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

Paul and Erin slather on the sunscreen to review two films about college coeds who get more than they bargained for when they travel to Florida for spring break. First: SPRING BREAKERS, Harmony Korine's DayGlo provocation about four girls who discover their inner gangsters after robbing a restaurant in order to finance their spring break vacation; then, WHERE THE BOYS ARE, the iconic 1960 beach-party movie about four girls who each are tempted to lose their virginity during *their* spring break trip to Fort Lauderdale. Skrillex or Connie Francis: which will prevail?

Direct download: TAATM_59__Spring_Breakers_vs._Where_The_Boys_Are.mp3
Category:TV and Film -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Heather and Paul crank up their speakers for two hyperstylized rock and roll fables. First: VELVET GOLDMINE, Todd Haynes' 1998 tribute to glam rock, starring Christian Bale as a reporter seeking the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of a flamboyant David Bowie-esque pop star; then, STREETS OF FIRE, Walter Hill's 1984 oddity starring Michael Paré as a drifter who returns home to the big city when his rock-star ex-girlfriend is kidnapped by Willem Dafoe and his rampaging biker gang. A magical brooch, or a sledgehammer fight: which will prevail?

Direct download: TAATM_58__Velvet_Goldmine_vs._Streets_Of_Fire.mp3
Category:TV and Film -- posted at: 3:14am EDT

Erin and Paul put the hammer down on two films about long-haul truckers. First: THE WAGES OF FEAR, Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1953 suspense classic about a group of desperate men who agree to drive two truckloads of nitroglycerin across 300 miles of treacherous South American roads; then, CONVOY, Sam Peckinpah's 1978 movie version of the C.W. McCall novelty song starring Kris Kristofferson as an independent truck driver whose conflict with a crooked Arizona sheriff turns him into a reluctant folk hero. Yves Montand covered in oil, or Kris Kristofferson covered in sweat: which will prevail?

Plus: listener feedback and mini-reviews of OCEAN WAVES and OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.

Direct download: TAATM_57__The_Wages_Of_Fear_vs._Convoy.mp3
Category:TV and Film -- posted at: 3:12am EDT

Heather and Paul review two films about naive Americans who travel to northern Africa in search of enlightenment, and wind up lost in the desert instead. First: THE SHELTERING SKY, Bernardo Bertolucci's 1990 film version of Paul Bowles' novel starring John Malkovich and Debra Winger as a married couple who succumb to existential despair during a sojourn in Tangier; then, ISHTAR, Elaine May's notorious 1987 flop comedy starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty as a pair of deeply untalented singer/songwriters who get caught between the CIA and a band of left-wing freedom fighters during a gig at a Moroccan nightclub. John Malkovich losing his passport, or Dustin Hoffman losing his passport: which will prevail?

Plus: remembrances of Roger Ebert, and mini-reviews of FREE RADICALS and PHIL SPECTOR.

Direct download: TAATM_56__The_Sheltering_Sky_vs._Ishtar.mp3
Category:TV and Film -- posted at: 3:57am EDT