We’re finally back! After an almost two month absence we’re back with a new episode. In the seventieth installment of the podcast (and the last episode recorded face-to-face for the foreseeable future) Mariam and Ari take stock of what we’ve learnt throughout these episodes, both about themselves and the other host and what the point of the homework really is.
We continue our Horror-month this week on the podcast, discussing two very different, but perhaps equally lauded horror films. But before we get into that, Ari needs to discuss an important film he watched this week: White House Down.
Mariam’s homework this week was to watch John Carpenter’s The Thing from 1982. This update on the classic (but according to Mariam boring) 50’s horror film pits Kurt Russell and a research team on Antarctica against a super-gross shapeshifting monster.
Meanwhile Ari had to watch Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2001 ghost story Pulse, where a group of young people discover ghosts that make their way from the internet to the physical world, with tragic, melancholic and chilling results. Ari had been a big fan of the previous Kiyoshi Kurosawa-homework, Cure, but will he respond as favorably to this, even more beloved, work.
No homework next episode, as we’re instead taking the time to assess the work so far, discussing our experiences with giving and receiving homework. But as always, you can email us, find us on twitter, facebook and in iTunes!
We kick of Halloween Horror month on this installment of The Movie Homework Podcast, but we start talking about spooks we talk about a different haunting altogether in Woody Allen’s latest Blue Jasmine. But we quickly get into the horror world as Mariam discusses watching Bill Condon’s Candyman II: Farewell to Flesh.
This week Ari’s homework was to watch Kaneto Shindo’s 1968 Kuroneko. After a mother and daughter-in-law get raped and murdered by a group of Samurai, their ghosts emerge from hell to seek revenge on all samurai. But things get complicated when their son and husband returns and gets the assignment to rid the area of the ghostly hauntings.
Meanwhile Mariam had to watch a somewhat different ghost story, Jack Clayton’s 1961 The Innocents, an adaptation of Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw. Deborah Kerr portray’s a governess sent to take care of two children, but she is soon confronted with ghostly visions of the previous governess and the sinister gardner who previously lived in the house.
Welcome to this week’s slightly abbreviated episode of the Movie Homework Podcast. We don’t really have anything to talk about up top, and we’re recording in a not so suitable area, so we jump right into discussing Mariam’s homework for Ari: Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai.
Ari’s homework for Mariam is also centered on a beautiful man trained to kill. After having made several references to Ben Stiller’s Zoolander, without any recognition from Mariam, Ari decided it was suitable homework. How does this 2001 comedy hold up, and how has celebrity culture changed since then?
We begin this week’s episode with a bit of reassesment, as we re-tackle Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg, and discuss his latest, Frances Ha, which both Mariam and Ari have recently seen. Ari also catches up with some summer apocalypse films, World War Z and This is the End.
Our first piece of homework this week, was a bit of a challenge from Mariam. Ari has often discussed his disdain for the films of Ridley Scott, so Mariam decided to make him watch his first film, 1977’s The Duellists and see if his theory still stands.
Ari’s homework for Mariam was less of a challange, as he decided to watch and discuss an actual good rock-documentary after his dissapointing watch last week. Anvil: The Story of Anvil, follows the Canadian heavy-metal band that’s still going strong, even if they’ve never recieved the success of their 80’s peers. Ari finds the film to be both deeply funny and moving, but will Mariam agree.
Welcome to the 65th installment of the Movie Homework Podcast! We kick things off by Mariam discussing an insane sounding motorcycle exploitation film, and Ari catches up with, and ends up really hating, last year’s much beloved documentary Searching for Sugarman.
Ari’s homework this week was to watch Adrian Lyne’s 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction. The film, which was astoundingly popular at the time of its release, follows a man played by Michael Douglas, who has to fend off a spurned lover played by Glenn Close.
Mariam’s homework this week was to watch Stephen Frears’ 1990 film The Grifters. Based on a fifties pulp-novel by Jim Thompson, The Grifters starts off seeming like a fun, frothy con-man movie, but things take a darker turn and as a result the film ends up looking quite different at the end than it did at the beginning.
We start this episode with a shorter opening segment than normal, in which Ari discusses Woody Allen’s latest Blue Jasmine. We then segway into Mariam’s homework for Ari, Larry Clark’s controversial 1995 film Kids.
Meanwhile Ari’s homework for Mariam was to watch Noah Baumbach’s 2010 feature Greenberg, starring Ben Stiller and Greta Gerwig. Baumbach’s a director both Ari and Mariam are somewhat ambivalent towards, but is there something in this work worth highlighting?
As always we close up the show by discussing what we’ll be watching next week. You can email us, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. You can subscribe to the show and rate and review it in iTunes.