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.