This bonus episode features a discussion between Alex, Nick, and Toussaint on the 2015 sci-fi film: Ex Machina.
Here are the Top 6 Superhero Films lists compiled by each host. You can listen to the discussion surrounding these lists here.
|1. The Dark Knight||1. The Incredibles||1. Guardians of the Galaxy||1. Batman|
|2. Batman Begins||2. Unbreakable||2. Captain America: The First Avenger||2. Spiderman 2|
|3. Iron Man||3. Chronicle||3. The Dark Knight||3. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm|
|4. Batman||4. X-Men: First Class||4. Kick-Ass||4. Hellboy|
|5. The Avengers||5. Super||5. The Incredible Hulk||5. X-Men: First Class|
|6. Iron Man 3||6. The Wolverine||6. Spiderman||6. Iron Man|
The third official trailer for Tomorrowland has been released. Brad Bird seems to have another hit on his hands.
The second full length Jurassic World trailer is here. It features a better look at the action parts, but does it succeed at attempting to inject some life into this classic franchise?
Noah Baumbach has consistently been one of my favorite filmmakers. From his highbrow low-fi aesthetic of the ’90s, to his push into more dramatic territory in the ’00s, it’s been both fascinating and rewarding for me to follow his career. I haven’t seen a film of his I haven’t enjoyed. Until he made While We’re Young. Since his strengths has always been as a screenwriter (Frances Ha was not that good looking, you guys), it pains me to say that this is one of the most thematically confused scripts, which leads to a tonally confused whole. It’s a mess on many levels, and the scariest part about the script is that Baumbach seems to have turned into one of his own characters, the same one he used to indict.
Stiller and Watts are actually very good in what they’re given, but all they’re really given here is a rope to hang themselves with. Because at the end of the day, this comedy about generational gaps is weirdly acidic, and not in the way that I have come to love from Baumbach. The central couple (Stiller and Watts) at the beginning of the film are nicely drawn and even recognizably relatable in their insecurities and weariness, but they are not the same couple that the third act revolves around. This is not a problem in and of itself, but it shines a light on the film’s biggest problem: Baumbach’s script continually gets away from him at every turn because he refuses to let these characters simply exist in this world, and is more concerned with sending a message (something he’s never particularly fell prey to in the past). This is especially true of the young couple in the film, played wonderfully by Driver and Seyfried. It’s just too bad the film wasn’t interested in humanizing them as well. When the third act reveals that Driver’s character is essentially the Keyser Soze of the world of documentary filmmaking, the film has tethered so far off its orbit, it’s amazing one still even see it.
Isolated scenes still pop with some classic Baumbach exchanges (the scene in which Stiller’s character meets with a producer to ask for funding for his film is a standout), but how Baumbach ever thought they fit together to create a coherent and meaningful whole is beyond me. Once the central couples become unrecognizable and the film verges into melodramatic territory (people kiss people that aren’t their spouses!), that’s also when the gags become more blunt (Stiller catches on fire at one point), and it becomes unwatchable. What’s sad is there is some thematic material here that I know Baumbach could have made work, but much like the annoying running gag concerning Stiller’s documentary film being overstuffed and incoherent, Baumbach doesn’t seem to see how overcrowded the film is. The third act reveals that Stiller’s character had a nemesis, though… so what’s Baumbach’s excuse?
Also, the final scene is a baby using an iPhone because young people, amirite?
Well it looks like Warner Bros. caved after the leak, because we now have the HD release of the first teaser of Batman vs. Superman. Too bad it had to follow that amazing Star Wars trailer.
The second official Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser is out. Familiar faces and new characters make an appearance.