12.23.2011

Ep. 67 - Save Our Films

Justin and Aaron revisit the National Film Registry and gush over the film preservation documentary These Amazing Shadows - on PBS 12.29.11 at 10pm as part of the [i]ndependent lens series.  Related episode: Ep. 38 - Dispatch 16 (Film Preservation).

12.16.2011

Ep. 66 - Film Piracy...Again

The MPAA is up to their old tricks again, rallying their troops to help pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  Turns out that if you visit a "rouge site" you are putting your family at risk.  Justin and Aaron also look at the top 10 most pirated films, according the Hollywood Reporter.  The "Name That Trailer" game is debuted as well as some talk about Attack the Block, The Siege and Magic Bus.

For more on piracy see: Ep. 52-Film Piracy Funds Terrorists!

12.09.2011

Ep. 65 - (Expletive) Super Heroes

As season 4 starts of The World of Cinema, The Avengers trailer is released and everyone in Cleveland (except for Aaron and Justin) losses their god damned mind.  Captain America rings the opening bell for the NYSE, no joke.
After more than two years of incessant bitching from Justin, Aaron finally watches Guy Richie's Revolver.  They both agree that Mr. Richie should force his religious beliefs into more of his films.  Especially Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.  This episode is finished up with a look at the trailer for The Graduate: A XXX Parody.

9.16.2011

Ep. 64 - Militainment (Hollywood and the Military)

Aaron and Justin briefly discuss their continued obsession with Jody Hill's career, then the get into the marriage of Hollywood and the Military, aka the Militainment Industry.  This episode starts off with a look as who worked for the Office of Strategic Services and it's later incarnation as the Office of Policy Coordination.  Some of the prominent Hollywood names that were working for these organizations were; John Ford, Frank Capra, Cecil B. DeMille and Daryl F. Zanuck.  We then take a look at Operation Mockingbird and its embedding of military personnel and intelligence officers in all levels of the media, especially motion pictures.

9.02.2011

Ep. 63 - Fall Film Predictions

Aaron and Justin take a stab at predictions for the Fall 2011 film season.  What will be a hit.  What will be a flop.  What will win an award.  What will actually get our asses into a theatre seat this fall!  Films discussed include:

Aaron's Picks:
Contagion, Haywire, Drive, Restless, 3, Moneyball, Margaret, Wanderlust, Red State, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hugo, The Artist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (USA), Paranormal Activity 3, Magic Trip, In Time, Bernie and Bellflower

Justin Picks:
Apollo 18, Ides of March, The Three Musketeers, Immortals, In Time, The Sitter, J. Edgar, Machine Gun Preacher, Straw Dogs, The Rum Diaries, Khodorkovsky and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Justin's Steaming Pile of ____ List:
The Thing, Real Steel, Fright Night and of course - Footloose

6.24.2011

Ep. 62 - Death of the Theatrical Experience

As we enter into another season of summer films at the multiplex, Aaron and Justin take a stroll down memory lane and remember a simpler time when "multiplex" meant 6 screens and theatre chains were expanding all over America. Then they return to the present where the worst multiplex offenders think they are a circus.  In the end we flash forward to the not so distant future and speculate on if a theater is still showing films and no one comes, is it still a theater?

5.27.2011

Ep. 61 - Found Footage Films

Yea, it seems as though Found Footage is a legitimate genre.  It has its own Wikipedia page with over 40 examples.  It is also worldwide - Italy, Japan, Uruguay, the UK, USA, Norway and Spain have all given us examples.  Aaron and Justin take a look at what the rules of the genre seem to be and in the process, they discover several more sub-genres; like the "Ghost Hunting Camera Crew Disappears While Investigating Ghosts and Their Footage is Found" genre. 

Films discussed include:

David Holzman's Diary (1967)
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
84 Charlie MoPic (1989)
The Last Broadcast (1998)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The St. Francisville Experiment (2000)
The Last Horror Movie (2003)
Zero Day (2003)
September Tapes (2004)
The Curse (2005)
Head Case (2007)
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
Rec (2007)
Diary of the Dead (2007)
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Redacted (2007)
Cloverfield (2008)
Quarantine (2008)
Rec 2 (2009)
The Ritual (2009)
The Last Exorcism (2010)
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
The Troll Hunter (2011)
Apollo 18 (2011)
Area 51 (2011)

Films that use found footage style:
American Beauty (1999)
Afterschool (2008)
Devil (2010)
Catfish (2010)
The Silent House (2010)

All One Shot Films:
Russian Ark (2002)
The Stroll (2003)
The Silent House (2010)

Related Episode: Ep. 4 - Documentary Genres (www.theworldofcinema.com)

5.13.2011

Ep. 60 - Porn vs Hollywood

Aaron and Justin do a quick recap of great moments in porn history (from Roman Erotic art found at Pompeii to the earliest surviving silent porn film, El Sartorio [1907]) and then get into films that blur the line between "legitimate films" and porn: The Funeral (1996), Brown Bunny (2003), Anatomy of Hell (2004), Romance (1999), Battle in Heaven (2005), Irreversible (2002), Baise-Moi (2000), and Short Bus (2006). 

Then we discuss the wild world of the porn parody: The Big Lebowski, Star Trek, The Silence of the Lambs, Avatar (in 3D), The Human Sexipede, The Player's Club, Red Riding Hood, Pron, Rocki Whore Picture Show, Scream, Basic Instinct, Scooby-Doo, Slumdog Millionaire, Booty Shop, Justice League, Batman, Boyz in da Hood, The Dark Knight and The Simpson’s (Live Action)...yes, you read that right.  We also touch on the birth of modern porn in the late 1960's and early 1970's, the Celebrity Sex Tape phenomenon and trying to "unwatch" horrific things like Two Girls One Cup (one of the most notorious porn scenes in history).  We finish up with the money shot news of porn coming to the street markets of Iraq with titles like Cheap Meat and The Rape of the Coeds.

4.29.2011

Ep. 59 - Ritarculously Random

Holy random episode!  Justin and Aaron finally get to sit down together and discuss what they've been watching for the past month. The appearance of the "Supermoon" caused a rash of shit movie watching with - The Trailer Park Boys films, Hot Tub Time Machine, Hunter Prey, Live Free or Die Hard, When in Rome, The Bounty Hunter. Also discussed are Triumph of the Will, Mesrine I and II, The Conspirator, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Banksy's Coming to Dinner and Convention.  Then the idea of propaganda is revisited as Aaron is re-reading the book Propaganda (1928) by Edward Bernays.  Then the show finishes up with Justin and Aaron's ideas of the film festival of the future as well as some thoughts on Morgan Spurlock's latest bit of stunt filmmaking: Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.
See Episode 34 - Everything is Propaganda! for more on Mr. Bernays.

4.15.2011

Ep. 58 - Dispatch 25

Aaron discusses how little film criticism has changed since 1915 by using a few passages from Vachel Lindsay's book The Art of the Moving Picture.  Aaron then talks through the strange censorship case of Baby Face (1933), as illustrated in the book Forbidden Films and the documentary These Amazing Shadows (2011).

4.04.2011

CIFF 11

Coverage of Day 11 of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) as well as some wrap-it-all-up comments and coverage from Aaron.

4.03.2011

CIFF 10

Coverage of Day 10 of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).  Follow us on Twitter (@worldofcinema) for Aaron's sporadic coverage if/when he can find wifi.

4.02.2011

CIFF 9

Coverage of Day 9 of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).  Follow us on Twitter (@worldofcinema) for Aaron's sporadic coverage if/when he can find wifi.

4.01.2011

CIFF 8

Coverage of Day 8 of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).  Follow us on Twitter (@worldofcinema) for Aaron's sporadic coverage if/when he can find wifi.

3.30.2011

CIFF 7

Coverage of Day 7 of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).  Follow us on Twitter (@worldofcinema) for Aaron's sporadic coverage if/when he can find wifi.

CIFF 6

Coverage of Day 6 of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).  Follow us on Twitter (@worldofcinema) for Aaron's sporadic coverage if/when he can find wifi.

3.29.2011

CIFF 5

Coverage of Day 5 of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).  Follow us on Twitter (@worldofcinema) for Justin's Aaron's sporadic coverage if/when he can find some wifi.

3.28.2011

CIFF 4

Coverage of Day 4 of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).  Follow us on Twitter (@worldofcinema) for Justin's (I think he's lying I haven't seen him there) minute by minute coverage.

3.27.2011

CIFF 3

Coverage of Day 3 of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).  Follow us on Twitter (@worldofcinema) for Justin's (I think he's lying I haven't seen him there) minute by minute coverage.

3.26.2011

CIFF 2

Coverage of Day 2 of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).  Follow us on Twitter (@worldofcinema) for Justin's (maybe) minute by minute coverage.

3.25.2011

CIFF 1

Coverage of Day 1 of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).  Follow us on Twitter (@worldofcinema) for Justin's minute by minute coverage.

2.25.2011

Ep. 57 - 2010 Yearbook (Part II)

The 2010 wrap-up continues with: Film Recycling - Who Makes These Trailers? - What Happened to Documentaries This Year? - Time Capsule Films of 2010 - Soundtracks Worth Buying - Propagandist of the Year: Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass - Trailers and Posters of Note

Update (2.28.11):
Forgot to include this link to High School Musical: China

2.18.2011

Ep. 56 - 2010 Yearbook (Part I)

The first installment of our 2010 Yearbook show.  We go thru all the films of the year in mere minutes, Box Office vs. Critics, Market Shares from www.the-numbers.com and some general trends of the year.  Too Be Continued...next week.

1.28.2011

Ep. 54 - Overlooked Films v.2

Aaron and Justin pick 6 more films that have been tragically overlooked by the world.  If you have seen them, then welcome to the WOC Geek Club.

Listen to Overlooked Films v.1 at www.theworldofcinema.com

1.27.2011

1.14.2011

Ep. 52 - Film Piracy Funds Terrorists!

Aaron and Justin get enraged (and drunk) as they look at a few studies that say buying pirated films funds terrorists...no joke. Here are the links: Film Piracy, Organized Crime and Terrorism - Immigration and Customs Enforcement