Welcome to A Method to the Madness, the weekly podcast where we discuss, analyse and otherwise ponder our favourite films and television. We love films and we also love philosophy. This podcast is a combination of both, articulating the immense power of films and elucidating the complexity of such media.
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Brick: Adoration and Evolution
Explore with us the cult classic, Brick, the directorial debut of the acclaimed (unless you're a Star Wars fan) Rian Johnson. We dissect modern-day film noir and express our opinions of indie classics.
La La Land: A Consummate Musical
This week, we're joined by our first ever guest: David McNeill, author of the Maynard Trigg series. We discuss what a musical is in the film industry, why the opinions of them are so polarised and the sheer skill within the technical production of one of the most successful musical films of all time.
The Thing: Crafting Uncertainty
Undoubtedly a classic, John Carpenter's The Thing still persists through the ages, remaining as shocking as it was when it was released almost 40 years ago. Aside from the tantalisingly grotesque props, the merit of this film lies in its ability to craft mystery and sow seeds of doubt, begging the question - who is The Thing?
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker: All Hail Disney
Why is the sequel trilogy of Star Wars a critical failure? While some of it could be attributed to the poor narrative, it mostly boils down to it being too corporate. The Rise of Skywalker disappoints as it attempts to satisfy generationally new Star Wars followers while leaving a bad taste for the 'fans of the old guard'.
Logan: The Throes of Heroism
The hero is portrayed as courageous, compassionate and morally just, rarely investigating their susceptibility to natural human infallibilities. Logan concludes the 17 year story of Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine in this way, showing the true toll of heroism on our beloved, clawed hero.
Get Out: The Nuances of Political Storytelling
Storytelling can sometimes be a balancing act. You must ensure your lesson is tangible but not too didactic. We discuss how Jordan Peele's highly successful directorial debut achieves this perfect balance as well as the significance of Get Out in the sphere of racism.