Jun 30 2015

Trailer Tuesday

Jun 29 2015

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.


Melissa’s Pick of the Week: Drive Angry

It’s over-the-top. It’s often ridiculous. It contains some stunningly bad CGI. But Drive Angry has muscle cars and devil cults and kickass Amber Herd and Nic Cage as a man who has returned from hell for a bit of vengeance. If that has you saying, “Hey, that sounds kinda like Ghost Rider,” you’re not wrong, but I’ll add this cherry on top of the cheese sundae: Drive Angry also features William Fichtner as a mysterious badass named The Accountant. Fichtner steals every single goddamn scene he’s in. It’s really saying something when an actor steals a movie from a hell-escaped Nicholas Cage, but Fichtner is what truly makes this popcorn flick worth a look.


Windy’s Pick of the Week: The Red Shoes

I had thought this is a movie for the true lover of musicals and dance movies: dabblers and dilettantes don’t even bother. Then when it showed at BNAT 11, I got yelled at that I hadn’t recommended it to people sooner. “You knew about this movie and didn’t tell me?” So here – I’m telling you. If you know the classic fairytale, then you already have an inkling of what sort of tale you’re in for – and it’s not going to have a happy ending. It’s about dance and obsession – ambition, but also those who seek to control our talents. Starring the alarmingly beautiful (and talented – she was a star of the ballet stage) Moira Shearer in saturated technicolor, this film is simply stunning. There’s a lot more happening than a ballet, but the central set piece is one that will stick in your memory for years to come.

Jun 25 2015

Episode 72: My Best Friend Turned Into a Cactus

0072 QuatermassThis week, dear listeners, we are joined again by author Pat Harrigan for an episode all about QUATERMASS! We get into the nitty gritty of Nigel Kneale’s groundbreaking series of stories: the BBC miniseries, the Hammer Films remakes, the radio show… and even stuff like The Stone Tape and The Year of the Sex Olympics.

If you would like to drink along (and oh, we did drink), we recommend Black Ink wine, because it has a cephalopod on it. It certainly was appropriate to our subject matter.

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Jun 23 2015

Trailer Tuesday

Jun 22 2015

This Week’s Underappreciated Movies

Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.


Windy’s Pick of the Week: All That Jazz

It feels weird to call a movie that I obsess about so frequently and so vocally “underappreciated.” Especially since it was an Oscar winner (in secondary technical awards mostly), and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Writing, and Best Cinematography. All that, and yet a surprising number of people haven’t seen it. I make this my crusade! It’s a backstage musical. It’s a tortured-artist movie. It’s a meditation on the creative process. It’s an unflinching biopic of one of the greatest dancers of the last 100 years. It’s a love letter to theater. It’s a dark comedy. Fosse the man was charismatic, charming, demanding, and driven – and this is his funhouse mirror portrait of himself.


Melissa’s Pick of the Week: The Host (aka Gwoemul)

Prior to the recent Godzilla reboot was this fine Korean take on the giant mutant monster genre. I presume kaiju nerds will have already seen this film, but anyone with a passing fancy for sci-fi monsters should seek this out. Not only does The Host give the audience decent critter thrills, but it also taps into an angle where most monster movies flounder: decent human drama. Many a critic has noted that The Host contains at least as much Little Miss Sunshine as Gojira, and it’s absolutely true: the film thrives on being a bittersweet comedy about a dysfunctional family as well as a thrill ride. Beyond that, the film is directed with real snap by Joon-ho Bong, who also directed the superb Memories of Murder, and who later went on to direct Snowpiercer.

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