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Ep. 428: Dawn of the Dead (2004)

October 14th, 2021

Shock10ber: Rise of the Remakes continues on this week with the 2004 take on George Romero's classic, Dawn of the Dead. Notable as the first feature film from an unknown director named Zach Snyder, Dawn of the Dead also aided in reviving the zombie genre for a new generation. We talk about formalism and realism, whether the movie is too thin or if it does have something to say, the approach to fast and slow zombies, and much, much more as we take on this reanimated remake. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

6:37 - Quick Dawn of the Dead Reviews

15:52 - Expanding the Syllabus

26:00 - Analysis

47:50 - Shelf or Trash

50:00 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 427: Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

October 7th, 2021

Shock10ber: Rise of the Remake rolls on with the 2001 remake of William Castle's cult film Thir13en Ghosts. With a cast featuring Tony Shalhoub, F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Lillard, and Shannon Elizabeth, Thir13en Ghosts was the second film from the Dark Castle production banner. This remake dresses up the barebones original with a 2000s aesthetic and top notch production design. We talk all about remakes, economics, foreshadowing true crime podcasts, and crossover entertainers. Tune in now to hear all of our thoughts on Thir13en Ghosts, and find out what's next as our Shocktober Spook-tacular continues!


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

4:36 - Quick Thir13en Ghosts Reviews

13:40 - Expanding the Syllabus

25:11 - Analysis

52:46 - Shelf or Trash

54:18 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film


Ep. 426: Dracula 2000 (2000)

October 3rd, 2021

It's our 10th annual Shocktober Marathon! It's the spookiest time of the year. And this year is SHOCK10BER: Rise of the Reboot! We're landing in the first decade of the new millennium to discuss the spate of reboots that occurred. To start us off, we take a look at the Wes Craven Presents... Dracula 2000 title starring Gerard Butler, Omar Epps, Jennifer Esposito, Christopher Plummer, and more! This updated take has all the hallmarks of the 2000s style of movie making, so we take a look at that style, we discuss the role of the producer as name above the title, and we crack open the movie's take on Dracula's origins. It's our favorite time of the year as we get spooky all month long, so join us now... if you dare...


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

5:26 - Quick Dracula 2000 Reviews

16:44 - Expanding the Syllabus

29:35 - Analysis

58:27 - Shelf or Trash

1:01:42 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 425: Lady MacBeth (2017)

September 23rd, 2021

We wrap up our mystery mini marathon with the movie that launched a star, Lady MacBeth. Or, the Florence Pugh Power Hour (and 30 minutes). This terse tale was made for next to nothing, but established Florence Pugh as a name to watch. This week, we discuss dislikable characters and when they're likable, culpability, the trauma of viewing death, and much more as we dive into this chilling tale. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

4:10 - Quick Lady MacBeth Reviews

20:35 - Expanding the Syllabus

36:06 - Analysis

1:10:51 - Shelf or Trash

1:12:33 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 424: The Beguiled (2017) w/ Kirsten Therkelson

September 23rd, 2021

We're back at it this week as our mini marathon continues. This week, we're looking at the Sofia Coppola remake of The Beguiled from 2017. This modern take on the classic story feature Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, and Kirsten Dunst. We're joined by our beloved friend Kirsten Therkelson to tackle this period drama. This week, we discuss the work of Sofia Coppola and the markers of her films, women and power, race amidst the backdrop of the Civil War, and much more. Tune in now to hear our tale and find out the final piece of the mini marathon puzzle. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

04:32 - Quick The Beguiled (2017) Reviews

16:19 - Expanding the Syllabus

29:25 - Analysis

1:07:13 - Shelf or Trash

1:11:05 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 423: Phantom Thread (2017)

September 9th, 2021

Hello and welcome to another new episode of the GenreCast! We're back this week in our finest clothes because we're taking a look at Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread. The 2017 drama about a designer and his muse landed several nominations and accolades—maybe none bigger than being chosen for our analysis table. This week, we're diving in to talk about power dynamics in relationships, auteurism, method acting, class dynamics, healthy relationships, and much more. Plus, we're kicking off a mini mystery marathon—only Arthur knows what links the next three films, so tune in now and start putting the clues together. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

05:18 - Quick Phantom Thread Reviews

17:52 - Expanding the Syllabus

39:57 - Analysis

1:09:27 - Shelf or Trash

1:12:31 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 422: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)

September 2nd, 2021

It's another special episode. This week's episode is another Patreon-sponsored pick from Bekah. And she chose the wildly weird Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar—a character focused comedy from the minds of Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo (who co-wrote Bridesmaids). On this episode, we discuss othering of characters as presented in the film, we try to tangle with representation a bit, how the film engages with problematic tropes, its presentation of relationships, and the wholesome masculinity of Edgar. Join us now as we break this 2021 release wide open. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

03:57 - Quick Barb & Star Reviews

18:53 - Expanding the Syllabus

35:44 - Analysis

54:07 - Shelf or Trash

55:43 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 421: Sneakers (1992)

August 26th, 2021

We journey back into the 90s with a look at a little gem from 1992 that boasts a stellar cast, Sneakers. A massive hit upon release, Sneakers seems to have become something of an under seen hidden gem. Robert Redford leads a crew into a wrong man espionage escapade. We discuss the politics of early 90s Hollywood, cinema and the 1960s, the NSA, and much more! Tune in now!


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

05:21 - Quick Sneakers Reviews

25:23 - Expanding the Syllabus

43:11 - Analysis

1:04:05 - Shelf or Trash

1:05:29 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 420: Safe House (2012)

August 19th, 2021

It's a movie from the year we began, an always surreal moment. "Nobody is safe. Nobody is house." It's a joke we've come to love, but how does the movie truly stand up? We discuss the politics of 2010s Hollywood, the implications of Denzel agreeing to be waterboarded for this picture, Ryan Reynolds career, and much more as we break open the action film Safe House.


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

05:35 - Quick Safe House Reviews

23:11 - Expanding the Syllabus

36:12 - Analysis

55:36 - Shelf or Trash

57:28 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 419: City Slickers (1991)

August 12th, 2021

We're sticking to the 90s, but we're drastically shifting genre as we take a look at the beloved 90s comedy hit, City Slickers. This Billy Crystal vehicle was a huge hit in the early 90s and even spawned a sequel. This week, we look back on 1991 in comedy. We're talking masculinity, the search for fulfillment, a little bit of wealth and class. Tune in now to hear our discussion!


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

05:39 - Quick City Slickers Reviews

20:53 - Expanding the Syllabus

35:03 - Analysis

52:33 - Shelf or Trash

54:23 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

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