Author Archives: Eric Thirteen

Once Upon a Time in the West + Four Flies on Grey Velvet

Once Upon a Time in the West + Four Flies on Grey Velvet

Ennio Morricone through casual viewing. Italy gives exploitation a high-art spin. Totally unintentional: Dario Argento appears everywhere. How Once Upon a Time in the West creates tension differently than the well-cited Mexican stand-off. The Sergio Leone color coded hat system for differentiating protagonists and antagonists. Different films require different musical motifs! A unique byproduct of playing against type. Four Flies on Grey Velvet’s plot cheat allows audiences to live deliciously. To focus on the plot is to miss out on the piece. No colored hat system to be found. Continue reading

Jennifer’s Body + The Bling Ring

Jennifer’s Body + The Bling Ring

Movies that deserve a second look! The secrets overlooked with Jennifer’s Body and The Bling Ring. The creative triangle of Karyn Kusama, Diablo Cody and Megan Fox. What the original theatrical audience missed about Jennifer’s Body. The strongest voice in the room. The true story of The Bling Ring. A secret secret second theme. MySpace or whatever. The world in which this became a story. Who gets away with what. Hanging out in Paris Hilton’s house. While we’re at it, Paris Hilton was great in Repo the Genetic Opera. That’s just a fact. This isn’t an episode about Paris Hilton, though. It just takes place in her house. One of things – Emma Watson’s layered performance. Continue reading

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse + Bandersnatch

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse + Bandersnatch

New to the podcast? Start here! In a brand new run of the podcast: considering canon in the multi-verse! How Into the Spider-Verse breathes new life into Spider-Man. Various animation tricks that work in both substantive and stylistic ways. Bringing the team together! Netflix presents Black Mirror presents Bandersnatch: one new clever tick to fight piracy. How long is Bandersnatch? Do you play or watch Bandersnatch, and whichever it is, how much do you have to do before you’ve really experienced it? Self-destruction in the arts. Training an audience to desire chaos. Continue reading

Double Feature Year 12 Finale

Double Feature Year 12 Finale

Go to Patreon.com/DoubleFeature for access to all previous episodes of Double Feature! A brand new run of the show resets next episode. For now, here’s a spoiler-free look back at the twelfth year of Double Feature. Each year of Double Feature is a self-contained podcast. The show looks at two movies every week and tries to find what’s notable about them. Throughout the year, additional themes and motifs are considered. At the end of the year, the finale episode (this one!) takes a look back at the best and worst of the year. Movements are scrutinized, conclusions are reached, and threads are closed before a new year of the show takes a fresh start. Continue reading

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. Redbelt as a film not only written but also directed by David Mamet. An alternate to the action path more commonly traveled. Blade Runner 2049 as a film completely alien to the cinema landscape today. Roger Deakins as an invisible hand in a purely visible discipline. Michael and Eric disagree over how uncommon blockbuster sci-fi is today. This is the last episode in the Writer + Cinematographer adventure, but make sure to catch one final look back as conclusions are reached in the upcoming Year 12 Finale. Continue reading

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!