Welcome to a disturbing installment of the Movie Homework Podcast. This week we discuss a film you can enjoy with the entire family and also Babe: Pig in the City! But before we get into that there’s a whole lot to discuss. Mariam watched the documentary Point of Order about Joseph McCarthy, or more specifically the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings. Meanwhile Ari watched one of the most maligned films in Brian De Palma’s oeuvre Mission to Mars.
Mariam’s homework this week was to watch Babe: Pig in the City, the 1998 sequel to the Academy Award winning Babe. It’s a weirder and darker film than the original, which after having originally flopped in theaters has become somewhat of a cult film. What makes this an especially difficult piece of homework for Mariam is the fact that she’s genuinely grossed out by pigs. Will she be able to handle it?!? Find out!
Ari’s homework this week was to watch Bernando Bertolucci’s film Last Tango in Paris. After having joked about it since the inception of the podcast he finally has to sit down and watch old man Marlon Brando have sad sex with Maria Schneider. Will he handle it?!? Find out!
It’s once again time for the Movie Homework Podcast. Before getting into this week’s homework we discuss Woody Allen’s Manhattan, which Mariam just rewatched, War Horse, Steven Spielberg’s part-schmaltzfest part-harrowing war film and Roy Andersson’s first feature A Swedish Love Story.
This week Ari had to watch 1958 classic horror film Eyes Without a Face. A doctor’s daughter was disfigured in a car accident, so her father attempts to give her a new face, by stealing the faces of young women.
Mariam’s homework was to watch Duncan Jones’ 2009 sci-fi film Moon. The film stars Sam Rockwell as a man who works by himself on a base on the moon. After having an accident he wakes up and finds that there is someone else on the moon, someone who looks just like him.
Welcome to the 44th installment of Movie Homework! Looking for an antidote for Oscar-season, we’ve got you covered, since we didn’t watch them and don’t really have an opinion! But we did watch two films we didn’t like! Mariam watched Peter Bogdonavich’s The Thing Called Love, a drama set in the country-music world in Nashville starring Samatha Mathis, River Phoenix and Deremont Mulroney.Meanwhile Ari saw the Swedish action thriller Hamilton - I nationens intresse, which follows a Swedish James Bond-type played by Mikael Persbrandt, which has some elements that are deeply troubling…
Ari’s choice this week is the documentary Overnight, which deals with the rise and fall of Troy Duffy, the director of Boondock Saints. Filmed by two of friends who were there from the beginning, when Duffy had a one-in-a-million deal with Miramax pictures. When that falls through they continue to film, and have to deal with Duffy’s bloated ego.
Mariam’s pick this week is Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. Ari has previously had a problematic relationship with the director, but Mariam thought that this might work better. Will she be right?
In a weird coincidence this week we both picked films from 1976 starring kids, although the probably couldn’t be more different. But before we get into the homework Mariam discusses seeing Otto Preminger’s Angel Face and Ari talks about Martin McDonaugh’s new film Seven Psychopaths. Then we bond over Jerry Lewis, having both recently scene two of his films.
Ari’s homework this week is Alan Parker’s 1976 musical Bugsy Malone. It’s a homage to 1930’s set gangster pictures only it’s set in a world only starring children. It was a film Ari watched a lot as a kid and only recently started to realize just how weird it is, but will it’s strangeness put off Mariam or will she embrace a world where kids hang out in speakeasies, shoot custard filled tommyguns and generally act like gangsters.
Mariam’s pick for Ari this week is 1976’s Cría cuervos from director Carlos Saura. It stars Ana Torrent as a young girl dealing with the death of her mother and father. It’s one of Mariam’s favorite films, but will Ari enjoy it?
This week we went to the movies! Together! And saw Django Unchained. We kick this week’s episode off by discussing our thoughts about Quentin Tarantino’s latest film and our thoughts on the man in general.
Ari’s pick this week is David Fincher’s 2007 film Zodiac, about the search for the serial killer who terrorized San Francisco in the sixties. Ari heard Mariam dismiss Fincher as a director, and although he isn’t the biggest fan himself he wanted to see if showing her his best work would change her mind.
Mariam’s pick was Luchino Visconti’s adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novella Death in Venice. It stars Dirk Bogard as an ill composer who travels to Venice to improve his health. There he sees a young boy with whom he becomes obsessed.