We break the first two rules of Fight Club and discuss:
Whether this movie is fundamentally about masculinity, the limitations (or lack thereof) of the human mind, or both.
Why we think Marla’s character development falls flat.
Whether the lack of physical realism weakens the impact of the film.
Bonus: Baleigh mistakenly refers to Jackdurden.com as “Tylerdurden.com,” which is not a thing.
Interstellar is a scientifically rich and visually brilliant, but is the dialogue stilted and emotionally two-dimensional? Baleigh says yes. We also discuss:
Baleigh’s least favorite line and why it’s terrible.
How the movie is a paradox and whether or not that’s a good thing.
Why Topher Grace’s role makes no sense.
Groundhog Day is a lot darker than we remember. We discuss:
What this movie tells us about what it means to be a good person.
How Phil Connors compares to Scrooge.
Why Bill Murray makes such an excellent douchebag.
Whether Ned Ryerson could have been played by anyone other than Stephen Tobolowsky.
We’ve both seen this movie approximately 8 million times, so we get pretty far into the weeds. We discuss:
Why all of this could have been avoided if Commodus had been properly loved as a child.
Whether the mob truly loves Maximus.
How Joaquin Phoenix gives an incredible performance as Commodus despite some silly dialogue.
We are both cradle Catholics, so we discuss John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt with maybe a little too much passion and familiarity. We cover:
Why the story of Doubt is better suited to the stage than the screen.
How the use of camera angles reinforces the movie’s message.
Whether hierarchical establishments like the Catholic Church are inevitably corrupt, or just ripe for corruption.