Monday, August 13, 2012

Episode 31: The Dark Knight Rises

After some extra time a way, Celluloid Freaks is back with a super-long episode detailing our feelings on Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises! There are occasional audio hiccups in this episode.

0:00 - Audio & Spoiler Warnings
0:14 - Dream Theater - The Dark Eternal Night
0:30 - Intro
0:45 - What Chris watched (Horrible Bosses, Once Upon a Time in the West, Uncle Buck, The Magician, The Watch)
5:04 - What Kat watched (Joe Dirt, Idiocracy, The Amazing Spider-man, Ghost Rider 2, Adventureland, Soul Leader)
16:46 - What Matt watched (The Amazing Spider-Man, Pan's Labyrinth, Fight Club, Super, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Adventure Time, Louie, Breaking Bad, The Newsroom, Curb Your Enthusiasm, SpongeBob SquarePants)
26:43 - SPOILER FREE "The Dark Knight Rises" discussion
40:19 - Black Sabbath - Neon Knights
40:49 - FULL SPOILER "The Dark Knight Rises" discussion
55:15 - Outro & Announcements
55:42 - Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark

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Horrible Bosses
Once Opon a Time in the West
Uncle Buck
The Magician
Joe Dirt
The Amazing Spider-man (preorder)
Ghost Rider 2
Pan's Labyrinth
Fight Club
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Breaking Bad
Curb Your Enthusiasm
SpongeBob SquarePants
Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos
Black Sabbath - Heaven & Hell
Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Episode 30: Ted & Moonrise Kingdom (guest Heather)


0:00 - Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes News Analysis, Featuring Heather
2:24 - Rita Coolidge - All Time High
2:54 - Intro
3:05 - What Chris Watched (The Newsroom, Safety Not Guaranteed)
5:07 - What Matt Watched (The Newsroom, 21 Jump Street)
6:39 - SPOILER FREE "Ted" discussion
10:41 - SPOILER FREE "Moonrise Kingdom" discussion
16:52 - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
17:22 - FULL SPOILER "Ted" discussion
23:39 - FULL SPOILER "Moonrise Kingdom" discussion
27:17 - Outro
27:54 - Queen - The Hero

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21 Jump Street
The Best of Bond... James Bond
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River
Queen - Flash Gordon

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Episode 29: Brave


0:00 - Audioslave - The Curse
0:30 - Intro
0:49 - What Kat watched (Workaholics, Trinity Blood)
3:36 - What Chris watched (A Fistful of Dollars)
4:40 - What Matt watched (The Raid: Redemption, Archer, Louis CK: Hilarious)
6:54 - SPOILER FREE "Brave" discussion
15:40 - The Cult - The Witch
16:10 - FULL SPOILER "Brave" discussion
24:57 - Iron Maiden - The Clansman

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Review: Moonrise Kingdom (2012), dir. Wes Anderson

The following review is spoiler free and is meant to be read BEFORE seeing the movie.

Wes Anderson has fully recovered from the debacle that was The Darjeeling Limited and produced a movie that is flawless from start to finish. Every little moment of this movie is delightful and fun. It is filled with whimsy, even when discussing or alluding to the less-than-pleasant aspects of being children, such as bullying or overbearing parents (or parents who are no longer in the picture).

Sam Shakuski escapes from his Khaki Scout camp, leaving Scout Master Ward puzzled. Soon the scouts and the local police captain set out to find him. Soon they discover that he planned his escape in order to rendezvous with Suzy Bishop, a troubled young girl.

Moonrise Kingdom is a preteen love story about two troubled souls who find a common bond. Their love story is told so uniquely and interestingly, when one would think that there were no more ways left to tell a love story. I was enraptured by the tale of how these two fell in love and how far they would go to stay together.

There is not a bad moment in Moonrise Kingdom. I’m not saying that this movie is great simply because there is nothing bad in it; there is naught but whimsical entertainment in Moonrise Kingdom, a movie filled with magic, sunshine, and happiness. It even has a Goddamn kitten in a wicker box!


Review: Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), dir. Colin Trevorrow

The following review is spoiler free and is meant to be read BEFORE seeing the movie.

It’s times like these where I’m reminded I’m not a film critic, but just a lowly blogger who also has a podcast, something everybody and their mother already does. I have really nothing to add to the discussion about Safety Not Guaranteed. I have nothing to say that hasn’t already been said in reviews by people who are ACTUALLY film critics/journalists/historians.

I will say simply this: I enjoyed this character piece so much that I wanted to watch it again the second it was over. This movie was light to be sure, and it doesn’t pack a heavy emotional wallop, but it has two lead characters who make me wish I could talk to them and spend time with them. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed watching this.

Aubrey Plaza plays Darius, an unpaid intern at a Seattle Magazine (her boss is the sadly underused Mary Lynn Rajskub). She is sent on an assignment to investigate an ad asking for a partner to travel back in time for unspecified reasons. From here she meets the man who placed the ad, an eccentric named Ken.

The rest of this film is an excuse to study regret and how different people deal with it. Some people dwell on it; some people fear to think about it; some people try to make sure nobody will ever make the mistakes they did. For the people who want to dismiss it because of the premise of time travel, it isn’t as high concept as it sounds. It’s so much better than it sounds.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Brave episode coming in one week

Hello Celluloid Freaks fans!

Just wanted to update you on the status of our next episode. I will be posting it sometime this coming weekend. We had a fun time recording it, but alas, we talked over each other SO MUCH that editing it has become a nightmare. So I've set aside time where I'm able to make this episode listenable, and I will post it when I get it to a point where I've added and eliminated pauses and awkward silences, respectively. This way it will sound like we're talking over each other fewer times, and there will be fewer instances of "oh, I'm sorry, what did you say?"

In the meantime, I will be seeing Moonrise Kingdom and Safety Not Guaranteed, so those written reviews will be up this week as well. I'm in the mood for some indie films this week as you can see!

See you soon!

Review: Brave (2012), dir. Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman

The following review is spoiler free and is meant to be read BEFORE seeing the movie.

Brave is a good movie because it made me care. And despite whatever reservations and quibbles I have, Brave still made me care what would happen to whom throughout its runtime, and I am grateful. Merida is a daughter of nobility whose passion is archery. Yet she is told that she must put away such boyish endeavors and live life like a proper princess and marry somebody from another noble house and blah blah blah. This story has been done to death. I won’t say that Brave breathes new life into this story, but I will say that Merida’s characterization is what kept me going. She isn’t sidetracked by an unnecessary love story, and she learns lessons unrelated to love and courtship. Now that is refreshing!

One of my major concerns is that once again PIXAR takes a first half full of promise and then lets it descend into something generic. Even though the premise of Brave is certainly uninspired, the setup is at least handled deftly and told from an interesting point of view. And yet, with the half-way plot twist, Brave shifts focus from a strict character drama into a generic kid’s movie. I won’t say that the second half wasn’t handled well, but I will say that for once I wish a PIXAR movie had the guts to stick with where it was going in its first half and tell a strictly character-based drama.

Each PIXAR movie starts off like an indie film, but ends like a blockbuster. And while that trick works out for movies like The Incredibles or Wall•E, it doesn’t work here. In those movies, the shift feels organic at the least. Here, I was certainly surprised at the plot twist and thought to myself, “I didn’t see that coming!” But then I realized, “now I know where this is going.

Still, it is an enjoyable movie and worth a viewing.