FilmWonk Podcast – Episode #110 – “A Ghost Story” (dir. David Lowery), “I, Daniel Blake” (dir. Ken Loach)

In this week’s podcast, Glenn and Daniel check out a rallying cry for the British working class with Ken Loach‘s new film, I, Daniel Blake, then check out a shriek of impending doom from David Lowery, A Ghost Story, a film in which a goofy game of supernatural dress-up is just the thin veil covering intense trepidation about the whole of human existence. Three points if you guess which film caused an actual panic attack (56:50).

May contain NSFW language.

Still from "I, Daniel Blake"

FilmWonk rating (I, Daniel Blake): 7 out of 10
FilmWonk rating (A Ghost Story): 9.5 out of 10

Show notes:

  • [01:54] Review: I, Daniel Blake
  • [21:21] Spoilers: I, Daniel Blake
  • [34:27] Review: A Ghost Story
  • [41:58] Spoilers: A Ghost Story
  • Music for this episode is the track, “I Get Overwhelmed” by Dark Rooms from the soundtrack/trailer to A Ghost Story.
  • In assessing the labyrinthine bureaucracy depicted in I, Daniel Blake, we referred to the game, “Papers, Please“, from indie developer Lucas Pope – highly recommended.

Listen above, or download: I,
Daniel Blake; A Ghost Story
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FilmWonk Podcast – Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me”

Poster for "The Killer Inside Me"

In this episode of the FilmWonk podcast, Glenn and Daniel kick back some whisk(e)y and review Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me, starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Ned Beatty, and Elias Koteas. (20:00)

[may contain some NSFW language]

FilmWonk rating: 4 out of 10

    Show notes:
  • Music for this episode is Little Willie John’s 1956 version of the rhythm and blues classic, “Fever”, which plays over the film’s opening credits.

  • I mistakenly refer to John Wayne Gacy as a serial killer with mommy issues; I was actually thinking of Ed Kemper, who murdered his mother with a claw hammer.

  • I also refer to the death of Harry Houdini, which was widely speculated to have involved a few blows to the stomach. However, the blows exacerbated his actual cause of death – peritonitis, secondary to a ruptured appendix. Rest in peace, magic man.

  • I compare this film’s reception to Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist; I didn’t even realize that both films’ posters have the same creepy handwritten chalkboard style lettering. Bizarre.

Listen above, or download: The Killer Inside Me (right-click, save as)