Infinite Respawncast – Carol

Chris and Dylan reconvene to talk about Carol, the new Todd Haynes film starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. There’s some news about Avatar and X-Men Apocalypse, as well as some new releases. Chris watched his second Adam Sandler movie this year with Netflix’s second feature film, The Ridiculous 6. Meanwhile, Dylan saw both Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and the horror/western Bone Tomawhawk. Next week there’s a pretty big movie coming out, but instead of reviewing Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chipwe’re going to give you all a review of the smaller film, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Show Notes:

(1:49) Carol Review
(23:42) Carol Spoilers
(34:21) X-Men: Apocalypse had a trailer. We discuss it.
(38:23) Don’t worry, James Cameron is going to have Avatar movies for the rest of your life.
(43:41) New Releases
(55:20) The Hateful Eight started out as a sequel to Django Unchained. We believe that foreshadows the ending of the film, but what do we know.
(58:28) The Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
(62:07) The Ridiculous 6
(71:02) Bone Tomahawk
(77:31) Closing comments and hear the excitement from us as we prep for Star Wars.

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Blue Jasmine is Anything but Unstable

Blue Jasmine Theatrical Poster

Blue Jasmine Theatrical Poster

TitleBlue Jasmine
Director(s)Woody Allen
Release Year2013

It is not very often that I can get behind movies that attempt to have the viewer sympathize with “rich, white people problems” and because of this, movies like This is 40 and The Queen of Versailles fell flat for me. So knowing that Woody Allen’s next film was going to be a film about a woman going from riches to rags, there was already a barrier placed between me and the movie. Fortunately, Blue Jasmine has the ability to make you sympathize with, while also despising, Cate Blanchett’s character – a balance which makes for one of the most interesting character studies in film this year. Woody Allen’s love for the city is put on hold to craft a commentary on wealth, the people who have it, and why we hate those people. Most surprisingly though is the subdued “voice” of Allen which tends to be presented through some character in his films, but in Blue Jasmine is absent. All of the ways in which Allen restrains himself helps to create a compelling character drama that is filled to the brim with actors that deserve praise come awards season, and another knock-out female lead in an Allen film.

Jasmine (Blanchett) is your typical socialite: going to expensive restaurants, buying over-priced clothes, and living the lavish lifestyle of which many can only dream, all courtesy of marrying Hal (Alec Baldwin). When Hal’s economic decisions turn out to not be very legal, Jasmine flies to San Francisco to live with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins), until she gets back on her feet. From there, the clash between the middle-class and the upper-class is laid on heavy, but not to an unbearable amount. As an observer, we hate Jasmine, not because she is rich, but because the richness has planted the idea that she is above having to work to get by, even when she is penniless and working is the best way to get out of her predicament. The real question is why I came out of Blue Jasmine feeling bad for Jasmine’s character, and that is why this is one of Allen’s best films as of late. Utilizing flashbacks, the film slowly reveals all the reasons to sympathize with Jasmine, and all the reasons not to do so, which I’m sure depends on your feelings on the external (and internal) forces working against Jasmine and whether they are responsible for her decisions.

Read the Rest of the Review After the Jump.