- Josh's rotten review for "Halloween"
- Auteurs on Netflix: Great new crop of Netflix originals inspires upcoming episode
- From Scribble to Soundbite: How notes taken in the dark become conversation
- New poll: Best Music Biopic Performance
In August, 2007, a certain Josh Larsen, writing for Sun Publications, offered this pithy takedown of John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic HALLOWEEN: "It’s the kind of fright flick in which the plodding monster has his victim in his grasp and then inexplicably stabs the couch five feet to the right of her." Um, SPOILERS, Josh. He also assigned it two out of four stars, making it one of only four "rotten" reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Coming Friday, an older, wiser Josh revisits the Carpenter classic for a Filmspotting Sacred Cow review. Plus thoughts on David Gordon Green's new sequel.
Last week: Damien Chazelle's "First Man" and the Top 5 Movie Flights. Listen here. Read transcript excerpt here.
Friday 10/26: 'Netflix Auteurs'
Over the last couple of weeks, Netflix has added new titles from some top-notch directors: Hold the Dark from Jeremy Saulnier (Golden Brick-winning director of "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room"); The Land of Steady Habits from Nicole Holofcener ("Enough Said" "Lovely and Amazing"); Private Life from Tamara Jenkins (2007's "The Savages"); and 22 July from Paul Greengrass ("The Bourne Ultimatum" "Captain Phillips"). With all that great content right on our TVs (and yours), we're planning to discuss a couple of those new films on an upcoming episode. Seen any yourself? Send feedback or audio file to email@example.com or leave a voicemail: 312-264-0744.
From scribble to soundbite
From Josh's "First Man" notes: Daughter's death as Rosetta stone.
[Note: Neil Armstrong's daughter Karen died in 1962 at age two due to complications from a brain tumor.]
Transcript from about the 14-minute mark of last week's "First Man" review: Josh: Here's something that I'm not so sure about: a lot of biopics need an answer to their character, one "thing" that will explain them. And often it is an early loss in life or trauma suffered in life. I don't know how I feel about Armstrong's daughter's death being the Rosetta Stone to who he is. And it's certainly how the movie presents it because we get many flashbacks or other moments where Karen the daughter comes back to him. And it's almost, for me, too much of the key. Totally understand this would be perhaps the most traumatizing and crucial moment in this guy's life. But the way the movie holds it is presented as the key to everything.