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

Merry Christmas! In a spectacular act of miscalculated scheduling, Paul and Heather mark the holidays by taking a look at two versions of the same tale of senseless murder and brutal revenge: Ingmar Bergman's austere, Oscar-winning 1960 arthouse drama THE VIRGIN SPRING, and Wes Craven's shocking 1972 grindhouse landmark THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. Delivering candles to a church, or scoring pot before a Bloodlust concert: which will prevail?

Direct download: TAATM_43__The_Virgin_Spring_vs._The_Last_House_On_The_Left.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:13pm EDT

Erin and Paul look at two films from the schizophrenic career of Criterion Collection auteur turned stoner-comedy kingpin David Gordon Green. First: Zooey Deschanel breaks boyfriend Paul Schneider's heart in the dreamy 2003 romantic drama ALL THE REAL GIRLS; then, pothead process server Seth Rogen and dimwitted dealer James Franco go on the run, albeit ineptly, from corrupt cops and murderous drug lords in the 2008 action comedy PINEAPPLE EXPRESS. Danny McBride covered in macaroni and cheese, or Danny McBride covered in blood: which will prevail?

Direct download: TAATM_42__All_The_Real_Girls_vs._Pineapple_Express.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:58am EDT

This week, Paul and Heather review two movies that sound like fairytales, but aren't. First: ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's slow-motion police procedural about three carfuls of cops, lawyers, doctors, and criminals who spend a very long night in the Turkish countryside looking for a buried murder victim. Then, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, Robert Rodriguez's 2003 Mexploitation epic starring Antonio Banderas as a gun-wielding mariachi who becomes the key player in a coup d'état against the Mexican president. Homicide cases or guitar cases: which will prevail?

Direct download: TAATM_41__Once_Upon_A_Time_In_Anatolia_vs._Once_Upon_A_Time_In_Mexico.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

Fellow Edmonton movie podcasters The Movie Jerks host TAATM stalwarts Erin Fraser and Paul Matwychuk for this discussion of two films about men with distinctive facial hair: the controversial German comedy MY FUHRER and FUR, director Steven Shainberg's offbeat "biopic" of photographer Diane Arbus.

Direct download: BONUSODE__Trash_Art_and_the_Movies_vs._The_Movie_Jerks.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

Paul and Erin examine two movies named after years—or possibly hotel rooms, fictional places, or just a lovelorn state of mind. First: 2046, Wong Kar-Wai's dreamlike 2004 romantic melodrama about a newspaper columnist and pulp author in 1960s Hong Kong who uses his tragic affairs with a series of beautiful women as fodder for an erotic science-fiction novel. Then: 1941, Steven Spielberg's epic 1979 farce in which seemingly every soldier and civilian in Southern California gets caught up in a wave of ultra-destructive panic following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A love robot on a train, or a ventriloquist dummy on a Ferris wheel: which will prevail?

Direct download: TAATM_40__2046_vs._1941.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:20am EDT

Heather and Paul take a look at two comedies about African-American men who find themselves vaulted into positions of corporate power. First: Robert Downey Sr.'s 1969 satire PUTNEY SWOPE, in which a lowly black ad man is accidentally elected CEO and reinvents his agency as a countercultural message factory; then, John Landis' 1983 comedy TRADING PLACES, in which a bet between a pair of millionaire brothers causes snooty commodities broker Dan Aykroyd and street hustler Eddie Murphy to assume each other's lives. Truth & Soul, or Duke & Duke: which will prevail?

Direct download: TAATM_39__Putney_Swope_vs._Trading_Places.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:56am EDT

Cool beans! Paul and Erin go into critical first gear over two films about neon colours and very good drivers. First: Ryan Gosling is a Hollywood stuntman by day and a criminal getaway artist by night in Nicholas Winding Refn's cooler-than-cool 2011 action thriller DRIVE; then, Emile Hirsch is a pure-hearted race-car driver who hopes to triumph over the corrupt corporate forces who control the sport in Lana and Andy Wachowski's visually overwhelming 2008 confection SPEED RACER. Bryan Cranston with a limp or a monkey named Chim-Chim: which will prevail?

Direct download: TAATM_38__Drive_vs._Speed_Racer.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

Heather and Paul pay tribute to the many moods of mainstream cinema's strangest leading man, Nicolas Cage. First: 1995's LEAVING LAS VEGAS, featuring Cage's Oscar-winning performance as an alcoholic movie executive who decides to drink himself to death during an epic bender in a Sin City motel; then, CON AIR, in which Cage plays an unjustly imprisoned former U.S. Ranger whose release from jail is complicated when he winds up in the middle of an insanely complicated hijacking caper masterminded by criminal genius John Malkovich. Leaving Las Vegas, or crashing into the middle of Las Vegas in a jet airplane: which will prevail?

Direct download: TAATM_37__Leaving_Las_Vegas_vs._Con_Air.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:32pm EDT

Paul and Erin celebrate Halloween in the company of the most frighteningly untalented director in Hollywood history. First: Johnny Depp and Martin Landau star as a struggling transvestite filmmaker and the washed-up Hollywood legend who becomes his muse in Tim Burton's affectionate 1994 biopic ED WOOD. Then, we look at one of the original films written and directed by Ed Wood himself: GLEN OR GLENDA, his bizarre 1953 plea for tolerance and understanding on behalf of cross-dressers and transsexuals worldwide. Original Wood or imitation Wood: which will prevail?

Direct download: TAATM_36__Ed_Wood_vs._Glen_Or_Glenda.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:30pm EDT

Heather and Paul review two movies about men who enter the world of modern-day religious cults... and then exit them much the worse for wear. First: Joaquin Phoenix is a troubled World War II vet who enters the inner circle of Philip Seymour Hoffman's L. Ron Hubbard-esque guru in Paul Thomas Anderson's THE MASTER; then, Edward Woodward is a straitlaced cop investigating the disappearance of a young girl on a Scottish island populated by sexually liberated pagans in the original 1973 version of THE WICKER MAN. A man made of wicker or a woman made of sand: which will prevail? 

Direct download: TAATM_35__The_Master_vs._The_Wicker_Man.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT