Get your two hours worth of a movie in an hour's worth of podcast. Bryan and Eliza are two students from New Zealand with Letterboxd and recorded conversations available every Monday. Have a laugh and a learn while you have a listen.
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Knives Out is such a burger of genre.
And yet Benoit Blanc describes the case as a doughnut. Bryan and Eliza talk Rian Johnson’s masterful whodunnit meets Hitchcock thriller, discussing how his giving the characters depth keeps the story from being a mere murder mystery and how he deliberately handled both genres to create a stimulating and suspenseful movie that subverts (almost) all one’s expectations.
Also, a comparison to Brick (2005), a reference to Sleuth (1972), and a chat about Nathan Johnson’s wonderful music in this film.
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A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
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Today, Bryan and Eliza talk A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, a biographical drama film about Fred Rogers, the creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood. They discuss the life of the man himself and why he is so beloved and admired, the charming and dull parts of this movie directed by Marielle Heller, and how we can apply the values Mr Rogers exemplified in his actions and attitude to our own lives today. Also, they have a lovely chat about all the other movies they’ve seen since they last recorded.
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Autumn de Wilde (coolest name ever)’s Emma. is gorgeous. Visually decadent, casually and yet deliberately intelligent in its humour, with its measured, sweeping pace and editing - it reflects its titular character Emma perfectly. Bryan and Eliza have a relaxed chat about Autumn de Wilde, the rock photographer turned director,’s influences, compare this latest adaptation to Clueless and the 1996 Emma, and talk about - you guessed it - so much more.
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Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Once Upon A Time... (wait for it) in Hollywood is the latest film by one of today's most admired and influential directors, Quentin Tarantino.
Bryan and Eliza talk Tarantino's approach to filmmaking, especially his almost cartoonish violence and stylish dialogue (Eliza's not a fan of the blood, but she does like Kill Bill.) They wonder if movies are diminished by drawing heavily on nostalgia, relatability, or references to create an emotional effect. After so much more, they chat the real life history of the Manson family murders and how Tarantino handled Bruce Lee's and Sharon Tate's legacies differently, before finishing off with a lovely discussion about feet.
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The Two Popes
Pope Francis really is the dancing queen. Bryan and Eliza talk Fernando Meirelles’ latest movie, The Two Popes. They discuss Meirelles’ other highly acclaimed film City of God, the depictions of real life figures Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio, the rhythmic editing and dialogue, and just have solid chats all around.
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Uncut Gems does not give you a single moment to breathe. The Safdies do stressful with gritty brilliance and a empathetic, feverish pulse. Bryan and Eliza talk about that absolutely perfect ending, Adam Sandler movies, directors Josh and Benny Safdie’s upbringing and filmmaking mentality, why there were over 160 drafts of Uncut Gems, the deliberate contrast between the seasoned and first-time actors, and more.
But only after they finish talking about Bryan’s favourite movies of 2019: Cats, Frozen 2, and - Maleficent 2.
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