Episode 31: 13 Assassins

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Honor, sadism, Bushido. This week, we discuss Takashe Miike’s samurai film, 13 Assassins.

Jordan’s Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Carlin’s Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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Episode 30: Cabin in the Woods

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Hey, guys! Carlin and Jordan want to say thanks for listening to the show for thirty episodes. We love doing this show, and we thought we’d celebrate by watching a movie we both enjoy. Carlin selects one of his favorite films: Cabin in the Woods. The guys were having an awesome time discussing this one, and went a bit over the normal run length. Hope you enjoy!

Carlin’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Jordan’s Rating: 4.0 out of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 out of 5 Stars

Episode 29: Chinatown

 

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Theres something that’s rotten in the L.A. Waterworks, and all the sewage runs directly into… Chinatown. Today, Carlin and Jordan discuss the classic noir movie directed by Roman Polanski, starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston. They talk about how Noir portrays the seedy underbelly of human nature, as well as the tricks of the trade of depression era investigation.

Carlins’ Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Jordan’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Episode 28: Only God Forgives

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Today, Carlin and Jordan discuss the 2013 film, Only God Forgives. And, boy, is it a discussion. Carlin describes it as a staring contest between the audience and the filmmaker, whereas Jordan saw some compelling things lurking beneath the surface.  What do you think?

Carlin’s Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
Jordan’s Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 1.75 out of 5 Stars

Episode 27: Roger Dodger

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On this episode, Carlin and Jordan find themselves on the opposite sides of the spectrum for this movie. They talk about the use of dialog to explore character. They also discuss how the film has a well-written script, but the production values are lacking. Jordan mentions that he dislikes the movie because it shows the protagonist follow what he interprets as a negative path. The guys have an interesting discussion about communication theory and gender dialects, and how they relate to romantic endeavors.

Stuff we Mention:

  • Swingers, Starring Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn
  • The Game Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss: http://goo.gl/OqH9bH
  • Jordan mentions a radio piece about beta lions. A correction: It was actually baboons. You can listen to the piece here: http://goo.gl/mEKiYG

Carlin’s Rating: 3.0 out of 5 Stars
Jordan’s Rating: 1.5 out of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 2.25 out of 5 Stars