016 – Billy Bass American Eagle (Round 1, Part 16)

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We’re back (a dinosaur’s story), and we come bearing the gifts of CWs for sexual assault, rape, and CSA! But also, we’re talking about some great movies, including one of those slippery, queasy Awesome Movies Directed By a Reprehensible Person, and one movie that’s kind of a dud. Also, now we’re 25% of the way done with the first round, hooray!

Oh yeah, and just so we don’t get any emails or tweets about it: Isabelle does in fact mean to say Sam Spade (the famous fictional detective), and not Sam Malone (Ted Danson’s character on Cheers). To be fair, “Sam Malone” would be a good name for a noir gumshoe.

This week’s matchups:
The Great Escape v. Chinatown
The Godfather Part II v. Perfect Blue

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015 – I Fell on My Robo-Butt (Round 1, Part 15)

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We’re back on the bracket beat, sports fans, and we’re asking the tough questions! Does The Dark Knight Rises have a coherent ideology? What is the “normie” Andrei Tarkovsky movie? What’s the deep ecology read on WALL-E? Why were the 90s such a fecund period for stories about the falseness of reality? We answer all of these questions, and several others, over the course of the show.

This week’s matchups:
The Dark Knight Rises v. Andrei Rublev
WALL-E v. The Truman Show

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014 – Horses Are Racist (Round 1, Part 14)

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A little late but no less great! That’s right, sports fans, we’re back with another classic episode of the pod, where we reaffirm our positions as heads of the Newman/Redford Booster Club, fawn over a certain pair of directorial brothers, and marvel at a film that smiles in the face of a cruel, uncaring world. Oh, and we should note, one of these movies did not age well. How badly did it age? Well, badly enough that our discussion merits big ol’ content warning for CSA. It ain’t all roses in this one, but there are great discussions all around. Also fuck horses.

This week’s matchups:
The Sting vs. No Country for Old Men
Leon: The Professional v. Nights of Cabiria

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013 – ChAPPlin (Round 1, Part 13)

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Three heavy hitters in this one, and a fourth one that’s… okay? Well, I guess it depends on who you ask. One of these movies is definitely not like the others. Also, this episode isn’t as blue as the last few, but there’s plenty of Boner Content to go around for the faithful. We also talk about a shitty movie that is not in this bracket that should be appended with every CW and -ism you can think of, so be forewarned. But we also talk about William H. Macy’s life imitating William H. Macy’s art, liking movies for different reasons as an adult, and how the 2002 Best Animated Picture Oscar went to the right movie. Takes abound, sports fans!

This week’s matchups:
Full Metal Jacket v. Fargo
City Lights v. Monsters, Inc.

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012 – The Pope Is a Normie (Round 1, Part 12)

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Sports fans, I’ve got to to come clean: we are a couple of dirty, dirty birdies at the top of this one. Like real filthy. There’s also some mental health talk. But we do talk about movies, specifically about the influence of classical Hollywood film, mental illness in film, “middlebrow” as a qualifier, and navel-gazing as a stylistic conceit. So in other words, another classic episode of the pod!

This week’s matchups:
All About Eve v. A Beautiful Mind
Inception v. 8 1/2

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Isabelle Arf and Derek Godin use the tried and true method of the single-elimination bracket to find out which movie from the IMDb Top 250 is the best one.

011 – Don’t Quote Me on Any of That, But Most of That Is True (Round 1, Part 11)

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Holy cannoli, sports fans, did this one ever get away from us. Get a load of that runtime! 76 god damn minutes! Well, if you’re into weird tangents, you’re in luck: this has one stuff ranging from late-period classic rock to everyone’s least-favourite Canadian lobster man. But crucially, we get to talk about some movies! The power of emotional filmmaking, feminist critiques, the thrill of watching a master at work, ruminations and time and love… But to get to all that, you have to deal with a little bit of branded  content. #BadDragon #SponsoredContent

This week’s matchups:
Your Name. v. Gone Girl
Apocalypse Now v. Before Sunrise

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010 – I Plan My Goofs Out in Advance (Round 1, Part 10)

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This episode features three celebrated auteurs from three different countries, and a fourth guy who thought making The Godfather twice as long and ten time more impenetrable was a good idea. And also some digressive NSFW goofiness off the top because Isabelle will make “melt Derek’s brain at the top of the show” a bit come hell or high water.

This week’s matchups:
A Separation v. The Elephant Man
Seven Samurai v. Gangs of Wasseypur

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009 – Do You Live in a Fucking Dungeon? (Round 1, Part 9)

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That’s right, sports fans, it’s time to **checks index card** blaze ya dead homie?! Wait, hold on, I got my cards mixed up. It’s actually for **checks new index card** a crash course in how to properly pronounce the name of a French-Canadian auteur??? I thought this was a movie podcast! I mean, Isabelle and Derek do talk about Yasujiro Ozu’s direction, Aamir Khan’s axe to grind, and a couple of goofy thrillers that think they’re Serious and Important, so I guess that counts for something. Oh, and uh… CW for **checks index card again** suicide, assault, and CSA?! What the hell are these two up to this time?

This week’s matchups:
Like Stars on Earth v. Tokyo Story
Whiplash v. Prisoners

Show notes… of the damned!!!

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008 – uwu Anime Boy (Round 1, Part 8)

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We’re back after a short hiatus, and let me tell you, this episode has everything. Dramatic readings! Our first wild card movie! Ill-advised usage of internet slang by a man in his thirties! Oh, and thoughtful considerations regarding trauma, faith, and the moving image.

CW: some saucy shit in the front, and Nazi shit in the back.

This week’s matchups:
Raging Bull v. Howl’s Moving Castle
Schindler’s List v. Winter Light

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