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

Just in time for Christmas, Erin and Paul review two films about harrowing home invasions. First: HOME ALONE, Chris Columbus' 1990 blockbuster starring Macauley Culkin as a boy who fights off a pair of bumbling burglars after being accidentally left behind when the rest of his family goes on a trip to Europe; then, FUNNY GAMES, Michael Haneke's shot-for-shot 2007 English-language remake of his 1997 German original, a Brechtian suspense film about a family whose Long Island vacation home is invaded by a pair of sadistic killers. An iron to the head, or a golf club to the kneecap: which will prevail?

Plus: our quick takes on WILD, ANNIE, INTO THE WOODS, and TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, as well as our favourite underrated Christmas movies, and listener choices for the director who's had the most negative influence on movies and/or moviemaking.

Direct download: TAATM_129__Home_Alone_vs._Funny_Games.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:21pm EST

Erin and Paul review a bunch of films with the same title, but very different views of the law enforcement system. First: BAD BOYS and BAD BOYS II, Michael Bay's pair of over-the-top action blockbusters starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith as squabbling Miami cops whose investigations leave a massive trail of destruction in their wake; then, BAD BOYS, the gritty 1983 drama starring Sean Penn as an unrepentant teenage criminal who is sentenced to a tough juvenile correctional facility after a small-time robbery gone wrong. A suitcase full of drugs, or a bunch of corpses full of ecstasy: which will prevail?

Plus: our quick takes on TOP FIVE, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, STRANGER BY THE LAKE, and IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY.

Direct download: TAATM_128__Bad_Boys_vs._Bad_Boys_and_Bad_Boys_II.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:54am EST

Paul and Erin review two movies about angels mingling with mortals while wearing heavy overcoats. First: WINGS OF DESIRE, Wim Wenders' 1987 classic about an angel in Berlin who decides to become human after falling in love with a beautiful trapeze artist; then, DOGMA, Kevin Smith's raunchy 1999 religious comedy starring Linda Fiorentino as an abortion-clinic employee who is assigned the holy mission of stopping two rogue angels from returning to heaven and thereby causing the end of the world. A Nick Cave concert or an Alanis Morissette cameo: which will prevail? 

Plus: our quick takes on CITIZENFOUR, TUSK, PALO ALTO, and STEP UP ALL IN.

Direct download: TAATM_127__Wings_Of_Desire_vs._Dogma.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:41am EST

Erin and Paul review two films about the exciting world of futuristic law enforcement. First: MINORITY REPORT, Steven Spielberg's 2002 Philip K. Dick adaptation, set in a world where a tank full of clairvoyant genetic anomalies allow the police to arrest people for murder before their crimes even happen; then, DEMOLITION MAN, the 1993 sci-fi action satire starring Wesley Snipes as a hyperviolent 20th-century criminal running amok in a wimped-out, politically correct future, and Sylvester Stallone as the cryogenically unfrozen supercop assigned to take him down. Three mysterious "precogs," or three mysterious seashells: which will prevail?

Plus: our quick takes on EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES, ALTMAN, PREDESTINATION, and BIRD PEOPLE.

Direct download: TAATM_126__Minority_Report_vs._Demolition_Man.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:47am EST

TAATM #125: Whiplash vs. Drumline

Paul and Erin review two films about drummers in training. First: WHIPLASH, director Damien Chazelle's high-intensity arthouse hit about the conflict between an aspiring young drummer and the abusive conductor of his school's showcase jazz band; then, DRUMLINE, director Charles Stone III's 2002 musical drama starring Nick Cannon as a drumming prodigy whose ego and hot temper might cost him his dream of performing with his university's marching band. A bandleader who idolizes Charlie Parker, or a bandleader who idolizes Earth, Wind and Fire: which will prevail?

Plus: our quick takes on M*A*S*H, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY—PART 1, WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, and RICH HILL.

Direct download: TAATM_125__Whiplash_vs._Drumline.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:51pm EST

Paul and Erin unfold two films about Playboy bunnies: first, THE HOUSE BUNNY, the 2008 comedy starring Anna Faris as a bunny-in-exile who stumbles into a job as "house mother" for a sorority of unpopular, misfit college coeds; then, STAR 80, Bob Fosse's grim 1983 biopic starring Mariel Hemingway as Dorothy Stratten, a Playmate of the Year whose promising movie career was cut short when she was murdered by her estranged husband. A virtuous boyfriend who works at an old-age home, or a creepy boyfriend who sells homemade mail-order bondage chairs: which will prevail?

Plus, we offer our quick takes on ROSEWATER, FORCE MAJEURE, and GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE. Also: readers name their favourite cinematic chefs!

Direct download: TAATM_124__The_House_Bunny_vs._Star_80.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:28am EST

Erin and Paul review two films about women with supernatural kitchen skills. First: LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, the 1992 film adaptation of Laura Esquivel's magical-realist novel about a lovelorn turn-of-the-century Mexican woman who pours all her sadness and heartbreak into her cooking; then, SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE, the 1999 romantic comedy starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as a cook at a struggling restaurant who is transformed overnight into New York's most celebrated chef thanks to the influence of a magical crab. Food that makes everyone cry and then throw up, or food that makes everyone cry and then float in the air: which will prevail?

Plus our quick takes on INTERSTELLAR, BIG HERO 6, WHIPLASH and BIRDMAN.

Direct download: TAATM_123__Like_Water_For_Chocolate_vs._Simply_Irresistible.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:09pm EST

TAATM #122: Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow vs. The Aviator

Paul and Erin review two films from 2004 looking back at America's 1930s love affair with high-flying airline adventure: Kerry Conran's retro-futurist visual-effects extravaganza SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, and Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic THE AVIATOR. Plus: our quick takes on NIGHTCRAWLER, STARRED UP, THE BABADOOK, and MOMMY.

Direct download: TAATM_122__Sky_Captain_And_The_World_Of_Tomorrow_vs._The_Aviator.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:09am EST

Erin and Paul review two films featuring the acting debuts of female pop stars... who went on to remain better known as singers. First, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, Susan Seidelman's 1985 screwball comedy starring Madonna as a hip female drifter who switches identities with a bored suburban housewife played by Rosanna Arquette; then, MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS, Wong Kar-Wai's 2007 critical flop starring Norah Jones as a woman who rebounds from breaking up with her boyfriend by taking a series of waitressing and bartending jobs in Memphis and Las Vegas, and Jude Law as a dreamy café owner who pines after her back in New York. Personal ads that everyone reads, or postcards that nobody answers: which will prevail?

Plus: our quick takes on THE HUSTLER, JOHN WICK, STRETCH, and LISTEN UP PHILIP.

Direct download: TAATM_121__Desperately_Seeking_Susan_vs._My_Blueberry_Nights.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:16pm EST

Paul and Erin review two films by Hong Kong gun-fu auteur John Woo. First: HARD BOILED, Woo's 1992 shoot-em-up starring Chow Yun-Fat and Tony Leung as a pair of cops who will stop at nothing to bring down a ruthless crime syndicate; then, FACE/OFF, Woo's gleefully preposterous 1997 blockbuster starring John Travolta as an FBI special agent who swaps faces and identities with a flamboyant international terrorist played by Nicolas Cage. An exploding hospital or a magnetic prison: which will prevail?

Plus: our quick takes on THE BOOK OF LIFE, MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, HORNS, and THE WOMAN CHASER.

Direct download: TAATM_120__Hard_Boiled_vs._Face_Off.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:52am EST