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GTGC #267 The Village

May 25th, 2018

Welcome back to the GoodTrash GenreCast! This week, your favorite film analysis podcast finally discusses of one today's most intriguing directors, M. Night Shyamalan. That's right, we go full boar into spooky scares and twisting turns as we discuss The Village. Also, Dalton returned from the outside just in time. And, he brought friend-of-the-show Nick Sanford with him!

Wandering The Village

In the early 2000s, M. Night, as Nick points out, was THE director to watch. He had massive critical and financial success with Sixth SenseUnbreakable and Signs. But, The Village marks a turning point. The story takes place in a remote village... Sorry. Ruled by a small council led by Edward Walker (William Hurt), the residents live as many small, rural communities would in the 19th-century. After the loss of a small child, Lucius (Joaquin Phoenix) decides to venture through the forbidden woods into the outside towns to find medicine. The council are worried about the processes of their world being thrown off by outsiders. Couple this with an imminent fear of forrest dwellers, and you've got the makings of a taut thriller.

We get into the the film and talk about its re-evaluation after 14 years. Our game consists of us naming our Top 3 Divisive Films. Finally, we purge The Village of its contents. Nick talks at length about the production history of the film. We look into the formalist approach Shymalan brings to the film. The question of the films politics and its engagement with the Bush Administration and 9/11 also rises to the front of our discussion. Briefly, we discuss the film's portrayal of a certain character with intellectual disabilities.

Oh no! We've spotted the bad color! Time to go!

 

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GTGC #266 Carrie

May 18th, 2018

Welcome back to your favorite film analysis podcast! It's prom season, which means it is time for limos, gowns and bloodbaths! That's right, we get back into our normal, non-singing routine with the original Brian De Palma classic, Carrie. Dalton didn't get asked to the prom, so Alexandra Bohannon came by the studio to count the king and queen ballots for us.

Dancing with Carrie

The 1976 adaptation of Carrie set a lot of precedence. Namely, it kickstarted Hollywood adapting Stephen King's work. The book had only been published a few years prior, and it would become only the first in a long line of the author's titles that would get picked up for screen. Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) is a shy, meek high school student. Her mother, Margaret (Piper Laurie) is a fire and brimstone Christian who assumes the worst in all situations. Guilt-driven abuse fills the White household. One day, during gym, Carrie starts her first period. But, she has no clue about what it means. The other girls begin making fun of her. Carrie realizes that her journey into womanhood not only brings bodily changes, but it unlocks new abilities she didn't know she had—telekinesis.

Knowing how much of an influence Hitchcock was on De Palma, we shape our game around Directors Who Have/Would Influence Us as Filmmakers. It's a mouthful.

After the game, we get down to business to analyze Carrie. In this episode, we discuss the male gaze and the presentation of women. We question if Carrie is a strong female character, or if the movie undercuts that motif. The idea of religion, guilt and sex is brought up. And, we wrap up with a discussion of De Palma's unique style.

Oh, it's time for the king and queen dance, we'll see you next week!

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GTGC #265 Baby Driver

May 8th, 2018

The fat lady is about to sing as we come to a close on our Musical Revue. We wrap up our musical marathon with a look at the 2017 action-heist film, Baby Driver. Wait, is Baby Driver a musical? You'll find out in this week's show. Also, we're joined by a very special guest host, Alexandra Bohannon—who has been doing some work on The Cinematic Schematic.

Ride Along with Baby Driver

With a killer soundtrack and kinetic energy, Baby Driver is at times everything you'd expect from Edgar Wright, while also being a bit different—at least on the surface. Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a getaway driver. And, he's very good. It's what landed him under the thumb of Doc (Kevin Spacey), who is something of a local crime lord. Doc uses Baby for all of his jobs while switching out the crew—namely a rotation of Buddy (Hamm), Bats (Foxx) and Darling (Eiza González). Baby soon learns that eventually, blood will be on his hands.

So, is Baby Driver a musical? This is the big question we tackle this week. We also discuss ragtag families, formalism and Edgar Wright's overarching thematic touchstones.

But, that's not all. After our reviews, we drop our Top 3 Killer Tracks. It seemed fitting.

Now, hit the gas and press play!

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GTGC #264 Les Miserables (2012)

May 1st, 2018

Your favorite film analysis podcast returns with one more entry into the GoodTrash Musical Revue with a look at the Tom Hooper adaptation of the beloved classic, Les Misérables (2012). Can you hear the people podcast? Find out in this week's show.

Look Down upon Les Misérables

Based upon the classic novel of the same name, Les Misérables tells the multi-decade tale of reformed prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman). The stage is set early for the conflict between Valjean and Police Inspector Javert (Crowe). Valjean makes parole, and after struggling on the streets he makes a decision that will send him back to prison, until a gracious priest steps in to show mercy. Valjean swears to do good in the world, and his life takes a turn. In doing so, he crosses paths with Fantine (Hathaway). Discovering Fantine's struggles, Valjean swears to raise her daughter Cosette. There's a lot more to this plot, including an appearance by the ever-annoying Eddie Redmayne—we really dive in to our dislike of Redmayne.

You'll find out more about Redmayne in our quick reviews. But then, we recap the marathon up to this point with a discussion of our Favorite Musical Numbers from the GoodTrash Musical Revue. Finally, we get down into analysis. We talk formalism, grace, mercy and law, and much more on this week's show.

Now, I've dreamt a dream about podcasts gone by...

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Thanks for joining us this week for our Les Misérables movie review and analysis! If you haven’t yet, you can connect with us through our various means of social media. Hit us up and let us know what you like and what you don’t like. Also, it would mean a lot if you left a review on iTunes after you finish subscribing.

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