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Fusing both strategy and whimsy, two film lovers review films from today and year’s past. Each post is recorded for the simple reason of doing what they love—savoring (and sometimes roasting) films. This is our Strategic Whimsy Experiment.

The Strategic Whimsy Experiment Sarah Callen and Jennifer Han

    • TV & Film

Fusing both strategy and whimsy, two film lovers review films from today and year’s past. Each post is recorded for the simple reason of doing what they love—savoring (and sometimes roasting) films. This is our Strategic Whimsy Experiment.

    Ep. 78 - Café Society (2016)

    Ep. 78 - Café Society (2016)

    Hoping to infuse a little whimsy into their days, Jen and Sarah review Cafe Society in this episode of The Strategic Whimsy Experiment. They discuss the strange narrative structure and unusual casting choices in the film. Comparing this to some of his other work, they wonder what Woody Allen was trying to communicate through this plot.

    What did you think of Cafe Society? Did all of the pieces come together or leave you wanting more?

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    • 1 hr
    Ep. 77 - The Flu (2013)

    Ep. 77 - The Flu (2013)

    In this episode of The Strategic Whimsy Experiment, Jen and Sarah review the South Korean film, The Flu. They compare and contrast this with Hollywood films that center on surviving a pandemic and discuss how culture shapes these films. They also wonder how rapidly these stories will continue to be consumed as the CoronaVirus dominates our minds and newsfeeds.

    Have you seen The Flu? How do you think movies about pandemics are influencing how people respond to our current reality?

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    • 59 min
    Ep. 76 - Contagion (2011)

    Ep. 76 - Contagion (2011)

    In this episode of The Strategic Whimsy Experiment, Jen and Sarah review the 2011 film, Contagion. They discuss the movie itself—its choices in color, casting, and writing. Moving past the technical components of the film, they dive into its similarities to the current Coronavirus outbreak. They wonder how movies both shape and reflect our reality.

    What did you think of Contagion?
    What role do you think film plays in our society’s response to current events?

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    Contact us with any questions or comments at strategicwhimsyexperiment@gmail.com.

    • 59 min
    Ep. 75 - The Gentlemen (2019)

    Ep. 75 - The Gentlemen (2019)

    Jen and Sarah review Guy Ritchie’s latest film, The Gentlemen, in this episode of The Strategic Whimsy Experiment. They discuss its overwhelming style, the fast-paced dialogue, and various plot holes in the story. They also dive into the problematic elements of the film, including its depiction of minorities and wonder why the film hasn’t received more backlash in the “Me Too” era.

    What did you think of The Gentlemen? Did the creative choices work for you or did the film leave you wanting more?

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 74 - Anomalisa (2015)

    Ep. 74 - Anomalisa (2015)

    Cashing in on her Oscar Wager win, Jen makes Sarah watch Anomalisa. In this episode of The Strategic Whimsy Experiment, they discuss how two people can view the same film so differently. They also ponder this film’s larger themes and what it means to connect in today’s divided and isolating world.

    What did you think of Anomalisa? Was the humanness of the characters able to shine through the clay figures?

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    Contact us with any questions or comments at strategicwhimsyexperiment@gmail.com.

    • 58 min
    Ep. 73 - Uncut Gems (2019)

    Ep. 73 - Uncut Gems (2019)

    In this episode of The Strategic Whimsy Experiment, Jen and Sarah review Uncut Gems. They unpack how the Safdie Brothers were able to create the frenetic nature of the film with the cinematography, score, and editing. They also discuss Adam Sandler’s performance and the macro themes of the film.

    What did you think of Uncut Gems? Did the technical feat wow you or did it leave something to be desired?

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    Contact us with any questions or comments at strategicwhimsyexperiment@gmail.com.

    • 55 min

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