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The Complete is dedicated to taking chronological journeys through the most rewarding filmographies in cinema. Each season covers one director, with each episode focusing on one feature film from their catalog. The first season was dedicated to Stanley Kubrick, while the second season covered Elaine May. The current third season is focused on Krzysztof Kieślowski, the Polish director most famous for The Dekalog and the Three Colors trilogy.

The Complete Podcast Matthew Gasteier

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0, 15 Ratings

The Complete is dedicated to taking chronological journeys through the most rewarding filmographies in cinema. Each season covers one director, with each episode focusing on one feature film from their catalog. The first season was dedicated to Stanley Kubrick, while the second season covered Elaine May. The current third season is focused on Krzysztof Kieślowski, the Polish director most famous for The Dekalog and the Three Colors trilogy.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

khrissbliss ,

Never lame! Always Insightful

These guys def share my tastes in movies so for me personally this is a rare gem, especially as the probe similar questions & concerns as I do-
- thus i recommend this podcast only to the right people
(Or the best people, as Kubrick’s characters would say.)

Very much enjoyed the Full Metal Jacket review.
I’m very simpatico with your take on its flaws:
-the 3 staged scenes where one by one each character gets a line: NIX

-The racism-homophobia- sexism is still cringe inducing.

-I also thought WoolyBully, Surfing Bird, & These Boots, even in 1987, were hits too ubiquitous & huge to put in the film. (But Vivian Kubrick’s soundtrack holds up well, oddly enough.)
I also rank this film way below Barry Lyndon & Eyes Wide Shut.

I do diverge though, wherein I don’t love the first third as much as the last two thirds.
****What has always grabbed me about this film is the awkward chaos of having the chain of command ...um
...killed.*****
Pyle is the innocent hero in a way, because instead of enduring to go kill 13 year girls in braids protecting their homeland, he kills the real enemy; the sadistic drill sergeant who’s never seen battle- (in his boxers no less- SO satisfying.) All the sexist, homophobic humiliation & dehumanization doesn’t prepare the grunts for guerilla warfare as much as-
Learning to Read Maps 101, &
Don’t Touch TeddyBears 101.
For all the emasculation & thumbsucking that goes on in boot camp, these grunts can’t cohere under leadership after being debased together, so understandably many of them get taken out by a 13 year old girl (NO BOOT CAMP) while they’re struggling to call in tanks & helicopters. Fat lot of good all the macho posturing & degrading march chants gets ya, “ladies”.
(Spoiler: the U.S. loses the war.)

Say what you will about the dumb jock sociopath Animal Mother, at least his brute disobedience leads to overcoming the obstacle: I doubt he’s too concerned about how to make beds, shine boots, or stealing donuts.

I also think that there’s tension in Jokerman being the not funny guy who’s sense of humor struggles to evolve or extinguish in the face of his situation.
Maybe he started the Mickey Mouse sing-a-long?

jean de daumier ,

serious, analytical, and informed

If you’re looking for a well-moderated and well-researched film podcast, this is the one. Always presents interesting takes and compels the listener to look past the surface of visuals and numbers to explore the film’s intent, impact, and historical context. 5/5 stars!!!!

Collind1123 ,

The perfect deep dive

Wow, this what podcasts were made for. Let’s all be thankful for cinephiles pulling their chairs teaching us what encompasses the great directors work.

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