This week on the podcast, Glenn and Daniel check out the latest bizarre genre blend from writer/director Jonathan Levine, Warm Bodies. Can Nicholas Hoult leverage all of his acting prowess from the second series of Skins as a disaffected romantic zombie? Can Rob Corddry exhibit some alarmingly effective dramatic work with less than a dozen words of dialogue? Can a truly disgusting romantic premise wildly succeed? Find out below! (25:31)
This week on the podcast, Glenn and Daniel bask in the unfilmable visual splendor and existential complexity of Life of Pi, the new film that proves that director Ang Lee is not a man to be tied down in a single genre (32:45).
May contain some NSFW language.
FilmWonk rating: 8/10
Music for this episode comes from Mychael Danna’s score for the film (track “The Second Story“).
We compare this film to both Avatar and Cloud Atlas – check out our word on those films as well!
Point of interest – Piscine Molotor is a real swimming complex…but it’s no longer open.
Listen above, or download: Life of Pi (right-click, save as, or click/tap to play on a non-flash browser).
This week on the podcast, Glenn and Daniel are joined by returning guest/fiancee Sarah, who will help weigh in on the final chapter of the glorious Twilight Saga. Will love conquer all? Will a werewolf win the capricious heart of a newborn child? Will Michael Sheen once again prove that he best understands what sort of movie he’s in? Listen below and find out! (48:07)
May contain some NSFW language.
FilmWonk rating: 4/10 (but we actually rather enjoyed it!), 6/10 (Sarah)
We had an issue with the audio quality in this episode – it was recorded near a computer whose fan was a bit loud. It sounded quiet when we were recording in person, but was picked up significantly due to the placement and angle of the microphone. I’ve applied several noise filters that have eliminated most of the sound, but it will still be faintly audible throughout the episode. Sorry for the issue, and enjoy the show!
Music for this episode is Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years“, from the soundtrack to Breaking Dawn: Part 1 (another version appears in the soundtrack to this film).
Read the review in which I first became a Kristen Stewart apologist – also the first review ever on this blog! (Adventureland)
For my only other word on Twilight, you can also check out my review of Chris Weitz‘ New Moon.
Back at SIFF and back to school! Glenn and Daniel hit the books with college nostalgia as they review Liberal Arts, the latest film from How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor. Take in their worthless intellectual blather while you can! They’ve both got work in the morning that is utterly unrelated to their majors.
May contain some NSFW language.
FilmWonk rating: 6.5/10
Music for this episode is a pair of classical pieces that appear in the film. The first is Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 6 Pastorale as performed by Istanbul’s National Conservatory Orchestra (free download in link). The second is Soave sia il vento, from Mozart‘s opera Così fan tutte, which I’ve included in its entirety at the end of the podcast. Listen to it while walking down the street and watch as everyone becomes more attractive.
Regarding the age question that both we and the movie raise – Elizabeth Olsen was around 22 when this film was shot. Josh Radnor was 37, and Allison Janney was 52.
The book shop owner is played by Elizabeth Reaser of Twilight fame. And it all comes full circle.
Listen above, or download: Liberal Arts (right-click, save as, or click/tap to play on a non-flash browser).
This week on the podcast, Glenn and Daniel venture into the Alaskan wilderness into a harrowing (and possibly overrated) tale of survival and wolf-punching. If the film’s trailer is any indication, that is. Which it isn’t. (25:35)
May contain NSFW language.
FilmWonk rating: 4/10 (Glenn), 3/10 (Daniel)
We refer to the famous line, “Once more unto the breach, dear friends”, which is indeed from Henry V.
It’s Ottway, not Ottman. Get it right, dudes.
With apologies to Bob Ducca, stick around at the end for a list of movie title mashups.
Listen above, or download: The Grey (right-click, save as).
This week on the podcast, Glenn and Daniel head for the Seattle International Film Festival to review Littlerock, the story of a pair of Japanese siblings finding their way through a desert town in California. Glenn’s lovely fiancee Megan jumps in to expound on the nature of a “nice guy” and offer her unique perspective as a fluent Japanese speaker. Click below to listen to our discussion of this surprise cross-cultural gem [may contain some NSFW language] (19:09).
This week, Nick returns to throw down the gauntlet and help Glenn review Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, the latest entry in the Avengers saga. Will it be a worthy standalone film, or merely a S.H.I.E.L.D.-infused trailer for what’s to come? Listen below to find out [maywill contain some NSFW language] (24:21).
(Part 1 – 10:01)
(Part 2 – 14:20)
FilmWonk ratings: 5/10 (Glenn), 4/10 (Nick)
Music for this episode is from Patrick Doyle’s original score for the film (track: “Sons of Odin”).
Listen above, or download: ThorPart 1, Part 2 (right-click, save as).
This week, Glenn and Daniel get in touch with their feminine side and have their minds and eyeballs assaulted in equal measure by Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch. YOU are in control. YOU have all the weapons you need to survive this discussion. Click Play below to find out what this level has in store for you (22:53).
[may contain some NSFW language] (Part 1 – 13:23)
(Part 2 – 9:30)
FilmWonk ratings: 1/10 (Glenn), 6/10 (Daniel)
Music for this episode is an cover arrangement of “White Rabbit” from the Sucker Punch soundtrack.
In this episode, I refer to my review of Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, which I hold in slightly higher regard after seeing this film.
You might notice I’m out of breath at one point – we had to pause recording to deal with a noisy kitty, which involved running up and down a couple flights of stairs. Unprofessional, I know. But the cat has been fired.
Listen above, or download: Sucker PunchPart 1, Part 2 (right-click, save as).
This week, Glenn and Daniel dive in face-first with flailing fists to review David O. Russell’s boxing biopic-cum-family drama, The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo.(19:12)
[may contain some NSFW language]
FilmWonk rating: 8.5 out of 10
Music for this episode is The Heavy’s “How You Like Me Now?”, from the film’s soundtrack.
With apologies to Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Colin Firth, and Geoffrey Rush, stick around at the end for a blooper!
As penance for our shameful blooper, check out the next episode, in which we review Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech.
Listen above, or download: The Fighter (right-click, save as).
In this episode of the FilmWonk podcast, Glenn and Daniel review Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick-Ass”, starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Mark Strong. [may contain some NSFW language]
Part 1 (spoiler-free) – 14:32
Part 2 (with spoilers) – 16:39
FilmWonk (Glenn) rating: 8 out of 10 Daniel’s rating: 5 out of 10
This episode was actually our first, which was recorded prior to our Expendables episode from last week, so I make some introductions and acknowledgments to that effect.
The “trusted lieutenant” whose performance I enjoyed was “Big Joe”, played by Michael Rispoli.
During the spoilers section, we had a minor recording glitch, and I had to reinsert the section in which we discuss Red Mist. So if the edit sounds a little awkward, sorry about that.
I badmouthed Michael Cera a bit… Let’s just say, I hadn’t seen Scott Pilgrim yet.
Correction [SPOILER]: During the spoilers section, we discuss a particular character having seen Hit-Girl kill a bunch of mobsters on video. The video in question actually shows Big Daddy killing the mobsters.
FilmWonk would like to thank David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley from the /Filmcast, the official podcast of slashfilm.com, for the thousands of hours of entertainment and insightful film criticism, and random asides about theater etiquette. Cheers, fellas. You inspire me.
Listen above, or download Part 1, Part 2 (right-click, save as)