A podcast about political cinema and our crumbling world. Hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.
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#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."
PREVIEW - Democracy's Finest Hour: An Election Reaction Episode w/ Branko Marcetic (Patreon Bonus)
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As Trump and Biden duke it out for the last few votes, we're joined by Branko Marcetic to discuss another fantastic showing by the Democratic Party. What went wrong? What does the future hold? What are the reasons for optimism, if any? We recorded this one fast and loose over Zoom, so pardon any audio imperfections.
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Really liked this show before it got all political...
Excellent podcast. I thoroughly enjoy watching the development of our two fantastic host’s (hosts’?) thoughts on the star of the show: decaying liberalism.
We start the show laughing at a by-gone age of peak liberalism wondering how it is that the same set of ideas still dominates a large section of our public discourse and, more importantly, how they let us fall of 2 massive cliffs (08’,16’). Now - in its 4th year - our hosts come to terms with whats just happened, namely that the same machine has successfully thwarted liberal capitalism’s only possible heroes in disguise, Corbyn & Sanders. In this new era the hosts ask what is next for the Biden’s, Macrons and Swinsons to destroy?
In brief, this podcast is comforting. Comforting to know there are people across the world watching a group of very powerful privileged, entitled & reckless people with the same sense of dread and amazement.
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One of the best Left podcasts out there - consistently sharp, funny and topical.