Ad Astra

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Brad Pitt cries in space. James Gray's movie about searching for life in other galaxies and father/son reconciliation goes a bit deeper than that. We talk about the themes that we saw in the movie, Pitt's performance and the extreme technical accuracy of the depiction of sound and visuals in space. Spoilers start at 32:20. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts: https://itun.es/i6gB67Y Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

2019 Fall Film Preview

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This week we talk about our anticipation for some of the movies that played at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. Next week we will get into two more anticipated films, Joker and The Lighthouse, along with discussing Robert Eggers’ previous film The VVitch. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts: https://itun.es/i6gB67Y Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

The Farewell

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Writer-Director Lulu Wang gives us a semi-autobiographical story that involves a Grandma's cancer diagnosis and the difference between how two cultures deal with that. We agree with each other on the fact that this is a beautiful film, deftly told with humor and emotion, but disagree with each other on the family's ultimate decision. Round one, fight! Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts: https://itun.es/i6gB67Y Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Should Have Seen (Unforgiven and The Graduate)

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You haven't seen that movie? Well, this week Paul and Josh each watch a movie that they "should have seen" by now. Josh finally watches Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven and Paul finally sees Mike Nichols' The Graduate and we dig into them. Yeah, yeah, we know. But we've seen them now, so get off our backs!! Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts: https://itun.es/i6gB67Y Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Quentin Tarantino's 9th film sees him focus for the first time on the industry that he loves. But like any other Tarantino movie, it isn't a straight-forward story. It involves stuntmen, the Manson family, Bruce Lee and a very cute and obedient dog. Oh, and DiCaprio, Pitt and Robbie tag along. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts: https://itun.es/i6gB67Y Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Midsommar

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In his new film, Writer-Director Ari Aster confronts us with a collapsing relationship set against a 90-year ritual in a small Swedish commune. We go back and forth on the themes of this film and Aster's motivation for making it. We also get into Florence Pugh's (fingers crossed) Oscar-worthy performance. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts: https://itun.es/i6gB67Y Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Booksmart

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Olivia Wilde kicks off her feature film directing career with a high school buddy movie packed with great laughs, groans and a touch of raunchiness.  We also get into the great performances of Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.  Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Rocketman

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This week we are talking about Taron Egerton's embodiment of a young Elton John.  Really more of a musical than a biopic, this movie has some great performances with maybe a few little character issues.  Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Under The Silver lake

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This week we discuss David Robert Mitchell's "follow" up to his 2014 horror movie that we both really liked. Is this grunge hollywood neo-noir really deep? We are going to force it to be! Sit back, don't relax and pay attention to everything. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Burning

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Still catching up from 2018, in this episode we discuss Burning. This Korean film based on a Haruki Murakami short story may seem slower at the beginning, but pay attention! The layers in this film go deep!  All three lead actors put in great performances and director Lee Chang-Dong gets some amazing, ethereal shots. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Us

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In this episode we argue about whether Jordan Peele's sophomore film is actually a horror movie. We also get in to the themes and iconography that he uses to tell a more layered story than just a basic slasher movie. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

A Woman Under The Influence

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John Cassavetes writes, directs and produces this film starring his wife Gena Rowlands (who gets an Oscar nod) as a mother and wife whose "mental illness" makes interacting with others difficult. Join us as we break down the directing style and amazing performances, but be warned that this movie is troublesome and full of emotion. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.