81 – Winchester, The Cloverfield Paradox, and Suspiria

Welcome to The Green Screen of Death! Thank you for checking us out. This episode is lighter than usual due to the lack of movies playing theatrically right now.

0:00 – Intro with non-movie talk
6:08 – #SaveTheRio
8:23 – The Rant – Where we rant about anything movie-related
15:05 – Review – Winchester
21:00 – Review – The Cloverfield Paradox
29:00 – Movie Club – Suspiria (Next selection: Columbus)
43:30 – Lightning Round Reviews – May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, David Bowie: The Last Five Years, Racer and the Jailbird, The End of the Fucking World
49:45 – Upcoming films and closure

Top 10 Films of 2017

Welcome to The Green Screen of Death! We’re happy to be back and to bring you our Top 10 Films of 2017. We also have a large lightning round review section to catch up our listeners to the movies we have watched over the past weeks. We hope you enjoy, and thank you so much for your support! <3 0:00 - Intro and non-movie talk 9:44 - The Rant 12:50 - Lightning Round - Lightning Round - BPM, Faces Places, I Tonya, Wonderstruck, Hostiles, Call Me By Your Name, Bright, Alpha Go, Pitch Perfect 3, Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread, Insidious: The Last Key, Ferdinand, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Jumanji, All the Money in the World, The Commuter, Paddington 2, Wormwood, Dave Chapelle, 12 Strong, Den of Thieves, Inside, Mom and Dad, Molly’s Game 41:02 - Movie Club - The Spirit of the Beehive - Next Movie Club movie: Suspiria 47:03 - Top Films of 2017

Fantastic Fest 2017 – Top 5 w/Movie Bears Podcast

Welcome to The Green Screen of Death! This episode is long overdue! This is an Avengers style episode featuring Adrian and Bill joining forces with Movie Bears Podcast! It was a joy to spend quality time with: Brad, Jim, and Will! Adrian was lucky to meet the guys at SXSW back in 2015.

Please check out Movie Bears Podcast here

We break down our Top 5 movies at Fantastic Fest and offer thoughts on the fest. This episode was recorded moments after the closing film.

79 – Lady Bird, The Shape of Water, and The Post

Welcome back to The Green Screen of Death! We took a three month hiatus. Life got in the way, the movies were bad, and it turns out many men in Hollywood are actual trash. It was a rough time to be a movie lover, but we’re back! This episode is lengthy because we had a lot of ground to cover. Please refer to the show notes if you want to jump to specific material. Huge thank you to the people who encouraged us to get the show back on the road!

0:00 – Intro and catch-up

16:50 – The Rant – Where we rant about anything movie-related

20:40 – Review: Lady Bird

29:50 – Review: The Shape of Water

36:35 – Review: The Post

45:15 – The Lightning Round (Supersize edition!) American Made, The Florida Project, Blade Runner 2049, Jigsaw, Happy Death Day, Thor: Ragnorok, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Coco, The Disaster Artist, Justice League, Jim and Andy, Breathe, BPM (Beats Per Minute), Faces Places, Lucky, AlphaGo, Brad’s Status, Happy End, Call Me By Your Name, The Foreigner, Borg vs. McEnroe, Columbus, The Work, The Mountain Between Us, The Lego Ninjago Movie, Wonderstruck, Long Time Running, Geostorm (25 minutes), The Snowman (1 hour plus), The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse, Junk Head, Thank You For Your Service, Suburbicon, A Bad Moms Christmas, Murder on the Orient Express, Mudbound, First They Killed My Father, Beyond Skyline, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Last Flag Flying, The Breadwinner, Molly’s Game, VIFF Top 10, Scary Mother

1:37:30 – Upcoming movies and closure

Fantastic Fest 2017 – The Death of Stalin, Wheelman, Blue My Mind, and Downsizing

Welcome to The Green Screen of Death! We’re proud to offer more coverage to Fantastic Fest 2017. Please check show notes below for our format.

0:00 – Intro

1:35 – Review – The Death of Stalin

7:35 – Review – Wheelman

13:30 – Review – Blue My Mind

19:02 – Review – Downsizing

23:10 – Lightning reviews – Tigers Are Not Afraid, My Friend Dahmer, The Cured, 3ft Ball and Souls, V.I.P., Five Fingers for Marseilles, Super Dark Times, 1%, Revenge, Haunters: The Art of the Scare, Juvenile, Fantastic Fest Shorts, Gemini, Bodied, Jupiter’s Moon

40:00 – Closure

Fantastic Fest 2017 – World of Tomorrow Episode 2, Bodied, and The Endless

Welcome to The Green Screen of Death! Thank you for checking us out. We’re proud to present our reviews from Days 3-4 of the fest. There’s a lot of great stuff here, so do yourself a favor and check it out!

0:00 – Intro

0:56 – Review – World of Tomorrow Episode 2: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts

7:45 – Review – Bodied

12:55 – Review – The Endless

18:15 – Lightning Round Reviews: Applecart, Junk Head, 1922, Brawl in Cell Block 99, Take It Out in Trade, Mom and Dad, The Square, Top Knot Detective, Les Affames, Blade of the Immortal

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review – World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts

Don Hertzfeldt has been ascending as a filmmaker for years – World of Tomorrow felt like the peak of his career, it appears his ascension will continue. World of Tomorrow: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts takes the audience back into Emily Prime’s world, while introducing new versions of her, including Emily 6, who serves the same purpose as a backup hard drive for Emily Prime. Hertzfeldt takes a plunge into new depths of the human spirit, human emotions, and continues the conversation about preserving ourselves for the future.

This film picks up with Emily Prime drawing pictures, and Emily 6 stops in for a surprise visit. Emily Prime is as cute, and innocent as ever. Emily 6 tells Emily Prime her purpose, and reason for existence. Emily Prime is game for the adventure, and off they go. Hertzfeldt finds a beautiful balance of whimsy, joy, and deep melancholy underneath the surface.

There’s much room to discuss our desire to live forever, whether it’s through leaving a mark on this world with something memorable, through the cloning process, or cheap memory banks. Why do we have that feeling? Is the present not good enough for us? A repeated theme is also, “We mustn’t linger. It is easy to get lost in memories.” Some of us dwell on the past – whether it’s a recent past in our lifetime, or in a golden age we long for. We spot these in popular culture every day. Would the works of “It” and “Stranger Things” be as popular if we did not long for something in our childhood? Nostalgia can be a fun thing, it can also set unattainable goals of happiness and expectations from this world. Let’s live in the now!

On a technical aspect, the elephant in the room is the lack of a universal method of preserving our art. Hard drives fail every day. Can artists rely on unreliable hard drives so that tomorrow’s generation can enjoy their work? Who can they trust to backup their works of art? With every new iteration of storage, the films must be converted to that format, and eventually these formats will outlive each artist living today. That is a scary thought! Think about your favorite film, wouldn’t you feel sad if many generations pass in your family, and your family cannot enjoy the same art you held in such high regard? If the purest forms of art hold a mirror to us, we lose a part of ourselves if/when we lose that art.

There is one particular sequence involving the “bog of reality” that was way too real. It’s not the most pleasant place, but simultaneously, Hertzfeldt gives us much hope. Think about some goals and dreams you have not reached, what stopped you? This sequence may terrify some, but Hertzfeldt coats this with delicious sugar that makes this bitter pill easy to swallow. It’s reassuring to realize that you’re not alone in this world, these themes are familiar because they’re so relatable.

Like any great writer, Hertzfeldt is a keen observer of the human spirit. Throughout the film you may recognize emotions that feel so intimate that it feels like he wrote a piece just for you. This film is an emotional rollercoaster! One moment you’ll be laughing at the cute delivery from Winona Mae (Emily Prime and Hertzfeldt’s niece), then you’ll feel the complete desolation of your existence when you consider the vast universe and how small each of us is in the big picture. These emotions often unite together, and left this writer in a constant state of cry-laughing through the runtime.

Hertzfeldt’s technique involved him recording his niece, Winona Mae between the ages of 4-6. He tried a loose script with her, asking her to repeat lines but that was a futile effort. Instead, Hertzfeldt captured quiet moments with his niece on his iPad. He then used all of the clean audio he could find to write the story. This particular technique is daring, and fascinating that he could accomplish such a beautiful story using raw audio footage from his niece. During the Q&A, Don Hertzfeldt whispered “Boyhood” into our ears – hinting that it’s possible that World of Tomorrow could become an episodic telling of Emily Prime’s life as she grows up. WOW. If that’s the direction he wants to take this, we will gladly sign up to witness this delightful series.

Fans of the first World of Tomorrow will find much to love. Any newcomers will be in heaven as they can discover both of these films back to back. World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts demands repeat viewings. Don Hertzfeldt gives us much to think about long after viewing this film. We urge you to support this film whenever it becomes available. Invite your friends and family over to watch the film. This is an absolute, must-see.

Fantastic Fest 2017 – Thoroughbreds, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Welcome to The Green Screen of Death! Thank you for checking us out. We’re proud to cover Fantastic Fest. Our first review episode features full reviews from the first two days of the fest, and we offer quick and dirty thoughts on other movies we’ve watched. Format below!


0:00 – Intro and La Barbecue discussion

3:35 – Review – Thoroughbreds

7:40 – Review – Mary and the Witch’s Flower

12:50 – Review – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

20:55 – Lightning Round Reviews: Vampire Clay, Thelma, Ichi the Killer (4K Restoration), Before We Vanish, Cold Hell, Bad Genius, Let the Corpses Tan, Ron Goosens: Low-Budget Stuntman, Anna and the Apocalypse
38:22 – Closure