IDMB Episode 128 - Dead Man

June 20, 2017

All the quirks and indie filmmaking tropes that made Paterson work seem not to make Dead Man work.

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IDMB Episode 127 - Paterson

June 12, 2017

Why is it when nothing supposedly happens (during the mundane, the routine, the regular), we assume that art can't be found? Paterson - both the film and the man in the film - are able to find the poetry in the mundane and value it just for being.

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IDMB Episode 126 - Introduction to Jim Jarmusch (featuring Kristen Sales)

June 6, 2017

You know what's cool? Rock and roll music. Sloths. Jim Jarmusch. Kristen Sales espouses the coolness of all of these things, but it is primarily with Jim Jarmusch, the New York City-based musician/filmmaker with whom she is concerned during her second appearance on IDMB. She discusses how he's a dying breed of indie filmmaker, whether he's really as cool as he looks or really just a nerd (or both), and what is so quintessentially American about his work before recommending these three titles: Paterson (2016), Dead Man (1995), and Mystery Train (1989).

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IDMB Episode 125 - F for Fake

May 30, 2017

A documentary about some of the world's most famous fakers from one of cinema's greatest fakers. I mean that as a compliment.

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IDMB Episode 124 - Chimes at Midnight

May 23, 2017

Shakespeare isn't Jim's forte. But it was Welles's forte and when one is so passionate about a subject and so immensely talented when it comes to conveying it, then some of that passion and appreciation is going to translate no matter what.

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IDMB Episode 123 - The Stranger

May 16, 2017

Buried somewhere within The Stranger is a great film. Unfortunately, due to the meddling of editor Ernest J. Nims we'll only ever get to see this pretty good version of The Stranger. Still, "pretty good" Orson Welles leaves gives us a lot to admire and appreciate, like how so many long takes actually adds value and importance to editing.

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IDMB Episode 122 - Intro to Orson Welles (featuring Tyler Smith of Battleship Pretension)

May 1, 2017

Tyler Smith rejoins IDMB to discuss the films of Orson Welles, who was actually quite a famous filmmaker (Citizen Kane, Touch Evil) before he voiced Unicron and was parodied on The Critic. Tyler makes the case for why Welles is and was an essential and path-paving filmmaker, hypothesizes why studio interference makes it difficult to define what "an Orson Welles film" means, and explains why he's not recommending either Kane or Touch of Evil before recommending The Stranger (1946), Chimes at Midnight (1965), and F for Fake (1973).

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IDMB Episode 121 - Starship Troopers

April 25, 2017

So, Starship Troopers is a satire, right? But what if it wasn't meant to be? What if Verhoeven tried to make a serious movie but what he gave us was satire instead? How much does the intent matter vs. the interpretation? Can I fit one more question into this summary?

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IDMB Episode 120 - Basic Instinct

April 19, 2017

On one hand, Basic Instinct is a morally bankrupt film that has no illusions about being anything more than a trashy, titillating murder mystery attempting to flaunt sex during a time of repression and conservatism. On the other hand, I understand a lot of the jokes in National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 now.

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IDMB Episode 119 - Katie Tippel

April 11, 2017

Katie Tippel - Verhoeven's only Dutch film of this month - may be a little too conveniently coincidental of a narrative, but it does lay down the 3 themes on which Jim will be keeping an eye as the month goes along: the separation and clash between social classes, the usage of sex as an exploration of power dynamics, and (sigh) an inability to direct actors very well.

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