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

Paul and Heather contend with sign-language-equipped chimpanzees and talking deer as they review James Marsh's heartbreaking documentary about a language experiment gone wrong, PROJECT NIM; and Tsui Hark's delirious murder mystery/martial arts extravaganza/costume epic DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME. Plus: Paul's mini-reviews of THE ARBOR and THE MILL AND THE CROSS, more fretting about end-of-the-year cinematic award-winners, and the usual roundup of notable upcoming DVDs and Blu-Ray releases.

0:00 — Intro/THE ARBOR/THE MILL AND THE CROSS/Oscar season disappointment and bafflement
16:22 — The Arbors, "I Can't Quit Her (For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her)"
17:29 — PROJECT NIM
33:56 — The Feelies, "Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey)"
34:59 — DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME
46:55 — Fred Bongusto, "Un Detective"
47:57 — Other noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays/Outro


Paul and Heather acutely feel the absence of a third podcast host as they review two very different films about love trianges: the international espionage drama THE DEBT (starring Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Jessica Chastain); and the new Criterion edition of the ahead-of-its-time 1933 Ernst Lubitsch comedy DESIGN FOR LIVING. Also: Paul reports on Lucky McKee's lurid but potent B-movie THE WOMAN and the new Louis C.K. concert film LIVE AT THE BEACON THEATER, Heather revisits Quentin Taratino's JACKIE BROWN, and the week's other most noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays get their usual thorough going-over.

0:00 — Intro/End-Of-The-Year Critic's Anxiety/THE WOMAN/LOUIS C.K. LIVE AT THE BEACON THEATER/JACKIE BROWN
15:10 — Bobby Womack, "Across 110th Street"
16:19 — THE DEBT
29:21 — Shout Out Out Out Out, "Forever Indebted"
30:25 — DESIGN FOR LIVING
45:34 — Bob Dorough, "Three Is The Magic Number"
46:37 — Other noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays/Outro

Direct download: Episode_87__The_Debt_Design_For_Living.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT

Paul and Heather return from their brief podcasting hiatus with reviews of two movies that sound much more science-fictiony than they actually are: Miranda July's (intentionally?) aggravating hipster comedy-drama THE FUTURE, and Mike Cahill's low-budget alternate-world indie drama ANOTHER EARTH. Plus: Heather revisits the 2004 Nicole-Kidman-falls-in-love-with-a-ten-year-old drama BIRTH, Paul reports on the recent AMERICAN MASTERS documentary about Woody Allen, and we both debate whether BREAKING DAWN can actually cause someone to have a seizure and whether the rainbows in the song "The Rainbow Connection" technically qualify as a metaphor.

0:00 — Intro/THE MUPPETS/BIRTH/BREAKING DAWN/WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY
20:06 — Miniskirt, "Woody Allen Likes Japanese Noise Rock"
21:10 — THE FUTURE
36:51 — Sparks, "In The Future"
37:49 — ANOTHER EARTH
50:56 — The Only Ones, "Another Planet, Another Girl"
52:08 — Other noteworthy new DVDs and Blu-Rays/Outro 

Direct download: Episode_86__The_Future_Another_Earth.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT