn't feel much of the same impact of World War II as other countries. Dustin piggybacks off the conversation before him and looks at the film's critique of fascism. He gives some more historical context of what was happening in Spain. Dustin argues that the bourgeoisie hold up the facade of capitalism. 

That's it for this week. Now, we've got to get ready for our upcoming dinner. The table is set, will you hang around?

The Exterminating Angel Timestamps

00:38 - Welcome and Introductions
04:45 - Synopsis and Review
21:00 - The Game - Movie Characters You Wouldn't Want to Get Stuck at a Dinner Party With
30:22 - Social Media
32:11 - Analysis
56:26 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
1:02:34 - Wrap Up


GTGC - #204 - The Shelvies 2016

December 19th, 2016

The red carpet is out and the GTGC crew is dressed to the nines. This week, we wrap up 2016 with a retrospective as we look back at the best and worst moments of the GoodTrash GenreCast. In our 4th annual Shelvies Award Ceremony, all five hosts get around the table. Arthur, Dalton, Alex, Caleb and Dustin sit down to speak about the best movies they watched for GTGC in 2016. They also talk about the movies they wish could be erased from their brain. 

Every year, the GoodTrash GenreCast gathers around to hand out a number of awards; Best Worst Movie, Favorite Discovery, Once More with Feeling, and more. They also determine the movie that deserves to sit on the platinum shelf. A movie that is worthy purchasing and must be seen and must be part of your personal conversations.

This year, there are several shocking awards. Dalton finally shows character growth as he does the unthinkable and shocks everyone with his Platinum Shelf winner. Caleb continues to try and defend Transformers in the face of adversity. Alex literaly partakes of candy on air. Arthur destroys a film that was a pop culture phenomenon. And Dustin tries to keep the whole thing on the rails. 

We thank all of our dear listeners for tuning in over the last 12 months. We hope you've had as much fun on this journey as we've had. Next year, we have some special things in mind to try and stretch ourselves even farther while trying to grow and increase the conversation about film and those who make it. We will return in January 2017 with our 5th annual Anti-Trash marathon. 

So, until then have a wonderful holiday season and a great New Year!


GTGC - #203 - The Muppet Christmas Carol

December 12th, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! This week, the GoodTrash GenreCast has been taken over by those wacky Muppets. Caleb Master's used his host pick power to make us break our "No Christmas Films" rule and forces us to bring film analysis to The Muppet Christmas Carol. Is it a trip down nostalgia lane? Or, does the adaptation have us saying, bah! Humbug!

The discussion gets underway as we highlight our desired Muppet Literary Adaptations. There are a lot of great suggestions, but we'd also love to hear your ideas on social media. Analysis gets underway as Caleb gives us a rundown of the Muppets and what they're about. Alex chimes in with the rules of portraying the Muppets in media. Dalton applauds the Muppets for their ability to introduce young children to classic art and literature. He claims that it is important to grow culturally and that having these art pieces as vocabulary is key to that. 

Alex presents her analysis and looks at the production of The Muppets Christmas Carol and the editing of the film. She expounds on the history of the productions and explores why certain songs were cut from the film. Dustin wraps up the analysis of The Muppets Christmas Carol by talking about Charles Dickens and charity. Dustin then brings up Bleak House and how people can make a proper change and truly help those in need. 

And there you have it! The 2016 GTGC Express is nearing the station. The Muppets Christmas Carol will be our last film of 2016, but we have one more episode in the works for you next week. So, until next time, remember to be nice, and put the Ghostbusters on speed dial, just in case. 

The Muppet Christmas Carol Timestamps

00:38 - Welcome and Introductions
04:16 - Synopsis and Reviews
16:05 - The Game - Muppet Literary Adaptations
28:36 - Analysis 
54:39 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
1:00:33 - Wrap Up


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