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Elitist Bastards Go To The Movies
4 minutes | Aug 14, 2012
EB Podcast: Revisiting the Best and Worst Movies of 2008
This week, we're breaking from our typical podcast format of rambling on about whatever movie-related topic we can think of in the few moments before we start recording. Instead, we're revisiting Ken Hanke and Justin Souther's Best and Worst Movies of 2008 list. Does Hanke still rate Slumdog Millionaire over Be Kind Rewind? Is Meet The Spartans actually worse than Sex in the City? Will Justin and Laura Marie ever decide what year they started dating? Will Steve ever learn how to pronounce Synecdoche? All this and more in this podcast! DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST! As an added bonus, here's the original list. Cranky Hanke and Justin Souther's Best and Worst Picks for 2008 Here we are at the end of another year (which, you'll agree, beats not getting to the end of another year). That means here I am with my seventh or eighth (I've lost track) Best of/Worst of lists, while my cohort in cinema Justin Souther offers up his second such list. This also means that we've both come down from a solid six weeks of screeners and screenings of those films the studios are most hopeful that critics -- and critic groups and Academy Members etc. -- will see as the ne plus ultra of filmmaking for the year. To make matters worse, we decided it would be a good idea to re-watch as many potentially worthy titles for "Best of" as possible. I don't know about Justin, but I'm so burned out on quality pictures that I spent the entire day popping 1940s Bela Lugosi trash masterpieces into the DVD player (Return of the Ape Man coming up). It was comforting. As usual, I reached the halfway point in the year thinking it was going to be impossible to come up with 10 best films, only to reach the end of the year wondering how to somehow wedge 12 titles into 10 spaces. With apologies to Claude Lelouch's Roman de Gare and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla, I couldn't make it work. Sorry, guys, you were on my list. — Ken Hanke The Best: 1. Slumdog Millionaire. With Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle moves into a whole new realm as a filmmaker -- and he was pretty high on my list before. We're talking that realm where it's hard to think of a better filmmaker working today. The blend of explosive cinematic technique and a solid, involving, beautifully crafted story is hard to beat. The question now becomes whether or not Boyle can top it. 2. Be Kind Rewind. Michel Gondry's quirky comedy -- and more -- has been on my list since I first saw it last February. That it has remained on the top half of the
32 minutes | Jul 24, 2012
EB Podcast: Batman doesn’t glorify violence, just rich people
In this episode of Elitist Bastards Go to the Movies, we discuss whether or not filmmakers are responsible for how their audiences interpret and act on the messages in their films. Did the violence and dark tone of The Dark Knight Rises influence the massacre in Aurora, CO, by James Holmes? (Hanke calls bullshit on that one.) Does John Cameron Mitchell's advocacy of a more open brand of sexuality in films like Shortbus mean he's responsible for orgies? What exactly is Christopher Nolan's message in his most recent film? Was it to tell a good Batman story, or just to throw a lot of money on the screen and rake in fanboy cash? Also, will Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, Man of Steel, be a total trainwreck? All this, and all the digressions you could ask for, in this podcast. DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST!
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