Cinema of Meaning is a conversational podcast that seeks to explore the depths of what cinema has to offer. Each week, we discuss an individual film to get a better understanding of its storytelling qualities, to examine its cinematic techniques, and to uncover its deeper meanings. Hosted by video essayists Tom van der Linden from the channel Like Stories of Old and Thomas Flight.
Ep. 23: 500 Days of Summer
Thomas Flight and Tom van der Linden discuss the tropes of the romantic comedy, the dynamics of attraction, and the differences between love stories and real-life relationships, in Marc Webb’s 500 Days of Summer.
Ep. 22: Guide to Unconventional Movies
In this special episode, Thomas Flight and Tom van der Linden discuss a variety of experimental documentaries; and classify them into distinct categories to explore what they are, why they are worth watching, and what the best ways are to engage with them.
Ep. 21: Jurassic Park
Thomas Flight and Tom van der Linden discuss “Spielbergian” filmmaking, how to position ourselves against the inevitability of progress, and the deeper implications of our inability to ‘control’ nature, in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.
Ep. 20: In Bruges
Thomas Flight and Tom van der Linden discuss guilt, purgatory, and redemption in Martin McDonagh's dark comedy "In Bruges.
Ep. 19: RRR
Thomas Flight and Tom van der Linden discuss RRR; the Indian blockbuster that is taking the world by storm, and examine how it tells a universally appealing story in a unique way, how it portrays the power of friendship, and how historic tales of heroism and liberation relate to present day politics.
Ep. 18: Amadeus
Thomas Flight and Tom van der Linden discuss the struggle with envy, the search for absolute beauty, and the passion for art, in Milos Forman’s Amadeus.
The pace is a nice breath of fresh air. This is a very peaceful yet engaging set of conversations.
New favorite podcast!
Have been looking for weeks for a movie-based podcast that I really like and I am totally entranced by listening to these guys! These guys amazingly bring life and wonder to every movie they discuss and are great at not talking over each other. Highly recommend for anyone who loves movies and loves to think!!
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Absolutely loved the Northman episode. These two guys managed to cover everything I found so interesting about the movie but couldn’t articulate half as well as them. Looking forward to binging the rest of the catalogue.