Sep 10, 2015
Hey, it's 2015! That's like, halfway across this crazy decade of the 2010's already! What time it has been (where did all that time go anyway?). On that note, it's been a favorable feature for film websites to look into what the best films of the decade - so far - lining up an incredible row of favorable narrative features, animated entires, the wide range that the documentary field has given us continuously and much more.
So, we wanted to get in on that action as well, and who else to ask but our favorite group of people - the professors (past and present) of the Cinema Studies program at Oakland University. With this crowd of film scholars, enthusiasts and fans, we were bound to an excitingly diverse and eclectic listing of films and we got that and then some.
Come on in, and take a gander and what some of the best films of the 2010's looks like!
Aug 31, 2015
It's hard to strike out on your own (trust us, we know as many others would as well), but it is a great and unique challenge to make your own project from the ground up and release it out in the world to see how it will be received.
One filmmaker doing that very thing now is recent Oakland University graudate (from the Cinema Studies program) Lisa Schneider with the web series that she is getting off the ground, from inception to distribution, Terms and Conditions. Having co-written, produced, edited and directed the series, Lisa sits down with us to not only get the word out on the streets about her project, but to also talk shop on the different processes of filmmaking, influences, how she came up with this project initally and what the tagline of 'Wes Anderson Meets The Office' means.
Aug 26, 2015
Jeremy Renner, we are fans of the two-time Oscar nominee and this summer he appeared in the Tom Cruise produced and starring franchise for the second time in a row now, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Something strikes quite prominently while watching the movie - REBECCA FERGUSON - and much Renner doesn't have much to do in his spot here. It seems interesting that for all of his efforts in establishing himself in Hollywood's blockbuster machine and among the A-list, Renner for all of his efforts works best as a character actor. The story of the good atypical actor (and he is good) trying to fit himself into typical proceedings.
Looking at some noted works of his over his career, from the independent to the four quadrant, the well known to the unknown, there are flashes of Renner's brilliance that would be a blast to see more of in material that can support him and his abilities.
Aug 7, 2015
On Twitter Al Robinson, a good acquaintance on Twitter, Awards Daily and Write Out Of LA, came up with a crackerjack of a question that got us thinking accordingly; if you could hold your own roundtables with the six best directors working today, who would they be?
We naturally answered the question, along with a number of others taken with the premise, but we went a little further (as we're wont to do); along with the more popular and noted filmmakers that cinephiles and fans would tap for a question like this, what about some of the other incredible and unique artists out there not necessarily in the spotlight? We took a more statistical approach to Al's question and wanted to see what the breakdown of the question and the answers would reveal to us and the current reign of filmmakers around the world today.
Jul 25, 2015
Having accepted a teaching position at Iowa State University's English department (starting this upcoming fall semester), we thought it was as good a time as any to chat with Professor Justin Remeselnik about a number of topics - namely, his experience in teaching the classes he has at the Cinema Studies department at Oakland University, his expertise in experimental cinema and his book that is out as well.
Touching on a number of films he has screened in class such as Grave of the Fireflies, The Last Temptation of the Christ, The Passion of the Christ, Professor Remeselnik details how students took to the films and we talk about a variety of other films and filmmakers as well across the board.
Needless to say, we'll miss the professor but our lost is Iowa State's gain. And his book - "Motion(less) Pictures: The Cinema of Stasis" - is available for purchase now too. Check out the podcast and check out his book on an intriguing look into experimental cinema!
When we found out what She's The First was from OU's WXOU GM Lauren Barthold, we had to find out more about it. So sitting with her and having a discussion about it with her, that's exactly what we did.
She's The First is a non-profit organization that raises money for girls around the world to go to secondary school where they wouldn't have the means to do so themselves. A tremendous achievement that is situated across campuses across the country, Lauren is the head of the branch at Oakland University and being as passionate for it as she is, she's helping what she can for girls to achieve an incredible amount. You can check out and donate to the branch here.
We also talk with her about celebrities and feminism across pop culture, cupcakes and the Always 'Like A Girl' commercial and the ramifactions that come along with it.
"Can we make cupcakes and change the world?"
With her appearance coming soon in the DC Cinematic Universe - in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and her own stand alone movie - Wonder Woman is finally making her way to the masses on the big screen. Along with that, her adventures in comic books have taken her to new turns as well since The New 52 debuted in the fall of 2011 (The New God of War! Dating Superman!) and along those lines, we talk to Haylie Presnell (the assistant program director of Oakland University's WXOU radio station) who like us, is a huge fan of the Awesome Amazon.
We talk about Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang's (and others) run on Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot portraying Diana in the Warner Bros. big screen version and more, along with, one of the best things Batman has done in his long career.
Jun 23, 2015
What makes a great villain? A number of things really; enigmatic, mysterious, iconic, smug, knowledgable and so much more, especially in regards to their opponent, the hero.
Most of all, they have to lose at the end. Or, at least as is the case with some memorable villains, they have to deal with setbacks as they continue to lurch forward but in their overall function within the frame of classical storytelling, losing comes with the job. With that in mind, our friends at RoboFist's Revenge gave us a challenge to write down some of our ten favorite villains and scanning from films to television, anime and comics, we were able to do just that.
Strap ourselves in because even though you're just a grocery clerk sent to collect the bill, you're address omnipotence, and you're in for a bumpy ride.
OUR NAME IS OUR NAME!
Jun 7, 2015
Hey, it's midway through 2015, which is midway through the decade! So as has been the case with a number of websites out there, looking at what some of the best films over the decade so far as been a popular chore and it's one that we look at here in our latest podcast as well.
Joined by two recent graudates from the Cinema Studies Department from Oakland University in Melina Lescoe and Steve Swetich, we look over some of those top films that publications like The A.V. Club, The Dissolve and The Playlist have come up with and discuss them as we usually do accordingly. We also rap about a number of other directors, films and much more as usual!