Knives Out is such a burger of genre.
And yet Benoit Blanc describes the case as a doughnut. Bryan and Eliza talk Rian Johnson’s masterful whodunnit meets Hitchcock thriller, discussing how his giving the characters depth keeps the story from being a mere murder mystery and how he deliberately handled both genres to create a stimulating and suspenseful movie that subverts (almost) all one’s expectations.
Also, a comparison to Brick (2005), a reference to Sleuth (1972), and a chat about Nathan Johnson’s wonderful music in this film.
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Today, Bryan and Eliza talk A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, a biographical drama film about Fred Rogers, the creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood. They discuss the life of the man himself and why he is so beloved and admired, the charming and dull parts of this movie directed by Marielle Heller, and how we can apply the values Mr Rogers exemplified in his actions and attitude to our own lives today. Also, they have a lovely chat about all the other movies they’ve seen since they last recorded.
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Autumn de Wilde (coolest name ever)’s Emma. is gorgeous. Visually decadent, casually and yet deliberately intelligent in its humour, with its measured, sweeping pace and editing - it reflects its titular character Emma perfectly. Bryan and Eliza have a relaxed chat about Autumn de Wilde, the rock photographer turned director,’s influences, compare this latest adaptation to Clueless and the 1996 Emma, and talk about - you guessed it - so much more.
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Once Upon A Time... (wait for it) in Hollywood is the latest film by one of today's most admired and influential directors, Quentin Tarantino.
Bryan and Eliza talk Tarantino's approach to filmmaking, especially his almost cartoonish violence and stylish dialogue (Eliza's not a fan of the blood, but she does like Kill Bill.) They wonder if movies are diminished by drawing heavily on nostalgia, relatability, or references to create an emotional effect. After so much more, they chat the real life history of the Manson family murders and how Tarantino handled Bruce Lee's and Sharon Tate's legacies differently, before finishing off with a lovely discussion about feet.
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Pope Francis really is the dancing queen. Bryan and Eliza talk Fernando Meirelles’ latest movie, The Two Popes. They discuss Meirelles’ other highly acclaimed film City of God, the depictions of real life figures Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio, the rhythmic editing and dialogue, and just have solid chats all around.
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Uncut Gems does not give you a single moment to breathe. The Safdies do stressful with gritty brilliance and a empathetic, feverish pulse. Bryan and Eliza talk about that absolutely perfect ending, Adam Sandler movies, directors Josh and Benny Safdie’s upbringing and filmmaking mentality, why there were over 160 drafts of Uncut Gems, the deliberate contrast between the seasoned and first-time actors, and more.
But only after they finish talking about Bryan’s favourite movies of 2019: Cats, Frozen 2, and - Maleficent 2.
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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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Jojo! (Imagine that in a vaguely European accent.)
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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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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