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GTGC #222 - The Voices

June 27th, 2017

Hey we're back with The Voices! 

 

This week we explore mental illness, popular perceptions thereof and the nuances of medication. Also tune in for our game in which we discuss actors we would like to play the voices in our heads.

Next Week: War on Everyone!

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GTGC #221 - DeadCenter 2017

June 13th, 2017

Hey Gang! We did not do a show on The Voices this week because we went to DeadCenter!

 

According to Wikipedia:

The deadCENTER Film Festival was founded in 2001 in Oklahoma City. The festival was named "deadCENTER" because it is located in the exact center of the United States. Although presenting over a hundred films, and an international assemblage of filmmakers, deadCENTER has remained focused on being open to independent local filmmakers.[1]

According to Us: It's a ton of fun! We saw a bunch of movies and did some quick and dirty recaps, live from just outside the theater on what Dalton and Dustin saw together. Even if you are not from the OKC metro, there's some good gems to be found that will be getting broader theatrical and VOD distrubution in the weeks and months to come. 

 

So sit back and give us a listen and let us know what you think. Next Week: The Voices!

 

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GTGC #220 Daybreakers

June 5th, 2017

Get ready for Vampires as we discuss Daybreakers!

 

Dalton and Dustin are back in the studio talking about Daybreakers. Weirdly, this makes an excellent pairing with last week's film, Bulworth. There's defintely a spectre haunting the GTGC studios as we discuss, please join the conversation!

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GTGC #219 Bulworth

May 29th, 2017

GTGC is back to your regularly scheduled programming with Bulworth!

 

This is one of those movies that most people missed in the waning years of the Clinton Adminstration. Here Warren Beatty sends up the Democratic Party as one far too committed to donors rather than the leftist ideology that forms its platform.

Our Game this week is some dream casting for political roles we would like to see. Likely because this film makes us so aware of race, we tended to avoid white guys for these selections, so get ready for some slightly off-beat picks.

Once we get down to business the discussion is all about Allies, Race, Gender and messianism in progressive politics. Get ready for a politics heavy discussion and don't forget to comment!

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GTGC #218 A Fistful of Dollars

May 22nd, 2017

We are back in the studio with A Fistful of Dollars.

 

Part of the reason for our delay was a death in Dustin's family, and in honor of his grandfather, we are watching one of his favorite films, A Fistful of Dollars.

We are also especially thrilled this week to announce the return of a guest host this week, Arthur Gordon.

 

So hunker down with a bowlful of spaghetti and we talk Italian Westerns, Clint Eastwood, and the 1960's counter-culture.

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GTGC #217 Manhunter

May 16th, 2017

We apologize for the delay, dear listeners but we are back in the saddle again. This episode has been in the can for a month now, and we have next week's show already ready recorded to keep bringing you all the GoodTrash goodness you crave. 

This week Dustin and Dalton are joined in the studio by Alexandra Bohannon as we discuss Michael Mann's Manhunter. We talk all think Lector, with and and without the letter "k" and talk a lot about the aesthetics of this film.

We don't necessarily love it nor do we hate it. Nonetheless we would love to hear your thoughts via social media.

Producer's Note: We when got together a month later, we recorded a show on Sergio Leone's Fistful of Dollars rather than Bullworth. Bullworth is still on the schedule, and we will release it in two weeks.

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GTGC #216 The Karate Kid (1984)

April 11th, 2017

Dalton and Dustin are back at it again this time we take on The Karate Kid. That's right it's two weeks in a row that we get to talk about martial arts and a whole lot more.

Dustin likes this movie (mostly due to nostalgia) a whole lot more than Dalton but that's not enough for both of us to give a generally positive reaction to this film. So it doesn't look like we will put the movie in a body bag, but will we? From there we get on to our favorite movie mentors in which there are few surprises to long time listeners to the show. The Karate Kid inspires us in ways very similar to what Hollywood film does a lot of and we have lots of game picks.

Once we get down to analysis, we talk about racism at first. We then move to the gender dynamics of the film, and even get to talk a bit about class issues surrounding the film. We engage the question of who is the real protagonist of the film and come to the conclusion that Mr. Miyagi is far more interesting than Daniel. However, that is just a warm up to get us to a favorite topic at GoodTrash where we get to talk about violence. There are some interesting tropes we identify and we even get to talk about the theological pacifist traditions of both the East and West. It is as always a rip-roaring good time!

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GTGC #215 The Kiiler

April 3rd, 2017

We have a great time talking about this early John Woo film in which we see the first John Woo's famous Doves. Before we get to the analysis and figure out what (if anything) they may mean we have to recognize that these birds become a major icon of action cinema. As such, this week's game is our favorite action cinema iconography. There are lots of great images and trope used in action cinema and we have a blast talking about them and are very excited to hear your feedback, dear listener.

Once we get down to business, the conversation is pretty free-wheeling. First we discuss this film as a distinctively Hong Kong film as opposed to action movies from mainland China. We then shift over to a conversation about the female lead Jenny. We decide quickly that she is not so much a lead and more or less a plot device and that leaves both of us decidedly unhappy. That said, we move on to a discussion about the use of physical handicaps in Asian film, especially of the blind or one-handed swordsman variety which leads us to one of our favorite topics: the myth of redemptive violence. Here we become much happier with the film as we find its blend of Catholic and Buddhist iconography to provide an excellent counter-narrative to the myth and a great handle to discuss the globalization of action films. All in all we had a great time and invite you all to join in!

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GTGC #214 - Clueless

March 27th, 2017

The ground for good discussion on Clueless is laid quickly in our brief review section as our co-hosts find themselves split on the overall quality of the film. Dustin, being from the generation the film was made for, finds he now actively dislikes the film which he quite appreciated at 19. Dalton on the other hand comes to the defense of Clueless as a film he doesn't love, but certainly sees the value of.

The show then moves to gameplay as the hosts discuss their favorite teen romance films. Specific films are obviously covered, but it isn't long before it becomes more general breakdown of what makes a good teen movie. Things then get closed out with a brief sub-game in which Dustin and Dalton discuss their favorite films from the king of 1980's teen movies, John Hughes.

With more time left for games, the hosts get down to business and talk analysis. The major topics are queer representation and to a lesser extent racial representation, class awareness and finally what it means to be a teenager.

That's it for this week listener, but if you think we're done, well as if! Stay tuned next week as the gang is getting ready to discuss a seminal work of international action cinema. See you then!

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GTGC #213 The Running Man

March 20th, 2017

This week we examine a film loosely based on the novel The Running Man, by Stephen King, writing as Richard Bauchman. Arnold is up to his usually cheekiness, full of efficient distribution of violence and perhaps violent one-liners. It's so 80's-tastic and yet very much a film for contemporary thinking and we would love you all to tune in.

We begin this week as always talking about our opinion of the film and generally find this to be pretty disposable (spoiler alert). However, despite its overall schlockiness, we find this film to to be ripe for analysis.

The show warms up with this week's game, our favorite manhunt films. Be sure and listen closely here dear listener, because though we mention several films that have been mentioned and even the subject of previous episodes, there are some gems in here to add to your GoodTrash syllabus.

Once we get down to analysis, we begin with a conversation about the prescience of a film made in 1987 that depicts a future 2017. This leads to a conversation about the cycles of anti-fascist cinema of the 80's, the early 2000's and today. We then move to a discussion of the misogyny of this film and it's relationship to rape culture and the difficulty of filming confrontations between men and women. Finally, our conversation moves to a discussion of the surveillance state, reality TV, and the difficulty of disappearing in the 21st century.

Get into it!

 

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