I can't lie - Solaris didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I can't really understand, decipher, interpret, or filet Solaris, but what I CAN do at the very least is see what universal truths this piece of art reveals to me, even if those truths may not be at all what Tarkovsky intended. Just because a piece of art doesn't hold validity with me doesn't mean it's not valid.
IDMB Episode 106 - Introduction to Andrei Tarkovsky (featuring Doug McCambridge of Good Times, Great Movies)
Seeing as we're in the dead of winter, what better time to cover a director whose films aren't exactly fast paced? Douglas McCambridge of Good Times, Great Movies stops by to discuss his love for physical media and the late Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, who was never accused of MTV style editing, fleeting attention spans, or happy endings, and whose films include: Ivan's Childhood (1962), Solaris (1972), and The Mirror (1975).
Billy Wilder/December/2016 wraps up with Wilder at either his best or worst (depending on if you like a cynical filmmaker or not) with Ace in the Hole, the film that shows contempt for the one entity that is fully capable of tanking a film: the audience.
Yes, Double Indemnity is a dark and cynical film-noir that features murder, betrayal, and murky motives, but what stops it from falling too deep into the darkness is the hope of redemption found in the love story at its heart. No, not the love story between Walter Neff and Phyllis Dietrichson...
Happy Holidays to one and all!
The tables are turned in this introductory episode when Jim's old friend and former podcast co-host Geoff Gresh takes over hosting duties to grill Jim about his favorite filmmaker, Billy Wilder! Along with countless interludes for irreverence, the boys discuss why Wilder respected writing more than directing, why he doesn't seem as relevant to a contemporary generation of young film fans, and how his position as an outsider in Hollywood allowed him to (as the kids say) not GAF. The recommendations come in order of descending happiness: The Apartment (1960), Double Indemnity (1944), and Ace in the Hole (1951).
John Carpenter month wraps up with In the Mouth of Madness, a film that displays both the benefits and (mostly) problems of trying to spiritually adapt H.P. Lovecraft's literary work to screen. It's also a film that poses the question - what happens to an anti-authoritarian when the authority he's rebelling against is fate and his own existence?
It's the milestone 100th episode of I Do Movies Badly and Jim celebrates by disparaging the beloved cult classic, Escape from New York! Yes, he understands that it was made on a small budget and yes, he understands that St. Louis was never going to look like Manhattan, but does that do anything to explain how boring (gasp!) Snake Plissken is?
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and 100 thanks to everyone who has contributed to the continuation of this podcast both guests and listeners!
Is it possible to be disappointed when a movie is slicker than you anticipated it being? Is it possible that Carpenter intended to make a glorified B-movie? Is it possible that Assault on Precinct 13 is purposefully funny to poke fun at the irrational fears that suburbanites have about urban areas? All these questions and more investigated on this episode of I Do Movies Badly!