133 episodes

Long-time friends and aspiring filmmakers Alex Geringer and Jonathan Satchell sit down each month and discuss several films related by director, genre, theme, or any other criteria, in order to analyze the intersections of cinema and learn what truly makes great films great.

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Long-time friends and aspiring filmmakers Alex Geringer and Jonathan Satchell sit down each month and discuss several films related by director, genre, theme, or any other criteria, in order to analyze the intersections of cinema and learn what truly makes great films great.

    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)



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    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
    131. Channeling Jackie Chan

    131. Channeling Jackie Chan

    One of the greatest physical performers of recent filmmaking, Jackie Chan is the focus of today's discussion as Alex and Jonathan look at Drunken Master (1978), Police Story (1985), Police Story 3: Supercop (1992), and The Foreigner (2017). We talk about Jackie Chan's journey finding his on-screen persona in the wake of Bruce Lee, the innovation and dedication that he put into his craft of acting and stunt performance, and the legacy he leaves on cinema even as his career isn't quite over.



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    16:01 – Drunken Master
    31:29 – Police Story
    48:54 – Police Story 3: Supercop
    59:24 – The Foreigner
    1:11:02 – Overall
    1:17:27 – Coming Attractions



    Coming Attractions:


    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
    21 Jump Street (2012)
    The Lego Movie (2014)
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)



    For more information, visit the blog:
    https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/07/28/jackie


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    130. Cousteau Curieux

    130. Cousteau Curieux

    Alex and Jonathan take to the open seas today and follow the films and life of French explorer and documentarian Jacques Cousteau. We're talking about his documentaries The Silent World (1956), World Without Sun (1964), Voyage to the Edge of the World (1976), and the more recent biopic of his life The Odyssey (2016). We discuss the early foibles of Cousteau's adventures, the trail he blazed for modern conservationism, and his lasting impact on modern science-focused  entertainment.



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    17:10 – The Silent World
    30:58 – World Without Sun
    43:20 – Voyage to the Edge of the World
    55:20 – The Odyssey
    1:08:27 – Overall
    1:17:23 – Coming Attractions



    Coming Attractions:


    Drunken Master (1978)
    Police Story (1985)
    Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
    The Foreigner (1978)



    For more information, visit the blog:
    https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/06/30/cousteau/

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    129. Cartoon Saloon's (mostly) Celtic Saga

    129. Cartoon Saloon's (mostly) Celtic Saga

    Highlighting one of the most innovative animation studios producing content today, Alex and Jonathan look at the four feature films produced by Irish studio Cartoon Saloon: The Secret of Kells (2009), Song of the Sea (2014), The Breadwinner (2017), and Wolfwalkers (2020). We discuss the unique art style, the various cultural influences, and the ongoing work and legacy of Cartoon Saloon.



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    5:23 – The Secret of Kells
    24:23 – Song of the Sea
    37:24 – The Breadwinner
    52:17 – Wolfwalkers
    1:07:33 – Overall
    1:23:39 – Coming Attractions



    Coming Attractions:


    The Silent World (1956)
    World Without Sun (1964)
    Voyage to the Edge of the World (1976)
    The Odyssey (2016)



    For more information, visit the blog:
    https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/06/02/cartoon-saloon



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    • 1 hr 30 min
    128. Long Live Lubitsch

    128. Long Live Lubitsch

    Travelling back to the Golden Age, Alex and Jonathan take a look at one of the early masters of the budding film medium, Ernst Lubitsch, through his films Ninotchka (1939), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), To Be or Not to Be (1942), and Heaven Can Wait (1943). We discuss Lubitsch's history as a German immigrant before WWII, the way he made films dealing with controversial subject matter during the Production Code, and the lasting influence of the Lubitsch Touch.



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    13:55 – Ninotchka
    33:26 – The Shop Around the Corner
    52:39 – To Be or Not to Be
    1:06:45 – Heaven Can Wait
    1:26:28 – Overall
    1:43:41 – Coming Attractions



    Coming Attractions:


    The Secret of Kells (2009)
    Song of the Sea (2014)
    The Breadwinner (2017)
    Wolfwalkers (2020)



    For more information, visit the blog:
    https://thefilmlings.wordpress.com/2021/04/28/lubitsch/

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    • 1 hr 49 min

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Great Show

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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.

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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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