Ep 6 - 1917 feat. Mr Foster
This episode is a love letter to cinematographer Roger Deakins. Bit of a gimmick, but there is also a special guest today - Mr Foster, the absolute coolest English teacher there is. He joins Bryan to talk Sam Mendes’ war film “1917”. They discuss their initial thoughts after watching it, the masterful camera and logistical techniques behind the one-shot look, how the action is immersive but not sensationalised or surreal, the storyline, and the jarring effect of famous cameos. Also music, Peter Jackson, serving in the Taiwanese military, German dubbing, and of course, so much more.
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Bryan and Eliza talk Taika Waititi’s latest film, “Jojo Rabbit”, about a boy in Nazi Germany and his imaginary friend Hitler. They discuss why the movie felt average even though it’s clearly a great one, Taika Waititi’s deceptively simplistic humour, the wonderful characters, how propaganda influences, the background of the movie, various controversies surrounding the movie, and - you already know - so much more.
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Alright. Let’s be clear. This episode? She’s not about facts but she IS about chats. Monika joins Eliza as a surprise guest this surprise episode to talk Greta Gerwig’s new Little Women and some other very solid movies like 1917, La La Land, and High School Musical. Because Bryan isn’t here today, Monika also asks Eliza some deep and personal questions, almost reveals their exact location, chats childhood movies, and of course, so much more.
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The Farewell is quiet and heartbreaking, but also riveting and hilarious. Bryan and Eliza have phat chats about director and screenwriter Lulu Wang’s real life experience lying to her cancer-diagnosed grandmother, her real life auntie playing Little NaiNai, and the real life process of producing and filming this movie.
They also have a mini identity crisis. And there’s a full explanation on a cool as Chinese naming convention (Bryan is very surprised Eliza even knows this).
Plus so much more, as always.
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Raining, pouring, maybe a little bit boring. Bryan and Eliza discuss Makoto Shinkai's latest film Weathering With You - the plot, its stunning animation, how music, storytelling, cameos, etc encourage comparisons to Your Name, the themes - as well as the life of Shinkai himself. It's a good movie.
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Ep 2 - Marriage Story
Marriage Story is a story about divorce. So honest, touching, and real that you're not just staring through someone's window, you're standing in the living room with Adam Driver, Scarlett Johannson, and director/writer Noah Baumbach's brilliant dialogue and directing. Bryan and Eliza talk Baby Yoda, the Sondheim song "Being Alive", and Baumbach's other work. Also - whose side does the movie take? And do you reckon Adam Driver's hot? Oh, and more.
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It's so metaphorical. In episode one, Bryan and Eliza look at Parasite - arguably the absolute best film of the year. They discuss genre, the Korean nuances that Western audiences might have missed, director Bong Joon Ho's brilliant use of symbols and metaphors, and the enormous cultural impact the Palme d'Or winning movie has made on the world. Also - their love for Reddit and Quora.
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