Ep. 53: Marie Antoinette

In 2006, Sofia Coppola’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning smash Lost In Translation was the hotly anticipated, but tepidly received Marie Antoinette.  She recently returned to the spotlight as she won Best Director at Cannes with her most recent film The Beguiled.  With the middle of summer bringing the celebration of Bastille Day, Nate and Ryan decided to watch Coppola’s unique historic vision to see how it has aged more than a decade later.  They discuss what makes Sofia Coppola great, what people might have missed the first time around, and revel in Sofia Coppola’s infectious coolness.

Let us know your thoughts on Marie Antoinette and Sofia Coppola!

Since we recorded the episode, we found these great articles on Marie Antoinette that echo our thoughts.   There’s this great revisit by Dana Schwartz at Mic.com and this reflection from David Ehrlich at IndieWire.  We’re excited to share their views and are comforted knowing that our thoughts line up with reflective and thoughtful writers we admire.

Ep. 52: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Nate and Ryan rewatch Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the other sci-fi classic released 40 years ago.  Directed by Steven Spielberg, Close Encounters solidified Spielberg’s aesthetic and helped bring hard(ish) sci-fi into the mainstream.  With all the hallmarks of great Spielberg movies wrapped up nicely in one movie, Nate and Ryan explore what makes Close Encounters of the Third Kind an unusually under-seen classic, and what we all love about Spielberg.

Was Close Encounters of the Third Kind a part of your childhood?  Where does it rank among Spielberg’s movies for you?  How has Close Encounters aged?  Let us know!

Ep. 51: The Fast and the Furious

Not ones to be left out, Nate and Ryan decide to see what all the fuss is about with this The Fast and the Furious franchise.  With The Fate of the Furious setting records at the box office, it seemed high time that they give the original a shot.  For help, they brought in their good friend Phil Vickers to talk about the series’ impact on the modern movie landscape and what the first movie looks like after watching the sequels.

What are your thoughts on the Fast and/or Furious franchise?  Is it too late to try to catch up?  How much wrench time have you put into your car?  Let us know!

Todd VanDerWerff’s thorough and enthusiastic primer of the Fast & Furious series.

Correction: The original Racer X article appeared in VIBE, not VICE.