The Wages of Cinema

The Wages of Cinema

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A podcast that is practically all about MOVIES! Cinema, films, celluloid, digital, whatever you want to call it. Jack and Andrew are the hosts, and we talk about new movies, classics, cult work, things we've seen and have never seen, special segments about directors and styles and trends, and 'Required Reading' which is about movie books. And the "Local Vocal" series gives you in-depth interviews with NYC/NJ based filmmakers, actors, artists and musicians.


Episode 72: Martin Scorsese's SILENCE  

So Martin Scorsese has a new film out. Ok, good, go see it. That's it, right? Hold the phone: this is a PERSONAL/PASSION project from this man, who has made a handful of very personal films (not that almost all of them don't matter to Scorsese in one way or another), like Gangs of New York, Raging Bull, and in particular with the case of Silence, The Last Temptation of Christ. What does a story involving two Jesuit priests going to Japan to find and save another Jesuit priest who may or may not have renounced God have to do with that controversial 1988 film? Well... a lot, as it turns out. How much? Listen to Jack and Andrew's thoughts here.

Episode 71.4: Cinema Immersion REFLECTIONS  

Now, sadly, we do come to the end of this 2016 year of the Cinema Immersion Tank, where the hosts of the Wages of Cinema went through 11 movies - and one together - five times in five days over the course of a year. Jack and Andrew reflect on the experiences of seeing these films, some for the very first time, others for the first time since childhood, what changed, what got better or worse or what it means for Russ Meyer to be a heartfelt filmmaker. No, seriously, people, this is not a drill! Check out this long, free-form conversation here, and if you enjoy it, please make sure to visit us on social media (facebook/twitter) to leave any comments. LIST OF FILMS FROM THE TANK (2016) Jack's films: BLOW OUT A SERIOUS MAN HAPPINESS PRIMER HAXAN PERFECT BLUE SWEPT AWAY JULIEN DONKEY-BOY WINCHESTER '73 OVER THE EDGE TWIN PEAKS FIRE WALK WITH ME Andrew's Films: FANDO Y LIS BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS BACK TO THE FUTURE BLADE RUNNER RUSSIAN ARK BLACK SWAN ZARDOZ PERSONA FROZEN SUSPIRIA THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE Films together: VERTIGO (Song at the end is "Rock and Gravel" by Syd Valentine)

Episode 71.3: CINEMA IMMERSION TANK #23: Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO (part 2)  

Now for the $64,000 question... what in God's name did ANDREW think of Vertigo when in the CINEMA IMMERSION TANK? Check out his thoughts here on Alfred Hitchcock's flawless (?, we'll see about that) masterpiece VERTIGO (featuring music in this episode by Bernard Herrmann, under fair use)


We end the year on our spectacular... 71st episode! Sure, why not! 71 is a number, so we'll take it! On this episode, we bounce around topics and films like what the implications (both good and bad) could come from the certain A New Hope actor being in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; why Wonder Woman won't be good (according to Andrew); Jack catches up on two films Andrew's talked about in previous episodes; Andrew sees for the 800th millionth time It's a Wonderful Life; Jack sees the best (and one of the very worst) this year has to offer in cinema. Listen in! You may have fun! 1) ROGUE ONE (extras discussion) 2) BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS 3) INTOLERANCE 4) OJ: MADE IN AMERICA 5) IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE 6) FENCES 7) COLLATERAL BEAUTY 8) A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS 9) LA LA LAND 10) JACKIE 11)GREMLINS/GREMLINS 2 (very briefly) 12) LONDON HAS FALLEN Featuring Duke Ellington's Jubilee Stomp and the Batman theme.

Episode 71.1: CINEMA IMMERSION TANK #23: Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO (part 1)  

"It's because I look like her... it's not very complimentary." We now come to a close with the Cinema Immersion Tank for this year. It's been quite a ride, but now we must, sadly, bring it to some sort of end. And, hey, how about THE ultimate James Stewart Christmas movie, right? That story of love and redemption and being a pillar of the community and uh.... no, wait, this isn't George Bailey! Damn it! Oh well, we'll just have to stick with Vertigo, we guess. In this special two-part Cinema Immersion Tank, Jack AND Andrew take the 5 day a viewing dives into what is sitting in this decade as the #1 film of all time in the BFI Sight & Sound poll of critics. But here's a better question: does it hold up to scrutiny in 2016? What does it have to say about the female point of view? Or how we construct our own types of movies in our life experiences? More on this and more in this SPOILER-heavy review of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece VERTIGO (music by Bernard Herrmann, this podcast by the Wages of Cinema) Follow us on social media:


(SPOILERS BEGIN 33:04 into the podcast - note the appearance of the vintage Burger King Empire Strikes Back commercial. Cool?) So, what happens when Disney/Lucasfilm decide to forge ahead with not just new 'Episodes' in the Star Wars saga - finally completing that much touted 9-episode arc Lucas talked about decades before - but do spin-off films, movies that explore the universe? And it's.... another prequel. Episode 3.5 we might call it. Or episode 3.87 or something since it takes place mostly in the literal week before the beginning of A NEW HOPE happens. There won't be any fan service, non at all... say, who is that in the icon image here... We saw Star Wars: A Rogue One Story (or, no wait, scratch that, it's the other way around of course!) and we had our faithful friend... oh wait, what's happened to him? He's now (cue John Williams score) DEATH STAR MATT (of the website he's here to talk with us (plus a cameo that may amount to fan service for fans of Jack's wife, Korey Hughes). What'd we think? You'll have to listen to find out. Got a question or a comment? (clips featured: Star Wars Burger King commercial and Jefferson Starship's "Light the Sky on Fire" from the Star Wars Holiday Special)

Episode 69.2: Disney's MOANA  

What makes this - another, (sigh?) Disney Princess narrative, and a musical, and an adventure story with a cute sidekick (and another sidekick that's a total foole idiot) - different than the other Disney movies? What if it doesn't have a (gasp) male romantic lead that she is pining for? How about full on allusions to Herculean and Greek mythology, among other things? Or songs that, you know, comes from THE CREATOR OF HAMILTON ALL BOW DOWN TO THE MASTER OF ALL MUSICALS! Well... listen more to see what's going on in this latest from the directors of movies you might've heard of that got a little buzz once called THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE and ALADDIN. Jack and Andrew saw Moana. (SPOILERS at 29 mins in)


Let's talk about some movies, shall we? It's right after Thanksgiving and Jack and Andrew have seen some movies, boy howdy! Jack goes through a number of new releases, and also goes back to the birth of cinema to talk about silent short films that you should all see. Andrew meanwhile checks out a slightly obscure French pulp thriller and a classic Robert Redford espionage film from 1975. email us at subscribe on iTunes! MOVIES: 1) Trolls (2016) 2) The Handmaiden (2016) 3) Judex (1963) 4) Rules Don't Apply (2016) 5) Allied (2016) 6) Three Days of the Condor (1975) Silent Shorts: 7)The Hallucinations of Baron Munchausen (1911) 8) The New York Hat (1912) 9) A Corner in Wheat (1909) 10) The Lonely Villa (1909) 11) The 'Teddy' Bears (1907) 12) One A.M. (1916) 13) Cops (1922) 14) Hacksaw Ridge (2016) 15) Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) (brief mentions also as high recommendations for MANCHESTER BY THE SEA and NOCTURNAL ANIMALS) (song from Rules Don't Apply sung by Lily Collins. This podcast owned by me)

Local Vocal #14: GIANMARCO SORESI  

We finally, after a six month wait (hopefully you were all waiting), have a new episode of our LOCAL VOCAL series. Jack from the Wages of Cinema talks with local filmmakers, actors, artists, musicians and writers in the New York City and North-East New Jersey area. Everyone here does something interesting and exciting and entertaining. Haven't heard of em yey? Well, you will now! Gianmarco Soresi is an actor, stand-up comic, sketch comedy writer, producer and featured in many on-line sketches and groups. In this episode he talks about how massive Seinfeld and Larry David had an influence on him, Charlie Kaufman, immersing himself in the world of ASMR (yeah, it's weird), being Italian-Jewish, working with Matza Pizza comedy and Lindsay Elizabeth Hand (a previous guest on this LV series), and what it takes to get a play produced in New York city. Good conversation, good podcast, hope you enjoy! Visit Gianmarco Soresi on Facebook: On Twitter: Matza Pizza: Voldermort ASMR (from Cruel Children):


Hasn't this year been great? Haven't you just had a lot of fun paying attention to the news? Aren't you so happy about the election results? We just want to go dance in the streets! ... Actually, no, we don't. We don't know about you, but things aren't looking so good in the world right now, however you think about the Presidential election results. So we aren't here tonight at the Wages of Cinema to talk about that. Instead of this, somehow, to help Jack out most of all, we picked out a list of movies to try to get your mind off of the election. This is a crop of films from the silent era to the 21st century, full of action, comedy, music, a little horror, but mostly it's all about that wonderful world of distraction - and we tried our best, dear listeners, to pick movies that would NOT remind you of a certain orange leader... movies: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN A HARD DAY'S NIGHT HELP! YELLOW SUBMARINE THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY STEAMBOAT BILL, JR THE GOLD RUSH CRANK CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER (various movies) ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN RIFIFI AFTER HOURS Clips from various movies and soundtracks. Podcast owned by Wages of Cinema.

Episode 68.2: Cinema Immersion Tank #22- THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974)  

Now time for the usual question: WILL ANDREW SURVIVE, AND WHAT WILL BE LEFT OF HIM? He got into the Tank to check out Tobe Hooper's iconoclastic, horror-tastic, hard-to-watch-still-today classic, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. So come on in for some head cheese and what may be the most efficiently told horror movie of all time. (score from the movie, this podcast owned by Wages of Cinema)


On this episode 68: HEAR! Andrew bring up an issue that's bugged him in the weeks since recording the episode (Dr. Jack & Dr. Andrew's Case Files #3) on Heaven's Gate, and then he also brings up to Jack what it means that Marvel is into this 'origin story' formula and what it means for their movies (also expanding on their review, ep 66) HEAR! Jack catching up with a little more old-school Godzilla, a notoriously WTF horror sequel (among other hit or miss horror movies, mostly miss sadly), the new Denis Villeneuve/Amy Adams science fiction film, and Rebecca Hall in the (not John Carpenter) Christine. HEAR! Andrew gets into the very weird and deliriously styled with the 1977 cult classic HAUSU (or: "HOUSE") This and more on this week's THE WAGES OF CINEMA! (and also we coin a new term - our audience as 'The Wagers'!) Movies: 1) HEAVEN'S GATE (1980) 2) DR. STRANGE, Marvel etc (2008-2016) Starting at 31 mins in: 3) EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC (1977) 4) HAUSU (1977) 5) OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL (2016) 6) SHUT IN (2016) 7) THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (1984) 8) GODZILLA VS THE SEA MONSTER (1966) 9) ARRIVAL (2016) 10) CHRISTINE (2016) Follow us on: FACEBOOK ( TWITTER ( INSTAGRAM ( TUMBLR ( email: Music from Duke Ellington and David Mansfield

Episode 67: Cinema Immersion Tank #21- TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME  

Hey, anybody want this bowl of Garmonbozia we just cooked up? Oh, wait, doesn't that translate to 'Pain and Anguish'? Oh, correct, yeah. nevermind. Not one to back away from a (self-imposed) challenge, Jack checked out Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, the feature film spin-off/prequel for the iconic television show that made everyone want coffee, pie and a dancing Man from Another Place (or at least a Log Lady or singing Norweigans), and one that, truth be told, he didn't care for too much on a first viewing nine years ago. But David Lynch, co-creator of the series and mastermind behind this attempt to make something of the world created in the Northwest about mystery. murder, and what lies beneath the subconscious and in the world of dreams (and nightmares), went back in time. And he found... something not unlike the experience of another franchise. The point is: what the hell happens when one sees this FIVE TIMES in a week? We probably won't talk about Judy, either. Oh, and SPOILERS of course for the show. listen to us on Soundcloud AND iTunes (clips featured from the film and soundtrack to TP: FWWM, from CBS Entertainment and Angelo Badalamenti)

Episode 66: Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE  

So what do you get when you take Marvel, Benedict Cumberbatch, magic, and the director of Sinister (not to mention the co-writer formerly known as CARLYLE on, remember that, maybe, possibly), and a whole load of magic and psychedelic sorcery and trippy visuals? Somehow, Doctor Strange comes together. But did it for the hosts of Wages of Cinema? Jack and Andrew saw the movie and, as with other tentpole comic book movies, they're joined by Guest Star Matt (Catania, of, and maybe a cameo too by a very special part of the Wages of Cinema family. Is it just another ho-hum origin story? Or do the visuals distinguish it as one of THE major Marvel releases? And what about that thing called... white privilege(?) Yes, that may come up as well. Tune in to find out! (also, SPOILERS 45:27) (Clips featured from trailer on youtube and part of the score by Michael Giacchino)

Episode 65.2: Dr. Jack & Dr. Andrew's Case Files #3- Michael Cimino's HEAVEN'S GATE  

Though this was actually, technically, talked about this waaay back at episode 8.4 of the podcast (correction: Jack said episode 4 or 5 in the recording), it's always worth going back again to one of those notorious films that shook up the industry despite the fact that, as irony would have it, at the time not too many people saw Michael Cimino's doomed follow-up to The Deer Hunter: HEAVEN'S GATE. Starring Kris Kristofferson, (then relatively unknown) Isabelle Huppert, and recent Oscar winner Christopher Walken, and written and directed by Cimino fresh off his triumphs for 'Hunter', what started as a mid-level production, about 10 million, ballooned to 44 million, a film that gained the reputation of taking down United Artists with it in 1981 (this is arguable of course, though it was sold to MGM in that same year). But what about the movie itself? How does this 219 spectacle about a horrible historical event - the Johnson County murders of the 1890's - come off under Cimino? Jack and Andrew (the latter having never seen it until for this podcast) take out their stethoscopes and find what the heartbeat is, if at all, for this monumental, romantic, ultra-violent western. (music featured from the score of the movie)


So in the most important news you'll see all week: Jack finally watched a bunch of Godzilla monster movies (plus Rodan)! Meanwhile, Andrew watched Captain America: Civil War again and has some new nitpicks; Jack goes to a horror movie marathon; arthouse audit with Herzog and one of the best new independent films in years. 1) GODZILLATHON: Godzilla Raids Again (1955) Mothra vs Godzilla (1964) Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964) Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971) Godzilla vs Mecha-Godzilla (1974) 2) CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016) 3) THE GATE (1987) 4) DEAD OF NIGHT (1974) 5) DEATH SPA (1989) 6) EVENT HORIZON (1997) 7) INTO THE INFERNO (2016) 8) MOONLIGHT (2016)


This week in our main topic, we at the Wages of Cinema decided to do two things for this Halloween movie season: first, discuss the many horror tropes and concepts, things that we sometimes take for granted (too for granted, or just have come to accept as givens like jump scares and creepy children and so on); second, Jack and Andrew do something a little different: they each pitch some original ideas for horror movies. Take note, Hollywood, we're coming for you! Some of the movies and types we talk about include Romero Zombies, 28 Days Later, Guillermo del Toro and the Devil's Backbone, The Babadook, Jphn Carpenter's Halloween (Carpenter opens this episode explaining the two 'types' of horror), Psycho, Phantasm, and children in danger, plus much, much more. Email us with any of your own ideas or comments to or to our Facebook and Twitter pages (just search for Wages of Cinema) (audio at end is Goblin's "The Witch" from the Suspiria score)

Episode 64.2: Cinema Immersion Tank #20- SUSPIRIA  

The Italian director Dario Argento, behind such films as The Bird with Crystal Plumage, Deep Red, Tenebre, Inferno and Phenomena among many others, including the film under discussion in the Cinema Immersion Tank today, SUSPIRIA, once said, " Films are dreams. Many, many critics say to me that my films are not good because they are too unbelievable, but this is my style. I tell stories like they are dreams. This is my imagination." How, then, does Suspiria hold up as a dream, or even as a story? What does this (once) heralded master of the Italian "Giallo" film have to do to get his audiences entranced and frightened? And, most importantly, did our intrepid co-host Andrew get there? Find out on this 20th installment of the Cinema Immersion Tank. (score excerpts by Goblin from the Soundtrack to Suspiria) https://instagram/com/wagesofcinema


And now let's talk MOVIES! Jack kind of dominates this one - Andrew talks about Grand Hotel, though he's seen a couple other films Jack has so he chimes in - and it's the wide variety we like to bring to Wages of Cinema, from Japanese monster movie to resistance war movie to broad parody to Patrick Swayze kicking everyone's ass and the latest from Tim Burton, Mark Wahlberg, and that guy who stirred up that little dust over at Sundance about that movie named after that other movie but it's not a remake, gee what was it called.... 1) GODZILLA VS MEGALON (1973) 2) THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - TOURING YEARS (2016) 3) GRAND HOTEL (1937) 4) TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016) 5) THE AGE OF SHADOWS (2016) 6) YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) 7) DEEPWATER HORIZON (2016) 8) ROADHOUSE (1989) 9) THE BIRTH OF A NATION (2016) 10) MRS. PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (2016) 11) HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT Clips: Duke Ellington's "Jubilee Stomp" (public domain) Train to Busan trailer excerpt (for fair use)

Episode 63.2: SHIN GODZILLA  

Just when you think it's safe to back to Japan that dangnabiit lizard comes out of the water and does... wait, is THAT what our King of the Monsters looks like now? Holy sushi, Batman! But the real question this time as Toho brings back Godzilla for the first time in 12 years (their longest time without him - even Godzilla 85 was only a 10 year wait), what new can be done with him? Well, what if he/it is not really the main attraction? Sure the big mother-jammer takes up the poster, but what if, say, Franz Kafka had taken a pass at a Godzilla script? Not the full writing of it just, you know, a pass? Um... you get this! Maybe! Jack and Andrew (the latter of course being a massive fan of Godzilla, with the former being casual) bring you their review of the latest film in this 62(!) year old franchise, which is now in very limited release. Also make sure to give a listen to episode 41.5, where we go deep into discussion on giant movie monsters. oh, and SPOILERS from 33:17 to about 35:59. Listen at your own peril of being zapped away by the fire-beams coming out of Gojira's dorsals. Songs: Godzilla theme Pharoh: Simon Says

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