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Oeuvre Busters

Deep Dives by Dialectical Dudes.

A bi-weekly podcast hosted by Liam Billingham and George Fragopoulos. Oeuvre Busters explores movies through the lens of politics, masculinity, and probably a few bad jokes.To become a patreon, visit patreon.com/oeuvrebu
Latest Episode2/17/2021

High and Low (1963) with Bilge Ebiri!

Season 4, Ep. 19
On this up and down episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George welcome Bilge Ebiri to discuss High and Low (1963), directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyōko Kagawa and Tatsuya Mihashi. Topics discussed: pink smoke; the Criterion closet, again; Steve Martin, serious actor; Mifune's great cheekbones. Also, utopianism! Topics not discussed? Goethe's Theory of Colors. Bilge Ebiri is an editor and film critic at Vulture. Here's some of his recent writing we discuss in the episode:Bilge's interview with Paul GreengrassBilge's review of Barb and StarHey, you all know we love you out there, right? But do you love us? If so, please consider subscribing to our new Patreon!https://www.patreon.com/oeuvrebustersFor only $3 dollars a month, you’ll get bonus episodes and the occasional film essay by George. (George promises no problematic manifestos about the current state of the world.) Also, we will definitely give you a shout out on the podcast! Your financial support will also help us upgrade our equipment and improve the show in a variety of ways.Please, if you can, rate, review, and subscribe to Oeuvre Busters on Stitcher and iTunes and wherever else you might download your favorite podcasts. Your ratings and reviews help the show reach a wider audience. Please also feel free to send us regular and hate mail at: Oeuvrebusters@gmail.com. Again, we appreciate all the support."Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
2/17/2021

High and Low (1963) with Bilge Ebiri!

Season 4, Ep. 19
On this up and down episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George welcome Bilge Ebiri to discuss High and Low (1963), directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyōko Kagawa and Tatsuya Mihashi. Topics discussed: pink smoke; the Criterion closet, again; Steve Martin, serious actor; Mifune's great cheekbones. Also, utopianism! Topics not discussed? Goethe's Theory of Colors. Bilge Ebiri is an editor and film critic at Vulture. Here's some of his recent writing we discuss in the episode:Bilge's interview with Paul GreengrassBilge's review of Barb and StarHey, you all know we love you out there, right? But do you love us? If so, please consider subscribing to our new Patreon!https://www.patreon.com/oeuvrebustersFor only $3 dollars a month, you’ll get bonus episodes and the occasional film essay by George. (George promises no problematic manifestos about the current state of the world.) Also, we will definitely give you a shout out on the podcast! Your financial support will also help us upgrade our equipment and improve the show in a variety of ways.Please, if you can, rate, review, and subscribe to Oeuvre Busters on Stitcher and iTunes and wherever else you might download your favorite podcasts. Your ratings and reviews help the show reach a wider audience. Please also feel free to send us regular and hate mail at: Oeuvrebusters@gmail.com. Again, we appreciate all the support."Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
2/3/2021

Sanjuro (1962) with Jose Rodriguez!

Season 4, Ep. 18
On this sequel to our episode on Yojimbo, Liam and George welcome back Jose Rodriguez to discuss Sanjuro (1962), directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi and Yūzō Kayama. Topics discussed: Roborat; explosive violence; pounds and pence; keeping your sword sheathed; Demolition Man; ronins with hearts of gold. Also, faxes! Remember those?!Topics not discussed? Terfs! They suck. Jose's wonderful and beautiful Adolescencia and other works can be found here: https://vimeo.com/user5285910Hey, you all know we love you out there, right? But do you love us? If so, please consider subscribing to our new Patreon!https://www.patreon.com/oeuvrebustersFor only $3 dollars a month, you’ll get bonus episodes and the occasional film essay by George. (George promises no problematic manifestos about the current state of the world.) Also, we will definitely give you a shout out on the podcast! Your financial support will also help us upgrade our equipment and improve the show in a variety of ways.Please, if you can, rate, review, and subscribe to Oeuvre Busters on Stitcher and iTunes and wherever else you might download your favorite podcasts. Your ratings and reviews help the show reach a wider audience. Please also feel free to send us regular and hate mail at: Oeuvrebusters@gmail.com. Again, we appreciate all the support."Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
1/20/2021

Yojimbo (1961) with Bryan Cogman!

Season 4, Ep. 17
On this yolo of an episode, Liam and George welcome Bryan Cogman to discuss Yojimbo (1961), directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune. Topics discussed: correct samurai slashing techniques; Al Pacino in Star Wars; how to properly hold a gun; Tony Scott; and, of course, capitalism. Plus, Sergio Leone, put that letter down!Topics not discussed: The symbolism of the parrot in Gustave Flaubert’s A Simple Heart.Bryan Cogman is a screenwriter, producer and once and future actor. He spent ten years and eight seasons working on the HBO series Game of Thrones, finishing up its run as co-executive producer and wrote eleven episodes of the series. He is a consulting producer on Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series and has written the screenplay for Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Sword in the Stone. Currently, Bryan is developing a number of new original TV series for eOne including a contemporary reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo.Hey, you all know we love you out there, right? But do you love us? If so, please consider subscribing to our new Patreon!https://www.patreon.com/oeuvrebustersFor only $3 dollars a month, you’ll get bonus episodes and the occasional film essay by George. (George promises no problematic manifestos about the current state of the world.) Also, we will definitely give you a shout out on the podcast! Your financial support will also help us upgrade our equipment and improve the show in a variety of ways.Please, if you can, rate, review, and subscribe to Oeuvre Busters on Stitcher and iTunes and wherever else you might download your favorite podcasts. Your ratings and reviews help the show reach a wider audience. Please also feel free to send us regular and hate mail at: Oeuvrebusters@gmail.com. Again, we appreciate all the support."Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
1/13/2021

The Bad Sleep Well (1960) with Inkoo Kang!

Season 4, Ep. 16
On this well-rested episode, Liam and George invite Inkoo Kang on to discuss The Bad Sleep Well (1960) directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune, Topics discussed: Hamlet, of course; bustiers; eating cake at the DMV; Halloween traumas; Parasite. Also, as usual, capitalism! Folks, it's still bad. Topics not discussed: Heiner Müller's Hamletmachine. Inkoo's great podcast on Pedro Almodovar can be found here: All About Almovodar Podcast And some of her recent writing can be found here: Inkoo Kang: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2020Hey, you all know we love you out there, right? But do you love us? If so, please consider subscribing to our new Patreon!https://www.patreon.com/oeuvrebustersFor only $3 dollars a month, you’ll get bonus episodes and the occasional film essay by George. (George promises no problematic manifestos about the current state of the world.) Also, we will definitely give you a shout out on the podcast! Your financial support will also help us upgrade our equipment and improve the show in a variety of ways.Please, if you can, rate, review, and subscribe to Oeuvre Busters on Stitcher and iTunes and wherever else you might download your favorite podcasts. Your ratings and reviews help the show reach a wider audience. Please also feel free to send us regular and hate mail at: Oeuvrebusters@gmail.com. Again, we appreciate all the support."Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
12/23/2020

Talking about 'The Hidden Fortress!' (1958)

Season 4, Ep. 15
On this hidden (?) episode of Oeuvre Busters, George and Liam welcome back filmmaker and friend of the pod Randy Wilkins to discuss The Hidden Fortress (1958) directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki, and Kamatari Fujiwara.Topics discussed: NYU, the Star Wars of colleges; obnoxious film professors; working in triangles; burying corpses; the intimate and the epical; sublime poets stealing; Mifune’s legs. Also, please hire us Disney!Topics not discussed: The Spanish Civil War, thankfully.More about Randy and his superlative work can be found here http://www.pamsson.com/about including his most recent Pepsi ad: http://www.pamsson.com/pepsi-bodega-givebackHey, you all know we love you out there, right? But do you love us? If so, please consider subscribing to our new Patreon!https://www.patreon.com/oeuvrebustersFor only $3 dollars a month, you’ll get bonus episodes and the occasional film essay by George. (George promises no problematic manifestos about the current state of the world.) Also, we will definitely give you a shout out on the podcast! Your financial support will also help us upgrade our equipment and improve the show in a variety of ways.Please, if you can, rate, review, and subscribe to Oeuvre Busters on Stitcher and iTunes and wherever else you might download your favorite podcasts. Your ratings and reviews help the show reach a wider audience. Please also feel free to send us regular and hate mail at: Oeuvrebusters@gmail.com. Again, we appreciate all the support."Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
12/9/2020

Talking about The Lower Depths (1957)!

Season 4, Ep. 14
On this episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George plumb the depths to discuss Akira Kurosawa's The Lower Depths, starring, of course, the studly Toshiro Mifune. Topics discussed: Maxim Gorky, wookie lookalike; fuck Richard Crenna; 24-hour TangoMan; Stalin and how he murked a few folks; Maxim Gorky, time traveler. Also, be obnoxious, go ahead!Topics not discussed? Wilson Harris's sublime Guyana Quartet, essential texts of the post-colonial canon. Hey, you all know we love you out there, right? But do you love us? If so, please consider subscribing to our new Patreon!https://www.patreon.com/oeuvrebustersFor only $3 dollars a month, you’ll get bonus episodes and the occasional film essay by George. (George promises no problematic manifestos about the current state of the world.) Also, we will definitely give you a shout out on the podcast! Your financial support will also help us upgrade our equipment and improve the show in a variety of ways.Please, if you can, rate, review, and subscribe to Oeuvre Busters on Stitcher and iTunes and wherever else you might download your favorite podcasts. Your ratings and reviews help the show reach a wider audience. Please also feel free to send us regular and hate mail at: Oeuvrebusters@gmail.com. Again, we appreciate all the support."Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
11/25/2020

Talking about Throne of Blood (1957) with Isaac Butler!

Season 4, Ep. 13
On this bloody great episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George welcome Isaac Butler on to discuss Throne of Blood (1957), directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada and Takashi Shimura.Topics discussed: Ghost of Tsushima; doomed prophecies; that one Julius Caesar in the park; Hour of the Wolf; very English things to say; horses eating horses; wonderlands. Also, some lingo from those of us in the critical trade.Topic not discussed: Battlestar Galactica and all those Cylons and shit.Isaac Butler is a writer and theatre director. He is most recently the writer/director of Real Enemies, an experimental documentary exploring conspiracy theories in the American psyche, co-created with the composer Darcy James Argue and the Media Designer Peter Nigrini. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vulture, New York Magazine, Entrepreneur, The Village Voice, and he is a frequent contributor to Slate.com. For Slate, he created and hosted the podcast Lend me Your Ears, a podcast about Shakespeare and Politics, and currently co-hosts Working, a podcast about the creative process. He’s currently writing THE METHOD, a history of American acting, for Bloomsbury.You can also check out his co-authored book, The World Only Spins Forward, here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-world-only-spins-forward-9781635572988/Hey, you all know we love you out there, right? But do you love us? If so, please consider subscribing to our new Patreon!https://www.patreon.com/oeuvrebustersFor only $3 dollars a month, you’ll get bonus episodes and the occasional essay by George about the films being discussed on the podcast. (George promises no problematic manifestos about the current state of the world.) Also, we will definitely give you a shout out on the podcast! Your financial support will also help us upgrade our equipment and improve the show in a variety of ways.Please, if you can, rate, review, and subscribe to Oeuvre Busters on Stitcher and iTunes and wherever else you might download your favorite podcasts. Your ratings and reviews help the show reach a wider audience. Please also feel free to send us regular and hate mail at: Oeuvrebusters@gmail.com. Again, we appreciate all the support."Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/