Trash, Art, And The Movies
The podcast that pits arthouse cinema against brainless entertainment—and then declares a victor.

Paul and Heather sort out their daddy issues as they review two films about father-son relationships: Mike Mills' semi-autobiographical BEGINNERS, about his relationship with his dying father, who came out of the closet at the age of 75; and A BETTER LIFE, Chris Weitz' empathetic portrait of a self-sacrificing illegal immigant father working as a gardener in Los Angeles and his ungrateful teenage son. Plus: Heather offers her mini-review of the harrowing British nuclear-holocaust docudrama THREADS, Paul talks about the early Mike Leigh comedy NUTS IN MAY, and we both round up the week's other most notable new DVD and Blu-Ray releases.

0:00 — Intro/THREADS/NUTS IN MAY
15:15 — Portishead, "Threads"
16:19 — BEGINNERS
30:38 — Eels, "Beginner's Luck"
31:49 — A BETTER LIFE
44:44 — Q-Tip (featuring Norah Jones), "Life Is Better"
46:07 — Other noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays/Outro 

Direct download: Episode_83__Beginners_A_Better_Life.mp3
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Monsters! Monsters! Monsters! Paul and Heather get a jumpstart on Halloween by reviewing the British teens-versus aliens cult hit ATTACK THE BLOCK, as well as the new Criterion edition of the 1932 pre-Code shocker ISLAND OF LOST SOULS. Plus: a wide-ranging discussion of 50/50, DRIVE, and the best "Hollywood" film of the year so far, and our usual roundup of the week's other most noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays.

0:00 — Intro/50/50/DRIVE
14:30 — Sloan, "I Am The Cancer"
15:36 — ATTACK THE BLOCK
28:18 — Chelsea, "Urban Kids"
29:17 — ISLAND OF LOST SOULS
42:33 — Jonathan Coulton, "Skullcrusher Mountain"
44:30 — Other noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays/Outro 

Direct download: Episode_82__Attack_The_Block_Island_Of_Lost_Souls.mp3
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Paul and Heather bust out their Bibles and their semi-automatic weapons to review Kevin Smith's very un-Kevin-Smithy siege drama RED STATE, then take an eerie trip through the Japanese forest with the new Criterion edition of Kineta Shindo's eerie 1968 ghost story KURONEKO. Plus: Heather reports on the goings-on at International Independent Video Store Day and contributes a mini-review of John Carpenter's unfairly derided sci-fi satire ESCAPE FROM L.A., Paul talks about Christophe Honoré's unconventional Parisian musical LOVE SONGS, and we round up the week's other most notable new DVDs and Blu-Rays.

0:00 — Intro/International Independent Video Store Day/ESCAPE FROM L.A./LOVE SONGS
17:16 — The Cure, "Lovesong"
18:15 — RED STATE
33:27 — Belle and Sebastian, "The State I Am In"
34:37 — KURONEKO
48:21 — Lalo Schifrin, "The Cat"
49:16 — Other noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays/Outro 

Direct download: Episode_81__Red_State_Kuroneko.mp3
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Paul and Heather hop in the car with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to review Michael Winterbottom's quasi-documentary comedy THE TRIP, then don their pyjamas to hang out with troubled teen Jacob Wysocki and high school principal John C. Reilly in TERRI. Plus, a wide-ranging discussion of HBO's post-SOPRANOS/SIX FEET UNDER/DEADWOOD fallow period sparked by Heather's recent viewing of the first season of ROME, and our usual roundup of the week's other notable new DVDs and Blu-Rays.

0:00 — Intro/ROME/HBO, yea or nay?
16:32 — Yeasayer, "Rome"
17:36 — THE TRIP
31:22 — Kim Fowley, "The Trip"
32:24 — TERRI
49:03 — Sartre's Lobster, "Pyjamarama"
50:07 — Other notable new DVDs and Blu-Rays 

Direct download: Episode_80__The_Trip_Terri.mp3
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Paul and Heather review Richard Ayoade's RUSHMORE-esque coming-of-age comedy SUBMARINE and Takeshi Kitano's convoluted yakuza flick OUTRAGE. Plus: Heather talks about preparing for International Video Store Day, Paul contributes a mini-review of the documentary THE PEOPLE VERSUS GEORGE LUCAS, and we both reveals our lists of the week's other most notable new DVDs and Blu-Rays.

0:00 — Intro/International Video Store Day/THE PEOPLE VERSUS GEORGE LUCAS
16:13 — The National, "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks"
17:22 — SUBMARINE
30:03 — The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, "A Teenager In Love"
31:03 — OUTRAGE
43:43 — Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis, "Gangster Story"
44:43 — Other noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays/Outro 

Direct download: Episode_79__Submarine_Outrage.mp3
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