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IDMB Episode 181 - I Think We’re Alone Now

IDMB Episode 181 - I Think We’re Alone Now

February 19, 2020

It's 13 minutes before any words are spoken in I Think We're Alone Now, but by that time, we already know all we need to about the film's main character, his world, and how he sees his role in it. If you're unfamiliar with "film grammar," then you've no better introduction than this Reed Morano film.

IDMB Episode 181 - I Think We’re Alone Now

IDMB Episode 181 - I Think We’re Alone Now

February 19, 2020

It's 13 minutes before any words are spoken in I Think We're Alone Now, but by that time, we already know all we need to about the film's main character, his world, and how he sees his role in it. If you're unfamiliar with "film grammar," then you've no better introduction than this Reed Morano film.

IDMB Episode 180 - The Skeleton Twins

IDMB Episode 180 - The Skeleton Twins

January 29, 2020

The Skeleton Twins would have already been a great film thanks to the script from Mark Heyman and director Craig Johnson, but it's accentuated by the indelible mark that Reed Morano leaves on it with her emotionally evocative camerawork and lighting.

IDMB Episode 179 - Meadowland

IDMB Episode 179 - Meadowland

January 21, 2020

 Reed Morano's directorial debut is an immersive emotional journey into grief and pain, realized wonderfully by how the director/DP uses her camera. But emotion over logic doesn't always lead to satisfying conclusions.

IDMB Episode 178 - Introduction to Reed Morano (featuring Sean Meehan)

IDMB Episode 178 - Introduction to Reed Morano (featuring Sean Meehan)

January 14, 2020

New York-based DP/director Sean Meehan returns to IDMB to talk about another DP/director, Reed Morano! The conversation is a little more inside baseball than usual with some film school-ish explanations of the technical and creative considerations that go into being a DP (I learned where the term "color timing" came from!), but it transitions into an excellent conversation about why Morano was equipped to be a great director by first being a great DP. 

Seeing Morano's third feature as director, The Rhythm Section hasn't yet been released, Sean had to get clever and recommend one film that she was lensing rather than directing, making January's titles: Meadowland (2015), The Skeleton Twins (2014), and I Think We're Alone Now (2018).

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IDMB Episode 177 - Dans Paris

IDMB Episode 177 - Dans Paris

December 22, 2019

In this final episode of 2019, Jim talks a little bit about Dans Paris (not a fan), but mostly uses it to wax poetic about Christmas and how his life has changed, is changing, and will continue to change.  

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year to everyone!   

IDMB Episode 176 - Rare Exports

IDMB Episode 176 - Rare Exports

December 17, 2019

It would be easy to assume that Rare Exports is just a dark and cynical twist on the Christmas symbolism of which many people have grown sick, but that wouldn't do justice to the  fine line that writer/director Jalmari Helander straddles between satire and sincerity.

IDMB Episode 175 - A Christmas Tale

IDMB Episode 175 - A Christmas Tale

December 11, 2019

Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale is a mix of emotions, personalities, soundtracks, powerful performances, and filmmaking tricks that masterfully encapsulates the cacophony that results from a reunion of so many people with so much baggage. Desplechin's aesthetic keeps the audience constantly unsettled, riding waves of emotions that whip the audience back and forth amongst relating with his characters and rejecting them from scene-to-scene. It's a fabulous work, but not one without its problems.

IDMB Episode 174 - Foreign Language Christmas Films (featuring Alonso Duralde)

IDMB Episode 174 - Foreign Language Christmas Films (featuring Alonso Duralde)

December 3, 2019

'Tis the season to be jolly...and for Alonso Duralde to return to I Do Movies Badly! The author of "Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas" makes his annual appearance on the podcast to talk about all things Christmas from the why's and what's of the influx of original streaming content to who's the best cinematic Ebenezer Scrooge (the correct answer is Michael Caine)Yuletide recommendations abound in both some highlights from this year's streaming crop to the titles I'll be reviewing this month: Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale (2002), Jalmari Helander's Rare Exports (2010), and Christophe Honoré's Dans Paris (2006).

IDMB Episode 173 - Okja

IDMB Episode 173 - Okja

October 29, 2019

Okja may not have made me swear off meat, but its intimacy with an adorable albeit extremely large pig did provide an emotional and critical look at larger societal forces (corporations, police, extremist groups) that all contribute to the oppression and separation of innocent people.