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41 minutes | Jun 2, 2019
057 High Flying Bird (2018)
It’s been a while since we covered a Steven Soderbergh movie on Cinemakers, but he’s been busy! Today, we’re talking about High Flying Bird. Like Unsane, Soderbergh shot the entire thing on an iPhone. We discuss whether or not this works, what we think of his use of natural lighting, and what other ways he may try to shake up Hollywood. We also talk about Soderbergh’s return to the American Dream as narrative fuel, and wonder if any other directors would ever make a movie about basketball with virtually no basketball. Also, stay tuned for an updated/revised schedule for Cinemakers! If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
90 minutes | May 5, 2019
056 Matt Stuertz: RWD (2015) and Tonight She Comes (2016) + Director Interview!
Before we begin our next Cinemakers series, we're taking a quick detour for another one-shot and some catch-up. In this episode, Mike and Joey talk about RWD and Tonight She Comes, then welcome in director Matt Stuertz for an interview and chat! We break down the found footage film RWD, then Matt's blood-soaked (and disgusting) follow-up, Tonight She Comes. How did Matt's filmmaking evolve from one film to the next? What was shooting the films like? What's he got coming next? Stay tuned to find out all of these answers, plus what's in store for the near future of Cinemakers! If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
80 minutes | Jan 20, 2019
055 Amy Heckerling: Red Oaks (2014-2017)
We're closing out the Amy Heckerling of Cinemakers by chatting about the six episodes of the Amazon original series Red Oaks that she directed. In this episode, we talk about the significance and importance of her six episodes within the show's run, the show's evolution within its three seasons, and why it feels like this is the perfect show for her to flex her creativity and specific sensibilities. We also reflect back on the 10 episodes within this run of Cinemakers and offer a look ahead to what's coming next. If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
52 minutes | Jan 13, 2019
054 Amy Heckerling: Vamps (2012)
Talking about Vamps is a bit of a bittersweet moment for this run of Cinemakers. It's Amy Heckerling's last movie (for now, anyway), but at least we manage to go out on a high note! Before we close out her official filmography next week with her run of episodes on Red Oaks, we pop out of our coffins and talk about a couple of vampire BFFs who love the 80s and don't dig on drinking human blood. In this episode, we talk about the enduring friendship between Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter's characters, we admire the way Amy Heckerling is able to add new elements to the age-old vampire genre, and Cara (once again) declares that an Amy Heckerling movie to possibly be her favorite of all-time. If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
55 minutes | Jan 6, 2019
053 Amy Heckerling: I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007)
While the Amy Heckerling run of Cinemakers has had its ups and downs, here's some good news: I Could Never Be Your Woman is another one of the good ones! Modeled after Amy Heckerling's experiences making the Clueless TV series, I Could Never Be Your Woman follows Michelle Pfeiffer's life as TV producer, mother to the incredible Saoirse Ronan (in her first role!), and fledgling paramour to the ever-charming Paul Rudd (even if his character is deeply flawed and often ethically unchecked). This is exactly the kind of movie we were hoping for with only one more movie (Vamps) and a short run of TV directing appearances (on Red Oaks) to go before closing out this series of Cinemakers, and while it's far from perfect, it's proof (yet again) that Amy Heckerling should have the ability to make whatever kind of movie she wants! If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
43 minutes | Dec 30, 2018
052 Amy Heckerling: Loser (2000)
Loser is not a good movie, but it isn't Amy Heckerling's fault. How could anyone but a meddling studio be blamed for this mess? According to Heckerling, new studio execs forced her to turn her R-rated comedy into a PG-13... sort of (but not really) movie that could, in theory, be filed under "comedy." This movie's kind of a mess from start to finish, but does it have any redeeming qualities? Let's see if we can find one or two... If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
99 minutes | Dec 23, 2018
051 Amy Heckerling: Clueless (1995)
The Amy Heckerling run of Cinemakers started off at a great height with Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but there's no higher high than 1995's Clueless. (Except maybe coke. "You guys got Coke here?" Yeah, this is America.) Armed with a shared love of the movie and an entire book's worth of knowledge in Cara's head, we dive deep into the world of Clueless to discuss exactly what makes this movie so magical. (Spoiler: it's just about everything.) Join us as we rent Spar-at-a-cus, play matchmaker, and take on the Messiah of the DMV. If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
37 minutes | Dec 16, 2018
050 Amy Heckerling: Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Look Who's Talking Too is the first of two sequels to the smash hit (and surprise delight) Look Who's Talking. But with Amy Heckerling feeling like she told the full story in the first one, where do we go from here? It turns out that the answer is a mixture of some new ideas, some retreads, and an overall darker tone than the first movie. The good news: the gang's all here, with John Travolta and Kirstie Alley and Bruce Willis all reprising their roles from the first one. The bad news: it doesn't feel like there's much of a reason for this movie to exist. In this episode, we talk about whether or not the movie is a worthy sequel, what jokes work (and what jokes didn't), and why this movie seems so intent on trying to kill its babies! If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
70 minutes | Dec 9, 2018
049 Amy Heckerling: Look Who's Talking (1989)
After struggling through our last two movies, Look Who's Talking is a breath of fresh air. It's also one of the weirdest movies we've talked about on a podcast in recent memory. Featuring a surprisingly likeable (or maybe not so surprising) duo in Kirstie Alley and John Travolta (plus Bruce Willis as the voice of the most wise beyond his years baby in history), Look Who's Talking is a complete and total about-face from the last two movies in Heckerling's filmography. If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
44 minutes | Dec 2, 2018
048 Amy Heckerling: National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)
Our tumble down the rabbit hole of Amy Heckerling's career continues as we cover National Lampoon's European Vacation. How naive we were to think that last week's movie was rough! Little did we know just how much we'd all collectively dislike our journey abroad. While Heckerling helped Robert Klane write the screenplay, the good news is that this is the final movie we're covering in this run that Heckerling does not have a writing credit on. From here on out, everything is hers (and hers alone, presumably), which will bring this series right in line with the heart and spirit of Cinemakers. In this episode, we cover this curs'd production (both on-screen and off) but quickly stray into a conversation about nostalgia and memory. It's a good chat! If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
37 minutes | Nov 25, 2018
047 Amy Heckerling: Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Johnny Dangerously marks the second installment in our journey through Amy Heckerling's filmography. Can it live up to the wonder that was Fast Times at Ridgemont High? We dive deep (well, as deep as we can) into this movie to see which jokes landed; whether the film worked as an homage, spoof, or satire; and whether or not we just were way out of our depth by a movie set 80 years in the past. Will Amy Heckerling continue her streak of greatness or will she endure a sophomore slump? Listen to this episode of Cinemakers and find out for yourself!
78 minutes | Nov 18, 2018
046 Amy Heckerling: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Aside from critical and commercial success, Amy Heckerling shares something in common with both Steven Soderbergh and Christopher Nolan (the two previous directors we've covered on Cinemakers): her first film is one of her best. Fast Times at Ridgemont High is an incredible debut and one of the greatest (and funniest) high school films ever made. (It also marked the feature film debut of a certain actor we're pretty fond of around these parts.) We're thrilled to welcome in Cara of the Wistful Thinking podcast to talk about this run of Cinemakers, which is our first season to examine a female director's filmography. Fast Times set the tone for Amy Heckerling's career and, oh, what a way to begin!
79 minutes | Oct 18, 2018
045 The RKSS Collective: Turbo Kid (2015) and Summer of 84 (2018)
Now that we've finished out our Cinemakers season of Christopher Nolan movies, it's time for another quick detour/one-off episode to cover two films by a trio of up-and-coming filmmakers: the RKSS Collective. Both Turbo Kid and Summer of 84 rely very heavily on nostalgia for the 1980s, but do they hold up as films or do they buckle under the overabundance of references and allusions? To answer this question, we welcome Nick Jenkins of the Reel Bad podcast, to help us break down both movies and figure out what works, what doesn't, and what might come next.
50 minutes | Sep 16, 2018
044 Christopher Nolan: Dunkirk (2017)
After ten short weeks, we've made it to the shores of Dunkirk and to the end of the Cinemakers run for Christopher Nolan. Past Cinemakers co-host Tobin Addington says Dunkirk is the only Christopher Nolan movie he loves (but he loves it enough for ten movies' worth). While your humble hosts disagree with his take on the rest of Nolan's filmography, will they agree with his take opinion of Dunkirk?
77 minutes | Sep 9, 2018
043 Christopher Nolan: Interstellar (2014)
Is Interstellar one of Christopher Nolan's best films, or is it emotionally manipulative and narratively shallow? It turns out... it depends who you ask! We're nearing the end of this run of Cinemakers (with only Dunkirk to go), and this week's episode covers Christopher Nolan's (possible) magnum opus. A sprawling nearly three-hour epic with Academy Award winners as far as the eye can see, Interstellar interwaves stories of love, loss, and outer space. Also, TARS is here, and TARS is the best.
94 minutes | Sep 2, 2018
042 Christopher Nolan: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Dark Knight Rises caps off Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy -- or at least Batman/Bruce Wayne's narratives -- in spectacular fashion. While each of Nolan's three Batman movies stands alone, the journey of Bruce Wayne from scared boy to Gotham's Knight encapsulates one of the greatest superhero arcs in cinematic history. While this movie may be a little long, there's no question that it wraps up this Batman story in appropriately epic style. Also, Anne Hathaway is in this movie and she's the absolute best and we gush about her a whole lot. Side note: today's episode of The Reel Bad Podcast is also taking on The Dark Knight Rises, and I'm sure that episode will play out a little bit differently than this one...
55 minutes | Aug 26, 2018
041 Christopher Nolan: Inception (2010)
Inception is Christopher Nolan's first wholly original film since Following, and perhaps his most mind-bending film in a career full of them. Sandwiched between the Dark Knight films, Inception is the culmination of a 10-year script process that Christopher Nolan had worked on since Insomnia wrapped. But with double the audience surrogates and 399 (!!!) questions asked by characters in the film, did things get a bit too complicated?
98 minutes | Aug 19, 2018
040 Christopher Nolan: The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight changed the game for comic book movies and ushered in a new type of superhero film. But you already knew that. What's left to say about The Dark Knight? Nothing that hasn't already been talked about ad nauseam, but that didn't stop us from running our traps for two hours to effuse praise on the movie, the trilogy, and (of course) Heath Ledger's performance. While The Dark Knight isn't perfect and isn't necessarily Nolan's best movie -- watching all of Nolan's films in order makes you realize that the guy's made a ton of really, really good movies... who knew?! -- it's ludicrously fun and well-made.
66 minutes | Aug 12, 2018
039 Christopher Nolan: The Prestige (2006)
What's more impressive: that Christopher Nolan made the masterpiece that is The Prestige, or that he did it between Batman movies? Sandwiched between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, The Prestige has Batman and Wolverine square off in a head-to-head magic showdown that will ruin both characters' lives forever... and make us all watch in awe and wonder. It's yet another movie in which Nolan uses time and non-linear storytelling to amplify the narrative, and though it's not baked into the story (as it is in Memento), it's core to the narrative structure of the film. Alternating between the present and various pasts, The Prestige shows us it has nothing up its sleeves, nothing in its hands, yet executes its story with such a masterstroke that you'll be convinced magic exists. The only question: Are you paying attention?
93 minutes | Aug 5, 2018
038 Christopher Nolan: Batman Begins (2005)
It's time for BATMAN! While we've covered Batman-related films on this podcast network before (and again, and again), this is the first time that we've gotten a Batman film proper, and it delivers. Batman Begins is an absolute masterpiece of a film (Sound familiar? This Christopher Nolan guy seems pretty good at making movies) and marks one of the best superhero origin stories of all-time. It's also fun as heck. As we discuss in the episode, this movie feels like the perfect alchemy of a bunch of separate visions all coalescing in a beautiful way (as they all rebel against where Batman Forever and Batman & Robin left us).
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