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 and the third focused on Krzysztof Kieślowski. Our current season explores the films of Satoshi Kon.
The Complete Kon 6 – Wrap Up with Andrew Osmond
For the final episode of the season, Matt and Travis are joined by Andrew Osmond, a writer and journalist who specializes in film and animation and the author of Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist, the only book in English that focuses entirely on Kon. We discuss his interest in animation and anime in particular, along with … Continue reading The Complete Kon 6 – Wrap Up with Andrew Osmond →
The Complete Kon 5 – Paprika
Satoshi Kon’s final film is the culmination of his career up to this point: an amalgamation of his most ambitious technical experimentation and the meta and philosophical themes deeply infused into all of his films, here made literal in a story that provides an opportunity for Kon’s vision to play out in a free-flowing manner. … Continue reading The Complete Kon 5 – Paprika →
The Complete Kon 4 – Paranoia Agent
For the fourth episode, Matt and Travis cover the epic and extraordinary Paranoia Agent, Kon’s 13-episode television series. The first and only thing Kon did for TV began as a combination of many of his smaller ideas and story concepts that didn’t have a home but eventually morphed into something more ambitious and far-reaching. We … Continue reading The Complete Kon 4 – Paranoia Agent →
The Complete Kon 3 – Tokyo Godfathers
For the third episode, Travis and Matt discuss the magical comedy adventure Tokyo Godfathers, Kon’s third feature. We discuss the vividly rendered central characters, the small details and recurring motifs that Kon layers into his work, and the departure from the reality/fantasy merging of his two previous films. We wanted to get this out for … Continue reading The Complete Kon 3 – Tokyo Godfathers →
The Complete Kon 2 – Millennium Actress
In this episode, Matt and Travis cover Satoshi Kon’s second feature, Millennium Actress. In many ways a reworking of the themes and techniques Kon explored in his debut, the film is nevertheless an entirely different viewing experience: an uplifting and deeply moving exploration of a woman’s life in movies and her quest to find the … Continue reading The Complete Kon 2 – Millennium Actress →
The Complete Kon 1 – Perfect Blue
On the first episode of our fourth season, Matt and Travis begin to work through the catalog of Satoshi Kon, our first Japanese filmmaker and the first to work in the medium of animation. We talk about Kon’s life and anime before diving into his debut feature, Perfect Blue. One of the great animated thrillers, … Continue reading The Complete Kon 1 – Perfect Blue →
A huge leap ahead of other movie podcasts, not just deciding whether the movie was good and whether they liked it, actual exploration of themes!!!
This podcast is exactly what I’m looking for. Knowledgeable and engaging hosts who thoroughly research the films they discuss. There are plenty of podcasts out there that are similarly well done, but this is the one for this particular genre.
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
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?