Cinemakers steps behind the camera to follow directors through their careers from their start to the present. Presented by the CageClub Podcast Network.
057 High Flying Bird (2018)
It’s been a while since we covered a Steven Soderbergh movie on Cinemakers, but he’s been busy! Today, we’re talking about High Flying Bird. Like Unsane, Soderbergh shot the entire thing on an iPhone. We discuss whether or not this works, what we think of his use of natural lighting, and what other ways he may try to shake up Hollywood. We also talk about Soderbergh’s return to the American Dream as narrative fuel, and wonder if any other directors would ever make a movie about basketball with virtually no basketball. Also, stay tuned for an updated/revised schedule for Cinemakers! If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
056 Matt Stuertz: RWD (2015) and Tonight She Comes (2016) + Director Interview!
Before we begin our next Cinemakers series, we're taking a quick detour for another one-shot and some catch-up. In this episode, Mike and Joey talk about RWD and Tonight She Comes, then welcome in director Matt Stuertz for an interview and chat! We break down the found footage film RWD, then Matt's blood-soaked (and disgusting) follow-up, Tonight She Comes. How did Matt's filmmaking evolve from one film to the next? What was shooting the films like? What's he got coming next? Stay tuned to find out all of these answers, plus what's in store for the near future of Cinemakers! If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
055 Amy Heckerling: Red Oaks (2014-2017)
We're closing out the Amy Heckerling of Cinemakers by chatting about the six episodes of the Amazon original series Red Oaks that she directed. In this episode, we talk about the significance and importance of her six episodes within the show's run, the show's evolution within its three seasons, and why it feels like this is the perfect show for her to flex her creativity and specific sensibilities. We also reflect back on the 10 episodes within this run of Cinemakers and offer a look ahead to what's coming next. If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
054 Amy Heckerling: Vamps (2012)
Talking about Vamps is a bit of a bittersweet moment for this run of Cinemakers. It's Amy Heckerling's last movie (for now, anyway), but at least we manage to go out on a high note! Before we close out her official filmography next week with her run of episodes on Red Oaks, we pop out of our coffins and talk about a couple of vampire BFFs who love the 80s and don't dig on drinking human blood. In this episode, we talk about the enduring friendship between Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter's characters, we admire the way Amy Heckerling is able to add new elements to the age-old vampire genre, and Cara (once again) declares that an Amy Heckerling movie to possibly be her favorite of all-time. If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
053 Amy Heckerling: I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007)
While the Amy Heckerling run of Cinemakers has had its ups and downs, here's some good news: I Could Never Be Your Woman is another one of the good ones! Modeled after Amy Heckerling's experiences making the Clueless TV series, I Could Never Be Your Woman follows Michelle Pfeiffer's life as TV producer, mother to the incredible Saoirse Ronan (in her first role!), and fledgling paramour to the ever-charming Paul Rudd (even if his character is deeply flawed and often ethically unchecked). This is exactly the kind of movie we were hoping for with only one more movie (Vamps) and a short run of TV directing appearances (on Red Oaks) to go before closing out this series of Cinemakers, and while it's far from perfect, it's proof (yet again) that Amy Heckerling should have the ability to make whatever kind of movie she wants! If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
052 Amy Heckerling: Loser (2000)
Loser is not a good movie, but it isn't Amy Heckerling's fault. How could anyone but a meddling studio be blamed for this mess? According to Heckerling, new studio execs forced her to turn her R-rated comedy into a PG-13... sort of (but not really) movie that could, in theory, be filed under "comedy." This movie's kind of a mess from start to finish, but does it have any redeeming qualities? Let's see if we can find one or two... If you'd like to become a member and support us on Patreon, head to patreon.com/cageclub
A Fun and Detailed Look at Your Favorite Filmmakers!
This made for a great listen. It's clear these guys understand filmmaking and have done their research on their subject. I loved listening to a detailed analysis of one of the greatest filmmakers working today, Steven Soderbergh. Another exciting aspect of this podcast is the host's willingness to go into their subject's less successful works. I feel we often learn more from failures than we do successes. Most importantly these guys are fun to listen to. They have a great sense of humor and strong chemistry with one another. Here is hoping this podcast is here to stay.