A podcast about political cinema and our crumbling world. Hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.
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PREVIEW - #188 - Champagne and Hot Wings
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We return to the legendary and problematic writer, quipster, and socialist-turned-warmonger Christopher Hitchens. We discuss notable essays from his not-particularly-good late-period essay collection ARGUABLY, including his purplish prose on Harry Potter, Gore Vidal, and pesky waiters at restaurants. We also analyze why we remains a figure of fascination for us, despite everything. PLUS: random attacks on writers we don't especially like.
Our first Hitchens episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/124-fahrenhitch-30842827
#187 - RudyLeaks
Before he was the President's attorney, he was America's Mayor. Made not long after 9/11 briefly turned Giuliani into one of the most beloved men in America, RUDY: THE RUDY GIULIANI STORY (2003) still can't hide the stone cold fact that its subject (played by James Woods!) is a complete piece of shit. We discuss Giuliani's long and sordid career, up to and including his recent hijinx. PLUS: learning to love the Snyder Cut, remembering Obama's 2009 message to David Brooks, and the loss of a beloved Toronto landmark.
PREVIEW - #186 - New Skin for the Old Ceremony
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Everybody knows that the dice are loaded and that the good guys lost, but also that like the tidal flood beneath the lunar sway - imperial, mysterious in amorous array - democracy is coming to the USA. We explore these contradictions and others as we do a deep dive into Leonard Cohen. We discuss the classic Canadian documentary LADIES AND GENTLEMEN... MR. LEONARD COHEN (1965) and his legendary performance at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. PLUS: thoughts on pandemic politics as the lockdown looms again in North America.
#185 - Red and Blue
We travel to Lumberton to plumb the dark depths of David Lynch's BLUE VELVET (1986), in which good and evil are forces that are intertwined - and not a strict dichotomy. We discuss how critics then and now have received the film's provocations, and our own relationships to Lynch's work. PLUS: red states vs blue states, Joe Biden's cabinet, and Tim Allen's discovery of Marxism.
PREVIEW - #184 - Raising Kael (w/ Violet Lucca)
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For decades, Pauline Kael reigned as the most feared and respected film critic in America, and even today carries a greater literary reputation than any of her peers. The not-very-good documentary WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL (2018) tries to make a case for the New Yorker critic as an iconoclastic thinker... but inadvertently reveals her many limitations. We're joined by our old friend Violet Lucca (host of The Harper's Podcast) to discuss her much-imitated prose style, her ideas about art and trash, and the limits of a shoot-from-the-hip critical methodology. PLUS: post-election malaise, and the return of the XFL.
#183 - Back to Brunch
With Biden's victory all but confirmed, we discuss the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election: the narratives being spun to explain the results, Trump's response, why four years of Biden/McConnell will almost certainly be bad, and why there still may be cause of optimism. Then we discuss a movie for times like this: Charlie Chaplin's career-destroying anti-capitalist black MONSIEUR VERDOUX (1947), a film that told America, "Things are bad, and have always been bad."
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Michael and Us -- a worthy addition of the 'dirtbag left' genre
Since the emergence of Chapo Trap House, the 'dirtbag left' podcast genre -- irreverent, surprisingly insightful, leftwing commentary series made by and for disenchanted millenials -- there have emerged plenty of imatators but few worthy successors.
Michael and Us succeeds because it has found its own niche, offering a cooler, less-enraged style of 'dirtbag left politics' which only serves to amplyfy the hosts' unrelenting cynicism and wit as the latest news filters in week by week or whichever movie/television show they happen to be discussing and parsing through with wry commentary.
Always a great listen.
Without a doubt the best Michael Moore themed podcast around folks. I call on all podcast listeners to do everything they can to get the word out on this fine content. Now watch this drive.
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This is a terrific podcast. The two hosts are witty, smart as hell and I love their deep dive into the maligned, sometimes forgotten political film back catalogue. I totally forgot about “Religulous” till they dredged it up again.