Movies for the End of the World: Into the Forest

Double Exposure returns to the inspirational well of Canadian cinema with Into the Forest, a quiet tale of apocalyptic nightmare's come true, starring Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page (playing a little too young, but they're amazing so really, don't sweat it).

Writer/Director Patricia Rozema explores the end of the world from the perspective of two sisters in a remote part of British Columbia. The result is emotionally affecting and undoubtedly striking and at times, perhaps, a bit too convenient in story. Regardless, Into the Forest gives new meaning to the refrain 'the future is female,' and it's worth a watch and conversation, no mistake. 

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Movies for the End of the World: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

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Part 3 of Movies of the End of the World comes with a special guest, Maya Beck, who selected Hayao Miyazaki's post-apocalyptic Japanese classic of the push for peace in the midst of war, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. 

Maya was built in San Diego, CA and her creator-dad told her that she would become a real girl when she made 100 friends. She's stalled in the single digits, but takes comfort in the fact that she'll be on the stronger side of the imminent human-robot war.

She is story editor at Paper Darts and her work can be found at Lit Hub, Revolver, Mizna, PANK, Pollen, the Twin Cities Daily Planet, and more.

Where to Find Maya:
@mayathebeing

Notes for the episode: 
1. The Warriors on the Wind Poster:
Glorious insanity, no?

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2. The quote Maya references, about Bjork, from the New York Times, to rebuff Courtney: 

"In an interview at her apartment in Brooklyn, she said “Utopia” had long been her working title for the album. While making it, she read extensively about utopias: in academic studies and in stories and novels through the centuries, from ancient fables to the science fiction of Octavia E. Butler. “Utopia has gone from everything being monasteries, to feminist islands, to socialism, to ‘Peach Blossom Spring,” she said, referring to a tale of an isolated, idyllic community that was written in the fifth century in China.

The 2016 election of Donald J. Trump only strengthened her determination to envision hope. “If optimism ever was like an emergency, it’s now,” she said. “Instead of moaning and becoming really angry, we need to actually come up with suggestions of what the world we want to live in, in the future, could be. This album is supposed to be like an idea, a suggestion, a proposal of the world we could live in.”

Movies for the End of the World: Melancholia

It’s the end of the world...again! On this episode of Double Exposure’s mini season, we get caught up in the gravity of Melancholia, Lars Von Trier’s depressive vision of the apocalypse. 

Things get kind of dark as we wade through the guilt of humanity, the Nibiru cataclysm, and what makes Kiefer Sutherland charming. Come for the terror of the sublime, stay for the nihilism. 

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Movies for the End of the World: This is the End

Welcome to the end of the world (movies version)! Double Exposure's first installment in The Movies for the End of the World is Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's biblical apocalyptic comedy This is the End.

On this episode, Courtney and Chris dissect the ridiculous, funny, and often stupid horror satire that asks some serious questions. Like:

-Do you care if famous people live or die?
-Is this the serious version of the biblical apocalypse that Evangelical Christians talk about?
-Are jokes about raping Emma Watson funny?
-Are Chris and Courtney living up to their potential when it comes to making this country better? 

This, and more, as we turn our focus to the end of all things.

Nic Cage Is Crazy: Vampire's Kiss vs. Face Off

The last episode of Double Exposure Season 2 is here, and we're going out with a little crazy Nic Cage. 

Vampire's Kiss versus Face Off. But this episode is not just the last, it's also a little different. Due to a minor twist of fate, it's just Chris and Courtney, talking out their movies choices and wrapping up the season. 

Then, we introduce Mini Season 2, coming soon.

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21st Century Horror: Slither and Train to Busan

This week, Chris and Courtney are dropping a special, non-competition, non-mini episode to celebrate horror movies and Halloween. They've each selected one of their favorite movies of the 21st century--Slither and Train to Busan, respectively--and eventually, they talk about each of them a little bit. 

But on the way there's a whole lot of divergence on the way. Subjects include: Halloween lawn ornaments, Darren Aronofksy, the combination of beauty and comedy embodied by Elizabeth Banks, Chris' inability to improvise, Courtney's friends Zach and Mary, and what the correct pronunciation of Bruegers is.

Plus lots of great horror stuff. So, listen. And if you enjoy it, give us a  rating and review in iTunes.

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Those Kids are F**king Scary: Village of the Damned vs. The Good Son

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Creepy kids take over Double Exposure this week, as Chris and Courtney talk horror movies with the most terrifying creatures of all: kids.

The pictures this week: 1960's The Village of the Damned vs. the 1993 horror drama The Good Son

So it's one terrifying Macaulay Culkin vs. a whole troupe of pre-teen british blondies with mind powers.

Horror author Ryan Bradford joins. Ryan is a writer living in San Diego. He is the author of Horror Business and editor of the literary horror journal Black Candies. He also writes and edits for San Diego CityBeat, the city's largest progressive weekly. 

Where to Find Ryan:
@TheRyanBradford
ryancbradford.com
sosayweallonline.com (Black Candies)

Can Macaulay Culkin ever be scary? Is a hive-mind of virgin birthed creepy kids something to welcome or fear? How do you store spaghetti and meatballs in the fridge? This and more, this week.

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Mini Exposure: Biopics (sports and non-)

Chris and Courtney converse on that ever-popular movie genre: biopics. Why are they so popular? What our favorites? And of course, all the digressions you've come to expect from Double Exposure (do you remember that rumor about how the kid from Wonder Years grew to be Marilyn Manson?)

This, plus creepy-kid based picks for the next episode are revealed. 

Listen! Rate! Review!

Heartfelt Obscure Sports Biopics: Ip Man vs. Foxcatcher

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Improviser and writer Mike Fotis joins Courtney and Chris to discuss Heartfelt Obscure Sports Biopics. Mike is a founder of the brand new Strike Theater, dedicated to comedy, improv and spoken word. Mike also wrote and performed for Wits, is an alum of Brave New Workshop, and has performed pretty much all over town.

Where to Find Mike: 
@MikeFotis
@StrikeTheater

Mike picked Heartfelt Obscure Sports Biopics because he loves Hoosiers, so naturally Courtney picked a dark and strange wrestling drama, Foxcatcher, and Chris picked a Kung Fu/war movie set in 1930s China, Ip Man.

Because that's how Double Exposure does sports. But Mike was a good sport.

Conversation this week includes a discussion on the definition of biopic (Chris doesn't think Foxcatcher is a biopic, Courtney doesn't think Ip Man is), American responses to Chinese nationalist cinema, the movies of Bennet Miller (specifically, Moneyball), and the everpresent use of national flags in sports movies (sports = patriotism?).

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Unsupervised Children on an Adventure Far Too Mature for Them: Stand by Me vs. It

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This week on Double Exposure: Unsupervised Children On an Adventure Far Too Mature For Them. It turns out, if you want to see kids in danger, there's really only one place to turn. Stephen King. 

Rob Reiner's 1986 classic Stand By Me squares off against the 2017 horror blockbuster It, directed by Andy Muschietti.

Joining Chris and Courtney in the studio is writer and podcast Josh Wodarz, from Pint Notes and the on-hiatus anti-drone podcast The Kingston Legacy, on the CSICON network. 

Where to find Josh:
@PintNotes

So strap in for a KING-OFF. Horror vs. Drama. Corey Feldman vs. The Stranger Things Kid (Finn Wolfhard, you're great). Adolescent emotions vs. a scary (metaphorical?) clown. Menstrual blood vs. Dick Leeches. It's everything you could want in a discussion about of unsupervised kids in the movies.

Plus, an appreciation of king of the internet, Wil Wheaton.

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Mythical Menagerie: Gremlins vs. Labyrinth

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This week Courtney and Chris are joined by Mimi Nguyen, a software engineer and creative nonfiction writer from San Francisco. Mimi selected the genre Mythical Menagerie: More Creatures than Humans, in part because she loves Harry Potter. 

But Double Exposure let Mimi down and skipped Fantastic Beasts. On the show instead: 1984's Gremlins and 1986's Labyrinth. It's an '80s fantasy face-off.

Where to find Mimi:
@Mimi_Dumpling

Conversation on the show includes:
--How do you judge a menagerie of mythical creatures?
--When, exactly, does "after midnight" end for those Gremlins?
--Was your sexual maturation kicked-off by Labyrinth?
--And, most importantly, will we satisfy the bulge?

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Mini Exposure: Is George Lucas a Good Director?

On the mini this week, Chris and Courtney are all over the map, covering:

1. The music of Lonely Planet
1a. R. Kelly and Weird Al
2. The Invention of the Laugh Track
2a. Why did TV ever use laugh track in the first place? (this is really interesting!)
3. George Lucas
Sub Questions:
3a. Is George Lucas a good director?
3b. What is George Lucas legacy?
3c. What really is the job of a director?
3d. Chris says "The genius of Lucas is indisputable..." Really?
3e. Merchandising?
4. Next week's Genre
4a. Next week's Picks (including Bowie!!). 

One Crazy Night: American Graffiti vs. Four Rooms

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The genre: One Crazy Night.

The movies: American Graffiti and Four Rooms

It's boomer nostalgia vs. '90s indie-zaniness.

Our guest this week is Blake Iverson, an entertainment and business attorney, adjunct professor, artist manager and retired trivia host.  

Where to find Blake: 
FriedmanIverson.com
RiversideMahalo.com

George Lucas' American Graffiti was the director's second film, and immediate predecessor to Star Wars. 

Four Rooms, the 1995 four-film anthology comedy about a bellhop having a nightmare first day on the job, directed by Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell.

Topics on the pod this week: teenagers, nostalgia, and the commercialization of your youth; Quentin Tarantino's acting in the 1990s; George Lucas' ability to direct a movie; Quentin Tarantino's writing in the 1990s; and is Star Wars any good?

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Mini Exposure: Down the Rotoscoping Wiki Hole

On this episode:

Follow Courtney down the wiki hole of rotoscoping in cinema history, as she enlightens us on the why and whofore of painting celluloid for the moving pictures. 

Chris praises the unsung and crucial art of location scouting, which elevates the look of Gattaca, exponentially, as well as other simple film techniques in the Andrew Niccol bag of tricks. 

Finally, Chris and Courtney reveal the next genre, and their picks. (Hint: there are many, many movies in this temporally diminutive genre).

The Not Too Distant Future: Gattaca vs. A Scanner Darkly

JoBlo columnist and movie review Brian Bitner joins Chris and Courtney to talk about two excellent if under-rated science-fiction pictures: Andrew Niccol's Gattaca and Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly. 

Brian is a movie columnist, correspondent, and reviewer at JoBlo.com, the host of Underneath It All: A Nine Inch Nails podcast, and a musician. He does many things, and well.

Where to Find Brian:
JoBlo.com
Underneath It All: A Nine Inch Nails Podcast
Youtube
Facebook
Twitter

Conversation on the show includes discussion of the economic and ethical implications of gene editing and eugenics, the quantity of drugs Philip K. Dick was taking when he wrote A Scanner Darkly, and the amazing talent/lack-thereof of the genius/hack Keanu Reeves.

Mini Exposure: The Brando of our Time?

Amidst the discussion of Unlikely Losers saving the day with Jill Braithwaite last week, Double Exposure found itself swimming in a discussion about, you know, what IS the deal with Marlon "the original method man" Brando?

That ground being covered, Courtney and Chris take the next logical step in talking about Marlon Brando: Who is the Brando of our time? Seriously, who is it? 

And, conversely, who will join the ranks of the millions of forgotten actors? Bummer for them of course. And find who which actor Courtney thinks is a god.

Of course, it closes with next week's genre and picks. 

Unlikely Loser Saves the Day: On The Waterfront vs. Attack The Block

Books and tennis and David Foster Wallace motive Jill Braithwaite, our guest this week on Double Exposure. Jill also loves, movies, of course, and she joins us to discuss the latest super-specific genre: Unlikely Loser Saves the Day. 

Where to find Jill: 
@jillmpls

The movies:

1954's On The Waterfront, a classic Marlon Brando picture about union corruption and moral uprightitude and courage.

2011's Attack the Block, the beloved south London sci-fi comedy about an alien invasion and the kids who come to the planet's defense. 

The pair is perhaps our most unusual yet on Double Exposure, but they make for a delightful double-feature. 

Also on the episode: Brando, method and changing the way actor act, the joys of decoding London slang, and Jill and Chris bond over dumping on Forrest Gump. 

So bell us up, and we'll have bear fun, bruv.

Mini Exposure: Drugs

Last week's episode was about that celebrated genre known as Drugs are Fun... Until They're Not. lt was a close one, probably. But Chris won and closed the gap ever so slightly on Courtney's lead.

For the mini, then, we're talking about drug movies. Specifically, movies where drugs are not fun. Drugstore Cowboy. Requiem for a Dream. Basketball Diaries. 

These are the rough ones. 

We're also teeing off our next genre and movie picks, so be sure to listen, watch, and prepare your thoughts.