The Cinedicate: Film & TV Podcast
#136 - Thanksgiving (2023) - A Faux Trailer that Excites, but a Film that Falls Short
Thanksgiving, a once highly anticipated horror film, generated immense excitement through its captivating and gruesome trailer in Tarantino & Rodriguez's Grindhouse . However, as viewers flocked to the theaters, they were met with a lackluster film that failed to live up to the promises of its trailer. This podcast explores the disappointment and missed opportunities of Thanksgiving, delving into the reasons behind its downfall. From the lack of violence to the missed chance for campy hilarity, join us as we unravel the discrepancy between the highly anticipated trailer and the lackluster reality of Thanksgiving by Eli Roth.
The trailer for "Thanksgiving" had a perfect balance of campiness and humor that had viewers excited for what was to come. Lines like "all will be carved" and the turkey puppet scene were both horrifying and funny at the same time. But unfortunately, the movie didn't fully embrace this campy route. Perhaps the director, in his serious directorial approach, may have felt that camp wasn't something he wanted to pursue anymore. But as a viewer, I can't help but feel that the film missed an opportunity to fully embrace its comedic potential.
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40. #140 - Lisa Frankenstein - A Midwestern Gothic Tale01:06:36In today's ghoulishly delightful episode, we have our esteemed guest Ali resurfacing to explore the electric sparks of 'Lisa Frankenstein'. Buckle up as Armand, your host through the realm of reels, teams up with Ali to dig into the undead threads of this cult cinematic spectacle. We'll stitch together themes from Diablo Cody's universe, unravel the impact of streaming specters on traditional movie mausoleums, and dissect the body parts of our favorite scenes.Episode Chapters:00:00 Introduction10:18 Unintended Consequences, Fitting in, and Transformation14:47 Trespassing, Ghosts, and Bachelor's Grove18:26 Beauty Taming the Beast23:48 Desire for Female-Centric Comedies31:00 Family conflict in Lisa Frankenstein35:49 Discussion highlights themes and important points.44:08 Discussing potential sequel as "Bride of Frankenstein"50:20 Plan to save movie theaters56:10 Favorite scenes in Lisa Frankenstein01:01:05 Lisa Frankenstein: The Musical01:04:50 Outro and Ali's Upcoming Book----------Follow Ali on X----------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community
39. #139 - The Cinedicate Holiday Party (Part 2) - Lights, Camera, Trivia!50:20From the Red 5 Stage at WSTRmedia Studios, the holiday festivities continue as Aaron and Ali return to participate in the first ever Jeopardy Trivia Game! Join on all the fun and test your movie trivia skills along with all of us.----------Listen to Aaron on his podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public AccessFollow Ali on X----------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community
38. #138 - The Cinedicate Holiday Party (Part 1) - Silent Night (2023) - The Importance of Dialogue, Visual Storytelling, and John Woo's Return to Filmmaking01:08:08Silent Night is a movie that has sparked mixed reactions from viewers. Directed by renowned filmmaker John Woo, it was chosen for review at a holiday party due to its unique premise of being a silent action film. However, some viewers, particularly fans of Woo's previous work, felt that the absence of dialogue hindered their engagement with the story and characters. While a movie without dialogue can be an intriguing experiment, it may not always fully satisfy the viewers' desire for a complete narrative. Dialogue complements visual storytelling by adding layers of complexity and depth to the storytelling. It allows for conversations and exchanges that can reveal characters' intentions, emotions, and conflicts in a more direct and relatable way.This raises the question of the importance of dialogue in movies and the power of visual storytelling. Additionally, the use of Christmas as a framing device in Silent Night has sparked debate, with some questioning its significance to the overall plot. This episode will explore these aspects of the film, as well as delve into John Woo's filmography, the portrayal of complex characters, and the missed opportunities in portraying villains.Read More on Cinedicate.com----------Listen to Aaron on his podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public AccessFollow Ali on X----------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community
37. #137 - The Nightmare Before Christmas - Self-Discovery, Identity, and Isolation in Tim Burton's Timeless Classic01:10:23The Nightmare Before Christmas is a classic that has captured the hearts of viewers of all ages. For many, like Carla, it has been a part of their lives since childhood. With its release in 1993, this claymation masterpiece added a new dimension to the world of animation. The stop motion technique used in this film made it feel tactile and real, setting it apart from the traditional hand-drawn Disney movies. This unique presentation still holds up today, making it a timeless experience.With Halloween kicking off the festive season, followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' perfectly encapsulates the spirit of this joyful and celebratory time of the year. It serves as a bridge between Halloween and Christmas, making it an ideal movie choice throughout the months of September, October, November, and December. While it may have initially been associated more with Halloween, due to its aesthetic and its popular viewing during that time, it certainly invokes Christmas vibes as well. In fact, if you were to watch it before Christmas, it would still feel fitting. Other holiday horror stories, such as 'Gremlins', also exist, further solidifying the idea that 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' is a delightful blend of both Halloween and Christmas, and a perfect treat for the festive season.Read More on Cinedicate.com----------Listen to Carla on her podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public Access----------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community
35. #135 - The Muppet Christmas Carol - Bringing Humor and Music to a Timeless Classic01:08:17For many of us, The Muppets hold a special place in our hearts. From The Muppet Show to the classic films, they have brought joy and laughter to countless households. Heather, one of the hosts of WSTR, shares her own experience growing up with The Muppets. Being the youngest in her family, Heather was exposed to movies that were perhaps a little too mature for her age. But that didn't stop her from falling in love with The Muppets.The Muppets Christmas Carol has always stood out in the sea of Christmas Carol adaptations. As Heather explains, many versions struggled with the limitations of technology and budget, finding it challenging to bring the story's supernatural elements to life. However, The Muppets' Christmas Carol defied expectations. Not only did it capture the essence of the classic Christmas tale, but it also pushed the boundaries with its high production value. The visuals and special effects were impressive, creating an atmosphere that wasn't just merry and bright, but also a little spooky. And let's not forget about the performances. Michael Caine, who played the leading role, approached the film with utmost seriousness, despite the presence of singing and dancing Muppets. This balance between silliness and seriousness is what makes The Muppets Christmas Carol a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences of all ages.Read More on Cinedicate.com----------Listen to Heather on her podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public Access----------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community
34. #134 - Rosemary's Baby (1968) - The Proto Slow Burn and Influence For Modern Horror01:58:01At first glance, 'Rosemary's Baby' may appear tame in comparison to contemporary horror films. However, beneath its seemingly ordinary scenes lies an unsettling sense of unease that is expertly crafted through imaginative imagery and an element of uncertainty. It can be seen as a precursor to the slow burn sub-genre that prevails in modern horror, showcasing its structural influence on later movies like 'Hereditary.' This film proves that horror doesn't always require gore and jump scares to be effective; it is the underlying tension and psychological manipulation that make it truly chilling.Beyond its artistic merits, 'Rosemary's Baby' offers a unique perspective on the horror of being a pregnant woman in the 1960s. Set in New York City during a time of social and political upheaval, the film explores themes of autonomy and control over one's own body. As we follow Rosemary's journey through her pregnancy, we witness the manipulation and lack of agency she experiences at the hands of those around her. This depiction serves as a powerful reflection of the societal pressures and expectations faced by women during that era.Join us as we unravel the influence of 'Rosemary's Baby' on the horror genre. Whether you're a seasoned horror enthusiast or simply intrigued by cultural influences, this podcast will provide you with a fresh perspective on a classic that continues to shape the genre to this day.Read More on Cinedicate.com----------Listen to Aaron on his podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public AccessConnect with Doug Levinson on his Twitch Channel----------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community
WSTR: Galactic Public Access - Ahsoka Season 1 - Oct 202301:47:40In the widely anticipated Ahsoka Series, fans are treated to a gripping storyline that delves into profound themes. Throughout the show, viewers are immersed in the exploration of death and rebirth, guilt and the challenges of dealing with the past, and the complexities of going against the ruling while still playing within the lines for the greater good. Additionally, the return of the beloved character Thrawn adds an exciting element to the series. Join us as we delve into the depths of these themes and anticipate the impact of Thrawn's return on the storyline. With its thought-provoking content, the Ahsoka Series continues to raise the bar for Star Wars storytelling.One thing that really stands out about Ahsoka is its pacing. With only eight episodes, there is no wasted time or unnecessary filler. Each episode delivers a tight storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The series has the rhythm and cadence of the prequel trilogy, but with better writing, dialogue, actors, and direction. Dave Filoni, the show's creator, has surpassed expectations and delivered a truly impressive series that feels like a modern take on the Star Wars universe.Read The Entire Post on Cinedicate.com-----------------------On this Swapcast, I join the talented hosts of WSTR: Galactic Public Access to dive into the latest installment in the Star Wars Universe, Ahsoka. You can find out all about their show and their social links at podcast.wstrmedia.com and if you want to dive into more Star Wars content, give them a follow on Instagram @wstrmedia.-----------------------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community
33. #133 - Suspiria (2018) - Femininity and Harnessing Dance as a Form of Magic01:13:55The film 'Suspiria' has captivated audiences for decades, and in 2018, director Luca Guadagnino took on the challenge of remaking Dario Argento's cult classic. But how does the remake compare to the original? In this podcast, we delve into the similarities, differences, and critical opinions surrounding these two films. From the tone and aesthetics to the plot twists and feminist themes, we explore what worked and what missed the mark in both versions of 'Suspiria.' Whether you're a fan of the original or curious about the remake, join us as we dissect this thrilling and controversial franchise.Dancing is more than just movement and rhythm. In the movie Suspiria, we see how dance can be portrayed as a form of magic. When Suzy, the newbie in the dance group, showcases her skills, Madame Blanc, the leader of the coven, sees her potential. There seems to be a spell or essence of Suspiria bestowed upon her, as her hands and feet glow during the dance. It's fascinating to see how the filmmakers have researched and created a magic system centered around dance. Your body, your movements, become the source of your magic. The scene is intense and powerful, showcasing the structure and rawness of their magic.The realism portrayed in the dance scenes is both unsettling and captivating. Unlike the stylized gore in the original Suspiria, we are presented with contorted bodies and gruesome movements that feel disturbingly real. The filmmakers intended to make it seem visceral and authentic, and they succeeded. The scene where Dakota Johnson's character Suzy dances while Olga's body is destroyed is unforgettable. It leaves a strong impact and, for some, may be hard to watch. The mixture of admiration for the artistry and discomfort adds to the overall experience of the movie. Whether you love or hate it, you can't deny the power of the dance scenes in the Suspiria remake.----------Connect with Ali on X.----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cinedicate/Discord: https://www.cinedicate.com/discord