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

Erin and Paul examine two films about homely men who get turned into handsome men, only to find that handsomeness doesn't solve everything. First: SECONDS, John Frankenheimer's long-out-of-circulation 1966 thriller about a middle-aged banker who reinvents himself as a studly bohemian artist through the services of a mysterious corporation; then, JOHNNY HANDSOME, Walter Hill's 1989 crime flick about a badly deformed criminal who gets a chance at a new life after undergoing radical facial surgery, but who cannot resist the chance to get revenge on his double-crossing former associates. Handsome Rock Hudson or handsome Mickey Rourke: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER, BLUE JASMINE, and CLEAR HISTORY.

Direct download: TAATM_74__Seconds_vs._Johnny_Handsome.mp3
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Paul and Erin review two sympathetic comic portraits of horny teenaged girls. First: THE TO DO LIST, writer/director Maggie Carey's comedy starring Aubrey Plaza as a girl who sets out to cram a lifetime of sexual experiences into the summer before she heads off to college; then, TURN ME ON, GODDAMMIT!, writer/director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen's 2011 Norwegian comedy/drama about a fifteen-year-old girl whose forthright attitude towards sex makes her an outcast among her classmates, and in her own house. Boise, Idaho or Skoddeheimen, Norway: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on FRUITVALE STATION, ELYSIUM, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, and the 2013 remake of THE EVIL DEAD.

Direct download: TAATM_73__The_To_Do_List_vs._Turn_Me_On_Goddammit.mp3
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Erin and Paul review two classic movies about missing bikes and their owners' desperate efforts to retrieve them. First: THE BICYCLE THIEF, Vittorio de Sica's 1948 Italian neorealist classic about a poverty-stricken Roman man who must either find his stolen bicycle or lose the job that his family's livelihood depends on; then, PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE, Tim Burton's eccentric 1985 debut feature starring Paul Reubens as a childlike man who travels across America in hopes of retrieving his prize possession: a shiny red bicycle. The back rooms of a church, or the basement of the Alamo: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on R.I.P.D. and THE ACT OF KILLING.

Direct download: TAATM_72__The_Bicycle_Thief_vs._Pee-Wees_Big_Adventure.mp3
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