Misplaced Rage Over Wind River

Last week I read a series of tweets from a woman who had harsh words for a First Nations publication for offering a positive review of the movie, Wind River. I will not name this woman because I’m not here to bring any more attention than she deserves – her Twitter account is also protected, so nobody reading this can read her tweets. In a series of tweets she expressed anger over the depiction of rape in the movie – a young First Nations woman gets raped, and it is an upsetting scene. This woman attacked the publication with much fury, and questioned if the reviewer watched a shortened version of the trailer. Here’s the irony in her rant, she admitted that she didn’t even watch the movie. Continue reading “Misplaced Rage Over Wind River”

76 – Logan Lucky, Wind River, and The Trip to Spain

Welcome to The Green Screen of Death! We took a week off, our batteries are recharged!

0:00 – Intro and non-movie discussion

12:35 – RIP Jerry Lewis

16:25 – The Rant – Where we rant about anything movie-related

19:45 – Review – Logan Lucky

29:08 – Review – Wind River

37:20 – Review – The Trip to Spain

46:00 – Breaking News!! Press Credentials for Fantastic Fest!!

46:50 – Movie Club Discussion – Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Next movie: Frozen River)

61:30 – Lightning Round and Fantasia 2017 Coverage – The Dark Tower, Detroit, A Ghost Story, Savage Dog, Tokyo Idols, Assholes, 78/52, Icarus, The Villainess, North by Northwest, The Transfiguration, The Glass Castle, An Inconvenient Sequel, The Hitman’s Bodyguard

84:00 – Upcoming films and closure

Fantasia Reviews – 78/52, and Assholes

78/52

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho paved the way for filmmakers, and film lovers past and present. 78/52 is a frame by frame analysis of the famous shower scene that has often been replicated, but never duplicated. Alexandre O. Philippe (Director) interviews some of the people directly involved in the film such as Marli Renfro (Janet Leigh’s body double), as well as filmmakers who were inspired by Hitchcock’s craft: Eli Roth, Karyn Kusama, and Guillermo del Toro to name a few. The approach peels back like layers of an onion: the audience learns about the bigger picture, set design, symbolism of the setup, the political climate of 1960, then as the layers are peeled away we learn more about the process, how each shot was captured, and the meticulous way Hitchcock lured in audiences for a terrifying scene.

It’s remarkable to consider the political landscape of 1960. The average American citizen was aware of global threats, but did not consider their own home as a form of terror. Even photographing the toilet was considered off-limits during this time. It’s fascinating to listen to these talented filmmakers, writers, critics, actors, actresses all discuss the brilliance of every frame from this sequence. Psycho is so deeply ingrained into our cultural landscape that it has no doubt changed the way many of us take a shower while we’re home alone.

Part of the fully realized goal of this finely crafted film is to gain a new appreciation of a film most film lovers have viewed many times over. There’s a fascinating sequence where there is a deep discussion of the Marion’s internal struggle over confessing her crimes, and accepting the consequences. Water is a powerful symbol and it can be used to represent life and death.

78/52 is a must-see film for film lovers. Whether you’re looking for insight into a film you adore, or just want to hang out with some friends and participate in the conversation, there is a lot to chew on. Shot beautifully in black and white, this is a visually and aurally pleasing film to watch about a woman getting murdered in the shower.

Assholes

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch an extreme close-up of two people making out while their mouths are covered in disgusting herpes sores? Me neither! The film opens with Adah (Betsey Brown) talking with her therapist about her family problems, as well as finding someone else who enjoys the same off the wall sex as she does. Lucky for her, the next patient Aaron (Jack Dunphy) explains to his therapist how he fantasizes about aggressive anal sex – voila! A match made in…hell? Aptly named, this film follows the antics these assholes get into – from patronizing her brother in the film, as well as her parents. Watch as these two assholes spit into each other’s mouths, hump on the streets of New York, and give everyone around them a horrible time, including the audience.

Written and Directed by Peter Vack (Brown’s real-life brother, and on-screen brother), it’s difficult to put a finger on the point of this film. The subversive nature is manufactured to shock and upset the audience. The audience can do without repeated close-ups of herpes sores, but Vack goes to that well repeatedly. Is the audience supposed to walk away with a lesson in preventing the spread of STDs? Did we witness a bizarre collective therapy session for Vack and his family? Did we mention that his parents are in the film and witness many of these bizarre sexual acts being performed on their daughter?

There are a few entertaining takeaways, however. Assholes is a well-shot film by Justin Zweifach. While the content may not be appealing, the shot composition is well-planned and beautifully executed. There is a sequence shot in Times Square that looks breathtaking, all while you watch these jerks cause mayhem and hump each other in the streets. This sequence has shining moments that are quite funny.

At the end of the day, Assholes is intended to be a shocking film that some people may dare others to watch. We hesitate to make that same recommendation when there are better subversive films available already.

78/52 and Assholes appear as part of our coverage of the 21st edition of Fantasia 2017.

Fantasia Review: Tokyo Idols

In Japan, the “idol” industry provides a living for young girls, and fulfills desires of much older men. The girls range between the ages of 10-20, and the men appear old enough to be their fathers or grandfathers. The girls perform pop songs, while dancing along to the music while these men dance and cheer for them the way North Americans may imagine young children cheering for boy bands on this side of the globe. Sounds harmless, right? Kyoke Miyake’s (Director/Writer) documentary sheds light on the dark side of this industry.
Continue reading “Fantasia Review: Tokyo Idols”

75 – Dunkirk, Valerian, Atomic Blonde, and Movie Club #50

0:00 – Intro and non-movie discussion

7:50 – R.I.P. Sam Shepard

11:00 – The Rant – Where we rant about anything movie-related

16:50 – Review – Dunkirk

31:50 – Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

39:45 – Review – Atomic Blonde

48:00 – Movie Club Discussion – In the Mood for Love (Next selection: Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

1:05:35 – Movie Club Top 5 Discussion Full Letterboxd List

1:28:50 – Lightning Round Reviews: The Invisible Guest, A Ghost Story, Lady Macbeth, The Little Hours, Top of the Lake Season 2, Game of Thrones, Your Name

1:42:17 – Upcoming films and closure

74 – Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Big Sick, and Apes

Welcome to The Green Screen of Death! Format below!

0:00 – Intro

5:30 – RIP George A. Romero and RIP Martin Landau

10:00 – The Rant – Where we rant about anything movie-related

13:30 – Review – Spider-Man: Homecoming

22:05 – Review – The Big Sick

30:35 – Review – War for the Planet of the Apes

40:30 – Movie Club Discussion – The Virgin Suicides – Next Selection #50 Movie Club movie!! In the Mood for Love

57:40 – Lightning Round reviews: To the Bone, Zygote, Take Me, Dr. Strangelove, Fantasia

1:09:00 – Upcoming films and closure

Fantasia Review: Savage Dog

If you’re familiar with Scott Adkins, you know exactly what you’re getting when you sign up for one of his films: gory action, cartoon villains, countless henchmen, and Scott Adkins kicking ass. Savage Dog has much of the above to offer, but not without its shortcomings. Continue reading “Fantasia Review: Savage Dog”

73 – Baby Driver, The Beguiled, and Okja

Welcome to The Green Screen of Death! The previous two or three episodes have been tough to get through. We’d apologize but it’s on Hollywood to release better movies. These movies we reviewed this week may have saved our podcast! It’s been a chore, it’s more fun to record when we have actual good movies to talk about!

0:00 – Intro and non-movie discussion

6:00 – The Rant – Where we rant about anything movie-related

11:30 – Review – Baby Driver

22:45 – Review – The Beguiled

31:00 – Review – Okja

42:20 – Movie Club Discussion – La Grande Illusion (Next selection: The Virgin Suicides)

Letterboxd List of Movie Club

Thanks Will Lindus for the list!

56:30 – Lightning Round Reviews: My Cousin Rachel, Constantine, Friday the 13th Part 1+2, Transformers: The Last Knight, The Bad Batch, Nobody Speak: Trials of Free Press, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story, Despicable Me 3

1:12:40 – Upcoming films and closure

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