The Cinedicate: Film & TV Podcast
#109 - All Quiet On The Western Front (1930 & 2022) - Why The Remake Doesn't Give The Original Film Justice
Today on The Cinedicate, Christian, a Classic Hollywood cinephile, and Lucas, an avid Deutschephile, join the roundtable to discuss the original Academy Award winner for Best Picture and it's 2022 remake, All Quiet On The Western Front.
This episode we compare and contrast the 1930 film to the 2022 remake both in story execution and cinematography. A heated debate ensues as we unpack which film upholds the poignant message of the original novel and whether or not the inclusion of the German High Command subplot in the remake added or subtracted from the plot. We also sprinkle in German history lessons all along the way.
All Quiet On The Western Front is experienced through the perspective of young German recruits to the Imperial Army during World War 1. Primarily through the perspective of Paul, we are brought to the trenches and the ideas of romanticism of warfare is quickly dissipated as his friends and comrades are torn apart before his eyes.
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22. #122 - The Evil Dead Franchise - Exploring the Horrifically Hilarious World of Evil Dead01:37:04The Evil Dead franchise is a unique blend of horror and comedy that has captured the hearts of horror fans worldwide. The core elements of the franchise include the Necronomicon, chainsaws, shotguns, and evil spirits. Mixing horror and comedy is essential to making an Evil Dead movie, as it provides the necessary balance between tension and release. In this podcast, we explore different angles and themes that the franchise could explore to expand its world, take creative risks, and engage a wider audience. Whether it's by exploring motherhood and grief, combining film noir with Lovecraftian horror, or building a fully fleshed-out world, the Evil Dead franchise has the potential to become even more successful.It's not just about expanding the world, but expanding it in successful layers until it becomes a fully fleshed out world like John Wick. The first movie was a simple and direct story, and by the fourth, they built an entire world with an organization. Similarly, they could use the time travel element from Army of Darkness to hop from different places and time periods. It's clear that Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have taken a step back, but whoever takes over creatively needs to take risks and build a world that keeps the audience engaged.----------Listen to Aaron on his podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public Access----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cinedicate/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinedicate/Discord: https://www.cinedicate.com/discord
21. #121 - The Last of Us, Pt. I - The Game Changer in Video Game Adaptations01:39:42Video game adaptations have a bad reputation in the entertainment industry with multiple box office bombs and many critical flops. However, The Last of Us is being hailed as one of the first successful video game to TV/movie adaptations. What makes this adaptation different from the rest? In this podcast, we will explore how staying loyal to the source material, world-building, and respecting the source material can make or break a video game adaptation. Joining this episode are podcaster Aaron of WSTR and screenwriter Doug Levinson.The showrunners made it a top priority to stay true to the original game while also adding their own twists and turns to engage fans. Additionally, world-building is an essential aspect of storytelling that can help to create an immersive narrative, and the importance of source material is crucial to creating a successful adaptation. Conversely, poor handling of source material can lead to disrespectful and ridiculous final products that turn fans off. Overall, it's important for filmmakers to care about the source material and do it justice when creating adaptations.----------Listen to Aaron on his podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public AccessWatch Doug on his Twitch channel----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cinedicate/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinedicate/Discord: https://www.cinedicate.com/discord
20. #120 - Beetlejuice (1988) - The Charm and Significance of Horror Aimed Towards a Younger Audience01:15:52The word "Beetlejuice" has become almost synonymous with the horror genre, much like how saying "Candyman" three times would invite the titular character. It's a fan-favorite classic that's been around for decades and has definitely influenced numerous horror movies since. Joining this episode is Rainier, the creative mind behind Horror4Kids, a horror account dedicated to highlighting the art of showcasing the genre of horror to a younger audience. Beetlejuice perfectly fits into the category of being kid-friendly horror with an edge.The movie provided an excellent balance of horror and comedy that was geared towards younger audiences, but still enjoyable for adults. It brought out spooky themes and was the kid version of Candyman that even kids could handle, thus inching the horror genre towards what it is today. With today's technology, it would be great to see a sequel or a remake of Beetlejuice, something that's more mind-blowing and electrifying. We're hoping to witness the possibility of snakes in Saturn, something that would undoubtedly make a superb addition to the movie's legacy.----------Follow Horror4Kids on Twitter----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cinedicate/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinedicate/Discord: https://www.cinedicate.com/discord
19. #119 - Touch of Evil (1958) - Film Censorship in the 20th Century and Breaking Away From Traditional Storytelling01:20:38The world of cinema has seen many innovations in its short history, from the birth of sound to the rise of CGI. But behind every great film is a story of the creative process, and the struggles filmmakers face to bring their vision to the screen. In this podcast, we explore a few different aspects of filmmaking and film history, from the innovations of director Orson Welles to the impact of the Hayes Code on the industry. Join us as Mike and Diego return to also take a closer look at the importance of the director's cut and whether classic films like Touch of Evil can still be enjoyed in contemporary times.----------The Touch of Evil is a classic film noir that tells the story of a corrupt cop, Hank Quinlan, who plants evidence to frame innocent suspects. The movie is directed by Orson Welles, who also stars as Quinlan, and is known for its stunning opening shot, which is a three-minute long tracking shot that sets up the premise of the movie.The film has a lot of themes and subplots that explore power, corruption, and justice. The conversation on The Cinedicate centers around the movie's cinematography, genre, and storytelling. Mike, an avid cinephile, explains how he got into film noir and was interested in finding a unique take on the genre. He was fascinated with how film noir built its own ecosystem and found films like The Touch of Evil and The Third Man innovative in their approach to the genre.Diego, the genre lover, had never seen an Orson Welles movie before and was impressed with how well Welles portrayed a corrupt cop. The conversation goes on to discuss the movie's other themes and characters, including its portrayal of minorities and female characters. The podcast hosts encourage listeners to watch the movie, dive into its themes, and appreciate the storytelling techniques employed by Welles.Overall, The Touch of Evil is a classic film that has influenced many other directors and movies and is still relevant today in its exploration of power and corruption. The podcast conversation does a great job of highlighting the movie's strengths and encourages listeners to watch it and appreciate its innovations.----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cinedicate/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinedicate/Discord: https://www.cinedicate.com/discord
18. #118 - The Legend of Billie Jean - Female Empowerment and Being Transformed into a Symbol01:16:49The Legend of Billie Jean is a 1985 film that tells the story of a young woman who becomes an outlaw after a series of unfortunate events. While originally seen as a comic book movie with a kickass soundtrack, the film has become even more relevant in modern times due to its portrayal of social media and public perception. This podcast explores the film's strong female lead, Billie Jean, and her transformation into a symbol of standing up for what's right. It also touches upon the film's representation of fatherlessness, showing that even in the absence of a father figure, one can still find strength and rise above their circumstances.As Billie Jean went on the run, a legend formed around her. She became a symbol of standing up to people and doing what's right, someone people wished they could be like. Her story was inspiring, especially to a younger audience.Join us as the hosts of Podcasting After Dark and Two Dollar Late Fee unpack this hidden gem from the 1980s.----------Listen to Corey and Zak at Podcasting After Dark.Listen to Zak on his podcast, Two Dollar Late Fee.----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cinedicate/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinedicate/Discord: https://www.cinedicate.com/discord
17. #117 - The Film Critic - An In-Depth Look into the History of Film Critique and Speculation on Tarantino's Final Film01:28:15The art of film critique goes beyond mere reviews on Rotten Tomatoes or IMDb. It involves the analysis and evaluation of films as an art form, taking into account every aspect of filmmaking. Film critics play a crucial role in the industry, providing a voice and guiding viewers towards quality cinema. In this podcast, Kyle Sanders, film journalist at Chirp Radio, returns with Brad Morgan, author and literary podcaster, take a closer look at some influential film critics and their impact on the industry. This includes Pauline Kael, Roger Ebert, and Gene Siskel. We'll also discuss the importance of film critique and its influence on filmmaking. Finally, we'll take a peek at Quentin Tarantino's upcoming final film, which explores the life of a film critic and promises to be a well-informed outlook on the subject.Listen in as Kyle and Brad discuss film criticism as still a developing art form, but has come a long way since the early days of silent film when it was seen as nothing more than entertainment. Today, film criticism has its own language and theories, and it's an essential aspect of film as an art form.----------Follow Kyle Sanders on Twitter for his film journalism in ChicagoListen to Brad on his podcast as he interviews other authors, New Books Network.----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cinedicate/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinedicate/Discord: https://www.cinedicate.com/discord
16. #116 - American Psycho - The Predatory Nature of Corporate America and Separating Fantasies from Reality01:51:39American Psycho is a film that has sparked countless debates and discussions over the years. One of the most popular topics is whether or not the entire movie is just in the main character's imagination. However, as this podcast will explore, the "imagination theory" doesn't change the heart of the story. Instead, the film serves as a commentary on the vapidness of corporate America and the predatory nature of those in the financial industry. Through its surreal framework, American Psycho delivers a message about the culture of self-absorption and the consequences of ignoring the bigger picture. Join us as the hosts of First Prize Films weigh in on not only these topics, but also the legacy of this film.The film mocks the superficiality of its characters by showing how their approach to life is all surface level. Their business cards, suits, drugs, and even their mental states are interchangeable. This stylized approach adds to the surrealist feel of the movie. It is as if the characters are part of a dream-like world, where nothing is quite as it seems. Listen now as we unpack this and more with American Psycho.----------Listen to Blake and Dave on their podcast, First Prize Films.----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cinedicate/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinedicate/Discord: https://www.cinedicate.com/discord
15. #115 - Triangle of Sadness - Getting Lost in the Glamour and Excess of the Influencer World01:21:09Triangle of Sadness is a film that satirizes affluent culture and influencers on a super-yacht. While peering into these luxurious lives, the story also brings to light the paradoxical contrast between rich and poor. In this episode of The Cinedicate, we will discuss the movie's plot, it's symbolism, and it's mixed reviews. Additionally, we will compare it to other films that tackle the same subject matter. So, let's get lost in the Triangle of Sadness. The movie starts with two annoying characters, Yaya and Carl, who set the tone for what's to come. The audience is introduced to the phrase triangle of sadness, which becomes a recurring theme throughout the film. The film is all about equality and the contrast between wealth and poverty. The film takes the audience on a roller coaster ride and brings out different sides of human nature. While some people are content to live off the wealth and power they have obtained, others believe in equality and doing what's right, even if it means going against the norm. The film is highly symbolical and brings to light important issues that need to be addressed today.----------Check out Simone on his podcast at Simone.org----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cinedicate/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinedicate/Discord: https://www.cinedicate.com/discord
14. #114 - The White Lotus (S1 & S2) - A Juicy Look into the Lives of the Affluent01:31:24This week, Singer/Songwriter HODJE discuses how the first season of The White Lotus inspired her latest single, Make Me The Villain. We also unpack the themes presented in both seasons of the show and look forward to the show's third season.How would you behave in a luxury all-inclusive resort? The White Lotus explores this question with its diverse cast of privileged characters. The show takes an unapologetic look at the selfishness and recklessness of the characters, who are out of touch with reality. Despite their unlikable nature, you cannot help but be invested in the story. This podcast will discuss the setting, the characters, and why The White Lotus is a must-watch show.This luxurious lifestyle is highlighted perfectly by the setting of the show - an all-inclusive resort that is super expensive to go to. Therefore, it's no surprise that 90% of the people visiting are affluent. Mike White has tapped into something truly interesting by choosing this setting.----------Listen to HODJE's latest single, Make Me The Villain.----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cinedicate/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinedicate/Discord: https://www.cinedicate.com/discord