On this week’s podcast, Glenn and Daniel (along with special guest Erika) take in a pair of surprisingly apropos titles about the lives of rich and poor families: Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s Knives Out(01:34:19).
May contain NSFW language.
FilmWonk rating (Knives Out): 8.5 out of 10 FilmWonk rating (Parasite): 9/10 (Glenn, Erika), 6/10 (Daniel)
[00:01:59] Review: Knives Out
[00:19:57] Spoilers: Knives Out
[00:34:26] Review: Parasite
[01:00:41] Review: Parasite
Music for this episode is the track “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot, from the Knives Out soundtrack. And another thing.
Stay tuned at the end for a Trotskyist blooper.
Listen above, or download: Knives Out, Parasite(right-click, save as, or click/tap to play on a non-flash browser)
This week, we took a cue from the movie studios and decided to cram one too many films into the same day. First, we delve into the dark and depraved world of David Fincher’s fresh adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Then, we’ll examine the maturation of Diablo Cody in her new collaboration with director Jason Reitman, Young Adult. (44:42)
Please note that per usual, this podcast may contain NSFW language. Additionally, due to the subject matter of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, our review contains some rather frank discussion of rape and associated social issues. We understand these matters are delicate, and we recommend that any sensitive listeners skip past the spoiler section of this review (see the show notes for timing).
FilmWonk rating (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo): 7/10 FilmWonk rating (Young Adult): 8.5/10
(0:00) Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
(11:55) Spoilers: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo(warning: disturbing content)
(24:07) Review: Young Adult
(36:21) Spoilers: Young Adult
Minor spoiler: Near the end of the Dragon Tattoo review, we allude to a certain character stealing a substantial amount of money. From the book, the actual amount was around $260 million USD, which was worth about 2.5 billion Swedish kronor when the book was written. In the film (according to Wikipedia), the amount is 32 billion Euros (~$41 billion USD).
We mention the actor who plays Lisbeth Salander’s guardian. This actor is Yorick van Wageningen, whom we may have recognized from his small part as “The Guv” in The Chronicles of Riddick.
For the record, there is no Mercury, MN.
Music for tonight’s episode is Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ version of “Immigrant Song” (performed by Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), from the soundtrack to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.