Month: May 2016

Ep. 17 – Hunger

How do you sum up a movie like Hunger? Well, it stars Michael Fassbender and Davos Seaworth, and it focuses on deep-seated political unrest in Ireland. It also gives us some graphic depictions of a hunger strike and the lengths to which some brave souls would go to protest for their rights. In fact, let’s just admit that this is a hard movie to summarize with a comical blurb because it represents an individual’s lived experience. We hope you enjoy our look into one of Michael Fassbender’s defining roles.

Ep. 16 – Chasing Amy

This week we tackle a tale as old as time: how do you know when you’ve met “the one”? Well, okay, maybe it’s actually about how attraction works. Or, no, maybe it’s about not judging someone based on their past actions. So…this one’s a little complicated. Holden meets Alyssa (not Amy) and starts to fall for her, even though she prefers partners of the same sex. At the same time, Holden’s business partner (never tracer), Banky, also grapples with a forbidden attraction. This week Kevin Smith brings us a surprisingly deep tale about love on a spectrum and the funny way we negotiate social norms. Of course, being Kevin Smith, he also coats it in a veneer of crass language and hilariously awful analogies. Join us as we explore Chasing Amy.

Ep. 15 – Purple Noon

Being filthy rich can have its disadvantages, especially when stealing someone’s identity is as simple as pasting a photo of yourself into someone’s passport. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself murdered by a purported childhood friend who then decides to steal your money and seduce your fianceé, Marge. Poor Phillipe Greanleaf—he just wasn’t prepared for the dastardly (and frequently improvised) schemes of Tom Ripley. Don’t feel bad, though: Phillipe was a bit of a jerk, and a certain incident involving the loss of Marge’s prized manuscript at sea might leave you cheering for Phillipe’s untimely demise.

If you enjoyed The Talented Mr. Ripley…please give us some idea why this movie is titled Purple Noon. And join us as we decide whether we want this as part of our collection, or if we think it should be cast out into the ocean in a burlap sack.

Ep. 14 – Ratcatcher

There’s garbage in the streets, rats in the house, and one lucky mouse with a ticket to the moon via balloon. Finally, we’re back to a lighthearted fun movie! Well, aside from portrayals of governmental failure, illustrations of the squalid conditions of poverty, and a sense of foreboding so great that our pre-pubescent protagonist James just might not make it out of Scotland alive. Join us this week for a disturbing (and fascinating) look into the social conditions of mid-20th-Century Glasgow with Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher.