At least Life after Beth is no Warm Bodies. Join us for a discussion of Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza as two people young and in love, even though they're not all alive. At the 59-minute mark, we dig into our favorite graveyard scenes in movies..
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I for one love the Kelly Wand IMDB plot synopsis. His unique perspective on terrible movies is hi-larious!
"Spellbound" is indeed a great movie but I don't understand why you'd have to hope a movie with Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman works.
Did you guys ever see Deadgirl (2008)? It takes the same basic premise of Life after Beth, but I think does a better job at conveying its themes, even if it is much more pessimistic in its portrayal of teenage sexuality. Anyway thanks for the podcast.
Sure, I know Deadgirl. Good comparison, although I wasn't crazy about that movie, mainly because Shiloh Hernandez is kind of flat as an actor. I did like Noah Segal in it, however, and you're right that it wasn't afraid to explore certain aspects of sexuality that Life after Beth was too timid to touch.
By the way, I really liked the Deadgirl director's contribution to ABCs of Death. He did a segment called Dogfight that was pretty unforgettable.
I don't see this podcast in iTunes yet..
Now I do.
Wasn't that interesting? A little piece of my day!
I'll watch! I'm pro girl whatever their vital function status.
For the record to help clear up a question posed on the podcast: Jeff Baena is Aubrey Plaza's boyfriend. He apparently wrote this script years ago and she wanted him to get it made. She and Anna Kendrick are friends, and I imagine she recruited a lot of the cast in for this.
Ah, interesting. A lot of pieces are falling into place. Thanks, Chris!
Tom, I agree with your thoughts on Boyhood, though I think I kind of bought the lead actors performance as a low-key, boring dude more than you did (than again, I'm not very discerning when it comes to acting!). Mason didn't really have any goals or concerns. He just kind of cruises through life and accepts what comes his way, so the performance seemed kind of appropriate for the character.
At least the rest of the cast was great. It was neat watching seemingly tertiary characters briefly take center stage before vanishing from the movie. In that sense, Linklater really captured what it's like growing up before your fully in charge of your destiny. You move away from your best friend, your parent's split up. you change schools, etc...
Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette's performances are fantastic, but Boyhood wasn't a revelation for me. The people I went to see it with were inconsolable afterwards - I thought it was pretty good, three stars for sure. :)
IMDB plot synopsis has to stay.
Excellent point, Geoff. My favorite single scene might have been the POV shot from Mason as a five-year-old driving away from his house when he's moving, seeing his neighborhood buddy riding a bicycle. There was no perfectly framed wave or verbal good-bye or ceremony as he left his friend. Mason's view of his friend just vanished behind some bushes as the car pulled away. And we never see that friend again. I guess that's the real advantage of Boyhood being a longer movie.
God I hate that picture. The more I see it, the more I hate it. She doesn't look ravenous at all. She looks like a zombie at the dentist. It perfectly illustrates the point Tom makes about her performance.
Exactly the right image for the post.