Wrong Reel

This week we review Gerard Johnson's 'Hyena', a film that Nicolas Winding Refn calls 'the future of crime films'. For our follow up, we deprive Mikhail of the opportunity to discuss Herzog's 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans' (2009) and force him finally to sit down and watch Abel Ferrara's original and highly controversial 'Bad Lieutenant' (1992).

00:00 - 19:20 : Introduction/News

19:21 - 57:30: 'Hyena' Review

57:31 - 01:39:56: Abel ferrara's 'Bad Lieutenant'

01:39:58 - 01:47:30: Closing Remarks/Blooper

Direct download: WR_s01ep50_1-2-AAC.m4a
Category:Film -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

Few bands have had a bigger impact on defining an era than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. From the height of the Swinging Sixties in London to the death of flower power at the Altamont Speedway, the films 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964) and 'Gimme Shelter' (1970) neatly bookend one of the most fascinating chapters in music history. Featuring guest host Henry Schiller.

00:00 - 18:14 - Introduction/News

18:15 - 56:00 - 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964)

56:01 - 01:37:46 - 'Gimme Shelter' (1970)

01:37:47 - 01:44:00 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

Direct download: WR_s01ep49_1-2-AAC.m4a
Category:Film -- posted at: 10:04pm EDT

This episode we review Zaza Urushadze's "Tangerines" which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Academy Awards and is just now being released in New York. Set during The War in Abkhazia (1992-1993) the film examines ethnic and religious tensions in a post-Soviet Georgia where many Estonians, save one, have chosen to return to Estonia. Continuing with the topic of racial tension, we go back to the pre-Civil Rights era of Hollywood to look at "The Defiant Ones" (1958) starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier.

00:00 - 18:12 - Introduction/News

18:13 - 38:44 - 'Tangerines' Review

38:45 - 01:08:53 - 'The Defiant Ones' (1958)

01:08:54 - 01:11:58 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

Direct download: WR_s01ep48_1-2-AAC_File.m4a
Category:Film -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

We welcome back guest host Brittany Starna to discuss the latest film by writer-director Olivier Assayas, "Clouds of Sils Maria", a story about an aging actress starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart & Chloë Grace Moretz. Seeing an opportunity to discuss one of his favorite movies on a similar theme, Mikhail Karadimov walks us through Paolo Sorrentino's extraordinary award-winning film "La Grande Bellezza" (2013).

00:00 - 19:50 - Introduction/News

19:51 - 50:01 - "Clouds of Sils Maria" Review

50:02 - 01:37:10 - "La Grande Bellezza" (2013)

01:37:11 - 01:41:20 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

Direct download: WR_s01ep47_1-2-AAC_File.m4a
Category:Film -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

This episode we sit down with Samuel Jamier and Rufus de Rham from Subway Cinema, an organization devoted to the appreciation of Asian film culture. Their flagship event is the annual New York Asian Film Festival but the topic of this podcast is the Old School Kung Fu Fest '15: Enter the Ninjas!! screening at the Anthology Film Archives 4/16-4/19. From Japanese classics such as "Shinobi No Mono" (1962) to the high octane insanity of "Five Element Ninjas" (1982), this is an essential series for anyone seeking to understand the dark, secret arts of the Ninja.

Tickets available at http://oldschool15.brownpapertickets.com/

Direct download: WR_s01ep45_1-2-AAC_File.m4a
Category:Film -- posted at: 9:27am EDT

In a special episode we sit down with legendary animator Bill Plympton and his producer Adam Rackoff to discuss their Kickstarter Campaign to finance Bill's next feature film, "Revengeance". For the first time, Bill is collaborating with another animator, Jim Lujan, and the result is a wild and irreverent story that explores the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles. Bill need s your help to make the film happen and the rewards include an opportunity to appear as a character in the film.

Direct download: Revengeance_Kickstarter_v2-AAC_File.m4a
Category:Film -- posted at: 8:09pm EDT

This episode we review the season 5 premiere of one of the greatest and most cinematic television shows ever produced, "Game of Thrones", based on the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin. Loosely inspired by the War of the Roses, we stay on the topic of dynastic wars and succession by revisiting Fred Zinnemann's classic adaptation of Robert Bolt's play "A Man for All Seasons", an essential classic for any Anglophile or lover of theater.

00:00 - 11:02 - Introduction/News

11:03 - 39:15 - "Game of Thrones" Season 5 Premiere Review

39:16 - 01:05:09 - "A Man for All Seasons" (1966)

01:05:10 - 01:07:57 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

Direct download: WR_s01ep44_1-2-AAC_File.m4a
Category:Film -- posted at: 9:43pm EDT

This episode we review Alex Garland's directorial debut, "Ex Machina", a dark and erotic new science fiction film that is sure to delight fans of the genre for many years to come. While on the subject of stunningly beautiful AI, we look back at the cyberpunk classic "Ghost in the Shell" (1995) by Mamoru Oshii.

00:00 - 20:55 - Introduction/News

20:56 - 54:19 - "Ex Machina" Review

54:20 - 01:18:55 - "Ghost in the Shell"

01:18:56 - 01:22:16 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

Direct download: WR_s01ep43_1-2-AAC_File.m4a
Category:Film -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

With "Furious 7" shattering box office records for the month of April around the world, we sit down with guest host Brittany Starna (and rabid connoisseur of the series) to review the latest installment in the franchise and discuss why audiences are in such a frenzy over this movie.

00:00 - 16:10 - Introduction/News

16:11 - 01:36:59 - "Furious 7" Review

01:37:00 - 01:24:30 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

Direct download: WR_s01ep42_1-2-AAC_File.m4a
Category:Film -- posted at: 4:24am EDT

It is Generation X versus the Millenials as James Hancock and Mikhail Karadimov put their chins down and their fists up for a heated discussion about "Repulsion", "Citizen Kane" and a variety of other topics upon which they don't agree. Parker Dixon wisely chose to start recording about halfway through the argument, one that was never intended to be an episode. Enjoy.  (no animals were harmed in the recording of this podcast)

Direct download: WR_s01ep41_1-2-AAC_File.m4a
Category:Film -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT