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Man of Tai Chi Analysis — GC #318

May 23rd, 2019

Episode 318 of the GenreCast continues with the penultimate discussion of our A Man Called Keanu series. This week, we take things international with Man of Tai Chi, which also doubles as Keanu's directorial debut. Man of Tai Chi is a story of temptation, pride and tradition. Tiger Chen's journeys down a dark path, but can Donaka fully bring him over? You'll have to watch and find out. Once you do, join us as we discuss meta critiques, the commodification of Kung Fu heroes and much more. To help you expand your reference points, we expand the syllabus and then declare the film's ultimate fate.

A Scanner Darkly (2006) Analysis — GC #317

May 16th, 2019

A Man Called Keanu continues on GenreCast Episode 317 as we move into the Post-Matrix Years of Reeves' career. This week, we're tackling the Richard Linklater adaptation of Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly. With a star studded cast—including Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey, Jr and Woody Harrelson—and a unique animated style, A Scanner Darkly is a funny-yet-tragic look at drug usage. On this episode, we talk all things drugs, including legalization, government roles and more. We also talk about the use of animation in the mode of storytelling, genre and finally, Philip K. Dick himself. Tune in now!

Speed (1994) Analysis — GC #316

May 9th, 2019

Episode 316 of the GenreCast continues the marathon of The Man Called Keanu. Last week, we discussed River's Edge, this week, we're talking all about the 1994 action hit, Speed. Keanu is joined once again by Dennis Hopper, but Sandra Bullock and Jeff Daniels both appear as well. The high-stakes hit has a simple premise, which is executed well. After our quick reviews and syllabus expansion, we talk about suspense and thrills in genre, the masculinity presented by Keanu, commodification of people and much more. Tune in now to hear our thoughts on Speed.

River’s Edge Analysis — GC #315

May 2nd, 2019

Episode 315 is the kick off to A Man Called Keanu. We're going to be taking a look at the starring work of Keanu Reeves. Each week, we'll look at a different film from a different period of Keanu's career. This week, we start with the early days as we take on the Independent Spirit Award-winning River's Edge. This angst-ridden teenage thriller sees Keanu trying to come to grips with what is right in wrong in the face of a murder. We talk gender politics, teenagers in film, angst, Gen X and much more. As always, we expand your syllabus and decide whether River's Edge goes on the shelf or in the trash. Tune in now!

Super Mario Bros. (1993) Analysis — GC #314

April 25th, 2019

It's a post-snapture episode of the GenreCast. We hope you enjoyed last week's journey into the multiverse, but this week we're back on Earth Prime as Dalton, Arthur and Dustin take up the ladies' challenge of Super Mario Bros. The 1993 film is often discussed as one of the worst movies of all time, and a terrible starting point for video game adaptations. The boys have a much more positive reaction, often going to bat for the film. This week, we examine the film's politics, Daisy's role, adapting video games and much more. Tune in to see how we expand your syllabus and let us know your thoughts on Super Mario Bros.

Captain Marvel (2019) Analysis — GC #313

April 18th, 2019

In a multiverse far away, your hosts Alexandra, Erin and Kirsten tackle the 21st entry in the MCU: Captain Marvel. With only days remaining before Avegers: Endgame, your fearless hosts tackle the biggest movie of the year, to this point. The GoodTrash crew were very unmotivated to see this one, considering its the TWENTY-FIRST FILM in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The gang talks female friendship, how the film targets the wrong crowd, the problematic issues that arise in its attempted solutions, problems in the narrative, gaslighting and much, much more. Tune in now for this specially requested episode!

The Mummy (1999) Analysis — GC #312

April 11th, 2019

In Episode 312, the boys turn back the clock 20 years to talk 1999's The Mummy. The Brendan Fraser vehicle was a massive success spawning two different franchises. It also features Rachel Weisz in one of her first major roles—a great starting point for a wonderful career. Arthur, Dalton and Dustin have a great time breaking this one open. The Hollywood machine, consumerism and consumption, Brendan Fraser, movie franchises, homage and style are all featured talking points in this week's analysis of The Mummy. As always, we give you quick reviews and expand your syllabus with material to flesh out The Mummy. Tune in now!

Chinatown Analysis (Patreon Sponsored) — GC #311

April 4th, 2019

Episode 311 of the GenreCast is brought to you courtesy of Patreon sponsor Keithan S. Keithan usually chooses some fun foreign picks, but he's been on a Jack Nicholson kick and threw us a curveball. Following up on our Women's Appreciation Month Marathon, Keithan challenged us with the problematic Chinatown from Roman Polanski. Polanski is a lauded director, and convicted rapist who fled the states to avoid prison. Keithan had this all in mind, wanting us to explore on the issues inherent to Chinatown. We talk film noir, auteurism, separating art and artist, Polanski and much more. We also expand the syllabus with some great materials for you to chase down. Tune in now! And if you're interested in how you can choose a movie for us, visit Patreon.com/GTM.  

Faces Places (Visages Villages) Analysis — GC #310

March 28th, 2019

We wrap up our Women's Appreciation Month mini-marathon with Agnes Vardas' Faces Places (Visages Villages). The celebrated documentary from Varda and visual artist JR is a buddy-comedy documentary. The two artists tour around the French countryside capturing the lives of those who make the world go round. We rarely talk documentary, so we have some fun talking form. We then move into the ideology of the work and explore the social elements at play. We also continue to expand the syllabus as we finally start to find our footing with the new format. Tune in now to hear our thoughts on Faces Places. 

Wayne’s World Analysis — GC #309

March 21st, 2019

The GenreCast continues to march through March and the Women's Appreciation Marathon. This week, we're tackling Penelope Spheeris' Wayne's World, starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. The popular SNL-sketch-turned-film was a cultural touchstone for many Gen-Xers and cusp millennials. And, we're making this a family affair as Dalton's sister, Carissa drops by to talk about one of the Stuart children's favorite films growing up. We crank it to 11, and drain all of the jelly-filled analysis from Wayne's World. Get into it! 

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