The Canon

The Canon

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Film critics Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) and Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly) have a weekly conversation about a movie-- is it "canon" or not? They will put it up to fan vote at the end of the show and then the legacy of each film will be officially decided forevermore.

Episodes

97 A Face in the Crowd  

This week, Devin and Amy discuss the Elia Kazan-directed 1957 film "A Face in the Crowd." They discuss why the film counts as a real "American" picture and what it has to say about the new mass media. Then they cover the similarities between Lonesome Roads and presidential candidate Donald Trump before praising Patricia Neal's pure charm. Finally, they talk Elia Kazan's skills as an actors' director and why you must think you are the center of the universe to run for president. Does "A Face in the Crowd" deserve a place in the Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums! This episode is sponsored by Nuisance Committee, MVMT Watches, and AMC Networks.

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96 The Bad Seed (w/ Eva Anderson)  

Special guest and writer for FX's "You're the Worst" Eva Anderson joins Devin and Amy this week to review the 1956 film "The Bad Seed." They explore the pop psychology of the film as well as the many layers of Patty McCormack's performance before discussing generational parallels the movie brings to the forefront. Finally, the gang debates the value of camp in the horror genre. Does "The Bad Seed" belong in the Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums! This episode is sponsored by Now Hear This, Universal Pictures, and Shudder.

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95 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (w/ Dave Schilling)  

Writer and Trekkie Dave Schilling joins Devin and Amy this week to discuss the iconic 1982 film "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." They cover how director Nicholas Meyer's detachment from the series affected the final product, the influence Star Wars had on the run of the series, and why the viewer shouldn't invest too much in the craft of the film. Then, Dave explains specifically what it is about Star Trek that he holds dear, the gang debates whether Spock's character is underutilized, and sparks fly as Amy airs her grievances with certain elements of the film. Should "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" boldy go into the Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums! This episode is sponsored by Casper Mattresses, Blue Apron, and Universal Pictures.

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94 The King of Comedy  

Devin and Amy take on the 1982 Scorsese film "The King of Comedy" on this week's episode of The Canon. They praise the old-school punchline delivery of Jerry Lewis, analyze how the film views through the modern lens of self-fulfilling dreamseekers, and dissect Sandra Bernhard's particular brand of hot-crazy. Later, they assess the challenge presented for Robert De Niro in performing a character who never stops performing. Should "The King of Comedy" find a place in the Canon? Head to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote! This episode is sponsored by Universal Pictures and Harry's.

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93 The Blair Witch Project (w/ Simon Barrett)  

"Blair Witch" writer Simon Barrett joins Devin and Amy as a special guest this week to discuss the found-footage classic "The Blair Witch Project." He describes the struggle of living up to the gold standard set by the original and learning how to beat the curse of motion sickness in shaky-cam cinema. Later, we hear about the dramatic power of a character keeping a secret for good reasons, how the people of Burkittsville, Maine reacted to their town's newfound popularity, and the best way to build an enduring original mythology. Does "The Blair Witch Project" belong in the Canon? Head to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote!

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92 Stand By Me  

Devin and Amy follow the tracks this week to talk about the classic Rob Reiner-directed 1986 film "Stand By Me." They address the use of the unreliable narrator before Amy explains what the films relates about "past, present, and future" people. They then compare the acting abilities of young Corey Feldman and River Phoenix, Devin explains what elements of the film he perceives as homoerotic undercurrents, and finally, they debate the merits of the yellow-toned cinematography. Should "Stand By Me" stand tall in the Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums!

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91 Labyrinth  

Devin and Amy tackle the 1986 cult hit "Labyrinth" on this week's episode of The Canon. They discuss how the film speaks to a specific generation of women before getting into a debate on whether or not David Bowie's costume included a codpiece. Then they talk young Jennifer Connelly's mysterious brand of acting, what "Labyrinth" has to say about letting go of childhood, and why the movie drew negative responses from so many viewers. Think "Labyrinth" should be inducted into in the Canon? Head to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote!   This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron.

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90 Pennies From Heaven (1981)  

This week, Amy comes back with her indulgence pick in the Steve Martin-led adaptation of the BBC musical drama "Pennies From Heaven." Devin gives his take on why Steve Martin was miscast in the lead role, Amy explains how the editing furthers the film's character development, and the two debate the distinctions the film draws between fantasy and reality. Is "Pennies From Heaven" Canon-worthy? Head to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote!

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89 Blazing Saddles  

This week, Devin and Amy discuss Mel Brooks' timeless Western satire, "Blazing Saddles." They examine the brilliance of old farting cowboys, why this movie couldn't be made today, and Mel Brooks' response to the censorship he faced in production. Later, they get into the specific performances of the film, praising Cleavon Little's dignity and grace, the incredible energy of Madeline Kahn, and the sadness that permeats Gene Wilder's characters. Head to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote on whether "Blazing Saddles" should be considered Canon-worthy! This episode is sponsored by Casper Mattresses and Harry's.

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88 A Hard Day's Night  

This week, Devin and Amy discuss the 1964 Beatles comedy "A Hard Day's Night." They talk about the film's documentary flair, the subversiveness of George Harrison's antics, and the chivalric elements throughout. They try to contextualize the movie into the larger Beatles' chronology and then explain how tone and energy were so important to director Richard Lester. Should "A Hard Day's Night" be inducted into the Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums! This episode is sponsored by Now Hear This and Blue Apron.

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87 The General  

On this week's episode of The Canon, Devin and Amy discuss the 1926 silent film "The General." They dive into conversation about early Hollywood's inclination towards the Confederacy, Buster Keaton's dignified comedy, and the tragic fate of writer/director Clyde Bruckman. Does "The General" deserve a spot in the Canon? Head to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote!

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86 Breakfast at Tiffany's  

After last week's PTA double-hitter, Devin and Amy are back to talk about the classic film "Breakfast at Tiffany's." They discuss the fortuitous casting of Audrey Hepburn in lieu of Marilyn Monroe, director Blake Edward's skill at candy coating darker themes, and what role the movie played in the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Later, they theorize about how Truman Capote might react to the movie's fanbase and inspect the questionable inclusion of a racist caricature in the film. Does "Breakfast at Tiffany's" belong in the Canon? Head to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote!

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85 Boogie Nights vs. There Will Be Blood  

This week, Devin and Amy pit "Boogie Nights" against "There Will Be Blood" to determine which Paul Thomas Anderson film deserves a place in the Canon. They dissect Mark Wahlberg's "everyman" sexuality and discuss what about PTA makes his actors do their best work during their take on "Boogie Nights." Then they dig into "There Will Be Blood," during which they praise the contrast between Paul Dano and Daniel Day-Lewis and examine the duality of Daniel Plainview's final words. Head to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote on which movie should be inducted into the Canon!

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84 Re-Animator  

This week, Devin and Amy discuss the Stuart Gordon film "Re-Animator." They consider the challenges of adapting H.P Lovecraft into film and how Gordon's stage work helped his direction. A debate on the necessity of "fun" gets heated, and we get a preview of next week's episode, where two Paul Thomas Anderson films will be pitted against one another. Does "Re-Animator" belong in the Canon? Head to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote!

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83 Kiki's Delivery Service (w/Film Crit Hulk)  

Special guest Film Crit Hulk joins Devin and Amy for this week's episode of The Canon where they discuss the 1989 animated classic "Kiki's Delivery Service." They ponder the visual language of anime, director Hayao Mizayaki's focus on childhood imagination, and how Pixar's films compare to Miyazaki's in terms of emotional weight. Head to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote on whether or not "Kiki's Delivery Service" should be inducted into the Canon! And, as promised on the show, here are Hulk's thoughts on "The Wind Rises." birthmoviesdeath.com/2013/12/09/the…matic-moralism  

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82 They Live  

This week, Devin and Amy tackle the John Carpenter film "They Live." They pick apart the theme of selling a vision to the masses and debate whether the film's silliness is purposeful or the result of artistic compromise. Finally, Devin defends the cynical worldview that "They Live" presents and explains why people in power are invariably awful. Cast your vote in the Earwolf forums if "They Live" should make its way into the Canon.

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81 Ed Wood: Live (w/ Jonah Ray)  

Comedian Jonah Ray joins Devin and Amy for a live episode of The Canon at UCB Sunset to discuss the 1994 Tim Burton film "Ed Wood". They talk about young Johnny Depp's authenticity, forgiving bad quality in Hollywood, and what the film tells us about being comfortable with yourself. Head to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote if "Ed Wood" should be in The Canon.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes vs. Some Like it Hot  

Devin and Amy pin "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Some Like it Hot" against each other in this week's "Versus" episode. They break down Marilyn Monroe's distinct voice and trying to have sex with an entire Olympic team in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." They also credit her fusion of personal life with her character and the surprising progressiveness of the 1959 film "Some Like it Hot." Vote in the Earwolf forums for which iconic movie should be in the Canon. Plus, get a head start on next week's movie, "Ed Wood."

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79 The Usual Suspects  

With the recent release of Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse," Devin and Amy discuss the film that put him on the map – "The Usual Suspects." They break down the film's dynamic tones and the well-balanced collaboration among Bryan, writer Christopher McQuarrie and the talented actors. Cast your vote in the Earwolf forums if "The Usual Suspects" is a Canon-worthy film.

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78 Boyz n The Hood  

For its 25th anniversary, Devin and Amy discuss "Boyz n the Hood." They debate the cinematography, John Singleton's directorial choices and the sound design. Is quality or historical value more important to you in this movie? Share your thoughts and cast your vote in the Earwolf forums. Plus, get a head start on next week's film: "The Usual Suspects."

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