How much do you need to know about a story before you hear the story? On episode 65, we talked about the 2012 movie Marion Bridge, based on the play by Daniel MacIvor which premiered on Canadian stages in 1998. On the podcast, we talked around a big plot reveal in the movie in case future audiences might want to discover that development for themselves upon their first viewing. We disagreed about whether it was really supposed to be a secret but listeners to that episode probably made a reasonable guess as to what we were hesitant to say aloud given the clues that we dropped. Indeed, dramas about broken families tend to dip into a limited pool of domestic trauma. The plot synopsis on the DVD box from Film Movement states that family secret in such a matter-of-fact fashion that I believe whoever wrote it believed that that piece of information was taken for granted at the entry point to the story. However, I doubt that it was meant as prerequisite knowledge to the story.
Monday, 13 August 2018
Alexander and William feel the urge to podcast about David Cronenberg's film eXistenZ. The 1999 film about virtual realities proved prophetic about our relationship with gaming tech. Dwarfed by a certain Hollywood blockbuster in its day, the podcasters compare the film to another box office behemoth.
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Find out more about the movies we mentioned on the IMDb pages for eXistenZ, The Matrix and Inception.
Tuesday, 31 July 2018
William and Chris welcome listeners through the back door to hear their thoughts on Marion Bridge. The movie is based on the play by Daniel MacIvor. Family secrets are not explicitly revealed but they compare this tale of sisters to the movie Sisters (1972) and the movie Sisters (2015).
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Find out more about the movies we mentioned on the IMDb pages for Marion Bridge, Short Term 12 and Lady Bird.
Monday, 9 July 2018
Based on the novel by Richard Wagamese, Indian Horse is about an Indigenous boy whose hockey skills give him a chance to survive the Indian residential school system. Alexander and William gingerly talk about a shameful chapter of Canada's history while discussing a new movie in this episode. Speaking of shameful history, 1971's Face-Off pops up in conversation again.
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Find out more about the movies we mentioned on these IMDb pages: Indian Horse and The Invitation. We talked about Face-Off on an older episode.
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Hear part two of Alexander's interview with Matthew Taylor Blais and Manny Mahal. Matthew kicks things off with details on Sital Cinema, their new distribution platform. Their talk transitions toward Manny's shorts For My Mother and The Lift, then suddenly veers into uncharted territory as Manny professes his unconditional love for the very buff, very Austrian (and by implication, non-Canadian) Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Download this episode here. (38 MB)
Watch Manny's short film For My Mother and Manny's short film The Lift, both on YouTube. Follow Matthew on Twitter as @matttblais and demand to see Forest Movie.