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

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