Major clashes ahoy Dear Listener as Gareth and I disagree mightily on TAKE SHELTER, agree mostly on The Oscars and talk ever so briefly about new doc HOLY ROLLERS and old stage play VANYA ON 42ND STREET. All that and I make an appearance on Film Geek Radio and you can now find TFT on [...]
It’s that hot and parched month of August Dear Listeners – and so we release a Treasure From the Archives, (let us not refer to it as a repeat), our thoughts on the action comic IRON MAN 2 and the horror of trying to make a living as a scriptwriter documentary TALES FROM THE SCRIPT.
Episode 180 – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 / PROJECT NIM / TABLOID / Special Guest: Jordan Bayne
Episode 180 – Incredibly we get Gareth to see another Harry Potter film – listen in for the thrilling result. No seriously, listen in. It is thrilling. Eight films worth of thrilling.
The great joke of the title CONAN O’BRIEN CAN’T STOP is that I was wondering the whole time when he was going to start. It takes fifteen minutes for Rodman Flender’s topical documentary to find a funny scene
I’ve started and stopped this review so many times it’s like I’m practicing Kegels while peeing. Fitting, too, considering my subject, a fictionalized documentary (think THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES) about its own crew searching for inspiration to film the outright fiction of its last act after a dead financier imperils the project
Episode 177 – The 2011 Seattle International Film Festival / TABLOID / HOT COFFEE / X-MEN: FIRST CLASS / Special Guest Carl Spence
Episode 177 – We get Jett’s dispatches from the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival including an interview with artistic director of the fest Carl Spence and brief thoughts on Errol Morris’ TABLOID and the must-see doc HOT COFFEE.
See this film and tell your friends to see it as well.
Episode 169 – The Nashville Film Festival / BUCK / An Interview with Director Cindy Meehl / THE CONSPIRATOR
In today’s show Gareth and I talk with Cindy Meehl, the director of the Sundance and Full Frame Audience Award Winning documentary BUCK as part of the 2011 Nashville Film Festival and muse slight on Robert Redford’s new historopic THE CONSPIRATOR.
Jett here: I’m excited to introduce a new contributor to the site – Tim Hayes. Tim’s a freelance writer based in the UK, who earns his living writing about business, science, art, and other topics in a land where, according to legend, the work of the journalist is respected and rewarded.
After a good three minutes of pulling my hair out trying not to have to write about UNKNOWN (about which Jett and Gareth have already covered the full spectrum of my faintly entertained response), THE MECHANIC (aka The Boor and the Bore), or—Gwyneth-willing—COUNTRY STRONG, I realized that the best reviewed 2011 wide release is a [...]
A great injustice occurred this week. This heavy blow strikes me breathless, but I must find within me the lung capacity to cry out! A leader has been ousted from his place of rule, leaving unrest, upheaval, and the ashes of what once were. No, I’m not talking about what’s been happening in Tunisia. No, [...]
Through the vast winter wasteland, two films arrived to make me grateful for this period of weirdly timed horror and forgettable “rom”-“coms.” (Three, actually, as I caught CERTIFIED COPY on British DVD and have a new best film of 2010, but enough about that until it opens in the US.) Thanks to Netflix Watch Instantly, [...]
A Tarkovsky Level Member request is our command as we review the over-rated yet beautiful THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and speak with THIS WAY OF LIFE director Tom Burstyn.
New York Film Critic Armond White dispenses wisdom regarding modern film criticism and the impact of Michael Jackson on cinema. In addition Gareth and I spend more time then you thought possible discussing Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol. Yes, that’s right, it’s another treasure from the archives: enjoy!
Don Hahn’s WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY is almost as exciting as Al Gore’s AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. Wake me when Guy Maddin gets here. Hahn’s documentary on the second golden age of Disney—a climb from the nadir of THE BLACK CAULDRON all the way up to Pride Rock, with a glance at infinity and beyond—is more insidery [...]
On this week’s podcast Gareth and I vehemently disagree about THE MILLENIUM TRILOGY, discuss in some detail the new documentary WASTE LAND and we get a brief report on animated comedy MEGAMIND
To help illustrate Episode 150, (recording tomorrow), in which we review the new documentary WASTE LAND: a video example of the work of Vik Muniz.
The problem with many modern documentaries is that it’s hard to know what to think without more information on their production. Take for example The King of Kong, an exceedingly-entertaining glimpse at the battle for the Donkey Kong high-score whose ultra-simplistic David & Goliath story felt too good to be true. Turns out it may [...]
Maybe I misunderstood Joaquin Phoenix’s I’m Still Here when I called it an over-privileged aping of Andy Kaufman and Borat. (See my The Film Talk review here.) As I watched the 1971 documentary The American Dreamer — about Dennis Hopper and the making of his ill-fated The Last Movie – I had an epiphany. Phoenix [...]
The most regrettable thing about Catfish is that [SPOILER ALERT!!!!] the documentary team were not mauled by hillbilly cannibals during their dread-inducing pop-in at the Ishpeming, Michigan farm of the subject’s online love interest. In other words, the trailer is a big fat lie and/or an elaborate deception subliminally preparing us for the film’s shaky [...]
TFT 144 running time: 38 minutes 10 seconds – 17.4mb mp3 THE TOWN starts at 2 minutes 30 seconds I’M STILL HERE starts at 21 minutes seconds – – – Subscribe to the Podcast – Become a TFT Member Follow TFT on Twitter – Follow TFT on Facebook – – – HELP JETT FIND WORK IN [...]
The Armenian Bouncer Hey there Dear Listener – as you know we have a not few in number indie-filmmakers and wannabe filmmakers who listen to The Show – so I thought it’d be relevant to have a guest on to discuss new forms of funding for the micro/budget scene. Am concerned that indie-films could go [...]