Hey everyone we are back and we have a lot to talk about this week. Dede and I are both high on Robert Eggers' debut horror film, the arthouse treasure The Witch. The two of us rave about how it manages to make Satan a living and breathing entity to be feared once again while bemoaning the fact that the Oscars don't include a category for best performance by an animal, thus snubbing Black Philip of an honor he so richly deserves.
Speaking of the Oscars, we have a few brief thoughts on last week's awards show, muse on whether #OscarsSoWhite will shame the academy to provide a more diverse list of nominees in the future and fist bump one another over the success of Mad Max: Fury Road.
Also, a certain trailer for certain ladies busting ghosts debuted this week, and it's either one of the most anticipated films of the summer or it is responsible for the rape of Men's Rights Activists childhoods. Or it's both. We talk about it.
Finally, we talk about some movies that we're excited for, including Michael J Epstein and Sophia Cacciola's upcoming tribute to Hammer Horror and the erotic lesbian vampire films from Jean Rollins Blood of the Tribades. The trailer came debuted this week and you can check it out right freakin' now!! (link)
A quick show note: As of 1/14/2016, “Valencia” has been retitled 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE. Side note: It looks bloody awesome.
This week Mike & Dede put 2015 in the rearview mirror and start looking forward with giddy excitement to their most anticipated films of 2016. The discussion turns to some of our favorite films that made festival rounds last year that promise to be real treats once they're widely available this year, along with some studio fare that looks far better than the average dreck. The discussion includes the widely anticipated period horror piece THE WITCH, the nuanced & bloody romance NINA FOREVER, Karyn Kusama's tense thriller THE INVITATION, the merc with a mouth DEADPOOL and the latest from British Maestro Ben Wheatley HIGH RISE. That's just the tip of the iceberg, so tune in and find out what else is in store this year.
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While every Quentin Tarantino release feels like an event, his latest, The Hateful 8, feels like an even bigger one. Rolled out into 100 cinemas in glorious 70mm and accompanied by an overture and mid film intermission, it marked the rare occasion that a night at the movies felt like a “Big Deal.” How does Tarantino's vision of a western hold up? How does Tarantino use the Western and the era of Reconstruction to hold up a mirror to the racial tensions that still exist today? Join Dede and Mike as they talk about what worked, what didn't and what Mike is still trying to wrap his head around in the latest addition of the Film Thrills podcast.
Over on All Things Horror, we have a terrific piece up by Charlie Nash on the film's anti-heroine Daisy Domergue: "On The Hateful 8 & Misogyny: Depiction Does Not Equal Endorsement."