FilmWonk Podcast – Episode #88 – “A Bigger Splash” (dir. Luca Guadagnino), “Death By Design” (dir. Sue Williams) (#SIFF2016)

Poster for "A Bigger Splash"

In this week’s podcast, Glenn and Daniel make an inauspicious start at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival with an environmental documentary that did a rather poor job of convincing our heroes of things that they already believe. Then they hop overseas to check out the latest Italian collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino and actress Tilda Swinton. Stay tuned for spoilers, because we had vastly different reads on this film’s ending (38:37).

May contain NSFW language.

FilmWonk rating (Death By Design): 2 out of 10
FilmWonk rating (A Bigger Splash): 6 out of 10

Show notes:

  • [00:46] Review: Death By Design
  • [11:36] Review: A Bigger Splash
  • [26:25] Spoilers: A Bigger Splash
  • Music for this episode is the track “Emotional Rescue” by The Rolling Stones, from the soundtrack to A Bigger Splash.
  • Glenn was probably butchering Matthias Schoenaerts‘ name pronunciation, but he is definitely not the first to sorta mistake him for Ryan Gosling, and he regrets nothing.

Listen above, or download: Death By Design, A Bigger Splash (right-click, save as, or click/tap to play on a non-flash browser)

FilmWonk Podcast – Episode #43 – “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (dir. Wes Anderson)

Poster for "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

This week on the podcast, Glenn and Daniel take a deep dive into historical whimsy in Wes Anderson‘s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel (34:00).

May contain some NSFW language.

FilmWonk rating: 8 out of 10

Show notes:

  • Music for tonight’s episode was the track Canto at Gabelmeister’s Peak, from the film’s original score by Alexandre Desplat.
  • Correction: The conversation between Jude Law and F. Murray Abraham takes place in the 1960s, not the 1980s.
  • We referred to the historic Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. as a visual reference for this film. According to Wikipedia, two real hotels in Hungary and the Czech Republic were influences, as well as archive images from the Library of Congress.
  • Alas, my epidemiological French vocabulary isn’t what it used to be… Grippe is the French word for influenza, not measles.
  • The term “bellhop” does indeed come from a slightly demeaning etymology. “Hop to it, I rang a bell” is an accurate summary of its origins.

Listen above, or download: The Grand Budapest Hotel (right-click, save as, or click/tap to play on a non-flash browser)