March 1st, 2014
Discussions of cliché and meta-text abound on Episode 58, as Josh and Scott discuss two new dramas: Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey; and Blue is the Warmest Color, the latest in French lesbian cinema. Plus, your hosts look at 1973 Best Picture winner The Sting as part of their Shamelist series. Happy Latesgiving from Moviefraud!
Music: Ben Folds and Nick Hornby - "Picture Window" / "From Above"
Josh and Evan fear This Is the End of their relationship with Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill and perhaps even James Franco. (We like you, James. Sshhh.) Find out why this comic metapocalypse didn't quite work for us. Next, your hosts take a Grecian walk with Before Midnight, Richard Linklater's latest film starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as the eternally charming Jesse and Celine. Plus, Indies, and a tribute to the beloved James Gandolfini.
Music: John Butler Trio - "Used to Get High" / "Daniella"
Episode 54 explodes with questions. Is Terrence Malick's To the Wonder a worthy follow-up to his Tree of Life? What, exactly, is Shane Carruth trying to say with Upstream Color? And how could we have missed the obvious Native American moon-landing Holocaust subtext in The Shining? Josh and Joey predictably disagree on answers, Truth, and everything in between on this latest installment of Moviefraud.
Music: John Fullbright - "Moving" / "Satan and St. Paul"
Josh reviews the new film Spring Breakers, from the very odd writer-director Harmony Korine, starring James Franco and four interchangeable young women, two of whom are former Disney sweethearts, thus causing uproar round the globe.
Music: Nataly Dawn - "Leslie"
Josh is excited to welcome Scott Steussy back into the Moviefraud lair! Your hosts pop a bunch of Ablixa and see Side Effects, the latest and supposedly last movie from Steven Soderbergh. (This review is spoiler-free until the very end of the show, for your listening / medical safety). Then it's a discussion of Sound City, Dave Grohl's directorial debut about the famed Southern California recording studio. What the f*ck is 'real music'? Plus: Oscars, Indies, and warm, fuzzy feelings, all on Episode 52 of Moviefraud.
A big thanks to Scott Steussy!
Music: Pomplamoose - "Don't Stop Lovin Me" / "The Goodbye Song"
The Thr3e count down their Top 5 Movies of 2012! Joey is ecstatic to be back; Josh and Evan don't seem to notice. Then, a discussion of Zero Dark Thirty, the controversial new film from director Kathryn Bigelow. Plus, Indies; Joey's second-hand Internet reviews; and Our Top 5 Worst Movies of the Year. Moviefraud returns to rock your face (and also inform you about cinema) on Episode 51!
Music: Local H - "Cold Manor" / "Another February"
Pic: Josh, Evan, Joey
It's Episode 50 of Moviefraud! Josh and Evan trade deathblows over Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz. Is Tarantino a blatant racist? Josh says yes; Evan likes blood. Next, your hosts bet the farm on Silver Linings Playbook, from weirdo auteur David O. Russell. Evan hates the title.. but does he dig the movie? Plus: Indies, Shamelist, B.S., and a preview of our highly-anticipated Episode 51, with Joey "Long-Lost" Hackenjos. We've got vengeance and love, in equal parts, on this golden installment of your favorite film discussion podcast. Excelsior!
Music: Iration - "Time Bomb" / "Wait and See"
Josh and Evan look at Ang Lee's latest, Life of Pi, about a boy and a tiger adrift at sea (based on the novel by Yann Martel). Which of your hosts gets misty-eyed not once, but thrice, over the course of the film? (Hint: it's Josh.) Plus, a discussion of the 1976 Sidney Lumet film, Network, as part of the Shamelist Project. We're mildly upset, and we're probably going to take it, here on Episode 49 of Moviefraud!
Music: Eric Hutchinson - "Oh!" / "Food Chain"
Josh and Evan talk Lincoln, the new film from Steven Spielberg about our sixteenth president and his fight for the abolition of slavery, starring the one and only Daniel Day-Lewis. Does the movie shed light on Lincoln, the Man? Will Josh inevitably get lost in politic-ese? Is Tim Blake Nelson really in this movie? Plus, it's Evan's turn to review Cloud Atlas; he tells you true-true. Also, Josh has a lot of Indies to discuss, because like Kenny Powers, he is unstoppable and will always win, forever. Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving on Episode 48 of Moviefraud!
Music: John Brown's Body - "The General's Ambush"
Josh and Evan continue the annual Moviefraud tradition of reviewing the latest Paranormal Activity movie for their Halloween show. Does 4 scare, or bore? Your hosts channel Toby for the answer. Plus: Josh reviews Cloud Atlas, the new sci-fi / mind-eff from co-directors Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. A very Happy Halloween (and an awesome birthday to Evan) on Episode 47!
Music: Green Day - "Stay the Night"
Josh and Evan unearth Argo, the new, true film from Ben Affleck about a classified U.S. operation in 1980 Iran. Then your hosts talk Seven Psychopaths, from writer-director-playwright Martin McDonagh. Can the violence-obsessed auteur avoid the "sophomore slump", after his incredible 2008 film, In Bruges? Em eff don't lie. Finally, the Frauders chew on The Grapes of Wrath, John Ford's 1940 adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, as part of the Shamelist Project. Plus - Indies; MF momes; and fall/winter picks we can't wait to see... all on Episode 46 on Moviefraud!
Music: Trey Anastasio - "Scabbard" / Tribal Seeds - "Stillness of Night" / Tribal Seeds - "Dawn of Time"
It's auteurs only on Episode 45 of Moviefraud! Josh and Evan process The Master (starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman), the latest film from wunderkind writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. Then your hosts travel the mobius strip known as Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, brought to you by the singular mind of Rian Johnson. Surrogate fathers, lost sons, and missing moms (plus Indies and winter releases we can't wait to see)... all on the latest installment of your favorite Portland-based movie discussion podcast!
Music: Dave Matthews Band - "Snow Outside" / "Sweet"
Josh hates Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me; Evan thinks it's good times. WHO IS RIGHT? Also, Moviefraud gets Cronenberg crazy! We talk about the techno-sex auteur's latest capitalist venture, Cosmopolis, then examine A Dangerous Method, starring Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbinder (2011). Plus, Indies; mini-reviews of random things; and a big congratulations to Joey and his wife Heidi on their new baby boy, August!
Music: Father John Misty - "I'm Writing a Novel" / "Well, You Can Do It Without Me"
What's the difference between a movie podcaster and a pitbull? Lipstick! The Thr3e debate the HBO film Game Change, starring Julianne Moore, Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson, based on the book about the 2008 presidential election. But first, Joey and Evan implant their memories of Total Recall into Josh's nubile, attentive brain. Plus, tons of Indies; the Shamelist Project (Frank Capra's 1939 film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington); and a tasty bite of Bookfraud. Enjoy this filibuster-lengthed episode!
Music: Everlast - "Gone for Good" / "Little Miss America"
Josh and Joey explore Woody Allen's new film as writer-director-actor, To Rome with Love. Your hosts don't quite like the movie, yet they grudgingly recommend it. (Huh?) Plus, a discussion of Joshua Leonard's major directoral debut, The Lie, in which he also stars. Q: how many dead babies does it take to get out of work? A: one.
Music: Manu Chao - "La Primavera" / "Mentira" (live, Baionarena)
Guest host Ryan Sheldon joins the Thr3e this week to form... The 4our! Your hosts climb the wall of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, and leap to their deaths (or perhaps just differing conclusions on the film's themes). Plus, Joey recaps Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Josh and Evan talk Stagecoach as part of the Shamelist Project. A big thank-you to Ryan for joining us on Episode 41 of Moviefraud!
Music: Fiona Apple - "Valentine"
Josh and Evan talk Savages, the latest film from Oliver Stone. Josh orgasms; Evan wargasms. Then your hosts mindrape Ted, the debut film from Family Guy's Seth Macfarlane. Can a movie about a tuff-puffing teddy bear and his human Thunder Buddy actually be... heartwarming? We've got weed, love triangles and rampant man-boyism on Episode 40 of Moviefraud.
Music: Slightly Stoopid - "No Cocaine" / "Chaunch"
The Thr3e discuss writer-director Lorene Scafaria's debut film, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. If you had three weeks to live, would you spend two hours watching this film? Then Josh and Evan review the new Drew Goddard-Joss Whedon horror, The Cabin in the Woods, and try not to spoil it for Joey. Plus, quick thoughts on 21 Jump Street and The Swell Season; and Josh talks The Wizard of Oz for his first Shamelist pick. It's the Apocalypse, mass murder, and uncomfortable attempts at humor on Episode 39 on Moviefraud. Happy Fourth of July!
Music: The Smashing Pumpkins - "Panopticon" / "Inkless"
It's the Wes Anderson episode! Josh, Joey and Evan discuss the writer-director's newest escapade, Moonrise Kingdom, starring Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. What kind of bird are YOU? Then your hosts blow up Bottle Rocket, Anderson's first film, starring a bunch of Wilsons. Plus, Listener Feedback; Josh introduces the Shamelist Project; and a Moviefraud message reaches the far end of the galaxy. Dig it - it's Episode 38.
Music: John Mayer - "If I Ever Get Around to Living" / "Born and Raised"
Josh and Evan look at Prometheus, director Ridley Scott's prequel to his own Alien from 1979. Does the film put your hosts to sleep, a la Blade Runner? or does it keep them on their pedicured toes, a la Thelma and Louise? Plus, the guys check out Chernobyl Diaries, the latest horror from producer Oren Peli. Josh predicts the Death of the Camera; Evan is torn apart by wolves.
Music: Rebelution - "Sky is the Limit" / "Meant to Be"
Your handsome hosts do a 'directrospective' on Whit Stillman, whose latest film, Damsels in Distress, is his first in fourteen years. Why the hiatus, Whit? Then Josh, Joey and Evan look at Stillman's progression as writer-director in reverse chronology, with reviews of The Last Days of Disco (1998) and Metropolitan (1990). It's class, status, dry wit and ironic condescension - plus Indies, movies we can't wait to see, and Josh's new song - all on Episode 36 of Moviefraud.
Music: Cheryl Linn, "Got to Be Real" / Brenton Wood, "Oogum Boogum" / Josh Nielsen, "Expression"
Josh and Evan dissect We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly, directed by newcomer Lynne Ramsay. Is there any "fun" to be found in this film? Then your hosts review the latest from Portland filmmaker James Westby, Rid of Me, a dark dramedy about a woman who just can't seem to fit in with her husband's doucheradical friends. Evan sees Young Adult; thoughts on the mind versus the brain; a few Indies, and a couple chuckles. It's Episode 35 of Moviefraud!
Music: Andrew Bird - "Give It Away" / "Lazy Projector" / "Fatal Shore"