Inaugural podcast: Alien (1979)

After a rather lengthy hiatus, I’m back talking about film, and this time I’ve brought some help.

I think this is the format my future discussions about film will probably take for the foreseeable future, if only for convenience and simplicity. (I’ve been hard-pressed to find the time to write about film, especially at the expense of my dissertation.)

As our first podcast, our format undoubtedly has room for improvement. I’m eager to learn what others think of the style and content and what changes you’d like to hear.

We’ve already recorded a three-part podcast series giving a once-over to the Harry Potter franchise, and plans for many more conversations to come. Be sure to leave comments and if you like what you’re hearing, offer suggestions about other films you’d like for us to cover, and subscribe to our channel on SoundCloud.

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Ocean’s Twelve

“Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.”

—Danny Ocean

In a nutshell: It’s swanky without trying, it’s sexy without sexualizing, it’s le hot jazz in a freezer full of cool.

Not-so-secret confession: I love Ocean’s Twelve, more than I do any other film in the series. It came as a great shock when I learned that Ocean’s Thirteen owes its existence to the cast and crew’s mutual hatred of this film. Perhaps because it has been all but abandoned by anyone who ever laid eyes upon it, I’m compelled to take in this bastard film and bestow it the distinct honour of becoming my inaugural film commentary. Continue reading