Review: Us

March 25, 2019

Zack and Jackson get together to talk through Jordan Peele’s sophomore sensation, Us.

Spoilers begin about 10:50

March 25, 2019

Zack and Jackson get together to talk through Jordan Peele’s sophomore sensation, Us.

Spoilers begin about 10:50

Us (2019) Trailer


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5: The Wild and Wonderful World of "Black Panther"

"Respect the throne."

March 20, 2019

Why does Wakanda feel more real than the other fictional MCU settings, like Asgard and New York City? In this episode, we analyze the Oscar-winning costume design, production design, and score that help ground Black Panther in reality.

 

Jackson is attempting to watch all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, read his entry on Iron Man here

"Respect the throne."

March 20, 2019

Why does Wakanda feel more real than the other fictional MCU settings, like Asgard and New York City? In this episode, we analyze the Oscar-winning costume design, production design, and score that help ground Black Panther in reality.

 

Jackson is attempting to watch all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, read his entry on Iron Man here

W’Kabi: You would kill me my love?

Okoye: For Wakanda? Without Question.

Black Panther (2018) Trailer


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4: Getting Deep with Shallow in A Star Is Born

March 13, 2019

A Star is Born (2018) is a film built on chemistry. Chemistry between the leads, chemistry between each singer and the music, chemistry between the film and the audience. In today’s episode, we analyze this chemistry and if it worked, or if it was combustible. Combustible. Chemistry. Characters. The three Cs of filmmaking.

 

Read Zack’s blog post on A Star Is Born.

March 13, 2019

A Star is Born (2018) is a film built on chemistry. Chemistry between the leads, chemistry between each singer and the music, chemistry between the film and the audience. In today’s episode, we analyze this chemistry and if it worked, or if it was combustible. Combustible. Chemistry. Characters. The three Cs of filmmaking.

Read Zack’s blog post on A Star Is Born.

Ally: I started writing this song the other day. Maybe that could work, like as a chorus or something.

[She gets up in front of Jackson and starts singing]

Ally: I’m off the deep end. Watch as I dive in. I never the meet the ground. Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us. We’re far from the shallow now.

A Star Is Born (2018) Trailer


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3: How Characters Warp Reality in Raising Arizona

"Their lawless years are behind them. Their child-rearing years lay ahead..."

March 6, 2019

“Son, you’ve got a panty on your head.” From accents, to costumes, to motivations, each of the characters in the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona warps expectations in some way to create a reality much different than ours.

"Their lawless years are behind them. Their child-rearing years lay ahead..."

March 6, 2019

“Son, you’ve got a panty on your head.” From accents, to costumes, to motivations, each of the characters in the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona warps expectations in some way to create a reality much different than ours.

"The punctuation of sound in moments is non stop. Everything makes so much noise. I can't imagine this film without it."

-Zack

Raising Arizona (1987) Trailer


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2 The Direction of Misdirection in The Prestige

"Are You Watching Closely?"

February 27, 2019

Every great podcast consists of three parts or acts, the first act is called “The Pledge”. The podcasts hosts promise the conversation will remain focused on the topic at hand. The second act is called  “The Turn”. At this point the podcast nearly gets derailed into a conversation about Lost (inarguably a top 5 TV show). The third act is called “The Prestige” (get it?), in this act the FSM crew discuss the art of misdirection and non-sequential storytelling in Christopher Nolan’s 2006 film, The Prestige.

"Are You Watching Closely?"

February 27, 2019

Every great podcast consists of three parts or acts, the first act is called “The Pledge”. The podcasts hosts promise the conversation will remain focused on the topic at hand. The second act is called  “The Turn”. At this point the podcast nearly gets derailed into a conversation about Lost (inarguably a top 5 TV show). The third act is called “The Prestige” (get it?), in this act the FSM crew discuss the art of misdirection and non-sequential storytelling in Christopher Nolan’s 2006 film, The Prestige.

"The punctuation of sound in moments is non stop. Everything makes so much noise. I can't imagine this film without it."

-Zack

The Prestige (2006) Trailer


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1.5 Scene Breakdown: Crossing the Fantastical Gap

"Let's go to work."

February 25, 2019

Music can be either diegetic (living in the world of the film, think music from a radio) or nondiegetic (existing outside of the reality of the film, your typical film score). But sometimes, music crosses from diegetic to nondiegetic. It exits the characters’ universe and enters ours, or vice versa. This is called Crossing the Fantastical Gap, and in this episode, the guys look at Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Apocalypse Now (1979) and how it works in specific scenes.

"Let's go to work."

February 25, 2019

Music can be either diegetic (living in the world of the film, think music from a radio) or nondiegetic (existing outside of the reality of the film, your typical film score). But sometimes, music crosses from diegetic to nondiegetic. It exits the characters’ universe and enters ours, or vice versa. This is called Crossing the Fantastical Gap, and in this episode, the guys look at Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Apocalypse Now (1979) and how it works in specific scenes.

"The punctuation of sound in moments is non stop. Everything makes so much noise. I can't imagine this film without it."

-Zack

Reservoir Dogs Scene


"Stuck in the Middle With You"

Reservoir Dogs (1992)- "Stuck in the Middle With You"

Apocalypse Now Scene


"Ride of the Valkyries"

Apocalypse Now (1979)- Ride of the Valkyries

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1 The Sound of Redemption in Mad Max Fury Road

"Only the mad survive."

February 20, 2019

In this inaugural episode of Film Studies Minor, Zack, Colby, and Jackson introduce the concept of the show and jump into their analysis of Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). The world has been crying out for more under-qualified film analysis by a roundtable of millennials, and this conglomerate of amateurs is here to provide just that. We focus on the creative use of sound that helped Fury Road route the Oscars, while picking up Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.

"Only the mad survive."

February 20, 2019

In this inaugural episode of Film Studies Minor, Zack, Colby, and Jackson introduce the concept of the show and jump into their analysis of Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). The world has been crying out for more under-qualified film analysis by a roundtable of millennials, and this conglomerate of amateurs is here to provide just that. We focus on the creative use of sound that helped Fury Road route the Oscars, while picking up Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.

"The punctuation of sound in moments is non stop. Everything makes so much noise. I can't imagine this film without it."

-Zack

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Trailer


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