The Cinematic Tangent is a podcast hosted by Chad Michael Van Alstin and Bradley Redder -- two guys who bonded over a decade ago because they were chronically late to film class.
XIV – Barbenheimer
The boys celebrate the podcast’s 10th anniversary by digging into the whole “Barbenheimer” thing. Show Notes: Mission Impossible 7 bombs because theatres are dead again:https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/mission-impossible-7-ends-its-domestic-run-by-hitting-another-disappointing-low/ar-AA1hdwR7 Censorship on Apple TV and Criterion Channel:https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnarcher/2023/06/06/apple-tv-and-the-criterion-channel-outrage-film-fans-by-censoring-classic-movie/ The “Despecialized Edition” of Star Wars: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Harmys-STAR-WARS-Despecialized-Edition-HD-V2-7-MKV-Released/id/12713 Krystal Ball on Barbie’s late-stage capitalist b******t:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCQdVQUXgSQ Ben Shapiro takes Barbie way, way, way too seriously:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynU-wVdesr0 … Continue reading XIV – Barbenheimer
XIII – Darren Aronofsky: Capriciously Comparing ‘The Whale’ and ‘The Wrestler’
Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale and The Wrestler are very different films, but both center on a broken person, unable to achieve their former high, estranged from family and facing a new, less satisfying reality. Yet, one of these films sucks while the other is a cinematic masterpiece. Brad and Chad take a hard look at … Continue reading XIII – Darren Aronofsky: Capriciously Comparing ‘The Whale’ and ‘The Wrestler’
XII – There Should be More Beat-the-Clock Movies about the Asteroid that Killed the Dinosaurs
Everything Everywhere All at Once swept the Oscars, but Hollywood seems incapable of talking about the movie on its merits. After discussing the struggle between art and identity politics, Brad and Chad both fail to remember the plot to Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, despite seeing it multiple times. Then, CinTan praises the shit out … Continue reading XII – There Should be More Beat-the-Clock Movies about the Asteroid that Killed the Dinosaurs
XI – It’s About a Bear that Does a Lot of Cocaine
Cocaine Bear is based on the true tale of a bear who ate cocaine and died. The movie adaptation is about a CGI blob that mauls people to death – with some admittedly cool traditional effects. After sobering up, Brad and Chad go deep on M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin, revealing the (possible) … Continue reading XI – It’s About a Bear that Does a Lot of Cocaine
X – Oscars So Blue
From The Fabelmans to Avatar: The Way of Water, Hollywood feels increasingly out of touch, both in its ability to capture what it means to be a person – and to re-capture what it meant to watch a Blockbuster in the theatre. Opining on their growing dislike of movies, the boys analyze similar trends in … Continue reading X – Oscars So Blue
IX – ‘Bad Santa’
This is the deepest dive into Bad Santa that you’ll find anywhere. The “Santa” that made it into theatres – and conned its way onto DVD and streaming services – is an imposter, with the cut approved by director Terry Zwigoff hidden away (at the North Pole), only to be quietly released years later. Brad … Continue reading IX – ‘Bad Santa’
Fun, Often Hilarious
Please make more. I always look forward to new episodes! Armageddon next?
The Thinking Man’s Movie Podcast
If you’re looking for a fanboy podcast that just lists off and counts down what movies are coming up next, DO NOT listen to this podcast. But If you’re looking for a podcast that watches movies objectively and then discusses and analyzes their merits using, ya know, actual cinema terminology, this is the podcast for you. These guys are never scared to deliver what might be unpopular opinions, but they always back up their stances with solid points and arguments. And they’re at their best when they don’t even agree with each other. Make sure you watch whatever movie they’re discussing before the show so you can keep up.
Comfort food, delivered in audio form
After listening to only 6 shows I can say this will be in my “comfort food” lineup for podcasts on my iPhone. They won me over for their early stand against American Sniper, and pretty much somehow they magically agree with most of my movie tastes. I will forgive Chad’s blasphemous talk about most supreme leader Wes Anderson however. Perhaps he should rewatch Grand Budapest wielding his Glock and red Speedo like the rest of us, so that he may enjoy its perfection.
Wes Anderson glory discussion aside, I literally learn a new word almost every time I listen to this show they are so good at critiquing movies. This is definitely one of those moments where I realize how much I say “I loved that movie” but they dissect every aspect of why they love/hate films to degrees I can’t even fathom, yet are entertaining to listen to.
As for technical skill, as a podcaster myself I can say that they produce a very clean, even product. No amateur production style here. Each show so far (this year) has been excellent listening quality, of course forgiving the earlier Wes Anderson delusions.