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

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
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Paul and Erin take a break from their candlelight vigil to revisit two films inspired by pop music superstars who died violent, untimely deaths. First, SELENA, the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez as the Tejano recording artist who was shot dead by the president of her fan club at the age of 23; then LAST DAYS, Gus van Sant's meditative, avant-garde 2005 drama, a fictionalized version of the events leading up to the suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. A girl in a rhinestone-spangled bustier, or a man in a tasteful black slip: which will prevail?

Direct download: TAATM_34__Selena_vs._Last_Days.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Paul and Heather savour some classic cinematic nose trauma as they revisit one of the most memorable and critically admired Hollywood films of the 1970s... as well as the little-discussed sequel that came out a decade and a half later: Roman Polanski's 1974 neo-noir classic CHINATOWN, and 1990's THE TWO JAKES, directed by and starring Jack Nicholson. A switchblade up the nose or a grenade in the hand: which will prevail?

Direct download: TAATM_33__Chinatown_vs._The_Two_Jakes.mp3
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