Author Archives: Eric Thirteen

Double Feature Year 12 Finale

Double Feature Year 12 Finale

A spoiler-free episode taking a look back at the entire twelfth year of Double Feature.

Southland Tales + Spider

Southland Tales + Spider

Exasperated final episode of Double Feature. Eric’s relationship with Richard Kelly. The newfound cult status of Southland Tales. Donnie Darko and Michael’s tonal whiplash of seeing Southland Tales for the first time. A movie from another timeline. Why did everyone watch Southland Tales all at once, years after it was release? The current world and the exhausted state of fury. Preparing for an end of the world party. David Cronenberg’s hopeless vision is a perfect feet for a deeper look at the source of modern agony. What is Spider really about? Secret Cronenberg movies that are actually just twenty years old and you’ve been meaning to get around to for so long you forgot they exist. Dissonant mysteries. Continue reading

Sorry to Bother You + Bulworth

Sorry to Bother You + Bulworth

BLM and Capitalism. Americans hold power to account as The Brands cash in. On the seventeenth day of Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, workers and corporations are both forced to find the right framing for returning to work in an economy that hasn’t even found its footing amidst the global pandemic. Sorry to Bother You as a singular force against capitalism and in defense of the worker. Finally, a film addresses the broken pact of work in the modern world. Bulworth is newly relevant as corporations figure out how to advertise in the middle of civil unrest. Is it enough to simple have heart in the right place? The message is the message. Continue reading

Redbelt + Blade Runner 2049

Redbelt + Blade Runner 2049

The final stop in a look at the roles of writer and cinematographer with David Mamet and Roger Deakins.

Tomboy + Bubble

Tomboy + Bubble

The non-actor.

Avatar + Greener Grass

Avatar + Greener Grass

Another world, where things never made sense to begin with. A bizarre world. A more relatable world. Michael is a dog, now, and Double Feature leaves Earth to cover Avatar and Greener Grass. Bending elements. Tweet Michael if you’re not listening from Earth. Doing weird without having to suspend disbelief. James Cameron’s Avatar is one of few films younger Eric [redacted]. The plot of Avatar is not unique. 3D is gone. Mall goth scoffing. Personal mythmaking. The silliness of promoting the technology used to create art. Secret Papyrus correction. Was Greener Grass written by an A.I.? Michael watched Greener Grass in a roomful of people who didn’t know what they were in for. Assuming a film was executed as intended. Finding the things a film did well. Anti-art and anti-film. Filmmaking influences. Fans who will seek out films with no advertising or budget. My kid is a dog as a resolution. Suburban film. Mundanity. A lack of goals or purpose. Conflict avoidance. Let’s not make things weird. The questions that arise by not making things get weird.

Barking Dogs Never Bite + Mother

Barking Dogs Never Bite + Mother

A much deserved look at the work of Bong Joon-ho. An update on virtual cinema!

The Shock of the Future + TFW NO GF

The Shock of the Future + TFW NO GF

Amazon’s SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection. An isolation Double Feature provides a look into one of the early attempts to recreate some of the film festival experience as most of the world remains on COVID-19 lock down.

The House by the Cemetery + Three Colors Red

The House by the Cemetery + Three Colors Red

A final trip to to the loose-trilogies of Lucio Fulci and Krzysztof Kieślowski.

Zombi Child + Extra Ordinary

Zombi Child + Extra Ordinary

Exploring Virtual Cinema with a stay inside and do a virtual séance double feature. What is virtual cinema? How virtual cinema differs from VOD in both spirit and practice. The unspoken blow to independent film in the time of COVID-19. Film Movement releases Zombi Child through arthouse theaters. Other Bertrand Bonello picks. A fresh take on zombies through a very personal and emotional examination of Haitian zombie lore. Zombi Child in the context of French cinema. France’s relationship with horror. Drafthouse brings the Alamo Stay-at-Home experience to Extra Ordinary. What is it like to attend the Alamo Drafthouse? Pre-show and Q&As. The visual and stylistic comedy of Extra Ordinary.