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

Erin and Paul review a landmark film of the French New Wave, and its nearly forgotten American remake. First: BREATHLESS, Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 feature debut, about a French petty criminal and cop-killer who hides out with his American girlfriend in Paris while planning a getaway to Italy; then, Jim McBride's 1983 film BREATHLESS, in which an American petty criminal and cop-killer hides out with his French girlfriend in Los Angeles while planning a getaway to Mexico. Jean-Paul Belmondo rubbing his lips, or Richard Gere gyrating his hips: which will prevail?

Plus: quick takes on A FIELD IN ENGLAND, VERONICA MARS, and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.

Direct download: TAATM_97__Breathless_vs._Breathless.mp3
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Heather and Paul look at two films that reflect the many moods of director Jonathan Demme. First: BELOVED, his 1998 film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, starring Oprah Winfrey as an African-American woman living in post-Civil War Ohio whose home is haunted, literally, by the terrible legacy of her experiences as a slave; then, MARRIED TO THE MOB, his goofy 1988 comedy starring Michelle Pfeiffer as a gangster's widow who tries to start a brand-new life for herself and her son, only to be pursured by an amorous mob boss as well as a clean-cut FBI agent. Toni Morrison or Tony the Tiger: which will prevail? 

Plus: our quick takes on GRAVITY, WHEN FATHER WAS AWAY ON BUSINESS, JE T'AIME, JE T'AIME, CHEAP THRILLS, and NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME 1. 

Direct download: TAATM_96__Beloved_vs._Married_To_The_Mob.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15am EDT

TAATM #95: Tess vs. Cat People

Paul and Erin review two recent Blu-Ray reissues starring the late-’70s/early-’80s sex symbol Nastassja Kinski. First, TESS: Roman Polanski's 1979 film version of Thomas Hardy's novel about a simple farmgirl whose discovery that she is distantly related to an old noble family sets the stage for a lifetime of disappointment and misery; then, CAT PEOPLE, Paul Schrader's 1982 remake of Val Lewton's horror classic, starring Kinski as a woman whose discovery that she is descended from an ancient race of incestuous were-panthers sets the stage for violence and erotic torture.

Plus: our quick takes on THE WIND RISES, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS (and other films in the "Canada's Top Ten" touring package), THE PRICE OF GOLD, and WE ARE THE BEST!

Direct download: TAATM_95__Tess_vs._Cat_People.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT