Zack and Jackson get together to talk through Jordan Peele’s sophomore sensation, Us.
Spoilers begin about 10:50
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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
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.
“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.
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.
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.
"Stuck in the Middle With You"
"Ride of the Valkyries"
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.