137 episodes

Long-time friends Alex Geringer and Jonathan Satchell sit down each month and analyze the intersections of cinema to find out what makes great films great.

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Long-time friends Alex Geringer and Jonathan Satchell sit down each month and analyze the intersections of cinema to find out what makes great films great.

    Trailer for Episode 137

    Trailer for Episode 137

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    • 5 min
    136. Wyler, Not Wilder

    136. Wyler, Not Wilder

    To wrap up Season 5, of the podcast Alex and Jonathan talk about another one of the hard-working directors of Hollywood's Golden Age, William Wyler. We're looking at four of his post-war films, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Roman Holiday (1953), Ben-Hur (1959), and The Collector (1965) and discussing how Wyler's war experience helped him craft intimate drama involving veterans, his iconic deep-focus visual style, and the extensive range of genres he was able to work in.



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    17:57 – The Best Years of Our Lives
    50:06 – Roman Holiday
    1:05:28 – Ben-Hur
    1:21:12 – The Collector
    1:34:09 – Overall
    1:37:34 – Coming Attractions



    Coming Attractions:


    The Gay Divorcee (1934)
    Shall We Dance (1937)
    The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)



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    https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/12/22/wyler/

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    • 1 hr 41 min
    135. Wilder, Not Wyler

    135. Wilder, Not Wyler

    Today Alex and Jonathan ask "How did Billy do it?" as we dive into the work and career of Golden Age director Billy Wilder through his films Sunset Boulevard (1950), Stalag 17 (1953), Sabrina (1954), and The Apartment (1960). We discuss the way Wilder turns a mirror back on Hollywood, the influence Ernst Lubitsch and early Hollywood had on his filmmaking, and his constant pushing of the envelope against the censors of the time.



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    13:21 – Sunset Boulevard
    40:04 – Stalag 17
    54:45 – Sabrina
    1:06:58 – The Apartment
    1:24:55 – Overall
    1:35:53 – Coming Attractions

    Coming Attractions:


    The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
    Roman Holiday (1953)
    Ben-Hur (1959)
    The Collector (1965)



    Join us for ongoing film discussions on Discord: https://discord.gg/MAF6jh59cF

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    • 1 hr 40 min
    134. Master Masaki

    134. Master Masaki

    One of the masters of world cinema, Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi, is the focus of today's episode as Alex and Jonathan talk through his epic trilogy The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959), The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959), and The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961), as well as his stylistic ghost story anthology Kwaidan (1964). We discuss the cultural implications of making The Human Condition, the trajectory of Kobayashi's career, and his use of tradition and style in Kwaidan.



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    11:38 – The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
    38:54 – The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
    53:07 – The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
    1:10:02 – Kwaidan
    1:28:40 – Overall
    1:33:55 – Coming Attractions


    Coming Attractions:

    Sunset Boulevard (1950)
    Stalag 17 (1953)
    Sabrina (1954)
    The Apartment (1960)



    For more information, visit the blog:
    https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/10/27/kobayashi/

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    133. Surreal Spike

    133. Surreal Spike

    From skateboard videos to high-budget science-fiction drama, today Alex and Jonathan track the career of Spike Jonze through his feature films Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation. (2002), Where the Wild Things Are (2009), and Her (2013). We talk about the building of themes and structure in meta filmmaking, what makes interesting protagonists, and the variety of projects and opportunities that Jonze contributes to.



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    12:25 – Being John Malkovich
    28:58 – Adaptation.
    39:56 – Where the Wild Things Are
    1:00:03 – Her
    1:23:21 – Overall
    1:30:52 – Coming Attractions



    Coming Attractions:


    The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
    The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)
    The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
    Kwaidan (1964)



    For more information, visit the blog:
    https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/09/29/jonze/

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    132. Lord & Miller's Laughs & Mischiefs

    132. Lord & Miller's Laughs & Mischiefs

    The combined creative talents of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller is one of the biggest forces in the animation industry at the moment, so today Alex and Jonathan take a look at four films they have had a hand in bringing to the big screen: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), 21 Jump Street (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). We discuss how Lord and Miller use their knowledge of popular story tropes to create comedy, what makes comedy age well or not, and what's in store for the duo in the future.



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    6:55 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    29:20 – 21 Jump Street
    44:05 – The Lego Movie
    1:01:47 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
    1:28:29 – Overall
    1:45:47 – Coming Attractions



    Coming Attractions:


    Being John Malkovich (1999)
    Adaptation. (2002)
    Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
    Her (2013)



    For more information, visit the blog:
    https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/09/01/lord-and-miller/


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    • 1 hr 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Philip Heard ,

Great Show

These guys are knowledgeable, but not pretentious. My kind of film podcast!

baroleaux ,

Films, Filmmaking, & Filmmakers

Unique insights each week on films, filmmaking, and filmmakers from two aspiring young men in the craft. Love the history and biography folded in with the analysis of storytelling and techniques of filmmaking.

HayPiano4te ,

The Cool Cats of Cinema

NPR meets Mystery Science Theater 3000 expertly squeezed into a podcast . Lots of depth, and well crafted opinions on an impressive variety of films. Jonathan (The Beard) and Alex (The Glasses) play off of each other like Starsky, and Hutch, delivering laughs, insight, and a good time.

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