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

Erin and Paul review two movies about the Phantom of the Opera, neither of them containing songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. First: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the 1925 silent classic starring Lon Chaney as a disfigured, romantically obsessed man who lives in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House, periodically surfacing to offer casting advice to the company's management; then, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, Brian de Palma's 1974 cult musical starring Paul Williams as a demonic, babyfaced record-company magnate who swindles a brilliant young composer into providing the score for a garish new rock spectacular. Pipe organs or chest-mounted vocoders: which will prevail?

Plus, quick takes on THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA THE MOVIE: REBELLION, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, I'M SO EXCITED!, and IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY?

Direct download: TAATM_88__The_Phantom_Of_The_Opera_vs._The_Phantom_Of_The_Paradise.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:17pm EDT

Heather Noel returns to the podcast to talk about two movies inspired by the Kennedy assassination and the many conspiracy theories that try to explain it. First: JFK, Oliver Stone's 1991 epic starring Kevin Costner as a New Orleans district attorney whose obsessive pursuit of Kennedy's killers threatens to destroy his reputation and his marriage; then, WINTER KILLS, William Richert's offbeat 1979 thriller starring Jeff Bridges as the younger brother of an assassinated president who stumbles across new evidence which suggests a vast (and very confusing) conspiracy might have been behind his brother's murder. Secret sex parties with Tommy Lee Jones, or secret sex parties with John Huston: which will prevail?

Plus: a Heather Noel update, and quick takes on TRUST, THE BAD SEED, BLUE JASMINE, AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, and POST TENEBRAS LUX.

Direct download: TAATM_87__JFK_vs._Winter_Kills.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

Paul and Erin grip their bloody hands around the steering wheel as they discuss two films about murderous couples on the road, both inspired by the 1958 Charles Starkweather/Caril Ann Fugate case. First: BADLANDS, Terrence Malick's 1973 New Hollywood classic starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as a sociopathic James Dean lookalike and his affectless teenaged girlfriend; then, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, Oliver Stone's 1994 exercise in sensory overload starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis as a pair of mass murderers whose bloody exploits make them the biggest celebrities in America. Warren Oates getting shot in the back, or Rodney Dangerfield getting drowned in an aquarium: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on FROZEN, VIC AND FLO SAW A BEAR, COMPUTER CHESS, and PRINCE AVALANCHE.

Direct download: TAATM_86__Badlands_vs._Natural_Born_Killers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:10am EDT

Paul and Erin focus their ocular viewing implants upon two films about female cyborgs struggling against the forces of social oppression. First: I'M A CYBORG BUT THAT'S OK, Park Chan-Wook's offbeat 2006 film about an inmate in a mental institution who falls in love with a female patient whose belief that she is actually a robot endangers her life; then, CYBORG, the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme post-apocalyptic B-movie about a mercenary who attempts to rescue a female cyborg whose brain holds the key to saving the world from plague, anarchy, genocide, and starvation. 

Plus: quick takes on HOW I LIVE NOW, VIOLET & DAISY, DELIVERY MAN, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, and Spike Lee's OLDBOY remake.

Direct download: TAATM_85__Im_A_Cyborg_But_Thats_OK_vs._Cyborg.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:28pm EDT

Paul and Erin review two films about movie characters walking off the screen and into the real world. First: THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, Woody Allen's wistful 1985 comedy starring Mia Farrow as a mousy Depression-era waitress who embarks on a whirwind romance with a handsome fictional character from the movie playing at the local theatre; then, LAST ACTION HERO, director John McTiernan's high-concept 1993 flop about a twelve-year-old action-movie fanatic who gets magically transported into the outrageous, larger-than-life world of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. A madcap Manhattan weekend, or an explosion-filled killing spree: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on THE RAID: REDEMPTION, THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, ASS BACKWARDS, FRANCES HA, and BOTTLE ROCKET.

Direct download: TAATM_84__The_Purple_Rose_Of_Cairo_vs._Last_Action_Hero.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:46am EDT

Erin and Paul review two Euro-style musicals featuring all-star casts of illustrious actresses, and with numbers in the title. First: 8 WOMEN, François Ozon's 2002 confection in which eight women must solve an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery while trapped inside a snowbound country house; then, NINE, director Rob Marshall's splashy 2009 musical remake of Fellini's 8 1/2, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a womanizing Italian film director coping with a shortage of ideas and an overabundance of beautiful women as his latest movie goes into production. Frenchwomen in rainbow-coloured dresses, or Italian women in black lingerie: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on THE AVENGERS, QUADROPHENIA, DRINKING BUDDIES, ZERO CHARISMA, and AMERICAN MARY.

Direct download: TAATM_83__8_Women_vs._Nine.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:01am EDT

Paul and Erin review two movies featuring main characters with incomprehensible ways of talking. First: NELL, the 1994 drama starring Jodie Foster as a woman who has grown up in an isolated cabin in the North Carolina wilderness, speaking her own private language; then, POOTIE TANG, the 2001 blaxploitation spoof written and directed by Louis C.K., starring Lance Crouther as a singer, ladies' man, and crimefighter who is literally "too cool for words." Chicka chicka chickabee, or sine your pitty on the runny kine: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on MAN OF TAI CHI, ABOUT TIME, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and A BAND CALLED DEATH.

Direct download: TAATM_82__Nell_vs._Pootie_Tang.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:28pm EDT

In honour of Halloween, Paul and Erin review two lighthearted movies about the love lives of sexy, sexy witches. First: I MARRIED A WITCH, René Clair's 1942 romantic fantasy starring Fredric March as a gubernatorial candidate and Veronica Lake as the beautiful vengeful witch who turns his straitlaced life upsdie-down; then, PRACTICAL MAGIC, the 1998 chick flick starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as sister witches who must combine their magical powers to overcome the family curse that dooms any man who falls in love with them to an untimely death. A magical bottle of whisky, or a magical bottle of tequila: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on A TOUCH OF SIN, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE PURGE, and ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW.

Direct download: TAATM_81__I_Married_A_Witch_vs._Practical_Magic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:50am EDT

Paul and Erin review two films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 slasher-movie classic PSYCHO. First: PSYCHO, director Gus Van Sant's nealry shot-for-shot 1998 recreation of the Hitchcock original, starring Anne Heche and Vince Vaughn in the roles made famous by Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins; then, PSYCHO II, director Richard Franklin's 1983 sequel, in which Norman Bates returns to the Bates Motel after being released from the mental institution, only to find himself once again slipping into madness... and possibly murder. Vince Vaughn dressed up as an old lady, or Meg Tilly dressed up as an old lady: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on the CARRIE remake, EVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. STORY, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, and KID-THING.

Direct download: TAATM_80__Psycho_1998_vs._Psycho_II.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:21pm EDT

Paul and Erin rebound from last week's lost episode with a triple-decker matchup involving THREE cinematic retellings of the story of Snow White, all from 2012: Pablo Berger's silent, bullfighting-filled BLANCANIEVES, Tarsem Singh's light-hearted, ultra-stylish MIRROR MIRROR, and Rupert Sanders' fantasy action epic SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN. Mirror, mirror on the wall: who's the fairest of them all?

Plus: quick takes on MUSEUM HOURS, CRYSTAL FAIRY, GRAVITY, IVAN'S CHILDHOOD, THE GAME, THE HOT ROCK, and REWIND THIS!