March 29th, 2022 | 55 mins 11 secs
celluloid, dasha, david fincher, democracy, digital film, film, george lucas, hollywood, marvel, monopoly, movie theaters, netflix, star wars
Will Tavlin joins Emmet to talk about how the democratic promise of digital filmmaking turned into the current top-down Marvel hellscape we all live in. They talk about the insanity of the original multiplex model of screening, why digital is so hard to archive, the deadness of major blockbuster films, the importance of forming aesthetic communities to preserve cultural memory, and more!
September 28th, 2021 | 1 hr 26 mins
america, american culture, cold war, film, john milius, milius, movies
Emmet and John discuss the life and times of writer and director John Milius, looking specifically at his movies The Wind and the Lion and Conan the Barbarian.
June 29th, 2021 | 1 hr 17 mins
2008, american history, culture, film, financial crash, martin scorsese, michael bay, movies, politics
Josh Bregman comes back on the pod to talk with Emmet about two movies that came out in the same summer that sought to capture post-crash America: Pain & Gain and Wolf of Wall Street.
June 15th, 2021 | 1 hr 2 mins
american politics, culture, dick cheney, film, goodfellas, history, iraq war, martin scorsese, politics, the big short, wall street
Emmet and John talk about America's delight in self-serving, cruel narcissists via the movies Vice and GoodFellas in addition to an essay by Jim Shepard.