The theme of this week is The American Dream. On one end, a film that depicts the state of American youth and its culture gone completely mad, as we dissect Harmony Korine’s latest vulgar art-house project, Spring Breakers. On the other end, a city in the sky in which infinite variations of the American Dream are birthed from free-will and choice. We get highly analytical as we spend a long, long time getting into a huge, spoiler-filled discussion with Irrational Games’s Bioshock Infinite. Look at our shit.
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(0:00) God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
(7:58) Spring Breakers
(30:37) Brief Thoughts on Stoker
(31:38) Bioshock Infinite
(47:31) Bioshock Infinite SPOILER DISCUSSION
(1:43:15) Upcoming Game Releases
(1:46:30) Upcoming/Current Movie Releases
(1:55:55) Beast by Nico Vega
Warning: This analysis contains spoilers for the endings of Bioshock Infinite and the original Bioshock, as well as minor spoilers regarding Mass Effect 3 and the film Looper. You’ve been warned.
As I write this, I am still reeling from the experience of just having beaten Bioshock Infinite about an hour ago. Very rarely am I comfortable with instant labels, but I can already tell that it’s one of the greatest games I’ve ever played. Not just because it’s ludicrously fun or because it’s got an incredibly well-told story with great characters with wonderful interactions. The thing that truly transcended it was its ending, which turned this narrative that hinted at the ramifications of free will and choice into a wholly profound and beautiful statement that celebrated the very nature of choices and possibilities, as well as the medium as a whole. Continue reading
My Terrence Malick Retrospective over at Movie Mezzanine begins with Days of Heaven, one of my 10 favorite films of all time. Click here for the link.
The entire Movie Mezzanine staff and countless other film writers/critics chipped in to list their Top 10 films of the 1990s. My list is included, the entire staff is included, some new additions to the staff are included (Including Alexander Huls, Odie Henderson, and Alex Withrow, all three of which are fantastic writers), and some more great writers outside of our website like Jordan Hoffman, Rob Hunter, Jordan Raup, David Ehrlich, Matt Goldberg, Andrew Parker, Alex Billington, Allison Loring, Germain Lussier, Ethan Anderton, Laremy Legel, and more contributed as well!
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My second filmmaker retrospective on Movie Mezzanine is Terrence Malick! It all began with a young girl twirling her baton in her front yard, and a boy who looked like James Dean. My analysis of Badlands kicks off the Terrence Malick Retrospective.
Backstory: One of the writers for Movie Mezzanine, Natalie Zutter, does a feature called Movie Mettle. She’s absent this week due to being on a trip to Germany, so I volunteered to fill in. The result: A strange edition of Movie Mettle to be sure. Here’s my list of 5 Nicolas Cage Moments To Test Your Limits, starring the man, the myth, the legend: Nicolas The Cage. Link here.
How many times are we gonna reboot this podcast? Until we get it right, damnit! This week, we discuss Oz: The Great and Powerful, Tomb Raider, Beyond the Hills, and the anime Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki. Oh and something about Dead Man Down and zzzzzz…
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(0:00) Somwhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland (The Wizard of Oz OST)
(4:05) What We’ve Been Playing
(5:36) Tomb Raider
(36:33) Dead Man Down
(41:43) Oz: The Great and Powerful
(53:07) Beyond the Hills
(1:00:52) Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki
(1:18:05) What’s Out Next Week
(1:25:34) Outro/Wolf Children OST