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Ep. 434: Ready Player One (2018)

November 30th, 2021

We wrap up November with a sci-fi adventure as we discuss Stephen Spielberg's adaptation of the beloved novel Ready Player One. Set in the near future in a dystopian world where everyone thrives online, Ready Player One is a feast of nostalgia and pop culture. But is there any meat in this dish? Or is it all sweets? We dig into the smorgasbord of intellectual properties provided by Warner Bros. to discuss nostalgia, pastiche, the online world, taking back power and means, and much more as we head into the Analysis OASIS. 

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

04:32 - Quick Ready Player One Reviews

16:24 - Expanding the Syllabus

34:29 - Analysis

1:05:01 - Shelf or Trash

1:05:55 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 433: Falling Down (1993)

November 18th, 2021

Welcome back to the GenreCast dear listener! After revisiting our high school years, we're ready to release some angst. We look back at the 1993 Joel Schumacher film Falling Down with Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall. With this story of one man's bad day, we take a look at early 90s politics, the status of America as a nation, masculinity, entitlement, and much, much more. So, join us as we put Falling Down on the analysis table!

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

4:49 - Quick Falling Down Reviews

17:53 - Expanding the Syllabus

29:37 - Analysis

56:37 - Shelf or Trash

57:35 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 432: The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

November 11th, 2021

Welcome back friends! We're reliving our high school glory days this week as we discuss the coming of age comedy, The Edge of Seventeen. This slice of life stars Hailee Steinfeld as a wallflower trying to find her place in the world after great betrayal. This week we discuss the nuances of coming of age stories, style within the genre, the masculinity pyramid that exists within the story, and much more. 

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

4:22 - Quick The Edge of Seventeen Reviews

18:16 - Expanding the Syllabus

32:34 - Analysis

54:28 - Shelf or Trash

56:23 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 431: Varsity Blues (1999)

November 4th, 2021

Grab the pigskin and let's hit the field, we're knockin' heads and diving into the end zone to discuss the high school sports classic, Varsity Blues. We've got Van Der Beek, baby Paul Walker, Amy Smart, and the wonderful Ali Larter trying to make it out of small town Texas. We talk about cycles of power, taking back power, labor and safety, the dangers of the cult of football, and much more as we look back at this high school comedy. 

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

4:22 - Quick Varsity Blues Reviews

18:16 - Expanding the Syllabus

32:34 - Analysis

54:28 - Shelf or Trash

56:23 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 430: Friday the 13th (2009)

October 28th, 2021

Shock10ber comes to a close as we take on one of the two biggest horror franchises we've yet to discuss, Friday the 13th. On this concluding chapter of our annual horror marathon, we dive into the slasher genre and all its messy glory. Race and misogyny start us off, and then we move into a discussion of Platinum Dunes and the CW, small town secrets, and minding each others business. 

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

3:39 - Quick Friday the 13th Reviews

18:18 - Expanding the Syllabus

34:19 - Analysis

50:00 - Shelf or Trash

51:53 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 429: The Amityville Horror (2005)

October 25th, 2021

Shock10ber rolls on with ghosts, haunted houses, genocide, and Ryan Reynolds's 18-pack abs. That's right, we're taking a look at the 2005 remake of the somewhat classic haunted house film, The Amityville Horror. It's our second Reynolds vehicle in just a few months, and so we once again dive deep into the career and trajectory of the man who would be Deadpool. We also talk at length about movies based on true stories or "true" stories and how genre and direction impact the delivery of those stories. So, join us at the table and get ready for another spine-tingling discussion on the GenreCast!

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

3:47 - Quick The Amityville Horror Reviews

12:02 - Expanding the Syllabus

24:52 - Analysis

43:01 - Shelf or Trash

43:18 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

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. 

TIMESTAMPS

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!

TIMESTAMPS

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...

TIMESTAMPS

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. 

TIMESTAMPS

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

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