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

Erin and Paul endorse two films about dying men living in the shadow of an ominous volcano. First: JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO, John Patrick Shanley's quirky 1990 cult comedy starring Tom Hanks as a man who, upon learning he has five months left to live, embarks on a quest to an exotic island where he plans to sacrifice himself to a volcano; then, UNDER THE VOLCANO, John Huston's 1984 film version of Malcolm Lowry's novel starring Albert Finney as an alcoholic former British diplomat in pre-World War II Mexico who drinks his way through the Day of the Dead festivities, accompanied by his ex-wife. Can after can of orange soda, or bottle after bottle of tequila: which will prevail?

Also: quick takes on NANCY PLEASE, THE BRASS TEAPOT, THE CONJURING and SIGHTSEERS.

Direct download: TAATM_71__Joe_Versus_The_Volcano_vs._Under_The_Volcano.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:53am EDT

Erin and Paul discuss many matters Statham-related and otherwise as they review two movies about extremely skilled delivery people. First: THE TRANSPORTER, the 2002 Jason Statham vehicle about an ultra-cool driver-for-hire with a rigid code of professional conduct (and a rock-hard set of abs) who tangles with a gang of human traffickers; then, KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE, Hayao Miyazaki's 1989 animated classic about a thirteen-year-old witch-in-training who puts her broom-riding skills to use by setting up her own parcel-delivering business. Souped-up BMW or flying broom: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on PACIFIC RIM and, believe it or not, GROWN UPS 2.

Direct download: TAATM_70__The_Transporter_vs._Kikis_Delivery_Service.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:12pm EDT

Paul and Erin review two movies featuring characters who spend most of the film wearing an iconic mask. First: EYES WITHOUT A FACE, Georges Franju's shocking yet poetic 1960 horror classic about a surgeon whose attempts to perform a face transplant on his disfigured daughter leave a trail of corpses in their wake; then, THE MASK, the 1994 special-effects comedy starring Jim Carrey as a meek bank teller who transforms into a zoot-suited wildman under the influence of a magical ancient Norwegian mask. Immobile white mask or rubberfaced green mask: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on season four of JUSTIFIED, WHITE HOUSE DOWN, CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, GREENBERG, RUBY SPARKS, and SAVE THE DATE. And lots of love for Paul Feig.

Direct download: TAATM_69__Eyes_Without_A_Face_vs._The_Mask.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:29pm EDT

Poof! Erin and Paul review two movies about pairs of magicians whose games of oneupmanship go to deadly extremes. First: THE PRESTIGE, Christopher Nolan's 2006 drama starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as rival 19th-century stage magicians whose commitment to their art threatens to destroy each other, and everyone they love; then, PENN & TELLER GET KILLED, the 1989 oddity starring Penn and Teller as themselves, a team of smart-aleck magicians who must go on the run from a crazed fan after Penn glibly remarks on a TV talk show that he thinks it would be cool if someone were trying to kill him. The New Transported Man or The Magical Bouncing Bagel: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on GATE OF FLESH and WORLD WAR Z.

Direct download: TAATM_68__The_Prestige_vs._Penn__Teller_Get_Killed.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:28am EDT