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GTGC - #165 - Wild Wild West

29Feb

Ladies and Gentlemen, our time with the Fresh Prince must come to an end after we take a look at Wild Wild West. That's right, this week we close out our marathon with a look back at the 1999 flop starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kenneth Branagh. And this week, we're joined by GoodTrash Media's very own Frightful Femme, Kirsten Therkelson who was extremely excited to discuss one of her favorite guilty pleasure movies. If you're not familiar with Kirsten, you can read her work right here


This week, we give our reviews and then we discuss our favorite Movies Based Off of TV Shows. That's right, Wild Wild West is an adaptation of the TV Show of the same title, and we thought it would be fitting to rattle off some of our favorites that have their roots in the small screen. 

Finally, we get down to business as we bring a wealth of analysis to Wild Wild West. Caleb kicks things off with a discussion of Steam Punk and the history of that particular genre and aesthetic. He traces the cinematic roots of the style in a very thorough discussion. Alexandra then takes over with a look at Will Smith himself as she discusses how his most important and prominent roles have all been a play on the Fresh Prince character and persona that he developed so early in his career. Dalton then gives us a socio-historic history lesson as he discusses the Reconstruction period following the Civil War and some of the misconceptions that are presented and encouraged by Wild Wild West of that time. Kirsten then gives us a run down of cult cinema, and discusses how Wild Wild West misses the mark in terms of finding a place within the realm of cult cinema. Dustin finally takes us home by piggy backing off of Alex's reading as he discusses the star as auteur and how that helps us understand film a bit more. 

While the movie didn't perform well, it was a perfect jumping off point for a plethora of analysis this week. So, get ready dear listener, your hand better be on that play button... If not, our hands are where our hips be at. 

Wild Wild West Time Stamps

00:45 - Welcome and Introductions
04:07 - Voice of the Cinema and Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Review
13:57 - The Game
21:51 - Analysis 
44:32 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
50:04 - Social Media, Wrap Up, and Announce Next Week's Film
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